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TOP 10 | Sweet Smelling Perfumes

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume (Curly Spring Blossom)

I not only have the biggest sweet tooth,  I also only crave  “Sugary, Candy Like” perfumes. I thought it would be nice to gather all the delicious fragrances that I’ve fell in love with over the years. If, like myself, floral, woody, spicy or oriental perfumes make you smell like a granny (and not in a good way), than these suggestions could help you find a yummy new scent. BTW I’m assuming that a girl (me) in her forties likes to smell like cake batter! 😉

 

1.

Pink Sugar

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume Pink Sugar

This is the most affordable perfume from this list. Pink Sugar is a warm, delicious & happy fragrance. I would describe it like when cotton candy & vanilla sugar meet maple syrup! Without a doubt a sugar overload that is not just for teenagers!

Notes:
Bergamot, Sicilian Orange, Raspberry, Fig Leaves, Lily of the Valley, Licorice, Strawberry, Red Fruit, Cotton Candy, Vanilla, Caramel, Musk, Wood, Powder.

2.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Extreme

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume-Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanilla Extreme (Curly Spring Blossom)

Layer after layer of vanilla scents, what’s not to love! I like that I smell like I have doused myself in vanilla extracts! I love it. Truly intoxicating!

Notes:
Vanilla Sugar, Heliotrope, Vanilla Absolute, Milk.

3.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Apricot

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume Comptoir - Sud Pacifique (Curly Spring Blossom)

Creamy, sweet and fruity; it’s complete perfection if you wanna smell like a summer treat. Sweet but with a grown up feel to it. Very sophisticated.

Notes:
Jackfruit, Apricot, Papaya, Vanilla, Sugar Candy.

4.

Yves St-Laurent Black Opium

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Yves St-Laurent Black Opium (Curly Spring Blossom)

Full of notes that evoke the sweetness of vanilla, coffee, with some light floral undertones. The smell of this perfume is very different from the original Opium. This is a winning scent for me! This is like a mature version of Prada Candy.

Notes:
Coffee Accord, Orange Blossom, Cedarwood Essence, Patchouli Essense.

5.

Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit 🐰

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit (Curly Spring Blossom)

I absolutely love Lavanila Vanilla Grapefruit perfume! Don’t let the grapefruit in the name trick you – it doesn’t smell fruity at all! It’s a very warm scent with only a hint of citrus.

Notes:
Pink Grapefruit, Lime, Bergamot, Orange, Cedarwood, Madagascar Vanilla.

6.

Dior Hypnotique Poison

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Hypnotic Poison (Curly Spring Blossom)

I’ve been wearing this perfume for the last 10 years. Definitely not a summery or daytime scent, but you’ll be tempted to wear it all year round. I get a ton of compliments when I wear this warm, vanilla sexy scent that not only warms up as the day goes on but, mixed with the amber and jasmine, it’s just amazing! I am head over heels in love with this dangerously named perfume. I cannot recommend it highly enough. My only word of advice is to spritz yourself sparingly because a little of this certainly goes a long, long way especially in summer when your skin heats up.

Notes:
Bitter Almond, Caraway Spice, Sambac Jasmine, Cinnamon, Tuberose, Vanilla, Musk, Mosses, Jucarunda Wood.

7.

Viktor & Rolf BonBon

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Viktor & Rolf BonBon (Curly Spring Blossom)

I love this perfume so much. The smell is delicious; when I wear it, it feels like I’ve been soaked in candy. It reminds me of the sweetness that Flowerbomb has… minus the flowery notes.  Definitely a cute, feminine, sweet tooth kind of smell. It starts off a little more floral but becomes all sugary after some evaporation. Definitely smells edible. The caramel scent is the longest lasting part of the perfume with a hint of vanilla sweetness.

Notes:
Caramel, Mandarin, Orange Blossom

8.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Juicy Couture Viva La Gold Couture (Curly Spring Blossom)

I prefer Gold Couture over the classic Viva La Juicy perfume. It has more vanilla than the classic one, which is what I enjoy the most about this aroma. The main notes for me are definitely vanilla, amber, and caramel, although there are some notes of berries that come through and don’t make it too overpoweringly sweet. Think warm caramel and honey drizzled over berries and vanilla custard… and you have Gold Couture!!

Notes:
Berries, Honeysuckle, Golden Amber, Caramel, Vanilla.

9.

Mugler Aura

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Mugler Aura (Curly Spring Blossom)

At first, it’s minty and fresh (Yes like Listerine) but also has a mysterious base note. After a couple of hours, Aura elegantly and seamlessly morphs into a custard bourbon vanilla scent that reminds me of Fresh Pastries. Aura is an exceptionally well engineered perfume that carries you away on a nose-filling journey.

