K by Dolce&Gabbana

K by Dolce&Gabbana

Of the six fragrances released in 2019, and five of them are flankers, the newest male creation for Dolce&Gabbana is “K.” 

Nearly everything about it is similar…a similar scent, similar note composition, similar bottle, and similarly GOOD! In a surprising launch, similar is not always a bad thing.

This fragrance seems to unintentionally take these likable features from other colognes and make it work. It’s not a copy, but nearly collaboration. 

Many reviews suggest the same. “Similar to other fragrances, but taken well.” “Respectable sillage, average projections, and familiar, but pleasantly appealing.” 

According to the brand’s website : 

K by Dolce&Gabbana is a fragrance that captures the essence of a man in his element. He is the king of his everyday life. He follows his own path, cherishing his family, and loved ones above all else. Effortlessly charming, and not afraid to show his vitality, he remains true to his roots, respecting tradition while embracing modernity.

Bottle 

The simple tall, upright, rectangular bottle is similar to Yves St. Laurent’s Y. However, its gold crown cap with inlays of blue adds unique character, fitting for the scent’s name. Available in sizes of 3.4 oz. (100mL) and 1.7 oz. (50mL).  

Packaging

The box is deep ocean blue with a gold outline…similar to Versace’s Dylan Blue. Center-inscribed is the crown design and the maker’s name.

Colors

Gold embodies the lavish wealth and blue for masculinity and ruling stature. 

Quality

Eau de Toilette (EDT)

Notes

Top notes of citruses are similar to Dior’s Sauvage, but a twist of juniper berries rises to the top. The pimento essence is the difference-maker among the heart…rare and captivating to make you warmly enjoy it.

Finally, the bases notes of patchouli, vetiver, and cedarwood allow a smooth transition to earthy tones, yet similar to Dolce&Gabbana’s own The One Gentleman.

Accessories

Additional, complementary products are the aftershave balm, aftershave lotion, shower gel, and deodorant. Here, a man can enhance the same aroma throughout by layering and moisturizing. 

Face

Italian influencer, model, author, designer Mariano Di Vaio is the face of the fragrance. Not only is he leading his entrepreneurial business, but he is also the head of his household as a husband and father of three. Another king of everyday modern life, in business and family. 

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Valentine’s Day

Choosing the Right Sweetheart this Valentine’s Day

Sweethearts are making a statement again this Valentine season and so should you. There’s lots of anticipation leading up to this romantic day. Whether you are single, taken or even complicated making the right statement is critical.

Consider ambiance, location, your outfit, and the relationship. What is the mood for the night? Are you going somewhere lively or fancy? Are you going for a cute and casual look or elegant? Who are you spending the day with? These are the questions you should be asking yourself when choosing the right fragrance.

Don’t forget you are making a statement from beginning to end.

Kiss Me

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Looking good. Smelling even better. A sexy, elegant and luxurious look is not a hard one to pull together. Getting the right smell to match doesn’t have to be complicated either. Want to give your night a rich intimate scent? Shoot your shot at these fragrances –– 

QT Pie

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All smiles and a good time. Accentuate the best parts of you, especially your personality. Then catch their eyes and reel them in with a scent they will love. Here are our top recommendations for making that fun and bubbly statement ––

Puppy Love

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Let your beautiful features shine. Get their attention without feeling like you’re trying too hard. Simple, classy and just the right amount. Looking to impress but not overpower? These fragrances will help you do that ––

Hunk

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Gentlemen, it’s your turn. Looks aren’t everything, women pay attention to your scent too. So, if you have someone you want to impress or just want to show off your confidence, these powerful fragrances will do that ––

What statement will you be making this Valentine’s Day?

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Oud Wood by Tom Ford

Subtle but fierce is how I like to describe the ultimate man. 

We all love a good smelling man. Especially one who is good with their hands and at peace with nature. Ladies, here’s a special treat to get it him just in time for the holidays. 

