Stories for: Fragrance

Fragrance, HomeMaison Jardin

M-Jardin-Metallo-Sake-Lemon-350x350Even though the days are warming up, it can still be cool at night. And lately on weekend nights, for me, there’s almost nothing better than cozying up with a throw, lighting a candle and catching up on magazines. I’m a big fan of Voluspa‘s Candles, and was so excited when they reached out about their newest collection, Maison Jardin.

The collection is composed of 4 fragrances:

  • Sake Lemon Flower
  • Linden & Dark Moss
  • Yuzu Rose Stonecrop
  • Amaranth & Jasmine

Since I gravitate toward florals and citrus scents, I happily tried to the Sake Lemon Flower Maison Metallo Candle. This is a lovely tart scent, but the sake note tempers the citrus, preventing it from being overly sweet.

Their containers are so lovely, as well. This one has gorgeous vintage-inspired florals, and their double wick configuration always leaves the candle burning evenly. (Tip: Make sure it always burns to the edges to prevent tunneling and for continuous even burns.)

Fragrance, HomeBring on Spring (Scents)!

Are you as over winter as I am? I’m craving sunshine, light breezes and spring-scented air… But since it’s still chilly, I’m turning to candles to bring in the scent of spring, while still providing coziness at home. Candles from Tocca are always a treat, and their scents let your senses escape to another place. These three are my current favorites! READ MORE

FragranceA Taste of Honey

marc_jacobs_honeyI love Marc Jacobs anything, so I always get excited when he has a new product out. (You should’ve seen me the first time I laid eyes on his new makeup collection.  There were practically tears!)  So naturally, I was super happy finally to get my hands on his new scent, Honey. First of all, how cute is the bottle? Adorable, right? It just makes me smile when I look at it and love its bright cheerfulness and the little “bees” attached.But even more than the bottle, I love the scent itself. It’s so fruity and energizing and just the right fragrance that works for both day and night with notes of Pear, Juicy Mandarin, Orange Blossom, Peach Nectar, Apricot, Honeysuckle, Honey, Golden Vanilla and Smooth Woods. You can definitely smell all of the citrus notes in it, which is a plus for me and is very fresh and feminine, not overpowering or too heavy. READ MORE

Beauty, Fragrance, Makeup, NailsCrazy Paris Glamour

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I’m absolutely ecstatic to be escaping to my beloved Paris for a few days this week! It’s been a year since I was last there, and when I’ve been away for a while I start to feel a yearning tickle under my skin for the charming streets, delicate pastries, and of course the effortless-chic fashion. I love Paris in all seasons, but autumn is my favorite time to go when the big tourist rush is over and the crisp chill is in the air making it perfect for tea and croissants in the afternoon. Before I take off, I always have to go over my wardrobe with a discerning eye (often leading to a frenzy), when I try to find that outfit that’s been waiting for the right moment to be taken out. Just in time for my trip, I have fallen for the only thing that could make me even more excited for the hop over to France: Guerlain’s Crazy Paris Holiday Collection. Each exquisite creation in the collection speaks to the glamour of Paris, inspired by the bright lights that illuminate the city at night. Guerlain is celebrating its reopening of its flagship boutique in Paris at 68 Champs Elysees, hence the “68″ theme for the beautiful packaging of each piece. READ MORE

Bath & Body, Fragrance, Los AngelesLavanila Your Life This Summer

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I’ve been really into citrus lately — and not just because it’s still in season here. When the weather heats up, anything with hints of lemon, orange, grapefruit or lime makes me feel cooler, more refreshed and happy to be alive. This is why I’ve been spritzing Lavanila Laboratories Vanilla Grapefruit fragrance all over the house — and on myself. It’s a very smooth yet perky scent, with an initial blast of grapefruit and lime that dries down to spicy vanilla and sandalwood.

Lavanila, an L.A.-based company, prides itself on using organic sugar cane alcohol, essential oils and botanicals. The result is a scent that isn’t as likely to irritate your skin or your senses. If you love citrus and vanilla — and are attempting to avoid products that contain any or all of the following: parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, silicones, propylene glycol, mineral oils, synthetic dyes, sulfates, chemical sunscreens, or aluminum (whew!) — I recommend keeping a bottle of this in your bathroom.

 

Accessories, Fragrance, Obsessions, TravelLaura Mercier Patisserie Candles

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One of life’s simplest but most delightful pleasures for me is to step into a cozy French bakery early in the morning, feeling the warmth of the oven still on, and breathing in the tantalizing fresh aroma of pastries. The next pleasure is, of course, partaking in eating them. Laura Mercier’s La Petite Patisserie Travel Candle Trio has captured three beautiful scents of the patisserie in a perfect candle travel set, and the best part is, it’s calorie-free! Despite wondering if these gorgeous smells would make my stomach growl, I found them satisfying my senses without the craving. The sweet flavors of Fresh Fig, Almond Coconut Milk, and Crème de Pistache are wrapped up in votive candles to release that bakery-fresh smell whether you’re cozying up at home or on the road. When I travel, I find that a candle goes a long way in setting the ambience and bringing warmth and comfort to a hotel room.

Fresh Fig is my favorite of the vibrant trio, and I can almost taste the fresh Celeste Figs and fruit bouquets of Apricot Nectar and Ylang Ylang. The mini candle certainly packs a punch–within minutes of being lit, the room is permeated with the delicious warm scent. The Almond Coconut Milk is the most comforting, a sweet version of milky flavors with a tropical twist. It combines Milk, Coconut, Almond and Vanilla notes with Heliotrope and Musk for a rich experience. Last but not least, Crème de Pistache is an exotic and decadent blend of Almost, Praline and Hazelnut with freshly Whipped Cream for a luscious, rich scent. The candles have a 20-30 hour burn time, which is key for small candles–they go the distance for their petite size. This limited-edition sampler comes with a elegant and portable candle carrier which is perfect for stashing your favorite candle in your toiletry bag. Trust me, it’s the first thing you’ll pull out to create your home away from home!

FragranceHermes Orange

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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…

Fragrance, Gift GuidesLast Minute Shopping: A Perfume for Every Mom

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).

JCFor 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. READ MORE

Beauty, FragranceEverything’s Coming Up Roses with Jurlique

Jurlique Rose Roll On Fragrance
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!

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Bath & Body, Beauty, Fragrance, Lust ListL’Occitane Cerises

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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. READ MORE

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