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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.


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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

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

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

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

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

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



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.

Armani Onde

Armani Onde


Giorgio Armani has introduced a new set fragrances for women with a geographical inspiration: the Middle East, India, and Japan. The Asian trio consists of Onde Mystère, Onde Vertige, and Onde Extase (respectively). “With Onde the idea is to play on sensuality and refinement,” says Jean-Pierre Charriton, general manager of Giorgio Armani Parfums. 

Onde Mystère is a musky fragrance influenced by the Middle East, with notes of incense, amber, benzoin, Moroccan rose buds and vanilla absolute.

Onde Vertige is a floral oriental fragrance influenced by India, with notes of frangipani flower, black liquorice, patchouli, pittosporum and jasmine petals.

Onde Extase is a woody oriental fragrance influenced by Japan, with notes cedar, mimosa, Egyptian jasmine, marcissus absolute, pink pepper, Sicilian bergamot, musk and aesame absolute.

Each fragrance comes in it’s own unique bottle design also inspired by its place of inspiration. The collection is intended for a limited distribution, much like Armani Privé, but not quite as exclusive. They should begin to appear in the U.S. early next year.

In my opinion, Onde is an excellent concept. The fragrances compliment each other, sticking within the theme of the same continent, while able to stand on their own as well. 2009 seems to be the year of collections (ie. Sarah Jessica Parker’s Lovely Collection), but with a more exclusivity as Armani is planning, they may stand apart and appear as more of an artistic endeavor rather than a gimmick. The notes sound interesting and I can’t wait to smell them.


Photograph by Christopher Peterson

Photograph by Christopher Peterson

Sarah Jessica Parker is not only coming out with one new perfume, but THREE new perfumes as a collection! The Lovely Collection consists of three time themed scents: Dawn, Endless, and Twilight. In an interview with WWD SJP said:


“This was meant to be a personal collection of fragrances… I wanted to offer a little glimpse into my world, something that was genuine and relatable — very specific moments, treasures of time.”

Dawn is a fresh and clean scented, soft floral with top notes of citrus cocktail, violet leaves and angelica; a heart of orchid and a drydown of Tahitian vanilla, orris, oakmoss, vetiver and translucent musks.

“It’s inspiration was morning, sunrise. It’s about enjoying those few moments for yourself, stepping out and welcoming what the day has to bring your way.”

Endless is a fruity, floral scent with top notes of pineapple, apple, ivy leaves and plum; a heart of radiant peony, pink jasmine and magnolia, and a drydown of oakmoss, Indonesian patchouli, Australian sandalwood, vetiver and suede musks.

“The inspiration for this one was those moments you find yourself in a state of pure happiness, loving life.”

Twilight is the sexy, amber musk scent with top notes of bergamot, galbanum, mandarin and pink pepper; a heart of peony and jasmine, and a drydown of amber, sandalwood, incense and musk.

“This one is for those moments of intimacy, of love and being close. It’s slightly coomplex and mysterious.”

Many people are going to see this collection as a simple marketing gimmick. Emily Bond, the senior director of global marketing for SRJ’s brand at Coty (the distributor of all of SJP’s fragrances) defended the concept, saying:

“Conceptually, this project is really driven by the rhythm of a day — so it makes sense to see these scents together visually… Each one captures the emotional space of a particular time. Also, we see space in the department store arena for something different and innovative, as we believe this is.”

One of the most interesting elements to the release is the fact that it will exclusively premiere for sale on HSN and its e-commerce site in February, and then exclusively in March with Ulta’s brick-and-mortar distribution. Finally, in April, it will be distributed to 2,000 department stores in the US alone, and stores in the UK, Australia, travel retail, Asia and other global markets.

Photograph by David Shankbone

Photograph by David Shankbone

What fragrance does Madonna wear? Well according to an article on one of her favs is Classic Pink from Nanadebary. With bergamot and ginger top-notes; jasmine, iris and sandalwood middle notes; and vanilla and musk base-notes. According to Nanadebary’s website ( it can be described in many ways: star, confidence, pure, disco, dedicated, glamorous, now, affair, bohemian, travel, everywhere, handbag, seductive, date, electric, spirit, harmony.

The Nanadebary story is an interesting one. Nana De Bary is a woman that had a shop in Vienna. She had developed quite the repertoire simply by word of mouth. However, it almost all came to a fatal stop in 2004 when when she was on the beach in Thailand in 2004. Yes that was the year of the Tsunami, and she barely survived. The traumatizing event caused her to close the door of her shop indefinitely and pursue photography. Her art was based on water, and I’m sure it was therapeutic for her. She decided to continue selling her fragrance, increasing the concentration from eau de toilette to eau de parfum as another reaction to the life altering event. She says on her website, “That decision symbolizes something for me: the fragrances still have the vulnerability and delicacy I loved in them before… but now they are made to be deeper and hold on longer.

Nana De Bary says she will probably never open her shop again. She does plan on creating more fragrances. “It is something I love doing: they communicate feelings and create connections around the world… another common language for all of us.”

Have you tried Nanadebary’s fragrances? Tell us what you think.


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