Thursday, 29 January 2015

Spending Ban: Update 4

I had a little spend the other day oops! I couldn't resist The Perfume Society's Love Scents Discovery Box which was a bargainous tenner to members with free P&P (you can however pick it up if you are not a member for £15 including P&P).  My box has still to arrive but you can see what's in it here.

I do have a few wants this week though...

Soapsmith 4 Piece Step into London Set (exclusive to QVC £30 plus £4.95 P&P) which includes an all scents soap assortment 8 x 15g, 1 x Bloomsbury Bath Soak 350g, 1 x Camden Town Bath Soak 100ml, 1 x Marble Arch Body Butter Melt 100ml and a wash bag.

Balance Me Rose Otto Body Oil (£24.50 - 200ml) - I'm currently loving using body oils and know I'll love this scent. 

REN Keep Young & Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot (£36 - 30ml) - I've heard great things about this gel-serum which lifts and plumps the skin leaving it "smoother, tighter and more youthful". 

If you are on a spending ban how is it going?

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

January Empties

Think this is my smallest amount of empties ever! I'm not going to use up any more products this month so here they are a few days early..

Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts 100g - these a staple for me. See my review here. I buy these again and again as they just work.

Therapie Joie Uplifting Bath Infusion 60g - I really enjoyed using this bath infusion.  See my review here. I'll buy again I reckon.

The Body Deli Living Hair Sprouted Mineral Greens Shampoo 240ml* - I loved this shampoo (and it lasted ages!). See my review here. It's one I'll definitely buy again at some point.

Amphora Organic Collection Rose & Pomegranate Hand Wash 250ml* - this was really lovely to use and I'd definitely buy. See my review here.

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil mini - my all time favourite bath oil. Will buy again. See my review here.

CARU Rose Facial Serum Sample - this was gorgeous and I'd definitely consider full size once I reduce my stash a bit.

Dahliana Refreshing Citrus Cleanser 113g - I didn't love this when I first started using it but by the end I was sad it was used up.  I mentioned it here. I'd buy again.

The Body Deli Creme de la Rose 10ml - loved this beautiful face cream.  See my review here. Nardin gave me one at Christmas so I'm pleased to have another! It's a face cream I'd definitely buy full size.

Blue Labelle Rose & Jasmine Body Oil 50ml - this had a really delicate scent but was nice to use. I prefer their Ylang Ylang & Frankincense version so wouldn't buy this one again.

Thea Fruit Enzyme Rejuvenating Toner 50ml* - I simply loved this and would buy. See my review here.


I've only used two sachet sample from my Samples Stash this month -

Beauty Lab Black Diamond Energising Serum* and Moisture Complex*. These were pretty lush but too small (1ml) to get an idea if they are suited to my skin.

What have you been using up this month?

*PR samples

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Cult Perfumes by Tessa Williams

I started chatting to Tessa just before Christmas and she very kindly offered to send me a copy of her book Cult Perfumes*.  It is a really informative read and full of gorgeous photos. It's the perfect coffee table book and I know I'll dip into it again and again.

The book opens with an introduction and then we are introduced to a selection of Cult perfumeries and brands including but not limited to: Annick Goutal (Vanille Exquise), L'Artisan Parfumeur (Mure et Musc), Creed (Iris Tubereuse), Diptyque (Philosykos), Frederic Malle (Lipstick Rose), Jo Malone London (Grapefruit), Miller Harris (rose en noir), Ormonde Jayne London (Frangipani), Penhaligon's (Bluebell), Robert Piguet Parfums (Fracas) and Serge Lutens (Sa Majeste la Rose) - I've put my favourites from each brand in brackets.  

There is also a section on niche brands - ones I've tried are - Bond No.9, By Killian, Le Labo and Nasomatto. The book is really fascinating and I highly recommend the book if you are into cult and niche scents.

You can buy the book direct from Tessa who will inscribe a personal message! See more details here.

See the gorgeous range of candles available here.  The candles are inspired by the elements - FIRE - EARTH - WATER - AIR.

FIRE - is reminiscent of of a glowing fire and has notes of amber, incense, woods, patchouli, vetivert, coconut, sweet vanilla caramel, lapsang souchong, musk, tonka and smoke.

