Boring Stuff that Smells AMAZING!

Hey there crew,

Every day, or every couple of days, I do a whole bunch of things. They are my routine. I clean down the kitchen benches, shower, wash clothes, cook, drive, drink tea and coffee and a whole shemozzle of stuff. Problem is, I am a sensualist. What I’m looking for is a ride, a story, moment or a fantasy. An experience. One of the best ways I know how to make the hum drum routine zing is with scent, here are a few of my faves.

Boring Stuff that Smells AMAZING!

Footworks Cracked Heel Cream AVON

AVON Footworks Cracked Heel Cream: My feet are the pits underneath. Years of sport, dance, clubbing, high heels and neglect meant that by the time I was 25 my feet were cracked and bleeding on the underside. Thick soles, cracks and calluses had become agony and I thought it was my lot in life to be continuously grating dry skin from under my feet. Till someone sold me some AVON Footworks. Yes, I had used others but the positive effect was negligible, something in Footworks really works. The smell is smooth and balmy with a hint of chemical flowers and musks. I put it on religiously after every bath and shower and wander around in little cotton socks. The difference is unbelievable.


L’OCCITANE Aromachologie Volumizing Shampoo for Fine and Normal Hair: So you know, I pay full price $35/500ml for this baby. It’s made with and smells like 5 essential oils; artemisia, petitgrain, sweet orange, rosemary, palmarosa. Yes it leaves my fine, sparse hair shiny and squeaky clean but the smell? The scent is freaking terrific. I lather up and leave it on for about a minute while doing other stuff so I can keep smelling the super green citrus burst, both calming and energising.

Aramis Soap On A Rope

Aramis Soap On A Rope: If you want to remember what old school Aramis smelled like then the Aramis Body Shampoo On A Rope is your friend. The smell is absolutely and utterly divine. That amber leather floral filled to the brim with gorgeous greenery and spices dancing around the center. It also hold a million memories because this was the first grown up bottle of scent my Mum bought for me. It makes a fabulous base for any of your leather or green fragrances, amping the herbs and woods. So beautiful.

White Vinegar
White Vinegar: I really don’t like the smell of most household cleaning products, I want my house to BE clean. Smelling clean is not important, and I also dislike left over cleaning smells that affect the way I smell the fragrance I wear and the ambient fragrances I choose to use. White Vinegar, boiling water and a dash of disinfectant takes away all the nasty smells and leaves everything squeaky clean. It’s better for the environment and doesn’t eat away your bathroom or kitchen. We also use it instead of fabric softener.

anastasia kasumi tea JPG

Kasumi Tea Anastasia: Recently the tin has been made over by Jean Paul Gaultier in very typical JPG nautical stripe & tattoo style. The current tin we have open on the kitchen bench is less modern in design but the orange zest and sweet fruit notes in this black tea are a real winner. It’s one of Kasumi’s oldest and most popular blends, fragrant and delicious. Perfect to lift lifes sometimes monotone days into sparkling rainbow brights.

So what are your Boring Stuff that Smells AMAZING? What do you use to make the daily grind smell better?
Portia xx

8 thoughts on “Boring Stuff that Smells AMAZING!

  1. My small $1.59 bar of Chandrika Sandal soap is the business!! I never run out of it and I always squeeze the box to smell it before I open it- every time is like the first time lol!

    I also have to agree with white vinegar, and add Murphys Furniture soap and gasoline everytime I fuel my car.


  2. Hi Portia,
    When anyone around here uses Nubian Heritage Raw Shea Butter soap with Frankincense and Myrrh I do a double take! The smell is wonderful. I bought this soap at a discount store and now will have to order it and pay full price…sigh. I also love the smell of my discontinued Orlane Extrait Vital Multi-Active Revitalizer. Not only does it work on my skin but it has a pleasant raspberry fragrance that is not too sweet or cloying. I have had people ask me what perfume I am wearing immediately after applying this stuff. I imagine the version I am using now was discontinued because some people did not like the fragrance or because it has something evil in the formulation! 😉
    Azar xx


  3. I’m also a big fan of L’Occitane shampoos. I’ve tried two types so far (energizing and repairing) and the scent of both was just amazing, they remind me of a nice vacation somewhere in South France á la campagne 🙂
    I also like the smell of Klorane Cedrat shampoo – fresh, citrusy, very ‘French’ if I might say so
    oh, and let’s not forget Roger and Gallet soaps – wonderful for washing your skin and scenting your laundry drawers.


  4. I LOVE the Anastasia tea! Isn’t it just exquisite?

    A rather ordinary smell that I absolutely adore is the fragrance of my laundry detergent. It smells of geranium and vanilla. So lovely, 🙂


    • Yes Trésor, Anastasia tea is super yum. Matter of fact: I’m steeping some right now.
      Geranium & vanilla Laundry Detergent, sounds gorgeous.
      Portia xx


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