Here are some things I received in the mail today that were purchased through eBay!
I LOVE Philosophy products & have a lot of them so you will see me post about them a lot. Lavender Pound Cake probably has to be my all time favorite. So, when I found out it was discontinued, I was heartbroken. Especially due to the fact that I was running out of my only bottle.
So, how are these deals?
The philosophy items were purchased through plentycosas at $16.20-$16.50 each with free shipping. Unless on sale, 16 oz.philosophy items usually start at $16.00. So for discontinued items that are hard to find anyway AND free shipping, it's a deal w/a markup cost of only $0.20-$0.50 each.
The Stila Mandarin Mist is also a discontinued item & their 50ml fragrances retail at $40. So when I saw this on eBay being sold by sunshinedeals1 for $14.94 ($9.99 + $4.95 shipping), that's a HUGE deal!
For searching tips, when I am looking for something particular, I always change the location to Worldwide & I always sort by Price + Shipping: Lowest First. These both came back as the lowest & I am very happy to have them in my posession.
Now, about the items.
I have a love/hate relationship with the scent of lavender, so when I 1st picked up the Lavender Pound Cake & took a deep breath in of a pound cake scent with a hint of lemon, I was in comfort heaven. I'm wondering if they used any lavender fragrance at all in this, even the tiniest amount? I have a sensitive nose so usually I can tell right away if something even has a hint of lavender in it, but I can't smell any at all. The Muffin Man smells exactly like another (also discontinued) item of theirs, Lemon Custard. The bottle tells a story about lemon custard muffins but I am wondering if the 2 are one & one alike, most likely just released at different times? I was hoping The Muffin Man would have a little more bakery-type smell to it, but if you like how lemon custard smells, you'll love this.
I also love how most philosophy items can be used as shampoo, shower gel, AND bubble baths. I like to use them as shampoos & shower gels the most because I adore the light scent they leave in my hair & on my skin. They lather very well but, I've never found their products to be great as bubble baths as you have to use a hefty amount to get a good amount of bubble in the bath, up to 6 cap fulls or more. 2 will leave a light foam that dissipates in a rather short time. Save the product for your skin & hair & the product will last a lot longer.
As for the Stila Mandarin Mist, I've read a few reviews from other people on this who advise it have a very orange-type scent to it. I completely disagree. Stila advised the products has hints mimosa & yuzu mixed with florals. I think the floral slightly outweighs the mandarin-type scent. Mandarin and orange are very different scents, though both in the citrus line, & I can definitely pick up the "mandarin" in this fragrance but do not find it to be overpowering at all. I wish I knew what floral scents they used for it. I find it a very light scent that if used throughout the day. may need to be re-applied. I would probably say this is a better fragrance for a date, an early night out on the town, or a sophisticated party. Not something you would wear to work or daily. Its intoxicating scent is mixed well & I can't determine yet if I would place it into specific seasons it may be good for. Definitely summer & maybe I'll add it into autumn & winter once those come.