100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Pacifica Island Vanilla Perfume

Hi there! Today’s post is about Pacifica’s Island Vanilla Perfume. I’ve already tried quite a few Pacifica products – some were good, some weren’t. So now I’m reviewing their vanilla fragrance!

But before we get to the actual review, let me say a few words about the brand. Pacifica is a company from Oregon, USA. They specialise in vegan and cruelty-free products. They sell body care products, candles, fragrances and cosmetics. If you’re in the UK, you can find Pacifica products at Holland & Barrett’s.

Onto the fragrance! Pacifica’s Island Vanilla is based on Tahitian vanilla – which is said to have fruity and floral nuances – and bourbon vanilla – the ultimate “sweet treat” vanilla.

I think this vanilla fragrance is really nice. It smells sweet and cuddly, and it has a youthful feel to it. It’s not the most sophisticated fragrance, but it’s pleasant and inoffensive. I also think it’s a reasonable (but not perfect) replacement for Yves Rocher’s stellar Bourbon Vanilla fragrance which seems to be out of stock almost all the time.

Pacifica’s Island Vanilla Perfume is available as 29ml spray and 10ml roll-on. Pacifica also offers vanilla-scented candles and body care products!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Thierry Mugler Alien Aqua Chic

Hi there! Today’s post is about a fragrance that I bought a little while ago (clearance) and that I’ve been wearing on and off for a few weeks now – Thierry Mugler Alien Aqua Chic.

Alien Aqua Chic is a limited edition from 2013, and it contains the following notes: ginger and lemon verbena (top notes), freesia (heart note), as well as wood and amber (base notes).

What’s the fragrance like? It’s really nice. I like it! It’s a lighter version of the original Alien. It doesn’t seem to contain any jasmine, but it still has the typical Alien feel to it. I think the ginger and lemon verbena notes give the fragrance a lovely refreshing vibe, and the freesia note feels transparent and airy.

I think Thierry Mugler Alien Aqua Chic is a great spring and summer fragrance. It’s a limited edition, but it can still be found online. Just make sure you buy it from a reputable seller, OK? 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

The Body Shop Early Harvest Raspberry Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about The Body Shop Early Harvest Raspberry Eau de Toilette. I picked up the 30ml fragrance for £5 earlier this year (winter sale).

When I sniffed the fragrance for the first time, I thought it was the perfect raspberry fragrance. Because of this I bought another bottle! 😄

When the second bottle arrived, I started to wear the fragrance right away. But something had changed!

The fragrance, which I was sure smelled sweet, fruity and juicy, wasn’t really that great. I tried the fragrance (both of them) several times over a few weeks, but every time it smelled rather tangy and very synthetic.

Now, just over 4 months later, one of the bottles is almost empty (I might finish it this weekend). The other bottle is about 70% full, and I’ll pass that one on to my teenage relative.

Verdict: This fragrance is best (= wearable) when it’s combined with something else. TBS Early Harvest Raspberry plus Pacifica’s Island Vanilla makes for a decent fragrance. However, it’s nothing special, and I understand why The Body Shop discontinued this fragrance! I’ve also learnt a lesson – don’t buy back-up bottles of fragrances you haven’t tested properly!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Anna Sui Eau De Toilette

Hi there! Today’s post is about Anna Sui Eau de Toilette, a.k.a. Anna Sui Anna Sui (!), Anna Sui Original or Anna Sui Classic.

This fragrance for women contains the following notes: raspberry, apricot and bergamot (top notes), Bulgarian rose, desert jasmine and iris (heart notes), and cedarwood, sandalwood and powdery tonka (base notes).

What’s the fragrance like? I’d describe it as a powdery, yet transparent iris fragrance. Based on what I smell I’d guess it’s 80% iris, 10% rose, 5% lilac and 5% powder. I don’t get any of the fruity or woody notes.

I think Anna Sui Eau de Toilette is a great spring fragrance. It’s also office-safe (pleasant floral fragrance, no big “cloud”). I’d recommend it to anyone who likes powdery floral fragrances!

Anna Sui Eau de Toilette is available as 30ml. I paid £13 for my bottle (reputable online shop through ebay).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Reducing My Oldies Stash – NSPA Luscious Fresh Clementine Shower & Bath Gel And Fragrance Body Mist

Hi there! Not too long ago I saw NSPA’s Clementine products on sale at my local Asda. I remembered I had the shower gel and the body mist in my stash, and I thought it’s time to (finally) use and review these products. 🙂

NSPA’s Luscious Fresh Clementine Shower & Bath Gel is very nice! It feels sunny and refreshing, and I think NSPA captured the orange and green nuances of clementines perfectly. I’m also happy to report that this shower gel doesn’t feel drying at all. Well done, NSPA!
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NSPA’s Luscious Fresh Clementine Fragrance Body Mist is just as nice as the shower gel. Sure, it’s a simple fragrance. However, I think it’ll be great for the warmer months ahead of us. I’ll keep this one in the fridge so whenever I feel like it, I can use it to douse myself in a cool, juicy and fresh mist.

NSPA’s Clementine Shower & Bath Gel is available as 500ml for £3, NSPA’s Clementine Fragrance Body Mist is available as 200ml for £3.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Wash, Body Butter & Perfume

Hi there! Today’s post is about Pacifica’s Blood Orange Body Wash, Body Butter & Perfume. These products were part of a gift set which I picked up for next to nothing (clearance). I’ve now tried these products, so let me tell you if they’re any good.

Let’s start with the body wash! I really liked this one. It lathered up nicely and it cleansed my skin well without being too harsh. I also liked the boozy blood orange fragrance.

The body butter is… well… not a body butter, but more of a lotion. The product’s also nowhere near as moisturising as it claims to be. However, the main issue is the “fragrance”! This body butter doesn’t smell as bad as Pacifica’s Indian Coconut Nectar body butter, but it still smells unclean (a mix of night sweats and candied oranges). We (my husband and I) use this body butter as a foot lotion!

I’ve already reviewed the perfume – and you can read the full review here. But to summarise my thoughts… this perfume isn’t a summer fragrance. It smells like a mix of oranges, strawberries, marmalade and a hint of carrot. I think it’s an autumn fragrance that would go well with pumpkin spice scented body products!

I don’t think I’ll be buying any of these products again. I do like the perfume, but I don’t love it. The body wash is nice, but it’s not nicer than the shower gels I can find in supermarkets or drugstores (or bargain stores).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Yves Rocher Secrets D’Essences Vanille Noire Eau De Parfum

Hi there! Today I’m reviewing a fragrance that I’ve been using on and off for about a year – it’s Yves Rocher’s Secrets d’Essences Vanille Noire.

This fragrance contains the following notes: vanilla from different countries (Uganda, Tahiti, Madagascar), mimosa, mandarin, and cedar.

Yves Rocher describes the fragrance as “between sensuality and freshness”, and “between transparency and depth”.

OK, so what’s the fragrance like? I think Vanille Noire is rather unspectacular. It’s not a bad fragrance, but it’s just so unremarkable.

The actual scent is a mix of vanilla, almond and cold smoke. Vanille Noire is also rather faint. And it doesn’t last very long.

Since my husband thinks that the fragrance is nice, I will continue to wear it around the house until I finish the bottle (which will happen very soon). However, I will not repurchase the fragrance.

And if you’re interested, Yves Rocher’s Secrets d’Essences Vanille Noire is available as 50ml for £63. However, Yves Rocher runs half price or buy one get one free promotions frequently, so there’s no reason to pay full price! By the way… my bottle is a 30ml which was free (gift with purchase)!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde