Fab Fragrance Picks For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up fast!  What are you getting Mom (or wife, mother-in-law, aunt, friend, etc)?  Don’t know?  Don’t worry!  I have lots of suggestions for great beauty gifts coming in the next week or so.

How about the gift of fragrance?  Here are some of my current favorite gift ideas:

philosophy amazing grace edt layering set
philosophy amazing grace edt layering set

philosophy amazing grace edt layering set ($57 USD) — Amazingly clean and beautifully feminine. The fragrance opens with bergamot to greet the senses. At the heart lie irresistibly soft, clean muguet blossoms. Finally, lasting musk envelops the skin with its classic beauty.

This set contains:
– 2 oz Amazing Grace Eau de Toilette spray
– 8 oz Amazing Grace Body Lotion
– 8 oz Amazing Grace Bath & Shower Gel

Purchase this and many more great sets at http://www.philosophy.com

Katy Perry Killer Queen’s Spring Reign
Katy Perry Killer Queen’s Spring Reign

Katy Perry Killer Queen’s Spring Reign (30ML /$39.00; 100ML/$59.00) — This limited edition scent opens with notes of pink freesia, violet petals and cassis. Heart notes of natural davana, gardenia and May flower rose balance out the woody base of cashemeran and cedarwood oil.

Where to buy: katyperryfragrances.com, mass retailers

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Roller-Ball Fragrance Collection
Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Roller-Ball Fragrance Collection

Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Mini Roller-Ball Fragrance Collection ($36 USD) — If you want to give mom a variety, try this 5-piece collection of perfectly portable mini roller-ball fragrances. Inspired by nature, each exquisite fragrance pairs a beautiful blend of pure essential oils with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla for a unique experience that captures a mood, a memory, or a moment in time. Wear individually or layer for a signature scent. This set includes 5 x 5ml roller-balls: Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Grapefruit, Vanilla Coconut, Fresh Vanilla Lemon, and Vanilla Lavender .


Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga



Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid
Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid

Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid (15ml/0.5 oz $20) — For the fierce and feminine mom, this enticing scent both invites and intoxicates those who encounter it. The fragrance opens with a sparkling allure of the tantalizing trio of pomegranate, coconut water and boysenberry. Honeysuckle and blooming magnolia frame the butterfly orchid to create a bold bouquet. The base showcases simmering sexy notes of blond woods, skin musks and gilded amber adding to its sensuality.

Purchase at a mass market retailer near you.

L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Collection
L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Collection

L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Collection ($78 USD) — Inspired by and named after the world perfume capital in the south of France, La Collection de Grasse includes stunning fragrances that combine precious ingredients from lands near and far: Néroli & Orchidée, Fleur d’Or & Acacia, Cedre & Oranger, Jasmine & Bergamote, Magnolia & Mûre, Vanille & Narcisse and Thé Vert & Bigarade. Each eau de toilette of the Collection is made with natural extracts, which yield the purest and clearest notes.




Fab Fall Fragrances For 2012 For Ladies and Gentlemen!

There are a bunch of new fragrances out for Fall — and Pacifica has some great fall scents!  Check out these (for women and men)!

Pacifica Mexican Cocoa Spray Perfume

Mexican Cocoa Spray Perfume ($22 USD) This passionate blend has the rich, dark scent of Mexican Chocolate at its base. Rounded out with mild notes of bitter Almond, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Vanilla, this beloved Pacifica classic is indulgent, warm and delicious.

Fun, fresh and fantastic, Pacifica Spray Perfume is made with natural, pure grain alcohol (corn-sourced and gluten-free) and Pacifica’s signature perfume blends with essential and natural oils. In passionate and tempting Mexican Cocoa, it’s sexy, easy to wear and lovely to layer! www.pacificaperfume.com

Beyoncé Midnight Heat

Beyoncé Midnight Heat ($49 1.7 fl oz) is the third addition to the icon’s popular fragrance collection. The sultry, sensual scent exudes confidence and is perfect to spritz on before heading out into the crisp, cool air of a fall evening.Beyoncé Midnight Heat features the exotic Purple Mokara Orchid, a longtime symbol of love, beauty and strength, which emits a rich, addictive aroma that continually reveals itself on the skin. Available at Macy’s.


Playboy VIP for Her

Playboy VIP for Her ($17 1 fl oz) is a joyful fragrance full of floral contrasts and sparkling ingredients that surprise and thrill. A scintillating mélange of subtle musk and sandalwood,Playboy VIP for Her delivers a lingering, tempting scent that you will want to wear all season long. Available at drugstores nationwide.

Closer by Halle Berry

Closer by Halle Berry (1.7 fl oz – $35) is a fresh floral fragrance that blends the traditionally masculine fougere accord with tantalizing floral notes. The result of this fusion is a woodsy floral fougere that’s ideal for the fall season. Utterly beguiling and seductive, Closer by Halle Berry marks a rare, unique approach to women’s  fragrance. Available at drugstores nationwide.

For the guys:

GUESS Seductive Homme Blue

GUESS Seductive Homme Blue ($49 1.7 oz) is an elegant oriental scent that simply oozes sex appeal. Reminiscent of a cool and invigorating ocean breeze, this woodsy fragrance fuses the laid-back feel of summer with the exhilarating vibe of fall. Available at Fine department stores, GUESS retail stores and GUESS.com

Nautica Aqua Rush

Nautica Aqua Rush  ($65 3.4 fl oz) is a blend of spicy, crisp, woodsy notes that are perfect for the refreshing fall season. Bold, masculine and powerful,Aqua Rush embodies what it means to be a man who lives life to the fullest.  Available at Macy’s department stores and other fine retailers nationwide.

These are all fairly affordable and smell great.  It might sound funny, but my 80-year-old mother-in-law loves the Playboy VIP for Her fragrance because it is light and fresh.  It is really nice!

The Pacifica fragrance is the opposite, but no less lovely.  It is rich and fall-ish.  It will also be great for cold winter nights!

And stand out for me (and on my hubby) is the Nautica Aqua Rush.  The bottle is really cool and so is the scent!

So try a new scent — and enjoy!

Beyonce Pulse Summer Edition

The weather is warming up, so it’s time to lighten up your fragrance for the gorgeous months ahead. Get ready to send pulses racing with the sizzling new addition to the bestselling Beyoncé Parfums collection. Fresh, airy and optimistic, Beyoncé Pulse Summer Edition captures the essence of a playful, sun-drenched summer day.

Inspired by Beyoncé’s infectious positive energy, this limited edition fragrance seduces the senses with the same invigorating sensuality as the original Pulse Eau de Parfum. A lighter and fresher rendition, Pulse Summer Edition’s orchestra of fruity and floral notes makes it the perfect scent for the warm, joyful, flirty summer months.  Beyoncé Pulse Summer Edition retails for $49/50ml and $59/100ml and will be available at select perfumery chains and fine department stores.

The notes are:

Top: icy mandarin, pear and pink pepper

Heart: ginger orchid, jasmine and orange blossom

Base: sapphire woods, musk and benzoin.

What I think:  This is a very light, fresh scent.  I haven’t tried the original Pulse, but I do like this one and think that it is perfect for ladies who like fruity scents with a woodsy base.

The price is decent for the quality.  I say, go try it to see if it is the summer fragrance for you!

Treat Mom to a New Scent For Mother’s Day

Here is a trio of new fragrances that would be perfect to give mom for Mother’s Day. They are all light and fruity and are gorgeous for warmer weather: 

CLEAN Limited-EditionSummer Escape Eau de Parfum ($49.00 USD): — Enjoy a sensory experience inspired by the relaxed freedom of sun-kissed skin, cloudless sky and endless sea; Summer Escape envelops the body in layers of fresh, citrusy notes (Mandarin Orange, Summer Peony, Orange Flower, Driftwood, Coconut Water) to transport you to the beach in an instant. CLEAN products are available at Sephora stores and www.cleanperfume.com

Beyoncé Heat Rush ($59 for 3.4 fl oz.: Department stores nationwide) — Beyoncé Heat Rush instantly captures attention with sparkling top notes of passion fruit, blood orange and Brazilian cherry. The heart of the fragrance embodies a delicate floral bouquet and is built upon a carefully blended combination of Yellow Tiger Orchid, Mango Blossom and Orange Hibiscus. Subtle and alluring, the unforgettable base engages with hints of teak wood, honey amber and a musk accord that is inspired by the sunsets in Brazil.

Komen for The Cure Promise Me fragrance infuses the essence of Komen’s promise to end breast cancer into a scent that truly benefits and brings hope to those suffering from the disease. Developed by Drom fragrances and famed perfumer Jean Claude Delville, Promise Me speaks to strong, courageous women who live life to the fullest. The sophisticated floriental opens with a fresh burst of mandarin, bergamot, and blood orange. Its feminine heart evokes softness and beauty with pink peony, wild orchid, and rosewood. The scent lingers on white patchouli and musk for a warm, sensual finish. Designed by Chad Lavigne and housed in an elegant glass vessel with interior floral motif, Promise Me is a stunning display item and gift.

Eau de Parfum 100 ml $59.00 (Dillard’s, Lord & Taylor, Boscov’s, Sephora in JC Penney and HSN.Com) Eau de Toilette 100ml $29.99 (promisemefragrance.com,) Eau de Toilette 30ml $19.99 (promisemefragrance.com.)