MY WEEKEND Of FRAGRANCE DISCOVERIES

I headed over to Nordstrom this past weekend to check out the latest fragrance launches. I find the entire experience of fragrance shopping delightful. Amidst all of the beautiful bottles and the soft scents that mingle with each other, I find my happy place. I especially love when you find those few out of  the dozens that stand out. Most of the time nowadays if you have smelled one, you have smelled them all. I was so surprised to find more than a couple that just wowed me.

Aerin Tangier Vanille Eau de Parfum $115-160
Aerin Tangier Vanille Eau de Parfum $115-160

 I am drawn to any fragrance with a vanilla base, and this vanilla is so sensually rich.  I know some people do not like rich vanilla bases simply because the fragrance ends up smelling either very generic, too synthetic and artificial, or like overly sweet baked goods. You won’t get any of that from Tangier Vanille. Bulgarian rose gives the blend a hint of  floral character, while amber and soft musk balance and add more depth. This is actually soft enough for a daytime fragrance, but so appropriate for evening as well. It rather reminds me of Kenzo Amour, and I love that! This is surely my new favorite from Aerin.

Prada LaFemme Prada Eau de Parfum $95-$130
Prada La Femme Prada Eau de Parfum $95-$130 

Move over Prada Candy, you may have just been outdone! This is such a beautiful floral and sweet fragrance. Frangipani is the front-runner of the blend. You just do not see that flower utilized very often in fragrances due to its rather sharp note. The way the floral is blended with sweetness completely mellows it out and lets you appreciate the flower at its best. If you have a rather sensitive nose like I do, then you will be able to pick out the hint of beeswax. I go to a local bee store to buy the fresh raw honey that they make. The best part of going in there is the smell! They make beeswax candles. If you have never smelled a natural beeswax candle then you don’t know what you are missing. The fact that I can catch a hint of it in this fragrance makes me love it all the more. Even the liquid is a honey gold color!

Heremes Eau de Rhubarbe Ecarlate Eau de Cologne $129-$175
Heremes Eau de Rhubarbe Ecarlate Eau de Cologne $129-$175

At first I wasn’t sure if this was intended to be a men’s fragrance or not. It certainly could be considered unisex in my opinion. It is actually really hard to describe this one. It smells fresh and crisp with a hint of floral and fruit, but not in an overly feminine way. I get soft woods and white musk, which softens the sharp citrus note of the rhubarb. This is one  of those fragrances that you would wear if you truly want to smell unique.

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum $92-$122
Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum $92-$122

Did you ever have any of those Body Fantasies sprays as a teen? My favorite was the raspberry spray. At first spritz this fragrance brought me back to that. Mon Paris is a “an all grown up” and sophisticated version of that body spray, a creamy, fruity floral. I say all grown up, but the fragrance maintains a youthful flirtiness that still manages to pull off sophisticated. My favorite Nordstrom SA mentioned that she didn’t like it because of the patchouli. When she said that I was worried it was going to be another version of Flowerbomb, but not so. It has its own distinct aroma. I love that is great for warm weather. This is definitely my favorite fragrance from Yves Saint Laurent now.

I used to joke with my husband that I would eventually need some sort of fragrance closet inside of my closet, now I think I actually might!

BEST NEW SUMMER FRAGRANCES

If you have about 15 or more different perfumes in your “Summer Collection” and you can’t find a single one to wear; then you may be a perfumaholic, and continuing to read this will not help your shameless praxis!

The note of choice in what I am smelling so far this season is citrus, particularly orange, mandarin, and tangerine. I love those citrus notes in a perfume because they tend to dry down with just the right amount of sweet; never sour or too cloying.

Korres Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper Eau de Toilette $38.50
Korres Bellflower Tangerine Pink Pepper Eau de Toilette $38.50 

This is such a great fragrance for the price! Under $40. I have never actually heard of a bellflower before, but was intrigued. It is a very delicate floral note. Imagine the soft scent of a fresh and sweet lily, very subtle in fact. The tangerine notes are balanced out by soft and rich woods. I was pleasantly surprised by this fragrance’s longevity. I hardly had to reapply and I could still smell the permeation on my scarf for the next few days. Great choice for someone who wants to add to their perfume collection without spending a great deal. There is also a shower gel and body lotion so you can layer.

Dior J'adore Eau Lumiere $124
Dior J’adore Eau Lumiere $124 

The original Dior J’adore is a staple in my collection, I simply love it. I have never preferred any of the other variations that have been released, but this one is the exception. It smells nothing like the original; it is very light and perfect for daytime, yet just as long-lasting. I can spray it on right before I leave and will have no need to reapply pretty much all day. That is a very good thing since the bottle only comes in a 3.4 oz. size and would be a pain to carry around in my bag. (If I am carrying around a full size bag for the day, I will take the whole bottle of perfume with me. I rarely bother with roll-ons or travel sizes…..unless I am traveling or using a clutch.) The blood orange notes mingle with the rose essence. The result is a romantic and subtly sweet floral.

Aerin Mediterranean Honeysuckle $28-$155
Aerin Mediterranean Honeysuckle $28-$155 

Another beautiful fragrance from Aerin Lauder! Here we have mandarin and grapefruit notes mixed with honeysuckle, jasmine, and other florals, with a beachy essence. I love the smell of honeysuckles, but that is not what I got from this perfume; which is in no way a bad thing. Instead, I think the honeysuckle compliments all of the other notes in the perfume. It is the perfect -lazy day out on the boat with cocktails and a very large sun hat- kind of scent.

Giorgio Armani Sun di Gioia $24-$90
Giorgio Armani Sun di Gioia $24-$90 

This is a warm and watery fragrance with notes of coconut, mixed with frangipani, freesia, jasmine, and other florals. Think of that warm sand and salty water nuance you get mixed with that classic suntan lotion smell, minus that synthetic coconut aftertaste.

Giorgio Armani Air di Gioia $24-$90
Giorgio Armani Air di Gioia $24-$90 

This is similar to the Sun di Gioia, on the beachy note side, but with more citrus character and a hint of musk. You get hints of mandarin and orange blossom mixed with a zingy pink peppercorn, soft peony, and warm patchouli. The moss notes give it an earthy appeal and ties it all together, It is very fresh, and almost could be a unisex fragrance as it is certainly not as sweet-smelling as the Sun di Gioia.

Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Summer $78
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Summer $78 

Issey Miyake’s original fragrance is probably my favourite aquatic fragrance. I thought that this was going to be similar to that like the other versions that have come out before it, but I was wrong. It is a warm, sweet citrusy floral. Grapefruit, passionfruit, and guava mix with a warm base of vanilla and soft woods. If you are looking for a great Summer evening fragrance, this would be my pick. It is lovely and the dry down is even lovelier. I tend to gravitate towards anything vanilla based. This perfume is also a great value for the money, you get 3.3 oz so it will last you quite a while.

Tom Ford Orchid Soleil $82
Tom Ford Orchid Soleil $82 

I always tend to save the best for last! Take Tom Ford out of the mix for a moment (I am pretty partial when it comes to Tom Ford) and you will still have the most sensual of Summer fragrances. This is Black Orchid but lighter, with a bit more floral, vanilla and a creamy, nutty accord. Like a sugared praline. If only Starbucks would come up with a flavour that tasted like how this smells! This is a heavier fragrance that might be to heavy for someone who is looking for a fresher Summer scent, but for evening it is perfect! Orchid Soleil will also transition nicely into the Fall and Winter months so to me…..that justifies the splurge! Most definitely my go to for Summer!

TOM FORD SOLEIL COLLECTION

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I got a chance to take a look at the new Tom Ford 2016 Soleil collection and it is gorgeous! I am not into overly bright candy colours for the Summer, so this collection is ideal. 

I am loving the sleek white accents in the packaging. It brings to mind all of the white marble and gold accents that Lidia Bersani uses in her interior designs.

Moisturecore Lip Colour $55
Moisturecore Lip Colour $55

This lip colour is MOISTURIZING! There is a passion fruit oil core in every tube, and the surrounding formula is an interfuse of nourishing extracts and butters. This formula is a bit more lightweight than its fuller coverage counterpart. The shades are somewhat darker than one might expect for the Summer, but bright pinks and pastels have been done time and again, time to change-up the game!

Ultra-Rich Lip Colour $52
Ultra-Rich Lip Colour $52

This is the full coverage option. The pigment is so saturating, so prepare for a bold statement lip. This is a moisturizing formula as well, but wears on the lips longer than the Moisturecore.

Sheer Cheek Duo-Bicoastal $78
Sheer Cheek Duo-Bicoastal $78

This is a universally flattering and bold rose shade, with a light pink highlighter. The coverage is buildable, which makes it great for all skin tones.

Radiant Moisture Souffle $98
Radiant Moisture Souffle $98

This gold pearl infused, whipped meringue of a cream, does for your face what Touche Éclat does for your eyes. It reawakens, re-energizes, and gives a look of vitality. Lightweight and perfect for warmer temps, this soufflé moisturizes and protects while giving you that sexy Summer glow.

CReam and Powder Eye Colour $60
Cream and Powder Eye Colour $60

These pots are filled with a luminous cream shadow on the bottom, and a coordinating shimmery powder shadow on the top. Both options are long wearing and can be worn alone, layered or blended for multiple eye looks.

Skin Illuminator-Fire Lust $72
Skin Illuminator-Fire Lust $72

This peachy-pink, lightweight lotion gives skin a natural sunny kiss. It will work for just about every skin tone and can be used under or over makeup. It is not a primer specifically, but I think it would work well as one if you are wearing a lightweight foundation over it.

Large Bronzing Powder $98
Large Bronzing Powder $98

These bronzing powders are gorgeous! They are so versatile and can be used as a contour product as well. It comes in 3 different shades so there will be one that will compliment your skin tone. It gives a subtle shimmer, and the formula is very long-lasting.

Cream Cheek Colour $68
Cream Cheek Colour $68

This creamy cheek colour comes in two universal sun-kissed shades, a bronzy peach and a gold toned pink. I was surprised at how blendable these are. I usually run into a blending problem with cream cheek colours.

Skin Contouring Compact-The Afternooner $108
Skin Contouring Compact-The Afternooner $108

In my opinion this will be the only all in one compact you will ever need. You get your contour, blush, and highlighter in one. The contour and the blush are a nice stay true formula, but depending on how dark you want or need it to be, you can build the colour. The highlighter is not too shimmery, just right, and can be used for a multitude purposes. These shades are ideal year round, which I love.

Bronzing Primer-Resort to Pleasure $74
Bronzing Primer-Resort to Pleasure $74

While this product is specifically a primer, I feel like if you can use it in place of a foundation. It is silky and just gives a nice even toned glow to the skin. It is not too dark and would work for all skin tones.

Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum $220-$550
Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum $220-$550

This fragrance sums up what the entire collection is meant to exude. It smells of sensuality and refined luxury. This is not your typical Summer, beachy fragrance. No nuances of suntan lotion to be found, and thank goodness for that because there are one too many. It is warm, slightly sweet, and exotic. Think of a warm, sweet breeze blowing in from the Mediterranean, that is how I can best describe it. Most Tom Ford fragrances tend to be unisex, but I think Soleil Blanc is decidedly feminine. For such a warm and lush fragrance you would think it would be heavy or too cloying for the Summer, but it isn’t at all. Aside from my Black Orchid, Soleil Blanc is my other Favourite Tom Ford fragrance!

Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil $98
Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil $98

If you want the best of multiple worlds than this body oil is for you! The problem is that it doesn’t come in a big enough bottle. This silky oil moisturizes, delicately fragrances, and gives your skin a sensual glow. An added bonus is that if you use this under the Soleil Blanc EDP, your fragrance will last much longer.

This Soleil collection is by far my absolute favourite for Summer!

FRAGRANCE SPOTLIGHT: PHILOSOPHY, MY PHILOSOPHY

Fragrance layering is an art form. Essentially, you can layer any fragrance just so long as the notes in one compliments the notes in the other. Most fragrances tend to be very complex in their makeup however, therefore it is best to experiment with those that have more singular notes.

Fortunately, there are fragrances that are actually designed for layering and take the guesswork out of an otherwise daunting endeavour. Following in the path of brands such as TokyoMilk, The Blend, and Jo Malone, Philosophy has just launched their own line of layering fragrances, aptly named My Philosophy.

The new collection consists of six different scents to layer or wear alone, and they have just launched exclusively at Philosophy and Sephora. The bottles are very similar to the bottles of their other fragrances, elegant and simplistic. Each bottle is 1 oz. and retails for $40. There is also a fragrance coffret that contains all six that is $85. These are Eau de Parfums, so you are actually getting a better quality fragrance.

My Philosophy, Expressive
My Philosophy, Expressive 

This is a sweet citrus, with notes of Moroccan Orange Flower, Sparkling Pink Grapfruit, and Golden Amber. This would make for a perfect top layer.

My Philosophy, Compassionate
My Philosophy, Compassionate 

This creamy gourmand blend of White Orris, Coconut Milk and Whipped Vanilla Bean, makes this scent ideal for a base layer.

My Philosophy, Empowered
My Philosophy, Empowered 

For those of you who like a more woody base, this one will do nicely with notes of Cashmere Woods, Cedarwood, and Amber Wood.

My Philosophy, Giving
My Philosophy, Giving 

Powdery Heliotrope Petals, Anjou Pear, and Cashmere Accord are the notes in this one. This would be a great first or second layer, and I wager that it would go nicely with the more woody base of the Empowered scent.

My Philosophy, Grateful
My Philosophy, Grateful 

This is a watery floral with a splash of subtle fruit, with notes of Pink Water Lily, Honeydew Melon, and Turkish Rose. It will certainly give your combination that lush aquatic nuance.

My Philosophy, Truthful
My Philosophy, Truthful 

For those of you who like that fresh appeal to your fragrance, this one is probably going to be the freshest scent in the collection with notes of White Magnolia Petals, Green Apple, and Spring Grass.

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My Philosophy, Layering Collection Coffret 

With this set you will get a 0.33 oz. of each fragrance. This is honestly the best way to go, if you want to try them all. You can pair them, layer them, or just wear them alone. So many options! I do not think I have ever been this excited about the prospect of layering my fragrances. I have to say that I rather appreciate the fact that there are only six scents to choose from, it makes it less overwhelming in a world of seemingly endless options!

FRAGRANCE SPOTLIGHT: CHANEL CHANCE EAU VIVE

The year 2010 brought with it the launch of Chance Eau Tendre, which is my very favourite Chanel fragrance. I have been languishing for something new as of late, but Chanel does not release fragrances too often. That is not ideal for us fragrance+Chanel lovers. My languishing would finally be sated upon reading an article on Luxury Insider. I think I must have made a very pestiferous noise, squeals mixed with some childish giggling and laboured breathing, since my husband looked at me utterly confused and concerned at my current mental state.

Régaler vos yeux! Chanel Chance Eau Vive!

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The bottle as you can see is of the exact same conception as the others in the Chance family. The Chance bottles are not the most exquisitely designed bottles out there, but they certainly represent the simplistic elegance that is Chanel.

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Chance Eau Vive is described as a vibrant floral with notes of jasmine and iris. There is going to be a citrus twist in there as well with notes of blood orange and grapefruit. Round all of that out with cedar, which will give it a subdued earthy quality. I am thinking from the description that there is going to be a lacking of the sugary sweet notes. A welcome nuance, compared to the overly sickly sweet and repetitive fragrances that some designers cannot seem to veer away from. (I am referring directly to you, every poorly conceived fragrance that has a celebrities’ name slapped on it) I loathe to think how many more versions of Viva La Juicy can come into fruition, they all smell the same after a few minutes.

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I have decided to just blind order Eau Vive directly from the Chanel website, but it shouldn’t be too much longer until it is released to major retailers and you will be able to sample it. I am overly excited to try it!

Have you been able to get your hands on Chanel Chance Eau Vive yet?

FRAGRANCE SPOTLIGHT: AERIN EAU DE PARFUMS

Guess what Sephora is carrying now??? Aerin fragrances! I am so excited, and you all should be too, because they are such elegant and lovely perfumes. These fragrances were curated by the Aerin brand founder, Aerin Lauder; who if you didn’t already know, is the granddaughter of Estée Lauder. I am so in love with her designs. She does some amazing jewelry and even home decor and lighting. You should definitely take a peek at her official website.

Now back to the matter at hand. Something to love about these fragrances other than the fragrance itself, is the bottles. I love the bottle design and presentation. They remind me of Jo Malone bottles, and anything reminiscent of Jo Malone is always a good thing.  All of the bottles are a 1.7 oz. size, which takes the guesswork out of which size to order. They are also the same price which is $110. Yes that is steep, but let me be the first to tell you, these fragrances are extremely long-lasting. Some more than others of course, but you will not be disappointed with the longevity.

Ikat Jasmine
Ikat Jasmine

This fragrance is really the reason why I am writing this post. If you love Jasmine, you will love this fragrance. I have smelled so many other representations of Jasmine in the past, and no other has come close to smelling like pure unadulterated Jasmine as this one. When it comes to floral based fragrances it has to be soft and non cloying. I love Gardenia and white flowers, but in perfumes they tend to come on too strong or are very generic smelling. This smells like someone took a handful of fresh picked Jasmine and pressed the oils out right under your nose! I cannot say enough about it, it’s just so beautiful.

