I love shimmer. So naturally, I was attracted to L’Occitane’s Golden Branch Luminous Body Cream. It is a nice moisturizing cream with tons of gold shimmers. The sparkles are flattering and really “warm” up the skin. In the lotions spiked with shimmer world, this product has larger than normal shimmers. Nope, not body glitter, just not super fine. That doesn’t bother me. It has rich ingredients such as olive oil and olive butter. It is moisturizing but quick absorbing and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. Between that factor and the shimmer, I love this stuff for summer. But, wait! That’s not all! It has a faint “olive” fragrance. It is very “Mediterranean” and mixes wonderfully with fig fragrances such as Diptyque Philosykos, Demeter Fig Leaf, or CB I Hate Perfume Revelation. It isn’t a strong odor and it fades kind of quickly. It turns more woody and a little more spicier on the skin after a day’s wear. But, that may just be me and my spice diet. It is a costly product at $36 for 8.8 ounces and available at DERMAdoctor. Will I repurchase? I don’t know. I like it but it is costly and I am too much of a flirt to really commit to any product for too long…

First off, I fell for this product because of it’s adorable and “eau” so Pacific Northwestern packaging. I love the raven and snow owl imagery. I just love it. I love nocturnal animals and I wish I could more raven and crow merchandise. So, Pacifica got me with with this one with packaging alone. And I just happen to like the fragrance.

OK, so for a solid perfume, Pacifica’s formula is pretty creamy. It comes in a tin about the same size as Burt’s Bees lip balm tins. It has the nice imagery on it 🙂 It is composed of many wonderful and moisturizing, natural ingredients. It is a solid perfume so it wears very closely to the skin. Since it wears so “intimately” it doesn’t appear to last very long. However, if you are a fan of solid fragrance, then this is not new to you at all. If you don’t like solids, Pacifica makes a spray too. That I have not tried.

Now to the fragrance. I love the version of the solid. It isn’t very “junipery”. I have a juniper outside the window and I love its evergreen aroma. I also love the aroma of the berries which I have tried to squish into some strange oil based concoction to burn in an oil burner. That idea failed miserably. This solid fragrance has a bit of that juniper berry vibe. It has a faint evergreen fragrance, almost like a martini. I mainly smell zest of grapefruit. I usually don’t do citrusy fragrances but I can do this one because it is kept level by the “woods”. This fragrance smells “cool” because of heliotrope and that makes it much more femme. I think the juniper turns a lot of ladies off but it shouldn’t. This is not Pine-Sol. It has enough floral to make is less “piney” and the citrus makes it very tangy. That being said, this is not a winter only fragrance. The citrus makes it totally wearable in warmer months. I actually wanted this to much more woody, but Pacifica had to pretty it up 🙂 I think if you like woody, herbaceous scents then you will really like this. Especially with the $9 price tag. Oh, and if you like Demeter Gin and Tonic or Martini. And if you want a “wintery” citrus than this is nice.

And, I know that this says that this is a solid perfume review only, I must comment on the body butter. It doesn’t resemble the solid perfume at all! That is my warning. If you want to slather yourself in the Avalon Juniper fragrance than you will be disappointed by the body butter and vice versa. If you want a fragrance that smells like the body butter don’t buy the solid. The body butter is very, very fruity. It smells like sweetened grapefruit juice. It is a little tangy but mostly sweet. It almost smells like a tropical cocktail. They played up “berry” but not juniper berry. It wears very nicely with the solid, making it more of a complex and more of a “girl” scent. I personally won’t be purchasing the body butter again because it is too LE Escada fragrance and not “earthy” or “woodsy” enough despite its nice texture.

This fragrance is very “walking through a Pacific Northwestern evergreen forest in early spring”. I love it for that because I am a big fan of forest walking, especially in cool air. It is also a nice unisex fragrance. Or at least that is what my husband says. It wears much more “woodsy” on him. I think he even uses it on dry skin patches since the rich soy and coconut wax base make it a nice moisturizer.

My poor juniper in one of the first days of the great Seattle blizzard of '08

My poor juniper in one of the first days of the great Seattle blizzard of '08

Pacifica body butters are pretty nice. They are smooth and not heavy. This means that it is very easy to rub in and it acutally absorbs. It moisturizes and is fragrant. There are many fragrances to choose from (from girly lilac to foody cocoa to lusty sandalwood and everything in between). I’ve tried a few and I liked them all. Let me warn you, do sniff before buying (I did), especially if you are going by the scent of the solid perfume or fragrance spray.  The body butters can smell very different from the actual perfumes. The fragrance of the butters are more to work with fragrances. It will not be a dead on twin (I’m definately thinking of Avalon Juniper here). It will help to make the other fragrances by Pacifica last and appear more “complex” and well rounded.  These claim to contain natural ingredients and are in a shea butter, almond, and safflower oil base. Very nice. Plus, they represent the Pacific. I love the West coast. Just love it.  They retail for $18 for 8 ounces.  Sephora carries a few from this line, the entire line is available at the company’s website, www.pacificaperfume.com. I love the Fig. It can be worn with any of your favorite fig scents.

