Serge Lutens Bapteme du Feu & Fasciablaster

Serge Lutens Bapteme de Feu is the 2016 export line release.  It comes complete with the usual cryptic quote “My emotion is fluid. Like wax that flows into a mold, it solidifies what attracted me, here, this heart of gingerbread.”  Allrighty then.  This is like a Clue Perfume game.  The notes appearing around the internets are gingerbread, powdery notes (some say gunpowder?) mandarin, castoreum, osmanthus, woody notes.

It opens  with a lot of great ginger, which makes me happy.  I get what is allegedly the gunpowder or what I think must be the gunpowder because, well, it’s nothing else, and this perfume does not smell like that other powder we think of when it says powdery notes.  It is metallic’ish.  Osmanthus and woods show up then and smooth out the ginger/gingerbread. The woods warm up that metallic.

I think it’s interesting. it’s not gourmandy, more woods with the smell of gunpowder.  It’s not really my thing, but I liked what they did with it. It’s not really like Five O’clock Gingembre, which I love, but there’s a very slight nod to it.

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Can we talk fascia and cellulite?  I took rolfing treatments for a couple of years, and then I felt a lot better, went back as needed and then just didn’t go back.  All the good the rolfing had done me sort of went away.  Okay, this is a longer story, but I’ll keep trimming the edges down.  Sometime in the last year my blood pressure, which had been really low all of my life, decided to traverse the normal family path to being high.  I couldn’t figure out why I was so tired for months. Withdrawn, unsocial, the last few months got so bad I didn’t even want to sit up much anymore, just wanted to lay down. It makes sense because that helped my blood pressure go down.  So went to doctor, find out I have HBP, annoyed that I have to start taking a pill a day, but pill a day makes me feel freaking great!  Like I normally am.

It took a while longer to feel social again and outgoing, but started working out again.  With working out came the realization that my body was all jacked up again.  I could either go back to rolfing, which is expensive, or something. Somehow or another a link go some fasciablasting group popped up somewhere on FB. I knew from all of my rolfing that she was working a lot with fascia. We had long conversations about how important it is and how fixing it helped things that I didn’t even know were related.

So I joined this FB group, and start seeing the pictures of people’s cellulite that disappeared after X treatments, bellies that shrank, etc.  It was amazing.  60,000 women (only) in this group talking about this little device to fix your fascia.  It’s $80, so I ordered it without reading anything else.  It’s not like I care deeply about my cellulite at 56.  Though it would be nice to think about wearing a skirt or shorts above my knee again, I didn’t really get it for that. I wanted it to work on my fascia in my arms and legs. My right arm at that point was hurting so bad constantly from being jacked up in the shoulder, down the arm, tendonitis, and lately it was going numb all the time.  It’s a mess.  My knee kept wanting to go out when I was doing my Country Heat workout (Beachbody has it, it’s country line dancing and is the funnest workout ever – I follow it up with serious lifting stuff or yoga, but I had no idea country line dancing was that great of a workout and that much fun) and when I would do some squats.  I *needed* that damn blaster to fix me so I wouldn’t be risking injury in my workouts.

Fasciablaster comes, I had it out of the box and a heating pad wrapped around my arm so fast, even my dogs were dizzy watching. You have to heat the area you are going to blast first  – hot shower, sauna, heating pad, hot bath, hot tub, but you need heat  – then apply oil (natural oils like sesame, almond, coconut, avocado, etc) so the blaster has a slick surface to work on.  It will not work well without doing those two things first. Then you make sure you get it right on your skin and roll.  Always side to side or up and down, never circular. I worked that arm so bad, and it was that hurt so good thing. I knew I had gone too hard on it and it was swollen after. But you know what?  It didn’t hurt anymore, and it hasn’t hurt since.  I still get the occasional numbness tingle in the wrong position, but it goes away. I am hopeful for the first time in 30 years that I may have a right arm that isn’t always in pain or numb.

So, yeah, then I went to town on my legs and calves and feet and hands and neck and face and back. I’m happy to report that my knees and ankles with just a couple of sessions feel more stable than they have felt since my 20s.

Cellulite and menopausal mom belly?  Too soon. I took before pictures, I’ve only been using it a week, so I’m going to give it time before I really take a hard look to see where I was. I do know that my menopause belly that is normally pretty inflexible is now soft and pliant.

Crazy, huh?  I have zero financial interest in this company, I don’t get anything if you buy one, etc.  I just like to tell you guys about stuff when I find something I really love.  Now watch y’all tell me you’ve known about this for years and use it.  I’ll feel so hurt that nobody told me if that’s the case.

There is this other benefit that I’ve figured out.  I’ve spent the last week warming my boy, oiling it up, massaging it, loving it. It’s been many years since I have been my body’s friend like that.   Maybe it isn’t responding to the tool as much as it the love and attention coming in a good way.  And my skin has never been smoother with all this oil!

I will post some pics of what I’m doing with it on my face when another couple of weeks go by. So far I can see it working on the marionette lines and forehead lines.  I’m not sure I will ever be bold enough to post before and after body pics.

 

home-section1aOh, get one here. $89 plus shipping.  They just have the regular ones in stock now, they are waitlisting for minis and the face blaster coming out in early 2017.

 

 

Winners of the Serge Veilleur de Nuit samples – Tandaina, Vonnie and Bastet.  Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you.  I only check Posse e-mail like once a week, so it can take a few days sometimes to respond there.

So let’s do a giveaway of Serge Lutens Bapteme de Feu samples. I’ll do four, drawing the winners from comments.  Just tell me if you’ve ever heard of this Fasciablaster, if you’ve tried it, etc.  Info dump, please.