Divine yet sensual Oud Wood by Tom Ford brings out masculinity in a man. It’s a soft, luxurious fragrance that works for men and women, making this an immense woodsy unisex scent

Very relaxing and comforting without a harsh oud smell. It starts masculine and musky upon scents of exotic rosewood and cardamom, then transforms into a smoky oud wood blend besides sandalwood and vetiver. Sweet tonka bean and warm amber end in a sweet finale.

Unique and unforgettable with being exotically seductive.  

Truly a favorite for the colder months in late autumn or winter. Our Wood carries a beautiful scent that reminds you of camping in the woods, and a little goes a long way.

House

Tom Ford

Nose

Richard Herpin

Quality Notes

Top: Exotic Rosewood and Cardamom

Heart: Rare Oud Wood, Smoky Sandalwood, and Vetiver 

Base: Energizing Tonka Beans and Warm Amber

Season

Autumn & Winter.

How To Wear

Great for the workplace, date nights, special occasions and regular everyday wear

Bottle

A translucent bottle in a shade of brown stacked with a capital-shaped cap resembling the top of a shaft or column pillar. Tom Ford Oud Wood is available at most retailers in 1.0oz, 1.7oz, and 3.4oz sizes.

Color Symbolization

Brown: A wholesome feeling with a sense of orderliness and fit in.

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Long Lasting Aroma- Nero by Duccio Pasolini

How many times have your spritzed on a fragrance that only lasts a couple of hours? Frustrating, to spend time finding the perfect scent just to reapply every couple hours to maintain longevity. Nero by Duccio Pasolini is changing just that, as an intense, yet elegant men’s parfum. 

A fresh blend of wood, lemon, and lavender brings along a long-lasting, vigorous aroma with hints of oriental flavor. 

Ghiaccio Nero (Black Ice) is an intense and elegant aromatic Parfum Extract born from the blend of aromatics, fresh lemon, and moss. The fragrance is designed for the man who appreciates European fashion and elegance.

A note from Duccio Pasolini Parfums

For instance, Nero is grouped as a manly, aromatic fruity parfum. Also, it is expected, last up to 8 hours (or longer) as it contains up 18% oil concentration, allowing the user to eliminate multiple sprays throughout the day.

Quality Notes

Top: Lavender and Lemon

Heart:  Pineapple

Base: Moss

Floral lavender and juicy begin as the top notes followed by sweet pineapple and a base of moss, creating a bold and fierce fragrance.

Key Notes: Aromatic, Citrus, Sweet, Woody & Fresh Spicy.

Not only does this aromatic combination succeed in using for both day and night, but even the pickiest of perfume consumers will also appreciate the dauntless qualities of this masculine scent.

Bottle

The semi-translucent bottle is encrusted with pyramid-like shapes on all four sides of the crown and side handles of the container. 

Colors

Black: Sophistication, Elegance, and Mystery.

Packaging

Following the labels suit, Nero’s box carries the characteristic, watercolor splats on the sides, a black cover with a gold seal bottom center that it contains 18% fragrance oil.

Therefore, if you are looking for a long-lasting aromatic perfume, Nero is your winner!

~ Style, Beauty, Personal Expressions, and Trends The Perfume Times!

Image Courtesy of Duccio Pasolini Parfums

Cloud by Ariana Grande

Cloud by Ariana Grande

The number one perfume to hit stores earlier this year is ‘Cloud,’ a fruity floral gourmand by celebrity singer Ariana Grande. Combining the fragrance with the release of her hit single, “Thank you, Next,” it was sure to be a winning duo. 

A luscious blend of creamy coconut and sweet pralines can have you floating on a cloud wrapped in warm and cozy feelings. The smell is nostalgic, bringing back fresh reminders of my childhood youth walking into FAO Schweets. Can we say whipped cream and cotton candy!

