Perfume is one of my favourite things and I change what I wear constantly depending on my mood. For spring and summer, I like lighter, more floral scents and this year Coach’s new Floral Eau de Parfum is leading my favourites list. Unlike a lot of designer fragrances, Floral isn’t heavy at all. It opens with pineapple, citrus and pink peppercorn notes that are followed by tea rose, sambac jasmine and gardenia and dries down to white musk, creamy wood and Indonesian patchouli.
At first sniff, I definitely get a hint of pineapple, followed by the tea rose. All the other notes combine to make a light, floral, fruity, slightly sweet scent that doesn’t overpower. The bottle itself is quite large at 90mL but the oval shape makes it easy to hold. The classic Coach tea rose charm that’s attached is a fun touch. I love that you can turn the nozzle to lock it and keep it from spilling or spraying accidentally.
I haven’t used a lot of Coach anything in the past but this fragrance was love at first sniff and has piqued my interest in other things from the brand.
Give them the gift of unforgettable scents with this 2017 fragrance gift guide:
Katy Perry’s Indi – Katy Perry fans are going to love the next generation in the pop stars fragrances. Unlike her old scents, this perfume feels a bit more mature and grown up. This perfume has a strong musk scent that makes it feel like the female version of your boyfriend’s best cologne. It’s not quite masculine, but there isn’t that girly flirty feel to it. It’s really rich, but does fade. The black and white bottle are striking making it a great gift idea.
Clean Skin Eau de Parfum – Clean has redesign their bottles making it the perfect time to share this amazing fragrance line for the holidays. The new bottles are colourful and sleek. They are, pardon the pun, clean. The fragrances themselves still have that same rich, inviting scent that makes you want to wrap yourself up in a fluffy bathrobe.
Maison Martin Margiela Beach Walk Fragrance – If you really want to splurge on someone extra special, this fragrance, or anything from the Replica collection, is where to turn. The line is made of scents meant to replicate scenarios to evoke memories. Beach Walk was the sweetness and saltiness of a day on the beach in the sand. I love that fresh ocean air feel when your spray it. You can’t go wrong with this collection!
Viktor And Rolf Flowerbomb Perfume – Does it get anymore iconic than Flowerbomb? Just the look of this pink box with that black stamp gets me excited. Any lover of floral scents will adore this perfume. It’s also a great scent to transition from girly throwaway scents to classy and elegant designer fragrance.
Fragrance is one of the few things that can change my mood in an instant and I constantly change up what scent I wear depending on how I feel that day. With Tiffany and Co.’s debut scent, you immediately get a sense of class, luxury and elegance. The bottle is shaped like a gemstone and housed in Tiffany blue box and is a sparkling floral musk. The heart note is Noble Iris and is surrounded by top note Vert de Mandarine and base notes of Patchouli and Musk.
None of these are scents I really enjoy on their own but together they make a sophisticated, long-wearing scent that’s neither too heavy or overpowering. While this isn’t a fragrance I’d choose for warmer weather, it’s perfect for fall and winter and on cold days where I need a little luxury, this is an easy way to get there.
I’ve just discovered some adorable and affordable perfume from Avon that are going to look great on your makeup table. Be Fun, Be Romantic and Be Daring Eau de Toilette are light and fresh perfumes that anyone can appreciate.
I love the bottles for their adorable prints. I almost don’t even care what they smell like. The colourful dots on Be Fun, pink hearts on Be Romantic and purple arrows on Be Daring are perfect for displaying.
Be Fun is the lighter of the three scents in my opinion. It has a refreshing pear scent to it off the top that is light and clean. It smells a bit like what I imagine a pear mimosa would smell like if you could bottle it up.
Be Romantic is a rose based scent. This one smells like someone’s idea of a sexy and feminine perfume for the sweet feminine women. The problem with it for me is that it isn’t really sensual or sexy at all. It has too much rose. It almost makes it smell fake and chemically. I far prefer the Be Fun fragrance from Avon.
Be Daring is a combination of bergamot, magnolia and musk and while I usually hate the smell of bergamot, I love this scent. The fruity, floral fragrance is unique and fun.
These perfumes don’t last a really long time on your skin. But you have to also remember that they are just $26 each! I have slightly lower standards for perfume when it’s that affordable, plus I don’t mind if I also use it as a room spray.
The Weleda Jardin de Vie Perfume is a miss for me, but I wanted to share, because am heartbroken about it. I wanted to love the Weleda perfume. I didn’t even know they made perfumes, so I was excited to smell it. This perfume is made with pure essential oils and inspired by natural products.
Unfortunately, I just can’t get behind this scent. The citrus smell is supposed to have notes of seabuckthorn berry. I can’t say that I know what a seabuckthorn smells like to compare. I do know that the citrus smell reminds me more of cleaning products, than nice perfume.
That said, I do think there will be people who love this smell. I can imagine some people thinking the Weleda scent is very summery and refreshing. That’s just not the case for me.
L’Occitane is one of my favourite brands, but I’ve always had a hard time finding a perfume that I love. With the exception of a limited edition holiday scent from a few years ago, none of them have really been my thing. When the package with Terre De Lumière arrived, I was definitely excited, especially since my initials are engraved on the back of the bottle. But when I first sniffed the bottle, I wasn’t quite as sure. Terre De Lumière is a gourmand fragrance with notes of honey, almond and lavender that’s supposed to evoke the feeling of France’s Golden Hour (the time right before the sun sets).
