Thursday, 14 December 2017

REN MOROCCAN ROSE OTTO BATH OIL {REVIEW}

If you have been following my blog for a while you'll already know that
BATHING is my "thing" and my "thing" sadly has been halted in recent months
due to the water shortage and restrictions across South Africa.
I love nothing more than a hot fragrant soak in a bath with
my perfumed candles burning, it's my little bit of heaven.

Unfortunately I have an ever growing stash of LUSH bath bombs, foam baths 
and oils from different brands all just waiting to be "wallowed" in and on my 
recent holiday to Mauritius I decide to take this,the most non travel friendly 
bottle of Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil from REN along with me,as there are
 no water restrictions there.




This product has been on my "Bath" radar for literally a couple of years, but 
I always deemed it to be on the pricey side, that was until recently when
 REN had a less 40%  online sale and the first product in the cart was 
my much lusted after Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil.

This Bath Oil is formulated with Moroccan Rose Otto Oil to not only nourish
the skin, but leave a veil of subtle rose fragrance behind post bath.

 The Rose Otto Oil along with Palmerosa and Geranium Oils all make for a wonderful
fragrant relaxing, soothing, hydrating indulgent and luxurious soak.
If you are a lover of all things "Roses" and taking time out to have a long relaxing
calming soak then this is certainly one to consider adding to your bath water.




Only a small amount needs to be added to a bath full of water and
it's Vegan Friendly and doesn't leave your bath with a greasy film
like so many bath oils do.

The Moroccan Rose Collection consists of several other products, 
which I'm keen to try including
 Body Lotion/Body Wash/Body Oil/Body Scrub and more.


REN
Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil
110ml

R
580

£
31


REN is available from selected Woolworths and Clicks countrywide


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

CHRISTMAS GIFTING IDEAS 2017 {UNDER R250}


With Christmas fast approaching (12 days away) I have compiled a list of just a few of my favourite gifting items 
from some of my personal favourite brands and stores and they 
all come in at under R250.
All of these items can be ordered online from the relevant companies and in some instances they come 
with free gift wrapping.
So if your looking for some inspiration with your gift shopping this year
 I hope the helps.


L'Occitane
R190

These Festive Baubles from the French brand L'Occitane caught my eye, as they have packaged
 some of their best sellers in an attractive bauble that can hang from the tree 
and of course be recycled and used year after year.







Cherry Blossom Bath and Shower Gel 35ml
Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion 35ml
Cherry Blossom Hand Cream 10ml

Shea Butter Soap 25g
Shea Butter Body Lotion 30ml
Shea Butter Hand Cream 10ml

Verbena Leaf Soap 25g
Verbena Body Lotion 30ml
Verbena Cooling Hand Cream Gel 10ml
 
L'Occitane offer free delivery online with orders over R1000 and have the best
 free gift wrapping on items purchased in store.




RAIN

Lime Green and white Polka Dots are not normally associated
with Christmas gifting, but RAIN have created a wonderful collection
of fabric gifting items and it works perfectly for the holiday season.



This Cluster of 3 Verbena Scented Sachets will impart a burst of citrus happiness
into any cupboard, drawer or even the car.

R115




Soft Slippers in lime green with white polka dots sizes S/M

R199

Hand Towel 100% Cotton handwoven towel

R195





WOOLWORTHS

You can't go wrong by doing a Christmas shop at Woolworths, as they really
do have something for everyone and in every price range.


I don't know of anyone who doesn't like a scented candle and this 
Studio W Mirella Filled Candle 
will not only beautifully fragrance any room, but it's housed
in a lovely pale pink clay jar.
For more candle ideas check out My Top 3 Summer Candles

R160


This fun Pom Pom Ears Keyring is not just reserved for keys, but can be attached
to any bag.

R99.95



This smart beach cover up in the form of a kaftan makes an ideal gift for those
 living in South Africa or any other country that celebrates Christmas in the
height of summer.
Aztec Print Beach Kaftan is ideal to slip on over any cozzie.

R230




Sunday, 10 December 2017

LUSH SNOW FAIRY NAKED SHOWER GEL {REVIEW}

How does the Pharell Williams song go?
"Because I'm Happy"
Yes I'm very happy with this new addition to the 
LUSH Snow Fairy collection.
Being rather a late member to the Snow Fairy Appreciation club, 
feel that I'm well and truly on board with it now.
Last year was my first introduction to this candyfloss/bubblegum magic and if you 
would like to catch up on that blogpost click on the link below.


