Jennifer Lopez Promise Eau de Parfum Review

Hi all! I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe!

I’ve recently received the new Jennifer Lopez Promise perfume for my honest review.

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Promise EDP by Jennifer Lopez — ($55 for the 1.7 oz shown.  Also $45 for 1 oz and $65 for 3.4 oz).

Jennifer Lopez recently launched her 25th fragrance as a celebration of the promises she’s made to herself.  Be part of the Promise movement as Jennifer invites us to make promises to ourselves and to keep them, to be better every day, no matter what stands in our way. This is a floral, woody fragrance with a bit of sweet notes in it. Here are the notes of the perfume:

Fragrance Notes:

  • Top – Italian tangerine, luscious pink berries, nashi pear
  • Middle – orris, jasmine sambac, dewy honeysuckle
  • Base – woods, crystallized amber

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The bottle is gorgeous! It’s glass that has a multifaceted cut to it.  The lid and Jennifer Lopez plaque are rose gold.  Very elegant!

I also really love the scent.  It’s sophisticated, but soft at the same time. I think it’s a really nice everyday scent or wear it for special occasions.


What do you think about this fragrance?  Do you have any of Jennifer Lopez’s perfumes? What’s your favorite scent?

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Philosophy Fragrance, Skincare and Bath and Body Sets

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Hi all!  Looking for some gorgeous fragrance, bath and skincare gift ideas? I was sent these amazing holiday Philosophy products for my honest review.

Philosophy products are amazing quality and smell wonderful!  They would make very nice gifts for the beauty lover in your life.

Here’s what I received:

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Snow Angel Shower Gel, EDT & Hand Lotion gift set ($35 USD) — A fan-favorite, this transportive scent inspired by freshly fallen snow is perfectly paired and packaged in this holiday gift set to celebrate the season in an eau-so heavenly way. opening with a whisper of fresh air accord, notes of watery melon, jasmine petals and gentle orange blossom settle in its heart, and come to rest atop a warm base of creamy vanilla, rich sandalwood and sugared musk. use individually or layer for an even longer-lasting experience.

  • 6 oz. shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath
  • .5 oz. spray fragrance
  • 4 oz. hand cream

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Miracles All Year Long 3-Piece Skin Care Set ($65 USD) — Experience skin miracles all year long with this skin care gift set trio must-haves for smooth, radiant, healthy-looking skin. Contains:

  • Purity Made Simple Cleanser
  • Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker+ Moisturizer
  • Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Primer

Experience skin miracles all year long with this skin care gift set. great skin begins with America’s #1 cleanser to gently dissolve makeup, lift away impurities and gently tone and hydrate, for a comfortable clean that never feels dry. follow morning and evening with anti-wrinkle miracle worker+. the silky texture melts into skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, improving texture instantly and over time. The multi-tasking primer helps blur imperfections, visibly fills in wrinkles and smoothes skin for a more even makeup application and a visible improvement in skin’s appearance. miraculous!

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Amazing Grace Two-Piece Fragrance Holiday Set ($50 USD) — Celebrate with a little extra grace! this gift set duo of philosophy’s beloved icon of fragrance is paired just for the holiday in classic 2 oz. and 0.5 oz. sizes, perfect for on the go. great for gifting (or receiving), this fragrance gift set of the whisper-soft floral fragrance is always appropriate—the perfect must-have on every list.

This is my signature scent, so I’m happy to have a refill!  It’s so nice to wear everyday.  Very soft and feminine.

IMG-2127 These are the wonderful Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Baths.  I love these so much and always look forward to what scents they release each season.  The scents are Warm Apple Cider Donut and Vanilla Chocolate Crumble.  Yum!  And the packaging is so pretty this year! They sell for $18 each.


I recommend all of these products for gifts for someone special or yourself (you’re special, too!).  Do you love giving bath, fragrance and/or skincare gifts for the holidays?

 

Happy National Fragrance Day!

Hi all! It’s National Fragrance Day today.  What is your favorite fragrance?  My signature scent is Amazing Grace by Philosophy, but I always love trying new scents!