Notes:
Rhubarb leaves, Vanilla bourbon, Orange blossom, Wolf wood.

10.

Maison Margiela “REPLICA” By The Fireplace

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Maison Margiela REPLICA By The Fireplace (Curly Spring Blossom)

This perfume is my newest obsession. It does have a smoky base to it but it also has a lovely bourbon vanilla side with a touch of cinnamon. Someone told me that it smells like roasting marshmallows on a fire. This fragrance stirs up memories of times shared by the fire in the great outdoors as well as by the fireplace. It does tend to be more of an Autumn/Winter fragrance and it’s especially delicious mixed with Black Opium!

Notes:
Clove Oil, Chestnut Accord, Vanilla Accord

 

Honorable Mention…

Mugler Angel

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Mugler Angel (Curly Spring Blossom)

Key Notes:
Caramel, Chocolate, Honey, Vanilla

Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon 🐰

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon (Curly Spring Blossom)

Key Notes:
Tuberose, Oakwood, Bourbon Vanilla

Prada Candy

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Prada Candy (Curly Spring Blossom)

Key Notes:
White Musks, Benzoin, Caramel Accord

Giorgio Armani Beauty Si

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Giorgio Armani Si (Curly Spring Blossom)

Notes:
Pear, Freesia, Amber Wood.

Maison Margiela “REPLICA” Funfair Evening

Top 10 | Sweet Perfume- Maison Margiela REPLICA FUNFAIR EVENING (Curly Spring Blossom)

Key Notes:
Toffee Apple, Orange Blossom Infusion, Caramel Candy

 

Looking at this list of favorites, you can quickly see that the key word for me is VANILLA. I hope that it gave you, my “SWEET” friends, some great suggestions or possibly made you smile because we have the same taste. Any other perfumes I should try?

 

Note: I try my best to buy only cruelty-free products when it comes to my makeup, skincare & bath products. That being said perfume that are cruelty-free and smells good on me are extremely hard to find so this list contains only a few CF options! Transitioning is key here…

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Beauty · canadians · Reviews · Skin Care

LaSPA Cruelty-Free Mineral Sunscreens | Review

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Curly Spring Blossom Review) - Cruelty-Free

I’m so excited to write about LaSPA sunscreens for two reasons: first, these products are Made in Canada and second, they are totally EXTRAORDINARY!

Truth be told that, these days I’m going wild at the chance to test new sunscreens, more than any other beauty products. After my step dad got treated for a nasty melanoma (skin cancer) on his nose, I saw first hand the damages that this deadly disease can cause. The surgeon took 1/3 off his nose and reconstructive plastic surgery was much needed afterward. Thank god, after all that ordeal, everything looks great and he is in remission. Don’t ever forget that skin cancer is, for the major part, easily PREVENTABLE. If cancer doesn’t scare you my friends maybe looking like a dry prune in your 40’s should do the trick 😉

Sunscreen should part of your morning routine 365 days a year, rain or shine.

For reference: My skin type is combination/dry & very acne prone. 

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Cruelty-Free) Review

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“Our Philosophy is simple. Create clean and natural sun care products with only the finest ingredients. LASPA products are a safe and effective way for women to nourish and protect their skin from the harmful rays of the sun – without the risks that are associated with chemical based sunscreen products.” Susan Mey founder

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Cruelty-Free) Review

SPF 30 Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen

(40$Cnd for 2.7oz – Online or at a SPA near you)

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Cruelty-Free) Review

Ingredients:

Each Dose Contains Zinc Oxide 20%

NON-MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS: beeswax, bisabolol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, isoamyl cocoate, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, tocopherols

This product is hands down one of the best face sunscreen I have ever tried. This product totally blew me away and that says a lot since face sunscreens have always been more misses than hits for me.

Pros: 

❃ CRUELTY-FREE 🐰 (It’s NOT Vegan because of the beeswax),

❃ Fragrance-free, Gluten-free & hypoallergenic,

❃ Hydrating – perfect for dry skin,

❃ Contains no color, no paraben or chemical UVA\UVB,

❃ Non-greasy* & non-stiky formula,

❃  100% Natural Source Ingredients,

❃ Makes the PERFECT canvas to use under foundations or BB creams,

❃ No white cast (YAY!!!!!),

❃ Doesn’t break me out at all,

❃ This product is sweat and water-resistant for 80 minutes,

❃ TSA (Transportation Security Administration) approved size for plane requirements,

❃ Great value for the amount you get & the quality of the product.