The founder of Lush, Mark Constantine said
 “Packaging is rubbish and for too long we've had to suffer excessive amounts of it,
 now that the true financial and environmental costs are becoming obvious, 
customers are challenging manufacturers and retailers to cut the wrap. 
Companies like ours need to think out of the box and present customers with 
innovations that allow them to buy truly naked products" 




Currently 38% of Lush products are available in their naked form.
 Unfortunately it's not just a case of removing the packaging on the shower gels (for obvious reasons) but LUSH have quite simple nailed it by re formulating their shower gels into a solid format that do not contain any soap base, they instead share most of the same ingredients as liquid shower gel.
The ingredient that makes them solid is sodium stearate, which is already used
in several, other LUSH products.
The inclusion of Propylene Glycol also reduces the growth of bacteria and ensures 
that the product is self preserving, which is a "must" here in Durban as our
summers are extremely hot and oppressively humid.

The above being said, to me it still looks and feels like a solid soap and I'm excited 
that it still delivers the same glistening,powerful fragrance and has even better 
lathering qualities than the packaged version.



It's a huge hit with me, as it's so easy to use and there's no more
 fiddling with caps and lids in the shower.
Due to it being double the concentration of the liquid version it lasts longer,
 however I do recommend that you stand it on a
soap drainer to prevent a "soggy" NAKED bottom.
Price wise its coming in cheaper and of course there's no packaing to pay for
or discard of.

As always SNOW FAIRY is a range limited to the festive months and it literally 
flies off the "Fairy" shelves, but they have several other fragrance options in the 
Naked Shower Gels that are well worth checking out...

Available from LUSH stores worldwide and online


LUSH
NAKED SHOWER GEL
240g


R
R165


£
8.25 to 11.25


$
12.95




Tuesday, 5 December 2017

CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW {DECEMBER 2017}

This is my last "Currently Under Review" post for the year and I find it hard
to believe that we will soon be heading into a new Year.
Will any of these products below make a last minute appearance onto my
 "Best of 2017" lists, which by the way, will be up on my blog during January.


1.

I can tell before I even try this product that I will absolutely love it, 
just from its fragrance and concept alone. I became slightly obsessed with 
the Snow Fairy Shower Gel from LUSH 
last Christmas and being a limited edition for the holiday period only
 I scheduled a visit to my local LUSH at the end of October,
 when they receive the first drop of their Christmas offerings. 
Not only did I stock up on 500ml bottles of Snow Fairy shower gel, 
but I thought I would try their new Naked Snow Fairy Shower Gel (sans packaging)
and the Snow Fairy Body Conditioner, so expect reviews on both of these soon.

*NOW POSTED*

To read review







2.

I recently purchased two nail polishes from the Swiss nail care brand MAVALA 
and I received the MAVALA COLORFIX Nail Treatment product as a free gift,
 so, as always I will put this colour extender to the test and let you know whether 
its worth a buy or not.



3.


I really enjoy using Micellar Cleansing Waters and I'm always on the hunt 
for new ones to try.
The next Micellar Cleansing Water to go under review is a high end one 

REN ROSA CENTIFOLIA 3-in-1 Cleansing Water

I'm a huge fan of the Micellar Cleansing Water from Garnier and for the money
I rate it highly, so lets see it the Garnier one remains my "fave" after
using this one from REN.

To read original Garnier review








Sunday, 3 December 2017

LA MIA PERLA BY LA PERLA {REVIEW}

La Perla (The Pearl) is an Italian Lifestyle company, historically known for lingerie 
and like so many fashion houses their inevitable fragrance was 
created and launched back in 1986.
Despite having created 37 fragrances over the years, its a collection
that I know nothing about, so I was curious to try.



LA MIA PERLA (My Pearl) was very recently added and is the new "Pillar" 
of the La Perla Collection and was created by a woman for a woman.

I must make mention of the sophisticated bottle, which is beautiful
with its Rose Gold La Perla "Pearl" cap and it's too stunning not have
 displayed in your room.

The fragrance is classified as a "solaroriental", which is a new classification 
to me...and combines solar notes from flowers with oriental notes.
Another unusual facet to this fragrance is the circular composition as opposed
to the conventional pyramid.
The circular composition ensures that the fragrance remains 
infinite and unchanged unlike a pyramid where the fragrance changes on the 
dry down, as it transitions from it's top note to base note.




Notes of:

Mandarin
White Pepper
Jasmine 
Peony
orris,
 musk notes
 and sandalwood


Make for a warm, hypnotic and rather heady fragrance, which for me is a 
winter fragrance rather than a summer wear scent.
Unfortunately I found the musk notes too much, but as I've said on so
 many occasions fragrance is a very personal choice.

Only available in the eau de parfum format it's definitely 
for those lovers of an Oriental, long lingering, statement kind of
fragrance.
As claimed it doesn't develop with time on the skin and
I recollect many years ago MONTANA Blue also remained the same
and for its time it was quite unique feature.


