Thursday, October 17, 2013

Lush, Honey I Washed The Kids soap


Ingredients: “Honey Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil (Brassica napus and Cocos nucifera), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Water, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume (Perfume), Beeswax (Cera alba), Sweet Wild Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Bergamot Oil (Citrus aurantium bergamia), Aloe Vera Extract (Aloe barbadensis), Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Titanium Dioxide,*Limonene, *Linalool, *Benzyl Benzoate  *Occurs naturally in essential oils” [from the Lush Australia website]

Where can I buy it? Directly from Lush, either online or at a store (check online for your nearest location) for AU$6.95 (US$7.95/£3.40) for 100g

Oh Lush, why do you have to produce so many amazing products?!? Each time I walk into a Lush store, I come out with at least one new favourite soap, lotion, potion, whatever...and an emptier bank balance!

Back in 2009, I reviewed my then-favourite Lush soap, Rock Star – the extremely pink vanilla-scented bar of creaminess – for Perfume Critic. It was super sweet, maybe too much...even for me, the self-confessed sugar addict! Don’t get me wrong, I still love it, even to this day. But it’s not something I can handle all the time. So after an absence of buying Lush soaps, one has been welcomed into my home. Its name is Honey I Washed The Kids.

It was only after trying not one but two samples of this gorgeous product that I was convinced that this was the one for me – first, I thought it was a bit too sweet, just like Rock Star. But slowly it started to reel me in, persuading me to come back for another try. The lovely sales assistant once again came to my rescue by offering me another miniature golden bar with my lip balm purchase. And then...I was hooked! So, naturally, I bought myself a full-size bar...and the rest, as they say, is history!

Honey I Washed The Kids (great name, by the way!) is a honey and toffee-scented soap with a cute honeycomb design on top. (I’m not particularly sure if it serves any purpose but to be purely decorative, but it scratches my skin a little! Maybe it could be an exfoliator...Anyway...) The scent is sweet, but not extremely so, and it doesn’t linger for too long, so you can wear whatever fragrance you want afterwards! Just like with the Rock Star soap, it lathers up quite well and after you rinse the soap off, it leaves your skin moisturised and smooth, smelling slightly toffee-scented while you get dressed.

Having reasonably sensitive skin, I’ve had absolutely NO problems with this soap, despite it having a few ingredients that could cause problems (hello citrus oils!). And I’ve read quite a lot of reviews online from people who have either sensitive skin or eczema saying that they love the Honey I Washed The Kids soap. In fact, so many people enjoy using it, that it’s in the Top 20 list of Lush products on the Aussie website!

If you’ve never tried Honey I Washed The Kids before, get to a Lush store and do so... and whatever you do, don’t just save it for washing those children – treat yourself to a luxurious, honey-scented shower or bath!

Disclaimer: My first sample of this soap came from a Lust Have It box back in 2011; the second was a sample with purchase from Lush. I have since bought full-size bars with my own money. I earned no monetary compensation from the company for this review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fragrance 411: Scent Concentrations


The first in a series that I will (hopefully) continue, based on fragrance information. This video is on fragrance concentrations... Cologne, EDT, EDP, etc.

For more information on Vero Profumo, please go to either http://www.veroprofumo.com/ or http://www.luckyscent.com/

Here is the list of my favourite websites to find perfume oils (in no particular order):

http://www.opusoils.com/ - fragrance with attitude!
http://www.sharonboltonscents.com/ - my favourite summer fragrances, hands-down!
http://www.luckyscent.com/  - stock perfume oils from Sage Machado, Yosh, Le Labo and sooooo many more...plus lots of fantastic brands, such as Creed, Tauer Perfumes, Amouage and Diptyque!
http://ayalamoriel.com/ - some of this talented perfumer's creations are available in oil form.
http://www.dshperfumes.com/ - some fragrances available as oils
http://www.possets.com/ - lots of interesting scents
http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com/ - many dark, gothic-inspired scents, but absolutely fascinating! (They also have a Fraggle Rock collection which I want to try so badly!!)
http://tranceessence.com/ - six stunning scents available in this concentration
http://themefragrance.com/ - photographer-turned-perfumer, Elizabeth Morrison has a huge range of scents...available from the website or from Theme Fragrance or Melodie Perfume Etsy stores
http://sarahhorowitz.com/ - fragrances come as EDP and oils

Enjoy!!

Disclaimer: I paid for all the products shown in this video, except the Bulgari (gift), Estee Lauder solid (gift), Sage Machado (gift) and Vero Profumo (gift) fragrances. I earned no monetary compensation from the companies for the video. All opinions are my own.

Friday, June 7, 2013

I Heart Perfume Tag



When I saw that Alli over at MakeupByAlli did this back in November, I knew I had to put this on my list of videos to do!!

Watch Alli's video HERE

My review for Lann'Ael can be found HERE

Sharon Bolton Scents can be found at http://www.sharonboltonscents.com/

Enjoy!!

Disclaimer: I paid for everything in this video with my own money, except the Sharon Bolton fragrances, which were either sent for review or as a gift by the perfumer herself when I worked for Perfume Critic, and the Thierry Mugler scents (the Womanity mini was a gift to me, A*Men was a Christmas gift to my Dad). I earned no monetary compensation from the companies for the video. All opinions are my own.

Friday, May 3, 2013

A To Z of Fragrance Tag



New (sort of) tag...kind of like Fleur's tag - the one that I did 2 videos ago - but with a fragrant spin to it!! :)

For all the reviews I've written on here, find the review in the drop down menu on the right hand side!

To check out any of the reviews I wrote for Perfume Critic, click HERE 

Katie Puckrik's review of Ulrich Lang's Anvers can be found: http://youtu.be/3H06gvieaaI

Fleurage's website can be found: http://www.fleurage-natural-perfume.com.au/

Disclaimer: I paid for the Nouveau Bowery, Vanillary & Zara Black with my own money. Everything else mentioned was either sent for review when I worked for Perfume Critic, a gift or a sample I picked up in the past 6 and a half years of working in the fragrance industry. I earned no monetary compensation from the companies for the video. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Apologies...

Hi guys,
I'm so sorry I've been absent lately - a mix of work and health issues have kept me from doing my blog stuff! Not going to go into details....but I will say that I'm glad to be back!

You'll be seeing plenty of reviews from me in the next little while, both video & written. In the meantime, I invite you to check out my YouTube channel for a few videos you may not have seen yet :)

Talk to you soon!