All posts tagged: perfume

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 …

Fading into an Andalusian Fall with Sisley Soir d’Orient

Fading into a new season has always been some of my favourite parts of the year. The previous season still is lingering around for those last moments, but the promise of a new season is already peeping around the corner, with the allure of cashmere knits, steaming hot drinks and warmer scents filling the air. This next fragrance may have entered my life right before summer, but to me, it is the ultimate first step into an Autumn state of mind. No one does rich warmth and opulent luxury like Sisley, and the new Sisley Soir d’Orient fragrance only adds to their legacy. Inspired by her childhood holidays in Sevilla, South of Spain, Isabella d’Ornano created a fragrance that will take you straight to a sunset walk through the gardens of the Alcazar, the air heavy with warmth, sensuality and dreamy mystery. First thing you smell are fresh hints of iran galbanum, bergamot and saffron, before evolving into a warmer heart of geranium, heady Turkish rose and black pepper. Later on it settles into a somewhat …

Spotlight – Clarins Eau Des Jardins

How about go about things a bit differently today? How about, instead of raving about the tenth great new fragrace launch this year, we rave about one of the launches that has proven it’s worth and stood the test of time? A little trip down the Hall Of Fame?  A product deserving of some extra time in the spotlight?! Clarins Eau Des Jardins is the ultimate summer fragrance! A clever hybrid of a summery scent, aromatherapy and even a dash of skincare, the citrus-y scent will boost your mood (perfect for those early mornings!) and even work a little magic on your skin. Etheric oils of  orange, grapefruit, lemon, bergamot,  wild rose, bay leaf and dry oils from cedar, vetiver and white musk make it the ultimate fresh summer scent, while the blackcurrant bud (soothing), beech bud (moisturizing) and the sorcier bud (illuminating) give your skin a little va-va-voom. Added bonus? It is the absolute only fragrance I can wear without getting  burned when it is really sunny outside (trust me, I’ve tried…and suffered…). Clarins Eau …

Givenchy Ange ou Demon & Accord Illicite

Perfumes may come and go, especially with us beauty bloggers, but some enchant us so much that they remain a constant force in our fragrance collection. Like your favourite sweater or blanket, it offers warmth and comfort like nothing else.  Givenchy Ange ou Démon Le Secret is that safety  net for me, a touch of coming home with each sniff. Love at first whiff made me curious about the other fragances in the Ange ou Démon family, but where the original fragrance is just so-so on me, the latest embodiement of the Givenchy woman, Givenchy Ange ou Démon Le Parfum & Accord Illicite*   is supposedly so audacious and on trend that I can’t help but be intrigued. All salacious clichés of what a woman’s sensuality is supposed to be and smell like aside, the new Givenchy Ange ou Démon Le Parfum is above all a new play on layering fragrances, a new way of wearing perfume that has gone maistream these last few years. After spritzing the Le Parfum, you’re supposed to up the ante (and …

Frederic Malle Cologne Indelebile

It’s almost a rite of passage, every girl in her teens gently wants to foray in the wonderful world of perfumes. Those first scents, often a gift from a loving parent (hi mum!) seem to have taken on a an almost ritual and iconic reputation, try imagining how many teenage girls started their journey into the art of fragrances with a bottle of Tommy Girl, D&G Light Blue, DKNY Be Delicious or any of the Cacharel offerings. Fast forward some fifteen years, and my taste has well evolved from that first bottle of Ralph my mum got me for my 15th birthday. After a little pit stop to dabble in the realm of commercial hits such as J’Adore and Ange ou Démon (remains an all time favourite!), I’m succumbing to the mysteriousness, elegance and uniqueness of niche perfumes. One of the first brands on my list to discover was Editions de Parfum Frederic Malle, a brand that has been blazing the trail for niche perfumes worldwide these last few years. Seeking to create specific fragrances …

Acqua Di Parma Rosa Nobile

Rose-based scents are often tauted as the fragrantic personification of elegance, and as much as I love elegance in all it’s forms, a scent based on the queen of flowers was, up to now, severely lacking in my collection.  Rosa Nobile*, the latest launch from Acqua di Parma*, honours the delights of a rose in a simple, delicate, sophisticated and beautiful manner. Just close your eyes and drift away to an afternoon stroll amongst rose bushes in a sun-drenched pristine Italian rose garden. “Strolling in the shade of centuries-old trees, among lodges and staircases, a sensuous fragrance drifts – the strong notes of the rose. Its scent forms part of Italy’s noble gardens which, like a queen, it pervades with natural elegance. Acqua di Parma takes their unequalled charm to give life to an Eau de Parfum introducing new touches into the universe of Le Nobili, a collection of women’s fragrances inspired by the most beautiful flowers of exclusive and private Italian gardens, where art and beauty blend in perfect balance. Each one a unique fragrance, selected …