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Once in a while you come across a skincare or beauty brand that you just absolutely fall in love with. Whether it's for the packaging, the product efficacy, the fragrance, or for the overall brand vision, you just love it! Well, here at Certified Fabulous we cannot get enough of Hillhouse Naturals! And we're pretty sure your Mother will love it too!

If you're not familiar with the brand (you may have missed our "Three Must Try Brands That Are Good For You Too" article), let us introduce you...

Hillhouse Naturals is a family business that was started on a family farm by husband and wife, Shelly & Peggy. Taking inspiration from their natural, beautiful surroundings, they began mixing home fragrances. Today the business has expanded product lines to include home fragrance, bath and body, and pet care products (Hillhouse Naturals).

So why are we in love with them? In short, the fragrances in their products are to die for! Sophisticated, chic & luxurious, you'll want to buy the whole collection! From bath salts, to body wash, hand cream, parfum and more,  you're sure to find the perfect gift for your lovely Mom!

We tried a number of their beautiful bath salts made with Pacific Sea Salt and Fragrance. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of these scented salts to your bath for a truly relaxing and luxurious experience. 

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In honor of the upcoming National Fragrance Day

Congratulations to our winners Amy, Juliana, and Rebecca!

3 Lucky Winners will receive one celebrity Fragrance

 

3 celeb fragrances

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L'Occitane is an exceptional brand, with elegant packaging and amazing products to match. Here at Certified Fabulous we recently had the opportunity to try three of L'Occitane's beautiful fragrances and we were really enjoyed the diversity in these scents. There are so many fragrance options out there and we know choosing the right fragrance for yourself or for someone else as a gift can be a difficult process. These three scents offer a little something for everyone. 

 

 3 Loccitane fragrance

L'Occitane Jasmin & Bergamonte  Eau de toilette (2.5 fl oz MSRP $75.00) 

Evocative of a graceful, sensual dance, Jasmine& Bergamot Eau de Toilette offers the fragrance of a delicate flower blossoming in the light of dawn. Revealing the many facets of the jasmine flower, this eau de toilette blends absolutes from Grasse and Egypt. The addition of bergamote essential oil from Italy balances this floral fragrance with fruity notes.

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Is fragrance on your Valentine's Day list this year? Looking for one to wear on that special night out? Or perhaps a gift for your best Galentine? Well in the spirit of Valentine's Day we've rounded up a set of lovely sweet & floral fragrances! We've tried them all out to ensure they smell as beautiful as their descriptions claim!

 


  • Soft Floral

    A soft & lovely fragrance for the everyday perfume wearer.
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    Arlésienne by L’Occitane
    MSRP: $50.00 (2.5fl. oz)

    Fragrance Notes: Subtle bouquet of three flowers. Rose for grace, sweet violet for mystery, saffron for temperament. Floral fusion that reveals unexpected nuances.

    "Dries down to a clean, powdery floral fragrance, perfect for everyday wear" Certified Fabulous Team Member, Linnea.

  • Passionately Floral

    Not your typical Celebrity Fragrance. Perfect "Galentine's" gift, or keep to yourself to spice up your evening perfume. 
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    Taylor Swift Incredible Things 
    MSRP: $39.50 (1.1 fl. oz)

    Fragrance Notes:

    Top: vanilla orchid, suede flower, creamy musk
    Mid: pink pepper, sparkling grapefruit and wild passion flower
    Base: white amber, intoxicating Madagascar vanilla and Haitian vetiver


    "This will appeal to mothers and daughters alike" Certified Fabulous Team Member, Sara

  • Sweet Floral

    Feel like a classic Italian Beauty searching for her dream romance with this sweet, romantic fragrance. 
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    Midnight Romance by Ralph Lauren
    MSRP: $94.00 (3.4 fl. oz)

    Fragrance Notes: Sweet, floral, fruity, vanilla, citrus, fresh spicy

    “Passions are awoken by raspberry, Italian bergamot and juicy litchi in top of the composition; the heart encompasses seductive peony, sambac jasmine and freesia warmed with a sexy blend of black vanilla, ambroxan and iris absolute.”

