Category Archives: Fragrance

Summer Beauty: Fresh & Light Perfumes

I’m sure I’m not alone here but usually in the summer, I reach for my lighter fruit and citrus note based perfumes. There’s just something about a clean fresh fragrance in the summertime that makes everything better. Sometimes all I need is just to smell one of these fragrances on my skin to feel better when it’s hot and muggy outside… which granted hasn’t been that often here in Seattle this but nonetheless, it is about freshness for me this summer and these fragrances fit the bill.

I’ve already told you about Dior’s Escale Aux Marquises, it’s my current tropical floral escape fragrance. If you like your summer fragrances to be more on the floral side of things, I bet you’ll like this one.  The notes of blood orange, tiare flower, pink pepper and vanilla create a beautiful breezy bouquet.

Last year I was looking for suggestions for a new summer fragrance and turned to Twitter for ideas. God Bless Heather Park (check out her new website) for suggesting Jo Malone’s Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne, we have been inseparable ever since. This is now one of my favorite fragrances of all time. When you first smell it’s beautiful nectarine notes, it’s like biting into a fresh, ripe nectarine. It’s mouth watering with notes of  nectarine, peach, plum and blackcurrant. I am complimented almost every time I wear it and I have even been known to spritz it on for a little pick me… it’s just a happy scent.

Pacifica’s Malibu Lemon Blossom Spray Perfume is another happy scent I’m loving this summer. I’m love it so much that I’ve picked up the Lemon Blossom soap, body butter and candles to layer and fill my life with the scent. Imagine a soapy lemon scent with a touch of salt and lemon blossom thrown in, that’s Malibu Lemon Blossom. It is a unique and long lasting scent that wears all day.

I received a sample of Orange Sapphire from Bath & Body Works back in May when I was in New York. I smelled it at the time and liked it but didn’t love it until I discovered the bottle among some of my makeup after I moved last month. As the name suggest, there’s definitely some orange to this fragrance but there are also some floral and darker notes in it as well. The result is a very clean, refreshing fragrance that almost crosses into unisex territory.

What are your favorite warm weather perfumes? Leave a comment and tell us what you’re wearing these days.

New! Dior Escale Aux Marquises

The makeup on Dior counters may be all about fall but Dior fragrance is living in the now… Still in time for summer, they launched their newest fragrance, Dior Escale Aux Marquises, the third fragrances in the Dior “Escale” line. Previous fragrances include Pondichery and Portofino. This new fragrance is meant to evoke the feeling of an escape to the tropical islands of French Polynesia (wouldn’t that be nice??) and has notes of blood orange essence, Tahitian tiare flower absolute, vanilla absolute and pink pepper extract in it.

When I smelled this fragrance for the first time, I was instantly reminded of sunshine and a nice cool breeze… that always comes to mind when I smell what I think is orange blossom or neroli, it is such a sweet and refreshing fragrance.  In this case I was wrong, it was the blood orange and tiare flower notes I was smelling with a hint of pink pepper, this makes for a very crisp and breezy opening. As the fragrance wears, much of the floral and citrus notes seem to go away and it leaves me with a musky vanilla, making it tanning oil portion of the tropical escape. ;)

Since I’m now a fan of this fragrance, it makes me wonder what Pondichery and Portofino smell like. I’m definitely going to hunt them down and see. In the meantime, you can find Dior Escale Aux Marquises exclusively at Nordstrom for $66.00 for 2.5oz and $87.00 for 4.25oz.

Tomorrow I’ll be mentioning a few of my other favorite fragrances for summer. What are yours? Let us know in the comments.

My Kind of Crazy: Crazylibellule and the Poppies Les Garçonnes Collection

Crazylibellule and the Poppies had me at hello with these solid perfumes from the Les Garçonnes collection, each one paying tribute to modern, audacious, enthusiastic, seductive and independent women. These so called “crazy sticks” are exactly the kind of crazy I’m looking for in a solid perfume. I’ve been testing Pompom Gardenia and Jeanne Voyage and have to say, they’re like my gal pals now. They go everywhere with me (in my purse) and are there for me in a pinch (or a push).

