Back into the mainstream: A swing by Sephora, Lush and a little rose love

sephoraOn a recent trip to the city, I zipped through Sephora to pick up a thing or two and just scout out what was new. As I was heading for the door, a batch of familiarly shaped bottles along the wall caught my eye and made me pull a U-turn. Were those Atelier Cologne bottles, all sitting pretty in a row? Why, yes — yes, they were. Now you all might have known that this line was at Sephora, but I’m sort of under the proverbial rock, so it was news to me.

I looked over the lineup, thinking I had sniffed them all (except for the vetiver one, and I’m just not big on vetiver), but at the very end, the sly little bottle of Rose Anonyme winked at me, beckoning me over. Well, I am a partially reformed rose hater, so I thought –- what the heck? Alas, I couldn’t spritz immediately as I was a human patchwork of scents from my run through Neiman Marcus, but I felt sure the sweetheart SAs of Sephora wouldn’t mind making me a sample. And true to form, they did, bless them. I only spritzed it once a few days later, got crazy-busy and didn’t have time to really analyze it, but I really liked what I did smell, and not once did it sephora 2have me thinking any unpleasant thoughts. Will definitely do a re-try when I have time to enjoy it from start to finish.

Speaking of roses, I popped into Lush (now an outpost at Macy’s; sadly, the stand-alone store in the mall has closed) to try the Rose Jam shower gel that I’ve heard folks carrying on about. I tried it on my hand with the SA and a bowl of warm water and enjoyed it, so I bought the smallest bottle, but have yet to give it a go in the shower. We’ll see how that does.

BTW, have any of you tried Lush’s limited edition Rose Jam perfume? If so, would love to hear what you think about it.

Oh, my — three mentions of rose in one post -– sheesh, you would think I was a rose lover from way back, wouldn’t you?

Anyhoo, what about you? Have you found any treasures or neat items in your mainstream travels?

36 Comments
jen December 4, 2013

Wierd. I got some ofthe rose jam bath stuff after reading raves about it. \to me, it smells like rotting roses....

karin December 3, 2013

Hi Ann!!! I'm totally a partially reformed rose hater. There are some that I can tolerate...but most end up sour and awful on me. With all the buzz about the Rose Jam shower gel, I purchased a bottle a couple of weeks ago. I also picked up a L'Occitane Rose 4 Reines hand cream (!?). And I've worn both Guerlain Rose Barbare and Encens Mythique in the past few weeks...and loved them. Hmmm...what is happening to me???? ;-) As for the Rose Jam shower gel, my DH walked upstairs after I'd showered with it, and said, "What smells like spilled beer?" Haha. I think it smells more like baby powder - smells great. But after he said "spilled beer", I could see the connection. But too funny, huh?

Jennifer Counts December 2, 2013

I'm a big fan of the Rose Jam shower gel, as well as Ro's Argan Body Conditioner, which is the same scent, so I figure the Rose Jam perfume is probably just about the safest blind buy ever. I've already missed UPS twice while I was gone for the holiday, so I have to make sure I'm home to get my bottle today. Luckily my apartment complex is at the end of the UPS guy's route, so I'm usually home from work well before he arrives.

australianperfumejunkies December 2, 2013

Hey there Ann, I use the LUSH Honey shampoo and their UltraBalm to keep my fragrance stable. I haven't bought or tried much new mainstream lately but I did like the men's Bettega Veneta. Portia xx

malsnano86 December 2, 2013

I'm waiting for the USPS to bring me my Rose Jam shower gel too. Can't wait. I went sniffing at the mall recently and found that Esprit d'Oscar is still one of the nicest things on a lower-end department store shelf. The newest Lauder, Modern Muse, isn't bad either (though I didn't try it on skin, and I well know that Lauders often start off great on me and then as the base begins to appear, 2-3 hours later, make me feel nauseated).

lucasai December 2, 2013

i'm a non-secret rose lover and Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme is one of my favorite roses these days! and how I wish i could try that lush Rose Jam

eldarwen22 December 2, 2013

I haven't make it to the mall come recently but did manage to track down Bath and Body Works Cucumber Melon. I haven't worn Cucumber Melon in ages and had to ask a lady to what happened to it. She said that it really wasn't that popular anymore. To tell the truth, it may not be the hot seller that it once was 10-15 years ago, it put B&BW on the map and is still one of their staples. BTW, managed to get said Cucumber Melon stuff for $6 a bottle. That stuff is Christmas gift stuff though.

Jackie b December 2, 2013

How timely is this post...I am waiting for the postman to deliver my Rose Jam perfume too! I caved and bought this because I make soap and had found a dupe of this in a fragrance oil. The soap smells gorgeous, look forward to the perfume.

rosarita December 2, 2013

Hi! I haven't been out in forever, but I did go to CVS recently and found these really cute nail polishes from Revlon, called the Perfumerie line. They are scented and the two I picked up smell good; the scent comes out when the polish is on the nail and it is faint but present. Kind of fun. I don't think there's a rose? Not sure.

hajusuuri December 2, 2013

Would you consider Marni Rose mainstream? It's currently exclusive to Saks and if it follows the distribution of original Marni, more stores will have it in a 3-6 months. There it is, ROSE, again! Also, a good number of the Hermes perfumes are at Sephora as well. As to Rose Jam perfume, I am eagerly awaiting my bottle!

Darryl December 2, 2013

The new Old Spice flavor (sorry, fragrance), Hawkthorn, in the body wash form. Sort of a musky incensey cocoa, only more sheer (and soapy, obvs) than that might suggest. Whatever's in it, I think it smells fab. Actually, I suspect it has the same "chocolate" aroma-chemical as Axe Dark Temptation, which is another guilty pleasure of mine. *spritzes on Chanel Coromandel as compensation*

Cacomixtle December 1, 2013

Oh man, I love the Rose Jam shower gel, and didn't even know there was a perfume version until I read this... and it's out of stock online with nary a Lush store nearby. Dangit.

libberation December 1, 2013

Snagged my bottle of the Rose Jam perfume right away and I am completely addicted! It's a sweet candy-like rose on me and there's a point about ten minutes after I spray that things get a little harsh and weird but it settles back into the yummy pretty quick so I can live with that :) Speaking of Lush, just discovered that Dirty is almost a dead ringer for Grey Flannel! I've got the solid of Dirty on one wrist and the EDT of GF on the other and they are almost identical for me. I'm pretty new to my perfume addiction so being able to pick out what smells like what is pretty exciting stuff!