Cons:

❃  For some reason, it doesn’t work great with loose powder foundation. The foundation looks patchy!

❃ I don’t think oily girls would enjoy this VERY hydrating sunscreen.

*** Note: With every sunscreens tested in recent years, after the 10-hour mark, my face starts to feel oily.

When you first open the tube, you see a thick cream and a formula that is a little bit “grainy”; don’t be afraid since magically, the product will melt onto your skin. All of us know that finding a sunscreen that performs beautifully under our makeup is difficult – this one is so good that it even makes my foundation look better as it acts like a primer, a moisturizer and a sunscreen at the same time! I would totally recommend this product if you want to combine great sunscreen properties, more so if you use makeup on a daily basis. It’s a wonderful product!!

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Cruelty-Free) Review

SPF 20 Daily Sun Protection Lotion

(44$Cnd for 4,2oz – Online or at a SPA near you)

Ingredients:

Each Dose Contains Zinc Oxide 14%

NON-MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS: beeswax, bisabolol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, certified organic cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, isoamyl cocoate, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, tocopherols

Pros:

❃ CRUELTY-FREE 🐰 (It’s NOT Vegan because of the beeswax)

❃  100% Natural Source Ingredients,

❃ Fragrance-free, Gluten-free  & hypoallergenic,

❃ Contains no color, no paraben or chemical UVA\UVB,

❃ Non-stiky light formula,

❃ Doesn’t stain my clothes,

❃ Perfect to wear under makeup,

❃ This product is sweat and water-resistant for 80 minutes.

Cons:

❃ It takes some time to dry,

❃ I wish this sunscreen contained a higher SPF – Not a Con per se.

Comparing both products, I prefer LaSpa SPF 30 Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen since I usually put SPF greater than 30 on my face. That being said, I’ve used this LaSpa SPF 20 Daily Sun Protection Lotion on my neck and neckline for a while now and I do love it a lot, these areas are easier to reapply than redo your full makeup.

Honestly, I had no expectation upon receiving this gorgeous PR Package (#NOT Sponsored) from LaSPA & PK Communications since I didn’t know the brand but it resonated with me and fitted perfectly on my quest to find the best cruelty-free sunscreens available. After testing it regularly, I was pretty excited to share my thoughts. I truly cannot say enough good things on these products! What’s not to love: great value, natural ingredients, made in Canada, cruelty-free & works like a charm under makeup! It’s truly one of the best sunscreen product I’ve used and I’m a LaSpa convert, especially LaSpa SPF30 Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen, since I prefer better protection and SPF factors.

Important note: Every sunscreens on the market should have an expiration date written on the package if not, don’t buy it. At the same time Spring is a very good time to discard any expired product! 

LaSPA Mineral Sunscreens (Cruelty-Free) Review

 


The difference between Mineral & Synthetic Sunscreens:

Mineral Sunscreens:

There are only two mineral sunscreen ingredients: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide

Begin to work immediately on application, but must be absorbed to be most effective and to ensure they don’t wipe off on clothing.

Have almost no risk of irritating skin.

May leave a white cast, especially on darker skin tones, but the best pure mineral sunscreens go on invisibly.

May need more careful, liberal application because of the way they work in formulas. So, go ahead, slather these on for brilliant protection!

Why Zinc Oxide is better:

Zinc Oxide provides a broad spectrum protection against both UVA/UVB rays whereas chemical filters don’t necessarily provide this function

Zinc Oxide is effective immediately upon application, whereas chemical filters need approximately 20 minutes to be absorbed

Zinc Oxide reduces or eliminates the risk of allergies or skin irritation that can be caused by the chemicals used in chemical sun filters

Zinc Oxide avoids the risk of health issues that have been documented concerning the cumulative effects of chemical sunscreen ingredients on reproductive health (see below for a further discussion on Sunscreen Ingredients).

Synthetic (Chemicals) Sunscreens:

Common synthetic sunscreen ingredients include oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and avobenzone.

Begin to work immediately on application, but must be absorbed to be most effective and to ensure they don’t wipe off on clothing.

Are generally found in products with thinner textures.

Tend to be preferred for water-resistant formulas because they don’t turn milky-looking when you sweat or get wet. But, as with any sunscreen, you must reapply them often.

Can be sensitizing for those with extra-sensitive skin.


Enjoy the outdoors & the upcoming beautiful summer

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New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

Since my transition to cruelty-free, I’ve been eyeing this new Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip value set! Thanks Sephora for offering a set made of all CF products. Upon receiving it, I thought these shades were definitely out of my comfort zone but I was to test each and everyone of them with an open-mind. Could this be the beginning of a new daring Ingrid or a disaster in the making?

