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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Indulgence: what does it mean to you? (and a draw)

I am  a bit of a hedonist. I like to do things that make me feel good, whether that includes fragrance, food and drink or pleasures of an artistic persuasion. I appreciate beauty, and I seek to create the feeling of beauty within myself whenever possible.

I indulge myself, because who else can do it as well as I can? I have no Catholic guilt, no major sins to atone for, no moral obligations that would prevent me from granting myself these sensory pleasures, and it's definitely not always something only a lot of money can provide.

One of my major vices and obsessions is skin care. Not much of a vice, you say? Well, I only obsess and fuss over it so much mostly due to vanity. When I look in the mirror, I want to see perfection. I know, that could not sound more shallow, but since we're being completely honest here, I have another confession. When I have a blemish or discoloration, or anything that bothers or displeases me about my skin, I feel low. Really, really low. Luckily, I have someone near to help me snap out of it quickly. And, I have several quick fixes to make myself feel good in a flash.

A favorite indulgent product I use is Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butter (which I have reviewed before). It is an incredibly rich body cream that guarantees the softest skin, and a soothed mind if I only spend a few minutes a day using it. I have it in a few different scents, but my favorite and most often used is Aether, which is unfragranced.

Today I am giving away one 6oz jar of Haus of Gloi Aether Pumpkin Butter. I may be hedonistic, but I am no glutton. You see, my personal reserve of Pumpkin Butter is overflowing at the moment, and I want to share. You just need to leave a comment below between now and Friday, April 8th by 2pm Central time, and I will randomly draw one winner. I will ship anywhere in the world. I will announce the winner via a new blog post around 2pm Central time on Friday, April 8th, and the winner should email their shipping address to eyelineronacat at gmail dot com.

When you leave your comment, tell me what your very favorite indulgence is, or what indulgence means to you.

Good luck!

[Creme Brulee with fresh fruit]

23 comments:

  1. I'm a "recovering Presbyterian", so as you can probably tell by my blog, I am very conflicted when it comes to indulging. Beauty is one arena. Vacations and other physical comforts make up the other. I guess my most guilt-free indulgence comes in the form of food! Who doesn't like good food, right? (Like that yummy creme brulee above.)

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  2. I think indulgence means to me pretty much the same thing as to you: the pleasing of my senses, be it a sense of smell, sense of touch, sense of taste, sense of sight. Sense of hearing is, probably, the one I spend most money on (gasp!), as I am a symphony subscriber, so I attend concerts regularly. Sense of smell I indulge through perfume and I avoid paining it by replacing towels, sheets, and napkins more often than most ;) I just do what pleases me and don't keep around what doesn't ;)
    Would love to try that butter, sounds good, you might have created a lemming here!

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  3. I understand you so well, I am just the same, in indulging as well as the need for perfection.
    My favorite indulgence is lying in a scented bath and reading a good book while eating nougat in some form, totally alone and uninterrupted (that last part is wishful thinking ;))

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  4. Good wines. Buying mostly, not that big on drinking. I'm not collecting wines - just buying, storing some, drinking/serving some. I use perfumes much more often than I drink wines but so far my wine budget was much bigger than a perfume one. I should probably rethink that.

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  5. What a generous draw! :) I am always eager to try a new body product, I'm a bit obsessed that way.
    I don't think I'm indulgent with my skin care, I do believe we all need to take better care of it as people tend to forget it's our biggest organ and therefore deserves a lot of attention.
    BUt I'm definitely indulging each time I try a good alcoholic drink (since we're being honest here).
    Good whisky, cognac and wine can make me almost swoon with their aromas and the taste they provide.

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  6. I read this last night, and fell asleep thinking about my idea of indulgence. I eat a dessert about once a month (something decadent from a French bakery), and this keeps me sane. But my everyday indulgence is, of course, perfume.

    When you think about it, it's kind of astounding how we have all these fabulous creations at our fingertips---even if they're just samples! Most women go though life with one bottle of perfume at a time, and I remember when spending $80 on a perfume was a big investment---something I really had to take a deep-breath to justify.

    I certainly don't think everyone should spend as much money on perfume as I currently do, but a broad collection of some of the finest fragrances in the WORLD is a major indulgence, and it gives me so much pleasure!! :)

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  7. I am Catholic but I feel no guilt ! Terrible !
    I think being a bit indulgent is probably part of me anyhow. Oh dear !

