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You Smell Good: Lavanila Fresh Lemon Vanilla Perfume Review
Earth Friendly, Perfume, Reviews - Be the first to comment! - June 1st, 2013

Lavanila’s newest fragrance is Fresh Lemon Vanilla, and it’s pretty much the bomb, yo. I bought the rollerball on a recent Sephora trip, and have been wearing it almost non-stop since then. Citrus scents are so great in the summer, since they’re light and fresh.

It’s described as a bright, juicy lemon, with lush watery fruits (huh?), fresh bamboo and pure Madagascar vanilla. I dunno about the lush watery fruits, but it definitely smells lemon-y and vanilla-y. It’s fresh and warm at the same time, but doesn’t smell particularly food-y. It’s not a dessert lemon scent at all. The wear time is not the longest, as to be expected for a perfume that doesn’t contain a lot of synthetics. The lemon burns off after about an hour, and the vanilla lasts for an hour or two after that.

I really like the rollerball format because it’s convenient for touching up the scent, since it doesn’t have the longest lasting power. It’s also pretty affordable, at $19 for 0.32 oz. The larger size is a better value, but I like the portability of the rollerball.

Fresh Lemon Vanilla also comes in a stick deodorant. I love Lavanila’s stick deodorant formula, but it’s soooo pricey. If I get a super-awesome job, I’d consider splurging for it, though.

Overall, if you like citrus scents and vanilla, I recommend checking out Lavanila’s Fresh Vanilla Lemon perfume. It’s perfect for summer!

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Lavanila Vanilla Summer Rollerball Review
Perfume, Reviews - Be the first to comment! - August 11th, 2012

Lavanila introduced a new fragrance this summer called, appropriately enough, Vanilla Summer. The rollerball format is something I haven’t tried before either, so I’m happy to check it out!

Vanilla Summer contains notes of mango, pineapple, coconut milk, sugar cane, and of course, Madagascar vanilla. The coconut is probably the predominant note, but it’s not exclusively a coconut scent. As it dries down, the coconut settles down and the vanilla really shines. It’s a great summer scent, not too overpowering or cloying. It has pretty good wear time, and the portable format means it’s easy to touch-up.

I really like the rollerball. It’s a nice sturdy bottle, and the cap is tall – less likely to leak. The rollerball itself has a firm, tight fit, so it doesn’t just dump out a bunch of perfume. I hate it when rollerballs do that, so this one gets a major thumbs up for being awesome.

The rollerball size is 0.32 oz. for $19. This is the perfect size to toss in your beach bag, and is also air-travel friendly as well. Vanilla Summer gets two thumbs up!

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Lavanila Vanilla Passion Fruit Eau de Parfum Review
Perfume, Reviews - Comments (7) - February 7th, 2012

Last Fall I tried Lavanila’s perfume for the first time, with the straight-up Pure Vanilla Eau de Parfum. This Winter, I’m pleased to bring you a review on Vanilla Passion Fruit Eau de Parfum, because it takes everything I liked about Pure Vanilla and turns it up a notch!

The notes for Vanilla Passion Fruit are passion fruit, guava, and peach nectar in a warm base of sandalwood and Madagascar vanilla. For something that has a lot of fruit notes in it, this is really not a “fruity” fragrance. It’s dead sexy, very warm and almost spicy. It’s definitely in the Oriental family of fragrances, with all that vanilla and sandalwood. Lasting power is quite good!

I can’t make any promises about this, but the fragrance is also infused with a “romantic blend of powerful aphrodisiacs (blue lotus, clary sage, and juniper berry) prized for their seductive properties.” Your mileage may vary, lol, but it certainly smells sexy to me! This would definitely be my choice for a Valentine’s gift!

If you are looking for a something on the more natural end of the perfume spectrum, Lavanila definitely fits the bill with some really excellent scents. The perfume comes in a couple of sizes, and there is a matching body lotion as well. I give it two thumbs up!

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Fantasy Britney Spears Perfume Review
Perfume, Reviews - Comments (3) - January 17th, 2012

It’s time for what’s become my (sort of) annual Britney Spears perfume review! It started in 2008, when I bought Believe because I loved its fruit & patchouli vibe. In 2009, it was Hidden Fantasy. The orange sherbet & vanilla was perfect for a gloomy winter. In 2010, Circus Fantasy found its way into my heart. Somehow, 2011 got away with no Britney, but 2012 is here and I have the original Fantasy in my hot little hands to share with all of you!

So you might be asking, what’s the deal with my love affair with Britney’s perfumes? Here’s the thing. I talk about liking my sophisticated, grown-up perfumes. And I do love them, along with my favorite indie oils and solids. But some days, like when it’s rainy and gross or hot and sticky, I like a girly fruity-floral – bonus if there’s candy notes too. I’m certainly not an expert, but in my opinion, the Britney perfumes pretty much define the most recent fruity-floral genre. They are what they are, and they do it well.

Fantasy Britney Spears was the second Britney perfume. At the time it was released, the bottle was a stand-out on the shelf, because it was cute, colorful, and appealing. (I worked At Sephora, I remember.) I still think the bottle is cute, colorful, and appealing, so it gets points for packaging. The scent is heavy on the “yum” factor. It has notes of red lychee, golden quince, kiwi, cupcake accord, jasmine petals, white chocolate, orchid, musk, orris root and sensual woods. At first sniff on skin, I get the lychee, and the kiwi. As the scent dries down, the cupcake, musk, and woods start to become apparent. It’s not heavy on the chocolate, I don’t really notice that much. Fantasy is much more gourmand than either of its flankers (Hidden & Circus). It wears for hours – I sprayed my wrist before going to bed and it’s still here this morning, going strong! Fantasy is sweet, but not cloyingly so, in my opinion. It’s a nice gourmand scent that isn’t as heavy as some I’ve tried.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, Fantasy would be a good choice for date night. It’s sweet, pretty, and fun all in one fragrance. I give it two thumbs up!

P.S. My husband likes it, so it has guy approval!

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Speaking of Vanilla…
Best Of, Perfume - Be the first to comment! - November 11th, 2011

Reviewing Lavanila Pure Vanilla reminds me of some of my other favorite vanilla perfumes. Some of these I own, and some I’ve just tried in stores and lust after, but they’re all memorable in some way.

First is Laurence Dumont Vanille Gingembre. This is such a fascinating fragrance, with a sharp top note that’s almost pine-like, that warms up to the spicy ginger notes and the sweet vanilla. The official notes are anise, milk, ginger, red fruits, coconut, floral bouquet, vanilla, vetiver, and white musk. Officially, it seems that Vanille Gingembre is discontinued. However, the notes for Vanille Bourbon are very, very similar. I haven’t smelled it, but I bet it would be a suitable replacement.

I also really love La Maison de la Vanille’s Vanille Divine des Tropiques. This one is vanilla with a lot of tropical flowers tossed in, so it’s definitely not a dessert-y vanilla at all. The official notes are vanilla, tuberose, hyacinth, jasmine, heliotrope, gardenia, and aldehyde. There are several other vanilla’s in the lineup from La Maison de la Vanille, so you should get the little set if you want to try them all.

The Vanilla Eau de Toilette from The Body Shop is probably the most affordable vanilla I’ve tried. However, let’s face it, the low price means probably not the best quality. However, if you want a nice, sweet sturdy vanilla to use liberally, this one is a great value. It’s sweeter than most.

I just adore both of the vanilla fragrances from Pacifica Perfume. The first, Vanilla Vera Cruz, is almost savory compared to other vanilla scents. I guess you’d call it dry as opposed to sweet. It has subtle floral notes, in addition to a Mexican vanilla and vanilla bean scent. The newer vanilla is called Island Vanilla and it’s much sweeter than Vanilla Vera Cruz. It has some jasmine and tea notes in addition to a sweeter Tahitian vanilla. I love them both, and wish I owned them both. Someday, perhaps…

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Lavanila Pure Vanilla Luxury Set!
Body Care, Perfume, Reviews - Comments (1) - November 10th, 2011

Lavanila is one of those cool brands I see/read about but haven’t personally explored much, so it is with some excitement that I got to check out the Pure Vanilla Luxury gift set (and tell you all about it)! Lavanila was created by Danielle Raynor and Laura DiGirolamo, two ladies working in the beauty industry with a sad problem in common: the inability to wear fine fragrances without some unpleasant allergic reactions like headaches, sneezing, and itching. They set out to create a luxury fragrance full of natural, skin-friendly ingredients and free of everything else. Lavanila was born!

The Pure Vanilla Luxury set features three Lavanila favorites: The Healthy Fragrance, Healthy Body Butter and Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 Shower & Shave, all in the Pure Vanilla fragrance. The Pure Vanilla scent is a blend of Madagascar vanilla, tonka bean, and heliotrope, and is a really nice warm scent. It’s definitely more vanilla bean than vanilla cookie, and has the sophistication of a fine fragrance.