  • Sweet & Fruity

    Get ready to hit the dating scene with confidence with this fruity & musky fragrance. 
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    Flower by Drew Barrymore
    MSRP: $24.98 (1 fl. oz)

    Fragrance Notes: fruity, sweet musky, patchouli. For a joyful confident and strong feel.

    "It is really pretty and something I can wear every day" Certified Fabulous Team Member, Stacey

  • Sweet & Sexy

    Take your seduction up a notch with this candied & spicy fragrance.
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    Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal
    MSRP: $72.00 (2.5 fl. oz)

    Fragrance Notes:

    Top: candied apple, juicy pear and pomelo
    Mid: jasmine sambac, gardenia Brazil NP and tuberose fleur firnat
    Base: cashmere wood, vanilla, marshmallow and soft musks

    "A fun perfum that you can wear day to night" Certified Fabulous Team Member, Jessie 

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Molton Brown’s Body Washes and Exfoliator

You can travel the world with these luxurious sexy, fresh, sensual, fruity scents. They represent a fabulous array of fragrances. I’m not sure if I have a favorite… I like them all!!!

The travel size bottles are great you can pick and choose from these exotic scents with their beautiful vibrant colors take them with you anywhere. These scents can lift, calm or energize your inner spirit…enjoy embrace indulge in all of them.

Molton Brown body wash setThese amazing blends will take you on a wonderful journey!!!

From London to Seville, Brazil, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, Tahiti, Laos, France, Madagascar, the Atlantic or the Gulf of Guinea.

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Chloe by ChloeChloe set

I have always been a huge fan of designer Karl Lagerfeld and Chloe designs.  

Chloe by Chloe Fragrance and Body Lotion is a must. I grew up with the scent of jasmine and honeysuckle. It is available in a gift set…great Mother’s Day gift…

Chloe Fragrance This fabulous set of the eau de toilette and body lotion is a must…it is one of their signature scents. A blend of honeysuckle, orange and jasmine flowers are enchanting and of course will go with any outfit from jeans into evening.

Chloe Body Lotion is infused with the same floral fruity scent. The lotion comes in a tube is lightweight and perfect for softening your skin with a wonderful enchanting scent.

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Ralph Lauren Big Pony 1 Blue 8.15.13I’m a scent person. I have scent memories, as most people do.  I’ve been attracted to members of the opposite sex based solely on their scent.  I love testing new fragrances, although not all are created equal. It was a pleasure for me to try Ralph Lauren The Big Pony 1 for Women- “Sporty” Eau de Toilette this month.  I’ve always loved Ralph Lauren’s fragrances, and this Eau de Toilette is no exception.

Ralph Lauren The Big Pony 1 for Women is described as a sporty fragrance for courageous and self-confident woman. Its composition is created of citruses and flowers and it accentuates luminous grapefruit combined with sensual floral notes of white lotus. This fragrance is light and fresh smelling.  I like a “soapy” smelling perfume because it smells clean and fresh to me. This fragrance has the fresh qualities I look for in a fragrance, but also has sweet undertones of fragrance which add a feminine component to this fragrance. Every time I wear this fragrance I get sniffs, and comments about how nice it is.

Ralph Lauren The Big Pony 1 for Women- “Sporty” Eau de Toilette was launched in 2012. This fragrance comes in a light blue bottle with a large green #1 on one side and Ralph Laurens signature polo player in yellow on the other side.  An interesting thing to note about this packaging is that it can be personalized with your name, or up to 10 characters of your choosing on the front of the bottle.  This is a really cool option when thinking about gifting this fragrance to your best friend, sister, mother, or even yourself. I just love anything personalized. So if you are looking for a new fragrance, and like a clean fresh scent, I urge you to give Ralph Lauren The Big Pony 1 for Women- “Sporty” Eau de Toilette a try!!

