Revolution Skincare’s Mood Calming Cleansing Oil

I have little control over things at the moment. One thing that this pandemic has taught me is how the only thing I can control ( to a certain degree ) is myself, rather than other people and situations around me that I can do nothing about. That’s why I push myself to read as many books as I can to keep my brain functioning, I write on this blog to keep myself creative and when it comes to self care I pamper myself when I can in an affordable and easy way. And one thing that always helps is keeping on top of my skincare routine which not only can help me look better but feel better too. The cleanser I was using in my routine had finished and I decided to buy Revolution Skincare’s Mood Calming cleansing oil. At the time of purchase this was on sale on their website for £5.60, usual price £8.00 for 140ml.

Why this? I tend to find that if I want to get to the base of a skincare problem my best starting point is looking at what I’m washing my face with. I felt my previous cleanser could have been more hard working when it came to cleaning my skin, and I knew I was suffering from stress. Stress can manifest itself in many ways on the face and I refuse to let it take hold of me and make my skin look tired, aged or even spotty. This cleansing oil is something I’ve had my eye on for awhile and when it was included in their recent sale it made it a more affordable option to buy and try.

Revolution Skincare’s Calming Cleansing Oil

What is it supposed to do? This is a cleansing oil that’s designed to soothe stressed skin without stripping it of moisture, by being gentle and effective in its cleansing action.

Packaging. 140ml of cleaning oil in a pump dispenser glass bottle. It looks very smart, simple in style but very appealing with a basic looking label.

Scent. Hard one to describe. Its not fragrance free as it has a scent to it, but its not obvious or strong but very light. It doesn’t belong to a particular fragrance family, but its a scent that isn’t offensive and I can’t see many people having an issue with it. Has a hint of a sweet floral base but exceptionally delicate.

Consistency. As the name suggests this is an oil. Typical oil texture but not thick as its easy to pump out and is very fluid. Pretty much the same thickness as a facial oil.

In use. I used two pumps of this on dry skin. The oil itself was so satisfying to rub over my face as it simply glided over the skin. It didn’t sink in and stayed on the surface, which meant I could either spend 5 seconds cleansing or 5 minutes. This made mince meat out of my eyebrow pencil, which previous cleansers had struggled to remove despite the product not being special e.g being waterproof or semi permanent. Once finished, I rinsed it off with warm water, which was very easy to do. And purely out of habit wiped my face with a damp muslin cloth to make sure my face was oil free. How effective this is on heavy make up I can’t comment as I don’t wear make up except as mentioned my trusty eyebrow pencil which I would die without!

Skin afterwards. In look and feel my skin was clean, fresh, felt hydrated and not stripped of any natural oils but very importantly didn’t look or feel oily. Lots of people I know are scared of using oily products on their skin thinking it could prove to be problematic and actually create greasy skin but not the case with this product.

One week after use. I’ve noticed that my skin does appear to be behaving itself and looks as if its in a better condition, smoother in fact, compared to how it was before. My facial routine hadn’t changed except for using this as a cleanser so I’m confident that this product has been helping regulate my skin.

Recommended? As a general cleanser definitely! If you love your oils and balms to cleanse with or slip into your daily routine as a treatment then this is a must! It cleans the skins, it doesn’t dry it out and its really easy and quick to use and quite enjoyable to apply. My only wish is I would really love this to be available in not only a bigger size ( at least double for home use ), and a smaller size ( 50/60ml ) for travel. Definitely an affordable everyday skincare product that won’t break the bank or your skin. What also makes this a great product to own is there is a matching face cream and mask so you can have a complete routine at your fingertips. Grab yours now direct from Revolution here and give yourself the gift of good skin.

The Calming Range

* At time of writing this post the cleanser is still on sale, so grab it while you can at a discount!

Fragrantasia’s Violet Laundry Wax Melt Pot

My love affair with wax melts will never end. I adore candles but they are for show not for burning. I am way too tired and forgetful to light a candle and then remember to snuff it out. So wax melts are my go to for home fragrance and more importantly in an electric wax warmer so no worries about flames, heat and my bouts of amnesia. I’ve been lucky enough to receive some wax melts and pots from Amy of Fragrantasia, to try them out as she is relaunching her wax business soon and bringing out new scents and products. My first melt came courtesy of Violet Laundry.

