Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Fragrance: everything you need to smell pretty...

I wanted to round up as many perfumes as I could and write about them for you. Before you read on, keep in mind that the opinions are mine and finding a good perfume is totally subjective. Just ask the woman who drowns herself in Youth Dew.

I'm partial to musk, floral scents with a gardenia base, as well as those fresh, out of the shower kind of scents. I like lemon-citrus but shy away from anything that is oriental or too heavy. My grandmother always wore Tabu which made me choke and wheeze. A friend of mine wears Skin Musk and I would swear that she wore something much more expensive because it always smells so good.

I've gone through my Calvin Klein Eternity phase, my Chanel No. 5 days and I still use Norell when I am in the mood for it. Certain scents like Petit Prince and Clean Baby Girl can be used on a girl no matter what her age.

I have heard wonderful things about Susan D. Owens Child perfum and am eager to get my hands on that highly regarded scent as soon as I can. I have a pink bottle of Creed Spring Flower that I use very sparingly, the scent smells like the woman I want to be- elegant and lovely yet bold. And everyone is talking about Chinatown Bond No. 9 oh, how I would have loved to see this under my tree this Christmas!

I've talked before of my love for Sharon Bolton's perfume, Luv and Fresh Scents by Terri makes some fabulous, one of kind type perfumes too. It's amazing how a scent can affect our moods or top off an outfit. I don't feel like I'm done getting dressed unless I spray perfume on my wrists, neck and chest! Only then can I begin my day. And please don't think I'm strange if you catch me sniffing my arms all day, it's because I just cannot get enough of the smell of a really good perfume!

Jaqua Body Mist

If you equate body mists with something you splash on after a bath or shower, be warned- this is equal in strength to perfume, at least on my skin! Jaqua Body Mists are offered in Peach Parfait, Pink ButterCream Frosting and my personal favorite, White Rose Bergamot.

They are quick drying and long lasting, housed in stainless steel canisters with a pump spray. You can layer on some lotion with a spray of Body Mist for a cloud of scent to surround you all day long!

Banana Republic fragrance

These are seriously adult scents. When I wear a fragrance like this I feel like I should be dressed in a power suit with a briefcase and imported leather shoes. You could say these have a sensual edge to them: Alabaster, Jade and Rosewood for women and Slate and Black Walnut for men.

I was able to sample a few of the scents, specifically Alabaster and Jade. Alabaster is a floral scent, a little more for everyday while the Jade is spicy citrusy, good for a night out. A well dressed, clean cut handsome mean wearing Black Walnut would get some attention for sure.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique

Comptoir Sud makes fabulously tropical scents, I have reviewed this brand before and loved it. I tried Vanilla Extreme and Cristal de Musc which both get thumbs up from me. VanillaExtreme is sweet with a creamy undertone while Cristal de Musc is a light musk scent hinting at tropical flowers.

The musk scent reminds me ever so slightly of Love's Baby Soft for some reason. I can't pinpoint why and I might be the only person who thinks this but there is an element to it that brings me back to being eleven years old. Both scents are every day kind of fragrances that are not strong but subtly soft and delicious.

MOR Marshmallow Perfume

I adore the Marshmallow souffle cream which is as light as air and smells beautiful, so it was obvious that the Marshmallow perfume would be just as good. And it is. I didnt know how to describe this perfume- is it floral? clean? I asked the lovely Danielle from MOR and here is her reply: "Sugar–dipped rose petals mix with White Carnation and Vanilla Bean to create a sweet, inviting fragrance. Base notes of Pink Musk, Cotton Candy and Jasmine Flower round off the fragrance with a sensual note."

This is for the woman/girl who wants a fragrance that is light and not too perfumy with sweet tones and light florals. I use this when I want something a little different. Many perfumes tend to smell the same and I like scents that stop people in their tracks and make them ask what I am wearing. This is one of those scents.

Ahhhh Lulu! This little bottle of perfume is housing a giant scent of gardenia! If you love floral perfumes, this roll- on gem is for you. White gardenias and musk are combined to produce "Starlet". There are a few other perfumes available from Lulu Beauty but I have a feeling Starlet is the best, of course I am totally biased because I cannot get enough of gardenias or musk so the two combined is pure heaven.

These Clean scents have a huge celebrity following and are constantly mentioned in magazines and beauty blogs and websites because they are so versatile. Clean Shower Fresh smells soapy and fresh, with citrus top notes. Think of a fluffy white towel after a hot soapy shower. The perfect scent to wear every day, one that you will not get tired of because it's so simple.

Clean Baby Girl smells, to my uneducated nose, more complex and a touch sweeter than Shower Fresh. But if you are looking for a barely- there scent that is both light and fresh then you cannot go wrong with either of these.

A long long time ago, I tried the original Clean scent at Sephora and couldn't wait to go back and buy myself a bottle which I promptly used up within a few short months. I always come back to Clean no matter what other scents I dabble in.

Avon Crystal Aura

How gorgeous is this bottle with the Swarovski crystal pendant? When I spritz on this fragrance, I feel like I need to go out on the town. A fruity, floral scent, this has a bit of kick to it, ideal for dressing up when you want a scent that will stand out-- in a good way. It's flirty and elegant at the same time. This is my Special Occasion perfume that blends starfruit, amethyst rose, musk and woods.

I like the way Avon added a little sparkle to the design of this gorgeous glass bottle by hanging a removable crystal on it.


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