fragrance

Phaedon Pluie de Soleil Perfume Review

Phaedon Pluie de Soleil

I mentioned in my review of the Arielle Shoshana EDP (a passion fruit fragrance), that I rarely talk about fruity perfumes unless they’re figs. Fruity scents aren’t a genre that I’ve really explored…and I’m trying to change that. I’ve been trying niche fruity fragrance. When I ask for recommendations, Phaedon Pluie de Soleil is one that keeps getting mentions.

Pluie de Soleil opens with strawberry jam. And pineapples. And lemon peel that’s like rays of sunshine. It’s a really fruity fragrance. The fruits aren’t fruit… Continue reading

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Montale Tropical Wood EDP Perfume Review

Montale Tropical Wood

Like so many other Montale perfumes, a name is just a name. If you’re trying Tropical Wood in hope of some sort of “tropical woods”, you’ll probably be disappointed. Now if you try the perfume because you think the note list sounds good, then you probably won’t be disappointed. Tropical Wood is like a fruity rose and leather. This is a combo that I didn’t even know that I wanted in my life until I tried this.

It’s fruits and leather. And for some reason, I’m all about… Continue reading

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Thorn & Bloom Bird of Paradise EDP Natural Perfume Review

Thorn & Bloom Bird of Paradise

Thorn & Bloom is a new artisanal botanical perfume brand that launched last month. So far, I’ve tried a few from the brand and I’m rather impressed, especially with the floral compositions. Bird of Paradise is an unreserved white floral that is a contrast of cool white florals and warm resins.

Bird of Paradise opens as an intoxicating white floral with a juicy pineapple sweetness. The scent blossoms into an indolic jasmine. This is a huge, heady and very realistic jasmine. As it wears… Continue reading | 5 Comments

body products

A Beautiful Life Mermaid’s Kiss Body Creme & Body Scrub Review

Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore

Now that I live in a place where the beaches aren’t just piles of rocks being hit by massive waves, I need to step up my mermaid game. This summer I’ve actually went to a beach…in a bikini. During this time, my skin saw more sun than it ever did over the eight years of living in Washington (still slathered in sunscreen, of course). And it’s time to step up my mermaid game. And A Beautiful Life is here to support me after my epiphany.

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Destination Inspiration – Perfumes Inspired by Hawaii

Hawaii perfumes

Here I go again featuring a Destination Inspiration of a place that I’ve never visited. I must fix this. It really does look like paradise.

One of the odd things that I’ve noticed about people that have traveled to Hawaii is that they want to tell you what it smells like. When I speak with people that just traveled to Alaska, New York or Paris, they don’t volunteer to tell me what they smelled while they were there. When I talk to people that have just traveled… Continue reading | 6 Comments