Angel smells like a dirt truffle to me. Yes, a dirt truffle. All I really smell is patchouli and chocolate, and the funny thing about the chocolate in angel is it manages to be both bitter and syrupy sweet at once. I love sweet gourmands and I love heavy orientals, so it would seem Angel would be a scent I could embrace with open arms, but rather, it makes me ill. I have smelled it once or twice on ladies who had a chemistry that turned this mixture of patchouli and chocolate into something warm and inviting and, dare I say it? even sexy. But I am not one of those ladies, and, unfortunately, neither are many of the women who I smell it on, as I often smell it on ladies who, like I, cannot pull it off. I've also come to associate this fragrance with scrubs as this seems to be an exceedingly popular scent with the nurses in my city, disturbingly enough.
Fragrances -Elizabeth Arden - Fantasy Britney spears
zoegirl1987 2/4/2008 8:47:00 PM
All I smell is fake fruit. Do people merely associate sweet=vanilla or do I really have a bizarre chemistry that cancels out any and all vanilla this scent may have? I love sweet vanilla gourmands and so, I swallowed my pride and tried this Britney Spears fragrance in hopes of smelling...vanilla...cupcakes...musk, all very enticing fragrance notes to me. But no, all I smell is cheap fruity body spray.
Lotions/ Creams -Bath and Body Works - Exotic Coconut
zoegirl1987 12/30/2007 7:41:00 PM
Smells good, coconut with vanilla and musk notes, Tropical, but warm enough to wear in cooler months and not feel like a pina colada. I see the WVS comparisons, but it's far more coconutty then that. While wearing this, a friend commented that "something smells like coconut macaroons" and I said I believed it was my lotion, he said "It smells pretty amazing" The formula is typical B&BW, not especially moisturizing, but very fragrant. Luckily, I did not experience the burning other reviewers mentioned, and I have *very* sensative skin.
This is a surprisingly pretty and classy fragrance. I'm not a big fan of the overly fruity fare that the VS Garden collection offers, nor do I enjoy Vanilla Lace, smells plastic-y to me somehow, but amber romance is different. Pretty on it's own and nice to layer with, smells good with Lolita Lempicka and Shalimar among others. Sometimes all I smell is cherry vanilla, but most of the time I get notes of amber and musk as well.
Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Sensual Amber Body Splash
zoegirl1987 10/13/2007 12:34:00 AM
This has become my favorite Bath and Body Works scent, besides Warm Vanilla Sugar. A smokey mix of vanilla, amber, woods, plum, patchouli and musk, it's warm and sweet, though not overly so. Easy to wear, very pretty and pleasant.
Burberry Brit is an interesting fragrance in that is starts off very sharp and citrusy with lots of lime and dries down warm and creamy with vanilla almond and musk, it is however sweet all the way through. It's not exactly smooth or well blended but it is for the most part pleasant. Sometimes I really like this and sometimes it makes me almost ill. It is definitely a cooler weather scent to me as I find it overly heavy and a bit choking in the heat.
I remember my grandmother wearing Shalimar when I was young and I loved to smell it on her, now, as an adult I've revisited Shalimar for myself, and been elevated a new euphoric plane. :) Shalimar has had the misfortune of being labeled an old lady scent, perhaps it's the powder, or people simply can not appreciate complex fragrances these days, at counters filled with celebrity scents, overly obvious gourmands, and fruity florals, but when I went to try Shalimar on the first time for myself a year or so ago, the SA, a young women about my age, at the counter was so surprised that I was looking for Shalimar and told me, "I can't say I like it myself, but I will say I respect you for being young and for liking Shalimar!" Whether appreciated by the majority of young people or not, I can't imagine Shalimar being offensive provided it's not over applied, as, for all it's oriental richness, it's an incrediably smooth and well blended scent. Put in less then poetic terms, Shalimar is an incense-y, powdery, musky vanilla, but it's really so much more, it's sexy and sophisticated, classic and yet never dated, lush, warm and beautiful, there's a reason it's survived for so long.
This is, for the most part, a very classic, "pretty", likable fragrance. There is much to love, it is warm, sweet, soft, a clean, fresh oriental. It's likable, versitle, it could suit so many women, it would be tempting to call it pedestrian and almost boring, but the beauty of a classic fragrance such as this is it's ability to suit the occasion and the wearer, it could be a young woman's first perfume, it could be a scent for a mature women who has worn Chanel her whole life and wants to update, it could be a "date" scent for someone who doesn't like perfume, it could be a working women's everyday scent, it has much potential and in the right setting can be truly alluring, sexy and beautiful.
