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Dolce & Gabbana call their hit perfume, Light Blue, “the joy of living the Light Blue Mediterranean life.” It’s a “colourful, fresh, floral-fruity scent (that) reflects the sexiness of the Mediterranean lifestyle.” A blend of lemon, green apple and pineapple leaves with notes of jasmine, rose, freesia and musk, Light Blue is a contemporary and sophisticated fragrance. The odd thing about it is the top notes last a very long time. Personally I love that about it, and I love the dry alcohol scent of the fragrance. It reminds me of champagne!

It was designed for women, and there is a men’s version, but I think this perfume can actually be used by anyone as a unisex fragrance. I have our body spray version of it that I love and use regularly. If you like Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue you’ll love our version just as much. It’s available in a 1.7 oz, 50 mL Eau de Toilette spray for only $9 US, and as I mentioned, in a 2.5 oz, 75 mL Perfumed Body Spray for just $3.50 US.

-RyanNY

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Daisy Marc Jacobs is now available in the convenience of an eau de toilette rollerball, available exclusively at Sephora for $20. The hit 2007 perfume by Marc Jacobs has seen many stages as a result of its success. Last spring I posted about Daisy eau de parfum Silver Edition, which is now available. Now Daisy can travel with you in this compact roll-on, like many new fragrances at Sephora. The last two celebrity fragrances I’ve posted about, Kat Von D and Kim Kardashian (due in 2010), are both being sold in rollerballs at Sephora.

Is it really worth paying a lot more for the convenience of a rollerball though? At Sephora, the Daisy 1.7 oz Eau de Toilette Spray is $57. That’s $33.53 per ounce. The Daisy 0.24 oz Eau de Toilette Rollerball is $20. That’s $83.33 per ounce! Don’t get me wrong, I think the rollerball is a great idea, and very convenient. You have to admit though that it’s a little shocking when you put the cost into perspective.

Tell me what you think:

  • Is the rollerball is a new trend in perfume that will take off?
  • Are you willing to pay more per ounce for the convenience of a rollerball?
Connected by Gender One

Connected by Gender One

Last week Gender One introduced a new addition to the line of unisex fragrances, Connected by Gender One! An extension of the popular Gender One fragrance, this unisex fragrance is a composition of woody and floral notes including citrus complex, leafy green accord, cyclamen, ozonic accents, cedarwood and sparkling musks. A cool and provocative scent to appeal to both sexes. It is available in a 3.4 oz, 100 mL Eau de Toilette Spray at an introductory price of $7.96, 20% off the regular $9.95 price! Wear it! Share it! Connect!

Click here to purchase Connected by Gender One

A lot of perfumes are available in a special gift set for Mother’s Day. I’ve organized a list of some gift sets to make your Mother’s Day shopping a little easier.

Michael Kors Eau de Parfum by Michael Kors
Set includes: Eau de Parfum Spray (3.4 oz.), and Glimmer Body Creme (7.0 oz.). $115 at michaelkors.com.

Estée Lauder Sensuous
Set includes: Eau de Parfum Spray (3.4 oz.), Satin Body Lotion (2.5 oz.), and Silk Shower Creme (2.5 oz.). $75 at esteelauder.com.

Marc Jacobs Daisy
Set includes: Eau de Toilette Spray (3.4 oz.), Shower Gel Scrub (5 oz.) and a Gel Perfume Stick (0.38 oz.). $85 at shop.nordstrom.com.

Armani Code Women
Set includes: Eau de Parfum Spray (1.7 oz.), and Body Lotion(6.7 oz). $69.95 at giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com

DKNY Be Delicious
Set includes: Eau de Parfum Spray (1.7 oz), and Apple a Day Body Lotion (3.4 oz.). $58 at Macys.com.

Lancôme Miracle
Set includes: Eau de Parfum Spray (1.7 Fl. Oz.), Perfumed Body Lotion (3.4 Fl. Oz), and Perfumed Shower Gel (3.4 Fl. Oz.). $59 at Macys.com.

