Stories for: Fragrance

Bath & Body, Beauty, FragranceSugary Lemon Goodness

vanillalemonThere’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.

Bath & Body, Fragrance, SkincareSoap + Paper Hand Cream

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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).

 

FragranceCherry in the Air

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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. READ MORE

Beauty, Eco & Organic, Fragrance, New YorkAdieu, Chanel. Bonjour, Lurk.

LURKOnce 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. READ MORE

Fashion, FragranceStella McCartney L.I.L.Y.

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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. READ MORE

Beauty, FragranceA Première Fragrance

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…

Celebrities, FragranceBrad Pitt Waxes Poetic to Chanel No. 5


Eye candy alert! Look who just made his online debut as the first male spokesmodel for Chanel No. 5  (at 12:01 a.m. Monday Paris time, of course). Hear what he has to say to the iconic women’s fragrance at chanel.com.

Beauty, Fragrance, Los Angeles, New YorkCoco Noir is the new Black

Like Gabrielle Chanel, sometimes I’m in the mood to wear black head to toe; but other times, I just want to evoke the feeling of black without looking like I’m going to a funeral. Enter Coco Noir, the latest women’s fragrance to emerge from the house of Chanel. An LBD of fragrances, it is all at once mysterious, intense, seductive and luxurious — as if Chanel No. 5 and Coco Mademoiselle joined forces. READ MORE

Bath & Body, FragranceKiehl’s Introduces New Aromatic Blends Fragrance Collection

If you’re searching for a unique new fragrance for summer, you’re in luck.  One of our all time favorite brands Kiehl’s just rolled out four new fragrances for its new Aromatic Blends collection- and it’s available exclusively online right now before a July 10 nation wide store rollout!

While you may not automatically think of perfume, when you hear Kiehl’s, fragrance has actually played a big part in the brand’s heritage.  The original apothecary opened with a number of fragrance oil blends and one of the brand’s iconic products is the best selling Musk Eau de Toilette. With the new Aromatic Blends collection, Kiehl’s takes the brand into a new fragrance frontier while simultaneously paying homage to the many scents that have always characterized the brand’s products.  For the launch, I was invited to the Kiehl’s office where we learned from the brand’s Vice President of Education that this is just the beginning for Kiehl’s and to expect many more new fragrances to be launched in the coming years. READ MORE

Bath & Body, Beauty, FragranceEternal Summer

For someone who doesn’t really like the beach, I have a crazy love for beachy fragrances.  I can’t get enough of them, especially once summer rolls around and they’re even more perfect for every day wear.  At the moment, one of my favorites is Calvin Klein’s Eternity Summer.  It’s a really light, feminine fragrance, but it’s fragrant enough to wear it during the day or at night – it doesn’t fade away immediately like some lighter scents.  I love the fact that it’s a fruity-floral – I’m not a fan of straight florals, but when you mix them with fruity scents, I almost always love them.  It has notes of Japanese Pear, White Peony and Comforting Musks, so it has a warm undertone that blends nicely with the pear notes.  It’s very fresh and clean and reminds me a lot of the smell of the ocean breeze during the summer.  Delightful!

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