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Reviews from Sonoma, California

Alkemia Perfumes (Pt.1)

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While i’m usually drawn to reviewing soaps, I stumbled upon a perfumery that caught my attention. With their magical concoctions and creative names, I had to have my mittens on some Alkemia Perfumes 

This perfumery is located in the beautiful college town of Amherst, Massachusetts and ships their product worldwide

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Since I have been craving everything autumn this month, I felt that vanilla was a perfect choice. Not only is it versatile, it’s straight up sexy. According to The Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, Men tend to be more attracted to women who wear scents that resemble those of baked goods! 

Strange, but true. 

Anyway, I was so excited to get my beautiful little sample pack of vanillas in the mail that I practically squealed when I looked in my mailbox. I was even more excited when I opened them up.

My cat was too. 

(Today i’ll be reviewing my two FAVORITES)

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The first one that I tried was Vixen

"A captivatingly shapeshifting blend of sexy white amber and luminous late summer night blooming florals awakened by warm caresses of autumnal spice, golden musk, varietal apple peel, sugar pumpkin, jasmine tea, and a whisper of woodland mosses."

This description hits the nail on the head. I can’t think of a single perfume more fitting for November than this one. With its deep, dark spices, this scent made me want to grab my coat and  thermos of apple cider… and maybe even a pair of stilettos. 

If you’re into spicy scents, this is the one for you.

Vixen is bold, sweet and sharp tongued. 

You can get yourself a 5ml. bottle for $12.00 here

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Calaveras de Azucar (Sugar Skulls)

"Hauntingly sweet sugar skulls nestled against a backdrop of sugared white ambers"

This ghostly scent probably raised my blood sugars about a hundred points or so (I feel the ‘Beetus coming on) With sweet and sticky notes of melted sugar and deep, rich tones of woodsy amber, Calaveras de Azucar smells like Dia de los Muertos.

In short, this scent is gorgeous. Its feminine and light. If your a fan of sweet perfumes, Sugar Skulls is for you. 

I honestly loved this scent and will keep it in my arsenal of secret woman weapons. 

You can get a 5ml. bottle for $12.00 Here

(More to come from Alkemia! Stay tuned) 

And as always,

Happy Bathing!

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Posted
10 months ago

George Bernard Shaw

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.
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11 months ago

We’re really feeling this song!

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11 months ago

Natural Mystic: Doing The Body Good.

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Before I even begin… Happy Belated Fathers Day! It’s been a while forever since my last post, so I apologize for leaving you hanging.

Today, I’ve got a special treat for you all the way from Uptown Normal, Illinois; Natural Mystic, Inc.  

This soap company has some  pretty spectacular suds and is far from “Normal” (see what I did there?)

With soft suds and purifying scents, Natural Mystic knows how to deliver an enjoyable product that I have been totally enjoying for the past couple months. 

In fact, i loved these soaps so much that I used them within the first month that I had them.

"Dragonfly recipe - 96-98% natural"

"Dragonfly is our line of nearly natural soaps. These soaps contain fine fragrances formulated especially for handmade soap in addition to or instead of essential oils, and a couple of them contain FD&C pigments that add swirls of color through the soap. The soap formula is a rich blend of olive, coconut and palm oils, with plenty of shea butter, too. These soaps were developed for their scent, and for their creamy, luxurious lathers.”

Deby’s Dragonfly Recipe : Vanilla Bean

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Ingredients: Made from Olive Oil, distilled water, coconut oil, palm oil, sodium hydroxide, shea butter, fragrance, rosemary extract, (antioxidant)

Vanilla Bean has to be my absolute favorite soap

Lather = suds up immediately after coming into contact with water. 

Scent = dark, seductive and sexy vanilla.

Vanilla Bean packs quite a punch. With a dark and musky aroma, this soap is perfect for date night or a night out on the town with the girls. Since it has such a perfect scent, I didn’t have to put any perfume on. 

Something that struck me right away was that the soap genuinely smells like fresh vanilla bean pods and not the synthetic vanilla scent that goes into drugstore soaps. 

I completely recommend this bar to anyone who loves the earthy dark scent of fresh vanilla on their skin. I know I do!!!

 You can get a 4oz. slice of Vanilla Bean for $6.00: Click Here

 Happy Bathing!

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Posted
1 year ago

Hibiscus anyone?

Okay, this one’s long overdue!

About a month ago, I received a bar of Hibiscus and White Amber soap from a husband and wife duo company by the name: The Old Tyme Soap Shop. Located in Maine for the summer months and then in Florida for the winter months, Dick creates all of the soap molds and lazy Susans while Janet mixes up fresh batches of awesome soap.

