Natural Beauty Deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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I’ve rounded up some discounts from my favorite all natural lines, and a few that I am really excited to try out for the first time.

Acure: Take 50% off all orders on Cyber Monday with code CYBER2015. I have reviewed their Day CreamBrightening Facial Scrub and Towelettes. On Monday I plan to order their dry oil (can’t decide which scent!) and maybe give the conditioner a whirl.

DSH Perfumes: Get 20% off site wide (*excluding Scent of Hope) from now until December 14, 2015. use code: sparkle15. Dawn is a truly gifted perfumer, and has many 100% natural offerings. (Some are 85% natural and above, but under “about this product” at the bottom of the screen you will see 100% botanical if that’s what you are looking for). Vanille Botanique is my favorite.

French Girl Organics: All orders over $40 receive a free Lip Tint, through Nov. 30. Enter Code Freeship at checkout & leave note for color choice: Rose Noir, Cerise, or Véronique (while supplies last).  I have yet to review the FGO lip tints, but I love them!

In Fiore: is 20% off with code Red20, through Nov. 30. I have reviewed In Fiore too many times to link to the posts individually, but here’s one link that lists them all. If I were to recommend one item though, it would be the Lustra Cleansing Balm. Heaven!

Kahina: is 20% with code Kahina20, through Dec. 1. Here’s an overview of the brand. I adore their facial lotion, toning mist, bar soaps, and facial cleanser. They now have Fez Perfume Oil and I can’t wait to try it!

One Love Organics: 25% off with code merryolo25, Nov. 28-Dec. 1. This is my new favorite serum, and I have and order of Gardenia and Tea Antioxidant Serum and Vitamin B Cleansing Oil coming to me any day now! (Sit tight for reviews on all of these).

Osmia Organics:  20% off and free shipping on orders over $50 with code OOHOLIDAY2015 on Cyber Monday. This is a brand I have never tried, but will ASAP. Read the founder’s bio, and you will too.

Petit Vour:  20% back in store credit, plus a *free* green beauty gift (check site for availability) with your purchase of $29+. I have never ordered from this site, but I plan to! They have a terrific selection of all natural beauty products, so I thought I would let you all know about their holiday promo.

Providence Perfume Co: 10% off on cyber Monday with code CYBERSCENT. This is one of my most favorite natural perfume houses. Hindu Honeysuckle is my current love. Their Beauty Elixir is my go to for taming wayward frizzes and their body care is stellar!

REN Skincare: 35% off with code BF35 until Sunday (Nov 29). I adore their Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial,(another one I need to review, but in a nut shell it’s a hard working, efficient exfoliator). I have never tried this one, but I plan to treat myself to the Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish real soon.

Roxana Illuminated Perfume: 10% discount on any order over $25.  Use the code THX until midnight PST on Monday on the website. I adore her Rosa and Vera solid perfumes.

Tatcha: is 20% with code FF2015, through Dec.6. Man I have been away for a while! I need to review my faves from Tatcha as well! Anyway, if you’re going to start somewhere with this luxurious line, get the Dewy Skin Mist and the Camellia Cleansing Oil. Next on my list to try from Tatcha is the Pore Perfecting Sunscreen. Tatcha might not be up to the hard core 100% natural standards that some of you have, but it’s pretty darn clean. Their products are formulated without Mineral Oil, Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances, Sulfate Detergents, Parabens, PEGs, PPGs, Urea, DEA, TEA or Phthalates.
So there you have it! If you have any promos you have found, please share them in the comments



The Clarimonde Project, Part III

As this might be my last installment of The Clarimonde Project, I would like to thank Lucy of IndiePerfumes for inviting me to partake in this extraordinarily inspired adventure. I’m hoping many of you have listened to Clarimonde via Librivox and perused the other participant’s blogs for reviews and beautiful prose inspired by this haunting romance.

There’s one aspect of this story that I have not touched upon yet, and that is the ending when Clarimonde is revealed to be a vampire. Romuald, the priest who fell madly in love with Clarimonde, did not disentangle himself from his lover once he discovered that he had been drugged nightly by her so she could drink his life giving blood. Rather, he seemed to relish that he kept her alive, so much so that his words could be mistaken for the prayer given before taking Holy Communion, “Drink, and may my love infiltrate itself throughout thy body together with my blood.”

When one celebrates Holy Communion, the host (bread) and the wine are symbolic of Christ’s body and blood. In Roman Catholicism specifically, the host and the bread are believed to become the body and blood of Jesus, which is echoed in the aforementioned words of Romuald regarding Clarimonde. Romuald not only partook in this ritual as a priest, but administered it to his parishioners as well. And at night, he gave of his own blood to save the life of Clarimonde. At one point in the story, Romuald even describes Clarimonde’s “beautiful hands” as “purer and more diaphanous than the host,” a direct reference to the Holy Communion.

This story is rife with death, rebirth, blood, flowers, decay, youth and passion. What an abundance of inspiration for a perfumer, right? Indeed it has been. I have three *perfumes at my table right now. One by Ayala Sender of Ayala Moriel Parfums, another by Dawn Spencer Hurwtiz of DSH Perfumes, and finally one by Monica Miller of Skye Botanicals. I have experienced them all separately, but as I have them together now, I am convinced there must have been a Clarimonde collective consciousness wafting through their creative spaces while they concocted their brews as they are rather similar.

They are all intensely floral perfumes that exude the weighty feel of aubergine velvet, burgundy brocades and red damask. Dawn’s perfume, Paradise Lost, is quite ambery and well-aged like a rich port. Monica’s creation, Sangre, is just as deep and dark as Paradise Lost, but it’s a little sweeter like over-ripe blackberries dripping in one’s hand. All three hint at a haylike note, but it’s Ayala’s Clarimonde Dream Pillow that emanates the most earthiness. It’s not a freshly tilled soil though, rather a soil on the edge of decay that is infused with rose, violet and carnation.

