Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Many moons ago, I reviewed several Pacifica products, from candles to body butters, and now I’m happy to review their latest product: solid perfumes. At just $8.95 a pop, it makes it easy to collect ‘em all (five, that is) or just get your favorite scent. Every girl needs at least one solid perfume, if only for how portable they are. Even with today’s tighter restrictions on traveling, these can help you save some space in your liquids’ bag.

My favorite scent was Spanish Amber, and I found Tibetan Mountain Temple, Avalon Juniper, and Madagascar Spice to all be very spicy/woodsy. Mexican Cocoa is like a spicy chocolate scent; the sweetest of the five available. If you’re all over vanilla and bright floral scents, these might not tickle your fancy. However, when fall rolls around, I always reach for more intense scents like these, so they’re well-timed.

For my animal lovers, heads up! These solid perfumes are 100% organic and vegan. Even the tin they come in is recycleable.

Slip one into your purse for whenever you need a scent pick-me-up!

Learn more at www.pacificacandles.com!

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Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Fancy by Jessica Simpson ($59.00) is a sweet, dessert-ish scent. This is Simpson’s first fragrance, though she did have a beauty line called “Dessert Beauty,” which featured sweet, food-related scents. Fancy is not as cloying or as over-the-top, but there is still a distinct sweetness from the caramel and vanilla creme notes. I find in the beginning, it is too sweet for me, but after a half hour or so, it calms down and gets a healthy reduction in sweetness. It’s still noticeably sweet, don’t get me wrong, it just doesn’t make me feel like I’m in a bakery.

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Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Wellness by CLEAN:  Purity ($76.00) & Harmony ($76.00)

Purity eau de parfumhas top notes of bergamot, mandarin, tea, and ewberry, along with notes of rose, jasmine, muguet, and geranium at the heart. The base consists of cedarwood, sandalwood, elather, and musk. CLEAN describes this scent as “softly soothing and centered.” Between the two new Wellness offerings (Purity and Harmony), I do prefer Purity if only because it smells a bit more like a soapy fragrance than traditional soap. There’s still the cleanly scent easily detected, but there’s some sweetness and floralness (the rose, jasmine, and bergamot coming out to play) that lifts it up.

Harmony eau de parfum has top notes of Italian lemon, eucalyptus, and rosemary, along with notes of rose, jasmine, and orange blossom at the heart. The base consists of cedarwood and musk. Again, CLEAN describes this scent as “for centered, balanced living.” I found this one more closely scented to soap. It seems lighter than Purity, as well. I think this is a great, wearable scent for those who don’t like the more cloying traditional scents and perfumes.

Shop or find more at www.cleanperfume.com.

What do you think of CLEAN fragrances?

Sunday, May 18th, 2008

Fruits & Passion is a producer of face, body, and home fragrances. They recently launched a collection called Blue Pink Purple, which has three different scents, but all of them will remind you of summer. These aren’t scents that will bring memories of your grandma to the surface, and they aren’t scents I associate with sophistication, but they’re fun, friendly, and easy on the nose.

The collection bases off of the Blue scent, which makes Pink a lighter version with top notes of peach and black currant and touches of jasmine and freesia, and Purple a more vanilla scent. None of the three are too overwhelmingly youthful or fruity. Blue has the freshness of a summer with bottom notes of musk and sandalwood with melony top notes, while Pink is much more floral, and Purple is sweeter with vanilla heart notes and fig and ginger top notes. I liked Pink a lot, just because it was super wearable even around the house and on errand-running days.

Each fragrance is available in an eau de toilette ($40.00), shower gel ($14.00), body splash ($22.00), and body cream ($24.00). Find or purchase yours at www.fruits-passion.com.

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Burberry The Beat is the fresh, new fragrance from the iconic house of Burberry. This youthful scent merges the energy of music, fashion and dance with an irreverent twist to embody the hip, British It-Girl. Agyness Deyen, International Top Model personifies this girl from her punky hair to her personal style. “Young, Modern, Energetic, Dynamic, Expressive, Fun, Vigor, Verve, and Spiritedness… all words that describe the mood, inspiration and sense of ebullience that we wanted to evoke as we created The Beat,” says Burberry Creative Director – Christopher Bailey. A sparkling woody floral, with notes of Ceylon tea, bluebell and iris combine for a sexy and contradictory fragrance. Further celebrating the energy of music – UK music sensation, The Fratellis have partnered with Christopher Bailey to create a special track entitled, The Beat.

Like any healthy beauty addict, as the seasons change, so do my fragrances and what I reach for (and what I push back for another mood). This spring, I’ve been on the hunt for something that is fitting for my age, and yet sophisticated enough that it doesn’t make me feel like I’m in my teens (since even though you can ask me how old I am, and I want to respond 18, I’m really 21–closer to 22 now). My fall-back fragrance is and, likely, will always be Dior’s Addict (it’s really like the ponytail; it always works!), but I’m extremely satisfied with what I found in Burberry’s The Beat for Spring 2008.

A touch of sweetness, soft florals, and something innately fun marks the scent. It is entirely fitting for the spring season with its burst of fresh blooms, but the sweetness that accompanies it makes it utterly feminine and flirty. There is an afterhtought of woodiness in the background, especially when it dries down fully, and I like it because it tames some of the overt floral notes you may initially catch a whiff of. And for those who prefer more potent scents can find refuge in The Beat Intense Exlixir, which is more concentrated than eau de parfum.

The packaging is perfectly in line with the Burberry brand and image, which is exactly what I would expect (and I don’t usually love surprises–so this works for me!). I love their version of a flask, and the beigey-pink glass is upbeat and reminds me of spring. I have to admit that the Intense Exlixir packaging has me awfully tempted, just because it is so sleek and masculine, despite the fragrance being intensely feminine.

Could the hunt for the perfect spring scent before over? Perhaps! Sniffed this?  Share your thoughts!

Burberry The Beat is available at Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

  • Eau de Parfum Spray (2.5 fl. oz.) $80.00
  • Eau de Parfum Spray (1.7 fl. oz.) $62.00
  • Eau de Parfum Spray (1.0 fl. oz.) $50.00
  • Body Lotion (5.1 fl. oz.) $39.50
  • Shower Gel (5.1 fl. oz.) $35.00
  • Intense Elixir (1.3 fl. oz.) $130.00 (pictured below)

Friday, March 14th, 2008

June Jacobs Better Love Naturel Eau de Parfum ($90.00)

For 2008, June Jacobs wants to go eco-friendly, and they reformulated their Better Love scent to be more “Naturel.” I hate to say it, but I would never wear this scent. I found it cloying, overly smoky with a heady mix of nutmeg, and just not something I would see myself wearing. I put it to the boyfriend-sniff-test, which evoked a response of, “It smells like old lady.” Since I’m 21, that is mostly definitely NOT the fragrance I want to keep on my shelves! Best part about it? The packaging is simple and elegant. Unfortunately, the scent just isn’t for me, but I would love to hear your thoughts on it if you’ve had the chance to check it out!

Notes include: Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin, Rose, Jasmine, Pink Pepper, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cream, Cedar, Musk, and Amber.