The Most Valuable Commodity: Fine Unisex Fragrances for Fall

What is your most valuable singular commodity? For us, it’s the sense of self. Knowing what makes us who we are. This ranges from our family and friends, our favorite colors, music, foods, and of course fragrances. A fragrance is a very personal thing. Not everyone will like the same scents, plus our body chemistry adds to how the final notes of a fragrance are received. We change our fragrance with our moods, and sometimes the season, or not at all. Do you do this as well? As we stated, a fragrance is a very personal thing, and we are set in our likes. So when we find a new fragrance that blows us over, we get excited. We were recently introduced to the stunningly modern range of fragrances from Commodity, a unisex and cruelty-free collection of fine, body and home fragrances.

The unisex Commodity fine fragrance range is available in three collections, the Platinum Collection – a collection boasting rich, indulgent, and luxurious fragrances boasting such scents: Tonka, Vetiver, Leather, Orris, and Bergamot; the dark, complex, and intense Black Collection, featuring Book, Gin, Moss, Whiskey, and Wool; and finally the White Collection – a collection of bright, fresh, and uplifting scents like Gold, Magnolia, Mimosa, Rain, and Tea.

Platinum Collection

  • Vetiver – Top Notes: Apple, Petalia®, Blackberry. Middle Notes: Sampaguita, Jasmin Vintage Oil. Base Notes: Haitian Vetiver Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Indonesian Patchouli Oil, Australian Sandalwood Oil
  • Tonka – Top Notes: Almond Oil, Indian Davana Oil, Cardamom oil. Middle Notes: Lotus, Magnolia Oil. Base Notes: Venezuelan Roasted Tonka Absolute, Peru Balsam Absolute, Australian Sandalwood Oil, Laos Benzoin Resinoid.
  • Bergamot – Top Notes: Italian Bergamot, Brazilian Green Mandarin Oil, Clementine Oil. Middle Notes: Jasmin Sambac Absolute, Moroccan Spearmint Oil, Egyptian Geranium Oil. Base Notes: Patchouli Oil, Vetiver Oil, Blonde Musks, Violet Leaves.
  • Orris – Top Notes: Carrot Seed Orpur, Pink Peppercorn, Italian Bergamot, Coriander Seed. Middle Notes: White Lily of the Valley, Tea Blossom, Patchouli Oil, Moroccan Cedarwood. Base Notes: Italian Orris, Vetiver Oil, Vanilla Madagascar Orpur.
  • Leather – Top Notes: Black Leather, Oregano Essence, Juniper Wood Essence. Middle Notes: Cacao Bean Absolute, Myrrh Resinoid, Cade Essence, Akigalawood®. Base Notes: Styrax Resinoid, Cedarwood Essence, Haitian Vetiver Essence, Cistus Labdanum Essence from Concrete.

Black Collection

  • Book – Top Notes: Virginian Cedarwood, Bois de Rose, Eucalyptus, Bergamot. Middle Notes: Alaskan Cypress, Amyris, Amber. Base Notes: Musk, Sandalwood, Velvet.
  • Wool – Top Notes: Mandarin, Grapefruit, Apple. Middle Notes: Basil, Fresh Ozone, Cedarwood, Lavandin, Armoise. Base Notes: Amber, Haitian Vetiver, Gray Musk, Bourbon Vanilla.
  • Whiskey – Top Notes: Jammy Plums, Slackcurrent, Violet. Middle Notes: Davana, Patchouli, Saffron, Lavender. Base Notes: Vanilla, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Ambergris, American Oak, Mahogany.
  • Moss – Top Notes: Grapefruit. Elemi, Bergamot. Petitgrain, Ozone. Middle Notes: Eucalyptus, Orange Blossom. Base Notes: Cashmere Woods. Cedarwood. Musk, Amber. Oakmoss.
  • Gin – Top Notes: Juniper Berry, Grapefruit Juice, lime. Middle Notes: Ginger leaf, Freesia, labdanum. Base Notes: Patchouli, Smokey Oak, Musk.

