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.

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.

Seriously, if you want to pick up hippie guys wear this. This stuff is a hippie magnet. That being said unless you dig guys with braids that wear bandanas in their hair and wear Birkenstocks, don’t wear this to any outdoor festivals , food Co-ops, or “ethnic” import home furnishing stores. Well, I guess if you don’t want to attract hippies, then don’t go to those places anyways 🙂

To my surprise, this scent is marketed to men. I didn’t know that. I smelled it and thought “woody gourmand”, something in the Angel category. I kind of liked it for the winter, because unlike Angel, it isn’t as sweet. When I realized that it was marketed for men, I was bit shocked. There is nothing in this scent that smells like it is for men and there is nothing in that says it is not for ladies. It should of been marketed as a unisex scent. But, then again maybe Fresh is trying to pull some kind of shock value trick where women that wear this feel scandalous and edgy for wearing a men’s scent. That could easily be it since I feel they are trying to be scandalous with the name alone. Anyways, the scent isn’t very unusual. If you are the type that wears oils from the headshop then this is nothing new. It is woodsy and long-wearing. It smells pretty heavily of patchouli and sandalwood. However, it doesn’t have that much of a “dirty”, “earthy” vibe because it is calmed down/dolled up with sweet synthetic musk, chocolate, and vanilla. This is what makes “normal” ladies like this. You know the ladies that wouldn’t touch patchouli oil with a 10 foot pole? Don’t take me wrong. This is sweet but this is not Angel or any other popular gourmand. This isn’t a Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy mix. This mearly smells like if you wore Angel body butter or lotion with patchouli oil on your pulse points. It is a friendly headshop fragrance. It is an expensive headshop fragrance for $75 for 3.4 ounces. There is also the faintest and weakest hint of rose. Overall, the scent smells of a sweet sandalwood and woodsy but not gritty patchouli blend. It is pretty, but not very interesting. It wears for hours and very closely to the skin.

Before I knew it was marketed for dudes, I asked my husband, a die hard patchouli addict to wear this, he said he wouldn’t and he also he declared that it was “shit that some middle age Pier 1 ‘hippie’ yoga mom would wear” and that he was keeping to his “roots”. I didn’t think so harshly of the scent. I spritzed it on and then went to Whole Foods where every 40 something guy in a spandex road biking leotard carrying gluten-free rolls commented on my “intoxicating” aroma. I then went home, creeped out, scrubbed my pulse points and never wore this stuff again. You should wear underpants with your leotards. I now use it as a room freshener.

Eau D’Iparie is a beautiful warm fragrance. It wears closely to the skin and smells rich and warm without being sweet. Eau D’Iparie is more of an imaginary fragrance that evokes mood. It just smells warm and comforting but exotic without being too “exotic” for everyday wear. It smells like incense and warm resiny ingredients like amber. L’Occitane describes the fragrance as such:

“A town of magical fragrances. Imagine a place where myrrh and incense reign – Iparie. Its generous walls contain a blend of precious resins. The air is filled with myrrh and incense, a blended scent which is like a limitless gift. Transported along the ancient incense road to the eastern Mediterranean countries, these rare ingredients are now combined to create the intense, sensual and mysterious wake of Eau d’Iparie”

Pretty mood evoking, huh? Well, I’m sure ancient incense road journey isn’t as pretty smelling as L’Occitane is claiming. The scent is warm, woody, and a bit tobacco-ish. Initial spritz is a bit strong and “old fashioned”, like a men’s cologne. It smells of cedary myrrh like notes and earthy patchouli. It dries down to a nice close wearing fragrance that smells sweeter than the woody first spritz notes. It smells a little sweet but not in a fruity or gourmand way, in an amber and dried tobacco way. It does smell like some mystical spice trade caravan. What you hope it smells like. It smells of exotic woods, rich spices, fragrant incense, and sweet, dried tobacco. It dries down to a nice “greener” feeling fragrance that is stilll really resiny. I’m really happy that I picked this up on sale for about $31 for 4.2 ounces. It wears nicely and the lasting power isn’t too bad for an EDT since it wears intimately close to the skin. I am really impressed with this fragance, especially in comparison to other things found on the mainstream market. This is more interesting and complex. It actually smells sexy and “exotic”. I really hope L’Occitane doesn’t discontinue this one (I’m pretty sure they are). It is just too good. I really feel it would smell amazing on a man or a woman. I like it, it has an adventurous, tour the world type of attitude.