This sweet and unique treat can turn any frown, upside down. The best part is the son of renowned perfumer Max Gavarry, Clement Gavarry is the creator of this remarkable scent! He is also the 2004 Fifi Award Winner for Prada-Prada, which is the Oscars for the perfume industry.

Up to this point, Ariana’s scents have been classed as ‘too girly, light and sweet. Not Cloud, which is exclusive to her line opening up with bergamot, lavender, and pear, a warm heart of whipped cream, praline, coconut, orchid, and a finalizing base of wood and musk.

A complete change to the usual is adding a whiff of a cupcakes ‘red icing’ and a hint of robust.

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Quality Notes

Top: Bergamot, Lavender, and Pear,

Heart: Whipped Cream, Praline, Coconut, Orchid

Base: Wood and Musk

Not only does this heavenly aroma last (sometimes to the next day, even THEREAFTER a shower), it is an Eau de Parfum which is made with 15%-20% oil concentration.

Bottle

Cloud speaks for itself as, well, a cloud, with a pale blue translucent moon emerging from the top, crowned by a pale blue cloud.

Cloud comes in 1.0oz, 1.7oz, and 3.4oz at most retailers.

Packaging

A hypnotic blend of blues, purples, and pinks diagonally climb a cube-shaped box with Ariana’s name written in a one-dimensional white cloud with the perfume name ‘Cloud’ in white just below.

Colors

Blue – Serenity, Secure, Stability

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Pink Sugar Perfume by Aquolina

Pink Sugar by Aquolina’s

Can you remember some of your favorites smells back when you were a child? Scented markers, newly spun cotton candy, even Bath and Body Works lotions and misting sprays (Cucumber Melon-yum!). Adulthood doesn’t mean we grew past our childhood favorites, our palates and sense of smell transformed, as our bodies did the same.

Launched in 2004, Aquolina’s Pink Sugar, paved the way in perfumes for both young girls and sophisticated woman looking for sweet smells and childhood nostalgia. 

Tapping into your childhood, Pink Sugar mixes familiar aromas like vanilla, raspberry, strawberry,  Lily of the Valley, and caramel creating a gourmet elixir of pure satisfaction.

Pink Sugar Review

Bottle

A clear bottle of a wrap-around lace ribbon. The cap is a lovely thulian pink shade, foiled wrap around pink ribbon with a hot pink swirl on the top of the cap. Fun and Flirty, the bottle is tailored to ‘stand out’ in the crowd just as its essence. Pink Sugar comes in 1.0oz, 1.7oz, and 3.4oz at most retailers.

Packaging

A white cylinder tube lined with puffy cardboard-esque stock, resembling the colors and style of the bottle itself. 

Colors

Pink – Sophistication, Sincerity, Feminine

Notes

Top: Fig Leaves, Raspberry, Sicilian Orange, and Bergamot

Heart: Strawberry, Cotton Candy, Licorice, Lily of the Valley, Red Berries

Base: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Caramel, Vanilla Musk

The top three notes that really stand out are cotton candy, caramel, and vanilla. 

Certainly, I can longer count how many times someone says it smells like fresh baked cookies or candy when I walk in the room.

Pink Sugar brings a playful, mischievous vibe along with the memories of grandma’s house when she just baked fresh cookies. 

Quality

Eau de Toilette (EDT)

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Landscape Scents by Bravanariz Natural Perfumes

Landscape Scents by Bravanariz

The term “natural” has been commonly used to mean “organic” and “genuine” and even “real.” However, true natural things are those that are in their original formation, untouched, and living unbiased and uncompromised.

A compelling alternative to traditional perfumes is a brand named Bravanariz. They offer three all natural “Landscape Scents” from the region of Emporda in Spain.

The scents are derived from gathering and harvesting actual plants, then distilling them, and having the formulation rest for 20 days. Finally, the captured oils, called Olfactory Captures, are bottled.

The three scents are:

Cala

A summer capture that is characterized as “dry and cool, soft and rugged.” It incorporates the salty, sea-line coast with intense plants during a warm summer.