Fragrantasia’s Violet Laundry Wax Melt Pot

Packaging. Wax is housed in a lidded pot, which I find to be an easy form of packaging when it comes to storing wax, checking wax ( especially in warmer months wax and heat are not friends unless its combined with a wax warmer ) and having the occasional sniff session.

Appearance. I love this type of wax pot as visually I find it very appealing! A base of soft pink coloured wax with bubblegum blue coloured wax chunks playing peek a boo through out it. Simple, cute and effective!

Scent. In all honesty I wasn’t too sure what Violet Laundry would or could smell like. Laundry yes…clean and fresh, but not violet. But what I did find is when I opened the lid the scent strangely was very familiar. It reminded me of parma violet sweets. Slightly sugary…and I guess violet scented? But what makes this a little different is the slightly powdery notes to it which gives it that clean and fresh hit.

In melt. I popped in a quarter of this wax pot into my wax warmer, and while it was slowly melting through created a gorgeous wax pool where the strands of blue chunks and pink wax slowly merged into one. The scent smelt exactly the same warmed through as it did when cold, and it filled my small but perfectly formed kitchen from corner to corner.

Strength and longevity. Laundry scents on the whole are notoriously known for being one of the strongest family of scents where wax is concerned. I would describe the strength of Violet Laundry as being medium strength. There’s no mistaking its there, its not hiding in the air its THERE. I walked into my kitchen and it smelt so good, and fought its way bravely through moderate cooking smells but the scent itself isn’t overwhelming. Longevity is great. Its a steady scent that continued to throw itself out for hours and hours.

Recommended? I love sweety scents and I love laundry scents so this scent is a dream for me! What I do like about this scent is if you do enjoy your clean scents, having a sweet/floral/fruity element makes it less boring and predictable, and makes it a little fun, less heavy and summery in scent. Fragrantasia are working hard behind the scenes to get some amazing new products for sale so website isn’t live yet but expect reopening in July so keep this website bookmarked here for announcements. Violet Laundry is definitely on my list to be purchased, and should be on yours too!

Jenny Makes For You Strawberry Cheesecake Sugar Body Scrub

I know many of us have been dying to get into a physical shop to buy non essential items in the UK but not me! Well…not most of the time. I work in retail and have done so non stop during this pandemic so I see the good, the bad and the ugly of physical retail therapy. So if I can order online and save my time and sanity perfect. If I can get a good deal price wise, even better. And if I can purchase hand made products from a small business AND its local to me I’m willing to do a happy dance. So when one of the bath and body product businesses I stalk, sorry I mean follow on Instagram, did a sale recently and I also found they were based in Manchester like myself it was a sign! Buy buy buy! One out of the two products I ordered from locally based Jenny Makes For You was their Strawberry Cheesecake Sugar Body Scrub which cost £5.10 ( instead of £8.50 ).

Why this? I’ve had my eye on this vendor’s products for ages ( yet again the evils of Instagram strike! ) but I haven’t NEEDED anything. What I found I did need was a a body scrub and I timed it perfectly as this was on sale at a special price. The actual scent and name is completely me as I love foodie inspired products and especially those that appeal to my sweet tooth and love of sweet smelling scents.

What’s this supposed to do? This is a rich sugar based scrub with cocoa butter and coconut oil. So with these ingredients this will provide a hardworking and effective body scrub, while hydrating the skin during and after use.

Jenny Makes For You Strawberry Cheesecake Sugar Body Scrub

Packaging. You get 240g of scrub in a lidded plastic tub. The labeling tells you and shows you through pictures and words exactly what you are getting, and overall gives this product a fun and simple feel before you even remove the lid.

Appearance. Oh my! Dribble dribble… this is one of those products you need to double check you apply it to the skin on your body and not shovel in your mouth! Why? It LOOKS just like a cheesecake! If you look at the side of the packaging ( its clear ) you can see two distinctive layers. You have the base which colour and texture wise looks just like the biscuit base of a cheesecake, and the top layer same texture but pink in colour. So when I took off the lid, of course this is a scrub, so the pink section isn’t whipped or cream like but a jam packed scrub which was identical to the bottom.

Texture. Lots and lots of very fine grains. Think of caster sugar consistency. Its not a totally dry sugar scrub as I could feel a light coating of some sort, but it doesn’t sit in a pot full of oil and grease.