White Collection

  • Rain – Top Notes: Dewy Green Accord, Bergamot, lemon Verbena, Rain. Middle Notes: Jasmine, Freesia, Lotus Blossom. Base Notes: White Amber, Water Musk, Sheer Woods.
  • Mimosa – Top Notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Blood Orange, Mandarin. Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Black Pepper, Jasmin Sambac. Base Notes: Orris, Musk, Blond Wood.
  • Tea – Top Notes: Cassis Fruit, Honey, Mandann, Egyptian Basil. Middle Notes: Oolong Tea, Damascus Rose, Tonka. Base Notes: Hints of Tobacco, Indian Sandalwood, White Patchouli, Cashmere Musk.
  • Magnolia – Top Notes: Waterlily, Dewy Greens, Grapefruit. Eucalyptus. Middle Notes: Geranium, Magnolia, Ylang-ylang, Violet, Rose. Base Notes: Amber, Oakmoss, Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla Extract.
  • Gold – Top Notes: Bergamot, Juniper Berries, Camphor. Middle Notes: Amber, Vetiver, Benzoin. Base Notes: Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Creamy Musk.

We knew exactly which of the Commodity Eau de Parfums we’d love just from the notes. We love intense fragrances, which is why we were drawn to the Commodity Black Collection. The warm and spicy scent of Commodity Wool Eau de Parfum immediately drew us in. Created by perfumer Donna Ramanauskus, we immediately smelled the fresh citrusy top notes, which dried down beautifully into the warm and cozy amber and bourbon vanilla notes. We wore this wonderful fragrance for two weeks to numerous compliments. We’re excited to try the Commodity Bergamot Eau de Parfum next. It too promises the energizing freshness of citrus.

Commodity’s unisex fragrances are available in 100ml Eau de Parfums, and 10ml Eau de Parfum. The 100ml bottles from the Platinum Collection retail for $135.00 each, the 10ml for $30.00. The 100ml from the Black, and White Collections retail for $105.00 each, with the 10ml at $26.00. All of these fine fragrances can be found on www.Commodity.co.uk, and at Sephora locations worldwide.

GIVEAWAY: ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture+Tint in Four New Colors

Ask anyone who loves kissing, they’re nothing like the feel of soft lips. As we enter the season of cooler, dryer temperatures, keeping your lips properly moisturized is essential. Why not do something good for your lips every day! Who better than the original lip balm (ChapStick lip balm was created in the early 1880’s) to nourish, smooth, and instantly moisturize your lips. Of course, the ChapStick lip balm we’re highlighting today does more than just moisturize, it colors as well. The ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture+Tint lip balms now come in four new colors, and we’re celebrating with a giveaway. We’re giving away a few tubes of all the colors of ChapStick’s Total Hydration Moisture+Tint lip balm to our wonderful readers.

Joining the already available three colors, Merlot, Rose Petal, Coral Blush, is four new on-trend shades to enhance your natural lip color. ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture+Tint now, which retails for $4.99 each, comes in NEW Pink Nude, Flaunt it Fuchsia, Hello Bordeaux, and House Red (all of which are featured above). That’s a total of seven shades to enhance your natural lip color with a hint of alluring tint. ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture+Tint boasts an advanced moisturizing formula with raspberry seed, jojoba oils, and shea butter that instantly smoothes and moisturizes your lips. These moisturizing lip balms are also sulfate-free, phthalate-free, and paraben-free. Are you ready for incredibly soft, kissable lips?

As we previously stated, we’re doing a giveaway of all seven colors of the ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture+Tint lip balms. How many winners? We’re not sure yet, maybe five, maybe 10, but the winners will receive at least three colors from the available seven. So be sure to let us know which colors are your top three favorites. To enter our ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture+Tint lip balm giveaway, enter via the Rafflecopter entry form below:

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Sweet Dreams: The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow

We were going to highlight this in a holiday gift guide but this is just too wonderful not to showcase it in all its amazingness. You’ve obviously heard of waterbeds, initially intended for medical therapies, they became a symbol of status and ultimate comfort in the 1980’s. What if we told you there was a water pillow, guaranteed to give you a great night’s sleep by keeping your head and neck in proper alignment, no matter how you move. Say hello to The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow, the only pillow clinically proven to improve the quality of sleep.

Founded by Maurice Bard, the Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow features an exclusive water-based technology that provides responsive support by adapting to the shape of your head and neck as you move during sleep. No matter which way you lay, your head and neck remain in proper alignment, creating a totally different kind of sleeping experience. We’ve been enjoying this amazing pillow for a few weeks and trust us when we say getting your beauty sleep has never been so comfortable.

Every Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow has two layers – on the bottom is Mediflow’s proprietary adjustable water base that provides responsive support for the neck, and on top is a soft, plump layer of Mediflow’s exclusive CombedLoft™ cloud-like and resilient Combed Loft Dacron fiber providing exceptional comfort for the head, and keeps your pillow free of any lumps.

