I can’t wear cherry fragrances because my husband says that I smell like a urinal cake if I do. Since I spend no time in a men’s restroom, I can’t contest. I just have to take his word for it. Fortunately, you don’t just have to smell like a cherry jolly rancher when it comes to cherry. There are many cherry blends and cherry blossom fragrances on the market. I’ve made a list of cherry fruit and cherry blossom fragrances in many price points.

Bargain Cherry Scents (under $40): The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom EDT is a green, fresh floral bouquet. The 1.7 oz spray retails for $25. Avon Fire Me Up EDT is a fruity blend of black cherry, citrus, and pomegranate. The 1.7 oz retails for $16. Melissa Flagg Sadie’s Perfume Roll-On is a romantic blend of cherry and plum blossoms floating on white tea. I think this is my favorite cherry blossom scent. The roll-on goes for $28. Bath and Body Works has a few cherry blossom scents but I’d say their most popular is Cherry Blossom EDT. It is a blend of juicy fruits and delicate flowers with cherry blossom. The 2.5 oz goes for $26.50. Demeter PMU in Cherry Blossom is a light-wearing cherry blossom scent. The 1 oz cologne goes for $20.

More Expensive Cherry Scents: L’Occitane Cherry Blossom EDT is a light, springy floral fragrance. It’s light, airy, and soft. The 3.4 oz retails for about $46. Cartier Délices de Cartier is a sweet, gourmand like fragrance. The top not is Morello cherry. It is then followed by jasmine, vanilla, and tonka bean. The 1.6 oz EDP goes for $100. Annick Goutal Quel Amour EDT is a bubbley, fruity, rose floral with Morello cherry. The 3.4 oz goes for $115. Ed Hardy Love & Luck is a sweet fruity fragrance with cherry blossom, sake, plum, and blood orange. The 1.7 oz goes for $55. Victoria’s Secret Sexy Little Things Ooh La La EDP is a fruity floral with citrus, cherry blossom, and sweet vanilla. I think the 3.4 oz goes for $49. Hilde Soliani Doolciiisssimo is an interesting guilty pleasure of mine. It is a blend of cherry tobacco, which I have always thought smelled great, with vanilla and patchouli. The 3.4 EDP goes for $175.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream is a fairly simple product that does what it is intended to do: moisturize hands. The formula is very smooth and rubs in easily. It is a white balm that is smooth as butter.  It is smooth and spreads very easily, meaning that you don’t need too much to have soft hands. It is moisturizing and you can tell that it is on your hands. I wouldn’t call it greasy but you can tell that it is there. It isn’t sticky or slippery. The formula doesn’t get all over my steering wheel or on my paperback books. However, I do have super dry hands that go through hell in a work day. As a speech therapist, I wear latex gloves frequently and I use alcohol based hand sanitizers and I use harsh “institution” grade hand soaps so many times throughout the day. My hands are often tight feeling and ashy. I have been having a real problem with “ashiness” during the cold weather.

There is a scent but it is faint. I only smell it while I am rubbing in the cream. I would say that this scent lingers around for about 2-5 minutes on me. I get a super soft aroma of a tropical bouquet of ylang-ylang and jasmine. But, like I said, it doesn’t stay around. I do like this. I am a fragrance nut and I don’t really want my hand cream interfering with my choice of fragrance for the day. And I do love anything jasmine even it is there but only for a short amount of time. This provides a quick fragrance pick-me-up.

The packaging is cute but not very practical. I do wish that it had a flip cap so I could open and close it with one hand. It is no fun dropping that cap and having it roll under the bed.

The formula contains 20% shea butter, vitamin E, sweet almond oil extract and other nourishing ingredients.

It is a nice product but it is expensive at $26 for just over 5 ounces. I know I will buy it again but I won’t be purchasing a tube for my purse, my desk, my car, one for each bathroom, etc. I can’t afford that. Smaller sizes are available and throughout the year gift sets are offered. It is available at DERMAdoctor.

This Almond Apple Sweet Peel is a must have exfoliant for sensitive skin. I can use a scrub and be the color of a beet for hours. This is why I would only add a scrub to my nightly routine. I had to sleep off the inflammation. This product was recommended to me by a sweetie at a L’Occitane in downtown Seattle. I’m happy she talked me in to trying this.

