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Ladies….Do you know which are Fall and Winter fragrances?

When the air starts to get a little nippy and my sweaters come out of the closet, I start thinking about cold weather perfumes. I put away my summer scents and find creamy, spicy, deep fragrances with the rich, comforting notes of cinnamon, cardamom, labdanum, almond, Tahitian vanilla, bergamot tea, and warm woods.

From heavy-hitting classics like Penhaligon’s Bluebell (woody, earthy and soft, with a few sweet florals) to inexpensive but delicious scents like Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie (just plain yummy), there are fragrances here for every taste and budget, but all of the entries promise to make you feel like you’re curled up under a comfy throw with something warm to sip on. Click through to get a little

Here, we’ve compiled a short list of fabulous fragrances for women that are cozy and informal, and are perfect to wear when the mercury plummets below zero.

The One by Dolce and Gabbana is a perfect winter perfume thanks to its contrast of strong and warm sweetness. Classified as an oriental yet with a modern style, The One will satisfy even the most demanding women. With a classical touch of glamour look, The One by Dolce and Gabbana is a feminine fragrance with notes of bergamot, mandarin, peach, plum, jasmine, vetiver  vanilla, amber and musk.

Angel by Thierry Mugler has a cold look and an unusual design. It an ideal perfume for energetic and flirty perfume lovers. Possessing notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel and juicy fruits this perfume becomes sex-appealing and eye-catching.  Thierry MuglerAngel preserves its charm alive for long time.

212 VIP by Carolina Herrera is a chic and outstanding fragrance – one of my favorite winter perfumes form one of my favorite brand. This sophisticated and feminine perfume possesses exotic notes of gardenia heart, musk, vanilla and Tonka bean. Carolina Herrera 212 VIP will make an ideal perfume for young and ambitious people – who love attention and popularity.

Juicy Couture – Viva La Juicy La Fleur

Viva la Juicy La Fleur is a sheer veil of sparkling mandarin and wild berries, combined with luminous florals of lush honeysuckle, gardenia petals, and soft jasmine. A whisper of creamy gourmand reminiscent of the Classic Viva la Juicy elicits an addiction that envelops the skin.

Notes:
Wild Berries, Mandarin, Honeysuckle, Gardenia Petals, Soft Jasmine, Vanilla, Caramel, Sandalwood.
Style:
Sheer. Modern. Addictive.

Givenchy Dahlia Noir

Dahlia Noir, a feminine and mysterious name referring to a flower that does not exist: the black dahlia, a flower of paradox. The dahlia is a flower that is very symptomatic of Givenchy’s style, structured and rigorous, yet very feminine and soft. The black color in the name adds a mysterious effect to the fragrance.

Notes:
Pink Pepper, Mandarin, Cedrat, Rose, Peach, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Amber.
Style:
Elegant. Feminine. Mysterious.

HERMÈS Eau des Merveilles


Eau des Merveilles tells the tale of an imaginary journey at Hermès, the feet on the ground, the head among the stars. A modern fairy tale, bursting with charm and mystery. The perfume of enchantment, capturing the spirit of wood, the memory of the oceans, and the sparkle of a constellation.

Woody, Amber.

Escada Sexy Graffiti

A magical summer moment, when the late New York afternoon sun gives way to a fun party atmosphere, inspired this fragrance. Sexy Graffiti is a bright and wearable fruity floral fragrance. At the top notes, you’ll inhale wild strawberry and raspberry, a fruity sorbet brought to life with the sharpness of grapefruit and a subtle minty note. Its happy heart pulses with enlivening notes of lily of the valley, red peony, and violets. The base notes draw one in with cashmere, vanilla, and musks.

Notes:
Wild Strawberry, Raspberry, Pink Grapefruit, Blackcurrant, Lilly of the Valley, Red Peony, Violet, Cashmeran, Vanilla, Musks.
Style:
Bright. Happy. Sexy.

JUSTIN BIEBER GIRLFRIEND

GIRLFRIEND is an enticing fragrance made to get your heart racing as you experience that feeling of getting personal with Justin. One spray and you’ll finally experience the exhilaration of holding on and never letting go. Every touch, every breath—all captured in a flirty, new scent. Dare to get closer?

