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LEMON AID: 6 CITRUS FINDS

Posted by 08.22.15

Fragrance has a way of bringing me back to a different time and place and lemon is by far my time travel of choice. One whiff of this citrus scent never fails to usher me back in time to my honeymoon in Italy. While traveling in Capri, my newly minted husband and I sipped limoncello while reclining under an abundant and fragrant canopy of lemon trees. It was heaven!

I’m far from alone in my lemon love. Aromatherapists also love it because lemon is known to have properties that can elevate the mood and increase energy levels while actually decreasing stress as well as anxiety levels. The lemon fruit’s light, fresh, intoxicating, citrusy fragrance also happens to be ideal for summer’s

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STARRY, STARRY NIGHT – NUIT ETOILEE BY ANNICK GOUTAL

Photo Credit: annickgoutal.com

Posted by 04.23.12



For me, fragrance has to be French. Annick Goutal is one of my all time favorite houses of scent. Ever since I visited her shop on rue de Castiglione on the Right Bank, I was intoxicated by Gardenia Passion at first whiff.

Since 1980, Annick Goutal has been making the world smell a little sweeter, one spritz at a time. Their latest addition, Nuit Etoilee, is no exception. It's fresh woodsy aroma evokes an evening stroll through the Tuilleries or a night under the dark sky of the French countryside. The strikingly intense blue bottles symbolize the romance of the night sky. There are two variations - the classic Annick Goutal atomizer for women complete with a little blue bow and their signature cream and gold tag, plus the tailored looking masculine scent. The square bottle of the men's fragrance vaguely reminds me of No. 4711.

After Annick's untimely death at age 53 in 1999, her daughter Camille has carried on her legacy along with fellow perfumer Isabelle Doyen. Together they continue Annick’s vision creating a series of unique scents including Mandragore, Songes, Un Matin d’Orage and Ninfeo mio. Through their work, Annick Goutal’s world and beliefs of emotion, creativity, authenticity and excellence live on. In the U.S., the success story continues, as the brand often ranks as the #1 fragrance collection in specialty stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. They have also expanded to include luscious candles and home fragrances and a facial and body care collection.

Nuit Etoilee will be available in May exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue - and the collection sells for $51 - $72.

FINAL VERDICT: RDW (Run Don't Walk)

BY WAY OF: SAMPLED

Would you buy it again? YES

Would you recommend it to a friend? YES

THE BELLE OF THE BOTTLE: NATALIE PORTMAN FOR PARFUMS CHRISTIAN DIOR

Posted by 06.08.10

J’adore Natalie!

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has snagged one of the world’s most beautiful women as a brand ambassador for its Parfums Christian Dior. WWD reported today that the Israeli-born stunner and Harvard grad will be the face of an as-yet unrevealed project. There’s that killer combination of brains and beauty!

The news comes just in time for Natalie’s birthday tomorrow. It looks to be the start of a great year for the actress, writer/director and fashion icon.

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ROMANO RICCI – Juliette Has a Gun

Posted by 02.14.10

Meet the Bard of Fragrance

Meet the great-grandson of fashion icon Nina Ricci, and the grandson of Robert Ricci – creator of the L’Air du Temps fragrance, one of the many brand blockbusters  for which the fashion house is so famous. Enter Romano Ricci, stage right. He has turned the traditional notions of fragrance on their head, and seems to be having the time of his life doing so. He draws his inspiration for his Juliette from Shakespeare’s tragic love story about a boy, who meets a girl, whose families are mortal enemies, and all hell breaks loose in Verona. (You know the one.) With scent names like Miss Charming, Lady Vengeance and Citizen Queen, he’s adding a chapter of his

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