Wash the Blues Away with Origins Gloomaway

Published in: Beauty Tips, Product Reviews

Earlier this week I was feeling blue and tried a bunch of different things to pull myself out of my funk.



I tried exercising more often than usual (endorphins, heed my call!) and even dug out my old aromatherapy candles, LOL!

They definitely helped, but what really cheered me up were these scented Gloomaway body products from the Blue Skies Ahead holiday gift set by Origins ($29.50).

Like the other products in the Gloomaway line, they smell like yummy grapefruit, and the company claims the scent creates a sense of “optimism and contentment.”

Sign me up. 🙂

I think the products smell more like a combination of grapefruit and sweet orange rinds than straight grapefruit alone, but more importantly the scent isn’t artificial or sugary at all. Oh, and it’s subtle — not overly citrus-y like Pledge cleaner, yuck!


The Blue Skies Ahead set comes with a nice selection of products, making it a good way to try out a few different products from the popular line…

  • Body-Buffing Cleanser. Gently scrubbing with this in the shower softens rough skin patches but doesn’t rub my skin raw. It lathers up into a rich foam and, like the other products in the line, smells divine. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A

  • Body Wash and Bubble Bath. This gel creates so many big, frothy bubbles… It’s like a bipedal bubble bath!Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+

  • Body Souffle. The souffle provides medium-weight daytime moisturization for parched skin. I’ve liked using it on my hands and arms throughout the day because it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave an oily film. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B

The set comes packaged in a cute green and white cylinder gift box. If you know someone who could use a little cheering up this holiday season, Blue Skies Ahead may be able to help.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Music_Is_Freedom says:

    So the scent of grapefruit can apparently create “a sense of “optimism and contentment”.” Does eating the grapefruit (instead of just smelling it) have the same effect? Otherwise, the set looks great. I’ll definitely check it out sometime soon!

  2. Stephie says:

    I absolutely agree with the uplifting power of grapefruit. During the summer I would always get those Starbucks Sorbettos in pink citris (grapefruit flavor) and it perked me up like nothing. Guess I’ll have to stop by Orgins soon.

  3. Hana says:

    I love citrus scents, they are uplifting indeed!

  4. Catherine says:

    Oh man, that sounds awesome. Right now, my I’m getting my temporary lift by eating a Cutie and then squishing the peel so I have orange oil all over my hands for an hour or so, but this stuff in a bath sounds way better!

  5. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. I was blue earlier this week too. Maybe I’ll get the body wash because I’m too lazy to moisturise or scrub my body. I hope you feel better already. 🙂 I bought a Chanel Aqualumiere lipstick, the famous cle de peau concealer (which costs a bomb) and an Anna Sui white compact mirror yesterday because the department store was having sale. I feel much better. 😉

  6. Karen B says:

    It’s so cute! Sounds like the gift set I got my mum last year. She loves grapefruit 🙂

    Karen B´s last blog post..Feel the love!!!! wheeee!

  7. yadiq says:

    I caught a yucky headcold from my fiancé 🙁 I am making buy me this as a guilt gift to make me feel better LOL
    I probably can’t smell it since I am so congested I have no taste in my mouth but it doesn’t stop me from eating so dangerous LOL

  8. Dao says:

    So cute! I read somewhere that wearing grapefruit perfume can make people think that you’re younger. I hope you’re feeling better now. When I’m down, watching Ellen and dance with her always make me laugh.

  9. Brittany says:

    This sounds really nice. I love all things grapefruit/citrus scented. I remember way back in the day Bath and Body Works had a LE Summer Grapefruit scented line that I loved. I never stocked up and I definitely should have.

  10. Marisol says:

    Cool little gift set. I stopped at the Originis counter this weekend and got some goodies. So far, I am enjoying them.

    Marisol´s last blog post..TILT 11.27.08

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