Pretty Gifty: Perfect Women’s Fragrances For Gift-Giving

As we near the time to tear open our presents, you might be getting a little frantic because you don’t know what to buy!  Never fear, check out these pretty perfumes that are sure to please finicky noses.

Miss Dior Chérie L’eau — The latest from Dior is super playful, fresh, and feminine!  Miss Dior Chérie L’eau is a real treat and shows us the other side of Miss Dior.  A little caramelized popcorn here, some strawberry leaves there–with soft and beautiful hints of pink jasmine thrown in for good measure.  This one is sugar & spice, and EVERYTHING nice with a kiss of sandalwood at the bottom to warm her up!  So, so good!  When in doubt–go Dior.

Calvin Klein euphoria Eau de Toilette – If you’ve never tried this Calvin Klein fragrance that’s destined to become a classic, or need a gift for someone who prefers the lighter side of perfumes–check out euphoria in it’s new eau de toilette version!  Juicy persimmons meet crisp bergamot at the top of euphoria, with lush greens and a delicate floral blend of honeysuckle to continue the journey.  This feminine perfume is met with a beautifully-balanced base of transparent warm notes to really take you on a 360º fragrance journey.

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Pretty Gifty: The Body Shop LOVE ETC…

Love ETC...The first thing that makes The Body Shop’s newest fragrance, LOVE ETC… pretty gifty is their amazing commitment to community trade.  This is the world’s first fragrance to feature a fair-trade naturally-sourced organic sugar alcohol from farmers in Ecuador.  Pretty cool, huh?

I love how truly unique the blend of notes in LOVE ETC… are as well–you’ll find a pear, neroli, and bergamot top with jasmine and lily of the valley in the middle.  To finish it off, bottom notes of a nice warm vanilla make it a perfect and cuddly feel-good perfume for this chilly time of the year!

LOVE ETC… is considered a floral oriental, but to be honest I find it just plain delicious!  I would be super stoked to receive the body wash, body lotion, and fragrance this holiday season.

I’m awarding The Body Shop LOVE ETC… Pretty Gifty Worthy!

Pretty Gifty Worthy

An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine my opinion of the product in this post.  Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding my policies for using editorial samples.

Men’s Minute: Diesel Only The Brave featuring a new limited-edition bottle

Diesel Only The BraveFellas– please do us a favor, try not to wear old man-ish fragrances that linger long after you’ve left the building.  There is this one guy in our building that puts on SO much cologne before he leaves for work in the mornings, I can still smell it in the elevator at noon.  I know women are known to exaggerate–but I promise I’m not laying it on here!

I secretly wish for men of the universe to be required to wear only fragrances as fresh as Diesel’s Only The Brave.  It’s not too strong, but it’s “there” and just right without leaving a trail behind.  With top notes of lemon blossom and mandarin, it’s crisp and fresh even after it reaches the warm bottom notes of amber and ebony wood which make for a nice blend.  It’s masculine, clean, and energetic which smells pretty incredible!  Only The Brave is also currently available at Macy’s in a limited-edition bottle, illustrated by French visionary artist Bunka as pictured above.  If bright and flashy isn’t your thing, you can just purchase the regular, unillustrated bottle here.  Ahh, you already smell so much nicer!

14 Beauty Products That Just Make Scents!

It makes perfect sense: we tend to make our buying decisions based on emotions we’re having at that very moment– directly relating to the sensory experience the product itself evokes.  When it comes to beauty products, the chances are that we’ve taken a whiff, loved it, and now we can’t live without it.  We’ve just unknowingly created an immediate emotional relationship!  Our sense of smell is such a powerful purchase motivator, and we can’t just turn our noses off and on.  It would be nice if I could turn my nose off whenever I walk by an Abercrombie & Fitch store!  The fragrance they are piping in that place reminds me of not a single pleasant thing in this universe and doesn’t exactly make me want to open up my wallet on that premise alone.  See what I mean about the emotional impact of a fragrance?

