March 6, 2010
Burberry is known for its sophisticated taste in designing clothes and its fragrance portfolio is as remarkable as the fashion line. As Burberry explores the sport range, so does the perfume collection.
Burberry Sport for Women and Burberry Sport for Men exude energy and life. The contrast of colors of the flacon and the package – black, red and white – conveys a very attractive impression of what’s inside. Is it as beautiful as it seems?
The women’s fragrance is described as floral with hints of citrus and woods. Perfumers Olivier Polge and Beatrice Piquet combined the notes of mandarin, sea salt, magnolia, honeysuckle, petit grain, solar accords, musk and cedar.The men’s fragrance, on the other hand, features ginger, grapefruit, wheat, sea accords, juniper berries, dry amber, cedar and musk. Sonia Constant, Nathalie Gracia-Cetto and Antoin Maisondieu created Burberry Sport for Men.
The sport-themed fragrances appear Calvin Klein-ish in some ways. The first thing that comes to mind whenever we speak about designer sporty fragrances is CK and its entire gamut of flankers. But in this case, Burberry Sport has clearly made a distinction between a his and her fragrance as opposed to Calvin Klein’s collection of unisex perfumes.
Burberry Sport is available in 30ml, 50ml and 75ml eau de toilette. It also includes a range of body products for men and women.
Check out scentiments.com for more Burberry perfumes.
February 3, 2010
Eternity is classic meets contemporary. This fragrance has been around for over two decades and it still is one of the all time romantic perfumes despite the overabundance of fragrances in retail. The first Eternity was launched in 1988 and was created by perfumer Sophia Grojsman.
Eternity was inspired by Calvin Klein’s marriage to Kelly Rector. He gave her a ring with the word “eternity” inscribed.
Eternity is a floral scent. A scent from the 80s, this fragrance is quite on the strong side. But aren’t most fragrances from that era a tad overwhelming? Yes, it’s true but Eternity is a well-executed fragrance. The floral accords (freesia, mandarin, sage, muguet, white lily, patchouli and sandalwood) carries out a nice elegant combination that is so feminine.
A softer version of Eternity was released in 2004. Eternity Moment is a delightful fruity-floral fragrance with gentle hints of sweet musk. Other Eternity flankers include Eternity Rose Blush and Eternity Purple Orchid. And each year, Calvin Klein also comes up with a Summer edition of Eternity.
Calvin Klein Eternity is a promise of love. This Valentine, make it a special day with your loved one. It’s time to rekindle your vows.
February 1, 2010
Calvin Klein’s Obsession and Eternity are fragrances of passion and romance. These scents have become the olfactory embodiment of what it means to love and be loved. Although these fragrances were reformulated several times, the signature fragrance remains.
This Valentine, let’s go down memory lane and once again, cherish the fragrances that speaks of love, passion and romance.
When Obsession was launched in 1985, Calvin Klein wanted a fragrance that represents women as he sees them – candid, sensuous and provocative. Obsession was that fragrance. In truth, this fragrance celebrates the 80s where oriental scents were the trend. To the modern nose however, it’s thick, heavy and creamy. Some call it a blast from the past. A nostalgic journey to the 80s is more apt. Obsession is bold and warm. Ultimately, it calls attention to itself, saying, “Look at me”.
Obsession Night veers away from the oriental-ness of the original. This version leans towards the citrus-lemony accords then smoothly transitions into a vanillic-woody fusion. It still has that creaminess factor but done in subtlety. It’s not too spicy nor too powdery. Some say Obsession Night is a very skilful execution of the notes – everything falls in the right place. In the end, the fragrance is simply smooth, refined and very attractive.
The Sheer version is not as assertive as the original but it’s a wonderful scent on its own. The incense is more prominent and the musk projects the same sillage as the parent. Lighter and easier on the nose, Obsession Sheer is a nice respite from the potent aroma of Obsession.
First impression – plummy woods. Secret Obsession is a tad boozy with notes that evoke a combination of smoked woods, the sweet kind. There’s a gourmand factor in this flanker because of the rum and chocolate hints arising in the dry down. This fragrance titillates. It is not outright sexy rather, it teases and slowly unfolds a sense of anticipation.
To be continued…
January 10, 2010
Light as air but you can feel its presence.
Kenzo Air is the poster child for sheer and transparent fragrances. Light, airy, barely there, thin, almost invisible – I can go on and on with the list of words to describe Kenzo Air but in a nutshell, this fragrance is light, simple as that. Perfumers Maurice Roucel and Elizabeth Carre created this fragrance in 2003. Vetiver and anise are the prominent notes.
“In the air, its elegant manly presence arouses sensations of childhood, familiar impressions, jostled and reinvented.
A simple, direct, olfactory construction made with high-quality raw ingredients: star anise, vetiver and light amberwood.” (kenzoparfums.com)
At first sniff, Kenzo Air is close to disappointment because the scent is so faint you can hardly detect its presence. But if you allow it to develop with an adequate amount of time, you’ll notice how the scent brings forth a surprising ambiance. The accords blend in naturally. The sillage is nothing much to rave about because Kenzo Air is a light fragrance to start with. Longevity, however, is somewhat aggressive, on my skin that is. But some reviews thought otherwise. When I sampled this fragrance, it didn’t vanish minutes after application. In this aspect, skin chemistry can be tricky.
