Bath & Body
I’m having my morning tea (geeks need geeky tea! Gotta love it! I’m partial to Prager’s blend) with some obscenely bad for you crumpets (these things should be illegal! Which is why I don’t buy them often! Bad! Bad! Bad!) this morning and I’m flipping through Bath and Body Works Look Book for Fall 2008.
I can’t help but a tad bit disappointed as it appears they aren’t releasing as much as they did last year. I think this accounts for the spending habits of Americans right now in a way as last year they had a slew of items released and this year I imagine they are trying to keep it simple.
It’s an interesting selection however I think it’s safe to say the Temptation 3-1 Shower Gels won’t be making a reappearance anytime soon and they may very well be gone for good aside from possibly small releases such as the Hello Sugar! Collection.
Typical coupons inside!
Black Amethyst is making a guest starring appearance on a five page spread lay out in the booklet. I got a lab sample of this and it’s rather deep and dark for Bath & Body Works. I’m testing it out and will review it shortly!
A new Spa line entitled Shea Cashmere will be available shortly. It seems like a comfortable scent that sports major moisturizing benefits. I’m curious about this one!
Body Cream $17.50 USD
Bubble Bath $18 USD
Body Lotion $16.50 USD
Although the Sleep Collection is not new they have added quite a few items to the line up that are interesting. The items are scented with Warm Milk and Honey and are limited edition. Available as of September 3rd online and in shops. These come in heavy glass bottles and are definately vanity worth. They normally come in Lavender or Vanilla Lavender variations however I think that the Warm Milk and Honey sounds rather fitting for a “sleep” collection!
Warm Milk and Honey Aromatherapy Pillow Mist $10 USD
Warm Milk and Honey Aromatherapy Body Lotion $13 USD
Warm Milk and Honey Aromatherapy Massage Oil $16 USD
Warm Milk and Honey Aromatherapy Luxe Bath $16.50 USD
Cancer survivor Marisa Accocella Marchetto teamed up with C.O. Bigelow to create an exclusive kit the proceeds of which go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Each Kit is $36 USD and contains an array of C.O. Bigelow goodies housed in a cute cardboard suitcase.
A very small sneak peak of this year’s Winter/Holiday Collection:
Bit disappointed that the same old flavors are back for the Holiday selections. Although I am happy to see Twisted Peppermint back. A new Bath Parfait is being introduced as well which looks quite lovely.
Holiday Traditional Items will be available as soon as October 13! And as of November 3rd the Foaming Bath Parfait will be available for $12.50 USD.
And finally a few autumn bits to keep us happy!
All in all a rather nice selection of goodies from Bath & Body Works!
Lemming any of these items?
Yearning for the Temptations to come back?
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Bath and Body Works Spring Collection 2008 Sneak Peek
Bath and Body Works Fall and Winter Collections 2007
Bath and Body Works Sassy Strawberry 3 in 1 Shower Gel Review
Bath and Body Works Spring Collection 2008: Temptations Body Spray Review
Plenty of items to get excited about this Fall Season from Philosophy!
My little eyes did spy several new shower gels and lip glosses that I’m simply dying to get my greedy little hands on!
Philosophy Lip Shines $12 USD
Available in three new flavors! Fruit Punch, Root Beer, and Cherry Cola
Love ‘em all? Buy a boxful for $28 USD!
Match up some shower gels with those lip shines! Root Beer, Cherry Cola, and Coming Soon Fruit Punch!
Can’t decide between all three? No problem! Get ‘em all!
What better way to ring in Halloween then with Pumpkin Spice Muffins and Caramel Apples! Available now from Sephora for $16 USD each.
You might want fill your haunted house with Black Licorice to go with those apples and muffins! In that case buy the entire lot in a gift set for $30 USD!
These are SO Muse Approved for Purchase! I want ‘em all! Especially Root Beer and Fruit Punch Shower Gel! Yummie!
Visit www.philosophy.com to grab yours!
Any favorite Three in One Shower Gels from Philosophy you adore?
Tell the Muse!
Philosophy Green Apple 3 in 1 Shower Gel Review
Lush introduced two new shower gels during a UK Forum party recently and your Muse happened to order a few of both.
Normally during a forum party there are special items offered that are not available within stores or online. These items are made exclusively for forum members and the general public may never know they exist if they never joined the UK Forum to hear about them.
For instance did you know that Lush has made several perfumes over the years such as Snowcake perfume, Snow Fairy perfume, Honey I Washed the Kids perfume….betcha didn’t know that did ya?
Your Muse has ‘em all
Strangely enough Lush UK did something a little bit difference this time around. During the party we were told a brand new, forum exclusive shower gel batch was being made up for forum members which of course made everyone hyper and quite excited. However, this time the shower gel actually made it to the shelves of stores and online!
