Valentine’s Day Fragrance Gifts For Him and Her!

Valentine’s Day is in a little more than a week!¬† Do you have a great gift for your significant other? Fragrance is a¬†very romantic gift.¬† Whether it’s a new scent or a fragrance he or¬†she have loved¬†for years, they will loving receiving it.

I love giving and receiving fragrance (especially receiving it)!  I love giving it to my husband, too. Below are some amazing picks from Fragrance.net:

For her

Lovely By Sarah Jessica Parker ($32.99, $23.09 with 30% off coupon) — Introduced in the year 2005, by Sarah Jessica Parker, Lovely has a sent precious oils, lavender, orchid, amber, apple martini, paper, whites and musk. It is recommended for anytime wear.

Rose the One By Dolce & Gabbana ($46.99, $32.89 with 30% off coupon) — Explore your sophisticated side with just a whiff of Rose the One by Dolce & Gabbana. This lovely scent mixes Madonna lily, pink grapefruit, blackcurrant, lily of the valley, sandalwood, litchi, peony, ambrette seed, musk, vanilla, mandarin, rose and fresh fragrance that will add joy to your day.

Vera Wang Lovestruck By Vera Wang ($32.99, $23.09 with 30% off coupon) —¬†An alluring perfume you will want to reach for when you are in the mood for a romantic scent. This sweet fragrance for women makes an exuberant first impression with notes of juicy guavas and fresh angelica flowers. Notes of precious woods and warm musk then emerge to leave you feeling beautiful all night.

for him

Eternity by Calvin Klein ($30.99, $21.69 with 30% off coupon) — Embrace classic elegance and sophistication with Eternity by Calvin Klein. In this wonderful fragrance for men, greens blend perfectly with crisp jasmine, sage, basil and rosewood to create an ideal mix. Eternity is refreshing and crisp, the ideal complement to all your daytime activities. This classic, unforgettable scent allows you to add an old-world feeling to your day.

Noir by Tom Ford ($83.99, $58.79 with 30% off coupon) — This boldly unique fragrance for men was launched by world famous design house Tom Ford in 2012. Warm and spicy yet woody and aquatic, Noir for men is a casual, sporty fragrance that he will want to wear every day. Designed for the active, modern gladiator, this fragrance opens with top notes of bergamot, verbena, caraway, pink pepper, and violet for a go-everywhere scent that captivates and invigorates.

Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf ($59.99, $41.99 with 30% off coupon) — A casual but distinctive daytime scent Spicebomb, Romance cologne for men is a spicy, moderate fragrance that balances its tobacco notes with woodsy undertones. Romance has a rich, appealing construction that combines dominant notes of warm and sexy grapefruit and bergamot with sweet spices, woods, and saffron.

Are you giving the gift of fragrance this V-Day?¬† Leave a comment and let me know yours or your sweetie’s favorite scents!

Freshen Up Your Summer Fragrance With Scents by L’Occitane, Fendi, Katy Perry and Lolita Lempicka

I don’t really have a signature fragrance and I’m not really looking for one, because I love¬†using new scents.¬† I think it’s time to switch up my summer scent and try something new.

The four fragrances below all have a floral heart to them and are such a fresh change from the usual beachy summer scents.  I love them all!

 

Rose et Reines Eau de Toilette
Rose et Reines Eau de Toilette

Rose et Reines Eau de Toilette ($50 2.5 fl. oz.) —¬†¬†Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette is a fresh and velvety fragrance, a floral tale that celebrates the flower of queens. The muses that inspired this fragrance, the four daughters of the Count of Forcalquier, all cherished roses: the flowers that were said to have made them queens.¬† Their favorite roses ‚Äď the Grasse rose, Bulgarian rose, Moroccan rose and Turkish rose Ő∂ are brought together in this precious scent, enhanced by a unique rose extract from Haute-Provence with delicate fruity notes.

The Roses et Reines collection uses rose extract derived through enfleurage, a traditional process made innovative by the L’OCCITANE research team. The freshest of rose petals are steeped in oil, allowing it to become saturated with the natural fragrance of the rose, resulting in a fruitier scent.

Available at usa.loccitane.com

Fan di FENDI Blossom
Fan di FENDI Blossom

Fan di FENDI Blossom ($71 1.7 fl. oz; $86 2.5 fl. oz.) –the new joyful addition to the Fan di FENDI fragrance collection. Inspired by the Japanese Cherry Blossom, a flower that symbolizes the beauty of life and is celebrated with cheerful festivals around the world, the fragrance conveys the delicate bloom and luminosity of the Sakura flower petals.