Scent. Strawberry, fruity, sweet but not too syrupy is the first thing I got when I smelt this scrub. What I was quite pleased with is it didn’t hit me very strongly when I took off the lid. Sometimes less is more, and I wanted to smell this more in use rather than in its packaging. Also, doesn’t help with my hayfever that smells ( more so strong ones ) create a game of Russian Roulette to what will sit well with me or not, which this wasn’t a problem at all. I did mention that this scrub is dual layered. The bottom layer had a different scent to it compared to the top, and I could only get this once I scooped some of the product out to use. It reminded me a little of the smell of a Jaffa cake but nice ( I hate Jaffa cakes they are the devil’s work ). A light citrus element from orange, a little vanilla which gives it a distinctive bakery scent especially combined with the strawberry. All elements delicate but obvious, and really enjoyable to smell.

In the shower. I used this scrub on wet skin while in the shower, and took out a decent amount that covered three fingertips and applied it to the top half of my body, and then delved in for a little more for the rest of me. It spread over damp skin easily, and I could feel the grains of sugar working against it providing an exfoliating action. The scent was there which I loved, which made this a pleasure not a chore.

On the skin. After I applied this being the lazy person I am, I already had a tub full of water ready for me to slip into so I could gently rinse this off. Once it was off I was surprised how soft and silky my skin felt, as if I had just put on a dry oil…but in the bath. Out of the bath and after my body was dried it still felt silky soft, highly moisturised but not greasy. I could even detect the scent on my skin too which was very light but still delicious.

Overall? This is a beautiful scrub. The scent and the look of it is fun but it’s still a hard working product. It does everything you want a scrub to do to the skin and is enjoyable to use and these combined elements mean I would buy this again in a heartbeat! This is one of those products I already have various friends in mind to buy for as a gift for a birthday or Christmas. This maybe my first purchase from Jenny Makes For You but its not my last! Find them on Etsy selling lots of different bath and products here now.

Strawberry Melts Breathtaking Rancher Wax Melt

My name is Karina and I am a wax melt addict! There you go I said it! Social media has a lot to answer for so I try to avoid posts where wax or bath and body product vendors showcase their new makes and mention when they are up for sale. Why? Because I want THEM ALL! And I’m working hard to use what I have before making new purchases ( I say this all the time I am a broken record ). But Strawberry Melts had a restock awhile ago and some melts fell into my basket. They looked so sweet and lonely and I needed to comfort them….so I bought some! My first melt from this purchase was Breathtaking Rancher.

Why this one? This is what I call a fusion, a merge of two separate scents. Breathtaking I’ve had before on its own. Not my usual go to scent but I found it quite interesting. Rancher is a scent that IS my typical go to and I just wanted to see if they would work together.

Strawberry Melts’ Scent Description. Breathtaking- Top notes of lemon, sweet orange and aloe waters. Middle notes of white pepper, white eucalyptus and a steam room accord. Bottom notes of sea moss, beach wood and clear musk. Rancher – Super sweet, super fun. Just like the pineapple flavoured candy.

Appearance. A trio of three chunky wax shapes consisting of a love heart, star and flower. All three being the same colouring which is the softest of green topped off with a darker shade of green. Each shape being the perfect size to pop in a wax warmer.

Strawberry Melts Breathtaking Rancher

Scent. The three melts were in a plastic wrapper and when opened up the first thing that hit me was a juicy, ripe, sweet hit of pineapple. Mouthwatering, the type that makes you dribble. Even more so because its not just the smell of pineapple…oh no…but with added syrupy sugar that smells of pineapple flavoured sweets. Not that dissimilar to a pineapple cube if you’ve never tried a rancher. After the fruitiness came a more earthy, crisper and cleaner scent underneath which is what I’ve gotten before while melting Breathtaking on its own in the past. Somehow these two work and don’t fight each other but compliment.

In melt. I popped one of these into my warmer and slowly but surely it melted away leaving a beautiful sea green pool of wax. The scent was already there, and like so many wax melts from Strawberry Melts the scent grew and grew and filled the room rather than deliver a massive hit and then linger and disappear.

Strength and longevity. Medium to strong in strength. Obvious but not heady. Important for me at the moment with suffering from hay fever as my head can be super sensitive. Longevity was very good. I changed my wax to a new one purely for a change rather than the scent had gone, and this was melting away for at least a good 4 hours at a time for 4 days.

