Pure Romance Valentine Giveaway

by doughmesstic on February 9, 2011

in Product Reviews, Sponsored Giveaways

I can do this.

I can.

I am a grown woman. Breathe.

Avert your eyes, Mom.

If nothing else, the following review has taught me to read my email a little more clearly.

Imagine, if you will, you are me, and 742 emails a day come through, asking you to read a book, use a new pan, try a specialty flour guaranteed to make the best cakes ever. So many emails that they all start to run together.
But you know you need to be working on some Valentine Posts for the upcoming holiday. And then poof – there’s an email. It has the words Valentine, $200 in product to review, Giveaway to your reader, and Spicy.

Well what could be wrong with that?

I love good review opportunities, and I especially love being able to give you guys treats for dropping by and reading my blog. So I said sure, send it on!

And then I waited.

Yesterday UPS dropped off a box the size of a dorm fridge and ran. I think maybe he was embarrassed, not that the box gave any clue to what was inside. But you know these UPS drivers- they think they know everything. Order a pair of very conservative wool house slippers from Victoria’s Secret and he giggles to himself because he just knows he’s delivered $600 worth of skivvies. Gutterbrained Brown. And does it bother you when someone calls Victoria’s Secret Victoria Secrets? It does me. Nails on a chalkboard, really.

But I digress.

So I set about to opening my box of Valentine Spices. Saffron, perhaps? Edible gold leaf?

Think again.

Now, as far as anyone knows, including my husband’s parents, who are quite possible reading this, I’ve had relations a total of one time, and that was in 2006 when I got pregnant. Of course I’m not convinced that didn’t involve a tainted toilet seat incident, but that’s neither here nor there.
What I do know is that those relations didn’t involve any of the spices in this well displayed black box.

I can’t bring myself to even type out the names of some of these, um, spices…But, yeah.


Don’t get me wrong…I’m no prude. And I think going to a party where hens sit around and giggle and chat and spend money on these kinds of things is liberating and fun and just about the closest thing there is to a bunch of guys playing poker and smoking cigars all night. Except gigglier. And sweeter smelling.  But talking about it? Well, that’s a little outta my comfort zone.  So bear with me!

imageThe first thing I picked up was Edible Body Powder. Dust Me Pink, it’s called. Berry flavored, supposedly. Initial gut reaction? I wonder if I can make buttercream with this? (and I’m not sure I can’t, so stay tuned for a smutty cupcake recipe, just in case I’m right.) Got to try new things, don’t we? So I did. Cute little ball this stuff is packaged in, with a powder puff for application. Don’t ask me how I know, but this shimmery berry dust not only tastes like light honey, but will also render a woman totally blind for a good 12 minutes if you aren’t careful about how much you blink while dusting your shoulders.

But it wasn’t tested on animals, so no one would really know that without feedback. Consider yourself back-fed. Avoid the eye region. This is intended for Adult. Use.Only. They ain’t playing.

imageNext thing I grabbed was a package of little bottles. I really wish it had a different name, as it pains me a little to type Coochy. Not making that up. It’s a conditioning shave lotion, and despite it’s skanky name, it’s actually pretty good stuff. I shaved my legs with it last night, and I can tell a difference in the shave today. Smoother, softer. They say you can use it as hair conditioner as well, but I’m not sure I would. I tried Pear Berry, which I thought would smell nice and sweet, but it was a bit generic to me. Not sure generic is the right word… Not medicinal, but not Bath & Bodyworks, either. Anyway, it does offer a nice shave, and hey…that’s what it claims to do. There were several other scents, and I imagine I’ll go through all of them at some point. A good shaving cream is hard to come by. This one claims it reduces razor burn, and so far, so good.

imageLast thing I’m going to share with you is the Bubblebath/Shower Gel called Excape. Again, several scents here, and I opted for Island Breeze. This product claims it puts one in the mood. It doesn’t clarify what KIND of mood, though. The mood to do laundry? Homicide? Shop for shoes?
I took a chance.

Turns out I was only put in the mood to question myself for about half an hour, as once I dumped some in my bath, I noticed it claims to contain Pheromones. I have the Internet. I know what pheromones are. But which ones? The girl ones, or the boy ones? Is this going to make me want my husband? Is this going to make me a lesbian? Am I okay with that? Now that I’m okay with that, should I clean the soap scum off the top of the tub? What can I use to get that off of there? Should I buy a new shower curtain?  Do we have any Fruit Roll Ups in the house?  I’m starving.

