How I Stay Healthy During Winter Months

If you don’t know, I suffer from depression and anxiety and the winter months are hardest on my emotional health.  That, in turn, brings my immune system down.  My goal when it starts getting colder is to keep my stress levels as low as possible.  That either means taking some time for myself, usually in the form of reading on my iPad, playing Candy Crush, or watching mindless tv.  Depending on the day, it could be all three!  I know that I need to give myself that time to zone out and not think about what happened during the day or to get my mind off of what’s stressing me out.  In addition, I’ve included some of the ways I try to stay as healthy as possible when all I want to do is stay under the covers and wait for summer!

 

Exercise 

I hate exercising!!  I know you’re not supposed to admit that, but I really do.  If it’s called exercise, I won’t do it.  Call it dancing, walking, moving…anything but exercising.  But I gotta do it!! I’m far from where I want to be physically, but I’m making small changes every day to help me on my path.  It started with going up and down the stairs once a day, and for me that was enough.  I knew to make sustainable changes that I had to take baby steps.  Now, I take the stairs as much as possible, park further away, do squats in the kitchen while I’m doing dishes or cooking, just to name a few.  Doing some kind of physical activity each day gets my blood flowing, which gets oxygen to my cells, my brain, and my organs.  It also keeps stress levels down.  All you need is 20 to 30 min a day!

 

Stay Hydrated 

Since I started on this healthy eating road, I’ve gained a new understanding of hydration.  When I was eating unhealthily, which I still do on occasion, I still drank a lot of water. But when you’re eating high calorie, high fat foods those few glasses of water are only a minimal help.  I’m more conscious now of drinking water and eating juicier fruits which help my hydration levels.  I know I mentioned Cronometer in one of my other posts but I highly recommend it, especially if you’re nerdy like me.  You can monitor your hydration levels and monitor the amount of vitamins and minerals you’re getting each day.

 

Eat, eat, eat

This is true for all seasons, obviously.  Your body needs fuel to function.  But this is especially true during the winter months.  You’re more likely to be inside a lot more, which means you’re around a lot more germs.  Either from working in an office, working around kids, etc.  To help fight this, you want to eat the rainbow.  Get as many fruit and veggies into your system as you can until you’re satisfied.  Of course, if you have dietary restrictions, you’ll need to take that into account, but any increase in vegetable/fruit consumption goes a long way towards boosting your immune system and keeping you healthy.

Below is my immune boosting smoothie recipe.  It’s filled with germ fighting foods like blueberries (anti-oxidants), oranges (vitamin C), spinach (iron and calcium), just to name a few.  I also suggest going on Aloha’s recipe page to check out their recipes.  You can find smoothie and salad recipes as well as soups and chilis, even dessert.  Their focus is on healthy ingredients with no chemicals, artificial sweeteners, or animal products.  When I started eating healthy, having resources online really helped me stay on track.  I needed to know that I had options, which can be difficult when completely overhauling how you eat.  It’s always what you can’t have.  With Aloha, Pinterest, and YouTube, it’s easier to find recipes that you love and can keep in your arsenal.

 

Anti-Oxidant Smoothie

1 frozen banana (medium to large)

1 cup blueberries

1 tangelo or half of a regular orange (this would be amazing with Cara Cara Oranges!)

½ cup chopped frozen watermelon

1 cup spinach

2-3 pitted dates (I used Medjool)

1 cup almond milk

½ cup coconut water

Directions: Put all ingredients into a high powered blender (Ninja or Vitamix) and blend until smooth.

  • If you don’t have a Ninja or Vitamix, you may need to soak the dates overnight to soften.
  • Also, if you don’t have frozen watermelon, you may need to add ice so the consistency of the smoothie isn’t too thin (unless you like a thinner smoothie). I prefer a thicker consistency because I have to travel with mine and it stays colder longer, but of course, this is all preference.

My Favorite Vegan Smoothie Recipes

I drink a smoothie every day for breakfast.  It’s quick and easy and that’s what I need when I’m rushing in the morning, taking care of a dog and two cats, and trying to get ahead of traffic.  I’ve never really been a breakfast person, but I can’t function without my smoothies anymore.  I’ll sometimes even have one for dessert when I need to end the night with something sweet.