33 Comments
Kimbo August 23, 2016

I got a fasciablaster a few weeks ago and can hardly believe the difference it has made on my thighs. I haven't been in a pair of shorts in at least a decade because even though I'm in pretty good shape and have lots of muscles in my legs they have been really dimply for a long time. The first time I used it I bruised like crazy and it really hurt; I may have been overzealous. But the skin smoothed out nicely and after letting the bruises heal I started in again. I made a mixture of 30% DMSO and 70% fractionated coconut oil and that is what I use before I "blast" and the bruising is much less now. My legs just keep getting better and better including the little fatty pockets I had on my inner knees. Love this thing and plan to move on to other parts of my body soon (kind of waiting for winter so I can wear long sleeved garments to hide any bruises that show up!)

Katherine August 19, 2016

My son uses something like fasciablaster that he got at a running store to help him with cross Country running. It seems to help. It's much smaller though. I'm very interested in fasciablaster.. It's interesting that you have more energy now, I very happy for you.

hajusuuri August 18, 2016

I've never heard of FasciaBlaster and anything that could cause bruising would be a concern for me. Glad it worked for you!

Molly August 17, 2016

As far as not feeling yourself, I imagine some of it is grieving for your brother, but I'm glad youve found something to help you with your physical self, too!

HeidiC August 17, 2016

Hi, Patty! Thanks for the drawing, but please don't include me -- this doesn't sound like my thing at all. But I'm curious about your experience with your arm, before you used the fascia blaster. I run a lot, and I feel like my right shoulder-to-neck has been tightening up so much that it pinches my arm and makes it both achy and sometimes numb -- is that what you're describing? I love deep-tissue fascia massages -- they hurt, but really seem to help. Maybe the blaster would help?

Shiva-woman August 17, 2016

I have never tried the fasciablaster but I do have something similar that was given to me by Fleet Feet, a shoe shop here in Sacramento that gets rid of pain in one's calves and loosens up the ligaments and tendons and it looks very similar to the fasciablaster. I have to try and find this new tool now. Mine works for the pain, but is awkward and smaller than your pic. I also have a large foam roller too. Now you've got me interested in this, drat it! SL's Bapteme was an instant FB buy. I've had it for over a month and find it odd. A little Mandarine, Gingembre, and I sense both a very dry potpourri and rosine jammy and fruity quality along with something kind of watery which is perhaps the gunpowder smell that I'm not used to. Still making up my mind on this one. I like it more and more, but it is different. For you Serge lutens lovers out there it is a definite return to his original spicy warm oeuvre.

Artist August 17, 2016

Hi Patty! I've seen the FasciaBlaster posts on FaceBook but never clicked on them....I think now I will. Clicked on the link but have a question... how on earth does one use the thing on one's arm???? especially with ones non dominant hand???? I wish there was a video of that... and almost impossible to imagine that big roller on ones face! Please explain or link, thank you!!!!

Millicent August 17, 2016

I'm really curious to try the Bapteme, especially if it's one of those crazy-expensive new ones. Never heard of the blaster, but like many others, I'll be eager to hear more as you use it.

SamanthaL August 17, 2016

I've been wanting to try Bapteme du Feu...I'm a sucker for the gingerbread. I'll take any help I can get as far as cellulite goes, I'd love to wear a shorter skirt without tights again someday!!!

Musette August 17, 2016

okay. Let's start with this: I want to come back as Uncle Serge, bless his heart (and his $75 lipsticks). He seems to have a Very Nice Life. And omg - the blaster! I. Am. In. I am lucky to not have much cellulite but things are going wiggly in the Batwing Dept. And let's not talk about Teh Belly. I am so glad you are feeling better (this post proves that you are back amongst the Upright, I hope). xoxoxoA

Claudia S August 17, 2016

I've never heard of this device but I'm sorely tempted to get it! I hate this belly !

mikasminion August 17, 2016

If I ever ran across the fasciablaster, I'm sure I wrote it off as a gimmicky piece of overpriced junk. Now, of course, I want to hear more about it. I'm pretty sure I couldn't buy one without my husband laughing me out of the house so I will just have to enjoy it vicariously through you.

AnnieA August 17, 2016

I think I have seen it around if the name is not familiar.

Ann August 17, 2016

Howdy, dear! I'm with Pats above, I never heard of this and thought fascia was just a part of a roof. So sorry to hear you've been in pain and struggling, but thrilled for you that this is helping. Do keep us posted on your progress. Hang in there! (And of course, DNEM.)

pats133 August 17, 2016

Wow - i have never heard of a fasciablaster (all i could think of was a fascia [a bit for round a roof] here in the UK]. Anyhow, i'm glad it is working for you. I recently joined a boxing club where we do the usual circuits, squats, running and boxing exercises as well. I find it is great for the upper arm flabby bits and also for general fitness - it really gets the heart rate going and the sweat.... well loads of that too. I really feel i have done a great workout after an hour there. Can i suggest Joe Wicks, the Body Coach - he has a FB page with great videos etc plus a website and books with great recipies. Good luck with it all. Oh and the new Serge Sounds fab - out in time for Guy Fawkes night - 'Gunpowder, treason and plot'. :-)

Ellen M August 17, 2016

Never heard of it. Please continue to let us know how it works.

finanna August 17, 2016

Never heard about fasciablaster before, but I am a regular foamroller (does not cure my cellulite, but makes my legs feel lighter). I think I need to order one of these and try to find some time to use it (occasionally challenging with a two-year old& full-time job). Thanks for the tip& giveaway!