As someone who finds most perfumes far too strong and intrusive, I find myself appreciating pleasantly scented beauty products more and more. I’m the kind of person who gets a headache just from walking past Lush, so I’m not a big fan of strong scents. Discrete and pleasant ones however… Naturally, the product must also be good at what it’s supposed to do. Otherwise it would be weird to recommend them in the first place.
When it comes to budget skincare, Palmer’s is one of my favourites and this is my favourite product from them. It’s a no nonsense body butter that’s both moisturising and has a delightful scent. It smells of cocoa butter. I like cocoa butter. Sometimes it’s just that simple.
Shea Shower Cream from The Body Shop is one of the best products you can use in the shower. It’s a body wash that is extremely moisturising (one of the few body washes I’ve tried that doesn’t dry my skin out) and leaves you with instantly softer skin. I’m not easily impressed with beauty products, but with this one I felt a significant difference in how my skin felt after only one use. I bought the travel sized bottle to bring along on a recent trip and will be buying a full sized version the next time I need a new body wash. Oh, and it smells great. It’s a discrete scent of shea butter that is pleasant but not overpowering.
My favourite scented body lotion naturally isn’t available in Australia since it’s from Bath & Body Works. It’s their Warm Vanilla Sugar body lotion and it just smells lovely. I only have a small bottle and use it only every now and then to make it last as long as possible. It smells sweet but not sickly so, and it does manage to smell warm. This is something I use on rainy days because the scent just makes me feel warmer.
TonyMoly’s Latte Art Cappuccino Cream in Scrub has probably the longest name on this list. It’s a scrub that you massage into your fave for a few minutes until it changes colour and you then rinse it off. I keep this in the shower. Because it smells like coffee. There is not a better scent in the world to wake yourself up with.
The Saem’s Fruits Punch Hand Cream with a mangosten scent is a delightful hand cream in a really cute package. TonyMoly has a similar series of fruit scented hand creams that come packaged like fruits. If you have the chance to buy either of these, do it. They’re great and smell wonderfully.
Lip balms are another weakness of mine, I have tons of them. A favourite is It’s Skin’s Macaron Lip Balm in chocolate. It’s packaged like a macaron and smells convincingly of chocolate. They also have strawberry, pineapple, grape, and green apple if I’m not mistaken.
Are there any perfumes that don’t cause me to develop headaches? Surprisingly, I’ve been able to use small doses of Sportsgirl’s roll on scents. In general, roll on perfumes tend to be easier to control than spray bottles. Most perfume bottles dispense a ton of product in a manner similar to a skunk attack and you need to either dodge it or get sprayed. Roll ons use a far smaller amount of product that you can then build up to desired strength.
I might try more roll on perfumes in the future, but for now, these are my go to perfumes if I want to smell of perfume.