EARTH - an earthy scent with lemon and orange, pepper and geranium with patchouli, sandalwood, leather, cedarwood, vertivert and musks.

WATER - with pure aquatic notes of white jasmine, lemon, bergamot and aldehydes and lily of the valley and musk.

AIR - a refreshing and invigorating aroma with notes of ginger root, lemongrass, grapefruit, cardamon, coriander and lemon peel.

Follow Tessa on Twitter @tessajwilliams

*PR sample

Monday, 26 January 2015

Yves Rocher Winter Skin Saviours

I've used Yves Rocher products on and off for quite a few years now. I was sent some of their products which soothe and care for dry winter skin.

I'm a huge fan of a soak in the bath and the Les Plaisirs Nature Fizzy Bath Cube in Coconut* (£1.50) creates lots of coconut scented tiny bubbles. The Les Plaisirs Silky Cream with Organic Oats* (£13.50 - 200ml) is a lightweight cream which absorbs quickly into the skin leaving it moisturised and soft to the touch. I also love the little kilner jar the cream comes in!

I've used the Botanical Long Lasting Moisturizing Hand Cream* (£3.90 - 75ml) several times before. It soothes and super moisturises dry hands leaving them deeply nourished. The Botanical Foot Care Anti-Fatigue Iced Gel* (£5 - 50ml) is perfect for tired legs and feet. It is super cooling with a minty-lavender scent.  It comforts and refreshes - great to use if you've been standing all day/out shopping!

Have you tried any Yves Rocher products lately?

*PR samples

Sunday, 25 January 2015

BEING Drift Salt Bath & Bloom Lip Service

My package arrived from BEING on Friday and I'm delighted with it. The brand has just launched and I managed to get a pre-launch special of 15% off.

Founder, Cynthia is a former Marketing Manager whose career was full on and she longed for a quieter pace of life in France. When this didn't happen she decided to learn how to create and make gorgeous products which calm and soothe both the body and mind.

Products are hand made with love and care in Portland, Oregon. They are 100% Vegan and natural and contain no parabens, no preservatives, no additives, no synthetic dyes or fragrances, no soy-based ingredients, no SLS and are GMO free. Packaging is reyclable and reusable and the boxes are packed with shredded junk mail!  Cynthia also works with fair-trade certified suppliers.

I chose Drift Salt Bath ($18 - 227g approx £12) which are made with Hiwa Kai Black Lava Salt and Dead Sea Salt. They provide "balance and increases blood flow while essential oils of atlas cedarwood and juniper berry inspire mental strength and stability for an empowering and transformative soak".

To use: once immersed in the bath add salts and disperse with your fingers.

I've not had the chance to try these yet - tonight for sure!

My second purchase was Bloom Lip Service Enlightening Vanilla+Rose ($12 - 15ml - approx £8) as soon as I saw this I knew I had to have it! A lip balm in two of my favourite scents!  This was created to remind Cynthia of rose syrup desserts and vanilla wafers at her favourite Lebanese cafe.  Apply to the lips as often as needed.

With shipping (no Customs yah!) my order totalled $43.50 (£29) making it an affordable treat! 

See the website here
Follow on Twitter @beingapothecary

Saturday, 24 January 2015

A chat with Antonia Burrell & Creme Supreme Moisturiser Review

Yesterday I had the very real pleasure of a telephone interview with Antonia Burrell and I was able to ask her about her some questions about herself and her skincare range. I must admit I did get a bit tongue-tied and didn't ask nearly as many questions as I should have! Thanks so much for your time Antonia and to Babushka Communications for arranging it!

Have you always been interested in Natural Beauty?

Not always. It became apparent when working as a Business Manager for Aveda for six years and this really opened her eyes to natural beauty.

What inspired you to launch Antonia Burrell Holistic Skincare and train as a Therapist?

Antonia trained as a Therapist at 19. She'd always been fascinated about skincare and anything to do with the skin. In her teens she found that when asking about her skin type at beauty counters there was a lot of inconsistency as to how her skin was assessed so she decided to research everything there was to know about skin and spent time reading and researching as well as being a frequent visitor at a bookshop in Derbyshire browsing the beauty shelves.  Her mum's beauty routine also inspired her.

