Beat the heat with Clean Fragrance Rollerballs in Skin and Fresh Laundry

What is the temperature outside for you right now? Even though I live in a northern state, at this very moment it is a steaming hot 93 degrees. I swear that if I cracked an egg on the black top right now it would fry up and sprout some bacon AND toast.

photo from AudioKarma.org

photo from AudioKarma.org

When it’s this hot I can’t do any sort of body product that feels heavy, including spray-on fragrance. What I am loving for scent are several items from the Clean Perfume Rollerball Collection I was recently sent to try, including Clean Skin and Clean Fresh Laundry.

Clean Rollerball Perfumes

Clean Rollerball Perfumes

Clean Rollerball Perfumes

Clean Rollerball Perfumes

Clean Rollerball Perfumes ($20) are long, skinny glass bottles with a rollerball applicator. It’s the same scent as the regular perfumes, but oh so convenient and just plain easier in hot weather. They are totally transportable so pop one in your beach bag to counter the ‘nice but I don’t really want to be wearing this’ scent of chlorine or lake water.

Clean Skin Rollerball Perfume

Clean Skin Rollerball Perfume

Clean Skin is fragrance, yes, but it’s subtle. It makes you just plain smell GOOD.  Top notes include SHEER HONEYDEW, LOTUS BLOSSOM & FRESH AIR ACCORD. Mid-notes are DEWY PETALS, AQUATIC NOTES & BLUE ROSE, and base notes are WHITE MUSK, AMBER WOOD and CREAMY VANILLA.  Just perfect on a super hot summer day…in fact the hotter it gets, the better this smells. It’s a mostly floral scent, but as body temps heat up, it sort of transforms and becomes more musky, soft, and clean. It is just what I want my skin to smell like when it’s hot and sticky out.

Clean Fresh Laundry Rollerball Perfume

Clean Fresh Laundry Rollerball Perfume

Talk about fresh and clean…I don’t think a fragrance gets as fresh and clean as this one does. Clean Fresh Laundry is amazing for helping me keep my cool, even after biking ten miles. Top notes include BRAZILIAN ORANGE, MEXICAN LIME & FRESH MOWN GRASS. Mid-notes are ROSE OTTO and NIGHT BLOOMING JASMINE, and base notes include HELIOTROPE and WOODY MUSK. The end result is somehow cool and warm…like a cool breeze mixed with the warmth from the clothes dryer.

The rollerball packaging is terrific, and the scents are wonderful. Clean Perfume has other rollerball scents too, including Shower Fresh, Air, Cool Cotton, Warm Cotton, and a pretty neat looking one that has Cool Cotton on one end and Warm Cotton on the other. You can find them online at CleanPerfume.com.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

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5 favorite summer fragrances – a Makeup Wars post

Another Makeup Wars, another way to entice you into spending money. This time we’re tempting your senses with a variety of fragrance that are loved by the bloggers involved. Normally Marcia writes the Makeup Wars post but for this she’s turned to her blog partner Lisa for advice. Lisa has a love of fragrance so she’s sharing 5 of the scents she’s tried this year that’s she’s crazy about. On the original list Lisa sent me she included ones from last year like Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig, Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder, and LaVanila Vanilla Coconut BUT being the stern taskmaster that I am, I made her chose 5 different ones and promised that I’d show you her choices from last year’s Makeup Wars. Now unto her 2015 Summer Favorites in no particular order.
Clean Summer Sun

Clean Summer Sun

1. CLEAN SUMMER SUN ($59*) is her most expensive choice but one she is loving this summer. “Clean Summer Sun is a fruity, woody scent in truly beautiful packaging. The bottle itself looks like a summer sunset. At First I was thinking that with the somewhat tropical appearance perhaps this was a beachy scent, but it isn’t. It’s more of an outdoorsy fresh-cut lawns, lush green woods, watching the fireflies come out kind of scent.”soap and paper2.  SOAP & PAPER FACTORY SOLID PERFUME IN ORANGE BLOSSOM ($18*) is a great choice if you are traveling or like to take a scent with you. “The Orange Blossom scent is beyond gorgeous. This smells just like orange blossom with a woodsy note once it dries down. If you love orange blossoms, this is for you. And solid perfumes are perfect for summer.”1437349850_island_coconut_065eaff8-aae1-46f2-808f-9b373fa67460_large.jpg_v_1430874783

