Perfume

DO Hold Your Breath: Prada Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger

I am hopelessly devoted to Prada Infusion d’Iris. In 2007, when I gifted Mama Spoiled Pretty with a bottle for Christmas, I was seduced by its charm, and I’ve been wearing it ever since. In fact, I carry a full-sized bottle in my handbag. Yeah, I’m crazy like that. So when I recently learned that Prada would be releasing a new incarnation of the fragrance, Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger, I was beside myself with excitement.

Well, this past Saturday on a trip to Bloomingdale’s, I stopped by the fragrance counter to see if the perfume was worth the wait. I misted Prada Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger on a tester card, haphazardly catching a few of my fingers in the spray. And when I caught a whiff, I immediately cursed my bad aim.

I was expecting something modern and light, like my beloved Infusion d’Iris. Instead, I found the perfume to be an offense to my nostrils. I’m no fragrance expert, so the best way I can characterize the scent is cloying and grandmothery. It’s so strong that it would be the last perfume I’d think to spritz on in the warm summer months that are right around the bend. And while I recognize that fragrance is a very personal thing, I can’t think of one person I know who would willingly wear this perfume.

Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger eau de parfum is available in three sizes: 1.7 oz ($74), 3.4 oz ($100), and 6.75 oz ($135). The line also includes a 8.5 oz Hydrating Body Lotion ($52) and 33.8 oz Perfumed Bath and Shower Gel ($50). But I personally wouldn’t buy any of these products, even if Prada was having a BOGO promotion.

So I’m just going to stick with my Infusion d’Iris. And if the Orange Blossom mood strikes me, I’ll pick up this perfume by Jo Malone.

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DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Giveaway Winner

Congrats to Sue Farrell, winner of Spoiled Pretty’s Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Giveaway, generously sponsored by DKNY. Sue has won a 3.4 oz bottle of DKNY’s latest fragrance, plus the matching shower gel.

Inspired by the beauty of the Apple Blossom, DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom is lighthearted, intensely feminine, and radiant. A blend of sparkling grapefruit, cassis and sun-kissed apricot meets a blooming floral heart of sheer muguet and petally rose, wrapped in luminous jasmine. Finish the apple sensation with a body lingering base of blonde woods and smooth skin accords.

Be Delicious Fresh Blossom is sold at Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Sephora.

Again, congratulations to Sue – and thanks to all of you who entered. Don’t despair if you didn’t win…just try your luck again. You know there’s no shortage of giveaways here at Spoiled Pretty. In fact, I have another contest still going strong. Click here to enter the June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection Giveaway!

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Springtime in the Big Apple and DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Giveaway!

While it may not feel like spring yet, the first day is this Friday, March 20th! To celebrate, DKNY Fragrance is handing out its brand new fragrance DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom and pink roses in front of Bloomingdale’s and DKNY on Madison Avenue. Inspired by the apple blossom, DKNY’s fragrant new scent has the sweet smell of apple with a floral twist that will get anyone in the mood for the upcoming change of weather!

All of you ladies in NYC are invited to celebrate all that is fresh and beautiful about springtime in the Big Apple!

WHO: DKNY Fragrances and Bloomingdale’s

WHAT: In celebration of the arrival of springtime, DKNY Fragrances will be distributing fresh flowers and samples of the new DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom fragrance, while supplies last. Inspired by the Apple Blossom, DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom is a new fragrance that embodies the playful spirit of the original DKNY Be Delicious, with the updated floral feminine twist of springtime in New York.

WHEN & WHERE: Friday, March 20th, 2009
8:30AM – 10:30AM @ Bloomingdale’s, corner of E. 60th & Lexington Avenue
10:00AM – 12:00 noon @ The DKNY Store, corner of E. 60th & Madison Avenue

I’m not in NYC, so I feel for all of you readers who can’t make it to Manhattan. That’s why I’m partnering with DKNY for a delicious giveaway!!! One lucky reader is going to get spoiled pretty with the 3.4 oz DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Eau de Parfum, plus the shower gel. Be Delicious Fresh Blossom is the fourth fragrance in the Be Delicious franchise, and marries freshness, vibrancy, and femininity. A blend of sparkling grapefruit, cassis, and sunkissed apricot meets a blooming floral heart of sheer muguet and petally rose wrapped in luminous jasmine. A base of juicy apple, mingled with lingering blond woods and smooth skin accord, completes the irresistibly sensual experience of the essence.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, March 25th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Thursday, March 26th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Good luck!

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Two Scents I Can’t Wait to Spritz This Spring

Vera Wang Rock Princess

I’ve always fancied myself a princess (if only in the providence of Spoiled Pretty), so it should come as no surprise that Vera Wang’s Princess and Flower Princess reign supreme on my vanity. Next month, Vera adds to the heir to the throne.

She’d trade her tiara in for a new guitar, attend a concert instead of the prom—she is Rock Princess, the dynamic new fragrance by Vera Wang. It’s all about the music, the fashion, and the spirit with this edgy yet seductively sweet essence.

Each verse is equally captivating in the dark, fruity scent that channels sultry rock-star attitude. It takes the stage with an exhilarating intro of succulent white peach, bittersweet red raspberry, and an illuminating flash of vibrant bergamot. The chorus reveals itself in lovely layers of ultra-feminine florals. Hypnotic heliotrope, vintage-inspired rose, night-blooming jasmine, delicate lily, and an unexpected riff of sharp, spicy accents. The melody bridges to a finale, cloaking the essence in the warm, sensual glow of plush cashmere woods, smoldering musk, elegant iris, and creamy coconut. You will not forget her.

The Rock Princess bottle is as rebellious and dark as the downtown clubs where she plays. A smoky glass heart steals the show with sharp faceted edges and cool surfaces. The front of the bottle is covered with heavy metal in a pattern inspired by a Vera Wang fabric design. The crown rocks at the top, in a gunmetal finish, covered with rhinestone studs. Set beneath the crown is a matching ring—the perfect jewelry for playing a solo on the bass or hammering away on the drums.

In April 2009, Vera Wang Rock Princess will be available in 1 oz and 3.4 oz Eau de Parfum – sold for $45 and $72, respectively. A 5 oz Satiny Body Lotion ($32) rounds out the collection.

Prada Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger

I am also dying to get my hands (and pulse points) all over Prada’s newest offering. At the CEW Product Demonstration last month, I stopped by the Prada Infusion d’Iris table to rave about the fragrance. I told the rep how I’ve been hooked since purchasing for Mama Spoiled Pretty in December 2007…and how it has dethroned Hanae Mori Butterfly as my signature scent. After I finished testifying, the rep told me to be on the lookout for an orange incarnation, just in time for spring.

I’ve done a little research on this insider tip, and here’s what I found. Prada will introduce Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger, a new limited edition fragrance, later this month. The perfume is the first in a yearly series of limited edition scents, called the “Ephemeral Infusion Collection.”

Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger was developed by perfumer Daniela Andrier, and key notes include orange blossom, tuberose and jasmine.

The eau de parfum will be available in three sizes: 1.7 oz ($74), 3.4 oz ($100), and 6.75 oz ($135). The line also includes a 8.5 oz Hydrating Body Lotion ($52) and 33.8 oz Perfumed Bath and Shower Gel ($50).

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