All of the recipes below came about from trial and error.  I would take recipes I found on Pinterest or from friends and alter them to my tastes.  That’s what I love about it.  You can customize each recipe to fit your needs.  Don’t have a cup of almond milk?  Then just add a handful of nuts and a cup of water to the blender.  Bananas aren’t frozen?  Add a fresh banana and a handful of ice and you’ll get a pretty comparable result.

You can, of course, add any greens that you like to get more vitamins and nutrients in your system.  It will alter the taste if you’re using stronger greens such as kale, but I prefer either baby spinach or regular spinach.  It’s still vitamin rich, but has a mild flavor that doesn’t alter the taste of your smoothie if you throw in a handful.

 

 

Anti-Oxidant Smoothie

AO Smoothie

A friend of mine felt like he could feel a cold coming on and asked me to make him a smoothie that could tackle the germs invading his system.  This is the result and it’s delicious!!  If you’re a visual person, you may want to add more blueberries to make it purple (which I did for the picture) or spinach to make it green.  With the recipe below, it comes out a muddy purple color, but it tastes amazing!!  It’s also easy to double if you need to share with a friend like I did.

1 frozen banana (medium to large)

1 cup blueberries

1 tangelo or half of a regular orange

½ cup chopped frozen watermelon

1 cup spinach

2 pitted dates (I used Medjool)

1 cup almond milk

½ cup coconut water

Directions: Put all ingredients into a high powered blender (Ninja or Vitamix) and blend until smooth.

  • If you don’t have a Ninja or Vitamix, you may need to soak the dates overnight to soften.
  • Also, if you don’t have frozen watermelon, you may need to add ice so the consistency of the smoothie isn’t too thin (unless you like a thinner smoothie). I prefer a thicker consistency because I have to travel with mine and it stays colder longer, but of course, this is all preference.

 

 

Blueberry “Milk”Shake Smoothie (no picture for this one :( )

This smoothie tastes like a blueberry milkshake.  It’s sweet and creamy and so delicious.  I could drink this every day for the rest of my life and be happy!

1 frozen banana

1 cup blueberries

2 pitted dates (I used Medjool)

1 cup almond milk

½ cup coconut water

Directions: Put all ingredients into a high powered blender (Ninja or Vitamix) and blend until smooth.

 

 

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

PB Smoothie

A smoothie for dessert?  Absolutely!  I love chocolate and peanut butter, so this is right up my alley.  It tastes like a banana split with peanut butter cups.  So good!!

2 frozen bananas

2 pitted dates (I used Medjool)

1 ½ tbsp. powdered chocolate peanut butter (I used Betty Lou’s, but you could use PB2 as well)

1 cup coconut water

Directions: Put all ingredients into a high powered blender (Ninja or Vitamix) and blend until smooth.

  • To make it more decadent, you could add a tablespoon of raw cacao nibs as well.
  • If you want a stronger pb taste, add a full tablespoon of powdered peanut butter).  I’d say you could go up to about a tablespoon and a half before it starts to get a little chalky tasting.
  • I found my powdered peanut butter at Wegmans, but you can also order it from Amazon

Going Vegan? …But What About Bacon?

As I stated in my 2015 resolutions post, this year is all about me getting my health and peace of mind on track.  While I work on the mental part (I’ll have a post about this later dealing with my anxiety and depression), I’m also trying to work on my health.  Last year, I started researching vegan diets more and more.  It was purely for health reasons and had nothing to do with not wanting to eat animals.  As I began researching, I started seeing signs all over the place that I was going in the right direction.  I stumbled upon some great vegan YT-ers that made eating primarily vegan (and in a few cases, raw vegan) sound so easy.  Of course, it’s definitely not easy.  As I’ve gone along my journey in the last year, I’ve made some great strides, like green smoothies in the morning, cutting out dairy, and only having meat occasionally.  But I’ve also had some setbacks, like turning my cheat day into three days of binging (that wasn’t fun).  These experiences have helped me figure out what I need to do to be successful.  I noticed that I was tending to store my calories for the end of the day.  I would have my smoothie for breakfast and then a light lunch, but then I’d have a huge dinner to make up for the calories that I didn’t get during the day.  I’m slowly changing that and yes, it is slow.  I know that I need to take baby steps when it comes to my meals otherwise, I’ll give up.  I’ll lose motivation.

