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Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay Travel Candle

I am for sure going through a candle phase. Every night, I relax in my apartment with a different candle. I’m really big on florals and some fruit scents, so I was very excited to try the Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Travel Candle. This can be purchased at Sephora for $35. 

I’ve been reaching for this one over and over again. It’s a great spa-night scent. Overall, the scent is actually quite subtle and fresh with notes of blackberry, bay leaves, and cedarwood. It seems to burn pretty clean, and the wax has been melting at a really steady and even rate. It claims to burn for 18 hours (it’s 2.1 ounces) and this seems about right when I look at how much wax is left versus how long I’ve burned it. 

I will say that, as much as I’m loving this candle, I’m just not sure that it’s worth the price. For $5 I could get a bigger Glade candle. For about half the price of this one, I could get an enormous candle from Bath & Body Works. While I do like this scent, I really feel like there are better, stronger scents out there that are available at a much lower price. Yes, I’ve enjoyed the luxury of owning this one and a Diptique candle (review forthcoming), but I’m not sure they are really worth the price. 

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Miss Dior Hair Mist

Today is a special day because it is my 27th birthday! To celebrate, I thought I’d share one of my favorite signature fragrances: Miss Dior. Recently, I purchased the Miss Dior Hair Mist from Sephora, which retails for $52. It’s a bit of a luxury since it’s only a 1 oz bottle, but I did get it in the Sephora sale, so it was 20% off!

I love the concept of a hair mist because I’m very short, and I feel that hair fragrance allows the scent to waft up. This scent is also a warm floral that seems perfect for any season. It contains bergamot which is one of my favorite fragrance notes, and it is not musky at all, so it retains a youthful quality.

Signature scents are fun because they’re like a calling card that people will associate with you. I’ve had a few signature scents in my life. It seems that as I evolve as a person, my fragrance interest also evolves. In high school, I wore Lucky You by Lucky Brand. It’s a very sweet, floral fragrance which kind of signified who I wanted to be at the time – flirty and playful. But in college, I wanted to evoke something else – I wanted to feel more mature but still be alluring. In some ways, I wanted to seem older than I was. During that period in my life, I wore Guilty by Gucci, a warmer scent with notes of amber and patchouli. Now, I think my interest in Miss Dior blends the two past scents in some way: it’s still warm and more mature, but it’s softer with its florals.

Do you have a signature scent? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Good Chemistry Water Lily Perfume 

I’ve been in a rut lately when it comes to fragrance, so I decided to try to find a new fragrance that is mostly natural and relies on essential oils for its base. I was so surprised to discover Good Chemistry – a Target-owned brand that does just that! Recently, I tried out their Water Lily perfume rollerball. This product retails for about $13 only at Target stores and online.

The scent is so nice and fresh. It’s a great everyday fragrance with hints of lotus and blackberry surrounding the water lily top note. It’s definitely a strong floral scent, and there is very little sweetness to it, but this works well for me. My only complaint is that the scent doesn’t last for more than a few hours, but thankfully the rollerball is small enough that I can pop it in my makeup bag and reapply at lunchtime. It has fewer preservatives than a traditional perfume, which is good for you and the environment, but that’s why it just naturally won’t last as long.

Overall, I’m really impressed with this product, and I can’t wait to try another fragrance from this company. I have a very sensitive nose and I don’t like synthetic floral fragrances, so this is perfect for me! Have you tried anything from this brand, or do you have a natural fragrance you adore? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Zoella Blissful Mistful Solid Fragrance 

So, full disclosure: Zoella (AKA Zoe Sugg) is my favorite Youtuber. I love her channel and I think she’s so inspirational. When I saw her products in Target, I got super excited and I just had to try something, so I bought the Zoella Blissful Mistful Solid Fragrance. This product can be purchased at Target for $6.

This solid perfume has a very light, floral scent that I really liked when I smelled it in the tin. Unfortunately, it didn’t really react well to my body chemistry and ended up smelling kind of sour on me. I’m not sure if that’s the best way to describe it, but basically it just smelled strange on me but smelled nice in the tin. That was disappointing, but it’s not really the product’s fault. Fragrance is all about chemistry, and since everyone’s body is just a little bit different, it can be hard to predict how one person will react to a fragrance. I do think that it’s worth a try for others, and I hope to find someone I can give my tin to who can appreciate the fragrance.

I definitely want to try a different Zoella product since this one didn’t work out. Do any of you have any suggestions for some of her products that you have loved? Maybe a bath-themed one?

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-XO Tiffy

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Miss Dior Moisturizing Body Milk

Perfumes are so personal – scents can exude how we’re feeling or how we want to feel. Everyone looks for different things when it comes to scent, but I wanted to share my current favorite scented product: Miss Dior Moisturizing Body Milk. A 6.8 oz bottle can be purchased from Sephora for $52.

This scent makes me feel so feminine and happy. It’s sensual and has notes of Italian mandarin, rose, and patchouli. Overall, the scent is very floral, which I love. I decided to go with the lotion because I feel like scents last longer on my skin when they’re applied in lotion form instead of a traditional perfume or body spray.

While this product is marketed as being very moisturizing, I don’t try to use this as a daily body lotion. I’m afraid that the scent would be overwhelming if you applied it everywhere, and it really isn’t the most moisturizing lotion out there. Rather, I find it best to put on a scentless body lotion everywhere (like Bliss Naked Body Butter), and then follow that up with this lotion just on your pulse points (behind the ears, the inside of your elbows, between the cleavage, and on your wrists). When I do that, the scent seems to last all day long!

What scents are you currently loving? Do you have a signature scent, or do you like to change it up?

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-XO Tiffy

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Miss Dior Eau de Parfum 

I am so picky when it comes to scents. I know that fragrance is a really personal topic and it really all boils down to preference, but I just wanted to share my excitement over finally fining a fragrance that hasn’t yet bored me! I have discovered that I love Miss Dior Eau de Parfum.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the most budget-friendly scent. A one ounce bottle will set you back about $74. However, I think that I want this to become my new signature scent. My whole life, I’ve been obsessed with finding a signature scent. Fragrance memories are very powerful – how often do you smell a flower or food and feel transported back into a wonderful part of your past? I’ve always thought that having a signature scent might make me more memorable. In high school, my signature scent was Lucky You. It is very floral but fresh, and it made me feel more comfortable in my own skin. Then in college, I upgraded my signature scent to Gucci Guilty. This is the scent that made me feel like an adult. It’s a bold scent that made me feel more confident. I would wear it before meetings at works or workshops in school.

Now, I’m finding myself in a new place in life, and I feel like Miss Dior suits me better. It is both floral and fruity, and it’s strongest note is jasmine. It is a good blend of youth and maturity, and it does not smell musky or overly sugary. The smell evokes in me what I’m already feeling about myself. Instead of masking my insecurity with a fragrance that tricked me into feeling more confident, I can now just be myself.