Muga

The feeling of spring invokes fresh beginnings and revitalization of positivity. Named after a regional river, MUGA is the Landscape Scent that harvests rosemary, cypress, chamomile, and lavender.

Bosc

BOSC is a winter scent that is a balance of silent calm and invigorating enchantment. Think woods and mountains, and the shelter they will provide. Juniper, oakmoss, and pine.

Each of the three Landscape Scents is Bravanariz’s interpretation of mountains, plains, and seacoasts—the 3 most characteristic landscapes of the Emporda region, according to the brand.

Bottles

Each of the bottles is available in one size, 50mL (1.7 oz) that look similar to nail polish or an essential oil bottle. Simplistically designed, but functionally useable.

Packaging and colors

The boxes with each coordinating scent feature earthy depictions…a bright blue ocean in summer, spring’s lush greenery, and the changing forest of winter.

Quality

Unlike most fragrances, they are not rated as Eau de Parfum, Eau de Toilette, or Eau de Cologne because they are not. Remember, these are not perfumes, but rather they are 100% natural oil essences.

Where to find them?

By viewing their website, https://www.bravanariz.com/, you can order any or all of the Landscape Scents, or you can order a discovery pack containing three 10mL sample sizes.

Additionally, they offer an Explorer Kit to do your own harvesting of your own scents near home without making the trip to Spain.

Because the Landscape Scents do not contain “synthetic fixers,” they do not predetermine masculinity or femininity.

They change with body chemistry and coexist with one’s personal natural oils. In essence, they become one’s personal landscape.

Truly an innovative approach to incorporating nature’s natural landscape with our own earthly existence, we can bond with the environment in a new way. Is this something you have tried or are willing to sample? Let The Perfume Times know. We would love to hear your feedback!

~ Style, Beauty, Personal Expressions, and Trends The Perfume Times!

Image Courtesy of Bravanariz

Joy perfume by Dior

Joy by Christian Dior

Some of the oldest and most well-known fragrances houses are Guerlain, Creed, Coty and Jean Patou. Arguably, other main influencers are Yves St. Laurent, Lagerfeld, Chanel, Gucci, Versace and even Armani. Yet one of the best and most respected houses is Christian Dior Parfums.

After owning an art gallery, then working for fashion designer Robert Piguet, later serving in the military, and returning to fashion in 1942, Christian Dior took to the French fashion industry by introducing a new label of his namesake in 1947. It was in that year, he launched Miss Dior, an Eau de Parfum, which was named after his sister, Catherine. Since 1947, there have been 224 other fragrances, including Dolce Vita (1994), Dior Addict (2002), and Poison (1985) by Christian Dior Parfums.

Amazingly, the last women’s iconic fragrance series to launch was J’dore in 1999. Nearly 20 years later now, and Christian Dior Parfums has introduced Joy. Francois Demachy, Dior’s in-house perfumer, describes Joy as the

“Remarkable feeling of joy by offering an olfactive interpretation of light,” – Francois Demachy

according to Dior’s website.

Joy Review

Bottle

For those of you familiar with Dior’s most recent men’s fragrance, Sauvage (launched in 2015), the same bottle is used for Joy, except it’s pink and clear rather than smoke-grey and dark. The word “Dior” is within the “O” of Joy. Available in three sizes: 1 oz. (30mL), 1.7 oz. (50mL), and 3.0 oz. (90 mL).

Packaging and Colors

The box is mostly a crisp white of purity with the same silver logo on the bottle. Pink refers to being delicate and feminine, yet softly playful. Silver captures graceful elegance.

Quality

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Notes

Joy opens with bergamot and mandarin fusing with delicate flowers. Rose Grasse and Jasmine are the heart notes, followed by the base notes of musk and creamy sandalwood.

Face

The highly acclaimed actress, Jennifer Lawrence, has been chosen as the face of this new perfume. Her glamorous, elegant, and inspiring career is the perfect fit for Joy.

