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

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@CLEANPerfume

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

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

Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal has me seeing stars

Perfume always makes me think of Fernando, the Billy Crystal SNL character.

FernandoSometimes the bottle just looks so good, I don’t even care what is inside!  Juicy Couture’s latest launch, Hollywood Royal ($95 for 5.0 bottle), certainly looks good.  Such a gorgeous bottle!  Just looking at it makes me feel all happy.  This is red carpet, big stars, and huge fun.

Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal

Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal

The Hollywood Royal bottle front

The Hollywood Royal bottle front

The Hollywood Royal bottle back

The Hollywood Royal bottle back

Hollywood Royal has me seeing stars

Hollywood Royal has me seeing stars

Hollywood Royal bling!

Hollywood Royal bling!

Besides dancing a little jig when I saw the bottle, I was excited to try out the perfume because it has such interesting notes:  candied apple, pear, gardenia, jasmine, cashmere wood, soft musk, vanilla and marshmallow.  It sounds young, fun, and exciting.  And it probably smells that way on some people…unfortunately, not on me.  This did not mix well with my body chemistry, much to my dismay.  On me it smells sharply floral with no relief in the drydown…I get no vanilla, no musk, nothing soft.

So the inside doesn’t work for me…but the outside still does!  Body chemistry is a very funny thing, and I am quite sure this is an amazing fragrance for many.  Try it out at the store – you can find it at Macy’s – and see if it works for you.  I can assure you the fabulously glam packaging will at the very least make you look good…in fact, mah-velous!  – Lisa

*sample for editorial consideration

Love jasmine? Opus Oils Jitterbug Perfume is for you

www.flowering-garden.blogspot.com

www.flowering-garden.blogspot.com

If you love the scent of jasmine, you are really going to love Opus Oils Jitterbug PerfumeOpus Oils Perfumes, a beautiful boutique line of couture ‘natural perfumes’ and custom scents, recently sent the BIZ a few different fragrances to try. Their perfume is different in that it is natural with no synthetics, so the scent actually evolves and changes as you wear it.

Opus Oils Jitterbug Perfume

Opus Oils Jitterbug Perfume

Jitterbug Perfume is the signature scent for Opus Oils.  It is a combination of four kinds of jasmine, and I detect a hint of honeysuckle as well as some warm sandalwood. Other notes include Sparkling Lemon Essence, Luscious Orange Blossom, “Beach Found” Ambergris, and Blond Tobacco.

Jitterbug Perfume is a wonderfully chic fragrance that reminds me of summer but is perfect all year round. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out Opus Oils. There are over 400 different products available, and if you can’t find the exact perfect scent for you (which seems impossible!) then Kedra, the owner, will whip you up a custom scent.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

The scent of school spirit: Masik Collegiate fragrances

College!

College!

Got a graduation to attend and want a gift idea? Or how about the birthday of a friend who is very passionate about his alma mater? If you – or anyone you know – loves fragrances and those wonderful halcyon college days, then you need to check out Masik Collegiate Fragrances.

Creator Katie Masik traveled to different college campuses and interviewed students regarding fragrance preferences. Then she considered school colors, the style of the campus, flowers, trees, and location to create a unique scent for each school. Masik currently has scents for 19 different colleges, including Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, Florida State, Penn State, and Texas A & M. As a high school counselor, I think it’s just the coolest fragrance line ever.

Masik Collegiate Fragrances

Masik Collegiate Fragrances

Masik sent two fragrances to test:  Florida State University for women and Penn State University Cologne for men. Both are 1.7 oz. bottles and run $39.50. The fragrances don’t smell of beer and herbs (if you know what I mean); these are wonderfully sophisticated yet youthful scents that really do make you think of carefree days and nights. The bottles are beautiful, all glass and class.

Florida State

Florida State University for her

Florida State - for her

Florida State – for her

Florida State University, home of the Seminoles, is a lovely fresh fragrance. This is a girly-girl scent with lots of fruity notes like Pear, Pomegranate and Juicy Nectarine. Middle notes are fresh and they include Lush Frangipani, Pink Peony, Heady Jasmine. The base notes are warm and just slightly naughty with Cashmere Woods, Golden Amber, and Cream of Coconut. This is a wonderful fragrance for a feminine girl who is always up for some fun.