What's your favourite product?

Mask Supreme 7-in-1 - mine too!

Are there any new products in the pipeline?

Absolutely - it's top secret! I'm personally hoping for some body care items.

What is your number one skincare tip?

Cleansing. Make sure to double cleanse every night.

I have been trying out Antonia's Creme Supreme Facial Moisturiser (£68 - 50ml)* for the last few weeks.  The cream is 100% natural and is a great anti-ageing moisturiser as well as helping to clear up blemishes and reduce redness.

This wonder moisturiser boosts radiance, calms inflammation, reduces dark spots, evens skin tone, hydrates, plumps the skin, firms, soothes and smoothes. I also find it really mattifies my oily T-zone.

It is a light cream which is easily absorbed, feels comfortable on the skin and has a pleasant fruity and slightly herbal scent.

The moisturiser is infused with an anti-acne complex which can help reduce acne and improve oily skin as well as Larch extract, a natural SPF booster with UV absorbing properties and it is a plant alternative to collagen which will help to minimise fine lines and firm and tone the skin leaving it radiant and renewed. It also includes Patented Olive Leaf Extract which protects, detoxifies and clarifies. Mango Seed is stuffed full of antioxidant Vitamins and the cream is enriched with Amazon patented bio-actives which balance oily skin.

I've found the cream leaves my skin looking healthy, soft, smooth and glowy and it takes my skincare routine to another level.  I'm also a huge, huge fan of Antonia's amazing Mask Supreme 7-in-1* see my review here.

Have you tried any Antonia Burrell products?

*PR samples

Friday, 23 January 2015

Plant Brooklyn: CALM DOWN Bodywash

A new launch at a beautiful world are these gorgeous body washes from Plant Brooklyn. For a limited time get 10% off with code HAPPY10.

Handmade by Holly and Bjarke in Brooklyn, NYC the washes "combine green practices with Scandi cool".  I love the quirky packaging which is recyclable. The washes are free from parabens, SLS, petroleum, silicones and other chemicals.

I was sent CALM DOWN* (9.5fl oz - £12.50) which is made with 9 skin friendly ingredients - Organic saponied Coconut, Olive and Jojoba oils, Organic vegetable glycerine, Guar gum, Aloe Vera, Rosemary extract and scented with Essential Oils of Ginger and Lavender.

This wash relaxes, helps you to unwind and calms the mind and body at any time of the day and has a frothy lather which cleans and refreshes.  The scent is spicy with a hint of lavender.

Also available:

BE WELL - with Eucalyptus, Bergamot & Lemongrass which helps to boost the immune system and clear your head.

GET HAPPY - with uplifting Geranium & Peppermint which will make you smile!

GET IT ON - with Sandalwood, Ginger & Cedarwood which is a passionate, warm and sensual blend.

WAKE UP - with Rosemary & Lemongrass to revive and energise.

More products from the brand will be added later this year. Keep up to date with news by following @abw_uk on Twitter.

*PR sample

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Spending Ban: Update 3

Well...I failed spectacularly on my spending ban during the middle of last week! I was feeling a bit down (no excuse I know!) and splurged big style!  I'd looked at this little set before Christmas and was tempted to buy it at the Harvey Nichols Shopping Party...but resisted...until now!

I'm already a huge fan of Shay & Blue's Atropa Belladonna scent - see my review here.

The set also includes the delicious Salt Caramel which I can't stop wearing. It contains caramel, sea salt, tonka bean, Bourbon vanilla and sandalwood. It is sweet, delicious, cozy and makes me feel like I've come home! This is my new signature scent for sure (two people have asked me what perfume I'm wearing!) and I know I'll buy a full size when this one's finished.

Also in the set is Blood Oranges and Sicilian Limes two fresh and fruity scents. I've not really tried them much yet so further thoughts to follow.

The final scent in the set is Almond Cucumber which is perfect for Spring and Summer. Light and refreshing and quite unlike anything I've worn before.