Recommended? A curious blend which I’m glad I took a chance on. I seem to be finding some brilliant blends at the moment that on paper don’t quite match but do in real life work! And if there was anytime to melt this THIS would be the perfect time of year, due to it having that tropical Summery smell. I would love to see this come up for sale again and give this a massive thumbs up. Not available at the moment as the scents and wax changes regularly but visit Strawberry Wax Melts website here to see what is currently up for purchase and to keep tabs on this making a reappearance.

Superdrug’s Turmeric Revitalising Clay Mask

I’m finding myself spending less on beauty products so far this year than last year. The current climate we are in doesn’t help, but before the madness of 2020 kicked in I already placed myself on a sort of beauty product buying ban. Why? Well…when you get into the habit of buying lots of ‘stuff’ regularly and not getting a chance to use them, they add up! And by the time you know it you honestly have no idea what you have and can open your own shop full of products. So being the newly frugal person I am I’m continuing to dig into my product treasure chest as I recently needed ( well my face did! ) a treatment mask . I pulled out Superdrug’s Tumeric Revitalising Clay Mask that I got last year as a gift from one of my good friends.

What does this mask supposed to do? Draws out impurities and extra oil from the skin, and makes it feel and appear smoother.

Superdrug’s Turmeric Revitalising Clay Mask

Apperance and texture. Lets start off with the colour….I haven’t seen a colour like this since my kids were babies! Can’t deny it its not attractive or appealing and looks a little like poo. It has a slight orangy tint to it which I would love to say reminds me of a good curry but it doesn’t. I didn’t expect the colour to be beautiful but I think the combo of turmeric, clay and shea butter doesn’t produce a visually appealing mask love child. Texture is smooth and quite thick and what you would expect from a mask containing clay. Easy to apply though and because of its consistency none was wasted and stayed firmly on skin.

Scent. Definitely has a turmeric scent to it but not too strong but its there! I felt there was a slight citrus element to it which gave it a zing and slight freshness.

How to apply. I pretty much followed instructions which is apply to clean skin avoiding the eye area and leave on till dry for 10-25mins, then rinse off with warm water.

On the skin. It didn’t take too long for my facial expressions to become frozen after this had been applied as it does dry out quickly and you feel it. Not in an uncomfortable way but expect it!

Removal. I used a damp, warm muslin cloth to get this off and it did the trick. I followed it with warm water to make sure all residue was gone and it had.

After use. My skin felt and looked a little smoother, a little more rested and I felt it was fresher. I checked my skin the following day and felt I could see the same results which made me feel very happy!

Top tip. I got three uses out of this one sachet! I found the first time I used this a third of it was plenty when applied to face and neck. And because my skin was quite angry and confused at the time, I didn’t think I would get the best results so gave it a few days later to try it again and used the same amount. My skin seemed to be much more receptive this time, and I found I still had more mask to use so saved it. With it being clay based, where the packet originally opened I could see the start of the mask had dried up. So I simply cut and opened it from the bottom and the mask was absolutely fine to use.

Recommended? This is a great and affordable mask which if you want to have your own little spa like treatment at home will help! Don’t be put off by the colour and the scent isn’t overwhelming. It left my skin in better condition than what it was prior to using it. And the fact I got to use this more than once was a win win! 99p per sachet and regularly on a 3 for 2 deal which makes it great value. * With everything that is going on with store closures, click and collect and online deliveries its best to check what the current situation is with Superdrug if you want this product or anything else from there. Visit the site here, and possibly bookmark this product to purchase at a better time for you if not right now. xxx

The Body Shop’s Banana Bath Blend

Anyone that has kept their eyes on my bath and body posts recently will see I’ve developed a bit of a love affair with the brand The Body Shop. Putting to one side the one or two products I used and liked from when I was a teen, its not a range that I’ve particularly thought about until one of my good friends became one of their consultants. She educated and entrapped me by waving bath bombs, home fragrance and all things in between at me through social media and reeled me in hook, line and sinker. And through her I was very lucky to receive one of their new products called a Bath Blend that she kindly sent to me to cheer me up and lift my very sad and exhausted mood at the time. The fragrance I was sent was Banana and its been my bath buddy for the last few evenings.

What’s a bath blend? This particular sub range harnesses the powers of fruit and vegetables. A hydrating, moreish fragranced bath and shower cream that not only combines vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but moisturising and nourishing ingredients such as avocado and coconut oil to provide a decadent and well above average bubble bath.

