One brand that probably doesn’t get nearly enough love from the Muse on her blog would be L’occitane. Weirdly enough I don’t think I’ve ever done a single blog about this amazing brand!
I’m a big lover of L’occitane and it justly deserves it’s own special entry! Sadly, it’s not all about L’occitane as this blog was inspired by Lush’s new hair gel King of Mods.
I just wrote a rather delightful review about King of Mods (You can read my review of King of Mods by clicking here) and was hinting at some products that would go well with it and I can think of nothing else that would be go fantastically with it then none other then L’occitane’s Lemon Verbena collection!
I have the biggest love affair with lemons. I love the wicked combination of the scent of lemons. It’s a tart sweetness that’s the perfect contradiction. It’s fruity and it’s slightly sweet but it has a wicked tartness that’s eye opening! And what better way to wake up in the morning than with some yummie Lemon scented products?!
Nothing captures the essense of lemons like L’occitane’s Lemon Verbena collection! Four of my absolutely must have Verbena items are the Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap, The Verbena Shampoo and Conditioner, and the Verbena Shower Gel!
If you happen to pick up a jar of King of Mods I can tell you that washing your hair with L’occitane’s Verbea Shampoo and Conditioner and finishing with King of Mods will leave your hair delightfully scented in a beautiful array of fresh smelling citrus that will last all day long!
Sadly, L’occitane’s products are not cheap by any means but they are well worth the price tag in my humblest opinion!
The Shea Extra Gentle Soap is delicately scented with Verbena and is extra moisturizing. The only quirk I have with L’occitane’s soaps are they are so monstrously big and over sized! These are 8.8oz which is about triple the size of your normal soap. It’s good because it’s a large chunk of soap for $10 bucks but it’s quite bulky to use when in the shower! It most definately gets my seal of approval for the smell and skin benefits but the size is definately something that turns me off!
Lucky You! I just started a new bar this morning! Here’s a chunk all yummie and awaiting my use!
Verbena Shower Gel is probably one of my favorite in the line! It’s a bit pricy at $20 for 8.4oz but I must say it’s one of my guilty pleasures that I just adore. Nothing gets me awake in the morning like a burst of yummy tart lemons and this shower gel most definately tantalizes with the smell of lemons! It suds very nicely and the smell actually does linger sometime on the skin which is always a plus! It doesn’t dry my skin out which I do have a problem with when using shower gels so it gets an A+ for that!
Last but not least would be the perfect companion to King of Mods so as promised I bring you Verbena Shampoo and Conditioner which are equally as gorgeous and lemony smelling as the soap and shower gel! Perfect for layering all together to create a beautiful fresh scent! Both are very light so you don’t have to worry about build up!
A few items I use and haven’t mentioned would be the Verbena Eau de Toilette and Verbena Lotion. The lotion is lovely and very moisturizing and it layers well after using the Shower Gel! As for the Eau de Toilette it’s sadly something that fails to linger. The throw is a bit weak and you really have to spray yourself down for it to have any lasting quality. It’s quite disappointing as the fresh smell of lemons is beautiful in this spray but it just doesn’t last long enough to justify it’s cost. I wish they’d consider doing a strong Eau de Parfum!
Overall, the collection is beautiful and is very Muse approved and of course perfect for layering with the new love of my life King of Mods however I must say that if L’occitane can capture the essence and freshness as well as Lush they’d most definately have me throwing a ton more money at them but until that day I definately approve of the Verbena Collection they do have available!
Remember all my hoopla about King of Mods and Goth Juice? No? Click here to read up! My original blog post about King of Mods and Goth Juice was quite popular and many of you had bits to say so today I bring you a blog of review!
I got my package from Lush UK last week and inside was my new favorite product King of Mods! Lush introduced it’s hair gels in the Summer I believe or maybe it was the Spring but either way for some reason or another I never really got around to buying or trying any!
I’m happy to say that King of Mods is fantastic! What’s so fab about King of Mods? For one thing the smell is amazing! It’s this uber bright cocktail of lemon, lime and grapefruit (real deal here!). It’s tart and fresh and just beautiful! Words can’t really describe how yummy this smells and when it’s in your hair the scent just lasts and lasts all day long!
If you happen to be a long time Lush user you’ll remember a lovely little product by the name of Back for Breakfast which is sadly gone. King of Mods smells almost identical to Back for Breakfast! I’m actually currently, with much sadness, using my last bottle of Back for Breakfast and the scent of both King of Mods and it in my hair is just too gorgeous!
