RHS Bronnley Rose Hand Lotion Budget Beauty Pick of the Week Review

Esperessence Pink Rose

RHS Bronnley Rose Hand Lotion is a light hand lotion with the scent of natural rose. Bronnley England made a line of rose scented body products several years ago, in cooperation with the British Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). The hand lotion is one of the rose line. This line also has a shower gel, body lotion, soap in a beautiful tin and dusting body powder. The hand lotion bottle has a light powdery natural rose scent.

I have bought and used two bottles of this lotions already. It is very suitable to use as a body lotion as it comes with a handy pump. You will not find it to be very nourishing as it is made as a hand lotion. My drier skin absorbs the lotion very quickly, leaving a light pink rose scent on my skin. It is perfect to layer with perfumes as many perfumes have rose as a heart note.*

One 250 ml plastic bottle costs around 15 euro on ebay including shipping to the Netherlands. I have used several rose scented body lotions, like Jurlique and Crabtree & Evelyn but this Bronnley rose hand lotion is my favorite and it is more affordable.

What does natural rose do to you?  The scent of rose is thought to work as an anti depressant and aphrodisiac. It is also said to be relaxing, elevate stress and help with mood swings. (source: J. Peace Rhind Fragrance and Wellbeing)

What is your favorite body lotion? Do you use rose scented body products?

Origin of bottle: my own bought on eBay.co.uk

*Source: article by Portia Australian Perfume Junkies

More information on the Bronnley England and Royal Horticultural Society website. If you like gardening the RHS website and their tweets will be a great source of joy and information for you. They are for me especially their tweets show amazing gardens.

Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Cologne Budget Beauty Pick of the Week Perfume Review

Shalimar Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Cologne was not a super bargain but it still comes at a fairly decent price given it quality. It has become one of my most cherished bottles this summer due to its smooth vintage vibe and beautiful older designed spray bottle. My Shalimar edc was produced in 2015. But scenting it, one would say it was in the 80 ties. When my favorite Shalimar Parfum de Toilette was produced. My personal fantasy is that at a Guerlain factory they still had some old juice lying around in a wooden barrel, watered it down a bit and sold it as edc.

On my skin Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Cologne is much smokier than the Shalimar I scented last year at the Guerlain counter in a department store. I find the newer Shalimar’s to be too much watered down and tamed. Although it says Eau de Cologne on its label, the fragrance lasts a whole day on my skin.

If you do not know Shalimar, grab your chance and get this edc bottle while you still can to experience this beautiful fragrance in its full glory. You never know how much more it will be altered by its producing company LVMH, given the financial driven and certainly not perfume loving decisions which are being made lately. If you like and love Shalimar buy this version, you will not regret it.

What does it do? It takes away rough and hard edges due to its balsamic properties acting like balsam for your soul. For me personally it works also comforting and sometimes I wear it to sleep.

How does it make you feel? Like a movie star in the nineteen twenties, with natural glamour and being sexy in an elegant way, like wearing a low cut black satin evening dress and feeling very comfortable and relaxed wearing it.

Notes: (source Michael Edwards Perfume Legends) Top: Sparkling Bergamot, Heart: Fleeting Rose and Jasmine, Base: Seductive Opopanax, Vanilla, Iris and Tonka Bean

Launched: 1925 at the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris

Perfumer: Jacques Guerlain

Sillage: Medium

Longevity: Medium

Perfume Family: Oriental

Produced by: LVMH

Origin of bottle: my own together, bought for 47 euro at a Dutch web shop, I own other Shalimar versions and flankers as well

Photograph: my own

Much has been written about Shalimar, I have chosen to keep this review fairly brief. If you would like to read more about Shalimar, read more on this iconic fragrance on: Monsieur Guerlain and Perfume Shrine. Read another review of this marvelous Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Cologne at Australian Perfume Junkies written by Val.

NB: this is a Shalimar Eau de Cologne review with the box on the photograph, not about Shalimar Cologne EDT made by perfumer Thierry Wasser which can be sold at stores at this time.