Crabtree & Evelyn Holiday 2018

Crabtree & Evelyn Canada Going Out of Business (Plus: Song de Chine and Lavender & Espresso)

One of the very first perfumes I ever bought for myself was actually a blind-buy (which, if you know me at all, is hardly surprising!), Crabtree & Evelyn’s Song de Chine. It is long-discontinued, and to be very honest, I don’t even remember why I bought it! The marketing blurb must have sounded very compelling to me, and I have to say that when it arrived in the mail, I was quite excited to give it a try. As luck would have it, I loved Song de Chine very much—it was a soft floral with tea and vaguely aquatic notes—and the thrill of the blind-buy has not left me since.

From Crabtree & Evelyn’s press release in 1997:

CRABTREE & EVELYN SONG DE CHINE SCENTED BATH AND BODY LINE marks the company’s first major launch since it was purchased by Malaysia-based Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad. The five-SKU range, which Crabtree is promoting as the “essence of tranquillity,” is available now in Crabtree & Evelyn doors in the U.S. Crabtree & Evelyn Song de Chine bowed in the U.K. and Canada in June.

I’m doing some perfume and makeup organizing at the moment and don’t particularly feel like tossing everything up in the air and digging around for my old bottle, but I found this photo online for the same item I had…I feel like I might have thrown out the box, which is sad as it’s kind of pretty, isn’t it?

Image: Sovrana Parfums

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Sally Hansen, the woman herself. Via

Sally Hansen: A Life Revealed


I’ve long wondered about the mysterious woman named Sally Hansen whose name is used by ubiquitous drugstore nail polish brand. I’d assumed the company had been started by a Sally Hansen, but there was never any information about her online, even on Sally Hansen’s official site. There were even tidbits online mentioning that such a person never existed.

Now, I can only assume that the good folks over at Sally Hansen were just as curious as I was, because “[i]n 2014, a team of investigative journalists was hired to uncover the truth. And after months of failed leads…her story is finally ready to tell.” (

Late last year, Sally Hansen updated us all with the story.

The mysterious first lady of drugstore nail polish is revealed to be Sally Genevieve Hansen (née Finney) of Kansas, born to a couple who also happened to own a small cosmetics company.

As a young woman, she moved to Hollywood, where she worked as an actress and a dancer, and wrote a column for the Los Angeles Times on the side. Later, she moved back to Kansas and helped her family to expand their company. This success led to additional cosmetics work with a department store, S. H. Kress & Co., and eventually Hansen moved to New York City, where started her own eponymous beauty company in 1946. The famous “Hard As Nails” line was one of her company’s first trademarks. She sold Sally Hansen Inc. in 1962, and sadly, passed away a year later.

You can read more about her here:


I love learning bits of nail polish history!

Happy reading!


Essence Cosmetics downloadable calendar, 2018, image

Happy New Year! Downloadable 2018 Calendars & more from Essence

Happy New Year, everybody!

It’s time for me to toss my free 2017 calendar from the Canadian Dairy Farmers, and as luck would have it, Essence Cosmetics has just released a free downloadable calendar for 2018. The great thing about it is there are no Essence logos on it—it’s just cute and pretty!

Also, check out the other fun downloadables at their site, which include:

  • iPhone backgrounds
  • Thank You Cards
  • Wishlists
  • Shout-Outs
  • Invites

Hope you enjoy them!

I’ll be spending the first day of the year with my extended family, watching Burnley v Liverpool and eating Chinese food. What’s up in your world today?

Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy new year!

🎉 fz

Save Net Neutrality.


What is net neutrality?
Why does it matter?

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon should not control what we see and do online. In 2015, startups, Internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million commenters won strong net neutrality rules from the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization—”fast lanes” for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else.

The United States FCC (Federal COmmunications Commision) is directed by five commissioners appointed by the President of the USA; they are confirmed by the Senate for 5-year terms. No more than three members may belong to the same political party.

The two Democrats, Mignon Clyburn (D-SC) and Jessica Rosenworcel (D-CT), support Net Neutrality.

The three Republicans, Ajit Pai (R-KS, Chairman, appointed by Trump), Brendan Carr (R-VA) and Michael O’Rielly (R-NY)—want to end it.

News: Loblaw Merging Shoppers Optimum & PC Plus (Canada)

Well, it’s the end of an era. However, I can’t say we didn’t see this coming once Toronto-based Loblaw acquired Shoppers Drug Mart in 2013.

The Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus loyalty programs are now being merged into the PC Optimum program. The conversion will happen on February 1, 2018.

The points exchange does not appear to be consistent; when I use their points calculator, I get these wonky results:

Shoppers Optimum Points PC Optimum Points Exchange Rate
95,000 170,000 0.559
50,000 85,000 0.588
100 125 0.800
50 63 0.794
10 13 0.769
1 1 1

PC Plus points are converted to PC Optimum points at a 1:1 ratio (1 PC Plus point = 1 PC Optimum point).

Another change is that the new PC Optimum points may be redeemed in increments of 10,000 points. The Shoppers Optimum points had to be redeemed in amounts of 50,000 or 95,000. So, in the new system, you’ll be able to redeem faster (for presumably lower amounts than if you’d saved up more points, of course).

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This Blog Is 10! (Happy Blogiversary To Me)

I started this blog ten years ago today! Many thanks to all who have been reading and supporting my blog over the years. Much love.

I don’t have much to say here…just wanted to mark the day. The only real news I have is that I’ve finally had some time to concentrate more on the nail polish tracker, so hopefully I’ll have something ready, soon!

Happy Saturday!