Review: #Hashtag Parfums EDT

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Hashtag originated on twitter to help facilitate the searching and referencing of topics but within the ages it has become a trend to use it in every day communication. #Hashtag, aimed at the young girls who want to have personal and unique scents that enhance her personality. Whether she is a fashionista, trendsetter, party girl or cares most about friendship or love. There are 6 in range each having a different Hashtag name and very colour beautiful packaging with images inspired by Instagram and snapchat. They come in tiny 30ml bottles which make them really portable.

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 #ImaPrincess

Top notes: Tangerine & orange blossom.
Middle notes: jasmine, iris, plum & Raspberry.
Base notes: Patchouli, vanilla, Praline & musk.

Described as a floral sweet perfume with girly and addictive notes but actually smells fresh and woody.

#iLoveYou

Top notes: Bergamot & cotton candy.
Middle notes: Jasmine, Freesia & confection.
Base notes: Vanilla, honey & tonka bean.

Described as floral delicate fragrance with powdered rose notes but actually smells like Vanilla.

#Dream4ever    

Described as a powdered floral scent, with enticing and gentle. My Fav out of the range it smells like flowers and sweets.

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This brand is exclusive to Edgars and retails at a pocket friendly price of R145 each.

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Review Balmain Extatic Gold Musk EDP

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The fashion house has brought out yet another beautiful scent. This one is perfect for winter and smells bold, feminine and strong. The difference is a more “Prêt-à-Couture”, more glamorous, more rock with EXTATIC.

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The name “gold musk” and the colour of the bottle is actually derived from: the combination between the romantic transparency, the softness of the MUSK and the glitter, determined femininity of the GOLD.

Extatic Gold Musk is announced as a tempting, daring and luxurious interpretation of the original, with elegant floral – woody – musky character. This is a Floral Musk fragrance opening of a fresh and clean combination of a fusing and chiseled duet of Bergamot and Aldehydes.It has a bold solar heart infused with captivating white flowers: a radiant blend of Gardenia and Tiare revealing a fascinating femininity. At the base, you will find Akigalawood and Cashmeran as well as Musk illuminated by Benzoin and Sandalwood which wrap you in a precious spicy, creamy and warm trail made of golden sparkles.

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I have really been loving this and is possibly my fav winter scent. It’s warm from the musk yet still really feminine from the floral notes. My 2 favourite perfume notes combined.

If you like scents like Nariciso Rodriguez – Musc for Her or Flower by Kenzo, then you’ll love this.

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Available from: Foschini, Truworths, Dis-Chem, & Stuttafords.

60ml for R995

90ml for R1195

 

Review: Jimmy Choo Illicit flower EDT

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This is by far the most feminine fragrance Jimmy Choo has released. This fragrance is definitely a mix of chic, bold and beautiful. Pretty much the Jimmy Choo woman in a bottle. The bottle is the same as its older sister but doesn’t smell anything like it. Jimmy Choo Illicit is sweet and Jimmy Choo illicit is just floral.

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As far as I can think this is the first EDT to be released but don’t be fooled the lasting power is amazing.

Note wise we have:

Top: Apricot, Mandarin and Freesia

Heart: Rose, Grapefruit Flower and Jasmine

Bottom: Musk, Sandalwood and Cashmeran

It has 2 of my favourites notes rose and musk and it is pink so what is not to love about this scent. I would say this is a fruity woody floral fragrance.

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When I sniff it I get rose, sandalwood and grapefruit. It smells to me like a fruity version of Issey Miyake L’eau D’issey florale.

You can find this at Clicks, Dis-Chem, Edgars, Foschini, Red Square, Stuttafords & Truworths from the 15th September 2016 (Right in the middle of spring. Such a perfect spring scent.) For 40ml at R645 , 60ml at R945 and 100ml at R1095.

Fragrance fix friday: Oscar Velvet noir EDP

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Happy Friday my lovies! This Friday I feature the a beautiful golden scent Oscar Velvet Noir.

Oscar de la renta house has come out rapidly with yet another addition to their fragrance family. This time around a dark, strong sensual scent called velvet noir. Appearance wise the bottle is really pretty with the gold shimmery ombre look.

Quite a strong scent. It could actually be a very good unisex fragrance.

Described as a Sensual Woody Oriental with the following notes:

Top: Ginger Crystals, Orange Flower, Jasmine Egypt

Mid: Turkish Rose LMR, Velvet Violet, Osmanthus

Dry: Sensual Amber, Cashmere Musk, Rich Oud Accord

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I get a combination of all the notes and the transition between the levels takes a long time. Lasting power is really great as always I can get a full days wear. Somebody I can imagine wearing this scent when I smell it is the more mature strong woman.

