Jeanne En Provence Brand Review : Soaps, shower oils and hand creams

Hello folks!!

Merry Christmas! I was unable to post this earlier on, since I was under the weather the week before Christmas. Then came the weekend where we got super busy prepping and hosting a huge lunch for our friends. After all the Christmas madness here I am back to blogging πŸ˜€ Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I am now looking forward to the next round of parties and luncheons coming up this weekend πŸ˜‰

Jeanne En Provence is a family owned business that has been around since 1978 and their products are from you guessed it..the Provence area in France πŸ™‚ They work with the local farmers there and most of their products are made in the region. I was curious about the brand since they are reasonably priced and they had a good range of scents to try out too.

I was most excited to try out their bar soaps because I have been a soap junkie since I was 4 years old. My grandmother used to get gifts from her acquaintances when they returned from trips abroad, and many a times it was fancy soap. She would keep them aside for me since I was, according to her, the only 4 year old who appreciated the smell of fine soap. Jeanne En Provence very kindly send me their soap gift set which has 4 different soaps and also the soap in the scent Peony.

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Jeanne En Provence Soaps

The soaps in the giftΒ  set come in 4 scents: Fleur d’Oranger, Verveine, Rose and Lavender. I think my favorite scents are Verviene and Rose. I really liked the Peony scented Soap too which is sold separately. I might try the other products in the Peony range since I am into floral scents and the soap smells divine. All the soaps have a pleasant smell which is not overpowering. They give a nice creamy lather too. Overall, I think these soaps are great for the price and are comparable to artisan french soaps which I have tried in the past.

I was also sent 2 products from their Divine Olive collection, namely, the Divine Olive Multipurpose dry oil and also the Divine Olive shower oil. The scent of these products don’t immediately strike me as Olive probably since I have never really smelt fresh Olive leaves or fresh olive flowers. There is a slight floral smell mixed in with a bit of cut grass smell I think. I don’t think I can describe the scent..you jut have to smell it for yourself πŸ™‚

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The Multipurpose dry oil and Shower oil from the Jeanne En Provence Divine Olive collection

I like the multi purpose dry oil as a post shower moisturizer for my skin. It sinks in and doesn’t leave a greasy after feel. This is a multi purpose oil which can be used on the face and hair as well. I am usually very careful about what I put on my face since my facial skin is super sensitive. I might try this out on my hair sometime! Have you tried the Jeanne En Provence multipurpose oil on your face or hair?

The shower oil is not what I expected. I thought it would be more like the almond shower oil from L’occitaine or the shower oils from Rituals. Those shower oils are very thin in consistency. This one however is thick like a shower gel. In addition to Olive oil, this also contains another interesting ingredient called Soapwort which is used in the French country side to wash skin and hair due to its gentle cleansing properties. I found the shower oil to be a very gentle version of a traditional shower gel. It leaves a nice scent on your skin and does not strip your skin off of moisture. I think its perfect for the winter months!

Jeanne En Provence also sent me 2 of their hand creams. They leave a nice velvet layer on your hands. They are perfect to use just before you stuff your hands in winter gloves and dash out the door for some outdoor fun in the winter.

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Jeanne En Provence Handcreams

Again scent wise if you are a lover of floral scents the Rose and the Jasmine hand creams will smell like heaven to you. I am usually not a fan of Jasmine scents since I find the scent too over powering. This hand cream however is lightly scented and is more crisp and clean smelling than most Jasmine heavy scents I have tried in the past.

Overall, I am really impressed with the brand and I think more people should be talking about Jeanne En Provence! Have you tried anything from the brand? If not, why not treat yourself to something from the brand to ring in the new year πŸ˜€ They currently have a sale on their gift boxes!! (HERE)

Until next time, ciao!!!

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide : Fine Salt Scrubs from The Cottage Greenhouse

Hello folks!

In our third installment of the Indie brand Gift guide series I am giddy with excitement to talk about The Cottage Greenhouse. I don’t remember how I found the brand..maybe I saw them in an Indie beauty brand list but I do remember getting super excited when I visited their website! They have the most beautifully and aesthetically done packaging :).Β  I also had an ah ha moment because guess what, this brand is part of the Margot Elena group of brands. I have always had a girl crush on Margot Elena because of how beautifully she presents her products and the attention to details, which makes the perfectionist side of me really happy. Her brands like Tokyo Milk, Library of Flowers and Lollia all have products perfect for gifting. In fact, my next installment in the gift guide series is also going to be a Margot Elena brand πŸ˜‰ Stay tuned for that one too!

The Cottage Greenhouse has a lovely range of lotions, body butters and scrubs which are perfect for pampering yourself or a favorite person in your gift list πŸ˜€ I picked up 2 of their fine salt body scrubs to feature in this gift guide series.

