Getaway Scents

Now is the time of year when everybody gets the urge to break up the humdrum reality of everyday living with a little vacation. Gone are the long, dreary winter days spent cooped up in the house, we can finally venture out into the world and enjoy the missed outdoor activities and adventures. Now is the time of year when everybody catches a bit of wanderlust and a need to break free from the repetition of day to day living.

For some of us, unfortunately, an indulgent journey may not be possible. Whether it be due to the fact that you spent your summer savings on perfume or you simply do not have the vacation days, you are not alone. Just because you can’t afford a trip right now doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on that familiar feeling of adventure mingled with relaxation.

Fragrances have the almost magical capability to transport us to another place. That is to say; the effect of fragrances on our olfactory system can create such strong imagery of another place that for a short time it may almost feel like an escape in itself. With a whiff of a certain scent, we can be taken on a sensational adventure without even leaving home.

Even If you are fortunate enough for a little sojourn from the monotony of everyday life, undoubtedly we all must come back to reality and when that time comes, you can always carry with you a little semblance of that excitement even during the most mundane tasks. With a bit of imagination and the powerful imagery conjured by fragrance, you can always carry with you the essence of your summer getaway.

The mere word vacation (at least in western culture) seems to most often bring to mind a panoramic shot of a tropical getaway with crystal clear waters and palm trees. Virgin Island Water by Creed is the bottled essence of this particular getaway. The outstanding elements of lime, rum and coconut embody that relaxation and feeling of burying your feet in the sand and lounging with a cool drink in hand.

Escada Taj Sunset is a fruitier tropical scent that is as juicy as a bite of fresh fruit in the summer sun. John Varvator Artisan as well as Beyond Paradise by Estee Lauder are excellent choices for men who want to capture the fresh, exotic vibe of a beach vacation. Miami Glow by Jennifer Lopez has similar tropical elements to these scents as well as a warm musky vanilla dry down that makes it super sexy and intoxicating like summer nights spent dancing and partying. Coney Island by Bond No. 9 will transport you to a similar state of mind with its aquatic and boozy elements (think margaritas) it is truly the life of the party.

For a more demure, relaxing seaside vacation that involves a lot of yachting and lounging, you may want to lean more on the fresh, clean side of scent.  immediately comes to mind when envisioning a preppy girl playing tennis and sailing. Tommy Hilfiger by Tommy Hilfiger for men reminds me of white collared shirts and sunglasses. They both have that distinct All American, crisp, clean summer energy.

If your dream vacation looks more like a cross country road trip; the widely recognized and slightly ambiguous gasoline note in Fahrenheit by Christian Dior as well as the distinct rubber tire accord in Bvlgari Black by Bvlgari will no doubt enhance your fantasy of long drives on the open road.

You may be the outdoorsy type and crave a bolder holiday like a thrilling foray into the wilderness. For the mountain climbing, camping types Swiss Army by Swiss Army is a fresh, intense and masculine scent that will bring you to a landscape of rugged terrain and clear skies above. Pino Silvestre by Pino Silvestre is also an excellent companion to a hike through the woods that will make you feel at one with the elements. Silver Shadow Altitude by Davidoff is a crisp inhale of chilled mountain air ideal if your idea of an escape includes skiing and hiking.

Europe may be more of your cup of tea; exploring the diverse cities and taking in the culture and history. Fragrances often thought of as “French” are full of alluring florals and musky, skin scent undertones like Joy by Jean PatouParis by Yves St. Laurent will also give you that romantic and worldly vibe due to its sophisticated and timeless composition.

Fragrances typically thought of as “English” are generally fresh and preppy. These fragrances are often simple in composition but classic and effortlessly elegant. Burberry London for Men and Burberry London for Women both capture the essence of the chic, fast paced and fashion forward city that they are named for.

“Mediterranean” scents are more on the citrus and earthy side like Blu Mediterraneo Fico Di Amalfi by Acqua Di Parma. This is a beautiful blend of natural feeling notes such as fig and cedar with bergamot and grapefruit that will have you on a journey down the Italian coast. Bvlgari by Bvlgari also embodies that feminine and organic sensuality that is distinctly “Mediterranean”.

Spicy and exotic oriental fragrances such as Kenzo Jungle Elephant conjure up images of Middle Eastern spice markets full of life, colors and scents. Spices, incense and Oud are used in scents such as this and the combination of these elements is generally labeled as “Middle Eastern”. These fragrances open the door to a secret and sensual world. Casmir by Chopard and Arabie by Serge Lutens both personify the mystery, complexity and diversity notable in “Middles Eastern” fragrances.

With a little imagination and some help from our sense of smell, we can be transported briefly to another place and take a little vacation whenever the mood strikes us. Every scent can take us on a different journey, let the adventures begin!

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Introduction to Green Fragrances

Without a doubt, the thought of a green scent will conjure up a variety of images such as freshly cut grass, rich green foliage, an herb garden or a forest. The relating picture will range from person to person but there is generally a mental image associated with the color green when referring to scent. This image is likely an earthy one as the color green is often associated with plants, trees, budding flowers and grass.

Fragrances described as green fall under the larger fragrance category of “fresh” scents as do aquatics and citrus fragrances. It may still seem strange to be describing a smell with a visual association but the word in this case encompasses a wide variety of “green” notes that include but are not limited to: grasses, moss, herbs (such as mint and basil), teas and bamboo.

I personally love the smell of freshly cut grass and even dirt, it reminds me of gardening with my mom as a child. I especially get this feeling in fragrances with a more herbal composition. Scents like L’eau De L’artisan rich with basil, mint, marjoram and verbena particularly conjure up the image of a freshly watered herb garden.  At this point you may be getting an Earth mother-flower child vibe and in some fragrances, this would be an accurate embodiment. In actuality, green fragrances have long been seen as very sophisticated scents in the case of fragrances such as Safari by Ralph Lauren which is a striking and elegant green queen. Scents such as this bring to mind proper ladies and gentlemen having tea in the garden as opposed to barefoot children playing in a field.

Many people also describe fragrances that include green notes as “sporty” for their invigorating, fresh, pick me up affect that mimics the rush of endorphins one might get when doing physical activity. This can be a bit of a turn off to those of us who often got hit with the ball during gym class, however, perception of the fragrance is all about the wearer. Individuals will get completely different feelings from the same notes. That is one of the many beautiful things about fragrances, there is always room for interpretation.

I have listed a variety of fragrances with green notes from earthy to herbal, relaxed to sporty. There is a large spectrum within the world of green notes and something for everybody to enjoy.

Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca by Guerlain

This delicate delight is the perfect scent for lounging in the backyard or pruning your plants. This scent embodies what I personally think of as a “green” fragrance. This is earthy and lovely like the smell of a wet garden. It makes for a really unique and attractive signature scent and is a breath of fresh air in the warmer months.

Calyx by Clinique

This is the kind of fragrance that I would definitely describe as “sporty”.  It is a bright, sunny scent that would go well with a pair of jeans or a sundress. This is also a great scent to wear on a really hot day that won’t become overwhelming even in the oppressive summer heat and will give you a refreshing kick with every spritz.

Diorissimo by Christian Dior

Class in a bottle; this is a relaxing stroll through a well-kept garden with plush greenery under foot. It is sensual in a quiet way. If you are not into the heavy florals and super sweet scents that inundate the market lately, this fragrance is the perfect pick to stand apart from the crowd.

A Scent by Issey Miyake

Modern, simple, easily worn and likeable; this is a great scent to welcome you to the world of green notes. This modest composition can be worn casually or can be dressed up. The dry down is pleasant and unassuming and will leave you with an uplifting freshness throughout the day.

Silences by Jacomo

This is a complex and gorgeous blend of greenery with a deep, earthy air of sensuality. This scent is dark green and dense like a forest but blended with soft woods and florals to make a very elegant and slightly mysterious fragrance.

Bvlgari Eau Parfumee (Green Tea) by Bvlgari

A light combination of citrus and green notes, this is a very versatile unisex and the remedy to freshen up on a hot, sticky day. There is a relaxing effect to this scent making it a great fragrance for lazy days around the house with the windows open basking in the sweet summer air.

Esencia by Loewe

This strong masculine scent is powerful in its deeply rich elegance. This is an excellent fragrance for a confident and sophisticated man. It brings to mind the rich scent of a forest and a man who can build a log cabin with his bare hands.

Paul Smith by Paul Smith

This is a masculine mixture of spices and herbs that form a refreshing fragrance that any man can enjoy. This is a clean take on green that can be easily worn at the office and any time of day.

