fivezero's beautyBOUTIQUE haulage, Shoppers Optimum Points redemption (September 2017) Chanel, Dior, Estée Lauder

Haulage × 2! beautyBOUTIQUE (July & September 2017)

This post covers two Optimum Points redemption orders I placed in July and September 2017.

I’ve been racking up the points via the Shoppers app, and redeemed 95k points for $170 worth of product (all prices in CA$) in both July and September during two PLUS Bonus Events. Here’s July’s order:

  • ARTDECO Art Couture Nail Lacquer in Silver Willow (978)
  • Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules (60 Capsules)
  • Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in 1N2 Ecru
  • Soap & Glory Flake Away Spa Body Polish

Free samples (I forgot to take pics of these):

  • Elie Saab Le Parfum EDT (sample)
  • Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Overnight Firming Mask (sample)
  • Vasanti Brighten Up! New Skin Amplifying Moisturizer (sample)

beautyBOUTIQUE actually made the first ever mistake I’ve ever had with them: they sent me the wrong shade of ARTDECO Nail Lacquer.

  • ARTDECO Art Couture Nail Lacquer in Rose Peony (953)

ARTDECO Nail Lacquer in Rose Peony 953

They only asked me to send a picture, which I did, and then they sent out Silver Willow right away. I got to keep Rose Peony, as well. I was really pleased with their excellent handling of an error. Plus, when they sent me the correct nail polish, they also included three free samples!

  • Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Creme-Gel (sample)
  • PRADA Candy EDP (sample)
  • Sekkisei Clear Brightening Mask (sample)

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The Body Shop — Blueberry Body Scrub (LE) Review

After being less than enamored of the last body scrub I tried from The Body Shop—Vineyard Peach Cream Body Scrub—I went out and bought two more since they were on sale. Typical me! (I also picked up the Love Your Body Rewards Card, which gives a 10% discount, so obviously I needed to spend more, hahaha…)

This time, I picked scrubs in two different formulas, though. The Vineyard Peach scrub came in a not-very-scrubtacular cream formula. The Chocomania scrub came in a greasy formula and the Blueberry scrub came in a clearer, jelly-like formula. Gotta say I didn’t especially love any of the three!

From The Body Shop (Ireland)—it’s no longer on the Canadian site!:

This gently exfoliating body scrub has an uplifting blueberry scent. Each pot contains Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, made from the nectar of thousands of wildflowers.

• Lifts away dead skin cells
• Helps stimulate skin surface microcirculation
• Leaves skin feeling softer and smoother
• Uplifting blueberry scent

While it’s a scrubbier scrub than the Vineyard Peach scrub was, and definitely not greasy like the Chocomania scrub was, I found that the Blueberry scrub’s light jelly texture meant it slipped off the skin too easily. The abrasives used were raspberry pips (too large) and walnut shell powder (could have used more).

The Body Shop Blueberry Body Scrub

Funny story about the raspberry pips: they’re small, light brown, and almond-shaped. Once, when I got out of the shower, I saw one on my arm that hadn’t washed off, and jumped about a foot in the air, thinking it was a bug!Read More »

The Body Shop Chocomania Sugar Body Scrub

The Body Shop — Chocomania Sugar Body Scrub Review

After being less than enamored of the last body scrub I tried from The Body Shop—Vineyard Peach Cream Body Scrub—I went out and bought two more since they were on sale. Typical me! I also picked up the Love Your Body Rewards Card, which gives a 10% discount, so obviously I needed to spend more, hahaha…

This time, I picked scrubs in two different formulas, though. The Vineyard Peach scrub was not-very-scrubtacular; the two new ones I got seem to have scrubbier formulas, or so I hoped. I spent CA$11 on each scrub, with an additional Love Your Body 10% discount and 15% cashback at eBates Canada. That should work out to a little under CA$8.50 per scrub.

The first scrub, which I have actually used up (I know!), is the Chocomania Sugar Body Scrub.

From The Body Shop (Canada):

This exfoliating body scrub has a decadently chocolatey scent and leaves skin feeling softer and smoother. It contains real cocoa butter and organic cane sugar.

Firstly, the Chocomania scrub smells really nice and chocolate-y! Well, it’s probably a little more cocoa than chocolate, but either way I do like it. It’s like a dark cocoa, without any overpowering sugariness. It also doesn’t have that weird afterscent that the Vineyard Peach scent had.

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The Body Shop — Vineyard Peach Cream Body Scrub Review

I’m not usually an avid consumer of The Body Shop’s products—I feel like their quality isn’t quite what they used to be, particularly the scents—but last year I was killing time at one of their stores and figured I’d give their Vineyard Peach Cream Body Scrub a try. The tester smelled quite luscious, and the scrub was more than half off (CA$10)!

From The Body Shop (Canada):

This gently exfoliating body scrub smells like freshly picked peaches. It lifts away dead skin cells and leaves skin peachy-soft.

– Lifts away dead skin cells
– Stimulates skin surface microcirculation
– Leaves skin feeling softer and smoother
– Delicate peach scent
– Special edition

I have to say that this isn’t my favorite body scrub. The cream formula has a tendency to feel a bit greasy, and so I never felt like it cleaned well enough. The scrub itself was too delicate for my liking. It just felt like the product didn’t do a whole lot.

The scent also was a disappointment. I know I said it smelled really good in-store, but for some reason when using it, it has a sort of after-smell that goes a bit plasticky.

I would try some other scrubs from The Body Shop, since they seem to vary a fair bit in texture and scent, and the sale prices are addictive! (Plus, I just signed up for their Rewards Card, so I need to make the most of that…) But I would not repurchase the Vineyard Peach Cream Scrub, and would be unlikely to try a different scent in the Cream Scrub formula.

The ingredients are:

Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Glycine Soja Oil/Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Silica (Absorbent), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil/Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Prunus Persica Kernel Oil/Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil (Emollient), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil (Emollient), Sorbitan Stearate (Emulsifier), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Prunus Persica Seed Powder/Prunus Persica (Peach) Seed Powder (Natural Extract), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Carbomer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Cocos Nucifera Shell Powder/Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Shell Powder (Abrasive), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Prunus Persica Extract/Prunus Persica (Peach) Extract (Natural Additive), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), CI 14700/Red 4 (Colour), CI 15985/Yellow 6 (Colour).

The Body Shop Cream Body Scrub in Vineyard Peach is 6.9 oz / 200 mL and retails for US$20 / CA$22 (the price may have gone up; I just noticed that the price tag on my tub says $20 and the Canadian website now says it’s $22). The formula is vegetarian, contains community fair trade and non-GMO ingredients, and does not contain phthalates or triclosan. The Body Shop remains a cruelty-free company.

The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick. It is headquartered in Littlehampton, England. In 2006, the company was acquired by L’Oréal.

The Scented Lair haulage, May 2016

The Scented Lair (Part I) — Scented Bath Products (May 2016) Review

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)

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Crawford Street — Grapefruit Mint Salt Scrub Review

I came across Toronto-based natural bath & body brand Crawford Street while browsing the sales at Well.ca (referral link) a couple of weeks ago, and since I was on the market for a new body scrub, and I’m a sucker for most anything citrus-scented/flavored, I bought the Grapefruit Mint Salt Scrub.

The instructions for the salt scrub are as follows (from Crawford Street):

We found the best way to use this scrub is to draw a bath. Hop in and wet your body. Stand up in the bath and use your salt scrub. Start at the feet and work up to get a stimulating circulation and lymphatic treatment. Avoid face, neck and chest. Let the scrub fall into the bath. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes.

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