Maybe you’ll discover something new that makes you feel more “at home”, lifts your spirits, or takes you to a dreamy place among these fragrant indulgences:

Fresh & Fruity: energizing, uplifting, refreshing

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Mally Roncal launches her first fragrance!

Mally RoncalWhenever I see Mally Roncal on QVC, I literally want to hug her so hard I would probably smoosh her!  The cutest, most vivacious woman is trapped inside her tiny little body.  I just found out about her new signature fragrance launching tomorrow on QVC, and when I watched the quick video that you’ll find below– she had me hook, line, and sinker when she said it smells like you just took a shower.  It automatically has my name all over it!  If you know anything about me, it’s that I thoroughly enjoy smelling like fabric softener or as if I am still standing in the shower.  I can just hear my husband now.  Oh, hush!

Mally Fragrance

“Beauty isn’t just about color cosmetics and covering up a blemish,” she says adding, “I wanted to create a scent that embodies who I am…something fresh and feminine that makes you feel joyful and invigorated.”

October 29th on QVC at 8pm EST, catch the debut of Mally Beauty Signature Fragrance.  With notes inspired by Mally’s Filipino heritage, the perfume promises to be a clean and fresh modern citrus floral with a tropical twist!

Top Note: Sampaguita, Mandarin, Red Currant, Bamboo, Palm Leaf
Middle Note: Freesia, Jasmine, Muguet, Peony
Base Note: Peach, Coconut, Sandalwood, Musks

It sounds divine, will you be tuning in?

First Look: All You’ve Ever Wanted, the new fragrance inspired by Demi Moore

All You've Ever Wanted

With the latest in celebrity-inspired fragrances (what I like to call “celeb-u-scents”), Demi Moore serves as the muse behind Helena Rubenstein’s All You’ve Ever Wanted.  Available on November 1st at Macy’s, All You’ve Ever Wanted promises to be an ethereal and sensual blend of magnolia, iris cream, and cedar.  The contrast between woody cedar and delicate magnolia floral notes is sure to be pretty daring.

“A vibrant woody floral fragrance full of sensual, carnal tension.”  — All You’ve Ever Wanted

Umm, wow– that’s some pretty powerful stuff!  I haven’t tried All You’ve Ever Wanted yet, and to be honest I’m not sure if it’s going to be for me.  Then again, lately I’ve surprised even myself with a few of the more warm and woody perfumes!  Oh, to look as gorgeous as Demi does in the ad, I only hope the new fragrance smells as great as she looks.

Modern meets classic: YSL Parisienne

YSL Parisienne When I think of YSL fragrances, I think of classics like Opium and Paris, both of which my Mom wore ages ago!  The newest Yves Saint Laurent perfume, Parisienne seems to be a more modern take on classic– the damask rose-based floral has a slightly mysterious and edgy side with all things feminine in between.

“PARISIENNE is a scent that suits this eternal woman: she has personality, she is paradoxical, and she plays with convention.  There is nothing obvious, only hints…”

My first impressions of Parisienne were favorable, the sparkling blend of blackberry and cranberry was unmistakable!  As the middle notes began to take shape, a more classic fragrance was revealed through the harmony of damask rose, violet, and peony notes.  Once Parisienne reached the base notes, it became more reminiscent of the old YSL classics to me and got just a little too heady with patchouli and vetiver.  It was pleasant after dry down, but in a perfect world– if it would have stopped in the middle I would have been as pleased as punch!

After some time had passed, I was left with a faint touch of cranberry, rose, and blackberry which was a nice finishing touch, so all was not lost!  The Parisienne bottle is one part classic, one part modern as is the fragrance itself and has a nice weight to it.  Slightly etched, the bottle’s surface is said to resemble the labyrinth of Parisian streets.  For me personally, Parisienne wouldn’t be my “everyday” fragrance of choice because of the bottom– but once it wears down and everything comes together, Parisienne becomes very feminine and delicate again.

Check out other reviews of YSL Parisienne here.

An editorial sample was provided to me by the company and was evaluated to determine my opinion of the product in this post.  Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding my policies for using press samples.