212 for Men by Carolina Herrera

This is a fresh, spicy, green mixture that has universal appeal. The composition is an intense and interesting mixture of herbs and spices blended in a way to create a very popular and attractive men’s fragrance. It is long lasting and masculine but unobtrusive enough to wear well in the summertime.

True Religion by True Religion

This fragrance is composed of simple notes that are combined in a way that create a really crisp, masculine and earthy scent. I envision a man who is outdoorsy and adventurous wearing this fragrance while rock climbing.

 

 

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Introduction to Aquatics

The fragrance category of “aquatic” scents is relatively new in the perfume world. This classification generally refers to a traditional fresh or floral composition that is enhanced by marine notes during the evaporation process. This particular group of scents offers a lot of excellent options for the warmer months as these marine notes tend to be quite complementary with the hot summer sun and long days at the beach.

Marine notes add a bright, fresh and natural touch to fragrances. Examples of marine notes would be sea water, ocean breeze, algae, sea weed, drift wood and sand. These elements are obviously reminiscent of the beach and sea, hence the “marine” classification. The explanation of this particular category of notes is difficult to translate to words so it may seem vague but the impact on your olfactory system is undeniable. These scents will instantly transport you to a world of fresh breeze and salty air.

Aquatic scents are often thought of as a masculine category but I believe that the naturalistic touch of sand and sea can also be quite feminine and sensual. The image of a mermaid dripping with sea water, skin glistening in the sun comes to mind. There is a magical and mysterious quality to these marine elements that are absolutely intriguing to the senses when blended with the natural scent of your skin.

I have compiled a list of various aquatic fragrances to help you get your feet wet and delve into this new and exciting realm of sparkling and fascinating scents.

L’eau D’issey by Issey Miyake

This fragrance was conceived in 1992 and is widely recognized as the original aquatic fragrance for women. The scent was created to mimic the scent of a waterfall and certainly graces the wearer with a beautiful, light and watery feel. It was the first of its kind and ushered in an era of aquatic feeling fragrances for women. This scent has now become iconic; a modern classic that is instantly recognizable for its clean, fresh and feminine feel.

Cool Water by Davidoff

Cool Water may be the most predictable pick but, honestly, it will make you smell like the beach! You will carry the essence of the ocean wherever you go. There is certainly a reason that this is the quintessential aquatic fragrance for women. The clever blend of fruits and florals come together to form a wonderfully fresh summer scent.

 M by Mariah Carey

Although not classified as an aquatic fragrance, this is an excellent pick to begin your flirtation with marine notes. There is an undeniable element of sea water that adds a salty and light touch to the composition of this scent especially when blended with the fluffy sweetness of the marshmallow note.

Roberto Cavalli Acqua

Super fresh and cool with a refined and sophisticated feel; this is a classy aquatic for all your summertime festivities. The simple composition of notes are blended perfectly in a way that creates a chic and stylish scent.

L’eau Par Kenzo by Kenzo

This is a unique take on aquatic fresh fragrances. It manages to be noticeably unique and enchanting without being offensive or cloying in hot weather. The composition of soft florals and lush greenery complemented by a bit of herbal spice make for an effortlessly cool summer scent. This is a great pick for a clean smell that stands out from the crowd.

Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani

Everybody loves this scent; it is an easy to wear combination of citrusy, aromatic and marine elements. The invigorating sharp citrus mixed with the sea elements creates a picture of a breezy day at sea with the warm sun shining. It is fresh, crisp and seems to be flattering on all men who wear it; young or old. The fragrance is so classic, powerful and undoubtedly masculine.

Aqua Pour Homme by Bvlgari

This is an undeniably aquatic scent with its notable seaweed and water elements at the heart of the composition. It is like a refreshing dip in the ocean and mimics the saltiness of your skin after said dip in the dry down of the fragrance.

Nautica Voyage by Nautica

This is an easy to wear light fragrance that is inoffensive yet attractive with its combination of green and watery notes. This is an excellent pick for the hottest summer days to keep smelling fresh and clean.

Curve Appeal by Liz Claiborne

A great summer scent with its refreshingly juicy element of watermelon blended with the scent of the sea. There is a subtle sweetness but overall the scent is fresh and bright. It makes for lovely casual wear any time of year but is particularly attractive in the summer months.

Kenzo Pour Homme by Kenzo

One of my personal favorite men’s fragrances any time of year; this scent is so romantic in an earthy and natural way. This one is not full of the usual citrus so it has a deeper more luxurious feel to it. The masculine woodsy body is blended with distinct sea notes to create a uniquely alluring and refreshing scent.

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A Fresh Start

Spring is finally here and thankfully the harsh winter weather is giving way to warm breezes, shining sun and blossoming greenery. This long awaited seasonal shift is much welcomed and this change often sparks in us the need to “spring clean”. The warm weather motivates us to get up and overhaul our lives. From cleaning out your home to revamping your wardrobe, now is the time for a fresh start. A change in your fragrance repertoire can be the perfect first step to brighten up your mood and freshen up your style for this transition in seasons.

As the weather starts to heat up; you may notice that your everyday go to fragrance is beginning to smell differently on your skin. The change can seem very subtle or it can be drastic to the point where your beloved scent is no longer recognizable. It is not your imagination! Fragrances can be perceived completely differently depending upon the weather and the body chemistry of the wearer.

This change is especially noticeable with heavier fragrances that tend to comfort us during the colder months; full of sugar and spice, they may become a bit cloying as the weather warms. The most common effect is that as your body heat increases, the perfume molecules will bounce off of your skin more quickly creating a stronger smell initially but wearing off more rapidly.  It can be upsetting for your favorite scent to suddenly become what seems like a cacophony of offensive odors or to have to continuously apply your fragrance to get any sort of scent to stay on your skin. The solution is simple: applying a lighter fragrance more frequently throughout the day will create a more subtle and lasting aura, much more compatible with a rise in temperature and humidity.

If you are unsure how to go about freshening up your fragrance wardrobe, here are some of my favorite picks for spring to help you get started:

Tommy Girl by Tommy Hilfiger

Notes: Lemon, honeysuckle, rose, mint, lily and grapefruit

Classic, upbeat and casual; this is a beautifully blended light scent that is inoffensive and long lasting. The dry down is very clean and wearable in any setting from work to play making it a perfect go-to spring scent for women of all ages.

Be Delicious by Donna Karan

Notes: Green apple, cucumber, grapefruit, magnolia

Like a bite into a crisp green apple, this fragrance is refreshing and juicy. There is a fruity sweetness to the scent that is complemented by the smooth green dry down so that the sweeter elements are not too overpowering. This fragrance can be worn at the gym or during long days at the beach and will keep you smelling fresh throughout it all.

 Eau Du Sud by Annick Goutal

Notes: Lemon verbena, lime, basil, grapefruit, oak moss, mint

Not your typical spring floral, this sophisticated citrus is an exquisite accessory for warm weather. This classy fragrance is fitting for drinks by the pool or long walks on the beach. Feminine and sunny, this lovely scent will brighten up your day with its tangy citrus blended with the undeniable herbal delight of basil and mint.

Coach Poppy by Coach

Notes: Sweet Notes, Cucumber, Marshmallow, mandarin orange, vanilla, freesia

If you’re not ready to give up the gourmand just yet, this sugary gem is perfect for spring. The mouthwatering candy elements are mellowed by the crisp surprising cucumber note as to not become too overwhelming in the warmer weather. Definitely for those who prefer their scents on the sweeter side and want a fresh floral scent with a candy kick.

 Un Jardin Sur Le Toit by Hermes

Notes: Clementine, mandarin orange, basil, bitter orange, orange blossom, green tea, chamomile

Nothing says spring time like a beautiful, blooming garden. This gorgeous unisex scent brings to life the fragrant aroma of a blossoming rooftop garden filled with flowers, fruits, herbs and greenery.

Aqua Fahrenheit by Christian Dior

Notes: Grapefruit, violet, leather, mint, basil, mandarin, vetiver

This citrusy twist on the original Dior Fahrenheit is a great go-to scent for the warmer months. There is an initial refreshing blast of invigorating grapefruit that is evened out by the soothing herbal green undertone. This scent is undeniably masculine and very versatile.

Dior Homme Sport by Christian Dior

Notes: Lemon, ginger, grapefruit, bergamot, vetiver, lavender, elemi resin, cedar, sandalwood, rosemary

The opening burst of fresh, natural citrus wakes you up and jolts your senses. There is a distinct and unique ginger note balanced by the woodsy base notes. This fragrance is very clean and can be worn casually as well as in a more formal setting.

L’eau D’issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake

Notes: Yuzu, lemon, blue lotus, vetiver, nutmeg, bergamot, mandarin orange

This is a clean, comfortable, easygoing scent. The herbal elements of this fragrance such as mint and basil make it extraordinarily refreshing and will keep you smelling sharp throughout the day. This is a great go to fragrance for men of all ages.

 Fleur Du Male by Jean Paul Gaultier

Notes: Neroli, chamomile, petitgrain, basil

This is a uniquely blended aromatic citrus scent perfect for warm spring days. This may not be considered a typically macho fragrance but more of a sweet, approachable and bright scent for men who aren’t intimidated by florals. Definitely a great pick to shake up your fragrance wardrobe and intrigue those around you.

Gucci Pour Homme II by Gucci

Notes: Black tea, cinnamon, violet leaf, tobacco leaf, pimento, bergamot, musk, olive tree

This relaxing fragrance contains bold notes that are typical of masculine scents but is blended in such a way that makes it light enough for spring but still with spicy kick to it. It is warm but in no way overwhelming or offensive, most definitely attractive and unique.

 

 

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Kim Kardashian Perfume Review – Gold by Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian Gold perfume for women

Kim Kardashian Gold

Gold by Kim Kardashian Ok, I am going to come right out and say it, I am not the biggest fan of Kim Karashian nor her media hungry, fame seeking family so needless to say I resisted when Perfume.com asked me for my humble opinion of Gold by Kim Kardashian. I could have opted to take the easy way out and say that the scent closely resembled her personal choices in life (hint, hint, hint) and moved onto the next perfume without even bothering to open the bottle but that would have defeated the purpose of my writings and would have been unfair. Nevertheless, I did open the bottle and did try the perfume and am reporting that Gold by Kim Kardashian is absolutely amazing!

The tag line for this fragrance is “Transcend Ordinary”, and I hate to say it but it definitely does. It is a rich and full scent that is sophisticated and glamorous. It begins with a sharp citrus followed by a bouquet of exotic flowers resting on soft woods with gentle musk lingering in the background. I am thinking this would be a good perfume for hot and steamy summer days and evenings as the strong citrus would keep things fresh, however, having said that, it would also work for winter as it has some dark and sexy undertones. It reminds me a lot of Angel by Theirry Mugler as well as Burberry London—but it is strong enough to stand on its own.

What can I say, Gold by Kim Karashian is definitely a winner and I need to stop judging perfumes by their creator…

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Eau de Celebrity Anyone?

Though celebrity fragrances may not actually be the smell of our much loved stars, it does however provide a connection of sorts to them and that is what sells! Perfume companies such as Avon, Coty and Elizabeth Arden see great value in partnering with celebrities as the fame and recognition they bring into the relationship goes a long way even before marketing for the scent begins. As celebrities already live their lives in the limelight and come with an established fan base, their fragrances are almost always guaranteed to sell to this dedicated group regardless of how it smells. Social media tools such as Twitter, Face Book and YouTube, not to mention the various blogs out in cyberland, are awash with information on any given celebrity, and what better way to advertise or market a product than with these tools—oh yeah…did we mention that this was at virtually no charge to the perfume company?

Fame by Lady Gaga perfume

The association of beauty and glamour to a celebrity is often the selling point of a fragrance. White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor has been a best seller since it debuted in 1991 and continues to be so even after her death, and though it is a very appealing scent on its own, it is for many forever linked with the glamour of her youth. Among the newer fragrances Driven, by Derek Jeter, is also a top seller. This is not to say that the armchair athlete who wears his cologne seeks to emulate his prowess on the baseball field, but rather it is his persona that helps promote and sell his cologne. Oftentimes fragrances for men are bought by women for their boyfriends and husbands, and in instances such as this, athletic ability takes a back seat to the overall outward appeal of the athlete as a whole.

In some countries around the world putting on a fragrance in the morning is a part of the daily routine, however, this habit has never really caught on inNorth America. What better way to start a trend, which would hopefully lead to a lifelong habit, than with the young or young at heart. Many younger celebrities have been jumping onto the fragrance wagon in recent years which has been an added boost to the industry—especially in theUnited States. As their time in the limelight or achievements as a celebrity are not as grand as that of an Elizabeth Taylor or a Derek Jeter, newer celebrities may need to rely more on a gimmick, an event or some type of tie in to anchor their perfume. Katy Perry perfumes are known for their feline themed vessels while Gwen Stefani has her scents in bottles styled after the fashionable girls found in the popular Shibuya area of Harajuku Tokyo. Beyoncé’s first perfume was inspired by her 2010 tour while P. Diddy/Puffy/Puff Daddy/Sean John Combs has anchored his perfumes and colognes onto his fashion empire.

Regardless of how a fragrance is presented, marketed and even smells, celebrity scents have become big business as fans clamor to purchase an affordable piece of their favorite celebrity in the belief that this will bring them just a bit closer to their hero.

 

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Best Scents for Work and Play

Whether you are looking for a new scent to start 2012 off right or just looking to expand your knowledge about perfumes, the market researchers at perfume.com have come up with the latest must have list for work and play.

The top fragrances were selected through three different processes of analysis: tracking information requests over a 12-month period, trend scouting by our internal researchers and trend tracking through external databases.

According to our findings these ten scents will pave the way for 2013:

Chanel No 5

Chanel No 5

1. Chanel No. 5

Worldly, sophisticated, sexy…

In 1921, Coco Chanel wanted “a woman’s fragrance that smells like woman.” When perfume designer Ernest Beaux presented her with his fifth composition, the choice seemed simple and obvious: her perfume would be called N°5. It is an aldehydic floral, a bouquet of abstract flowers with an indefinable femininity. N°5 starts with notes of ylang-ylang and neroli, then unfolds with Grasse jasmine and May rose. Sandalwood and vanilla round out the composition with unforgettable woody notes. The first Chanel N°5 perfume was captured in a simple rectangular bottle with the top which resembled Place Vendome in Paris. In 1959, the packaging secured a place for the scent in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Top Note: Aldehydes, Bergamot, Lemon, Neroli
Middle Note: Jasmine, Rose, Lily Of The Valley, Orris
Base Note: Vetiver, Sandal, Vanilla, Amber
Recommended Use: Anytime wear

Gucci by Gucci by Gucci for women

Gucci by Gucci by Gucci for women

2. Gucci by Gucci

The woody floral and musky trail of Gucci by Gucci is unmistakably modern, youthfully alluring, and downright pretty. Smell the fruity accents on top (guava and pear) and you’re transported into a nightclub with music blasting out of the speakers and cocktails being served, the tiare flower evoking lithe bodies swaying to the rhythm of the song. Yet catch a whiff of the unsettling note of honeyed patchouli underneath to see that there is a whole other game too, one which speaks of intimacy and the prelude to something deeper. The hip horse bit buckle is the finishing touch on this characteristically Gucci accessory.

Top Note: Fruity Notes
Middle Note: Lily, Tiare Flower
Base Note: Musk, Patchouli, Honey
Recommended Use: Evening wear

Infusion d'Iris by Prada

Infusion d’Iris by Prada

3. Prada Infusion d’Iris

A modern iris perfume…

Introduced in 2007, Prada Infusion D’Iris by Prada perfume is a contemporary scent that reinforces Prada’s connection with the artisan traditions of classic perfumery. Full of high-quality natural ingredients, Infusion D’Iris is clean, fresh, and light — and at the same time sophisticated and elegant. The name “Infusion D’Iris” is inspired by the ancient and revered six-month-long infusion process used to draw soft, fresh notes from the root of the iris plant. The fragrance opens with notes of mandarin, galbanum, orange and orange blossom, which lead to the heart composed of iris, cedar, and vetiver. It is captured in an elegant glass vessel reminiscent of retro perfume bottles.

Top Note: Galbanum, Mandarin Orange, Orange Blossom, Lentisk
Middle Note: Iris, Cedar, Vetiver
Base Note: Benzoin, Frankincense
Recommended Use: Evening wear

Bill Blass by Bill Blass for women

Bill Blass by Bill Blass for women

4. Bill Blass (new)

Truly feminine…

The 2007 relaunch of Bill Blass’ classic 1978 scent for women is a captivating and feminine white floral fragrance, blending white hyacinth and lily of the valley with green mandarin, neroli, jasmine and musk. A true expression of soft femininity.

Top Note: Neroli, Galbanum, Green Mandarin
Middle Note: White Hyacinth, Lily Of The Valley, Jasmine, Tuberose
Base Note: Musks, Sandalwood
Recommended Use: Daytime wear

5. Dior

Turkish rose, tuberose, and jasmine combine to make a truly pretty floral. Note: This is a highly concentrated formula, so a little goes a long way.