To give an example of how awesome it is; Immediately after unwrapping this soap, my friend took a knife and cut a chunk off for herself so that she could keep the scent in her purse! 

Ingredients: Olive Oil, Distilled Water, Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Castor Oil,Fragrance Oil.

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With a milky consistency and a scent that I can only describe as “pretty”, this soap makes my skin smell wonderful for at least 8 hours after washing myself with it. Whats even better is that it pairs well with perfume oils with an amber or vanilla base. yum! 

Point blank, it smells exactly how it sounds. Tropical, relaxing and feminine. It reminds me of the time I enjoyed a cold drink on a beach in the Yucatan. Good good good. 

Not only does it smell great, it has a nice opaque lather that doesn’t need much force to get started.

I recommend getting an Exfoliating EcoPouf from ecoTools

I like them because they’re 100% Recycled and keep you from using up all your soap! …and only $2.49 USD
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So, if you love getting clean and smelling great, go and get this bar of soap! 

You can get a palm sized chunk for $4.50 Here:

You can also contact them at: janet@oldetymesoapshop.com

Happy Bathing! 

 

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1 year ago

A Natural Fragrance-Free Soap with colorful suds

Tonight I am reviewing one of my favorite hand soaps (it can be used as a body bar too due to its mild formula) This little treat is Blue Yonder Soaps’ “Red Palm & Sea Buckthorn” soap.


The Review:

I consider this soap to be one of my favorite hand soaps to display next to my sink. Not only does the soap look beautiful sitting in a glass dish, but the soap actually suds bright orange. Since the color does not stain your hands, I suggest this little bar to make washing hands fun for your children. The color is also festive and can be used during your holiday festivities. With Christmas on the way, I highly suggesting buying this soap for yourself or a loved one -Not only is it beautiful and fun, but it is moisturizing and contains healing properties!!

I highly suggest this soap! Especially if you have scent allergies or have skin that requires mild cleanser!

Some things you should know about Blue Yonder Soaps is that they contain ABSOLUTELY NO:

-Fragrance, Preservatives, Gluten, Phthalates, Parabens, Sulfates, Silicones, Triclosan, Hidden Chemicals, Animal Ingredients, Animal Testing

A little bit about “Red Palm & Sea Buckthorn”:

"Mild hand, body, or face bar.

Measures 2.5x2.5x1 and weighs about 3.8ozs.

Not your ordinary Red Palm Soap, it has been formulated to be extremely mild.

Red Palm Oil is high in carotenes (a precursor to Vitamin A) and the antioxidant tocotrienols (Vitamin E).

Sea buckthorn contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and has been used for centuries for all sorts of skin ailments.”

Ingredients: Organic Sunflower, Organic Red Palm, Organic Palm Kernel, and Sea buckthorn Oils, Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide, nothing else.

$6.00

Purchase here: http://blueyondersoap.com/store/#!/~/product/category=3981550&id=17169294

Contact: info@blueyondersoap.com

Stay tuned for more ‘Blue Yonder’ reviews!!

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Posted
1 year ago

No-Miss Cosmetics

Today, I bring you a company from Boca Raton, Florida who’s mission is to bring non-chemical, non-cancerous cosmetics to consumers, giving them a healthy alternative to cosmetics that traditionally have a long list of carcinogens printed on the back. 

I really LOVE No-Miss!!

I got home today, opened my mail and found these lovely canisters of shimmer and shine. This last week hasn’t been too good for me, so finding these made my day.

(Me wearing No-Miss eye-shadows in Tallahasse TanFerndale Fawn, and Party Hardy

the first product that I tried was their Natural Mascara in black. This is a nice product. Not too runny but not too thick. It works well and gives a very natural look to eyelashes, making them thicker and longer without weighing them down, or making them waxy. 

Official Description:

All day for stronger longer lashes. Made with Herbal Extracts. Run, smudge, flake, clump and cruelty free. Uses a full brush.

  • Enriched with Vitamin E and Aloe
  • Non Drying Condition Formula
  • Color made from the Earth
  • Polymer Free - Talc Free - Lacquer Free
  • Fragrance Free
  • Safe for contact lens wearers
  • No animal testing

You can buy a No-Miss Mascara for $15 

Here: http://www.nomiss.com/proddetail.php?prod=mascara

 

I paired this mascara with the Natural Liquid Eyeliner in black. At first, I wasn’t convinced. After opening the tube and swiping it on my eyelid, I was sold.  The black isn’t harsh or overdone. The color is soft; almost a gunmetal grey. 

