scent love

I signed up for Birchbox in the summer and I have been obsessed with these adorable boxes full of beauty goodies ever since.  It is a box delivered to you every month filled with 4-5 beauty samples from luxury brands. Each month includes a different mix of product types, including makeup, skincare, fragrance, body, and hair care.  They are awesome.  It is a little treat that is perfect for the beauty junkie.  Their site sells full sized products as well.

Birchbox is how I discovered this extraordinary eyeliner Molly blogged about. It is also on my mind today because I am using up the Atelier Cologne’s Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue sample they sent me.  It has top notes of bright lime and coriander,  middle notes of jasmine and oak moss, and bottom notes of Madagascar vanilla and amber.  Their marketing is pretty brilliant too.  The sample was accompanied with a postcard with the header image and this quote:

He worked his way through the crowd when his heartbeat quickened. That smell. That’s her perfume. He was the original owner of the smell, until she took it one day. They had not seen each other for years. And now she stood before him. The chemistry between the two aroused as never before…

I love the fragrance, vanilla, but not in the fake candle kinda way, with a deep, woodsy note that makes the perfume just lovely.  It also has amazing staying power.  The scent might be a little heavy getting into the summer heat, but I am still loving it months later and I do have my perfume I made in France on our honeymoon for the rest of the year.

*Did you notice my new “about” page? There are more little changes coming soon. xo


  1. loving loving the packaging on this bottle! I want to smell it now…. Your about page is perfect. And I love the pretty picture of you on your homepage :)
    Love you tons!

  2. Signing up immediately! This is brills. I am always looking for beauty buys!

  3. I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about birchbox recently, thinking maybe I should give it a try! I’m so stubborn when it comes to beauty products and I have a hard time straying from my tried and trues but I think it’s time…

    • I am stubborn too, but a lot of times there samples of products that I haven’t even experimented with before. It’s pretty fun, and you can do it monthly. xo

  4. Yay, I just got off the waitlist for Birchbox and am eagerly awaiting my first box! this just made me so much more excited; and that perfume sounds amazing.

  5. The new about page is perfect, and I really need to get myself signed up for Birchbox–what am I waiting for? Maybe it’s because I’m the kind of girl that’s still wearing my high school perfume–I tell myself Bulgari never goes out of style!

    • Oh, it doesn’t my dear. You are so classic, and I love that. I still wear the same perfume from my high school days too, Trish McEvoy #9. I just mix it up a little these days. xo

  6. Sally

    I feel the same way about vanilla perfume/cologne – there is something so intoxicating and warm about it. Have you ever tried Jo Malone’s version of Vanilla? I found it after smelling a salesperson all through Neimans and finally asking what it was. Its fabulous. Thinking it might be my next perfume purchase.

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