I apologize ab out not updating my blog. I’ve been sick and really in no place to trust my sniffer. I’m feeling better and I’m trying to catch up.

Ligne St. Barth Vanilla Body Lotion is really a product for the vanilla lover. This is more of an “oceanic” vanilla. It is sweet and tropical with hints of salt water. This is definitely a vanilla scent. It’s sweet but not as sweet as other vanilla scents on the market that are trying to resemble baked goods. This is a nice tropical vanilla. It reminds me a of a vanilla scented tanning lotion. You get a whiff of salty sea air with this lotion. I think that is what makes it special.

The formula is rich but thin in consistency. It needs  rubbed in throughly. It leaves a shiny residue on the skin that resembles the appearance of oiled skin. (It has a rich avocado oil base and you can tell). This looks amazing on bare legs. I do think when the weather gets warmer that I will use this product as a “leg sheen”. It really adds a nice “glow” to my legs and it smells nice. It makes my legs look like they’ve been “oiled” but it doesn’t leave that kind of mess.

The scent of this lotion mixes well with all vanilla based scents. I’ve worn it with Prada EDP, various La Maison de la Vanille EDTs, Susanne Lang Vanilla Coconut EDP, and even Guerlain Shalimar EDP.  The scent of this lotion “enhances” the vanilla in other fragrances.

It’s a pricey lotion but it is a hard to find luxury product. I’m sure you could find something cheaper like it but I don’t have to explain the luxury market to you. This lotion comes in 2 sizes. It retails for $47 for the 6.8 oz. and $34 for the 4.2 oz. It’s available at beautyhabit.com.

Weekly Cheap Secret:

I love these little old school highly fragranced body lotions. I hope Avon realizes that this “retro” packaging is what sells these Perfumed Skin Softeners. Well, at least it does for me. I like to have them out, there isn’t a logo, a label. They are just in a “sphere”. They really look nice in a boudoir. They retail for about $5 and are frequently on sale for about 99¢ on Avon’s website.

Candid is a nice fragrance for those that like a classic late 70’s floral oriental type fragrance. I love a late 70’s oriental. It’s a dated blend of heady jasmine, red roses, woodsy but feminine sandalwood with vetiver. It manages to smell “fresh” and clean, I guess because of the vetiver. The scent isn’t very complex. It’s all blended together to make a feminine, fresh oriental scent. I find that it does mix well with pure fragrance oils of any of the scents mentioned above. I love to wear it with either jasmine or rose to bring out the feminine quality. I can make it more masculine and zesty fresh with a spritz of L’Aromarine Vetyver or Guerlain Vetiver. Since the product is heavily scented, I can still smell it wearing very closely to my skin after all day wear.

The lotion is thick but not buttery. I still find that at night I need to apply a heavier cream to keep from being ashy in the winter. I just use this skin softener for the nostaligic novelty. And it does wear nicely with fragrance oils and some of my more “classic” fragrances.

I really hate to rip on a product because I know we all have our opinions and if there is something that I don’t like then there is somebody out there that loves it. But, this product is not good and I don’t see anybody loving it. Nature’s Gate Organics Rainwater Lotion retails for $8.99 for 8 ounces. That’s a pretty expensive lotion compared to other drugstore products. I was attracted to this product because I have been in a real patchouli oil mixed with bergamot oil mood. It has a fresh and earthy vibe. I find that very nice for summer. The odor of this product isn’t too bad but it isn’t too great. It is heavy on the bergamot in an acidic, kinda laboratory way. I don’t hate the fragrance. It actually mixes nicely with the L’Aromarine oils that I wear (bergamote and patchouli). The fragrance from the lotion doesn’t linger around very long. This lotion is all organic and stuff. It even claims to have organic essential oils. The bottle has a sob story printed on it. It says something like I don’t have “to give up anything except for guilt”. I don’t even understand what that means. And that “this unique lotion is good for me and for the planet”. I didn’t know that my lotion could have such an impact on the globe…Anyways, we all know that that kind of stuff goes hand in hand in the organic market for some reason people try to convince me to feel guilt for no reason all the time. But, Nature’s Gate should feel guilty, not me. They should feel guilty for putting a price on such a sub par product. It is called Rainwater for a reason. It has the texture of rainwater and looks like it too. It is so runny that if you pump it on your hands or body it immediately leaks everywhere and makes a mess. Actual rainwater is more moisturizing than this stuff. This dries the heck out of my skin and makes it feel ouchy and tight. Oh, the second ingredient is organic alcohol. It dries my skin out so badly that I would be better off not using a product at all. It is cooling, that’s a bonus in the summer I guess. I thought my skin was exaggerating or was in shock because I use heavy products most of the time. I talked my husband into giving it a try because it smells good, I said.  My husband used some of this and he couldn’t stop complaining of the “tightness” and that his skin felt sticky. It does feel sticky. He won’t even use this and he doesn’t even know cheap stuff from expensive stuff.