Notes:
Sparkling Pear, Crisp Mandarin, Rich Blackberry, Mara Strawberry, Pink Freesia, Star Jasmine, Apricot Nectar, Orange Blossom, Vanilla Orchid, Luminous Musk.
Style:
Flirty. Personal. Inviting.

Hanae Mori No. 6


Bergamot and mandarin blends with blackcurrant to intensify the fruity freshness of this delicate fragrance. Thebouquet of jasmine, orange blossom, and peony highlight the elegant floral notes, while modern musks fuse with sandalwood to enhance the warmth and sensuality of this feminine scent.

Notes:
Bergamot, Mandarin, Blackcurrant, Jasmine, Orange Blossom, Peony, Musk, Sandalwood.
Style:
Delicate. Feminine. Sensual.

Guerlain – La Petite Robe Noire

Its simple signature enhances and romances several exceptional materials in a bold overdose—black cherry blinks the first wink. It is illustrated by a clever blend that extends exquisite almond and delicious berries. The second wink takes place as rose enters the stage. Finally, the shadowy temptations of licorice and smoky black tea are ever-so-revealing and lead to irresistible seduction. For the ultimate temptation, the entire creation is wrapped in Guerlinade—fresh, enigmatic, and exhilarating, mischievous and captivating.
Style:
Fresh. Enigmatic. Exhilarating

Fendi Fan di Fendi -Fan di Fendi is the fragrance you just adore to adore. Like a hit refrain, it’s insistent, addictive, and irresistible. Electrifying you, possessing you, haunting you. Getting under your skin, inhabiting you. Notes:
Pear-blackcurrant Accord, Tangerine from Calabria, Pink Peppercorn from Reunion Island, Damascena Rose, Yellow Jasmine Accord, Patchouli from Indonesia, Soft Leather Accord.
Style:
Luminous. Sensual. Addictive.

Gucci Guilty Intense- An intensified olfactory experience, Gucci Guilty Intense adds a twist to Gucci Guilty, making it more provocative, more sensual.

Notes:
Mandarin, Pink Pepper, Peach, Lilac, Geranium, Ambery Notes, Patchouli.
Style:
Audacious. Provocative. Alluring.

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck-Taylor’s personal life experiences inspired this fragrance. Just like her creative approach to songwriting, every element is authentic, embracing all that is special about Taylor.
Notes:
Freesia, Green Tea, Apple Blossom, Raspberry, Dewberry.
Style:
Sparkling. Blushing. Enchanted.

Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola! – Flirtatious, charming, and sparkling with lighthearted personality, this fragrance leaves you flirting with your senses! It bursts open with a bright and whimsical effervescence. At the heart of the fragrance is the playful scent of peony. As the scent dries down, a flirty and elegant trail gives you an unexpected touch of fun that makes you smile!
Notes:
Raspberry, Vanilla, Peony, Pear, Cyclaman.
Style:
Vibrant. Flirtatious. Lighthearted.

Dior Addict To Life –For the confident woman who knows what she wants, she lives life fully and intensely. Dior Addict to Life is an addictive floral that opens with a bouquet of precious flowers. The bouquet has a natural freshness with sparkling rose, vibrant jasmine, lilac, and white musk.

Notes:
Jasmine, Lilac, Rose, White Musk.
Style:
Captivating. Intense. Fresh. Floral.

Lola Velvet by Marc Jacobs is the perfect accessory for those women who are glamorous, sexy, stylish and modern. Thanks to its nice design, Lola Velvet evokes warm memories of sunny summer days full of colorful colors. It is a seductive fragrance with notes of pink peppercorn, Ruby Red Grapefruit, rose, geranium, vanilla, Tonka bean, and musk. Lola Velvet by Marc Jacobs has a truly feminine bottle perfect as a Valentine’s Day gift and for winter days.

 

Youth Dew Amber Nude by Estée Lauder
This creation – overseen by Tom Ford – is a modern twist on a rich, opulent classic. Youth Dew Amber Nude is a soft amber floral with fresh tea, magnolia, ginger, black rose, jasmine, red carnation, and boasts one of the most enjoyable autumnal dry downs of patchouli, amber and dark chocolate!

