Fragrance

Jill Stuart Perfume Review

I wanted to do a review on the newest Jill Stuart fragrance for a while now but just kept pushing it towards the back burner. I’m not too good at reviewing perfumes which may be the main reason that I held off so long doing this review! But I finally decided to sit down and review this as it does indeed deserve a review all it’s own!

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It’s not really something you have to run out and purchase. It’s by far the most beautiful in Jill Stuart’s perfume line in regards to the gorgeous bottle however the scent isn’t particularly unique or exciting.

I’d really like to take a moment to say that the packaging on this is outstanding. The bottle is a heavy glass with beautiful silver etching all along the bottle with little diamonds embedded into the silver! The topper is lovely as well and equally as heavy as the bottle and shaped like a diamond. The entire bottle really lights up my vanity and matches perfectly with my other beautiful pieces from my Jill Stuart Cosmetic Collection (Click here and here to see more of my JS Collection). They really went all out on the bottle’s design and it’s just gorgeous.

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Sadly, the fragrance doesn’t match the design of the bottle! It’s nice enough I suppose but I expected something a bit more dramatic. It’s a very soft floral that contains notes of Peony, Green Apple, Lemon, Musk, Amber, and a few more bits. To be honest I thought it’d be more of a fresh scent in lending with the apple and lemon but it’s more of a light floral affair. To me it smells like some sort of floral shampoo. When I first spray it I get a bit of rose but after it dries down the Peony really is the deepest note that I’m smelling quickly followed by Gardenia.

The fragrance is available in Eau de Toilette only but don’t let that sway you from purchasing as it does linger quite long and has a nice throw unlike some EDT’s which get sucked up by my skin and fail to linger. The smaller bottle I purchased was 4,800 yen while the larger bottle is 7,000 yen. Neither is too expensive for Japan. I’d expected it to cost much more Japan side so I was pleasantly surprised at the cost. With tax my small 30 ML bottle cost 5,040 yen, again, surprisely low for Japan in my opinion!

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All in all it’s quite good but not great. This isn’t something I can approve for purchase unless you’re a serious collector of Jill Stuart items. I purchased it because the bottle was so very lovely and I wanted it to compliment my Jill Stuart palettes and such but really you don’t need to run out to buy this as the fragrance really lacks the wow factor. This is a Japanese exclusive as far as I know so you can’t purchase it outside of Japan however at a later date who knows! Plus we have rumors abound of Jill Stuart winging her way to the US possibly soon!??!?

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Twisted Peppermint Shimmer Body Splash

I should be taken out and shot for going back on my word and giving into the evil empire of Bath and Body Works.

I purchased two bottles of Twisted Peppermint Shimmer Body Splash last night contrary to my original post where I was saying how much I hate body splashes that shimmer.

I guess I’m contradicting myself as we’ve all established how much in love and lust I am with sparkle, shimmer, and glitter of any kind.

However, shimmer in my Body Splashes, Lotions, or any other Bath and Body item should be against the law! I hate it for some reason! I just detest shimmer in these products with a passion! Especially Body Splash! Why for the love of God and all things good would you want the put shimmer into a Body Spray!?

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Sigh!

Rant, Rant, Stamping Feet, Rant!

Ok now that I’m done raving like a loon I will say that these were on sale so I guess it makes up for the shimmer part.

These were $4 Each and believe me I couldn’t resist the sweet, vanilla and peppermint scent so the overwhelming need to purchase came upon me and I left swinging a bag of body spray! Shoot me now for giving in!

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In all seriousness these smell so yummie but I’m still wishing away the evil shimmer part!

The bottom of each has fake little peppermint candies! Cutes!
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I went into Bath and Body Works with the soul plan to purchase a pair of Lambie Slippers because a reader who shall remain nameless for her sin created a lemming in me for these!

Sadly, they were sold out! My god the horror! Thus Twisted Peppermint Shimmer Body Splash took the place of my hardcore lemming for Lambie Slippers just barely mind you!