The brush is the perfect length. Not too long and not too short, it has the ability to paint a fine, exact line. 

It also glides on smoothly, which makes putting on makeup much more enjoyable. 

This little eyeliner comes in a variety of colors to suit all of your moods. 

Official Description:

  • Made with Herbal Extracts
  • Enriched with Aloe and Vitamin E
  • Color made from the Earth
  • Safe for contact lens wearers
  • Fragrance Free


Here’s another in Brown.

(This brown is exquisite! It’s very auburn and warm) 

The liquid eyeliners can be bought for $15 

Here: http://www.nomiss.com/proddetail.php?prod=eyeliner


I also was able to try three fantastic eye-shadows!

The first wasTallahasse Tan. This eye shadow is brilliantly shimmery with a rich suntanned feel. Looks awesome on because of its crushed jewel quality over the skin. 

and here’s the back 

The second one I tried was Party Hardy

With multicolored body glitter within the pigment, this eye shadow most definitely feels like a party when applied to the eyes. (this one works best with primer) 

LOVE

The last eye shadow I tried was Ferndale Fawn

This light, shimmery beauty looks wonderful as a light accent in the corners of the eyes and underneath the brow. 

All three of these eye shadows fully surpassed my expectations. They are thick, pigmented and only require a tiny amount to be seen. 

To be quite honest, these worked better than my shimmer MAC shadows. 

These are not small either! They are the size of a mineral foundation container. (almost 2” in diameter!) 

These eye-shadows are excellent and come in at least 40 different colors!!!!! 

If you would like to buy yourself one of these colors, you can get them for $8.99

Here: http://www.nomiss.com/proddetail.php?prod=eye-shadow

(If you click Click to view all eye shadow colors. it’ll show every single shade offered!) 

So if your in the mood for awesome, cruelty-free makeup, look no further than No-Miss! 

Happy Bathing! 

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Posted
1 year ago

SaraWen Perfumes - Sherlock Holmes/Professor Moriarty Inspired

Today I have a treat for you all! Two perfumes created by the indie perfumery ‘SaraWen Perfume Art’ - a company that sells only vegan/cruelty-free perfume oils!

I’m an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes, and am very honored to have been able to review these two perfume oils.

Logical Delusion (Moriarty Inspired) - Right off the bat, I could smell the Nag Champa in this lovely creation - it is a strong enough note that I recognized it before checking out the scent notes on SaraWen’s etsy page (found here

This perfume oil is unisex, and almost has a powdery exotic scent to it. 

The official description to this perfume oil states: 

A dangerous and cunning blend of poisoned tea, tobacco, and gunpowder, with a hint of nag champa and absinthe. Beware, Holmes!

This is a strong, masculine perfume oil - with almost a seductive, opium/absinthe den quality to it. 

The perfume oil is not sticky, nor is it oily. It is not overpowering and can be subtle depending on how much you put on. 

This is a perfect homage to Sherlock Holmes; especially to Moriarty. 

Logical Delusion can be purchased here (opens in new window) 

4.5 ML Roller Bottle (carefully wrapped in tissue paper) $12.50 

Sample Perfume (10-14 Applications) 1.5 ML purchase here $4.00 (opens in new window)

Logical Deduction (Sherlock Holmes Inspired) -The official description on SaraWen’s etsy page states:

Sophisticated notes of bay rum, Earl Grey tea, and tobacco, with a hint of leather and dark chocolate. This is a unisex fragrance inspired by Sherlock Holmes, and is reminiscent of a gentleman’s Victorian parlour. 

And the description really hits the nail on the head! I can envision a victorian parlour while smelling my skin - very musky, and masculine. Unisex, but I would suggest buying this for a male friend (Yuletide is coming up, hint hint!) 

This perfume oil has a sweet powder-like scent to it, and you can really smell the Earl Grey tea, bay rum, leather and tobacco. A little goes a long way, as this is a strongly scented product.

This perfume oil smells like it’s from another time era, and you will too! 

I can just imagine Sherlock lounging around in his apartment, smoking a pipe, and working out a crazy case! 

Logical Deduction can be purchased here (opens in new window) 

4.5 ML Roller Bottle (carefully wrapped in tissue paper) $12.50 

Sample Perfume (10-14 Applications) 1.5 ML purchase here $4.00 (opens in new window)
NOTE:
These two perfumes are distinctive and completely different from each other. If you like sweet, strong powdery leather & tabacco scents; I would suggest Logical Deduction.
If you love Nag Champa Incense, Indian Spices, and light Powdery scents; I would suggest Logical Delusion.
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1 year ago
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