This is the newest scent by L'occitane, and I tried it today. It is predominantly Lavender, but also has notes of peach and freesia. It's an excellent choice for hot weather-I would describe this scent as fresh, arid and a tiny bit sweet. Very evocative; I can imagine the fields of Provence smelling just like this. This scent lasted quite a while on me, and can probably be worn by men, also. I like this fragrance much more than their older Lavender scent.
It's a shame that it's been discontinued, but I have acquired 2 bottles of Day via someone who purchased some at the outlets. That said, I really enjoy this fragrance. Perfect for hot weather and sunny days. A citrus-based scent with a little 'kick', with a touch of greenery thrown in to boot.
I just adore this! This thick, rich cream comes in a circular tin, and contains 10 percent Shea Butter, which is a natural emollient. My hair is very thick and naturally wavy, and tends to be dry. I use this as a rich conditioner every time I shampoo, and after leaving it on for 5 minutes I notice that my hair is very soft and detangled. I often blowdry my hair, and after doing so on the days I use this, my hair is noticably shiny and the 'frizzies' are definitely tamed. This product also has a very 'clean' scent to it. I will definitely repurchase!
Fragrances -Yves Saint Laurent - Opium Fleur de Shanghai
tjk2270 6/11/2005 4:08:00 PM
lol..i was wondering who pulled down the score on this. I for one love it. It's light, pretty, not TOO spicy for warm weather and a welcome relief from boring unisex citrusy aquatics and overly sweet florals. Very nice.
I tried a sample at my local Sephora, and while I don't LOVE this, I do like it very much. I can definitely pick up notes of tuberose and gardenia...perhaps also a little jasmine? It's quietly sexy and undoubtedly feminine. Long lasting, too! This strikes me as a slightly more sophisticated version of "La Chasse Aux Papillons"....good chance I'll buy it.
I agree with Dina37's review. EDP and EDT (and Parfum) are all markedly different. I wore some of the EDP today and was very pleasantly surprised. Chanel #5 is an unabashedly feminine, quietly classy (and classic) fragrance, obviously very well done. It's perfect, in my mind, for days or nights when you want to glory in your feminity without being obvious. I do believe this is best worn on women with a certain amount of intelligence and maturity...and that does NOT mean they have to be 75 years old! I find comments such as "this smells like an old lady" to be unoriginal and shallow. I'd love to either recieve the Parfum version as a gift, or even buy it for myself. It's a classic, beautiful fragrance.
Gels/Soaps -L'Occitane - Amande Cleansing and Soothing Shower Oil
tjk2270 3/18/2005 1:12:00 AM
I really enjoyed using this "shower oil"....in the bath. As I poured a bit under the hot running water, the sweet, noticable scent of almond filled the bathroom. The oil made my bath aromatic and moisturizing, and foamed up without being drying. After the bath my skin was soft and lightly scented. I want to try the rest of this line!
With my very pale skin and dark brown hair, I tend to sometimes wimp out and gravitate towards YLBB hues...Nars Dolce Vita, for example. But I was in our city's Sephora today and decided to try Victoire. This lipgloss/stain applied smoothly with almost a silky feel, not especially moisturizing yet not dry, either. On my lips it took on a berry/red/brown tint, accentuating my dramatic coloring and winning raves from my coworkers. Strongly considering purchasing this.
This new fragrance from Hermes is very nice indeed. I saw it while browsing Saks today and was intrigued by the bottle, the name, and the grassy-colored liquid inside. What would a perfume named "Garden on the Nile" smell like? I was pleasantly surprised. This starts with a fresh, almost-but-not-quite sharp green accord, tempered by the ripeness of mango. Then comes a soft woods, note, all the while hinting at (and finally revealing) a sensual amber/incense drydown. This strikes me as being what a Garden on the Nile really would smell like, and hints at flowers and grasses on the banks of this immortal river, with the sun shining brightly above, and then the approach of a golden dusk with a few glittering stars on the horizon. I was also pleased to find that the scent lasted a long time on my skin. Next to Le Chasse aux Papillons, I plan to make this my warm weather scent!