The Body Shop’s Banana Bath Blend

Packaging. You get 250ml of bath blend in a screw top lidded clear bottle. You can see the bath blend in it, with the labeling complimenting the colour of the blend perfectly with its hues of green, orange, yellow and brown. Very earthy in appearance and strangely enough could easily be mistaken for a milk based drink because of how it looks and its contents. Very appealing!

Scent. Oh my! I was praying this wouldn’t smell artificial and fake and thank god it didn’t! Banana is an odd scent which could go horribly wrong as I don’t feel it’s the easiest scent to create. This smelt to me of chopped up bananas that weren’t quite ripe but close. Drizzled with a touch of honey and a dash of cream thrown on top. Its creamy, sweet but not sickly and has an almost vanilla-esq element to it. Truly beautiful, true to life and not for drinking!.

Consistency and texture. Its not a gel or a traditional bath cream. It’s milky/creamy yellow in colour and has quite a thinnish consistency to it, but not too watery. If you have ever tried a bath milk I would say this is similar when poured out.

In the bath. With its consistency I didn’t need to use much, and under warm running water this lathered up like a dream and created ALOT of foam. Soft, white and fluffy which is just how I like my bubbles, making this bath inviting. Underneath the foam the water was a very pale yellow tint. But goodness it was the scent that got me…..exactly the same as what I got in the bottle, but mixed with warm water in a warm room it truly was beautiful. Not heavy, not too strong, very comforting and yummy and just the perfect scent to help set the scene for a great bathing experience.

FOAMMMMM!

On the skin. Very kind and gentle while in and out of the bath. Non drying, no irritation, and I didn’t walk around smelling like a milkshake!

Recommended? I had a feeling I would like this when I saw it being released and I love it! I very much am a bath person especially evening time so for me a kind and gentle formula is needed, but what I want most of the time is foam and scent which is exactly what I got from this. So this gets my seal of approval 100%. Only problem I have now is which one should I try next? Oh sorry…did I not tell you? The Bath Blend comes in not only banana, but also berry, mango and pear! For only £8.00 a bottle you could get one of your 5 a day…well sort of! Visit The Body Shop online here to make an order or try and reach out to one of their consultants who can provide you with your own personal shopping experience.

The Body Shop’s Moringa Bath Bubble

Writing in general over the last month hasn’t been on the top of my priority list. Keeping myself sane and safe though has been. But trying to keep myself creative and having a small sense of normality is good for me and this is why I’ve flipped open the laptop once again to get back into reviewing products which I’m currently using or just used. Are bath, body, face or even wax products essential considering what’s going on currently? Are they important? When I’m laying in a bath actually switching off and not having a mini breakdown because I’m relaxing for a few moments surrounded by bubbles and beautiful smells… then for me it is, and possibly the same for many others out there. So I delved into my collection of bath products over the weekend and I picked out the Moringa Bath Bubble by The Body Shop, given to me by my lovely friend Jenny last year, as a bath time treat.

What’s a Bath Bubble? The Body Shop’s Bath Bubble when popped into the bath provide bubbles, fragrance and colour. Think of a supercharged bath bomb and that’s what I think a Bath Bubble is.

Appearance. Wasn’t too sure what this would look like, although in my mind assumed it would be square or rectangular in shape because of how its packaged ( small plastic wrapper, green and yellow in colour, reminds me of a sweetie wrapper ) but nope I was wrong! The cutest bath bubble in the perfect shade of Easter yellow with tiny dotted orange speckles on it was actually heart shaped! Simple but super sweet! (If I had actually looked on the website I would’ve known this as it clearly shows what it looks like but I do love a good surprise! ). Reminded me of bath fizzer because it was flat and looked quite chalky but wasn’t.

Moringa Bath Bubble

Scent. This is a very pretty floral smelling bath bubble. A smallest hint of being powdery, but on the whole an uplifting, slightly sweet floral mixed in with a touch of plant. I’m not a floral fan in all honesty. It normally has to be mixed with something else. But because this isn’t heavy and doesn’t have one particular flowery scent dominating it, I found this to be very pleasing, quite youthful and modern but classic all at the same time.

In the bath. I threw this under warm running water wondering what would actually happen. I could see the outer layer of this fizzing nicely and as the water continued to run, it started to produce small amounts of foam. By the time I came to turn the water off what greeted me was a surprising amount of foam from such a small little item! White, fluffy, super soft and airy foam lay on the top of a slightly yellow/marine coloured bath water, which impressed me greatly. The original fragrance I could smell when I opened the packet was what I could smell in my bathroom but it was beautifully subtle which I loved!

