Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap and Hand Creme ~ fragranced body product review

Kalastyle Swedish Dream Sea Salt

Last week I reviewed Oriza L. Legrand’s Villa Lympia, a seashore-themed perfume with Belle Epoque-styled packaging. This week I’m continuing my summertime theme with Kalastyle’s Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap and Hand Creme, two body products featuring a “classic sea salt scent” and some very jaunty packaging of their own, with motifs of anchors and sailboats.

I’ve been using the Sea Salt Soap as a hand soap at the bathroom sink, but it would also be a fun treat in the shower and is even recommended as a shave soap. It’s a chunky circular bar that gives off generous creamy lather and an a cheer-inducing scent…

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Oriza L. Legrand Villa Lympia ~ fragrance review

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Last month I reviewed La Parfumerie Moderne’s Années Folles, an evocation of hotel parties on the Riviera during the Roaring Twenties. This week, just as summer arrives in my part of the world, I backed up a few decades to the Belle Époque. Oriza L. Legrand’s Villa Lympia is a new fragrance evoking “an air of summer over the Riviera for the first swims of the season,” with “the freshness of a gentle breeze, with hints of sea foam and salt, wafting into the shelter of a beach cabin, mingling with scents of moistened wood and burning sand.”

I’m a little late to the Oriza L. Legrand party, but I’m smitten with the brand’s packaging and I like its concept of reviving fragrances from its archives. Oriza offers numerous nostalgic floral perfumes that I really need to try soon. However, Villa Lympia diverges from the brand’s usual path…

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Friday scent of the day 8/22

beach, Bali Indonesia

TGIF! Today’s community project: wear something beachy, or anything you think of as “a vacation in a bottle”. What did you pick?

As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you didn’t participate in the community project.

I’m wearing Kai over a very light layer of Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Whipped Body Creme. It’s a perfect antidote to the very crappy, not-beachy weather we’re having here today…

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Imaginary Authors Falling into the Sea & Violet Disguise ~ fragrance reviews

Imaginary Authors Falling into the Sea

Over the past year I’ve enjoyed reading reviews of fragrances from Imaginary Authors (see Angela’s thoughts on Cape Heartache and Kevin’s on Bull’s Blood) and visiting the company website, but I didn’t have the chance to experience the fragrances myself until I saw the line at Twisted Lily in Brooklyn. A kind friend recently sent me a few samples, so now I’m ready to write a review of my own, focusing on two fragrances from the line: Falling into the Sea and Violet Disguise.

Falling into the Sea is inspired by the work of (imaginary) author Nica Galas, and includes notes of lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, lychee, tropical flowers and “warm sand” in a story of tragic summer love. I’m a person who typically avoids hot-and-sunny beaches, yet I have a long list of favorite beachy fragrances…

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Parfums de Nicolai Musc Monoi ~ perfume review

Rene Gruau for Jantzen

For many years I have been in love by the famous Ambre Solaire oil. I always wanted to create a fragrance from which I can use this wonderful smell, synonym of sunny beaches. A fragrance with a powerful sensuality that smells on your skin like a hot summer day was my main obsession! — Patricia de Nicolaï1

I’ve never smelled Ambre Solaire, the suntan oil originally released by L’Oreal in 1935 and now sold under their Garnier brand name. But most anyone will recognize Musc Monoï, the latest from French niche line Parfums de Nicolaï, as the smell of a summer vacation at the beach.

Musc Monoï isn’t meant to be a replica of Ambre Solaire,2 and don’t let the ‘monoï‘ in the name fool you into expecting gardenia…

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