Weekly Cheap Secret:
Ivory Simply Ivory Body Wash is a lightly fragrant body wash. Yes, it is simple. The scent is not the same as the classic bar soap. The classic Ivory soap bar is a bit lemongrass-ish. The fragrance in the wash is a bit more “perfumey”. It is perfumey like perfumes attempting to smell like clean, fresh, just-out-of-the bath skin. If you are a fan of the Clean fragrance line, Demeter Pure Soap or Laundromat, Bobbi Brown Bath EDT, Philosophy Pure Grace or even Amazing Grace, Apothia IF EDP, or other shower fresh/fresh linen type scents then you should like the fragrance in this body wash. It is fresh, lightly floral like water hyacinth and dainty lilies, slightly white/clean musk-ish. I wouldn’t waste my money on the shower gels of the fragrances listed above. This is clean, fresh, and lightly floral without costing too much. A huge bottle (24  oz.) retails for under $5. A bar of Bobbi Brown bar soap retails for $16. The scent in Ivory Simply Ivory Body Wash is “faint”, meaning that it is meant to smell soft and delicate. After bathing, the scent remains on the skin ever so faintly. It’s a clean, fresh, and feminine scent.

This formula has so many suds. This completes the “clean” experience. Just a little bit on a sponge/loofah produces excessive foam. The formula is pretty simple. It cleanses but it doesn’t really moisturize. I find it too drying for my parched winter skin. I do love this stuff for the summer. The fragrance isn’t overwhelming, the suds make me feel squeaky clean, and my skin only needs minimal moisture on most days.

This is available at most drugstores and drgustore.com.

Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance

Victoria’s Secret Supermodel is a light-wearing fruity-floral fragrance. It isn’t something that I would wear. I find that it lacks a “wow” factor. But, it isn’t a bad fragrance. It’s pleasant enough although generic.

Of course, Victoria’s Secret hypes this fragrance up as super sexy. I don’t really see that. I sniff it and the word “sexy” doesn’t come to mind. I think more “casual”. This fragrance was a “partnership” with the cosmetic’s side of Victoria’s Secret and their sexy runway models, whatever that means. At first spritz this is a very berry fragrance. It isn’t a berry that I can recognize and I need to remind you that I live in the Pacific Northwest. I know the smell of many, many berries and their many stages of ripeness. This just smells like “berries”. It’s jammy. Something is musky and warm beside the berries. This is a “warm” fragrance. At times I get confused, thinking it is cedary. It reminds me of a Roberto Cavalli Fragrance, Oro, I think, that is discontinued. The maker doesn’t recognize this scent as being cedary but I can smell it there. After the mûre et musc variation fades, there is a tartness. It’s fruity and tart but not citrusy. It’s a berry tartness. This mixes into a creaminess that reminds me of a more grown-up version of Fruity Pebbles and milk. I think this is supposed to be peach blossom. It is more of a peaches n’ cream mixture than a floral peach blossom. This does dry down into a warm, creamy sandalwood base. It isn’t the most exciting sandalwood I have ever worn but it does work nicely with those berry top notes. The sandalwood dry-down is very comforting. It is a “generic” sandalwood but I like it because it wears so cozy close to the skin.  This isn’t a scent that I will go out and buy. I have a few things like it because I like blackberry/musk scents and I like L’Artisan Parfumeur better than this. Supermodel does manage to smell “clean”. This isn’t a bad fragrance especially coming from Victoria’s Secret. It isn’t offensive, but oh, that bottle. I am not a fan of the bottle. I find it very tacky.

I’m surprised that it is an EDP. I find that it fades quickly. I thought it was an EDT because it lasts less than 2 hours on me. Maybe my skin likes to devour Chinese berries, peach blossoms, and creamy sandalwood.

It comes in 2 sizes ranging in price from $39-$49. I would say that you would like this one if you like Bath and Body Works Black Raspberry Vanilla EDT, Trish McVoy#9 Blackberry & Vanilla Musk EDP, Philosophy Falling In Love EDT, L’Artisan Parfumeur Mure et Musc EDT, DKNY Juicy Berry Candy Apple EDP, Vera Wang Glam Princess EDT, La Prairie Silver Rain EDP, and/or Kenzo Amour Indian Holi EDP.


Demeter Laundromat is one of those super “clean” fragrances. It is way more “soapy” than it is fabric softener. So think more of clothes drying on a clothesline versus Downy soaked towels in the dryer. It is “crisp” and smells like detergent granules. At first it is “cool” in a peppermint way (don’t take that wrong, it doesn’t smell like toothpaste or mouthwash). It is a simple scent. It dries down into laundry detergent. Then it gets “warmer” and smells more like the very faint fragrance that detergent leaves on cotton tees. This scent is laundromat because those places actually have a very strong odor, this is more laundry room in my opinion. It is a very light, clean scent that lasts for 20 minutes max. It makes a great no-fuss scent with jeans and t-shirts. It also makes a wonderful room or linen spray. It really brings “stale” clothes/fabrics to life. It is a more expensive Febreeze replacement 🙂 This fragrance will be loved by the fragrance fans of Clean scents, Philosophy Pure Grace, Mark Pure,  and Bobbi Brown Bath. It is also great if you want a lighter, summery version of Estee Lauder White Linen  or White Linen Pure. It is a nice unisex fragrance too. It is available at Apothica.

