Fragrance Find - Lubin Paris Grisette Eau De Parfum

My latest fragrance pick is for those of you who love a niche, luxury perfume - with a fun backstory. 

French fragrance house Lubin was founded in 1798.  The house has created fragrances for the Imperial court and is known throughout Europe for its captivating, original fragrancesThis makes Lubin is one of the world’s oldest and most illustrious perfume houses.

Lubin doesn't introduce with new flankers - or debut new perfumes on a regular basis - so I was very excited to hear about their latest creation, Grisette Eau De Parfum.

What a breath of fresh air this fragrance is!  As you might imagine, I try and collect many scents, but it still puts a smile on my face when I smell something sophisticated with a sense of fun and happiness.  I think this will very easily become a classic in years to come. Actually, the name "Grisette" - the inspiration for this scent, harks back to a young 17th Century French working class girl who always wore grey fabric dresses, loved to party and have romance in her life (much like today's "It" girls!).

The fragrance notes, in and of themselves may be very familiar to many of you - particularly if you have other Lubin fragrances.  But as always, it's not just the notes that can really make their mark in a perfume, but their quality, composition and blending precision.

The scent opened up very bubbly, fizzy and full of citrus, enhanced nicely with a significant amount of aldehydes (Note: if you're a big fan of CHANEL No. 5, then you are predisposed to aldehydes, which have a champagne-like, sparkly, fizzy odor that makes fragrance fly off the skin).  I loved how the crisp, wood notes and the floral notes complemented either other after the top notes faded away.

The dry down was also quite lovely - it was a bit of a rose soap feel, with a soft, very light musk.

I got so many compliments when wearing this scent - from men and women.  It's a "grown up" scent for a women who is not afraid to make a statement - but without being overbearing.

On my skin, with a liberal spray I got about 5+ hours of wear - a little more on very hot summer days.  For me, this was crisp and light enough to wear in the summer, but I will also be continuing on with it into the Fall.

The bottle design is also vanity worthy with it's stunning bottle cap. It's a translucent light pink jade stone that you simply will look at with joy each day you own it.  

Take a dip into the Lubin Paris pool with this fresh, beautiful French fragrance with a fun side. - RLB

Purchase Here: Lubin Paris Grisette Eau De Parfum (50ml)

Fragrance Notes:

Top: Citrus, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Rose concrete
Middle: Iris concrete and incense.
Base: Musk, Amber, Cedar wood, Madagascan vanilla absolute.

*This product was provided courtesy of Lubin Paris PR for reviewing purposes.

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Softsoap Fresh + Glow Hydrating Shower Cream Body Wash

Softsoap Fresh + Glow Hydrating Shower Cream Body Wash has everything I love in a body wash - beautiful, creamy texture, rinses clean, and smells amazing!

This body wash almost has creamy lotion feel out of the bottle, but it quickly blends with the water to create big, moisturizing lather.  I found it was also quite concentrated, so no more than a dollar coin sized amount was needed to feel really clean and also have the added moisture.

Now for the scent!  For those you who really like a nice fragrance when you shower, the almond and soft coconut can't be beat.  There's also a slight, fruity tropical note, but it's very well balanced and doesn't veer into the "Pina Colada" territory.

After rinsing, my skin did feel like it had a very light lotion on it, but it wasn't sticky, greasy or irritating in any way.  I actually appreciated not having to use much post shower body lotion at all in fact!

The bottle is very striking and fresh looking - and I loved the shape which made it very easy to grip and open the top cap while in the shower.

With the current great price make sure you pick up a few Softsoap Fresh + Glow Hydrating Shower Cream Body Wash. - RLB

Purchase Here: Softsoap Fresh + Glow Hydrating Shower Cream Body Wash, 15 oz

*This product was provided courtesy of Softsoap PR for reviewing purposes.

Celebrity Fragrance Find - Halle Berry Wild Essence

If you're looking for reasonably priced, fresh "green" scent with a bit of spiciness, then look no further that Halle Berry's latest scent.Wild Essence Halle Berry Women's Fragrance 

I've been road testing this scent for several weeks and I really enjoyed it!

For me, the (albeit beautiful) Wild Essence Halle Berry ads and promo pictures of Halle in the Forest are a bit not in line with the actual scent.  At first glance I thought the rain forest pictures and copy depicted a scent that was more spicy/sultry/musky.  However, it's actually more the "fresh green plants" essence of a rain forest that I think the brand was going for.

I found  Wild Essence Halle Berry to be a very fresh and floral/green scent.  It's perfect for those of you, who, like me, tend to lean a more towards scents that are not extremely sweet or fruity.  It's light, airy and "crisp" - the perfect scent of sweltering hot and humid days.  It's perfect to wear every day/office/running errands as you'll never overpower others, but you'll have a nice faint, subtle trail of scent to enjoy closely on your skin. 

The dry down was also very light, subtle and only slightly spicy/warm with a touch of sandalwood.

The lasting power is not as long much as some of her other scents - more in the 3-4 hour range on me.  But I enjoyed it enough to reapply in the late afternoon/early evening on many days.  Halle's scents may seem like the typical celebrity fragrance fare, but as I've discovered on several occasions now, they really are some of the best in the moderate/mass fragrance category.

While the bottle shape and design are not particularly unique or ground breaking, many of you will appreciate it's classic, simple and chic design.  I think Wild Essence Halle Berry is now one another 1 of my favorite Halle Berry scents, and a perfect, inexpensive fragrance treat to pick up for yourself. - RLB

Fragrance Notes:

Sicilian Begramot, Black Currant .Mandarin Zest

Freesia in Bloom, Linden Blossom, White Rose, Cotton Flower 

Silk Musk, White Patchouli, Crystal Amber, Sandalwood Bark

*This product was provided courtesy of Halle Berry Fragrances PR for reviewing purposes.