I’m currently searching E-bay for a pair but they are $39 and upwards and I haven’t yet reached the level insanity where I am even half considering purchasing a pair of slippers, shaped like lambs for $39. If I do reach that level you’ll be the first to know dear readers.

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I did purchase a pair of the Sweetest Softest Slippers for $9 but they aren’t Lamb-y like. Dear oh dear what’s a girl to do?

Anyway.

The moral of the story is Twisted Peppermint Body Spray is a go with the Muse! Grab it while the grabbing is good because it’ll sell out quick at this price (it’s already gone online!)!

Happy Shopping!

Check out my Bath and Body Shop Sale post by clicking here!

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Lush Solid Perfume Review

I got my order from the Lush NA Party yesterday! Click here to read details about the party!

The temptation of Snowcake solid perfume was strong so I did in fact order it and some other goodies. I normally avoid ordering from Lush NA like the plague but I couldn’t resist Snowcake!

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I stupidly ordered this solid perfume without first trying the lot I had already purchased from Lush UK that I got about a month ago. I finally got around to testing these out and I have to say they aren’t as great as I had hoped.

Lush Perfumes have fantastic throw, linger, and staying power however Lush solid perfumes do not.

I used Potion so far and Fever and both are very strong smelling but they don’t do much when they are on my skin. I think these are great if you happen to already own some of the perfumes in liquid form. That way you can use these as touch ups through out the day however to use these as your perfume is a bit difficult as someone has to literally stick their nose in your neck to actually get a whiff some of what you are wearing.

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If you’re purchasing these from Lush NA they come in a far better tin than the Lush UK solids. Lush UK has little screw tops that I find very annoying to unscrew. If you by chance you drop the tin or get a dent in the container it’ll basically leave you struggling to unscrew the top. Lush NA tops just pop off and on and make life much easier however they do leave a bit of a mess sometimes as when you’re popping on and off it sometimes gets a bit of the solid on the lid which causes the tin to have a waxy feel.

Speaking of waxy. That’s basically the texture of these. They are a waxy balm that’s difficult to spread around so it’s best to warm it between your fingertips prior to applying.

I can’t give these a complete bad review because these actually work for one of my best mates. It seems they really like his body chemistry because when he used one it was pretty strong but when I used one it basically got soaked up into my skin and I really had to try and even get a tiny sniff of the scent I was wearing.

I love these for touch-ups when I’m using my Lush perfumes but to use on their own it’s a no go for me!

I got a 7 of the 9 scents offered and I find the strongest smelling of the lot are Fever, Potion, and Honey I Washed the Kids. Champagne Snow Showers, Snowcake, Silky Underwear, and American Cream are the lightest with the least throw!

I will say you have to layer these on quite a bit. Take some and place it behind your ears, between your breasts, on your neck, behind your knees, and on all your pulse points. So yes with a little hard work you can have yourself smelling sweet somewhat plus if you happen to heat up during the day you’ll definately see more of a throw from these! However, I still can’t give them a raving review because I just don’t think the throw is good enough to get that excited about, believe you me it’s difficult not to run around and recommend Lush as I adore and love all things Lush but these failed me somehow.

Anyway!

The moral of the story is at $11.95 a tin I’d say skip ‘em and buy something else! Or if your body chemistry just happens to accept and like them…lucky you…grab tons! But test, test, test, test in store and don’t be a silly sausage like the Muse and just buy without first testing!

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Latest Obsession: Carol’s Daughter Jamaican Punch

Meet my latest obsession:
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I was wandering around the Sephora at Herald’s Square on Sunday trying to find some Stocking Stuffers for my sister and came across the Carol’s Daughter display. I’ve passed this display up more times than I can count on two hands but for some reason or another that day a bottle of “Almond Cookie” caught my eye!

