YSL Splendid Wood

YSL Splendid Wood

With so many fragrances (and new ones coming our way), it’s difficult to find a new favourite-favourite. But then, a fragrance comes along and totally knocks you off your feet, heightens your olfactory pleasures, and swirls you into another world, on a magic carpet ride. That my friends, is this fragrance! YSL Splendid Wood!  It’s exquisite, majestic, beautiful, rich, indulgent and is going down as one of my all time faves! Splendid Wood is part of YSL’s Oriental Collection, which comprises of four magnificent scents; Splendid Wood, Supreme Bouquet, Noble Leather and Majestic Rose. Four exquisite, unisex scents that capture the splendours of the Orient – which was for the iconic designer, Yves Saint Laurent, an endless source of inspiration. Through these fragrances, YSL captures the muffled, refined atmosphere of oriental places. YSL Splendid Wood took me right back to my amazing trip in Dubai earlier this year – reminding me of the Desert Safari where the scents of the orient were most prominent. Rich, indulgent aromas with strong woody scents. The smell of intensity and Arabic adventure. “The greatest fragrances are those that take you on the most fabulous journeys. They are the ones that make us happy.” – Yves Saint Laurent. If you like Tom Ford Sahara Noir (my…

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Pink Peonies! L’Occitane’s new Pivone Sublime Collection

Pink Peonies! L’Occitane’s new Pivone Sublime Collection

Who isn’t just crazy about pink peonies? They are my favourite bloom! So beautiful that we only get to enjoy them for small periods of time, since they only bloom for two weeks in a year. Now you can capture the essence of pretty pink peonies with L’Occitane‘s new Pivoine Sublime range; A petal-soft skin perfecting range and a beautiful Pivoine Flora Eau de Toilette with pure peony extract. I got to experience this range and let me tell you gals how beautiful it is…. Créme Perfectrice – Peony Perfecting Cream Let’s start with how beautiful the jar is – pretty in pink with a slight ombre effect that will make any vanity look amazing. The cream itself offers an intense hydration for the skin, with a 24-hour moisturization that includes L’Occitane’s patent formula that helps to beautify the skin, improving texture and leaving it glowing! It’s indulgent to the touch. With an amazing, fresh peony scent that lifts your mood, while the luxuriously absorbing cream fills in any pores and fine lines, giving your skin instant radiance and leaves you with skin that feels soft, smooth and deliciously velvety. I’m obsessed! I want to smear it all over! Get it from L’Occitane Boutique stores or buy it online here for R595…

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STELLA Eau De Toilette

STELLA Eau De Toilette

Happy Friday Lovelies! Today I wanted to share another fragrance obsession, the new Eau De Toilette by Stella McCartney, STELLA EDT. Beautifully packaged in blush pink with polka dot motifs on the box and bottle, this soft, yet sophisticated scent celebrates the modern woman. It’s lighter than the original Stella Eau de Parfum, but continues to celebrate the naturally sexy, confident woman. It’s a story of fresh inspiration, bathed in luminous light of the morning sun, rather than in full bloom. The juice contrasts feminine and masculine notes, where luminous rose meets amber gris; creating a light yet sensual finish. STELL EDT opens with bright and luminous notes of fresh mandarin and frozen lemon, while Bulgarian rose essence, crunch violet leaves and delicate peony petals dominate the heart, before amber gris reveals a sensual undertone. Such a lovely scent, that’s classic, modern, dewy and beautifully sensual! Pricing: 30ml EDT – R600 50ml EDT – R825 100ml EDT – R1090

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Chanel Chance Eau Vive

Chanel Chance Eau Vive

Every spring, Chanel beauty comes up with a fresh, new take on their classic fragrance, Chance. And each time, they manage to make this scent more amazingly decadent. This year, it’s all about an energizing sensation; a creation that gives momentum, like the intense energy that drives those born under a lucky star… Now, I wasn’t born under a lucky star (at least I don’t think so – but can you imagine how cool that would  be), but Chanel Chance Eau Vive, surely has the stuff that makes magic! It smells fresh, vibrant, energetic and just downright delicious! It launches internationally this June, and in South Africa, you can get yours from the 18th June 2015. CHANCE EAU VIVE is the first interpretation created by perfumer Olivier Polge. The juice is a concentration of zesty, fresh and energetic citrus notes. It opens with a gorgeous bitter bite of grapefruit that settles with a grapefruit-blood orange accord. As it develops, you’ll discover hints of jasmine and white musks before the fragrance fully develops and reveals the base notes of fresh vetiver and cedar-iris. If chance won’t come to you, then you must simply go find your CHANCE… Pricing: 50ML EDT –…

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BALMAIN Extatic Eau de Parfum

BALMAIN Extatic Eau de Parfum

Bold. Determined. Excessively Sensual! In true BALMAIN style, their latest fragrance Extatic epitomizes the rock, chic and seductive BALMAIN woman. Always provocative, she cultivates her insolence and her daring. She’s a fashion addict, living her life miles per hour, as if  permanently in a state of ecstasy. Feminine, magnetic, glamarous and addictive! Just some of the words I’d use to describe this scent! BALMAIN Extatic is an Oriental Floral and opens with engaging top notes of Nashi Pear, Bulgari Rose and Osmatnthus. As the fragrance develops, floral notes such as Orris and Sharry Baby come to play, accented with chocolate and Night Jasmine. At the heart of this juice, the scent fully develops with bold, structured woody notes of Amyris and Cashmere, wrapped in a velvety blend of Barenia Leather. At first, the scent is strong, potent and screams rock and roll, but as it develops the scent becomes more glamorous and takes on a seductive, sophisticated personality. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! The bottle is architectural, graphic and modern, with a structured silhouette that matches the BALMAIN couture look; accented shoulders, refined materials, precious details, chic Parisian elegance with a true rock and roll spirit. If you’re looking for a fragrance…

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Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc – L’OCCITANE en Provence

Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc – L’OCCITANE en Provence

A little while back, I attended the launch of L’OCCITANE‘s new collection, Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc. Now that the collection is available to us in SA,  I wanted to share this gorgeous range with you. Part of their La Collection de Grasse, Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc is a subtle, sophisticated range, where the main note, Iris, mirrors a mix of cool and warm. Beautifully packaged, this collection is by far my favourite Iris based collection to date. I was never a huge fan of Iris in the past. I just found the smell a little too sharp for my taste. With this collection however, the contrast of White Iris (in the heart) and Iris Pallida (blue flower) in the base, makes for a truly beautiful scent! It smells more like a natural garden, rather than a single, overpowering scent. It’s absolutely mesmerizing and I’ve been wearing it a lot lately. The fragrance opens with blackcurrant and citrus notes that give it a lovely burst of freshness. In the heart, white iris blends seamlessly with ylang-ylang and peach, adding a bit of floral fruitiness as the fragrance develops. And in the base, blue iris is complimented with cedar and…

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Repetto Eau de Parfum

Repetto Eau de Parfum

It’s Friday, and you know what that means…. Time to show you gals my favourite fragrance of the week! At the moment, I’m loving the first Eau de Parfum from Repetto. With fleshy notes of pulpous plum, this scent is accentuated with a textural sensation of velvety rose petals, further illuminated by the caressing femininity  of orange. It’s a floriental woody fragrance, with grace as the ultimate elegance. The Repetto brand is a dream factory in the Southwestern region of France, known for their impeccable craftsmanship of hand made ballet shoes. Each product embodies a keen sense of detail, in order to reach the highest possible degree of perfection. Repetto boutiques are magical places, where the windows become a piece of art, a poem, an ode to passion, with an incredible staggering of delicate tutus, ribbons and velvet curtains, reminiscent of the Opera. Besides their ballerina and dance focus, the Repetto brand offers heels, leather goods and, since December 2012, a Pret-a-Porter (ready to wear) range. Their fragrance lets you wear a piece of this magical brand, that believes in every woman there is a dancer. It’s the ultimate accessory to reveal her grace and her beauty. The frosted bottle is stamped with the elegant Repetto charm, swinging delicately around the bottle with a satin ribbon,…