On the skin. First and foremost this was a very relaxing and enjoyable bath. The foam, the scent, I felt totally chilled out and my skin felt cocooned in the bath water. What I discovered though is the bath bubble didn’t totally melt away but a tiny mini version was left at the bottom of the bath. When I held it and rubbed it between my hands it wouldn’t simple break, but what it did was give off a very moisturising creamy foam which I used to cover my body from top to toe and washed myself with it. Then I rubbed it into my tired feet and dry and cracked hands, and actually used not only the foam but the bath bubble itself directly on these areas to provide a mild exfoliating action. And out of the bath? Skin felt soft, not dry or irritated and hydrated.

Recommended? Before I was given this I didn’t realise that The Body Shop made these AND bath bombs. I didn’t realise that a small £1.50 love heart would be of such high quality and unbelievably affordable. I had no idea that it would create such a decent amount of bubbles, be kind to my skin and provide a a great fragrance. This is actually a bit of a revelation to me and which couldn’t have come at a better time. Perfect bath time treat for anyone, great little filler for a gift for someone and sooooooo CHEAP! Oh, did I mention it comes in other fragrances too? I WILL be buying more of these for both myself and friends too. So if you haven’t guessed…yes..recommended 110%!!

Now….to order you can go to the website here, but if you are lucky enough to know a Body Shop consultant, please order from them directly. Difficult times requires us all to support each otherx

Strawberry Melts Rhubarb Rose Dove Wax Melts

What I love about the world of wax melts/shapes/pots/bars is their versatility. Wax vendors across the UK ( and I’m sure abroad too ) have some amazing scents and such a huge variety it means those who love wax and buy it are spoilt for choice. One of my latest purchases from Strawberry Wax Melts is the invitingly named Rhubarb Rose Dove which has been melting away in my home recently.

Strawberry Melts Rhubarb Rose Dove

Why Rhubarb Rose Dove as a scent? I chose this because I’ve had Rhubarb Rose and Dove separately in wax melts in the past, love the scents and thought surely this must be a wax marriage in heaven?

Appearance. These melts came in a pack of three. Each a good size which could individually be popped into a warmer with one piece being sufficient for one use. Each wax melt is shaped as a 6 petal flower. Each one not identical in colour but similar, with different shades of pink and purple running through each.

Scent. What you get with this melt is a fruity, uplifting scent with a floral rose element to it ( rhubarb rose ), but then it becomes very clean and fresh all at the same time ( dove ). It literally is the smell of a bar of soap of the same name with a floral sweet twist to it.

In the warmer. Watching this melt was definitely enjoyable. These wax melts as mentioned are a decent size so took a little time but melted in the end. The flower slowly drowned and turned into a very pale lilac shimmering pool which was so pretty.

Strength & Longevity. Strength from this is great. I would describe this as being medium to strong. This was melting away, as all of my melts tend to, for at least 3days ( hours at a time ) and it was still going great guns. By the time I changed it it was purely to change scent not because the scent had died.

Recommended? 100%! I LOVE this scent! Why? Its a great alternative to a traditional laundry/clean scent which this is…its clean. Its clean but unusual and so enjoyable to smell thanks to the floral twist. Talking about floral.. where rose is concerned I’m not a rose fan, but this isn’t that full on rose thanks to its sweetness. Its such a beautiful blend and with dove added to it you just can’t lose. I defy anyone that wouldn’t at least like this scent let alone love it. This one is on my to buy again list.

Fancy this in your wax warmer? Head over to SW’s website here now and get that home smelling beautiful! These won’t break the bank at a cost of £2.50 for a pack of three which will provide hours and hours of fragrance.

Nuxe Prodigieux Perfume

I don’t call this blog mybeautywaxstash for nothing….I HOARD beauty, bath, body and wax products! Not intentionally to be fair. Sometimes I struggle to find the time to use items, sometimes I buy them at great prices and ‘ stash ‘ them away to use in the distant future and sometimes I simply forget I even bought them. Nuxe Prodigieux perfume was an item I bought in a gift set when it was on sale after Christmas, and I thought it was about time I actually used it as I fancied a fragrance change.

