Scented body products ~ 3 summer favorites for 2016

Quick reviews of three scented body products I’ve enjoyed using this summer, and do add your own recent favorites in the comments!

Tauer Perfumes Rose Delight Body Oil

Tauer Perfumes Rose Delight Body Oil

Tauer Perfumes introduced Rose Delight Body Oil early this summer, and I was sent a bottle for review. Normally when I am sent a full bottle of something, I try it, then give it away, but I’ve used so much of this particular bottle that at this point I might as well keep it, so I will.1 It’s essentially jojoba oil (90%) scented with rose. Tauer describes it as “rose petals on a gourmand base”, and it is lightly sweet…

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A summer of violets

Violet beauty products, 1

After writing last week’s review of Fabergé Straw Hat, I took a look around and realized that my violet obsession isn’t restricted to perfumes. I’m applying and ingesting and inhaling other violet-perfumed products on a regular basis, too. Here’s a quick round-up of some favorites.

Lush Daddy-O shampoo (top center image) is anything but a “shrinking violet” —its floral aroma is rich and vibrant, with added notes of ylang ylang and violet leaf to add complexity. The scent will linger in your hair all day…

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Scented Bath Powder ~ an appreciation

Les Houppettes Caron

This past week I’ve had a touch of flu, the kind that kicks off with aching muscles, sensitive skin, and chills. For a day, the only time I was comfortable was in a hot bath. And what helped keep me comfortable before I pulled on the layers and slipped into bed was a gentle patting of scented bath powder.

I only use bath powder four or five times a year. It can be messy, and powder that’s talc rather than cornstarch has health risks. (Try not to inhale talc-based powder, and keep it away from your lady parts.) Most often after a bath my skin wants moisture, and I reach for lotion.

Bath powder has been out of fashion for years…

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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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Lush Sunny Day Anti-Static Hair Detangler ~ scented hair product review

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Every spring, I reach for my favorite violet perfumes. At this point in my perfume-history, they include Guerlain Après L’Ondée, Annick Goutal La Violette, Atkinsons 1799 Love in Idleness and Balenciaga Paris. I’ve alway had a weakness for Lush’s violet-scented bath and products, too — my very first review here at Now Smell This was a look at Lush’s Bathos Bubble Bar — so I couldn’t resist a quick in-store spritz of their new Sunny Day Anti-Static Hair Detangler.

According to the Lush UK website, Sunny Day’s name is a reference to the Sesame Street theme song: “Sunny day / sweeping the clouds away / on my way to where the air is sweet.” Coincidentally (or not?), it has a weather tie-in to Don’t Rain on My Parade Shower Gel

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