La Mia Perla Eau de Parfum
30ml/50ml/100ml

R
950/1250/1650

£
30/60/90


100ml

$
120


Exclusive to selected Edgars and Red Square stores and selected Foschini stores. 

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

ONE STOP ONLINE SHOP FOR TEACHERS GIFTING

How I wished online shopping was a "thing" twenty years ago when my children 
were at school, but it wasn't and I remember all too well that frantic
last minute shop to buy teachers gifts before the last day of school.
Buying a gift for your child to give to their 
teacher generally spans those years between pre primary and senior primary
 and thankfully it's not cool in high school,which was fine by me...
I recollect the excitement of my two "kiddie winks" eager to rush off to school on 
break-up day just so they could hand their pressie over to their (in most cases)
much adored teacher.

I was recently introduced to a South African website
that seems to answer all your gifting needs, its literally your One Stop shop for body 
and bath,accessories and gifting solutions, so no more rushing from store to store.

The schools in South Africa break up for their long Summer holidays at the end of next
week, so head on over to their website and have all your gifting items 
delivered to your door in a matter of a couple of days.

I have chosen several items that I personally love and I'm sure you'll 
find plenty of gifts to suit your budget whether it be for the teacher,
 stocking fillers or the office Secret Santa, so I hope this post will help inspire
any last minute buyers amongst you...
Good Luck and Happy shopping.




Foot Therapy Spa in jar 
(60ml heel balm, 65g scrub, 65g foot powder, 60g foot soak)
R150.00







Rose underwear bag 
(Soft satin fabric)

 
R99.00




Teachers Appreciation - Large Jar 
(A Teacher Gives, A Teacher Shares, But most of all a Teacher Cares) 
R43.00




Inspirational range Pamper Jar 
(200ml Foam bath, 200ml body lotion, 200g soap bar, 30g mesh sponge)
R149.00





Christmas 
Lightbulb Bath Salts 
(May your day be merry & bright)
R37.00
Oversized Pens
R33.00 





Christmas - Wine bag 
(Naughty is the New Nice)
R65.00




Tuesday, 28 November 2017

SUNDAY SAMPLE

I'm on a bit of a roll with my Sunday Sample posts, as I have several new ones in my jar and seeing 
it's the run up to Christmas I thought this recently launched fragrance sample called
 LA MIA PERLA by LA PERLA 
would be a good one to try out this week. 




As always the Christmas season is huge for
perfume sales and even for me, someone who has spent my whole career dealing
with fragrances, I still find the array on offer sometimes daunting and often confusing.
We are bombarded with advertising and promoters in stores eagerly waiting to spritz what's new on offer, that it can sometimes make for a rather unpleasant and expensive experience.
I did write a post several years ago that was aimed at males, but it can be just as useful
for females and I hope it helps to clear the fragrance mist...



 Check back on Sunday to find out more about LA MIA PERLA.








Sunday, 26 November 2017

DECLÉOR AROMA CLEANSE ESSENTIAL CLEANSING MILK {REVIEW}

Last week I picked out of my overflowing sample jar a very cute 10ml miniature
of the Aroma Cleanse Essential Cleansing Milk from 
the French face and body care brand DECLÉOR.





Back in the late 1980's I worked for a short period as a rep for the brand 
here in South Africa and since those early days this brand has firmly 
established it's name as the world’s largest cosmetic Aromatherapy brand.

DECLÉOR Aroma Cleanse Essential Cleansing Milk with Neroli Essential Oil has a 
luxurious light-texture with the most wonderful fresh sparkling aroma.
This cleanser makes light work of removing make-up and impurities and leaves 
the skin feeling exceptionally clean and smooth. 

Active ingredients include detoxifying Green Tea Essential Water to help remove dirt 
and tighten pores for a clearer, more radiant complexion, Sweet Almond Oil 
to leave skin beautifully soft and comfortable, and heavenly-fragranced 
Neroli Essential Oil to help protect, repair and fight against dehydration.





Neroli Essential Oil helps protect and repair stressed, dehydrated skin cells 
to leave it moisturised and radiant.
Sweet Almond Oil rich in essential fatty acids, helps to gently remove make-up and

 soothe skin.

DECLÉOR Aroma Cleanse Essential Cleansing Milk's paraben-free formula is suitable 

for all skin types. 

If your budget allows then this cleanser deserves to be considered as it gets 10/10
for both its efficacy and aroma (which I wish I could bottle and wear as a daily
fragrance) 


DECLÉOR
Aroma Cleanse Essential Cleansing Milk
200ml


R
300


£
22


Thursday, 23 November 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2017

To all my readers and followers in the USA, this message is coming to you
 from the sunny island of Mauritius, where I'm currently on vacation
I hope you are all having a wonderful day and enjoying spending time with your
 family and loved ones...