Beauty on a Budget: A touch of lavendar

Lavender has a refreshing fragrance that many people find uplifting.  To see if I’d benefit from using this fragrance at bath time and having the fragrance in the air I bought a few inexpensive products to try out.

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Lavender Chamomile Air Freshener by House Care releases a very light and pleasing fragrance into the kitchen and bath of my studio.  The fragrance is diffused by means of gelatin-like beads that absorb the fragrant liquid at the bottom of the jar.  As days and weeks pass, the beads become smaller as more fragrance is released into the air.  Eventually the beads become very tiny and can be disposed of.  The jar is recyclable.

I have two of the Lavender Chamomile Air Freshener jars right now.  At first the fragrance was very noticeable.  Two weeks later it is much more faint but every so often I do catch a whiff of it and find it still very pleasant.

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Lavendar Body Wash by Lucky has a mild fragrance and works up into a light lather.  I like the lavender scent of this product but do not find the bubbles or the feel of using the gel as rich as I did the Green Tea Cucumber Body Wash by U (Universal Distribution Center).  It also did not leave my skin feeling as soft as I expected.  I think UDC’s line of Body Washes is a better choice even though the price is the same as Lucky’s line of Body Washes.

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Dalan’s Lavender Thyme Liquid Hand Soap’s fragrance is an interesting combination that I enjoy using.  The soap lathers well and rinses off easily.  I did not find it drying.  It would be good if there was a hand lotion available with the same fragrance.  It is different from the usual fruity and floral fragrances available in hand lotions right now.  I think this would please others looking for a more unusual choice.  If the consistency of this hand soap was a little richer  I think it would be the basis of a good body wash, too.

I bought all three of these products at New Wang Fa Trading at 6926 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.  I paid $1.00 for the Lucky Lavender Body Wash, $1.49 for the Home Care Lavender Chamomile Air Freshener and $1.19 for the Dalan Lavender Thyme Liquid Hand Soap.

Did my experiment using inexpensive, lavender scented products convince me the fragrance is uplifting?  Yes.  Will I spend more to buy a genuine lavender essential oil?  The answer is “Yes”!

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Note:  This posting is for informational purposes only.  I do not receive any merchandise or remuneration from the manufacturers of products featured nor from the stores mentioned.

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Beauty on a budget: A touch of Spring

After weeks of being cooped up because of the cold weather I took a long walk this past Sunday.  It was a day where hints of Spring were everywhere in Bay Ridge.  I saw bees flying in one garden where a few flowers had begun to bloom.  The tips of the trees are looking fuller, a sign of the green buds that are forthcoming.

I longed very much for a light floral fragrance to fill the air but it’s still too cold for the earth to send forth the fragrances of grass and flowers.  I was in the mood to buy a fragrance but without the money for any kind of a name brand, pricey purchase.

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I ended up at one of my favorite 99 cents and up stores where they are selling copies of designer fragrances at $4.99 a bottle.  My late Mom loved Anais Anais, a fragrance that not only evokes Springtime for me but a feeling of well being since memories of my Mom always lift my spirits.  When I saw the tester bottle of Ana Ana I was very skeptical.  I decided to try it.  To my surprise Ana Ana was very light, reminding me mostly of lily of the valley.  I went outside the store and waited a few minutes to see what the fragrance was like after a few minutes.  It was still light but growing faint.

I decided to buy the bottle anyway.  The fragrance remained faint but that is fine with me because I do not like a fragrance that is very noticeable.  I decided to use Ana Ana as a tool for aromatherapy.  In the evening I will spray my bed with it before going to sleep or spray my lingerie before getting dressed.  Having this fragrance around me even for a short time is very pleasing and worth the $4.99.  So many happy memories arise and you really can’t put a price on that.

I bought Ana Ana at New Wang Fa Trading at 6926 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.

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Note:  This posting is for informational purposes only.  I do not receive any merchandise or remuneration from the manufacturers of products featured nor from the stores mentioned.