skincare

Skye Botanicals Rose Petal Toner & Chamomile Facial Creme Review

Skye Botanicals is a line of natural skincare hand-crafted on Martha’s Vineyard using sustainable materials sourced from the United States, Costa Rica and Africa.

Skye Botanicals Rose Petal Toner

I’ve used the following products:

Rose Petal Toner

The aroma is a crisp, green rose. It’s the best smelling rosewater toner that I’ve ever tried. Actually, this is the best rosewater toner that I’ve ever used. Period. It’s really worth the extra cost. In addition to steamed distilled roses, it also contains skin-loving antioxidants like Vitamin C and… Continue reading | 2 Comments

fragrance

Humiecki & Graef Skarb EDT Perfume Review

Humiecki & Graef Skarb

My perfume loves range from the tried and trued classics from heritage brands like Guerlain and Caron to ultra-modern-synth-robot stuff from brands like CdG and CB I Hate Perfume. One of my favorite houses in the “ultra-mod” genre is Humieck & Graef because they go there. I’ve always thought if I were to start a brand it would be ridiculous. I’d be like: this is inspired by “puberty” and this one is inspired “existentialist angst and Jell-O molds. Come over here and smell my perfume inspired… Continue reading | 14 Comments

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Skye Botanicals Fuzzy Blue Blanket Natural Perfume Review

Skye Botanicals Fuzzy Blue Blanket

Fuzzy Blue Blanket by Skye Botanicals is a natural perfume created to smell like the summers at Martha’s Vineyard. Fuzzy Blue Blanket does bring to mind summer afternoons, but the cuddly base reminds me of being covered with a cashmere throw on a cool fall evening.

Fuzzy Blue Blanket is a cozy blend of grassy chamomile, sunny florals and a bittersweet mocha. The chamomile gets more hay-like and this mixes with a wet, dewy rose. And the linden reminds me of dewy, honeyed clover… Continue reading | 11 Comments

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Esscentual Alchemy For The Love of Bees Perfume Oil Review

Bee stamp

I sampled  Esscentual Alchemy For the Love of Bees Botanical Perfume Oil on a dreary January day, a day that I was exhausted by work and frankly, life in general. All I wanted was comfort. The house has been purged of all chocolate and sweets (overreaction to unhealthy December eating), everything was irritating me. This usually isn’t a time that I should sample a fragrance, no fragrance should have to deal with contrary me, but I did. And I’m very happy that I sampled For the Love… Continue reading | 8 Comments

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Aftelier Rain Perfumed Bath Oil Review

Aftelier Rain Bath Oil Review Rain. I have had enough. It has been the rainiest and coldest month on record this April for Western Washington. Ever. And it always rains here, over an average of 66 inches a year. This April statistic is saying something. It says “Please stop. I’m going nuts and I think my scalp is growing moss and I’m moving to San Diego“. (Seriously. Talk me out of moving to California). When I think of the “smell” of rain, I think of moss, mud… Continue reading | 13 Comments