Available from : Truworths, Edgars, Stuttafords & Dis-Chem 100ml for R1345

New fragrance launches

 

There is always new news in the fragrance department and here’s the latest scoop.

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  • Repetto Eau florale EDT

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My new all time fav scent! Love love love! The bottle design is the same as the previous 2 except this one is a bright sorbet pink emphasize the more lively and fresh take to the originals.

A floral Fruity Woody Fragrance: Notewise we are looking at:

Top Notes:          Pink Grapefruit & Cherry Blossom

Middle Notes:    Violets & Rose Bud

Bottom Notes:   Grey Amber & Cedarwood

Rose is a common note in all but smells totally different. It smells very similar to Issey Miyake L’eau D’issey florale EDT but weirdly enough the notes aren’t the same. Compared to the prior 2 this one is more playful and fresh the previous 2 were more sophisticated and elegant they were very powdery and sweet. Now that it is getting so cold I can’t wear it anymore but I will be sure to be wearing this a lot during the warmer seasons. What I love about this scent is that Repetto has actually managed to add just the right amount of fruity notes to complement the scent and not overpower the floral notes which some perfumers seem to get wrong all the time.

Available from: Stuttafords & Dis-Chem for 50ml at R895 and 80ml EDT R1095.

  • Riri by Rihanna EDP

 

This is the 5th scent from this singer. Riri describes this scent as flirty and femine. The scent opens with a strong opening chorus of feminine burst of passion fruit, sparkling cassis and Italian mandarin. Then transforms into a bridge of musky, sandalwood with final chorus of sensual vanilla to warm things up. This fragrance is part of the fruity floral family. It smells very sweet and candy-like which is actually the route most celebs tend to take, think Britney Spears and Katy Perry. When I look at this bottle and smell the scent songs like “we found love” and “only girl in the world” start to play in my head. I love the bottle design it doesn’t look like any perfume bottles on the market it combines iconic glamour with a sleek finish.

Pricewise we are looking at R745 for 50ml and R545 for 30ml.

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  • Sofia by Sofia Vergara EDP

 

Sofia Vergara is an actress her most popular roles playing Gloria in the series modern family. This fragrance is in the floriental family. Her favourite flowers being orchids and roses she wanted to incorporate those into her scent. I really like the design of the bottle it’s a simple yet elegant designs and not over the top with the rose gold accents and diamond cut compact bottle. It smells very similar La Vie est Belle by Lancome. It smells like fruity, rosy candy floss.

Note wise we are looking at:

Top: juicy blackberries, cassis buds and plum nectar

Mid: Colombian rose, violet, Columbian luna musica orchid

Dry: earthy woods, toasted praline, vanilla, sandalwood

This retails at R795 for 50ml and R595 for 30ml.

  • Adam Levine for her EDP

 

Previously I reviewed the male version but this is the woman’s one. The design is exactly the same except the colour of the fragrance is different. Smells powdery and woody quite a strong scent. I give props on the fact that it is very unique and doesn’t smell like any perfume I have smelt before it takes spicy, woody florals to the next level. Also this fragrance is pretty worth the price considering the quality and expensiveness of the ingredients that have been used in this fragrance.

Notewise we are looking at:

Top: Saffron, crisp citrus, marigold and spice

Mid: Indian jasmine petals, Australian sandalwood, rose petal

Base: benzoin, tears (ya I’m not sure about this one either), creamy vanilla.

Pricing wise: 50ml for R695 and 30ml for R495

  • Agent Provocateur fatale intense EDP

 

British lingerie brand Agent provocateur has launched a new fragrance this is the latest addition to the fatale family but this one being more intense the difference being previously they used a selection of mix of floral and oriental Fatale intense is a spicier more seductive scent containing things like black liquorice and spiced red chilli. The bottle itself is more mysterious in a cherry red. The scent makes me think of a woman who is mysterious, enticing, fierce and sexy. It’s a heavy scent, spicy but balanced with the sweetness of vanilla, rose and amber. The scent is too sexy for the office but perfect for a night out or hot date.

Notewise you are looking at:

Top: Black liquorice (Hint), Wild dewberry, spiced red chilli pepper

Mid: lush lotus blossom, divine champaca flower, rouge baiser rose

Dry: luxe amber, noir leather accord, Tahitian vanilla.

You can find this at dischem stores (100ml for R1395, 50ml for R995 and 30ml for R795).

