Birchbox

October Birchbox

Image by Marie the Bee via Flickr

I’m so excited! I can’t wait to get my first Birchbox!!

October Birchbox

Image by Marie the Bee via Flickr

If you don’t know what the Birchbox is, I’ll tell you!

The Birchbox is a monthly subscription service. You pay $10 a month to receive a box of girly goodies. There is no contract and you can cancel at any time. They can take your payment off of a credit card and you can change the info at any time.

Now that that is cleared up…when you get your Birchbox, it will be filled with 4-5 deluxe size samples of high-end products.

What is a “deluxe size” product? It’s about half the size of a full product instead of in a tiny packet like other samples. If they do give you packets, they give you big ones and lots of them. Just look at the pictures!

For example, you may receive a half-bottle of hairspray or half-tube of mascara. You can get anything from cosmetics, to hair products, to toothpaste. Yep! Toothpaste. That’s what was in last month’s Birchbox, so I don’t think I’ll be getting any of that in my Birchbox!

There are plenty of beauty vloggers that have shared the contents of their Birchbox, so I know what to expect…nothing! You never know what you’ll get with Birchbox, but you’ll probably get something you’ll love and the products will probably last at least until your next Birchbox. That’s the beauty of deluxe-size!

I should be getting my first one within the next couple of weeks so I will update with a post and review of the samples.

My Favorite Perfumes

Has someone ever walked past you and left a beautiful scent in their wake? Has anyone ever asked you, “What perfume are you wearing?” Have you ever smelled a perfume or scent that immediately brought back wonderful memories, or just made you feel nice?

Some women have a signature scent and I think that’s an important part of being an elegant woman. I, myself, have a few special scents. Right now, I only have a couple of perfumes, and they aren’t my ideal scents. I don’t know what happened! I just ran out and never got more. I was thinking about all of the perfumes I’ve had and loved and the ones I’d like to have again. Scents bring back memories, and your nose remembers far more than your eyes, in my opinion. You can be walking around the mall one day and you get a whiff of a scent you haven’t smelled in years and all of a sudden, it’s after gym class again, and you’re dousing yourself with CK-1. And that’s another good point!

A dainty woman never reeks of perfume!  Your perfume shouldn’t be able to be noticed unless someone is close to you, and even then, should be subtle. A dab or spray on the pulse points: behind the ears, on each wrist, and some on the décolletage is more than enough. If the perfume is very light, a light spray on your hair is very nice!

Cheap fragrances smell like cheap fragrances! Cheap doesn’t have to mean inexpensive. I’ve enjoyed some inexpensive perfumes in my life. But some dollar store or designer imposter perfumes can be very off-putting.

These are my favorite fragrances of all time:

Charlie by Revlon–This was my grandmother’s (on my dad’s side) signature scent. I called her “Nona.” Nona wore Charlie everyday and everything she owned smelled like Charlie. I liked the way she smelled but I don’t like it straight out of the bottle or on me. I guess it’s true about frangrances smelling different on different people. Charlie White is more my taste.

Charlie was introduced by Revlon in 1973. Charlie was the first perfume ad to feature a woman wearing pants!  (Wikipedia.org)

Strawberry Oil from the Garden Botanika—My mom used to go to the Garden Botanika and just pick up this oil. It smelled like strawberry bubble gum! I loved it. Too bad there’s no more Garden Botanika where I live!

HeartAnother Garden Botanika favorite. Heart is actually their best selling fragrance according to the website. This scent is light and absolutely delicious. You have to smell it to believe it.

Navy White– I used to wear this when I was about 11. I must’ve got it as a Christmas present. It came in a little circular bottle with a navy blue top. The perfume itself was creamy white and I think it had a moisturizer in it. Very light and subtle but very pretty.

Chanel No 5– Another of my Nona’s fragrances. I never smelled it on her, but it was on her dresser and I kept it after she died. I looked up the shape of the bottle and found that it’s over 20 years old. It still smells lovely. I wear it sometimes. I like the way it smells but I think I wear it more because it’s Chanel no 5 than because I actually like it.

Revlon Streetwear Scent in “Fling”-I wore this scent when I was around 12. Flirt came in a little silver bottle and smelled like vanilla and candy. I can’t find it anywhere so it must be discontinued but Britney Spears’ Fantasy is very similar. I don’t know what’s wrong with Revlon because this scent was great.

Ralph Lauren Polo Sport– This may be the closest thing I have to a signature scent. It came in a tall, clear frosted bottle.  I wore it from around 16 to 22 (I’m 25 now) and have since run out. I may just get it again! It’s very strong so a little goes a long way. It’s an unmistakable scent and anyone would remember it. It’s classy and fresh.

K de Krizia-This perfume makes me think of the holidays. My mother used to wear it. It’s spicy and warm.

KenzoAnother perfume of my mother’s (I used it all up on her!). Kenzo came in a bottle shaped like a leaf and smelled as green and fresh as a rainforest. It was floral and fruity and wasn’t too strong.

Tommy­– Yes Tommy, not Tommy Girl. My friends and I would wear Tommy before Tommy Girl came out because it just smelled so good! I think it should’ve been a unisex fragrance because it smells even better than Tommy Girl.

Escape by Calvin Klein– A strong perfume that smells like sweet flowers. A good one for special occasions.

Jovan White Musk– This perfume is pretty cheap at less than $15 a bottle but it smells very good. It does have that musky smell but is very light-hence the “white” in the name. My fiancé liked this one! It’s important not to overdo a light scent. You might think that others can’t smell it on you because your nose becomes desensitized or used to the scent. Don’t worry! They can smell it! Too much of the scent (especially if it’s cheap) can give you and others a headache.

CK one– This was a big deal to the girls when I was in high school. It was soo cool to have a unisex scent and it smelled dreamy…My fiancé and I bought $10 bottles of fake CK one and CK Be (another favorite) thinking they were real. They were most likely watered down versions.

Gap Scents– All the Gap scents were coveted in high school. The girls would carry tiny bottles in their purses and spritz “Dream” and “Heaven” to their hearts content. “Om” is also good, but “Grass” and “Dream” were my favorites. Even now, if I were to come upon one, I’m sure I would be reminded of high school.

Opium– My mom got this as a gift for Christmas. It was a moisturizer, not the perfume. I thought it smelled so sophisticated, and reminded me of woodsy/spicy incense. Strong yet warm without the alcohol smell of cologne.

I hope I didn’t forget any! Please let me know what your favorite scents are and if you like any I’ve listed!!