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CHANEL recently released some absolutely gorgeous No5 L’EAU (read my review of No5 L’EAU perfume here) body products, and they are simply stunning. The newest additions to the No5 L’EAU family are as light and airy as the fragrance and perfect for summer. The No5 L’EAU All-Over Body Spray is soft perfumed spray for the hair and body, a fresh and ultra-gentle mist, which is a perfectly light way to wear No5 L’EAU. This light and delicate version of No5 lends itself perfectly to a body mist – soft citrus, flowers and the famous CHANEL aldehydes waft in your hair and around skin like a gentle breeze. Just like the fragrance, it simple and modern right down to its minimalist packaging. Sleek, white, matte, contemporary, and travel-friendly. A must-have!

And as a follow-up to CHANEL’s hugely successful and terrific On-Hand Cream, they’ve now released No5 L’EAU On-Hand Cream. And it’s a must for every purse and gym bag, as well as perfect for travel. Inside is a nourishing hand and body cream that diffuses the perfectly delicate scent of No5 L’EAU. The On-Hand Cream is a sensual and enveloping cream that makes hands soft and moisturizes cuticles. It can be worn throughout the day, either alone or layered with your fragrance for a longer-lasting scent. The perfect pick me up! Wear it alone, with No5 L’EAU or with any iteration of CHANEL No5! The delicate softness of No5 L’EAU fragrance will linger on your hands, with it’s hints of citrus, airy rose, ylang ylang and jasmine and the modern aldehydes.

Kitty is smitten with CHANEL No5 L’EAU All-Over Body Spray and On-Hand Cream

What I love about all of the No5 products is how seamlessly they layer and blend with each other. CHANEL No5 eau de toilette, eau de parfum and parfum and all of the assorted bath and body products in the No5 line are incredibly luxurious and layer beautifully with the perfume. And CHANEL No5 Eau Premiere is also beautiful, and retains the bones of the original. You can happily layer No5 original bath and body products with No5 Eau Premiere for your own personal blend. One of my favourite layering cocktails is No5 Eau Premiere layered with the divine No5 Gold Fragments Shimmering Gel. And now that warm weather is here, that shimmering gel is perfect for that exposed skin.

Get your CHANEL No5 L’EAU On-Hand Cream and All-Over Body Spray at CHANEL counters, boutiques and online.

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Father’s Day is coming so here come the fragrance recommendations. Except I think we all know by now that fragrances are all gender neutral, right? The old days of labelling a fragrance masculine or feminine are long gone. If you’re still doing this you should stop. Now, that said, we all have associations with scents and fragrances, and those memories will often connect a certain perfume or cologne with a certain person. And many of the notes and styles in fragrances traditionally marketed to men can stick with us and have “masculine” connotations.

But here’s the thing. Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez who wrote Perfumes: The Guide have often mentioned that some older feminine perfumes are so intense and full of ingredients that almost are never used in feminines today that they would be perfect on a man. And hey, one of my best male friends wears Chanel No5 and is always told by women that he smells amazing. There is only one rule when it comes to fragrance. If you love it, wear it. That’s it!

There are some yummy new releases that just might be the perfect gift for that special someone.

Bleu de Chanel Parfum is the latest iteration of the hugely successful Bleu line and oh my heavens is it gorgeous! I’ve sprayed a few scent strips with this beauty since it arrived and it has blessed every space it occupied. Bleu de Chanel is one of the best selling men’s scents for the brand, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a terrific scent. But the edt and edp did not move me the way the new Bleu de Chanel parfum has. It is drop dead delicious and I would wear this scent in a heartbeat. Cedar, sandalwood and iso e super (Molecule 01, anyone?) dominate this fragrance, making Bleu de Chanel a soft sexy skin scent for the fragrance lover in your life. Even you! Get it at CHANEL counters, boutiques and online.

It wouldn’t be summer without a lemon fresh scent! And Dolce & Gabbana has happily obliged with their current Light Blue flanker, Light Blue Italian Zest Pour Homme. They have an Italian Zest for women too Its a lemony twist on the original and the perfect summer fragrance. Wear it to the lake, on a boat, with a straw hat, to brunch or frankly anywhere you want. It’s one of those easy-to-wear cologne type scents that will make hugging you a delightful experience. Citrus lovers delight. Get at department store perfume counters across the land, select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques and Sephora. Light Blue Italian Zest is a limited edition fragrance, so get it while you can!

Ok. The new Givenchy Gentleman Eau de Parfum. This is another fragrance that just sings in an eau de parfum formulation. This fragrance seems to centre around powdery orris, resinous tolu balsam, with soft vanilla and lavender in the background. It’s elegant and sexy and never overpowering. It reminds me of something – perhaps the lavender is giving it a touch of that “barbershop” scent I love so much? Whatever it is, Givenchy Gentleman Eau de Parfum makes me swoon and want more. I think I might try this one myself. Get Gentleman Eau de Parfum at department store counters, Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques and Sephora.

Montblanc Legend Night Eau de Parfum is the latest flanker in the Legend family. My husband has Legend Spirit in the white bottle, which I really like, but Legend Night is something special. Officially the “notes” include things that one would not necessarily associate with darkness or night, but that’s ok. What I smell off the top are lavender and vanilla, so right away it’s delicious. A hint of soft violet, apple and lime with a little spice like clary sage and cardamon, combine with woodsy notes for a balanced fragrance that would be easy to wear any time of year. But I do think it would be a great scent for a night out with it’s subtle and sexy vibe. Some mint and vetiver linger in the background along with a quiet musk. Doesn’t it sound intriguing? Get Montblanc Legend Night at Hudson’s Bay in Canada.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad. Miss you xo

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Vanilla is a very popular note in perfume, either on its own, or supported by other notes. The scent of vanilla is associated with desserts and baking, so it can take the wearer back home to comforting times. Eating sweets, warm cookies – these are all positive memory triggers to get from a scent. Some fragrances aren’t vanilla, like heliotrope, but have a similar cookie dough vibe if the scent is on the sweet side.

But there is also a sexy sort of skin scent aspect to vanilla. Perhaps that is from years of suntan oils and lotions that had that tiare or monoi scent, that while not vanilla, had a similar “feel” and scent. Like skin, that may be a bit sticky from some cotton candy you just ate. Not too sweet, though. Just sweet enough, Goldilocks.

Aerin Tangier Vanille: This is my current vanilla obsession. With it’s creamy amber, sandalwood and musk heart and base, you just cannot go wrong. Tangier Vanille is a sweet and delicious vanilla that is also grown up and sophisticated. It’s the perfect white t shirt of vanilla perfumes, but is also elegant enough for a fancy night out.

Chanel Les Exclusifs Jersey: Lavender, vanilla and musk. Sound good? It is. It’s SO GOOD. It’s a warm and fluffy lavender vanilla in a powder puff. So balanced, the warm vanilla is the perfect foil for the cool lavender. I always get compliments on Jersey, which is probably because it’s perfect.

Guerlain Lui: Lui is the whispering vanilla spirit. With a heart of incense, the vanilla appears when Lui dries down on skin. The vanilla is never gets too sweet and stays mysterious with a barely there smoky leathery musky dry down. Completely gorgeous and addictive. Magical stuff.

Jo Malone Oat & Cornflower Cologne: A cozy and comforting trip back in time to that bowl of oatmeal, with warm milk and sugar. The vanilla left behind in the bowl of milk that once held a sweet cereal. This sweet milky comfort slowly changes to sweet hazelnut and then to a sweet softly smoky vetiver. An odd nostalgic vanilla.

Reminiscence Musc: Another soft almond vanilla but the almond is very quiet. This vanilla is straight up baby powder vanilla. Reminiscence Musc a super comforting vanilla scent, and it perfect for bedtime or anytime you want the perfume equivalent of a cuddle. If you love baby powder, do not pass this by. It’s wonderful.

