Touch of Spring and Touch of Sun by Lacoste

April 15, 2009

lacoste-touch-of-springDazzle in the refreshing air of spring — the sprawling lush green meadows and budding flower beds are all a sight to behold. Inspired by the life and vigor of season, Lacoste captured the energizing moments in a beautiful scent. Touch of Spring exudes a vibrant feel of being reborn after a somber hiatus from winter. The fragrance is gentle fusion of aquatic accords, quince blossom, peach, Amazon water lilies, osmanthus, hosta leaves, sandalwood and musk.

The scent remarkably implies the green-ness of spring. It reminds you of freshly cut grass, hugged by dewy mists in the early morning. The aquatic notes mingle with succulent peaches bringing out trickles of light sweetness of fruit accords while the florals interplay with the muskiness of sandalwood creating a well-balanced fragrance. According to one perfume reviewer from Fragrantica, “At the base of the fragrance we have sandalwood and musk; quince blossom the symbol of temptation; aquatic accord clean and fresh nestle against the sweetness of the Amazonian water lily. I think this perfume is better suited for young girls, than for mature women. It’s so casual, fresh and perfect for summertime.”

lacoste-touch-of-sunTouch of the Sun is another Lacoste fragrance inspired by the warmth of the sunny season. This zesty summer fragrance is a cocktail of fruits and floral. At first smell, it opens up with heady notes of citrusy juices of oranges and grape fruits. The middle notes features delicate flower petals of roses, peonies and jasmine. The floral-fruity accords are decorated by woodsy base notes composed of sandalwood, vetiver and traces of amber and musk.

This summer fragrance is just as wonderful for the colder months. It radiates an air of warmth and sun-kissed freshness that feels nice on the skin. One perfume fan commented, “Rather like a fruit salad with grapefruit, rather flowery the redeeming features of this for me is that I can smell sandalwood and jasmine as it warms up.” The sillage is not too intense; longevity is moderate.

Lacoste fragrances, just like its iconic alligator logo-embroidered shirt, embody class, quality and elegance. The founding owner, Rene Lacoste, revolutionized men’s sports wear and has been very successful in creating a wide range of high-end apparel. His label is best-known to project a modern, upscale preppy look with a sophisticated edge.


Guerlain Shalimar perfume

April 14, 2009

shalimar-perfumeShalimar is a legend as one of the longest-selling perfumes in the world. It’s found fans in almost every generation since its launch in 1925. Shalimar is an icon in the perfume-blogging world. It begins with a rich incensed puff of citrus, patchouli and vanilla. The scent fades on the skin into powder flowers and yummy vanilla. Shalimar lasts forever as a richly pretty and deeply sensual vanilla bean. The classic art deco bottle, that mimics the coquettish frills and curves of an Oriental fan, is in itself a work of art. Overall, the history, the mystery and smell puts Shalimar in winning slot for the best perfume of all time. You can snag this wonderfully haunting perfume for just a fraction of the price from Scentiments.com. Like other classic and new perfumes, Shalimar is pricey pick that is offered on Scentiments for $40 off its original price.


Still Perfume for Women by Jennifer Lopez

April 14, 2009

jenifer-lopez-stillStill by Jennifer Lopez is not just of those fruity-floral celebrity fragrances. It’s classy, doesn’t smell synthetic and has a unique scent that is sparkling clean. This Zen-like perfume is a combination of  piquant white pepper, zesty mandarin and the natural aroma of Earl Grey tea. The sake notes radiates a sharp yet subtle accords – such complexity makes the scent different yet intriguing. Like J.Lo, Still conveys effortless sexiness and well-mannered sensuality. Impressive and warm but not overwhelming. The base notes is creamy and invigorating like a bunch of white flowers sitting on amber-y musk woods during springtime. The perfume is housed in an elegant pale pink transparent bottle. Designed by perfumer Michael Girard, Still was launched in the perfume market in 2003.

One perfumista has these words to say about Still perfume, “Wonderful complex mature fragrance! I probably won’t recognize it in a crowd though, but it’s not the point of this fragrance. When you wear fragrances like this one – it’s not about the fragrance, it’s about you having a very pleasant aroma.” Another one gave it a thumbs up, “Like a midnight garden where blossoms unfold, so does Still. Softly pretty and classically feminine, this floral scent envelops the wearer in delicate drops of delight. The perfect fragrance for those who want their perfume to softly radiate like a candle in the moonlight.” On the contrary, different chemistry and different olfactive senses have unique interpretations of this fragrance. Some find it a bit similar to the other J.Lo fragrances just like this perfume critic, “I loved the marketing on this one. The ads were glamorous & elegant. I wanted to like Still, but it just didn’t smell good on me. Still turned to stale, dead lilies & sour honeysuckle on my skin.”