A fatal attraction to cuteness: Harajuku Lovers Snow Bunnies

Harajuku Lovers Snow Bunnies

The girls of Harajuku are sporting a new Winter wardrobe in the new Harajuku Lovers Limited Edition “Snow Bunnies” collection.  A-DORA-BLE!  Last year, I ran out and picked up Love in her original ensemble and have been loving her ever since, I receive a lot of compliments whenever I wear it and I don’t think I could part with the bottle long after she’s empty.  Love is a musk with a touch of peach that makes her wearable for some people who ordinarily don’t favor the warm and woody scents, like me!  Lil’ Angel was next in line as I’m slowly spritzing my way through through the world of Harajuku!  She’s definitely the the feisty one of the bunch, but a softy inside– all sugar and everything nice with a very sweet base of ripe raspberries and cranberries, you can almost taste the tang of them in the first spray of the perfume.

While I don’t own the three remaining fragrances in the collection, I have tested all five and they’ve got it going on!  If you tend to like creamy coconut fragrances, check out G, but if soft florals are more your speed– I would try Music. Like white floral fragrances with jasmine and tiare flower?  I think a safe bet would be Baby!  Even though the Snow Bunnies are dressed a little more warm & cozy this time around, these aren’t new fragrances– they are the same as the Harajuku Lovers original gals.  The world of Harajuku Lovers has also changed seasons, a Winter World has taken over their website.  You can play Kaori Catch, a cute game where you pick your fave girl and try to avoid falling snowflakes as you fly through the air.  Super kawaii!  I have a feeling these are going to be strong sellers on fragrance counters as the holiday season nears, the .33 ounce collectable eau de toilette fragrances retail for $30 each– a pretty gift-friendly price!  Which Harajuku Lovers scent would you pick?

An editorial sample of Lil’ Angel was provided to me by the company and was used to determine my opinion of the product in this post.  Please see my Disclosures page for further information regarding my policies for using press samples.

Bare Skin: The first fragrance from Bare Escentuals’ Leslie Blodgett is HERE!

Bare Skin

Wow, this day just keeps getting better and better!  I’ve been waiting for this to happen for ages, and I know that Bare Escentuals/bareMinerals fans will likely be rejoicing and even hugging their annoying neighbors “just because” (okay, maybe not) now that Leslie Blodgett is releasing the first of several limited edition fragrances in her Perfume Diaries series!  Bare Skin will be available exclusively at Sephora on 10/15, but… I was just poking around on the Sephora website out of curiosity and found it’s already up and currently available exclusively to Beauty Insiders (it only takes a few seconds and it’s free to sign up), if you’d like to snag it– now’s your chance!  In all of my excitement, I almost forgot the most important part, the notes– top notes of black pepper, freesia, and anise with a vanilla orchid, iris, and plumeria middle sounds delish!  The description I have describes a soft musk at the bottom– you know I don’t do too well with those typically, even I surprise myself every now and then!  For some reason I have no doubt in my mind that Leslie selected this very carefully along with the perfumer, she’s highly involved in the research and development of all of the Bare Escentuals products and she knows what she’s doing, I would almost be surprised if I didn’t enjoy this when I try it.  Bare Skin was inspired by Leslie’s experiences during a trip to Mexico, where she explained she “cart-wheeled fancy-free down a sunny beach while emanating true, unbridled joy.”  Who wouldn’t love that feeling?  Honestly!

“When I have an experience, I like to have a scent behind it. Bare Skin, which is what Mexico reminds me of, is the way you feel when the sun is beating down on you during the day, but then you go out at night and you’re still sizzling from the warmth of the day which mingles with the night air and the music.”

Until then, join the Leslie Blodgett Perfume Diaries Fan Page on Facebook, and follow the Perfume Diaries on Twitter: @lbperfumediary

Bare Skin Eau de Parfum 1.7oz ($55)
Bare Skin Solid Perfume Compact ($35)
Bare Skin Perfumed Body Cream ($30)

I can’t wait to see the next release in the series, bring it on Leslie! As soon as I have a chance to review this, I’ll be as quick as possible to post it!