3. SunyIsland Blu ISLAND COCONUT ($12) “Sometimes it’s just too darn hot to wear perfume so instead I go for fragranced body sprays. My favorite Etsy Shop (also website) for summer sprays is SunyIslandBlu. This summer I am constantly reaching for two body sprays in particular – Island Coconut which is a mix of tropical coconut and sweet vanilla and Summer Crush which is a light creamy coconut.”  Note from Marcia: Lisa is a coconut fiend. I couldn’t find Summer Crush on Etsy or their website which is going to make Lisa sad. I hope she stocked up.1437349774_Skeem-Sweet-Pea-and-Vanilla-next-to-packaging-172x3004. SKEEM PURE PERFUME IN SWEET PEA AND VANILLA ($15*) Lisa has always loved Skeem and seems to have a stash of their beautiful candles at her home. Now she’s learned about their Pure Perfume and she’s enchanted. “These perfumes have only 3 natural ingredients: denatured alcohol, filtered water and Skeem’s exclusive fragrances. The took the scents from their Pur Piller Candle Collection and made them into cute roller balls. Just like with their candles, the packaging for each scent is a work of art itself. Check out the beautiful butterflies that adorn the Sweet Pea and Vanilla scent. This scent is a great combination of deep, rich vanilla and the beautiful floral of Sweet Pea. The scent on these is strong at first but then it dries down to a gorgeous subtleness that lasts throughout the entire day.”lush vanillary5.  LUSH VANILLARY PERFUME ($15.95) Actually Lisa had two Lush fragrances but only this one is on their website but if you go to a Lush store see if they have the Gorilla scents and look for Furze, a cookies and coconut scent. “The Lush Vanillary scent is a fantastic option for vanilla lovers. It combines deep vanilla with soft caramel notes, a pairing that adds up to a wonderfully rich scent that isn’t too sweet or too foody.”

Thanks for reading our combination post. Lisa is making Marcia think twice about her fragrance phobia. Did she do that to you too?


*items marked with * are pr samples, rest are purchases

Soap and Paper Neroli Hand Cream and Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30

NeroliIt’s a little late for celebrating National Orange Blossom Day (June 27th), but I’m known for my penchant for being a little late to almost every party. It doesn’t even matter if the official day is over, I think every day is a good day to celebrate the soft honey sweetness that is neroli, also known as orange blossom. The perfect product for doing so?  Soap & Paper Factory Shea Butter Hand Cream in Neroli ($18).

Soap and Paper Neroli Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Neroli Hand Cream

Soap and Paper Neroli Hand Cream

I am a big fan of the Soap and Paper Factory (soapandpaperfactory.com) and absolutely love their Neroli Hand Cream. The gorgeous, artistic packaging is fabulous and the cool retro squeeze tube is a work of art.

The hand cream itself is thick and rich, with an elegant shea-based formula that totally soothes dry skin. The neroli scent is amazing – sweet and slightly green. It smells clean and pure, and is just perfect for this velvety hand cream.

Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30

Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30

A wonderful partner for the Neroli Hand Cream is the Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30 (1.7 oz $220). This is an expensive fragrance, but oh so worth it. It is a heavenly combination of jasmine and orange blossom and is the quintessential scent partner for my beloved Soap & Paper Factory Shea Butter Hand Cream in Neroli.

Orange blossom lovers have some truly great options with Soap and Paper Factory Neroli Hand Cream and Krigler Juicy Jasmine 30. They make a perfect pair!  – Lisa

*Soap & Paper Neroli Hand Cream received for editorial consideration

The perfect summer fragrance: Clean Summer Sun

Clean Summer Sun

Looking for a new scent for the season? A perfect option is Clean Summer Sun which just launched in April of 2015. Shoot, who cares about the scent…the packaging alone sells me on this one. The Limited Edition Summer Sun is a bottle of  a summer sunset after a bright summer day.

Clean Summer Sun

Clean Summer Sun

Clean Summer Sun

Clean Summer Sun

Clean Summer Sun ($59.00 2.14 fl. oz.) is a fruity, woody scent in truly beautiful packaging. The bottle itself looks like a summer sunset. At first,  I was thinking that with the somewhat tropical appearance perhaps this was a beachy scent, but it isn’t…it’s more of an outdoorsy fresh-cut lawns, lush green woods, watching the fireflies come out kind of scent.

