Friday, 14 July 2017

Leather and Stench: The Grasse Roots of French Perfume

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Grasse, France. I'm sure you've heard of it, particularly if you're a fragrance fan. Considered by many as the capital of perfume, which also then allowed iconic scents from numerous French perfume houses to see the light of day (Gabrielle Chanel is even said to have created Chanel No.5 in Grasse). But how did Grasse become the birthplace of French perfume, and of modern day fragrances as we know it? 

Grasse - Parfumerie 3
Grasse Parfumerie By Christophe.Finot (Own work (own photography)) via Wikimedia Commons

Grasse wasn't always famous for perfume. Originally, it was a place full of tanneries that made leather. So how did this transition occur? And how did leather production play a role in modern day perfume? It's actually a fascinating story, so as a break from reviewing items, today I'm going to be sitting in my storytelling chair to tell you about the history of the relationship between leather and perfume, and how this relationship transformed Grasse and the world of fragrance forever. 

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Zenmed AHA/BHA Refining Scrub and Facial Cleansing Gel reviews

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Last week I posted the first half of my Zenmed skincare post that featured the AHA/BHA Complex, Renewing Microdermabraison Complex and the Derma Cleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment. The products together focus on helping to banish acne or blemishes and reduce the appearance of red marks and the production of excess oil on the skin. 

Zenmed AHA/BHA Refining Scrub, Renewing Microdermabraison Complex, Facial Cleansing Gel, Derma Cleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment and AHA/BHA Complex
Zenmed AHA/BHA Refining Scrub, Renewing Microdermabraison Complex, Facial Cleansing Gel, Derma Cleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment and AHA/BHA Complex

Today I am back with the promised second half of the post that is going to be featuring the AHA/BHA Refining Scrub and the Facial Cleansing Gel
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As I did with the first post, I'm going to explain each product within their designated sections as to not clutter up the intro and to cause any confusion. I'm also not going to repeat anything that I said in part one, so for a more in depth intro I will direct you to the original post and instead just dive right on into discussing the products.

Info on where to purchase the products can be found at the end of the post.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Zenmed AHA/BHA Complex, Renewing Microdermabrasion Complex and Derma Cleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment reviews

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Acne, spots, blemishes, zits, pimples, oily skin. Whatever words you choose to describe what's going on with your skin, there's one thing we can all agree on: it can be a pain in the bum to sort out. Not to fear though, today I have another range to show you all with the goals of clearing up your skin, no matter the issues. This post is also another feature within the "perfecting your base" theme that I've been focusing on recently (other posts include the Omorovicza Refining Facial Polish, Pixi Glow Tonic and my guide on getting rid of shaving rash/irritation)

Zenmed AHA/BHA Refining Scrub, Renewing Microdermabrasion Complex, Facial Cleansing Gel, Derma Cleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment and AHA/BHA Complex
Zenmed AHA/BHA Refining Scrub, Renewing Microdermabrasion Complex, Facial Cleansing Gel, Derma Cleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment and AHA/BHA Complex

Zenmed is a brand that focus on merging medicinal and natural ingredients to create products that actually deliver on their promises. I have a range of their items to show you (as you can see in the photo above), but as I have a fair amount to discuss with you about them I have decided to split this post up into two halves, reviewing some of the items in this post and the rest will be reviewed next week in part 2.

Within this post I am going to be showing you the AHA/BHA Complex, the Renewing Microdermabrasion Complex and the Derma Cleanse Acne Mask & Spot Treatment. I'll describe each of the items and review them within their own sections as to not clutter up the post and to keep it as clear as possible.

Next weeks post will discuss the AHA/BHA Refining Scrub and the Facial Cleansing Gel.

There will be a part at the end to direct you to where to purchase the collection if you are intrigued to try it!

So let's take a look, shall we?

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Crabtree & Evelyn Florentine Freesia Body Lotion and Moroccan Myrrh Cologne reviews

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Everyone! It's hot in the UK! Isn't that fantastic!? I really hope that you're all staying hydrated. Today's post though isn't going to be focusing on that though, but it will be focusing on keeping your skin hydrated. In addition, there was a wee holiday that happened over the weekend (Father's Day, I'm looking at you), and there is an item I was hoping to review for you in time for it. Alas, it didn't arrive on time, but I'm still going to be reviewing it for the men out there or for the men in your life anyway (if you fancy treating them)!

Crabtree & Evelyn Florentine Freesia Body Lotion
Crabtree & Evelyn Florentine Freesia Body Lotion

I recently reviewed the La Source collection by Crabtree & Evelyn that is perfect for summer, and today I bring you two more items that are also great for summer. The Florentine Freesia Body Lotion and the Moroccan Myrrh Cologne for men are two different but equally exciting items. I'll begin by explaining them briefly and then I'll jump into more depth afterwards. Info on where to purchase both items is at the end of the post.

The Florentine Freesia Body Lotion is a limited edition body lotion from the Heritage collection. The Heritage collection is based around three different flowers: Freesia, Violet and Jasmine. Each flower has a number of products that are scented with their corresponding flower. The Florentine Freesia items are scented with freesia, orange, pear and amber and come as the Body Lotion we're looking at today as well as the Bath and Shower Gel, Hand Therapy, Flower Water and Body Cream.

The Moroccan Myrrh Cologne is a fresh yet spicy composition for men that comes in a 100ml bottle size only. I can only describe it as being perfect for summer if you're the type of guy/your recipient is the type of guy who likes a bit of spice and zest.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Pixi Glow Tonic review

I've recently posted a couple of posts about helping to perfect your base (check out my posts about hair removal and clearing up shaving irritation and on the Omorovicza Refining Facial Polish). Think clearer skin, even skin tone, brighter, smoother skin, and so on. Whilst we had a couple of lipstick posts in between, today I'm back with what can only be described as a cult classic item to discuss with you all and I'm sure it needs no real introduction.

Pixi Glow Tonic
Pixi Glow Tonic

The Pixi Glow Tonic is an exfoliating toner that promises to remove dead skin cells, tone, brighten and firm the skin. It contains Glycolic Acid to exfoliate, Aloe Vera to soothe and ginseng to energise. It also contains Witch Hazel which is a great ingredient to help with blemishes too. It's suitable for all skin types, is alcohol free, not tested on animals and is hypoallergenic. 

A lot of folks have had great results with the Pixi Glow Tonic in regards to reducing the appearance of acne/blemish marks, evening out the skin tone, diminishing blackheads and creating a healthy glow. 

It comes bottled in a transparent orange bottle with both a green label and screw cap lid and the bottle holds either 100ml or 250ml of product. The toner itself is clear in colour, but if you've either seen or used this product in the past you may be aware that it used to be orange in colour. The Glow Tonic has gone through a minor re-formulation a couple of years back, and if you would like to know more about it I do recommend this fantastic post that goes into a lot of detail regarding the differences.
 
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