Here’s the back story on my go-to gals.

Pompom Gardenia: “She wears a most peculiar dress, covered with pompoms. Something quite insolent, and resolutely daring. Her singularity electrifies the bar, our glasses stand forgotten. So elusive.” Clearly she’s the seductress and her fragrance is right on target with lime zest and pulp to further enhance the Gardenia and white flowers warmed with honey-sweetened Virginia tobacco.

Jeanne Voyage:  “Travel the world, getting drunk on art. A passion for exception. The suave odor of unfastened chests crammed with wonders, the smell of somewhere else, a few flowers laid… a sumptuous Italian blue, and sketches torn from a travel diary…” She’s the classy artsy type, and the perfume is exactly that with bergamot, a powdered veil of Iris and java nutmeg.

Crazylibellule and the Poppies has mastered making fragrances that smell fabulous and that are fun. I totally love these “crazy sticks.” You can find them online at Beautyhabit for $16.

*Disclosure: We received a sample

A Juicy Scent: Marc Jacobs Splash in Apple

Marc Jacobs is back at it again with the release of his popular summer Splash fragrances – this year in Apple, Pomegranate and Biscotti. If you’re looking for a lighter summer fragrance, you should start your search with these. Inspired by the decadence of a patisserie shop (a French bakery!), these scents are indulgent and enticing — but incredibly fresh and light. Making it the perfect summer fragrance!

I’m currently in love with the Apple, it’s such an interesting scent. It’s actually a more masculine scent in my opinion – it’s very energetic and not overly fruity or floral. The notes include apple zest, lemon and grapefruit combined with rosemary, jasmine, magnolia, coriander and cardamom.

And check out the bottle? That’s what 10 oz. looks like – isn’t it huge? I have rather small hands and sometimes hold on with both of them when using this!  Marc Jacobs Splash is available at most department stores and at Sephora.

Disclosure: This fragrance was provided to us for consideration in this review.

Nudite Intense Perfume

Say hello to Nudite Intense perfume oil, it is my new fragrance obsession. It all began with a little brown bottle of perfume oil on my dresser. I cherish that bottle, I bought it in Paris during a trip with other lovely beauty bloggers. Before this weekend, I used it very, very sparingly because I knew I wouldn’t get another bottle for a very, very long time.

Imagine my surprise when I’m in the Nordstrom fragrance department this weekend and I pick up the bottle seen above. It smelled just like my beloved Colette Black Musk perfume oil, beautifully clean skin with just a hint of a floral note. Imagine Philosophy’s Amazing Grace without most of the floral notes in it and that’s what Nudite is like, only more intense. It lingers on the skin all day long but if that is not enough, this perfume comes in a rollerball (big improvement over Colette’s little brown bottle) that you can carry with you anywhere. That’s exactly what I’m doing now.

Chloe Eau de Parfum Intense

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What fragrance are you wearing today? Today I’m wearing Chloe Eau de Parfum Intense and I’m completely in love with this fragrance, it has a certain sophistication about it that instantly makes me feel chic and more confident about myself. Can a perfume do all that? Sure it can.

Chloe Intense is not a teenage girl’s perfume, this perfume is for a different demographic. This is a woman’s perfume. As it opens, it has a little bit of sweetness to it thanks to the rose notes in the fragrance but it also crisp and peppery due to the pink pepper note to it. While the opening may not seem as chic as I am making it out to be, stay awhile and your nose will witness the sophistication developing.

As the fragrance dies down, the notes of rose start to mingle with the notes of sandalwood and tonka bean and for me, that’s where the magic starts to happen. I love rose notes with anything spicy or woodsy so the combination of rose, sandalwood and tonka bean is amazing. The oriental accents in this fragrance just mesmerize me. Factor in its great sillage and you have a perfume that just envelops you.

