May 26, 2016

I Suffer the Fiery Pits of Mordor, I Mean Walmart, for This Deodorant

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secret va va vanilla

It isn’t any great secret I dislike Walmart with a passion. I’d liken it to the fiery pits of Mordor or Hell. I know how Frodo felt on his pilgrimage to Mordor, feverishly being drawn to that precious ring but really not wanting to trek through the ruins, fiery pits, and really gross, sticky web of Shelob. Sometimes I think I’d be right at home in Mordor but I think of Shelob and I realize it wouldn’t quite be home sweet home for this arachnophobic girl.

However, I would like to say there should be more mythos on Shelob. I mean girlfriend had, like, millions of babies why is there not more history about her? I mean she was there before Sauron she must have stories to tell. Plus, hello, her mother was Ungoliant, who was so insatiably she consumed herself. I don’t get it, if I were Shelob I’d be pissed at the lack of coverage.

Just think of me as Frodo as I’m drawn to Walmart when I really don’t want to go. I just hate Walmart it’s such a hot mess on so many levels that I won’t get into but I suffer it’s fiery pits and hot messes to purchase…

Secret Va Va Vanilla Deodorant.

Secret Va Va Vanilla Deodorant for some odd reason is impossible to find in drugstores. Walmart, CVS, Harmons, no matter where I go I can’t find it anywhere. It’s not like I’m living under a rock here either. This is New York, we have everything (I’m a New Yorker, I’m vain enough to say we have everything and actually believe it too! Forgive me?) but for some reason we do not have Va Va Vanilla outside of venturing into the darkness of the evil empire.

Drugstore.com does sell it and I can just buy a few sticks and keep it in my beauty closet. But for me, deodorant is kind of like toothpaste. It’s a pick up as you go type of product not one you stockpile. Although if the zombie plague hits I might just regret saying that.

But seriously, have you tried it? It smells amazing. People literally ask me what perfume I’m wearing when I have it on! It’s that strong! Not to mention it keeps me nice and dry 🙂

It also pairs up amazingly well with Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla or even Stila Creme Bouquet.

Sometimes, you have to face the fiery bits of hell for the good stuff!

What beauty or makeup do you love that isn’t easy to find so, you force yourself to go in a certain store that you hate to get it?

Do share 🙂

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  • Josey

    Just tell the store you like, to carry it. Speak to a manager or supervisor not just another employee. Usually people have to let the store know.

    • Isabella Muse

      I never thought to bother. Sadly, customer service isn’t exactly stellar so, if I asked they’d like me like “whatever!” haha!

  • Christina D.

    You are amazing! I am so not interested in deodorant — although I too dislike Walmart — but I love The Lord of the Rings! Aragorn is one of my favorite characters in literature, right up there with Mr. D’Arcy. Besides, Viggo looked amazing…

    • Isabella Muse

      haha ;-D I absolutely adore LotR! P.S. Mr Darcy is so my book hubby hehe ;-D See? We really are sisters!

  • Christina D.

    Yes, Mr. Darcy. Have I mentioned I hate spell-check?

    • Isabella Muse

      lol don’t worry, my fingers think faster than my brain so, my typos and grammar is all kinds of stupid!

  • Christina D.

    And since we are sisters on so many levels, I have to ask if you like The Hobbit. I cannot ever get through the book, and the movies bore me. But I love Tolkein! How can that be?

    • Isabella Muse

      My first Tolkien was the Hobbit so yeah, I do love it 🙂 I remember I did a book report on it and scored an A so, it kind of holds a special place in my heart. I liked the movies as well but only because I heart Richard Armitage and Aidan Turner swoon!!!!! Try re-reading it. I always felt like The Silmarillion was pure torture but I’ve come to appreciate as I got older.

      • Carrie

        I have yet to see the Hobbit movies, but YES! to Aiden Turner. Have you seen Being Human? The British one? It’s the first thing I saw him in.

          • Carrie

            Haha! Thanks! The guy that played George was recently in the Night Manager miniseries. He’s only in an episode or two tho. It does have Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie as well. (Love me some Hiddleston.)

          • Isabella Muse

            I have Night Manager recording on my Tivo but haven’t caught up with it yet! Looking forward to it. HA Russell Tovey is like cross fan-domination everywhere! He was in Doctor Who too! Loki lovers unite!

          • Carrie

            He really is! The last time I watched Doctor with some friends, I kept yelling things out like “It’s George! Oh! That’s Richard!” And then having to explain what shows I know them from. Loki/Hiddleston lovers unite!!!

          • Isabella Muse

            haha he’s everywhere! 😀 Yaasss!

