Best Beauty Buys: Fragrance

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l'instant de guerlainL’Instant de Guerlain is one of my signature scents. This floral Oriental fragrance is one of the most beautiful and complex scents I have ever smelled. Every time I wear it, I just brace myself for the compliments – and it certainly leaves a lasting impression. L’Instant is described as a “soft, sexy scent comprised of an intricate blend of interwoven fragrance harmonies, like citrus honey, magnolia inclusion, and amber harmony.” I’m no master perfumer, so to be honest, that means nothing to me; to my untrained nose, this perfume has a soft and powdery scent that dries down to a sensual, musky vanilla.



hanae mori butterfly perfumeHanae Mori Butterfly is my other signature scent. Butterfly is a rare blend of berries and flowers, with a distinctive tone of strawberries and almond, giving an impression of vanilla. I get compliments almost every time I wear it.



prada infusion d'irisI 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. Prada’s exceptional quality ingredients evoke the classic ambiance of a luxurious Italian voyage, from the clean freshness of Florentine Iris Padilla to the warm, subtle glow of Sicilian Mandarin.



memoire liquide amour liquideMemoire Liquide Amour Liquide is a must-have for vanilla lovers like me. The blend of pure Madagascar vanilla, tonka bean and incense is sweet and sexy.

Bottega Veneta ‘Essence Aromatique is a floral oriental fragrance with a touch of zesty citrus. Freshness in the top notes is provided by bergamot and coriander, followed by white rose. The base is deepened by warmed by patchouli, sandalwood, tonka bean, vanilla. While there are masculine elements to this fragrance and certain men might be able to pull it off, I wouldn’t necessarily call this a unisex scent. If I had to sum this one up in a few words, they’d be “sexy, sophisticated, woody and expensive.”


marc jacobs lolaMarc Jacobs Lola is an intoxicating swirl of rich layers, wrapping the skin in sensuous florals blooming with a signature note of fuchsia peony. The perfume’s fresh and flirty notes (grapefruit, peppercorns, pear, fuchsia, geranium, peony, rose, musk, tonka bean and vanilla) combine to create a flirty and feminine fragrance that can be worn year-round.

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