Bottega Veneta

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Bottega Veneta, Bottega Veneta (Bottega Veneta 2011) is a sweet, watery floral bouquet. It’s a bit spicy too.  Actually, it’s quite spicy…  Pink Pepper is very especially detectable at first, and patchouli emerges as a strong note in the drydown.

Longevity is weak to moderate and sillage is also weak to moderate (at least on me).  This is not a cold weather fragrance. Unless you project your perfume very easily I would suggest wearing this on a warmer day.

Top notes: pink pepper, bergamot.  Middle notes: jasmine.  Base notes: leather, oakmoss, and patchouli.

And ode to mineral oil…

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The often demonized mineral oil, and other petroleum by-products, found in cosmetics are hard to avoid.  However, being a person who tries, defiantly at times, to avoid “bad” ingredients in almost any and everything I’ve managed fairly well to abstain.  This past winter though I broke down.  I read one too many articles written about the safety of certain products due to the high level of processing they put their petroleum by-products through.  And it was so cold, and so dry and Vaseline started looking tempting…  After doing research on ewg.org and reading Paula Begoun’s take on it, I bought some.  Ever since then I have less of a black and white view of mineral oil and try to assess products containing petroleum by-products on more of a case by case basis.

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Vaseline Original is simply fantastic.  I use it to coat my eyelashes before going to sleep (my lashes are actually thicker and longer – no joke).  I slather some on my lips before sleeping too, and in between hair cuts I mix it with coconut oil to deep condition the ends of my hair.  And it lasts forever, and works!  I mean, sure, it’s not actually moisturizing, but it’s a great emollient.  So, when combined with a moisturizing product it helps the other product work overtime.  It also prevents the skin from drying out even if it doesn’t actually moisturize (on my lips at night).  And, you can use it for soo soo many things (baby bottoms, cuticle cream, lip gloss, etc.).  This stuff is irreplaceable.  Just make sure you buy the actual Vaseline brand because they supposedly have strict standards for their petroleum by-products and other companies might not be as safe.

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Ok, so I might not recommend Carmex Original Lip Balm based on ingredients, but man, it works…  I try mot to use this classic lip care product too often, but when my lips are really dry or I just feel like having super soft lips this product comes in handy.  Within a relatively short amount of time my lips are basically transformed.  Perhaps limited use combined with “safer” lip products is a reasonable option.  So, basically, use Carmex to treat the lips and then follow up with something more benign (i.e. Burt’s Bees).  And really, even the packaging of this product recommends limited daily use…

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Smith’s Rosebud Salve is still being made in the same way it was since the late 1890’s.  It’s a classic.  It smells like rosebud petals, is smooth, slightly tinted with a pretty pink hue, and is free from parabens and phthalates.  It does, however, have petroleum by-products…  And frankly, I just don’t care.  I’m guessing that they’re the safe variety, and even if they aren’t it’s so darn safe in other ways that I feel it “evens out” so to speak.

This stuff is fabulous. It can be used as a very slighty tinted lip moisturizer (my favorite use), hair smoother (in a pinch), or a moisturizer for your hands or cuticles.  And really, it’s just so darn cute in its pretty little tin.  It’s one of my new go to products (even though it’s been popular for quite some time).

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I can’t believe it’s already almost June.  But, I’m glad…  I’m ready for summer.

What are you looking forward to this summer?  I’m looking forward to being outside as much as possible.  For whatever reason, I’ve been craving nature lately…

At any rate, I hope your week is starting well. 🙂

Knot

There aren’t many fragrances launched within the last five years or so that I really like all that much, sadly.  However, after recently sampling Bottega Veneta, Knot (Bottega Veneta 2014) I’ve discovered a huge exception.

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Top notes of: clementine, mandarin orange, lime, neroli and orange blossom. Middle notes of: white rose, lavender, and peony. Base notes of: musk and tonka bean.

Knot is uplifting, clean, pretty and modern with a sort of airy orange-kissed vibrancy. It reminds me of a contemporary version of Acqua Di Parma, Colonia with reviews of both fragrances often citing a certain Italian, sunny beauty.

The sillage is modest but nice and longevity is decent.  The drydown is slightly sweet and quite luminous.  Again, it’s a very gregarious scent with an ability to almost bring cheer to its wearer.

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Today I’m hoping to finally finish the remainder of our Christmas cards.  Yesterday I had the semi-thrill of dying several items green…  There was an oldish Lily Pulitzer strapless dress and a scarf.  Both items were white as white can be, so the green is very vibrant and I’m actually kind of excited…  I feel like I invented a new dress (sort of) and the scarf is now wearable (white has never been particularly flattering next to my face)…  I also think that seeing something colorful and bright was a psychological boost.

Anyway…

Have a restful Sunday, my dear readers.  🙂