Packaging. Very elegant. 30ml of eau de parfum living in a tall and thin glass bottle with a gold lid. The bottle itself is quite simple in look but beautiful, and mirrors the style of the box it comes in. Both have an ombre effect going on as the base is coloured a gorgeous copper colour and gets lighter to the point its clear in the bottle but the box is gold.

Nuxe Prodigieux Perfume

Scent. This is what I would call quite a classic scent. It’s feminine, floral with the tiniest hint of citrus, musk and vanilla. The floral element to me probably stands out more, but has a warmth to it making it a richer, heavier scent rather than light and whimsical.

Strength & Longevity. When I first sprayed this, because of the type of scent it is, I assumed this would be very strong and possibly linger in an overpowering way regardless of how little or more I used. Strangely enough this wasn’t the case at all. I could smell this all day when I wore this while at work but it was subtle and pleasant, and didn’t make me feel like a walking fragrance counter from a department store.

Nuxe Gift Set

Recommended? Definitely! I know of Nuxe as a skincare brand rather than a fragrance one, but I’m so glad I took the plunge and got hold of this scent. Compared to any other fragrance in my collection, this one I don’t feel would date. It’s not relying on any trends and is sticking to a a formula which is timeless, sophisticated and is what many would call ‘ a true perfume ‘. I can see a young lady to an older woman loving this fragrance so not a scent that would exclude any age. Would you want a classic scent in your fragrance wardrobe? Currently on sale for £13.89 ( at time of writing this post ) for a 30 ml bottle on Amazon. Get yours here* and treat yourself (or someone else! ).

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Druid and the Witch Rainbow Cloud

I’ve noticed recently within the bath bomb world there has been a very affordable bath bomb from a discount store which is in the shape of a cloud and gives off streams of colours while in the bath. Is this a totally new product? No. I’ve seen many online bath and body product vendors make these type of bath bombs for awhile now but it does seem to have filtered through onto the high street. So this got me thinking…..have a actually got one of these bath bombs in my stash and if so what is it like? And guess what yes I do, or should I say I did. Not from the high street but from an Etsy seller called Druid and the Witch. Their Rainbow Cloud bath bomb costs £2.20 and I bought mine within a set sometime last year.

Rainbow Cloud by Druid and the Witch

Appearance. From the name of this its not hard to guess this is the shape of a cloud, and a flat one. Takes up the palm of my hand in regards to length and is roughly an inch in depth. On the front you can see a delicate and pretty mix of white and shades of purple highlighting the shape of it. And for added detail there is a slight shimmer to this bath bomb and a hand painted silver lightening bolt on the left hand side. On the back is the relevant labeling in regards to fragrance and ingredients. If you look on the bottom edge of Rainbow Cloud you can see different colours popping through ( purple, blue, yellow ) giving you a hint of whats to come during bath time.

Scent. Mine was scented Blueberry Lemon whereas currently its the fragrance Candy Hearts available for purchase online. When I took this out of its plastic wrapper and gave it a little sniff there was a faint smell of something citrusy but if I’m honest it wasn’t strong or very apparent.

In the bath. I had the warm water running when I put this in. As it got caught up in the current I could see this turning round and round like a windmill, while it released streams of different colours. It wasn’t as uniformed as what I thought it would be e.g separate straight lines of colour, but that’s a little hard to do if the poor thing is fighting for its life in my bath! While the different colours was released ( I saw green, purple and yellow ) some foam was created, and once the show had ended the water in the bath became a pretty sea of lilac coloured water topped off with fluffy foam.

On the skin. No issues for me, no irritation, and I continued with my usual after bathing ritual of moisturising with a body lotion while feeling very relaxed.

Did I get what I wanted or expected? One of the things I love while using bath products such as bath bombs is fragrance. Before use, during and after I didn’t really get much fragrance which I would have liked. But in all fairness this product has been in my stash for a good number of months so whether that affected the scent I’m not sure. In regards to the colour it provided I thought that was pretty but my normal bath bombs could have given the same effect this did but I was surprised it produced foam at all let alone the amount as I thought it would behave more like a bath fizzer and just give colour rather than a foaming bath bomb.

Recommended? I would happily try this out again in a different fragrance and use straight away once purchased. As mentioned it was only the smell or lack of that didn’t quite grab me but everything else I enjoyed. It’s affordable, kids would love this ( and the bigger ones too! ) for the colour aspect and overall I think it was fun. Fancy trying this out for yourself? Visit them on their Etsy store here.