Clean Provence is a light-wearing citrus floral fragrance. It’s an airy scent. By the name, I expected for it to be a lavender water type of fragrance. But, it’s not. It’s more of a laundry scent, wet linens. The fragrance is inspired by “fine milled soaps of France”. I love a French soap but once again, I think of lavender. The scent goes on the be described as being “reminiscent of pure soap and water, freshly laundered linen, and open blue skies”. Now this I can see.

At first the fragrance is so tart that I can barely stand it. I love a citrus fragrance but something about this one burns my nostrils. It hurts my nose the way that strong household cleansers do. Clean brand smells too “clean” and industrial.  Once the fragrance settles down after 10+ minutes of wear, I really like it. It isn’t mind-blowing but it is nice. It really does smell like freshly laundered linen being put on the line during a bright, sunny morning. It smells like clean cotton but not in a “dryer sheet” way. This is slightly citrusy and does smell of rose geranium. So instead of sheets being washed in Tide™, they smell like sheets washed in a something more expensive, like Mrs. Meyer’s laundry detergent (geranium, perhaps?). It smells fresh and sunny. I get the citrus and it is toned down and it really compliments the simplicity of the cotton blossom. I smell citrus and cotton throughout the wear. The citrus becomes sweeter. The dry down is “cottony” and musky, but in a floral, sweeter musk way. It’s a very clean, pretty musk dry-down.

This is a fragrance that I’m glad that I wore. If I sniffed this just sprayed onto a blotter card, I would of ran away with scorching nostrils, never giving it a try on my skin. This instead becomes something fresh and feminine when worn directly. It isn’t abrasive and it is a nice fragrance for “work” wear or when you have to be in close quarters with people you aren’t familiar with.  The scent blends right on in with your skin and your environment. But, I do think it is short wearing for an EDP, maybe 4 hours? Because the top bothers me so, this is something that I have to apply to the wrists. The further away from my nostrils, the better.I think this is a fragrance that my fragrance library can live without, but I do like it. And I do recommend it for those that want clean laundry scents.

Many people complain that this fragrance isn’t long-lasting. I don’t know if it is necessarily the fragrance. I feel that it is such a nondescript fragrance and since it does meld with the skin and clothing, that the wearer just doesn’t notice it anymore. Especially if you are used to stronger fragrances or if you wear this daily. You’ll just get used to it. But, I do agree that 4 hours of wear isn’t the norm for an EDP. Oh, and I must add that I do see this is as a feminine fragrance. There are better “laundry” scents out there for men.

Notes listed include: Provencal lemon, cotton blossom, rose geranium, sweet lime, and violet musk.

You may like this one if you like clean scents, other Clean scents,  Fresh Sugar Lemon EDP, Comme de Garçons Odeur 53 EDT, Demeter PMU Laundromat Cologne,  Bath & Body Works Cotton Blossom Body Splash, and/or Bath & Body Works Sea Island Cotton EDT. The 2.14 oz. spray retails for $69. This scent is available at Sephora, beauty.com, and DERMADoctor. It is also available (sometimes) at a discounted price on fragrancenet.com.

Gustave Caillebotte, Laundry Drying on the Bank of the Seine, circa 1892, oil on canvas, 105.5 × 150.5 cm, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Cologne.

Weekly Cheap Secret:

This soap bar is huge! It is so big that it is dangerous. I picked it up at a “health”/natural grocery for like $4. The weather was slightly warming up at the time (in the PNW, this means that it was sunny high-50’s day) and I wanted something fruity-floral. I wanted something different than my usual creamy or spicy shower products. I’ve never heard of the brand before and it isn’t actually made in the south of France. I have since found out that it is sold by hippie grocers and World Market.

The fragrance is a fruity-floral. It is much more pear than it is magnolia. It is a fresh, fruity fragrance that reminds me of sunny summer days. It is a “gritty” pear, it smells ripe. It is made pretty by a very light dose of white florals. The soap bar is gigantic. It was too large to hold safely for like 3 weeks. It eventually broke down into manageable soap slices after about a month of use and being kept out in the shower. (I did not keep this bar in a “safe” place). The bar is 8.8 oz. That is toe breaking big. The soap was long-lasting, especially considering that I kept it out and it was too big to keep in a covered soap dish. I was impressed that it remained evenly fragrant throughout use. Even the last use was highly fragrant. The color of the soap was a pleasing pale Anjou green. It is supposed to be colored with natural pigments. The soap lathered and rinsed nicely without being drying. I just love vegetable oils.