The bottle is a work of art. The frosted blue-colored glass sculpture is like a window in the sky. The design adds value to the overall fresh character it aims to project.
In the same year, Kenzo Air Intense was also launched. The same fragrance notes as Kenzo Air but with cumin and angelica added.
Kenzo Air is available in 1.7oz and 3oz at discount perfume online store, scentiments.com
January 2, 2010
Heat is the first fragrance from Beyonce and is set to launch in February.
Beyonce is personally involved in the development of this new fragrance (via Coty) and have collaborated with perfumers Claude Dir and Olivier Gillotin. The name “Heat” was inspired by Beyonce’s performances which have had incidents of fire in it. As for the color of the bottle, red and gold were personally hand-picked by none other than Beyonce herself. These shades according to an interview via wwd.com, are her favorites. True to form, the packaging and the marketing efforts reflect Beyonce’s personality and her electrifying energy as a performer.
The fragrance is composed of the following notes: top notes are red vanilla orchid, neroli, magnolia and blush peach; middle notes are honeysuckle, nectar, almond macaroon and creme de musk; base notes are giant sequoia milkwood, tonka bean and amber.
The advertising has a tag line of “Catch the Fever”. The TV and print ads are both steamy and sexy. Beyonce’s single “Fever” is also incorporated in the ad campaign. Beyonce Heat will be available in 1oz, 1.7oz and 3.4oz eau de parfum.
Beyonce is also the face behind Giorgio Armani’s Diamonds and Tommy Hilfiger’s True Star.
December 19, 2009
Floral woody musk scents remind me of expensive soaps. The kind you buy from specialty stores. The fragrance quietly wafts in the air and the soothing freshness of the soapy character permeates an interesting ambiance where the decorative allure of soap and the comely effect of youthful freshness mingle in a beautiful symphony. This is Burberry The Beat, in a nutshell.
Burberry The Beat was introduced in 2008 and the noses behind it are Dominique Ropion, Olivier Polge and Beatrice Piquet. This stylish and energetic perfume features bergamot, cardamom, pink pepper, mandarin, iris, bluebell, Ceylon tea, white musk, vetiver and cedarwood. The floral appeal is contradicted by the warm musk at the base while the Ceylon tea accord brings out a tinge of sparkle to complete the fragrance.
The Beat is certainly a young scent. It’s mildly sweet and slightly earthy. The notes are well-blended and to some extent, nondescript. This isn’t too sheer either. Sometimes, perfumes with tea notes in the composition come out as too light a fragrance (olfactive memories of Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea come to mind). On the whole, it’s a nice everyday scent to wear if you feel like wearing something mainstream.
The 2008 version of The Beat is formulated as EDP however, the sillage is more like an EDT, at least on my skin when I tested it. This year, Burberry released an EDT version of The Beat which is a total surprise because the original fragrance is already light in formulation to begin with. I am not sure how a watered down version of a light perfume would smell like. And frankly, I don’t find any logic in that. Certainly, the EDT will be more ephemeral and longevity is likely nil. I like the youthful attitude of The Beat but in regards to formulation, I’ll stick with the EDP. The latest EDT version is repetitive and a waste of money, in my opinion.
Burberry The Beat is available in 1.7oz and 2.4oz, both in eau de parfum and eau de toilette versions. The bottle features the signature Burberry plaid design topped with a silver metallic cap.
December 11, 2009
The classic feminine floral fragrance is luminous, elegant and certain to draw compliments. In the 80s, we’ve seen and smelled a lot of remarkable floral-based fragrances which stole the hearts of many. Some of them went beyond the 80s and are still making waves up to this day. One of the most striking features of floral fragrances is how it makes a woman feel more like a woman. It brings out her innate femininity where she can be the refined-sophisticated type one moment and be vampy and naughty on other days depending on her mood. One such fragrance is Alfred Sung’s Sung Perfume.
Sung was introduced in 1986. It’s floral with a creamy soft drydown. It’s quite heady at the beginning but develops into a beautiful garden of white flowers as it melts on your skin.
The fragrance notes are:
Top notes – orange, galbanum, hyacinth, ylang-ylang, bergamot and lemon
Middle notes – osmanthus, jasmine, lily of the valley and iris
Base notes – amber, sandalwood, orange blossom, vanilla and vetiver
Alfred Sung Sung Perfume veers away from the trendy fruity-floral celeb type of fragrances. This is not in any way in the league of the Britneys and the Paris. The lemony-orange component is rather a prelude to an explosion of flowers. The scent, a symphony of exotic florals, will definitely bring a lot of memories of the 80s.
Sung with its prolific floral base is a perfect match for the holidays. The blanket of floral aroma is a nice wrap-around scent to keep you warm and smelling lovely during the cold months of winter.
Find more Alfred Sung fragrances this holiday season at discount perfume retailer, scentiments.com