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Review: Jimmy Choo Illicit EDP and Yardley Bond St pour homme

This time I’ve got one for the guys too but let’s start with ladies first.

  • Jimmy Choo Illicit EDP

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The latest edition to the Jimmy Choo family but with a sweeter, fresher and more youthful take than before. You can still tell that they are related though with same hard note as a base. I’ve never been a fan of the previous Jimmy Choo scents besides Jimmy Choo flash London club as I felt they smelt a bit too “hard” as fruitchoulis I’m more of a soft feminine floral scent kind of a girl. Jimmy Choo Illicit is a bit too sweet for my liking but I do think they are heading in the right direction when it comes to fragrance production.

The thing though about Jimmy Choo fragrances is that they are quality perfumes. You can actually tell if a perfume is good quality by not smelling the alcohol on initial spritz.

The bottles are always masterpieces, this one in particular oozes luxurious and decadence inspired by an art deco style multi-facet crystal glass tumbler with a contrasting silver lid that makes it striking and bold casing inside a gold elixir.

Note wise we have:

Top: Ginger and bitter orange

Heart: Rose and jasmine

Base: Honey, amber and sandal wood

I can definitely smell all the notes as they transition because they haven’t used many notes in it to mix up. The scent actually transitions across the levels very quickly and fades quite quickly too. I can only get max hours wear from it unless I spray it in my hair or my clothes. The dry down smells like vanilla which is not an official note but it is probably due to the combination of honey and amber. I would describe this as a sweet warm soft fragrance, think macaroons nestled in rose petals (what more could a girl ask for?)

In summary if you are a fan of warm, floral-gourmands like YSL black opium, Viktor & Rolf flower bomb, Viktor & Rolf bon bon or Prada candy you will love this scent.

You can find these at Foschini, Truworths, Edgars, Stuttafords, Dis-Chem, Red Square & Clicks for R695-40ml, R995-60ml and R1195-100ml.

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  • Yardley London bond St pour homme   

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So a while back I chatted about Bond Street EDP for ladies well Yardley has released one for the men. Yardley London bond St pour homme signals ambition and uniqueness.

Bond Street celebrates the brands international fragrance credentials with a modern and contemporary premium offering that appeals to a younger, progressive consumer.

Yardley Bond Street is made up of bergamot, apple, cardamone, violet, lavender, cashmeeran, sandalwood, coumarin, and vanilla, which create a memorable scent that draws confidence and success. It pretty much is your typical male scent like 70% of the male fragrances on the market. You can find these at selected Clicks, Foschini, Edgars and Dis-Chem stores 50ml for R299.95 and 100ml for R379.95.

Newly launched top fragrances for summer or spring 2015

Top scents for summer and spring

As Coco Chanel once said “ A woman who does not use perfume has no future” I agree with this somewhat as every woman should own at least 1 perfume but choices are tough with so many on the market you walk into the fragrance section and you are bombarded with millions of fragrance to test and try. I know how you feel as that was me before I started blogging I had a system where I only tested a scent if I liked the way the bottle looked now I realise that wasn’t the right way. I’ve divided this into 2 parts as if I had to do it all it would be extremely long and I know my readers like it short and to the point. The second part will cover some other perfumes that I’m really loving and also I answer the questions you guys have asked me about perfumes. People often talk about finding your signature scent but I don’t believe in this, with so many options I don’t think a person needs to limit it to 1. My preference changes depending on my mood, weather and time of day so it is very personal.

Lately in South Africa it is currently spring but we are having temperatures in the 30s so it feels like summer already. Spring is all about the flower power so naturally it would be floral scents.

  • Boucheron Quatre Femme EDP

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Boucheron is a jewellery designer therefore all fragrances take inspiration from a piece of jewellery. This one in particular is inspired by the white edition quatre ring which is mimicked by the top of the bottle. The Quatre ring (as shown on the box) consists of 4 pillars as emphasised by the name quatre which means 4 try to capture light and crystalise an emotion that oozes elegance, sophistication, impertinence and affirmation. Many celebs like Carine Roitfeld, Emma Watson, Lily Allen, Beyonce, Salma Hayek and Tomer Sisley have been spotted wearing this ring. The ring is a timeless piece blending colours, metals, stones and engraving effects to create an element of surprise.

Boucheron Quatre femme is assertive and contemporary. Fragrance is an expression balance between modernity and heritage, innovation and tradition, rock/shock and chic. Elegant, strong, inhibited and bold.

The bottle is such a master piece it begs to be looked at. The bottle is heavier than other perfumes as it is made from heavy solid glass with touches of rose gold and white enamel. The bas is also really special, it is chiselled with the double Gordon’s motif. The cap also very unique it doesn’t come off but twists up and down to open and close which emphasises the modern architectural tone of the design.

Notewise: The fruity top notes are bitter orange essence, brazil green mandarin essence orpur, red currant sparks and wild strawberry. The floral heart notes are sambac jasmine absolute, rose absolute, pétalia(this is a very unique rose scent with a touch lychee). The base is golden woods, cedar, orpur, cashmeran and musk.

This is my fav out of the 4 I would classify this as a fruity floral but it actually smells more floral than fruity I will appreciate this as many fragrances can’t get the balance right and the fruits end up overpowering the flower notes. Also that they used strawberry as a note as I don’t often see them used but it’s a really nice note to use. The rose and the strawberry notes are most prominent and I don’t really pick up the woody base notes at all. When I wear it feels feminine with a touch of sexy.You can find this at Stuttafords and Dis-chem 30ml for R695, 50ml-R895 and 100ml-R1195.

  • Oscar de la Renta Flor EDP

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This fragrance was inspired by the Oscar’s love for gardens. Notewise up top is lychee, neroli (which is the flower from the bitter orange tree which is sweet and spicy) and ivy. The heart is made up of jasmine, mango and peony. And ends off with musk, tonka beans (I’ve never seen this in a scent but basically it smells strong and spicy) and cassis (also have never seen this note but basically this is just another name for black currant). It is classified as a citrus floral musk.

The bottle design is exactly the same as the it’s big sister with was just called Oscar with sleek feminine contours but it smells nothing like it’s big sister it only shares the muskiness but even then it is subtle. You can definitely tell that this one is more youthful, fresh and lively, most likely targeting younger women.

I see a strong, feminine and elegant woman will be able to carry such a scent. The most prominent notes are lychee, musk, neroli and tonka beans. I wouldn’t classify this as a floral as the name suggests but more of a fruity with a hint of floral.You can find this at Truworths, Stuttafords and Dis-chem for 100ml for R995 and 30ml for R595.

  • Oscar de la renta extraordinary EDP

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This fragrance was inspired by Oscar’s love of bows based on the dress worn by Taylor Swift in her music video blank space. The bottle looks really pretty it resembles a star. The top notes are neroli ( which was the same as flor) and cherry blossom. Heart notes include peony, rose and magnolia flower. The base notes are vanilla, woods and amber. It is classified as a sparkling floral woody.

It smells light floral and very feminine. The neroli and vanilla are very prominent. The vanilla gives it that sweet creamy scent. Oscar de la Renta extraordinary starts very fresh and sweet and dries down to something more creamy. It is floral for most of the time with a hint of passion fruit ( even though this isn’t listed as a note) and musk.You can find this at Truworths, Stuttafords and Dis-chem for 90ml for R1295 and 40ml for R845.

  • Katy Perry’s mad potion EDP

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This is the latest release from Katy Perry. The campaign is really interesting Katy puts a flying kitty, dice, stars and moon in her magic hat to create mad potion. The bottle is shaped as a potion bottle with frosted glass and purple elixir to give it a glowing effect. The colour scheme kind of reminds me of Cheshire cat from Alice in wonderland with the purple and black stripes on the neck of the bottle.

Described as a spell binding oriental musk, mysterious, playful and fun. Even the bottle is more playful than her previous fragrance “killer queen” which indicates maybe she is appealing to a younger audience.

Notewise the top notes consist of Tahitian vanilla orchid, apple musk and pink peonies, in the heart you will find Madagascar bourbon vanilla, creamy musk and jasmine petals, the base settles with notes of Mexican vanilla bean absolute, magical musk and glowing amber. Katy Perry must really love vanilla as she put it in all the levels of the fragrance which is probably why it smells like vanilla with a hint of jasmine. It smells very sweet and creamy ( from all the vanilla) almost chocolatey (which probably comes from the musk).  For me personally it is too sweet to wear on it’s own as it makes me feel like I’ve been locked in a candy store however because it is such a pure scent that doesn’t have much notes going on it gives it the ability to be layered with other fragrances to give it more sweetness and warmth, in a way the name mad potion is fitting as you get to play around with it layering it with other scents to create your own cocktail, although I doubt that was Katy’s intention.You can find this at Clicks, Edgars, Foschini, Dis-chem and leading pharmacies nationwide for R425 for 30ml or R495 for 50ml.