You see, it made me a little crazy.

But, it smelled good. Which led me to more questions. Who is this stuff FOR? Certainly not the man in the equation. I mean,  think about it. Tell me a man needs edible body dust and smooth legs to enjoy a good romp and I’ll tell you he’d be just as thrilled if you showed up from a weekend camping trip carrying beer and Doritos offering to hop in the sack. But I guess feeling a little sassy never hurt anyone, and sometimes it’s fun to be a bit adventurous. Like Valentines Day.

Now, there were several other things in that fancy black box to try, but I’m not getting into those, as this is a family show and I’m pretty sure I wont be making cupcakes out of any of the other products, especially those requiring batteries.

Okay then. If you’re still here and you would like to win a nice little Sampler Pack of goodies to share with your man, or to give to your best girlfriend at her Bridal Shower, or to make cupcakes with, here’s your chance.  There may be more to the Giveaway, but I’m not positive, so here’s what I KNOW you’d be getting…

Mini Nights of Passion

Pure Romance’s most popular products in one convenient collection! Mini Nights of Passion variety pack allows you to enjoy a bottle of Aura, Ex-T-Cee, Excape, Sensations and Sweet Seduction — the ultimate combination for romantic nights away from home.

imagePerfect sampler pack; great for travelers and personal shower gifts.
Includes one bottle each of: Aura (Seductive Sage), Ex-T-Cee (Strawberry), Excape (Island Breeze), Sensations (Strawberry), Sweet seduction (Original)

I won’t embarrass you by making you leave me a comment. HAHA.  Yes I will.  If I had to write the post, you have to leave me a comment.

Just tell me if you’ve been to a Pure Romance Party, or, a similar Girls Night Out Party.  You don’t have to tell me what you bought, or which size batteries it took, just say yay or nay, and if it was fun or not.  I’ll choose one winner at Random on February 11 at 11:59am EST, and alert you via email.  And then I’ll email your husband or boyfriend to let him know the gift is on the way. Hehe.  You know better than that.  Ages 18 & Up only, please, and US 48 as well.  Thanks for reading!

A little Pure Romance Bio…

Patty Brisben, the founder of Pure Romance, started the company in 1993 to empower, educate, and entertain women. Since then, the company has grown to over 70,000 product consultants who live the company’s mission each and every day.

Empowerment: This jobless recovery is taking its toll on families, however very often our Pure Romance consultants report that they are meeting or exceeding their income expectations. Sales have been recession-resistant. Pure Romance experienced a 37% increase in sales in 2010. Pure Romance also empowers women because they are able to take control of their sex lives, which can have an impact on quality of life.

Education: Pure Romance products resonate with women unlike any other in the category due to our commitment to educating women about their bodies and our products. The Pure Romance partnership with the Kinsey Institute, coupled with our curriculum developed by our Director of Sexual Health Education, means our 70,000 consultants are trained to provide the most helpful information and advice. Pure Romance doesn’t sell in stores because in-home parties offer women fun, private, peer-to-peer learning opportunities about romance, intimacy and sex.

Entertainment: Whether it’s the fun and camaraderie of the Pure Romance parties themselves, the use of Pure Romance products by a woman, or a couple’s inventive Pure Romance fun, entertainment is at the core of the company’s mission.

{ 77 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny February 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I’ve never been to either party – sorry. I spend all my money on kitchen related items and cookbooks and legos – Star Wars legos to be exact….and if I win – I would love you to send the prize to Carrie F who had a very rough day and whose husband is going away to serve our country again.


Ali @ His Birdie's Nest February 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I’ve been to two parties with similar stuff. My favorite is that Coochie shave stuff! It is amazing!


Niki February 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I totally have been to a few. They are always fun!


Mandy February 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I have never been, but would love to. My girlfriends and I will take any chance to be silly and fun :)


angie s. February 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm

breaking the ice. very well written! (lol). never been to a “special” party, but after reading this, you can hold the party and make cupcakes with the merchandise! i promise i’ll come, (as long as they are gluten-free!)


Liz February 9, 2011 at 6:59 pm

This post made me literally laugh out loud… well done! I’ve never been to one of those parties, but I’ve always kind of secretly wanted to go to one!


Laura February 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I’ve never been to a party, but there is no time like the present!


Natalie February 9, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Never been to one. Not sure I’d ever go, but I have purchased those type products.


Katie M February 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I’ve never been to one of their parties but have heard about them. I’m sure they’re lots of fun!!!


Kristen February 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Yep.been to one in college. Was a blast


marissa February 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Oh, I wish you’d taken pictures of your own face as you checked out that box of goodies! Nice job dealing with a…sensitive subject.


Lindsay C February 9, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I’ve been to a few of these parties and found them embarrassing and, um… lots of fun. Heh heh. Heh.


Sarah P. February 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Never been to one of their parties. I love the way you handled the article =)


Joy February 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I threw a fun girls night out party and it was awesome. Thanks for your candid feedback. It was a great post.


AmyO February 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I’ve been to a few ‘slumber’ parties in my day. I think they’re fun! Lots to giggle about with youre friends then bring something fun home for the hubby.


Cristina B February 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I went to a Pure Romance party at my best friend’s Bachelorette party. It was actually a lot of fun!


Sebrinah February 9, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I have never made it to one of those parties….I was invited to one by the boyfriend of the girl that was throwing it. Let’s just say his eagerness to get me to go was pretty creeptastic, so I never showed my face, lol!


mrsro February 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I was looking forward to this review after your FB post :)
I’ve never been to one of these parties, I’ve never really been invited to one but how bad can they be, right? Your review was great and it made me laugh quite a bit… Thanks for the tip too, I’ll be sure to avoid the eyes LOL. I think it’d be fun to win one of these things… Not sure about the stuff with batteries tho.


cassie February 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I have been to a few parties and they are so much fun. I love the coochy shave cream. I just ordered a fun book for my hubby for Valentine day!


Aunt Lolo February 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm

1. No, never been to one of those parties. I’m too prudy.
2. A chance to try this stuff without going into a scary shop? Sign me up. Haha
3. I’m pretty sure nobody here knows me, but if they do…I’m sure I’m not who you think I am. In fact, I’m sure you’ve never met me, so just move along…..


Tracy February 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I’ve never been to a Pure Romance party, but this sure sounds like a fun gift for a friend of mine who is getting married in a few months! ;-)


J Mason February 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Oh no. I could never go to one of those and still look people in the eye the next day.


Cara February 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I’ve been to a few of their parties! My friends had them in some of their pre-wedding festivites!


Samantha February 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I’ve never been to a party like this, but I was a bridesmaid for someone who had a “Naughty Shower” thrown for them. It’s a lengthy, but in my opinion, pretty funny, story.

I get the invite for said naughty shower, and grabbed my mom and headed to the nearest Priscilla’s. (What, when you need to buy naughty presents you don’t ask your mom to come along?) We giggled, and laughed, and eventually bought way to many…phallic gifts. Including but not limited too: A crown, candy necklace, shot glass, sucker, mints, and button all with the…perky southern image and some edible body paint, position of the day book, tasty body oils, etc. I decided to make it a semi-nice present by putting all in a nice Longaberger basket an wrapped it up.

So off to the shower with my basket o’ peen I went. I get there, take my seat, put my basket behind my large purse and wait for the festivities to begin. My friend starts opening gifts (did I mention her mother, future mother in law, and GRANDMOTHER were there?) and was getting NICE naughty things like a pretty white nightie, sensual candles, panties, etc.

I start panicking thinking, “Oh my gosh. I TOTALLY minsinterpreted the invite. eff. I can’t give her my basket o’ peen. crap crap crap crap crap.” I do my best to casually keep shoving my basket out of view with my feet, hoping I go by unnoticed. Finally the hostess point out that I haven’t given my gift yet. EFF.So, sheepily and blushing, a hand over my naughty basket. People ooh and ah over the nice basket, and then my friend unwraps the pink cellophane to reveal the phallic plethora within.

I was bright red because I was afraid of what everyone would think. My friend started laughing, turned bright red and started showing off her treasures. Everyone LOVED it. The hostess and my friends mom both said they had been expecting more stuff like this, and were cracking up. The whole time I had been terrified because everyone else had brought nice things, but my dirty basket with a mix of nice and gag gifts was the hit of the party :)


Renee Blackwell February 9, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I’ve never been to a party like that but I think it would be totally fun and I bet I could convince my girlfriends to go too! If nothing else, it’s fun girl time away from our hubby’s and kids!


