Showing posts with label perfume. Show all posts
Showing posts with label perfume. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Calvin Klein Eternity Night


The Eternity fragrance line gets a Night version this month which is also the 25th anniversary of the original Eternity.

Eternity  Night starts a bit sharp at first but then soon settles into a  peppery and spicy feel.  At first  there is also  a hint of dark fruit , the quetsche or damnson plum note , then the  pretty, light florals of jasmine, wisteria  and frangipani come along.  The florals stay more in the background overall and by the drydown  there is a good deal of musk along with sandalwood and tonka.


Those bottom notes of musk, sandalwood and tonka  very much sum up what Eternity Night is ,  that's almost exactly what you get once it has dried down all the way.   Not overly as  dark as  a "night" fragrance might  be, but slightly more so than a day version.


Full note list:

TOP:       pink pepper, elderberries, quetsche
MID:       frangipani, wisteria, jasmine sambac
DRY:        musks, sandalwood, tonka bean

Calvin Klein Eternity Night is $80 for  3.4 oz  and available at Macy's.

( There is also a new men's version )






Thursday, May 15, 2014

Calvin Klein Eternity Summer 2014



Eternity Summer  is back for the season. Each year there is a new release ,  a different version. I tend to really like these Summer scents . Last year's was  not a huge favorite but the mimosa rich version of 2011 is one I still use. I find them to be easily wearable and simply pretty , and the 2014 EDP is just that.

Eternity Summer  starts off with  green shoots (  bamboo), light citrus (  mandarin ) and  juicy hints of the  watermelon and pear notes but  it's not a strong melon . The fragrance  stays light and soft , and I can smell the lovely peony note  along with a little gardenia well into the drydown where the barely there musk and woods come in.


Overall Eternity Summer is a sheer floral scent that floats along on your skin. It feels like a perfume that will work well in the heat , giving you just enough fragrance.

Full note list:

  • top:         pear, mandarin, watermelon, bamboo leaves
  • mid:        peony, water lily, gardenia, neroli
  • dry:         soft musk, white woods
Calvin Klein Eternity Summer is $ 64 for 100ml EDP and is available at Macy's.




Sunday, May 4, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2014



Sofia by Sofia Vergara-  Is mom a fan of the wacky Gloria of Modern Family?  Her portrayer Sofia Vergara has just released a namesake fragrance. Ms. Vergara is said to have been very hands on with the scent which is exclusive to HSN through the Summer. Sofia is slighty gourmand at the start with blackberry, cassis and plum that's not overly sweet , then it's touched with vanilla , orchid , rose and light woods. It  has a bit of an oriental feel but not the darker spicy kind. Sofia is a bit more sparkling and juicy than the deeper orientals. It's soft  and very feminine. $55 for 3.4oz and $48 1.7oz at HSN


mark St. Barts Soleil - Wouldn't it be great to send mom to the azure blue seas of an island for her day ? Ok, so maybe that's a bit too steep a gift.  mark's newest scent  aims to get you in the beach spirit without ever leaving home. St. Barts Soleil smells of coconut,  tropical frangipani and sunscreen on warm days.  It's azure waters and lounging with an umbrella drink in a bottle.
$ 24 for 1.7 oz EDT at www.meetmark.com


L'Occitane Delightful Hands Collection- Each Christmas season I tap the hand cream sets from this brand as one of the best gift picks. It's no different for Mother's Day or any birthdays coming up soon. We all love  and use hand cream, and  L'Occitanes are some of the best. This set includes cherry blossom, rose and shea butter. $ 28 at http://usa.loccitane.com/


Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion Body Care - Laura Mercier's body products are fabulously scented and work well.  New is Verbena Infusion , a soft  citrus that gives skin just a hint of scent. Among the products is  Gel Body Moisure. This creamy gel is thin going on  and dries fast but has plenty of moisture, great for the warmer days ahead. There is also an EDT and Body Cleanser.
Gel Body Moisture is $ 45 for 8 oz .


The Body Shop Lip Butter Lollipop- Like the holiday body butter set, this giant lollipop holds five lip butters like strawberry, chocomania and mango  to keep mom's pout perfect. $ 14.00 http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/





Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance



Romance by Ralph Lauren celebrated it's 15th anniversary last year.  In today's fragrance world  that's staying power. Now Romance gets a new addition- Midnight Romance. 

Midnight Romance is a big sister if you will to Romance. With it's fruit and wet floral beginning with the peony and freesia notes standing out to it's drydown where it becomes less floral and the vanilla and amber take over,  it's a very feminine scent. The peony does stays  present  in the drydown adding a light floral touch to the deeper notes.