Flowerbomb by Victor & Rolf
Lavish in the cotton-candy gourmand lusciousness that is Flowerbomb this winter! A tender opening of bergamot and beautiful florals including jasmine, freesia and rose, linger over a delicious patchouli vanilla heart.

Opium by Yves Saint Laurent
A resolutely timeless perfume, YSL’s Opium is still a smoldering blend of exotic florals and lush, ambery resins… its sumptuous, rich and complex heart of incense and spices will bewitch and bedazzle as the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Insolence by Guerlain
There are few fragrances that evoke a tender moment of reflection quite like Guerlain’s Insolence. Delicate notes of violet, rose, red berries, dry iris, creamy tonka bean, sandalwood and musk will envelop you like a soft cashmere blanket, and evoke fond feelings of nostalgia and remembrance.

The Fall Season is here….Do You Like Spicy Scents?

As the weather is getting cooler, a spicy, woody fragrance is something I’ve been looking for, for say, the past week or so.  What fragrance are you warming up to this season as the weather gets cooler?

Here are some scents I think will work best to cozy on up to with the chilly upcoming season.

First up on the list is ALIEN by Thierry Mugler.  Alien is a gorgeous scent, mysterious and magical, with a composition consisting of warm white amber, woodsy notes, and Indian Jasmine.  What I really love about this one is the combination of vanilla, amber, and orange blossom notes with the hint of woods to create a spicy, oriental scent that is not too overpowering.

Next up on the list…..Sensous Estee Lauder perfume, a woody, floral yet sweet scent. Like the bottle, the fragrance is very simple and elegant, with notes of magnolia, ghost lily accord, honey molten woods, jasmine petals, sandalwood, amber, juicy mandarin pulp, and black pepper.  The woodsy scent is subtle, but sensuous.

Next? This hard to find fragrance, Kenzo Jungle L’Elephant is a warm, sweet and spicy scent that is considered a ‘spicy floral’ fragrance.  The combination of airy mandarin, cumin, clove, ylang-ylang, licorice, mango and heliotrope wrapped in patchouli, vanilla, amber and cashmere, create a lovely  intense and sensual trace.  Is this the ‘one’?

Lastly, this woodsy, oriental fragrance by Prada is based on amber.  This is the kind of fragrance that sweeps you off of your feet. It’s a very heavy, sharp yet balmy, woody scent, and might I add, is quite long-lasting. The four main ‘essences’ of the fragrance are Indian sandalwood, Indonesian patchouli, French labdanum resin, and Siam benzoin.

 

Do You Know Your Fragrance Note?

Perfume is described in a musical metaphor as having three sets of notes, making the harmonious scent accord. The notes unfold over time, with the immediate impression of the top note leading to the deeper middle notes, and the base notes gradually appearing as the last stage. These notes are created carefully with knowledge of the evaporation process of the perfume.

Top notes: The scents that are perceived immediately on application of a perfume. Top notes consist of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly. They form a person’s initial impression of a perfume and thus are very important in the selling of a perfume. Also called the head notes.
Middle notes: The scent of a perfume that emerges just prior to when the top notes dissipate. The middle note compounds form the “heart” or main body of a perfume and act to mask the often unpleasant initial impression of base notes, which become more pleasant with time. They are also called the heart notes.
Base notes: The scent of a perfume that appears close to the departure of the middle notes. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume. Compounds of this class of scents are typically rich and “deep” and are usually not perceived until 30 minutes after application.

The scents in the top and middle notes are influenced by the base notes, as well the scents of the base notes will be altered by the type of fragrance materials used as middle notes. Manufacturers of perfumes usually publish perfume notes and typically they present it as fragrance pyramid, with the components listed in imaginative and abstract terms.

Olfactive Families

Grouping perfumes, like any taxonomy, can never be a complete objective or final process. Many fragrances contain aspects of different families. Even a perfume designated as “single flower”, however subtle, will have undertones of other aromatics. “True” unitary scents can rarely be found in perfumes as it requires the perfume to exist only as a singular aromatic material.

Classification by olfactive family is a starting point for a description of a perfume, but it cannot by itself denote the specific characteristic of that perfume.

