Crushing On: AGONIST Parfums

Located at the intersection of art and smelling really good

agonist parfums

Hi from Houston! Yesterday, I was out doing some browsing with my grandmother and we decided to stop in to Kuhl-Linscomb. I had read about this home decor store before, but had no idea what I was in for — multiple buildings full of everything from linens, to furniture, to garden decor, dinnerware, everything. They even have a huge apothecary that carries every imaginable brand of candle and luxury or up-and-coming beauty brand. New Yorkers, it reminds me a lot of ABC Carpet & Home, actually. Long story short, you could spend hours browsing there.

I wandered into an area that housed tall shelves filled with all these perfume bottles, and of course, had to check ‘em out. I wasn’t familiar with the vast majority of the brands Kuhl-Linscomb was carrying — many were all from very small manufacturers, so it was perfume discovery (and packaging) heaven. I snapped a few pics of some, wanting to come home and do a little investigating about the brands. With AGONIST Parfums, I hit the jackpot for super cool, adding-to-my-list type companies.

AGONIST is a Swedish based perfume brand that launched in 2008. You can find bottles of their perfumes from the ‘Spray’ line at a few department stores (FYI, Neiman Marcus sells them), and their packaging is minimal, modern, and sleek (I fell in love!). What’s really cool about AGONIST though is their Sculpture line — the company creates individually handblown glass containers for their perfumes, each an expression of the fragrance itself and meant to enhance how you smell it. Since the pieces are all essentially unique, individual pieces of art, the Sculpture line is very pricey, but I thought the concept was really cool and it was interesting to see the fragrances interpreted as glass pieces.

My favorites from my limited sniffing were Solaris (lightly citrusy, it definitely reminded you of the sun) and Liquid Crystal, which was…well, it’s really hard to explain what exactly it smelled like. I think this is why AGONIST is such a perfect name for the company: you smell these fragrances, think of something and feel something, but can’t quite put your finger on what it is (although you know you like it). It truly does engage you in a bit of a struggle — though one of the most delightful kind. If you ever spot these in a store, I highly recommend you give ‘em a sniff!

This month's quote: "Trust the timing of your life."

Winter Beauty Routine

What's been saving my skin.

Ah, frigid winter months — what havoc this time of year can wreak on your skin! Since getting over my initial change-of-season breakout, I’m actually pleased to report that I’ve found a winter beauty routine that’s been working really well for me. I integrated a few new products with a few old ones (and one I’d even forgotten about), and I’ve been so happy with my skin that most days, I don’t wear any makeup. And if I do, I only dot on a little of that Juice CC cream. In winter! Who woulda thunk? So I thought I’d share some of my fave products in case anyone is looking for new goodies to try!

Last year, I picked up a bottle of Dr. Hauschka’s Soothing Cleansing Milk mid-winter, when my skin was so dry and using my regular cleanser seemed to be making things worse. I found that by washing with the Cleansing Milk in the morning, my skin became a lot more balanced. Using it only once per day, the bottle actually lasted me through the entire winter season and then some — after shelving it through the spring and summer, I only recently finished last year’s bottle, then bought another. Even though it’s a natural product, it was perfectly fine a year later (and had a few more months before it expired!). ‘Milk’ is the perfect way to describe this product — it doesn’t foam at all, and it just feels really creamy when you rub it on your skin with water. Rinse, and your skin feels velvety and hydrated, not stripped at all. I love it. Read the rest of my routine below… Read the full post +

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Beauty Review: Juice Beauty CC Cream

A cream that does...well, nearly everything!

CC cream by juice beauty

juice beauty stem cellular repair cream

juice beauty stem cell CC cream

I recently came across Juice Beauty’s CC Cream while I was researching moisturizers with mineral based sunscreens. It seemed intriguing because in addition to SPF 30 protection, the cream promised to even tone and texture, firm skin, and provide an overall glow — all while using mineral pigments for sheer color coverage, too. Not bad, right? BB and CC creams (each stands for “Beauty Balm” and “Color Correcting”) have become super popular in the past few years, since they offer so many benefits in a single product, but you’ll be hard pressed to find many natural/non-toxic options. Last year, I tried REN’s BB cream and liked it, but ultimately didn’t repurchase because I felt like the shade of the cream wasn’t a perfect match for me (and they only offer one color).

I’ve been using the Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Repair CC cream off and on for about a month now, and so far, so good. It didn’t start out that way though — I began using it right before I went through that bad seasonal breakout, so at first, I couldn’t tell if the cream was contributing to the problem. Using it now though, with totally clear skin, it hasn’t caused any blemishes, which is a definite relief! However, I do find that for me — and perhaps it’s just the colder weather — the cream isn’t quite moisturizing enough, so I’ve been using it over another serum and moisturizer. I think in the summer, it’d be great on its own. More thoughts on the cream, below… Read the full post +

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Images: by Victoria McGinley