Fragrances -Lolita Lempicka - L de Lolita Lempicka
zoegirl1987 8/6/2007 7:14:00 PM
This is a beautiful and addictive fragrance, innoffensive but unique which is a hard to come by combination. It begins as a citrusy, cinnamony vanilla and dries down to a soft, spicy, musky vanilla. It's not overly sweet like cake, to me, but rather a bit smoky and very incense-y. It's pretty heavy for warm weather(despite the very oceanic bottle and advertisiments), but I like it so much I don't care and am wearing it now despite the heat, that said, I can't wait to wear this in the fall and winter as I know it will be cozy and delicious in cooler weather. I honestly haven't smelled anything this beautiful and completely addicting in a long time, I love perfume, have many and wear many but I've been wearing this every day lately and I simply can't get enough. This is a really beautiful scent, classic enough that anyone could wear it, but modernized so that a young women won't feel uncomfortable in it at all. My one and only qualm is the staying power leaves a LOT to be desired, it fades fast, but this fragrance is so gorgeous I can't bear to knock off a lippie despite that one complaint.
Lotions/ Creams -Ecco Bella - Ecco Bella Vanilla Lotion
zoegirl1987 7/25/2007 3:02:00 AM
This is my very favorite lotion. Smells heavenly, gorgeous, subtle vanilla scent and amazingly moisturizing. Heals my dry skin like no other. It's very concentrated so be sure to use sparingly to avoid a greasy, sticky feel.
I started using this as a body wash several years ago, I soon began shaving my legs with it, Then, about a year ago, I started using it as my face wash. Recently, I've started expirmenting with it to cleanse my dry curly hair. I've got to say...it has been the best product for all three jobs. My skin has never been less dry and tight, I use a lot less body lotion and facial moisturizer, and I break out less as well, I don't get bad razor burn the way I used to and my hair is doing great with this as my primary shampoo. I really could not be happier with a product. It's multipurpose, it smells delish, and it's completely natural, good for your body and good for the enviroment. I love Bronners and I sincerely reccomend it to everyone.
I was really impressed with this one. Light enough to absorb very quickly, but hydrating enough that, even in the winter when my skin's dryer, my face doesn't feel tight. It makes my skin feel silky all day and doesn't break me out. I am also glad they put this one in a pump bottle, love that :)
I can't say it calmed my skin all that much...I'm always ruddy, there's little I can do about that. But it definitely doesn't aggrevate my skin, and my skin is super sensative. I use it around my eyes a lot as they are the most sensative and it doesn't irratate them, and absorbs very fast. It's a nice light moisturizer that absorbs well and gives me a nice moisturized glow, I usually use this one at night but it would be great under some sunscreen during the day too.
Fragrances -Lolita Lempicka - Lolita Lempicka Midnight
zoegirl1987 4/3/2007 4:34:00 PM
Everyone raves about Lolita Lempicka's gorgeous bottles...and I can't deny their merit. Beautiful and ornate, suggestive of fairytales and romance. And they've released with multiple limited edition bottles, for the original and the midnight, just in case you were bored. My bottle of Midnight does have bits of chunky silver glitter on it, which I could do without. But otherwise, the deep purple bottle is most definitely enticing. The notes according to Sephora are Aniseed, Ivy, Myrrh, Amarena, Violet, Jasmine, Tonka Bean, Musk, Vetiver, Benzoin, Vanilla, Licorice flower nector(whatever that is). On me, the prominant notes vary, at times midnight translates as very powdery, musky, soapy and clean, at other times it's syrupy and sweet, smelling of anise, candied violets, and a touch of cherry. At times I can also detect the medicinal note which is not my favorite but is interesting and not as unpleasant as it sounds. I can almost detect the vanilla and tonka but they aren't front and center, at least on my skin. This is very similiar to the original, but on me, the licorice/anise note comes out on my skin more in midnight, and there is less fruitiness. It could be easy to overdo, you really only need one spritz to get enough sillage. An interesting thing to note is that I do not like the taste of licorice or anise, but I like this nonetheless, the blend of anise with the other notes makes for an intersting fragrance, one that even licorice haters may appreciate.
I adore the Burt's Bees lip shimmers, to the point that, on a day to day basis, I rarely use other lip products anymore(besides using the original Burt's Bees chapstick...which I have loved for years). I have very chapped lips, but I like a bit of color, and these products solves both issues for me. This color is a bit too orange for me to wear on it's own, I mix it with a bit of Raisin lip shimmer, though, and get this awesome deep coral, so it's still a winner. And it has the most gorgeous multidimensional shimmer.