Sorry for the lack of postings. I’ve been on spring break. You know enjoying Seattle’s cold and rainy spring days 🙂 Anyways….

This is a pretty good body butter. It is thick and moisturizing but not greasy at all. It doesn’t feel like it is “on” the skin. I like it as a heavy moisturizer for warmer climates. It doesn’t linger or feel oily. It claims to be fragrance free, but there is a fragrance. However, it isn’t a gross or chemical fragrance that is often used to disguise a products occurring fragrance. It is nice and clean and super faint. The fragrance fades very quickly once the butter is massaged into the skin. It is a bit pricey. It is $23.50 for 6.7 ounces. However, a little goes a long way and a tub of this can last longer than most liquid lotions this size. It does moisturize and leaves the skin moisturized all day. The fragrance doesn’t interfere with other fragrance products you may wear. (See I am trying to justify spending this much on a body butter when I know there are great drugstore body butters on the market.) And Clinique does offer GWPs. So I’ve justified it.

I am a fan of Queen Helene products. You get a ton of nice product for an excellent price. I like heavy creams. I love Cocoa Butter Body Creme. It comes in a “tub”. The cream is rich without being too oily. It has a smooth texture and more of a rich lotion feel. It is not a chalky solid or in a waxy base. It is a mixture of cocoa butter and lanolin. It has a light cocoa-ish fragrance that isn’t overwhelming. I love it on my parched winter skin and my parched summer skin. My skin seems to be parched most of the year. It retails for about $5.50 and is available at many chain stores and drugstores. I always have a vat of this around.

Sometimes its a great thing that you didn’t buy it. That is the case with this product. I’m not a huge Donna Karan Cashmere Mist fan but I do respect it as a warm, perfect for cooler weather scent. It is a nice cuddly dry wood scent. There aren’t too many like this in the mainstream market. It is warm and inviting. Anyways, I received a sample of this body creme. I expected it to be luxurious, über moisturizing, rich and very fragrant. It was none of the above. The scent wasn’t horrible. I liked it. It wasn’t the same as the EDP but it did smell of warm dry cedarwood coated in amber and musk. It was warm and very woody. However, the scent did not linger for more than 30 minutes, maybe an hour. I expect for a $55 cream to stay around for dinner. The cream layered nicely with other woodsy scents and I found that it wears nicely with a few Serge Lutens and even that inexpensive Crazylilbellue and the Poppies Encens Mystic. It isn’t very moisturizing either. It melted quickly into my skin and my skin felt very “thirsty”. Granted I am having a wicked case of the ashiness and it is like 19 degrees outside, but hey isn’t that the best time to test a body cream? My skin lapped this stuff up. I like it but I wouldn’t pay this price for it, maybe like $10. That is my limit for a cream that doesn’t moisturize and really doesn’t add a lot of fragrance.


Cashmere Mist Perfume for Women Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 Oz by Donna Karan

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

Here is another cheap gift I bought. The set comes with six popular Bliss items. I like it but I think the L’Occitane Verbena to Go gift set from Sephora which is the same price is a much better buy. This kit has six super small items. Each item is one ounce and comes in a pretty cheap-o but one step up from a Ziploc baggie that is just there in case these things leak. The bottles are super small, one ounce is pretty tiny, but they are great for sampling or for airline travel. It comes with 5 Lemon + Sage items: Soapy Sap, Supershine Shampoo, Conditioning Rinse, Soap Slab, and Body Butter. This scent is a bit lemon zest with a hint of herb. I like the scent of L’Occitane Verbena better, it smells more “authentic”. The scent of the bliss stuff isn’t bad, I just prefer the other. This kit also contains a one ounce bottle of the Fabulous Foaming Face Wash. This stuff is nice and it is nice to have a travel bottle around. It smells like fake passion fruit. It won’t make you gag or anything I just thought it was an odd choice. I like these kinds of kits because the price is right and you do get to play with a lot of new stuff. I just wouldn’t buy one of these for myself. Now if there was a Blood Orange + White Pepper one, I would definitely pick a few of those up.