The top notes are clementine, citrus tonic, and crisp apple. The middle notes are honeysuckle, orange blossom, juniper berry. And the base notes are soft musk, sandalwood, and white amber. The end result?  An intoxicating summer scent that is sure to become a favorite.

You can find Clean Perfume at Sephora and sephora.com, and online at CleanPerfume.com.  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

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Perfect graduation gifts from Lisa Hoffman Beauty

graduation

As I sit here writing this post, my cap and gown are neatly pressed and hanging in my closet, all ready for tomorrow’s celebration. The very best day for an educator is graduation day. Everything we do for kids culminates in this ceremony as we honor their hard work and send them off into an exciting future filled with endless possibilities.

Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig for Mothers Day

The celebration continues with graduation parties through the summer. Money is always an excellent grad gift but I also like to get creative and give something unexpected. When I think back to my graduation party, I know I appreciated the cash, but I still have some treasured gifts that remind me of the people who were such a tremendous support through my high school years. Lisa Hoffman Beauty recently sent some fragrance items to review and I know from experience that they make amazing graduation gifts!

Lisa Hoffman Mothers Day gift ideas

My favorite scent from Lisa Hoffman is Tuscan Fig, a combination of Vanilla Bean, Honeysuckle, Coconut Wood and Gardenia. It’s a sophisticated coconut scent that is great year round, but it really shines in summer and is my favorite scent for the season. Graduating girls LOVE this fragrance and all of the Lisa Hoffman fragrance items make for fantastic wedding shower gifts too.

Such a pretty yet sophisticated bottle - perfect for your vanity.

Such a pretty yet sophisticated bottle – perfect for your vanity.

Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig Eau de Parfume

Tuscan Fig Eau de Parfum comes in 2 fl oz for $65, as well as a handy travel size Spray for $22. Other fragrances available include the floral woody Brazilian Begonia, the green floral spice Kerala Ashok Garden, the spicy woody Japanese Agarwood, the rich floral Tunisian Neroli, the exotic floral Magadascar Orchid, and the clean refreshing French Clary Sage.  Lisa Hoffman fragrances are gorgeous and the simple, clean packaging is classic and a great gift for anyone.

Vibrant Tuscan Fig Bracelet

Vibrant Tuscan Fig Bracelet

Lisa’s fragrance jewelry is an homage to the Victorian Era, when showing your diamonds and jewelry was considered to be in bad taste. Jewelers made ‘fronts’ that covered the jewels for elegant woman as they traveled to parties and concerts. Lisa’s earrings, pendants, and bracelets all have charms similar to those ‘fronts’. The charm encases small fragranced wooden beads. The wooden beads slowly release the scent as they are exposed to air for a subtle delivery of fragrance. They retain their scent for a long time and have a great throw.

I am totally enamored with the Vibrant Bracelet Collection.Each fragrance has its own colored bracelet in vivid hues, like the amber Vibrant Tuscan Fig Bracelet ($65). Amber agate beads are complimented with rose-gold plated spacers and a rose-gold charm.

Lisa Hoffman fragrance jewelry

Lisa Hoffman fragrance jewelry Fragrance Beads

Lisa Hoffman fragrance jewelry Fragrance Beads

The bracelet comes with a container of the Fragrance Beads which go inside the charm. You can also buy refill jars of the fragrance beads for $20 so you never run out of fragrance and can put different scents into the jewelry if you’d like.

Also available is the original Tuscan Fig Bracelet ($45). This has amber-hued resin beads and howlite stone beads along with rose gold-plated brass beads and a rose gold-plated brass charm.

Tuscan Fig Bracelet - beautiful!

Tuscan Fig Bracelet – beautiful!

Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig BraceletLisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig Bracelet

Wearing my Tuscan Fig Bracelet

Wearing my Tuscan Fig Bracelet

I also have the Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet, a truly striking purple bracelet that celebrates both the strength and the softness of femininity. The fragrance is a beautiful floral combination of Ashok blossom, Deep Violet, Ripe Pear, Velvety Apricot, and Sheer Jasmine. The silver fragrance charm perfectly complements the lovely vintage purple glass beads. The best part about the fragrance jewelry is the scent doesn’t hit like a ton of bricks. Instead, as you move your arm, the fragrance wafts about you in a beautifully subtle way.

