Can anyone remember love?

I finally decided to order from a company called One Hand Washes the Other I have heard glowing reviews from Grey over at http://legothique.com/ and Renee over at http://youtube.com/user/kragey so I decided what the hell! Why not?!

I ordered 8 perfume samples. The total came to about 20 dollars with shipping. I placed my order on 1/31/11 and received it today on Valentines day. Needless to say I was thrilled when I received my order. I squealed. Along with my order I received 2 solid scent samples and a few Valentines day stickers. So they definitely get an A+ for that as well as presentation.  Check it out.

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I know scents are subjective, but I thought I would give you my input on what I thought about the scents so it could help you in making a decision. They have a crap ton of scents. You can find the list of scents and their descriptions here.

http://ohwto.blogspot.com/2010/05/current-fragrance-offerings.html

and here

http://ohwto.blogspot.com/2010/01/private-stock-fragrances.html

Now let me describe to you they type of scents I like and don’t like, just so you understand where I am coming from. I like fruity and gourmand scents, but I hate hate hate scents from Victoria’s Secret and anything that smells synthetic or pre-teen like. I get chills every time I smell Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea (memories from 6th grade locker rooms, puberty, sweat, and Sweet Pea do not go hand in hand). I love complex vanilla scents as well as tropical crisp scents.  So lets get on with the scent descriptions…

Scent Descriptions:

Sugar Skulls a custom fragrance created for a very wonderful customer, this is a blend inspired by Dia de los Muertos, or, the Day of the Dead. You’ll smell sweet baked goods, vanilla cookies, anise, and roses- all the scents of a stroll through a Mexican neighborhood at that time of the year.

My Interpretation: Right from the wand it smells like sugar cookies. Plain and simple, but when I put it on my skin the cookie is still there but moreso in the background and then the scent of licorice really comes forward, I don’t really get a strong rose smell from this at all. The scents all melt together so there is no overpowering cookie smell they just work well together. This is gourmand in the spring. Think of eating a sugar cookie in the grass. This will be sweet but not cloying I really love the dry down on this.

4/5

Be Mine: Be Mine is the smell of a thousand heart-shaped cinnamon red-hots  sprinkled liberally on buttercream-frosted cupcakes, accompanied by a bowl of punch, cups of coffee and tea; all served at an antique wooden table laden with roses, jasmine and orange blossoms; the perfect Valentine’s Day afternoon teatime treat

My Interpretation: Upon opening the vial I got a sweet cinnamon scent. Now I am not into spicy or cinnamon (in my perfumes at least) but this didn’t repel me instantly there was something about it. Once on your skin the cinnamon starts to go away and I get a fruit punch note with a slight, very slight, floral in the background. It is a very unique scent it evolves quite strangely. This makes me feel as though I am sitting in my boudoir in Autumn waiting for a gentleman caller to bring me a flower. One flower. While drinking cinnamon tea and fruit punch. You must smell this since this is limited edition get it while you can. Even if you don’t like cinnamon its delicious!

4/5

Sugar Plum Tippler: And you thought you knew everything there was to know about the Sugar Plum Fairy! She’s got some rather unseemly habits, but hey- we all have our secrets! Sweet Ripe Plums, Sugared Violets, Almond, Tobacco, Grapefruit, Vanilla, Jasmine and just enough Cognac to take the edge off.

My Interpretation:Upon opening it I detect a strong berry candy scent, just like if your were to open a bag of berry flavored gummies. Once on the skin it maintains that berry candy feel to it. I can detect a hint of violets in the background but not so much so that you end up smelling like a rich widowed woman who’s house is filled with dusty antiques and violets.  If you like sweet fruity scents pick this one up it has a candy feel to it with sophistication to it due to the scent of violets.  You may or may not be able to pick this up since it was limited edition with the holiday scents.  Which is funny because I think it would be great for spring time.

3.5/5

Honey Crisp: Compare to Honey I Washed the Kids, this is scrumptious toffee and honey. Delectable honey and toffee scent are supported by background notes of fruit and musk. Top notes: citrus, honey-floral bouquet. Middle notes: peach, apple, toffee. Bottom notes: woody, musky.

My Interpretation: Lush’s Honey I Washed the Kids is my favorite scent that Lush has to offer hands down. Now although I do love the scent in my opinion the soap is just OK and not worth the nine dollar price tag. Upon opening the vial I dectet a slight soapiness (maybe its because I associate this with soap) and a dead on smell to HIWTK. It is a bit distant. Almost as if you were smelling the soap through the wrapper. It smells like sweet clean honey. I wish the toffee note in this was stronger but it is pretty damn close if not dead on. Don’t let the word toffee freak you out its a very clean and yummy scent. Its not too gourmand at all on a scale from 1 to 5(OMGPRETEENCUPCAKESCHOCOLATEANDCANDY) I would give it a 2.5. I would love a full size of this.

4.5/5

Gimme Shelter: Compare to Comforter, this is a fruity dark patchouli scent. Instant relaxation with this uplifting and comforting fragrance with its notes of fresh citrus tones of orange and bergamot leading to the warm heart. Soft floral tones combine with clove and cinnamon as leafy green accents add dramatic texture to the blend. An earthy element is created with patchouli, while fresh minty pennyroyal lifts the spicy tones. Sweet vanilla and soft musk are carefully balanced at the base of the scent. Top notes: orange, bergamot, clove, mint. Middle notes: floral, spice, green, patchouli. Bottom notes: musk, vanilla.

