Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sweet Anthem - Annabelle

Annabelle is a fall limited edition. I'm actually really liking this one.

It's dry and clean, but as usual from Meredith, complex. I'm thinking the notes are green, grassy, or water. With some slight floral.

Here is the description from the shop...#026: ANNABELLE – Sweltering jasmine flowers cling to a cloud of osmanthus, and the spray of sea air and salty musk will surely keep you oceanside even though the summer respite has left us. (Marine)
• Top Notes: Sea Salt
• Heart Notes: Jasmine, Osmanthus
• Base Notes: White Amber

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Dirty Housewife - Light Workers

Light Workers is the last of my three samples from The Dirty Housewife, and at first I thought this isn't my favorite, but I've totally changed my mind.

It started out sharp, but that was gone really quick. Now it's really clean, but not soapy.

Here is the description...Essence: an ethereal blend of a deep and mystic wood that holds the secrets of cassis, ylang & spicy carnation with white amber, incense, moss and patchouli and a touch of sweet vanilla. Kudzu blossoms and chamomile shine brightly in the sunshine while notes of absinthe add a magical quality. A symphony of bright white Edelweiss blooms will remind you to "bloom and grow

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Monday, October 24, 2011

The Dirty Housewife - Soulmates

This one started out like a cinnamon cookie. Now it's moved on to something else, I can't quite place.

Right now this is a gourmand scent.

Description from Etsy shop...Find yours with this rich and decadent blend of a pheromone increasing, soul stimulating, comfort loving pumpkin and lavender. That's right, I said Pumpkin and Lavender! Studies have shown that this scent combination is one of the most stimulating for men. Certain fragrances are extremely popular among men and are recognized as being aphrodisiacs. Believe it or not, these scents have nothing to do with pheromones. Instead, they're usually sweet, decadent, rich scents that either evoke a special memory or affirm a sense of security.

Essence: rich, sweet, and almost foody-like perfect pumpkin starts out bold and thick. It will lead you into a cool Autumn night that is spicy warm and inviting with a heart that has notes of lavender(essential oil), vodka, and heliotrope-jasmine, gardenia and honeysuckle and ends with a rhapsody of amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood and pralines.

Like i said, this one is ultra first, kinda like lust then dries down with the comforting sweetness of love.
While this certainly starts out as a foody type fragrance, it magically transforms itself into an everyday perfume.

Absolutely perfect for Autumn/Winter but will be enjoyed all year as well

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Dirty Housewife - 9

Another new find for me is The Dirty Housewife, also an Etsy shop found here The Dirty Housewife

I picked up three samples to try from this shop located in New Hampshire.

9 is awesome!! I smell fruit, maybe vanilla. It's a really nice blend that just suits my mood today.

I'm in love with this

Here is the description from the shop...According to Numerology , the number 9 is the most magical number and also one of the luckiest.

Essence: sweet, soft , and sexy orchid vanilla beans with saucy valencia oranges, Sparkling Bergamot, Tangerine Zest, Tart Cassis, Neroli, Ground Pepper, Fiery Chili Pepper, and Sheer Musk. A touch of tuscan aged lace, white magnolia blooms and edelweiss.

This a perfect and bright combo of floral and citrus and grounded by velvet vanilla. Just lovely and magical, really

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wiggle - Tupelo

So I'm a fan of Van Morrison, so much so that I once purchased a lipstick called Tupelo Honey, because Van has a song of the same name...needless to say the color didn't work for me, but the song is great!

So of course when I purchased from Nani at Wiggle I had to get Tupelo, and I'm really glad I did.

Tupelo starts out as a honeyed musk, nice. Then moves on to something bitter that I'm not too fond of, and finally a musky vanilla, yum!

Liking this scent very much right now and it's really early in the day, so it'll only get better.

Here is the description from Etsy...I am a sucker for honey scents. I'm also a sucker for Van Morrison and hopeless romantics, and some combination of these factors led to the creation of this perfume. The base is a mix of warm honey and a sultry, spicy musk. Touches of almond and orange blossom flesh it out, along with tiny kicks of tomato leaf and spanish moss. Basically, it's a lady version of 27, but with a bit more citrus and a softness all its own.

I've used a nice dose of tangerine essential oil in this one, so do be careful in the sun at first. Citrus essential oils may cause some skin types to burn more easily. Ever the cautious one, I just make sure to put it in hidden, fun-to-find places. ;-)

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wiggle - Selene

This one is one of my favorites from these samples.

It started out a little like marzipan for me and now I smell a little chocolate with a musk. I'm hoping this will continue to be like this all day. Yum!!

Haha, I got the musk right, but totally off on all the other notes. I am a fan of the blood orange in general and this blend of notes in particular.

From the Etsy shop...I've blended rich golden myrrh with red musk (the proper Indian stuff I used to get from the Gypsy Market in Atlanta) and blood orange essential oil. Heady lotus, night blooming jasmine, and olive blossom lend a narcotic femininity. Selene is all moonlight and warm breezes, perfect for pairing with gladiator sandals and a gold bangle or two.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Wiggle - Nicosia

Hmmm...this is nice. I smell wood, with some spice.

