Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Scent Obsession & The Memory of an Old Friend

My dog, Buddy, died a couple nights ago on the 16th. :( It was a very, very sad night for everyone in my household. We had him for a very long time. It has probably been a little over 10 years, and I just didn't feel right creating a new blog post without saying something about him. I cannot pretend like it didn't happen. This house will not be the same without him greeting me every time I walk in the door. Without him practically begging to be fed way too early in the late afternoon. Without him waking me up too early in the morning to let him outside, because everyone else is a heavy sleeper and does not wake up by just hearing his feet click on the hardwood floor. Here is a picture of him & the place where he now rests peacefully:
Buddy as a young pup. He's a Beagle.

The beautiful resting place my father and sister built for him in the backyard. <3
Rest in Peace Buddy Boy. You were a wonderful dog, and will forever be missed as long as we all live. <3

Now onto a much lighter topic. My scent obsession! Bath and Body Works carries it, and I own almost every product in the one specific scent. It is... Japanese Cherry Blossom!

I am absolutely obsessed - no, addicted - to this "exclusive, award-winning fragrance" (quoted from the Bath and Body Works website & products), and all of the products they offer. From left to right, the products that I own and love are the:
  1. Shimmer Gel & Body Lotion - It has 2 compartments containing the lotion in one side and the shimmer gel in the other. On top of the bottle is a really cool "select-a-shimmer" dial where you can choose more shimmer or more lotion in your wonderfully scented mix.
  2. Perfume or Eau de Toilette - I don't use this as often, only because it has a higher concentration of fragrance oils for a more intense scent, like most perfumes do. I save this for special occasions.
  3. Fine Fragrance Mist Travel size - Or better known as body spray. This is necessary for me to have on hand because the spray is my favorite product of the line, and I go through it like crazy in the original size, and the travel size helps me to refresh this wonderful scent when it starts to wear off.
  4. Cooling Mist - 100% a MUST for summer. It contains aloe vera to help cool, refresh, and condition skin after a day of sitting in the sun.
  5. Body Lotion - Containing vitamin E, jojoba, & shea butter, this wonderful lotion makes me feel smooth all over while matching (not clashing) the seductive scent of the spray that I'm already using.
  6. Last, and definitely not least, the Fine Fragrance Mist original size - This bad boy (or girl I guess) is what made me fall in love with this scent in the beginning. The breakdown of the scent is as follows:
    • Top Notes: Asian Pear, Fuji Apple, and Ume Plumb
    • Mid Notes: Japanese Cherry Blossom, Butterfly Lily, Kyoto Rose, and Mimosa Petals
    • Dry Notes:  Vanilla Rice, Imperial Amber, Silk Musk, Cinnamon Incense, Himalayan Cedarwood and creamy Sandalwood
Inspired by the exotic gardens of Japan, this scent is seductive and mysterious, and that, my friends, is why I adore this entrancing scent. It is sweet, yet strong. Feminine, and bold. I usually have the body wash in my collection (to complete my morning bathroom routine), but I recently ran out, and haven't had a chance to get to the mall to replace it, so for now I use an unscented wash, so not to clash with the Japanese Cherry Blossom. I also use an unscented shampoo and conditioner, so that they don't clash either, because I spray my hair a couple times since hair tends hold scent better than skin.

And there you have it. My second blog on one of my all time favorite products: Japanese Cherry Blossom. Now to go shower and get ready for work.

What's your favorite Bath & Body Works scent?

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