L’Artisan Parfumeur describes Thé Pour Un Été or Summer Tea as  “An invitation to a far-away land, a moment of tranquility in an exotic oasis, the fragrance is as refreshing as a glass of iced green tea infused with jasmine and mint. Delicate and versatile, this is a scent for all seasons, a tender reminder of the happy days of summer.” It is an Olivia Giacobetti creation. Thé Pour Un Été isn’t what I expect for it to be. I don’t think the description is very fitting or even the name, for the most part. It is a pretty scent that wears very sweet and almost powdery on me. It wears very closely and intimately. It’s soft and romantic. I do not dislike the scent, I just find it not what I expected. In fact, I thought my sample was mislabeled!

At first it smells very creamy with a hint of jasmine tea. It’s floral but rich. It seriously hits me as a jasmine green tea latte hot, not served chilled, with a slight dash of lemon. My nose does not pick up the crisp or coolness of bergamot or the crispness of mint. I get a creamy blend of dried jasmine petals, freshly brewed green tea, steamed milk, and the faintest suggestion of lemon. When I wear this fragrance I don’t fell it screams “summer”, when I wear it in the dead of summer on those 90+ days, it doesn’t feel refreshing. (But, what does when it gets that unbearable). It just hits me as sweet. This scent hits me more as comforting, romantic, cuddly. This is something that I would rather wear in early spring. I drink lots of iced teas in summer from Persian mint to black tea with rose. This fragrance doesn’t remind me of those elixirs that I make for myself to beat the humid heat. This scent is more like the tea lattes that I get at my favorite tea bars, when it isn’t cool enough for coffee but not warm enough for an iced beverage. So, I guess it is accurate to say that it is a “reminder of the happy days of summer”. It’s how you may remember summer, it’s comforting like those first few warm days of late spring and thaws your cool body out from the wet, brisk days of the cooler seasons. We call this “sun breaks” in Washington. It feels so good to feel the sun again after months of the same old weather. It’s like this fragrance, it isn’t “summer” it won’t refresh you, it just comforts you and it is like you feel the warmth of those rays on your skin. It’s a fragrance that warms and doesn’t cool (like a mint, rosemary, or citrus scent). The dry down is about the same, with a bit more of the green tea and less of the jasmine, still sweet and almost like it has a hint of white chocolate.

Like I said, the fragrance wears very closely and is light. It wears for about 2 hours tops on my pulse points. Notes listed by the perfume house include: lemon, bergamot, mint, jasmine, and green tea. The 3.4 oz spray goes for $135 and the 1.7 oz for $95. It is available at beautyhabit.com and L’Artisan website.

Green tea latte

Green tea latte

I love the Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer Tinted Lip Balms because they actually have pigment. They are a great lipstick replacement. They have that minty tingle of the original Burt’s Bees lip balm. I’m a lipstick kind of gal. However, my lips usually get really chapped in the cold. Pigment rich red lipstick does not cover chapped lips very well. Instead it looks like smearing pigment on to the shedded skin of a Bearded Dragon. Everytime my lips get all messed up looking, I use an intensive treatment at night and during the day I use one of these tinted balms. Sometimes I use clear balm but most of the time I feel my lips need some color. Nutmeg is a reddish orangey coral with tons of gold shimmer. It looks great with green eye makeup, bronzey eye makeup, and coral eye makeup. Since my hair is dyed red, this color really works well. It’s a slim tube  Plus, this stuff is pretty cheap (under $6) and can be bought pretty much everywhere.

I have no idea how I didn’t know this product existed until recently. I love cocoa butter products. They are usually super cheap and are really a find. I’ve used Palmer’s products in the past and really liked them. I was making an order and came across this when I was trying to purchase a cocoa butter stick. It retails for $1.99 so I added this to the order. It is amazing. It is a moisturizing clear lip balm with subtle shine that isn’t too glossy. It just provides a light sheen. It has an amazing dark chocolate and peppermint fragrance, think the invigorating essence of a York Peppermint Patty. It smells delicious. It contains cocoa butter and peppermint oil, which leaves a minty fresh tingle. It isn’t a heavy or greasy formula. I have to apply it like every 45 minutes. But, that may be due to the fact that my lips are so dry due to this crazy Pacific Northwestern weather that includes freezing air and alot of snow right now. Regardless I am really impressed with this yummy product and its price. I will be repurchasing one of these squeeze tubes in the future.

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Champagne is a lovely pearly silver pale pink shimmer lip balm. It is the same wonderful formula as the orginal minty lip balm. This balm comes in a slim pocket friendly tube. It provides a minty tingle and is very “nourishing”. I love the minty fragrance. It is like a breath mint. It provides lots of pearly shimmer in a clear pale pink base. It looks wonderful alone or over a lip color. I prefer to use mine to “lighten” up my brick and deep berry lipstick shades. It retails for under $5 and is available pretty much everywhere and drugstore.com.

If you are scared of wine lips but like the look, I suggest you start with something like Alba Terra Tints Natural Tinted Lip Balm in Garnet. This is a traditional lip balm packed with a minty tingle and flavor. It is very sheer. Burt’s Bees Lip Tints have a ton more pigment than this. Garnet is a super sheer plummy, reddish wine. It is a little darker and more red than my natural lip color. The texture of this is kind of thick, which is a bonus. It doesn’t need applied frequently. It is not crumpley or lumpy. The color looks pretty natural with a hint of “wine stain” and very faint sheen. It is great for people that want to try color but are just scared. Alba Garnet makes for a nice pair of training wheels. It has a SPF 18 that doesn’t cause my lips to become irritated. This is rare, most SPF lip products cause me to have itchy burning lips. This product is like a lip stain but it actually mositurizes and protects the lips. It retails for about $3.99 and is available on drugstore.com and most drugstores and health food stores.

I have a few of these mark Glow Baby Glow and Glow Baby Glow Luxe lip glosses and I am really impressed with their quality for the price. They connect to one another so that you can choose your perfect combos. Each of these glosses have a minty fresh scent that is very inoffensive and fresh. The texture is thinner than MAC Lip Glass or Lancôme Juicy Tube but not as thin as Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm or Bonne Bell. It is really nice texture that wears for a while without being sticky or leaving those white gummy things on your lips like MAC does. I really like the stuff and it sells for $5 when it isn’t on sale. I have Peek-a-Boo which is an awesome pale nude that pairs perfectly with smoky eyes. I have Player which is a shimmery bronze that I’m not so crazy about just because it is so “normal” looking. I have Secret which is a nude pale mauve that looks great with smoky eyes. Girly Girl is a sheer pink with blue shimmer. The “luxe” shades I have are Lotus Luxe which is a shimmery nude pink and Pearl Luxe which is a white shimmer. You have to buy the connectors separately. I love these and I’d probably buy more if I could see them in person. That’s what sucks about mark, they’re really great cosmetics but you have to have a rep (which I don’t) or order them online and just guess. I really want to try the plumping glosses too. Buy them here.