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.
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 Withdrawn, unsocial, the last few months got so bad I didn’t even want to sit up much anymore, just wanted to lay down.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.
Oh, 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.