Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Why yes, I -am- crazy, thanks for asking

Crazy about... creams. Lotions. Body butter. Call it what you will, but I'm always looking for that perfect cream.

I looooooooove soft skin in a way that's almost religious in its fervor, but I'm never 100% satisfied. I'm a serial lotionist, I'm afraid. I test one, stay with it a while, but I eventually become convinced there's a better smelling, more effective product out there somewhere until I break faith with my current creamy darling and then I go shopping.


I have thin, super light lotions. They feel like liquid silk going on. I have soft, fluffy creams. But if I'm in the mood for something more substantial, I turn to Palmer's Cocoa Butter cream. It's heavy, but sooo smooth, and you can feel your skin turning into satin as you smooth it on. The best part about Palmer's? It leaves me smelling like a bowl of Cocoa Puffs.

But wait, there's more. I also have White Chocolate Body Souffle, Smart Peppermint hand cream, Sweet Vanilla Sugar Body Butter, homemade honey lotion, triple-scented Almond oil, all natural coconut oil, and let's not forget the cucumber foot cream. Oh, and I acquired a new scent at RT (courtesy of the ever-awesome Lauren Dane) -- Toffee Almond. That stuff smells soooo delish. I can't thank her enough for that.

In case you're picking up on it, yes, I love my toiletries to smell edible. Don't ask me why. It's just one of those weird things. I'm also a total freak for all-natural soaps. My current favorite is the Almond Milk soap that I buy from Botanicus at La Cuspide. But all this food-flavored skincare leaves me with something of a dilemma.

Have you heard of scent-layering? If you haven't, basically it's matching your perfume to your toiletries. But whoever heard of almond milk perfume? What I can find in department stores smells very chemical or flowery, which irks me. What's the point of using all these fabulous lotions and soaps if I'm going to cover it up with Eau de Lilac? Well, obviously I wouldn't do that. I have a number of perfumes for when I'm layering with a citrus or fruit based soap / lotion combo, for instance. Since it's a light, springtime fragrance, Elizabeth Arden's Mediterranean Breeze goes very well with mandarin soap and Peach Juicie lotion. Pacific Paradise by Escada and CK Escape also do well with a light, fruity base.

But for my favorite Almond soap and the toffee almond lotion? Right now, the only perfumes I have that aren't terrible atop them are Pumpkin Spice and Nina by Nina Ricci. That's not good because I like to build a different scent signature with differing notes and layers as much as I like to put together a hot new outfit out of clothes I've worn a dozen times separately.

Anyhow, all my troubles came to an end when I found a lady who mixes fragrances by hand. I just ordered six very interesting perfumes, and I can't wait to try them out. Many of them will go wonderfully with my different soaps and lotions. Here's what I ordered:

Maple, mint chocolate chip, German chocolate cake, Almond, Candy Apple, Pina Colada.

I'm going to have so much fun mixing and matching. I'm already imagining how fantastic I'm going to smell if I shower with my mint chocolate soap, follow up with my peppermint lotion, and then top with mint chocolate chip perfume. Likewise, I'll use my Almond milk soap, toffee almond lotion, and then top with Almond perfume oil. Or I can use my banana slush body wash, use coconut oil, and then top with pina colada. Or maybe I might go with my apple cinnamon soap, use my honey lotion, and top with Candy Apple. It makes me wiggly with excitement, just thinking about all the different combinations.

And that brings me back to the title of the post. Does it seem weird that I could devote time thinking about how I should smell from day to day? I honestly have no idea. I don't really care about shoes. And what I'm wearing is less important to me than how I smell. I mean, if my hair is clean and shiny, I'm wearing plain jeans and a t-shirt, but I have on my full complement of "wow, you're so soft and holy crap, you smell great" products, I still feel like I'm all dressed up. I also feel like a million bucks if I have on good lipstick.

So tell me... am I crazy? Okay, fine, maybe I am. But what are your little quirks? C'mon, you know you want to share. What makes you feel like a million bucks? What little things can you not resist buying for yourself?


Natalie Hatch said...

