Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lucy B.'s Apothecary :: fragrance & gloss LOVE

{Products, People, Places}

It all began with the above little roll-on perfume {click on image for details}...The day before I gave birth to Elle West I was granted a lovely evening to myself, and it would be the last of those I'd enjoy for years. My Mom was already in town helping me prepare for Elle's arrival. Gabe was out-of-town; he got home just in time. Anyway, the night before she came, my Mom stayed home with True while I enjoyed a night out on the Durango town. For me, that consisted of a dinner at Carver's Brewery where I enjoyed my pregnant go-to food of choice, their Portobello quesadilla and raspberry iced tea; I went shopping at a darling boutique called Nectar, and I went to a movie. I saw the latest version of Foot Loose and loved every second of it. I also loved every second of being alone, with no need to consider or care for anyone else.

One of the items I picked up during my micro shopping spree at Nectar was Lucy B.'s royal peony rose & mandarin musk roll-on. I'd fondled and tested the sweet little perfume before, but hadn't bought any until then. 

I've always loved fragrance. My obsession with it was right there with my love for my first pair of white Kenny Rogers cowboy boots, and the purse department of any store that carried them. {do purses have their own department? anyway…} The first fragrance I used that I can remember very fondly was Tinkerbell. My Mom would buy it for me at Toys-R-Us. After that, my Grandma kept my supply of Avon's Imari stocked. As I got older I turned to trendy designer fragrances such as Exclamation, Sunflower, all things Elizabeth Arden, CKOne, Obsession, Eternity, a mix of Dior, and a variety of others that could be found on the cosmetics floor of major department stores. Finally, in my twenties, I settled for my tried and true favorites. They took up prime real-estate on my vanity - Opium and Channel No. 5.

Another thing happened in my twenties. I began using fragrance less and less often. It didn't exactly fit into my new Durango lifestyle. I mountain biked five days a week and worked for UPS. I was introduced to Diesel jeans, and cared more about what I wore in the way of clothes, than scent, when I happened not to be wearing a brown uniform. When I did in fact reach for fragrance, I'd dab on one of my old favorites.

Last week I threw my last two bottles of Opium and Channel No. 5 in the trash. They were probably close to ten years old, and I've probably worn them less than ten times in the past seven years. I've also used less lip gloss in the past decade than in the two before, and by close to 75%. And, that infatuation was right there with perfume...beginning with the one and only Lip Smackers. Why the shift this past decade? There are a lot of reasons. My lifestyle has changed and transformed immensley since my early twenties. Most of it I won't get into here, but part of it has been the sensitivity I've developed to artificial fragrance {or, just that I've finally began to notice it}. 

I don't use regular brands of dish soap or laundry detergent anymore. I cannot tolerate the smell of artificially fragranced candles or air fresheners, and I absolutely will not consume artificial sweeteners…taste and smell are connected, right? The less processed and the more natural food is, the better. Well, it's absolutely true of cosmetics as well. Instead of over thinking many of these things, or trying too hard to shop natural & organic, I simply buy what I gravitate toward. I don't buy something that I'm going to turn my nose up to. Even if the surface smell is nice or the taste is good. It's deeper than that, it's how the smell or taste makes me feel. Do you know what I mean? Does it feel healthy and clean and invigorating? Or does it feel yucky?

Since I haven't worn fragrance daily for years, that little peony rose & mandarin musk roll-on lasted me over two. I used it sparingly, and always felt pampered and wonderful about myself when I wore it. Once it ran out, toward the end of last year, I kept the bottle on my dresser. In a few desperate attempts, I rolled the dry roller on my wrist and held the roller to my nose to capture any lingering scent that would escape the bottle. The little shop where I purchased the roll-on, Nectar, has long since been out of business. Finally, a few weeks after Christmas, I Googled Lucy B. Cosmetics...ready to put this odd and unnecessary desperation to an end. 

About a week later, I threw away my empty roller and replaced it with a full size, 1.7 fl. oz., eau de parfum! I also added a Lucy B.'s tinted lip gloss in beatnik…I did NOT even know that they had lip gloss until I visited their website!!! I wanted to go crazy shopping via their site when I saw the variety of goodies that they make! But, I stopped with my parfum, lip gloss, and a gift for a friend.

Above is a close up of the goodies I received! I LOVE pretty and thoughtful packaging. I was already sold on their super pretty bottles and boxes, but I loved receiving their watercolor heart print "with love" note. Oh, and what's that on the far right?!!...I didn't mention purchasing a roll-on perfume. Hmmm…I checked my invoice for some sort of mistake. They sent me a FREE royal green fig & vanilla woods perfume oil roll-on, and it smells FABULOUS! I was/am in HEAVEN with this stuff! The last roll-on lasted me two years, but I have a feeling that this batch {although there is far more perfume} will not. My fragrance obsession is officially back. I feel naked if I don't put this stuff on daily. I won't get into smell descriptions with you because that will only make this post longer. But, let's go back to the whole feeling thing, shall we? Not only does the smell of the perfume and the feel of the gloss not make me feel icky, but it does makes me feel beautiful, confident, and like I want to inhale the fragrance with my whole entire being!!! Sound crazy? Corny?

Well, let's just say I didn't mind being a corn ball in the first place. BUT, after reviewing Lucy B.'s site more thoroughly in preparation for this post, I found out just how good {and up my alley} this company and their products are >>--->

Remember how I said that I didn't try too hard to shop organic? And that I just bought things that I gravitated towards, or that felt good. I didn't know what Lucy B.'s was when I bought that first roll-on. I just liked it. I liked the smell. I liked the bottle…it reminded me of my first love, Tinkerbell {not that that is anywhere NEAR organic!}. 

Well, so here's the inspiration behind Lucy B.'s Cosmetics >>--->

Australian Inspiration
Lucy and Marco spent 12 years living in Australia, falling in love with the natural resources, healing atmosphere, brilliant people and unpolluted lands. They discovered for themselves the amazing emotional, spiritual and physical benefits of the Australian Bush Flowers.

A passion to pass on the ancient knowledge from the land of Australia, combined with their experience working within the high-profile beauty and fashion industries, created the understanding, knowledge, energy and connections behind the exciting, fresh Australian Range, Lucy B.Cosmetics: The Natural Australian Alchemy of Beauty & Healing. 

MmmHm. That certainly is basis for the beginning of a love affair with this company. Let's just go ahead and seal the deal with their vision, sound good?

Our Vision:
is to balance image and style with heart & soul. 

Aahhh…..great BIG inhale and very dreamy exhale. Their vision is speaking to people like me.

There's more amazingness on their site, but I'll stop. I will tell you though, that my obsession is back and this time it's a loyal one. I'm fairly certain that, so long as Lucy B.'s keeps things up in the fashion of which they've started, I'm a customer of theirs for life. Oh. Last thing. Their products are made in the USA.

By the way, this is what you read each time you apply your Lucy B.'s gloss…

I know. I know. Sometimes you just find amazing companies that make amazing products, and also package them perfectly. If you give Lucy B.'s Cosmetics a try, or already have, tell me what you love in the comments!

1} Like Lucy B.'s on Facebook here.

2} See the gloss in action on Instagram here.

3} Shop Lucy B.'s Apothecary here.

4} Try this code at checkout for 25% off 
{let me know in the comments if it still works}



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