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Who doesn’t love lavender on those late summer days or nights? I never knew I loved lavender so much until I moved to an area with many lavender farms. Even I can grow tons of lavender here. I love to have the doors open and just let the breeze carry the aroma throughout the house. There are many lavender products on the market and I have “collected” a few. If you have any others please share. Usually if I want all out lavender I use an oil from one of the local farms. I know a few companies have launched fragrances with lavender but I haven’t given those a try yet (like Acca Kappa White Moss and Lostmarch L’eau de l’Hermine).

Budget Lavender Scents: A light wearing, sweet lavender fragrance is Body Fantasies Body Spray in Clean Lavender Vanilla. The scent is a bit sweet for my tastes but it isn’t horrible. It makes a nice linen spray as well. It retails for $7. Apivita Lavender Fragrance Spray is a fresh lavender. It retails for $12 for .33 oz.  Provence Sante Lavande EDT (my favorite budget lavender) is a great lavender scent for the lavender purist. It retails for about $30 for 3.5 oz. Yves Rocher Pur Desir Lavender EDT is lavender with a hint of wood. It retails for $22 for 2 oz. L’Aromarine Lavande Perfume Oil is a long wearing and pretty strong lavender scent. It retails for $9.50. L’Occitane Joyful Mood Touch Fragrance is a take along fragrance. It is a sweeter, feminine lavender blend. It retails for $20. Another great travel friendly lavender scent is Bonny Doon Farm Lavender Creme Parfum. It goes for $16 (not pictured).

More Expensive Lavender Scents: Jo Malone Amber & Lavender Cologne is a very rich, sensual lavender scent. It makes lavender sexy. The 3.4 oz. bottle goes for $100. LaVanila Vanilla Lavender is a sweet lavender scent. It’s very comforting and the spray goes for $56. Yardley Lavender EDT was one of my first fragrances ever. It is a pure lavender, almost medicinal. It’s $55 for over 4 ounces. Potter & Moore Lavender & Italian Lemon EDT is a super refreshing lavender that is perfect for summer. It’s fresh and light-wearing. It retails for $42 for 3.4 oz. Lollia Relax EDP is a sweet, comforting lavender floral blend. It retails for $46 for 3.4 oz. Parfums DelRae Eau Illuminée is a beautiful herbaceous lavender, almost “hippie” blend. It goes for $135 for 1.7 oz. Surge Lutens Gris Clair is a bewitching smoky lavender scent. It goes for $120 for 1.7 oz. Acqua di Parma Colonia is a classic refreshing citrus, herbal lavender blend. The 3.4 bottle retails for $117. I love Diptyque Eau d’Elide EDT. It is a “shrubby” lavender blend. The 1.7 bottle goes for $88.

Other Lovely Lavender Items: Diptyque Feuille de Lavande Candle is so relaxing. It’s the perfect at home scent. Candle goes for $60. L’Occitane Lavender Harvest Hand Creme is a rich formula with a soothing scent. This cute tube goes for $20. Ombra Lavender Bath Foam is a super concentrated lavender scent. It is perfect for those rotten days that life throws us. The bottle goes for about $10. Boscia Lavender Blotting Linens are great for mid-day shine. Plus, the lavender scent is very soothing. A pack goes for $10. Agraria Tassle Air is a cool product and it comes in a Lavender & Rosemary fragrance, perfect for the bedroom and it is so fresh! These retail for $40.

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Weekly Cheap Secret: This isn’t the best lavender soap on the market but it isn’t too bad considering the price. It retails for under $4 for four bars of normal sized soap. I love lavender because it smells like summer. Since home air conditioning does not exist in the Pacific Northwest, windows and doors are frequently open for that ocean breeze in the summer. And since lavender seems to be pretty happy here everybody seems to grow it. And the nice thing about people is that I think they may actually plan things sometimes. For instance, we moved into a home with a gigantic English lavender bush directly in front of the door, so when the wind blows so does that amazing and relaxing fragrance. The neighbors are nice enough to share their breeze and their lovely lavender aroma also. Anyways, it is very nice in the summer to have that calming fragrance, especially when you feel hot and irritable because your craftsman lacks air conditioning. The lavender just seems to keep you sane on those hot days. Then, winter happens and you never see the sun again so you begin to miss anything dealing with summer at all. You forget about the pit stains on your shirt, the dryness and dust, and the fact that everyone in Seattle smells of B.O. In the winter you forget all the negative things of summer and just remember all the pretty things. I was feeling a bit summer sick and ordered these Yardley soaps from drugstore.com. The entire boxed that was shipped smelled very lavender. It isn’t a sweet and gross Bath and Body Works lavender vanilla mix. It is straight up medicinal smelling lavender. This isn’t your kinder and gentler English lavender oil, this is more that medicinal Italian lavender oil. That isn’t a bad thing, especially in winter when you kind of forgotten what anything alive smells like. Plus, it helps open up your airways. I find lavender so amazing because it really does make you feel happier and calmer.