This is a “vintage” bottle of CSP Vanille Abricot. The newer bottles are glass, & Sephora even has a purse spray.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot: This is a sweet one, but it’s also just plain delicious. The apricot note is so jammy and juicy it makes my mouth water. The vanilla becomes like an enticing dessert vanilla but also maintains that tropical vibe, perhaps courtesy of the fruits. Vanille Abricot is a classic confection and if you like your vanillas with a little syrup, you must try this.

Outremer Vanille: This vanilla is a “sweet with a little brown sugar” vanilla perfume. It’s quite intense and a little goes a long way, and it also lasts long on skin. It’s simplicity makes it easy to wear, anytime, and even to layer with other perfumes. At this price you just can’t go wrong with this pretty vanilla sugar. Anthropologie staple.

What are your favourite vanilla scents?

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As we all know, changing hormones have an effect on our skin. It starts with adolescence and puberty, then the lovely cycling of menstruation, and later in life, perimenopause and menopause. Fluctuations in our hormone levels can mean too much oil, too little oil, reactionary sensitive skin, and so on and so on. You name it, we’ve experienced it.

The fact is, as we enter menopause, our skin changes in a different way, and we need specialised skincare to address the specific changes we experience. As much as my teenage skin loved Clearasil and a simple moisturizer, that same routine is not going to work for me now.

I had a chance to speak with Toronto dermatologist Dr. Sonya Abdullah about menopause and skincare. I wanted to ask her the questions I get asked most often by my readers and followers:

What is the number one concern you hear from women about their post menopausal skin?

Dry and sensitive skin are far more prevalent after menopause. The loss of estrogen support after menopause tends to accelerate the effects of time and translates to facial volume loss leading to more prominent lines or folds, lack of skin firmness, and crepey texture.

What is the best/easiest way to address this concern? 

Post-menopausal skin changes are common. Dryness can lead to sensitive skin, emphasizing the need to look for hydrating ingredients like ceramides, glycerin, shea butter for both the face and body, as well as integrating gentle non-soap cleansers into your routine. Ingredients like beeswax provide a conditioning, protective coat against the outside world, while calcium promotes epidermal cell differentiation improving skin luminosity and radiance.

Vichy has the skincare line specially created for the peri and menopausal woman and the special needs of our skin – Neovadiol.

It’s clear that during this time in our lives, choosing the right skincare is important. Not only for the appearance of our skin, but for the comfort of our skin. Vichy Rose Platinium Rosy Glow has all of the ingredients Dr. Abdullah recommends, and a complimentary regimen using the Neovadiol Compensating Complex line ensures my skin gets just what it needs.

Of course, I am in love with my Vichy Rose Platinum Rosy Cream. I’ve been using the Rosy Cream for over a month now and love the results I’m seeing. My skin feels soft and dewy, and has a soft, plump glow. I use my  Neovadiol Compensating Complex Serum under my Rose Cream during the day, and under my Neovadiol Nuit at night, the perfect skin nourishing cocktail for menopausal skin. Neovadiol Nuit at night means I wake up with dewy glowing skin, and Vichy Rosy Glow helps me keep that glow all day long.

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I’m always looking for hair styling options that best help me accentuate my natural waves. Sometimes I’ll add a few waves around the crown with a round brush or curling rod. Sometimes I will just let it be. I usually only let it air dry in warmer weather as who wants to walk around waiting for thick head of hair to dry when it’s below zero out? The other thing about cold weather is that the hair is dry. My waves work best when there is some humidity in the air. When I’m in the cooler drier weather, I embrace the blow out. When I’m in a humid or warm environment, forget about it. A blowout can be.  unblown-out in minutes and I’m left with not quite straight, not quite wavy but certainly frizzy clown hair.

from left: Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Curls Defining Shampoo, Deep Hydrating Mask, Dry Styling Oil, De-frizz & Detangle Leave-In Conditioner, Curl Defining Lotion

I was excited to try the new Marc Anthony True Professional “Strictly Curls” line when it arrived. The first thing I noticed was the deliciously tart and fresh lemon scent! Honestly this was so refreshing (really!) as it seems everything smells like coconuts and cookies these days. It reminded me of Love’s Fresh Lemon perfume from back in the day – just simple pretty and clean lemons.