If you’re familiar with Cabotine by Gres, I find it is very reminiscent of that fragrance. This is my first time experiencing a Chloe scent so I can’t tell you how it compares to the original but if it is even a percentage like this version, it definitely deserves some attention.

New! Donna Karan Iris Eau de Parfum

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Since I love Cashmere Mist (so much that I frequently layer myself with the body lotion and deodorant) it doesn’t take much to get my attention when it comes to a Donna Karan fragrance.  When I saw Lianne from The Makeup Girl tweeting about the new Iris Eau de Parfum addition to the Donna Karan Collection, I just had to smell it.

Ever since I discovered iris as a prominent note in my bottle of Iris from Hilde Soliani, I’ve been obsessed with iris and if you notice, it is a prominent note in another best seller… Prada’s Infusion D’Iris. Donna Karan takes iris in a different direction with her new Iris Eau de Parfum, it is refreshing and stands out among the florals currently out in department stores.

At the opening of the scent, Iris is crisp and sparkling. It  makes me want to roll around in a meadow like Bella and Edward. This crispness keeps Iris from being overly sweet or floral. The opening quickly gives way to the heart of the fragrance where you have notes of magnolia, rose de mai, violet and ambrette seed mellowing out into a seductive spring floral. And how sleek is this packaging? The signature black cylindrical 3.4 oz bottle is definitely vanity table worthy.

The new Iris Eau de Parfum is making its debut this month at Bergdorf Goodman in New York (that place is like heaven!), Donna Karan Collection Boutiques and select Neiman Marcus stores.

Have you smelled Iris yet? What do you think? Are you in love like I am? Let us know about it in the comments.

We Love Philosophy's Unconditional Love Layering Collection

We love Philosophy for so many reasons, and the Unconditional Love fragrance is one of them. Carla was excited when this was released last spring and it even made our Best of 2009 list! And now it’s available in a three-piece layering collection featuring a full-sized 3-in-1 shower gel, 4 oz. body butter and a 2 oz. spray in a reusable box.

The Unconditional Love trio is currently available at Nordstrom’s for $50.

Tom Ford White Suede Perfume

When Tom Ford introduced his Private Blend White Musk collection last September, I almost lost my mind. I completely adore musk fragrances and to hear about a collection with 4 variations of it? OMG!

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I was sent a sample of White Musk and my friend Lea and I both fell in love with it and I ended up sharing my sample with her, which I didn’t want to do but I’m a good friend. Since then, I’ve picked up a bottle of White Suede and I use it sparingly… it is very special to me and I want it to last. :)

This fragrance features notes of Bulgarian rose, saffron, thyme, lily-of-the-valley, white leather, suede, amber, sandalwood, and musk. It is described as exploring the “masculine-feminine” tension of musk but to me it doesn’t seem that masculine, this seems to be more feminine if anything. With notes of rose at the top and lily at the base, this softness would seem a little odd to me on a man. This is a quote from the line that I really like:

The intention was to build on the true beauty of musk, which is not at all heavy or dirty, but has a deep, compelling softness. Inhaling pure musk is a bit like inhaling nude skin.”

This is right on and exactly why I love musks so much. The White Musk collection features four different scents: White Suede, Jasmine Musk, Musk Pure and Urban Musk. While Lea and I disagreed on White Patchouli, we can both agree that this collection is amazing. It is like dying and going to musk heaven. Such a place exists, right?

Have you tried a Tom Ford fragrance? Which one? Tell us about it in the comments.

New! DKNY Candy Apples Perfume

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re trying to keep the focus on perfume this week… and maybe into the next week depending on how I feel. :) What better way to celebrate this than with a giveaway? This week we’re giving away not one, not two but three DKNY Delicious Candy Apples!

Three new fragrances have joined the DKNY family of fragrances and they are part of the Delicious family. These new fragrances are all about pairing the sweetness of candy with a ripe, juicy apple and they will be available in stores starting this month. Here’s a video that might give you some insight into how these pairings were made. :)

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