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Fine Salt scrubs from the Cottage Greenhouse

The Carrot and Neroli fine salt scrub is listed as one of Oprah’s favorites πŸ™‚ The scent of this body scrub is fresh and crisp. This is a bit of a summer scent to me so I’ll probably dig into this scrub in the summer time! The scent of the Wild Ginger and Agave scrub actually surprised me. I was expecting a very spicy woody scent but instead it is best described as being warm and sweet. It feels very invigorating and cozy at the same time to use this in the shower. It is the perfect companion for a nice warm winter bath.

As I mentioned a million times already, I love the packaging! It is so elegant and the plastic square tubs have a good weight to them and feel expensive. I also like the little details in the illustrations and the details around the tub. Unfortunately, I do not have the beautiful exterior packaging these scrub came in…I have a toddler in the house who sometimes runs off with stuff which you might then never see again πŸ˜€

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Love the attention to details when it comes to packaging!

These are fine salt scrubs so they are not going to feel ‘crunchy’ or rough when you rub them over your damp skin. They are creamy to the touch and have enough exfoliating power to leave your skin feeling smooth.

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Creamy and rich in texture!

They also have moisturizing ingredients like shea butter in them so your skin does not feel totally stripped after exfoliating. The ingredient list for both the scrubs is slightly different (obviously). Check out the full list of ingredients on their website. (HERE)

Overall, I am very impressed with the salt scrubs. I would love to try their body butters next! Have you tried any products from the cottage greenhouse?

Until next time,ciao!!!

2018 Holiday Gift guide: Body Oils from Elizabeth W

Hello Folks!

As promised a while back, here I am with a gift guide series featuring small brands that have amazing products which would make unique gifts for loved ones. Today the brand I am excited to talk about is Elizabeth W, a unique small batch apothecary based in San Francisco.

When I was looking around for interesting brands to feature in this series, Elizabeth W caught my eye for their elegant and simple packaging.Β  I am a big fan of aesthetically packaged products, even if it is just a bar of soap πŸ˜€ There is nothing more delightful than gifting (and of course receiving ) beautifully packaged products!

Elizabeth W started off as a perfumery and now they have incorporated their fragrances into a range of bath and body products, candles, room diffusers, beautiful silk sachets, sleep masks and more. Their website (HERE) is an absolute delight to explore!

I decided to feature their body oils in their 3 signature fragrances : Magnolia, Vetiver and Te for this series. As I mentioned before, they come in simple yet sophisticated packaging as you can see for yourself πŸ™‚

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Body Oils from Elizabeth W

Moving on from the packaging, lets talk about the body oils. These oils can be used on damp skin just before towel drying or they can be added to your bath water for a luxury bath. I mainly used the oil on my damp skin and loved it! My skin is super dry and the oil left my skin feeling soft and supple. The oils are winter must haves according to me!

The Magnolia fragrance is described on their website as follows: White magnolia petals deepened with saffron and sandalwood mingle with Riviera mimosa and gardenia. I could definitely get a whiff of the sandalwood when I used Magnolia and I think it is a very warm comforting fragrance. It somehow reminds me of my childhood and carefreeΒ  simpler times and thus is my favorite one πŸ™‚

Vetiver is described on their website as follows: An original creation of heavy vetiver, balanced with light citrus tones and green tints of bergamot from the peels of nearly ripe fruit. I loved this scent too and I think it is a unisex scent. If you like strong woody scents, this is for you!

Te is described as follows: Gracious, spirited, elegant. An enticing marriage of oriental black teas, juicy fresh Amalfi lemons, and the sweetness of almond honey. I find Te to be a crisp fresh scent which means I’ll be reaching for this in the spring summer time.

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Elizabeth W body oils are housed in pretty glass dropper bottles

I love how distinct and unique each of these body oils are! There is something for everyone. They do have the body oils in other fragrances too so if you get a chance to visit their store in San Francisco do go smell them all πŸ˜€

The ingredient list is also simple and elegant, very much reflective of the brand as a whole.

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Ingredient List

Overall, I am loving the body oils and would love to explore their other products. I think the 3 signature fragrances from Elizabeth W are unique and interesting in their own way. A DIY gift bundle such as this is a great gift for any one who loves trying out different scented bath and body products. So, if you have someone on your holiday list who loves perfumes and scented products, check out Elizabeth W.

Until next time, ciao!!!

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Coming soon!! The Holiday guide series 2018 featuring indie and small brands!

Hello everyone!!