My Interpretation: Opening the vial I immediately get a fruity patchouli scent. Once on my skin the patchouli calmed down a bit, but didn’t disappear oh no. This patchouli is here to visit but wont overstay it’s welcome.  Soon the musk and vanilla join the party and accompany the fruit and patchouli. Its a relaxing clean scent and won’t clog your sinuses. I personally have been wanting to be a patchouli wearing gal but I have to ease myself in slowly. This is a great scent for anyone that wants to start trying patchouli type scents.

3/5

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree: I may have been unable to come up with any scent inspiration for 11 lords a leaping or 5 golden rings, but a pear tree? Heck yes. Bartlett Pears, Olive Leaves, Violets and Lychee, because I don’t know what a partridge smells like, but I imagine lychee smells better than a partridge.

My Interpretation:Now when I first smell it I get straight-up pear. Once it is on the skin it turns into a crisp and refreshing almost soapy but more laundry like and leafy. The pear is still there but the olive leaves and lychee bring a nice refreshing spin on this. It would be fabulous for spring! I hope Becca brings these back along with Sugar Plum Tippler. It would be nice to see a spring collection. Overall this is a very fresh and crisp scent that fruit lovers will enjoy as well.

3.5/5

Peach Tea: Smelling of deep-brewed iced black tea spiked with fresh-sliced peaches, this scent is a summery blend great for relaxing in the shade on the front porch.

My Interpretation: When I opened the bottle and sniffed the first word that came to mind was ‘icky’. I was very hesitant to put this on my skin but I did so anyways. Once I put on my skin the ickyness went away and the peach made its appearance. Now the peach is rather subdued its more of a sidekick rather than the hero. The black tea is really apparent so it has and herbal feel to it.

2.5/5


ConstancePink lady apples, creamy white chocolate, fresh flowers, a whiff of musky worn leather and a hint of dried hay… and a dash of mother’s rose water for good measure. Constance is Corinne’s sister scent, but the addition of tea rose adds a whole new girlier dimension, creating a difference scent on the drydown. Constance is no tomboy, she’s a confirmed girly-girl… with an affinity for leather.

My Interpretation: Now I was really excited for this scent but when I opened I was frightened. As I stated earlier I more of a gourmand and fruity type girl. I have no leather type scents. Needless to say I was unprepared. The hay and leather really come through in this scent. I can faintly detect the white chocolate and apples but faintly. My experience with this scent is that of an older married couple trying to spice things up in the bedroom with some bondage and role playing (naughty cowboy/cowgirl) that just did not work out and they just ended up with a broken hip and costumes/leather accessories that wont be worn again. If you like leather then by all means go for it, but this was just not my cup of tea. It is quite strong, my mother said it smells like where witches congregate… you can interpret that in whichever way you’d like.

1.5/5


Solid Scent Sample in Vanilla: This is a super sweet and rich vanilla scent, almost more of a buttercream than a vanilla.-Its smells like Vanilla. Thats it. Your basic sweet vanilla. It just smells like Vanilla! This would be a great scent to get to layer. I found that if I mixed it with Honey Crisp is helped sweeten it up a bit more.

3/5

Salty Mariner: Salty marine notes and fresh rain mingle with lily of the valley, jasmine, leafy greens, pine and musk. Experience the beautifully mastered essence of the thunder of waves crashing against the shore, the salty air in your face and the soft crunch of seashells beneath your feet. Imagine yourself at sea, with your face being lightly sprinkled with ocean spray.

My Interpretation:I got a shampoo like feel to this. It is very refreshing and oceanic. I am not one for ocean type scents but if you are check this one out. Its very unisex and would smell lovely on a man.  Mmm ocean men. I gave it to my father, he said it smelled clean. Whether or not he wore it I have no idea, he felt it may have leaned a bit on the flowery side.

2.5/5

Overall: I definitely look forward to ordering again from One Hand Washes the Other soon. I love the scents I received along with the extra goodies and presentation was excellent! Prices were reasonable. This is a fantastic company. So go buy your goodies now!

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Published in: on February 15, 2011 at 2:02 am  Leave a Comment  

Summer’s Eve

A poem for Literature about female empowerment, definatley not my best, but it was last minute and will do.

Since birth she was lost in translation

Every word out of her mouth went under manipulation

Wrapped in a soft pink blanket

Quilted yet loosely knit

It was about what he said

But what she said unraveled the last thread

Her throat strained from silencing screams

So sore and raw couldn’t even be soothed with vanilla ice cream

It would melt together with her blood

Create a thick pink elixir

And would flood her room

and leak onto the floor

And out the door

And drown the world with her cloying words

Too warm and sweet even for humming birds
It was melted by the vengeful heat

at first thought to be a shallow pool

of watery defeat.

Reduced to being another daughter

She stopped swimming

now knowing she too could walk on water

 

Published in: on February 7, 2011 at 8:28 am  Leave a Comment