Next up on my list to tackle is exercise.  I’m the ultimate couch potato.  If I could sit on the couch all day and not do anything, I’d be completely happy.  But that’s no way to live and again I’m taking baby steps.  Parking further away at work, the grocery store, etc., taking the stairs at work (we’re on the fourth floor), and taking breaks throughout the day to either walk around the building or go up and down the stairs.  I’ve only been doing it for a couple of weeks, but I can already tell a difference.

In order to be successful at both of these steps, I’ve had to enlist some help.  I got a Fitbit, which helps me track my eating, sleeping, and activity and I also use Cronometer.  I like Fitbit because I don’t have to do anything except log my food, which I should be doing anyway, so I can be truly conscious of what I’m eating.  Everything else is monitored by my Fitbit and syncs to my phone or laptop.  Cronometer is also a food/activity tracking system, which you can link to your Fitbit, but I like it a little more for food tracking because it tells you exactly where your calories are, from the basics (fat, protein, carbs, etc) to the minute details (B12, Potassium, Zinc, Lysine, etc.).  I feel like this is especially important if you’re cutting out whole food groups.  In my case, meat and dairy.  I can see where the deficits are and make adjustments accordingly.

Which brings me to supplements.  I’ve noticed since I’ve been slowly adopting a vegan lifestyle that I’m lacking vitamin B12.  This usually comes in the form of meat or dairy so I need to make adjustments to make sure I’m not lacking.  I really don’t like taking pills because I always forget, so I had to go another route.  I heard about Fountain Beauty Supplements from another YT-er (yes, I do watch a lot of YT :)) and decided I should give it a try.  It’s basically liquid vitamins.  You can either take it as a shot or add it to your drink or smoothie.  I purchased the energy one since it’s basically a liquid shot of B12.  I have no idea if they work or not, so I’ll have to do a review once I’ve been using it for a while.

Now that I’ve rambled on, let me end this post by showing you some of my favorite vegan, raw vegan, and raw till four vegans.

My Favorite Music of 2014

If you don’t know already, let me tell you…music is EVERYTHING to me!!  I can’t go a day without listening to music.  I’m sure this is true of most people in the world.  It takes you to another place.  When you’re sad, it helps you grieve.  When you’re happy, it helps you celebrate.  It can keep you motivated during a workout and even calm you down when you’re trying to relax.

Below is a list of music I had on repeat during the last year.  I believe most of these came out in 2014, but I’ll have the information listed below if they didn’t.

1. Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint

This came out in December of 2014 and I believe this is Nicki’s best album yet.  There’s a maturity in her lyrics, but she also still has that fun, playful side.  My favorite tracks are “Only”, if only for the fact that Drake and Lil Wayne are on it, and “Grand Piano”.

2. You+Me – rose ave.

The brainchild of P!nk and Dallas Green from City and Coulour, You+Me is different from anything P!nk has done before, but to me, feels like her true calling.  It’s folksy and melodic with the kind of lyrics I would grasp onto as an angsty teen.  Maybe I still do as an angsty adult..lol.  The album came out in mid October of 2014.  My favorite songs are “Capsized” and they’re cover of Sade’s “Ordinary Love”.

3. Circa Survive – Descensus

Descensus came out at the end of November and quickly climbed its way to the top of my playlist.  As my friend, Jonathan, said it’s a little more rock than I usually listen to, but I have my moments.  I’ve been a fan of Circa Survive for a while and there’s something about Anthony Green’s voice that just gets to me.  It’s like he can do no wrong.  My favorite tracks are “Nesting Dolls” and the title track, “Descensus”.

4. Pentatonix – That’s Christmas To Me

If you talked to me at all in 2014, I’m sure I brought up Pentatonix in one of our conversations.  If you don’t know who they are, I highly recommend googling “Pentatonix Dog Days Are Over”.  It will change your life!  The acappella group’s 2nd Christmas album came out this year and it didn’t disappoint.  My favorite tracks are “Mary Did You Know” and “Silent Night”.

5. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek

I don’t think a lot of people realize what an amazing voice Lady Gaga has.  I think it’s sometimes overshadowed by her outrageous actions and wardrobe.  One listen to this album though and it’ll change your mind.  I believe Tony’s brought out the calmness in Gaga and Gaga’s brought out the playful side in Tony.  My favorite track is “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”.

6. Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

Seems like I saved the best for last!  What can I say about Sam Smith?  He’s amazing, brilliant, soulful, heartbreaking…I could go on and on.  The whole album is my favorite, but the song I had on repeat (repeatedly) was “Not In That Way”.  It’s so full of sorrow, but it’s so, so good!

These are just a few of the albums that were close to my heart for 2014.  I’d be here all day if I named them all.  Tell me what you listened to the most in 2014!

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

I try not to make resolutions ever year because it seems like I’m setting myself up to fail.  I’ll make a resolution and stick to it for about two weeks and then it’s all over.  This year though, I’m doing things a little bit differently.  I’m not going to commit to the outside.  I’m going to commit to the inside.  There are a lot of things I want out of life and I’ve been pushing those things to the back of my mind and saying, “one day…”.  I don’t want to be a one day kind of person.  I want to be a right now kind of person.  I want to embrace life for the gift that it is and not take anything for granted.  Which brings me to my first resolution.

1. Be more grateful. 

This year was kind of rough for me in a way that I didn’t expect.  I lost my spirit a little bit (well, a lot).  I stopped being grateful for the gift of waking up every morning.  Little things would make me blow up.  I couldn’t get a handle on myself.  I stopped praying, my faith in God waned.  I want to get back on track.  I want to stress less about the little things and look at the bigger picture.  I want to feel more connected to God.  I want to be more grateful.

2. Care less what other people think of me

When I was younger, I never cared about what people thought of me.  Even in high school when I was getting bullied on a daily basis, I still did whatever the hell I wanted.  Yes, it affected me, but I didn’t let people’s comments or thoughts about me stifle my creativity.  As I’ve gotten older, I seem to care a lot more what people think and I let it stop me.  I’ve been feeling suffocated by the thoughts of others, whether they think them or not..and that’s no way to live.

3. Eat better

In 2014, I started reading up on veganism and the fully raw movement.  I slowly started incorporating more fruits and veggies into my diet and started phasing out meat, dairy, etc.  In the coming year, I want to take that to the next level.  I signed up for the 21 Day Fully Raw Challenge (www.fullyraw.com), which starts on Jan 5th.  There’s always this pressure to completely change your eating on day one, but I find that never works for me, so I’m doing this slow and steady so that I can gain habits that stick in the long run.

4. Not be so hard on myself

I can’t even explain to the outside world how hard I am on myself.  It’s this constant battle with trying to be positive on the outside and beating myself on the inside.  I don’t want to do that anymore.  I want to be more confident and the only way to do that is to embrace who I am right now, in this moment.  Not who I was or who I want to become.  No, I’m not where I want to be physically or emotionally, but putting myself down isn’t going to help me get there faster.  This body has seen me through so much.  I’ve survived bullying in this body, I’ve survived cancer in this body.  It wakes me up every morning and doesn’t shut down on me when I feed it crap.  It’s only fitting that I start to treat it and myself better.

The Rookie Guru Reviews: The Dr. Oz 3-Day Cleanse

It’s that time of year again.  Winter is slowly (painfully slowly) coming to an end and everyone is getting ready for warmer weather.  That means no more hiding all the winter weight you gained under big sweaters and even bigger sweat pants.  What it also means is that everyone (at least everyone I know) is either starting, finishing, or in the middle of a cleanse.  Whether it’s a raw food cleanse or a juice cleanse, people are jumping on board.  I’ve never been a big fan of cleanses, especially the juice/smoothie kind.  If only for the fact that eating, for me, is almost a religious experience.  I love making food.  Chopping vegetables, stirring ingredients, putting things in and taking things out of the oven.  Cleanses always seemed like something you had to suffer through.  Once the cleanse was over, you were told you’d feel amazing, like a new person, but the experience itself turned me off.

So why did I decide to do one now?  I have no idea!  A friend of mine recommended the Dr. Oz cleanse to me and I was looking for a way to reset my system.  I trust Dr. Oz’s opinion and if I was going to do a cleanse, it might as well be his.  Before starting the cleanse, which consists of three to four smoothies a day, supplements and an Epsom salt bath, I looked at some reviews online.  I got some great tips on how to start and all the prep work needed, so I felt pretty confident when I started.

Let’s get to the it!

