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Do you have a Favorite Calvin Klein Scent?

Calvin Klein has been introducing his fragrances for men and women over the years and has remained a top seller among the market of fragrances. Calvin Klein’s fragrances entice us with refreshing blends of exotic flowers, herbs, spices, and scents of the woods that create the distinct aroma of Calvin Klein’s perfumes fitting the various moods of a men and women all over the world. A favorite among many, Calvin never seems to keep us excited and in love with his perfume collections.

His collections include the Eternity perfumes that were introduced in 1988 for men and women designed with the scents of vitalizing blends of fresh flowers. Eternity is the perfect touch to inspire any day. In 1985, Obsession revitalized the senses with a refreshing blend of aromas of the orient. This collection is also recommended for invigorating your day and carries the scent of the most exotic oriental scents. Included is Obsession Night that has a smooth blend of patchouli, cardamom, leather, black suede, and the warm scent of the woods. The fragrances of Calvin Klein can bring warmth and nature into your day. The latest, Euphoria collection is a seductive and brings new meaning to the modern day idea of sexiness. The fresh blends of oriental accents carry the fragrance of a modern freshness. Ginger, sage, black basil, cedar leaf, and amber are just some of the exotic plants used to create this seductive fragrance.

Calvin Klein is dedicated to only inspiring the best of fragrances. His fragrances will always be a classic to many and bring inspiration to lives through his natural and contemporary scents. Major shops and specialty shops prize the collections of Calvin Klein. Known all over the world for his wonderful aromas, people will continue to fall in love with the wonderful fragrances created by Calvin Klein.

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Need Ideas for a holiday gift giving?

If you like to surprise your friends and family with new fragrance gifts, Here’s some ideas:

Khloe and Lamar tasted the sweet success after the Unbreakable perfume release, and tried their hands at launching a new unisex fragrance with a fresher and lighter composition, Unbreakable Joy.  Khloe and Lamar Unbreakable Joy is all about a joyful, flirty and nice perfume with a modern and pleasant aroma.

 According to Khloe: “Our goal was to create a scent that embodies that wonderful feeling of pure love, happiness, and joy that this time of year is all about.”

Khloe and Lamar Unbreakable Joy is a freshly spicy perfume composed of champagne, geranium, jasmine, chocolate truffle, vanilla, cedar and musk. It comes in a red colored bottle decorated with white dots inspiring a party fragrance.

Khloe and Lamar Unbreakable Joy will be available in 100 ml Eau de Toilette.

VERSACE

Luxurious fashion label Versace launches a new fragrance for men, Eros. Versace Erosis a truly powerful, masculine and provocative fragrance inspired by the Greek mythology. This fragrance is full of passion and desire – one capable of turning an instant into eternity.Eros by Versace is created by perfumer Aurelien Guichard of Givaudan as a woody, fresh and oriental fragrance with an instant and captivating charm.

“Eros is truly the DNA of the house of Versace.” “We have a Greek motive making us think about ancient Greece, antiquities and mythology, while turquoise color represents the Mediterranean. That is Versace!” – explains Donatella.

Versace Eros perfectly mixes mint oil with fresh green apple and Italian lemon making it a vibrant fruity burst. The middle is made of Tonka combined with Venezuelan ambroxan and geranium flowers. Versace Eros is advertised by handsome model Brian Shimansky. This fragrance will fit men with strong goals, heroes and independent.

Versace Eros will be available in 50 and 100ml Eau de Toilette

ROBERTO CAVALLI

“Perfume is a part of my fashion. Every woman should have my dress and every woman needs a Cavalli perfume.”—Roberto Cavalli

Famous and talented fashion designer Roberto Cavalli will present its new feminine and astounding perfume for women in 2013 named Just Cavalli. Roberto Cavalli Just Cavalli is the 2nd fragrance in collaboration with the house of Coty with a sexy, soft and seductive aroma. This fresh flowery perfume emanates a delicate, modern and nice aroma ideal for women who love being in the center of attention.

Roberto Cavalli Just Cavalli is created by perfumers Nathalie Lorson and Fabrice Pellegrin as a creamy/floral perfume. It opens with drops of neroli accentuated by heart notes of Tahitian tiare flowers and soft and sensual rosewood accords in the end. Just Cavalli comes in a modern crystal bottle, half of it covered with gold-colored metal and another half transparent pink. The sweet and beautiful perfume is being fronted by Georgia May Jagger.