Penn State

Penn State University for him

Penn State - for him

Penn State University – for him

Penn State University for men is a very masculine, stylish cologne. Top notes are fresh and include Italian bergamot, Juniper Berry, and Chilled Gimlet Accord. The middle note is cool, with a combination of blue cypress and cracked pepper vapor, plus Violet Leaf, Clary Sage, and French Lavender. The base notes end warm with Black Amber and Indonesian Patchouli. This is the scent of a man who knows exactly where he is going in life.

Masik has some great contests coming up so you can win a fragrance for yourself.  Their Fantastic U Photo Contest is going live on April 7th at 1pm.  The contest deadline is April 23rd.   Here are the specifics:

Facebook:  FANTASTIC U PHOTO CONTEST! Want to win $100 worth of free products? Here’s how:
1. LIKE them on FB (Masik FB link)
2. POST or SEND (info@masik.com) Masik a photo that captures fanatical
school spirit at YOUR school.
3. Photos with the most LIKES and COMMENTS will win $100 WORTH OF
MASIK COLLEGIATE FRAGRANCE PRODUCTS!
4. Enter AS MANY PHOTOS as you LIKE!  The more, the better!
5. Contest ends April 23.  LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE with your friends!

For more information and a full list of universities check out: masik.com/universities.php.

Show some school spirit and take a look at these fabulous fragrances!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Yummy! Lush Vanillary Perfume Gift Set

Vanilla lovers rejoice!

vanilla-lovers

Many great scents have a vanilla base with good reason. Vanilla smells sweet, but not too sweet. It is a warm, comforting scent that can be playful or sophisticated. It also pairs well with so many other scents.  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. Lush sent the BIZ their Vanillary Perfume Gift Set ($44.95 ) to try, a beautiful bouquet of products to layer for maximum lasting power throughout the day.

Lush Vanillary Perfume Set

Lush Vanillary Perfume Set

Lush Vanillary - the tin is awesome for storing makeup brushes

Lush Vanillary – the tin is awesome for storing makeup brushes

more retro cuteness

more retro cuteness

pics from the Ndali Estate

pics from the Ndali Estate

Mubuku vanilla farmers in Uganda

Mubuku vanilla farmers in Uganda

The set comes in a cute retro tin that can be repurposed – right now I am storing my larger makeup brushes in it. Inside the tin are three Vanillary-scented products that work perfectly together: Dee-Lite Body Lotion, Perfume Spritzer, and Solid Perfume.

inside the reusable tin

inside the reusable tin

Vanillary Solid Perfume, Dee-Lite Body Lotion, and Perfume Spritzer

Vanillary Solid Perfume, Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion, and Vanillary Perfume Spritzer

The Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion is a light, smooth, and hydrating body lotion that drenches the skin in a yummy vanilla scent.

Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion

Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion

swatch of Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion

swatch of Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion

The impressive ingredient list includes organic coconut water, kiwi fruit, coconut oil, illipe butter and hibiscus infusion. This body lotion has a divine texture that is truly a ‘delight’ for the skin.

Vanillary Perfume Spritzer

Vanillary Perfume Spritzer

After slathering on some Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion, make it a vanilla party with a few well-placed spritzes of the Vanillary Perfume. This vanilla fragrance has major sex appeal with notes of vanilla absolute, sandalwood, caramel, jasmine and tonka bean. Spray this on pulse points, behind the knees, and the back of the neck for an aura of absolute deliciousness.

Vanillary Solid Perfume

Vanillary Solid Perfume

Finally, stash the Solid Perfume in your purse or at your work desk for quick touch ups during the day. This version of the Vanillary fragrance has more pronounced caramel and toffee notes and wow does it smell amazing. The solid stick is awesome for travel and for overall convenience. I can quickly swipe this on without worrying about spilling or accidentally putting on too much.

If you or someone you love is a vanilla lover like me, this absolutely yummy gift set has the sweet smell of success.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration