I always seem to order myself "a little something" on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, My Birthday Eve, the first day it hits 70 degrees in Seattle, on Winter Solstice (I live in the Pacific Northwest...I'm OWED for these dark days!) You get the gist, right? I reward myself often, because I'll die some day and that's when my 'rewards points' expire!
A go-to present-to-self is, many times, fancy soap (I'm not a fan of bath gels). My favorite soap brand right now is Savon Oriza, from Paris-based perfumery Oriza L. Legrand.
My first Savon Oriza purchase remains my favorite (so far): Jasmin d'Espagne. This soap presents fierce, sweet jasmine (with a hint of indoles) mixing with fruit: citrus and a banana-like note. I was thrilled that the recently introduced Blackbird Y06-S perfume (I bought a big bottle) reminds me of this soap AND that Jasmin d'Espagne conjures the aroma of a bar of soap Robin Here at NST bought me way back in 2014 in Barcelona. Do Spaniards love the jasmine and banana combo? Or does the most popular jasmine in Spain have a robust banana scent?
Violette Comme Il Faut presents "puckered" violets: violets that are a bit dry (not too candied). There's also a realistic moment when I feel a human-size, fully loaded (with violet talc) powder puff is situated right beside me.
Verveine de Vénus smells GREEN, like newly unfurled "baby" leaves mixing with buoyant/pungent lemon. This soap is lively and happy-inducing in the shower. I wish there were a cologne that smelled just like this soap; I would go through a bottle in no time (stress being a constant). After bathing, the scent of verbena and lemon continues on skin, but now with a hint of fancy talcum powder.
What's "English" about the honey in Miel d'Angleterre? Perhaps it's because this honey is sturdy: raw, amber-colored, dusted with nose-tingling pollen and clouded with bits of chewy beeswax? This is one of my all-time favorite honey soaps, and I've tried honey soaps from around the globe.
Each Oriza soap comes in a beautifully decorated box with a mini-business postcard inside (I use them as scented bookmarks). Savon Oriza not only scents skin, but the bathroom environment, too (and the drawers where I store soaps before use); these soaps produce abundant creamy lather, and there's LOTS of perfume in the formulas.
Savon Oriza soaps are $13-15 for a 125 g bar; to see the entire mind-agitating collection of Oriza soaps (I've not been able to try them all...YET), look here.