I wanted to focus on some new-to-me scents for National Fragrance Day. Here are beautiful fragrances to try:

Mimzi by Marguerite Germai
Mimzi by Marguerite Germain

Mimzi by Marguerite Germain ($65 USD) — Honoring her Mother, Dr. Marguerite Germain has created this exquisite fragrance epitomizing unique independence, passion, and kindness. Letting nothing hold her back and rising to the top as a distinguished woman of the 20th century, “Mimzi” eau de parfum exudes classic elegance. The fragrance combines the lively spirit of a diva with natural beauty that is ageless.

Top Notes: Citrus-floral, soft lemon, sweet orange, currant, watery, airy, fresh

Middle or Heart Notes:   tuberose, jasmine, grassy, light bitter orange

Base Notes:  sandalwood, light cedar, jasmine

 AVAILABILITY: germaindermatology.com

LAVANILA Pure Vanilla Fragrance
LAVANILA Pure Vanilla Fragrance

LAVANILA Pure Vanilla Fragrance ($48; Sephora.com): The perfect vanilla, this sexy blend of pure Madagascar vanilla, sheer freesia, and creamy tonka bean is seductive and magnetic. A grown up expression of vanilla, this fragrance is more vanilla bean than vanilla cookie. Hailed as the world’s first healthy fragrance, natural technology infuses organic sugar cane alcohol with skin-saving botanicals and antioxidants for a modern twist on the classic art of perfumery.

Available at http://www.sephora.com

Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Eau de Toilette
Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Eau de Toilette

Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Eau de Toilette ($65 USD) — Our much-loved heavenly fragrance is now available in an alluring eau de toilette, blended with ginger, jasmine and floral notes.

Top notes: cardamom, ginger and clove.
Heart notes: tuberose, tagetes, lily and jasmine.
Base notes: cedarwood, sandalwood and musk.

Purchase at http://www.moltonbrown.com

Goutal Paris Eau d’Hadrien EDP
Goutal Paris Eau d’Hadrien EDP

Goutal Paris Eau d’Hadrien EDP ($127 USD for 1.7 oz) — The first fragrance from the legendary house of Annick Goutal, conveys the fiery sun and the brilliant light of Tuscany add to the charm of the cypress-lined terraces. The hottest hour of the day is the best time to sink into the soft shade of the lemon trees and reread a few passages from Memoirs of Hadrian.

Notes: Sicilian Lemon, Citron, Grapefruit, Green Mandarin, Ylang-Ylang, Cypress, Bergamot
Purchase at us.goutalparis.com

Tocca Monatuk Candela

Tocca Monatuk Candela ($42; Tocca.com) Retreat to where the sound meets the sea. Breathe in the salt air, cucumber and sea grass abound in this natural and unspoiled haven. The perfect accessory for your home and can be used as a jewelry holder or for decor after the candle is done. Uniquely beautiful and richly fragranced with our classic scents, our luxurious hand-poured candle will captivate your senses.

Purchase at tocca.com

What fragrance are you wearing today?

 

Get Dirty With The Latest Beauty Trend!

Who new dirt could be so popular? Products modeled after dirt like toothpaste with charcoal are all the rage.

But they can be effective.  I’ve recently tried some fun new products that contain mud, charcoal and even smell like dirt:

elvis+elvin Sea Mud Cleansing Bar

elvis+elvin Sea Mud Cleansing Bar ($20 USD) enhances the skin’s youthfulness with natural, mineral-rich Sea Mud that aims to purify, exfoliate, and invigorate the skin for a clean, smooth and refreshing feeling. Made with all natural Sea Mud with a hint of argan oil, the bar nourishes the skin and effectively removes dirt, blackheads, dead skin cells and other pollutants which can clog pores.

What I think: I love this facial soap.  It cleans and exfoliates my skin really well!  My skin is really soft and hydrated afterwards. It does smell very earthy, but nice.  And it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin!