The Defining Shampoo is weightless and leaves my hair clean and bouncy. I just love the Deep Hydrating Mask, as it smoothes out my hair without weighing it down. And that lemon fragrance is so invigorating in the shower – I just love it.

The styling products are all fantastic. I have not tried the 7 in 1 Treatment Foam mousse but I plan to. I have used the Curl It Up Volume Curl Spray and it works well, but I think it would be better on finer, less thick hair than mine. After shampooing, I apply the Curl Envy Leave-In Conditioner fairly liberally and comb it through. Then, I spritz the Dry Styling Oil all over my hair as well, avoiding the root area, and comb through again. While my hair is still good and wet, I apply the Curl Defining Lotion from the middle through to the ends of my hair. And here is my secret for a smooth air dry. I use a smooth bristle brush, say like a Tangle Teezer, and gently brush and smooth my hair into the style with the waves I want. The key is to then not touch the hair. No touchy! The more you mess around with and “scrunch” wavy hair, the higher the chances you will end up with frizz. Just leave it be.

day 1 curls

The next day, I use a wide curling rod and grab around six to seven pieces around my crown and add some loose waves. Then, using a wide tooth comb, I blend them into my waves and with the help of dry shampoo, I can go a good five to six days with perfectly soft and bouncy waves. Ta-da! Marc Anthony Strictly Curls is a terrific line for wavy hair at a fantastic price point.

day 5 waves – this is in high humidity

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Sometimes I try a new beauty or skincare product that makes me stop in my tracks and think “I will never need another kind of ________ ever again”. Not often, but it happens. Well, it happened. Chanel has created all the products I need to create the #nomakeupmakeup look I love so much. Easy, quick, flawless and fool proof in one collection.

The CHANEL Healthy Glow Collection, clockwise from top right: Chanel Healthy Glow Les Beiges Eye Shadow Palette, Glow Stick in Blush 23, Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation, and the Retractable Foundation Brush

CHANEL released a cushion foundation this year as part of their Les Beiges Healthy Glow collection and it is magnificent. The whole collection is fantastic and perfect for me and my skin tone and literally makes me feel like I don’t need any other makeup. I’ve been a fan of the Healthy Glow Sheer Powder since it was released (basically photoshop for your face), and the latest addition, Healthy Glow Luminous Powder , is the best way to achieve a subtle glow while evening skin tone. So I was thrilled to review more items from this gorgeous line from CHANEL.

CHANEL Les Beiges Powder has been such a staple for me since it’s release. Love the Luminous Powder just as much!

The CHANEL Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation is my dream foundation product. I’ve never found anything that was light enough to make me want to have it all over my face, that made my skin feel like it could breath, and that didn’t feel like a mask. The consistency is quite thin and liquid, but it is in a cushion formula (sorry no photos, it always looked a mess after I got the sponge into it!) and feels like a little goes a long way. The gel formula is amazing. It adds a glow to skin – not a shine, not a shimmer – yet a glow. See my hands below – first one has nothing on it. The second one has the Gel Touch Foundation (shade 40) blended out. Amazing. For reference, Biddy is wearing #20. It was too light for me, so I went to the counter and tried #30. It ended up being too pink, and I ended up with the #40 which is a little bit tan but blended out it gives the glow I love. Honestly CHANEL Gel Touch Foundation is the only tinted product that truly disappears on my skin just leaving it glowing. Biddy fell in love too – said it just makes skin “perfect”. So far there are no refills, so at $70 CAD, buying a whole new compact each time is pricey. Hoping CHANEL puts out a refill. From what I’ve heard from my friends who work the counters, the only complaint about the Gel Touch they have heard is from people who like medium to full coverage and they find it too light. So if you want light coverage, it’s the one for you!