Jennifer Lopez first ventured in the perfume industry with her debut fragrance “Glow by J. Lo”. In 2003, “Still” was launched followed by “Miami Glow J. Lo”, a spin-off of “Glow”. In the Christmas of 2005, “Live by Jennifer Lopez” was introduced and in the following year, another “Glow” spin-off, “Love at First Glow by J. Lo” was presented. The most recent fragrances are “Live Luxe” (2006) and “Glow After Dark” (2007). (Wikipedia, Jennifer Lopez


Guerlain Aqua Allegoria

April 13, 2009

Guerlain is a powerhouse in perfumerie. If you’re looking for serious, deep, long-lasting perfumes, Guerlain is the house to turn to. With longest running perfumes like Mitsouko, Jicky, and Shalimar, this house has become a venerated name in beauty. Or dare we say dated?! To revamp the olden image of great and fabulous Guerlain has updated its serious, multi-century image with some fresh young perfumes through it Aqua Allegoria series.

Simple these perfumes may be, but I think there is something to be appreciated and loved in these soliflore scents. In the realm of abstractions, bare simplicity, and play-on-light-and-colors decoration and fashion trends, the stripped down natural plainness is a deeply introspective turn that is fresh and youthful at once. Aqua Allegoria successfully introduces Guerlain to the younger crowds in a lovable manner.

Pampelune is French for grapefruit and that is exactly this perfume what this smells like. One spray fills the air like somebody might be peeling a pinky orange grapefruit nearby. It doesn’t offer the sweet and depth of the pulpy pink fruit inside. Rather it’s gives off the wonderfully acrid and tangy smell a just-torn peel. It opens with a hint of lemon zest and fills out with just a small touch of orange blossoms. But it’s definitively grapefruit through and through. Pampelune is the perfect fresh spritz for a breezy summer evening.

Mandarine-Basilic oozes of fresh and sweet mini oranges. It smells like the freshest squeeze of the best oranges you’ve ever eaten in your life. It’s delicious, it’s juicy, it’s pulpy, and it’s an all-natural orange delight. Mandarine-Basilic is not your typical abstract citrus, bergamot and spice spray. Rather this orange scent is matched with natural leaves of basil that lift and freshen the scent even more.

Figue-Iris is powdered cream and sugar. The fig and the iris mix in a soft and earthy way so that this scent is absolutely irresistible. The sweetness is not like candy or fruits. Rather it’s an earthy, creamy floral sweetness that truly enhances the delicate fig smell to perfection. There are hints of milky almond and vanilla cream that allow this scent to constantly shift so as to invite repeated sniffs.

Laurier-Reglisse is a blast of laurel leaves. It’s bright, green and citrus-like. In the opening all you smell is green leaves. The rich sensation is so natural it’s alarming. But as the fragrance opens up, hints of lemon peel and juicy lime start to stand out. At the base there are soft hints of woods and amber. But overall this scent never stops smelling like delicious, refreshing and ultimately wearable green leaves. Laurier-Reglisse is a true invigorating delight.


Perfume 101: Blogosphere Lingo

April 12, 2009

Flanker is an offshoot perfume. Flankers are often seasonal or special edition fragrances based on the original perfume. They can also be are variations on the original perfume as they might highlight certain flowers or base notes. A great example of flankers is the Thierry Mugler Angel offshoots: Angel Innocent, Angel Garden of Stars Rose, Angel Garden of Stars Peony, Angel Garden of Stars Lily, and Angel Garden of Stars Violet.

Scrubber is a perfume that you really, really, and I mean, really don’t like. It’s something that the moment it touches your skin you need to scrub it right off. A scrubber is a fragrance that doesn’t suit your tastes or doesn’t suit your skin. Certain perfumes can smell great on some people, but smell like something horrible on others. For those who can’t stand a perfume on their skin, the name for that perfume is a scrubber.

EdP and EdT stand for Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette, respectively. We’ve all seen these two phrases plastered all over our bottles. But what do they really mean? These mean that your beloved perfume oil (the essence that you smell) is diluted in alcohol or water. Eau de Parfum is stronger as it features a higher percentage of oil, something like 10-15%. Eau de Toilette boasts 5-10% oil.

Decant means to pour liquid from one container to another. Wines and liqueurs are often decanted to allow the drink to breathe and develop as it mixes with oxygen molecules. Perfumistas often encounter decanting when buying samples. Perfumistas may also decant at home so as to let stronger fragrances breathe and air out before application.

Notes are the identifiable or abstract things that you smell in your perfume. Often marketers and perfumistas talk about top notes, middle notes (or heart), and base notes. The top notes are the initial impression, or the first blasts of smells, that you get when spraying a perfume. The middle notes are what you smell in the dry down, after the first pulse of scents has faded. The base notes are the longer lasting and deeper scents. However certain perfumers say that the concept of notes is ridiculous. They argue that because one smell affects the other, a certain top note can’t exist without the base notes. Therefore perhaps your cake-like perfume can’t smell like cake without the vanilla and strawberry notes.


Top 5 Celebrity Perfumes

April 11, 2009

Every celebrity loves to capture their image in a sweet perfume, be it cake-like, cotton candy-ish, or bright dollops of rock-hard sugar. Here’s a look at the most popular sweet celebrity scents. This list breaks down the gummy, the jammy and the taffy in order from tooth-rotting sweet to deliciously yummy hints.

Britney Spears Believe comes in an abstract bottle that is beautifully cubic and triangular. A silver wash and herbal green hue finish the modern, fresh look. Inside the juice is just as sweet as sweet can get. Beginning with a guava and tangerine cocktail that is oozing with honey, Believe is like a Turkish Delight or candied fruit. It’s similar to Thierry Mugler Angel.

Paris Hilton Can Can appears in a tall bubble bottle that looks like an upside-down light bulb. The pink feather print and the translucent pink cap hint to the rosy sweetness inside. Opening with woody citrus, Can Can immediately develops into a vanilla cake. Warm and wafting, the creamy smells hardly let the oriental musk and amber shine through. Can Can is a candy-and-cake delight that’s like a warm homemade cookie filled Skittles. It’s most like Ralph Hot.

Jessica Simpson Fancy looks like it can be found in a classic Parisian haute perfume boutique. The juice, however, is not so much a classic scent as it is more youthful, flirty and fun. Fancy is pure sugar, up and down, but not in the cake-y or fruity kind of way. It’s pure cotton candy with warm with hints of vanilla, almond and caramel. It’s closest to Aquolina Pink Sugar.

Christina Aguilera Inspire arrives in a daring pink egg that is topped with a flat silver stopper. The look is very similar to Sarah Jessica Park’s Lovely. Inspire is a fresh floral scent that is very sweet. It’s a scent of citrus, wood, musk and vanilla, and it is all wrapped up in the sweetness of mango, oranges, and roses. In other words, Inspire is a candied chypre scent. It’s like a sweet version of Miss Dior Cherie.

Gwen Stefani L by L.A.M.B. boasts a bottle of Rasta fading colors and a large gold cap that is worthy of bling status. The look is all funk, soul and edge. The juice, on the other hand, is simplistic beauty. It’s quite subdued as far as celebrity fragrances go. The overall scent is green—it’s a refreshing citrus spritz. But don’t forget the sugar! There is a bouquet of juicy fruity pear and peach that is mixed in with creamy frangipani flowers. This is the yummy sweet version of a bright green citrus scent. This is best compared to Benefit MaybeBaby.


Discount Fragrances

April 10, 2009

Reading a lot of perfume blogs lately? If you’re interested in finding out more about perfumes, what better way to discover perfumes than to try out perfumes for yourself firsthand? Perfume trials and collections can be quite pricey. But whether you’re a little fragrance-shy or just a little tight in the wallet, by searching discount perfume dealers you might be able to find great discount deals. I’ve even spotted perfumes marked up to 75% off on Scenitments.com. So as everyone seems to be turning themselves into perfume connoisseurs overnight simply by developing a mini fragrance warehouse in their own bathrooms and by starting up their own blogs, you might as well get with the perfume trend (minus the mini bathroom-warehouse, of course). Find a scent suited to your tastes—be it in lotion, scrub or typical perfume spray form—by searching Scentiments.com.