And so, I'm going to continue my ban into February too after this enormous splurge (£65).

For once, I'm not wanting anything this week!  If you are on a spending ban how is it going?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Organic Surge Replenishing Facial Oil

I was recently sent Organic Surge's Replenishing Face Oil (30ml - £23.50)* to review. This oil is part of the new Extra Care range.  You can see my review of the Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser here*.

The oil is enriched with Argan Oil, Yarrow Oil, Safflower Oil and scented with Geranium, Lavender and Bergamot Essential Oils. A super-lightweight oil (I initially thought it was too light for my skin - but upon using it regularly I was proved wrong!) which absorbs instantly and hydrates and rejuvenates the skin leaving it radiant and renewed.

Suitable for Normal-Dry, Sensitive and Mature skin types. It is 100% natural and 55% Organic and certified by EcoCert.

To use: apply a few drops after cleansing. It can also be used to add extra moisture to a face cream or mask.

I'm really impressed with the performance of this oil and it's one I'd buy.  Look out for my forthcoming review of Organic Surge's Hydrating Eye Cream*.

*PR sample

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Naked Skincare Company: Evening Relax Body Oil & Hydrating Skin Balm

I received these The Naked Skincare Company products in December's Souk Souk Beauty Box. I'm really impressed with both these products and I definitely want to try more from the brand! I received their Rose Water Toner in the Rose Hamper from Nardine but I've not cracked it open yet!

Stephanie along with her husband and children run the business from South Cumbria and their children inspired the range after Stephanie began making products for the family to use.

Products are natural, eco-friendly, free from chemicals and artificial ingredients and are beautiful! Packaging is recyclable and minimal.

Evening Relax Moisturising Body Oil (30ml) - Full size is 250ml (£25) - this oil is simply gorgeous! It is made with Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood Essential Oils and smells beautiful.  Packed full of nourishing oils such as Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernal and Vitamin E.  It is perfect to use just before bed to calm and relax. I know I'll be buying this again and again.

Orange & Frankincense Hydrating Skin Balm (30ml) - Full size is 100ml (£8.95) - this rich balm smells delicious! It deeply nourishes the skin and soothes and calms the mind.  It absorbs instantly and is great for elbows, knees, feet, hands and in fact all over the body! 

There is also a beautiful range of skincaresoapsbath bombsDIY KitsAccessories and Candles.

Have you used any products from The Naked Skincare Company?

Monday, 19 January 2015

Shopping My Stash #61

Sorry for no blog post yesterday my laptop is sick! I'm taking it in for repair this morning first thing! Hubby let me borrow his for a while yesterday.

This week I've been reaching for..

Studio 10 Long Lasting Velvet Liquid Lips in Tearose - this full size came in a Cult Beauty GWP. This is demi-matt, long lasting, moisturising and not sticky! The shade is really pretty too and one I'd have picked.

Sunday Riley Start Over Active Eye Cream 10ml - this came in the same goody bag from Cult Beauty. I initially found it a bit drying around the eyes especially under the eye but on persevering with it I've found it is great for reducing dark circles and brightens the under eye area. It has more of a gel texture than a cream.

Onnen Organic Coconut Oil Glycerine Face Cleanser Unperfumed 100ml* - this is an unscented face cleanser which is hand made in small batches in Wales.  I usually favour scented face washes but this is really lovely to use and very gentle on the skin.

Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts 400g - this is a staple for me as it just works. See my review here.  I always have these in my stash.

Salcura Hand Hydrator 75ml - this hand cream came in December's Love Lula Beauty Box. It is perfect for dry winter skin and I use it every night before bed.  It deeply nourishes the hands and nails and absorbs quickly.

Vinali Body Lotion 25ml - this came in January's Love Lula box. It was nice to see a new to me brand in the box. It is made with Organic Grape Extract. A light lotion which absorbs quickly and smells nice.

What have you been reaching for lately?

*PR sample

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Rachel's Plan Bee: Body & Facial Oils

I spotted Rachel's Plan Bee Body Oil over on Julie's blog and knew I had to have it! By the way do pop over to Julie's blog it's a great read and I always see products I want!