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CHANEL Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation blended out – FLAWLESS yet looks makeup free.

They released a Healthy Glow Les Beiges shadow collection, which is basically a neutral shadow lovers dream and must have for lovers of a natural and soft eye look. Honestly I could live with ONLY these shades and be happy forever. My daughter Biddy used all but the darkest shade here, with just a touch of CHANEL brown mascara. Gorgeous!

I mean, is this neutral shadow perfection or what?

CHANEL Healthy Glow collection also has a cream blush in the form of a gorgeous and luxe “Sheer Colour  Stick”. I have it in Blush No23 and it has has become my daily go-to blush, as it applies like silk on the skin and blends like a dream. With just a hint of shimmer, the Sheer Colour  Stick adds the perfect blushing glow.A little goes a long way, and if I dust a little Healthy Glow powder on top, it lasts quite well. Biddy used a touch of it on her lips with a bit of the clear Rouge Coco Balm fo the perfect natural lip.

Biddy using everything and only the CHANEL Healthy Glow Collection

Thank you CHANEL, for the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Collection, it’s all I need. It’s available online and at CHANEL counters and boutiques.

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Yes, it’s true, I am a post menopausal woman. Well, I think I am, for the most part. I had a partial hysterectomy in my early forties, so while I still have my ovaries, my period stopped years ago so I don’t have that to help gauge where my cycle is. I’ve had blood tests and take bio identical progesterone, and know my oestrogen levels are probably bottomed out. Aside from some evening “warm flashes” and occasional insomnia and fatigue (normal anyways?), I feel pretty good.

I have definitely seen changes in my skin that feel awfully hormonal. You know those zits that come out of nowhere, around the chin, jaw and mouth. Yeah, those. My skin texture and tone has been changing too. A lot has to do with the sun damage my poor skin suffered in the eighties (wear sunscreen!!!), but of course time changes everything, including the plump dewy skin of our youth. Not that it’s a bad thing, and it’s going to happen whether or not we like it.

Loving my Vichy Rosy Glow

I enjoy the act of pampering myself and self care. Just as much as I enjoy a soothing full body exfoliation, massage and anointing with oils, I love doing the same thing to my face. It’s a meditation and routing that stops me in my day, splashing water on my face, and I’m washing the day away, literally and figuratively. I use a lot of skincare products to pamper my skin, and I find lately that my skin wants to feel plump and glowy. To that end, I use serums, creams and mists to add and lock in the moisture my skin needs. And, credit must be given to the brilliant Dr Trefor Nodwell and the team at The Ottawa Clinic.

As we age, our skin changes – shocking, I know, right? Our cellular renewal and lipid production slow down, leaving us with a thinner epidermis and drier skin. Our collagen production is also reduced, which also thins the skin and can lead to a lack of tone and sagging skin. Our natural exfoliation also slows down – I have really noticed this! And this can make skin look dull. Changes in microcirculation means a decrease of nutrients to our skin cells, and this can make our skin look paler and less rosy.

Hello Vichy Neovadiol Rose Platinium! This is the latest addition to the Vichy Neovadiol skincare collection created exclusively for the skincare needs of the menopausal and post-menopausal woman. Neovadiol Rose is a gorgeous rosy cream that immediately nourishes skin, leaving the perfect healthy rose blush to skin. And it’s full of goodness that helps skin look firmer and plumper after several weeks. I am hooked! Ingredients like beeswax, calcium, that amazing Vichy Thermal Water make for nourished, moisturized and healthy looking skin. A desifying yeast extract and rosy pigments combine for plumped skin and a healthy rosy glowing complexion.

So far I will say this – the soft fragrance smells like Bulgarian roses and I want to use it head to toe. Honestly Vichy – my post-menopausal body would love a Vichy Rose Platinium Body Mist and Serum…I’m just saying. I love the texture and feel of this Vichy Rosy Cream and the instant glow it imparts on my skin. Let’s see what happens over the next several weeks!