Roberto Cavalli Just Cavalli will be available in30, 50 and 75ml Eau de Toilette.

Forever Red – the new hot, passionate and alluring perfume for women launched by Bath & Body Works. Bath & Body

Works Forever Red has an eye-catching, inviting and feminine design that will forever attract women’s attention.

“Our most luxurious longest lasting fragrance blends opulent notes of fiery red pomegranate and delicate peche de vigne, a rare and fleeting French peach. Soft petals of red osmanthus give way to notes of addictive velvety marshmallow and a surprising finale of rich vanilla rum that leaves an unforgettable impression.”

Bath & Body Works Forever Red is also blending apple, peony, marigold and oak notes. It comes in an intense red/bordo color bottle with a nice ribbon adorned between the stopper and the body. Forever Red will definitely be a good and strong accessory in the hands of any woman.

Bath & Body Works Forever Red is available in 75ml Eau de Parfum and 236ml Fragrance Mist.

  COACH

 

 

 This year,Coach Poppy Blossom by Coach will show up in a very delicate, feminine appearance with a flowery/ sweet aroma. Coach Poppy Blossom is the new flanker to the originalCoach Poppy launched in 2010. The new perfume is fresher, modern, funnier yet elegant. This fragrance is a truly beautiful and gorgeous perfume for women.

Coach Poppy Blossom by Coach opens with amazing delicious notes of litchi, mara, strawberry, mandarin and freesia along with lily of the valley, Centifolia rose, tuberose, gardenia and Sambac jasmine. The base indulges and calms with praline, vanilla, blonde woods and musky notes. Coach Poppy Blossom comes in a pale peach color bottle adorned with a huge red flower around the stopper inspiring a delicate and nice feminine design.

Coach Poppy Blossom by Coach will be available in 30, 50 and 100ml Eau de Parfum.

Perfume Vs. Body Oil- Which Do You Prefer?

 

 Perfume Vs. Body Oil- Which One Do You Prefer? 

Even in good times, purchasing perfumes or colognes is sometimes considered a bad purchase. They can be overpriced, diluted, and overbearing. On the other hand, perfume oils can also be the best purchase you make. These oils contain no alcohol (perfumes and colognes have at least eighty to ninety percent alcohol content), are reasonably priced, and are not overbearing. These perfumes are a smart buy, because they do not contain alcohol, fillers and over-hyped packaging.

Here is an interesting tidbit of information: when a perfume or cologne is created, the name and the packaging are trademarked but the scent is not. This is a Supreme Court decision- the scent belongs to nature, not to the manufacturer. As long as a disclaimer is presented explaining that the product is not the original perfume or cologne, it is one hundred percent legal to copy a scent. So anyone can copy the scent, but the key is using the right instruments and raw materials (essential oils) to create quality perfume oil. Unfortunately, from the Seventies to the present, cheap imitations and replicas have given the public a negative impression when comparing these scents to the originals.

Here is a comparison chart that will illustrate the differences between perfumes and perfume oils:

Perfume Oils 

Reasonably priced
Alcohol-free
Less likely to cause allergic reactions
Long-lasting (6-15 hours)
A cleaner, richer, and truer scent
Longer shelf-life
Scent more constant
Growing in popularity
Majority are non-flammable

Vs.

Perfume 
(Based on designer perfumes)

Overpriced
80-97 percent alcohol
Not long-lasting (only 1-3 hours)
Harsh, overbearing, and overpowering scent
A short shelf-life due to alcohol evaporation
“Sophisticated” packaging in fact has a negative effect on the environment
High chance of causing allergic reactions
Many low-quality imitations and duplications
Highly flammable

Yet “Grade A” perfumes are different. These “Grade A” perfumes and colognes are created from perfume oils, so they not only smell exactly like the originals but are actually better. They are becoming the hottest alternative to perfumes and colognes- the public has caught on and the demand is growing. Perfume oils are now a mainstream product. For about 1/20 of the price, consumers are a buying a product that is purer, longer-lasting and not overbearing. Consumers that purchase perfume oils rarely buy perfumes and colognes again. Since perfume oils are reasonably priced, it is not unusual for someone to have between ten and thirty perfume oils in their collection, from hard-to-find classics and discontinued scents, to recent releases. An additional advantage of perfume oils is that those consumers that are allergic to perfumes and colognes are rarely allergic to perfume oils. People may be allergic to perfumes and colognes due to the high content of alcohol found in the product.

