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Perfume n soap

my perfume

Lisa perfume with gunmetal fram

I had a box put away… opened it up, and found out it was a few perfume things from a few years ago.  This little bottle (about 7 ml) was in the box, so I made my own perfume today.   It’s called “Steam”.  I used:

  • carnation 

  • Fig fragrance

  • Orange blood Key accord,

  • Patchouli (the dark patchouli sample I recently had)

  • Castoreum blend

  • just a little liquid lanolin

What it smells like:   kind of powdery, and the castoreum blend gives it depth.  The castoreum blend is 50% real and 50% synthetic castoreum.  I smell the orange and carnation.  The fig just blends in there, and the patchouli isn’t real pronounced, but it’s great.  

Have to be careful when I spray it, so I don’t get it on my clothes, since it is oils.   I can only spray it on my sweaty neck and arms and forehead.  I love this scent, and I made it!  It’s been very humid lately.   It doesn’t have loads of longevity, but I might have to put some more castoreum blend in it.

Oh by the way, people make little concoctions like this and put a big price tag on it!


Scent by the Sea perfume oils



https://www.etsy.com/shop/scentbythesea  (click on this, the blue font for the link doesn’t show up, but it’s a link).

This one, Sweet Hashish, is a tobacco and powder amber.  Very nice, if you like tobacco perfume as I do.  If you apply this with Kabuki, another one of their oils, then it is even better.  Kabuki has cherry, red musk (whatever that is), and star anise.  The Kabuki alone is an unfinished perfume, like the heart of a perfume without the top notes and the base.



Some more oils to review:

I only sent for two chocolate ones in my custom sample pack, although they do have a a chocolate lovers sample pack as well you can get.   I tried Arancia Nero, and Barbary Belle.


Arancia Nero-  This is the strongest smelling oil, and most long lasting sample of the bunch.  It’s chocolate, orange, and whipped creme!  And it is strong.  I kept picturing the cell of an old jail in an old  movie with big black steel bars, like this photo below of Rosalind Russell in the movie-  His Girl Friday (1940).   Really, you are a prisoner of this scent whether you like it or not.  I liked it!   Somehow, the Ocean by the Sea’s chocolate oil is the strongest one they have.  Wonder where they get their oils?


Barbary Belle-  Another chocolate one.  This one is different from Arancia Nero, because it has tobacco and roses in the chocolate.  If  you love tobacco oil like I do, you’d like this one.  The rose in there is ok, not exceptional.  Rose oil can really vary.  This one doesn’t last as long, but it’s still good.

Other ones I got in my sample packet-

Maggies Farm– It’s just  ok,  Nothing speical. I thought there’d be a little manure smell to mix with the leather and greenery, but there wasn’t.

Egyptian Honey– sickly sweet musk, little honey.  Bad compisition. They ought to discontinue this one.

Dark Patchouli good, but doesn’t last long.  I thought Patchouli was supposed to.  There again, this is a perfume scent that is unfinished.  Needs more notes in there.  Patchouli and lavender and orange is nice.  Wish they’d try that.

Jasmine– I love jasmine!  This one isn’t too lovable.  It’s light and flies away.  Maybe they need better quality jasmine, or less carrier oil.  

Dream- I like this lavender frankincense, pentagram in amber fusion.  Just needs to be stronger and longer lasting.  I can’t buy it if it’s weak.  Have you noticed?  I like strong scents.

Cinema Rouge– Not to bad. It’s a vanilla amber spice and black orchid, their description says.  Nice vanilla, but there could be more of it.

In conclusion- the only ones I tried to my liking were: Sweet Hashish, Aranica Nero and Bayberry Belle.  They  have a lot more concoctions on their site, wish I could have tried them all.   If I asked them to make me another sample pack with their strongest scents, I wonder what other ones I would get?

Perfume oils- Scents of the Sea


I went to Scent by the Sea Scents of the Sea Etsy site (click it, the blue link isn’t showing up, but it’s a link).  for some perfume oils.  It’s been a hot summer, and I needed something new.   These 10 little samples were just 14.00 or 16.00 sh included. Very reasonable isn’t it?  I’m enjoying them, and I lay them out in front of my computer, like they are pictured here in the window sill.  Some of the oils are strong enough for me, but some are just to weak, so I  use the weak ones  like body oils on my legs and arms.  I might buy one of the strong ones I like, but it’ll be after I use up the little  brown vial when i realize I miss it!