Here’s why Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow is a must-give holiday gift for beauty junkies, restless sleepers, those who are easily prone to neck pain:

  • It’s the only pillow clinically proven to improve the quality of sleep, as noted by a peer-reviewed study conducted at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
  • Benefits include deeper sleep (no more waking up to fluff your pillow!) and a reduction in neck pain
  • It’s customizable. Choose your preferred filling (fiber, foam, and feather – perfect for those with allergies or suffer asthma attacks) as well as your level of comfort. just fill the pillow with regular tap water until you reach your desired amount of firmness.
  • It boasts a 300-thread count cover, is Hypoallergenic, and can be machine washed and dried.
  • The jumbo Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow measures 20″x28″ and fits standard or queen pillowcases.
  • The Floating Comfort Pillow is ranked as the #1 selling pillow in six countries (USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France and China).
  • As of today, over 5 million The Floating Comfort Pillow have been sold – reaching #1 on global e-commerce platforms including Amazon, Shopify, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Alibaba with consistent 4+ Star reviews.
  • The Floating Comfort Pillow has also achieved the #1 Bestseller position in Amazon Home & Kitchen during July 2017, among 24,163,959 items.

The Floating Comfort Pillow by Mediflow is currently available for $49.99 for a single pillow, and $84.99 for a set of two. What are your thoughts on this water pillow? Could it help you or someone you love get a better night’s sleep?

The Cartier Fragrances We’re Loving for the Fall 2017 Season

It’s time for another season of change…….literally. As we go from the warmth of the summer season to the coolness of fall, we, much like the leaves on a tree, change. Our wardrobe, food, sometimes even our personal appearance changes. And of course, our fragrance choices change to match the new season. We put away the sweet, fresh and vibrant Eau de parfums for bold, musky scents. So we say goodbye to summer fragrances like Cartier Baiser Fou for women (a fragrance we admit we’ll continue to wear well into the fall season), and swap in fragrances that evoke the beauty of the fall season. Today we’re highlighting two wonderful Cartier fragrances created by Cartier Perfumer Mathilde.

First is our beloved Cartier Baiser Fou a fragrance that has captivated may during the warmer months, and Cartier’s newest fall fragrance for men, L’Envol de Cartier Eau de Toilette. Both of these fragrances elicit a feeling of power, boldness, and unstoppable verve.

 

Cartier Baiser Fou

Meaning “crazy kiss” in French – the sweet-scented Cartier Baiser Fou fragrance is mischievous, yet feminine, confident and playful. This sultry floral Eau de parfum is made up of the iconic sensual purple orchid, along with a touch of white chocolate, creating the balmy scent of a lipstick. For the first time, lilies and orchids have been explored in all their facets to create this memorable floral scent. Baier Fou is housed in a modern jeweled bottle, capped with a crimson cabochon.

L’Envol de Cartier Eau de Toilette

New for men this fall is the fresh and woody l’Eau de Toilette The Envol de Cartier. This fresh oriental features bold citrus notes and gaiac wood to give the wearer the confidence to fly this fall. Hesperide cloud, the sap of Gaiac wood and hydromel notes meet in a magnetic, luminous and liberating fluid. This is all the power of the masculine perfume L’Envol de Cartier. The bottle encapsulates the fragrance like a vital bulb. This precious object is part of Cartier’s great stylistic tradition, that of the guillochage, whose corks take up the famous motif.

What are your thoughts on these Cartier fragrances? Do you wear your favorite fragrances out of season?

Repair Hair Damage with Infusium Repair + Renew Hair Care Collection

The things we put our hair through in the name of beauty can be pretty damaging. Hair, of course, can be resilient, as long as you nourish it and repair the damage you inflict. We’ve been using Infusium since it was called Infusium 23 and while we switch out the products we use on our hair (a must to do as hair reacts to things like seasonal changes, overall health, changes in your diet, and other factors), we always keep Infusium in rotation. To repair the damage we’ve done to our hair, we rely on the products from the Infusium Repair + Renew hair care collection.

The Infusium Repair + Renew hair care collection features five products: Repair + Renew Shampoo, Repair + Renew Conditioner, Repair + Renew Leave-In Treatment, Infusium Repair + Renew Smoothing Serum, and Infusium Repair + Renew Leave-In Creme. The collection boasts Argan Oil and Keratin to help build your hair’s strength, elasticity, and smoothness, leaving you with softer, shinier, smoother hair. The Repair + Renew Shampoo formula gently cleanses fragile strands, and the Repair + Renew Conditioner formula helps rebuild hair strength from root to tip.