Traditional

The traditional classification which emerged around 1900 comprised the following categories:

Single Floral: Fragrances that are dominated by a scent from one particular flower; in French called a soliflore. (e.g. Serge Lutens’ Sa Majeste La Rose, which is dominated by rose.)
Floral Bouquet: Is a combination of fragrance of several flowers in a perfume compound. Examples include Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant and Joyby Jean Patou.
Ambered, or “Oriental”: A large fragrance class featuring the sweet slightly animalic scents of ambergris or labdanum, often combined with vanilla,tonka bean, flowers and woods. Can be enhanced by camphorous oils and incense resins, which bring to mind Victorian era imagery of the Middle East and Far East. Traditional examples include Guerlain’s Shalimar and Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium.
Wood: Fragrances that are dominated by woody scents, typically of agarwood, sandalwood and cedarwood. Patchouli, with its camphoraceoussmell, is commonly found in these perfumes. A traditional example here would be Myrurgia’s Maderas De Oriente or Chanel Bois-des-Îles. A modern example would be Balenciaga Rumba.
Leather: A family of fragrances which features the scents of honey, tobacco, wood and wood tars in its middle or base notes and a scent that alludes to leather. Traditional examples include Robert Piguet’s Bandit and Balmain’s Jolie Madame.

Chypre (IPA: [ʃipʁ]): Meaning Cyprus in French, this includes fragrances built on a similar accord consisting of bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli, andlabdanum. This family of fragrances is named after a perfume by François Coty, and one of the most famous examples is Guerlain’s Mitsouko.
Fougère (IPA: [fu.ʒɛʁ]): Meaning Fern in French, built on a base of lavender, coumarin and oakmoss. Houbigant’s Fougère Royale pioneered the use of this base. Many men’s fragrances belong to this family of fragrances, which is characterized by its sharp herbaceous and woody scent. Some well-known modern fougères are Fabergé Brut and Guy Laroche Drakkar Noir.

Modern

Since 1945, due to great advances in the technology of perfume creation (i.e., compound design and synthesis) as well as the natural development of styles and tastes, new categories have emerged to describe modern scents:

Bright Floral: combining the traditional Single Floral & Floral Bouquet categories. A good example would be Estée Lauder’s Beautiful.
Green: a lighter and more modern interpretation of the Chypre type, with pronounced cut grass, crushed green leaf and cucumber-like scents. Two examples would be Estée Lauder’s Aliage or Sisley’s Eau de Campagne.
AquaticOceanic, or Ozonic: the newest category in perfume history, appearing in 1991 with Christian Dior’s Dune. A very clean, modern smell leading to many of the modern androgynous perfumes. Generally contains calone, a synthetic scent discovered in 1966. Also used to accent floral, oriental, and woody fragrances.
Citrus: An old fragrance family that until recently consisted mainly of “freshening” eau de colognes, due to the low tenacity of citrus scents. Development of newer fragrance compounds has allowed for the creation of primarily citrus fragrances. A good example here would be Brut.
Fruity: featuring the aromas of fruits other than citrus, such as peach, cassis (black currant), mango, passion fruit, and others. A modern example here would be Ginestet Botrytis.

Gourmand (French: [ɡuʁmɑ̃]): scents with “edible” or “dessert”-like qualities. These often contain notes like vanilla tonka bean and coumarin, as well as synthetic components designed to resemble food flavors. A sweet example is Thierry Mugler’s Angel. A savory example would be Dinner by BoBo, which has cumin and curry hints.

Fragrance Wheel

Fragrance Wheel perfume classification chart, ver. 1983

Main article: Fragrance wheel

The Fragrance wheel is a relatively new classification method that is widely used in retail and in the fragrance industry. The method was created in 1983 by Michael Edwards, a consultant in the perfume industry, who designed his own scheme of fragrance classification. The new scheme was created to simplify fragrance classification and naming scheme, as well as to show the relationships between the individual classes.

The five standard families consist of FloralOrientalWoodyFougère, and Fresh, with the former four families being more “classic” while the latter consisting of newer bright and clean smelling citrus and oceanic fragrances that have arrived due to improvements in fragrance technology. Each of the families are in turn divided into sub-groups and arranged around a wheel.