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.

Great affordable male scents from Jacques Bogart

PARFUMS JACQUES BOGART was founded in 1975 by a man fascinated by the films noirs of the 40’s.

Since then, adopting the slogan “I only create for man”, and living by the values of simplicity and elegance, JACQUES BOGART has offered masculine, modern and refined fragrances, premium quality products at highly competitive prices. The Jacques Bogart brand is all about creating modern and timeless, premium quality fragrances at affordable prices.

They owe their reputation to:

– their high-quality, powerful and long lasting fragrances

– the coherence between packaging / fragrance

– their highly affordable price.

Jacques Bogart has established himself firmly when it comes to men’s premium brands, his latest fragrances, Silver Scent, has had amazing feedback amongst men who want quality, simplicity and the very best in ingredients. These fragrances have a high impact and that paired with their affordable prices make them extremely popular. The original Silver Scent and Silver Scent Intense have become known for their exceptional staying power and magnificent packaging.

The latest addition is called Silver Scent Deep, but here’s a look at all three:

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All do not have caps so it’s quicker to use without worrying about losing caps. The dispensers have a nice spritz and not that nasty squirt which other fragrances deliver. Also the simple rectangular shape allows for easy and compact storage. Also these scents smell like dupes of many well-known scents on the market just at a snip of the price at R495 for 100ml bottle while other scents can go over R1000 is really great value! Oud Wood is a very expensive raw material to acquire, so at this price point SILVER SCENT and SILVER SCENT INTENSE is totally worth every penny

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SILVER SCENT ORIGINAL: The first Jacques Bogart SILVER SCENT, launched in 2005.The inspiration is focussed on the 40th black and white movies with Mr Humphrey Bogart as the main attraction. A fragrance with top notes of Orange Blossom, Frosted Lemon and Bigarde Orange. Heart Notes of Coriander, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Lavender, Geranium and Rosemary. And base notes of Vetiver, Tonka bean, Oud Wood, Lichen and Teak. Smells like a typical vintage male fragrance.If your tastes lean toward ambery fragrances, like that of Diesel Only the Brave or Chanel Allure Homme, Jacques Bogart Silver Scent ORIGINAL will be more up your alley.

 

SILVER SCENT INTENSE launched in 2009 and has much the same ingredients as Original with just a variation in the quantities of the raw materials. I get a stronger burst of citrus on the top note, heavier middle notes and warmer woody base. More sensuous, intense and powerful. If you’re into woody scents like Paco Rabanne One Million or GUCCI by Gucci, then you’ll probably like Jacques Bogart Silver Scent INTENSE.

 

SILVER SCENT DEEP: As the newest addition it comes in the same packaging, only the black on the bottle is matte. Top notes of Bigarade Orange, Orange Blossom and Grapefruit Wood. Heart Notes of Clary Sage, Nutmeg and Geranium and base notes of Vanilla Bean, Hazel Wood and Tonka Bean. It is the pure amplification of the two first versions. This fragrance is more vibrant and more energetic than the other two, deep and aromatic It’s for you if you like interesting, oriental notes like that of Dolce&Gabbana The One or Jean-Paul Gaultier Le Male, then try out Jacques Bogart Silver Scent DEEP.

At R495 for a 100ml Silver Scent is most certainly available to all fragrance lovers. Available from Foschini, Truworths and Edgars stores.