Smells more like a bowl of Golden Grahams cereal than a waffle cone to me, but that's fine. Performance is typical of a 3-in-1, so if you've tried one before you know what to expect: great body wash, so-so bubble bath, too drying shampoo. I suspect a lot of people are like me and just buy these things for the scent. This is a nice, sweet, buttery scent.
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Chocolate Amber
tinydancer73 12/31/2007 4:01:00 AM
Wow, OK, I was not expecting to like this. I mean, chocolate amber? Sniffed the body cream at BBW's sale and was intrigued, and for $3, why not? I've worn this to bed the last couple of nights, and it makes me feel very sexy. That's it's appeal to me -- it's a heavy, sexy, nighttime scent. Not something I'd necessarily wear every day, but for special occasions. (I prefer lighter scents for daytime.) Lasting power is pretty good for a cream. I still smell it on myself when I wake up in the morning. As for that chocolate ... I only smell the chocolate when I first apply. It tends to fade on drydown. And it's not a sweet, cloying chocolate, but a rich, sophisticated, cocoa bean type scent. This cream has taken the coveted spot on my nightstand, at least for the time being.
My first impression of this product, after using it the way it's designed to be used, was ICK! It weighed my hair down, even from using just a little bit, and it made my hair so sticky -- I couldn't even get a comb through it. No thanks. So I set it aside and cursed myself for wasting another 20-something bucks on a useless product. But I decided to experiment one morning when I ran out of my HG Fakkai glossing cream and was desperate. I rubbed a little of this between my hands and patted on my wet hair, then styled. The result was amazing! I have wavy hair, so I can take it either curly or straight depending on my mood. When I use this before blow drying straight, it dries without any frizz. When I let my hair air dry, then use a curling iron on it, it again controls the frizz and holds the curl. And my hair isn't sticky at all. I still have to be careful not to use too much or it will weigh my hair down. But overall, I'm so happy I tried this on my wet hair! I now use it almost every day, and apply FF glossing cream to the ends to keep them from frizzing up. So if you're like me and hated this stuff on your dry, styled hair, you might want to try patting it on your wet, pre-styled hair before you give up on it.
My new favorite mascara. I've thrown out my Lancome and replaced it with something a third of the price. It lengthens, it thickens, and it doesn't flake! I've noticed that it does take longer to dry, so I have to be careful not to blink too hard while it's drying or I have a mess to clean up under my eye. Besides that (and the fact that this mascara is hard to find -- must be all the buzz!) I couldn't be happier. I never thought I'd find a mascara that doesn't clump or flake!
I hate to be the lone naysayer here, but I did not like the smell of this product. I LOVE the smell of the fragrance they added. The problem is that I smell soap mixed in with the vanilla, and the combination makes my stomach turn. It's as if they didn't add enough fragrance to drown the smell of the rest of the product. If the vanilla smell were stronger, and I didn't smell the soapiness mixed in with it, this would've gotten a 5. I still gave it a 4 because it's an amazing body wash. Thick, rich, very moisturizing and it lathers like crazy! My skin feels so soft and silky after using this. I don't even need lotion afterward. Of course, I put on lotion anyway, just because I love the smell of my lotions. =) But if I were in a hurry and didn't have time, I'd still be covered by this stuff. Yes, it does leave a slippery film on your bathtub, like some of Olay's other washes, but I figure those are the moisturizers. The ones that don't leave a film tend to dry my skin out, so it's a tradeoff. If I want a moisturizer in my wash, I have to put up with some of it ending up on the tub!
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Temptations Sugar & Spice Body Lotion
tinydancer73 11/11/2007 11:26:00 PM
I don't remember this fragrance from last holiday season, so I suspect this is a revision of BBW's old holiday Gingerbread Spice fragrance. The difference is this one is less fruity. I don't smell the apple/pear at all; it smells more like a gingerbread cookie. When I first smelled it in the store, I was a bit so-so about it. But I dabbed a little on my hand anyway and started to walk around the store. I found that I couldn't stop sniffing my hand, so I bought some. The fragrance is a cozy, sweet, holiday smell. I don't find it as spicy as the old holiday spice fragrance; more warm. It also makes my skin feel smooth and soft, though I wish it came in the body cream, as I prefer those to the lotions. All in all a lovely fall fragrance. Edit: OK, this is getting bumped up to a 5. I've fallen in love with this stuff!