The Repair + Renew Leave-in Treatment formula coats hair with lightweight conditioners to help mend split ends, tame flyaways, enhance shine and improve hair manageability throughout the day and night. The dual-functioning Repair + Renew Smoothing Serum helps protect wet hair from styling friction and breakage and amplifies shine and smoothness when used on dry hair. The Repair + Renew Leave in Creme features a thick, rich conditioning formula provides targeted moisture to help control frizz and smooth split ends.

Infusium’s salon heritage dates back 88 years. They made a breakthrough in the hair care category in 1976 by introducing their Original Leave-in Treatment formula, which quickly became the “leave-in to believe-in” among both professional stylists and consumers alike. Since then, they have continued to introduce new hair care products to the marketplace creating the next generation of multitasking treatment offerings that combine professional quality with everyday ease for a healthy no-fuss hair routine.

Strengthen your weak, brittle hair with the Infusium Repair + Renew hair care collection, available for $6.97-8.49, at Walmart, Target, and Walgreens.

NaturallyCurly Kicks Off NYFW with Texture On The Runway

It’s a known fact that black women are trendsetters. From our fashions to our attitudes, to our hair, our style is coveted. It was an amazing pleasure to see that unabashed style and celebration in abundance at the NaturallyCurly Texture On The Runway event, sponsored by Sally Beauty. In its third year of celebrating textured hair and hairstyles, the NYFW kick-off event invited more than 700 influencers, media, and VIPs to experience an innovative runway show and to connect with leading textured hair care brands like Aphogee, Jamaican Mango and Lime, and the hair care brands participating in the runway segment. For this event, fashion took a back seat to hair. It was all about the textured hair.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Monica Mo Stevens, Karonda Cook, and Michelle Breyer (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

NaturallyCurly.com co-founder Michelle Breyer hosted the event alongside professional hair stylist Monica Stevens of MoKnowsHair, and Sally Beauty Director of Merchandising Karonda Cook. It was an evening filled with not just textures on the runway, but culture and pride on the runway as well. From luscious ‘fros and cascading waves to wild ringlets and tribal braids – Cantu, Carol’s Daughter, Creme of Nature, Curlformers™, Mielle Organics and SheaMoisture headlined the runway show, featuring their unique vision for textured hair. Highlights of the night included each brand’s original interpretations demonstrating their expertise in texture and highlighting the beauty and versatility of texture.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Dancers perform on the runway for Cantu during Texture On The Runway (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Dancers perform on the runway for Cantu during Texture On The Runway (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Dancers perform on the runway for Creme of Nature during Texture On The Runway (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

While Cantu brought an amazing series of step and tap dancers rocking the coolest of hairdos, Creme of Nature wowed with elegant brown ballerinas. Carol’s Daughter had 90’s Brooklyn style and hair in full effect and showed that when it comes to hair, you either go big or go home.

Curlformers was highlighted with the absolutely adorable Instagram stars, Anais and Mirabelle Lee; while Mielle trotted out a bevy of golden goddesses who “slayed” the runway from beginning to end.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Anais and Mirabelle Lee walk the runway for CurlFormers during Texture On The Runway (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Models walk the runway for Mielle during Texture On The Runway (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

Last but certainly not least was SheaMoisture brought the house down with textured hairstyle fit for a queen (keep an eye out for their crowning glory “Egyptian crown” hairstyle).

 

We had a wonderful time and look forward to attending again next year. What did you think of these textured hairstyles? Any favorite styles from the Texture On The Runway show?

New Launch Alert: Hard Candy Pink and Black Fragrances & Body Mists

Raise your hand if your teen years included Hard Candy beauty products? From nail polishes with those cool collectible rings to lip glosses, our bag was never without this cool makeup brand. What started with a distinct nail polish color has evolved into makeup, accessories, eyewear, and fragrances. Hard Candy recently revealed the launch of a signature fragrance and body mist in two refreshing new scents – Pink and Black. The Hard Candy Pink and Black Fragrances & Body Mists are made for women and inspired by the energy and confidence of the edgy and flirtatious Hard Candy girl.

The Hard Candy Hard Candy Pink and Black Fragrances & Body Mists feature a mood boosting blend of fresh fruits and elegant musks. The fragrances unveil top notes of fruit, mid notes of floral and lower notes that embody sweet flavors. The scents are packaged in modern black and pink matte shell bottles, in the striking combination of bright pink and black.

