After a cool spring, Toronto seems to have become quite hot and humid over the weekend, so I thought it might be a good time to share some of my summer loves: Frédéric Malle’s Vetiver Extraordinaire : Malle’s ozonic vetiver is so polished and sharp, one spritz is like a shining green blade slicing through the sultry summer heat. Its bright, exuberant opening settles down nicely, adding a woody depth that balances the scent’s clean edges. 4160 Tuesday’s Ealing Green : an uncomplicated, herbaceous delight. Dewy and fresh with an earthy hit of oakmoss. The fragrance is easy and carefree, but not in a youthful way. Decent longevity and very wearable. L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Dzongkha : a polarizing, almost medicinal scent that’s filled out by iris, spices and incense. There’s a cool, if not dank feel to this fragrance, partly due to an unusual “papyrus” note. It’s like taking refuge from a burning sun in the shadows of a long-forgotten hideaway tucked beneath a stairwell in an east-facing tower of Gormenghast. Like Gormenghast itself, its bizarre appeal is not for everyone. What are some of your summer favourites?
It's been quite some time since we have held a live chat with a fragrance brand so I thought you may enjoy a fragrance live chat with the the co-creators of Pinrose! Christine Luby and Erika Shumate will be stopping by for a live chat tomorrow, June 7th from 12-1pm PST. Per usual, I will open the link early at 11:30 am PST.
Whether you're a fragrance expert or newbie, these brand founders will be ready to chat about anything from their tips on gifting a fragrance to giving matching a scent to your personality.
Join the conversation here: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Ask-The-Experts/Live-Chat-with-PINROSE/m-p/2784183
See you there! Katie
Recently visited Les Senteurs (London UK) and they had the most lovely staff! They were so knowledgeable about perfume and offered three complimentary samples based on a fragrance "fitting." They understood my taste right away, unlike so many SAs who typecast me based on my appearance and try to offer me pretty (boring) florals and tame, fresh scents despite my insistence to the contrary. Unfortunately, I'd already bought the perfume I wanted from a department store before visiting LS... how I wish I'd held off and just purchased it from them! Anyways, I thought it might be nice to show some love to people in small shops with an in depth knowledge of their products and a genuine love for them. Any specialists/retailers that readers here would like to recommend?
Does fragrance vernacular intimidate and confuse you? Can you list 5 “woodsy” perfumes off the top of your head? I know I am personally not that gifted but I also know there are many users on BeautyTalk who live for fragrance. So I’m starting this thread in the hope that it serves as a hub for the fragrance novices and scent savvy alike to come together to teach and learn about fragrance oils, perfumes, colognes, diffusers... You name it!
If you’re more of a novice to fragrance, don’t be shy! Comment below to share which fragrances or scents you tend to gravitate toward or any you aren’t sure about. You can also use this thread as a resource to find fragrances for others. I highly suggest trying out the new Fragrance Quiz to learn a bit more about your preferences: http://www.sephora.com/fragrance-quiz ?
If you’re passionate about fragrance and perhaps even consider yourself an expert, I hope you will use this space to give suggestions and advice to users looking for it. Let’s help each other out!
Hi, I bought 3 rollerballs in Romance, Juicy Rose, and Carven, and a bottled fragrance in Dahlia Divin Nectar. The rollerballs are terrible, they evaporate within 5 minutes! I can't smell them at all after a few minutes. The bottled is great and long lasting and I can still smell it on my clothing the next day. Can I return the rollerballs and upgrade to a bottle of Carven?
I was thinking about maybe buying one when they have their big semi annual sale in the summer what are your favorite ones ??? I know someone told me they have a really good one there but I dont know what the name of it is I dont remember what it was called.
I am trying to get a fragrance for my father for his birthday. He is in his 50`s and does not like strong fragrances and i have no clue about light fragrances. Can someone please suggest a light but elegant fragrance that`s not too strong. Thanks in advance
This might be a shot in the dark but my sister's birthday is coming up and she is obsessed with this sample of CLEAN perfume she got at a recent event in a toronto location. The bottle only says clean reserve, would anyone happen to know which clean reserve perfume it was?? thank you!
To all my sweet scent lovers, do any of you know how these two fragrances actually compare in person: Viva la Juicy Sucre and Viktor & Roth Bon Bon? And what are your favorite perfumes that lean more on the sweet side? Thanks in advance!
Hi everyone! Early last Spring I used BI points to order the complimentary Dior bag. It came with a gloss, mascara, and dreamskin inside of a fuchsia "DIOR" engraved pink bag. It also came with a perfume I could not get enough of. I swore it was Blooming Bouquet, as I could have sworn it was a honeyed floral scent. I'd like to re-order it in its full size, however see now that the little sample bottle simply says "Miss Dior Eau De Parfum". I looked up this particular fragrance, and the notes do not seem to match as they do match the Blooming Bouquet? Could this just be me? I may have to take the drive to my nearest Sephora to sample. But if anyone knows which perfume this was and could clarify my confusion I'd be grateful. Thank you!