Rachel first created a lotion bar for her son before launching Rachel's Plan Bee. All products are made with natural oils, butters, beeswax, with gentle scents and absorb easily, nourish and soothe the skin.  Handcrafted in small batches with love.  Her son is "still the centrepiece of this endeavour: my very best product tester and certainly my biggest fan".

The products contain no parabens, petrochemicals, artificial colours and fragrances, phthalates or gluten. Packaging is recyclable (and pretty!).

The Body Oil ($24 - 112ml) is one of the nicest I have ever used! It smells gorgeous and super nourishes the skin.  This is a product I want forever in my stash!  It contains Apricot Kernal Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Cranberry Seed Oil and is scented with a delicious blend of Vanilla and Orange Peel Oils.

Customers loved the scent of the face oil and asked Rachel to create a body version.

And this is so true! "will have you reaching for your bottle between bath times to remind you of life's simple pleasures".

To use: shake the bottle and massage 1-2 pumps onto damp skin to seal in moisture. It can also be added to your bath, as a massage oil and before shaving.  Love!

The Facial Oil ($20 - 30ml) is a botanical blend of skin loving oils including Apricot Kernal, Squalane, Grapeseed, Vitamin E, Safflower, Cranberry Seed along with Vanilla Planifolia and Orange Peel Oils.

It absorbs quickly and is more suited to Normal to Dry skin types (I'm normally combination but in winter time my skin is more dry).  I find my skin only needs a drop.  The oil feels really lovely on the skin. A fuller review to follow.

To use: shake the bottle before using and apply 2-3 drops to cleansed skin both morning and evening.  There are approximately 200 applications per bottle. 

Rachel very kindly popped in a sample of her Bee Cream which is a rich and nourishing moisturiser perfect for dry skin areas, cuticles and hands. 

Next time along with the body oil I'll be adding Lotion BarBody Butter and Body Polish if fact I want the whole shop!

Follow Rachel on Twitter: @RachelsPlanBee 
See the website here

Friday, 16 January 2015

L'Erbolario Peony Scented Bubble Bath

L'Erbolario is an Italian Beauty Brand which recently launched in the UK.  It was founded in Italy by husband and wife team Franco & Daniela. They have a passion for the healing properties of plants and flowers which led them to create a wonderful and wide range of perfumes, oils, soaps, creams, conditioners, body and skincare products.  You can view the catalogue here and visit their London store at 106A Upper Street, N1.

I was sent Peony Scented Bubble Bath 250ml (£12.50)* to review.

This subtle floral bubble bath creates lots of foamy bubbles and can be used in both the bath and shower.   Makes for a super relaxing bath.  The other products available in this scent are - EDP, solid perfume, perfumed body cream, perfumed soap and diffuser oil.

I think it would make a great gift or treat.  Have you tried any products from this brand?

*PR sample

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Spending Ban: Update 2

I failed on my ban last week and bought the SW Basics Discovery kit in the a beautiful world #PinkFriday sale. I bought one for me and one for my giveaway - see here.  The kits were reduced to £18 in the sale and I had a tenner worth of points making my purchase a bargainous £26 - so I don't feel too guilty!

Onto my wants this week...

I love the Content Curates kits having picked up the last few. Their New Year Collection is packed full of treats for the mind, body & skin as well as supplements and snacks.  Do you spot my favourite Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts in the kit? (these alone are worth £10). Making this a great value set.

My next want this week is the gorgeous sounding The Jasmine Garden Botanical Mist by May Lindstrom. A 100% natural botanical mist with a "heavenly scent". It calms, heals and restores elasticity leaving the skin dewy and radiant. Want!

I just spotted my next want last night! Shay & Blue Watermelons fragrance spray. It sounds delicious! With notes of Watermelon, Green Mandarin, Honeysuckle, Green Tea and Vetivert. It sounds heavenly and really refreshing and I can't wait to try! I'm going to pick up a sample soon!

My last want this week is Jo Loves A Fragrance Shot Box which contains 10 x 2ml samples of all of Jo's fragrances which is rather an indulgent treat. I'm already a huge fan of Pomelo - maybe after 31st January I'll splurge!

