All New Review: Garden Inspired Fragrance Layering

Aromatherapy

Maybe I’m getting a little too into my “Hot Matron” look because I feel drawn to Lilac and Lavender — scents I once considered “Old Lady.” Or perhaps I’m just yearning for the springtime fresh scent of a garden.

Lets go with the latter. Here are three floral fresh products that I’ve been layering of late. Clarins Eau des Jardins Smoothing Body Cream, Yardley of London English Lavender Naturally Moisturizing Botanical Soap and Caswell-Massey Lilac Talc.

It’s winter, so I need a little moisturizing after the shower or my skin feels tight. The Clarins Body Cream certainly keeps the skin feeling supple, but I also appreciate the slightly citrussy/slightly rosy scent — as aromatherapy it helps to make me feel more awake in the morning. I got this cream as a gift from Clarins and admit that it’s not the most inexpensive of products, but its moisturizing effect last for days (even though the scenet doesn’t) so it if you don’t shower everyday, one tube will last for a few months.

Yardley of London English Lavender Naturally Moisturizing Botanical Soap was a drug store buy, and is much more budget friendly. It’s a nice soap, doesn’t leave a dry feeling and, most importantly, the lavender scent is not too overpowering but it is lingering. Which is nice. It reminds me of the (not English) lavender in the garden of the villa we stayed at in Tuscany. Oh summer of living like a millionaire, I miss you so.

And finally the Caswell-Massey Lilac Talc. I bought it on sale at Winners last December. I’m not a big talc user, but this winter’s see-sawing temperatures have left me unable to figure out how to dress for the weather. I like to err on the side of too warm, but I frequently find myself running around town sweating inside a coat that I can’t take off. So a little powdering makes me feel fresher. At first application, the lilac scent seems a little strong, but it just as quickly settles down into what I think is a nice, springtimey scent. Mixed with the Eau de Jardins and the Lavender, the overall effect is that the three products complement each other. I feel like a bouquet, even.