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Posted by 09.19.13

The advent of a vibrant fall brings crisp scents of cinnamon, hot cocoa, gingerbread, and everything that’s spicy and warm. A fall fragrance wardrobe typically means warm scents, but that doesn’t mean florals go out the window. And this season, hair care and home care welcome some new aroma profiles as well. Here are a few fragrances to get you into the mood:

Estee Lauder Modern Muse ($98)

The new Estee Lauder fragrance is a tribute to all things confident, powerful, individual, and feminine. The novel “dual impression” structure means it connects to women in two contrasting ways: one, through a sparkling Jasmine Accord with exotic mandarin, honeysuckle nectar, and jasmine sambac; and another through the Sleek Woods Accord with a blend of two patchouli essences wrapped in Madagascar vanilla, amber wood, and soft musk. The idea behind the dual accord is that the modern woman will find her muse (woodsy or sparkling floral) to fit her unique personality and style.

The tall luxurious bottle with soft rounded sides, and a bow that reminds me of Ferragamo’s signature icon means the woman that is also perfectly dressed. The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $98.

Bond No. 9 Perfumista Avenue ($280)

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In honor of the fragrance house’s 10th anniversary, Bond No.9 created a uniquely feminine fragrance called Perfumista Avenue. The first Bond No. 9 scent that is not named after a New York City landmark, Perfumista Avenue is all about a fantasy street, filled with perfume wearers who represent the creme de la creme of New York. Top notes of davana, nutmeg, safran, red plum; middle notes of rose oil, rose water, peonies, jasmine; and a base of patchouli, musk, modern amber, and mate make this a very special fragrance that’s both daring and voluptuous. Housed in a vivid magenta version of Bond No. 9′s signature star bottle, it retails for $280 for a 50 ml.

Frédéric Malle Perfume Guns for Home


Malle needs no introduction in the fragrance world (he is the grandson of the founder of Christian Dior Parfums, and now he has branched into the wonderful world of home fragrance with his new perfume guns. Three innovative scents, Un Gardénia la Nuit ($185), Chez Monsieur ($145), and Marius & Jeannette ($145), are ideal ways to usher fall into your home. Un Gardénia la Nuit is intensely imbued with gardenia—vegetal, fruity, and milky. Chez Monsieur is a bit more masculine and strong with woody testosterone notes. Marius & Jeannette takes you on a trip around the world, with the fragrance of the invigorating Mediterranean Sea and an evocation of mint and anise. Unlike candles whose scents “pile up” in a room over time, perfume guns enable the fragrance to gently dissipate.

Essence of Beauty Fine Fragrance Collection


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Nobody wants a whiff of something so strong that it’s enough to knock your pants off. The surprisingly new fine fragrance collection from CVS/pharmacy ‘s Essence of Beauty presents its scents in various forms, from body mist to shower gel. While fragrance is an intensely personal statement, the art of layering can help you come up with the combination that best suits your personality. For fall, Secret Woods is a personal favorite of mine, with red apple, pomegranate, jasmine petals, and vanilla mask. If you’re a romantic, stick to Forever Paris with cassis, Parisian roses, French vanilla, and amber. If you’re spring-sick, try Wind Kissed, which has white freesia, blackberry, cotton flower, and white amber. In the Tropics is an ode to Bali, and features juicy pomelo, pink grapefruit, agave flower, and sandalwood. The packaging looks and feels super luxe too, but everything is priced at only $2.99-$12.99.

Chaz Dean Fall Apple Spice Collection


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Just when you thought that fragrance meant body care alone, Chaz Dean surprises us with an intensely fall hair care line featuring the warm scent of Fall Apple Spice. A seasonal addition to WEN® Hair & Body Care by Chaz Dean, Fall Apple Spice offers a warm and nourishing scent coupled with the utilitarian and functional aspects of a daily hair care line. Vanilla bean, apple fruit, green tea, goji berry, pomegranate, and maple syrup are used to boost the conditioner’s anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties in addition to creating a strong but warm fragrance, while clove flower extract, cinnamon oil, ginger root oil, orange oil, lemon peel extract, nutmeg and other ingredients are used for scalp health. Consider this an anti-aging hair care line as well (it has peptides, amino acids, soy proteins and vitamin B5). Note that this line does not have a shampoo. It consists of a conditioner ($40), treatment mist ($15), and oil ($20).