As a science teacher I had to work out how to make soap from scratch, as in cold press, and the saponification process. Had a few misses, but the best one I ever made was a coffee/chocolate blend which was soo dark and rich, you could just eat yourself. It also was great for getting rid of bad foot odours.
Oh here's a recipe if you want loverly skin.
100grams raw sugar
100grams crushed rock salt
3 drops essential oil

mix together and use in the shower, scrub your skin and wash off in hot water... you're going to be amazed at the results. trust me.

Ann Aguirre said...

Oooh, your chocolate / coffee soap sounds wonderful!

I'll have to try your homemade sugar / salt scrub recipe, too. I bet it's a fantastic exfoliant.

azteclady said...

Hmmm... You want weird?

Other than books, I have a horrible time stopping myself from buying...

are you ready?

Office supplies. Specifically, pens (yes, that pen porn? oh it so hit me where it counts, you just have no idea!) I have all sorts of pretty, wonderful pens--gel pens, fountain pens, fine point, different pretty colors... :sigh:

No girly stuff for me, I'm afraid--to the ever lasting puzzling from my very girly, fashion plate mother :grin:

Ann Aguirre said...

Az, my husband is soooo into pens, you have no idea. When we go to Office Depot he can spend an hour deciding which one he absolutely has to try. He loves gel pens with all his heart.

Christine said...

German Chocolate Cake scented soap and/or lotion?!?! I need to get me some of that. I don't think my husband would be able to keep his mouth off me if I used that! @_@

I prefer floral scented lotions and soaps. Usually scents that remind me of my grandmother's garden. One of my absolute favorites is "Kiss My Face Chinese Botanical Moisturizer." And I love to use peppermint lotions on my feet! :)

Ann Aguirre said...

Christine, there's a huge variety out there for you, since you prefer florals. Most perfumes seem to incorporate that as well.

I totally agree on peppermint lotion for the feet. It's marvelously refreshing.

Pam P said...

My favorite lotion scent is anything vanilla. I love the smell around my house, too, and have all sorts of candles around the house, some that are figures, but those I don't burn. I'm always buying them, even though I have plenty stored away, already. I found an amber scent that I like just as much as the vanilla.

I'm not much into fasion, mostly casual. I love tie-dye and batik ever since the 60's, still wear and buy my Tee's and anything else done like that - purses, wallets, wall hangings. Recently I saw some summer shoes that reminded of tie-dye, love to get a pair.

Ann Aguirre said...

Pam, for me, vanilla is such a comfort scent. When I need that "just hugged" feeling, I go for vanilla.

I made tie-dye shirts with my kids a few years ago. They were totally impressed. *g*

Katie said...

I would say you are crazy, but I use to have a toilet paper addiction.

That is a little crazy...

Ann Aguirre said...

Hehe, Katie. My dad used to stock up on Charmin anytime he went to the store. He wouldn't use any other brand, either. Had to be Charmin. There would be like 10 packages in the garage at any given time.

JaimeK said...

Azteclady - you are not alone in the office supply department - I am shopping for pens, notebooks and post-its right beside you.

What else besides my gazillion books hanging out waiting for me to read them? Hmm.

I have a thing for expensive mineral makeups. I would say I only wear makeup 30 to 40% of the time and I have all of this loverly makeup hanging out. My husband thinks I am nuts...wait until a new package arrives Friday!

Kimberly B. said...

I completely understand your obsession with sweet smelling bath and body products, as I have had a bit of that obsession myself lately. When I first started wearing makeup regularly (which wasn't until college), I used to enjoy my morning routine because it was a break from trying to get papers written and rushing off to class. Now I try to recover that feeling when I bathe, and I pretend to be Cleopatra, or Ishtar, or Madame Pompadour or some other famous or legendary beauty performing her daily ablutions. I'm odd, I know.
My other buying obsession is jewelry---mostly handmade or ethnic in style. I make it myself as well, and I have so many necklaces that part of my jewelry armoire collapsed! I have an obsession for bejeweled hairsticks as well.

Ann Aguirre said...

Oooh, bejeweled hairsticks! That sounds fabulous, Kim.

Jaime, what's the buzz on mineral makeups? I've heard of them, never tried them.

azteclady said...

I like scented lotions and body wash because I never remember to put on perfume :grin: but I basically use whatever falls in my hands.

