100% Awesome – I Love… Chocolate Truffle Bath & Shower Crème, Nourishing Body Butter, Bath Fizzer, Refreshing Body Spritzer

Hi there! It’s been a while since I picked up a number of I Love…’s Chocolate Truffle products. Whilst I hadn’t forgotten about these gems, I haven’t managed to actually try them – until now! If you read on, I’ll tell you why I love these products (well, 3 out of 4) so much. 🙂

Let’s start with I Love…’s Chocolate Truffle Bath & Shower Crème! I think this shower cream is amazing. The chocolate truffle fragrance is simply delicious! But there’s more! This shower cream produces the perfect lather, and it doesn’t feel drying at all. Great stuff!

I Love…’s Chocolate Truffle Nourishing Body Butter is one of the best body butters I’ve ever tried. It’s rich and nourishing. However, it’s not sticky! And the chocolate truffle fragrance is 100% awesome!

I Love…’s Chocolate Truffle Bath Fizzer is kind of a dud. This bath fizzer hardly smells of anything. I’d describe the fragrance as carton with a hint of bottom shelf milk chocolate. Disappointing!

I Love…’s Chocolate Truffle Refreshing Body Mist is really lovely! It’s not the most longlasting fragrance – but I wouldn’t expect a body mist to last all day anyway. In any event, this body mist smells lovely, and the yummy chocolate truffle fragrance lingers on my scarves. Wonderful!

If you’re interested in this collection, you can find the following products:
I Love… Chocolate Truffle Bath & Shower Crème 500ml,
I Love… Chocolate Truffle Nourishing Body Butter 200ml,
I Love… Chocolate Truffle Bath Fizzer 150g (= 2 fizzers, 75g each)
I Love… Chocolate Truffle Refreshing Body Mist 100ml

Most of these products are only available as part of gift sets (I’ve seen Chocolate Truffle gift sets at TK Maxx just days ago). However, I managed to buy about 8 single tubs of this fantastic body butter (Poundworld).

Have you tried these products? Or would you like to try them? Feel free to comment. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne. I bought the big 125ml bottle last year when I spotted it on sale at one of the big department stores. I’m more than halfway through the bottle, so it’s time for a review! 🙂

First of all, this fragrance contains the following notes: lemon, bergamot and mandarin (top notes), white flowers, cassis, orange flower, galbanum and petitgrain (heart notes), as well as ginger and pink pepper (base notes).

What’s the fragrance like? I think Saharienne is nothing more than a glorified cologne. It smells of bergamots and white flowers, it’s definitely a unisex fragrance, it’s very mediterranean, but it’s hardly more than an inoffensive (summer) office fragrance. And whilst I enjoy wearing Saharienne to the office, I wouldn’t repurchase it because it’s not very special.

It appears that Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne has been discontinued. None of the big retailers have it in stock. However, I have no doubt that it can be found online for years to come!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

My Little Pony Body Mist, Bath & Shower Gel, Leave-In Hair Detangler

Hi there! Today’s post is about 3 My Little Pony branded products – My Little Pony Body Mist, My Little Pony Shower Gel, and My Little Pony Leave-In Hair Detangler. These 3 products were made by Kokomo Studio, a UK-based toiletries manufacturer.

Alright, let’s start with the My Little Pony Body Mist! The fruity and powdery fragrance is quite faint, and it evaporates quickly. After a few minutes you won’t be able to smell it on your skin anymore. However, since this body mist is clearly aimed at young girls, the faint fragrance isn’t really an issue because kids can spray away without stinking up their bedrooms with sickly sweet smells. Cool!

So whilst the fragrance isn’t what an adult would expect, I still like the body mist because it feels hydrating. It contains oils, but I promise you that it’s not sticky. I really like to spray it down my back. Just 2 or 3 sprays a couple of times a week – that’s enough to make the skin on my back feel super soft. Great stuff! If you’d like to try this body mist, or if you’d like to buy it as a present for a young relative, the 100ml bottle is £2 at Primark.

Onto the My Little Pony Bath & Shower Gel! I really like this shower gel. It lathers up nicely, and it smells of honeydew melons. It’s also not drying! What’s not to like? I paid 99p for the big 400ml bottle (Home Bargains).

And how’s the My Little Pony Leave-In Hair Detangler? I think this product is quite alright. It’s not ground-breaking, but it’s much better than L’Oréal’s Elvive Smooth & Polish Thermo Detangling Spray (which I will review shortly). So yes, this dirt-cheap My Little Pony product really helps detangle my hair! In regards to the fragrance, all I can say is that it’s faint and fruity (something like pear and melon…), and that it evaporates quickly. But that’s great because I wouldn’t want my hair detangler to compete with the fragrance I’m wearing. By the way, the 150ml bottle can be yours for £1 (Poundworld).