  • Top Notes: Pink Peppercorns, Nashi Raspberry Accord
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine Absolute, Magnolia, Sakura Blossom Accord
  • Base Notes: Vanilla Accord, White Musk

Available at Macy’s and other fine retailers nationwide, plus online at Macy’s.

Lolita Lempicka Elle L'Aime Eau de Parfum Spray
Lolita Lempicka Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum Spray

Lolita Lempicka Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum Spray ($66 for 2.5 fl. oz.)The Lolita Lempicka Elle L’Aime Eau de Parfum is a jewel-like fragrance, and an ode to all-conquering love. ¬†The scent is warm and sensual oriental – floral. It opens with sparkling citrus accords of bergamot, neroli and lime. The heart includes extremely sensual and opulent notes of coconut, jasmine and ylang-ylang. The base consists of sandalwood, vanilla and myrrh.

Available at http://www.amazon.com

Katy Perry Royal Revolution
Katy Perry Royal Revolution

Katy Perry Royal Revolution ($49, 1.7 oz.) — is a tempting and irresistible floral fragrance with tantalizing top notes of pink freesia kissed by the nectar of ruby-red pomegranate captivate the senses. Middle notes of sandalwood balanced with sheer orange flower and velvety jasmine petals create a soft, delicate floral heart guarded by the Mystical Blackthorn. Sexy musk and soft vanilla orchid linger on the skin, ensuring an unrivaled and unforgettable dry-down.

Available at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com.

What scent are you wearing this summer?

 

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

Beyonc√© Midnight Heat ($49 1.7 fl oz)¬†is the third addition to the icon‚Äôs 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.Beyonc√© 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 ‚Äď $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‚Äôs ideal for the fall season. Utterly beguiling and seductive, Closer by Halle Berry marks a rare, unique approach to women‚Äôs¬† 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!

Thymes Bergamot Vert Collection

Thymes Bergamot Vert Collection

In the fall, new scents are usually spicy and a bit stronger than the fresh scents of spring and summer.  As I am not ready to go full sultry in my fragrance,  I was happy to try the new collection by Thymes, Bergamot Vert.  This is touted as an invigorating collection that evokes the uplifting aroma of fresh Bergamot after a summer downpour in the Mediterranean. A bright, luminous scent, Bergamot Vert blends essential oils with luscious notes of sun-drenched citrus,crisp balsamic cypress, light jasmine and a whisper of musk. Like all Thymes formulations, the Bergamot Vert collection is free of parabens, SLES, SLS, propylene glycol, mineral oil, petrolatum and animal-derived ingredients.

The products in the collection are:

Body Wash ($18):Envelop your body in a bright, zesty Bergamot Vert lather, enriched with skin-smoothing glycerin, antioxidant vitamins C and E and panthenol to nourish and hydrate skin.

AHA Body Lotion ($24):Formulated with skin-smoothing AHA fruit complex, moisturizing glycerin, shea butter, and vitamin E, this rich lotion protects the skin and restores its natural resiliency.

Bubble Bath ($20):Submerge yourself in a Bergamot scented bubble bath retreat,enriched with moisturizing glycerin and antioxidant vitamins C and E help soothe and smooth your skin.

Bar Soap ($13):This rich, triple-milled bar soap combines Bergamot Vert and moisturizing glycerin to soften and condition the skin.

Liquid Hand Wash ($12):Made with panthenol and nourishing vitamins C and E, this hand wash works double duty washing away germs and moisturizing busy hands.

Hand Lotion ($14):This light, non-greasy formula scents hands with a veil of Bergamot Vert while smoothing rough spots with shea butter, antioxidant vitamin E, and ultra-hydrating glycerin.

Hand Cream ($16):Replenish over-worked hands with this deeply hydrating dose of shea butter, aloe vera and antioxidant vitamin E while Bergamot Vert leaves them freshly scented.

Cologne ($32):Enticingly bright, Bergamot Vert blends essential oils from the fruit’s cold-pressed zest with luscious notes of sun-drenched citrus and crisp balsamic cypress.

Candle ($26):Transform your home into a Mediterranean haven with this clean, paraffin-free candle and enjoy up to 60 hours of burn time.

Home Fragrance Mist ($16):Infuse your surroundings with the scent of Bergamot Vert, anytime, anywhere.

Sink Set ($30):Bergamot Hand Wash and Hand Lotion are conveniently paired in this elegant stainless steel sink-side caddy. These gentle, caring hand products replenish and restore hands.

You can purchase these fab fragrance products at www.thymes.com.  Enjoy!

Kenzo Homme Woody EDT

 

Kenzo Homme Woody EDT

¬†Looking for a¬†sexy¬†Fall scent for your favorite man? One of my favorite fragrance companies, Kenzo, has released a perfect¬†men’s cologne¬†for the season, Kenzo Homme Woody ($72.00 USD 3.4 oz, $54.00 USD 1.7 oz).