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Moonlight Path Body Splash
tinydancer73 11/11/2007 11:12:00 PM
A more "mature" smell than BBW's other splashes. Certainly less sweet. It smells almost unisex to me. I have a love/hate relationship with this smell. When I get sick of the sweet, I'll go through a phase where I love this stuff. But after a while, I start to feel a bit masculine, and go back to the sweet. I don't know if I'll repurchase if/when I run out, but I do think it's a good option for people who don't like sweet scents.
Lotions/ Creams -Jergens - Shea Butter Skin Enriching Moisturiser
tinydancer73 11/11/2007 11:05:00 PM
This is a wonderful lotion for the price. I find the scent sweet and pleasant, without being overpowering. It's hard to pin down, but it's a foody-type fragrance. This makes my skin feel very soft, without being too greasy. Would definitely repurchase.
Gels/Soaps -St. Ives - Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Wash
tinydancer73 11/11/2007 10:57:00 PM
Wow! I admit I'm a bit of a body wash snob. My tub is lined with pricey washes, especially the philosophy 3-in-1's. But as the weather gets colder and drier (and I get older), I'm starting to find those products too drying. My skin has been feeling quite itchy and uncomfortable. So I decided to listen to the good reviews and try this, and it's wonderful. The smell is lovely, but not overpowering, and there's plenty of richness and lather. And my skin isn't as itchy and tight. It's not quite as moisturizing as I'd like, which is why I took off one lippy, but it's certainly not as drying as those other, more pricey washes. And it's dirt cheap! Will definitely repurchase. I'll hold onto the 3-in-1's until summer rolls around again.
Lotions/ Creams -Back to Basics - Vanilla Plum Lotion
tinydancer73 11/11/2007 10:43:00 PM
Love the sweet, fruity smell. Hate the fact that this stuff is thin and runny, and doesn't moisturize very well. Not a bad option in summer, when you're looking for something light and fragrant. Forget about it if you have really dry skin. It was a gift, so I'll use it up, but I won't repurchase.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - sea island cotton
tinydancer73 11/7/2007 10:22:00 PM
I have to agree with other reviewers ... definitely smells like clean laundry. But that's not a bad thing, in fact, some days that's exactly what I'm looking for. It's very clean and pleasant, perhaps a little powdery. I consider it more of a spring/summer scent, though I did buy a bottle while stocking up on my fall/winter scents (BS&F, WVS). I'm sure it will get worked into my fall rotation as well. Really inoffensive. In fact, if I smelled it on someone else, I'd probably assume it was their clean clothing rather than their fragrance!
Gels/Soaps -Philosophy - Pure Grace Foaming Bath & Shower Cream
tinydancer73 11/5/2007 2:32:00 AM
I love a lot of Philosophy's 3-in-1's, but this is the one I always make sure I have on hand. I may get tired of this or that sweet, foody scent, but Pure Grace never goes out of style. Clean, fresh, crisp and classic. I always feel clean and freshly scrubbed after I've used it. And I think this shower cream is richer and more moisturizing than philosophy's other bath gels. It feels more hydrating to my skin. Pure Grace is my favorite of the Graces, and this shower cream is my favorite Pure Grace product. As close as I'll ever come to a HG body cleanser.
I'm not sure "hot" is the right name for this fragrance, as it's more a warm, cozy, fall/winter foody fragrance. Sweet, but not cloying. I really like it, and now that the weather's cooling off I will probably be reaching for it a lot more. Others have described it as a youthful scent, and while that may be true, I don't think it's as youthful as, say, Pink Sugar or other super-sweet, sugary fragrances. I'm in my mid-30s, and I find it lovely and soothing. I have the Hot body lotion as well, and I'm not as fond of that. It has a more pungent smell to me.
I'm an absolute fragrance junkie (I probably have 20 bottles of different perfumes) but Romance is my old standby. It's very classy and lovely. Can wear it during the day, but it really shines at night. And men seem to love it.
My hair: fine (and thinning, sadly) but wavy with a tendency to frizz at the ends. If you have hair like mine, you will love this conditioner. I needed something that would smooth my hair and control the frizz, without weighing down my fine hair and making it limp. This product absolutely does that. I could not be happier. It is outrageously expensive, but you use very little of it. I spent a crazy amount of money to buy the big bottle with the pump, but at the rate I'm using it the bottle should last me about two years. A half a pump is all I need.