How’s it going out there, ladies? I’m sorry about the late post, but I wanted to make sure it made scents before I clicked the big button to publish.
You see, three days ago I started using the Malibu Lemon Blossom Body Wash ($18) and Body Butter ($15) from Pacifica, a brand known for the light, refreshing scents and good-for-your ingredients of their natural body washes, moisturizers, perfumes and soy candles.
The line also doesn’t use parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates or artificial colors, and both of the products I’m covering today are vegan and Tabs-approved, which means, much to Tabs’ delight, that neither of them was tested on animals.
I’ve had my eye on the brand for a while and decided to treat myself on a recent trip to Sephora.
What do ya think of the packaging? It’s what first caught my eye. I think it’s elegant yet casual, and definitely cheerful. It reminds me of the beach, aka one of my favorite places to chill.
And then there’s the scent. Oooh… Like sunshine in a bottle! Pacifica describes the scent that both products share as a mix of salty ocean air, perfect surf, lemon blossoms and long, summer days at the beach.
Not a bad description, right?
And that’s how I’d describe it, too. If I were to compare it to other beachy fragrances, I’d call it a lighter, fresher, lemon-scented version of Bobbi Brown’s Beach.
Lemon can be a tricky scent to work with, and some companies don’t get the mix right, but I think Pacifica did. They got it *just right*.
Too strong, and lemony products can smell like Pledge furniture cleaner (bluh!). Malibu Lemon Blossom’s lemony notes are light and delicate, like a squirt of sweet Meyer lemon in a glass of ice water, and it’s one of most refreshing and invigorating scents I’ve come across in a long time (LOVE using it after my workouts in the morning).
Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom Body Wash: Pacifica infused it with aloe vera leaf juice, the essential oils of litsea cubeba (flowering Angel’s Trumpet) and the extracts of green tea, white tea and cucumber. The slightly thin texture doesn’t foam up like the body washes from Philosophy or Bath and Body Works, but it packs monster moisturizing power. At $18, it’s not cheap, but the 17-oz. bottle’s huge and should last at least a few months. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Pacific Malibu Lemon Blossom Body Butter: Packed with moisturizing shea and mango butters, aloe vera gel, and sweet almond oil, this body butter has SERIOUS game. It’s thick, rich, and a little bit goes a long, long way. It keeps my driest parts smooth and ash-free all day long (I’d say a full 24 hours), and I love that it doesn’t leave a greasy film on my skin. Worth every penny of its $15 price! Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
These may be gateway drugs to a new Pacifica addiction because now I can’t wait to try more things from the line!
Are you familiar with the brand? Let me know if you’ve ever given any of their products a try.
In other beauty news…
Lots of things going on today on the beauty news front. Brace yourself for the first one (it’s a doozy!).
Shu Uemura is saying buh-bye to the US. It’s a sad day for fellow Shu Uemura fans, girls. This week the makeup line announced that they’re shutting all US counters, *tears*, but there is a bright side. They will continue to sell products to US customers through their website.
It’s already summer, summer, summertime at Urban Decay headquarters. UD’s summer collection is NOW ONLINE. A sassy eyeshadow palette joins the De-Slick in a Tube (a gel mattifier, $28), four new Makeup Setting Sprays ($26 each), Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer ($32) and more.
I hope you’ve been having a great day so far. It’s cold and rainy here … and it’s making me hungry for clam chowder!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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