i remembered that last autumn we had a 'what are you favorite fall fragrances' thread so i thought, with march right around the corner, a favorite spring fragrances could be fun. to be clear, i don't exclusively wear fragrances that are considered seasonally appropriate. but some days i crave it ! and the older i get the more in tune i am with this, as well. florals come to mind for spring, but for me it's when the earthy dirt/green scents reign supreme (though vetivers/citrus concoctions or gardenia don't really pop up until summer for me). my list will have both ! TOCCA - colette . this is more of a late winter / early spring fragrance for me. the way this smells, to me, is the way a grey February / march day looks. it's cozy but on the edge of blooming. so i'd feel remiss to not add it here. DIPTYQUE - philosykos . the ultimate fig green scent. not jammy, fruity or tangy, but more suggestive of leaves after a fresh rain in the warmer air. in my top 3 favorite fragrances of ever. DEMETER - tomato . smells of a wet green garden. it reads tomato leaf more than tomato to me, though both are there. green and earthy, the tomato itself gives it a bit of 'bounce'. (special shout out to DEMETER 'new leaf' which i like to mix it with). an under appreciated fragrance note, it melts into the skin, and smells fresh while not at all soapy. ISSEY MIYAKE l'eau d'issey . the classic anti-angel (mugler) from the 90s, designed to smell of water. fresh white florals that are in no way cloying. if anyone is ever interested in training to nose to like florals (rather than simply smell their mom / grandma when they smell them), this is one i recommend to start the ball rolling. KEROSENE - pretty machine . kerosene fragrances are not for everyone; what i've found is that while most are rather unique, they're not particularly complex, really, which makes them very polarizing (some many people love them because they're very accessible and pleasurable, while a seasoned perfumehead may be craving much more). but i love pretty machine. it's a jasmine bomb which manages to be fun and punky rather than demure and sweet. it basically screams "YEAH I'M A GIRL, DON'T F WITH ME". i'll add more below as and if i think of them. special shoutout to COMMODITY moss (i don't own it--the longevity on me keeps me from purchasing; but i do tend to hoard samples of it)
Haven't seen that question posted yet. I've been wearing L'impératrice from D&G for about 5 to 8 years (can't remember where/how/when I 1st purchased it, its a mystery) and I really love it, however, I'd like to change for something else. I've been getting samples of Jo Malone, Commodity (hated Mimosa), État libre d'Orange (didn't like any of them, still need to try Remarkable People), and none of my Sephora stores carry the Pimrose brand for me to try. What would you suggest? I want something different because I'm entering a new phase in my life, good one, and want to mentally link it to another perfume, but so far, I don't like anything with strong floral or tonka smells... I'm sure you guys understand. I'm looking for high-end, non-celebrity brands, budget of max $200 for 100ml. Thanks!!
I recently noticed under the Canadian Deals, there was a Chloe fragrance promo code for a free Chloe clutch with purchase of select Chloe fragrances. But no matter what Chloe perfume, and or size I added to the basket, an error came up showing 3 other "item numbers" that only qualify for that code. When I put one of these item numbers in the site's Search, no items matching these item numbers came up. Please help.
Do you have a box full of perfume vials and/or a vanity covered in perfume bottles? Are you the Goldilocks of perfume, just looking for the perfect signature scent? Do you want an opportunity to post daily about how your perfume of the day smells oaky and smoky with hints of blackberry and currant, like a cigar in a whisky barrel rolling through a Mediterranean orchard on a breezy summer morning? If you answered yes to any of the above, or you just want to hop on board for the ride, join us for a 31 days of perfume challenge starting January 1st ! Some of us from the 25 days of lipstick challenge wanted to continue the fun and exploration, and since many of us have so many perfume samples, we thought this challenge would be perfect. If you don't have 31 perfumes or hate everything that doesn't smell like Meyer lemons and fresh goat cream, that's fine--we're just aiming to use the neglected perfumes we have laying around and incorporate them into our perfume rotations. And if you want more perfume vials, there's no better time than now to take a peek at Sephora's samples section. Edit: Anyone can join in at anytime! We're here to support, live vicariously through, and encourage everyone in their olfactory adventures!
Hi All! I'm having trouble finding perfumes that I'm not allergic too. Any type of floral perfumes set off my allergies. Can you guys please recommend anything that doesn't have any floral notes in it? Thanks in advance!
Greetings, ladies! I'm looking for a cologne for my husband and BLEU DE CHANEL seems to be one that everyone loves. The issue now is which one should I get? Eau de Toilette or Eau de Parfum? Which one will last all day? Thanks!
I'm sponsoring a family this holiday season through a local nonprofit and am having trouble with a fragrance request. I know Victoria's Secret discontinued the Dream Angels Divine scent several years ago. Can somebody point me to a fragrance that would smell similar? If Sephora sells a rollerball of said fragrance that would be awesome. For reference, the notes are cyclamen, sandalwood, amber, musk, and jasmine. I'm having a particularly hard time imagining the fragrance right now as someone in my office is eating fried chicken.
I thought it would be nice to have a thread where we can post our impressions of fragrances we're testing I finally had a chance to test three of the new Maison Margiela Replicas on my skin! They’re definitely more “niche” and more abstract/challenging than the rest of the Replica line. Across Sands – Sweet, rich and warm but not overly so. I smelled some oud when I tested this on paper but it was very weak on my skin such that I question if I'm just imagining it. I'd hardly describe it as "daring" or "heady"; actually, I found it comforting more than anything else. The scent of sweet dried dates really comes through. About 15 minutes, there's an almost burnt darkness to it and then it just... deflates. Died down to a skin scent within the hour whereas most perfumes last hours for me. Soul of the Forest – a wet, resinous, coniferous green that is easily wearable. The opening was fresh, but also a little sour which I found interesting. The incense is very faint. The dry down, by the way, is very rapid . Like Across Sands, it became a skin scent within the hour. Very weak projection. Dancing on the Moon – the most challenging of the four. To be honest, I was surprized the house went with something that is clearly not going to be a crowd pleaser. This has an intensely indolic white floral character - there’s definitely a faint mothball note for me. It’s also a little powdery; I'm guessing that's the minerality. Much better performance than the other two. Overall, these were better than I'd anticipated, but they still seemed a little thin/flat to me. Especially AS and SOTF, it's like they just... collapse. If you're looking for niche that's boundary pushing, I'd say try Etat Libre d'Orange which is around the same price point, is more creative and more "filled out."