Thierry Mugler Womanity

May 2, 2010

What is womanity to you?

Womanity is the invisible bond between women.

Womanity is you, me and her.

Womanity is the new fragrance from Thierry Mugler.

Womanity is composed of powerful accords – the sweetness of fig and the savory element of caviar. The fragrance comes in a pink-colored flacon with a gothic-inspired cap. The interesting combination of accords is something to look forward to.Caviar in your fragrance, anyone?

Thierry Mugler Womanity is set to launch in July and will be available in 30ml, 50ml and 80ml eau de parfum.

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The 2010 FiFi Awards: The Finalists

May 1, 2010

The 2010 FiFi Awards finalists are narrowed down to five for each category. Consumer voting shall commence on April 28. As we await the winners, let’s explore once again the candidates for this year’s Oscars of the perfumery.

Starting with the men’s luxe fragrances, the finalists are: Calvin Klein CK Free, D&G Fragrance Anthology, Givenchy Play, Diesel Only The Brave, Shiseido Zen for Men and Tom Ford Grey Vetiver. Certainly, these fragrances deserve recognition as they have captured the attention of many: the creativity that produced the fragrance and likewise, the marketing virtuoso behind each campaign.

D&G Fragrance Anthology

How can you not forget the gorgeous men and women in their nakedness wearing nothing but D&G?  The D&G Fragrance Anthology ranges from sheer lightness to juicy gourmand, from feminine to masculine to shared – take your pick!

Tom Ford Grey Vetiver

A masterful take on vetiver married with salty notes, citrus essence, sunny and woody accords. Tom Ford Grey Vetiver is unabashedly masculine. The combination of amber-y woods and the cigar smoke-like aroma is addictive. Comparable to Guerlain’s Vetiver but Tom Ford is sharper and less herbal.

Calvin Klein CK Free

Airy, light, young and free: these are Calvin Klein’s inimitable trademark. CK Free opens up with crisp notes of berries, jackfruit and star anise followed by a concoction of tobacco, suede, coffee and buchu in the middle. The base caps it off with a union of oak, patchouli, cedar and ironwood. This fragrance is pleasant  with a comfortable, powdery trail.


Diesel Only The Brave

The fist-shaped, smokey-grey colored  flacon represents rugged masculinity. The playful blend of oriental and woody accords embellished with lemony aromas and sensual amber permeate a warm and versatile scent. It’s light, semi-tarty and a fabulous summer scent.

Shiseido Zen for Men

Spice, woods plus a concoction of  exotic fruits represent energy and the colors of life. The plush essences of sparkling fruits and spicy accords explode into a delightful mix of minimalistic aroma that soothes. Velvety in the beginning then tapers off into a nice blend of floral and leathery notes.

Check out the 2010 FiFi blog for more details.


Victoria’s Secret Heavenly Flowers

April 25, 2010

Victoria Secret launches a limited edition Dream Angel’s fragrance called Heavenly Flowers.

Inspired by the fresh peony heart of Dream Angels Heavenly, America’s favorite fragrance, Dream Angels Heavenly Flowers is juicier and more enticing with a touch of luscious fruit and a blend of sun-splashed blossoms.

Victoria Secret’s Dream Angel collection also features Desire and Divine.

Desire was the FiFi best fragrance awardee in 2007.  Described as fruity-floral, it blends the notes of white star magnolia, living white freesia, ivy leaves, frangipani, pink peony mist, yellow plum, angelique wood, crystal musk and angora accord.

Divine, on the one hand, is the sheer and luminous one. Be dazzled with florals comprising of lotus blossom, rose, lily of the valley, water lily and sensual notes of sandalwood, blonde wood and amber.

More of Victoria Secret fragrances at discount perfume retailer, scentiments.com.


Halle Berry Pure Orchid

April 3, 2010

This year, expect more celebrity fragrances to grace the perfumery. Beyonce’s Heat set the retail ablaze with its successful launch. Celine Dion will present a new fragrance in September called Pure Brilliance, a follow up to Simply Chic. Elizabeth Taylor has her Violet Eyes. Halle Berry now explores the exotic beauty of orchids with her latest and limited edition fragrance, Pure Orchid.

Pure Orchid is described as a sensual floral-woody fragrance evoking the provocative side of Halle Berry. It’s been said to have an elegant finish, intoxicating and yet possessing the charming features of soft florals.

The fragrance notes are:

Top: jungle cactus flower, Italian lemon, papaya nectar fizz

Middle: creamy blackberry, star anise, Masdevallia orchid

Base: patchouli, tonka bean, Riesensequoia

Perfumers Flores-Roux and Christophe Raynaud created this fragrance for Coty Beauty.

Halle Berry Pure Orchid will be available on May 2010.

More of Halle Berry’s fragrances are available at discount perfume online shop, scentiments.com.


Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia: Modern-day Acqua di Gio?

March 27, 2010

How can you not forget the mid-90s?

It was a flagship year for most fragrances. It was the era when marketing campaigns define a perfume’s success. It was also the year when fragrances were flankerized – the most flankered fragrance is Calvin Klein’s CK One and other fragrances in their portfolio. However, not all brands jumped in the flanker bandwagon. Or maybe they’ve deferred the launch to a much later year.

One interesting fragrance is Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio. To cut the story short, this floral-fruity pseudo-aquatic scent hit the perfumery by storm. It’s described as a fragrance reminiscent of the lazy afternoons spent in the Mediterranean. The combination of fruits, flowers and woods was well-executed.

Acqua di Gio comes in a his and her fragrance but it was never reinvented since its release. It was only this year that Giorgio Armani resurrected the scent and it’s not even called a summer or spring version. It’s a different take on the original altogether. Acqua di Gioia, a new fragrance for women, will grace the perfumery this June.

The composition mimics the original with the inclusion of mint leaves and brown sugar accords. According to wwd.com, “it’s an addictive aquatic wood, touched by the caress of sunny flower petals.” Other notes in this fragrance are: limone primo fiore, aquatic green accord, pink pepper, jasmine sambac, peony, cedar and labdanum.

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia will be available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml eau de toilette.


Bvlgari Notte Pour Femme

March 25, 2010

When a perfume you love starts to grow on you, instinct will tell you to look for another fragrance. But it’s not that easy. Not all fragrances are created alike despite the similarity in notes. Also, just because one fragrance sits nicely on your friend’s skin doesn’t mean you’ll get the same olfactory experience.

Thierry Mugler Angel was a long time favorite and so does Clinique Happy. But I want to try something out of my range. I began to explore Versace Versense. It was nice on the overall but the opening is too generic. The sillage wasn’t that great on me either. Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne and Bvlgari Omnia captivated me but I felt something is lacking. I was craving for something gourmand sans the patchouli.

Being a fan of gourmand scents and anything oriental, I decided to road test Bvlgari Notte. This fragrance was a creation of perfumer Alberto Morillas in 2004. He combined iris, galanga, vodka, dark chocolate and a host of other accords.

Hmmm, chocolates and booze, anyone?

Bvlgari Notte is dark and sensual. The chocolates, iris and vodka blended well and created a dreamy and absolutely beautiful fragrance. It’s a delicious scent without the cloying sweetness and the overtly gourmand-oriental potency of Angel. I’d say its a tamer version of Angel though not quite so. Here, I did not miss the patchouli.

The fragrance is long lasting. Hours after application, I can still smell a whiff of Notte on my skin. The chocolate notes add a bit of decadence on the overall appeal of the fragrance. Just the right amount – nothing that would assault your nose, so to speak.

Bvlgari Notte is a sheer gourmand fragrance. I don’t really regard this as an evening perfume nor a winter scent. As a matter of fact, I’d made this one of my daytime staples. To some, it may come off as too strong but on me, it’s just right – close to perfection.


Calvin Klein CK One: The Purveyor Of Genderless Scents

March 14, 2010

Whether it’s unisex or shared,  it all pertains to one and the same concoction – genderless.

In the 90s, the flamboyance and eccentricity of the 80s started to wane.  Gender roles were re-defined, people began to embrace the eco-friendly lifestyle and fragrances took off to a new direction.

Calvin Klein‘s controversial ad campaigns have become the impetus to a kind of marketing strategy that centers on sensuality, escapism and sex. The faces, the bodies and the fashion statement created a trend that broke the rules – the lack of inhibition and an open admiration of the human’s naked form.

The perfume line also began to explore homogeneity. It broke off from the traditional his and her scents and androgynous fragrances became the “IT” fragrance of the era. Although, unisex fragrances have been around in the perfumery (4711 by Muelhens) for quite some time now, it was Calvin Klein that made it sexy.

CK One was the fragrance of ubiquity in the mid-90s. Almost everyone has worn this fragrance at some point in their lives. Minimalistic, clean and refreshing, CK One fuses citrus accords with aromatic woods to produce a fragrance that’s zesty, tangy and trendy.

The fragrance notes are:

Top notes: bergamot, cardamom, pineapple, papaya, green tea accord

Middle notes: hedione high cis, violet, rose, nutmeg, gree tea accord

Base notes: musk, amber. green tea accord

A whiff of the lemony-aquatic mix garners differing views. Some like its lingering freshness and some find it too soapy and synthetic. But one thing is for sure, it created a huge following since it was first launched in 1994. And due to its success, Calvin Klein comes up with a limited edition CK One every year.

Intrigued on  how this year’s CK One smell like? Check out discount perfume online store for more news and updates on Calvin Klein fragrances.