My January Love Lula box arrived last night (the only box I was keeping during my spending ban). It's a great value box and I will use everything but... there are only three items within I've not tried before (the Madara Dextox Mud Mask and the two Vinali products - body lotion & day cream sachet) so I'm cancelling my subscription for now.

If you are on a spending ban how's it going?  What are your thoughts on the contents of the Love Lula box this month?

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

SW Basics Discovery Kit Giveaway

I mentioned on Twitter I'd broken my spending ban last Friday when a beautiful world had their one day #PinkFriday sale. I picked up two of these little kits - one for me & one for one of my readers.

So what can you win? There is one prize of an SW Basics Discovery Kit which is packed full of trial sizes.

SW Basics is a beautiful no frills skincare range. Products are made with 5 or less ingredients and only natural and organic ingredients are used.

Included in the kit is:

Body Scrub 20g - made with Organic Sugar, Organic Coconut Oil and Organic Coconut - it smells just like cake!

Cream 30ml - a rich cream which you can use on your body or face. Made with Fair Trade Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil and Organic Olive Oil.

Exfoliant 20g - made with ground Organic Oats and Almonds mixed with Maine Sea Salt.

Cleanser 30ml - I use this to remove make up before using a cleansing balm. It contains Organic Glycerine, Organic Rosewater and Organic Tea Tree Oil.

Toner - 30ml - this toner removes last traces of cleanser and tightens pores. It is made with Water, Organic Cider Vinegar, Witch Hazel, Organic Clary Sage and Organic Sandalwood Essential Oils.

The photos are of my set - the winner will get a sealed kit.

All you need to do to enter is fill in the Rafflecopter - Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Antonia Burrell: Mask Supreme 7-in-1

Antonia Burrell is one of the UK's most sought after facialists and skincare experts with over 20 years experience in the beauty industry. She also lectures in the Chemistry of Aromatherapy at London's College of Fashion.

Her range of skincare products are super luxe and turn your skincare regime into an indulgent treat.

I was sent the new Mask Supreme 7-in-1 (£57 for 50ml)* to review.

The range is made from potent bioactive ingredients of the highest quality and are 100% natural. Bottles and jars are recyclable and made from Swiss violet glass which helps to preserves the products.  All are free from parabens, SLS, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances, PEGs and glycols.

The mask improves elasticity, moisture, brightens, blurs uneven skin tone, reduces sun damaged cells, clarifies and purges blackheads, renews, refines, smoothes, firms and helps to reduce blemishes and inflamation. WOW!

It is packed full of good things for the skin including micro algae, Bentonite Clay, Lactic Acid, Abyssinian oil, Mango Butter and Certified Organic Anti-Blemish active which helps to reduce blemishes and leaves the skin matt. Frankincense and Rose Geranium Oils give it a slightly herbal and rosey floral scent.

To use: Apply a generous layer to the face and neck and leave for 10 minutes before removing with a warmed damp cloth. The mask can also be left on overnight for super moisturised and radiant skin by morning.

My thoughts? This is a gorgeous face mask which leaves the skin looking luminous, dewy, radiant and refreshed.  It feels deliciously moisturising on the skin and is the nicest face masks I've ever used!

Would I buy?  Definitely! I reckon you'd get at least 10-12 uses out of the pot. Have you tried this face mask or any other Antonia Burrell product?

You can buy direct via Antonia's website, at Urban Retreat, Content Beauty & Wellbeing and online at Naturisimo and Amazon.

*PR sample

Monday, 12 January 2015

Five Favourite Body Oils

I tend to use body oils the most during winter months. These are my current favourites:

inner-soul organics Romance Me Skin Oil 100ml* - this rose and jasmine scented body oil is gorgeous. See my review here.  Blue Labelle Body Oil with Ylang Ylang & Frankincense 100ml - I just adore this body oil. See my review here.

Indie Lee Vanilla Citrus Moisturising Oil 4oz* - an easily absorbed oil which you can also use on your face and hair. See my review here.  Marble & Milkweed Nourishing Body Oil 2oz* - quite simply a body oil I always want to have in my stash. I love everything about it - simple packaging, luxury feel on the skin and easily absorbed as well as having the most amazing rosey cardamon scent. See my review here.

