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Montgomery Street Pier, March 10, 2009, just across the street from Belcam. Photograph by Ryan Wilson

So I mention every now and then that I work for a perfume producer, ParfumsBelcam (AKA Belcam) that’s why I write this blog (hence the name INSIDE Perfume). All of our fragrances are made in a small village in the most northeast corner of New York state, Rouses Point. Yes, some things are still made in the USA! Just barely though! If you look at us on a map you’ll see we’re just on the border of Vermont and Quebec. It’s a small, picturesque village nestled on the west coast of Lake Champlain. You can find out more about Rouses Point at www.rousespointny.com. The pictures you’ll see on this site are pretty much the view as we walk out the door! Kind of like this one I took last March as I was walking to work. Isn’t it nice to know that these beautiful smelling things come from a beautiful place, and not some ugly industrial wasteland somewhere?!

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

Basenotes.com, a prominent fragrance community site that I’ve previously posted about, is channeling out to YouTube now! The Basenotes Fragrance TV Channel on YouTube will feature reports on the Basenotes events, and according to their newsletter an “amazing insights into the industry” from a currently secret project they have planned. News to come on that! Today though, be on the lookout for their premiere Friday Fragrance News video post, where Basenotes founder Grant Osborne will give “a brief digest of the week’s major stories.” Check out the Basenotes YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/basenotes.

Ed Hardy Love & Luck for Women (left) and for Men (right)

Ed Hardy Love & Luck for Women (left) and for Men (right)

The Ed Hardy brand by Christian Audigier has blasted into universal proportions, with licensed products ranging from bling clad t-shirts to hand sanitizer. The brand concept is based on the tattoo art of Don Ed Hardy, which is versatile enough to be applied to any product. Some notable fragrances have come out of this craze from the license holder New Wave Fragrances. Ed Hardy Love & Luck is a fine masstige fragrance available in a men’s and women’s version.

Ed Hardy Love & Luck for Women, created by perfumer Adriana Medina, is a fruity floral with elegant woods and bright fruits. Love & Luck for Women has notes of bergamot and blood orange, a red sake accord, forbidden plum, nectarine and jasmine petals, and lots of pink peppercorn. The dry down is listed as musks, creamy sandalwood and patchouli, though the patchouli is light. The sweet, floral notes manage to last a long time. They call it a “perfect balance of sophistication and playfulness,” but I wouldn’t describe it as sophisticated at all. It’s definitely playful though, being very sweet and feminine. Great for tween to twenties ages, but definitely not sophisticated enough for an adult woman to wear.

Ed Hardy Love & Luck for Men, created by Olivier Gillotin, is a “a bright, eclectic mix of fruits and fresh scents.” Love & Luck for Men has notes of mandarin, bergamot, and juicy orange, with a touch of cardamom. Sticking with the alcohol theme (the red sake in the women’s) an absinthe accord is mixed with notes of sage and cypress. Base notes include a smoky woody note of “Agarwood ScentTrek,” with musks and dark vetiver. This scent would appropriately appeal to frat boys and jocks. It’s heavy cleanliness reminds me of Hugo Boss. It seems like the perfect answer to the Ed Hardy guy’s needs: a clean, fresh scent that is familiar and not too obscure. I’d say it’s suitable for the same age range, tween boys to young men. Who knows, perhaps it’s the Hugo Boss of today.

Ed Hardy Love & Luck (women and men) is available in all Ed Hardy boutiques and in department stores nationwide: Nordstrom’s, Sephora, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Ulta Beauty, Buckle, Bon Ton, Carson’s, Belk’s, and Von Mour. The Men’s is available in an eau de toilette in 3.4 fl oz for $75, and 1.7 oz for $55. It’s also available in a hair and body wash, and a deodorant stick. The women’s fragrance is sold at the same respective sizes and prices, but as an eau de parfum. It is also available as a bath and shower gel, and a body lotion.

-RyanNY

Finding a fragrance that is right for you can only be achieved by testing it on your skin. Each person’s skin has its own smell, influenced by their body chemistry and diet, so a fragrance that is appealing on someone else may not smell the same on you.

Test a fragrance by applying it to your wrist or the bend of your arm. Wear it for a few hours to see how it will change over time. The initial odor when you apply a fragrance is referred to as the top note. This is the most obvious part of a fragrance and consists of the most volatile components. Citrus and green accords along with lighter fruits and herbs are usually present in the top notes.

Within a few minutes of application, the middle notes will unfold to reveal the body or what is referred to as the “heart” of the fragrance. The middle notes are usually heavier fruits, florals and spices.

The bottom notes are the foundation of a fragrance, the clinging impression that is left behind after the lighter notes fade. The bottom notes are responsible for a fragrance’s longevity. They can include woods, mosses, amber, vanilla and musk.

Ideally, you should not try more than 2 to 3 fragrances at the same time since your nose will become tired and have difficulty distinguishing between the different scents.

You may find that you prefer lighter, fresher fragrances for daytime use or when you are more active, and warmer, sensual, spicy or musk blends for evening wear. Whatever your preferences, you can develop a wardrobe of fragrances, a small indulgence which will allow you to express your unique personality!

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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?

Kim Kardashian, being attentive to her fans via her blog, posted yesterday that she was recently in NYC to debut her self-titled fragrance to “beauty editors from Seventeen MagazineLucky MagazineGlamourSelf and a ton more!” And the result of a phone interview has already been published in WWD. The bottle design and scent have been completed and she’s busy at work with the early stages of promotion. The WWD article mentioned that Kim has an incredible online fan base, over 2.5 million followers on Twitter! So in addition to print advertising, a lot of the promotion for the fragrance will take place on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

Kim has made a point of including her fans in the process of making this fragrance. It may be the first perfume creation to be thoroughly documented on a blog! The blog was the first place she announced she would be making a fragrance. She even posted photos of the cast of the bottle design. The shade of pink to be used on the bottle was decided by a poll she presented to her fans. So it’s no surprise that Kim will be doing some surprise appearances for the release that she will only announce on Twitter. I’m assuming that these appearances will be at Sephora locations, since Sephora said she would be doing appearances in their stores. The perfume will be available exclusively at Sephora for three months, and released elsewhere by Mother’s Day, 2010.

It’s kind of ironic that the fragrance will be debuted to the rest of the world by Mother’s Day. The fragrance was originally planned to hit stores before Mother’s Day in 2009! When that date came and the perfume was still not out, I spoke with the reported producer of the fragranceNew Wave Fragrances. New Wave is the producer of the Ed Hardy line of fragrances, and Christian Audigier fragrances. They told me to expect a release of the perfume in early 2010. That’s still true, but WWD reported that the producer of the fragrance is now Lighthouse Beauty, producer of 50 Cent’s Power fragrance. So I’m guessing the delay with the perfume may have to do with some back story about the business end of the deal.

Regardless, the scent has been completed and Kim says it’s “exactly how she wants to smell.” It features crisp top notes; middle notes of  jasmine, tuberose, and gardenia; and base notes of tonka bean, jacaranda wood, and sandalwood. Again, it will debut with a three month exclusive at Sephora, and roll out to department stores by Mother’s Day.


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