Body or Perfume oils are a mainstream product and are growing in popularity each day. I won’t judge other companies but I believe there are only a few companies selling mediocre oils . What I did find out that many of these companies are claiming that they have the best oils, or that they are #1 on the web. Some have no phone numbers, no address or other crucial information, or are open only a few hours a day.  The only way one can tell if they are receiving quality oils would be, try them on.  There is no other way. Looking at it, shaking for bubbles, seeing how thick it is, or holding it to the light are all methods that are a waste of time and ineffective. All perfume oils have three notes, what you smell on your body immediately is the first note, 15 minutes to 30 minutes after putting it on your skin is the second note, and the final note, which takes about 2 hours, is what can be considered the actual scent that is produced on your skin.  Excellent quality body oils will show themselves over time. Time is the best indicator, and customers will come back for more, and a reputation will be earned and built.

When looking on the Internet, I made another observation: some companies sell two different grades of oil.  Companies are selling the oils at high end price, i.e. $120-$200 an ounce, claiming it to be the most natural, purest and best grade on the market. Of course, everyone is entitled to a living and there is a market for everyone, but even the best perfume oils at retail prices should not be that high.

So the best advice to everyone that I would offer is to buy small at first to test the oils or see if you can request or buy samples to compare. Now some companies will not do this for many reasons, so use your best judgment. Also, ask around or read comments and blogs on the net to see which companies are selling the best quality body oils. Like everything else in life, eventually you will find the best form.

Enjoy your favorite fragrance, Oil or Perfume!

What type of Incense are You Buying?

Incense materials are available in various forms and degrees of processing. They can generally be separated into “direct-burning” and “indirect-burning” types depending on use. Preference for one form or another varies with culture, tradition, and personal taste. Although the production of direct- and indirect-burning incense are both blended to produce a pleasant smell when burned, the two differ in their composition due to the former’s requirement for even, stable, and sustained burning.

Indirect-burning Incense

Indirect-burning frankincense on a hot coal

Indirect-burning incense, also called “non-combustible incense”,is a combination of aromatic ingredients that are not prepared in any particular way or encouraged into any particular form, leaving it mostly unsuitable for direct combustion. The use of this class of incense requires a separate heat source since it does not generally kindle a fire capable of burning itself and may not ignite at all under normal conditions. This incense can vary in the duration of its burning with the texture of the material. Finer ingredients tend to burn more rapidly, while coarsely ground or whole chunks may be consumed very gradually as they have less total surface area. The heat is traditionally provided by charcoal or glowing embers.

In the West, the best known incense materials of this type are frankincense and myrrh, likely due to their many mentions in the Christian Bible. In fact, the word forfrankincense in many European languages also alludes to any form of incense.

  • Whole: The incense material is burned directly in its raw unprocessed form on top of coal embers.
  • Powdered or granulated: The incense material is broken down into finer bits. This incense burns quickly and provides a short period of intense smells.
  • Paste: The powdered or granulated incense material is mixed with a sticky and incombustible binder, such as dried fruit, honey, or a soft resin and then formed to balls or small pastilles. These may then be allowed to mature in a controlled environment where the fragrances can commingle and unite. Much Arabian incense, also called “Bukhoor” or “Bakhoor”, is of this type (Bakhoor, actually refers to frankincense in both Lebanese and Arabic, and Japan has a history of kneaded incense, called nerikō or awasekō, using this method.Within the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition, raw frankincense is ground into a fine powder and then mixed with various sweet-smelling essential oils.

Production

Indirect burning incense does not have any stringent requirements except for achieving a pleasant smell when lit. Mixture of incense materials can be joined by powdering the raw materials and then mixing them together with a binder to form pastes, which are then cut and dried into pellets.

Incense of the Athonite Orthodox Christian tradition are made using similar methods by powdering frankincense or fir resin, mixing it with essential oils. Floral fragrances are the most common, but citrus such as lemon is not uncommon. The incense mixture is then rolled out into a slab approximately 1 cm thick and left until the slab has firmed. It is then cut into small cubes, coated with clay powder to prevent adhesion, and allowed to fully harden and dry. The product visually resemble cubes of Loukoum. In Greece this rolled incense resin is called ‘Moskolibano’, and generally comes in either a pink or green colour denoting the fragrance, with pink being rose and green being jasmine.

