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?