I am obsessed with this stuff! It is a steal and it is amazing. Dabur’s Jasmine Hair Oil retails for about $4.95 for 200ml of fragrant jasmine oil. This stuff makes me smile like the babe on the packaging.

The oil is jammed packed with jasmine flower essence. It is like buying a pure single note perfume oil. It is very “tangy” and powerful like a good jasmine. This oil is meant to be used on the hair. You apply it and leave it on for 45 minutes to an hour and rinse out with shampoo. I have done this. Your hair will smell amazing. Forget all of that expensive crap (I’m talking about you Blandi) that smells like jasmine, honeysuckle or whatever. This is the real deal. It leaves my hair so smooth and soft. I have long hair and it needs that extra care. However, what I normally do with this stuff is use it as a body oil after the shower. It leaves my entire body fragrant and well moisturized. I used to use Africa’s Hot Six Oil (don’t say it wrong, it sounds really bad..) but I love the fragrance of this Dabur so much. It leaves my body delicately scented with jasmine, one of my all time favorite scents. A little of this product goes a long way and the price can’t be beat. It can be purchased at most International Markets or Indian spice shops or on smallflower.com.

Jasmine worn in the hair.

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I can’t get my hands on enough of this stuff. This is the best soap in the world. I am a huge fan of Mysore Sandal Soap. It is heavily scented with sandal oil. I have no idea how they can put so much fragrance oil in this soap for this price. It leaves your skin scented all day with the heavenly scent of sandal. It leaves your whole house smelling wonderful. It is like a sandalwood bomb went off. It blends so well with the other fragrances that I wear. In fact I wish I could get this in an EDP. It has Prada beat.

This soap is a combo of glycerin and 100% sandalwood oil. It leaves the skin feeling smooth and moisturized. Plus, have I mentioned the amazing scent? It is known to relieve rashes and dryness. I use it after shaving my legs and I have no icky rash.

The packaging is adorable and you can smell the box a mile away. It is the highest quality product out there for the money. No joke. I flirt with lots of other products but I keep coming back to this. It can’t be beat. Oh, and dudes love it. It is intoxicating. Plus, I think it smells wonderful on dudes. It mixes well with manliness.

It retails for $2.25 to $3.00 depending on the size. It is a “soft” soap so it will “melt” fairly quickly in the shower. Maybe keep it somewhere else. I’ve thought about buying a bar to put in my lingerie drawer. I want everything I own to smell this good. It is available at most International Markets and Indian spice markets or smallflower.com. Beware, I am going to buy all of this up, relabel it and sell it for $15 a bar. Suckers.

Maja is a wonderful scent for a great price. It retails for about $19 to $25 depending on the size and where you buy it from. It has a beautiful stylish bottle and logo. I am seriously in love with the vintage packaging. I mean have you seen the adorable soaps? I purchased the EDT spray and the lotion yesterday in a gift set.

Maja, aroma de seducción. Pasión española. Maja, the scent of seduction. Spanish passion.

The scent is described as a “mysterious blend of rose, jasmine and other flowers.” This is not Tabu, this is a pretty delicate blend of roses, but not over rosy. It is clean because it has hints of oak moss with the dry down. The jasmine is there but it is not overwhelming or as pungent as most jasmine. The other flowers are a “family secret”. A family secret of other popular ingredients from the day. I would describe this as a “clean floral” or a “chypre floral”. The EDT does not last long on my skin. It is strong at first but I feel I can’t smell it after 15 minutes. I mix mine with L’Aromarine Mousse de Chêne for a little more lasting power and a cleaner smell but it also mixes well rose or jasmine oil too. I really like the Maja fragrance but I wish it would last longer or that I could find an EDP spray for the cooler times of year.

The Maja Perfumed Body Lotion with Oat Extract is for normal skin. It is a bit too runny for my body butter/cream tastes. It smells wonderul on and really does help the EDT stay on. The lotion is liquidy, silky and absorbs quickly. The lotion retails for about $12. I’m not disappointed with my purchase, I just wish I had it in the summer. This is a very summer set because it is an EDT and the lotion is so lightweight.

This scent has been around for over a 100 years. It is still a family business located in Myrugia. The creator was Esteban Monegal, an artist, sculptor, and violonist, and well, perfumist. The scent is a bit old fashioned for some people’s taste but it is very classic and well done in my opinion. It smells no “older” than Chanel Number 5. It can be found pretty much anywhere. I’ve seen it at Target and Big Lots, smallflower.com and tienda.com sell it too if you don’t feel like searching. I just happened to stumple across a set at Big Lots, glamourous I know. The kit had the lotion and EDT for $7. I’ve been searching for it since the move. Our Wal-Mart and Target used to carry it but I couldn’t find it anywhere in WA. I finally did. I just wish I found it a few months ago in the summer when I really wanted it.