As you can see my bottle is marked “Forum Special”
That shower gel is entitled Rub Rub Rub. I fear the name isn’t all that inventive but fitting in for an exfoliating shower gel.
It just so happens that Rub Rub Rub contains very tiny grains of salt for scrubbing those rough elbows, knees and dry bits on your body! This is slightly disappointing for me since I adore multitasking with Lush shower gels and using them not only on my body but also on my hair. Lush suggests you can use Rub Rub Rub as shampoo and in all honesty the pieces of salt in the product are way smaller than what you’d find in Big Shampoo however I’m still somewhat skeptical about using it as a shampoo!
I love scrubs! I have dry skin so anything that softens my skin is always a welcome addition to my skincare routine however I really don’t like exfoliating shower gels. I dunno why but I just don’t like the texture and formula for some reason thus I’m a bit put off by Rub Rub Rub. I personally think a scrub is a scrub and a shower gel is a shower gel and never shall the two meet.
So imagine my disappointment when Rub Rub Rub arrived and I used it the first time realizing it was a scrubbing gel! I guess I wasn’t paying attention during the party to realize as such!
The plus side of Rub Rub Rub is that it does smell positively gorgeous. If you know what Sakura Bath Bomb or my beloved and missed 17 Cherry Tree Lane Soap you’ll understand the scent of Rub Rub Rub. The smells are identical to these two items. The scent is a lemony fresh mimosa smell that’s truly fresh, slightly fruity, and very addicting.
The Muse really adores the smell but she could have done with out the sea salt!
The moral of the story is if you simply adore shower gels with scrubby bits this one is for you! However, if you’re more a fan of keeping shower gels as a shower gel you might want to skip this one.
I recommend grabbing a small bottle and giving it a shot! At the very least it smells wonderful and I do love that part about it however I can’t love the grainy feeling it has while I’m rubbing it on my body and trying to get clean with it!
Stay Tuned for a review of Lush’s other new shower gel entitled Yummy Yummy Yummy!
Retro Lush is Here!
Did you know there are over 20 new lovely things available from Lush?
I got my Lush Times in the mail yesterday and all the new stuff is inside! Over 20 New Items! This is the biggest release of products from Lush in a while! Yay! I’ve already placed an order from Lush UK for some of the products as they are already available! Dates for the US release still aren’t set but as soon as I know I’ll post! Lush has gone out of it’s way to release some great items and I’m VERY excited about them!
They released three new moisturizers which I’m the most hyper about. I normally use two different moisturizers from Lush. I use Gorgeous almost everyday but in the Winter my skin craves a bit more moisture so I end up using Skins Shangri La as a night cream and also during the day. I’ve been using a combination of both now for about 5 years or more however I am definately switching up with the newest releases! I can’t recall the last time Lush has released new moisturizers so I’m terribly excited about this!
The first one that caught my eye is Paradise Regained. This is the first anti-aging product I’ve seen from Lush. I’ve been searching for an anti-aging moisturizer for a while now but I had a hard time giving up my very beloved pot of Gorgeous to replace it with harsher ingredients so I’m very happy that Lush now has one! I placed an order for this so expect a review pretty soon!
If one wasn’t enough Lush went ahead and indulged us in a second anti-aging moisturizer entitled Skin Nanny. Since I had a hard time deciding between the two I also ordered Skin Nanny. Skin Nanny actually sounds really, really good and maybe even better than Paradise Regained. It promise sun protection, skin hydration, contains omega 6 oils, Vitamin C, and a ton of other fresh ingredients including apple juice (I bet it smells awesome!) to make our face happy, healthy, and wrinkle free! Yay!
And finally another intriguing moisturizer which I didn’t indulge in but was tempted by would be the new Vanishing Cream. This is for acne and oily skin! I was tempted to indulge in a pot for the Summer when my skin is feeling a bit oily but Summer is almost over so it wouldn’t be a good idea to indulge in a pot as these products are fresh and expire after one year. Maybe next Summer!
The moisturizers definately have me dancing around in excitement and I can barely wait until my order ships out! If you’re as excited as the Muse and can’t wait for the US releases hop on over to Lush UK to buy them! Shipping is reasonable and works out to about what you’d pay for products stateside due to high shipping from Canada (Lush NA is located in Canada) to the US plus if you’re a Lush addict you already know that Lush UK is a better quality product than what is offered within the US (of course that’s an expert’s opinion! Your Muse knows quality!).
Price Comparsion Chart:
Skin Nanny $46.95 USD
Paradise Regained $46.95 USD
Vanishing Cream $35.95 USD
Skin Nanny £25.00
Paradise Regained £29.38
Vanishing Cream £15.00
Ok on with the show….
