L'Occitane

Almond Shower Oil

Fun Fact: This shower oil transforms into a delicate foam when it comes into contact with water.  It is also great for shaving your legs!

Almond Supple Skin Oil

 Fun Fact: Formulated with more than 50% Almond Oil, this light, fine body oil effectively helps skin feel supple and smoother.

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Lavender Foaming Bath

Fun Fact: L’Occitane uses lavender sourced directly from farmer’s cooperatives in Haute-Provence.

Shea Butter Hand Cream

Fun Fact: 1 of the Shea Butter Hand Creams is sold every 3 seconds around the globe!

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Almond Milk Concentrate

Fun Fact: Put this on directly after the shower as to accompany your Almond Shower Oil.

Divine Cream

Fun Fact: The main ingredient in the Divine Cream is essential oils from the Immortelle flower, a flower found off the coast of Corsica that never fades, even after it’s been picked.

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Terre de Lumière Eau de Parfum

Fun Fact: This fragrance is brand new and just launched April 12th.  It’s inspired by the Golden Hour, a moment in time right before the sun sets when the light embraces the sky. 

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Sometimes we can use a little pampering session. Let’s say a head to toe luxurious experience with products made with the finest ingredients. Join us on a trip around L’Occitane’s Beauty Essentials & Luxuries.

Known for being truthful to the best scents and traditions of the South of France, L’Occitane has put together a line of products that is an absolute temptation – from shower gel to fragrance nothing is forgotten.

Karen and I are long-time fans of the Almond Shower Oil, which gives your skin a silky, unbelievably soft texture all year-round, especially in the winter months. It doesn’t hurt that it’s the best product for shaving!

To make our bathing experience even more fabulous, try the Lavender Foaming Bath for a heavenly lavender scented, soothing, and relaxing bath with lots of bubbles. You’ll be transported to the blue fields of lavender in Provence in a blink.

If you are following our routine, the Almond Supple Skin Oil or The Soothing Almond Milk Concentrate are next in line for an extra dose of hydration after the shower. And please don’t forget the hand cream, which is highly concentrated with 20% shea butter but absorbs into the skin without leaving oily traces.

Next stop: your beautiful face. The Crème Divine is an anti-aging face cream that gives up a youthful glow and leaves our skin vibrant and radiant. This best-selling, award-winner hydrates and soothes, while fighting against those unwanted wrinkles and visible signs of aging.

Finnish up you pamper session with a warm and sensual fragrance: Terre De Lumiere Eau de Parfum. With a blend of zesty, sweet and musk, it’s the perfect scent for hot summer months. It lasts a long time and is incredibly addictive, though not overpowering.

As you can tell, we are very keen with this post and confident that you will love the entire line. We always want products to perform well, especially when there is a steeper price tag involved; these passed the test with distinction.

Each one of these products would be perfect Mother’s Day gift. We know it’s not as bold as offering a trip to the South of France, but if you invest in this line, you’ll get a close experience without the jet-leg and airport stress-free. Case to say: bon voyage!

*Fun Facts provided by L’Occitane

 

Editor: Maria Ines Raposo

 

Mon Paris

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris

Mon Paris

Today we bring you a fragrance signed by one of the most influential and inspired designers in the world and inspired by Paris, the city of intense love: Paris. A sophisticated and classy perfume with touches of red berry, pear, white Datura flower, white musks, and patchouli: Yves Saint Laurent’s Mon Paris.

It’s fresh and modern, yet mysterious and sensual. We picked this up during the Sephora VIB Rouge sale, right on time to kick off Spring/Summer season with a new fragrance. It only helps that it is inspired by a city with such allure for beauty and fashion lovers as Paris.

We love that it’s feminine and sweet but also has the woodsy notes to add that bit of sexy. Overall, it’s a great combination of notes that smells delightful and not overbearing.

Lasting all day without wearing off, we both get a ton of compliments whenever we use this. If we had to summarize our feelings about this one in just three words, it would be: passionate, sensual, and sophisticated!

