If there ever was a perfect fragrance for autumn, this would be the one. I believe it's the pine needles note is what I find most enthralling. It isn't a sweet little wide-eyed girl scent but that of the energetic Powerhouse Woman of the 80's who knew where she was going and would climb mountains without complaining to get there. She was a beauty who walked with the brisk gait of confidence and would go nose-to-nose with the good ol' boys. What a classic this one was, and how devastating it was when they took it off the market. It's a chilly scent. There's nothing soft or warm about it except the memories it leaves behind. It's all business. EL's Aliage is similar to this one but simply doesn't carry off the "class" that Inoui exuded. I'm heartbroken over the fact that I'm down to my last precious bottle of this and will probably be wearing it for the last time this coming autumn since I'll be down to my last few applications. Long live its memory.
Lipstick -Christian Dior - Addict Lipstick in Positive Red
Codeblue 5/25/2008 1:32:00 PM
With my fair coloring, I looked and looked for the perfect red for me and finally found this one. I've gotten lots of compliments from friends who want to know what it is and who makes it. I've always looked clownish in red lipsticks, but this one's going to be "my" red. Kudos!
Conditioner -Suave - Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner
Codeblue 9/16/2007 1:00:00 PM
I smelled something absolutely gorgeous at the gym one day (in the lockers believe it or not LOLL), and it turned out to be a girl blowing her hair dry after using - you guessed it - Suave coconut conditioner. It's one of the most heavenly coconut scents I've ever experienced, so much so that I wish there were a body spray like it. I noticed that her hair was dark and very, very shiny as she was drying it. Upon trying it I find that it conditions my short, blonde, color-processed hair perfectly. The coconut doesn't smell synthetic at all, and oh, how I'd love to find the ingredients it has that makes it smell so good!
Fragrances -Shiseido - Zen eau de cologne (Classic)
Codeblue 5/27/2007 11:18:00 PM
I bought both Zen Black and Zen White after grieving over the fact that Shiseido no longer manufactures Inoui. Oh, I tried and tried to like them (despite the groanings of my husband, who hates them both) but they both flunked out with my chemistry and were an assault to my sensibilities. Thank heavens I can still get my hands on Madam DuBois, because the Zens are a huge disappointment to me. Bring Inoui back!!!
Terribly synthetic. I bought this as a roll-on and it smelled like plastic and coconut rather than simply coconut. Gave S&L another try with their Coconut Bubbles and it smelled exactly the same.
This fragrance is well named and lives up to it, the one I use most often before going to bed. I have it in the body mist and the roll-on, and Mr. Blue always comments on how great it smells. Since I'm a huge fan of chamomile and lavender, no wonder I love it.
Don't bother with this one. It smells harsh and stays that way, with a synthetic note that lingers forever. A little like dishwasher detergent and I'll be darned if my nose could discern anything that remotely smelled like linen. More like dirty sheets. I love many of S&L's products, but this one is a five-lippy loser.
I wanted desperately to fall deeply in love with this one because my husband brought it home for me as a stocking stuffer last Christmas. Arrgghhhh! I hated it! I still hate it! Very overpowering, very cheap smelling, and has all the subtlety of a jackhammer. Very Sexy and I just did not jive. I kept the little roll-on tube of perfume, which had lip gloss on its opposite end, but toted the big gift pack of the foul, overpowering stuff back to Victoria's Secret. Wait. The story ends happily. I exchanged the headache in a roll-on bottle for a beautiful, fluffy pink robe that I went absolutely mad over. I told Mr. Blue that when I wrap cozily up in the robe that HE so thoughtfully bought me for Christmas, it feels like I'm being hugged by him every time I wear it. :D
Shampoo -Nature's Gate - Chamomile Replenishing Shampoo
Codeblue 11/19/2005 10:00:00 PM
This is the gentlest shampoo that I've ever used on my blonde-but-color-treated hair. Lots 'n lots of suds, rinses clean and squeaky. It actually seems to lighten the highlights (is it possible for a shampoo to do that?), leaving a razzle dazzle sheen sans brassiness and me looking blondely angelic, which is in itself amazing. Since I can't stand NOT to wash my hair when showering, I use it daily. I am lusting pathetically for the fragrance notes (besides the chamomile) because I'd love to wear it as a perfume. So, I wrote Nature's Gate to beg them to share the info. I'm still waiting to hear from them but won't hold my breath.....
Fragrances -Cartier - Le Baiser Du Dragon - Parfum
Codeblue 8/7/2005 12:32:00 PM
Ohhhhhhhh, bless my cotton socks but this fragrance is amazing! Like many of the stronger scents, it's probably best to decant this into a roll-on or do a spray walk-through because it's simply too heady to spray on with abandon. Perfect evening scent for being mysteriously sexy and memorable. I wouldn't wear this in the office - it's simply too rich. I envision having my chauffeur waiting by my limo with the door open for my exit and evaporating into the night as we drive away, leaving a gaggle of people musing "Who was that lady???"
This is the fragrance world's answer to comfort food in a scent. I find it deliciously comforting, cozy, cuddly, and warm. My husband finds it downright sexy. I get the cherry and pastry notes but baby powder? Didn't pick that one up at all. This scent is a bit like walking by a bakery and catching a whiff of the goodies as they're coming out of the oven. I enjoy some of the gourmands, and I think this one is absolutely beautiful. Five deserved lippies!
Fragrances -Unlisted Brand - Body Time Egyptian Musk
Codeblue 7/23/2005 11:32:00 PM
I'm a big time Body Time fan but was terribly disappointed with this musk. I could smell it in the bottle but ooops! What happened? It lasted on my skin for less than 5 seconds. But that's okay. They have so many other excellent products that I'll always be a customer. Just not their Egyptian Musk. Common Scents has a much better version.
I'm terribly disappointed with this one. I was expecting a hint of freshly brewed coffee but ended with stale grounds and the smell of murky, burnt coffee. An outrageous price for something this boring. I'm glad I only purchased a tester.
Lotions/ Creams -Suds and Light - Silky Shea Body Lotion
Codeblue 1/1/2005 12:19:00 PM
I have this lotion in Coconut as well as Pink Sugar. Love the Pink Sugar, the price is certainly right but this stuff burned when I applied it to the sensitive skin above my lip. Makes me wonder what's in it besides the Shea butter. Since other lotions haven't stung me when I've applied them, I'll move on to Hempz, my favorite lotion of all time.
I really, really, really wanted to like this one. It just doesn't settle right on me and eventually gets on my nerves. After the drydown, all I can pick up is the cardamom note, the other notes politely exiting after a brief visit. On me, it's masculine, reminding me of a freshly showered guy who immediately goes out to do some sweat-inducing work. The freshness of the shower lingers as the sweat breaks out onto clean skin. I know, this just doesn't make sense but it's all I can think of as a comparison. Fresh B.O. on clean skin. I do love its hockey puck packaging, though. Cute and inventive yet also very masculine. Wish I could like the rest of it.