Cherry

Cherry

I was bored out of mind the other day and remembered that I had a few drugstore items on my list. I wandered around a bit because I usually order from drugstore.com and felt lost in an actual store. Anyways, I stumbled across the great Nivea Lip Care A Kiss Of Flavor Lip Balm. Typically, I use Rosebud Salve or Guerlain Divinora, so maybe that is why these are really “fun” compared to my other choices. These Nivea balms are identical to the Labello Tinted and Flavored Lip Balms that I used to buy in Germany. (The Passion Fruit Labello is Nivea Passion Fruit.) I loved Labello because of the awesome smoothness and amount of product in the tube. Nivea is no disappointment. The tube is crammed full of smooth, lip nourishing glossy balm. It is enhanced with jojoba and almond oils and shea butter just like Labello. Cherry has a punch of juicy cherry flavor and a sheer healthy red tint that is your lips but better. Nivea Passion Fruit has a yummy passion fruit flavor and a hint of violet that really works for my skintone and adds a very sheer, natural color to my lips. The texture is so smooth, non-sticky, not heavy or greasy. The hints of color and flavors are so fun without being Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. I am so happy to find these in the States. The drugstore had a Hint of Shimmer too which looks like a champagne shimmer balm. I bought mine for 1.99 and drugstore.com has it’s listed at $2.49. They are awesome and I’m going back for Hint of Shimmer. This is a big deal because Labello retails for $7.95 to $8.95 plus ridiculous shipping charges on smallflower.com and I am so happy that I found Nivea! Heck, the packaging is even the same.

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit

My husband bought me L’Aromarine Mousse de Chêne aka Oakmoss fragrance oil not to long ago. I really didn’t know what to expect because oakmoss is a popular note that I thought I never smelled in isolation before but knew it in dry downs. I have been very pleased by this fragrance and I love it.

I have reviewed L’Aromarine Jasmin in a previous post. L’Aromarine fragrances are very potent fragrance oils that have a nice price tag. Oakmoss is not as potent as Jasmin but it is still a very long wearing oil. The picture above is that of the EDT spray. I have the fragrance oil and use it as is and love it. I am sure the EDT is wonderful too.

When I first applied Oakmoss I was surprised by its complexity. All I could think of were the old forest floors found here in the Pacific Northwest. I love it because it was reminding me of this new stage in my life, I’ve very recently moved and this was the smell that I would use to define this area. It is earthy, woody, crisp, and somehow very fresh. It is very chypre and rustic. This fragrance oil wears for hours. I mean all day without reapplying. I get complements on it all the time. When I first saw the bottle and read the name I thought it was going to go to my husband’s collection. I feared it would be too masculine but it isn’t. It really works with my chemistry. It is unlike anything that I own and that is saying alot because I have alot.

Anyways, this fragrance made me curious. Why did I associate this with the PacNW so much? Well, I looked it up and it is because, duh, oakmoss is the lichen that really takes a like’n to this area. It is all over the forest floors being crunched under your footsteps. You can’t walk two feet in a PacNW forest without stepping all over it and releasing its woodsy aroma. So yesterday I went to a local park and collected many different specimens of oakmoss which I found near a lot of different conifers. I smelled them and they were all dead on this L’Aromarine Oakmoss. They weren’t as strong as L’Aromarine, I don’t know if anything is as strong as L’Aromarine, but L’Aromarine Oakmoss is the forest floor times ten. It’s amazing. Oakmoss that takes a liking to pine has a special turpentine aromatic quality. It does smell different and is used in many men’s fragrances. L’Aromarine Oakmoss is not the oakmoss from pine. I do not pick up this turpentine aroma. I assume that since the L’Aromarine buys some of their fragrance oils from Grasse that this Oakmoss comes from that region since Grasse is a big producer of commercial oakmoss used in perfumery.

So, L’Aromarine is an intoxicating and very pleasant, high-quality parfum oil. I am so happy that my husband chose this fragrance for me. This is one fungi that I can’t live without.

You can purchase this fragrance from beautyhabit.com or smallflower.com or just google it online. Prices vary but it is always a great deal.

This is it. Im sure many of you have seen it. Just look for the fungus that looks like antlers.

This is it. I'm sure many of you have seen it. Just look for the fungus that looks like antlers.