The Kenzo website describes this scent as, ”¬†An aromatic woody fragrance with an intense and vibrant trail. The energy of fresh, fusing leaves, mint and basil, mingles with the power of woody notes of vetiver and Atlas cedar. The fragrance of a free spirit who draws his strength from nature, between sky and earth.” The scent is:

-Woody, aromatic
-Recommended for both day and night wear
-Atlas cedar base blends with black pepper and mint

What I (and my husband) thought: ¬†This is a very masculine scent, with a twist — it is not only woodsy, it has a¬†refreshing kick to it. I also think that it is fresh enough to wear all year, not just in the Fall.¬†

Visit www.kenzousa.com to purchase this scwent. Enjoy!

LAVANILA The Healthy Roller-Ball Gift Set

Lavanila the Healthy Mini Roller Ball Set
Lavanila the Healthy Mini Roller Ball Set

Have you¬†began your holiday shopping yet? I know it is early, but it is time to get started so you don’t wait until last minute (like I do, sometimes)!

Many beauty companies are releasing gifts sets for the holidays. It is sometimes difficult to know what women will like, especially in perfume. A perfect idea for this is Lavanila The Healthy Mini Roller-Ball Gift Set ($28.00).

Fragrances in the Lavanila Healthy Fragrance Mini Roller-Ball Gift Set include: 

Vanilla Coconut¬†‚Äď top notes: young coconut; mid-notes: Tahitian Tiare¬†flower; base notes: Madagascar vanilla bean

Pure Vanilla¬†‚Äď top notes: freesia petals; mid-notes: heliotrope; base notes: Madagascar vanilla and vanilla orchid

Vanilla Grapefruit ‚Äď top notes: grapefruit, bergamot, lime and orange; mid-notes: patchouli and heliotrope; base notes: Madagascar vanilla

Vanilla Lavender¬†‚Äď top notes: Spanish lavender; mid-notes: rose absolute and violet leaf; base notes: Madagascar vanilla

These sweet 100% natural fragrances are made with the finest pure essential oils and plant botanicals and are untouched by harsh chemicals. Lavanila was the first to fuse luxury fragrance with natural science.¬† What’s unique about these fragrances is that they are free of chemically laden alcohol, petrochemicals and phthalates, and they include the following unusual ingredients:¬†

Proprietary Marine Technology:  Long-Lasting.  Breakthrough marine derived technology creates an invisible filter on the skin that locks in fragrance and potent anti-oxidants while protecting against environmental toxins.

Goji Berries: Nourishes & Protects.  An antioxidant-rich berry that is loaded with beta carotene & Vitamins C, E, B1, B2, and B6. 

Kakadu Plum:  Nourishes & Conditions.  A potent antioxidant-rich fruit with a Vitamin C concentration 500 times that of an orange

Canadian Willowherb: Calms & Soothes.  A powerful extract with incredible anti-irritant properties

This great gift is available at Sephora, sephora.com, and lavanila.com.  With each purchase of a Mini Roller-Ball Set on lavanila.com, Lavanila will plant 4 trees (one for each bottle) through the Nature Conservancy.

 

Lush Oasis

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Aqua Motu
Comptoir Sud Pacifique Aqua Motu

Lush Oasis (www.lushoasis.com) is a new website that specializes in beauty products from around the world. The founder, Susan Anapol, knows the niche beauty market and knows how to spot quality products and fun trends. She has put together a fabulous collection of fresh and natural items.

I was lucky enough to sample some fragrances from the site, and have found quite a few that I like, particularly from the Comptoir Sud Pacifique and the Acorelle lines. My two favorites scents are: 

Comptoir Sud Pacifique’s Aqua Moto (1.6 oz $53.00 USD, 3.3 oz $85.00 USD) — is a fresh, ocean scent that makes me think of summers as a girl on the Oregon Coast. It is so fresh and summery! The notes¬†are:

Top Note: Helychrisum

Heart Notes: Marine Notes, Lily of the Valley, Warm Sand

Base Note: Kelp    

 

 

Acorelle Verceine Agrumes Eau De Parfum
Acorelle Verceine Agrumes Eau De Parfum

Acorelle makes very delicate fragrances. Verveine Agrumes Eau de Parfum ($68.00 USD 50 ml)is very fresh and spring-y. The notes are:

Top Notes: lemon, mandarin, bergamot, orange, armoise
 
Heart Notes; Lemon petitgrain, cut grass accord, neroly, clary sage
 
Base Note: Cedar   

Visit the Lush Oasis website to discover these and many other wonderful products! 

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