My favorite scent, though, is gardenia *sigh*

JaimeK, I love those little multicolored post its... and the lined ones... and the ones in different shapes... and :grin:

LorelieLong said...

I lurve makeup too. Sephora stores are very, very, very bad for me. All the loverly choices! So many brands! The bad part? I wear makeup maybe 5 or 6 times a year. Maybe.

I'm totally with you on the pens, azteclady. I tend to avoid office supply stores 'cause I'll walk out with a good $20 of pens and not be sure how it happened. And I used to have a problem with notebooks but it seems to have been cured. My BFF got me a formal folio folder w/ my pen name engraved on it for Christmas. And I've used it since, even though only one type of notebook works in it. (Six months is very long term for me and notebooks.)

JaimeK said...

Ann: I love mineral make up. Your face looks flawless without looking like you have make up on. It stays on all day. It feels lighter than liquid make up and it actually makes your skin healthier. Can you tell I love it?

p.s. Azteclady..ditto for me too.

Ann Aguirre said...

I'll have to check out the mineral makeup. Sounds like just what I need.

You know I've never been in a Sephora, Lorelie? Now I wish there was one nearby! I'm dying to check out Lush. Has anyone tried their products?

Natalie Hatch said...

Lush is great, here in Australia they sell a peppermint/grape soap called 'Demon in the Dark', you have got to try it, it is sooooo good. I have yet to perfect the art of making that soap, but one day I will...

Anonymous said...

Not crazy. I love lotion and body wash. I usually get mine at the dollar store though so I don't break the bank. But surprisingly that's pretty good stuff. A few months ago my favorite was "Naughty and Nice" (a bath set I bought myself for Yule) that has bubble bath, body wash and lotion that was real strong in the tube, but when put on made me smell like a sugar cookie. Then I got a tube of "Tiger Lily" from the dollar store and was stuck on that one for a bit. Most recently I bought a container of "Pink Grapefruit" on impulse one day while we were out and I had a light sunburn. It smells sooooo good, especially on hot summer days.

Oh, and I got a container of Vaseline's super light Cucumber for my face (because it feels oily with most lotions) and my husband stole if because it was the only one I had that didn't make him feel oily. (He works at a hospital, which means lots of hand washing, which makes lotion essential.)

I'm growing my own mint this year. I have a recipe on how to make mint sugar and I also have a recipe for making your own sugar scrubs. That sounds very appealing lately :)

and I'm a office supply collector too :)

Emma Petersen said...

The best part about Palmer's? It leaves me smelling like a bowl of Cocoa Puffs.

Hehe. I love Body Butter. I've used Papaya forever. I love the way it smells and feels and it goes perfectly with my fav perfume.

Bath and Body Works had this huge pumpkin candles that I fell in love with. I bought a couple at Christmas and still burn them.

Ann Aguirre said...

I love citrus, Michele. My husband gave me a coconut and citrus bath set for our anniversary. The coconut and sea salt exfoliating scrub looks amazing.

Emma, I hear great things about papaya body butter. I'll have to try it.

Natalie, I can't wait to check out Lush for myself. I'm thinking when I'm in the States I need to find a store.

Ann Aguirre said...

Ok, update:

If you're going to be in SF for RWA, there are apparently a couple of Lush stores in SF. I -will- be going. Email me if you want to come along.

LorelieLong said...

Huh. Mebbe I'll go with ya. I might have to be at the Sephora store instead. :D

Katie(babs) said...

I have found the best lotion ever! Johnson and Johnson baby lotion. That stuff is so good that my skin is smooth and dewy. I find myself sniffing my arms throughout the day :D

Anonymous said...

Are you familiar with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab? Lots of their scents are foody. :) I also like Bathed & Infused lotions. Thai Tea, Pumpkin Crumble...

As for other things,I'm totally addicted to jewelry.

Amberkatze said...

I have to buy books. I just can't stop myself.

Other than that I keep buying things with stars on. I just love stars and can't stop myself buying all kinds of crap I don't need just because it has stars on it!

Ann Aguirre said...

Shadesong, I am immediately going to look for the Black Phoenix site. That sounds fab!

Amber, I buy books like mad too, but I consider that a need, not a want. *g*