All posts tagged: Parfum

Help needed!

Time to be honest! Ever since having 2 children and between trying to combine those with a full time job, a househould and the blog, my organisational skills have been tried and tested, failed and improved, put through the wringer and strechted to the extreme. Shortly put, they have been the cornerstone and foundation of my day to day life, the difference between (somewhat) smooth sailing and utter stress and desperation. The school/daycare/playtime schedule has been perfected, weekmenu’s are created every weekend and their wardrobes and daily outfits, well let’s just say I’ve got that down to a t. My beauty organization however is in shambles. Lost between products to test in 2 storage cupboards, a bathroom cabinet, a bathroom drawer, a shelf and a nightstand, my skincare and cosmetics collection is nothing short of pure clutter, and I forget to use at least half of the great stuff that I have, only because I don’t know where to look first. Additionally, clutter drives me crazy and turns me into a nervous wreck, so my …

Wishlist Wednesday – Tom Ford Velvet Orchid

Tom Ford, aka The Master of Sensuality, truly has the Midas touch. Just about everything he creates turns to gold, and the latest addition to his Tom Ford Signature Collection is no exception to the rule. Bold, glamourous, elegant and powerful, his ideas embody modern-day femininity. Building further on the base provided by Black Orchid, the master now releases Velvet Orchid, an oriental floral scent with that same promise of being glamourous, unique and potent. Created by Yann Vasnier, Calice Becker, Shyamala Maisondieu and Antoine Maisondieu and described as a hybrid of Tom Ford Noir and Black Orchid, this scent enchanted me even before I had even sniffed it. After opening with that same hypnothic and earthy touch as the original Black Orchid, the difference between the two becomes crystal clear. Honey, Succan absolute (purified rum extract), mandarin and bergamot take over, before giving way to the core of black, purple and velvet orchid, blended with jasmine and Morroccan and Turkish rose oil for that floralness. Other florals complementing this core are orange blossom, rose absolute, narcissus, hyacinth and …

Karl Lagerfeld fragrances for Him and Her

King Karl reigns supreme! Anything any other brand does, Karl Lagerfeld usually tends to do it better. Not one to follow trends but one to make trends, he also only does things when he feels the time is right. After last year’s gorgeous Choupette collection, he’s now back with his next big launch, his own perfume for him and her! “Perfume is like fashion for the nose!” Karl Lagerfeld Perfumers Christine Nagel, Jean-Chistophe Hérault and Serge Mjoullier were tasked with creating and Eau de Parfume for women and an Eau de Toilette for men, with the brief being an fragrance translation of Karl’s esthetic: “A modern approach of traditional ideas”. This resulted in a female fragrance that is in fact a study in contrasts: Crisp, fresh lime and soft peach to make way for a core of roses, magnolia and plumeria (frangipani). After a few hours, this will round out with soft amber and musk notes. Edgy and elegance combined! The male fragrance is slightly different, but still cut from the same cloth. Timeless yet …

Chris Pine – The new face of Armani Code

Sometimes Hollywood’s finest and Italy’s finest meet, and it is a match made in heaven. Today saw the announcement of such a collaboration, with the presentation of actor Chris Pine as the new face of the Giorgio Armani fragrance “Armani Code” “Chris perfectly embodies the brand’s spirit with his strong charisma and natural elegance. Besides revealing great talent, high versatility and the right amount of irony on set, his magnetic charm makes him the ideal match for this fragrance” Giorgio Armani. Well known for his parts as Captain Kirk in the ‘Star Trek’ movies or as the titular character in ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’, the actor will be featured in the new advertising campaign for this frangrance that rolls out worldwide this Spring. Granted, this is a male fragrance, so maybe it’s more Phil’s cup of tea than mine, but a sensuous yet timeless fragrance coupled with Mr Pine’s “magnetic charm”? Count me in!

SeeByChloe Eau Fraîche

A few little confessions to kick off the weekend: I love fragrances (I literally cannot add another sample to my cabinet, much to the despair of my long-suffering husband)! I love clean, crisp and fresh frangrances! And I love Chloe fragrances (love each and every one of them, I just do)! Now, everytime a press release from Chloe pops up in my inbox, my interest is automatically tickled, but when the delightful Katia, my beauty-partner-in-crime, had a bottle of the SeeByChloe Eau Fraîche with her when we met last Friday, I could not resist a little spraying. And in love I fell… Softer and aerier than the original SeeByChloe fragrance, this Eau Fraîche is the creation of Michel Almairac. It opens with notes of water hyacinth before the apple blossom and jasmin take over. Vetiver rounds it all up and gives the scent an earthy touch. And today, to start off a fresh, new weekend, Chloe released this little video for the fragrance. Enjoy!

