Gabriella’s 2015 Top 5 Scented Beauty Products


Post by Gabriella


Hello perfumed peeps!

Today’s post was inspired by one of my beauty gurus, Sali Hughes. Sali is not only a beauty journalist (who writes a no-nonsense column in The Guardian and has her own blog, but she’s also a self-confessed perfumista like the rest of us) On a recent blog visit, I came upon her post on cheap smells – beauty products that we use day in, day out, like shampoo and soap, that smell fabulous to boot.

So I got thinking about the smelly beauty things I use every day that give me as much olfactory pleasure as a good whack of fine fragrance. To add more impetus to my inspiration, a friend on Facebook the other day asked about great smelling shampoos and conditioners to use and suddenly, the idea for this post was all set. So, I present to you:

Gabriella’s 2015 Top 5 Scented Beauty Products

creme de coco masque Bumble and bumblePhoto Stolen Bumble and bumble

1. Bumble and bumble Crème de Coco Masque:

Now, I do love a tropical beachy scent and especially adore the scent of coconuts, but often in perfume, the result can be a sweet and cloying mess. This beautiful mask completely captures a day at the beach, suntan lotion in hand without all the saccharine added. I especially love to put it on as an overnight mask and have sweet dreams about rolling waves, sand in my toes and Pina Coladas at sunset.

Crème de Coco Masque is available from Mecca Cosmetica $38 and Bumble and bumble online from $28/150ml

Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Glycerine Soap LookFantasticPhoto Stolen LookFantastic

2. Crabtree and Evelyn Rosewater and Glycerin soap

When I was growing up in Australia in the 1980s, there wasn’t much available in the way of scented bath and body products besides the regular Palmolive and Nivea from the supermarket. Crabtree and Evelyn quickly established itself as the cult niche-y brand du jour before the onslaught of Jo Malone et al. I used to love visiting and exploring the bathroom of my Mum and Dad’s well-heeled friend that was full of the gorgeously scented, prettily wrapped products. This soap, however, was the standout to me, a pretty, demure soft green English rose scent all wrapped up in a lovely raspberry candy-coloured translucent bar.

Rosewater and Glycerin soap is available from Look Fantastic (delivery worldwide) GBP £6

Clairol Final Net Hairspray PricelinePhoto Stolen Priceline

3. Clairol Final Net Hairspray

Now, I’ve been getting my hair highlighted since I first escaped the confines of my school uniform and it’s the one indulgent thing I’ve kept up and saved for, whatever my financial circumstances. While I’ve since largely moved on to the much coveted Elnett hairspray, a whiff of Final Net and its slightly tacky chypre-eqsue smell will always take me back to those exciting times when going to the hairdresser was a real treat and I felt like a real blonde bombshell.

Final Net is available from Priceline from $4.75/50g

Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover PricelinePhoto Stolen Priceline

4. Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover

I’m a weird one that would much rather indulge in doing my own nails than get a professional job, so the slight acrid whiff of nail polish remover has been a part of my weekly or fortnightly at-home ritual. While I’m also weird in that I love the smell of remover in general, Cutex Nourishing beats them all. It’s a lovely soft vanilla-y scent which manages to really dial down of the harshness of the acetone, plus it actually gets off all nail polish with one quick swipe.

Cutex Nourishing Nail Polish Remover is available at Priceline $3.83 (with promotion) and pharmacies worldwide.

Embyolisse Lait Crème Concentré cultBeautyPhoto Stolen CultBeauty

5. Embyolisse Lait Crème Concentré

This is a cult moisturiser for many beauty bloggers and fashion magazines and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a great all-purpose moisturiser that works beautifully under makeup and doesn’t cost a bomb. But the icing on the cake for me is the subtle, sublime scent. It’s a green vintage-y floral that is a little like Anais Anais and just has this elegant je ne sais quoi vibe. Whilst the scent fades really quickly, it’s a real treat to look forward to on those days you can’t be bothered getting out of bed.

Lait Crème Concentré is available at Adore Beauty, $35 and Cult Beauty(ships worldwide), GBP £20

So, what are your favourite everyday scented beauty products or scented cheap thrills?

With much love till next time!
M x

12 comments on “Gabriella’s 2015 Top 5 Scented Beauty Products

  1. Sabine says:

    That’s easy: Clarins Blue Orchid Oil. Love it and will never be without a bottle.

    • Madeleine says:

      Hi Sabine,

      I have never tried the Clarins oils even though they are raved about. Any skincare that’s effective and smells good is a winner in my book, so off to check this out.


  2. Trésor says:

    I loved this piece! Bravo! I too love the smell of Embryolisse, 🙂

    My favourite scented beauty product is easily the Satsuma shower gel from The Body Shop. It smells of the orange candies my nana would keep in her handbag.

  3. australianperfumejunkies says:

    I love your Top 5 Lists Madeleine. Being a moisturiser, soap and shower gel hoarder I have a few excellent faves but my BEST ever beauty fragrance is the L’Occitane Shampoo I use. It’s a fresh, zesty, wallop of citrus and wakes me up immediately and brings a smile to my face every time.
    Portia xx

    • Madeleine says:

      Thanks Miss P!

      It so easily could have been a top 50 list! I love L’Occitane too, especially the Verbena body wash and the Shea Butter hand cream.

      M xx

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Yes, that Verbena body wash is lovely. I like those bottles too Madeleine, so easy to use even in the shower.
        Portia xx

  4. poodle says:

    I love the smell of Caudalie Divine Oil. I’m a fan of the scent of Nivea Creme too. Hubby and I discovered a soap in a gift shop while we were on vacation called Sea Salt Soap and we both fell for it. It’s really fresh and clean which I don’t like perfumes to be but I’m okay with soaps that smell that way. Plus it’s got salt in it so it’s nice and scratchy on my itchy winter skin.

  5. Ines says:

    That Embryolisse cream is my staple as well. 🙂 The only problem is it’s not available in Croatia so I take every opportunity I get to order it from people traveling.
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    • Madeleine says:


      Have you tried Cult Beauty? They ship world wide…
      Otherwise beauty bay or look fantastic may stock it
      M xx

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