  • Joyce

    My deodorant is the same way!! It’s Degree Girl Just Dance. I think because it’s targeted to tweens, maybe it’s not selling as much? So it went on clearance like erywhere and Walmart is the only one who carries it. Argh!!

    Ironically my toothpaste is the same. Only Walmart and Redner’s grocery stores carry Crest Extreme Herbal Mint toothpaste!

    • Isabella Muse

      haha! I wear Teen Spirit, totally for tweens but love it 😀 WHY why must they make us go to the evil empire for deodorant!? 😀

    • Tegan

      Ahhhhh!!! Just Dance is a favorite of mine, too! I can’t find it anymore, either. I wore it all the time in middle school. I was the best smelling seventh grader in my gym class. Haha

  • Daisy

    Love this and the coconut scented pit sticks by Secret. I recently discovered the new macaroon scented deodorant and it seriously smells good enoughto eat!

      • Daisy

        Yes, it is called macaroon delight and comes in both solid and gel formula. I first purchased it at the Christmas Tree shop, but also found it at Target. It smells like a sweet, slightly fruity vanilla.

  • Rach

    I’m from the UK but try and get this every time I visit and I just got back from florida and couldn’t find it either I had to get mango phhht

    • Isabella Muse

      ha Rach! I love you get this when you visit 😀 It’s kinda hard to find for some reason!

  • Sarah

    Do you have Walmart Neighborhood Market nearby? I find those a million times more tolerable than the regular Walmart stores and they often have a lot of the same beauty/personal care products. They’re usually more organized, better stocked, and less crowded than the “super stores”. The only downside is that they don’t sell some of the more specialized brands like Hard Candy, Flower, etc.

    • Isabella Muse

      I don’t think I do? I’ve actually never heard of that before…! I’m going to google!

  • Jules

    This was my go to until I picked up a tube of Suave on sale for 75 cents… It works better, it is super cheap, and the almond verbena scent is soooo good!! The coconut is also awesomeness. Smells more like vanilla than coconut, and LASTS.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m going to try the coconut! If it smells like vanilla I’m all in!

  • Suzanne

    Muse..I’m way picky about deodorant and this particular one sounds fantastic. I may have to venture over to Walmart!!! I may have an anxiety attack while there I can’t stand it either!! lol

    • Isabella Muse

      haha tell me about it. I get nervous in Walmart myself!

  • Loan

    Drugstore.com price is a bit higher than in local store here

  • Ryou

    I’ve been using Mitchum Unscented for maybe 5-6 years already. I kind of miss wearing scented deodorants but I haaaate how the floral ones smell when mixed with my pit stench! If I can find Va Va Vanilla anywhere I’d totally give this a go.

    This is the first time ever I’m dreading not having a Walmart anywhere near me. (Okay, maybe not the first, per se. I wish Hard Candy is available elsewhere, ugh.)

    • Isabella Muse

      me too! I wish hard candy was available outside the evil empire :-/

  • Quinctia

    I stockpiled toothpaste once. I like the Crest Cinnamon toothpaste and, as I was in Target one day, I noticed they had it all marked for clearance. I panicked and bought all of it.

    Turns out, thankfully, that only Target was getting rid of it. I’ve seen it elsewhere since. But I had like two years’ worth of toothpaste. And it was cheaper than normal! XD

    • Isabella Muse

      I kinda wish I stockpiled toothpaste because my toothpaste was discontinued and I really freaking miss it! You aren’t crazy doing so ;-D

  • Ricci Bell

    The Dove go fresh deodorants are quite nice! plus the bottles are actually pretty lol.
    I like the pomegranate one.

    • Isabella Muse

      I haven’t tried the Dove ones! I’m such a creature of habit with deodorant, I rarely change it!

  • Kathy Agel

    I have to look for this when I go grocery shopping on Sunday. I love the scent of vanilla — Tresor has been one of my favorite perfumes for 25+ years.

    Wow — first Supernatural, now LOTR? I’m impressed.

    • Kathy Agel

      I sent that up before I was done — what other fandoms are you interested in?

      • Isabella Muse

        oh god too many. star trek, star wars, doctor who, star gate, lotd, supernatural, ghostbusters, walking dead, dc, marvel, sherlock holmes, etc…etc….etc….

        • Carrie

          Haha. I was curious too about which Fandom you like, I just didn’t ask. I was worried it would come out as being weird. Haha. Dunno why tho.

          • Isabella Muse

            Oh ask away! Sometimes my fandoms overtake my makeup obsession!

    • Isabella Muse

      haha ;-D Just about anything geeky related! LMK if you try!

