Empties – February 2022

Hi there! Today’s post is about all the products I said goodbye to in February. I used a bunch of single-use face masks, and you can read about my latest face mask finds if you click here. Now let’s take a look at the bigger bottles and tubs!

1 Yves Saint Laurent Elle Limited Edition 2012 – a dreamy fragrance. I wish it was still around!

2 Yves Saint Laurent Elle Limited Edition 2011 – another great YSL fragrance that I wish I could buy again.

3 Herbal Essences Silk N’ Shine Conditioner – my all-time favourite conditioner. I have plenty of these (plus the matching shampoos) in my stash!

4 Superdrug Vitamin E Moisture Boost Facial Serum – what a lovely serum this was! Happy to buy it again!

5 Superdrug Naturally Radiant Refreshing Complete Cleanser – I didn’t like this face wash. It started out okayish, but the smell… I couldn’t stand it anymore. I poured what was left of the face wash down the sink.

6 I Love… Raspberry & Blackberry Refreshing Body Spritzer – what a beautiful body mist! It’s bursting with fresh and fruity raspberries and blackberries! I think I have another bottle (or two) in my stash!

7 Radox Raspberry Scent Bath Bomb (no photo) – this was a nice bath bomb. A possible repurchase.

8 Carex Vitamin Fresh Shower Gel – a really good shower gel! Also repurchase-worthy.

9 Westlab Reviving Epsom Salt – those bath salts were lovely, and I would buy them again.

10 Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Rose, Ylang Ylang & Patchouli Steam Shower Body Cleanser – definitely nice while it lasted but not a favourite. I wouldn’t buy this shower gel again.

11 Rimmel Stronger Base Coat – I liked this one. I might have another bottle or two in my stash.

12 Baylis & Harding Skin Spa Rose, Ylang Ylang & Patchouli Rich Intensive Body Butter – a decent moisturiser. I have one more tub in my stash which I intend to use soon, but I wouldn’t buy this product again.

And this is it for February – not too bad for a short month!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde 💙💛

Yves Saint Laurent Elle Limited Edition 2011, Yves Saint Laurent Elle Limited Edition 2012

Hi there! Today’s post is about 2 fragrances I’m about to finish – Yves Saint Laurent Elle Limited Edition 2011 and Yves Saint Laurent Elle Limited Edition 2012.

Let’s start with Yves Saint Laurent Elle Limited Edition 2012! This fragrance contains the following notes: peony, grapefruit and mandarin (top notes), jasmine, pink pepper and raspberry (heart notes), and benzoin, amber and vetiver (base notes).

I love this fragrance! I cannot believe that it doesn’t have patchouli in the notes. To me, it smells like a modern citrus-floral-patchouli fragrance. It’s a lighter version of the original Elle fragrance. Of these 2 limited edition fragrances, I like this one a little more. If they relaunched this limited edition, I’d pick up 2-3 more bottles (yes, the big 90ml ones) right away.

Onto Yves Saint Laurent Elle Limited Edition 2011 which contains the following notes: grapefruit and peony (top notes), jasmine and pink pepper (heart notes), and benzoin, amber and vetiver (base notes).

I love this fragrance too! It’s similar to the 2012 limited edition, but this one has a lot less of that phantom patchouli note. At the same time, it has a considerably more prominent grapefruit note. Gorgeous! This fragrance is bit stronger and a tad more longlasting than the 2012 edition. If this one was relaunched, I’d also repurchase it (1-2 bottles).

Yves Saint Laurent Elle Limited Edition 2011 and Yves Saint Laurent Elle Limited Edition 2012 are available as 90ml (if you can find them on ebay).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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