Lilac Path
Lilac Path

This one to me does not smell like pure Lilac, but it still smells lovely. You also get some other floral and green notes. Certainly one of the more longer lasting ones in the collection.

Amber Musk
Amber Musk 

This one has pretty strong sillage as well. It is very musky yet creamy. A very warm scent, but not too sweet as some Amber based fragrances tend to be.

Evening Rose
Evening Rose 

I would describe this as an indecent Rose! The addition of Cognac and ripe berries make this fragrance a not so typical floral. It is sweet, but not overly so. Very feminine and unique.

Gardenia Rattan
Gardenia Rattan 

This is indeed a white floral. Heady but not overpowering. It is soft and fresh with a hint of an aquatic note. Very pretty. I wouldn’t say this is a true Gardenia smell, but it comes pretty close.

Iris Meadow
Iris Meadow 

This one I haven’t actually smelled, but I am hoping to get my hands on a sample.

Waterlily Sun
Waterlily Sun 

This is the other one that I have not been able to smell, but it is described as a watery green fragrance. I am not so keen on green fragrances, although I love Clinique Calyx.

Have you tried any Aerin fragrances before? Which is your favorite?

PROFUMO E NOSTALGIA

I had a moment of nostalgia today. As I was walking through the store, I caught a whiff of one of my favorite fragrances of yore, Dolce and Gabbana’s Sicily! So many memories flooded my mind. I do not know how many of you remember that perfume, or even know what it is, but it was one of my favorites. 1655W[1]I cannot recall when this fragrance was first launched, but I first bought it about 8 or 9 years ago. I remember smelling it in a magazine at a doctor’s office, and I instantly fell in love. When I got home the first thing I did was order it, from Nordstrom I believe.

When I received it in the mail I was so enthralled! I think I must have worn it everyday for months before I wore a different fragrance. Every time I wore it I would receive compliments. A friend of mine would always breathe me in when I was close to her, she loved it! Imagine if you can a fresh, fruity, warm, slightly floral, slightly sweet ocean! That is what Sicily smelled like. I always thought that if I ever made it to Sicily, it would smell like that perfume.cala-dogana-levanzo-sicily[1]

Quick medical fact: Your olfactory nerve is located very close to the amygdala, which is the area of the brain that is connected to the experience of emotion, and emotional memory. So smells go into the emotional part of the brain. Is it any wonder that of all of our senses, smell is probably the most powerful when it comes to memory recollection?

It took me a few years to use that bottle up, and when I finally did I had trouble finding it to re-order. I had so many other perfumes that I wasn’t too heart-broken. However, I always did miss it, and remember being agitated when I could no longer find it. When I got back to my car today I scoured the world wide web to see if by chance I could find it somewhere. No such luck, except on Ebay, which I would venture to think that bottle would be so expired.

So today I am a little sad about the fact that I will probably never own another bottle of Sicily again. Oh well, life does go on. Do you have a nostalgic perfume you miss?

COLD WEATHER SCENTS!

During those cold Winter months people usually break out the heavier cozy scents that would normally be too heavy for summer. I must confess I do not adhere to the Summer/Winter, Daytime/Nightime fragrance rule. I just wear what my mood tells me to. If you are looking for a lovely Winter scent you might give some of these a try. I feel like they are warm enough to be considered and evening fragrance, yet light enough for day. You know, if you follow the rules that is!

Prada Candy.
Prada Candy.

I got this for Christmas 2 years ago I believe, and it is so lovely! It is definitely a sweet one, I am not sure it reminds me of candy per se, but I do pick up hints of caramel, vanilla, and light musk.

Dolce and Gabbana Pour Femme.
Dolce and Gabbana Pour Femme.

This one has hints of vanilla and creamy notes, some woods and fruity accords! Warm yet fresh!

Gucci Guilty.
Gucci Guilty.

This one is warm and very long-lasting. A floral, with a touch of something edible! Love the pink pepper notes!

Versace Crystal Noir.
Versace Crystal Noir.

This has been a long time favorite of mine! The notes are simple, amber and gardenia. Both warm on their own, yet when mingled together, they create the most elegant of aromas.

Estee Lauder Sensuous.
Estee Lauder Sensuous.

This fragrance happens to have been created to work with a woman’s own unique body chemistry. On me it smells sweeter than when I have smelled it on other people. Its a bit musky, a bit sweet, a smidge floral. It certainly lives up to its name! I get compliments on it every time I wear it. Do you have a go to Winter scent?