After being showed this product, I had to smell it. I love the aroma. It smells like all the other products in the Almond Apple line. It smells like sweet almond and faintly of tart apples. The aroma is not overwhelming. It’s pretty faint and soft smelling. It smells innocent and “cute”. I want them to make this in to a fragrance spray so I can use it as a linen spray or at least to spray Frink the frugglet with (um, he’s a dog). The scrub is in a thick gel like base. It has a few almond shell scrubbers. They aren’t jagged, they feel very “round”. The scrubbers aren’t too small and they are aren’t too large. There aren’t thousands of them. You just get a few during a use. A few, but enough to exfoliate. This is why my skin can take it. It also doesn’t leave me dried out. Good, no pain or tightness. This is a must have for dry or sensitive skin. It’s a scrub for those not trying to scrub away their acne (bad idea anyways) or for those not trying to sand down to their skeleton. Since I have normal skin that has a tendency to get dull, I use this twice a week. It is gentle enough to that and my skin actually looks better afterwards. I do not look like I have a rug burn all over my face. I think I could use this in the morning and actually leave the house, looking refreshed and glowing. ( I haven’t tried this). I also like this stuff because it is gentle enough to use on my neck. I would also guess that this scrub could be used daily by those with normal skin that do not wear too much makeup as a face wash.

It’s a bit pricey at $34 for 3.5 ounces. I justify the purchase because I like the fragrance, I like the way it makes my skin look and feel, and it isn’t something I use every day. I can get many uses out of a jar and I think I have to consider the cost per use. So far I would say that I have used it about 48 uses and I have about a half a jar left. Let me say that I can get about 96 uses out of a jar, making this 35¢ a use. That’s worth it to me. It is available at L’Occitane, beautyhabit.com, and beauty.com.

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Who doesn’t love lavender on those late summer days or nights? I never knew I loved lavender so much until I moved to an area with many lavender farms. Even I can grow tons of lavender here. I love to have the doors open and just let the breeze carry the aroma throughout the house. There are many lavender products on the market and I have “collected” a few. If you have any others please share. Usually if I want all out lavender I use an oil from one of the local farms. I know a few companies have launched fragrances with lavender but I haven’t given those a try yet (like Acca Kappa White Moss and Lostmarch L’eau de l’Hermine).

Budget Lavender Scents: A light wearing, sweet lavender fragrance is Body Fantasies Body Spray in Clean Lavender Vanilla. The scent is a bit sweet for my tastes but it isn’t horrible. It makes a nice linen spray as well. It retails for $7. Apivita Lavender Fragrance Spray is a fresh lavender. It retails for $12 for .33 oz.  Provence Sante Lavande EDT (my favorite budget lavender) is a great lavender scent for the lavender purist. It retails for about $30 for 3.5 oz. Yves Rocher Pur Desir Lavender EDT is lavender with a hint of wood. It retails for $22 for 2 oz. L’Aromarine Lavande Perfume Oil is a long wearing and pretty strong lavender scent. It retails for $9.50. L’Occitane Joyful Mood Touch Fragrance is a take along fragrance. It is a sweeter, feminine lavender blend. It retails for $20. Another great travel friendly lavender scent is Bonny Doon Farm Lavender Creme Parfum. It goes for $16 (not pictured).

More Expensive Lavender Scents: Jo Malone Amber & Lavender Cologne is a very rich, sensual lavender scent. It makes lavender sexy. The 3.4 oz. bottle goes for $100. LaVanila Vanilla Lavender is a sweet lavender scent. It’s very comforting and the spray goes for $56. Yardley Lavender EDT was one of my first fragrances ever. It is a pure lavender, almost medicinal. It’s $55 for over 4 ounces. Potter & Moore Lavender & Italian Lemon EDT is a super refreshing lavender that is perfect for summer. It’s fresh and light-wearing. It retails for $42 for 3.4 oz. Lollia Relax EDP is a sweet, comforting lavender floral blend. It retails for $46 for 3.4 oz. Parfums DelRae Eau Illuminée is a beautiful herbaceous lavender, almost “hippie” blend. It goes for $135 for 1.7 oz. Surge Lutens Gris Clair is a bewitching smoky lavender scent. It goes for $120 for 1.7 oz. Acqua di Parma Colonia is a classic refreshing citrus, herbal lavender blend. The 3.4 bottle retails for $117. I love Diptyque Eau d’Elide EDT. It is a “shrubby” lavender blend. The 1.7 bottle goes for $88.

Other Lovely Lavender Items: Diptyque Feuille de Lavande Candle is so relaxing. It’s the perfect at home scent. Candle goes for $60. L’Occitane Lavender Harvest Hand Creme is a rich formula with a soothing scent. This cute tube goes for $20. Ombra Lavender Bath Foam is a super concentrated lavender scent. It is perfect for those rotten days that life throws us. The bottle goes for about $10. Boscia Lavender Blotting Linens are great for mid-day shine. Plus, the lavender scent is very soothing. A pack goes for $10. Agraria Tassle Air is a cool product and it comes in a Lavender & Rosemary fragrance, perfect for the bedroom and it is so fresh! These retail for $40.