The scent isn”t my favorite scent, but I did like it at that time. I say to give it a try if you like fruity-florals or scents like Marc Jacobs Apple Splash, Harajuku Lovers Music EDT, True Religion EDP, Annick Goutal Petite Cherie EDT, Victoria’s Secret Pear Glace EDT, and/or Pre de Provence Pomme Poire soap. My only complaint and somehow one thing that I like about it, is the size.

The soap is available at a few places and the company’s website. I have since found out on the website that many of the soaps are available in manageable twin packs.

This is a richly lathering skin conditioning bar soap with a mild coconut aroma. It isn’t as fragrant as the Skin Trip Moisturizer in the family, but it does have a lasting fragrance that lasts on the skin after washing. It also leaves my bathroom smelling nicely after a shower. It’s a basic, rich coconut, much more natural smelling than others on the market. I’m trying to say that it smells like a real coconut vs. a B&BW Piña Colada or a dessert coconut creme fragrance. The coconut fragrance hasn’t faded yet. The entire bar is scented evenly. The bar is pretty heavy and contains lots of nourishing oils. For a natural soap, it hasn’t melted away in the shower yet. I feel that it is dense and lasts in comparison to other natural bar soaps. It lathers nicely, this is a plus in the natural market. It isn’t very moisturizing but it isn’t drying. My skin feels squeaky clean like I’ve used an evil corporate bar soap 🙂 but I’m not dried out. Thank you, coconut oil. I really like the soap. I see myself repurchasing it.

The bar is a bit pricey at just under $5. I think it is a nice product for the money. It lathers nicely and it reminds me of trips to the beach, warm, Floridian beaches. I’ve purchased $12 bars of soap that I like less and that have dissolved instantly. It is available at stores like Whole Foods and drugstore.com.

I like Korres products. I love their Jasmine showergel and their Fig is nice too. I thought that this Basil Lemon would be nice for summer, but I just don’t like it. It is strange and not “me”. It smells of soapy lemon, like that of a dish soap. Seriously, I would rather wash myself with a Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap because those smell less “dish soapy” than this shower gel. The fragrance is “green” too, like basil but not licoricey like Thai basil. It doesn’t smell very herbaceous either. It just smells like “green”. This really reminds me of a basil mojito. I don’t want to smell like a basil mojito with a dash of lemon Palmolive. It lathers OK, but seriously, there is nothing I like about this. I know somebody has to like it, that’s why it exists. I would love to say that the scent is refreshing but I just find it “off”. This retails for $13 for 8.45 ounces and it’s a unisex scent. You may like this if you like minty shower gels, lemon or lime scents, and you may like this if you like rosemary scents (maybe but rosemary gels typically smell a bit more like an herb garden than this does). Or if you are a fan of the basil mojito (recipe here and I recommend Meyer lemon instead of lime or maybe a Rangpur lime, because I’m on the West coast that’s why.) This shower gel can be purchased at DERMAdoctor.com.

So first things first. I am not a fan of aquatic fragrances. I find them too synthetic, fake, and they “burn” my senses. I can handle a “saltwater” accord here and there but I typically despise scents that are souly aquatic. For some reason I have all the products available in Sea Island Cotton from Bath and Body Works. I don’t know why, oh, stupid gifts that I couldn’t return. I use them anyways. I hate to waste.

This scent is described as “ a clean scent, inspired by pure white cotton flowing in fresh ocean air”. That is quite strange. Didn’t Bath and Body Works think about how odd that sounds? Don’t they understand that beach real estate is far too expensive for cotton plantations these days? Or is the cotton supposed to be like lava? I don’t get it. Anyways, this scent is slightly aquatic in a wet detergent way and it is “fresh” in a Downy fabric softener way. Plus lots of floral notes and clean, white musks. It isn’t an offensive fragrance. I just don’t love it enough to go out and purchase it myself but I don’t mind using it.

It is strange how each product in the line smells different. I suppose they all “work” together since B&BW is all about the excessive layering of products to sell more and more to ladies.

The body cream is very laundry powders. It smells like warm linens, but not in a good way. More like somebody added baby powder to the wash. It is strange, warm, and just straight up washing powders and baby powder. It is my least favorite “scent” in the collection. It is too baby-ish and powdery.  At least the lotion is very moisturizing and absorbs quickly.The scent from the lotion doesn’t hang around too long and is pretty faint all day.

