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.
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.
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.
Biotherm is a go-to for skin care products, but I would never have thought of them for perfume. Actually, I didn’t even know that they made perfumes too until I got this one. In my mind, they are the moisturizer and face wash company.
From the name to the colourful bottle, there was never any question that this was going to be a very summery scent. It even contains non-photosensitive ingredients, so that it doesn’t react with the sun and cause burns. See, they are always thinking about how to protect your skin. It’s really amazing actually.
The scent is all about citrus. It’s a summery, fresh citrus explosion in a bottle. It’s a really refreshing smell to wear. It’s the best on rainy days to brighten your mood. Something about the smell just makes you feel a bit better.
I wouldn’t want to wear this perfume every day. It’s never going to be my signature scent. But it’s a fun different smell and pick-me-up when I have the blues.
Of the hundreds (probably) of MAC products I’ve used since my teens, somehow none of them have been a fragrance. I know Turquatic is a cult fave and it sounds like a scent I would love but I’ve never tried it. Based on the description Air Of Style doesn’t sound like my kind of scent but I really wanted to try it anyways.
I generally don’t go for floral fragrances unless they’re rose based and Air Of Style is definitely a floral. With top notes of wild peonies, red dates, white pepper; followed by tuberose, orange blossom and jasmine and a leather and rare woods background, I was pretty sure this wouldn’t be for me.
But to my surprise I like it a lot more than I was expecting. It could’ve gone a totally sweet, cloying route but instead is really well balanced. That said, it’s a little too girly for me and would’ve almost hit given off a teenager vibe, except it stops just short of it.
If I had to use one word to describe Air of Style, it would be pink. I probably won’t be using this all the time but I’ll definitely have moments where it’ll fit my mood. Air of Style comes in a rollerball and a 20ML and 50ML bottle.
L’Occitane is pretty well known for their fragrances but founder Olivier Baussan recently invited pastry chef Pierre Hermé to create two fragrance collections that represent Corsica. The results were Jasmin-Immortelle- Neroli and Grapefruit-Rhubarb. Initially I was pretty sure I was going to like the Grapefruit-Rhubarb collection more, but once I had both scents on my wrists I was completely sold on Jasmin-Immortelle-Neroli.
I’m not a huge fan of jasmine in perfumes, they always smell fake to me, but with this one I smell real jasmine, almost tea-like. I’m thinking it speaks of the quality of ingredients that L’Occitane uses. The jasmine balances out the immortelle flower and neroli and keeps it from being too sweet. The pink pepper gives it a little spice.
The packaging is gorgeous and pretty unique. I still have the box it came in because I love the way it looks. Included in this collection are shower gel, body lotion, hand cream and in the gift sets, soap. If you happen to buy the Star gift box, $10 from every purchase will be donated to Dress For Success.
Pierre Hermé’s Jasmin-Immortelle-Neroli is hands down my favourite L’Occitane fragrance ever. I wish it wasn’t limited edition because I’m going to want more of this in my life but I’ll just have to use it carefully because I want to smell this delicious for a long time.
One of the things I love about L’Occitane is their commitment to fragrance collections. I love layering the same scent and it drives me crazy when I can’t find products that compliment each other. L’Occitane’s recently released Peony collection is pretty big, with over ten different pieces and four versions of Pivoine Sublime.
Pivoine Flora Eau De Toilette
I don’t think I ever put much thought into what peonies smell like and if I like them in perfume but Pivoine Flora is a really great scent for summer. It’s light, floral and sweet but not cloying. It’s not the longest lasting scent but it stuck around for roughly four hours in really humid weather before I stopped noticing it. The bottle itself is so pretty to look at and the scent matches.
Pivoine Sublime in Rose Nude
Pivoine Sublime looks and almost feels like Fresh’s lip treatments but there are quite a few differences. Yes, it’s the same metal tube and yes, it’s a really soft lip balm that I have a feeling will be on the melty side during the summer but it has peony extract and a light floral scent. Rose Nude is perfect if you want something subtle but not invisible, it just leaves a hint of rose on my lips and moisturizes for hours. It also has SPF 25 which I feel like more products need. There are four shades to pick from and all of them are gorgeous.
After trying these out, I guess I like peony more than I thought and I definitely love that this collection is perfect for summer.
While looking for a new light spring fragrance, we found two new fragrances from Yves Rocher. Inspired by very different natural scents, Yves Rocher is lightening up the season. See what we thought about each:
I started with the Green Tea Eau De Toilette. This light green fragrance is inspired by the fresh growing tea leaves of Asia. I’m not sure what I expected from this scent, but this definitely wasn’t it. It has an outdoorsy and natural smell. It has a bit of a plant smell. It kind of reminds me of grass, real fresh cut grass. The plant smell fades slightly after a few minutes. It becomes much more subtle and airy. It is the kind of smell that you won’t instantly notice. It lingers softly. It also comes in a shower gel and body lotion, but I prefer the smell in fragrance form, it’s lighter.
Next, I tried the new Bleu Vegetal Eau de Toilette. This summer 2015 fragrance has a summer floral scent. It starts off a bit alcohol heavy when you spray it. I was quite surprised at the alcohol tinge and how long it took to reveal it’s true scent underneath. It’s an exotic floral smell that is unlike most other floral fragrances. It’s bright and light all at the same time. It’s floral and interesting and honestly, extremely hard to put into words. It’s so unique.
Both of these fragrances are very unique, but if I had to chose just one it would likely be the Bleu Vegetal perfume. It’s got that something different that you will never find in another fragrance.