The soap bars themselves are fragrant but the fragrance fades with time. So your first bar may smell strong but your last bar won’t cause the bathroom to smell so great. I think a new bar would make a nice addition to the underwear drawer as a sachet or the linen closet to freshen things up a bit. The bar is average size, not to small and not so large that it is like holding a slippery football in the shower. They lather OK and so far it hasn’t bothered my skin. It doesn’t feel very moisturizing but I’m not shedding like a Bearded Dragon either. It is just an average bar of soap with a medicinal lavender type smell for under $4. I don’t know if I will repurchase but I really don’ t have a reason not to. It is a nice pick me up in the winter and I hope to be smelling the real thing once again.

If you want an herbaceous smelling expensive body wash then this is it. I really like Borghese products. I use many of them. I love the smell of this product. It is very invigorating. It contains many essential oils but to me it mainly smells of thyme, lavender, and comfrey. It really smells of rosemary too but that isn’t even an ingredient. So I think it is the thyme that is really stealing the show. It has a nice unisex fragrance. It also contains chamomile and patchouli but those are very faint in comparison to the other herbs. It is a beautiful spa, teal blue soap. It doesn’t really “foam” in my opinion. I mean, yes, it foams but it isn’t like Mr.Bubbles or anything. It really feels “clean” because of its scent and the fact that it contains sea salt. It makes the skin feel invigorated and purified. So, saying that, it is like a day at the beach. Your skin feels really smooth but it needs moisture badly! If you are dry, you’ll need a strong, greasy body cream after using this. It comes in a nice shower friendly pump bottle. I really liked to use it in the summer because it felt so fresh and my skin wasn’t as dry as it was in the summer. Then I lived in the South where it got to 100 degrees and I drove an old Chevy with no air conditioning. Hell; I think that is what they call that experience. This stuff managed to make me feel clean. Of course any shower would if you would sweat like I would. But, one day this gel turned into liquid. I had it in the shower and never took it out. An 1/8 of it was left and it was just water like, it still smelled good and foamed, it was just really weird. Has that happened to anyone else? But, anyways. It is a bit pricey for $32 for 16 ounces. However, Borghese always has wonderful gift sets and have GWPs a few times a year. This has a nice herbal fragrance. It’s expensive but it is like being at the spa everyday and that ain’t cheap. It can be purchased at drugstore.com.

I have a love/hate relationship with Bath & Body Works. First, they are so generic and are “cheap”. Second, they discontinue anything worth while. I am so mad that they are auf’ing Brown Sugar & Fig and then bringing it back. Whatever, that is a dumb move. If you wanted to get rid of some old inventory then run a sale. Third, there are so many better things on the market for the price. And finally where do they get off thinking they can put “Final product not tested on animals.” Sometimes it is just better to say nothing at all.

Anyways, there was a discount Bath and Body Works outlet near where I used to live and I’d pick things up for nothing. This is what led me to this hand soap. Aromatherapy is a catch all term for this company. Nothing smells natural at all. I wish they would just take the “aromatherapy” word off and call it “provoking a mood” fragrance. This stuff doesn’t smell “natural” at all. It isn’t a horrible smell just not what comes to mind when I think of aromatherapy. It smells very edible and the jasmine is a bit understated compared to sticky sweetness of the vanilla. The jasmine is very sweet and doesn’t smell very “real” in my opinion for an “absolute” jasmine. This stuff just smells “warm” and generically “sexy”. The fragrance does last on the skin and is okay. My husband likes it. It is better than smelling like a pearberry or some other fantasy fruit. However, I don’t think it covers up funky cooking odors that well and sure doesn’t mix well with onion or garlic. This is a washroom only fragrance in my opinion. It isn’t horrible but it isn’t my favorite hand soap fragrance. It smells “sexy” and not clean.

It lathers nicely and you get a fair amount of product for the money. It is enriched with aloe and cucumber to soothe the skin. It reatails for $6 and they run sales all the time so you can get it cheaper. It is in a cute plastic apothecary inspired pump bottle. I do like the bottle and you get a lot in it. It lathers nicely. I mean I’m not wearing it as perfume and it gets the job done.