My Top Picks from Aesop

Aesop New

It’s been more than a little while since my last post, and I’ve really been enjoying my hiatus from blogging. But as much as I’ve appreciated my time away, I feel compelled to write about my new found favorites, and there are many of them! A review of my top five picks from Aesop is a great place to start as I love their simple presentation and amazing aromas. Just a heads up for those of you who prefer 100% all natural, these are not. They are natural leaning however, and their products are free of synthetic colors, mineral oils, silicones, parabens and pearling agents. (*more on ingredients)

First up is the Aesop Geranium Leaf Scrub. I’m on my second tube of this scrubbing wonder, as I am always a sucker for anything geranium. This is a bit different than your average geranium scented product though, as the geranium leaf is more subdued and does not overwhelm the scrub. It plays nicely with the bergamot and mandarin peel, completing a refreshingly aromatic triad. As for performance, I was pleasantly surprised at what a luxurious lather this produces with such little product, so the tube pictured above lasted me about 3-4 months when used twice weekly. The pumice is very fine, but does a fantastic job of exfoliating. I really can’t recommend this enough!

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Bath and Body by Providence Perfume Co.

Apricot Blossoms

Providence Perfume Company has branched out into the realm of bath and body products which came as a very pleasant surprise to me. I knew nothing of this development until a box filled with samples of body lotions and shower gels landed on my doorstep. I’m not inundated with press packages like many bloggers, especially since I’m on a bit of a break,  but I get a few, so I don’t normally get too excited over these things. This was an exception. When I lifted the top off of the box, I was truly thrilled and couldn’t wait to give them all a try knowing full well I would want to share my thoughts with all of you.

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Happy New Year + Acure Day Cream Review


It’s New Year’s Eve, and I’d like to say that one of my resolutions is to start posting on a regular basis again, but I’m not one for resolutions. I will say in earnest though, that I do hope to post more in the new year, and it feels good to be here now, sharing my newest find with you all.

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Zohar by Ayala Moriel Parfums

orange blossoms2Ever since my spring break visit to Scottsdale, I have been obsessed with the scent of orange blossoms. The orange trees were teeming with their impossibly pungent flowers, and rekindled my passion for its very special perfume. Luckily it didn’t take long to quell my obsession, as I had something awaiting me at home that would satiate my orange blossom needs. 

I mentioned in an earlier post that Ayala of Ayala Moriel Parfums had treated me to a lovely “thank you” package after staying with me in Portland. Fortuitously, not only did it include the Vetiver Racinettes soap that I reviewed, but also a sample of Zohar, her orange blossom soliflore. 

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Thoughts on Mother’s Day

iris bouquetMy older son went to an iris farm outside of Portland yesterday. He had a sleepover at a friend’s house, and in the morning his buddy’s dad drove them to Salem and I’m assuming they went here. When I woke up this morning, this enchanting bouquet awaited me at breakfast and their delicate but delightful aroma warmed my heart almost as much as my boys’ hugs and excitement.

But this post is not a humblebrag about my charmed life as a mom. I wasn’t going to post at all actually. After I read Anne Lamott’s piece about Mother’s Day on (thank you to IndiePerfumes for posting it on FB) I started to think more about all of the expectations around the day. Ones that aren’t met, either by us or for us. I thought about those who have lost their mothers literally or figuratively. Those who have lost children, or who have had difficulty in having children. As a midwife, I have to break the devastating news to women and couples quite frequently that the pregnancy they have been nurturing is no longer viable. I just had to tell a couple this last week. It’s a lot to bear on this day. This is a day that carries a lot of weight.

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