For the gal that appreciates the finer things in life, there is nothing more exciting that a glimpse of that iconic Hermès orange. My fiancé learned this early when I dragged him to the Madison Avenue flagship just a few months after we started dating and gave him a very detailed walking tour, pointing out all the key pieces any aspiring Hermès collector should own. Though he looked a little scared at the time, he eventually got the point and surprised me a while later with a beautiful enamel bangle, which he hid in the fridge for me to find one day after work. I still remember that shock followed by joy when I spotted that beautiful orange box nestled between the half-and-half and Brita. Like I said, few things can compare to a little box, crafted in the most perfect orange known to womankind.
Now imagine if Hermès bottled up that excitement and energy into a fragrance, and you’ve got yourself their newest Cologne, Eau De Mandarine Ambrée. Of all the fragrances from the house of Hermès, it would only make sense that I would find their interpretation of the orange to be the most joyous one. The fragrance opens with the sweet juice of mandarin tempered by the zest of the rind. In other words, it really smells like an orange–but fresh and invigorating, not artificial or contrived. However, you needn’t worry about smelling like a breakfast beverage, the bright notes soon give way to a creamier amber while the slightly bittersweet rind elevates the fragrance to something more unexpected and sophisticated.
The cologne comes in an 100ml and 200ml bottle and is light enough to mist all over the body. My only complaint is that the bottle comes with a beautiful cap that can’t be put back on once the spray is inserted, leaving the overall packaging feel a little unfinished (I just like everything to look perfect on my vanity!). The fragrance isn’t available online yet for US folks (here’s the UK link), which means that you’ve got to do it the old-fashioned way and head to the Hermès store. Not that that was ever a bad thing…
Last minute gift shopping for Mother’s Day usually results in a not-so-thoughtful gift, with the exception, of course, of buying her a new bottle of perfume, which is one of the most personal gifts out there. We know it’s Friday…and that you have to see mom on Sunday, but no sweat — the mall is open on Saturday, and our personal perfume picks below will definitely hide any trace of this being a last-minute job. So whether your mom is super luxe or super down-to-earth, we’ve got you covered with some of the best new fragrances this season (plus something extra to go with each one).
For the fun mom: Jimmy Choo Flash. If you have a fun mom — you know the kind that knows how to have a good time (and maybe even rolled to a few parties with you back in the day) — consider me very jealous of you growing up. Celebrate her fun-loving ways with the new perfume by Jimmy Choo, Flash, a bright burst of white florals tempered by pink pepper and powdery woods that creates an uplifting yet sensual fragrance. Even the bottle and the packaging is a lot of fun: the crystal-faceted, shimmery bottle is reminiscent of a paparazzi flash bulb and the glitter packaging barely needs any wrapping. If you’re really good to your mom, you might even get her a new pair of party shoes to go with it. (more…)
I’ve been looking for weeks for a great roll-on perfume oil — and I’ve finally found it! New Jurlique Essence of Rose Roll-on Fragrance Oil is simple, easy to carry and now, a permanent staple on my office desk!
The blooming of the Cherry Blossoms always makes me catch my breath, no matter how many times I’ve stood among the flutters of pink petals floating around like a cloud. There’s nothing like the sight of graceful branches hanging over still water and the sweet scent of new blossoms to make you tingle with excitement for warm spring weather. I’m not stranger to cherry blossoms living in Washington DC, but I can only imagine the blooms in the Provence region in the south of France, my favorite place in the entire world. L’Occitane’s Spring Cherry Eau de Toilette captures the magic and beauty with the breezy scent of spring and takes you to Luberon, a French town known for its culinary scene and physical beauty. Cherry trees dot the landscape in the spring among olive trees and summer lavender. The eau de toilette mingles the fresh floral scent of a Provençal cherry orchard with woody notes and a base of musk. (more…)
There’s a reason this site is called The Daily Obsession — there’s nothing better than when you find a great new… well, anything, to obsess over. It’s so fun, isn’t it?
Right now, my fragrance obsession is the new Fresh Vanilla Lemon fragrance from LAVANILA. You guys, it smells sooo amazing. (Three o’s for emphasis!) The scent was inspired by the versatility of Madagascar vanilla and also has notes of lemon, watery fruits and fresh bamboo: it’s very clean and fresh, but also warm and sweet at the same time. I also like that it’s subtle and not overpowering… because if it were too in-your-face, it would smell like you rolled around in a bakery and well, no one wants that! Also, I love that LAVANILA infuses their scents with essential oils that contain vitamin-rich antioxidants instead of chemicals so they’re better for those with allergies or sensitive skin. The fragrance is limited edition, so get your hands on it now before it vanishes and you never get a chance to smell its lemony-vanilla goodness. That would just be tragic.