Dr. Oz 3-Day Cleanse

Cost & Prep

I spent about $120 in groceries per the shopping list attached to the cleanse.  Please note that the shopping list doesn’t include the snack shakes, so I would add a little bit extra to account for that.  Like most of the reviews I read online, people suggested doing all of your prep work the night before so that when it’s time for your shake, you can just dump everything into the blender and be done in ten minutes.  Friday night, I prepped my morning and lunch ingredients, putting everything into ziploc bags and sticking them in the freezer.  I only suggest sticking the bags in the freezer if you have a good blender.  I have a cheapo one from Walmart and blending took way longer than I expected.  I ended up having to take everything out of the freezer and sticking it in the fridge to let it defrost.

To help with the consistency of the shake, I also bought frozen berries.  Since berries are frozen right after picking, I figured this was just as good as fresh (and cheaper).  I also decreased the amount of banana in the breakfast shake since I’m not a fan of bananas in shakes.  I know that helps with mouth feel, but I couldn’t do it.  The other reason why I suggest a high speed/high quality blender is because of the celery in the lunch shake and the kale in both the lunch and dinner shakes.  Because kale is a tougher vegetable, it take a lot to break it down enough to incorporate into the smoothie.

Day 1 (and only)

I left out the stevia in the green tea since I’m not a fan and drank my tea without it.  The breakfast shake was by far the best out of all of the shakes.  The berries were very tart, but it really wasn’t bad at all.  I suggest blending as much as possible (again) because of the raspberry seeds and the spinach.  I found myself chewing on raspberry seeds while drinking which interrupts the whole experience.  It took me about 2 hours to drink the whole shake and I still had some leftover.  I found it to be very satisfying though and I wasn’t hungry and I didn’t have any cravings.

The lunch shake was probably the most disgusting thing I’ve ever drank in my life.  Right up there with the barium I had to drink before getting x-rays, which is pretty bad.  And when I say pretty bad, I mean I’d rip out my fingernails one by one before having to drink that stuff again.  The lunch shake was right up there with that.  I didn’t finish it at all.  The ingredients call for four stalks of celery.  I reduced it to two and it was still too much.  I’d also reduce the amount of cucumber and up the quantities of apple and pineapple.  The bits of celery I was sucking up through the straw were completely unappetizing as well.  The coconut oil and almond milk added flavor, but the celery and cucumber overpowered everything else in the drink making it tastes like grass and dirt.  Since I couldn’t finish the shake, I was starving by dinner time.

The dinner drink was just okay.  It had a spicy kick to it, but I felt it lacked flavor.  Or maybe I was too hungry by that point to notice any subtle flavor the drink had.  I drank about half before I couldn’t take it anymore.  I ended up having chicken breast, kale, and zucchini for dinner.  I needed to chew something solid.  I needed the experience of eating a plate of food.  It also didn’t help that I was on some serious medication for my neck, which increased my appetite exponentially.  I felt like I was starving!!

Results

All in all, cleansing wasn’t the thing for me.  I would rather have eaten all of the ingredients separately in a big bowl instead of blending them all together.  The weight loss and feeling of euphoria would have been great, but I’ve always been a slow and steady kind of person, so I’m okay with not seeing instant results.  I did take away some things with me.  I still do the breakfast smoothie on the weekends and eat a raw food breakfast every morning consisting of berries and some melon.  I also add in a couple of bananas.  Before my breakfast, I drink a glass of lemon water or hot green tea with lemon.  I’ve also been researching the benefits of a raw food diet.  I don’t think I’ll ever be vegan or vegetarian, but I do believe that adapting a couple of my meals to that lifestyle will go a long way towards improving my health.  I’ve also continued with the supplements and the Epsom salt bath, if only to be more relaxed and take some more time for myself.

If you want to read more about the 3 day cleanse, I suggest reading My Thoughts-Uninterrupted.  She has some great tips and you can get a feel for how all three days will go.

