Fragrances -Bath and Body Works - Wild Honeysuckle EDT
jeanjean17 6/22/2008 2:12:00 AM
This is a very pretty, clean and feminine scent that works well for me. I consider it to be a very good budget-friendly (& longer lasting) substitute for Annick Goutal's Le Chevrefeuille - they are very similar in style. My review is for the EDT only - the body splash seems to smell a little bit different on me; don't know about the lotion.
This is the very definition of a perfect summer scent to me - light, crisp, and fresh. There's nothing heavy, sweet or cloying about it. I carry a small spray bottle of it in my purse or tote bag on hot summer days because it's a wonderful pick-me-up in the heat. A German lady told me once to put it on my temples and the back of my neck to help ease tension headaches - it's calming in the same way as lavender (although it's not lavender-scented). I think Annick Goutal's Eau d'Hadrien is a very similarly styled scent, but much more expensive.
Songes reminds me of the scent of a florist's shop - in a good way. It is a heady floral that walks a nice line between the heavy, spicy scents of winter and the light, crisp & clean scents of summer. I think it's a great scent for the spring - I reach for it when I want something fresher than my winter scents, but the crisp scents of summer don't seem quite right yet. Works for either day or evening. I have the EDT + the body cream (in the tube), but to be honest, a penny-sized amount of the body cream is enough on its own - it gives a really nice level of scent that lasts all day.
Beautiful - this is feminine sandalwood. If you love sandalwood but think it often feels too masculine on it's own, give this a try. I agree with Rivercat that this is somehow sexy & exotic and comforting at the same time. I got a 1-dram bottle for $7.99 at Wild Oats Market. It's very concentrated - I only use a drop or two at a time.
Treatments (Eye) -Burt's Bees - Royal Jelly Eye Cream
jeanjean17 5/6/2006 1:45:00 AM
I've been using this for two months now, and have been surprised to find out I really love it. I noticed results in under a week - overall, my whole eye area looks brighter, with less puffiness and the small bit of crepiness I had is completely gone (I am 42). My eyes are sensitive and I have problems wearing anything that agressively targets wrinkles around the eye area - this cream is moisturizing, very protective, and non-irritating. Once I got used to it, I haven't had any issues with application and to my surprise, rather than being too sticky for day wear and makeup, it actually seems to hold my makeup on better (I initially thought this was going to be a night-only product because it seems so thick). This is a terrific product for me, and one I expect to be using for many more years.
Lotions/ Creams -Neutrogena - Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
jeanjean17 3/7/2006 11:19:00 PM
This is one of my all-time favorite products - I have used it for probably 20 years now and can't tell you how many times I have recommended it. This is a serious hand cream that means business! I put it on every night before bed, rubbing a little bit extra into my cuticles, and it really helps keep my hands and nails in great shape. My daughter gets chapped lips easily, and sometimes I will wipe this across her lips at night (while she's sleeping!) - she looks so much better in the morning (does a much better job than ChapStick). It can be a bit "gunky" on initial application, but after a few minutes it soaks in and doesn't cause me any problems. The smell isn't really good or bad (there is a fragarance-free version), but the smell isn't why you'd buy this anyway. I like the short, fat tube - functional and space-efficient (tip: cut it open after you can't get any more out; there's still a fair amount in there to scoop out). Again, an absolutely terrific product that does what it is supposed to!
I agree with another reviewer - these also reminded me of Clinique lipsticks, which I've always liked. Both provide sheer color with a light feel on the lips. I am fair complected and the sheer colors (both here and in with Clinique) work well for me. I didn't notice any particular problems with drying my lips out however, they are not very "durable" and seem to need frequent reapplication. Maybe the dryness from the absence of product on the lips is what some are noticing? In that regard, I would say the Clinique is longer-lasting on the lips, but at the price of the Burt's Bees, they are certainly worth consideration. The colors are very nice - I particulary like "Rhubarb." I would buy them again.