I don’t know what it is about looking at other people’s trash that’s fascinating but I’m just as guilty as everyone else when it comes to liking these kinds of posts. I don’t think you are an official blogger until you’ve done an empties post. So here I am seven years into the game with my first one.  As I’ve mentioned before I don’t like to be rushed I like to pace myself 😑.  I would start to save my empties in anticipation of one day doing a post like this and then I would get annoyed by the collection of what was essentially trash and throw them all away. You see I may be a theoretical minimalist but I am firmly against clutter. I made it to this point without throwing anything away by deciding to treat the empties as if they were part of an art project. Yes I lied to myself to make this happen. But in my defense and to poorly paraphrase a very famous person…”Art is a lie”.

Let’s get to les déchets (According to google this is trash in French because you know my art is fancy).

Un: Fragrance

First up, and you had to know this was coming is what I’ve decided to label fragrance. I love my candles. My grocery list( here) for life is a loaf of bread(Ezekiel), a container of milk(almond) a stick of butter, and a candle usually Diptyque.

  • Diptyque Rose Delight was reviewed here. The candle from that post is pictured above. 
  • Chanel Beige was reviewed here.  The bottle from that review is pictured above. 
  • Antica Farmista was reviewed here. The bottle from that advent calendar is pictured above. 
  • The mini Diptyque candles were part of the 2017 Diptyque advent calendar reviewed here.

The Diptyque Rose candle is sold out now but I liked it so much I ended up buying two more of them. Chanel Beige was so good I used it down to the last drop. I would definitely repurchase it. I haven’t yet because I wanted to try some of the other Chanel exclusive scents. I picked up Chanel Jersey a while ago and the plan is to get Coromandel after that. The mini Diptyque candles are very cute. I’ve never seen them sold separately though. The Antica Farmista room fragrance in Prosecco was amazing. I’ve already bought one more. The notes are citrus, apricot, passion fruit and sugared black currant. One spritz gives an instant zest to your room.

Deux: Face

  • Kiehl’s Skin Brightening Exfoliator here
  • Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 here
  • Murad Intensive C Radiance Peel here
  • Clinique Even Better Moisturizer SPF 20 here

I would repurchase all of these except for the Kiehl’s exfoliator. It was just okay. It kind of lingered in my shower for months before I finally used it up. I picked up the Clinique SPF 50 at JFK airport on my way to Morocco last year. I liked that it wasn’t greasy and left no white cast. I’ve been using some products I have from another sunscreen brand lately but I would definitely repurchase this one again if I was on my way to a subtropical African country in summer and realized I forgot my sunscreen.  The Murad peel took me a while to finish because I used it sparingly. I’d estimate that I had it for about five months and it wowed me every time I used it. It’s strong though so I wouldn’t recommend it for any one with extremely sensitive skin. Last but not least is my ever faithful Clinique Even Better Moisturizer SPF 20. I always find my way back to this product because it works for me. With regular use it lasts about 3 months. 

Trois: Body 

  • Fresh Sugar Lemon Bath & Shower Gel here
  • Origins Ginger Burst Body Wash reviewed here
  • Origins Whipped Body Creme Ginger Souffle reviewed here
  • Aēsop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser reviewed here
  • Diptyque Satin Oil for Body and Hair reviewed here

I would repurchase everything here and I have. I love all of them. I think the only one I haven’t done a full review on is the Fresh Sugar Lemon Shower Gel which smells exactly like sugar and lemon. It rinses clean but doesn’t dry out the skin and it leaves the shower smelling fabulous. 

And there you have it folks my first empties post! Let me know what you think.



  1. Nerline Germain
    April 10, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    You know what's worse than looking at other people's trash? Me wanting to have these bottles and jars for my DIY creams and scrubs! I know you are not about to throw away your diptyque empties anytime soon, but let me know. I will pay for shipping. LOL! I have not done such a post yet. I guess I am still new in the game. LOL!

  2. Of the comely
    April 11, 2018 / 11:47 pm

    You know what Nerline I throw a ton of them out because I buy them regularly. I don't have enough push pins and bits and bobs for all the candles I go through. If you are serious and in the US I'd be happy to send some your way. Send me an email 🙂 And it took me about 7 years to do my first empties post so take your time 😜 !

  3. Beauty
    April 13, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    I love cute packaging and would use them as DIYs flower vases and/or bathroom decor. These are lovely.

    • Of the comely
      April 14, 2018 / 12:52 am

      Hi Beauty. I'd be happy to send you some : ) Have a great weekend!

  4. Mango Fudge
    April 16, 2018 / 12:30 am

    Congrats on your first empties post!! Ask and ye shall receive is a wise sentiment indeed! Wow 7 years I thought I was behind yah on that but, I'm actually the same (0o0)/ … lol – I even use dated emoticons (cries). Anyway – I've hoarded bottles too only to be chuck them at the last minute in an effort to "cleanse" my space but. I think this hoard is very classy and the Clinique SPF looks very promising – if I wasn't swamped so much with SPF I'd be scurrying around for it but, I'll put it on my endless wish list to try. I too like hearing what people use as I think once a product is finished you can really tell whether its worth it or not. Too many people do 'hit and run' reviews where they just give their initial hyped thoughts and then you never hear about the "omg I love it *insert whatever it is* again (which I might too be guilty of).Lol, theoretical minimalist – I love that term! Great empties I really would like to see what you've emptied again but, please make it sooner than 7 years haha! I hope you're well 😀

    • Of the comely
      April 24, 2018 / 3:56 am

      Ha! Thank you and I promise I won't wait another seven years . I never got how someone could rate something after a week but I'm not one to judge. I hope you have a great week. Take care!

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