Aēsop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm (2.6oz/$27) 

Folks this is a love story.  It all started with the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm pictured above.  I ordered it online and I was so impressed by the scent that I immediately looked up the closest Aēsop store. The Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm smells like mandarin, cedar wood and rosemary to me.  It's an amazing combination that I find myself re-applying during the day to perk me up. 

I promptly found an Aēsop store, and with the help of a very patient salesperson I sniffed, slathered, and rubbed my way to the Geranium Leaf Body Care Trio Set ($85) pictured above. Included in the trio were the following:

1. Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser (6.8oz/$25)
2. Geranium Leaf Body Balm      (4.1oz/$35)
3. Geranium Leaf Body Scrub     (5.7oz/$35)

I was told the trio was something they offered for the holidays so I've listed the prices for each individual product. In the interest of being thorough(because I like to try all the things) I also picked up the Geranium Leaf Hydrating Body Treatment(3.4oz/$35) which was not a part of the set.

I've been using everything pictured for a month now.  I love how aromatic the products are. The geranium wash and scrub leave my skin feeling clean and refreshed. The body balm and oil( I layer the balm first and then the oil) are light but still moisturizing.  I am smitten.
Inside the Aēsop store
Aēsop is what I would consider a niche brand. Established in Melbourne, Australia in 1987 they do no advertising, have no celebrity endorsements,  and reportedly prefer to be in locations that are considered emerging. In addition to great products they have a striking old world meets new world apothecary aesthetic that I love. My sister on the other hand told me that she went inside one of their stores once but left shortly after, because with all the similar looking bottles and lack of signage she couldn't tell what exactly they were selling. Check out some of their stores around the world here.  You can also find their products online at the Aēsop website, Barneys, Net-A-Porter and Amazon.

Have you tried anything from Aēsop? Any thoughts about the brand?


SheaMoisture- Lemongrass & Ginger Hand & Body Scrub and Soap

SheaMoisture Lemongrass & Ginger Scrub ($9.99/12 oz) and Lemongrass & Ginger Soap ($4.99/8 oz)

On the nails:  Formula X for Sephora- Grandeur

I first picked up a SheaMoisture Lemongrass Soap on a whim while in CVS. It was love at first shower. The bar lathers nicely and rinses without that film you sometimes get from bar soaps that dry out your skin.  It also smells divine. To me the scent is a very light and pleasing combination of citrus and florals that both sooth and uplift.  Trust me when I tell you it smells amazing.  If you don't want to trust me check out all of these people here who feel the same way.

I liked the soap so much I decided to try out the other Lemongrass & Ginger products in the SheaMoisture line. There is an oil which strangely did not work for me. I don't know if I got a bad bottle but I didn't like the smell of the oil. There is also a scrub pictured above that I did like. It gave me the same aromatherapy experience I was used to with the soap.

You know those people that use the same product, and only that product for twenty years because it works for them. Yeah, I'm not one of them. I like to try different things, and this is reflected by the cornucopia of shower products in my bathroom. The SheaMoisture Lemon Grass & Ginger scrub and soap have earned their slot on the repurchase section of my bath and beauty shopping list.

According to the SheaMoisture website their products are not tested on animals, and are made without parabens and synthetic fragrances.

Have you tried this soap or scrub? What did you think?


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - Book Review

Me Before You is the story of Will and his newly hired caregiver/companion Louisa. When Louisa is thrust on him Will is barely a shell of his former uber-successful self.  In the beginning they are a study in contrasts.  One is cynical and surly while the other is hopeful and kind.  There is a fair amount of predictability in how their relationship develops but it didn't detract from the story for me. I felt the author deftly used Louisa and Will to tell a tale of loss, love, the importance of living every day to the fullest, and the power of choice.

I read this book last year and everyone (all two of them) I recommended it to loved it.  A movie based on the book is reportedly coming out in June of 2016.  I'd love to hear your thoughts if you read it. Also, let me know what you're reading now. I added a currently reading section in the upper right side of the blog page.

Have a great week!


Mulberry Continental Wallet

Mulberry Continental Wallet in poppy red

On the nails: Formula X For Sephora - Grandeur

I usually get a new wallet to mark the beginning of a new year. I take out the money, my license and my credit cards from the old wallet but leave everything else and pack it away. Every now and then I'll pull out one of my old wallets and go through it. When I do it's a little like looking at a time capsule of my life.

The top three things I look for when choosing a wallet are color, size and compartments.

  1. Color-  I read somewhere years ago that a bright color wallets bring you good luck. From that point on my wallets have been some shade of red. 
  2. Size - I don't like crumpled money so my wallet needs to big enough for me to place my bills in it without having to fold them.  
  3. Compartments- I want enough spaces for my cards, a designated change compartment and a space for receipts.
I found my three requirements this year in the Mulberry Continental Wallet in poppy red.

A wallet is one of those essentials that sometimes gets overlooked yet I'm sure it's the one thing that everybody reaches for at least once a day.  What do you look for in a wallet? How often do you change it?