Recommended Use: Weekend wear

Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Daisy by Marc Jacobs

6. Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Youthful, happy, spontaneous…

One look at the whimsical PVC petals of this adorable daisy flower atop the bottle of Marc Jacob’s Daisy fragrance and you’re smitten. You will want to touch it again and again and will think of ways to take it off and put it around your hair, your neck, on your lapel…It’s that cute! What’s even cuter is the spontaneously fun juice that’s hiding inside this playful packaging. Daisy is a fun affair of wild fruits, fragrant florals you can’t quite pin down, and an abstract, warm woods base which is wearable any time all the time, for work or play. What’s more, it will have everyone complimenting you, as it has done repeatedly to us since its introduction in 2007!

Top Note: Violet Leaf, Wild Strawberry, Grapefruit
Middle Note: Violet, Jasmine, Gardenia
Base Note: White Woods, Musk, Infusion Of Vanilla
Recommended Use: Daytime wear

Diesel Fuel for Life Pour Femme Perfume

Diesel Fuel for Life Pour Femme by Diesel

7. Diesel Fuel for Life Pour Femme Perfume

A lighter version of the original scent…

A secret and sexy elixir of sexy blackcurrant, jasmine and antique patchouli. Fuel for Life by Diesel is inspired by the scent of a Venetian liqueur, the blackcurrant and woody harmonies blend perfectly to make a sensual and sexy potion. This scent dries down to a soft, powdery, very feminine fragrance.

Top Note: Cassis, Pink Pepper
Middle Note: Jasmine, Indole
Base Note: Patchouli, Ambry Notes
Recommended Use: Weekend wear

Euphoria by Calvin Klein

Euphoria Perfume for Women by Calvin Klein

8. Euphoria  by Calvin Klein

Provocative, sexy, sophisticated…

Sultry, unblushingly feminine and highly suggestive, this strobe-light of a fruity gourmand (a family that reprises scents evoking culinary delights) packs a punch and creates a memorable impression; an euphoric one, like its name. What Calvin Klein’s Euphoria lacks in restraint however it makes up for in passionate sexiness and self-confidence. The fruity top with succulent pomegranate, persimmon and green touches is but the overture to a heart of narcotic flowers (champaca, lotus blossom, black orchid) which are foiled into notes of nectarous amber, creamy violet sweets, patchouli and woods. Good enough to drink!

Top Note: Pomegranate, Kaki, Green Notes
Middle Note: Lotus Blossom, Champaca, Black Orchid
Base Note: Black Violet, Liquid Amber, Unctuous Notes, Mahogany, Musks
Recommended Use: Anytime wear

Tresor by Lancome

Tresor Perfume for Women by Lancome

9. Tresor by Lancome

Elegant, refined, contemporary…

Unabashedly lush and feminine like its original face, model and actress Isabella Rosellini, Tresor by Lancome has celebrated 20 years on the market already since its introduction in 1990. An exceptionally recognizable and generous fragrance, Tresor melds the most feminine notes in all of perfumery in its memorable wake: the beauty of rose, the clean elegance of muguet (lily of the valley), the tender touch of apricot blossom and peach, all sprinkled with notes of lilac, sandalwood, musk and vanilla accounting for a prolonged, unforgettable experience. Its perfumer, the legendary Sophia Grojsman, described it as a “hug me” fragrance and who could resist its charms under a full moon or worn with a curve-hugging cashmere dress? The striking upside-down pyramid-shaped bottle houses a peachy, amber-colored jus complimented by a square black cap fitting in the cusp of your hand like an extension of your feminine prowess. Like its name suggests, a treasure!

Notes Top Note: Peach, Apricot, Pineapple, Bergamot
Middle Note: Rose, Orris, Heliotrope, Jasmine
Base Note: Sandal, Musk, Vanilla
Recommended Use: Evening wear

Rock 'n Rose by Valentino

Rock ‘n Rose Perfume for Women by Valentino

10. Rock N Rose by Valentino

Luxurious, intense, seductive…

The haute couture edition of Valentino’s 2006 Rock N Rose scent is notably lighter and more fresh than the original, solid musk bases replaced with a good dose of bergamot but obviously, retaining heady amounts of rose.

Both fragrances are meant to inspire women who are “a rose on the outside and a rocker on the inside” although this couture version is a little more rose and a little less rocker, with more romance and less edge.

