Fall Comes to The Body Shop

The Body Shop has long been a staple of my body and skincare routine – over the years they haven’t really switched up their lineup a whole lot, except to add the occasional fragrance here and there, and of course every year they release similar versions of their holiday scents. This year however, they’ve released a fall scent that I simply couldn’t resist picking up – Vanilla Pumpkin. If you know anything about me, I am absolutely obsessed with pumpkin anything: face masks, body washes, scrubs, candles and any sort of pumpkin food item, and this is no exception.

I only picked up the body wash and body butter but they also released a hand cream and fragrance mist as well. If you’ve ever used The Body Shop bath products these have the same creamy, rich texture, and I especially like to use the body butters as the weather turns colder and we head into fall. The scent leans quite strong on the vanilla but the pumpkin is definitely present. While I would prefer it to be more spicy rather than sweet, I will definitely be enjoying using these for the next couple of months. The Vanilla Pumpkin line will be out until around Christmas.

Have you tried this line and what is your favourite scent/product from The Body Shop?


The Scent of Summer…

As it’s now September and the weather has seemingly cooled very quickly, so I thought I had better share the delicious scent that will keep me thinking about summer long after it’s over. The Body Shop’s limited edition Pinita Colada range has been reviewed thoroughly on the internet since it was released in other countries in around May. However, for some reason, the line was not released until July in Canada. I managed to get my paws on a set they had – $20 for the shower gel and body sorbet, the latter of which is a formula I’ve never tried before. I’ve been using them for the past few weeks and absolutely loving the scent – it smells exactly like the name suggests and reminds me of trips to Cuba.

The shower gel is the standard Body Shop formula, although a bit thicker in consistency than some of the other scents. And the body sorbet is the most extraordinary texture – gel-like and almost gritty, but when rubbed into the skin melts into nothing. I can see why this is used as a summertime moisturizer as it’s decidedly less heavy than a traditional lotion. I did also pick up two of the body butters, which is a formula I prefer, and seems to be running out – I actually had to go to three different locations before I managed to find them in stock, so if you haven’t tried these products I’d suggest you run to your nearest Body Shop ASAP!

Have you tried this range and what was your favourite product?

New Shower Favourites from the Drugstore

Showering is one of my favourite things to do everyday – including washing my hair. While I don’t tend to splurge too much on my hair/body stuff, I do like to try different products, and the drugstore has become a mecca for luxurious items at an affordable price point recently.

Dove brought out their Purely Pampering line a while ago, but it was only a few months back that I picked up the Pistachio Cream Body Wash as a nice, warm and sweet winter scent to use for bath time. I’ve said again and again how much I love the Laura Mercier Pistachio Scent, and while they do a corresponding body wash, it costs somewhere around $50. The Dove one smells surprisingly similar – it has the same rich aroma, with an undercurrent of the signature Dove scent. Apparently Dove has a corresponding body lotion, but it’s not sold in Canada. GRR!

After showering, I’ve been using the Vitabath Heavenly Coconut Creme Body Lotion. This is an interesting product, as the consistency sits somewhere between a watery lotion and a body butter. I didn’t really like it when I first got it, but now it’s grown on me, and the scent is lovely – warm coconut and not too sickly sweet.

The last item on my list is yet another OGX shampoo – they really are my favourite sulphate-free range at the drugstore, and while they’re more expensive than regular shampoo, they’re often on sale for $7-8. A couple months ago, I started seeing this new scent on the shelves, and decided to try it out. The Sensually Soft Tsubaki Blossom products are supposed to leave hair soft and sultry, as the name suggests. What I like about this in particular is that it cleans hair quite well without leaving the hair stripped, sitting somewhere between a hardcore clarifying shampoo and a more creamy, moisturizing formula. There’s also virtually no scent, so if you’re sensitive to that kind of thing, this is a good buy.

What have your recent shower/bath-time favourites been, and what should I try next?

New Year’s Bling

If there’s ever one time of year when it’s appropriate to bust out the sparkle, it’s definitely New Year’s Eve. Since that’s coming up soon, I thought I’d share with you my picks for adding that sparkle, radiance and glow into your routine for the night.

Starting with skincare, time to slough off those dead skin cells with the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, which smells delicious while helping to smooth and brighten your skin. Feeling tired under the eyes from the stress of the holidays? Pop on the Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels for ten minutes and voila, undereye puffiness is gone. For the body, I’m not too fond of actual shimmer, but using a body oil can give the skin a lovely glow – my pick is the L’Occitane Almond Smoothing and Beautifying Supple Skin Oil, which again, smells yummy, and moisturizes the skin wonderfully.

For makeup, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light is a no-brainer for all over the face. To amp up the glow, why not add some of MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle? It sounds subtle, but there are definite particles of shimmer and glitter, which make it perfect for a night out. For the eyes, nothing beats a cream formula that glimmers and lasts all night. My picks are Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick in Rosegold, Gosh Forever Eyeshadow in Light Copper, and LOC ❤ Tati’s One & Done Shadow Stick in Day Trip, which is a burnished deep gold.