Available at beauty.elvis-elvin.com

elvis+elvin Hydrate Therapy Detoxify Alginate Peel-Off Mask

elvis+elvin Hydrate Therapy Detoxify Alginate Peel-Off Mask ($80 USD) — puts charcoal to good use!  Naturally moisturizing, and tightening, the Activated Carbon (aka charcoal!) absorbs and detoxifies the skin. A hint of Mentha Arvensis essential oil sooths and relaxes skin. So easy to use, you just mix, apply and peel your stress away. The Hydrate Therapy Detoxify Alginate Peel-Off Mask is available at beauty.elvis-elvin.com for $80.00 for a pack of 5 masks.

What I think: This is a really cool peel off mask.  Just mix the two pouches together and apply wit the included spatula. It takes 5 minutes for it to gel on the face, then it can be peeled off.  It hydrates and firms my skin.  And I love how it get the crud out of my skin.

Purchase at beauty.elvis-elvin.com

Demeter Dirt

Demeter Dirt ($21 USD for a 1 oz spray) –s a fragrance so earthy it is actually made to smell exactly like the dirt from the fields around the Pennsylvania family farm which belonged to Demeter Fragrance Library’s founding perfumer.

What I think: It might sound crazy, but I really like this!  It reminds me of walking through a damp forest in the Pacific Northwest where I grew up. When I first spray it on, it dose smell like soil, and then a fresh note mingles with the soil.  It finishes a bit powdery, but I don’t mind it at all.  Crazy, but fun!

Purchase at demeterfragrance.com

Have you tried any dirt-inspired products?

Fab New Fragrance deadofnight — With Creative Director, The Lovely Helena Christensen

 

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Helena Christensen

Artisanal perfumery, ERH1012 creates deadofnight, a captivating new perfume oil featuring the hypnotic ingredient, Oudh.  A compelling scent for men and women, ingredients for deadofnight, including signature Oudh, are all harvested from one of the world’s only sustainable plantations located in Southeast Asia.

Model, photographer, and writer, Helena Christensen, shapes the brand’s identity as Creative Director, and legendary nose Christophe Laudamiel brings the fragrance to life. “When I first smelled a sample of the fragrance, I thought it was the most incredible, intoxicating divine scent,” explains Helena. “I immediately knew I wanted to be on board. It has been a few years now, and we finally have it out.”

Warm and sensual, deadofnight (20 mL, $575; 10 mL, $295; 1.25 mL, $55) opens with green top notes. The complexity of the Oudh heart is balanced with light, floral hints of Jasmine and Rose, and finishes with nuanced Sandalwood, Amber, and White Musk. The sophisticated, unique fragrance finishes with a lingering hint of mystical allure.

Handcrafted in small batches, the exceptional oil is slowly absorbed into the skin, combining with the wearer to create a deeply personal, unique scent. Unlike alcohol-based perfumes, this oil must be applied deliberately and carefully, like an intimate ritual. Devastatingly seductive, deadofnight’s exotic, exquisite, and entrancing scent will leave you breathless.

Available at MiN New York or online at http://www.erh1012.com; debuting at Harrods of London in October 2014

 

New Fragrance Collection — Robin McGraw Georgia

 

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New fragrance alert! Stake your claim in the timeless spirit of femininity. Inspired by the spirit, love and strength of her mother, Robin’s combination of evocative scents is the perfect underpinning to your own unique womanliness. Spritely floral top notes rise above lingeringly sophisticated middle notes, all tenderly underlined by base notes of a deep sensuality.  Imbue yourself with inspiration — wear to declare.

The notes are:

Top notes — bergamot, pink freesia and water lotus

Middle notes — whimsical orchid, feminine rose and tea leaf

Base Notes — patchouli, soothing amber and coral musk

Alongside the eau de parfum, the Georgia by Robin McGraw collection includes a scented hydrating body butter ($30/8 fl oz), foaming shower gel ($28/8 fl oz) and moisturizing hand cream ($18/3 fl oz).

What I think:  This is such an interesting scent.  It starts sweet and light, then the spicy base notes hit you and linger.  I think it’s sexy and romantic. This scent will be perfect for the upcoming cold winter months.