Direct-burning Incense

Incense coils hanging from the ceiling of an East Asian temple

Direct-burning incense also called “combustible incense”, generally requires little preparation prior to its use. When lit directly by a flame (hence the appellation) and then fanned out, the glowing ember on the incense will continue to smoulder and burn away the rest of the incense without continued application of heat or flame from an outside source. This class of incense is made from a moldable substrate of fragrant finely ground (or liquid) incense materials and odourless binder.The composition must be adjusted to provide fragrance in the proper concentration and to make sure even burning. The following types of direct-burning incense are commonly encountered, though the material itself can take almost any form, according to expediency or whimsy:

  • Coil: Extruded and shaped into a coil without a core. This type of incense is able to burn for an extended period, from hours to days, and is commonly produced and used by Chinese culture
  • Cone: Incense in this form burns relatively fast. Incense cones were invented in Japan in the 1800s.
  • Cored stick: This form of stick incense has a supporting core of bamboo. Higher quality varieties of this form have fragrant sandalwood cores. The core is coated by a thick layer of incense material that burns away with the core. This type of incense is commonly produced in India and China. When used for worship in Chinese folk religion, cored incensed sticks are sometimes known as “joss sticks”.
  • Solid stick: This stick incense has no supporting core and is completely made of incense material. Easily broken into pieces, it allows one to determine the specific amount of incense they wish to burn. This is the most commonly produced form of incense in Japan and Tibet.
  • Powder: The loose incense powder used for making indirect burning incense is sometimes burned without further processing. They are typically packed into long trails on top of wood ash using a stencil and burned in special censers or incense clocks.
  • Paper: Paper infused with incense, folded accordion style, lit and blown out. Examples are Carta d’Armenia and Papier d’Arménie.
  • Rope: The incense powder is rolled into paper sheets, which are then rolled into ropes, twisted tightly, then doubled over and twisted again, yielding a two-strand rope. The larger end is the bight, and may be stood vertically, in a shallow dish of sand or pebbles. The smaller (pointed) end is lit. This type of incense is highly transportable and stays fresh for extremely long periods. It has been used for centuries in Tibet and Nepal.

Direct-burning incense of these forms is either extruded, pressed into forms, or coated onto a supporting material.

The disks of powdered mugwort called ‘moxa’ sold in Chinese shops and herbalists are used in Traditional Chinese medicine for moxibustion treatment. Moxa tablets are not incenses; the treatment relies on heat rather than fragrance.

Joss sticks

Picture of joss sticks in a Chinese temple

Joss sticks are used for a variety of purposes associated with ritual and religious devotion in China and India. They are used in Chinese influenced East Asian and Southeast Asian countries, traditionally burned before the threshold of a home or business, before an image of a Chinese popular religion divinity or spirit of place, or in small and humble or large and elaborate shrine found at the main entrance to each and every village. Here the earth god is propitiated in the hope of bringing wealth and health to the village. They can also be burned in front of a door, or open window as an offering toheaven, or devas. The Chinese word “joss” for Joss (god) is derived from the Latin deus (god) via Portuguese.

Big Dragon joss sticks.

Joss-stick burning is an everyday practice in traditional Chinese religion. There are many different types of joss sticks used for different purposes or on different festive days. Many of them are long and thin and are mostly colored yellow, red, and more rarely, black. Thick joss sticks are used for special ceremonies, such as funerals. Spiral joss sticks are also used on a regular basis, which are found hanging above temple ceilings, with burn times that are exceedingly long. In some states, such as Taiwan, Singapore, or Malaysia, where they celebrate the Ghost Festival, large, pillar-like dragon joss sticks are sometimes used. These generate such a massive amount of smoke and heat that they are only ever burned outside.

Chinese incense sticks for use in popular religion are generally without aroma or only the slightest trace of jasmine or rose, since it is the smoke, not the scent, which is important in conveying the prayers of the faithful to heaven. They are composed of the dried powdered bark of a non-scented species of Cinnamon native to Cambodia, Cinnamomum cambodianum. Inexpensive packs of 300 are often found for sale in Chinese supermarkets. Despite that they contain no sandalwood at all, they often include the Chinese character for sandalwood on the label, as a generic term for incense.

Highly scented Chinese incense sticks are only used by some Buddhists. These are often quite expensive due to the use of large amounts of sandalwood, aloeswood, or floral scents used. The Sandalwood used in Chinese incenses does not come from India, its native home, but rather from groves planted within Chinese territory. Sites such as belonging to Tzu Chi, Chung Tai Shan, Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Buddhism in Burma and Korean Buddhism do not use incense.