Acqua Di Gioia Eau Fraiche Giorgio Armani for women

Acqua Di Gioia Eau Fraiche Giorgio Armani for women

March sees the launch of a wonderful, fresh new fragrance from Giorgio Armani! Inspired by the purity of nature, ACQUA di GIOIA Eau Fraiche, in Mr Armani’s words “comes from elements of nature; earth, water and vegetation… examples of invisible sophistication, symbolizing perfection and harmony”. With woody base notes, floral heart notes and citrus top notes, this fragrance is fresh, sparkly and full of life. Upon your first olfactory acquaintance with ACQUA di GIOIA Eau Fraiche, the fragrance bursts with zesty top notes that include grapefruit, mandarin and primofiore lemon. These bright and sparkly top notes fade into floral blooms of ylang-ylang, jasmine accord and jasmine tea. And finally, the woody base notes of cedarwood, brown sugar accord and musks settle to complete the fragrance. Giorgio Armani is a master at understated elegance, and his signature style is no different when it comes to his fragrances. For ADGA (which includes Acqua di Gioia, Acqua di Gioia Essenza and this one, Acqua di Gioia Eua Fraiche) the bottle itself is the hidden key to understanding the ADGA fragrance. The surface of the bottle has been designed to resemble a polished pebble, symbolizing earth. The droplet shaped profile of the bottle symbolizes water, while the leaf…

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Chanel N°5 Christmas Toiletries Collection

Chanel  N°5 Christmas Toiletries Collection

Talk about the ultimate spoil this festive season! Check out the fabulous and oh-so heavenly Chanel N°5 Toiletries Collection, just in time for Christmas. The collection launched in South Africa yesterday, 4th November and if you want to get your perfectly manicured paws on it, best you hurry! The concept behind this collection, to immerse your senses in the world of N°5 with three unique perfuming rituals; in the bath, for the body and for the senses.  Yeah, sounds good doesn’t it?! The CHANEL bath Collection features; N°5 Foaming Bath, Chanel  N°5 Cleansing Cream and N°5 Bath Soap. The Body Collection features N°5 Body Lotion and N°5 Deodorant, while the Senses Collection features N°5 Hair Mist and N°5 Intense Bath Oil. The products all smell amazing – of course! If I had to pick a favourite (or two) I would have to say the Hair Mist and Intense Bath Oil are must have’s! Price wise, the products are a little pricey, but remember it’s Chanel, and Chanel N°5 perfume for that matter! But, if you really want to spoil someone – or yourself – there is no better way than with a little Chanel! Prices N°5 Foaming Bath (200ml) – R605 N°5…

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Van Cleef & Arpels RÊVE

Van Cleef & Arpels RÊVE

In June this year, Van Cleef & Arpels launched their new fragrance, Rêve in South Africa. Rêve is a soft, pink fragrance that beams with purity and harmony! I was excited to try this fragrance out, since I don’t have any fragrances by this House in my perfume collection. Can you believe that?! Although Rêve is a soft, romantic fragrance, it’s great as both a winter or summer scent. It has warmth and clarity, so you can wear it year round and smell gorgeous! The combination of the scent is a mix of fruits and white flowers with a subtle hint of oriental notes. Top notes include juicy pear and neroli, heart notes include osmanthus, peony and lilly, while the base notes comprise of sandalwood and amber. I am very much into my “spicy” scents and I love anything with amber notes. To me, this fragrance is radiant and pleasant, and while the “spice” is not very overpowering, you can definitely identify it. It’s a pretty scent; fresh, flirty and sensual and it comes in a gorgeous bottle too! Rêve is available at Edgars, Truwothrs as well as select Stuttafords, Foschini and Woolies stores. Next time you happen to be…

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New Fragrance: Issey Miyake L’EAU D’ISSEY ABSOLUE

New Fragrance: Issey Miyake L’EAU D’ISSEY ABSOLUE

Nothing like changing up your fragrance to inspire the shift into a new season. I’m an ABSOLUE fragrance girl and there is no such thing as too much perfume. I am referring to “too much” in the sense of being a perfume hoarder and not “too much” as in overloading yourself with too many, or too much fragrance at the same time! Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Absolue  This fragrance is ABSOLUEtely gorgeous! It’s got a very distinct Issey scent, with a glamorous new warmth! Ideal for Autumn. It’s got that floral presence without the frou frou (just the way I like it), coupled with a musky, spicy kick! “Cloaked in light during the day The night blooming-jasmine opens and shines only once the sun has set, leaving it’s trail The scent of it’s secret.” The structure of L’EAU D’ISSEY ABSOLUE is floral and luminous. The top note is brilliant purity with a luminous accord. Heart notes are illuminated by the Night-Blooming-Jasmine, which melts into the base notes of vanilla and elegant precious wood. Sounds divine doesn’t it? I’m a huge fan of the original Issey Miyake fragrance, and this one reminds me a lot of that original scent. It kinda reminds me of champagne in so many ways, although it smells nothing like it 😛 It’s pure, distinct…

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pure DKNY A Drop of Rose

pure DKNY A Drop of Rose

Valentines Day is the perfect time to add some new, seductive scents to your fragrance collection… I’m not the biggest fan of floral scents, but I don’t mind a touch of floral. And that’s exactly what you can expect from the new pureDKNY fragrance, A Drop of Rose. It’s a lovely, pure fragrance with a touch of classic Turkish rose! pureDKNY rose begins in Turkey’s Isparta valley in the Anatolian flower fields, where the delicate pink blossoms of rose damascene variety are harvested early each summer. It follows a generations-old process that’s virtually unaffected by modern technology: The harvest season takes place each year in May/June, and each flower is hand-picked, one by one in the cool, pre-dawn hours. By season’s end, 2500 tons of petals have been bagged, weighed, and transported by truck to the distillery where they are gently rolled and processed through 26 stills. The end product is essential oil of rose, a potent raw material that’s later incorporated into the fragrance. This lovely new fragrance launches on counters today, February 4th 2013 and comes in three size variants, all of which are EDP (eau de Perfume) – my favourite 🙂 pureDKNY rose 30ml (R540), 50ml (R750) and 100ml (R955)

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Chrome Summer

Chrome Summer

Happy Friday! Today’s Fragrance Friday feature is for the guys. The new limited edition Chrome Summer by Azzaro is a brand new, fresh fragrance that will make your man smell amazing this summer. Launched by Azzaro in 2012, Chrome Summer is a real manly-man’s, scent with top notes of grapefruit and cardamom, heart notes of green aquatic and base notes of rosewood and ambergris. Overall it’s a woody, spicy fragrance and those types just happen to be my favourite types of scents for a man! I like a man Before I even showed my hubby (my review dummy for this feature) the bottle or told him what it was, after spraying it on him, his first comment was “smells summery”. I was quite impressed, as that’s exactly what this version of Azzaro Chrome is all about, Summer! The bottle features the same design as the original Chrome, however this one is covered with a fine metallic film, to give it an instantly “refreshing” look. Look how beautifully my garden reflects on the bottle, and when you hold it up, you can see right through it. I do also love the lid, which incorporates a chrome checker plate finish, so masculine indeed!

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Kiss From A Jolie Rose

Kiss From A Jolie Rose

I am getting super excited about all the lovely new, light and floral fragrances launching for Spring. One of them, Azzaro Jolie Rose which comes in this beautiful pink bottle with an over sized pink “rose” lid. So pretty! A sparkling fragrance composed by Daphne Bugey of Firmenich, Jolie Rose evokes life, colour, softness and femininity. It’s a powdery blend of flowers with zesty, velvety fruits that rest on a musky-woody base. The top note is orchestrated by bright, bursting accents of citron and kumquat with tangy notes of blackcurrant. The heart is a shower of rose petals blended with violet and the transparent freshness of the pink water lily. While the base notes comprise of a vibrant and woody cedar and white musk. It’s a true girly-girl fragrance that brightens your day and enhances your mood! Price: R315 (30ml EDT) and R495 (50ml EDT) What’s your favourite scent for Spring 2012?

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I am La Petite Robe Noire

I am La Petite Robe Noire

PARIS is my kingdom.. I stroll through it at will. My light step leaves no eyes still. It’s the perfect little black dress! Guerlain’s new fragrance, La Petite Robe Noire, which translated from French means “Little Black Dress” is a gorgeous scent, that makes this week’s Fragrance Friday! It comes in a beautiful bottle, reminiscent of a French boutique and is packaged in it’s own little gift box – no wrapping necessary! The scent’s main note is unmistakably rose, but with a Parisian twist that kinda reminds me a little bit of YSL’s Parisienne. I’m not the biggest fan of rose fragrances because they always seem to sweet to me, but this one, although sweet has a lovely spicy personality! It makes me want to put on my very best little black dress, gather my hair in a fuss free bun, put on my highest heels and spin around the room like a ballerina. La Petite Robe Noir was first created in 2009 as a limited edition fragrance. In February last year, Guerlain launched the second limited edition fragrance and earlier this year, they decided to bring it back after Guerlain’s in-house perfumer, Thierry Wasser added his modification and French flair to the scent. Inspired by the eternity…

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Nicole Richie’s New Fragrance