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What it is:
A multibranded sampler set, ideal for creating the perfect lip. This set includes two full-size and three deluxe-size lip essentials.

This set contains:
♥ 0.07oz/ 2ml Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Snobby
♥ 0.07oz/ 2g Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Night Mauves (FULL SIZE)
♥ 0.13oz/ 4ml Smashbox Always On Metallic Matte in XO, Vlada (FULL SIZE)
♥ 0.21oz/ 6g treStiQue Mini Plumping Lip Balm in Barbados Berry
♥ 0.035oz/ 1g Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Candy Venom

New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

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Sephora in-store & online – Limited Edition for 33$CND
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New Sephora Favorites Give Me Some New Lip | Review

Huda Beauty Lip Strobe in Snobby

(a semi-sheer metallic light pink base with pink and gold pearls)

Pros:

Smells delicious, just like vanilla cake batter,

Super long wearing for a lip gloss,

Feels very comfortable on the lips – not sticky at all.

Cons:

If you have dry/chapped lips, this gloss will emphasize the dryness and it will look horrible,

It doesn’t fade well which leaves your lips with lots of glitter particules,

It’s doubtfully daytime appropriate – the colour is unorthodox & the shimmer is obvious.

Bottom Line: It’s ok but I wouldn’t buy a full size! I feel I’m getting too old to wear these shimmery glosses that are very reminiscent of the 80’s and honestly, who wants to relive these years, makeup wise that is. The only way to make it look pretty is over a lip liner that I’ve applied all over my lips and then put a little bit of this Huda Beauty Lip Strobe on the centre.

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Night Mauves 

Pros:

Super creamy & long wearing (transfer proof),

This particular color is a very flattering NUDE that is perfect for my light skin,

It’s not a full flat matte,

It fades really beautifully,

NO need to apply a lip liner as the product doesn’t bleed,

Very pigmented – you need just a tiny swipe.

Cons:

A lip gloss to top it is a must; it tends to dry my lips,

The product smells & tastes really funky,

The formula is so soft, it makes it fragile and unstable in the container/stick.

Bottom Line: I honestly bought this set for this new Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crayon and it fell flat for me. It’s nothing out of the extraordinary. I’m not impressed and again wouldn’t buy another shade, mainly because of the debatable aroma. Formula wise, it’s pretty solid and the shade is really pretty.

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Smashbox Always On Metallic Matte in XO in Vlada

(metallic rose gold)

Pros:

Smudge proof,

Long wearing,

Intense vibrant Metallic Rusty color (if you enjoy that type of shade),

It smells super yummy and doesn’t have an after taste,

It fades well and not patchy at all,

The application is very smooth.

Cons:

It’s drying my lips like crazy (to be fair all liquid lipsticks that I have tried are doing this),

This shade looks super cheap on me.

Botton Line: I HATE the colour; it looks so awful on me. The formula is not bad at all and I can see why the matte version has great reviews. If you enjoy matte lip products, you should consider this one from Smashbox.

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treStiQue Mini Plumping Lip Balm in Barbados Berry

Pros:

Smells minty fresh,

Glides easily on the lips,

Very pigmented for a lip balm.

Cons:

It’s more brick red than a berry color,

No plumping effect whatsoever,

It’s not super hydrating; it feels like your average lip balm.

Bottom Line: I really would have enjoyed this balm if the shade had suited me better. Cute packaging but a random product at the most.

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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Candy Venom

(electric pink)

Pros:

Super sleek packaging,

Beautiful deep bright pink,

Full coverage  & very creamy,

Very comfortable on the lips as it’s non drying.

Cons:

Like any matte formula, if your lips are not moisturized prior to the application, it will emphasize the dryness.

Bottom Line: I’m very impressed with the formula but this particular colour is so far from my comfort zone that I wouldn’t wear it, EVER. That being said it’s one of the best matte formula I’ve ever tried. Simply Beautiful.

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The value for money of this set is amazing; alone, the Marc Jacobs Lip Crayon is 34$ (this set costs 33$CND). My problem is not with all these new formulas but with the colours that are not flattering on my fair skin or just don’t suit my personality. If you are contemplating this new Sephora Favorites’ set, you should have a look in-store to see if it’s a right fit for you.

As you know, honesty is the best policy, and unfortunately this one will be going back to Sephora ASAP. I wish Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in Night Mauves didn’t smell or taste so bad. Sadly, this set will be the first one ever that I’ll be returning. Oh well, they just cannot be all winners! This set was curated for women with darker skin tone.

Note: The swatches look way better than how they individually look on my lips!

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