    Sometimes when life gets tough, some indulgence is a good thing. Sometimes,it's a form of self love. Sometimes, you just need to do it .
    My only indulgence is perfume really - really good good good perfume.
    Right now, I am lemming Jardenia by JAR amongst others ! :D Will I indulge - now that IS the question !!

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  8. Heavens, what a difficult choice! An indulgence can beguile either the senses or the mind (or even better, both!). It can be anything from the decadence of a well-made Caramel Macchiato to the astounding aura of wearing Fracas. Or it can be just curling up next to my Mom on the couch :-)

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  9. I am loving all these posts! All of your indulgences are worthy. But then, isn't every indulgence, no matter how small, worthy if it makes even a small difference in our day? I think so.

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  10. Once again, what's wrong with me? I don't see any of these things as indulgence but as necessity! :S We only live once!
    I'm admit. I'm spoiled rotten. I live in a great area for food, drinks, tea, coffee, and even perfume. The only time I feel guilt is when I eat something like foie gras fries and should work out. And that's a vanity guilt! But, is it an indulgence? I'd say no. I don't get the "indulgent" guilt thing, I guess because I'm not Catholic, but I do have a wonderful guilt-tripping Jewish grandma...and she use La Mer.
    So, bottom line. I'm not a glutton because I don't waste ;)

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  11. My indulgence is cheesecake - blueberry cheesecake to be precise! I buy a pot just once a month and savour every bite! :D

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  12. My favorite indulgence is definitely perfume! Since developing a gluten intolerance, I can't indulge in many of my favorite foods anymore, and since hitting 30 I can't indulge too much in booze either! Perfume is a pretty great substitute for sensory indulgence that doesn't leave one feeling like crap the next day.

    I also love buying skin care products, though I'm more thrifty when shopping in that arena.

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  13. We have one life to live and as cliche as that sounds, I am making the most of this delicious journey. From food, to drink, to candle to beauty...I try to indulge in it all. Unapologetically.
    I say indulge, appreciate, enjoy and never regret. {Not even when you feel said indulgence spilling over the waist of your skinny jeans}...

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  14. As a born agasin hedonist, indulgence to me is anything - sensual or otherwise - I do for me, and to please myself without having to take anyone else's wishes/demands into account. By that token - all sensual pleasures; music, perfume, bubble baths or creme brulée, or all the intellectual pleasures I love to enjoy - movies, books, favorite blogs to read! But of all of them - anything that pleases my senses more than anything. Wearing some stunning perfume to bed while reading a book I've wanted to read - whatever constitutes as something for me. Becasue as soon as I start moving, everyone else wants a piece of me, too! ;)

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  15. It's funny..I actually have to think about this. Perfume is more of a "lifestyle" for me than an indulgence.

    I'm stumped!

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  16. I had to respond, even though I don't have a blog at the moment! I think indulgence is doing something for the pure enjoyment of it, not taking rationality into account. Indulgence means forgetting about the money, the time, or whatever else holds you back for doing what you desire. I think indulgence is healthy - it's good to put yourself first sometimes! If I had to pick one indulgence, it would be napping. Nothing is as wonderful to me as curling up in a soft blanket on a spring afternoon and listening to the rain as I fall asleep. :)

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  17. **The draw is now closed, thank you all for participating!**

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  18. I had to order the trial size because your post got me so curious about it! I hope I'll love it.

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  19. Great, I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think of it.

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  20. I did enjoy it a lot! This is the best body butter I've tried. It goes in fast and leaves my hands very soft and smooth. I bought the trial size, but I will be purchasing a big size, most definitely, and using it on a regular basis.

    Do you like and use their bath products?

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  21. Oh wonderful, I'm glad it's working out for you! I order a couple jars at a time, I can never be without it. It's helped to change the texture of my skin for the better over time. I also love their Bubbling Scrub, and the Body Emulsion is great too, it's sort of like the Pumpkin Butter, but a bit lighter in texture.

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  22. Great to know!
    I will certainly get a big jar of pumpkin butter next time + some Bubbling Scrub. Did you try their perfume oils?

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  23. Yes, I can recommend Ploughman as a very original leathery wet earth fragrance with dandelion greens, it's really gorgeous.

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