Now the first thing to enter my mind when I seen Almond Cookie was Lush’s Snowcake! I was thinking a bit of cherry with maybe a hint of marzipan icing. Mmm…dead wrong. Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Eau de Toilette smells heinous to say the least. I don’t get much of a “bakery scent” to this but just musk and musk and more musk! It’s quite strong and very overpowering. I guess the sandalwood overpowers the sweetness of the cookie and vanilla I’m not entirely sure but I gagged when I took a sniff!

Which leads me to say that I almost walked away but another item caught my eye and I decided to tortue myself a bit more with Carol’s Daughter.

I very cautiously opened a bottle of Jamaican Punch, took a sniff, and soon after fell deeply in love.

Mmmm now this is perfection. It’s quite fruity with a faint underlay of sandalwood and bayberry. It has all sorts of yummie fruits like peach, banana, orange, apple, and raspberry!

It’s tropical yet sweet and fruity and did I mention it lingers like crazy!

My body chemistry doesn’t work well with Eau de Toilette and normally my skin just sucks it up and the linger, throw, and scent don’t last at all. Basically within 30 minutes or less you can barely tell that I squirted myself!

However, two quick squirts with Jamaican Punch had me smelling yummie from 2 in the afternoon all the way to 11:45 that evening when I hopped into the shower!

This has amazing throw and lingering power and well worth the $25 I shelled out for the 2 oz bottle!

I’m now utterly obsessed with this gorgeous scent! I nabbed the shower gel and the Eau de Toilette and I’m lemming everything else in the line!

I highly recommend going into Sephora to sniff it for yourself! Mmmm tropics in the winter! Pure perfection!

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The Gift of Perfume Oil

You must know by now that unique gifts are always in Fashion with the Muse! I adore unique gifts and what better a gift to give then a unique perfume oil that your friends and family can call their very own!

Why perfume oil?

Perfume oils are normally a blend of 50% (or sometimes more) of fragrance oil to base which means they are potent, long wearing, strong, and have wonderful throw!

Now your Muse has gathered together some lovely places to purchase oils from! Places I’ve tried and found true and places that have offered to gift you with a coupon code for trying them out! Sweet right? Your Muse does her best to get you good deals icon wink

One of the first places you can score some amazing oils would be from Woobie. Woobie offers an array of Bath and Body wonders and delights but the Muse adores the perfume blends that are available!

Woobie has a main catalog of scents available and special Holiday editions that change with the season!

You can purchase oils at Woobie as follows:

10ML Bottles $6
5ML Bottles $3.50
Sample 5 Pack Vials for $6
Sample 10 Pack Vials for $10

I can’t begin to tell you the deal you’re getting on these! These are high quality inexpensive oils that are available in an array of funky scents!

Currently Woobie has three catagories to choose from for the Holiday Season which are Dysfunctional Holiday Oils, Holiday 2007 Blends, and the 12 Days of Christmas! I have some Dysfunctional Oils from last year and I can honestly say the names not only make me laugh but I smell amazing using these!

Here is just a few of the scents available from the Dysfunctional Category:

Elf Farts – The scent of short, flatulent toy builders. Apples, candied yams, marshmallows, sweet cream butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and of course, fresh cloves

Socks & Underwear – The dreaded holiday gift in my family. The ONE thing we asked NOT to get each holiday, and usually got it anyway. (Thanks Mom. You have scared me for life) A soft, clean scent. Slightly fruity (for those Fruit of the Loom holiday curses)

Blitzed – What are the holidays without a few overly indulged relatives? This is the time of year when the best kept secrets and past mistakes are brought out into the open to argue and fude over. This blend has a touch of this, a touch of that and every bit of it is alcohol based.

Lump O’Coal – Let’s face it, it is so much easier to be naughty all year. More fun, too. A naughty blend of fresh patchouli, herbal sandalwood, and hints of strawberries, raspberries, and a touch of mint and vanilla.