Stacey

 

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When you're starting over or starting a new chapter in your life or maybe just need a change from season to season, what do you change? Haircut, hair color, new makeup look, new nail polishes, wardrobe, purse? Do you ever change you perfume? I often think perfume can be very telling about a person, and it's a good way to switch up your beauty attitude and personality. So if you're headed back to school this fall, you may want to consider a new perfume option - a good way to start fresh from summer! For this Back to School roundup, I have a few new scents that will have you feeling fresh and renewed just in time for school!

Van der Hagen Gentle Glycerin Soap Back to SchoolVan der Hagen Gentle Glycerin Soap

The first scent that you want to make sure you have covered, is your soap! You'll want to find one that works well for your skin, and you have to like the scent of course! Van der Hagen Gentle Glycerin Soap in Fresh is well, just that, fresh! It's a great relaxing and refreshing scent to start your day. The glycerin in the soap hydrates and softens your skin leaving you feeling smooth and perfectly cleansed! The soap itself is very soft and gentle. I didn't feel any left over residue, it does not have a rough texture, and it made my skin feel really nice! 

Free Spirited Eau de Toilette

I am extremely picky with my perfume, and I was shocked at how much I like this one! I wear it almost everyday now! This Eau de Toilette is light, fresh, crisp, and clean! It is not too strong, so you won't be the girl in class who overdid it with the perfume... 

This Ralph Lauren fragrance is for the "Free-Spirited" girl; rebellious, independent, and bold! I have been using this in the summer, and it's a great fresh scent to take through the fall. Pear notes and mimosa, this scent is floral without being too sweet. This is a great perfume to spritz on before heading to class, you'll feel fresh and pleasantly fragrant the whole day! Now what about a perfume on the go? We always need one of those!

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Still not sure what to get Dad this Father’s Day? Dad might not be one to experiment with different fragrances but we know how that special scent can give you a confidence boost! So here are some different fragrance options to suit your dad!

The Classic Dad
Guerlain Vetiver Cologne Fathers Day 6.11.13For the dad that carries the classic masculine elegance - Vetiver by Guerlain has a warm, musky scent that is both fresh and woodsy. This suits the man with a traveled wisdom; it’s down-to-earth with a rich ritzy tone. Make dad feel first class with this cologne!

Krigler Hermitage Heritage Certified Fabulous 6.11Another great option for the classic dad - Krigler Hermitage Heritage - this cologne is an intriguing mix of sandalwood, tobacco, black truffles, vetiver, agarwood, cacoa, pink pepper, geranium, nutmeg as well as amber woods, oak moss, black pepper, cedar, and musk. This cologne will also suit the classic dad with its timeless style, and rich luxurious air!

The Sporty Fresh Dad
Polo Ralph Lauren Blue Sport Certified Fabulous 6.11For the dad on the go, Polo Ralph Lauren Blue Sport is potently fresh, clean, and sporty with a hint of citrus and musk for added masculinity. Make the active Dad feel bold and sophisticated with this cologne! I also love the bottle art! It’s clean and refined, just like the fragrance! 

The Understated Dad
Thymes Body Spray 6.11.13For the dad that shies away from strong scents, Thymes Azure Body Water is a “light body spray” with soothing white tea, water lily and sea grass. This scent is much more understated than the other colognes but still has a refreshing, cool fragrance. Show this Dad he can still add a little bit of splendor without being overdone!

But apart from these great fragrances that will make Dad feel like the top of the line allFathers Day Halo Power Pocket 6.11.13 day long, here’s another product that will make those particular on-the-go Dad’s smile…Halo Pocket Power 5500. This is the perfect gift for the travelling dad. This backup battery is small enough to take on the go, and ensures that you can still charge your important small devices (cell phones, tablets, etc.) without needing an outlet! Whether in the car, on a plane, just can’t find an outlet, or even camping, this is great backup power that will help any dad in a pinch! You can find the Halo Pocket Power 5500 at www.qvc.com 

Whether your Dad likes the bold and classic, or quiet sophistication, there’s a cologne (or a special gadget) that will make your Dad, Grandfather, Father figure, or any marvelous man in your life feel extra special on Father’s day! 

