Perfume Review: Zents Oolong Eau de Toilette

The Zents Eau De Toilette Collection

This week I used the last of the sample scents from the Zents Eau de Toilette collection. I know there was a big break in the middle of testing the bag of samples so it seems as though I have been going very slowly through the collection. In truth there are ten scents in the collection and each has been given its own week of use.

Then of course came the summer where it was just too hot to wear any kind of scent at all. There were some days where the scent of my own shampoo was just too much scent for me. It is something about the heat. I think that the heat sort of intensifies all of the scents around it, so my nose is bombarded with an extra dose of all of the green growing things around me – as well as the not so great scents like baking asphalt and motor oil – that adding any scent on top, even if it is one i normally like, just gets to be overkill. Also the heat intensifies the scent of the perfume which isn’t always fabulous, even if I like the scent of it to begin with.

So I took the summer off from scents and am now finally finishing up the collection. I have really enjoyed going through the collection. First because many of them have been absolutely fantastic. Second because each scent is part of a line of products. The Eau de toilette scent is repeated in Bath truffles, body lotions and other products. Going into this I was a routine user of the Mandarin Bath Truffles. I absolutely adored them. I also tried the shampoo from the Mandarin line and then the Eau de Toilette from the Mandarin line. While all of them have the same lovely orange scent to them, the intensity of the spice notes differ. In the shampoo you get a light mandarin scent that gently wafts around you. The spice notes are more of a hint taming the sweetness of the orange more than anything else. The spice notes are stronger in the bath truffle but still tamed into background notes. The Eau de Toilette is much more complex and the spice plays with the orange a bit more.

This seems to be the theme for the other products. The body products have the same profile as the Eau de Toilettes but they are less complex in profile. They are more subtle with the named ingredient playing more of a starring role while everything else is a back up singer. With the scents it is less of a singer with back up dancers and more of power group singing in harmony. The products fit together in a line up, but they aren’t identical.

Personally I think it means that if you like the scent, you can use the bath truffle, the shampoo and the body lotion and then use the scent without going into overload. They play well together without becoming overpowering. And not having scents be overpowering is part of the way Zent’s was designed. The products were designed to smell great but not be overpowering to those who are sensitive to scent. As I have gone through this sample collection (which I highly recommend, by the way. With the ordering of the collection you receive a coupon for the price of the samples collection that you can put towards a full sized purchase so it is well worth picking up to try out. Plus it is always a good idea to live with a scent for at least a week before making a decision about it.) I have found several scents that I really like. Some that i woud prefer in the bath truffles rather than as a scent to wear on my pulse points, but a few that I want to add to my perfume collection.

But this isn’t about them. It is about the scent called Oolong.

Energizing & Sophisticated
lime blossom, lavender, oolong tea, petitgrain, bergamot

Sparked by the fusion of healing and art, ZENTS OOLONG Eau de Toilette becomes a potent potion as it reacts with your body’s natural chemistry. You are the artist, crafting a unique essence that invokes what is in your heart, inviting love, beauty, and joy, and drawing all of life’s most cherished gifts into the present moment. Apply OOLONG Eau de Toilette on pulse points and heart area. Your radiance and warmth will bring the scent to life and make it uniquely yours.

ZENTS OOLONG Eau de Toilette is pure perfection on its own. It is also fully compatible with other scents and products in the collection.

Create your signature blend by spraying each scent in the same spot on your wrist. Then, rub wrists together to blend.

Now I will be the first person to say that bergamot is not generally my scent. Usually I see it and I start backing away slowly. (My mom on the other hand runs towards it with open arms). In the Oolong the bergamot is mostly just a back note, which i am fine with. It isn’t the prominent scent.

As one might expect, the scent of black tea does come out in front. The lime blossom mixed with lavender follow right behind. The best way I can descript it is the scent of pouring out a hot cup of oolong tea while there is a large bouquet of flowers on the table next to your cup. Which I know sounds strange, but it is floral and sweet but mixed with the scent of black tea.

This is going to sound strange but it sort of reminds me a bit of my grandmother. It is not an ‘old lady scent’ by any stretch of the imagination. It actually smells quite fresh and young. But my grandmother used to slip lavender sachets in with her clothes so they always had a vaguely lavender scent. There were days where I’m pretty sure she existed on nothing but tea and always had a pot going and she was a big fan of bringing in cut flowers from the garden. Her flowers didn’t have the slightly citrusy lime note that this scent has, but the scent still reminds me of her.

I actually quite enjoyed wearing it this week.

During the day it was lovely. As with all of the Zents Eau de Toilettes the scent comes on strong at first and then fades back to a scent that is personal and really doesn’t travel out of your personal space. It stays at that personal level for most of the day. With the Oolong, as much as I enjoyed the memories it conjured, bu mid day, the bergamot started to push its way forward a bit too much for me. It was as though i was having a nice cup of black tea and when the level of the cup dropped low someone refilled it with Earl Gray. I know some people love the scent and if you do, that switch won’t bother you.

The Earl and I are not friends.

While I probably wouldn’t purchase this scent to wear. I think it would be absolutely lovely in a bath truffle. I think the Oolong and the lime blossom would come out in front and I would really enjoy soaking in that scent. I would probably also really like to use this as a body lotion. For me it was ending on the bergamot that got me. Everything else I really enjoyed.

Perfume Review: Zents

Oh my darlings, you know the weather has changed. Well, actually it has been yo-yoing, but the intense heat of summer has been broken. And you know what that means? I can go back to wearing perfume.

There is just something about the hot, humid and intense heat of our summer this year that just made me avoid all scents. I think I even leased towards les scented body washes. (Incidentally the Andalou Naturals body wash, very low scent and fantastic for the summer). But last week I actually found myself reaching for some perfume. Okay technically an Eau de Toilette, but it is still applied scent.

For me, that is the surest sign that Autumn has arrived.

Before the summer’s heat steered me away from scent, I was working my way through the Samples collection of Zent’s Scents. So I decided to finish up the bag before moving on to other perfume trials. There are only a couple of samples left to try. I know I’ve said it a million times, but I love sample collections of perfume.

Scent is such a personal thing that I almost never buy a full sized bottle without having worn a sample of the scent for at least a week. In general if I can wear a perfume every day for a week and still like it as much at the end of the week as I did at the beginning, then it is a product i can consider buying. Some scents I have tried I liked the first day but couldn’t take any more of by the third say. Others, I wasn’t so fond of at the beginning of the week, but fell in love with by the end of the trial.

With Zent’s Eau de Toilettes, there is the added perk of learning the scents that tie into the bath and body products. Zents does scent lines. So if you like the Mandarin scent for example then you can get it in a bath truffle, a hand lotion and even a shampoo. (I highly recommend the shampoo actually, it was fabulous. But so are the bath truffles actually). The scents vary from product to product. In general I have found that the Eau de toilettes are more complex in scent than the bath products.

I’m sure it is simply a much more concentrated product, but you get more nuances with scent from them. This past week I wore the scent called Ore. According to the product page…

Euphoric & Sexy
bay laurel, orris, ylang ylang, clove, black pepper

Sparked by the fusion of healing and art, ZENTS ORE Eau de Toilette becomes a potent potion as it reacts with your body’s natural chemistry. You are the artist, crafting a unique essence that invokes what is in your heart, inviting love, beauty, and joy, and drawing all of life’s most cherished gifts into the present moment. Apply ORE Eau de Toilette on pulse points and heart area. Your radiance and warmth will bring the scent to life and make it uniquely yours.

ZENTS ORE Eau de Toilette is pure perfection on its own. It is also fully compatible with other scents and products in the collection.

Create your signature blend by spraying each scent in the same spot on your wrist. Then, rub wrists together to blend.

I’ll be honest, at first, I didn’t think I was going to like this scent. I sprayed it on my wrist and thought, Okay that’s not really me. As the week passed, I ended up liking it more and more. It is a more masculine scent than I am used to wearing. I didn’t think I would like it because me and black pepper are not exactly the best of friends. However it isn’t the dominant scent. I get much more bay laurel and clove out of the scent.

While I started off thinking it was a bit on the masculine side, as the week wore on I just started to think of it as a warm and comforting scent. It started to make me think of hearty soups and stews made on cold days and of spice cookies. It doesn’t actually smell like cooking, but those scents just brought me back to that warm and comforting space that those kinds of winter hardy foods tend to produce. I will admit that a lot of my winter themed foods do use bay laurel and clove so it isn’t much of a surprise.

While it is a scent that I could easily see giving to my babydoll to wear, it is also one that I can wear as well. It is more of a unisex scent that leans slightly more masculine.

So I started off not really sure about the scent but at the end I liked it. I am not sure if I would buy this for myself or my babydoll, but it is a scent that I wouldn’t mind having around. It is one I could very quickly grow accustomed to.

As with all of the Zent’s Eau de toilettes that I tried, it sprays out fairly strong as though announcing it’s presence in a dramatic fashion. It then seems to be embarrassed by its own attempt to draw attention and fades back to a skin hugging scent. All of the Zent’s products are more personal in design. As I tend to wear perfumes for myself rather than anyone else, I like this. It is a scent you can get away with in an office as well as on a date. It won’t travel to the next cubicle and annoy those you work with (especially if you are social distancing) but this particular scent does skew to a little more after hours wear. While I don’t think it would be a problem to wear in the office, I would personally go with a date night use as it is a slightly sexier scent than I feel my work desk deserves.

Although maybe if I wore the sexier scent for the computer it wouldn’t cause me so many issues. But that is another story all together. For now, I rather liked this scent. It is on the slightly more masculine side of unisex but not too heavy for me to wear. I think that while I am still on the fence about the Eau de Toilette, I suspect that the Bath truffles in this Ore Scent from Zents are ones that my babydoll will adore. As I am stocking up on the bath truffles as we head into bath weather, I will be adding a couple to my list of products to order. The Eau de Toilette my be a later purchase.

Zents Mandarin Balancing Shampoo: Final thoughts

A while ago Zents very kindly scent to me this shampoo (along with conditioner) and I have been using it pretty much since it’s arrival. But now the bottle is alas empty. As I always go through more shampoo than I do conditioner (although I have never quite figured out how) I still have a week or so left on the conditioner. I plan to use it with a shampoo sample that didn’t arrive with a conditioner buddy.

And so we discuss the shampoo alone. This is the Mandarin balancing Shampoo. According to the Zents’ website…

Warming & Exotic
ginger, mandarin, cardamom, nutmeg, saffron, vanilla bean

Renewing color-safe, sulfate-free MANDARIN Shampoo uplifts and balances all hair types. Packed with moisturizing shea butter and lotus, nourishing MANDARIN Shampoo leaves hair soft, full, and beautifully luminous. Passionflower soothes and calms to support a healthy, flawless scalp. The gentle formula luxuriously cleanses without stripping hair or weighing it down, for maximum vibrancy, volume, and shine.

Before we look at those claims, I have to say a word about the scent of the shampoo. As the name implies, it has an orange scent. what I find interesting is that Zents has range of products in each of their scents. For example in addition to Mandarin Shampoo, there is also a Mandarin Bath truffle and a Mandarin Eau de Toilette. So you can get the same scent in multiple products. What I find interesting is that they aren’t the same in each product.

Compatible, yes. Identical, no.

With the Eau de Toilette much more of the warm spices come through in either of the bath products. The Bath truffle has more spicy elements than the shampoo (as well as fabulous epsom salts and shea butter – it is seriously wonderful to soak sore muscles in). The shampoo, I have to admit, smelled predominantly of oranges. It was clear that there was something mixed in to deepen it and tame the sweetness of orange, but the spices weren’t identifiable to my nose.

I think part of that is the subtlety of the scent. It is designed for people who are sensitive to scent. while it gives the lightly pleasant scent of orange it isn’t overpowering. It is a delicate whiff of scent that is gone even as the suds rinse out of your hair. I think that is part of the reason my nose mostly just picked up the orange. The scent was there and gone before I had time to react. If you are sensitive to scent, but still want a product that smells like something (rather than the neutral scented products) this might be something to look into.

But scent isn’t everything.

I have a lot of hair and it is rather thick. At the moment it is actually far longer than I usually have it. Mostly because just before the first quarantine, my salon closed shop and my stylist moved across country and before I could find a new one everything was shut down. By the time I felt comfortable looking for a salon again. the summer heat arrived. In the summertime, my hair spends about 90% of the time tied up on top of my head or (for variety) clipped up on the back of my head. I know, wild right?

Which is why I don’t get my hair cut in the summer, I generally go for fall and spring and let it grow out over the summer so it can all be bundled up without bits sliding out. Summer heat can knock the style right out of you.

The ends

However this is longer than I’ve been without a haircut and the longest my hair has been in a while. So the emphasis is on keeping it as healthy as possible until I can get to a stylist in the autumn. In this, the Zents’ Mandarin Shampoo has done a fantastic job.

It takes two pumps of product to wash my hair and the two pumps lather well. I had a head full of luxurious bubbles. What I really love about this shampoo is that it does not say, lather rinse repeat if you want a better clean. Id states in it’s usage, lather and let it sit for a minute do get deep down clean, then rinse it off. which sounds strangely logical when you think about it. The product works better if you give it time to work. Who knew?

It also really works.

Without using extra product.

Two things you really ought to know about me. First of all, I am rather frugal by nature. It isn’t that I mind spending the money, but I want to know i am getting good value for the money when I spend it. The second thing is that if something works well with my hair, I am willing to spend a little bit more. The Zents Mandarin Shampoo is pricey. There is no getting around that. However I started using this one bottle around April 14th. (That is the day I posted my first thoughts, so I probably used it the night before if you want to get technical). I used the last of the bottle last night, July 25th.

Because it takes just those two pumps and because you don’t just add more product when you want better results, it lasts. Which means that for me it was a great value for the money. It seriously felt like I was never going to get to the bottom of the bottle. (I should also point out I wash my hair with product twice a week, sometimes three. I have to rinse it every day, but I don’t use shampoo every day.)

I really like the way my hair looks and feels at the moment. It is clean and shiny, not weighed down and it feels great. I know I need to get the end cut as they look a little on the rough side, but you can see in the photo, there are no real split ends. They look as healthy as they possibly could. I am very impressed by it.

In the end I would have to say that the Zents is a splurge purchase, but definitely worth it. It is a product that I would definitely pick up again and use on my hair, especially if i wanted to treat myself. I am very sad that this bottle now has to go to the empties bin. At some point though, it will return.

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Using the Zents Mandarin Shampoo and Water Conditioner duo

Zent’s very kindly sent over their Shampoo and Conditioner set for me to try out and review.  While I initially posted my first impressions of the set, I am now about half way through the products and wanted to give you an update and a little bit more of how I feel about these products. 

The Shampoo in the set is Mandarin and the Conditioner is Water. If you look at the website you will see the description is…

Warming & Exotic
ginger, mandarin, cardamom, nutmeg, saffron, vanilla bean

Refreshing & Renewing
blue chamomile, coriander, lemon, mint, anise

Discover our clean, spa-grade hair care. Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner boost lustre, enhance body, and give hair a dose of hydrating organic shea butter. Ideal for all hair types, the formulas are color-safe, sulfate-free, and paraben free.

Balancing Shampoo & Hydrating Conditioner 

Our Shampoo and Conditioner, as with our entire collection of products, are sulfate free.


Sulfate and paraben free is something that always makes me happy to see on the label.  They are both harsh on hair and can strip away some of the natural moisture that your hair needs to stay soft an healthy. There are many discussions about their potential cancer risks, but for more on that, you may want to go to someone with more medical knowledge than myself.  I do know that when I use shampoos with parabens and sulfates I tend to have to use a lot more leave in conditioners so that my hair looks its best. With sulfate and paraben free products, I tend to use a lot less additional product.

One thing I find interesting about this shampoo and conditioner set is the scent.  Zents caries the scents of its products through an entire line.  So you can get Mandarin Shampoo, body lotion, bath truffles and eau de Toilettes all with the same scent. In addition to testing out this shampoo and conditioner, I have been working through a sample collection of their Eau de toilettes.  I have in fact tested both the Water and the Mandarin Eau de Toilettes.

With the Eau de Toilettes, the scents are unsurprisingly, more intense than in the shampoo and conditioner.  In addition they are somewhat less complex.  For example, with the Mandarin the Shampoo gives me a fresh orange scent.  I am certain the spice notes are there because if it were just the Mandarin alone I feel it would smell a lot sweeter.  However my nose can’t pick them out in the shower.  It is partially because it is such a light scent that quickly dissipates. 

The scent is actually quite nice in how it works.  When the product is dispensed from the pump there is little scent.  The scent grows a little stronger when applied to wet hair and then the scent falls away with the suds and the rinse water.  For anyone overly sensitive to scent I would highly recommend checking this shampoo and conditioner set for that alone.

As a last comment about scent, the Mandarin Bath Truffles have the same complexity of scent as the Eau De toilette, but are let intense.  On the scent spectrum, they are midway between the shampoo and the eau de Toilette.

But as much as I can go on and on (and on) about scent, scent isn’t the only reason you us a shampoo and conditioner. They have to work.  And these products do work. With the shampoo I generally find I need two pumps from the bottle to deal with my hair.  I have a lot of hair and it is pretty thick. 

Interestingly, I have been doing a lot more working out.  Which causes a lot of sweat.  And to be honest we are going into the summer time and I live in Tennessee.  Even without the working out, summer is sweaty.  So often my hair needs a bit of a deep clean.  While I still use a once a week hair mask, my shampoo needs to work or I will just look greasy no matter how much dry shampoo I use.

Normally shampoos have a recommendation of lather rinse and if necessary repeat.  Zents had a different notice. 

Apply to wet hair. Lather and work shampoo completely through the hair and scalp. For additional cleansing power, allow product to remain on hair for two to three minutes before rinsing.


I came home from the gym a big sweaty mess (on a number of occasions) and instead of the lather rinse repeat, I tried this.  It really worked.  I applied the product to my hair, knew that one wash wasn’t going to cut it so I left the shampoo in for two minutes while I shaved my legs, and then rinsed it out.

The extra time on my hair did the trick.  All the sweat washed out, no additional product was needed and my hair felt clean without being stripped.  I have to admit, I clicked on the tips section of the shampoo description thinking ‘seriously, what tip are they going to have? It’s shampoo.’ I am so glad I clicked on that. I got better results with no additional product. 

I am also amazed at how little product I really need.  It is making the products last a lot longer.  Admittedly I don’t wash my hair every day.  Mostly because if I do wash my hair every day it doesn’t matter how fabulous the product is, by hair will get dried out and the ends will break. But using less means the products last longer.

I have also noticed that I have been using less leave in conditioners.  When blow drying my hair I used the Dream Cocktail from Color Wow (the Coconut infused one), but I only needed one pump. If I let my hair dry naturally I went with a light spray of The Mane Club’s One Hit Wonder. This has been primarily because I still need a little bit of a detangling spray after I wash my hair. 

While the Zents shampoo and conditioner don’t strip my hair and make it soft and healthy, my hair has just reached the length where is it going to tangle slightly no matter what I use. That is just the reality of my hair.  I don’t need a lot of the detangling spray which means that if I got my hair cut, it might not be an issue at all. 

However, I did lose my stylist in January of 2020 (she moved, she didn’t die or go MIA although the salon closed shortly after she left) and I have been trimming my bangs and ends ever since. While I have been looking for a new stylist, the reality is that in the summer time I generally just tie my hair up or pile it on the top of my head to get it out of the way.  So I will be spending the summer looking into salons, but probably not get a proper hair cut until the autumn.  My hair is just too thick to wear down in the summer time.

So with the length comes the need for the detangling spray.

But I have been using less.

I know I have talked a lot about the shampoo, but the conditioner is just as fabulous. In addition to organic shea butter, there is carrot extract and ginseng in the ingredients list.  The shea butter makes the hair soft, the carrot helps protect the hair from UV damage and the Ginseng nourishes the scalp.  All fabulous things and all leave my hair soft and silky.  I have very much enjoyed the first half of these products and am looking forward to continuing to use them.  With the small amount of product actually needed, they will last me quite a while. So for now, the test continues.

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Perfume Review: Petal Eau de Toilette by Zents

As some of you might recall, I am slowly working my way through the Samples Collection of Eau De Toilettes from the brand Zents. They very kindly gifted it to me for the purpose of review. In general I adore Sample sets. Perfumes and Eau de Toilettes can be so subjective. What sounds good on paper or even smells fantastic when someone else is wearing it, can, when applied to your own wrist, smell nothing like you thought it would. Sometimes the adjustment is a good one, sometimes, not so much.

And if like me, you tend to build a sort of personal scent library so that you can have different scents for different days, seasons or occasions, then the cost of perfumes can add up quickly. Plus I really hate wasting product. So I am a big sample fanatic. So sample collections in general are my super fantastic happy place. That way I can know exactly what the scent is like before I commit to a full bottle. And each of the samples has enough product in it for about two week’s worth of use.

My typical test generally lasts one week with each scent. I find that using a scent for a week will let me know if I can live with it long term. some scents I love on day one but find tiresome by day six. Others I don’t feel that enthusiastic about at first but by the end of the week I am sad to set them aside.

But I did say that there was about two weeks’ worth of scent in each tube. Does that mean i am wasting the second week? Oh no my darlings. You see Zents designed their Eau de toilettes so that they could be layered and mixed by the user. Once I have gone through the entire bag and given each scent it’s individual moment in the sun, I will be going back and paly around with layering them.

And that time is drawing closer, but it has not yet arrived.

Thee are ten sample scents in the Sample collection and this, Petal, is number seven in my personal trial. So what is Petal? well according to the website Petal is…

Soft & Romantic
lily of the valley, rose absolute, lemon, tonka bean

Sparked by the fusion of healing and art, ZENTS PETAL Eau de Toilette becomes a potent potion as it reacts with your body’s natural chemistry. You are the artist, crafting a unique essence that invokes what is in your heart, inviting love, beauty, and joy, and drawing all of life’s most cherished gifts into the present moment. Apply PETAL Eau de Toilette on pulse points and heart area. Your radiance and warmth will bring the scent to life and make it uniquely yours.

ZENTS PETAL Eau de Toilette is pure perfection on its own. It is also fully compatible with other scents and products in the collection.

Create your signature blend by spraying each scent in the same spot on your wrist. Then, rub wrists together to blend.


I am a big fan of the flower Lily of the Valley, I actually have it growing in my yard at the moment. I planted the bulbs this spring and they are doing really well. The lily of the Valley, in flower form is a light clean floral and that is what this scent Petal is as well. it is a lightly floral scent. The rose absolute deepens the floral scent but the lemon helps brighten it while the tonka bean deepens it so that it has a kind of earth note at the back.

I’ll admit, that when I first spritzed it on my wrist, I wasn’t all that enthused. It was a bit too floral for me. However as the week went by, I started liking it more and more. For those of you who think the name Petal sounds familiar, Zents had a gift set of Petal Bath Truffles in their Mother’s Day Gift selections and i ended up picking it up for my mother. She likes it quite a bit actually and I can see how this would be a fantastic scent to luxuriate in before slipping into something special to wear for a night out. It is a scent that is designed to soften your mood. It goes well with romance, but it also is just a calming, relaxing scent.

Like all of Zent’s Eau de Toilettes the scent is a personal one. While it sprays on strong, after a moment it fades back to something that sticks close to your skin. While it does fade a little throughout the day, it is still with you after an eight hour work day. I have a hard time classifying this perfume. Part of me thinks that it is very much a day time scent, because it is light and fresh, however it is also a really good scent to unwind with. I found it really calming to wear. If your daily work like requires that you hit it at top speed, this may not be a day scent for you because it does tend to halve that calming effect which might slow you down. On the other hand if you need to de stress a little at work, this might be right up your alley.

For me, I don’t think it would be an every day scent, but it is one I think I would reach for when I need a moment of calm in my life. When I know that a day is likely to be stressful, this might be something I reach for. I can tell you that while this might not become an everyday scent for me, I am definitely ordering some of the bath truffles. I can very easily see this being the scent I want surrounding me at the end of a stressful day as I try to relax in a bathtub. I love knowing that Zent’s Eau de Toilette scents carry through to their bathing and body products. While the scents aren’t identical in each, they are complementary so that you can pair them to create a cohesive scent or mix and match to suit your moods. For me the Mandarin will always be an energizing kind of scent, but Petal is tailor made for leaving the stress behind. At least for me anyway.

But for now my week with Petal is over and I will set the half full scent to the side with the other previously tested samples. I can’t wait to see what changes come about when this is mixed with some of the other scents. Three more Eau de Toilettes to try out, and then I get to blend like an olfactory mad scientist.

Insert evil laugh here, if you would. Thank you.

For now though I am reaching back into the bag and extracting one of the remaining scents for the upcoming week’s trial. I’ll see you back here next Wednesday to let you know what I thought of it.

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Perfume Review: Sun Eau de Toilette by Zents

Welcome once again to the weekly Perfume review.  For the past few weeks I have been working my way through the Sample Collection from Zents.  They very kindly gifted it to me so that I could try out the scents of their Eau De Toilettes and review them. For those who are hazy on the difference between an Eau de Parfum and a toilette, the difference is in the concentration of perfume oil. An Eau de Toilette has less and as such has a less intense scent to it.  If you like scents but like keeping them light, toilettes might be your lane.  They tend to be more friendly to the scent sensitive in the world.

Which makes sense that Zents would have them rather than perfumes.  In their about page there is a great personal story about the founder and why he wanted to create bath and body products for those with scent sensitivity to enjoy.  I highly recommend reading it and you can find it on this link if you are interested. I wouldn’t do it justice if I tried to retell it, but it is is well worth reading.

What I love about this brand is the interconnectivity between the products.  The scents of the Eau de Toilettes is carried through into the other products of the line.  There are some differences though.  The eau de toilettes are much more concentrated scent wise, for one.  In the bath products many of them have the pleasant scent associated with them, but are light almost fleeting scents. 

For example the Mandarin Shampoo that I am currently using (also send as a gift by the brand) has the light orange scent that you would assume a Mandarin product has.  The scent lightly surrounds you as you wash your hair but almost completely rinses away with the suds.  You are not eternally surrounded by the scent of orange.  The Bath truffles from the mandarin line (a repeat purchase for me and how I first tried the brand) also has the light mandarin scent wafting up with the steam from the hot bath water, however once you get out of the tub, only the softness and a slight hint of scent remains on your skin.

The Mandarin Eau de Toilette lasts all day when you place it on your wrist and has a more nuanced scent to it.  It has spices mixed in with the orange that aren’t really noticeable in the shampoo and bath truffle.  So while the Eau de Toilette sampler can give you an idea of the scents of the bath products and vice versa, just know there are some variations. I use this as an example because I’ve tried more of the products from the Mandarin line than I have any of the others.

However each week I am pulling out a different scent rom the sample collection and trying it out.  This week’s scent was called Sun.  According to the Zent’s website it is…

Calming & Sensual
vanilla, sandalwood, blood orange, grapefruit, amber

Sparked by the fusion of healing and art, ZENTS SUN Eau de Toilette becomes a potent potion as it reacts with your body’s natural chemistry. You are the artist, crafting a unique essence that invokes what is in your heart, inviting love, beauty, and joy, and drawing all of life’s most cherished gifts into the present moment. Apply SUN Eau de Toilette on pulse points and heart area. Your radiance and warmth will bring the scent to life and make it uniquely yours.

ZENTS SUN Eau de Toilette is pure perfection on its own. It is also fully compatible with other scents and products in the collection.

Create your signature blend by spraying each scent in the same spot on your wrist. Then, rub wrists together to blend.

Zents Sun Eau de Toilette

Like all Zent’s Eau de Toilettes, it goes on fairly strong and then after a minute fades back to hug your wrist.  All of their scents have that same personal scent feel to them.  They are not the sorts of scents that announce your presence to the room when you are still three feet from entering.  These scents stay close to the skin and last well throughout the day.  There is some fading as the day goes on but in general one spritz in the morning and you are good until the end of the work day.  Because the scents stay so close to the body, they are perfect for wearing in almost any environment.  To smell them someone really has to enter into your personal space. So they aren’t scents that will annoy and disturb your co-workers, even if they have different taste to you.

That being said, this scent is heavily weighted towards vanilla and has a sandalwood backing.  I didn’t get any of the blood orange, grapefruit or amber.  I would have actually liked those scents actually.  I’ll be honest, this scent isn’t for me. It is a little too sweet smelling and has an almost talcum powder scent to it because of it.  It is a very young type scent. 

Zents is a brand that started out as Spa products and is still actually featured at spas.  If going to a spa with my twelve year old niece this is the scent I think she would gravitate towards. On me it felt a little too sweet and a little too young.  It is a nice scent and quite pleasant to wear, it just isn’t suitable for me. Admittedly I may end up getting my niece some of the bath products from the line for Christmas and see if she likes them enough to warrant picking up the Eau de Toilette.

While this isn’t a scent I would wear, I have to say I am looking forward to the end of my trial when I get to blend it with other scents and see how it works out. I think that Sun could help lighten a few of the deeper scents. Also, because of the citrus notes that are listed, I might try mixing it with Mandarin just to see what happens. 

But that is a trial for another time, for now I will be putting the Sun away and pulling another Eau de Toilette from the bag to try out in the upcoming week.  I believe this was scent number six out of ten so we are slowly working down to the bottom of the bag.   I personally can’t wait to see what comes out next.

And if you are interested in trying out anything from Zents, now might be a good time to order.  Currently you can get 20% off your purchase with the code LOVEGROWS.

Perfume Review: Water Eau de Toilette by Zents

As many of you may remember I am currently working my way through the Sample Collection of Eau de Toilettes so graciously sent over to me by the brand Zents. There are ten samples in the collection, each with enough product for two weeks’ worth of wear.  I am currently wearing each of them for a week.  Partially to give them each a full test, but in part because the scents are supposed to be able to be layered and blended on the wrist so I am restricting myself to only one week of use.  That way I still have enough of each sample to try my hand at blending once I have formed my opinions about each of them individually.

Each week I reach into the pretty little bag and extract the sample for the week.  This week I came out with the scent Water.  I was quite excited by this as I am currently using the Water Conditioner.  I am almost half way through the Zents Shampoo and Conditioner set they sent over so I will be doing a mid use review soon (probably next week actually).  The shampoo is from the Mandarin line and the Conditioner is from the Water.  The scents of their Eau de Perfumes are also carried into their bath products so if you like one then you can pair the scents.  After trying the Anjou Eau de Toilette last week I have put the bath products in that scent line onto my personal wish list. 

As I found out with the Mandarin Scent, the Eau de Toilette is more pronounced and more nuanced than it is in the bath products.  with the shampoo the mandarin scent comes through clearly and you can tell that there is some earthier element keeping it from being too sweet, but the scent is so light and fades so quickly that it is difficult to tell.  With the Mandarin Eau de Toilette it is easier to pick out the nuances of the spices that go into the blend and it really has a much deeper and richer scent.  Admittedly as the bath products are designed to be lightly scented so they aren’t overwhelming to those with sensitive noses, it is completely understandable. 

But what about Water? I have been using it in my conditioner for a while now.  In the shower it is a light clean scent with just a hint of floral. The florals just sort of drift off as more of a memory of a scent than an actual scent and the fresh scent is the overall impression.  Which is very good for a bath product in my opinion.  But what will the eau de toilette be like?  After all the Mandarin was markedly different yet still complementary.

According to the description Water is…

Refreshing & Renewing

blue chamomile, coriander, lemon, mint, anise

Sparked by the fusion of healing and art, ZENTS WATER Eau de Toilette becomes a potent potion as it reacts with your body’s natural chemistry. You are the artist, crafting a unique essence that invokes what is in your heart, inviting love, beauty, and joy, and drawing all of life’s most cherished gifts into the present moment. Apply WATER Eau de Toilette on pulse points and heart area. Your radiance and warmth will bring the scent to life and make it uniquely yours.

ZENTS WATER Eau de Toilette is pure perfection on its own. It is also fully compatible with other scents and products in the collection.

Create your signature blend by spraying each scent in the same spot on your wrist. Then, rub wrists together to blend.


I believe in the shower, the lemon and mint contribute to the fresh scent the conditioner applies.  When I sprayed the Eau de Toilette on my wrist, the blue chamomile was very much the forward scent. I think I also get the scent of anise in the Eau de Toilette as well.  It is however more floral than the conditioner.

I know this is a poor description, but the scent reminds me of the fancy soaps my Aunt always kept in her bathroom. I am aware you don’t know my aunt and have therefore probably never visited her bathroom.  Which is a shame as it is a lovely place.  It has a green and gold color scheme. And a dish of fancy soaps that as a child I was told not to touch. This Water Eau de Toilette reminds me of those soaps. 

Now I do like the scent of the soaps and there is the feeling of being grown up as I am now allowed to use the soaps, but I am not certain it works for me as a scene.  At least not on it’s own.  I really like it as a conditioner and I am putting it on my list of bath truffles to try out, but to me the scent is more bathing product than perfume. In fact I will probably end up getting the soap in this line for my Aunt as well as a few bath truffles in the scent to try out.  It is in the bath that this scent shines.  However I am curious to see how it blends with the other scents in the collection and so will keep the remainder for that. 

As a scent, Water behaves as all of the Zents Eau de Toilettes have thus far.  When first sprayed it is kind of intense and you have a moment of, ‘oh I think I sprayed too much’  then a heart beat later, that thought fades as the scent fades back into something that hugs the skin and creates your own personal scent scape rather than a cloud that covers the office. 

All of the scents thus far have been very office friendly.  They may come on strong but once given that moment to settle they really are only creating scent in your personal space.   Personally that is my favorite sort of perfume.  I’ve worked with so many people who are scent sensitive or who just have different tastes than me. 

I like wearing scent and I like wearing it for myself.  I feel that if you are inhaling my perfume then you really need to be close enough for me to allow you into my personal space.  I don’t mind other people getting teasers of scent, but I don’t want my perfume to make an entrance before I do.  Thus far all of the scents I have tried from Zents have that close personal scent to them which I appreciate.  However I think I will appreciate this scent more in conditioner, soap and bath truffle than I do in a perfume.  I am looking forward to seeing how it blends with some of the earthier scents in the bag. For now, I am putting it to the side and reaching in for the scent of the upcoming week.

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Perfume Review: Anjou by Zents

For those of you who have followed along for a while, you may recall that Zents sent over their perfume sample collections for me to try. The Samples kit contains small spray bottles of all ten of their Eau de Toilettes and I have happily been working my way through them.

Each week I reach into the bag and without looking pull out one of the samples. Then I spend the week wearing the sample before giving you my thoughts on it. Each of the sample sprays contain about two weeks worth of product in them The Sample Collection itself details for $22.

This week’s scent was Anjou and to be honest, this may be my favorite scent yet. According to the website it is…

Uplifting & Happy
armoise, jasmine, geranium, basil, vanilla bean, wild mimosa

Sparked by the fusion of healing and art, ZENTS ANJOU Eau de Toilette becomes a potent potion as it reacts with your body’s natural chemistry. You are the artist, crafting a unique essence that invokes what is in your heart, inviting love, beauty, and joy, and drawing all of life’s most cherished gifts into the present moment. Apply ANJOU Eau de Toilette on pulse points and heart area. Your radiance and warmth will bring the scent to life and make it uniquely yours.

ZENTS ANJOU Eau de Toilette is pure perfection on its own. It is also fully compatible with other scents and products in the collection.

Create your signature blend by spraying each scent in the same spot on your wrist. Then, rub wrists together to blend.

Zents – Anjou Eau de Toilette

As always I like to try the perfume and gather my own thoughts on it before I check out the description and this was no different. I wore it for three days before looking up the details. This eau de toilette is lightly floral in scent and smells to me like it has the slight powdery scent that you get from unscented face powder mixed into it. It is a soft, light, feminine scent that quite frankly I loved.

Many of the florals I tend to avoid because they are wither too cloying or too sweet. This is neither. Perhaps because this is an Eau de Toilette rather than an Eau de Parfum. Which basically means there is less of the parfum concentrate. I think if it were a higher concentration of scent I wouldn’t like it as much. As it is I could see wearing this scent daily.

When I spray any scent, an eau de toilette, a perfume, even a toner or setting spray, I like to close my eyes and let my mind create a mental picture for the scent. I also do the same thing with food. My babydoll laughs at me for it every time we go out to dinner. Before I eat I always take a second to close my eyes and inhale.

With something like a perfume, I sniff not only to see if I like the scent but to see where I could see myself wearing it. Is it a day time, office appropriate scent. Is this something I would wear out shopping with friends or to a fancy restaurant with my babydoll. Is it fun and fresh or sensual and exotic?

With Anjou, I went through my mental list with this one as well. It leans more into the fresh and clean category, but there is a hint of something sensual underneath. I could see wearing this for an evening out with my babydoll, but it is fresh enough that I think I could also wear it out to an office. I think part of why I could wear it out to an office is that like all of the other scents I have tried from Zents it holds close to the skin. While it starts off boldly fragrant, after a moment it fades back to a scent that only perfumes your personal space. It isn’t a scent that travels around cubicle corners.

With florals there is also the tendency to skew either little girlish or overly matronly. This scent is neither. It is an adult scent but it is not matronly. It is a scent that could be worn in your twenties, thirties and forties while feeling neither too young or too old. Quite frankly I just really liked the scent.

When I looked at the scent profile listed I had to nod. I think the scent I get the most is the mimosa with a tinge of geranium. I think the powdery scent may actually be a combination of the vanilla bean and jasmine. It is a warm scent and I can see it going well with warm days. However I could also see it being worn in winter to bring a fresh warmth to colder temps. The grounding of the florals with smoothing like basil seems to give it more of a versatility than if it had been balanced with a musk. If it had been I think the delicacy of the scent would have been lost and the balance thrown off completely.

Over all I have to say Anjou Eau de Toilette is just a good everyday scent if you want something lightly floral with a hint of sweetness. There are only two reasons that I am not wearing the rest of the perfume, spritzing my wrists until the product is gone. The first is that this is the fourth sample I’ve tested which means I have six more to try. The second reason is that when I reach the end of the sample collection I want to give Zent’s blending suggestions a try. I really want to see what happens when I mix this with the scent Earth.

While I liked Earth it was a little too heavy for me. It will be interesting to see if spritz of Anjou over Earth lightens it up a bit. Also with my blending will come my final review of the scents. This is definitely one of the scents I could see picking up for myself while Earth may be a scent that I get for my mother as she loves the scent of bergamot. But final discussion will have to wait.

Now it is with great reluctance that I have to put this scent to the side. The pain is of course mitigated by the fact that as soon as I set it to the side I get to choose another scent from the bag. While not all of them suoit me personally, thus far they have all been quite nice and I can’t wait to see what other delights the bag holding the Samples Collection from Zents holds for me.

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Perfume Review: Fresh by Zents

Have you ever used a scent and you know that you know the scent from somewhere but you just can’t place it?  That is what happened to me this week.  As you may remember I am working my way through the Zent’s Sample Scent collection which they very kindly sent over to me for review.  The collection has 10 scents in it and I highly recommend picking it up (retail $22) if you are interested in any of the Zents Eau de Toilettes. 

Each week I am reaching into the bag and pulling out one of the vials at random so that I can try them all.  I am actually having a lot of fun treating it as a mystery bag and reaching in to see what surprise scent the week holds for me. 

This week’s scent was called Fresh.  While the Sample Collection does come with a card detailing the scents and the website lays out all of the scent notes beautifully, I like to spritz and sniff and then wear a scent for a few days before looking up the details. This week, that about drove me crazy.

I spritzed, I sniffed and I knew I knew the scent from somewhere.  I just could not remember where I knew it from.  The Fresh Eau de Toilette is well…fresh… and sweet and fairly shoots the word spring into the brain.  It is, as the name implies a very Fresh scent. It is the scent of new blossoms and warmer weather that has yet to reach the stage where it makes you sweat.  It is like that early spring day where it isn’t too terribly warm yet but warm enough that you can open all of your windows and blow the winter stuffiness out of every corner of the house.

It is a very clean scent and I really do like it, yet it is still a familiar one.  Finally I couldn’t take it any more and had to go to the website.  According to Zents the Eau de Toilette Fresh is…

Soothing & Innocent
linden blossom, cucumber, heliotrope, lemon, ambrette

Sparked by the fusion of healing and art, ZENTS FRESH Eau de Toilette becomes a potent potion as it reacts with your body’s natural chemistry. You are the artist, crafting a unique essence that invokes what is in your heart, inviting love, beauty, and joy, and drawing all of life’s most cherished gifts into the present moment. Apply FRESH Eau de Toilette on pulse points and heart area. Your radiance and warmth will bring the scent to life and make it uniquely yours.

ZENTS FRESH Eau de Toilette is pure perfection on its own. It is also fully compatible with other scents and products in the collection.


As with all of the Zents scents, you can blend them to create your own unique scent, which is something I am looking forward to doing once I finish trying them out individually.  I will say that I can smell the linden blossom and the heliotrope.  I think the lemon and the cucumber aid in the freshness of the scent and keep the florals from becoming too cloying.  I had no mental scent depiction of ambrette, but according to The Perfume Society it is…

” Musky, slightly sweet – and maybe a hint of Cognac in there…?  That’s what you’ll get when you smell ambrette, an aromatic medicinal plant (musk mallow) which is native to India and used particularly in Ayurvedic medicine.”

The Perfume Society

I’m not entirely certain I get the cognac in there, but there is something that does help mellow down the florals. I will say though that I was still a bit confused as to why it smelled so familiar until I talked to my mom.  She reminded me that my Great Aunt Olive had linden trees and loads of heliotropes throughout the yard and that when I was little I spent hours playing in the yard. As I can think of no other reason for it to be so familiar, I’m guessing the scent memory lingers.  I remember the flowers and flowering trees but other than purple and white I couldn’t tell you what they were.  I always love the way memory and scent work together. 

While it did give me momentary confusion I have to say I really did enjoy this scent.  It was also the perfect time to pull it out of the bag.  It was spring in a scent and this is the perfect time for it to be worn. It is a lovely fresh scent that I really enjoy.

Like the rest of the Zents scents that I have tried, the scent comes on strong with the first spritz but than almost as though it is embarrassed by its outburst it retreats back to hug the skin.  The slight alcohol scent fades immediately and you are left with a scent that stays close to the skin, perfuming your personal space but not traveling to visit others.  It is a personal scent and one that could easily be worn in an office environment without causing those who may be sensitive to the scents of others trouble. 

I would also say that this is much more of a day time scent than anything else.  This scent is time in the sun, not dinner by candlelight. Or even a drink with friends after work. The day time is where this scent shines, even when like today with the rain sheeting down, the sun really doesn’t. It is lightly floral and sweet with a vegetal citrusy tang that is probably the lemon and the cucumber at work. Fresh is the sort of scent that makes you want to plan picnics before the summer heat rises and this is the perfect time of year for it. I am very glad that this was the week it emerged from the bag of Eau de Toilette samples and I can not wait to see what the Zents collection has in store for me next week.

If you are still looking for the perfect Mother’s day gift, I highly recommend checking out Zents Mother’s day Gift Guide. They have all sorts of gift bags and bundles to provide a relaxing spa like day. I ended up sending my mother the Collection of Petal Bath truffles this year. Normally she loves Oolong but lately she has been talking about trying something different so I thought it would suit her. It is hard to go wrong with the lightly floral scent, soothing epsom salts and silky shea butter. They have plenty of other options however is this isn’t the scent for you.

Perfume Review: Mandarin by Zents

Recently Zents very kindly gifted me with one of their Eau de Toilette Samples sets to try out and review. The link will take you to the details of the full set. Each week I am taking one scent from the selection in the bag and testing it out. It gets a full week of wear, which is generally how long it takes me to see if I can live with a perfume.

Last week I reviewed the scent Earth (the link will take you to the review). After my week trying out Earth, I set it aside and reached into the bag to pull out the next scent. The one my questing fingers extracted from the bag was called Mandarin.

I can’t lie, I gave a little squeal of delight.

This was the scent i was most interested in trying, partially because of comparisons. While Zents carries a line of Eau de Toilettes, all of the scents in these fragrances tie back to the bath and body creations. I have been a big fan of the Mandarin Bath truffles for a while now. I came across them as a gift actually. A friend went to a spa where she tried and adored the products there and knew I liked bath balm type products as well as the scent of orange and she sent several to me. I was hooked and love the combination of epsom salts and shea butter in them, especially after a hard workout. However this is not a review of the Bath Truffles (which I highly recommend). I bring them up because of the scent.

Like the eau de toilette I used this week, the bath truffles were in the scent Mandarin. In the bath it is a light effervescent scent that tickles the air without being overpowering and fades as you towel off. The softness remains but the scent is designed to be pleasant when in use but not overpowering to those who do not care for strongly scented products. Because of this it doesn’t clash with any other scented product you use after.

With the sample bag of scents, Zents sent a shampoo and a conditioner. While I have done a first impressions review, I am in the process of using both products. There will be a mid way through the bottle check in soon followed by the final review when the bottles are completely empty. The link will take you to the First Impressions Post if you are curious. What is interesting is that the shampoo is also in the scent Mandarin. Like the Bath Truffle it is not an overpowering scent. It is gently present.

There are an entire range of products with the Mandarin scent. As there are entire ranges of products for the other scents. While I haven’t tried all of the Mandarin scented products the two non eau de toilette products I’ve tried performed the same scent wise, so I would imaging the other products do as well. I imagined the Mandarin Eau de Toilette is more or less a stronger version of the scent. But before we get to the use, lets look at the actual description.

Warming & Exotic
ginger, mandarin, cardamom, nutmeg, saffron, vanilla bean

Sparked by the fusion of healing and art, ZENTS MANDARIN Eau de Toilette becomes a potent potion as it reacts with your body’s natural chemistry. You are the artist, crafting a unique essence that invokes what is in your heart, inviting love, beauty, and joy, and drawing all of life’s most cherished gifts into the present moment. Apply MANDARIN Eau de Toilette on pulse points and heart area. Your radiance and warmth will bring the scent to life and make it uniquely yours.

ZENTS MANDARIN Eau de Toilette is pure perfection on its own. It is also fully compatible with other scents and products in the collection.

Create your signature blend by spraying each scent in the same spot on your wrist. Then, rub wrists together to blend.


What I find interesting is that in the Bath truffle there is a hint of spice, but it is fleeting. In the shampoo, there is no real hint of spice. It is just orange. The product doesn’t smell as sweet as I think it would if there were no spices so I am sure they are there in a back note, but it is mostly the orange scent that you get in the shampoo.

In the Eau de Toilette there is the top note of Mandarin but the ginger, and cardamom are very much present. There is a hint of both nutmeg and saffron as well. The vanilla bean is sort of a back note that lifts up the spices and keeps them from being too heavy. All in all it is quite delicious a scent. It also matches the description perfectly. What you see on the listed scent notes is what you get.

I always appreciate that.

It is an Eau de Toilette and not a Perfume which means that it has less perfume oils in the makeup up and is less potent a mix than a Parfum. But don’t let that fool you. It is a distinctive and long lasting scent. I put it on my pulse points for the week and each day it lasted all day. It was however a very personal scent. So I could sniff and inhale the fragrance all day but within a minute or two the scent was a bare trace to anyone who was outside of my personal space bubble.

Given current social distancing, I had my babydoll help me with a test. He started six feet away sniffed and then stepped closer, sniffing with each step to see if he could tell what scent I was wearing. He basically had to be in hugging distance before he could tell what scent I was wearing. As he is really fond of an orange spice cake that I make around the holidays, he liked the scent and was actually sorry he couldn’t smell more of it. He also asked if I would make the cake for him. (it is a cross between a cake and a bread actually, but that’s not the point).

There are so many people I know who eschew scent because they know they are around others who react poorly to them. I am actually related to several people ho don’t like perfumes of any variety at all. I am confident that I could wear this scent around them without causing any sort of stir. As I like to think of perfumes as my own personal scent bubble, I am okay with that. Typically I wear them for me to suit or even change my mood. Knowing I can do that with this one makes me very happy. Actually the Earth scent had the same non-traveling scent as well so I am hoping that is a feature of the scent lines.

One thing that it is necessary to remember is that the scents in the Mandarin Eau de Toilette are not exactly the same as they are in other products in the same scent line. The eau de toilette is much more complex scent wise and the scent lasts longer, even if it is lighter than a parfum. However they are all definitely in the same scent family. They may not be identical twins but they are still siblings.

Knowing that I like the scent of the Eau de Toilette, I feel confident that I will like the body lotion, bath truffles, shampoo and so forth. And in fact i really do like the Mandarin Eau de Toilette and can easily see the beautifully sleek glass bottle with its marble accents in my scent collection. The bottle would be lovely, but the scent itself would be even better. While the Earth scent I would like to see mixed with something, the Mandarin I would definitely wear on it’s own.

The difficult part is setting it aside and not using it up right now. not only do I want to save it for potential mixing later, but I need to choose another scent from the bag. It is rather difficult as I really would simply just wear this scent and I suspect it will not be too long before I order the full sized bottle. But before then I have eight more scents to try. Perhaps I will like one of them even more. Or perhaps the Mandarin will end up remaining supreme. Only time and trial will tell. Stay tuned.

If you are looking for a gift for mom or even a mom-to-be, Zents has some fantastic Gift sets available for mother’s day. They are posted in their Mother’s Day Gift Guide. I actually ordered the Petal Bath Truffle set for my mom this year. Usually she is all about the Oolong Bath Truffles but I know she likes the petal scent and thought it would be nice to change things up.