I can’t believe we are nearing September already! Every year it seems like summer goes by faster and faster. I’m making sure to enjoy every beautiful, warm and sunny moment that we have left of it. Soaking up as much sun as possible and taking advantage of every warm patio night. I’m also planning as many outdoor excursions and activities as I can. For everything I have planned this summer, I love finding that special fragrance that seems to capture the mood & moment perfectly. Something sweet and sultry for date night, something fun for daytime adventures, and something beachy for those days spent lounging by the pool or lake.
I’ve rounded up the fragrances below that have captured my heart this summer.
PERFECT FOR DAYTIME ADVERTURES:
The first is the newest Prada Candy Kiss fragrance. Think cotton candy with an orange blossom twist. It reminds me of childhood summer’s spent visiting Canada’s Wonderland, the CNE and chasing ice cream trucks. This is my favourite scent from the Prada Candy lineup. Everyone that smells it instantly falls in love. I’ve sprayed it when my friends are over and everyone immediately has to go out and buy it. It has that effect.
PERFECT FOR A DAY AT THE BEACH:
The second is a summer classic, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. It’s like summer in a bottle. The mix of coconut and orange makes it one of my favourite scents of all time. I’m such a sucker for coconut scents. This scent comes back every spring/summer and I always have to pick up a bottle. It doesn’t feel like summer without it. The notes that stick out to me are coconut milk, pulpy orange, juicy mandarin, lemon, jasmine, magnolia petals and lavender. It’s such a delicious mix.
PERFECT FOR DATE NIGHT:
I recently discovered NEST fragrances at a recent trip to Saks and I fell in love with this Citrone scent. The dewy softness makes this a great pick for date night. Notes of lemon blossom, lotus flower, freesia, dew drop accord and precious wood make it smell bright, refreshing and sparkling. Plus, the bottle looks beautiful on a vanity.
PERFECT FOR EVERYDAY:
Zara FRUITY reminds me exactly of a perfume that I am obsessed with, but at 1/4 of the price. For anyone who likes to have a cheaper fragrance on hand that they can spray as much as they want throughout the day, this is a good one. Top note is grapefruit, middle note is rose and base notes are amber, vanilla and sandalwood.
What scents have you been gravitating towards this summer? Do you normally stick to one scent or switch it up depending on the day/occasion?
Every year I visit the CNE in Toronto. It’s become a yearly tradition. I love walking through all of the buildings and the midway. The food is definitely my favourite part. Take a look at some highlights below. Also, can we talk about this pink ruffle dress for a second? It’s basically Pink the Town in dress form. I love the layers of ruffles and the Barbie pink colour.
Have you ever visited the CNE in Toronto? What are your favourite parts?
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Lavender is one of my favourite scents in the entire world. I love it’s calming effects and I try to incorporate it into my life in as many ways as possible. It has such a calming effect on me and I love all of the many amazing benefits it offers. As someone who has suffered from anxiety in the past, it’s one of the things that I rely on to relax me.
Lavender remarkably can also eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, keep your hair healthy, enhance blood circulation and can be used to treat respiratory problems. It’s also been found to reduce anxiety and emotional stress, heal burns and wounds, improve sleep, reduce acne, balance blood sugar, lower blood pressure and heart rate, treat various skin disorders, improve digestion, and can help alleviate headaches. It’s basically a miracle product.
I recently took a trip to the Terre Bleu Lavender Farm and went crazy over all of the lavender fields and products. You walk through beautiful forests to get to the lavender fields and they even have yoga in the fields on the weekend. There’s horses and the views are amazing and so peaceful. The best part was definitely the lavender ice cream and lemonade. To die for! The shop also has alot of really great lavender products (honey, skincare, macarons, bath bombs etc.).
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I’ve also included some ideas below for what you can do with your dried lavender.
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WHAT TO DO WITH DRIED LAVENDER
1. Lavender sachets – These are super easy to make and I seriously put them everywhere! In my drawers, in my closet, on my desk at work, in my car. I also sometimes keep one in my purse. Not only do they leave my car and clothes smelling great, but they come in handy in stressful situations. Since lavender has a calming effect, I like to keep them around for when I’m stuck in traffic or having a stressful day at work.
2. Incorporate lavender into your beauty routine – Below are some of my favourite lavender products that I can’t get enough of. I love to incorproate dried lavender into my beauty routine. Check out my fav picks below!
L’Occitane Foaming Bath: Nothing relaxes me more at the end of a long day than a lavender bubble bath! This one from L’Occitane smells beyond delicious.
L’Occitane Lavender Essential Oil: Every night before bed, I put a few drops of this lavender essential oil into my Saje nebulizer and it’s one of my favourite times of the day. I’m so relaxed that I’m normally asleep before my head even hits the pillow.
Saje Lavender Relaxing Mist: Saje has one of the best selections of lavender products that are made for relaxation and stress relief. I carry this lavender relaxing mist around in my purse and I also keep one at home to continuously spray everywhere. I spray it on my sheets, my couch, my pillow and into the air around me obsessively.
Saje Bath, Body & Massage Oil: The name alone is relaxing! I love to add a few drops to my bath or use it for a shoulder rub at the end of the day.
Saje Lavender Bath Salts: These bath salts are my go to for sore muscles after the gym or when my neck is sore from staring at the computer for too long.
BSpa Lavender Body Lotion: This lotion is one of the best smelling lavender scented creams that I’ve found at the drug store. You can find this one at Shoppers Drug Mart. The scent reminds me of getting a mani/pedi and instantly relaxes me. I apply it every night before bed.
3. Make Lavender Lemonade
Another one of my favourite things to do with dried lavender is make lavender lemonade. It’s one of my favourite things in the whole world! You can find many recipes online for how to make it from scratch. I normally take the easy route and buy pink lemonade and then add the lavender. You actually just steep the lavender in boiling water as you would with loose tea leaves. Strain the lavender when it’s finished steeping and then gradually add the lavender water to your lemonade. You’ll want to keep taste testing because if you add too much it could start to taste a little soapy. You want a good balance of flavours to create that subtle lavender lemonade taste. Mmm!!!
How cute is this new shaver from Philips? I’m excited to test it out! I normally use a regular old razor, so the electric will be a new experience for me.
I love that it’s wet or dry and I can use it in or out of the shower. I always forget spots in the shower (like around my ankle) and always resort to dry shaving with a razor to save time before I hear out the door in the morning. I always end up butchering myself or getting razor burn. Not a good feeling. This razor has soft-touch comfort cushions and pearl tip trimmers to help protect my skin from irritation, so I don’t think I’m going to run into that problem.
There’s also 6 attachments to choose from and an ‘S’ shape handle for easy gripping and precise movements. Check back in a few weeks for my review after I’ve had a chance to test it out!
Thanks to Philips for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.