I find the smell of the products that I use to be such an important part of the overall experience. In this transitional time between summer and fall, I love to pull out some of the more uniquely scented products. It is an interesting time because I still want refreshing as we are till in the upper 80s most days in New York, but I am ready to put away the over fruity scents for something a little more complex. Now as ready as I am for fall, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and musk-heavy blends just don’t feel right with the weather. So, for this in-between time, I love my herbal and apothecary type smells– just invigorating enough without being overpowering…plus they tend to be a bit on the unique side, which I always love! Here is what I’ve been loving:
- Tocca Brigitte is such a gorgeous perfume. I mention it here as a transitional seasonal pick because it has notes of ginger, rhubarb, and saffron which give it a little spice, but it also has some lovely Moroccan rose notes that are what originally drew me to it. I would describe it as a light floral with a kick– I’ve been loving it so much and wearing it as often as I can that it is verging on signature scent territory. Tocca’s other perfumes, like Florence and Stella tend to get all the attention…but if you get the chance and love rose and ginger like I do, try to give this one a whiff!
- Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day hand soap is one of those fun household staples to pick up at Target because it comes in so many scents. Basil is by far the most amazing that I’ve tried and totally fits in to the “herbs and apothethecary” scent theme that I’ve been loving. Its a very fresh smelling soap– not too food-like at all.
- and 4. I recently got my hair cut and my stylist always uses this shampoo and conditioner line on my hair. I ended up purchasing it simply because of the smell– it’s a lightly floral and citrus ginger scent that really stays on your head and makes your whole shower smell like a spa. I love the shampoo, but I don’t find the conditioner to be heavy enough for my thick hair. However, if you have thinner hair and don’t want it to be weighed down it would be perfect! I am thinking about exchanging it for the heavier Keratin treatment in the same scent. I have noticed that my hair is very shiny when I use both products…and that smell…
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- I love a good scented candle. This affordable one that I found at Target was perfect for what I was looking for– invigorating with lemongrass and thyme, but definitely not an overly strong scent. I like this candle for my office space, but it would also be great for a bathroom!
- I talked about the Mario Badescu Facial Spray in my recent Skincare Routine post, but I really love spritzing it on in the mornings. In addition to adding a little burst of hydration, the fresh rose, aloe, and herbal scent is light and not overbearing…but perfect for a little pre-coffee wakeup 🙂
- Talking about making your bathroom smell like a spa, this Shea Moisture body scrub actually does make my bathroom smell like lemongrass and ginger for hours after I finish as an added benefit. Its an awesome sugar-based scrub that leaves my skin smooth and because it has an oily layer it also is quite moisturizing on its own.
- Last but certainly not least, I wanted to talk about Scentbird! Scentbird gave me a trial month of their product so I could review it for the blog and I am pretty excited to share with you. Scentbird is a subscription service that works kind of like old-school Netflix– you go through their website and select perfumes that you are interested in trying, you add them to your “queue,” and then every month they send you one! They also have a helpful quiz that you can take as many times as you like to help guide you towards perfumes you might want to try based on smells you know you like and that sort of thing. They have a pretty incredible selection of perfumes– I was able to find every perfume I was interested in sampling on their website, including some of the more obscure brands and luxury brands.
So on the first month, you get a very cute (and functional) atomizer with your sample, and each month thereafter you just get the sample to change in and out of the atomizer to take with you. Now lets get real. Is it worth it? Scentbird sends you 8mL of perfume for $14.95 per month = $1.87/mL. A Gucci Bamboo Travel Spray that you get at Sephora will run you $33 for 7.5mL = $4.4/mL. If you want the Giorgio Armani Si Rollerball from Sephora it will cost you $28 for 10mL= $2.8/mL…I could go on and keep comparing, but in price per ounce, Scentbird is definitely a better value than other luxury purse sprays or rollerballs– especially if you are interested in experimenting because they have so many perfumes. If you are interested in trying it out, the entering the code TSB25 at checkout will get you 25% off your first month 🙂
Let me know if you guys have any questions about Scentbird or any of these other products! I love talking perfumes 🙂