I am very excited to announce that this year I plan to start a gift guide series on my blog! I have not done anything of this sorts before, so I am super pumped especially since I will be featuring niche brands, small brands, indie brands, local brands, new and upcoming brands… you get the drift πŸ˜€

The lillynlilly holiday gift guide 2018 featuring Indie Brands coming soon on the blog and here too!!!

So come join me in this fun series exploring some amazing makeup, bath and body care brands πŸ™‚ Hope to kick start the series next week..until then check out some of my recent posts!!

Ciao!!!

Cyclax Nutressa Cocoa Butter Body Lotion

Hello everyone! Every once in a while I do tend to forget packing certain cosmetic items while travelling. I am usually quite organized but every now and then I forget basics like deodorant, lip balm and body lotion. The last time I traveled to Europe I forgot to take my body lotion along and my skin was mad at me! I popped into a drugstore in Spain called Primor and picked up the Cyclax Nutressa Cocoa butter body lotion for 2 Euros!

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Cyclax Nutressa Cocoa butter body lotion

For the price tag I wasn’t expecting much but I was in for a surprise! The lotion is extremely light weight and non greasy making it ideal for summer time. In fact it was perfect for Spanish weather πŸ™‚

The lotion is tinted but it doesn’t translate to any color on the skin. It has a pleasant smell that isn’t too over powering. The biggest plus for this lotion is that it is non greasy like I mentioned before..it sinks right in to the skin. However I doubt this would be moisturizing enough for dry winters.

Cyclax is a UK brand and the body lotion is made in the UK. I pulled up the ingredients from the Amazon UK website :

As you can see the ingredients are pretty similar to a lot of standard drugstore body lotions with Glycerin, Triglycerides and Cetearyl Alcohol in the top of the ingredient list. Cocoa butter does make an appearance as the 8th ingredient listed so the lotion is very much true to its name ( I have seen lotions where the ‘main’ ingredient is listed at the bottom so this is impressive).

Overall, this is a great body lotion for the 2 Euro price tag. Have you tried anything from the Cyclax brand?

Until next time, ciao!!

Camay Dynamique Aqua Shower gel in Pink Grapefruit

Hello everyone!

It has been a while since I last posted on the blog..almost 3 months! I took a break due to lots of stuff happening in my day to day life πŸ™‚ It is good to be back and thank you all for sticking around!!

If you are a 90s kid then Camay soap might have been a staple at your household…atleast it was at my place! They were nice smelling bars of soap and ads talked of how they added real french perfume to the soaps. On a recent trip to the middle east I came across a Camay Shower gel display and was super excited and got all nostalgic seeing the name Camay.

They had it only in the Grapefruit Scent which would not have been my first choice had they had more options.

Camay Dynamique Aqua Shower Gel in Pink grapefruit

I have to admit that I picked this up purely for nostalgia..this also led me to have high expectations! Like I mentioned earlier, Camay soaps used to smell awesome! They would scent up the whole bathroom and it was a sophisticated smell…not a run off the mill soapy scent. Unfortunately, the shower gel didn’t really wow me in scent department.

As a shower gel, it was okay. It suds up nicely on a wet loofah and has a really mild scent.

I really wish the old Camay soaps would come back into the market..I miss the smell and of course it reminds me of my childhood, my house and bathroom growing up πŸ˜›

This post was all about Nostalgia! I’ll get down to the business of real reviews from my next post onwards!

Until next time…ciao!!!

Grace Cole Passion Fruit and Guava Body Scrub

Hello everyone !

Today I am going to share my thoughts on yet another product I got to try when I was visiting my parents. I have not seen or heard of the brand Grace Cole, and so this is the first product I have tried from their brand. So, a body scrub usually last a long time for me..simply because I forget to use it πŸ˜€ Recently I have started trying to use body scrubs a bit more frequently and decided to try the Grace Cole Passion Fruit and Guava Body Scrub.

Grace Cole Passion Fruit and Guava Body Scrub
Grace Cole Passion Fruit and Guava Body Scrub

Straight out of the tube this does smell like a good blend of passion fruit and guava but, unfortunately the smell does not last once you apply this onto your skin. The body scrub is a very watery gel with tiny scrub particles suspended in it. I am a big fan of body scrubs that work as a shower gel in addition to being just a scrub. Unfortunately, this one was a failure for me simply because it does not lather up. On the plus side, it is not drying on the skin due to its non lathering nature. When using this scrub I am forced to use my shower gel in addition to this. Bath time becomes a complicated 2 step process πŸ˜› Β I also found the scrub a bit too gentle. It would have been great if there were more scrub particles in the gel.

Overall, I am not a big fan of this and probably won’t purchase this again. I am open to trying other products from the brand though. What are your favorite items from the brand Grace Cole?

Until next time…ciao!!