When I purchased this fragrance oil I was thinking of fall. I thought that an apple scent would be very nice for October. I was expecting something that would remind me of leaves crunching under my Frye boots in the orchards of Washington. This is not a fall fragrance. L’Aromarine Pomme is more like a Jolly Rancher mixed with Johnson’s No More Tears Shampoo. Perfume labs and flavor labs are often married. This smells like what fake apple tastes like. You know the apple used in sour candies and pops. If you like that sort of thing such as Demeter Sour Apple or DKNY Be Delicious then you should like this very long-wearing fragrance oil. At first it is very “fruity” then it becomes very intense and tangy. It smells just like a Jolly Rancher or Jone’s Soda Sour Apple. After an hour + of wear, it becomes softer and more like an apple used in a kid’s shampoo. It’s like a lab trying to recreate a Golden Delicious instead of a Granny Smith. It isn’t a bad fragrance but if you don’t like the thought of smelling like apple flavoring then do not give this a try. But, if you are looking for a fun, young, fruity scent then give this a try. I really smell this and think it would be appropriate for a tween or teen. My teenage sisters would love this. My adult, apple-loving Washington state “where we know what apple orchard the apple came from in one bite” self doesn’t. I am planning on mixing mine with a white floral, maybe a honeysuckle or a jasmine to make it a bit more ladylike. I really do not see this mixing well with spice like I had initially planned. This is more of a warm weather fragrance. It retails for $9.50 and is available at beautyhabit.com.

I didn’t know that I loved the scent of grapefruit so much until I bought this product. I used to shy away from grapefruit in scents because it was A. too sweet and sugary or B. cat piss. I didn’t hate grapefruit, I just stayed away from it because cat piss is hard to pull off. L’Aromarine Pamplemousse is a “rugged” citrus blend. It is bitter, fresh, but is still sweet like a grapefruit. This oil is just enough of the peel and the fruit. It is a tad kitty pee-pee-ish but enough to make it interesting and not fake. Grapefruit kind of smells like that in “real” life. It doesn’t smell sugary unless you add the sugar. I would also say that this is a grapefruit, not a pink grapefruit or any of those other sweeter varieties. This is “rugged” citrus.

Since this is a fragrance oil, it is very long-wearing. This is a scent that I see myself wearing year round. It is crisp and tart for summer, clean and natural for fall, etc. I also would imagine that it would mix very well with bergamot oils, oakmoss oils, lemon oils, floral oils like honeysuckle or jasmine. This is a very versatile fragrance and by adding any of these, you’ve created something “new”. The scent is unisex; however, my husband finds it too “girly” for his taste. He doesn’t do citrus at all. I really like it and cant wait to play with it by mixing up something of my own in a vodka base. It retails for $9.50 and is available on beautyhabit.com.

L’Aromarine Opopanaux is a very rich scent in a very rich medium. It is a long wearing perfume oil. It can be diluted into alcohol for a lighter scent or mixed into other things such as epsom salt as a bath salt. It wears all day, but after the first few hours very closely to the skin. It is a rich, resin scent. It is both powdery in an amber way or myrrh and almost citrusy at times, like a mix of lemongrass and lavender. So what I guess I am trying to say that it is almost pine-y and coniferous while being boldly sweet and ambery. So, yep, a resin or a balsam: opopanox. This is a scent that I like but rarely wear except for in the winter months when I wear amber and frankincense based fragrances. You can pull off heavier scents then.

I would guess that you would like this fragrance if you like warm and rich amber, opopanox, myrrh, and frankinsense based fragrances, smoky incense scents, headshop fragrance oils, “oriental” scents,  Demeter Incense, Annik Goutal Encens Flampoyant EDP, Serge Lutens Chergui or Ambre Sultan (Serge loves to put opopanox in stuff), Regina Harris Amber Vanilla, Donna Karan Cashmere Mist (if you watered the L’Aromarine down), and/or Guerlain Shalimar. This scent is nice alone or mixed. You can mix it with vanilla oil for a sweeter take or with a rose oil for an elegant oriental perfume blend. I would say that it could very easily be unisex and very nice on a man if mixed with a woodsy oil like cedar or patchouli. It retails for under $10 and can be purchased on beautyhabit.com.

I am a sucker for body treatment products. I fall for anything that claims to tighten, firm, or perform miracles to the skin. Luckily, I haven’t been burnt by a product, well, until now. I have found that cellulite creams and firming gels really do improve the appearance of my skin (yes, temporarily) and I like the way they make my skin feel. I’m the kind of person that loves to wear control tights and feel pressure on my body. Yep, a bit of a sensory deficit and a bit on the spectrum and falling a bit off the neuro-typical line… Anyways, I have tried so many products and I have repurchased so many products. Maybe they don’t work, I just know that I am in love with the claims . I like most of Clarins products. I have had a few friends rave over the treatment oil. I thought I would give it a try even though I promised the husband I would no longer anoint my body in apricot kernel oil because I left grease spots everywhere like a Sphynx cat. My friends claimed of shedding excess water weight, having super smooth legs, blah, blah, blah. The Anti-Eau oil claims to “slim” by ridding the body of quite frankly, water weight. It is supposed to make the legs feel lighter and get rid of “sponginess”. It contains essential oils of marjoram, broom, geranium, lemon, and orange all in a fatty hazelnut oil base. The oil is a oil and needs to be applied to damp skin and rubbed in. A little goes a long way. It smells very herbaceous and like an herb garden or the spice rack. It smells mainly of citrus zest and marjoram in my opinion. I like the smell. It is very invigorating and really adds to the “spa” like experience of this expensive French product. (3.4 ounces retails for $50). I have been using this product nightly for months doing all of the goofy massages, etc. I use a Lancome cellulite gel in the morning. So far I haven’t noticed anything from the oil other than I smell really nice like summertime gardens and have really smooth skin. My skin is smooth because I am soaking in oil again. That does wonders for dry skin. But, feeling “lighter” and not puffy, nope. My gels do more. They are instant and temporary. This oil just proves that you can believe in something but that doesn’t mean it will work. Or that you are buying the wrong product because what the hell is water weight anyways? I won’t be repurchasing and I will have to break the pact with the hubby. I’m adding lavender oil to a bottle of apricot kernel oil and there is nothing he can do about it.

But, I can promise you an amazing rose fragrance oil that is really inexpensive. L’Aromarine Rose fragrance oil perfume extract is a big red rosebud. It is classic rose. It is strong and fresh and not a bit “dried”. The oil is rosy, old fashioned which isn’t a bad thing, and very ladylike. It is French and has a vintage bottle, you’ll want to slap on some red lipstick with this one. It is simple and sooo long lasting just like all the other L’Aromarine oils. A little dab on the skin seriously lasts 12+ hours. The dry down, like after 8-10 hours is a bit powdery and way more “dry”, like dried rose buds. It has an elegance to it that can’t be beat. It smells amazing mixed with Patchouli and Amber. If you find the scent too strong you can dilute it with vodka and make a splash. The fragrance smells wonderful and I can’t wait to make some killer rosy bath salts with it. Once again, I have found another L’Aromarine winner. The price is awesome and you can find it for under $10. I purchased mine from beautyhabit.com and I will be purchasing this one again. If you don’t have classic rose in your fragrance library then you should definitely add this one.

My trip to the Portland Rose Garden.

My trip to the Portland Rose Garden.

Once again I have purchased a L’Aromarine fragrance oil and I am not disappointed. L’Aromarine Bergamote is very fresh and well very bergamot-ish. It is modeled after that strange inedible little fruit. The oil lasts on the skin for a long time. ( I did not dilute my oil into a vodka or alcohol base. I am wearing the oil on pulse points.) It is a very crisp and fresh scent, almost tea like. Like a green tea mixed with fresh tobacco. However, it is very citrusy and grapefruit like. It also has a spicy, coriander and tamarind odor that makes it truly individual. I love it. At first I thought it was a bit generic. But, hello, bergamot is in like every male and female fragrance on the market. Wikipedia states that bergamot is in 1/3 of men’s scents and 1/2 of women’s. This scent is very beautiful. Especially after a few hours of wear. You can not say that about a lot of things on the market. At first it is citrusy and tea-ish. It later gets that spicy, Indian spice market scent. It dries down to a citrusy tobacco odor. I do not find this scent very Earl Grey-ish. It is fresher than tea. When I say that it smells like tea or tobacco. I am suggesting the actual fresh green leaves of these two plants. It doesn’t smell very “dry”. Once again I have found another keeper. I bought it on beautyhabit.com for under $10. This product really is a deal. A little of this oil wears forever. It would work wonderfully in bath salts or diluted as a linen spray. Plus, because it is so simple but complex, it makes a wonderful unisex fragrance.

lil bottle with a jasmine kick

lil' bottle with a jasmine kick

My husband bought me a couple of these L’Aromarine perfume fragrances and parfum sprays a few days ago. I’ve never worn them before and I know that he was attracted to the 30’s Deco packaging like I am (oh, and the cheap price). One of the scents he bought me was Jasmin which is to no surprise being this is one of his fav scents on me.

The bottle is small at 8.5 ml. This size bottle has a pretty plain, but vintage feeling label. The sprays have adorable Deco inspired labels. L’Aromarine is a French perfume oil company that claims to shop around for the best oils available. They say some are from Grasse and others from a small French family owned business. The small bottles are multi-functional. They can be used to refresh potpourri, used in bath (I’m going to add mine to Epsom salt for bath salts), body oil, mixed with alcohol to make an eau de toilette, or wear alone. One thing that all the vendors have in common, they all say “A Little Goes A Long Way.” This is so true.

A Jasmine Bomb

A Jasmine Bomb

The first time that I wore it, I over did it. It was so strong, I dabbed the oil everywhere and spent thirty minutes being an atomic jasmine bomb. Today, I used a minuscule amount and it smells heavenly. On initial application this stuff is strong, it is a very sweet jasmine. It’s very heavy and wears you. Within five minutes it begins to die a little. It begins to smell softer, less sweet but still sweet, and still has that jasmine zing. Within 30 minutes to an hour it is perfect jasmine. It’s soft and someone has to be close to you to smell it. It’s girly, sweet, floral and fresh. I’m sure I could avoid the whole overwhelming at first aspect if I mixed it into vodka. Beautyhabit.com says to mix the whole bottle into 3 ounces of alcohol. This may be nice but I think I’ll keep mine in oil form. I can handle it strong. I can’t wait to make bath salts out of it. One day I may dilute it into apricot kernel oil or something for a body treatment. Currently, I like it so I’ll wait till I get sick of it to do something like that.

I’m really fascinated by this line now. There are a ton of scents. They come in cute packaging and have a great price for the quality that you get. I also have Mousse de Chêne a.k.a. Oakmoss and LOVE it! I’ll review it later when I can actually think about it and not just be intoxicated by it.

My Jasmin parfum sells anywhere from $7.95 to $8.50 depending on what vendor you buy from. I like beautyhabit.com because they are so nice, easy to work with, give great thought out samples, and have fast shipping. I will be ordering more once I make up my mind and that can take sometime.