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Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Coffret

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Coffret

One of my most coveted fragrances is Coco Mademoiselle from Chanel. I fell in love with it after I experienced these Coco Mademoiselle bath time treats, and although I have a ton of perfume in my collection, Mademoiselle was always on my lust list. If there was ever a more perfect time to spoil yourself with this beautiful, angelic, lady like yet very much youthfull scent, now would be the time. On the 24th March 2015, you can get your perfectly manicured paws on the limited edition, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Coffret. It’s the ultimate fragrance spoil! Beautifully packaged, the 2015 Coco Mademoiselle Coffret set contains a 50ml eau de parfum spray, plus a 7.5ml miniature purse spray – that looks like a giant Chanel lipstick. You’ll also get three refill bottles (each 7.5ml) for your purse spray when you run out. If you’re not familiar with this scent, it is a beauty! And very, very different to Chanel No5, in case you’re wondering! Coco Mademoiselle is a vibrant, sparkling scent with a transparent heart and a delicate floral bouquet of rose and Jasmine. The base notes are sensual and oriental, underscored by pure patchouli and vetiver. THE ESSENCE OF A BOLD…

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My Fave Summer Fragrances

My Fave Summer Fragrances

It’s been a smouldering hot summer, but before we head on into Autumn, I wanted to share some of my favourite summer scents that I’ve been rotating throughout this gorgeous season. When the heat rises, I tend to gravitate towards fresh, bright, softer and more delicate scents. I’m not a fan of sickly sweet-floral or candy scents, but I do love the smell of freshly cut flowers or scents that remind me of summer gardens. YSL Black Opium One of my most worn scents this summer, especially for night, has got to be YSL Black Opium. This scent is soooo gorgeous and addictive! I guess the coffee bean note gives me an instant mind boost. I also love how it develops into a mix of jasmine and light vanilla before settling into woody and patchouli notes. HUGO BOSS MA VIE For day, I like to wear HUGO BOSS MA VIE. This scent is beautifully packaged in a gorgeous pastel pink bottle and is all about playfulness with a powerful dash of sexy. It opens with an invograting fresh note of Cactus Blossom, combined with notes of Suave Pink Freesia, Jasmine Petals and Delicate Rose Bud. L’Occitane Fleurs de Cerisier A…

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ISSEY MIYAKE Nuit d’Issey

ISSEY MIYAKE Nuit d’Issey

For the guys’ Fragrance Friday, today I wanted to share a gorgeous, manly scent for ya! The new NUIT by Issey Miyake that went on sale nationwide last month. I love the ISSEY MIYAKE men’s fragrance selection, probably even more than the ladies. They just have a very unmistakable sharp and crispness that’s both alluring and mysterious. ISSEY MIYAKE is one of hubby’s favourite fragrance houses as well! We both love the new NUIT, a fragrance that is an ode to wood with an effervesce of rich ingredients, mingled with opulence and potency. It’s a potent, sensual fragrance with deep notes built on a leather backbone, surrounded by woods and spices.   It opens with bright, zesty and citrusy top notes of bergamot and tender grapefruit to give it a bite of masculine elegance. The heart notes follow a mysterious trail with leather accord and black pepper laden with woody notes and vetiver. And, at the base of this fragrance, a rich texture of accords with “black” woods, patchouli, incense and tonk a bean. Nuit d’Issey is available in two size variants; 75ml for R775 and 125ml for R945.00 LOVE IT! xoxo

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YSL L’HOMME

YSL L’HOMME

I love a manly fragrance! I mean, the fruity, sporty ones are nice, but you know the real old-school  smelling fragrances on a man? Yeah those are always my best! Since I featured the new YSL Black Opium for the ladies today, I wanted to share with you another YSL olfactory gem, this time for the guys! YSL L’HOMME It’s not a new launch (and there’s even an Intense version out already), but I still think it’s a scent worth checking out! Especially when making those Christmas lists for the men in your lives this holiday season. Although this fragrance is not totally unique, it’s very masculine and elegant with all the right notes to make it a completely luxurious fragrance. I particularly like the heart. It’s gorgeous and intoxicating. I wouldn’t mind smelling it all day! YSL L’HOMME opens with top notes of Cedarwood, Madagascar White Pepper and Ozone to give it both a sparkling a luminous scent. At the heart, floral and spicy notes of Chinese Ginger, Violet Leaves and Basil Flowers contrast with the fresh top notes to give in an intoxicating, zesty bite. And at the base, Haitian Vetiver, Tonka Beans and Cedarwood highlight it’s magnetic…

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YSL Black Opium

YSL Black Opium

Get ready for the new, addictive Black Opium fragrance from YSL. I’ve never been a huge fan of the original Opium. Although I don’t hate it (and there was a stage that I didn’t mind it too much), overall I find it very heavy and a little too musty for my liking. So when I got to sample the new Black Opium I thought I wouldn’t like it. But I do! In fact, I love it! Black Opium has been described as fierce, dynamic, energetic and instantly engaging – And I think it fits all of these really well. It’s the modern day YSL woman, updated and re-gnergized from her 1977 predecessor, Opium. BLACK OPIUM is the new generation oriental gourmand and it’s radically different to the original, classic scent. Upon spraying it, you get an instant shot of caffeine! The scent of coffee beans is electrified by white flower notes. I love coffee; drinking, smelling and tasting it! Even talking about it. So, having it in a fragrance is like an instant mind-gratification, and it kinda gives me the same “hit” I get from coffee. As it develops, you can pick up a mix of jasmine (love, love, love)…

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STELLA

STELLA

Her father may be one of music’s legends, but Stella McCartney is a brand in her own right! She’s the no frills fashion designer that continues to push the boundaries of innovation and style! Her fashion is always sleek yet sophisticated and she always manages to find the perfect balance, while still leading her principled lifestyle. She’s an animal activist and lover of the world! In 2003, she launched her first fragrance, “STELLA“, reminiscent of an English Rose. Now, in 2014 STELLA  gets a modern look, while keeping the scent unchanged. All that’s really changed is the bottle, inspired by an Amethyst Crystal and the various size options that will be available. It launched in August 2014 where it was exclusive to Harrods. But, it is now available world wide, so you can get your hands on it too from leading stockists. It’s a true-to-Stella scent, and she’s been involved in every aspect of its creation. She designed the bottle and developed the scent herself, together with her “nose”,  Jacques Cavallier. To create the scent (that remains the same), she had a vintage photograph of an English Rose that she wanted to bring to life. Think old-fashioned, but with a…

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GUCCI PREMIÈRE Launches Eau De Toilette

GUCCI PREMIÈRE Launches Eau De Toilette

Exciting news for GUCCI fragrance fans! This week saw the launch of the gorgeous new Gucci Première EDT, a lighter and brighter version of the original GUCCI Première EDP. I’m not familiar with the original Gucci Première EDP, but what I can say from previous experience with GUCCI fragrances (GUCCI OUD and Flora By GUCCI 1966), is that this one is much softer and more delicate than traditional GUCCI scents. The strong scent is what I love about GUCCI fragrances, but as we head into warmer weather, a lighter fragrance is always welcome! The fragrance reminds me of champagne summers and definitely lives up to its “standard” of being a fragrance designed to set a celebratory mood. I love the sparkling citrusy top notes infused with jasmine, that dry and settle into a leathery-musky patchouli base.   Gucci Première fragrances take their inspiration from the Gucci Première couture collection, where luxurious evening gowns have been created and worn by world’s most captivating Hollywood stars, including; Salma Hayek Pinault, Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz, Naomi Watts, Kate Beckinsale and Li Bing Bing. Adoring the campaign for Gucci Première EDT, is no stranger to Hollywood, and none other than the gorgeous starlette, Blake Lively. She is the essence of young Hollywood glam and the epitome of classic style. Gucci Première EDT is available in three size…

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Discover Vulcano & Some Serious Man Candy!

Discover Vulcano & Some Serious Man Candy!

Dolce and Gabbana recently launched their new, limited edition men’s fragrance; Light Blue Discover Vulcano.  While the fragrance is sexy and sultry, the male model for this campaign definitely matches that expectation! Ladies, feast your eyes on the gorgeous Italian Stallion David Gandy! Well, he’s actually British but just go with me on this one, I’m trying to “set the scene”. Take your imagination to a gorgeous Sicilian theme. Picture beautiful blue seas, gorgeous scenery, and at super sexy, tall, dark and handsome man. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Discover Vulcano captures the essence of the Mediterranean in all it’s sensuality! Inspired by the coastline of the Aeolian island Vulcano (just off the coast of Sicily), this fragrance, has prominent notes of Vetiver, Lemon and Ginger and yes, it’s one of “those” men’s fragrances… The kind that, once you smell it, shuts down all your senses, except for smell, so that your entire mind, body and soul can take in the scent. It’s very sexy with prominent top nots of Italian Lemon and ginger. If you’ve ever been anywhere in the Mediterranean, you’ll know that the lemons grown there are in a class of their own – The smell is far more amplified and you can even smell the…

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Escada Joyful – It’s “Happy Me” Territory

Escada Joyful – It’s “Happy Me” Territory

Hello lovelies Today I’ve got a gorgeous, girly fragrance to tell you about, just in time as we count down to Spring! On Monday (18 August 2014) the new ESCADA Joyful fragrance hits the shelf. It’s a playful, dreamy and confident scent that sparkles with energy and a luminous body. Happiness in a bottle, symbolic of city Skyscrapers.   Delicate and light, this pretty pink juice evokes the shimmering quality of morning dew. It’s floral, with a scent that reveals freshly cut flowers, rather than a rose saturated fragrance. It’s transparent and creamier, definitely a girly and confident scent. The top notes open with blackcurrant sorbet, energising mandarin and melon. At the heart, fruity accords are balanced by a twist of violet leaves and pink peonies (my favourite flower). The heart is further enhanced with natural magnolia oil, cyclamen and peppering pink freesia. The base features a unique ingredient, earthy florimoss, wrapped with the creaminess of sandalwood and infused with the rich warmth of honeycomb. Beautiful and feminine! Fronting this campaign is the gorgeous, pretty, girly and sophisticated super model, Miranda Kerr. She is the ESCADA woman; approaching life with positivity, spontaneity and confidence, captivated by the beauty in the world around her. “I am delighted to be associated with ESCADA Joyful. I love what the…

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Jaïpur Bracelet by Boucheron

Jaïpur Bracelet by Boucheron

Happy Fragrance Friday! Today, I’ve got another gorgeous Fragrance to tell you gals about, and if you’re into jewels, beautiful stories and everlasting style, then you may want to stick around and read all about it! Boucheron is a French brand that creates some of the world’s most exquisite statement jewels. One look at Jaïpur Bracelet and the brand’s rich, jewel heritage is brought to life. But this fragrance has even more special symbolism. The fragrance was inspired by the Mythical French town, Jaïpur, known as the “Pink Town”. It’s a town that inspires dreams, evokes escape and the softness of life. It’s beauty moved Louis Boucheron in the 1920’s, as did one of the native symbolic traditions, whereby a bracelet was offered to young brides as a lucky charm. Jaïpur Bracelet echoes the alliance between the town and the jewel. From it’s name to the floral woody notes and gorgeous bottle design, Jaïpur Bracelet is a fragrance with a story from start to finish. Adorned in pink, the curved outlines of the bottle define the bracelet that they evoke. It has a cabochon, polished gem that is dear to Boucheron. As an ode to voluptuousness, the softness of its…