Pressed Powders -Lancome - Photogenic Compact [DISCONTINUED]
tjk2270 12/30/2004 11:34:00 PM
I'm a fan of this powder for several reasons. First, it does what it says...provides a soft but flawlessly illuminated look. Second, the translucent (the shade I use) truly is colorless; it simply enhances your skin. And third, the compact is lovely. Yes, that sort of thing matters to me, esp. if you're going to be hauling out your compact in public. It's sleek and black, with a gold snap on one side, embossed with a small rose. The only words of caution I would provide would be to echo some of the sentiments below...it looks more natural (and is more economical) when applied lightly with a brush, and yes, you should wait as long as possible before applying the powder for your foundation, etc, to dry. Otherwise, this is a very good buy!
Cleansers -Prescriptives - All Clean Fresh Foaming Cleanser-Normal Skin
tjk2270 12/30/2004 11:26:00 PM
I received a sample of this at a local Prescriptives counter upon doing some serious retail therapy, and I have to say that I very pleased with this cleanser. It does foam...ALOT. And it only takes a little, which is even better. And when I say "a little", I mean, the size of a pea. For your whole face. It then produces a soft, creamy, white and pleasantly-fragranced foam that removes all makeup, etc without drying or leaving behind a greasy film. It not only performs--it's economic, non irritating and not hideously expensive. (although it's not, say, as cheap as Dove or Cetaphil). In the 4 days I've been using this, I've noticed that my skin is softer and more even-toned. I will definitely be buying a tube!
After much deliberation (and waiting for the cold weather), I wore Donna Karan's Black Cashmere today. It was a snowy, cold, windy day, and I have to say that I love this scent. It's mysterious, dark, unusual, amber-y sweet without being cloying, spicy without being overwhelming, glowing with incense and sandalwood. I'll be putting this next to my Coco EDP and Messe de Minuit--Black Cashmere is an alluring and unusual fragrance that is not for conformist little girls. If you like aquatic, unisex perfumes...you might want to look elsewhere. If this is really being/been discontinued--I'm very very disappointed. Love or hate it? Sure. Forget it? Never.
Moisturizers -Dove - Sensitive Essentials Night Cream
tjk2270 12/1/2004 11:18:00 PM
I am VERY pleased with this product. I was looking for an inexpensive but good moisturizer that wouldn't make me very oily-or cause me to breakout. My acne prone skin has been more dry recently, and I couldn't afford the Clarins moisturizer I used to use. After reading these reviews, I picked up this night cream and after a few days of use, my skin appears healthier and more hydrated. No noticable breakouts, not greasy, and sinks in rather well. And the price is about 1/10th of what I used to pay with Clarins! Highly recommended.
I'm so happy to find a fragrance that I uneqivocally like! Of course, it's discontinued...but can still be found at various sites on the net. Sweet fresh mango, woodsy-green notes over light incense....this is a lovely, refreshingly complex and somewhat unusual scent that I have enjoyed all day. Not too floral, not too sweet or cloying, but lovely, feminine and sweet.
I love this fragrance. And it was only a relatively short time ago that I didn't. I heartily agree with those who say that a prominent cedar note will likely be the reason you either love or hate it, but I do think other factors come into play, for instance, how much you apply, your personal chemistry, and the weather. For example, I applied just a little on a cool day not too long ago. For a few short hours I smelled like a cedar chest. Today, applied a bit more, and it was warmer. Plus, I was moving around at my job, and so I think as the perfume warmed up, it really brought out the lovely salty-rose and amber notes to soften the cedar. Not to say the cedar is unpleasant...not at all. Needless to say, I am thrilled to find a new perfume I love...and receive many compliments on!...but it's a double edged sword as Tiempe Passate is very expensive. Yet this is a scent that lasted on me, smelled sensuous but not overly sexy (like warm, womanly skin) and comes in a beautiful bottle. I'm willing to splurge on this...and highly recommend it to you as well.