I like the Chandrika soap but it is no Mysore Sandal soap. Of course, nothing is Mysore Sandal soap. It is in a league of its own. Chandrika soap is a little bright green bar. The color is really kelly green and the dye kind of stained my tub where I had it sitting. It did scrub off however with some elbow grease. The fragrance is really nice but doesn’t linger 0n the skin as long as Mysore’s. (Mysore’s is really strong and actually adds fragrance to my entire house.) The fragrance of Chandrika’s is a spicy blend of sandalwood, patchouli, and green “fresh” herbs. It is a really nice scent that wears nicely with many fragrance oils. It is unisex and cleanses very well. It retails for $1.69 and can actually be found at Indian markets or drugstore.com.

I’m loving these little things. The price is wonderful and I really love the blends by this adorable French company. And they are portable. I love a fragrance pick me up in the middle of the day. It really brings the glamour back into my boring life. If you love incense or that forever gone but wonderful GAP Om, then you will flip out for this little stick. Crazylibellule and the Poppies Encens Mystic from the Shanghaijava collection is wonderful. It wears for hours and closely to the skin creating a very intimate fragrance. It is very woodsy and spicy with notes of cedar and cloves. Cedar smells so beautiful on the skin during winter months. I really smell the spicy cedar and all the “incense”. If you call “incense” a note then this is it. It has that benzoin warmth with patchouli and spices. It just smells like “incense”. Not smoky though. Just like the resin and the scent. This is not as sweet as Demeter Incense, this is way more spicy and cedary. I love it this time of year. No need to mix or layer with anything else. It is already mixed to perfection. It’s spicy and earthy but too refined to be too hippie-ish or head shop-ish.

The stick is waxy but that doesn’t bother me. So far I haven’t had any massive chucks of wax on my pulse points or anything. I don’t blend with my fingertips either but I guess if the waxy feeling bothered me then I would do that. This is sold at b-glowing.com. I will definitely repurchase when the time comes.

I love the smell of incense and I have my favorites. I like the “hippie” scents even though I am not a hippie and typically don’t like the same things that they do. I love incense but hate buying it. Thank goodness for the Internet. I was sick of visiting the creepy crystal lady.

Anyways, Demeter Incense is a very pleasant and nice fragrance. It is warm and sweet and not smoky or spicy. It isn’t Nag Champa or frankincense. It is very soft in an amber resin way and is almost vanilla-ish. (It isn’t too vanilla sweet and it definitely is not a cupcake by a long shot.) It isn’t a headshop and doesn’t smell like Dragon’s Blood or whatever. It isn’t heavy. It is light and very resiny. Demeter incense uses Copal. The Demeter website says,

Demeter’s Incense is centered on a unique core of Copal. Copal is a type of resin produced by plant or tree secretions, particularly identified with the forms of aromatic tree resins used by the cultures of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica as a ceremonially burned incense, as well as for a number of other purposes.
More generically, the term copal is now also used to describe resinous substances in an intermediate stage of polymerization and hardening between more viscous and ‘gummy’ resins and amber.”

So that is why it is amber-ish but not dead on amber resin. This fragrance really wears nicely on skin and has a better than average lasting power compared to other Demeter scents. I will buy more when I am out. It comes in a 1/2 ounce splash, 1 ounce spray, 4 ounce spray, calming lotion, shower gel, body oil and room spray. I want to try the oil.

Copal Rocks, thatll be what Im smoking.

Copal Rocks!