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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Current Obsessions: end of February

Once in awhile, I like to dish on what I'm currently obsessing over, and many of my fellow bloggers mercifully do the same thing. I love to know what everyone can't possibly live without. This is often how I find out about small brands and obscure products or fragrances. I am a cheerful voyeur, but instead of peeping you getting out of the shower, I'm looking to see what products you've got in there. I also want to ogle your cats.

H.P. Lovecraft with his kitty

Zoe Organics Love My Body Oil 2.5 oz, $20
This small but mighty outfit focuses on pregnancy and baby natural and organic skin care products, but don't let that fact lead you astray. This body oil can and should be used by everyone. It contains many good-for-skin ingredients and goes on satiny smooth. The recipe has very recently been tweaked for the better to include such things as vanilla plantifolia, pumpkin seed oil and tamanu oil. The fragrance is soft and lingering, enticingly natural, relaxing and puts me in a great mood every time I use it. It makes quick work of little dry patches on my arms, softens the dense scar tissue from my tattoos and soothes my post-shave legs. I've nudged Zoe Organics' owner Heather Hamilton to see if there's a larger size of this gorgeous oil on the horizon, and she's assured me there is.  Heather, if you're reading this, I'll take a 64 oz Big Gulp size, please.



Red Flower NYC Ocean Cleansing Hair Wash & Softening Conditioner 8 oz, $28/$32
I did not realize how dull and flat my hair has been acting until I used this amazing clarifying duo. The scent is refreshing, and the products are loaded with natural ingredients to soothe the scalp and perfectly cleanse and condition hair. A dash of vinegar in the Hair Wash delivers incredible shine, and the Softening Conditioner is aptly named, perhaps even modestly so. This duo puts my hair and scalp in such a state of perfect balance that I don't need to wash my hair as often as I used to. I've got my eye on French Lavender or Italian Blood Orange for next time. I'm smitten with everything Red Flower right now-- there are so many happiness-generating products, and so little time.


Zoya Feel Collection- Winter 2011 Six bottles in the set, $48
Oh, lord. I couldn't even begin to choose one or two shades from this collection, I had to have them all. Each pastel creme color can work as a neutral and are all terribly chic and eye-catching.  This is a sophisticated option for gals with cool or neutral skin tones who look at a line-up of such nail polish bottles and think, "Ooh, candy!".



NEST Fragrances Sir Elton John's Woodside Garden 8.1 oz (60 hrs burn time) $38
Ah, Spring. This has been an incredibly mild Winter, and today it's in the 50s and it almost feels like Winter never happened. Woodside Garden is the perfect Spring floral scent to inspire such delusions. It has notes of hyacinth, freesia, rose and jasmine and is meant to mimic the flora that Elton loves best in his garden in Old Windsor. As per usual for NEST, the glass vessel is outrageously pleasing to the eye.


This beautifully lightweight and deliciously fragranced facial oil goes with me everywhere. Oils have all but replaced creams for face and body in my daily regimen, and this is a very special one. The scent is simple, yet bizarrely effective at calming me down (and I've had a lot of chances to put it to use lately). The wild orange and patchouli are dominant, with the cedarwood lending that little touch of sharpness the blend needs to attain balance. The fragrance lasts for a few hours on my skin, and nobody can smell it but me. It's my secret rescue remedy with lots of impressive skin care benefits. And look at that bottle for a moment. It's precious.


Okay, folks, so now that I've spilled my obsessions, how about sharing some of yours? Inquiring minds have no shame and yes, we want to know. 

[all products were purchased by me for my personal collection except for the NEST candle, which was sent to me by the company for my consideration]

15 comments:

  1. Hoarding my Monas. Having knee surgery Friday. I plan to have my husband bring me selections from my perfume collection on a silver (newly polished) tray each day as I recover, at home Thank God. And I will finally have time to try all those samples.

    Very vintage Joy perfume I wore today. It's ten hours later, and I can still smell it.

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    1. Good luck with your surgery! I will be having me gall bladder removed very soon, I think I have to spend the night in the hospital, so I will be armed with oils, perfumes and elixirs of all kinds. I plan on enabling any of the medical staff who asks me about my products.

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  2. Currently plotting how I might obtain more Tokyo Milk Dark fragrances (both new and old collections) whilst lavishing silky Essence of Vali bath oil all over my winter-stressed self.:)

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    1. Meg! There is excitement every time you post, it's true. (!!!)

      Are you interested in Tokyo Milk Dark sample vials, or just bottles? None of them that I tried ended up working for me, so I think I've got some vials around here-- I'd be happy to send them your way!

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    2. Oh, you generous lady! Thank you! :) I've got all of the "Femme Fatale" collection in either vials, small sprays, or (recently) full bottles... but I'm craving the new "Fate & Fortune" collection (Chance, Destiny, Tomorrow, Yesterday, Wisdom, and Truth) like MAD... Margot Elena is making a junkie out of me.

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    3. Oh dear. I've spoken too soon. I gave my Tokyo Milk samples away awhile back, and I didn't remember that until I searched my computer inventory log. Sorry! I've got lotza other things I could send you, though? :)

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  3. Carrie, I’m so honored to be included in your wonderful guide, and truly delighted by your very savvy writing about my face elixir!
    xo Mandy

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    1. Writing about your creations is always two-fold: it's a challenge because things are not always as they seem. It's a vacation for my brain because I feel particularly inspired by you!

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    2. I'm a sucker for niche brands, like Red Flower, as they cut out the middle man, mass marketed crap & spend their $$$ on high quality packaging & product. That's what matters to me. And, I can just drink up the Face Elixirs by Mandy. I've got her Jasmine review coming up, as soon as I can breathe for a moment.

      Love, love your recommendations! I feel like I have a personal fragrance concierge when I come to your blog.

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  4. Love how you love my fave brands & products, too! Always a thrill see like minds sharing the same thoughts on all things oils & beyond.

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    1. Besides Mandy, I don't know if I would have tried some of the other brands if I hadn't been paying attention to your blog. You've already recommended several products to me that are now indispensable to me!

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  5. I love/hate when you do these posts because I always add to my lemmings list. :D

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    1. Oh, Jen. I'm sorry/not sorry for bulking up your lemmings. :)

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  6. I love it when winter subsides and warm days tease us of spring weather and summer to come. I don't know why, but right now my fragrance obsession is fig. Mabye because I'm over the heavy winter fragrances but not quite ready for fresh florals. Muted fig lies somewhere in between - still comforting but not heavy and slightly fresh but not fruity. I recently tried the Lafco Guest House (Marseilles Fig) candle and loved it. I also love Belle Fleur Figue Noir.

    The other fragrance I've been loving lately that is more bright and fresh is cassis. I'm crazy about the new Voluspa Coeur de Cassis candle and the Herve Gambs Noir de Cassis. Both deep and fresh with lots of personality.

    For beauty products I always love Darphin moisturizers, particularly this time of year when my aging skin can't take drying winter any more. Their Stimulskin Plus Firming Smoothing Cream is my savior!

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    1. I'm not wild about fig myself (unless I'm eating them!), but you got me on the Darphin. I'm a Decleor girl myself, and have always been curious about Darphin, especially their oils, balms and serums. Thanks to my fellow blogger and friend BeautyHuile, I'm obsessed with oils-- all kinds, but especially facial oils.

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