My final body oil is from The Naked Skincare Company which I received in December's Souk Souk Beauty Box. This lush oil is scented with Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood and is perfect to use before bed. Stuffed full of moisturising and nourishing oils it has firmly placed itself as one of my all time favourite body oils.

Are you a body oil fan?  What's your favourite?

*PR samples

Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Perfume Society: VIP Subscriber

I picked up The Perfume Society's Holiday Discovery Box back in November and loved it! Just after Christmas and before my spending ban kicked in (broke it already!) I signed up to be a member which costs £25 a year. For this you receive an introductory box full of trial sizes and samples, get online issues of a fab magazine - The Scented Letter, smelling strips, a notebook, fragrance notes postcards and a hand cream. You can also buy the forthcoming discovery boxes for £10.

Inside is:

Versace Crystal Noir EDT 5ml - this is an ORIENTAL scent with notes of blackcurrant, black fig, violet, frangipani, tuberose, jasmine, cashmeran, vanilla pod, heliotropine and sandalwood. This is gorgeous! Sweet and Floral with a tiny bit of wood. One of my favourites!

Miller Harris Fleur de Sel EDP 1.6ml - from the CHYPRE fragrance family. I've tried this scent before and loved it.  It has notes of red thyme oil, clary sage, angelica, iris, narcissus, ambrette seed, rose, vetiver, oakmoss, leather, patchouli and labdanum. A "deeply sensual and earthy fragrance, with astringent salt at its heart".

Chloe EDP 1.2ml - from the FLORAL family. It has top notes of pink peony, freesia and lychee with heart notes of magnolia flower, lily of the valley, rose and freesia with base notes of cedarwood, amber and honey.  This is a true floral and very feminine.

DALI WILD EDT 6.5ml - from the WOODY fragrance family. This is a really powerful and strong scent. It has top notes of yuzu, green notes, tuberose and gardenia with middle notes of jasmine and magnolia and base notes of mahogany, zebrano and woods.

Paco Rabanne Lady Million EDP 1.5ml - from the FLORIENTAL family. This is my first try of this best seller.  It contains notes of bitter orange, raspberry, neroli, jasmine, gardenia, patchouli, amber and honey. It's lovely.

Atkinsons 24 Old Bond Street Eau de Cologne 2ml - A FRESH perfume.  It contains notes of juniper, cardamon, rose, black tea, Turkish rose absolute, whisky, cade oil and cedar. I love this one!  It starts off really fresh with hints of juniper mellowing to a smokey scent.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir EDP 1.5ml - from the GOURMAND fragrance family.  When first sprayed it has a rich and fruity sweet scent. It is very girly and contains notes of wild berries, mandarin, strawberry, honeysuckle, gardenia petals, jasmine sambac, amber, caramel and vanilla. I love it.

Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps EDT 1.2ml - I'm not keen on this one - it's a bit too powdery and old fashioned smelling for me.  A FLORAL with notes of peach, bergamot, neroli, aldehydes, carnation, gardenia, rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, musk, sandalwood and iris root.  It was launched in 1948 and is still popular today.

The extra in the box is a Crabtree & Evelyn Lily Hand Cream 25g. Did you join up?  What are your thoughts on the perfumes included?

Saturday, 10 January 2015

white & elm: Organic Small Batch Beauty

I had a big US splurge just after Christmas as I knew I was starting my spending ban (failed yesterday as I picked up two SW Basics Discovery Sets in a beautiful world's #PinkFriday sale - one for me, one for forthcoming giveaway - I did have a tenners worth of points saved up though which made my purchase a bargainous £26).

I came across white & elm on Twitter and quickly browsed the website - two things which jumped out at me were Chamomile Balancing Facial Toner mini (it smells gorgeous!)($12) and Pomegranate Renewing Eye Serum ($18).

My order cost $20 to ship which with the two products worked out at £33.24. Unfortunately, I had to pay Customs of £3.85 with a hefty £8.00 admin charge to Royal Mail.

Despite this, I'm looking forward to trying both items.  I'll let you know my thoughts once I've had the chance to try!

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