Each of these perfumes teeter on the edge between lushness and decomposition, which is right where Romuald existed. And all of The Clarimonde Project creations, including Mandy Aftel’s Oud Luban and Immortal Mine, by Maria McElroy and Alexis Karl are touched by the beauty and depth of this utterly captivating story. I am honored to have been a part of this event that so exquisitely married perfume and literature.

Visit IndiePerfumesScentLessSensibilitiesPerfumePharmerLostPastRemembered for more Clarimonde prose and watch for posts at JadeDresslerPerfume Smellin’ Things as well.

The Clarimonde Project Part I
The Clarimonde Project Part II

*Paradise Lost (DSH Perfumes) and Sangre (Skye Botanicals) are mixed-media perfumes as they contain small amounts of synthetics. Ayala’s Dream Pillow perfume is 100% natural.

Image of The Vampire by Sir Philip Burne-Jones at artmagick

Image of Victorian Vampire by FairyLover17 at etsy


May Day Muguet with DSH Perfumes


Oh how I adore lily of the valley! Everything about this little gem of a flower warms my heart from its precariously slim stem that secures its white blossoming bells, to its heavenly scent that beckons you to get low to the ground in order to sniff its fragrance. And while there’s nothing like experiencing a flower’s scent in one’s own garden, I have been on the hunt for a muguet perfume that fills me with a similar warmth.

Of course there are many, many conventional muguets available that provide lovely renditions of this flower. Caron’s Muguet du Bonheur, Dior’s Diorissimo, and Guerlain Muguet come to mind, but my penchant for all natural perfumes leaves me with very few options since this flower’s essence is very difficult to obtain, and when it is successfully extracted it is highly volatile making it near impossible to use in perfume.

Knowing this, I figured it would take a substantial amount of time and effort to create an all natural muguet perfume, so I was reluctant to “commission” one for a May Day blogging event. When I finally mustered up the nerve to ask Dawn Spencer Hurwitz if she would be interested in participating in such an event, I was elated when she said yes. Then, a few months later I was floored when she informed me that she was creating not one but two muguet fragrances as well as original artwork inspired by her process.

Dawn’s inspiration for Muguet de Mai and Muguet Cologne was the impressionistic vision of lilies of the valley blooming in a dewy garden, bathing in May’s sunlight and being refreshed by rich damp soil. Let me say that I am a huge DSH Perfumes fan. I have so many loves from this line and knew that Dawn would create something really wonderful for May Day. But I was truly astonished at how brilliantly she composed her muguets as they are closer to the real thing than any other muguet perfume I have experienced.

In her creation of Muguet de Mai specifically, she wanted to pay homage to the classics like Diorissimo and Muguet des Bois by Coty. Not only has she paid them sufficient homage, she has outdone them in her approximation of lily of the valley and with only botanicals as her palette. DSH’s Muguet de Mai is lush and vibrantly green with an earth-toned muskiness that grounds its opulent floral notes. Dawn’s own botanical accords of freesia, hyacinth, cyclamen and lilac fuse together seamlessly to bring forth a muguet likeness. Bergamot, lemon, and neroli provide the opening veil of citrus that one finds in fresh lily of the valley which then moves into the richly floral heart of the aforementioned accords as well as sambac jasmine, rose otto and ylang ylang. A touch of honey from linden and beeswax gives it warmth and sweetness while aged East Indian sandalwood, frankincense and benzoin allow the perfume to rest on a vintage foundation.

There are moments when I can actually smell these essences as individual notes, but they’re fleeting, as it should be. The experience of Muguet de Mai is not about singular characteristics, but that of a seamless and harmonious blend of complex botanical accords and notes that is redolent of a garden chock full of lillies of the valley. Muguet Cologne achieves this same effect, but with an even stronger nod to the earth’s rich soil and to the woods that might surround this garden.

Muguet Cologne shares many notes with Muguet de Mai like galbanum, and violet leaf, but there are distinct differences between them. Muguet Cologne is less floral and more earthy. A couple of the floral accords are replaced by coriander, vetiver, patchouli and oakmoss which provide men the opportunity to enjoy a muguet fragrance. Having said that, this is not overtly masculine and women will certainly savor its woody-ambery character.

I am really smitten with Muguet Cologne‘s vetiver beginning. It’s got a green and nutty bite that I so enjoy from vetiver. It offers a vibrant opening which leads right into its core of muguet’s blossoming bells. Its heart doesn’t have the same  floral intensity of Muguet de Mai, though. It’s more of a muguet suggestion, like woodland air wafting the scent of the flowers.

While I am crazy for Muguet Cologne‘s topnotes, it’s the drydown that really has me under its spell. The patchouli and oakmoss are blended to perfection and compliment each other so well. Both are known to be strong and at times overbearing, but this diad melds the smoky green-musk of oakmoss and the rich sweet/spicy balsamic quality of patchouli into an alluring blend that compliments the floral muguet backdrop.

If it’s not completely apparent by now, yes, I am totally in love with both of these fragrances and give them my highest recommendation. The thing is though, they are extremely limited edition, so be quick on your feet if you want some. The pricing and availability information is available now on the DSH Perfumes website.

I want to personally thank Dawn for her willingness to create these perfumes for this blogging event. I am humbled and completely blown away by what she has created. I also want to thank all of the participating bloggers (listed below) and hope you all will take the time to read their May Day Muguet thoughts.

DSH Notebook (This is Dawn’s blog and you will find all of her related artwork and even more information there regarding her creative process)