scent from heaven…

I love fragrances! I love perfume, I love soap and detergent with scents, I adore scented candles…I even love a certain floor cleaner that rhymes with “sniffer”. However, as I mentioned in an earlier post this week, as an online retailer, it’s a tough sell ’cause scent is very subjective and you just can’t sniff the computer screen. That doesn’t mean I can’t recommend some of my favorite scents for you to check out locally, if you can find them.

In the home fragrance category, I’d have to recommend these three: Fruits & Passion, Lollia and Beautea.


Spray this fresh scent in your kitchen…blissful! My favorite is the “Coriander & Olive Tree”, but they carry a range of gorgeous scents. They also have wonderful body lotions, soaps and home cleaning products. Click on the image to go to their website.

Coriander and Olive Tree

Coriander and Olive Tree

Fig and Savory Flower

Fig and Savory Flower

Ginger and Sicilian Lemon

Ginger and Sicilian Lemon

Lime Zest and Cypress

Lime Zest and Cypress

Sanguinelli Orange and Fennel

Sanguinelli Orange and Fennel

Zucchini Flower and Truffle

Zucchini Flower and Truffle

photo courtesy Fruits & Passion


I don’t know how they do it, but Lollia makes the most amazing candles, soaps and perfumes. My absolute favorite is “1,000 Flowers”. Don’t go through life without smelling some Lollia. Even when the candle isn’t lit, the scent wafts my way when I’m sitting near it. Love, love, love it!

photo courtesy Lollia


I carried this line of products, but I’m thinking of discontinuing it ’cause it’s a hard sell if people can’t actually smell it (I only carry the body lotion right now). I really love the line, so if it’s available locally, definitely check it out–particularly the candles!!!! They’re organic soy and the scents combine exotic floral and tea blends.

photo courtesy Beautea

In the perfume category, I’ve got two favorites: Chanel’s Coco and Jo Malone’s Lime Basil Mandarin.

So there are my favorite picks. What do you like? Any recommendations that I should try?

Olympic field trip…

Shhhh…don’t tell anyone…but we played hooky on Friday and took our children to feel the Olympic vibe in Vancouver! We jumped in the Volvo and rocketed downtown for some super-size fun. At first we thought about parking at the River Rock Casino in Richmond (a suburb) and taking the Skytrain in to town, but when I caught a glimpse of the massive line-up, I pulled a teensy, weensy hissy fit and demanded…er…asked to be driven right to up to the Olympic flame.

The kids and I sat pinned in our seats wild-eyed as Mark, who is normally a mild-mannered businessy-type guy (although I’m starting to wonder about how super-duper “calm” he is at the office), turned into some kind of road warrrior (watch out darling little old ladies and bike couriers) and managed to park two blocks from the flame–he’s my Olympic hero!

We started out by feasting on fabulous oysters and beer at one of our favourite restaurants, Cardero’s, which sits right out over the water in Coal Harbour.

Then we strolled along the boardwalk to the Vancouver Convention Centre, which has the largest “living” roof in Canada, covered in grass. It’s also where the Olympic flame is staying until the end of the Games. I have to say that seeing the flame(s) was exhilirating, but it’s flanked by fencing to keep the throngs of onlookers from burning themselves. Bummer, ’cause I had to tell the kids to put away their marshmallows!

The streets were packed with people enjoying the Olympic spirit. It reminded me of walking through Times Square–awesome. However, the line ups were insane. People were lining up for an hour just to get an “unobstructed” view of the flame, from the roof of the Convention Centre (although, judging from my photo, maybe it’s time well spent). They were lining up for 5 hours just to ride the Olympic zipline over Robson Square for a few seconds. Wow! The line ups for all the pavilions were hours-long. Ugh.

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