Entries Tagged as 'Fragrance'

Lavanila Offers the Perfect Holiday Fragrance- The Perfect Vanilla



I am a sucker for a great perfume, but I have a very hard time finding ones I like. I have my loyal two that I refer to (they shall not be named here!), but I now have a 3rd that is my new ‘fave’- Lavanila’s The Healthy Fragrance ($58): The Perfect Vanilla. This intoxicating blend of Madagascar vanilla, soft freesia and rich heliotrope is created by natural perfumers who use only the finest pure essential oils.


For me, vanilla smells like home. That warm, inviting, yummy smell of cookies and sweets. Yes, it sounds like a storybook, but isn’t that fantastic? I have been wearing The Perfect Vanilla for 5 days now and everyday I hear something along the lines of “what smells like cookies?” or “what smells so sweet”, I answer “it’s me! It’s Lavanila.”

The fragrance is so concentrated that I only use one squirt a day and it still catches people’s attention. I am absolutely hooked on this perfume and cannot wait to wear it around the holiday parties. Also, side note- I have found that it satiates my cravings for ‘something sweet’, so I find I’m not eating them as much! Bonus:)


You can purchase Lavanila’s The Healthy Fragrance ($58): The Perfect Vanilla at www.lavanila.com.


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Treat Yourself or Someone for Valentines Day!


Valentines Day is approaching, whether your single or in a relationship , treat yourself to some new products to make yourself feel and look good.  I love trying new fragrances out, Here is a great gift idea for yourself or someone, or perhaps you can hint to have someone buy for you.  ;)

Fergie Viva by Avon The ultimate symbol of sexy empowerment this Valentine’s Day – Viva, the new fragrance by Fergie. Feminine, empowering, and unconventional, Viva by Fergie is a sexy contradiction of captivating cool herbs spiked with fierce lavender and intriguing vetiver. A fragrance for women who want to live life on their own terms, inspired by one of today’s most empowering women, Fergie.

Where to Find it : Avon representatives; Avon.com {Retail $ 19.99}


Who doesn’t want to to tighten, firm up , diminish those blemishes? well I know I do!! Check out Brazilian Peel.  This perfect peel   gives skin the jump start it needs before any Valentine’s Day date. The patented, self-neutralizing Brazilian Peel firms and tones skin (while reducing fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, and uneven skintone) all the while helping you maintain a radiant, youthful complexion.  Formulated with 30 percent glycolic acid, the nourishing antioxidant açaì, and the innovative Q-Mag Neutralizer, Brazilian Peel is the first professional-strength peel designed to deliver deeper, long-lasting results at home.

Where to Find it : Sephora.com { Retail $78.00; four applications}


Want hair to be glossy, flawlessly straight and smooth, and full of body for Valentine’s Day? Try out: John Frieda 3‑Day Straight™ Semi‑Permanent Styling Spray. This  Weightless spray with heat protection blocks out frizz as you straighten. Proprietary blend of polymers with keratin protein wraps each strand, sealing in straight styles for up to 3 days.

Where to Find it : Mass drugstores nationwide; Drugstore.com { Retail $9.99}


Happy Shopping!!

Author: Danielle Minnella www.danielleminnella.com

Review: B&BW’s Escape to the Tropics Collection


Oh, the weather outside is frightful. Here in the east coast, we’re trudging through the snow in our furry boots, defrosting our cars an hour before departure, and burrowing our heads back into our shells (or peacoats) like turtles. It’s days like these that I wish I was lounging in a hammock on the sandy shores of [insert exotic island here], umbrella-topped frozen girly drink in hand. Is it summer yet?!

We still got a few months to go, but Bath & Body Works’ new tropical line of scents for the spring may be the perfect escape for your winter woes.

The signature collection, “Escape to the Tropics,” features three island-inspired scents: Aruba Coconut, Bali Mango, and Rio Rumberry. Luckily, I got a chance to sample the Aruba Coconut Body Lotion and the Bali Mango Fragrance Mist.


Aruba Coconut (via bathandbodyworks.com)

Our exclusive Signature Body Lotion formula, fortified with powerful ingredients like super conditioning Shea Butter, fast absorbing Jojoba Oil and protective Vitamin E, hydrates skin with moisture that lasts all day. Our non-greasy formula absorbs quickly and completely to leave skin feeling incredibly soft, smooth and nourished, making it the perfect daily moisturizer.

The Aruba Coconut lotion was a bit strong at first, but the scent became more wearable as the day progressed. Aside from creamy coconut, there are notes of exotic lychee and white musk—which were all pretty spot on, although the hints of coconut should’ve been the most prominent. Personally, I’m all for the more natural, comforting scents, but this is great for those who would prefer not to walk around smelling like a legit coconut. The signature formula is on point as always; moisturizing and long-lasting. The best thing about B&BW’s lotions is that you can always expect to catch a whiff of the scent even after a full day’s work, without the need to layer a perfume/fragrance over it. And of course, they make my skin super soft!


Bali Mango (via bathandbodyworks.com)

Lavishly mist our refreshing fragrance mist all over your body to leave skin lightly scented with our exclusive Bali Mango, an exotic getaway of juicy mango, sugar cane, pink passionflower and luscious nectarine.
  • Top: Sparkling Tangerine, Asian Apple, Peony
  • Mid Notes: Thai Lychee, Passion Flower, Pink Rose, Nectarine
  • Dry Notes: Raspberry Coulis, Skin Musk, Sugar Woods

Next up was the Bali Mango fragrance mist, with hints of juicy mango, sugar cane, pink passionflower, and luscious nectarine. This scent instantly reminded me of Pure Seduction from Victoria Secret’s Garden Collection, a very popular fragrance as well. Staying power was pretty solid for a mist (around three to four hours before wearing off), but travel sizes are also available for mid-day refreshers. If you enjoy fresh and fruity fragrances, you’ll be in for a treat with this one. Plus, I’m a sucker for the cute packaging!


Both scents, although a bit strong for my liking, are overall definitely reminiscent of the ideal island getaway. Experience your own mini-vacation and check out these and other scents from the new line at your local Bath & Body Works. Currently, the website features a Buy 3, Get 2 Free or Buy 2, Get 1 Free ($11—$14) promotion on regular sizes, and a Buy 3 for $10 ($3.50—$5) promotion on mini sizes.


FTC: Products were sent by Tractenberg & Co. Opinions are honest and solely my own.


Review: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb


I hate floral fragrances and prefer spicier scents, so I wasn’t expecting to like Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb. I was pleasantly surprised!

Launched in 2005, it’s a sweet, yet spicy and robust scent that isn’t too overpowering like some floral perfumes.

What goes into Flowerbomb?

Sparkling Top Notes: The first enveloping harmonious notes come from tea and bergamot.

Generous Middle Notes: The profusion of flowers breaks out into a smooth, voluptuous chorus with mixed harmonies of Sambac jasmine, a hint of orange tree, Catleya orchid, freesia, and Centifolia rose.

Structured Bottom Notes: Patchouli provides a woody base, giving the fragrance its olfactory thread. The patchouli has been purified by the re-distillation of its primary essence, removing the earthy aspect, and revealing the most noble dimension of the flower.

I loved this so much, I picked up the $25 rollerball of Flowerbomb so I can carry it in my purse.

Where to purchase:



Neiman Marcus

1.7 ounces $115

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