My husband actually said I smelled good, which is rare.

From the Etsy shop...I've always had a longing to see the mediterranean. There's just so much history there, so much art, such gorgeous, passionate people. And the food! This scent embodies one of my favorite escape fantasies. A blend of fig, olive blossom, clove, golden honey and sandalwood, this scent is all fresh breezes and dusky-haired women draped in sun-bleached cotton.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Hearts & Bows - Mediterranean Fig

So this one is SO not for me. It's a really perfumey and sharp for me. All the notes are ones that I like, but the mixture doesn't work for me.

Here is the description from the shop...Mediterranean Fig! Sounds intriguing right?

Aromatic notes of amber, fig, lemon and sandalwood. Aphrodisiac yet clean-smelling!

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Hearts & Bows - Sand and Saltwater

I'm still on my quest to find the perfect beach scent and Sand and Saltwater from Hearts & Bows comes extremely close. I think the only thing missing is the suntan lotion scent.

It smells an awful lot like Beach from Bobbi Brown, but not exact, as well as either Beach Walk or Sun & Sand from Yankee Candle.

It's that crisp saltwater note with a beach rose.

From the Etsy most popular perfume oil, Sand & Saltwater. A customer who recently purchased this in a perfume oil said that it reminded her of honeymoon in Tahiti. Well, memories of the ocean, white sand, blue skies and salty, clear blue waters and memories of being with someone that you love (am I being cheesy?!) that's what this is about.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hearts & Bows - Oatmeal, Milk & Honey

I found a new bath & body shop on Etsy with a nice selection of lip balms, soaps and some perfume oils, visit

I decided to try 3 perfume samples from the shop, the scents are pretty simple and straight forward.

Today I tried Oatmeal, Milk & smells very nice. It's clean and creamy. Kind of old fashioned or young, that probably sounds strange, but it just reminds me of something from when I was a kid.

In fact the girl wanted to wear perfume today and I put it on her, too, since it was a mild scent that didn't smell too much like perfume.

I would love a candle or tart melt in this, too.

From the shop...I confess. I finished a bottle of this perfume oil after I made it, I put on my body, my sheets even on my bathroom rug! The smell of yummy oatmeal, vanilla, milk and honey is so addicting! I also have a matching Body lotion with this, as pictured.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wylde Ivy - Myrrh & Spice

The last of the new fall perfumes from Wylde Ivy is Myrrh & Spice. From this collection I've got 3 that I really like and 2 that are still nice, but not favorites.

On first sniff I felt like I smelled like a apple pie. This would make a great tart melt or candle, as a perfume for me not a favorite.

It started out very spicy, but not masculine spicy, more food spicy.

Here is the scent description..."Myrrh & Spice" ~Wylde Blend~
Ancient myrrh, smoked vanilla beans, dried cedar, bergamot, sandalwood, musk, black currant, and dried cinnamon

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Wylde Ivy - Being Cleo

So I was totally expecting something bolder from this. Being Cleo is Ashlee's salute to Cleopatra, and my understanding of her is she was bold and ahead of her time. I guess Ashlee went for the softer side. With that said the fragrance is a nice fall scent.

I smell some citrus underneath a lightly spicy vanilla. So I wore this all day and I found it nice but not as fantastic as Not Falling or Kiss Me in the Park. I actually thought it was similar to them, but not as vibrant.

Here is the description from Ashlee...Told and untold stories of antiquity. A woman of grace, beauty, and power lazed in daily in baths of milk an honey. The beautiful soft scent of wholesome sweetness lingering on the skin mixed with warm amber and plucked jasmine.
Notes of oat milk, steeped vanilla, precious amber, jasmine petals, dry woods, and white musk.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Wylde Ivy - Kiss Me in the Park

Another of the five new scents from Ashlee at Wylde Ivy...and this one is fantastic! Yesterday, by the end of the day I was in love with Not Falling, but now I may be obsessed wth Kiss Me in the Park.

I can't even describe how much I just love this one right now.

So I smelled, right away, a floral mixed with a creamy vanilla and a little cinnamon, maybe. Now after a little dry down maybe some ginger with the vanilla.

Here is the description from Ashlee...New!"Kiss Me in the Park" ~Wylde Blend~
A slow stroll under bare limbed trees. A cozy warm scarf nestled around your ears. The rustle of leaves fallen long ago. The strong arm entwined with your own. The shoulder that your head rests upon. The first hints of frozen breath at your lips.
A sweet, earthy tinged blend of amber, sandalwood, and white musk with a touch of caramelized vanilla, and jasmine petals.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wylde Ivy - Not Falling

New fall scent from Ashlee at Wylde Ivy.

Very nice fall fragrance all the things I like a little spice, but not too much, I don't smell like old spice, and vanilla.

I'm going to have to wear this again to get the whole fragrance, but the blend is fantastic! I'm thinking the wood notes temper the spice notes or I'm just changing.

By the end of the day I was in love with this, it mellowed out to a honeyed vanilla, with what I'm thinking was the beeswax mixed in. So very nice!

Description from Ashlee...The golden autumn sun enveloped her in its rich warm light. She laughed and then closed her eyes and breathed deeply. A breezed stirred at that moment and it loosened several of the crimson oak leaves above and sent them spinning wildly to the ground. They landed silently, bold colors on the emerald grass. She laughed again, twirled like the leaves, and outstretched her hands to the autumn sun.

Deep, golden, warmed with a touch of spice, and grounded by dry woods.

Notes of: Dry wood, Tonka bean, sandalwood, vanilla, beeswax, raw honey, teakwood, cinnamon, cardamom, amber, and cedar.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wylde Ivy - Bonfire Tea

The newest addition to Ashlee's Monsters in Love collection is Bonfire Tea.

Bonfire Tea starts out smoky with a bitter tea undertone, then moves on to a cinnamon note with the tea still in the background.

So this one had to grow on me, by the end of the day I really liked it. It had to mellow out over the day. I'm a fan of tea scents, so, the smoke was cool, like campfire, but not too much.

Im going to be in trouble with this collection; when you see my next two reviews you'll understand why. Ashlee has knocked my socks off

Description from Wylde Ivy...She sits by the fire, a large dusty black cat with amber knowing eyes lounges contently on her lap. His tail swishes against black taffeta of her dress. The trees creak softly, stirred by a cold breeze. She raises her large cast iron cup to her nose, the purple tinged steam curls around her face as it playfully caresses her skin before vanishing into the night. She smiles slightly, playfully, as the fire gives off a sudden crack. It sends a burst of sparks into the air that dance and flicker and seem to linger an impossibly long time. It is beginning.

As she stands the cat gives an angered cry before disappearing out of the firelight. She straightens her skirt with a rustle over her white stripped leggings. Only the crooked pointy toes of her boots peek out from the long billowing fabric. She hears them rounding the walk by the gate and takes one last sip of her tea. The steam that escapes the cup is now green and sending off little sparks of it’s own into the night. She puts down the cup and picks up the old sack. She walks out into the garden, crunching over gravel paths to gate to greet the horde that have gathered there. The all come here for one thing and only on one night of the year. They stand massed before her. Their eager eyes waiting silently for the cue. She opens sack and bends slightly as she is overrun by miniature monsters, tiny vampires, little ghosts, and undersized goblins. It is over in seconds and the pack run off into the night. She smiles to herself again and the cat reappears at her feet. Witches do give out the very best Halloween candy.

A Halloween delight. As mysterious and captivating as the new moon rising in the star strewn sky. Black tea steeped by the fire. Of coarse no one knows what is in it. A bit a whimsy, a touch of magic, something sweet, and a bit of intrigue.
Notes of: Black tea leaves, cedar wood, dried amber, sweet Halloween licorice, bergamot, wood smoke, currents, and black heliotrope.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Wiggle Perfume - Manora

On to another perfumer this time it's Wiggle Perfume. Early in the summer I got 5 samples from Wiggle and I tested Selene, but then it got too hot and humid for me to continue.

I also think I've realized that I may not be able to sample as many perfumes as I'd like. I'm getting overwhelmed by the samples and the amount I have back logged...but we'll see how it goes.

So onto Manora...this scent is kind of sweet and floral, for me, but I also smell a musky undertone. Right now, I just put it on, it's actually too much...I'll see how it wears. I've been saying that a lot lately.

Here is a description from the Etsy shop...Late this past summer, I was sitting in a lovely Thai restaurant, pondering the creamy glory that is Thai iced tea. I knew I couldn't do it justice, but I had to try. This scent is a blend of cool black tea and various sweet creamy notes. Because I tinker a bit complusively, I added little hints of lotus and coconut to round out the gourmand nature of the fragrance. Manora is sweet but fresh, creamy but not cloying, and about as summery as it gets

And I must say, I also love the Thai Iced Tea...been looking for a recipe for it to see if I can make it at home.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

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A friend of mine suggested I join the Eversave blogger affiliate I had to actually figure out what Eversave was

Eversave is a daily deals site, like Groupon or Living Social. They have deals for local, online and nationwide.

I'll try and post my links daily or I think you can save my personal page which is

Here's hoping my link works...I really suck at this

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Scent By The Sea - Barberry Belle

Hmmmm...another one I can't quite decide on.

Up close it smells woody like cedar or something similar, but there might be a little sweetness underneath, a little masculine to start.

This is a stronger scent than the others. I will see how it develops over the day. After wearing Barberry Belle all day it mellowed out to a vanilla.

Not my favorite of the Scent by the Sea selections, but still a decent selection.

I have to say that the selections from Scent by the Sea were all very good. I had a couple that I really liked and a few that maybe weren't my favorites, but I didn't have a single one that I hated and had to scrub off before I could move on with my day.

Couldn't find a description

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