 

 

YSL La Nuit de L'Homme

YSL La Nuit de L'Homme

In 2006, Yves Saint Laurent  came out with L’Homme Yves Saint Laurent. Today it is “in the top 15 men’s fragrances worldwide,” according to WWD. A new era has come though, and YSL Beauté is now integrated with L’Oréal. With their first fragrance release since the transition, YSL introduces a new era for L’Homme as well, La Nuit de L’Homme.

 

L’Homme was described as “A fragrance for the urban and charismatic 21st century male.” With La Nuit, YSL wanted to carry on some codes, but give it a distinguishable identity as well. The role of La Nuit is to “portray more classic masculinity… more edgy, daring and sensual,” as put by YSL executives in WWD. They continue: 

“The new scent is a fresh oriental, whereas its predecessor is a fresh woody.”

Top notes: cardamon and bergamot
Heart: cedar and lavendar
Base: vetiver and coumarin 

La Nuit de L’Homme is due to launch now in Europe, and will make its way to the U.S. in March and April, beginning exclusively at Bloomingdale’s.

Ron Robinson is a entrepreneur who worked directly for Fred Segal as a salesman, buyer and Vice President for nearly ten years, until he opened Ron Robinson Inc. at Fred Segal on Melrose Ave., in 1978. Today he has over one hundred stores in the U.S., as well as one hundred more stores around the world. His brands and products vary from children’s wear, men’s wear, design, and beauty. His beauty brand, Apothia, has an extensive line of fragrance for the body and the home. Visit the Apothia Los Angeles section of the Ron Robinson website, and check out the videos of Ron Robinson describing each fragrance himself. The three perfumes for the body are simple and elegant, for that person that wants something a bit more fashionable. Ron describes them so eloquently. 

Yet to appear on the site though, is a new fragrance to commemorate 30 years of doing business in LA… Pearl. Pearl is due in March, and will be the fourth perfume in the Apothia brand. Ron is currently working on a fifth that may be out this year as well. Pearl’s name comes from the gem stone that represents a thirty year anniversaries.

 

Rich Hippe Organic Perfumes

Rich Hippe Organic Perfumes

I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz around organic perfume lately. It seems like the final installment of organic products finally coming to existence, perfume. Six years ago, I worked at Whole Body in New York, and there was only one line of organic perfume on the shelf at the time. Now they are becoming more and more abundant each month. So I’ve decided to highlight some of the organic perfumes I’ve heard the most about.

 

Rich Hippie Organic, Wildcrafted Perfumes

Rich Hippie makes perfumes using traditional methods predating World War II and the influence of chemistry in perfumery. They use organic wine alcohol harvested from the wine regions of California. All of the plant and flower ingredients in Rich Hippie perfumes are organic or wildcrafted. They offer an amazing 24 different scents with some interesting names (ie. Bohemian Wedding, Rock Star, Foxy Lady, Hoochie Coochie).

Jo Wood Organics

A three year old bath and body line with new fragrances introduced in the UK in October, Amka and Usiku. The new organic perfumes replace the Body Dews that were not certified organic. Now they have been formulated to meet Ecocert requirements. Amka, which is Swahili for “to wake,” has notes of Iranian rose otto, Egyptian jasmine, neroli, bergamot, green mandarin, sweet orange blossom and cedarwood. Usiku, Swahili for “night,” has notes of rosemary, pine needle, cardamom, hot ginger, coriander, clove, Moroccan cedarwood, patchouli, vetiver and vanillin.

Honoré des Prés

Apparently just being released in Europe for now, Honoré des Prés attempts to bring organics to the higher end of the fragrance counter. Also certified by Ecocert, these are five unisex scents: Chaman’s Party, with notes of Haitian vetiver root and Egyptian holy basil; Bonté’s Bloom, with notes of sunflower and sage leaf accords; Nu Green, with notes of mint and tarragon; Sexy Angelic, with notes of angelica seed and alisson candy; and Honoré’s Trip, with notes of lemon, lime, and orange. Though they are marketed as unisex, Sexy Angelic and Bonté’s Bloom lean more to the feminine side.


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