Midnight Romance is not a dark fragrance but it's not an overly light floral  either. To me it's quite wearable day or night despite the scent's name connotation. It's easy to wear and soft but has some depth  as well.

Full Note List:
  TOP:  raspberry, Italian bergamont, juicy lychee
  MID :  peony, jasmine sambac, freesia
 BASE :  black vanilla, iris absolute, ambrox

Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance is $ 94 for 3.4 oz,  $74 for 1.7 oz,  $ 23 for a rollerball and available now .



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Marc Jacobs Daisy Delight


There's a new bloom in the Daisy family, Daisy Delight.

This new LE  EDT is a dewy floral with freesia and apple up front , hints of the iris note then musks and light cedarwood and sandalwood come in at the drydown.

It's a light , easy to wear scent that stays somewhat close to the skin , and is sure to be one you like if you already enjoy the  popular Daisy.


Daisy Delight comes in that cute floral topped bottle, with Spring colored flowers at the top and a blue tint to the juice itself. I like, too, that they have stated right on the box- new fragrance- since the names are so close.

Full note list :
  • Top: apple, quince flower, freesia
  • Heart: iris, gardenia, peony
  • Base: musks, cedarwood, sandalwood

Marc Jacobs Daisy Delight is available now at Sephora  , Macys and more at $ 75 for a 50ml/1.7 oz EDT.

There is also a new Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight edition.




Thursday, March 20, 2014

Miss Dior Cherie Blooming Bouquet Returns As Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet


If you loved Miss Dior Cherie Blooming Bouquet, it's back for a return engagement with a few bottle tweaks like a new silvertone bow .  Originally released in 2011, it's now called Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet, minus the Cherie . Reading the note list it sounds very much the same as Cherie but it's now an EDP vs. an EDT.

You can read my review of the first one here

Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is $ 98 for 3.4 oz EDP and available at Sephora


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Marc Jacobs Daisy Delight & Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight



Daisy is blooming in two new version for Spring. 

Daisy Delight is described as a "luminous bouquet of fresh picked florals" with notes of apple, quince flower, freesia, iris, gardenia, peony , musks , cedarwood and sandalwood. 


Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight is  a lush and fruit floral with blood orange and tiare added in. Other notes include pink pepper, white tea, violet, raspberry, apricot skin, musk and amber. 

Daisy Delight is $ 75 for 50 ml EDT
Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight is $ 89 for 75ml EDT





Thursday, March 6, 2014

Roses de Chloé



Chloe's newest is all about the rose , one of my very favorite fragrance notes.

Roses de Chloé is a light rose,  fresh  and not powdery. There are touches of fruit but nothing overly  sweet. It's very floral with the dewy rose and magnolia in the forefront until we head to the drydown where the musk comes out.


This wears close to the skin and is a good scent for someone who likes their fragrance quiet and soft, but pretty.  It's a veil of scent that feels very Spring like.


Roses de Chloé  is $ 95 for 1.7 oz and $ 120 for 2.5 oz.




Monday, January 27, 2014

Chanel Chance Collection 2014



To celebrate Chance, Chanel brings three new ways to wear the three versions of the fragrance.

All are LE and available now.

Chance Shimmering Body Cream- 7.0 oz. $75.00

Chance Eau Tendre  Shimmering Powdered Perfume- 0.88 oz. $50.00

Chance Eau Fraiche Shimmering Touch - (A light, fragranced gel)  0.88 oz. $50.00

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Elie Saab Le Parfum Holiday Gift Sets


Elie Saab Le Parfum is a longtime favorite here. It's an elegant, refined  and pretty woodsy floral.

I've highlighted them both before, the  EDP here  and EDT here for more scent information.
Holiday has brought gift sets in each version and these are very much holiday gift approved.

The Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau De Parfum Deluxe Gift Set has a
3.3 oz EDP and 5.1 oz body cream in a deluxe case  for $ 158

The Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Toilette Gift Set- contains a 3 oz EDT, a 10 ml purse spray and 1 oz body lotion for $ 108.


Available at Nordstrom, Saks and Bloomies.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Marni Rose



Marni's newest fragrance Marni Rose  was instant scent love. I'm a rose lover and Marni's scent is a beautiful , just right rose.  It's a flanker to last year's Marni, which I haven't smelled yet, so can't compare.

Marni Rose is a rich yet fresh rose. The rose that's in full flush of bloom and scent with very little powder .

It wears softly , almost but not quite  a skin scent. It's delicious and while not completely unusual, it's still very pretty and devoid of any sugary sweetness that seems to be in so many perfumes these days .


The rose is right there from the beginning , bulgarian rose ,  with small hints of spice like the cardamom note peeking out a little as well as a little green violet.