To make a long story short, I’m happy that I picked up these products. I don’t always make the best decisions when I buy products just because I love the cute packaging. However, these 3 products will serve me well for the next couple of months, so I have no reason to complain at all!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Perfume

Hi there! Today’s post is about Pacifica’s Tuscan Blood Orange Perfume. But before we get to the review, let me tell you a little about the brand! Pacifica is an Oregon-based company that specialises in vegan and cruelty-free beauty products.

Yes, all their products are vegan and cruelty-free! Pacifica started out with a number of fragrances, fragranced body products and candles. But now they also do nail polish, colour cosmetics, skin care and hair care. Great stuff!

Back to the fragrance! Pacifica’s Tuscan Blood Orange Perfume contains the following notes: blood orange, strawberry, raspberry, mandarin and sweet orange.

When I bought the fragrance, I thought I’d be getting a fresh, sunny and juicy summer orange fragrance. However, the fragrance isn’t a pure orange fragrance. The strawberry note is quite strong, so it takes away from the freshness.

I would describe this fragrance as a sweet mix of orange, strawberries, marmalade and a hint of carrot. Tuscan Blood Orange is definitely an autumn fragrance, maybe even a Halloween or Thanksgiving fragrance!

Whilst I think that Tuscan Blood Orange is quite nice, I don’t love it, and I won’t be buying another full-size bottle. If you’re interested, Pacifica’s Tuscan Blood Orange Perfume is available as 29ml for about £20.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Dolly’s Mixtures Sweetness & Light Candy Floss Shower Gel & Body Mist

Hi there! Today I’m reviewing two sweet smelling body products – Dolly’s Mixtures Sweetness & Light Candy Floss Shower Gel and Dolly’s Mixtures Sweetness & Light Candy Floss Body Mist.

Dolly’s Mixtures products are exclusive to Asda. The 300ml shower gels and the 100ml body mists are £2 each. Now onto the review!
Dolly Candy Floss
Dolly’s Mixtures Sweetness & Light Candy Floss Shower Gel is quite nice. The candy floss fragrance is spot on, and the shower gel is gentle to the skin.

Dolly’s Mixtures Sweet & Light Candy Floss Body Mist is OK. In the beginning it’s just too strong and it has a smokey/burnt note. However, after a few minutes it does smell like candy floss.

I think these 2 products are awesome fun! I wouldn’t want to smell like candy floss every day, but these sweet smelling products came in handy when I really needed a pick-me-up a few weeks ago. Good stuff!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Guilty Pleasure – Jennifer Lopez Live Luxe Eau De Parfum

Hi there! I’ve been a fan of J Lo’s Live fragrance for quite some time. And a few weeks ago I found a similar looking fragrance online.

I did some research, and it turned out that I found Live’s “sister fragrance”! I bought it right away – it was  £12.95 for 100ml which is a total bargain! 🙂

I’ve been wearing this fragrance on and off for a few weeks now, so let me tell you more about Jennifer Lopez Live Luxe Eau De Parfum.

First of all, J Lo’s Live Luxe fragrance contains the following notes:
– peach, pear and melon (top note),
– freesia, honeysuckle and lily of the valley (heart note),
– and sweet vanilla, amber, musk and sandalwood (base note).

And what’s the fragrance actually like? I think that Live Luxe is a really nice fragrance. It smells of fresh fruits, vanilla and sweet flowers. It’s a well-rounded fragrance. And it has the same happy, yellow, juicy and summery vibe as Live, even though Live Luxe feels warmer and a little more dense.

I think Live Luxe is another great J Lo fragrance! And I’m saying this as someone who’s not a J Lo fan. In fact, I never really cared for J Lo’s music or her movies (or anything else she did or does now). But I have to say that Live and Live Luxe are great fragrances.

Have you tried Live or Live Luxe? Or would you like to try these fragrances? Feel free to get in touch via the comments. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Yves Rocher Retropical Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about Yves Rocher Retropical Eau De Toilette. Retropical is a limited edition fragrance, and I bought it off someone for £10. What a bargain! And yes, I’m really pleased with myself! 🙂

Before we get to the actual review, let me tell you a little more about the fragrance. Retropical contains fruity and aquatic notes (top note), floral notes (heart note) and warm woody notes (base note). I would have loved to know the actual fruits, flowers and woods. But Yves Rocher wasn’t more specific. Ah well…

So what’s the fragrance really like? It’s the dreamiest blend of marzipan, oranges, bubblegum, honey and sunlight. It’s sweet (adult-sweet, NOT sugary), tropical, warm, cuddly, exotic and happy. It smells like… the most beautiful relaxing summer holiday. Well done, Yves Rocher!

Yves Rocher Retropical is a limited edition fragrance from 2013. You won’t find it in YR stores or on YR’s web site anymore. So if you’re interested in this fragrance, look online. I see YR’s older limited editions popping up on that auction web site all the time. 😉

Mrs Strawberry Blonde