Red velvet cake is a very sentimental item in my life. I kissed the man that was to be my husband for the first time over a red velvet cake and my wedding cake was red velvet and every special occasion we have good ole’ Southern red velvet cake. I was really happy to find this product even though I really don’t want to smell like cake batter. However, this gel makes me really happy and smells like the rich, real thing.

Philosophy Red Velvet Cake Ulra-Rich-3-In-1 Shower Gel, Shampoo, and Bubble Bath is a multi-tasking bottle crammed full of sweetness. It smells like a real homemade red velvet cake but doesn’t leave you smelling like one all day. It just makes the shower into a bakery for a short time. It is rich, sweet, vanilla-ish and buttery and 100% yummy. It smells edible. I’m usually sick of it by the time I am finished with a 16 ounce bottle. But, it does make me happy while I have it. It makes me think of my honey. You can gag now.

The formula is very high foaming. I have used it as shampoo and didn’t hate it. I usually use it as a shower gel but it makes a wonderful bubble bath. It reatails for $16 and you can get it at sephora.com or philosophy.com. It won’t make you fat either even though it seems like it would, inhaling all that creamy sweetness.

As I have mentioned before I have a strange liking for this fragrance. It’s nice. I like to smell it. It’s generic and still love it.  I was at a seminar and like 30 of the women were wearing Amazing Grace and it didn’t bother me. I purchased the body butter and I’m not disappointed. The texture is thick and glides on easily. It nourishes with shea, mango and cocoa butter. It is loaded with Philosophy’s Amazing Grace fragrance. It’s great for cooler months, you know when your skin starts to morph into that of a Bearded Dragon when you just look at hot water. It does help the EDT stay on longer too. I still haven’t found another fragrance that mixes well with this body butter except for an Egyptian Musk oil that I bought at a flea market. Now Egyptian Musk, I’m saving that for another day. You could just wear this moisturizer alone if you like just a little of fragrance. I find most people like this fragrance or at least aren’t bothered by it. What’s the secret? The body butter retails for $28 for 5 ounces which isn’t really a deal, but we’re adults and we know that.

It is that time of year. All of the too cute cosmetics gift sets are hitting the market for whatever holiday you do or don’t celebrate. I love to take advantage of all of the cuteness. I buy myself presents. Forget the holidays. Why don’t they offer stuff like this yearly?

Philosophy has just released a cute mini trio of 3-in-1 shower gels, shampoo, and bubble baths all housed in an adorable “recipe” box. This kit contains three delicious 2.0 oz bottles of guilt-free sweetness. There is Red Velvet Cake (one of my fave Philosophy shower delights), Strawberry Shortcake, and Sweet Creamy Frosting (yummy!) So, this isn’t the best deal on the planet. It retails for $18 for a total of 6 oz. of shower gel. But, it is pretty darn cute. I get so sick of things quickly. I get to the point where I am wasting shower gel so I can get a new one. So, this is good for me. I can have a quick fix of a sickly sweet fragrance and go on with my life. I do like this formula. It is very foaming, multi-purpose and doesn’t linger all day on the skin. You won’t smell like Miss Strawberry Shortcake at the office. This is a limited edition set and can be purchased at Sephora stores and sephora.com.

I can’t explain it and I sure don’t understand it, but I have this weird obsession with Philosophy Amazing Grace Fragrance. It isn’t the most sophisticated fragrance on the market and is sure not the most interesting. I find something very comforting about this scent. The only thing I can think of is that it reminds me of someone positive in my childhood, my second grade teacher. She always had a Victoria magazine and I wished that she was my mom.

This fragrance is a soft floral musk and the notes are pretty unidentifiable. It is a white floral with a mix of an Egyptian musk. I can’t even find the notes listed on-line, which is a great sign for fragrance. Sike. This fragrance is very soft and polite and feminine. It is very “maternal” if I should use that as a description. It smells like it would make you a pot of chicken noodle soup if you were sick and tell you that it is ok that Cindy Lou wore the same dress as you to prom. It wears close to the skin like a nice cashmere sweater. When I wear it all my scarves, etc. smell like it days afterward. It comes in an EDT and an EDP. And this is one popular fragrance. Does it remind us all of something else or do we genuinely love it?

It is so strange that I like this. It is so unlike my other fragrance obsessions. It is soft, I typically like loud florals or spicy fragrances. It has a motivational message written on the label, which is so lame. A friend of mine works at a cosmetics store and says that she only sells it to teachers and mothers because children love it. When I wear this my sister says I smell like her ACT/SAT tutor. I guess that is a compliment. My husband says I like it because I am getting older and this means some kind of estrogen surge or something. Whatever, all I know is that for years I have tried to deny I like this fragrance and wear Piguet Bandit, Chanel Coco, Opium, Patou Joy, or pure patchouli oil. But, I gave in last week and bought the small EDT of this Amazing Grace. I love it and I can’t deny it. It makes me happy and comfortable. It is not my signature, nothing is, and I don’t know if I’ll but another bottle. I just know that I like it and I am obsessed with it and that is ok.