Nicole Richie’s New Fragrance

As long as there’s a celebrity A-list, there’ll be celebrity fragrances and the latest celeb to add a fragrance to her style empire is Nicole Richie. The reality-star-turned-designer of Winter Kate and House of Harlow 1960 is launching her first fragrance, which will be available in the US, UK and Australia. It’s infused with notes of blackberry, orange, sandalwood, papyrus and patchouli. The bottle was designed to have a vintage ‘feel’. “I’m very particular in the way that I create,” she said. “We’re in an interesting time right now where women aren’t just one thing; there are many different parts to a woman so I wanted to create a very intricate bottle that was still elegant but not so in-your-face girly at the same time.” Nicole says that there are plans to launch two more fragrances (coming in 2013) but, for now, Nicole by Nicole Richie will be available from September. She has also expressed that she’ll be adding hair products to her project to-do list and she is also interested in home décor, including homeware and flatware in her plan to build a big lifestyle brand. She’s certainly come a long way from the days of being labelled as…

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The Top Female and Male Fragrance Awards Go To…

The Top Female and Male Fragrance Awards Go To…

The glamorous UK FiFi Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday in London with a ‘zhoosh’ black tie affair, drawing the likes of Kanye West, Kim Kardashian (nominated for best celeb fragrance) and Richard E. Grant to celebrate the much-anticipated fragrance industry awards. Awards were given to some of the most popular and highly-regarded fragrances released in the UK in 2011. So, who cracked the nod in their respective categories? There were 18 awards categories and the evening revealed that Elie Saab had received the prestigious title of Best New Fragrance for Women while Gucci Guilty Pour Homme was honoured as the Best New Male Fragrance. Thierry Mugler’s fragrance, Angel, was inducted into the UK Hall of Fame as a result of a vote by industry professionals on the night. Here are all the night’s winners: 2012 UK FIFI AWARDS WINNERS Best New Female Print Advertisement – Elie Saab, Le Parfum Best New Male Print Advertisement – Mont Blanc, Legend Best New Female Fragrance Commercial – Kenzo, Flower Tag Best New Male Fragrance Commercial – ck one, Shock Best New Female Fragrance Design & Packaging – Balenciaga, L’Essence Best New Male Fragrance Design & Packaging – Mont Blanc, Legend Best New…

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Celebs Compete for Coveted FiFi Fragrance Awards

Celebs Compete for Coveted FiFi Fragrance Awards

Each year, The Fragrance Foundation celebrates the FiFi Awards which honour the fragrance industry’s creative achievements – sort of like the ‘Oscars’ of the fragrance world. The first awards ceremony was attended by only 250 industry members back in 1973 and was held at The Plaza in New York. There were only seven awards and Chanel No. 19 won for “Most Successful Introduction of a Fragrance”. Still celebrated in New York, the awards draw the international fragrance community, big names in fashion as well as celebrities  and quite a few celebs are going head-to-head this year in the hope that they walk away with an award in their category. Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Heidi Klum and Beyoncé are all in the running for the best signature fragrance. Justin Bieber’s Someday will be competing with Beyoncé’s Pulse and Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck for the title of top “Women’s Luxe Fragrance” of 2012. Christina Aguilera’s Royal Desire is up against Heidi Klum’s Shine in the “Women’s Broad Appeal” category. Beyoncé and Taylor will also be up against each other for “Best Packaging” for a luxe women’s brand. (‘Biebs’ also made it as a nominee in the UK FiFi Awards, along with David…

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Jennifer Aniston Launches Fresh, New Fragrance

Jennifer Aniston Launches Fresh, New Fragrance

When I heard Jennifer Aniston was releasing her own fragrance, I didn’t know what to expect. What would the-girl-next-door of Friends fame smell like? In the creation of her debut fragrance, Jennifer Aniston kept in mind her earliest and most beloved recollections of fragrances. With notes of citrus, rosewater, jasmine, violet, Amazon lily, amber and sandalwood, all wrapped up in a veil of musk, Jennifer has tried to evoke memories of sunny days at the beach and happy summer nights. The result is a light, clean, floral fragrance which is quite captivating with a lovely, fresh quality to it. “I wanted this fragrance to be a personal library of scent memories. For example, my love of night-blooming jasmine has lasted a lifetime. Growing up in California, I distinctly remember the scent of jasmine on summer evenings. I consider the scent of the ocean to be one of life’s most uplifting, sensual experiences. No aroma is quite so purifying, humbling and exhilarating. The combination of the salty air and tropical oils reminds me of long, sunny days on the beach – pure happiness.” —Jennifer Aniston The bottle is chic and understated, designed by David Lipman, to include elements of Jen’s appreciation…

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