Christmas gift ideas

Wow can you believe it is nearly Christmas an the end of 2015 I don’t know about you but I feel like this year flew by so quickly. Christmas shopping can be so stressful and I always find it is better to get these things done as soon as possible to ease the stress. I’ve put together a few Christmas gift ideas. Christmas is actually the time especially for beauty where you can get amazing sets with limited edition gift additions at bargains which you can either take apart and keep for yourself or if you really love them then the whole set.

MontBlanc Lady Emblem Set

 

MB012C02Consists of: 50ml EDP& 100ml Body Lotion

R895
Available at: Foschini, Truworths & Stuttafords

 

Repetto Gift Set

RP001C05_REPETTO_COF EDT 50+BL100
Consists of: 50ml EDT & 100ml Body Lotion
R895
Available at: Truworths & Stuttafords

Lanvin Gift Set

JL004C07
Consists of: 50ml EDP & 100ml Body Lotion R795
Available at: Stuttafords

Oscar de la Renta Gift Set

Extraordinary Holiday Gift Set
Consists of: 100ml EDP, 100ml Body Lotion & Rollerball R1295
Available at: Truworths & Stuttafords

Top fragrance picks for spring part 2 and some FAQ about fragrances

As promised here is the second part of all you need to know about fragrances. Here are questions I’ve gotten emailed in the past.

  1. What is the difference between EDP and EDT? EDP stands for Eau de Parfum and EDT stands for Eau de Toilette. The compounds in a EDP are more concentrated than a EDT making EDPs smell stronger and last longer.
  2. How do I test a fragrance in a store? Sniff it from the bottle if you like it then only pick 1 fragrance and spray it on your wrist. I like to wear it for a while to see if the fragrance transitions on your skin, if you plan on testing more than 1 scent use the coffee beans that should be by the counter to neutralise your sense of smell. I don’t like using the card board strips they provide in store as scent can smell different on different people.
  3. Where should I apply fragrances? As Marilyn Monroe once said: “ spray your perfume wherever you would like to be kissed” Spray it on your pulse points but not all just pick 1. This could be either the neck, wrist, behind the ears, behind the knees or behind your ankle. Fragrances rise from your natural heat so the lower you spray it the more it rises. Also never rub fragrances once you’ve sprayed them this can break the compounds and end up altering the scent.
  4. What is fragrance layering? This can either mean where you apply different scents on top of each other or when someone has dry skin it means where you buy those sets where it comes with the fragrance, body wash and body lotion with the same scent and you wash with the body wash then apply the body lotion and lastly spritz on the fragrance, this technique makes the fragrance last longer.
  5. Why does the scent not last long on my skin? Mostly this has to do with dry skin as fragrances evaporate faster on dry skin. The best time to apply a perfume is straight after a bath or shower when the pores are still open. Also to add moisture to the skin invest in a fragrance free body lotion.
  6. How must I store my fragrances? Heat, cold and light are enemies of fragrances. Boxes that the fragrances came in make great protectors of light. Every beauty editor has a fragrance shelf in their cupboards and that is the best place for fragrances.
  7. What is the lifespan of a fragrance? If stored correctly it can range from between 3 to 5 years.
  8. What are the current fragrance trends? For Spring 2015 there is a big focus on fresh, fruity and floral aromas.

Now lets continue with some newly launched top fragrance picks:

Top spring perfumes 2

  • Vince Camuto amore EDP

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Vince Camuto was a shoe and accessories designer which sadly passed away at the beginning of this year. The box is really massive which provides added protection. The lid has a beautiful intricate filigree design. The bottle itself is a true vision it wears a medallion of Vince camuto signature crest which symbolises commitment to excellence, enduring strength and family heritage. Amore embodies the fun and flirty expression of a woman falling unforgettably in love. Inspired by undying passion and romance. It is part of the floriental fruity fragrance family. Top notes include sparkling clementine ice, cassis bud, bergamot and passion fruit. The heart consists of wild muguet, blush orchids, fresh freesia, floating lotus. The dry down consists of silky sandal wood, cashmere accord, crystallised amber and musk. I quite like this scent it really does smell like love, even with the fruity and floral notes it dries down nicely to a sweet yet warm finish. The sweetness sickly sweet but more of a sweet floral. The sweetness is what gives it that playfulness. The opening smells strongly of passion fruit with a hint of bergamot which hangs for a long time, much later the passion fruit still lingers but falls into the background as lotus and freesia take centre stage lying on a bed of amber.

  • Mont blanc lady emblem EDP
The mont blanc diamond! Pretty pretty!
The mont blanc diamond! Pretty pretty!

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This hands down is the most beautiful bottle I have ever seen! Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! This bottle draws inspiration from the Mont Blanc diamond which was cut into the shape of the Mont blanc logo. Even the cap is shaped as the mont blanc star and made from glass which is different since usually caps are made from plastic or metal. The box is also something special it is sealed at the top and opens like a gift box. Mont blanc is most commonly known for their gorgeous jewellery. This is the second fragrance from the brand, the first one called Mont blanc legend is one of my all time fav scents. Mont Blanc lady emblem is a symbol of light and elegance. This one doesn’t smell anything like the first one. The PR tells me these have been flying off the shelves in stores. Top notes include Japanese sake (holla all you alcoholics this is the sake you are use to drinking but please don’t attempt to drink the perfume as you might die but yes it is a very unusual note which I’ve never seen before), pink pepper and pink grapefruit. The heart is all about rose essential LMR, jasmine, sambac and pomegranate. Ends off with a base of sandal wood oil, amber and musk crystal. Initially I thought it was a oriental fruity scent but later it transformed into a more of a aquatic floral kind of like a mix between Issey miyake l’eau d’issey floral and Armani acqua di gio. I pick up a really strong opening of pink pepper and grapefruit which later settles to a pomegranate and jasmine with a hint of rose. You can find these at Foschini, Truworths, Edgars, Stuttafords, Red Square, Clicks and Dis-chem for R1095 for 75ml, R895 for 50ml and R695 for 30ml.

  • Yardley London bond st EDP

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Bond street in London is where it all began for Yardley back in 1910. It is described as sophisticated and unique with a mix orange blossom, jasmine, patchouli solar, honey cedar and woody notes. This is part of the oriental floral family. Yardley has released a fragrance with the identical name in the past and judging by the notes it seems to smell similar but I can’t get hold of the original so I can’t compare. Judging from the feel of the fragrance it seems oil based which means lasting power is very long. I don’t think there are any levels to this fragrance, what you smell in the opening is what you will smell all day so you get all the scents of the notes at once. It smells sweet, warm and woody. It smells feminine but bold. Even though there is orange blossom it is not that strong so it doesn’t add freshness. This makes a great mysterious classic night scent. This is available from Clicks, Foschini, Edgars and Dis-chem for R395,95 for 50ml or R279,95 for 30ml.

  • Adam Levine for men

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Yes please!
Yes please!

And finally one for my male readers.  Ah Adam Levine he is sexy as hell and makes amazing music. When people see celebrity fragrances it is very easy to banish it to the celeb fragrance grave yard however this first fragrance from the sexy singer surprised me and is actually something I would allow my man to wear. The bottle is designed like a microphone which is quite appropriate since he is a singer. This is part of the woody aromatic family with top notes of mandarin orange, grapefruit, lemon grass, sage and violet leaf. Mid notes include passion fruit, guava and ginger. Base notes are cedar, sandal wood and amber. It is the cliché citrus but with a modern and more edgy twist. Smells really fresh, I get a lot of guava, grapefruit and ginger scent.

What are some of your favourite scents? Do you have any questions to add I will try to answer them to the best of my ability.

Mont Blanc legend pour femme her and Mont Blanc legend for him

The Montblanc Pour Femme Eau de Parfum

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The Montblanc Pour Femme Eau de Parfum is a sublime and timeless expression of elegance. Created with the values of luxury and precision that have driven the brand for a hundred years, Montblanc Legend Pour Femme dazzles with brilliance. Legend is a symbol of exclusivity, renowned for its beauty and air of exclusivity. Crafted from sensual and bright flora, Legend is a perfume of sheer pleasure. A sharp and slightly bitter top orange of orange and pear asserts elegant optimism, before a warm, floral bouquet of orange blossom and sensuous jasmine lends a lavish touch. In the dry down, muskiness reigns, with creamy vanilla and musk to anchor the silky femininity.

 

Top Notes: Neroli, Pear, Bitter Orange

Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Lily of the Valley, Indian Jasmine

Base Notes: Musk Powder, Vanilla, Blonde Wood

 

What kind of women has inspired Mont Blanc? These are the memorable women of classic elegance and natural grace, such as Grace Kelly( My icon), Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. The new fragrance, vivid and intense, is a luxury special for an extraordinary lady – the kind that leaves a strong impression without much makeup on, without a special hair do or striking accessories, relying only on her charisma and confidence.

 

The composition opens with fresh accords of neroli, bitter orange and pear. The heart is ruled by white flowers: jasmine (from India, known as grandiflorum), lily of the valley (white and green) and orange blossom, while musk, vanilla and fine woods lurk in the background and give the composition powdery character.

The elongated design of the bottle is made of curves and angles inspired by the jewelry collection 4810. I particularly love the design of the bottle it looks like a 6 petal flower that resembles the mont blanc logo.

 

RSP all EDPs

30ml- R495

50ml- R695

75 ml- R995

 

Mont Blanc Legend EDT

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And then we have one for the men also released with the same name minus the “pour femme”

 

Legend is dedicated to inspiring, virtuous and self-confident men who are courageous, passionate and authentic. Their fragrance is subtle but striking and masculine.

Olivier Pescheux, the perfumer behind this fresh fougere creation, tried to make the fragrance filled with contrasts, combining notes that evoke strength and tenderness, tradition and modernity. The composition opens with fresh aromatic tones of bergamot, lavender, pineapple leaf and exotic verbena (Litsea Cubeba). The heart emphasizes oakmoss note (evernyl molecule) merged with geranium, coumarin, apple, rose, and Pomarosa molecule (notes of dried fruit). The base contains sandalwood, tonka and evernyl.

Heavy and slightly curved bottle of black and metallic colors is inspired by the famous Meisterstück pen design, made of glass and metal. The design is minimalistic and luxurious, perfect for the concept behind this fragrance. The black and white campaign features Simon Clark photographed by Peter Lindbergh.

I would say the top notes are fresh and bright with a hint of apple and cedar, A clean scent really but not soapy in the slightest. As the heart notes emerge, they become more flowery but quickly turned woodsy and much more masculine. Which makes sense considering this cologne is classified as predominantly fougère  or ‘fern-like’. It has a basic accord (works well with) lavender (which is probably what I interpreted as ‘flowery’) in the top note and oakmoss and coumarin in the base notes and has a small hint of spice as well. The base notes are dry and “leathery” as one person in my office put it, or “smells like a man” as another said. It is definitely a very masculine scent. Some have compared it to Abercrombie & Fitch’s Fierce but calling it more ‘mature’. Although it is recommended for casual wear, I think that it is a little too ‘sexy’ for the office or classroom.