Mon Paris

Notes:
Strawberry, Raspberry, Bergamot, Calone, Pear, Orange Flower, Jasmin Sambac, White Peony, Datura, Patchouli, White Musk, Ambrox, Cedarwood, Crystal Moss.

 

Editor:  Maria Ines Raposo

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Creed Perfume

Creed Aberdeen Lavender-Absinthe, rosemary, bergamot, Sicilian lemon, lavender, tuberose, lily, rose, patchouli, leather, vetiver.

Creed Love In White– Orange set from Italy, Florentine iris, French daffodils, magnolia, Bulgarian rose, Tonkin rice, vanilla, ambergris, mysore sandalwood.

Creed Original Vetiver-bergamot, bitter orange, mandarin, vetiver leaves, white pepper, coriander, pinkberries, mysore sandalwood, vetiver, ambergris, tonkin musk (unisex).

Creed Royal Princess Oud-bitter Sicilian bergamot, rose, sweet violet, jasmine, vanilla, patchouli, iris from Tuscany, benzoin from Thailand, mysore sandalwood, styrax.

 

 

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Kilian Perfume

Asian Tales-Flower of Immortality-Peach blossom, blackcurrant buds, peach, iris, rose, carrot, tonic bean and vanilla.

Asian Tales-Bamboo Harmony-bergamot, petitgrain, neroli, mimosa, mate, pepper, white tea, fig leaves, oak moss

In the Garden of Good and Evil-Good Girl Gone Bad-jasmine, osmanthus, rose, narcissus, tuberose, cedarwood, amber.

In the Garden of Good and Evil-Voulez-vous voucher avec Moi-mandarin, neroli, orange blossom, gardenia, rose, tuberose, ylang-ylang, cedarwood, sandalwood, musk, vanilla.

Addictive State of Mind-Intoxicatedcardamon, Turkish coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramelized sugar.

L’Oeuvre Noire-Love, don’t be shy-bergamot, neroli, marshmallow, iris, jasmine, orange blossom, orange blossom water, rose, Bulgarian rose, pink pepper, coriander, honeysuckle, cistus labdanum, civet, white musk, vanilla, sugar. 

L’Oeuvre Noire-Straight to Heaven, white cristal-lemon, rum, fruits, nutmeg, patchouli, hedione, cedarwood, rosewood, ambergris, musk, vanilla.

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The House of Creed was began in London, England back in 1760 by James Henry Creed.  Creed originally began as a bottle of Royal English Leather, which included a mix of mandarin, ambergris and sandalwood. For over 250 years, they have been handcrafting uncommon fragrances for royal houses and patrons. The purest elements from around the world are brought to their Parisian laboratory where each scent is carefully created.  Choose from many luxurious standout fragrances for him or her.  Kilian is an eco-luxe perfume brand created by Kilian Hennessey, heir to a family of cognac makers.  In 2007, Kilian launched his own perfume house with the philosophy that each bottle can be refilled and kept for a lifetime. Today there are nearly 50 perfumes and 5 different fragrance collections.  With a vision to make perfume visible, some bottles are housed in a snake jeweled clutch, or lacquered wood box, taking perfume and it’s packaging to a new level of elegance. 

Perfume: Creed & Kilian Fragrances Review Part 2-The 2 Orchids YouTube

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Philosykos– Woody aromatic blend of fig tree leaves and white cedar

Tam Dao-Sandalwood, rosewood, cypress, ambergris (unisex)

Oud Palao-Bulgarian rose, oud from laos, madagascar vanilla, tobacco, rum, sandalwood, labdanum, patchouli, camphor

34 Boulevard Saint Germain EDT-Blackcurrants, green leaves, pink peppercorn, citrus fruits, and spices.  Roses, egyptian geraniums, tuberoses, iris and toilet.  Woody notes, balms, resins, and eucalyptus. 

Eau Duelle-Firnat and bourbon vanilla, bergamot, cardamom, pink petter, elemi,  juniper, saffron, calamus, frankincense, cypriol, black tea, white musk and amber. 