The Healthy Fragrance in the set is a 1 oz. size, perfect for travel. The full notes on the perfume are madagascar vanilla, freesia, patchouli, heliotrope, and tonka bean. I sprayed my wrists a few hours ago, and I can still smell it – good staying power. I hate to use the word inoffensive to describe a fragrance because that makes it sound unforgettable or wimpy – neither of which describes Pure Vanilla. It’s just really nice, and unless someone really HATES vanilla, they’re probably going to like it. The formula also contains a slew of botanical extracts, so the whole “Healthy” angle isn’t just greenwashing – it’s going to be beneficial for your skin, in addition to smelling good.

The Healthy Body Butter is a yummy thick formula, with such goodies in it as shea butter, cocoa butter, and olive oil. I am particularly loving this formula as a hand cream, as it is not greasy AT ALL. It soaks right in like no one’s business and just feels good and smells good. The 2.75 oz. size in the set is also going to be travel friendly, as well as being a handy size to keep in your desk or on your nightstand.

The Healthy Body Wash 2-in-1 Shower & Shave is a good addition to the set, especially if you are into fragrance layering. I loved this as a body wash – lots of nice lather, no dry skin afterwards. It was a little weak as a shaving product but I could see it working in a pinch. It’s certainly well-scented, I could smell it on my skin after my shower.

This set would make a great gift for anyone who loves vanilla, or just to any lady who likes nice bath things. The Pure Vanilla scent is a crowd-pleaser, in my opinion, so I’d call it a safe gift for any woman.

Altogether, the Pure Vanilla Luxury Set will retail for $40 and can be found at Sephora.com and Sephora stores as well as Lavanila’s own website. So far, it’s not online yet, but I expect it to be very soon! I give Lavanila two thumbs up!

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5 Things Fall WANT Edition
5 Things, Shopping - Be the first to comment! - October 17th, 2011

I’ve been checking out perfume lately, so I have a few for my WANT list. Lucky for me, they aren’t too pricey… In addition to perfume, there are a few other things that are on my list!

In no particular order…

1. The Body Shop White Musk Libertine comes in both EDT and EDP concentrations, and of course I want the EDP. White Musk Libertine is a new twist on the classic White Musk, with notes of Turkish delight, baby orchid and Chantilly cream. It reminds me strongly of something I can’t put my finger on, and I was sniffing my arm for hours after I tried it the other day. MUST HAVE.

2. Pacifica Island Vanilla perfume smells like everything you want in a sweet vanilla. The notes are vanilla, honey, jasmine, fruity notes, and tea. This is more floral than foody, and it’s one of the nicest straight-up vanilla fragrances I’ve sniffed.

3. I want these three Holiday 2011 nail polishes from butter LONDON, especially Fairy Lights.

4. I also want Warm & Fozzie and Fresh Frog of Bel-Air, two limited edition Muppet-themed nail polishes from OPI. I REALLY REALLY LOVE THE MUPPETS.

5. The Celebrate Lip Tint from Lush looks fabulous. I want one!

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Lush Creme Anglaise Body Cream
Body Care, Splurge Worthy - Comments (2) - April 16th, 2010

Lush, Lush, you’ve been VERY bad lately! Very bad! Their newest lotion is AMAZING and I just had to have a jar. But it’s criminally expensive!

Lush’s newest cream is Creme Anglaise, a rich, thick, amazingly delightful smelling product that I fell in love with the minute I spread some on my skin. The nice shop guy was stocking the display and hadn’t had a chance to put the price sign up yet… it’s a good thing, because if he had, I might have thought twice about impulsively grabbing a jar!

Creme Anglaise contains almond oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, a saffron infusion and myrrh and vanilla. The scent… is fantastic!! If they bottled it and sold it as perfume, I’d probably buy a bottle. It’s a bit anise-y and vanilla-y and spicy… so good! It’s rich but not greasy and sinks right into my skin.

But the price…! It’s $44.95 A JAR! Egads! I have never paid that much for an 8 oz. container of body lotion before. I’ve paid that much for face care, true… so I guess really I just need to get over it. But I was still pretty shocked when I got my total at the register, but decided to just hand over my credit card anyway. The cream is amazing, I’ll savor it every time I slather it on and smell amazing for hours (the scent sticks around). It gets two thumbs up for fabulousness but only one thumb for price. It’s definitely splurge-worthy in my opinion though.

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