Lush also released several new bath bombs one of which I’ve already told you about entitled White Wedding! Get this Gaiman Fans….Lush has a new bath bomb entitled…Stardust!!!!!!!! How awesome is that? We know how Neil loves his Lush (the Muse thinks he should take Lush baths with her and maybe scrub her back a bit too…just a suggestion..). The Muse got a bit wonky and ordered five. Sometimes a girl needs a bit of Jasmine, Tonka, Ylang, and Stardust to unwind after a long stressful day!
Other new bombs released are English Countryside and Vanilla Fountain. English Countryside sounds similar to Chelsea Gardens bath bomb and Vanilla Fountain is truly something new. It’s supposedly a highly vanilla scented bomb! It’s rare Lush does anything foody or sweet as the line leans towards more floral, herbal, earthy, and green but occasionally they do something awesome and I believe Vanilla Fountain has awesome written all over it!
Price Comparison Chart:
English Countryside $5.95 USD
White Wedding $5.95 USD
Vanilla Foundation $5.95 USD
Stardust $5.95 USD
English Countryside £2.95
White Wedding £2.75
Vanilla Foundation £2.75
Two new shower gels have been released as well which the Muse already owns. I’ve been holding off reviewing these shower gels because there was no way you could order them and it felt unfair to review a product you’d never be able to find. The new shower gels are entitled Yummy Yummy Yummy and Rub Rub Rub. I’ve had both since the start of June when I ordered them at a UK Forum Party. The UK does forum parties occasionally that allow you to order forum exclusive goodies which is how I got mine. You can see my haul from that party by clicking here. Now that both are available for purchase I’ll be reviewing them for you today and tomorrow!
Price Comparison Chart:
Yummy Yummy Yummy $25.95 USD (Largest Size Available)
Rub Rub Rub $25.95 USD (Largest Size Available)
Yummy Yummy Yummy£9.95
Rub Rub Rub £9.95
For as far back as I can remember Lush addicts have always complained about one thing, the lack of bath bombs for the shower! People have ranted and raved how unjust and unfair it is that without a bath tub they couldn’t experience the joys of a bath bomb! Lush has heard the cries of fans everywhere and has released four new bath bombs for your shower! If you happen to live in a location that sports a shower only without a tub you’ll be overjoyed! These little fizzies are place on the floor of your shower and release a beautiful scent when the water from your shower head hits them! Fun right? These are tinier in size than your normal bath bomb and cheaper to by the way! And yes they do go right down the drain but who cares the novelty alone thrills the Muse…she did so indulge in grabbing a few for her very own!
The new bombs are entitled Emotibombs and are around £1.95 each. I’m unsure of prices within the US as of yet but I estimate about $2.50-$3.50 USD.
Ahhh soap! I love me some Lush soap! Four new soaps are available for your showering (or bathing) pleasure, one of which I’ve already told you about entitled The Godmother!
The others are B Electro Soap (this has been around a good month or so now), Porridge Soap, and Spice Curls. Spice Curls seems to be in a similar vein as Karma but don’t quote me on that! Porridge Soap is a scrub soap used for exfoliating those rough elbows and knees where as the other three soaps are just an indulgence of yummie fragrances for all!
I already own B Electro Soap and The Godmother and both are wonderful! I’m doubtful I’ll indulge in Porridge Soap or Spice Curls though.
Price Comparison Chart:
Prices are based on a 1/4 lb (100g) slice of soap if you ask for a larger slice you’ll be charged accordingly.
B Electro Soap $7.95 USD
The Godmother $6.75 USD
Spice Curls $6.95 USD
Porridge Soap $6.75 USD
B Electro Soap £3.50
The Godmother £2.50
Spice Curls £2.75
Porridge Soap £2.50
Finally the last release are Toner Tabs which I’m very excited about trying out! These are little fizzy bombs that you can drop in a pot of warm steaming water, place a towel over your head, and give yourself a little mini facial! Cool right? The tabs come in three formulas one of which is entitled Tea Tree Tab which is for toning troubled, traumatized skin! Yips! We all need a little of that love sometime right? The other too are vitamin enriched tabs for toning the face! I have these already but haven’t had a chance to try ‘em! Review to come soon! I’m expecting sincerely great things from them! After use it’s suggested that using the liquid after your steam by dipping in a wash cloth and smoothing on!
Price Comparison Chart:
T Tree $1.95 USD
Vitamin E $1.95 USD
Vitamin C $1.95
T Tree £0.75
Vitamin E £0.75
Vitamin C £0.75
Phew that was a long post wasn’t it? The Muse can’t help it she loves Lush!
