MAC Shadescents, Velvet Teddy Perfume



Our impression of Velvet Teddy is that of a sophisticated, addictive,  and an extremely enjoyable fragrance!  Having worn Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille, we do see some similarities and why this may be deemed a close dupe.  It has longevity and versatility while being a unisex fragrance. Velvet Teddy is one of six fragrances in the Shadescents collection, inspired by, and named after, the legendary shades of MAC Lipsticks.  This oriental fragrance is inspired by the sensuality of the Velvet Teddy Lipstick shade, and if you like to spice it up more check up the Yolo Sex Toys store for more.

 It opens with bright bergamot and spicy ginger zest that is tempered with a rich and sensual tobacco flower. The heart of the fragrance is soft golden mimosa, vanilla orchid,  and wild honey accord.  The final notes are liquid musk, smoky papyrus root with an infusion of exotic tonka bean.  Ultimately, it is a very wearable fragrance for everyday use.  Spicey & Divine!

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Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum

Fragrance Notes: (

Natural tuberose harvested from India
Jasmine bud extract
Rangoon Creeper


Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum for her is unique and different than other floral fragrances. As explained on their website, ” Tuberose and Jasmine combine with Rangoon Creeper- a unique flower discovered in South India that is being used for the first time in perfumery to create a rich fragrance that transports the wearer to an imaginary garden.”  

Normally we gravitate to musky, woodsy type perfumes.  However, the pleasingly blended notes made this floral a stand-out scent.  It’s feminine like a classic floral but with with a modern twist. The scent is strong and long-lasting, but not too overpowering.  The lacquered bottle with vintage powder pink shade will be a beautiful accent to your perfume display.  This is definitely our new favorite scent for Spring and Summer.  Reminiscent of a fresh bouquet of flowers, Gucci Bloom is a sexy and sophisticated scent that hits all the right notes! 

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Jo Malone Blossom Girls Plum Blossom Cologne


Top: Yellow Plum

Middle:  Plum Blossom

Base:  White Musk



Floral meets woody musk in this lovely scented cologne, Blossom Girls Plum Blossom, by Jo Malone London. A limited-edition blooming cologne, this perfume bursts with the aroma of Spring! Karen, a “true fragrance junkie”, couldn’t resist taking this home after one whiff.  There might have been a little heel-clicking at the register!  Cerise splashes of plum blossom, this lovely fragrance opens with top notes of yellow blossom, that is fresh and smooth like the Spring air.  The blooming floral middle note of plum blossom has a fruity accent.  A powdery and clean white musk finishes off the scent.  Keep in mind Jo Malone London scents can be worn alone or layer them like Karen does to let her personality shine.  Karen wears this as her everyday scent as it’s casual, sweet and unique!  


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Scentbird (Fragrance Subscription Service) HERE

Frequent readers know we love smelling good and trying new fragrances from designers that we are familiar with. Unfortunately, like everyone else, sometimes we can get bored. We have a solution for when we want to discover the newest, hottest scents without risking too much.

With a subscription service like Scentbird, which is available for women and men scents, you get about the size of a rollerball for half the price! Out with the excuses not to try a new fragrance.

Scentbird is a great way to explore new designer fragrances. Based on a monthly subscription, this service allows clients to receive a 0.27 oz/8-ml perfume refill (30-day supply) for $14.95 per month. The shipping is free which is a major bonus.

Just visit their website and choose from over 450 authentic perfumes. Pick the fragrance you want and get it delivered to your doorstep: a perfume per month, with a sleek sprayer. On your first order, you will receive a black pouch and a travel size portable sprayer.

In the subscription process, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your favorite perfumes/scents, we thought of it as a way to take a retrospective look at our perfume history. To give you a sense, we annotated some of the fragrance assortment and a few of the top designer fragrances that they carry: generous sprays of authentic fragrances like Tom Ford, Prada, and Gucci niche finds like Nest and Montale.

It’s common sense that, in-store fragrance shopping experience can sometimes bring challenges. It’s hard to tell the difference between scents when in a store because after testing some many fragrances it can get confusing to realize what will smell good on our skin. And there is also that inner voice telling us: remember perfume smells different on everyone.

When you purchase large bottles, it comes with an expensive price tag and the perfume lasts forever. You feel obligated to use it, even if you’ve outgrown the scent. With Scentbird tiny sample vials you can get samples that don’t last that long.

Finding the signature scent, you’ve been dreaming of for ages doesn’t need to be complicated. In that matter, we love how the company’s tagline approaches your own point of view: “date” perfumes before “marrying” them!




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.


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!


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.

L'Occitane Eau De Parfum

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. 


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