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.

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.

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I read that Too Faced was thinking about making a Smurf makeup collection not too long ago. I was really hoping they wouldn’t go there. I’m not much of one for these cross-over product gimmicks. I mean the Smurfs have always kind of creeped me out. There’s like one girl in the entire village and she comes across as a slut. Plus, I didn’t really understand it watching it as a child and I felt bad for the kitty cat. I didn’t know why they were so mean to that ruff looking kitty. And there was that one mentally retarded smurf that everyone was mean too, and they had an odd language/idiolect. However, they live in mushrooms. Being a mushroom hunter I do think that is pretty cool. But, I know that they only lived in mushrooms because only drug heads and little hippie children watched the show.

This Smurfette Signature Collection contains the following products:

FACE: There is a So Smurfy Illumination Face Powder which is a blend of complexion enhancing color-correcting shades in a smurf paper compact. I have to admit that this is kind of cute. I am a sucker for powders as art. I mainly purchase them and look at them and well, never use them.

EYES: There are two new shades of Smurfy-Eyed Liquid Eyeliner in Feel’n Smurfy which is a multi-colored glitter and Smurf You which is a bright blue which I love. The top has Miss Smurfette on top, looking bashful as always. There is a So Smurfy Eye Shadow Quad. It has two beautiful taupey brown shimmers, shimmery pink, and a shimmery blue. It is also in that smurf packaging.

LIPS: There is a Mood Swing Emotionally Activated Lip Gloss in a Smurf packaging. This is supposed to work with your “body” heat and swing from a blue shimmer to a pink. I never try these because I am scared that it will “swing” too much and if I was mad at somebody they would know because my lips would turn cobalt blue or something. Silly, I know. I am sure this stuff just turns pink on everybody.

I don’t think I am going to “go there” and purchase any of these items. There aren’t many cartoons I would endorse on cosmetics, just Jem, really. I am a fan of Smurf blue and if there was a liquid liner truly in that shade I would “go” for it.