The body spray is better than the body cream. It does present a sense of freshness that isn’t the type of freshness like a room spray that is meant to cover something stinky up. It all the laundry detergent and ocean accords but with a bit more “fresh” flowers. It is a hint of freesia and other hissy florals. The dry down is classic white musk. It isn’t very special but to be honest I do like it better than most of the fragrances Clean has to offer (and those are much more expensive). This fragrance only lasts like 10 minutes since it is a body spray.

The creamy body wash lathers nicely and a little goes a long way. It smells much more “clean cotton” than the body cream or spray. It is warm, cuddly and very fresh towels just out of the dryer. It is comforting and clean. I kind of like it because it reminds me of a cheap but discontinued brand Smell This in Fresh Towels. I wish the entire collection smelled like the creamy body wash.  But, it is a soap and maybe I expect for a soap to well, smell like detergent. It is a nice product but I know I won’t purchase it again unless it is on sale. It is hard to pay for a shower gel that costs $10.50 just to get that low-brow Downy fresh fragrance. However, it has an excellent lather.

I could see people liking this if they are a fan of the “detergent”/clean fragrances such as mark Pure, Demeter Laundromat, Clean fragrances such as Fresh Laundry, even Philosophy Amazing Grace/Pure Grace, J.Lo Glow, Marc Jacobs Cotton, GAP Washed Cotton, or if you like white/clean musk fragrances. Suprisingly, this fragrance appears “heavier” than others like it on the market. It isn’t so hissy, it is more “warm” but still “aquatic”.

rosecollage

Sometimes I just get in a rosy mood. I just want rose scented everything. Luckily, there are many options out there. These are just a few of my favorites. If I had to narrow it down to my top 5…I would have to choose the items I keep repurchasing: Smith’s Rosebud Salve, Benefit Benetint, Fresh Rose Face Mask, Dr. Hunter’s Hand Creme, and Thayer’s Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner. I love so many rose fragrances but I don’t run out of them too often since I can be embalmed in my current fragrance collection.

I don’t associate rose scent as grandmotherly. My grandmothers wear Estee Lauder Youth Dew and Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. Not very rosy items. I just love rose. I love to smell them when they first bloom. They really represent nice, mild weather to me. Which is nice because the roses outside of the window completely opened up this morning. Time to open up that window.


Weekly Cheap Secret: This isn’t the best lavender soap on the market but it isn’t too bad considering the price. It retails for under $4 for four bars of normal sized soap. I love lavender because it smells like summer. Since home air conditioning does not exist in the Pacific Northwest, windows and doors are frequently open for that ocean breeze in the summer. And since lavender seems to be pretty happy here everybody seems to grow it. And the nice thing about people is that I think they may actually plan things sometimes. For instance, we moved into a home with a gigantic English lavender bush directly in front of the door, so when the wind blows so does that amazing and relaxing fragrance. The neighbors are nice enough to share their breeze and their lovely lavender aroma also. Anyways, it is very nice in the summer to have that calming fragrance, especially when you feel hot and irritable because your craftsman lacks air conditioning. The lavender just seems to keep you sane on those hot days. Then, winter happens and you never see the sun again so you begin to miss anything dealing with summer at all. You forget about the pit stains on your shirt, the dryness and dust, and the fact that everyone in Seattle smells of B.O. In the winter you forget all the negative things of summer and just remember all the pretty things. I was feeling a bit summer sick and ordered these Yardley soaps from drugstore.com. The entire boxed that was shipped smelled very lavender. It isn’t a sweet and gross Bath and Body Works lavender vanilla mix. It is straight up medicinal smelling lavender. This isn’t your kinder and gentler English lavender oil, this is more that medicinal Italian lavender oil. That isn’t a bad thing, especially in winter when you kind of forgotten what anything alive smells like. Plus, it helps open up your airways. I find lavender so amazing because it really does make you feel happier and calmer.

The soap bars themselves are fragrant but the fragrance fades with time. So your first bar may smell strong but your last bar won’t cause the bathroom to smell so great. I think a new bar would make a nice addition to the underwear drawer as a sachet or the linen closet to freshen things up a bit. The bar is average size, not to small and not so large that it is like holding a slippery football in the shower. They lather OK and so far it hasn’t bothered my skin. It doesn’t feel very moisturizing but I’m not shedding like a Bearded Dragon either. It is just an average bar of soap with a medicinal lavender type smell for under $4. I don’t know if I will repurchase but I really don’ t have a reason not to. It is a nice pick me up in the winter and I hope to be smelling the real thing once again.