Lisa @ KarmaPerDiem February 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Never ever have been to one of these parties, but then again I live in a rural, Bible-belt area…. Sounds like fun and after 15 years of wedded bliss, who couldn’t use a bit of spice???


Jersey Girl Cooks February 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Never been to a party but is I’m open to trying this stuff. And if I win, I hope the UPS man delievers it while the kiddies are at school…lol!


Sharlene February 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I’ve never been to any kind of a party but I think it’d be fun to see what’s in this package!


Sarah February 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Love this post! You crack me up w/wanting to use the body dust in buttercream :) I was actually given a pure romance party for one of my bridal showers–I’ve never been shy about this stuff, but I was a virgin when we got married and the shower/party was given by my mother-in-law and sister’s in law!!! A bit awkward…hubs made me promise NEVER to tell him which gifts were from his family members!


sharon February 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm

haha, what a fun surprise! :) As crazy as my friends are, I have never been to one of these parties. Maybe it’s about time.


Kristin@BringingPrettyBack February 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm

What a GREAT giveaway! I have been to a party , lots of fun!
Have a pretty day!


Gabrielle February 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Being a Marine wife, I’ve been to a few of these parties while hubby was deployed. They’re very popular in military base communities …for good reason *wink wink*. Pure Romance has some awesome stuff. Love their shave cream. Great post! :)


Annie February 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I’ve been to a party! And you’re right, lots of giggling :D And I just discovered they have a PG-13 version of their catalog, and an, ahem, R rated version.


Meghan February 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I’m in my late 20′s, of course I’ve been to one of these parties!! And I’m actually going to one in 2 weeks. Unfortunately, I don’t have any money to spend there so this would be perfect. :)


KristinaYellow February 9, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Nope–never been. And trust me–I think that my hubby would definitely appreciate me getting this stuff. After the baby (who’s turning next week!) things have been…a little stale?


Bri February 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I have never been to one of those parties but I think they could be fun with some close friends :)

Thanks for the giveaway!


Erin February 9, 2011 at 9:40 pm

LOL I give you credit. I’m just like you on these topics. I’ve never been to a party… but if I was persuaded by some of my friends, I’d show up for the giggles. :)


dayna February 9, 2011 at 9:43 pm

No parties here, but the local excitement store was fun with the hub:-) Loved the post….


Amber February 9, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I had my first party in 2005. It was fabulous. I have been to a couple more parties. Had another party a few weeks ago. We had a great time. The parties are fun, the products are fun and exciting.


Kelly February 9, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I have never been to one of these parties although my friends assure me I’m missing out.


Elle February 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I think it’s hilarious that your Link Within is linking to a pickle post, hahaha! I’ve never been to one of their parties. Now I’m wondering what I’ve been missing! ;)


Alison February 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I’ve never been to been to one of those parties. This was one of the funniest product reviews I’ve read though :)


Zahra February 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm

ive actually heard about this company! They had a special on em once and I thought it was actually a pretty neat empowerment idea behind it!! So hey, I’ll sum it up to feminism and stuff as my motivations to win!!! :P


Susan February 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Oh my! I haven’t had such a good laugh for a long time! I actually did have one of those parties. It was really a lot of fun. We all giggled and sipped mixed drinks and played funny games and giggled some more. :)


Shannon February 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm

So I’m reading your post and trying hard not to laugh…I started chuckling and my hubby says “what’s so funny?” Oh nothing. This would be much appreciated and enjoyed!


Carrie February 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Yes…a LONG time ago. Fun but a bit embarrassing. I talk a good game but I get red easy.


Nikki February 9, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I went to a 40th birthday party (for a co-worker with other co-workers) that was “one of those parties” though it also included strippers. I spent the entire time bright red and laughing non-stop. We never talk about that party though there are pictures somewhere…..


Kay McDonald February 9, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I have never been to a party but there is a very discreet store in Baltimore that I used to visit. I had to ask a lot of questions but that part of my education was greatly enhanced. Goes to show – an open mind and curiosity can sometimes equal a marriage proposal.


Kris February 9, 2011 at 11:40 pm

No, I haven’t been to one of these parties before. The products look fun!


Sara February 10, 2011 at 12:07 am



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