All in all a really, really exciting release from Lush Fresh Cosmetics. As I mentioned I already have a few of these items and I’ll be bringing you reviews soon! And when I get my UK order I’ll be reviewing the moisturizers, bath bombs, etc…that I ordered!
Have you tried any of the new Lush?
Wanting any of the new items for yourself?
Simply Love Lush?
Tell the Muse!
Visit Lush UK by clicking here and visit Lush NA by clicking here! Not in either location? Click here for your country portal (Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Nederlands, Etc…)
All releases are currently available for your purchasing pleasure from Lush UK which ships worldwide. Lush NA has released a few of the items and will add more soon I imagine! I’ll keep you posted! Other countries I’m unsure! Check with your local Lush store or local Lush website in order to find out when these are items are released or if they are already available!
I recently got my greedy hands on Benefit B Spot while I was at Macy’s and although I wasn’t intending to buy after one sniff I knew I needed to have this.
I originally blogged about this but didn’t really think I’d indulge as I knew of a few other fragrances I really wanted to try prior to shelling out my cash for this particular scent however I sure am glad I decided to stop and sniff.
It’s simply gorgeous. I really should have know as such since Benefit’s Maybe Baby is such a roaring success with the Muse (and the Muse’s sister who possibly loves it more than me!).
The Muse’s stash of Benefit goodies!
Yay Benefit we have another winner!
I do so admit to thinking the notes on this particular scent were a bit wonky. I mean mangoes, freesia, peony and sandalwood sounds like ALOT to take on. Turns out they all work rather well together in a nice neighborly fashion to create Benefit B Spot.
I’m not great at explaining scent as you maybe noticed from my previous posts about perfume and such but I’ll do my best. The scent is very calming, very fresh, and very potent. The freesia is the most prominent note in the blend and it dominates however the edge of the sandalwood plus the floral and fruit take away from the cheapness freesia note to create a very unique and interesting blend. Freesia is a lovely scent however it does hold a certain cheapness about it simply because it’s used in so many body sprays around and after a while you begin to associate freesia with every $5 buck body spray you see hanging out on drugstore shelves.
However, the blend is very, very interesting and unique. It’s quite fresh but it holds a certain seductive feel about it. Interestingly enough spraying this on certain areas of your body will heat the fragrance and allow it to release the scent as your body temperature warms.
Benefit has always successfully created quality Eau de Toilette that holds well, lingers, and creates fantastic throw all day long. The lasting power on this is brilliant. It’ll take you from morning till night with absolutely no touch ups in between and in the case of Eau de Toilette that’s saying ALOT. The scent just lingers on and on!
Recently I was sitting in the back seat of the car with a colleague (and friend) from Chicago who asked what I was wearing. This was saying something as I had sprayed myself with B Spot at 5 AM and here it was going on 6 in the evening and I was obviously still smelling wonderful if she noticed! At $38 USD for 1.7 oz this is not alot to spend on a good quality fragrance that offers considerably long wear.
I think Benefit has ALWAYS excelled at creating super fragrances as Maybe Baby can attest to that.
Benefit B Spot gets a big rave from the Muse and a seal of Muse Approval for purchase!
Definitely head in to your local counter and try it yourself! I guarantee you won’t be able to walk out of the store without buying one for yourself!
Can’t wait? Click over to Benefit’s website and purchase one for your very self!
Wanna try it but not sure you wanna buy it?
This one is easy enough I’d say maybe a bit tricky too!
I’m sure you all know the translation tool Babel Fish correct? I use it constantly as I am always browsing different Japanese, Korean, French, Etc…websites! When my nifty translation widget I have installed in my browser fails me I turn to the popular Babel Fish to do all my translating for me!
So here in lays the quiz question for your chance to win!
Where does the name and the “concept” Babel Fish originate from? Hint: Look to my profile and you’ll notice a hint and a clue that may help you solve this little puzzle!
What’s to win?
I have three small sample sprayers of Benefit B Spot to give away to those who comment correctly!
Comments will not be posted until Friday so if you comment and your answer does not appear right away that would be why!
Each person who guesses correctly will be entered for a chance to win a small sample sprayer of Benefit B Spot!
If you’re loving Benefit B Spot check out the invite below celebrating this new fragrance from Benefit!
Check out dates and listings below to see if your area is having a Benefit B Spot event! You’ll receive a complimentary makeup lesson plus a free gift if you spend $65 USD or more on Benefit cosmetics!
Click the image and print the invitation!
Enjoy some past posts about fragrance by clicking below!
Love Potion Magical Perfumeire Review
Beauty on a Budget: Twice as Clean Perfume Gift Set
Demeter Fragrance: The Tootsie Collection (Review Coming Soon….)
Bath and Body Works Twisted Peppermint Shimmering Body Spray Review
The Muse’s Obssession with Bnever Perfume