Stay tuned to follow my journey trying this amazing new skincare from Vichy, and we will be giving away a basket of gorgeous Vichy goodies to a lucky reader! A 50ml jar of Vichy Rose Platinium Rosy Cream is $56.95 CAD on Vichy.ca and in pharmacies.

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Look out guys, I’ve got some great fragrances for you to try out and I think you’re going to love them. These new releases really caught my nose, and frankly, these are scents anyone can wear. I put “Man” in the post name because I wanted to catch their attention, but these fragrances would be great for sharing. Because they smell really good. Who doesn’t like that?

From left: Coach For Men Eau de Toilette, L’Occitane L’Homme Cologne Cédrat Eau de Toilette, Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code

Coach For Men Eau de Toilette was a must-sniff for me as soon as I heard Anne Flipo was one of the noses behind this new scent. She has created many of my favourites, notably several of my favourite L’Artisan Parfumeur scents (her work listed here). Right off the top, Coach for Men has a soapy clean note that I just love – fresh, with zingy citrus, yet still warm. The lime and ambergris stand out, and make for a zingy fresh sparkle. Geranium, vetiver and coriander give it the freshness a green vibe with some spice. There are more fruits like pear and kumquat, but they are not noticeable, other than adding a slightly sweet fruity note. The suede notes in the dry down play so beautifully with the vetiver and ambregris it’s almost mouth watering. I’ve read a few reviews of women buying this for themselves and I can totally see why. Try this – I think you’ll love it as much as I do. Sold in the men’s fragrance department.

I fell in love with  L’Occitane L’Homme Cologne Cédrat Eau de Toilette  on first sniff. Seriously, this may be one the best masculine’s I’ve tried in a long time. When I sprayed my arm I couldn’t stop smelling it, and even on paper it smells like a bright sunny clear day in a cedar forest near the ocean with a lemon grove nearby. Honestly. The aquatic notes are subtle but the freshness is perfectly executed. The violet leaf note I love so much is perfectly green and soapy, and combined with a touch of lavender, gives that “barbershop” scent I completely adore. The prominent note is, of course, cedar, a fresh cut resinous cedar that is never too dry, thanks to aquatic and citrus notes. Mmmmmm. Pink and black pepper, along with a little ginger, add a wee bit of spice. I would wear this, but I would LOVE my man to wear this. Absolutely gorgeous and must-try. Best part of L’Homme Cologne Cédrat is that they have an extensive bath and body line to go with, making it perfect for gift giving. Sold in L’Occitane stores and online (link above).

And a men’s scent post wouldn’t be complete without a Guerlain fragrance, and the latest flanker in the Habit Rouge line, Dress Code, is indeed a statement fragrance. This is not one I would wear, but I can see a woman wearing this for sure. Habit Rouge Dress Code Eau de Parfum is a play on the original Habit Rouge, which was launched in 1965 and was the first Oriental fragrance for men. The use of sensual vanilla in a men’s fragrance was revolutionary, and is now a delicious Guerlain signature that is impossible to resist. Dress Code 2017 is a fragrance that evolves quite a bit from top notes to the base, almost becoming a different fragrance to my nose. It starts out with gorgeous and bright bergamot and neroli, with just a touch of rose. The heart notes of spices, cedar and patchouli hover above the skin adding a rich depth to the scent. The dry down is where Thierry Wasser works his sensual Guerlain “Wasserade” to turn Dress Code into something entirely different from where it started. Honestly, it’s such a change, you must spray some on to experience it. Swirling together vanilla, tonka bean, vetiver and praline (yes, praline) the dry down somewhat reminds me of Shalimar, but drier and more (duh) masculine. Powdery and smoky – in fact I was sure there was tobacco in Dress Code because that’s exactly how it dries down on my husband. Guerlain Dress Code is one of the most unique men’s fragrances I’ve ever sniffed and I think it is perfect for cooler weather. And ladies – try it for yourself. If Habit Rouge Dress Code had been launched as a super exclusive unisex niche perfume, I know women would buy it in droves. Gorgeous and unusual. Sold in men’s fragrance departments and at Guerlain counters.