Linnea

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and sometimes finding the perfect gift can be a bit tricky. We want to make our mothers feel special and valued for all they do, and with most moms running crazy schedules, they often do not pamper themselves like they deserve. So this week I have a few products that will hopefully give you some good ideas on what to get your awesome Mamma this Mother's Day!

Heart Calgon is a recent line of bold fragrances available in an exfoliating body wash, body mist, 05072013 Calgon Fresh Start Body Lotion Certified Fabulousshimmering mist, and body lotion. For this week I tried the Fresh Start Body Lotion, and the Hot Date Body Mist. For a chic and clean scent this Fresh Start body lotion hits the mark. Crisp apple and lily lightly fragrance the skin while ingredients such as Vitamin E, Aloe, and Shea Butter hydrate and replenish dry skin. This lotion is fast absorbing, but not too thin. You can smell great and moisturize in one step! For a more sweet and tempting fragrance, try the Hot Date body mist. Warm vanilla and pear create a light and inviting, 05072013 Calgon Hot Date Body Mist Certified Fabulousbut not overpowering scent. Since it’s a body mist, and light to begin with, you can really control the strength of the scent to what you like. These Heart Calgon products would also make great Mother’s Day gifts – great fragrances with pampering products! Heart Calgon products can be found in select Walgreens

Other scented body lotion options:

TerraNova Gardenia Body Lotions $17.00 on Amazon

Desert Essence Organics Vanilla Chai Hand and Body Lotion $6.74 on Amazon

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I probably shouldn’t date myself, but I remember the Calgon… Take Me Away commercials very well. My mother used to have the bath products and would on occasion slip away to soak in a nice bath. I myself never had a lot of time for Calgon bath products to “take me away” when my children were young, but I have enjoyed some of their other iconic fragrances from time to time.

This year Calgon has a sexy fragrance mist gift set with three very sensual scents to entice and refresh. And it’s always fun to give or receive a holiday gift set this time of year so ladies, pass this along to your significant other and make their holiday shopping easy.

The Sensual Mist Sampler Gift Set contains:

angelic kiss - soft romantic notes of golden bergamot, mandarin zest and finishes with white lavender, musk & vanilla.

femme inferno – this fiery seduction opens with woody scents of pink pepper, bergamot and rose petals and follows with a touch of lily of the valley and notes of kashmir, sandalwood and amber musk.

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Greetings Grayce here!

I love holiday gift sets and occasionally you get one that is just perfect.

I received a MOR gift set - To Paris with Love in an elegant black & white cosmetic bag To Paris with Love Vanilla

* French Vanilla Lip Macaron (lip balm) in a beautifully embossed tin that twists & locks. 

This lightweight lip balm is very soothing on your lips with a wonderful French Vanilla scent.

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Philosophy Beauty Products can be great gifts for the holidays!  This is a beautifully presented brand and they make the perfect gifts. 

There is always a concern that bath and body products can seem impersonal... Unless of course the person you are buying for absolutely loves bath and body products :)

The coolest thing about Philosophy are the messages.  Every bottle has something written on it. They are super cute messages, poems, or fun recipes. And there are a ton of gift sets, So when you are gift shopping you shop by the message you want to send, or the beautiful scents that they choose... or by the holiday they have designed the product for. 

 

I was just given Snow Angel, in The Philosophy Winter Wonderland gift set.  It is awesome.  it smells so good... And by the way, they have a really nice quality to their products, so they feel great too. This set comes with a shower gel and body lotion.  The lotion is nice and rich, so it is doing a pretty good job with my dry winter skin.  

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