Other notes include patchouli, white musk and cedar but these don't  play a large role. There are bits of them in the drydown but deep rose is very much the focus here. While fruit notes are also mentioned , I don't smell much of that at all. Just a passing spot of raspberry  at first.

Marni Rose has a refined feel due to the rose but at the same time it's not too fussy .  It's easy to wear for any occasion, all day etc. If you love rose fragrances as I do, then you'll most likely be as enchanted by Marni  Rose as I was.


Marni Rose is currently exclusive to Saks.
 2.2 oz EDP is $ 105



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chanel Coco Noir Body Lotion


 As luxe gifts go most anything by Chanel makes the grade.

The brand has released several bath and body options for glam holiday gifting or getting.  While I'll have a look at another in No 5 later this week , Chanel Coco Noir Body Lotion goes first.


In the same very chic black lacquer look bottle as the fragrance , this rich body lotion not only smells  just like the  fragrance, but will look so pretty on the vanity. The lotion has a strong scent and is more moisturizing than you might expect a fragrance one to be. Glycerin and squalene are among the ingredients.


Lotions have always been one of my favorite ways to fragrance . They do double duty adding that moisture along with scent. In the winter this is a good thing. I may love the colder temps but not the drier skin.

If you are feeling generous, pair this with a bottle of the fragrance or the also new shower gel for a fabulous gift set.


Chanel Coco Noir Moisturizing Body Lotion is $ 50 for the 6.8 oz bottle.




Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Calyx Returns via Clinique



Do you have memories of Calyx by Prescriptives? A fragrance that was truly different when it was released in 1986 it became a classic but was not for everyone. I well remember loving it and getting my bottle for Christmas one year. I think I may still have that original bottle.

When Prescriptive sadly closed up shop many wondered what about Calyx, will it still be available ?  It was for awhile. Now however it's truly back and under the Clinique umbrella. I was browsing their website earlier this week and saw it online and wondered what was up? Now the full release details are here.


Calyx by Clinique is now available exclusively at Clinique.com and Clinique counters .

If you haven't ever tried it, Calyx is a zesty , green citrus floral . Not easy to describe  the green notes are sweet rather than stem or root which is what usually comes to mind. Grapefruit  makes up a large part of the citrus  and is in fact the only actula fruit note in the composition.   It has a clean soapy feel at times with a good bit of vetiver along with plenty of tropical fruit scents like passion fruit and mango.

Calyx Clinique is 1.7 oz for $ 52.00 and $69 for 3.4 oz





Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Prada Infusion D'Iris Gift Set



I'm pretty sure this new Prada Infusion D'Iris gift set just went to the top of my most elegant gift list. When I opened the  package and saw the lovely mint green box, and then the set contents, I felt as this was really a gift.

With this set you get a magnetic top satin Prada bag that can be used for makeup or double as an evening clutch. Inside is a 3.4 oz EDP and 3.4 oz body lotion.


Infusion D'Iris if you haven't tried it, is a lovely soft , green and light powdery iris fragrance that wears close to the skin .  If you  or your giftee loves the scent, then this is a gifting slam dunk.


With the price of the bottle of fragrance alone at $ 110 , this is also a good deal as perfume gift sets often are.


If Infusion D'Iris is not your favorite, the same set  in colors to match those bottles, is available in Prada Candy and Prada Candy L'eau.


Prada Infusion D'Iris Gift Set is $ 115  and available at Nordstrom, Saks , Neimans , Lord & Taylor and Bloomies.




Thursday, October 17, 2013

Clinique Happy Heart, Happy Nail Enamel & Happy Hearts Fund

 
Last year Clinique partnered with the Happy Hearts Fund and this year there is a trio of products to benefit  the fund , which helps rebuild and build schools in disaster affected areas.  For instance , Clinique's previous donation helped the Fund rebuild a computer center in Staten Island that had been damaged in Superstorm Sandy.

Happy Heart is an LE fragrance  with a light, citrus and soft floral scent. There are dewy florals like water lily and geranium  and then sandalwood and musk in the drydown.  Happy Heart stays close to skin and is a simply easy to wear scent.


Retail is $ 37 and $ 10 from the sale of each bottle goes to Happy  Heart Fund.


Also new is  red/coral A Different Nail Enamel called, you guessed it, Happy. Also LE Happy sells for $ 12.50 with $ 3 going to the Happy Heart Fund.

Lastly, there is T Shirt , white , v neck and printed with the Happy Heart graphics and the words "Make Someone Happy" that is $ 16.00 with $ 5 going to Happy Heart Fund.


All of these together would make a fun gift for the Happy lover in your life. Clinique's original Happy is a favorite of so many and Happy Heart  should appeal to them .

These are part of Clinique's holiday gifting, so they will be around through the season or longer.

You can find them all at  your nearest Clinique counter.