King of Mods also quite reminds me of the smell of Ocean Salt but the lime is a bit more prominent in Ocean Salt while in King of Mods the lime takes a back seat to the tart sweetness of the lemon!
A little goes a long way. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. A tiny drop rubbed between the palms of your hairs and smoothed into wet hair is plenty to get you through the day! I personally wouldn’t attempt this on dry hair but from what I’ve read people have had great results using it like that. Lush promotes this as a soft hold hair gel but I get more of a strong hold from it. It eases the frizz that my heavy, wavy hair is quite known for and also makes my hair feel quite soft and of course nicely scented! The scent just lingers and lingers and lingers and believe you me I’ve had many compliments about how fresh smelling my hair is!
This is a very light gel contrary to it’s texture. The texture is a bit sticky and dense and it takes some work smoothing it between your hands for application but when it’s in your hair it’s very light so you won’t end up feeling like a helmet head or having a greased up look. I use it on my wet hair and I’m not one for blowing dry so when my hair finally dries it feels very fluffy while easing my frizzes!
As you already know my uniform is placing my hair in a bun and smoothing my hair back with a headband. My hair is wavy and full of curl and placing it back keeps it away from my face while I’m working. By the end of the day my emaculate hair ends up spiraling out of it’s bun and I have a case of the frizz on the halo of my head! Lucky enough I now have King of Mods which pretty much holds it all together.
The price tag on King of Mods could make you wince. Stateside a small jar costs $15.95 but I’m here to tell you it’s cash well spent. This jar will last you ages because as I said before a tiny drop is all you need. I figure I could get at least 6 months or more from this jar so at $15.95 that’s not too bad a deal!
If you’re yearning for some Back for Breakfast now and you’re wondering what would go well with the fresh smell of King of Mods have no fear your Muse has several products that’ll go perfectly with the amazing scent of King of Mods that she’ll bring to you in her next blog post!
I can’t say enough good things about this cute little pot of gel especially can’t stop raving about it’s gorgeous smell.
King of Mods is most definately Muse Approved for purchase!
I was doing some Christmas shopping last night so I happened to drop into Bath and Body Works of course! I promised myself this year I would NOT get sucked into the evil lure of Bath and Body Works simply because I was feeling quite cheap! Yes, I said cheap. I know cheap and the Muse are something that don’t go well together but indeed I was being cheap and if you may I was also being…frugal!
Indeed. Tis true.
So why was I being cheap and frugal?
Bath and Body Works has the biggest array of awesome Holiday gifts and they are all so pretty and sweet and I want everything (for myself) however the evil lure of all these goodies did not even phase me! I didn’t even blink a little eyelash upon viewing all those wonderful, bright packages and colorful shower gels!
Are you screaming blasphemy yet?!
When it comes to gift giving for friends and family I truly have no problem shelling out cash however I would not be tempted by all this wonderful bath candy last night simply because the past few years I’ve given into the temptation to buy tons and tons of Bath and Body Works all to have it be given away practically for FREE on Boxing Day and the entire week after Christmas!
I’m talking major deals! $6, $5, $4, even a $1! Items are normally price tagged at $12 and upwards! being reduced to $4 and $3 totally makes me fall on the floor and convulse in anger that I paid the original price tag for these things! MY GOD It’s a CRIME!
So what did I do last night?
I boycotted Bath and Body Works and told myself I’d not spend a dime for anyone in that shop simply to avoid the drama of tears and anger (ok maybe not tears but I love the drama don’t you?) later when it was all reduced and placed on clearance.
A few items that most definately tempted me to spend, spend, spend was of course all the new Temptation 3 in 1′s! I adore Twisted Peppermint and really wanted to stock up but I was being a smart shopper (pat, pat on the back for this Muse) knowing that these $12 bottles would be $6-$4 after the Holiday was over!
However, the force and lure of Bath and Body Works is strong and I did spot a sign that simply red 50% off in big red letters. I could feel my heart pounding out of my chest at this point so I slowly went over to investigate (my best mate Jen was with me at time and she can vouch that I was literally tiptoeing over to see what the sign was all about! She calls me the “passionate shopper” and says I should have my own show amply named that)!
And to my utter delight it was Sassy Strawberry that was on sale! That meant it was $6! I was nabbing a real steal here! I had to have it immediately at this price! So I snatched up two bottles (one for me and one for my sister who loves the Temptation line as well)! I made sure to be quick because there was about 5000 bottles there and god knows at any second a big crowd might wander in and grab them all before I got my chance to get a bottle for my very self (drama kids drama).