Holiday Coma - It is always an interesting thing around our family. Presents are opened, dishes done, and everyone lays about the den with the game on the big screen. I always thought it looked like a geriatric ward. All the hustle and bustle is finally at an end as the day calmly comes to a close.Chocolate and peppermints.

The lovely owner, Penny, has issued a coupon out for readers of Musings of a Muse! You can get 10% off your order by using coupon code MUSINGS.

Woobie ships worldwide so if you happen to be in Europe, Asia, or elsewhere Penny will gladly package up your oils to travel to you where ever you are!

Thanks to Penny for extending a lovely discount to the readers at Musings of a Muse.

Woobie’s Dysfunctional Holiday Perfume Oils from 2006’s Collection
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Moving on the line you can also nab yourself some pretty sweet Holiday goodies from the Lab (but you might not receive your order in time! Buyer beware!)! If you never heard of the Lab you can drop by my previous posts to read all about it! You can find a helpful post about the Lab by clicking here.

Tis the Season for yummie perfume oils from our favorite Lab! Sadly, it’s a bit late to order as normally orders take from 2-4 weeks to process but if you can wait that long you can wander over to this year’s Holiday Collection and nab such wonderful scents as Egg Nog, Gingerbread Poppet, Christmas Rose, Lick It, Mistletoe, and More!

You can purchase Yule Blends from now up until January 15th when they take their exit not to reappear until new Christmas!

BPAL Yule Perfume Oils from year’s past! Gingerbread Poppet, Snow White, Snow Bunny, and Sugar Cookie
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If it’s cute and inexpensive you seek you can run over to Because I’m a Princess and indulge your sweet tooth with an array of funky perfume oils! You can get Three, 5ML Perfume Oil Roll Ons in your choice of scent for $5.75! These are one of my favorite indulgences! The scent lingers all day and they fit snugly into your purse for touch ups on the go! If you’re not loving the idea of purchasing three grab one for $2!

Because I’m a Princess Roll Ons in Orange Juice Cake, Orange Chiffon Whipped Pie, and Pink Flamingo
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Not so long ago I did a blog entry on Love Potion Magical Perfumerie if you missed the entry you can click here to have a peek!

These blends do not come cheap at $24.95 but I can assure you they are some of the best oils I’ve had the pleasure of trying and a unique and funky gift for your good friends or family!

I’m eager to place a new order for the Holiday Blends!

Some Holiday Blends the Muse is wanting to try rather badly:

Sugared English Toffee
The Scent of the Finest English Toffee – lightly sweetened and subtly nutty!
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Frosted Mulberry, Cranberry, and Plum
A combination of Holiday Fruits frosted with icy peppermint and pine!
The newest Holiday blends can be found by clicking here! An array of goodies await you such as Christmas Cookies, Gingerbread, and more!
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The generous folk at Love Potion extend a wonderful discount to readers of Musings of Muse! $5 Off Your First Order of $24.95 or more by clicking here plus you must enter the code MUSE on the Paypal invoice section when paying!

Love Potion Roll On Perfume Oils in Candy Pop and Summer of Sin
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If you join Love Potion’s forum you can also recieve 2 generous size samples of oils of your choice! Visit Love Potion’s site for further info about joining their forum!

Thanks to Mara and everyone at Love Potions for extending this discount to the Muse’s readers!

Last but never least would be something I’ve babbled about in the past as well! Which is Starring Fragrances! Starring has a wide array of scent and fragrance available and one of my favorite items would be the Roll On Perfume Oils! For $5 each you can’t beat the price! Tuck a few into a stocking and give your mate a unique gift!

Starring Roll of a Lifetime Roll Ons in Pink Rhapsody Marshmallows, Berry Red Vanilla Beans, and Baked Marshmallow Mint Cake
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There you have it! Five Fantastic Shops with a zillion different perfume oil options to give as unique gifts or grab for yourself!

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