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.

I picked up this limited edition L’Occitane Thé Bergamote solid fragrance because the price was right at $9. Plus, I love solid fragrances and Earl Grey tea. The fragrance itself is very, very simple. It claims to have luminous citrus from Italy and black tea leaves.” It is very heavy on the citrus, which is a bergamot. I love bergamot essence. And this is a pretty nice and simple bergamot with a tiny bit of grapefruit. The black tea leaves are there, just not as much as the citrus. This smells more of bergamot essential oil than it does Earl Grey tea leaves, even Earl Grey with double the bergamot. This scent is very fresh, citrusy, refreshing and summery. I imagine that it could be a unisex fragrance since it simple and fresh. The solid smells different than the EDT in this line. The solid is simpler.

It comes in a small yellow tin container. My top is a little too loose for my comfort since I do plan on traveling with this. The solid perfume is so smooth and not a bit waxy. Think less of a lip balm in a tin but more of a lip gloss in a tin or something along the texture lines of Rosebud Salve. It contains .33 ounces of the solid fragrance. It wears nicely, about 2 hours and then you’ll need a touch-up. But, the 1st hour it wears very nicely and smells just like the solid in the tin. I like this and it is what I want in the summer when everything feels heavy. Many of us don’t have a/c in the PNW so in the summer I am attracted to the freshest scents possible. I would say to give this a try if you like solid perfumes, citrusy fragrances, tea fragrances such as Bvlgari Green/White/Red Thé/tea, Elizabeth Arden Green Tea, L’Occitane’s other tea based scents, L’Aromarine Bergamote, CB I Hate Perfume Russian Caravan Tea, Fresh Citron de Vigne or Bergamot Citrus, Kenzo Eau de Fleur Tea, Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom or Egyptian Bergamot Rose, Guerlain AA Mandarine-Basilic, Caudalie Fleur de Vigne, and/or Miller Harris Tangerine Vert. I’m sure I will pick up another tin soon since they are LE and the hotness of August hasn’t hit yet.

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.

This is one of the many tea based fragrances out there. Not many of them actually smell like “tea”, just tea inspired. However, Bvlgari Red Tea is much more bolder than its tea siblings: Green and White. It is fresh but manages to be spicy. Think an OK orange pekoe black tea with a little too much pink pepper (at least by first impression). I like this better than Bvlgari’s other tea fragrances because it actually hangs around. It lasts about 2 hours on me even in warmer weather. Really that isn’t too bad for an EDT that is made to be “light” and “fresh”. At initial spritz, it is a bit too citrusy for my tastes. It smells very “generic” with its blend of citrus, bergamot, and pink pepper. It is very difficult to find a newer fragrance without those three fragrance notes. (Plus, I’m just so sick of pink pepper used as a top note for everything.) It is spicy and citrusy without being brash, it manages to be a bit too kind. Luckily, you start to smell the robust fragrance of tea leaves. That mixed quite nicely with the hint of the citrusy top notes. There is a slight fruitiness of fig fruit, almost grilled fig “meat”. Once again, another “figgy” fragrance that I am drawn to. The fig helps to balance the scent out without making it too cup o’tea. The dry down is soft, still very orange pekoe-ish but with a slight “warmth” to it to make it stick around. It is slightly “nutty” and burnt. I really love this fragrance the more that it has been around. It dries to a slightly sweet tea fragrance but don’t think too foody! This isn’t “foody” or sickly sweet. It is sweet like a dried black tea leaf not oatmeal rasin cookie or even a chai. This fragrance is fairly simple, it really is just tea with a few other things. It is fresh so don’t think you are getting the odor that a box of dried loose black tea has to offer. It is very bergamot-ish for the most part but not like an Earl Grey. It is more robust than a green or white tea and less “tart”. But, it is still “tea”.  I really like to wear this in the summer. It is fresh, light, “sharp” and not overwhelmingly citrus rind but bergamot (which blends naturally with tea). It’s a unisex fragrance but I don’t know any men that wear it. For Bvlgari’s tea line, I do find this one the most “femme” because of the pink pepper and the other top notes. I am sure the dry down is fine for a man.

I would say that you would like this if you like tea fragrances, bergamot fragrances, TokyoMilk Parfum Ex Libris, other Bvlgari fragrances such as Omnia, Calvin Klein CK, Fresh Fig Apricot or Bergamot Citrus, and/or Clean Shower Fresh. The bottle is super simple and looks like the other tea fragrance bottles. The top is reddish and plastic. The 1.33 ounce retails for $57 and the  3.4 ounce bottle retails for $82. It is available at fragrancenet.com.


Bvlgari Eau Parfumee Au The Rouge Perfume for Women Eau De Cologne Spray 3.4 Oz by Bvlgari

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

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.