So if you want a sticky, expensive lotion that dries your skin out until you have little lines everywhere with an OK smell that doesn’t make you feel guilty becuase it is organic, then give this a try. I dare you to try to like it.

Benefit’s Maybe Baby is one of my favorite in your face, I’m not sorry to be a girly girl fragrance. It is so playful and feminine. It is very different than my typical mossy, spicy, or patchouli based fragrance treats. This is the one I pull out when I want to feel like an irrational gal that pulls at suitor’s heartstrings. It’s flirty, it’s bat those lashes, and giggle worthy. It’s lighthearted without being too juvenile smelling. It doesn’t smell like cotton candy or melons. Bonus!

Maybe Baby has a burst of fuzzy apricot without smelling like a teenage girl’s body spray. It is grown up with a tang of white ginger. (Speaking of white ginger, does anybody remember Avon Hawaiian White Ginger? I would love to get my hands on that! Or at least something like it.) It is floral and fruity and thank goodness for me it wears heavier on the floral side. It is grounded on me by the greeness of bergamot. It manages to smell peachy fresh, white floral-ish, and it is made fresh by greenery. It isn’t a particularly sophisticated fragrance but it is fun and it does attract my mate. Heck, it could of attracted my mate for all I know. He is wild about it. This fragrance is pretty much a dude magnet.

The bottle is a strange shape (a.k.a. uncomfortable to hold)  and has stupid little sayings all over it that I guess are supposed to make me feel good about being frivolous. I could live without that but I’m not complaining at that $48 price tag for 3.4 ounces. ($32 for the 1.7 ounces) It wears long enough for an EDT and I think it wears longer on me than most people. I don’t really smell it but others comment on it. It is funny because I have hundreds of things and people never comment on the complex, expensive stuff, just things like Maybe Baby.

I do have the lotion. It smells very nice. It isn’t super moisturizing but it is highly fragrant and contains the prettiest amount of champagne shimmer. It really makes my skin look flawless and plasticy. (Plastic is a nice thing in my book.) The shimmer shade works wonderfully with my skintone. The lotion goes for $26 and isn’t as good of a deal as the fragrance. So, if you like flirty fragrances or want a flirty fragrance that are so flirty it makes your worn out jeans into white lacy lingerie than this is for you. If you want something uncomplicated that screams “I’m a gal looking to play hard to get” then this is for you too.

It is available on Benefit’s website.

I bought this on a whim because I like the packaging and was making an online order and this stuff was only $1.99. I ended up really liking the fragrance of this perfumed body lotion. It is hard to describe since it is a lotion but it has a really soft, innocent powdery rose scent with a hint of something earthy like oakmoss. In fact it wore perfectly with my L’Aromarine Mousse de Chêne fragrance oil. It also wears nicely with single note rose fragrances and I’m sure it wears nicely with Sweet Honesty.The scent isn’t offensive and smells clean and girly.

It has a thicker texture but not creamy like a body butter. It is moisturizing and needs to be rubbed in thoroughly. The packaging is cute and has been the same for a while which I love. I actually left it out and about and not hidden in the linen closet. But, what is so awesome about it is the price. Most of the time you can buy it on special for $1.99 or even 99¢. It retails for $5.25 which is still a pretty good price. It is a little small and lasted only a few weeks for me with daily use. But, at least I used it. I’d love to purchase another one in the future.