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It seems every skincare line out there these days offer all kinds of products to renew and restore your skin. The problem is, these ingredients can leave our skin sensitive, with a rash or in a worst case scenario, we can be left with painful skin that is red, or peeling. Often, these products contain resurfacing and exfoliating ingredients like alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, and beta hydroxy acid. Sometimes it’s a cleansing scrub with physical exfoliating ingredients like sugar or salt, or a toner with exfoliating acids. We don’t often know how to use these products correctly, or which products are appropriate for our skin type. If we end up with a product too strong for our skin, or we I over-use it in a fit of skincare enthusiasm, we can end up with a sore face and reactive skin.

And of course, the environment can wreak havoc on our skin as well. Too much sun, harsh weather conditions, excessive cold or heat, sunlight and even hard water can be tough on our skin.

When this happens, I usually revert back to the most gentle and basic skincare routine. This usually involves using the simple and fragrance-free drugstore dermatological skincare lines in my stash, like Cetaphil, CeraVe, Glaxal Base etc. But sometimes my skin needs extra protection, and a healing treatment. I love to apply these at night, when I’ve got nothing else on my face and they can work their healing magic. Here are a few I am currently loving.

Declor Aromessence Rose D’orient Soothing Oil Serum

I’ve been reading rave reviews of Decleor’s Rose D’Orient Soothing Oil Serum for awhile now and I knew I had to try it. It’s a healing oil serum that nourishises, thanks to the base of shea butter which helps regenerate the skin and the deeply hydrating properties of cupuacu butter. It does seem like a heavy waxy product, but it melts on contact with warm fingertips and my face. There are the divine Decleor neroli and rose essential oils, almond to protect against external irritations, rice Wax to protect and improve skin structure, plus beeswax to soften.

I can see using this once or twice a week. One of thing I recall reading in many reviews was how Rose D’orient Balm was great for dry skin, but also for oily and congested skin. I wake up with happy skin when I use this and can’t imagine being without it now. Decleor skincare has a habit of doing that to me! Send help.

Declor Aromessence Rose D’orient Soothing Oil Serum has a solid, almost waxy texture that melts on contact

AERIN Rose Night Table Cream & Overnight Mask

AERIN Rose Night Table Cream & Mask isn’t a balm, but it sure feels like one so it’s getting included in this round up. I am so in love with the AERIN line. Her simple, classic and elegant approach to beauty and fragrance is right up my alley. And one of the things AERIN does perfectly is all the rose things. AERIN Rose Night Table cream is what the original Oil of Olay would have wanted to be when she grew up. I adore the soft rose scent, and the way it soothes and comforts my skin on contact. The scent is very gentle and I find it lovely and calming. I LOVE sleep masks for skin, and AERIN’s is a favourite of mine. My skin is dewy and radiant when I wake up, and Rose Night Table Cream is a fixture on my… night table.

AERIN Rose Night Table Cream & Overnight Mask

Guerlain has always had product designed to help skin in need of healing, radiance and moisture. They started it all with their Midnight Secret serum (now a balm cream) and continue their expertise with their Abeille Royale skincare line. The Abeille Royale Black Bee Honey Balm Repairing Concentrate contains Ouessant Black Bee Honey, which is rich in amino acids, trace elements and high in fructose-content, all of which aid in repairing damaged skin. It also contains Guerlain’s exclusive Royal Jelly, which is rich in exceptional nutrients, proteins, lipids and vitamins. It’s designed for skin that’s been damaged by the environment, aggressive skincare treatments and even cosmetic skincare procedures. It is incredibly soothing, has the softest honeyed fragrance, and leaves me with dewy skin when I wake up. I even use it on my lips. Love it!

Guerlain Abeille Royale Black Bee Honey Balm

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