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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 love shimmer. So naturally, I was attracted to L’Occitane’s Golden Branch Luminous Body Cream. It is a nice moisturizing cream with tons of gold shimmers. The sparkles are flattering and really “warm” up the skin. In the lotions spiked with shimmer world, this product has larger than normal shimmers. Nope, not body glitter, just not super fine. That doesn’t bother me. It has rich ingredients such as olive oil and olive butter. It is moisturizing but quick absorbing and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. Between that factor and the shimmer, I love this stuff for summer. But, wait! That’s not all! It has a faint “olive” fragrance. It is very “Mediterranean” and mixes wonderfully with fig fragrances such as Diptyque Philosykos, Demeter Fig Leaf, or CB I Hate Perfume Revelation. It isn’t a strong odor and it fades kind of quickly. It turns more woody and a little more spicier on the skin after a day’s wear. But, that may just be me and my spice diet. It is a costly product at $36 for 8.8 ounces and available at DERMAdoctor. Will I repurchase? I don’t know. I like it but it is costly and I am too much of a flirt to really commit to any product for too long…

So, will our budget affect our fragrance consumption? Probably so. We live in the era of the sky is the limit. Even housewives and single income homes have $300 bottles of fragrance. I admit that I spend way too much on fragrance but I can. I’m stupid and I ‘m trying to get smarter. However, if you aren’t stupid and you are wise with money there are plenty of $20 and under options for you. There are many nice items out there that don’t smell like Love’s Baby Soft. There are plenty of nice items out there. You’ll only get less. Which is fine, you’ll be able to flirt with many fragrances. But, there are some in generous sizes and many of the small ones are long wearing.

I absolutely love any of the Crazylillbellue and the Poppies fragrances that go for $18 and under. They are solid swivel sticks. The wear for a while have none of that alcohol note. All the ones that I have had experience with are blended wonderfully. They are pretty simple and actually pretty single note but they smell “expensive”. They are portable. They can be a bit waxy but just rub it in. I also can’t say enough for L’Aromarine fragrance oils and EDT sprays.  Both retail under $20. They are available at beautyhabit.com.

Another great brand of solid fragrances is by Pacifica. The solids retail for $9 and I would recommend Mediterranean Fig, French Lilac, Tahitian Gardenia, and Tuscan Blood Orange. But, really they are all nice for the price. They don’t wear very long and would probably need to be reapplied.

Many fragrance houses have responded to shrinking purses appropriately by offering smaller sizes of their items. You can try tinier amounts of fragrances that are pretty popular but not too bad such as Juicy Couture, the grandma floral made sweet,  ($16 for 1/4 ounce), Stella McCartney, the dusky rose,  ($17 for .33 ounces) Nanette Lepore, the musky floral, ($18 for .41 ounces), Carolina Herrerra, the amazing white floral with an Old Hollywood vibe ($10 for .34 ounces), or Philosophy Amazing Grace, the musky comforting floral that for some reason I am addicted to, ($15 for 1/2 ounce). All are available on sephora.com. Some others have jumped on the band-wagon like the warm and golden St. John’s ($18 for .33 ounce) available at nordstrom.com.
L’Occitane has many nice options both in small sprays ($12 to $19) or in the Fragrant Touches ($20). I am a fan of the proper Roses des 4 Reines, the exotic Eau D’Iparie, the fresh and simple blends of Mrytle and Iris, and I really like the warm Amber.

Some cheaper opitions with larger portions include some by Avon and mark. I like the lily of the valley scent Avon’s Flower by Cynthia Rowley EDT ($15 for 1 ounce). I also like Avon Tahitian Holiday, the beachy floral ($15 for 1.7 ounces) and I like Avon’s Sweet Honesty, the powdery clean floral ($12 for 1.7 ounces). Mark’s Pure Fragrance EDT is a nice clean scent ($15 for 1.5 ounces). Demeter Fragrances are always nice to and come in so many things. The cologne sprays retail for $20 for 1 ounce or you can get the 1/2 ounce cologne splashes for $6. Some of my favorites include: Beetroot, Whisky Tobacco, Leather, Fuzzy Naval, and Dirt. Yves Rocher has many nice fragrances. If you like fruity try $11 3.4 ounces bottles or the little $5 bottles of Poire, Mure, Peche, Framboise, and even Noix de Coco. The company really has a nice fragrance for the price. I love their minis. The Absolute fragrances of Rose, Amber, and Iris are very nice. The $20 4.2 ounce cologne sprays of Verbena, Chevrefueille, and Cedre Bleu are very refreshing. I also like old school favorites such as Revlon’s Jean Nate Cologne Spray ($10 for 2.25 ounces) and the wild floral fragrance of Coty Muguet des Bois ($15 for 1.8 ounces).