This is a very strong, bright and sweet scent. In no way a true apricot. I find it way too overwhelming to wear as a personal scent even when applied sparingly. However, I think it works well in a soap, especially in a child's bathroom. Might be nice as a home fragrance too, though I have not tried this.
Fragrances -Scentual Pleasures - Sugared Vanilla Rose Perfume
Mirabai 11/9/2005 7:21:00 PM
I love this scent, flawed though it may be. Yes, the rose is a tad sharp and maybe it sometimes turns a bit musty, but I just love the combination of notes. This is no complicated blend: As others have stated the rose and sugary vanilla notes are quite distinct and individually discernable. The SP description is absolutely accurate: "like a vanilla frosted wedding cake with roses."
Bought this to see what all the fuss was about, even though the fragrance was undetectable in the overwhelming cacaphony of scents in the store. I trusted in y'alls opinion and it paid off... Love the creamy, dreamy smell of this bar and I'm sure I'm not the first to say this: Totally Bit O'Honey! Not too sweet or candyish though, just right! Add me to the petition calling for a HIWtK perfume. Only wish the scent lingered a bit longer on the skin and that the price was less steep. I will buy this again and again and again.
Lotions/ Creams -Aesop - Rejuvenate Aromatic body balm
Mirabai 6/25/2005 12:25:00 AM
This stuff is so beloved by me that I use it sparingly so as not to go through it too quickly. It's a tad pricy, but the quality seems so exceptional that it is worth it. I love everything about this stuff: Feels great on the skin (not at all greasy,) yet wonderfully moisturising, absorbs well and quickly, and the scent is out-of-this-world sensual. It's a gorgeous soft and warm sandalwood ever so slightly sweetened with vanilla and brightened with tangerine. I find the scent so headily beautiful that the very act of applying it is a pleasure. Though Aesop makes no specific aromatherapeutic claims, I find my mood considerably lifted when I use it. However, it is a hedonistic indulgence I don't allow myself everyday.
This smells like another perfume that I never cared for in the first place. Why someone would want to copy such mediocre fragrance is beyond me. The floral and marine notes predominate, with the citrus barely making an appearance. Also supposedly has "leafy green notes" and "a hint of cool, mossy forest paths." Might have been improved with some warm notes at the heart. On the positive side, it's appealingly marketed. Got me to take notice, just didn't follow through with an accordingly pretty scent.
Got this shade (#22) dirt cheap on sale at Target, but I am still disappointed! It just looked so gorgeous in the tube, but when I applied it the horrible petroleum smell ruined it. Perhaps it was old stock? Anyway, the smell made it unwearable for me, though it looks pretty on the lips and seems like it would wear well. I wouldn't know since I rubbed it off immediately. Of relatively minor note is the slight grittiness of the sparkles, something I would have put up with if it weren't for the stink.
Lotions/ Creams -Tocca - Crema da Corpo in Cleopatra
Mirabai 4/7/2005 4:44:00 PM
I have the 4 oz bottle for $10 sold at Sephora (a bargain since the regular 8 oz bottle goes for $28.) It is a great size for the purse or travel. I quite like the unusual combination of sweet cucumber and tangy grapefruit- very clean and fresh. With a name like Cleopatra you might expect something kind of intense and challenging but, in fact, it's a very easy scent to wear. I only wish it lasted longer. The texture of the lotion is a happy surprise. The formulation of so many scented lotions seems to be an afterthought; this one has a lovely soft waxiness (in a good way) with no trace of greasiness at all. You won't have to wait to put your clothes on after applying. I expect that I'll repurchase.
Liked this quite a bit at the outset, but as with other of these Henri Bendel fragrances, the drydown was the fatal flaw. Maybe the first half hour was a very nice warm figginess, but then the stink began: Cheap drugstore vanilla and tobacco. Luckily the strength has mostly petered out by then. $50 for a fragrance that only has a half hour of life is not good value. Try before you buy- and give it time to dry down!
Skincare - Body -Carol's Daughter - Creamy Candy Body Butter
Mirabai 1/7/2005 5:31:00 PM
This product has what I would consider to be just about the ideal body butter consistency; Lusciously thick and creamy without seeming greasy. The high quality of the natural ingredients in this handmade product are apparent and it makes you feel good about applying it to your body. However, it's very moisturizing, so I only use it on my legs and elbows. Amazingly, the scent really does resemble LUSH's Creamy Candy Bubble Bar. But I'm taking one lippie off because that scent can, at times, be overwhelmingly sweet.
This is a very beautiful and understated super-sheer pale pink with a mica flake-like shimmer. Your nails gleam sort of like a translucent pearl or, as someone else said, like the inside of a seashell. It wears really well, too. So strong, but when it does chip, it's barely noticeable. This is really helpful when you don't necessarily have time to keep up a real manicure, but still want nice nails. An all-around great staple!
My feelings about this shampoo are tepid, at best. I've had better results from drugstore shampoos. It seemed to dry out my hair while simultaneously failing to thoroughly clean my oily-prone scalp. But it did lather nicely. And I like the squeeze bottle, but don't care for the Flinstone's chewable vitamins scent. It actually makes me feel a little sick. Can't say the price is warranted. Forget about buying it, I would never use this again even as a gift.
Red Rum is not the color I thought it would be. Expected it to be a warm red, but I see it as more of an orangey-caramel brown. So disappointment there. Also the amount of product is bitty, esp. considering the price. I never manage to finish a lipgloss, yet with only infrequent use the bottom of this container is already visible. Still, the texture and moisturization are really nice. But will not buy again.
Lip Gloss -Delux Beauty - Elastic Lip Gloss [DISCONTINUED]
Mirabai 9/18/2004 5:44:00 PM
This gloss really ought to stick better if they're going to call it "elastic." Not a fan of the slippy texture. Feels more like a greasy lipstick than a gloss to me. Poor staying power. Seems drying, too. On the plus side, the color I have "Ed," is pretty. It's a coral with very fine glitter. Very sheer and understated on the lips. It's a shame its so flattering since I don't like wearing it. And, really, $18 for such a tiny pot!
This is a surprisingly great lip gloss! Got it for only $1 at Bonne Bell's online store, where it's still available. Not being a huge pink lip gloss girl, I was a bit scared of the way it looked in the tube, but the color is actually fairly sheer and the same tone as my not-particularly-pigmented lips. It seems to moisturize well and together with the superfine, barely-there shimmer almost seems to plump the lips. Feels nice and smooth, too. Average stickiness= average lasting power. Otherwise, great as an everyday lip gloss. A purse staple.
Lotions/ Creams -Burt's Bees - Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme
Mirabai 8/22/2004 8:37:00 PM
Thankfully I live in a warmer climate now, but back when my poor skin had to endure 6-mth-long New England winters this was a useful product for me. However, I never enjoyed using it because of the icky thick, greasy, heavy texture. As many others seem to, I only used it before bedtime. But in those minutes before sleep overcame consciousness, I would be disgusted with stickiness of my hands against the sheets. Sure, the next morning the chapping would be somewhat repaired, but surely there must be other products on the market that are less greasy and that produce equivalent results?