I find that as I get older, I learn to fully appreciate the more luxurious, sensual things in life; long gone are the days when I'd buy the cheapest things because it meant I could have more of them. However, as someone on a modest wage, I usually can't afford the $945 Alexander McQueen dress that I've had my eye on. So in keeping with my budget, I tend to splurge on more affordable beauty products in an effort to feel pampered - this is particularly important when one has a stressful job.
Now, over the last couple of years or so I noticed an odd trend in the types of scents I was buying. I started off with the same old jasmine, rose and lavender scents because I though to be feminine, one had to smell like a plant's reproductive organs. I slowly started going for scents I actually liked, but it wasn't until the other day that I realised (after a shower) that my bathroom smelled like my pantry.
Yes, apparently I like to smell like food.
With that little personal discovery, I decided to share my absolute favourite beauty products with the world. Here you'll find awesome products that actually smell like what the labels describe, but more than that: they actually do the job they're meant to. So, in no particular order:
The Perfume & Skin Care Company is based out in Robertson, NSW, but there is also a store in Berrima, which is where I obtained these beautiful soap bars. The single-note scents are pure and strong, and they're incredibly accurate - there's no trace of the usual soapy, astringent scent one normally gets. The soap gives a lovely lather, and doesn't dry out my skin, which is something I always have a problem with.
The Ginger Milk perfume is my all-time favourite perfume oil - a little dab on each wrist and you're immersed in a spicy mixture of invigorating ginger and soothing, sweet vanilla milk.
These little vials contain the most luxurious scents I possess. The Italian Blood Orange is a stimulating perfume, whilst the Marshmallow variety is soothing and sweet, and actually smells like marshmallow!
I do love a company that supports fair-trade and is against animal testing - and it's always a bonus when the products are amazing too. Special mention for the limited edition Chocomania body scrub - it's really hard not to scoop up a handful and eat it!
Found in Myers and David Jones, one whiff of this body spray and you'll think you're on the beach, sipping a cocktail served in a coconut. The hand cream has the added bonus of leaving your hands beautifully smooth and not at all greasy.
LUSH products are made from fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, which are bought only from companies with no connections to animal testing, and they use minimal or recyclable packaging. I particularly enjoy the Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie - it smells like I should be stepping out of the shower covered in a dusting of sugar!
Perfume & Skin Care Co.
Shop 4, 74-76 Hoddle Street
Robertson NSW 2577
Phone: 02.4885 1377
Enquiries: +61 3 9600 4599
The Body Shop
LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Phone: 1300 587 428