On November 19th QVC's Today Special Value (TSV) was a collection from Josie Maran called Peace, Love & Joy Argan Body & Fragrance Set. It was offered in three scents: unscented, Vanilla Wafer and Sweet Holly. I preorderd Vanilla Wafer a couple days earlier than it aired. It's item number A284158 and it's TSV price was $69.95 or five payments of $13.99. The current price is only $6.99 more which doesn't seem like much of a discount for a TSV though the retail value for this set is $192.33. Included in this set are the following products:
- 100% Pure Argan Oil - .5 fl. oz.
- Holistic Fragrance, Peace aka Vanilla Wafer - 1.7 fl. oz.
- Argan Lip Sting Butter in Honey, .16 oz.
- 100% Pure Argan Oil - 1.7 fl. oz.
- Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Vanilla Wafer - 2 fl. oz.
- Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Vanilla Wafer - 8 fl. oz.
When the collection arrived I tried the Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter first. The first scent I smelled was a powder followed by sour vanilla. I'm not crazy about the powder scent, but I enjoy the vanilla though I'd prefer it not to smell so tart. I'm going to avoid purchasing any of her vanilla scents from now on since they all have that powder scent. She said it would smell like dessert being baked in the kitchen. I don't get that at all from this scent! Then I tried the perfume. It's described as green foliage, Lilly of the Valley, vanilla and rice milk. It's a aromatherapy scent so you can use a lot of it and many times during the day without it building unlike your typical perfume. It's a perfume that you can spray all over from head to toe instead of just pulse points. It's good for a pick me up or at bedtime. It's smells very similar to the body butter. I'm disappointed in the Lip Sting Butter. It really does sting and for about twenty minutes or so, I do not like that feeling at all. I've heard for others it lasts about ten minutes, but I have really sensitive skin, so for me it lasts twice as long. I really like the tingling sensation that Buxom lip gloss by BareMinerals has for plumping lips. Josie's version actually stings! I don't think anyone would enjoy that! I didn't see any plumping action on my lips, pain no gain. On top of that the lip butter will not stay up in the container, as soon as you press it on your lips it goes back down, how annoying! I've heard from many other customers that they also received a defective lip butter, so it's not an isolated incident. The color is a very neutral earthy rose, not much different from my natural lip color and it's matte. It's nice for hanging around the house, but not impressive enough for out on the town. It's suppose to be very moisturizing, but I find it actually drying. Her Argan Oil is very nice, but it seems every single TSV has included it, so I have too much on hand. It's really moisturizing on the face, but I can only use it in the less humid months since it's just too oily for my skin during the summer months. It's also good for hair ends and cuticles. I have mixed feelings about this TSV, while I enjoy her body butter and the scent really doesn't last very long for me to complain much, I'm really annoyed the lip butter is defective. I can't get a replacement of only the lip butter since it's a new version and not sold separately. She only sells the clear version with no color, so I'd have to send the entire thing back for exchange and odds are I may receive another defective one. But it's not worth keeping since that was one of the main reasons I purchased this kit. I really need a moisturizing neutral lipstick that I can wear daily during fall and winter. Any suggestions? I've always wondered why she doesn't offer her TSVs for preorder more than a couple days prior to airing and this kit made me think that the reason is she's afraid of bad reviews prior to it airing. This kit has the worst reviews I've ever seen for one of her TSVs! It currently has 429 reviews with a score of 2.8 stars out of 5! Most people do not like the scent of Vanilla Wafer nor Sweet Holly and apparently the unscented has no scent even though she said it would have just a bit. I can't imagine spraying perfume on that has no scent unless it's April Fool's Day! Did you order this collection and if so, what did you think of the scents? I can't decide what to do, so you tell me should I return, exchange or keep it? Taking votes now, comment below!
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