Luckily, once I sprayed it on, I was much happier. It’s a warm scent but not heavy or overpowering and because it’s an Eau de Parfum, the staying power is pretty fantastic. It’s also not one of those perfumes that’ll make people choke in an elevator (assuming you don’t use half the bottle at once). Two quick spritzes and I’m good for the day. This is the kind of fragrance that’ll be great for summer nights. It’s not too strong but it definitely makes a statement.
As far as I know, Terre Le Lumière isn’t limited edition, or maybe I’m just hoping it’s not, because I really love this perfume more the longer I wear it.
Nowadays everyone is shopping online, but there was a time when very few company would let you shop from the comfort of your pyjamas. Avon was always there for you to be able to shop from home for beauty products, bath essentials and great gifts. We have turned to Avon this holiday season to see what we can find for everyone’s wishlists.
For Mom – Avon Anew Ultimate Supreme Advanced Performance Creme – If your mom is anything like my mom than she has a soft spot for Avon products regardless of what other beauty line are on the market. And she will love this Creme from Avon. It’s a cool night creme that has a powdery soft scent, smooth finish and is supposed to improve signs of aging with rare black pearls. For just $60, it’s worth the treat for mom!
For the little diva – Avon Ultra Sexy Body Mist – Help her feel grown up, while still keeping it light. This collection comes with three bottles for $20 and the scents are young and light and fresh. They will make any young lady feel all grown up without the cost of a designer fragrance. Notes include cherries, pear, raspberry, and chocolate marshmallow, so you know she will love it.
For the classic belle – Avon Prima Fragrance Pack – If you need a stocking stuffer for a girl who likes the classics look no further than this fragrance which has ballerina Courtney Lavine as it’s face. The scent is just the right mixture of rose and patchouli to be soft and luxurious feeling. Get the trio pack for just $30 before Christmas so she cam pamper herself in it.
I always like a scent that’s a little heavier going into fall and winter and when we received a couple fragrances from Gucci, I was pretty sure these weren’t going to be lightweight scents. The word bamboo makes me think light however, so I really have no idea what to expect before trying this. A woody-floral with notes of mandarin essence, ylang ylang, casablanca lily, comoros sandalwood and gray amber accord; nothing screamed heavy to me.
At first spritz, it seems light and a little different but still just a tiny bit too floral for me. Most scents seem to mellow out with time but this one almost seemed to intensify for me. The longer I wore it, the more I could smell it and I got a couple headaches because of it. There technically isn’t anything that I shouldn’t like about Bamboo but maybe there’s a note I don’t know about that I just don’t like or just the combination of them. I shoujld mention that I tried the Eau de Toilette, so I don’t know what the Eau de Parfum smells like, but apparently it’s different, and I’m assuming, even heavier.
I really wanted to like Gucci Bamboo, but I was definitely defeated by it. That said, my mom loves it and already asked me for it.
I’m the kind of person who changes my perfume according to my mood. And season. I basically just like changing up my scent all the time but it’s pretty rare for a fragrance to change my mood for me. When we received Flower Beauty’s Sunshine, it was heading into fall and I was convinced that I would categorize it as a summer scent. Well I was partially right but what I didn’t expect was for Sunshine to automatically put me in a good mood every time I put it on.
With top notes of clementine, lady apple and white freesia; heart notes of yellow peony, pear blossom and jasmine sambac and base notes of golden amber, sweet cassia and clean musks; this fruity floral scent could’ve also been named ‘happy.’ There’s a strong alcohol scent that takes a while to mellow but once it does, it just smells delicious. The box it comes in is pretty huge so I was really surprised to see a tiny 30 ml bottle inside, but this is an Eau de Parfum so a little goes a long way. It’s also $19.99 at Walmart and in my experience, a fragrance this nice usually costs a lot more. Sunshine lasts about four hours on me before I notice it starting to fade but if I spray it on a hoodie, it lasts a really long time.
I’ve tried a lot of fragrances that describe themselves as smelling like sunshine. And while that doesn’t really have a scent, Sunshine is probably the closest it’s come to what I imagine.
When perfumes come out in September, they’re usually on the heavier, winter based side of things. Rihanna’s latest fragrance Crush, has a little heaviness to it but it’s also sparking and pretty, making it a great transition fragrance from summer to fall. I’ve never tried a Rihanna fragrance before so I didn’t know what to expect from them but I really find Crush to be the kind of scent that you can wear all year and for people of all kinds of personalities.
The bottle is a heavy glass that has a jewelry inspired top. Because it’s so wide, it’s a little hard to hold but I got used to that pretty quickly. The scent itself has a ton of notes. Considered a floriental, it opens with bergamot, mandarin and pink peppercorn followed by pink rose, ylang ylang and red berries. It finishes with patchouli, creamy musk and cedarwood.
On paper, these scents don’t all completely make sense to me but somehow they really work. I definitely smell the red berries and musk but so far I haven’t been able to pick out any of the others individually. I find that a good thing though, that means they blend well together. The effect you’re left with is something a little flirty, sexy and definitely feminine. At the same time, I can see Crush appealing to both teenage girls and older women, there doesn’t seem to be one demographic that I can see wearing it over another.
If Crush is a good indication of Rihanna’s fragrances, I think I may have been missing out. At least I have a new scent for fall.