All posts filed under: Parfum

The Cool Blue Classic

There are classics and then there are The Classics! All the Gisele Bündchens of this world, I am really sorry, but you still got nothing on Marilyn Monroe! Being the Caste Blanchett of perfumes (sorry Mr Armani), Davidoff’s Cool Water has always been on the fragrance block. Sometimes more on the forefront, sometimes silently waiting it’s turn, always cool, understated, elegant, fresh and demure but never dull and never twice the same. It’s latest incarnation is the Davidoff Cool Water Pacific Summer Edition For Her, a limted edition to help you suf through the Summer of 2017 (#yespunintended). Inspired by the ethereal aqua and floral fragrances of the ocean and exotic faraway beaches with coral reefs enticing you to explore them, it’s the fragrantic translation of summer casual cool. But how do you embody that scent of the sea, both fresh and lingering on your skin, like the morning dew of what promises to be a tropical day. Fruity notes such as mandarine, pineapple, pear, melon and a hint of mint open up the scent, before …

La Parfumerie Moderne – Années Folles

“The crazy years” – now there’s a way to tickle my fancy! Scent has always been the strongest sense emotionally. Sight can be visually pleasing, and a silky soft touch can soothe any temper, but a scent, oh the perfect scent, can take you home and around the world in one go. One whiff of 4711 Eau de Cologne and I am a little girl going for Saturday afternoon ice creams with my Nan. A hint of Ralph Lauren Glamourous, and I am that giddy, insecure college girl falling in love with Mr B. La Parfumerie Moderne finds it’s origin in that exact emotion. Enchanted by his family’s old hotel, La Royal Picardie in Le Touquet, Philippe Neirinck roamed the halls and rooms of the hotel after it had closed for business. Guests may have disappeared, but their memories still lingered here. A forgotten perfume flask glistening in a hidden corner triggers a young boy’s imagination, imagination evolved into fasciation, and a few decades later, this one fragrantic moment led to the creation of La Parfumerie Moderne. …

This Is How French Rock Chic Smells Like

Zadig & Voltaire, aka the epitome of that elusive French Rock Chic, full of that je-ne-sais-quoi that I still haven’t mastered fully. That perfect flick of eyeliner? Got it! A rocking red lip? Mastered it! That rock & roll meets understated chic attitude? Still working on it! First step in that direction? Zadig & Voltaire This Is Her and This Is Him. Two perfumes to incarnate the brand’s casual rock and roll chic style, two fragrances to perfectly complement each other, a scent trail of Parisian life. Both This Is Her and This Is Him have been created in cooperation with Beauté Prestige International (BPI), with Sidonie Lancesseur and Michel Almairac in charge of This Is Her, and This Is Him helmed by Nathalie Lorson. Brief:  “to find a balance of something really clean and something darker, more mysterious.” Originally launched in September this year, I have to admit to only having started wearing them at the start of this month, as they are a tad too gourmand to match an Indian Summer for me (shame on me, I know…). …

A Tale of My Fig Fascination

Trifecta’s are for skincare routines, beauty talks with friends and Acqua Di Parma fragrances. Colonia Ambra and Rosa Nobile have tempted me before, but no perfume (of any brand for that matter) has enchanted me as much as my all-time favourite, Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo – Fico di Amalfi. A strong claim, I know, but hear me out. I first sniffed this fragrance at Parfuma over 5 years ago, and have been religiously loving it ever since. Yes, from to time I stray, so much to try, so much to discover, but like the faithful fan I am, I always return to my one (but not always only) fig fascination. Figs have always been an obsession of mine. The deep reds and purples of the ripe, lush fruit, their softness and form, a taste so elegant it caresses your taste buds, and the scent, oh the scent. Diptiqye Phylosykos and Hermès Un Jardin en Méditerranée might be the more well known fig scents, but when I’m writing, it’s Fico Di Amalfi that get’s a love letter! Like a …

Happy New Year!

2015 has come and gone, 2016 has begun, and so has all the fun! (See what I did there!). Even though the 1st of January is already behind us, I still wanted to take a little moment  before getting back into the swing of things. Before anything else, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support this past year! Every single read, like and comment (both on- and offline!) meant more to me than you’ll ever realize, and I am extremely grateful for each and every one of them.  2015 was a bit of a rocky year, both personally and on the blog, but a new year offers a chance to start afresh. Time to write that new chapter! For that new chapter, I would love your input! What do you want to see more or less of on LeenLovesStyle? Less beauty? Or even more beauty? Increase the fashion dose? Or maybe inject a bit more lifestyle? Maybe a bit more structure? Let me know …

Dior Sauvage – Not Just For Men

Unisex perfumes have always been my thing. If it is displayed in the male section, I’ll sneakily head over for a little whiff. Constantly turned off by most of the sweet and girly offerings known as female perfumes, I love it when a fragrance is headier, with a bit more body, and a less outspoken gender personality. Gotta keep everyone guessing, you know. Dior Fahrenheit 32 has been a favourite of mine for yonks (we go waaaaay back, Fahrie and me), and the Acqua Di Parma Colonia Ambra has been heating my skin up these last few months as well. Neither one can be pigeonholed as a clear male of female fragrance, and where my dress sense can only be described as decidedly feminine, my taste in scents is quite the opposite. Cue the new Dior male fragrance! Released with big fanfare earlier this year, Dior Sauvage is not only making a play to be the house’s next big male fragrance, but also to find it’s place in my carefully curated daily perfume collection. Not to …

Acqua Di Parma Colonia Ambra

When talking about iconic perfumes, most people immediately have these images of Chanel No 5 and Shalimar spring to mind, or can’t help but think about Thierry Mugler’s Angel or Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique perfectly curved bottle. My thoughts however turn to one image only, that breathtakingly classy (and classic) statuesque packaging of the original Acqua Di Parma Colonia. Intense, bright yellow like the afternoon sun in the Italian skies, black, sturdy yet refined lettering and a bottle exuding the same impeccable elegance as the scent itself. A true classic! No classic would be complete without having inspired a family of related fragrances, a kinship of sorts, and the Colonia was followed in it’s footsteps by the other fragrances of the Colonia Ingredients family, ie Colonia Intensa, Colonia Oud, Colonia Essenza and Colonia Leather. Latest addition is the Acqua Di Parma Colonia Ambra, a fragrantic embodiment of the leather roots of the brands setting off y from Venice to discover the scents of The Silk Road. Stepping away from the leather-y notes that support the freshness of …

Kenzo Is My Tribe and Blue Is My Totem

Kenzo has slowly but steadily been taking over our hearts and minds as the ultimate urban brand, cool and sassy but also wearable. Tongue in cheek form and function! I still mourn not getting my hands on those drop dead gorgeous neon yellow espadrilles this past summer, and who can forget their infamous tiger sweater? For their latest fragrance drop, they felt like a little shake up of the current perfume traditions and go about creating it a little bit differently. Starting from their desire to create a scent that would introduce unisex scents to the large public, noses Antoine Lie and Jean Jacques followed their urban hearts and came up with not one but three scents to represent today’s generation. Three wayward but universal scents that can be worn by both men and women, depending on their mood, interests and personalities. All three named Totem, but with a subtitle to refer to their characteristics: Woody Citrus (yellow), Woody Floral (orange) and Woody Fruity (blue). Completely against my usual preferences (lilies all the way!!), I …

Everyday handbag essentials

“Show me your handbag and I’ll know all about you”. If you take one look at my handbag and it’s contents, and you’ll see immediately that I am a big control freak, and like to be prepared for just about anything that could happen. Less is more definitely does not apply to what I lugg around on a daily  basis, and while the exact content might vary from day to day, these are the absolute essentials I always need with me! Bobby pins and elastic bands for my hair are a no brainer, I love wearing my hair down but can not stand it falling in front of my eyes when I’m working on my laptop… A lip balm is a year round necessity as well, the Kenzoki Balm for Lips to Kiss is a new discovery that has my lips loving it. A transparant, hydrating, buttery texture that sinks in easily, perfect for on-the-go touch ups. Another Kenzoki favourite is the Kenzoki Cream with a Sheen, for those moments my skin needs some extra …