I am not a huge fan of Bath and Body Works products but when they have something that I like, I usually find that I love it and always have it around, such as Brown Sugar & Fig and Vanilla Bean Noel in the winter. This Warm Vanilla Sugar home fragrance oil is one of those products. It smells so nice for the house. It is a bit gourmand, foody, comforting but not as offensive as something like cinnamon and apple spice or blueberry pie. This smells foody but not like you’ve been trying to convince others that you’ve been baking all day. This smells very nostalgic to me. Growing up in poverty in the dirty south, we ate “sticky” rice. A dish that consisted of rice, sugar, and butter. This was the best treat ever and it sure beat the hell out of the usual diner of pinto beans, rice, and ketchup. If Mama was feeling real uppity then  she would put a dash of imitation vanilla in it and you were dining high class. I thought my ghetto family was the only family that did this but talking to other Southerners from a background of poverty, they did the exact same thing with their rice on “special” occasions. (This has to have a tradition of some sort or at least a name…)

This oil has hints of “vanilla, coconut, basmati rice, and a touch of sandalwood” according to the Bath and Body Works website. So that “basmati rice” and “vanilla” is what reminds me of lazy Sunday mornings. The hints of coconut and sandalwood make this oil a bit more posh and nice for the home. It is a sweet fragrance but not too gourmand. It is just comforting, soft, and cuddley like my favorite cardigan. Unlike the body products in this line that are heavy on the vanilla part of the fragrance, this is heavier on the sweet rice. The vanilla is there but it doesn’t smell like a birthday cupcake. The coconut isn’t beachy but more of a coconut milk and the sandalwood is faintly there. (This is beginning to sound more and more like a Thai dish). I use about 10 drops in an oil burner with the rest of the dish filled with water. The fragrance is light but still present and lasts many hours after the oil has stopped burning. It retails for $7.50 for .33 ounces. And of course, I’m sure you can find it on sale if you just wait a few weeks. They always have sales.

So for the past 2 months, my husband and I have been on the path to home ownership. To make a long story short, we are fixing up a 1936 eclectic revival home that is in great need of some TLC.  We have created a new blog to share this process with the world, friends, family. This is our first home, so we’ve already learned so much and we haven’t really started yet. We close next week and that is when the real work begins. I’ve decided to keep this blog, EauMG strictly about beauty and fragrance and have my other blog for decorating, home stuff, my recent obsessions. So, the new blog for home related stuff and some personal things is http://tudorks.wordpress.com.

I’m sure I will need your encouragement within the next few weeks! The cabinets are covered in blue faux fur!

I love these vases by Jonathan Adler. The Kiki De Montparnasse is so fab and retails for $350 (the rounder one on the top row).  The Georgia vase (more of the cylinder shape) goes for $450. Both are from the Muse Collection. There is also a Georgia lamp which looks just like the vase but with a shade. The lamp is $550. There is a Georgia Cookie Jar but the lid bothers me because it looks much too vaginal (supposed to be lips with a tongue sticking out but he knew what he was doing, you don’t have to be a Women’s Study major to see that.) Everything is made from matte white porcelain. I like them, because from a distance they look so much like vintage hobnail glass but when you get closer you see that it is much more fun and quirky. The matte finish looks modern. I really like them but I signed an agreement with my husband that I would not purchase anymore glass wear until September 2009 or until I could get rid of something that I already own. So what shall I get rid of?

vases

whitechair-beforeandafter

This has nothing to do with fragrance or makeup, but I just want to share. I’ve been working on a few of those little projects before the big “my first house” remodel that will begin to take place in a few weeks on a 1936 eclectic revival. I bought this little wood chair for $3.5o and the junk store. I painted it this putty shade which I purchased at Lowe’s as a mistint for $2. I reupholstered the seat with a .99 cent pillowcase. It took about an hour of work. It will go with the sewing table that I converted into an art desk, another DIY job. I actually really like the putty shade and I’m thinking of painting the built-ins in the new house this shade. Oh, the projects waiting for me!

Total= $6.49 plus my precious labor.

Fragrance dominates every aspect of my life. The most recent craze has been my obsession with nice smelling cleaning products. I have used a few Mrs. Meyer’s products and so far I have been pleased with all of them. This all purpose cleaner has to be diluted down. I have it in an industrial spray bottle.  I have found that a little mixed with water goes a long way. It cleans all my regular spills and gets rid of my grim. I don’t know about “serious” issues, since you shouldn’t let your life get that grubby anyways! But, I found that in comparison to other “natural” cleaners that this one really gets the stuff up. Plus, actually like cleaning because I get to smell this stuff.

It claims to be “basil”. I don’t buy that. It isn’t that crisp, green fragrance. It isn’t a anise/licorice Thai basil. It isn’t basil at all. It claims to have basil oil. It also claims to have parsley, black pepper, and eucalyptus oils. I think that this smells much more “fresh” and less foody than the oils listed on the package. It smells almost floral, sweet, like drying cut grass. It is a very pretty fragrance really and I wouldn’t mind smelling like this myself. It is a bit like GAP Grass but much prettier. The scent really lingers. I’ll clean and my husband will come home like 5 hours later and comment on the “nice” fragrance. This sure beats the noxious fumes of other cleaners on the market.

Plus, this stuff contains biodegradable ingredients (good, I don’t want to ruin my beautiful Puget Sound) and isn’t tested on animals, including French bulldogs. This stuff doesn’t irritate my skin or cause me to have respiratory distress. Bonus! It seems to cost alot at about $8.50 for 32 ounces. But, I must emphasize that a little goes a long way and you can mix it to the water/cleaner ratio that best battles your messes. It cleans much better than cheapy stuff that I have used. Plus, it smells good and you won’t see me purchasing any home fragrance oils when I have this stuff. It’s available at most grocery stores/supermarkets and drugstore.com.