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GUCCI OUD {fragrance.friday}

GUCCI OUD {fragrance.friday}

Inspired by GUCCI Creative Director, Frida Giannini’s travels, the new fragrance from GUCCI, GUCCI OUD is a celebration of the deep and sensual fragrances of the Orient. It’s an intense and sexy scent that can be worn by women and men alike. It’s opulent and spicy – my favourite type of fragrance, with a distinct eastern scent reminiscent of a sandy desert. If you’re a fan of Tom Ford Sahara Noir or Black Orchid, then this fragrance will be a sure winner! It’s strong, sensual and has a very unique, distinct scent! GUCCI OUD opens with top notes of Pear, Raspberry and Saffron. This amazing blend then lingers into opulent notes of Bulgarian Rose and Orange Flower, before settling into an amber and musk base, with OUD at the core. GUCCI OUD also stays true to the GUCCI brand, and like all GUCCI fragrances, Patchouli notes are prominent in the base notes as well. The OUD used in GUCCI OUD has been specially selected, cultivated and purified for GUCCI. It comes from central Laos, and is grown in a sustainable, managed way that ensures the appropriate respect for this precious resource. OUD is an extremely rare, dark resinous heartwood that forms in Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees in the Middle East.…

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Balmain Ivoire

Balmain Ivoire

Today’s fragrance is nothing new, however, it’s my first whiff of Balmain, so I guess, in a way, it is kinda new. Balmain Ivoire! I half expected this scent to smell a little more edgy. Don’t get me wrong, I like the scent, but it’s a lot more sophisticated than I had expected. I mean, yeah the bottle looks very chic and sophisticated in a no-frills kinda way. But, when I think of Balmain, I get the image of Madonna rocking her sexy, studded, hard to the core Balmain Shoulder Dress (from Balmain’s 2009 ready to wear collection) in her Celebration music video. So when I opened the package to find a simple and elegant fragrance, I was a little surprised. But I do like it, it makes me feel a little more sophisticated and dare I say it, “Rich”! I’m also a huge fan of anything with Vetiver, Jasmine and Citrus – all of which Ivoire has in it’s DNA. Ivoire is not a new fragrance for the fashion house either! Although this is the “remake” version (that launched in 2012), it’s the updated, more modern version of their 1979 classic, Ivoire de Balmain. It has top notes of…

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Viktor And Rolf BonBon

Viktor And Rolf BonBon

If you love sweet fragrances, then get ready to take your senses to the candy shop! BonBon is the latest fragrance addition from Viktor & Rolf! Their first fragrance FlowerBomb is one of those fragrances you either love or hate, while their mens’ fragrance, SPICEBOMB is just the BOMB! I’d wear it! Back to BonBon. While Flowerbomb is sweet with a floral body, BonBon is more your candy shop indulgence! At first is goes on with a powerful sticky-sweet citrus scent, that later develops into a caramel infused body with woody base notes. It’s a great fragrance if you love sweet scents but aren’t that keen on floral notes – since BonBon only includes light floral notes in the heart. It has top notes of Tangerine Essence, Blackcurrant Accord and Orange Essence Heart notes of Orange Blossom Absolute, Jasmine Absolute and Peach Accord, and Base notes of Guaiac Wood Essence, Cedarwood Essence and Caramel Accord The bottle is just too gorgeous! A pretty, glass bow that completes any dresser! The design of the bottle was inspired by Viktor&Rolf’s couture dress; a master piece that was adorned with oversized cascading bows, that added drama to a cream, floor-length tulle gown. Even…

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