Hard Candy Pink Eau de Parfum Fragrance and Body Mist

The Hard Candy Pink Eau de Parfum Fragrance Spray and Body Mist features a floral gourmand blend. A luscious, juicy and divine scent that playfully teases and arouses the senses for an overdose of passion and spark. It evokes freshness and warm and exhilarates your senses thanks to its romantic, floral musk. The notes for Hard Candy Pink include:

Top Notes – California Tangerine and Pink Passion Fruit
Heart Notes – Fluffy Pink Peony and Sheer Jasmine
Base Notes – Vanilla Sugar and Sensual Musk

Hard Candy Pink comes in three categories, a 1.7 fl oz Eau de Parfum Fragrance Spray ($12.99), an 8.0 fl oz Fragrance Body Mist ($6.99), and a Gift Set which includes a fragrance, mist and a lipstick.

Hard Candy Black Eau de Parfum Fragrance and Body Mist

The Hard Candy Black Eau de Parfum Fragrance Spray and Body Mist is a fruity, floral blend. A flirty, feminine scent wrapped with a delicious sugar-coated mix of sweet and gourmand notes all wrapped in a creamy, exotic bouquet. This fashionable fragrance evokes a cool sophistication of sweet scents that will exhilarate your senses with scents that offer an endless trail of floral, fruit and sugared notes. The notes for Hard Candy Black include:

Top Notes – Lush Kiwi and Juicy Mango
Heart Notes – Quince Blossom and Vanilla Absolute
Base Notes – Sugared Iris and Warm Amber

Like Pink, Hard Candy Black also comes in three categories, a 1.7 fl oz Eau de Parfum Fragrance Spray ($12.99), an 8.0 fl oz Fragrance Body Mist ($6.99), and a Gift Set which includes a fragrance, mist and a lipstick.

The Hard Candy Pink and Black Eau de Parfum Fragrance Sprays and Body Mists are available exclusively at Walmart. Have you tried the new Hard Candy Pink and Black fragrances? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the fragrance launch.

Coconut Beauty Products to Celebrate World Coconut Day

We already know about the amazing benefits of coconut oil and that’s why coconut-based products continue to win fans all over the world in every consumer product category, be it food, alcohol, and of course beauty products. In honor of the upcoming World Coconut Day, celebrated on September 2nd, we’re sharing some of our favorite coconut beauty products. We fell in love with the nourishing Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula products (yes your favorite cocoa butter beauty brand now also makes coconut oil based products), Tree Hut’s Coconut Lime Collection, and Simply Summer’s Eve Coconut Water cleansing products. What better way to celebrate World Coconut Day than to slather ourselves in this tropical fruit.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula

All of Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula products contain ethically and sustainably sourced Coconut and Tahitian Monoï Oils, and infused with Tiaré flower petals. Try the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion, Hand Cream or their favorite Swivel Stick products, which are all infused with natural ingredients, to deliver luxuriously rich moisturization for wonderfully pampered skin.
For more Palmer’s Coconut Oil goodness, try Palmer’s range of Coconut Oil Facial products that harnesses all of the nourishing, skin-transforming properties of raw coconut oil and Tahitian Monoї to restore your skin’s natural radiance. The product line includes a Cleansing Balm, Facial Oil, Facial Moisturizer, Facial Mask and Facial Scrub. Each product is formulated without harsh ingredients to hydrate and revitalize skin for a healthy, luminous complexion.
Of course, with Palmer’s, your skin ain’t the only thing being pampered. Want healthier hair? Hair that is stronger and shinier from within? Try the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Haircare line! The hair care range includes a Shampoo and Conditioner, Protein Pack, Dry Oil Mist, Hair Polisher serum and a few others, each product is formulated with raw, natural ingredients deeply hydrate, repair damage and give hair incredible shine.

Tree Hut’s Coconut Lime

Experience the luscious, tropical scent of Coconut and Lime at home! Tree Hut’s Natural Coconut and Lime skin care offerings condition damaged skin. Infused with Certified Organic Shea Butter, Coconut, and Lime Extracts, and an array of natural oils, you can’t go wrong with Tree Hut’s Sugar Scrub, Body Butter, Hand Lotion or Body Wash.

Simply Summer’s Eve Coconut Water

Pump up your freshness with Simply Summer’s Eve Coconut Water Gentle Foaming Wash or Cleansing Cloths!
Formulated with Coconut Extract, this range of delightful and refreshing cleansing products will leave you feeling fresh all day! Infused with botanical extracts to cater to your most intimate parts, the Coconut Water Gentle Foaming Wash and Cloths works with a woman’s body to help maintain a natural pH level.

What do you think of these coconut-based products for World Coconut Day? What coconut products will you be enjoying on September 2nd?