Hold on to your loofahs!
This post spans two days with lots of reviews of bath and body goodies from The Scented Lair. Today’s section, Part I, covers the bath products. Part II will review the body moisturizers.
Back in the day, when I frequented the MUA boards a lot more, I heard about a Canadian company called Make Me Smooth (it was actually Make Me Up prior to that) with a library of delightful scent creations, and would scent various bath and body products with the scents you chose. Many of the scents were food-related, and as a sucker for anything citrus+vanilla, I dove head-in and ordered at least a couple of times from MMS. (It wasn’t particularly inexpensive, and my fun-budget was lower in those right-outta college days!)
I adored those creams and bubbles! But then MMS, which was run by one woman, Nancy, out of her home in Quebec, had to shut down because said woman was moving—I believe it was to Australia! I think she did set up shop there, under a different name, but getting anything shipped to Canada from Australia was just not happening. Yikes, I don’t even want to think about the shipping costs!
So I held on to my last little empty tub of a MMS body cream that was imbued with a gorgeous fluttery, lemon-y cake scent—I forget the fragrance name—for years! It still smelled great when I finally recycled it last year (yes, I’m a bit nuts). There was also an orange marzipan scent (White Panforte!) that I adored. She also did fragrances that were her versions of popular perfumes, like Flowerbomb, Amazing Grace, and Pink Sugar, but for the most part I stuck with her own creations, which tended to be wonderful.
Anyway, once I threw out that old tub, it occurred to me to search for Nancy’s company again. Lo and behold, she was back in Quebec! And the new incarnation of her bath & body store was called The Scented Lair. Not much appears to have changed—the product lineup seems quite similar, based on my probably faulty memory, though some product names have changed. Most of the fragrances have been updated, as well, but as before, the library of scents, the Scent Menu Bar, takes a lot of time and note-taking to get through! There are plenty of scents that are not foody/gourmand, so I feel that most people should be able to find something they like. You can always get your products unscented, as well, but that just seems…not right at this shop. Haha!
The shop was closed for a while, but popped back again sometime in April, so, armed with the 15% discount code Nancy provided for the launch, I placed an order.
Here are the eight products, and their scents, that I received:
- Shower Scene (Whiskers scent)
- Foaming Shower Meringue (Lemon Coconut Gâteau scent)
- Sugar Puss (Paper Dolls scent)
- Layers (Kulu Bay scent)
- Soufflé (Kitten Paws scent)
- Hemp-isphere (A Mermaid’s Wish scent)
- Whipped (Limone con Latte Zuccherato scent)
- Whipped (Monkey Farts scent)
I think Nancy must have been inundated with orders, because while the turnaround time (TAT) on the website was listed as two weeks, it really ended up being a little longer, and in the end I received my order about three weeks after I ordered. Her TAT is about a week now, though!
In all, I ordered eight items (seven products), each scented with a different fragrance. Most of the things I ordered were sample size, which are ideal for trying out a bunch of different scents. Of course that ends up being more expensive, but did you see the length of that Scent Menu Bar? I literally want to try at least half of it!
Firstly, I got some free candy! I’ve got gestational diabetes at the moment (yay) and so I will be giving these to DH. Le sigh. Man, I love Hershey’s Cookie’s ‘n’ Creme, too!
Here’s the haulage of the bath products (all prices in CAD$, and before the 15% launch discount):
2 oz / 60 mL, CA$7.95.
Product Description: Body Wash/Shampoo/Bubble Bath with jojoba oil and hemp seed oil.
Scent: Whiskers (Vintage scent collection)
Notes: ginger, bourbon vanilla, cream, citrus.
Shower Scene is one of the nicest body washes I’ve used in some time! I used it on a pouf and even in my hard city water, it foams up nicely into a very fine lather of itty bitty bubbles. Really lovely. This product is on my repurchase list, for sure. I also tried it as a shampoo—it works well but I don’t think it works any better than any of my other shampoos. Nice that it’s multi-purpose like that, though! It’d be perfect for travel/gym.