Lisa Hoffman Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet

Lisa Hoffman Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet

love the beautiful purple beads

love the beautiful purple beads

Lisa Hoffman also has other options that are fantastic – she has fragrance earrings ($65), fragrances necklaces ($45 – $65), and other colored fragrance bracelets ($45 – $65). I have the fragrance earrings (I reviewed them HERE) and wear them all the time.

Tunisian Neroli Fragrance Earrings

Tunisian Neroli Fragrance Earrings

Lisa Hoffman Tunisian Neroli Fragrance Earrings

Lisa Hoffman Tunisian Neroli Fragrance Earrings

Graduation is very, very special. It is an amazing milestone and it deserves an equally special memento to commemorate this incredible life event. Lisa Hoffman Beauty has so many perfect gift options I know you will find something special that will become a treasure in your loved ones life.  – Lisa

*samples received for editorial consideration

Girl Power! Fearlessly Feminine by Boston Proper

Boston Proper Fearlessly Feminine Eau de Parfum

Boston Proper Fearlessly Feminine Eau de Parfum

Now here is a fragrance for the self-assured, sexy and courageous woman – fearlessly FEMININE™ by Boston Proper. I was very attracted to it because of the message and when Boston Proper sent it to us to try I hoped the scent would live up to the packaging.

Boston Proper is actually a fashion retailer known for beautiful modern boho clothing, but they recently came out with this gorgeous fragrance.

“We took our time,” says brand president, Sheryl Clark. “From day one, everything Boston Proper has created has been inspired by the incredible women we dress. She’s daring, she’s sophisticated, she’s distinctive, she’s sexy—she IS fearlessly feminine. And our first fragrance had to embody all of that.”

Boston Proper Fearlessly Feminine

Boston Proper Fearlessly Feminine

Boston Proper Fearlessly Feminine

This fearless fragrance comes in a stunning thick glass bottle with a shimmering starburst, mixing strong lines with some bling. I LOVE the side emblazoned with the fearlessly FEMININE name. The fragrance has a pale tint and together the effect is just perfect – girly but sophisticated at the same time.

The fragrance is a mix of citrus and florals that is warm and inviting. Top notes include orange blossom, bergamot, and grapefruit. These fresh, assertive notes dry down into the more girly freesia, carnation and lily of the valley. The warmth and sexiness come from the bottom notes of amber and patchouli laced with musk.

This is a truly beautiful fragrance…I typically don’t go for anything that has patchouli in it, but I am just wowed by the stunning fragrance combination that really does exemplify a complex, confident woman  Try fearlessly FEMININE for some awesome girl power!! – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

fearlessly FEMININE™ is available in a 3.4oz Eau de Parfum Spray ($79) exclusively at Boston Proper boutiques nationwide and www.bostonproper.com.

My love/hate relationship with Eau de Gaga 001

Lady Gaga. Love her or hate her, you definitely notice her.

image from billboard.com

image from billboard.com

I recently tested her Eau de Gaga 001 ($34) fragrance and it was no surprise to me that I developed a love/hate relationship with it. Let’s start with the hate part and end with some love, shall we?

Eau De Gaga

I hate the way this smells on me. That doesn’t mean this won’t be your cuppa tea, though. It’s a unisex scent with a top note of citrusy lime, a midnote of white violet, and base notes of woods and leather. It really is an intriguing mix of feminine florals, clean citrus, and masculine leather. On me, unfortunately, it smells of lime, lime, and more lime. Later it settles down into something less sharp and more leathery…but still not great.

So now let’s move onto some love.

Eau de Gaga Paris New York

Eau de Gaga Perfume

I love the clean, unisex packaging. It has a hip, modern vibe that looks great on anyone’s dresser.

I also love the fragrance.

Seriously. While it most decidedly does not mix well with my body chemistry…it kind of makes me smell like that dude at the bar who wears his sunglasses inside and isn’t wearing a wedding ring but has a noticeable indentation from one…it smells GREAT on my sheets! I spray this on my linens before putting them in the dryer, and they end up smelling clean, yet warm and snuggly at the same time…masculine enough that the hubby likes it, and feminine enough that I like it too.

Eau de Gaga is not your typical celebrity fragrance, which makes it absolutely perfect. This is a true yin/yang, love/hate perfume. No matter what, this fragrance WILL be noticed. Just like Lady Gaga herself.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga