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

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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

Lavanila Vanilla Coconut Forever Fragrance Oil and Roller Ball

 

foreverfragranceoilvcLaVanila Vanilla Coconut gets my vote as the PERFECT summer fragrance. I wear it in the fall as I long for those hot summer days, I wear it in the winter when I want to transport myself to the beach, I wear it in spring in anticipation of a beautiful summer, and I wear it in the summer because it’s perfect! I waxed poetic about this scent when LaVanila first sent the BIZ products to try, you can read that review HERE.

LaVanila describes the fragrance as, “Paradise Found.  A rich, tropical blend of Young Coconut, exotic Tahitian Tiare Flower, and pure Madagascar vanilla bean steeped in the warmth of sweet almond oil.” I find it to be the perfect blend of coconut, gardenia, and vanilla.

Forever

LaVanila Vanilla Coconut Forever Fragrance Oil

Today I am going to tell about my two favorite ways of wearing this amazing scent. Forget sprays and spritzes…let’s go roller ball!!

Forever

Forever Fragrance Oil

The Forever Fragrance Oil ($25) version of this scent is a blend of essential oils and sweet almond oil. There isn’t any alcohol, so the fragrance truly lasts all day. It’s a terrific way to wear the Vanilla Coconut scent and it also comes in Vanilla Grapefruit and Pure Vanilla.

Roller

The Healthy Roller-Ball

The Healthy Roller-Ball ($19) is another option I adore for my beloved Vanilla Coconut scent. This version is all natural and organic, there are no chemicals inside.

Roller-Ball roller!

Roller-Ball roller!

I carry this in my purse at all times. It’s also a great option for travel. Plus, it comes in seven different fragrances:  Fresh Vanilla Lemon, Vanilla Lavender, Vanilla Coconut, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Blackberry, and Vanilla Passion Fruit.

LaVanila Roller-Ball Set

LaVanila Roller-Ball Set

For the true vanilla lover, there’s even a beautiful Deluxe Mini Roller-Ball set for $34 that includes Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Coconut, Vanilla Grapefruit, and Vanilla Lavender.

You can order these online, or check them out at your local Sephora. If you love vanilla scents, and you want organic fragrances that won’t irritate your skin, LaVanila is more than worth a look (or a sniff!).  – Lisa

* pr samples

A dream come true for fragrance lovers: Krigler New York City Perfumes

 I love fragrances.  I love the gorgeous packaging, and I love a variety of scents that I can have fun choosing from.  Krigler New York City Perfumes is a dream come true in both areas.  Krigler says, “Every expertly-crafted offering from Krigler is accompanied by a unique number, which makes these luxurious fragrances an even more personalized gift. Whether you select a scent based on that special someone’s birthday, anniversary or their lucky number, a Krigler fragrance is guaranteed to show them just how unique you think they are.

Krigler

Krigler New York City Perfumes

There are so many scents from which to choose!  Here are the names: Pleasure Gardenia 79, Subtle Orchid 10, Good Fir 11, Chateau Krigler 12, Lieber Gustav 14, Mediterranean Peach 15, English Promenade 19, Sparkling Diamond 22, Blue Escapade 24, Relaxing Verbena 29, Juicy Jasmine 30, America One 31, Dolce Tuberose 43, Manhattan Rose 44, Lovely Patchouli 55 Classic, Lovely Patchouli 55 Night, Established Cognac 66, Cosy Cedar Wood 72, Oud for Highness 75, Oud Azur 212, Extraordinaire Camelia 09, Jazzy Riviera 10, Splendid Gold 11, Ultra Chateau Krigler 12, and Topaze Imperiale 13. 

I tried small vials of two scents, Pleasure Gardenia 79 and Sparkling Diamond 22Pleasure Gardenia 79 is a mix of jasmine, vanilla and mimosa, plus beautiful gardenia petals. This is a strong floral scent that is extremely feminine.  My mom is a big gardenia fan and she loves this.  Sparkling Diamond 22 is a mix of champagne with strawberry and coconut.  There is also a distinct musky note. I tried a small sample vial, but the full size bottle sounds gorgeous – there is a crystal inside the bottle, mimicking a sparkling diamond. 

This line is so diverse, it’s really fun to shop around and look for interesting variations.  All 25 scents are billed as unisex, and they are meant to be layered for an awesome, mix and match signature scent.  Check out the Krigler New York Perfume website, and have fun!  – Lisa