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Posted by 08.22.13

Bromance is in the air. Just think of the current wave of buddy films like The Internship with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson or the hilarious This Is the End with James Franco and just about every other boyish star in Hollywood.

The Bromance phenomenon has not gone unnoticed by marketers. Azzaro fragrances has picked up the trend with the launch of Chrome United (1.7 oz., $56), a new scent inspired by the enduring friendships between men, which unlike the bonds between women, have never been as celebrated as now.

But Azzaro is no stranger to placing great value on buds. The original Chrome fragrance, launched in 1996, was inspired by the generational links between a father and son, grandfather and grandson. A fresh, woody, aquatic fragrance, the original Chrome has always been a fave of mine, and recognized by others as a great example of the woody/aquatic fragrance note connection.

The Chrome United advertising campaign

The Chrome United advertising campaign

Chrome United expands on that fragrance theme by uniting woody and aromatic elements. Its notes include: Sichuan pepper, coriander, bergamot, Ceylon black tea, violet leaf, white musk, and cedar wood. “Chrome United adds something new to the fresh and woody category,” said BenoÎt Guerin, marketing director of Azzaro Fragrances.

Loris Azzaro, the late fashion designer who shook up the French couturier world in the 70s with his ornate beading and daring cutouts, introduced his first fragrance in 1975. Chrome is a lasting legacy dedicated to family, friends, and meaningful ties. Chrome United is an easy to wear scent that men of all ages will enjoy.

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Posted by 08.12.13

Extend the spirit of summer with fragrances that capture the breezy lightness of the warm weather months.

Jour d’Hermes (1.6 oz. EDT, $108) is a literal tribute to the earth mother in all of us as well as our liberated sophisticated sides. Created by Hermes perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, Jour d’Hermes is a joyful sun dappled bouquet of summer flowers. You’ll catch notes of jasmine, gardenia, sweet pea, and my all time favorite summer aroma, orange blossom. It’s a carefully crafted fragrance that features just a twist of citrus in its top notes, and an overall grounding but fresh greenness, just like summer grass.

For water babies and beach lovers, nothing embodies the Margaritaville mood like Tommy Bahama. The brand’s recently launched signature scents, simply called Tommy Bahama, are available in men’s and women’s versions. Tommy Bahama for Her (1.7 oz. EDP, $58) takes you to a tropical paradise with notes of mandarin, gardenia, honeysuckle, heliotrope vanilla, patchouli, musk and praline.

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Tommy Bahama for Him (1.7 oz. EDC, $54) is dedicated to the brand’s mantra of “making life one long weekend.” The cognac colored fragrance is an aromatic scent that includes summery watermelon, tangerine, pear, ginger, tiare flower, violet leaf, tonka bean, and sandalwood. Just makes you want to kick back and enjoy a Cuba Libre while fishing for marlin.

Narciso Rodriguez L'eauJust the term L’eau makes me thing of light and summery scents. Narciso Rodriguez For Her L’Eau (1.6 oz., $77) lightens up the deep musky original For Her with an airy sprig of florals that will keep summer top of mind long into fall. Crisp lily of the valley stands out in the top note that includes jasmine, cyclamen, pink peony, and a hint of rose. Dancing on top of the musk, the fragrance’s heart note, the florals tempt to spin off into the stratosphere, but the musky earthiness keeps it grounded. Somehow the result is sultry and light—just what the transition to fall calls for.

AR_JASMINE ABSOLUTEAnd for that subtle celebration of summers present, past, and future, there is nothing like the addictive scent of jasmine. Intelligent Nutrients Jasmine Absolute (1.7 oz., $97)  is made of 100% pure oils derived from sustainably wildcrafted jasmine sambac flowers from India. Invigorating and grounding, the aroma can liven up your spirit when applied on your skin, body, and hair. It’s conveniently packaged in a roller ball, so toss it in your purse for a private jasmine moment anytime during the day.

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