L’Origan

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In 1905, Francois Coty debuted L’Origan.  It was considered very advanced at that time (this is before the sinking of the Titanic and World War I of course) due to it’s use of synthetic materials.

I’m blessed to have found a very old vintage bottle of L’Origan (Coty 1905).  Using it is a treat…

It’s a particularly warm and spicy fragrance.  L’Origan is heavy yet delicate and reminds me of cinnamon sticks mixed with flowers, and the scent of burning wood.

Smelling it is like taking a small trip back in time because it’s extraordinarily vintage – it is nothing like anything one could easily purchase at present. During the drydown it becomes bright and effusive, but still maintains it’s heavy sensibility.  Again, I can’t think of any scent that so brings to mind an era when quality, romance and elegant ornamentation reigned supreme, as a very vintage bottle of L’Origan.

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My bottle came in a box with L’Aimant.

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Top notes: bergamot, coriander, orange, pepper and peach. Middle notes: nutmeg, spices, jasmine, violet, rose, ylang ylang, and African orange flower. Base notes: benzoin, Virginia cedar, incense, musk, sandalwood, vanilla, civetta, and coumarin.

I also am trying a few samples I recently acquired from Guerlain.  So far, I’m very happy with almost everything.

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However, my favorite item has been the Super Aqua-Serum.  It’s an anti-ageing, skin plumping intensive moisturizer meant for everyday use.  While it is heavily scented, the scent is far from offensive (it’s Guerlain after all) – it smells light and airy, and it lives up to it’s promises.  My skin is definitely softer and more refined when I use it.  It really does seem to “plump up” the skin.  My only complaints are that it’s a bit greasy at first, and of course, the ingredients aren’t exactly natural.  But, overall, I quite like it.

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Two of the other samples were Guerlain, Exceptional Complete Mascara and Guerlain, Secret De Pureté, Crystal Lotus Flower, Eye and Lip Make-up Remover.  The mascara was also very fragranced, but again, it was a nice scent – it smelled like lovely roses.  I think I detected a slight blue tint to the black shade I was using, but it was flattering.  I was slightly miffed that the mascara seemed to clump a little bit, but it was lengthening in a way that I’ve simply never seen before, and it created brilliant definition.  I was pleased, and apparently the actual mascara comes with it’s own mirror, as depicted in the ad attached to the tester box.  Of course, be aware, it’s not a mascara made from “natural” ingredients.

The Eye and Lip Make-up Remover was less satisfactory, but it worked. That’s the thing though, it just worked. It didn’t do anything remarkable, and actually it only worked once I used it over and over again.  Perhaps with time I would notice more of a difference, but sadly this product might not be worth the price since there are less expensive options that work just as well if not better.

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black cashmere sweater – Hayden, jeans -old, vintage earrings found on Etsy

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I love these earrings – they’re made from 1930’s camphor glass. I found them on Etsy.

So, I hope your week is starting off well.  It’s the last Monday of 2014, and then it will be the last Tuesday of 2014, and then the last Wednesday of 2014…  And then it will be Thursday of 2015.  And then Friday and the day after that will be Saturday.  Then comes Sunday again, just like yesterday was Sunday and then Monday is the day after that.  😉

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