Top Note: Blackcurrant, Bergamot, Muguet
Middle Note: Rose, Gardenia, Orange Blossom
Base Note: Sandalwood, Orris, Vanilla, Musk, Heliotrope
Recommended Use: Evening wear

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How to Choose a Cologne for Men

Cologne for Men

Best Cologne for Men

Like choosing the right perfume for any woman, choosing the perfect scent for a man is as equally challenging. A cologne must not only fit the person, but his lifestyle and make him feel comfortable in wearing it. Here are some quick tips to keep in mind when conducting your search.

The Urbanite

Being urban means you are good to go when the cell phone rings, the text is received or as soon as the tweet goes viral. Having the right cologne allows the wearer to go from the boardroom, to happy hour, to courtside without skipping a beat. Strong greens, either cedar or citrus, is best suited for a life within the concrete jungle. Our picks—Eau d’Orange Verte by Hermes and Euphoria by Calvin Klein.

The Young Professional

If you are a little thin when it comes to experience, sometimes style is all you have. Looking your best and smelling great goes a long way during those early years. Knowing which cologne to wear is as important as knowing which fork to use. Our picks—Paul Smith Extreme and The One by Dolce & Gabbana.

The Sporting Man

Leading an athletic lifestyle does not necessarily mean you need to smell like your sports bag. The right cologne will not only enhance your natural scent but give you a competitive edge off the athletic field as well (*wink*). Our picks—Adidas Fair Play and Versace Pour Homme.

The Man’s Man

Being “the man” is hard enough so it is only fitting that he has every advantage at his disposal. Staunch and unwavering are words that come to mind as does reverence and humility. Our picks—Gucci by Gucci and L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent.

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Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift Perfume Review

Even if you do not like her music you have to admit country singer Taylor Swift is a talented songwriter whose sense of style is age appropriate and fashionable—for some reason, don’t ask me why, I am a fan of her sweet, cute, feminine and not over-the-top look. I guess it is only makes sense then that her first perfume, Wonderstruck, mirrors her style.

Taylor Swift Perfume

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Perfume

Wonderstruck is marketed as a sparkly fragrance of bright fruits and flowers with soft vanilla and spices on a bed of gentle woods. At first sniff I found the fruits to be right at the top followed closely by the flowers, however, I thought the amber to be just a bit too heavy and drowned out the vanilla and spices.

Having said that, I had fully expected Wonderstruck to be very sweet and candy-like and more suited for a young lady given the design of the bottle, and was quite surprised when it was not and think it is quite suitable for light or casual daytime wear.

Housed in an iridescent purple and gold vessel that I found to be borderline tacky if you are not in your early twenties the bottle can be considered “cute-ish” with its hanging charms if you are into that sort of thing.

All in all I say Wonderstruck is definitely not your typical teenage fruity fragrance but comes across more like a delicate and soft scent—like a good herbal tea.

Though not original by any means it is fine for casual wear but you might want to think about something a touch more smoldering for date night.

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Perfume Review of Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna

Reb'l Fleur by Rihanna

Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna

First hitting the market in January 2011, Reb’l Fleur is the first fragrance released by pop recording artist Rihanna and the tagline that accompanies the fragrance says it all, “Bad feels so good.” I first came across this scent at Macy’s and went out of my way to avoid it as what does an early twenty-something know about perfume for anyone older than herself? Boy was I wrong! I will be honest, it is a bit overwhelming at first sniff but it works really well with my body chemistry and is absolutely divine.

I would say Reb’l Fleur starts intensely (much like Rihanna herself) but then blooms into some really nice florals and if you can catch it, a very slight hint of coconut. I am sure Rihanna’s Barbadian roots were atop of mind in the creation of this scent and though it reminds of sunny days on a palm treed lined beach, it is great fragrance for daytime wear regardless of the season.

Rihanna Perfume Ad

Rihanna Perfume Ad for Reb’l Fleur

I was practical and purchased my Reb’l Fleur at Perfume.com and got the set which came with a large and a purse size bottle of the scent, shower gel and body lotion. The perfume bottle is absolutely beautiful (making the packaging look bland in comparison) and adds a touch of class to my dresser. The only complaint I have is that I have some difficulty with the spraying mechanism of the larger bottle which can be difficult to push down when holding onto the bottle but I have solved this problem by setting it on my dresser and positioning myself in front of the spray.

I know what you are all thinking, another celebrity scent but trust me—this one is a winner. The official video was sexy and cool and only goes to enhance this sultry scent.

Reb’l Fleur Perfume for Women by Rihanna

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