Stories for: Fragrance

Beauty, FragranceLa Vanila Healthy Deodorant

In an age where pink slime, arsenic, and ammonia abound in our nation’s meat, the last thing I want to do is knowingly put any additional gross chemicals into my body. Recently, I’ve made a concerted effort to use only natural and eco-friendly products, starting with La Vanila’s Healthy Deodorant. It’s a simple but easy step to take in the right direction, as it’s an all natural deodorant that’s aluminum free, allergy tested, dermatologist approved, and formulated without parabens, synthetic dyes, or sulfates. Irrespective of the health benefits, the scents are so beautiful and fresh, you’ll barely want to wear anything else.  I find a pure vanilla scent to be too sweet and cloying on an actual person (although I love the smell in baking), but when cut with the citrus highlights of grapefruit, passionfruit, lavender, or coconut, it’s relegated to instant sophistication and becomes the perfect blend of girlishness and femininity. The formula is dispensed through a roller ball, that quickly dries to a dry, satiny finish. The LaVanila Deodorant retails for $18.

FragranceDolce & Gabbana The One Sport

Yesterday, I was invited to the Dolce & Gabbana showroom for the launch of Dolce & Gabbana The One Sport fragrance for men. Now we don’t usually cover too many men’s topics here on TDO but I wasn’t about to turn down an invitation from Dolce so I headed over to check it out.  The showroom had been transformed into a mini-amphitheater and we were led through a demonstration of all the scents and ingredients that go into making the fragrance.  And then, we were shown the video above featuring model Adam Senn. Twice. On the big screen. And I immediately understood why all these lady editors were in the room. READ MORE

Beauty, FragranceThe Beachy Fragrance You’ve Been Waiting For and It’s Jennifer Aniston!

Jennifer Aniston is not one of those celebrity fragrances. By that, I mean the kind you suspect you smell when you are crammed on the 6 train, sardine-style, next to someone whose eau is so repellent that you assume she must be wearing Mermaid’s Fatal Kiss or something similarly named from Paris Hilton. Jennifer Aniston is the kind of scent that is so warm, summery, and subtle (a word you rarely hear attached to any celebrity), that people act genuinely surprised when you tell them it’s the Jennifer Aniston perfume (cue similar reactions with Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely and Gwen Stefani L.A.M.B.)

True to Aniston’s image, the fragrance is total beach girl. It’s the perfume equivalent of that trick of being able to hear the ocean through a seashell, except in smell. My favorite thing about it is the strong jasmine top note. Jasmine was a strong scent memory for Aniston, who grew up smelling blooming night jasmine on warm summer evenings in California. Despite not growing up in California (cough, New Jersey), my mom and I had a mini jasmine tree of our own, and I spent two summers trying to make jasmine flower pressed bookmarks a thing (remember when pressing flowers was a blatant girl hobby?), before I finally gave up. The jasmine flowers never stayed pressed or completely came apart, but the essential oils and the scent are the one thing that did linger.

Mixed in with the jasmine are robust notes of amber and sandalwood, which add a touch of musky saltiness to cut through the sweetness of the jasmine.  This is the kind of scent I want wafting through my room on a night so breezily warm you can sleep without the air conditioner on and the windows open (Jennifer, please start working on a scented candle for this–stat!)  The fragrance retails starting at $39 and you can find it here.

Beauty, FragranceLeila Lou

Leila Lou is a new-to-me fragrance line by celebrity makeup artist Rosie Jane Johnston (also the founder of Rosie Jane Cosmetics).  The line offers four different products: Body Lotion, Perfume Oil, Candle and the newest addition, the Eau de Parfum. After trying the Eau de Parfum, I completely understood why this fragrance is quickly gaining a cult following.

Leila Lou’s signature scent contains the primary notes of pear blossom, fresh cut grass and tangerine. Fresh, sweet and fruity, the pear blossom is the first note that I detected and mellows out into a sweet, clean citrus as the day goes on. It reminded me of scents I’ve worn and loved when I was younger – but done in a much more sophisticated, complex fashion. (Side note: This is also a surprisingly sexy scent… my fiance couldn’t stop telling me how good I smelled whenever I used this!)

While many fragrances come across our desks, it’s rare for a perfume to make it onto my dresser for daily use. This is one that I immediately loved and will definitely be re-purchasing when I run out!

Head over b-glowing.com to purchase!

Eco & Organic, Fragrance, HomePillars of Joy: Skeem Candles


In the ongoing process that is decorating my humble new abode (aka circa 1950s apartment), one of the most delightful additions has been Skeem Candles, in particular the Night Jasmine Pillar. I have it burning in my bathroom right now and the calming woodsy jasmine, orange and incense notes have wafted at least 15 feet over to where I’m sitting. Mmmmm.
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Beauty, FragranceRing My Bella

Continuing their tradition of making me love every single thing they come up with, Benefit’s new addition to their popular fragrance collection, Ring My Bella, doesn’t just have a cute name, it has a delicious fruity floral scent that I adore.

I’ve said it a million times, but I always find it kind of bizarre how I rarely like straight floral scents, but any time a few fruity notes are mixed in as well, I inevitably fall in love.  It’s just a combo that works for me.  Ring My Bella is an interesting mix of notes – it has summer daisy layered with Egyptian jasmine, white patchouli, vanilla tincture and white musk (among other things) and the result is a seductively warm scent that’s complex enough for evening, but light enough for work too.  It’s so pretty and feminine and perfect for the transition into cooler weather.  (Which better happen soon because Los Angeles is still ridiculously hot and I’ve had enough.  I want to wear my new boots!)

It also has the cutest packaging ever, housed inside a slim box that looks like a lingerie store.  Even one of the guys I work with picked it up off my desk and said, “Wow, this is cool!”  How often does that happen?  Definitely a winner!

Beauty, FragranceMy Fall Fragrance Roundup

Not that you would know it by the temperature in Los Angeles (which hit a scorching 107 degrees a few days before I’m writing this), but fall is not that far away.  Which means changing up my fragrances a little (always fun!)  Here are three of the newest scents I’ve tried that have me longing even harder for colder days.  READ MORE

Beauty, Celebrities, Fragrance, New YorkVera Wang x Lovestruck x Leighton Meester

As the dress designer of choice for the GMA dubbed American Royal Wedding (yes, a bit much I agree), Vera Wang’s name has been on everyone’s lips for the past few weeks. Meanwhile, her new fragrance has been all over my wrists. On Wednesday, I went to the James Hotel to  fête Vera Wang, Lovestruck, and Leighton Meester, the lovely spokesmodel of the fragrance.

The idea of romance is nothing new for a world-class wedding dress designer, but Lovestruck, as Vera told us, is not a wedding fragrance. It is romantic, inspired by a modern day take on Romeo and Juliet, but it’s about that butterflies-in-your-stomach thrill and Christmas Eve jitters you have when you are starting to really like someone. “ Lovestruck is about the emotion and rush you feel when you are falling in love and going for it…those heart-pounding moments of spontaneity,” says Vera.

She interpreted these feelings with a fragrance mix of slight tropical sweetness mixed with spicy florals, with top notes of pink guava and heady angelica flowers. Its tuberose base is tempered by musky woods, leaving a lasting and lingering scent. Evoking the R&J inspiration of the fragrance, Leighton Meester starred in the video and ad campaign, shot waiting for her beau on a Pretty Woman-inspired fire escape in SoHo.

Lovestruck retails for $48 and can be found at Sephora and Macy’s. Check out their Tumblr, where Shenae Grimes and Becka Diamond took the Lovestruck quiz and talks about what movies, music, food, and cities that have them Lovestruck (hint: someone has a thing for the movie Great Expectations).

Below, a few more snaps of the beautiful event planned by Celadon and Celery, who had a gorgeous set-up (love the roses, bookmarking those arrangements for my own apartment): READ MORE

Beauty, FragranceA Touch of Coach

I’ve always been a huge fan of Coach bags.  I kind of have to steer myself away from their stores most of the time because I always find myself obsessed with at least one bag when I go in and it’s usually the most expensive one I can in no way afford.  But for all of you other Coach fans out there, I’ve just discovered an affordable way to take a little piece of the brand home with you – their fragrances.

Coach Poppy is such a fun, uplifting scent to spritz on.  It was inspired by the playful vibe of the Poppy girl, and with notes of jasmine and gardenia mixed with fresh cucumber and candied rose petals, it’s sweet, but not overpoweringly so.  On me, the jasmine scent comes out as it warms on my skin – the perfect note for a summer night.  (And the bottle is adorable, with its logo inscribed cap and red bow).

Coach Summer Edition is another great addition to my fragrance collection.  With notes of mandarin, raspberries, guava, freesia, marigold, amber and cedarwood, it’s a lighter fragrance than Poppy on me – it smells fresh and clean, perfect for the daytime.  The fruity notes mix with the woodsy notes well – it’s a flirty, feminine combo.  Summer Edition is a limited-edition scent though – it’s only around for the summer, so if it sounds like something you’d wear, you should grab yourself a bottle of it sooner rather than later.

Now if only I could pick up the latest Coach tote I’ve been eyeing so easily…

Beauty, FragranceTea for Two

We adore Jo Malone here at TDO, and recently tried a couple of their new Tea Fragrance Blends. Inspired by the quintessential British tradition, Jo Malone offers five different blends:  READ MORE

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