Chloé Ally Solid Perfume Necklace

Beautiful on the inside and on the outside, more is not needed to describe this beauty by Chloé, the Chloé Ally Solid Perfume Necklace. A beautiful, elegant, timeless, silver-hued locket that, on it’s own, would complement many an outfit, but that also contains a delicate rose-scented solid fragrance. Notes of roses combined with magnolia and peony, and uplifted by touches of amber and cedar make that this fragrance is soft and feminine without being overly sweet or girly. To me, it’s the perfect encapsulation of elegance.   Available at Paris 8 and Parfuma RRP: € 63.00

Florabotanica

Balenciage seems to have that magic touch when it comes to fragrances. Paris l’Essence reigns over my bathroom cabinet at the moment, Paris would be my scent of choice if ever I have to chose only 1 perfume for the rest of my life (God forbid that day ever comes) and their last offering has everybody falling over their feet to get it. Florabotanica was first released in 2012, and it truly is Balenciaga’s botanic garden captured in a bottle. Developed by Olivier Polge and Jean-Christophe Herault ( IFF’s perfumers), it is a floral fragrance not quite like any other. While it has floral notes, it is at the same time very seductive and enticing, implying that it’s flowers are not only beautiful but also somewhat dangerous, designed to lure you in. The scent is developed on the idea of an experimental rose, with notes of carnation, wild mint, Turkish rose essence, hemp leaves, vetiver and white amber. It is at the same time velvety and thorny, soothing and flirty, soft and edgy. The campagne for this …

Jimmy Choo – Flash

A few months ago I participated in a giveaway on one of my favourite blogs (the very lovely and utterly gorgeous Dutchess Roz, please check out her blog), and thought no more of this (knowing my luck with such contests….). A few weeks later I was pleasantly surprised when I received a very kind email from Roz saying that I had won, and when the postman delivered the package a mere few days later, I was over the moon! FLASH is the sophmore fragrance by Jimmy Choo, and after their first offering, Creative Directors Sandra Choi and Simon Holloway knew excatly what they wanted for this follow up frangrance: “FLASH is about the cool rush of excitement and the sense of power a woman feels when dressed in a pair of sexy shoes. Its character which is both heady and effervescent, captures this perfectly.” Perfumer extraordinaire Christine Nigel was able to perfectly capture this sense of excitement and female power when creating the scent, and has delivered a beautiful white floral scent with top notes of pink pepper, tangerine and strawberry. …

L’Occitane: La Collection de Grasse

La Provence!  Één van de bekendste streken ter wereld, met een overdaad aan geuren, kleuren en smaken. Zelf zie ik direct paarsgekleurde lavendelvelden, het zonlicht dat alles geel kleurt en namiddagen in de zon met het geluid van honderden krekels op de achtergrond. Het in de Provence gelegen Grasse staat gekend als de parfum-hoofdstad van de wereld, dus het is niet verrassend dat L’Occitane, dat zijn roots in de Provence heeft, een collectie heeft gecreëerd gebaseerd op de geuren van dit stadje. De collectie bestaat uit 4 Eau de Toilettes die werden samengesteld door Karine Dubreuil, zelf opgegroeid in Grasse. “Ik werd met die tuin in mijn hoofd geboren” – Karine Dubreuil Elke geur bestaat uit 2 hoofdingrediënten die ook telkens de naam vormen van het parfum, en terwijl de Provence de hoofdinspiratie vormt van deze collectie, zijn niet alle geuren afkomstig uit Grasse. Zo vinden we ook exotische extracten zoals magnolia en groene thee uit het Verre Oosten, vanille uit Madagaskar, bittere sinaasappelen uit Tunesië, en dichterbij ook nog braambes uit Zuid-Frankrijk, jasmijn uit Grasse en Egypte, bergamot uit Italië …

BURBERRY BODY TENDER

Ik hou van Burberry! There, I said it! Hun klassiek ruitjespatroon net iets minder, maar hun trenchcoats, clutches en runway outfits kunnen me keer op keer bekoren (kijk maar eens naar mijn My Dream Wardrobe board op Pinterest – bewijs in overvloed). En hun make up collectie, oh die make up collectie! Best thing since sliced bread! Mooie, zachte, silky smooth oogschaduwen, longlasting lipsticks en luxueze verpakkingen, zonder tierlantijntjes, opvallende verpakkingen of neon kleuren die om aandacht schreeuwen. Ingetogen, kwalitatieve luxe tot in de kern, een heerlijke verademing! Burberry is één van de weinige modehuizen die de productie en marketing van zijn parfums volledig in eigen huis heeft genomen, en ook al is dat een risico in deze economisch onzekere tijden, hun laatste creatie, Burberry Body, was één van de meest succesvolle parfums van het voorbije jaar. Het kon zelfs mijn mama bekoren (en dat is een moeilijke taak – sorry mama)! Geïnspireerd door het meesterstuk van het Britse huis, de trenchcoat, was dit parfum een zachte maar sensuele, vrouwelijke geur die je huid als …