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Eau Lavande- Lavender coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg

Eau Rose- Bergamot, black currant, centofilia and damask rose, white musk, cedar

L’Eau L’Eau-  Green mandarin, cinnamon, ginger and benzoin

Do Son-   Floral blend of tuberose, orange tree leaves, roses, benzoin, iris, and white musk

Diptyque was established in 1961 by three friends; Christiane Gautrot, an interior designer, Desmond Knox-Leet, a painter, and Yves Coueslant, a theater director and set designer.  The creative passion of these three friends evolved into producing a high-end line of scented candles that was introduced in 1963, which quickly became the main focus of their business.  Then, in 1968, they produced their first unisex eau de toilette fragrance, L’Eau L’Eau.  Today Diptyque has over 50 scented candles in their home fragrance collection, as well as room sprays and diffusers.  There are numerous personal fragrances that appeal to both men and women along with a sophisticated line of skin and body care items.  Whether you are new to fragrances or a bit of a perfume snob, you must give this unique brand a try.  We are certain that you will find your signature scent as each fragrance wears differently. For more information be sure to take a peek at your youTube video below!

Perfume: Diptyque & Tom Ford Fragrances Review Part 1-The 2 Orchids YouTube

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Box of Style: The Zoe Report

Box of Style: The Zoe Report

In a perfect world, we could only hope to be styled by Rachel Zoe, right? Well, now you have the next best thing and that’s her Box of Style. This box is $100 ( over $450 value) per box when you subscribe for the quarterly subscription service.  All of the items featured in the box were curated by the style guru herself and her team at The Zoe Report.  Each box includes one hero item that is revealed before the box ships, plus other fashionable items and beauty products.  You will also receive a booklet with style tips from Rachel and a letter introducing  you to the box.  This box will not disappoint!  When it comes to fashion, Rachel is always thinking “outside the box”.  The items are most impressive, on trend,  and the value alone is worth giving this service a try. She nailed it with this one!

Hello Gorgeous! What’s Inside:

Donnie Charm Wonder Cape-Value $197
B-Low the belt Gatsby Wrap Belt-Value $105
Rachel Zoe Tassel Bracelet-Value $197
Hollywood Fashion Secrets Lint Removing Sheets-Value $6
IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil-Value $24
IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain- Value $24

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Imagine feeling like you’ve just opened the most fabulous Christmas or Birthday present! That’s exactly what it feels like once you’ve become a member of fabfitfun.  The fabfitfun VIP Box is a glam box that is delivered to your doorstep four times a year for $49.99 ($200 value) per box.  Each season you can indulge in the latest and greatest fashion finds, glam beauty secrets, and fab fitness gear.  Plus all of the products included are full size premium products!  It’s no wonder why so many celebrities have subscribed!

What’s Inside:

Black and Tan Scarf
Spongelle Bulgarian Rose Body Wash Infused Buffer-Value $16
Pure Cosmetics Nude Collection Eyeshadow Palette-Value $50
The Created Co. To-Go Coffee Mug (Good Morning Gorgeous Tumbler)-Value $19
Mullen & Sparrow French Lavender Body Oil-Value $18
Nature or Thing Coloring Book & Pencils
The BrowGal by Tonya Crooks Clear Eyebrow Gel-Value $20
Toesox Toeless Fitness Socks-Value $16-18
Skin Laundry Restoring Night Serum-Value $50
Secret Deodorant
Cottenelle Wipes

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Scentbird

We’ve tried to, and we couldn’t think of a better way to explore a new designer fragrance.  Scentbird is a monthly subscription service that allows you to receive an 8ml perfume refill (30 day supply) for $14.95 per month plus tax.  Of course, like other subscription services, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your favorite perfumes/scents.  On your first order,  you will receive a black pouch and a travel size portable sprayer.  With over 450 fragrances, it’s easy to find the signature scent you’ve been dreaming of.  In addition, we just love this companies tagline, “Date” perfumes before “Marrying” them!

What’s Inside:

Gucci Guilty Black Pour Femme

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To watch Karen’s unboxing:

Welcome October! Pumpkins, Ponchos & Booties, Karen’s Vlog-The 2 Orchids YouTube

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