All About The Pretty

A Southern Girl's Guide to All Things Beautimous

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

I Love Me Some Vanilla!

After yet another 12 hour work day, I arrive home last night pooped. I love to cook, but dinner last night was a long hot bath with some Honey Vanilla Chamomile tea. I love taking baths. Bath time for me is a time to reflect and just relax. I buy so many beauty products and they also include bubble baths, bath bombs, oils, candles and anything to make me smile. If you haven't tried any Lush bath bombs, you don't know what you are missing. ( I kept thinking of how I love the smell of anything vanilla. I realized that not only do I tend to go for candles and body stuff with vanilla in it. I love vanilla fragrances. I layer about 5 at a time. I know, crazy. Favorite Vanilla Scented Perfumes and Oils:
  1. Calypso Celle Vanilla (very elegant and soft).
  2. The Body Shop's Vanilla Perfume Oil and Vanilla Body Spray
  3. Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille
  4. L'Artisan Parfumeur Vanilia
  5. Fragonard Vanille (I purchased this in France because it's so much cheaper and I can't find this particular scent in the US) (
Since we are now into spring, which I couldn't tell in DC since we are still in 50 degree weather, usually spring fragrances are huge in the stores. I shouldn't complain. In Texas they are only two seasons. Hot and hotter. I have my favorites, which will always be staples and it's amazing talking with friends how every woman is so different. I only wear Chanel No. 5 on Sundays. It was my grandmother's scent and I love the sophistication and elegance of wearing this. I am already dressed up for church and this is the perfect accessory. I love how women love different things and I am always excited to see what new scents are out there. There is this great site, which is out of LA, but you can buy samples of fragrances you will never see in major department stores. This is a great way to try a fragrance without buying the entire bottle. I prefer to search for scents at the higher end stores that way when people ask what scent you are wearing you can easily go "it's something I picked up at Neiman's," that way you won't smell like everyone else. I made the mistake a while back by telling a co-worker what I was wearing. To my amazement she came to work the very next day with the same scent on. I was floored. I wasn't mad that she bought the perfume, I was pissed because she continued to say how she liked the scent on me, but she didn't think it worked for her. Well it seemed to work fine since she wore it the very next day. After this incident, I decided to never tell people what I'm wearing. I don't mind spilling my beauty wonderlust to women, but I have to maintain a few personal ones especially in the workplace. I hope everyone finds their signature Spring Scent. Mine of course, vanilla. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.


  • At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey J,

    Thank you for the head's up on such a cool site. I think i will be checking out one that has a bit of neroli in it.

    Don't forget to tell us about your P.M. routine.

    Take care,


  • At 5:29 PM, Blogger Gina said…

    Ah! A luckyscent convert! I found one of my favorite winter scents there, and just say "I got it offline" when someone asks about it. (Or, in the case of my sister in law, surprise them with a gift of it -- she's out of town, so it's okay).

    Love the Blog!

  • At 8:58 AM, Blogger Toya said…

    My new spring scent is J. Lo - Live. I can't stand Jennifer Lopez, but the perfume is beautiful!

  • At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Christina said…

    I just had a friend tell me yesterday about how wonderful Lush's bath bombs were, I guess I am going to have to give them a try!

  • At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I found your blog via Tia's shoutout to you...I'm loving it!!! I am totally going to check out the YSL lipgloss she reccomended. I am a fellow southern bell (Ft. Worth, TX) residing in DC and a beauty product junkie..check me out at
    We should get together for a glass of wine day and discuss products!


  • At 12:29 PM, Anonymous said…

    Your blog IS gorgeously entertaining!

    I have a quick question for you: would you, by chance, know of any incredible, reputable stylists in the Houston area? A stylist who is patient, will answer 1K questions, and who works well with relaxed hair transitioning to natural?

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  • At 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Julia, I can totally relate to your experience with a co-worker. I kept my favorite perfume Narcisso Rodriquez Musc for Her body lotion on my desk and a co-worker used it and then questioned me about the scent. I told her how much I loved it, cause he used Egyptian Musk my signature scent. She went out and bought both........

  • At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Continue from last post: So today I went shopping at Saxs for a Spring/ Summer scent and ran into the Susanne Lang sales lady, who was so great. I bought the Rich Exotic and Decadent Spice mixtures......This time I'm not telling.......
    Love your Blog, along with my daily news I'am checking you out:)

  • At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    your stupid gina. "I dun gots it offline"

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