Stories for: Fragrance

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

Beauty, Fragrance, Hair, Los AngelesFinley Hair Powder

I normally (and sadly) avoid hair powders because the fragrances within them irritate my scalp, but if you’re traveling, or you’re trying to stretch the life of a great blowout or hair extensions, it’s hard to resist the lure of a good tinted hair powder. So when I received a sample kit from a new local company called Finley to try out, I went for it.

I was pleasantly surprised that the finely milled, silica- and tapioca-starch-based formula — while fragranced — didn’t irritate my skin at all. (Note: This doesn’t mean it’s free of common irritants. In addition to fragrance, it contains aluminum starch octenylsuccinate and several colorants such as carmine, so beware if you have sensitive skin or allergies.) On the other hand, the company credits itself with using minimalist packaging instead of aerosol cans.

Available in four shades — black, dark brown, golden blonde and white — Finley Hair Powder, $18, comes in a deceptively small bottle. You really only need a few modest shakes here and there to soak up grease and fluff roots, so the price tag isn’t so much of a shocker. The bottle lasts longer than it looks like it will. And it sure beats plain old cornstarch (my kitchen-ready standby). Give it a shot if hair powder is your thing.

Bath & Body, Beauty, Fragrance, MakeupEditor’s Vanity: April 2011

Bath & Body, Beauty, FragranceFragrance Obsessions

Just a few months ago, I was telling a friend that I was dying to find a new perfume to break me out of my recent fragrance rut.  Well, wish granted!  In the past few weeks, I’ve tried out a bunch of new fragrances that will be in my rotation for the foreseeable future.  READ MORE

Bath & Body, Beauty, Celebrities, Eco & Organic, Fragrance, Hair, Los Angeles, SkincareLeonor Greyl Beautifying Oils

Leonor Greyl Beautifying Oils

I’ve been using Parisian hair care brand Leonor Greyl (a rumored celeb favorite that’s gone on tour with both Madonna and Gwen Stefani) off and on for about a year now, and I must say their beautifying oils are not only some of the most glamorous “natural” products I’ve encountered, but the Huile de Palme (for hair) and Huile de Magnolia (for face and body) are quite the little miracle workers when it comes to moisturizing dry skin and hair.

Free of the chemicals and additives found in most hair products (sulfates, parabens, silicones, etc.), Huile de Palme (literally “palm oil”) is an environmentally friendly blend of botanical and vegetal oils that protects hair health from the elements, such as sun, surf and chlorine. It’s a pre-shampoo treatment, so you can apply it to dry hair and leave it on anywhere from a few minutes to overnight, depending on your hair texture and/or conditioning needs. READ MORE

Bath & Body, Beauty, Eco & Organic, Food, Fragrance, Gift Guides, Los Angeles, San FranciscoSpecial Delivery: Strange Invisible Perfumes

I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying everyone probably likes flowers, chocolate and/or fragrance as a Valentine’s Day gift. But do they LOVE it? Well, “mind-blowing” might not be the first thing I’d think … more like “predictable, but sweet. I’ll take it.” Leave it to Strange Invisible Perfumes to prove me wrong. Their creative take on the ol’ tried and true is simply eye-popping. (Oh men of our lives, are you reading this?!?)

A team effort with floral designer Holly Flora and San Francisco-based chocolate artisan Cocoa Absolute, SIP’s “ultimate Valentine’s Day delivery” offers four options of drop-dead gorgeous, creative bouquets paired with limited-edition organic, botanical perfumes and a delectable box of hand-crafted chocolates. (Just outside of L.A.? Call and see if they’ll make the trip.)

While pricey ($205–$542), the results are absolutely swoon-worthy. In addition, the flowers can be customized by request (if what you want is available), and since the chocolates are optional, you can always adjust according to your budget.

P.S. If you’re in the neighborhood, drop by SIP’s Venice, Calif., boutique tomorrow (Feb. 5) for a trunk show. There will be champagne, cupcakes, jewelry and plenty of limited edition fragrances to sample before you take the plunge!

Strange Invisible Perfumes is located at 1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, Calif. To order a V-Day delivery, call them at 310-314-1505 by February 11, 2011.

Eco & Organic, Fragrance, Home, Los AngelesA Fete with the Baroness

fete candle

I have been craving — yes, craving! — that Anthropologie-esque smell (attributed to Capri Blue Jar Candles) in my apartment. But I was so busy last week, I didn’t get myself over to the store to buy one (and I wasn’t completely sure which candle to get, so I didn’t want to order them online just yet). Luckily, I received samples of luxury candles just in time from lifestyle & home décor expert Baroness Monica von Neumann (wife of the late Austrian Baron John von Neumann), and I really like them!

My favorite in the collection of four soy-based candles (Atlas, Savon, Fete and Modena) is Fete, which combines navel orange, Seychelles Cinnamon, Zanzibar Clove, Norwegian Pine, Indonesian Patchouli and exotic Amberwood to create just the type of sweet yet spicy, tangy scent I wanted. READ MORE

Beauty, Fragrance, HomeObsession of the Moment: Alora Ambiance Agrume Triple Milled Soap

Beauty, FragranceGo to Amalfi with Tocca

Having already been a fan of Tocca’s Aqua Profumata (translation: perfumed water) in the Salina scent, I was very excited to try the Amalfi version. What I love about the Aqua Profumatas in general are the light, subtle fragrances that they emit – so they are never overpowering or overwhelming.

The Amalfi fragrance is composed of light and refreshing notes. The top notes begin with crisp Cucumber and Mint, and then reveal a fruity-floral blend of Apple, Jasmine, Musk, Violet Leaves and Lily of the Valley. The instant I spray it onto my skin, it reminds of balmy summer afternoons and has me dreaming of a sunny vacation on the Italian coast — the perfect antidote to a chilly gray day this winter.

Retails for $38 at Tocca.com.

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