Another blogger can shed more light on her sample bag (blue link color isn’t shown up, but it is a link, so click on “an even better review on these oils”).   An even better review on these oils

I’ll write more tomorrow about the ones I like.


4th generation perfumer

I love this man- Jean Paul Guerlain, for all his perfume achievements in his life. He brought so much luxury and joy to others in the form of his perfumes. Habit Rouge is such a favorite of mine. I have 2 empty bottles on my shelf from years past. It’s time to wear it again. I love it.
I posted this in July 2010, and I  just have to replay it. The best part of his talk is the strawberry pie his mom ordered for his birthday the day the germans came to evict everyone from the apartment building.

Ahava mud soap

ahava mud soap  april 2012

It works ok.  Too many ingredients on the package, yet  I’ll use up this bar although it won’t be a repurchase.  Smells nice.

Sweet Petula Provence soap

It is Lavender and Rosemary soap.  I took this photo by the bathtub so you can see the bar without the wrapping.soap provence april 21 2012

I enter the bathroom and smell this wonderful lavender/rosemary fragrance… it was the soap by the tub !  I love Sweet Petula’s soap, just love it. Generous bars/$6.95  soap page of Sweet Petula I have no affiliations with the soap makers- I just enjoy their soap.

Celtic Sea Salt Soap by selina


Not bad.  Smells of  cinnamon .  I bought this one at the health store for $6.00.   I appreciate when the label has the size of the bar – 4.5 ounces it says.   I wanted a sea salt bar of soap because the salt is so good for cleaning your skin.  Here’s the ingredients:

coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, vegetable oil, sodium chloride (lye), celtic sea salt brand, cocoa butter, vitamin E (not from wheat), cinnamon essential oil, ground organic cinnamon, organic oat.

I like cinnamon in cinnamon rolls more than I do in soap, but this was the only sea salt bar at the store, so I got it.  One thing, I sure do feel clean after a bath with this soap.

Gaiam Soap

Here’s a little almond fragranced bar of soap that is just right for a bath.  Gaiam soap link  

image  The bars are small; 3 oz. size, but easy to handle and they are only a dollar a bar! A dollar a bar.  It’s good bath soap and worth the price; one of my favorites.  I switch off bath soaps throughout the week; rotating about 5 different soaps.  Who says you have to stay with 1 bar till it is all used up?   I often come back to this one…

Ginger blossom olive soap

Another one that I keep coming back to in my soap box.  I have a plastic tackle box that I keep my soaps in.  link to Ginger blossom olive oils soap

I’ve been using Sweet Petula’s soaps for some years now and really like them.  Some day when I get to Seattle, I’d like to go in the store.  Thank goodness for being able to order online.  Below- photo of their soap all wrapped up, the one below isn’t Ginger blossom although.


I keep going back to this one because it’s an olive based bar.  Olive soaps are my favorite.  I also love the 6 ounce size of bars.  6 big ounces !  No wonder this bar lasts and lasts.

Caron’s 3 lavenders

Impact Pour un Homme de Caron Parfum is the best of all three; well kind of.  It’s a fresh true lavender with not much else.  I simply love it and would like to own it some day.  This one is the EDP to caron Pour Homme (the lavender/vanilla one).


The next one below is Pour Un Homme De Caron which has the same bottle as Impact and the same green color to it, yet this one has more than just lavender; it includes musk and vanilla and was created a long time ago by Earnest Daltroff.  click here to read about the creator of this great big gem of a perfume    



Caron Les Plus Belles Lavandes is the next one (below).  It’s a women’s scent compared to the first two as men’s fragrances.  I’d like to tell you how I enjoyed the little sample I had, but it’s so light and fleeting that I don’t have much to say on it.  It’s awfully light and fleeting!


Back in August (Aug. 10th)  I reviewed 4 other lavender scents that were not Caron’s.  There’s no comparison to the smell of lavender- it’ll never go out of style.