Bath and Body Works Sassy Strawberry Three in One Shower Gel on Sale for $6
I mistakenly didn’t bother smelling Sassy Strawberry before purchasing it. I have this system where I avoid smelling things because I know I’ll want them. So when I stopped into the shop last night I encouraged myself NOT to smell any of the Temptations because I’d definately want them as soon as my nose tickled with the aroma of Mint Chocolate, Peppermint, and Gumdrops!
When I seen Sassy Strawberry on sale I just assumed that Strawberry and Mint would be a lovely marriage so I didn’t smell it prior to buying.
You know cheap shampoo? Suave Strawberry Shampoo, V05 Strawberry Shampoo, and hell if you’re as old as me dare I say White Rain Strawberry Shampoo.
That’s what this smells like. Really, really cheap shampoo.
I can’t believe it. To be honest when I originally read about this on the site I literally we’ed myself in excitement at the thought of Strawberries mixed with delightful mint! I thought for sure this would take over my love affair with Twisted Peppermint and make it onto my “must have at all costs” list!
However, I don’t get any mint I simply get a very plastic, fake Strawberry smell. I’ve never met a bottle of Temptation 3 in 1 that I didn’t love but this would make it on my “do not want”, “do not love” list.
Sorry Bath and Body you missed the boat on this one.
Who in the world thought this was a good idea? I’m just wondering where the mint went?!?!?!
I convinced myself that my batch must have went off so I opened my sister’s bottle to smell and again just a strange plastic strawberry smell.
I’m so disappointed I may just spit or cry (or neither but it sure sounded good!).
I’m really somewhat shocked as I’ve truly had great experiences with the line up until this catastrophe! I’ve even went so far as to say the line was better than Philosophy.
The Muse says avoid the Sassy Strawberry and spend your hard earned $6 bucks on something else!
I’m going to go meditate to make myself stronger against the lure of Bath and Body Works!
Don’t give in people! It’ll be on sale before you know it! Be strong!
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Tell me! Your Muse is curious what you thought about Sassy Strawberry!
Sephora.com is sold out of a majority of the Philosophy goodies they previously had however I can report that a majority of Manhattan’s Sephora stores have many of the products on sale and available for purchase!
As per my discussion (click here and here for details) before Philosophy has completely revamped the line and the bottles are no longer 16oz in size nor $16 in price they are now officially jumbo sized 24oz at a price tag of $20 per a bottle (The Muse approves! Good Deal!). I love the larger size and the lovely price tag but I have to say the new bottles are a bit clumsy for your shower. These aren’t going to fit in any caddy or shelf you might have in your stall so that might be a problem for storage. Also when you’re all wet and soapy in the shower I’m picturing many people dropping these as they are heavy and with your hands wet the potential for drama is huge!
The shelves at Sephora were lined with the new bottles. I can’t do a comparison now but I have a little something, something that I’ll show you soon! It’s a steal, a deal, and it comes in the new jumbo packaging! I’ve ordered it and am eagerly awaiting it’s arrival and will of course post my review soon!
I’ve seen Philosophy on sale at the following Sephora stores:
Sephora on West 34th
Sephora at the Westchester Mall
Sephora 42nd & Madison
And what’s left online can be found by clicking here (maybe they’ll restock)!
I haven’t checked Nordies. I actually went in last night but completely forgot to drop by the Philosophy counter! But maybe they are reducing the prices at Nordies as well!
The lovely Mr Uemura has granted us three Holiday Wishes with some lovely gift sets in Simple Sophistication, Simple Glamour, and Simple Drama!
Ok..so…hate to say it….total snore for me. These aren’t exactly something I need or want. Colors are really washed out and the price is a little tiny bit scary (wouldn’t be that scary if the colors were a bit more vibrant).
I guess if you love really natural looks this is a great palette for you. As for me, I’m skipping ‘em.
I see only four brushes pictured but I think you’re getting six total brushes (ok so this is starting to sound like it’s worth the price tag now!) plus you’ll get a compact holding two shadows and one blush and finally a pouch to hold it all in. I might have to take back my earlier comment about it being a bit too pricey maybe this isn’t so bad after all! But colors oh god the colors….can’t we get something with a bit more sparkle and something more festive for the season!? I heart you Mr Uemura but I’m not so keen on washed out browns, grays, and blacks!
Simple Glamour (Hmmm the green looks nice!)
Tell your Muse all about it!