If you surveyed the perfumes on my vanity, you’d surely notice that the common thread amongst my favorites is vanilla. Most days, I smell like some variation of vanilla. But as I get older, I’m constantly searching for a more sophisticated take on the scent. I love vanilla, but I’m a little too mature to be walking around smelling like cupcakes.
So I was thrilled to recently make the acquaintance of Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black (there’s also a Nirvana White) – a sensual, modern interpretation of my favorite flava. The perfume is an addictive blend of violet, sandalwood, and rich vanilla that strike the perfect balance between masculine and feminine. (more…)
What if I told you that you could turn your shower into a spa-like experience in less than 3 minutes? Well, you can with the ingenious Aromatherapy Shower Kit from Essio. The kit includes a shower head attachment device and three pods of essential oils. Here’s how it works…
You clip the attachment device on the shower head. It’s adjustable and works with lots of different kinds of shower heads. Next, you insert one of the essential oil pods into the end of the attachment device. Finally, you remove the pod’s cap and point the nozzle into the running shower water to start the flow of oil – which will start to fill your shower with fragrance. (more…)
Last week, Tory Burch added a new fragrance and beauty collection to her stylish empire.
Tory describes her eponymous fragrance as “a balance of femininity and tomboy, citrus and floral, grounded and graceful.” Floral peony and tuberose blend with crisp citrus notes of grapefruit and neroli — anchored by earthy vetiver.
Back in 2009, I interviewed my fellow Philadelphian and she named Vetiver by Guerlain as her signature scent. So I’m not surprised that vetiver (which her dad, Buddy, also wore) became the signature note for her first fragrance. (more…)
This Christmas, give the gift of Candy. Not sugar plums or candy canes. I’m talking about another sweet treat.
If Prada Candy isn’t on your recipient’s wish list, it’s because she hasn’t smelled it yet. With notes of white musks, noble benzoin and caramel, Prada Candy isn’t overwhelmingly saccharine, as the name might imply. Powder tempers the sugar, giving this gourmand a classic sophistication.
You could buy the 1.7 oz bottle for $80. Or for $2 more, you could pick up the Prada Candy Eau de Parfum Gift Set, which includes an eau de parfum (1.7 oz.), body lotion (2.5 oz.) and mini eau de parfum (0.24 oz.).
For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012!
Fragrance is a very personal thing. Unless you know the recipient’s favorite scent (or he/she has requested something specific), fragrance can be a tricky gift. Even if you know the “notes” that the person likes, perfumes and colognes react to differently on everyone…so it could be a real hit, or a big miss.
Instead, try one of the Sephora Scent Samplers. The set include samples of popular fragrances, plus a gift voucher of equal value that can be redeemed at any Sephora store for a full size bottle of any one of the samples included.
The Sephora Favorites Fragrance Sampler for Her ($50) is a 12-piece collection of Sephora’s most sought-after women’s scents includes a range of enchanting, stylish, and luxurious fragrances, and a stylish beauty bag for safe keeping. This sampler also includes a voucher for a full-size bottle, making it the perfect present for indecisive buyers or receivers. From the flirtatious, alluring notes of Betsey Johnson’s Too Too Pretty, to the delicate blend of berries and flowers in Hanae Mori’s timeless Butterfly, she can try them all, select her favorite, and visit a Sephora store to receive the full-size gift. This set contains samples of:
- Betsey Johnson Too Too Pretty – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
- Coach Poppy – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
- DKNY Be Delicious – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
- Givenchy Very Irrésistble – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
- Gucci Guilty Intense – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
- Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
- Hanae Mori Butterfly – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
- Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur redeems to a 2.5 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
- Marc Jacobs DOT – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
- Narciso Rodriguez for her – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
- Prada CANDY – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
- Versace Bright Crystal – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
- Bonus: Beauty bag (more…)