Diptyque Softening Hand Wash & Velvet Hand Lotion ~ scented body product review

Diptyque Softening Hand Wash & Velvet Hand Lotion

I wrote about Diptyque‘s L’Art du Soin collection of body products when it was first launched — can that really have been almost five years ago? — and I recently realized that I hadn’t covered some of the later additions to the line. I’ve been hoarding little sample packages of Softening Hand Wash (Savon Liquide Réconfortant) and Velvet Hand Lotion (Emulsion Velours pour les Mains) that I received last fall, and this week seemed like the moment to use them: my part of the world has been coping with an excess of harsh and frigid winter weather, and my hands need every little bit of pampering that they can get.

My bathroom-sink hand-washing routine usually involves an nearly used-up bar of LUSH soap or some diluted Dr. Bronner’s castile soap in a pump bottle, but if I were truly living a life of luxury, my counter would always be graced with a bottle of Diptyque’s Softening Hand Wash

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Revlon Parfumerie ~ scented nail polish

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Revlon has launched Revlon Parfumerie, a new line (although not their first) of scented nail polishes. There are 24 scented colors ranging from Wild Violets to Sunlit Grass to Italian Leather to Pink Pineapple to Surf Spray to African Tea Rose. The scent is apparently not evident until the polish is dry on nails…

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Philip B Oud Royal Mega-Curl Enhancer ~ scented hair product review

Philip B Oud Royal Mega-Curl Enhancer

Are you still following the oud trend in Western perfumery? Can we really even dismiss it as a trend anymore? I’m not sure how we should describe the appearance of oud (or oudh) as a note in perfumes in every category and at every price point. Now our favorite fungus-fighting resin has made its way into the marketing of luxury hair products: this week I tested Philip B Oud Royal Mega-Curl Enhancer, a styling product for wavy and curly hair that not only “leaves curly hair super soft, glossy and beautifully defined — and easier to control than ever,” but is “laced with Pure Oud Essence for a light, unisex, sweet-woody scent.”

First, the good news: this product is one of the best curly-wavy styling products I’ve tried (and I try many!) in a long time. It’s a non-sticky cream that applies smoothly and dries without any crunch or greasiness, and it really does define curls without weighing hair down in the process. Even though this isn’t a haircare blog, I want to give this testimonial: Oud Royal Mega-Curl Enhancer delivers beautifully on its functional promises…

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2013, part 1

It’s Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day — take your pick. Whether you’re shopping or not, it never hurts to look, right? As we usually do, we’re kicking off this year’s string of holiday gift posts with a bunch o’ scented bath & body products. More to come over the next few weeks!

More holiday shopping ideas: check out EauMG’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Natural Beauties.

 

Escentric Molecules Body Washes

From Escentric Molecules, Body Washes in the brand’s 01, 02 and 03 fragrances: “…the main ingredient is Energen. This in conjunction with the fragrance helps give the product an unprecedented four-in-one action; each wash is simultaneously energising, moisturising, cleansing and fragrancing.” At Barneys, $45 each for 200 ml…

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