On April 6 I found myself at Zara (the Marina Mall branch). It was around closing time (literally no time to try anything on), but there was a long line of people at the cash register, so I figured I at least had enough time to give the perfume testers a sniff and possibly pick one or two up. In all honestly, I was hoping for something similar to the long-discontinued Zara Black Peony Eau de Toilette (reviewed here). Unfortunately, some of the perfume testers wouldn’t even spritz (the atomizer had been damaged after being manhandled, I presume) while other perfume testers were straight up empty! One of the Sales Assistants walked over to me and suggested I give Zara Cashmere Rose a try. He said that they’d knocked the price down because they were phasing it out (only in Kuwait, because as far as I know, Zara Cashmere Rose is still production abroad) and as such, he’d stocked up, for his wife. The tester was at the check-out counter so I followed him there. The scent was beautiful and I said so, to which he replied, “just like you” (which I thought was inappropriate). I didn’t know it at the time but apparently I’d snatched up the very last Zara Cashmere Rose and I’ve been showing it a lot of love ever since!
No, I did not use up an entire thing of Serge Lutens Perfume. As a matter of fact, aside from the one time I spritzed it on my wrist after tearing off the packaging (so I could blog about the perfume in time for Valentine’s Day but totally missed the deadline) and then again two spritzes on my neck the day of (bumping it up to THREE spritzes in total), I’ve barely used the thing! The other day, I
tossed it carefully placed it in my New Look Black Backpack after spritzing it behind each ear, before heading out to go have dinner with my younger cousin who happens to appreciate a good vanilla fragrance (my handiwork of course). He was going through the final stages of the flu (I insisted he turn right around and drop me back home as soon as I found out, lest I catch it but he totally ignored me) and so, couldn’t even smell the perfume anyway. Regardless, I stuck my hand in my backpack to get the perfume out – on the off-chance that he might be able to smell it – when I noticed wetness (like, a lot it). It took a moment for it to register but the entire contents of the perfume bottle (KD 31/000 down the drain, just like that) had spilled all over the insides of my backpack! -_-
Embrace the sweet scent of LUX® Sweet Embrace. Leave a trail of attractiveness wherever you go, just like Vanilla Oil.
Leave a trail of attractiveness? LOL This isn’t the 50’s. It’s almost insulting how dumbed down the ads are in this area of the world. My sole purpose in life isn’t to be “more attractive” hah That’s rich coming from a self-confessed make-up junkie but then again, I like makeup and anything makeup adjacent because it’s fun. Okay, I’ll take it down a notch. We are talking about soap here after all. So once again, I was browsing the aisles at Sultan Center when my not so sensitive nose detected a highly pleasant aroma. I traced it back to a bar of soap by the brand Lux in the scent Sweet Embrace with Fragrance Pearls of Passionflower & Vanilla Oil. Scent-wise this stuff was the good kind of vanilla (yes, there actually is a bad kind, believe it or not). Rather than buy a whole pack only to discover it left that horribly “hydrating” residue (pet peeve of mine), I decided to just pick up one to try out first.
You guys know I’m always on the lookout for a new favorite deodorant because for some strange reason, the ones I love keep getting discontinued. I love browsing through the personal care aisles at different local co-operatives because you never know what you might find. Honestly, I feel like each co-op has its own hidden gems (stuff you can only find at a certain co-op). When I came across this Roll-On Deodorant in the scent Isla Vanilla from the French Brand Originel & Essential (also known as OE) for KD /780 at the Dahia Abdulla Al-Salem Co-Op, I decided to pick one up, hoping it would be my new fave.
Vanilla-infused frothy cappuccino creates a perfect café-inspired cup you can sip wherever you are.
I tried getting into drinking Tea (Gschwendner and Teavana) but it’s not just for me. I’ll drink regular ol’ Tea (with a disproportionate amount of sugar poured in there just because I like my Tea extra-sweet) when I get the occasional bout of the flu. Also, I’ll enjoy Lipton Iced Tea Lemon (never the Peach, ugh!) during the Summer, but for some reason it’s almost always out of stock in the entire country (even though the horrid Peach is always available). Aside from that that, I’ll be sticking with my Nescafe Vanilla pseudo-coffee drink, thank you very much.
To paraphrase Freud, it’s not the evil who are full of regrets, but the good. Both the devil and vanilla like black.
No sentimentality here!
Within each of us, this mellowness grows stronger and more refined thanks to contrasting wood notes.