I'm having way too much fun putting these floral roundups together, and my excitement is only further augmented by the fact that you all seem to appreciate them, as well. For those taking notes, I've done the following roundups thus far (and I plan to do a couple more): jasmine, rose (here and here), gardenia, violet, orchid and honeysuckle.
Today we're talking about PEONIES!
Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Cologne
This Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Cologne is easily one of my favorite perfumes I've ever spritzed in my entire life. And I've spritzed a lot of perfumes, too. It is feminine and light but has this sophisticated sueded undercurrent that's absolutely intoxicating. It's sweet, but not overbearingly so, and marries this refreshing, juicy crispness with a soft musk.
It is so addictive that I have to stop myself from spraying too much. So good, people. So good.
L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Hand Cream
This is clean, lightly perfumed hand cream that smells like peonies and soap. It's made with shea butter, but isn't heavy or thick like you'd expect. It's actually a thinner cream, so you have to be careful when squeezing it from the tube to prevent letting too much out. However, it leaves your hands super soft and I find it layers nicely with lots of perfumes.
I have the 1 oz. version, which costs $12, but you can buy the bigger 2.5 oz. version for $22.
The Estée Edit Pink Peony Overnight Water Pack
I've found myself drawn to water creams and gel creams, lately. This one, by The Estée Edit, is a leave-on mask version that you wear overnight as the final step in your skincare routine. It creates this light layer of moisture over your skin, but dries down instead of staying damp like some overnight masks. (I always LOL at myself when wearing gooey masks to bed and then waking up with cat hair all over my face).
It's made with pink peony extract and hyaluronic acid, and smells earthy and somewhat medicinal. It's not my favorite water cream I've tried, but it does a nice job of moisturizing and softening.
Klorane Shampoo with Peony
Covering all my bases here, as you can see! Next up: Klorane's Shampoo with Peony. It smells sooooooooo good and does an amazing job of cleansing, even when I'm wearing a lot of product in my hair.
Apparently, peony is known for its soothing properties, so this is a great option for those of you with sensitive or irritated scalps. I imagine it'll come in handy during any accidental scalp sunburns I get this summer.
Dove Purely Pampering Sweet Cream with Peony Body Wash
If you're looking for serious bang for your buck, this Dove body wash is a true contender. For under $6, you get a whopping 22 fl. oz of product (what!) and it's quality, too. The formula is super-gentle, lathers into a really creamy foam and smells like a soapy peony bouquet.
Speaking of bouquets...
Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet EDP
Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is another serious EDP winner, and definitely one that's going straight into my regular roundup. I wasn't sure what to expect with this based off the somewhat generic product descriptions I've read, but it is divine. Like everything in this peony roundup, this perfume leans very light, crisp and clean, but it's ultra-feminine and makes me feel super-sexy, but also very delicate. The musk and the orange aren't so strong — it's the peony and tiny hint of rose that steal the show.
Peacock Parfumerie Hope Bath Salts
Confession: this product is so pretty that I haven't actually used it yet. However, I have opened the lid and taken a whiff on countless occasions because it smells so fantastic. It's first and foremost juicy and rich, which is probably the fig. It's also made with peony, which adds a true floral softness, as well as cypress, which provides a twist of something crisp and earthy.
It's made with dead sea mineral salts and comes with a linen pouch that you can fill and throw into the tub. Because a pretty bath isn't worth a clogged drain.
Fresh Peony Brightening Moisturizing Facial Toner
Fresh Peony Brightening Moisturizing Facial Toner a spendy option, I know, but it's pretty different from a lot of toners out there. Unlike some, which can feel very astringent and even have a stinging effect, this one is extraordinarily silky. In fact, it feels like a super-duper thin serum and absorbs into the skin almost instantly, leaving your skin not tight or dry, but moisturized, soft and smooth.
You will notice an immediate difference in the texture and appearance of your skin, and that's why Fresh can charge you $60. It's great underneath a primer, too, since it's not weighty or greasy.
So those are my picks for peony. Personally, I think this is my favorite floral roundup yet. What do you think? How many of these products could double as Mother's Day gifts?