One of my favorite perfumes in the world comes naturally from a jasmine flower, which is also one of the simplest tiny blooms I’ve ever seen. The dainty little beauty creates such a lovely and unique scent it’s no wonder that it is one of the most prized flower for teas and fragrances. As soon as I opened the beautiful aluminum tube of Soap & Paper Factory Hand Cream, it was like a thousand jasmine flowers floating out. The cream itself is incredibly velvety on my hands which are so parched from getting washed a million times a day! Soap and Paper Factory is all about putting heart, soul, and beauty into their products, as evidenced by carefully sourced ingredients to exquisite earth-friendly packaging. Their products are made in New York and organic ingredients are used whenever possible. The hand cream is chock full of aloe, coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and other fine natural oils. I try not to touch anything with parabens, so this one is safely void of them as well as phthalates and petroleum. Equally loveable is the pretty girly packaging- each design actually starts from a hand drawing!
Jasmine flowers release their scent at night under the moonlight, so it’s fitting this I use this as a night treatment for my hands. After all, our hands deserve to be pampered after being busy all day! The cream is long-lasting enough to hydrate my skin through the night, and with the deep-moisturizing effects, I can tell the difference in the morning. I’ve learned to be careful to moisturize every night since hands show age easily and are often overlooked. The creams come in a variety of scents and each has its own pretty package, making it a perfect gifts for mom, grandma, or even sis (if she’s nice).
I had the good fortune of spending a number of my formative years going to school at the University of Washington, where all those idyllic collegiate things such as reading (sometimes napping) under trees, hanging out in independent coffee shops (where the coffee was actually good), and lazy afternoon jogs around the lake (framed by the city skyline) all actually happened. Occasionally, I still reminisce about those happy, youthful days – especially when I’m on my third cup of watered down office coffee or when staring out my 30-something story apartment window at the daily chaos that is Manhattan. But if there is one time of year that especially makes me miss college and Seattle, it’s the early spring — when the cherry blossoms come into full bloom along the expansive Quad. (more…)
Once upon a time, I subjected myself to this harrowing 30-day beauty product fast, after which I discovered I was allergic to most of my beauty products — including my beloved Chanel perfumes. (Moment of silence, please.)
Reluctant to give up my beloved Mademoiselle, I remembered this New York Times article, which basically defended synthetic fragrances as misunderstood scapegoats. But the fact remained that every time I applied a synthetic fragrance (almost every big-name brand out there), I sneezed. And so — discussions about molecular structure aside — it was easier for me to believe I was allergic to all synthetic fragrances.
Fast forward several years to my meeting with Kristi Head, co-founder of Lurk — a solution for people like me. The N.Y.C.-based company recently launched their first line of natural fragrances, comprised of five perfume oils that almost anyone can wear without worrying about an allergic reaction. (more…)
I first fell in love with Stella McCartney when she launched her inaugural collection for Adidas. I remember looking through the collection photos thinking I’d never seen workout wear like that before — sleek, strong and geometrical, but also sweet and girly with its light pinks and dusty roses. I longed for a body to pull the clothes off, to be a Stella McCartney girl — equal parts strong and feminine. (more…)
Gucci has a new fragrance out – Première – and it’s really interesting. I’m usually more a fan of the clean scents (as I’m sure you all know since I’m constantly gushing about, well, the CLEAN brand…) but I can’t get enough of Première since I sniffed it a few weeks ago. It was inspired by the stunning gowns from the Gucci Première couture collection show at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and the scent was made to celebrate the star in every woman. (Kind of a great idea, if you think about it…)
It’s an interesting fragrance with what kind of first struck me as a random collection of notes - Bergamot, Orange Blossom, White Flower, Musk, Leather and Wood – but when you smell them all together, they really just… work. I usually only like florals when they’re tempered by more masculine notes, so having the White Flower and Orange Blossom merge with the Musk and Wood notes really makes this one stand out for me. It’s definitely a very sophisticated scent – I haven’t been wearing it to work because on me, it’s a little heavy for the daytime, but it works perfectly on me at night. I like the gold bottle as well – it looks great nestled amongst all my other bottles on my dresser. Now if I could just get myself one of their couture gowns to pair it with…