Available at http://www.hsn.com

Fresh Spring Fragrances Just in Time For Mother’s Day!

I am so happy that it is finally warming up and looking like Spring.  Now is definitely the time to start thinking about fresh, floral and fruity spring fragrances.

Not only are the below great ideas for you, but think about Mother’s Day, which is rapidly approaching!  I will have more Mother’s Day gift ideas in the coming months, but you can never start thinking about Mom’s gifts too early!

Love2Love Freesia + Violet Petals
Love2Love Freesia + Violet Petals

Love2Love Freesia + Violet Petals ($10 USD 3.4 fl. oz. Each) — Love2Love features scratch N’ sniff packaging, which provides a retro take on the fresh floral collection. Packed with notes of fresh floral for any occasion, below are two of the four scents from the collection:

  • Fresh Rose + Peach:Juicy notes of peach nectar, lychee and fresh cassis buds. The middle notes of geranium and Bulgarian rose oil infuse innocence and femininity into the fragrance while the blend of musk and orris at the base.
  • Freesia + Violet Petals:A delicately sweet mix of peach blossom, lily petals, lavender blooms, with notes of sheer musk, heliotropine and cedarwood at the base.

Available at http://www.walmart.com

Thymes Rollerball
Thymes Rollerball

Thymes Rollerball ($19 USD .34 fl. oz) —  Thymes’s Studio Collection, launching this spring, includes SIX beautifully scented Cologne Rollerballs to easily take your favorite fragrance on the go! This studio collection includes the following six scents(the fragrance above is Aqua Coralline, my fave):

  • Aqua Coralline: Pure water lily, delicately floral white cyclamen, and crisp driftwood
  • Jade Matcha: Sweet bergamot, tangy lemongrass, spicy cardamom, Tonka bean and sugarcane
  • Kimono Rose: Satiny rose, peony, and jasmine
  • Lotus Santal: Plum wood, patchouli, and spicy clove
  • Rosewood Citron: Fresh and woody vetiver, bright citron, and sparkling grapefruit
  • Tiare Monoi: Tiare flowers, wild jasmine, delicate osmanthus and ylang

Available at www.thymes.com

Nomad Two Worlds
Nomad Two Worlds

The Nomad Two Worlds rollerball collection ($35 USD for .25 oz), is a luxury fragrance line that you can take on the go.  The rollerballs are spring-loaded and won’t leak in your bag.  The fragrances are:

  • Bijou Vert (Green Jewel) is an elegant and refreshing twist on the classic vetiver fragrance, featuring premium Haitian sourced vetiver, grapefruit, mandarin, geranium, lotus flower, black pepper, benzoin, patchouli and cedar wood.
  • Citadelle represents the strength and resilience and spirit of the Haitian people. Premium Haitian vetiver mingles with marigold, pear, bergamot, lemon, spices, amberwood, musk and cedar wood.
  • Wild Fire, inspired by the intoxicating scent of the West Australian desert is a warm, sensual fragrance combining the rich dry scent of Australian sandalwood with the creamy amber and floral notes of ylang ylang, jasmine petals, cedarwood and musk.
  • Desert Blush  was inspired by the Western Australian desert at sunset, when the red earth softens and blushes scarlet and pink just before darkness falls.

Available at www.NomadTwoWorlds.com

The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Grapefruit
The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Grapefruit

The Healthy Fragrance Vanilla Grapefruit ($58 1.7 fl. oz) — An Uplifting Citrus. This invigorating blend of sparkling grapefruit, creamy cedarwood, lime, and Madagascar vanilla is created by master natural perfumers who use only the finest pure essential oils. Kissed by sunshine, this unique scent lifts the spirits.

Master natural perfumers blend exotic essential oils with skin soothing botanicals for timeless expressions of nature that captivate the senses and nurture the skin. Infused with everything that’s good for you and absolutely nothing that’s not, LAVANILA is changing the way you spray.

Available at http://www.lavanila.com

What’s your current fave spring fragrance?