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

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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

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

Moschino Toujours Glamour Eau De Toilette, Perfumed Bath & Shower Gel, Perfumed Body Lotion

Hi there! Today’s review is about Moschino Toujours Glamour Eau De Toilette, Perfumed Bath & Shower Gel and Perfumed Body Lotion. I never really cared for Moschino fragrances. However, Moschino’s Toujours Glamour gift set looked quite appealing – in part because it was half price. So… I bought it!

OK, let’s take a closer look at the fragrance! Moschino Toujours Glamour is described as a light floral fragrance. The fragrance notes are red currant, green violet leaves and cardamom (top notes), lily-of-the-valley, jasmine and bitter almond (heart notes), and heliotrope, benzoin and musk (base notes). Now onto the actual product reviews!

Let’s start with Moschino Toujours Glamour Perfumed Bath & Shower Gel! This shower gel is very nice. It lathers up well, it feels soft and gentle on my skin, and it’s not drying. I like it! I also enjoy Moschino’s Toujours Glamour Perfumed Body Lotion because it’s non-sticky and it moisturises my skin well. The body lotion is quite runny, but that’s not a problem for me. 🙂

And what’s the actual fragrance like? I think Moschino Toujours Glamour Eau De Toilette is a nice enough fragrance. It’s light, it’s floral, it’s powdery, it’s inoffensive, and it’s perfectly forgettable. I think Toujours Glamour would fit in with all these random ‘suitable for office wear’ fragrances that everyone kind of likes but that no one really remembers.

Well, I will use up the shower gel and the body lotion, and I’ll probably continue to use the fragrance on and off for a few weeks before I’ll pass it on to a young relative who, without doubt, will enjoy it much more!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Reducing My Oldies Stash – I Love… Mango & Papaya Exfoliating Shower Smoothie + Refreshing Body Spritzer

Hi there! Today’s post is about I Love… Mango & Papaya Exfoliating Shower Smoothie and I Love… Mango & Papaya Refreshing Body Spritzer. I’m not entirely sure where and when I bought these products. But I’m sure I’ll be able to finish them this summer. Now onto the review!

I Love… Mango & Papaya Exfoliating Shower Smoothie is a true 2 in 1 product. It exfoliates my skin nicely, but it’s also a proper shower product. And it smells fruity and juicy. It’s really nice!

I Love… Mango & Papaya Refreshing Body Spritzer turned out to be just as nice. Initially I thought this body spray was OK, but after a  few days I started to like it. The mango & papaya fragrance is quite well done. It’s fruity and juicy, but it’s not cloyingly sweet. It smells just like… summer!

I Love… Mango & Papaya Exfoliating Shower Smoothie is available as 200mlI Love… Mango & Papaya Refreshing Body Spritzer is available as 100ml. Superdrug no longer sells I Love…’s Mango & Papaya collection, so I’m not sure where you’d be able to get these products. But there are quite a few bargain stores that seem to stock I Love… products (incl. gift sets) from time to time, so don’t ignore those stores. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde