Product Reviews by ncashen

Conditioner - Trader Joe's - Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner

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Mar/01/2014

Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner is a sharp, super clean smelling light rinse-out conditioner for hair that is made with quality ingredients at a very good price.

Tea tree oil is a key ingredient in the product.

This reminds me of may Desert Essence products I used to buy at the health food stores in the 1990s.

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Fragrances - Coty - Truth or Dare by Madonna

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Mar/01/2014

Like many reviewers, I am not a huge Madonna fan. I'm also hesitant to buy celebrity fragrances. I'd rather buy a fragrance from a company/house devoted to its craft.

When I smelled the original Truth or Dare in the white bottle for the first time, it reminded me that even a celebrity fragrance can be interesting. And this one is.

I knew Madonna was a fan of …
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Fragrances - Cartier - Le Baiser du Dragon

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Mar/01/2014

I have Le Baiser Du Dragon Cartier for women EDP.

It's perfectly named, but it could also be called breath of the dragon. It's very strong. After spraying it, the first three words that come to my mind are: dark, mythical, and potent.

Almond is present, but it's toasted in glowing embers of incense and scorched wood. And this will stay on your skin or …
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Fragrances - Ungaro - Diva

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Mar/01/2014

Diva Emanuel Ungaro for women is a gorgeous Italian fragrance. The notes are different on paper, but it does remind me of Luciano Soprani Strass for women and Luciano Soprani for women (discontinued).

Diva was supposedly a favorite or the signature fragrance of Sophia Loren.

I can totally understand that match. Diva and Sophia are both rich, decadent, feminine, and …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Jacques Fath - Fath de Fath

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Mar/01/2014

Fath de Fath Jacques Fath for women is one of the finest fruit-topped fragrances I've ever owned.

I'm not sure why others are comparing it to something as simple as canned peaches. It's much too sophisticated and multi-faceted for that.

Fath de Fath is a luscious, velvety, cognac-colored elixir that sparkles with currants, plums, and citrus. Its heart …
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Fragrances - Elizabeth Arden - Red Door

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Jan/12/2014

This award-winning fragrance is such a classic floral by Elizabeth Arden. I like the concept and the bottle. I can appreciate the carefully crafted blend of ylang yang, rose, jasmine, orange blossom and the the rest of the bouquet that blossoms out of this fragrance.

I am highly sensitive to certain florals. Since Red Door is bursting with quite a variety of them right through its …
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Fragrances - Yves Saint Laurent - Opium Eau de Toilette

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Jan/11/2014

I have never tried the legendary vintage version of YSL's Opium, but my love for the current version makes me curious. This designer classic is a sophisticated oriental that lingers around the wearer. One of my top fragrances if all time.

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Fragrances - Bath & Body Works - Sensual Amber EDT [DISCONTINUED]

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Jan/08/2014

While I enjoy the sweet woody scent of Sensual Amber EDT by Bath and Body Works, I don't classify it as a fine fragrance. That is, I don't experience complexity or changes after the "drydown" (the evaporation of alcohol and top notes).

I find that this EDT smells the same from first application to the end of the day. It has limited but decent lasting power. Like …
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Brows - Dior - Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil

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Jan/07/2014

It's true. This is an amazing eyebrow liner. The secret is in both the consistency and color (a natural and universal brown). But the size of the tip is also key. This is so thin you can build tiny feathered strokes onto your eyebrow and never make a mistake.

There is one drawback. If you twist it up too far out of the applicator, there is a high risk of breakage. And at this …
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Fragrances - Unlisted Brand - Sunshine Spa Natural Perfume Oil Vanilla

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Jan/06/2014

These .25 oz mini glass bottles of perfume oil from Sushine Spa are just adorable. And I llke the story behind the company. The products are advertised as 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and free of parabens, propylene glycol, or sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates.

Sunshine Spa's web site also states the following: "We are female entrepreneurs who believe in catering to the spiritual …
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