I have a very discriminating nose, which is why a lot of fragrance reviews don’t see the light of day on the pages of Spoiled Pretty. I have a few favorites (Hanae Mori Butterfly, Prada Infusion d’Iris, Kai, Philosophy Amazing Grace, L’Instant de Guerlain, Carol’s Daughter Sugar-Dipped Vanilla) – but most perfumes don’t impress me enough to warrant a review.
For the longest time, I’ve had a $50 gift card to Barneys New York. 50 bucks doesn’t go far at Barneys which is why it took me so long to get my virtual shop on. But recently, I decided to cash it in on a bottle of Kai Perfume Oil – and let me tell you, while the bottle is tiny ($48 gets you 1/8 oz), this was money very well spent.
Kai’s perfume oil is a blend of fresh gardenias and white exotic flowers made with essential oils in a convenient and easy to use roll-on vial. Whenever I wear it and catch a whiff of myself, I’m instantly transported to an exotic island paradise. I just want to LIVE in this fragrance. Kai is the perfect warm weather perfume and I’ve already packed it away in my bag for my trip to Miami later this week.
Since creator Gaye Straza launched the line in 1999, Kai has established a cult following – including celebs Cate Blanchett, Mary J. Blige, Pink, Giuliana Rancic, Naomi Watts and Reese Witherspoon. Kai can add Daneen Baird to that list because I’m hooked and fully intend on adding to my Kai collection (I just added the body wash and body butter to my beauty wish list).
I’m a sucker for pretty packaging.
A fantasy scene of wood nymphs at play among giant rose petals entwines the Prada Infusion de Rose Eau de Parfum box, sourced from a Prada Spring/Summer 2008 collection print.
The perfume inside is equally delightful: “imagine fresh rose petals mingling with tea, roses, and honey, crushed in the hand with mint leaves.” It’s an unexpected and modern take on the typical rose fragrance.
While I don’t love it as much as my beloved Prada Infusion d’Iris (my signature scent), it’s a refreshing and feminine fragrance that is perfect for Spring (and a vast improvement from 2009’s Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger – which I felt veered into little old lady territory).
They got me. And by they, I mean Lisa Price and those hustlers at the Home Shopping Network.
A few weeks ago while at home on maternity leave, I was channel surfing and landed on HSN. Lisa, founder of Carol’s Daughter, and the HSN host were raving about the ‘Today’s Special’ – the new Sugar-Dipped Vanilla Bath and Body Collection. They extolled the virtues of the products’ ultra-hydrating properties, and couldn’t stop gushing about the collection’s unique fragrance profile. And by the end of the presentation, I had reserved a set for myself.
I don’t think I’ve ever purchased bath and body products without smelling them before, so ordering the Sugar-Dipped Vanilla products online was a leap of faith. And I fully intended to give someone a piece of my mind if my order didn’t live up to the hype. Luckily, the products turned out to be just as amazing as they were described – which is why I’m taking this opportunity to start spreadin’ the news.
For all of you fellow vanilla addicts out there, I think you’re going to dig the Sugar-Dipped Vanilla fragrance. Why? Well, because notes like peach, pink peony, guava, water lily, sandalwood and cotton candy set it apart from your run-of-the-mill vanilla scent. It smells so soft and fresh, and the fragrance is so flattering that I think a lot of vanilla haters will actually love it too. Trust me, you won’t smell like baked goods.
You’ll also love how the Sugar-Dipped Vanilla Bath and Body Collection – which includes body wash, body cream, and an ‘All Over Sheen’ (plus a loofah) – deeply moisturizes skin while leaving it velvety soft…not greasy.
I’ve been using the collection every day since it arrived on my doorstep, and I adore it so much that I’m kicking myself for not also buying the Sugar-Dipped Vanilla Eau de Toilette Rollerball.
The Sugar-Dipped Vanilla Bath and Body Collection are an HSN exclusive, so if you take my advice and snag yourself a set, visit hsn.com.
Yesterday, Kim Kardashian announced, via her blog, that she will release a new fragrance early next year.
I am so excited to tell you guys that my second fragrance will launch in February of 2011!!!!! I wanted to let you guys know here first so you can all share the excitement with me
I’m at the commercial shoot now and cannot wait to get all glammed up! Look at these amazing dresses I get to choose from!
I’ll keep you guys updated on all my fragrance news here on my blog!
Above is a behind-the-scenes photo from the fragrance photo shoot. The theme was “Glamorous.”
Congrats to Amber (shevilkenevil1), winner of the Harajuku Lovers Sunshine Cuties Fragrance Giveaway! Amber has won a set of eau de toilette sprays in Lil’ Angel, Love, Baby, Music, and “G”.
Many thanks to Coty for sponsoring this contest.
Fragrance: A sensuous floral
* Top: Juicy Pear, Granny Smith Apple, Dewy Freesia
* Mid: Tiger Orchid, Jasmine Petals, Honeysuckle
* Base: Cashmere Woods, Creamy Musk, Precious Woods
Bottle: Pretty in Pink! Baby is a quintessential girlie girl in a pink on pink polka dot bikini with ruched top and string bottom. A few Plumeria flowers nestled in her hair add the finishing touch to her super Kawaii ensemble.
Fragrance: A dewy floral
* Top: Crisp Mandarin, Wet Neroli, Bright Sunflower
* Mid: White Poppy, Living Valencia, Orange Flower, Jasmine Absolute
* Base: Soft Musk, Rich Vetiver, Creamy Birch Woods
Bottle: Leader of the pack!
Reminiscent of one of her stage costumes, G wears a tuxedo bandeau bikini top and for a pop of color, turquoise boy short bottoms. Her sweet headband is adorned with a mix of tropical Plumeria flowers.
Fragrance: A creamy musk
* Top: Coconut Water, Mandarin, Bergamot
* Mid: White Peach, Heliotrope, Exotic Tiare Flower, Orange Flower
* Base: Vanilla Bean, Tonka, Skin Musk, Creamy Sandalwood
Each collectible eau de toilette (10 mL) retails for $30. The fragrances are available at Macys, Nordstrom, Sephora, macys.com, sephora.com. But as summer tans fade and leaves begin to fall the Sunshine Cuties will be making their departure.
Spoiled Pretty and Coty Prestige want to make sure that you get them before they sail off into the sunset, so we’ve partnered for a giveaway. One lucky reader will win the entire set of Sunshine Cuties – worth $150!
To enter the giveaway, leave a message in the comments section. Make sure to leave your email or another way for me to get in touch, just in case you get lucky.
Contest is open to U.S. residents only. The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Monday, May 24, 2010. Good luck!