  • Tegan

    Good god, Va Va Vanilla is the bomb. Crazily enough, it’s everywhere here in Ohio! Every store I’ve been to has it. I tend not to wear it because I have hyperhidrosis (it starts to smell funky when it mixes with the sweat, but I have roll on Certain Dri which is a miracle – I need to use it more often), but it has to be one of their best scents. I personally prefer Ooh-La-La Lavender as an everyday scent, but I love me some Vanilla! I actually have a Va-Va-Vanilla body mist (got it from Bed Bath and Beyond a long, long time ago and I should probably throw it out but it still smells so good). Plan a trip to Ohio, Muse. If nothing else, we’ve got Va-Va-Vanilla! Lol

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m going to ohio like now, moving there in fact LOL! 😀 I can’t get it anywhere! I thought for a while it was like exclusive to walmart or something! they had a body mist!? STHU!

      • Tegan

        Yes, there was a body mist! I think I actually had a small can of it when I was a kid, and I used it up. I saw the full sized one and Bed Bath and Beyond on sale and I begged my dad to get it for me. It’s called “Vanilla Sparkle” but it’s so obviously the same scent as Va-Va-Vanilla. It comes in a sparkly silver aerosol can, and it has a bronze silhouette of a girl eating an ice cream cone. I actually have my can sitting on my night stand!

        • Tegan

          I also had a peach scented one and an apple scented one. Neither smelled nearly as good as the vanilla.

  • Sabring

    Muse! I’m in a suburb of Los Angeles, so I, too, have everything. But like you, I can only find my secret at Walmart as well! My scent is coco butter kiss. Vava vanilla is at my CVS, RiteAid and Walgreens. But NO coco butter kiss!!! AAAAARRGGH!

    • Isabella Muse

      OMG! DUDE! Coco Butter Kiss is everywhere here. Wanna hear a funny story? I hauled four Coco Butter Kiss recently at Walgreens because I MISTAKENLY thought it was Va Va Vanilla! Haha!

      • Sabrina

        Ha! That’s hilarious! It would seem LA would be more coco butter with the sun and all! Oh and I can’t spell my own name apparently! Have a great 3 day weekend!

        Best,
        SabrinA

        • Isabella Muse

          Right!?ha! Don’t worry I can’t spell period ;-D xoxox! Have a great one!!!!!!!

          • Isabella Muse

            YES DO! you’ll love it 🙂 I hope!

  • Rina

    WALMART.COM! All the plus with none of the ewwww…
    Let me know if you need a care package from Cali!

  • Lela Ungaro

    We live in a very rural area and Walmart and Walgreens are about all there is to shop, unless I want to drive 25 minutes to a bigger town. I order online for most of my cosmetics, but when there is a big difference in cost, you know where I have to go. There should be a sign on the front door “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here”.

  • bya j kakley

    I saw the Secret Va Va Vanilla at Publix Super Market for around $3.75 & they had other scents as well in this line. Do you have a Publix or are they just in the south? Not sure! I have never tried this scent, but I love most anything vanilla!

      • bya j kakley

        I promise I won’t! I am from Ma (Berkshires) and we didn’t have a Publix either. Now I am in the south & Publix is one of the better grocery stores here in Ga.

        • Isabella Muse

          haha 😀 I’ve actually never heard of it. But now I know where to go if I’m GA to get my fix of Va Va Vanilla hehe!

  • Amber

    OMG. When I first opened this I thought you were bashing the deodorant and I was like WHAt?!?!? It’s all I’ve worn since MIDDLE SCHOOL and I’m fiercely loyal to it (like you said, its like perfume!!) and I couldn’t understand how someone doesn’t like it! But was relieved to see you do. Although that’s such a bummer you can’t get it anywhere! Here in FL I can get it at target, walgreens, cvs, walmart etc. Basically anywhere that sells deodorant lol.

    • Isabella Muse

      haha nooo it’s my favorite!!!!! 😀 I can def find almost any secret scent but this one! Drives me mad!

  • Liz

    Va Va Vanilla is my favorite, too, and I live just over the border in CT. My local Stop & Shop always seems to have it, and at decent prices, so that might be worth a shot if you haven’t tried it yet. They also tend to have other stuff in stock that I can’t find in drugstores or Ulta, like the Alba Mango Vanilla shave cream — I used to go to Whole Foods and spend more to get it, so I was happily surprised to find it at the local grocery store. 🙂

  • Kimmwc03

    Funny, I just bought this deodorant at my local CVS 2/$10. I think I’m going to look for that macaron one the next time I’m at Target.