Blast from My Past: Love’s by Dana Fragrances

December 15th, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Perfumes | No Comments »

Remember Love’s fragrances and Jean Nate (still made) bath products?  I definitely do.  They were typically offered as game prizes e.g. spelling bees and the like at my elementary and junior high school.  I thought it was the coolest thing back then and have very fond memories of that time overall.

I walked into a local CVS recently and though I typically walk past the perfume and deodorant spray aisle, I stopped and looked this time.  I’m not much of a powder scent lover (which the original Love’s scent sort of is), but placed next to it was a bottle of Love’s Rain Forest.  I gave it a quick sniff and was pleasantly surprised.  I found a cute little gift trio of Love’s body mists on the shelf below and purchased without hesitation.  I admit this was largely an emotional-type purchase spurred on by a pleasant scent memory, but whatever… The set was an affordable treat.

I loved the trio so much that I perused through the Dana Fragrances site to see more of the Love’s evolution because by then I was intrigued.  I purchased a couple more of the Love’s body mists (not readily found in any of my local drugstores).

To my dismay, I didn’t have a problem-free experience with them.  One of the bottles arrived with leakage (almost 1/4 of the product was lost); however, that wasn’t the worst of it.  It took several unreturned voicemail messages (there was no vacation message recorded if you’re wondering) and a nice lady from a different department (who took pity on me) before I finally received some instruction on returning the item for an exchange.  A few days after I sent the defective bottle, I finally received a voicemail from someone working in the Love’s division (I suspect it might have been possibly a manager) who informed me a new bottle was sent as soon as she received my voicemails.  Although I greatly appreciated her call and what she did for me, even the following conversation didn’t go that smoothly and it left me with a poor opinion of Love’s “customer service” attitude (namely that it takes them a week+ to return calls, they were not 100% apologetic and rather place blame on the customer for wrong information given by their own staff (who should be clear on their company’s policies e.g. they do not return ANY shipping costs (either way) even if their product arrived with a defect. I was disappointed to hear that because the shipping cost to return the product was quite a bit more expensive than the monetary worth of the product and I was also misinformed by the previous rep that my shipping cost would be returned to me.

I have mixed opinions because of my ordeal (namely the lack of professionalism I experienced), but I do love the body mists and don’t want this to taint any happy memories I still have of my childhood. Hopefully, you will have a better experience than I did.  I want to close this post on a good note and tell you that Love’s Fresh Lemon is my favorite and I find it particularly endearing that their bottles look just like they did in the 1980s.

*Photos to follow soon*

 

Crazylibellule & The Poppies Solid Perfumes

March 11th, 2011 Posted in beauty products, Perfumes, Toiletries | No Comments »

Crazylibellule’s Vanilla Lemon Pie and Macarons are my favorite solid perfumes.  Never have I been so impressed by a solid perfume formula!  Glides smoothly onto skin and leaves an enduring scent that’s so delicious!  These solid perfumes are 0.17 oz./5g and perfectly clutch-sized (resembling tubes of lipstick).  I believe Beautyhabit and Amazon still stock this brand.  It’s too bad they currently do not seem to have an active website of their own.  ♥ Poule de Luxe Collection!

*Photocredit: Beautyhabit

Luxury Scents I’ve Been Dying to Try…..

October 19th, 2010 Posted in Perfumes | No Comments »

This all started with Comptoir sud Pacifique’s Vanille Abricot and Katie Puckrick’s scentsational review of it.  As soon as she mentioned “sweet-smelling”, “bakery”, and “cake,” I knew I had to sample it!  Below are other great fragrances; that is, if you love Vanille Abricot, you will love these too…

*Photocredit: Hautelook & Comptoir sud Pacifique

Hillhouse Naturals

June 8th, 2010 Posted in beauty products, Culinary, Home & Garden, Kitchen, Perfumes | No Comments »

I always find wonderful little treasures at the New York Botanical Garden’s book/gift store.   This time I picked up a Hillhouse Naturals Bloom sachet for my closet.   It’s an enduring floral fragrance.  Love it!  It’s the best sachet I’ve ever purchased.  Please visit their website.  They carry a wide selection of home fragrance products such as potpourri, candles, oils, fragrance mist, sachets, pillar candles, and even have a body care line.

*Photocredit: Hillhouse Naturals

Looking for Sample Sizes of Must-Have Fragrances?

December 21st, 2008 Posted in Cosmetics, Perfumes | No Comments »

I am very scent fickle so sample sizes and minis work best for me. Plus, I like small bottles that could easily fit into my purse. I do have atomizers, but filling them can be very tricky without a mini funnel. I don’t usually commit to any one fragrance, though I do have some I like and wear more than others. I would never want full-sized bottles to be going to waste.

Some of my current favorites:

The Fragrance by Body by Victoria Secret

Red by Hugo Boss: A beautiful fragrance I bought during my Italian honeymoon =)

L’Instant de Guerlain: I’m very sad that the pump mechanism broke, causing me to not be able to cap it correctly. I’ve lost a lot of it to evaporation =(. Almost time for a new bottle.

Coco Chanel: For the longest time I thought Chanel scents were meant for older women. One day a younger business woman who had it on passed by and I thought it was lovely on her. I changed my mind after that but even a little spritz of it can be pretty strong.

Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf

Hanae Mori: A lovely, gentle scent I wore on my special day as I walked up the aisle =)

Orchidee by Yves Rocher: I will never forgive them for discontinuing it =(

Michael by Michael Kors

Fancy by Jessica Simpson: Reminds me somewhat of Flowerbomb and maybe that’s why I like it?

Anyway, sorry for the detour… Yes, the real reason for my post… I was one day looking for sample sizes of Solange’s perfumes and also Juliette Has A Gun by Citizen Queen. I found an online shop called Lucky Scent/Scent Bar. I wish I could visit the store but it’s on the west coast. I hope my order arrives soon.

*Photocredit: Scent Bar