The Whiskers scent I chose to go with Shower Scene was maybe a little ill-advised: Whiskers is soft and understated, and I feel like I prefer a body wash with a peppier attitude! Fruitier/foodier, or something. Something stronger. Whiskers is like a skin scent, all delicate, milky and powdery. It’s very pretty but next time, I’d put Whiskers in a moisturizer (or just get it in perfume form—it’s that nice!) and get something more brash for Shower Scene.
Foaming Shower Meringue
1 oz / 30 g (sample size), CA$4.50.
Product Description: Foaming Cream Body Wash with cherry kernel oil, sunflower seed oil, and babassu seed butter.
Scent: Lemon Coconut Gâteau (The Cake Chronicles scent collection)
Notes: lemon sponge cake, toasted coconut, creamy milk and sugar.
The Foaming Shower Meringue was a tad disappointing to me. I used it on a pouf, like I do with all my body washes, and a little does not go a long way. Granted, my city water is hard so things don’t foam up as nicely, but the Shower Scene body wash lathered up beautifully, so I certainly preferred that product. The Meringue felt nice on the skin, as it is lovely and creamy, but I needed too much of it and the foam disappeared quite quickly. Perhaps I’m not using it correctly, but it was kind of a dud for me.
The Lemon Coconut Gâteau scent was quite yummy, though I didn’t get coconut as strongly as I’d have liked, and the lemon had a tartness to it that occasionally reminded me of household cleaner. Not a scent I’d repurchase, which is a shame as I did enjoy its sweet milkiness.
2 oz / 55 g, CA$8.95.
Product Description: Foaming Sugar Scrub with shea butter, avocado oil, collodial oatmeal, and vitamin E.
Scent: Paper Dolls (Upon a Star scent collection)
Notes: vanilla milk, buckwheat flour, sugared apple, apricot.
I’m not usually the biggest fan of sugar scrubs, preferring salt, but Sugar Puss works quite nicely. My normally dry skin felt smooth and fairly moisturized after using it. The sugar in it is smaller-grained, and never feels too rough, though it still feels like it’s actually doing some exfoliating. It’s quite pleasant to use and I might repurchase it.
Paper Dolls sounded fantastic on paper, but it didn’t do much for me in the end. I don’t know if it’s partly because I had it added to a scrub instead of something like a moisturizer, in which it might seem more potent. It just fell a little flat to me, too subtle overall.
The plastic packaging is functional and no-frills: it works well. My only complaint is that the package labels could use a face-lift (that’s coming from someone who used to work in web and graphic design). I feel like even the old MMS labels were cuter! Also, the current ones seem like they’re a little unevenly hand-cut, and the print quality isn’t great. The labels also don’t hold up well if you leave them in the bath/shower.
But, as with any cosmetic product, presentation is important but the stuff inside is key—and The Scented Lair hasn’t let me down! My memories of all those great MMS lotions and potions remain happy ones. I’m already looking forward to trying out more scents…here’s my current wishlist:
- After Forever (marzipan, amber, banana cream)
- Antoine & Abigail (acai, mangosteen, citrus, peach)
- Belly Dancer (sandalwood, satsuma, vanilla, patchouli, tea rose)
- Bite Mark (cocoa powder, chocolate, honey, peach, cardamom)
- Chai Latte (warm milk, cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, ginger)
- Chocolate Dealer (dark chocolate, amber, saffron, cherry)
- Death by Lemon Meringue Cake (lemon custard, bruléed sweet meringue, pound cake, graham flour)
- Gin Martini (juniper berry, Siberian fir, ginger, vanilla, vermouth)
- Light of the Rising Moon (bourbon vanilla, lemon sugar, caramel, mint, white florals, lavender)
- Paradise Lost (coconut cream, mango, condensed milk, cardamom, ginger)
- Sin (blood orange, red musk, almond, powdered sugar)
- Spring Chicken (strawberry, apricot, rock candy, fizzy lemon drink)
- White Wolf (black tea, Madagascar vanilla, cream, myrrh, caraway)
Part II, with moisturizer reviews, will be posted soon!
All of The Scented Lair’s products are vegan and free of parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, artificial colors, and soap. The company is cruelty-free.
The Scented Lair is based in Québec, Canada.