My Favorite Skincare Products of the Moment: Winter Edition

Like most women, I tend to be very loyal to my skincare products, especially facial products.  Sometimes though I just need a change of pace.  This usually happens when one season ends and another begins.  B.C. (before cancer), my skin was very oily, which is good for wrinkles, but hell on makeup, acne, and any weather warmer than 60 degrees.  Now, almost five years later, my skin has become a lot calmer.  It’s a lot more forgiving and the oiliness has reduced drastically.  Because of that, I’ve now started using products that are creamier and more nourishing to my skin.  On that same token, my body care has changed as well.  I use a lot more body butters that are richer in texture.  I’ve also noticed that my taste in scents has changed.  For as long as I can remember, I loved a clean, fresh scent.  I couldn’t wear anything that had a little musk or vanilla.  Anything spicy just wasn’t for me.  I’ve noticed lately that I’m gravitating towards more warm and inviting scents.  Especially for the winter.  Now, let’s jump into what I’m loving and using at the moment!

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Bioderma Créaline H2O

I couldn’t do this post without including Bioderma.  I heard about Bioderma from the Pixiwoo sisters on YT.  It’s a cleansing water from France that’s full of vitamins and minerals.  They have a few different versions and I just recently found they have a cleansing water for those with oily skin.  I use it as a makeup remover on nights when I’m too tired to do my full skin care regimen and I also use it to cleanse my skin of most of my makeup before doing the big cleanse.  When I first started using Bioderma, it was easily available through Amazon at a pretty decent price.  As it’s now time to restock, I’ve noticed the price has gone up drastically.  So unfortunately, I may be in the market for a new cleansing water.  I’ll have to definitely shop around!

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Embryolisse Lait Creme Moussant & Lait Creme Concentré

This was another recommendation from the Pixiwoo sisters.  I hadn’t planned on purchasing it, but it ended up on Hautelook one day and I had to take advantage of low prices.  I was attracted to the fact that the cleanser is soap free.  It’s a gentle and moisturizing cleanser that leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft.  It contains shea butter and almond oil.  It also contains glycerin and doesn’t specify whether it’s vegetable or animal glycerin, so if you’re vegetarian or vegan, you may have to do some more research to see if this product is for you.  The moisturizer (Lait Creme Concentre) is thick, but not heavy.  It glides easily over the skin and soaks in quickly.  I love this stuff!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

For years, the only primer I used before putting on makeup was the Avon Magix Face Perfecter primer.  I swore by it and it continues to be one of my holy grail products.  However, This Smashbox primer is about to blow the Avon one out of the water.  I got this at Ulta when I purchased their foundation and I’m so impressed.  I’ve noticed, over the years, that my taste in products is getting more expensive.  Great for my skin.  Not so great for my wallet.  It’s not always true that with price comes quality, but in this case, spending the extra dollars is worth it for me.  This primer is great for people with oily skin.  It’s oil free and water based, so it’s less likely to clog pores.  The consistency is gel like and it blends easily.  Since it’s winter time, I can’t test it out in the heat just yet.  That will definitely be the true test.  I do like that my skin looks just as good at the end of the day as it did in the beginning.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

Cetaphil’s been around forever and I always see the commercials, but never tried it.  I’d gone to my dermatologist a while back and she suggested using it to soothe my dry skin during the winter months.  It’s one of the best things I’ve purchased.  It’s incredibly thick, but is easy to rub in with the warmth of your hands.  I only need to apply it once and my skin is good for the day.

The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Body Butter

I don’t know why this is called Ginger Sparkle because it has no sparkle in it whatsoever, but who knows how people come up with names?  I didn’t expect to like this scent at all.  I purchased it in Body Shop’s sampler pack during the holidays when I was purchasing some other gifts.  The first time I put it on, I immediately noticed that it smelled spicy like cinnamon.  Underneath that spice was a mellow ginger scent, with something clean and light.  I used up the sample pot in no time and purchased a full size during their holiday sale.  This and the Cranberry Joy Body Butter are my favorite of their winter/holiday scents.

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The Body Shop White Musk Body Oil

This was an impulse buy.  I usually never buy any perfume or fragrance without first smelling it in person, but this body oil had so many rave reviews and it was a small, travel size bottle, so I included when I was shopping The Body Shop sale.  I have to say, I love this stuff!!  It’s a musk scent, but it’s so light and slightly powdery so it’s not overwhelming.  The oil lasts on your skin all day and I usually layer it with the Ginger Sparkle Body Butter.  I get so many compliments on this combination.  I’ve had the body oil for a couple of months now and it’s barely gone down.  I will definitely purchase this again!