Lastly, for the lips, I’ve chosen a pretty neutral one, but it’s still got gold shimmer running through it – the Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss in Honey.

What are your picks for getting your glow on for New Year’s?

The Budget Pots of Lotion

In case you were hoping to get your paws on a nice body lotion set this holiday season, and didn’t feel like splashing out the obscene $72 on this one, I’ve got a nice alternative, that while not exactly a dupe, is much friendlier on the wallet, and a fantastic option for either gifting or keeping.

The Soap & Glory Three Times Butter set retails for $15 at Shoppers Drug Mart and contains three 50 ml travel size versions of three of Soap & Glory’s bestselling body creams. The first of the bunch is the reason why I picked up the set in the first place, the Smoothie Star Body Buttercream, which is described as having a ‘pistachio, almond and sweet vanilla’ fragrance. It’s richly scented of baked goods, and it annoys me to no end that here in Canada they don’t sell the individual products in the Smoothie Star range, which is supposed to be sweet and creamy. Sugar Crush is one of S&G’s most-loved scents. I am currently working on the full-sized shower cream and body butter, and it is an incredibly delicious sweet lime scent that’s not creamy at all but more candy-like without being sickly sweet. I’m pleased to have a travel size version of the body lotion now!

The last in the set is the Righteous Butter, which is I believe, one of their original products. Sad to say, I actually really dislike the original S&G scents – the fruity, more perfume-y ones are quite unappealing to me, so I might give this one away. However, if you’re into this scent or know someone who is, the lotion itself is quite lovely. What I really enjoy about the S&G body creams is that they are extremely moisturizing without having that thick, white texture that takes ages to work into the skin.

Little Pots of Luxury for Holiday

It’s not often I’ll splurge on fancy body products, but you might remember I reluctantly opened my wallet and bought one of the Laura Mercier body souffles during last year’s Sephora sale. Well – that was a grave mistake, because it’s basically made it way easier for me to spend on ridiculously high priced stuff. I should qualify that by saying that since then I’ve ‘only’ bought another full-sized body souffle in the Tarte au Citron flavour (divine). Every year for holiday, Laura Mercier brings out some variation of the mini set of six of her lotions. This year was no different, and while I could barely justify spending the $72 on this set (works out to the same price per ounce of product as a full-size lotion), I got a friend of mine – actually the one who originally got me sniffing these in the first place! – to go halvsies with me, since I don’t like all of the scents. The vanilla and creme brulee flavours I find far too sweet, but I had been dying to try the Almond Coconut variety.

If you’re wondering why on earth anyone would pay $72 for a jar of body lotion, the answer is… because it’s unlike any other body lotion you can imagine. It’s a rich, luxurious texture, but it’s also whipped, so it’s easy to rub into the skin. It also smells mouthwateringly good.  Don’t be fooled by the names of the scents – they actually have many more layers to them than just Vanilla, or just Creme brulee. The Vanilla one, for example, smells like “vanilla, tangerine & brown sugar” (taken from the Laura Mercier site). I’ve said before that I treat this like a perfume, only dabbing a bit on where one would normally apply perfume, and in my opinion, it lasts longer than a perfume. Your wrists will stay smelling delicious for the entire day and night. So if you look at it like a perfume, the $72 is totally worth it.

If you live in the US, you’re very lucky, as Sephora stocks this set online (and in store?), which is called La Petite Souffles Souffle Body Creme Collection, but for us up here in Canada, I bought mine at Holt Renfrew. The Laura Mercier body collection sets are all very tempting, but I think I’ll stick to half of this set for now.

Have you ever tried any of the Laura Mercier bath & body products and what is your favourite scent? What will you be splurging on for the holidays this year?

The Body Wardrobe: Holiday Season at The Body Shop

It’s that time of year again when The Body Shop brings out all of their yummy-smelling holiday goodies! I must say, I’ve held off for the past couple of years, but this time, I couldn’t resist, especially with the constant stream of emails about discounts and Black Friday sales and whatnot. My order came yesterday and it was with great excitement that I unboxed it all.

I got myself three body butters, pretty much the gold standard in affordable but luxurious body hydration. There’s no need to go into great detail about these – everyone knows about them and loves them, including me. I can’t even tell you how many tubs of these I have gone through ever since discovering them as a pre-teen. The first is Frosted Cranberry, one of their many iterations of the Cranberry scent they have been bringing out every Christmas for quite a few years now. It’s lovely, tangy and very festive. I can’t decide if I’ll be using this one next, or the newest in the Body Shop family of holiday scents, Glazed Apple. This one is also crisp and smells divine. If you’re wondering why I stayed away from the Vanilla Brulee, I love vanilla in edible things, but I usually find vanilla scents too strong and sickly sweet. Instead, I got a tub of the well-loved and classic Coconut scent. I don’t think I’ll ever stop wearing this, and when they’re $10 each, I’m definitely stocking up!

What festive products have you been using to hydrate your winter skin?