This is a very becoming scent because it’s certainly not as strong as other Dior perfumes. We love the simplicity of light and how it brings emotion to life. Think precious, delicate, feminine and powdery. It is not just the women’s version of men’s Sauvage (as some reviews have described, but instead, it’s evoking independence and self-evidence.

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Image Courtesy of Dior

La Melodie for Men by Claude Marsal Parfums

La Melodie for Men by Claude Marsal

For those of you that are as cultured in fragrance as us at The Perfume Times, we rarely determine there is a designer or design group that we haven’t discovered. But, so is the case about a label that has taken a bit of the industry by storm. And we’re not talking about sales of a few hundred units, but rather, sales in the thousands. The brand? Claude Marsal.

After doing some investigative research, The Perfume Times has unwrapped some details about Claude Marsal. It is a design group that specializes in high-end, affordable luxury Eau de Parfums for both women and men, body creams for women, and aftershaves for men. All made in France; the label is particularly noteworthy of the 24% pure fragrance oils in the parfums.

Of the current nine Eau de Parfums for men, La Melodie is by far and away the best seller, according to Claude Marsal. We obtained a bottle and distributed some sample scents among some of our office personnel. The results…”Wow!,” “Amazing,” and “Oooh.” Needless to say, it was overwhelming. Both men and women loved this men’s fragrance!

La Melodie for Men Review

Bottle

The bottle is translucent containing the slightly olive-colored fragrance. The look is high-end, classy, and sophisticated. Its dimensions of 2” x 2” is the perfect size for a masculine bottle that sits well atop one’s dresser or armoire. Claude Marsal Le Melodie and Eau de Parfum Pour Homme are tastefully labeled across its front. In just one size, 3.4 ounces (100 mL), it is the perfect amount to enjoy from home or while traveling.

Retail

According to the website, www.claudemarsal.com, the fragrance retails for USD 250.00, and the complementary aftershave is USD 60.00. Considering most of the recent niche fragrances are priced at $300.00 or more, we find this amount to be a tremendous value for its nearly unparalleled quality. Besides the company website, it is available at fine fragrance retailers throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Packaging and Colors

Each of the men’s fragrance boxes is black (to highlight its strength and power) with different colored trims to identify with the scents. La Melodie is adorned with a rich brown tone that signifies its warm, spicy scent.

Quality

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Concept | Design | Notes

Taken from the Claude Marsal website:

THE CONCEPT
“La Melodie” for men is an oriental-woody, leather scent, exciting, vibrant and luxurious. The composition combines layers of explosive whiskey accords. “La Melodie” is an unpredictable clash between the rich base notes of oak moss and guaiac wood and the fresh top notes of grapefruit and an ozone accord. A magnificent combination of woody and aquatic scents, Claude Marsal, epitomizes masculinity and vigor.


THE DESIGN
“La Melodie” belongs to the aromatic and spicy fragrance family. Its overture is aromatics notes, followed by spicy notes. Balsamic and explosive whiskey notes are the grand finale that unfolds the entire body of the perfume.

THE NOTES
TOP NOTES
The perfume opens with Mandarin, Grapefruit and Sea Notes.
HEART NOTES
It continues to the foundation of luxurious Jasmine and Bay Leaf.
BASE NOTES
The last touch of the perfume is Oakmoss, Guaiac Wood, Ambergris, Patchouli, and explosive Whiskey.

We think this is a great versatile scent that can be worn to the office or the construction site, and it could be worn for that evening event. It is, in fact, masculine and rich, but certainly not overpowering. Additionally, the sillage is enough to get noticed but short of emptying the elevator into the staircase. Finally, the tenacity of an Eau de Parfum with the rare 24% fragrance oil! Will allow him to appreciate it for the length of the day. Our vote is this is a must-have for nearly every man!

~ Style, Beauty, Personal Expressions, and Trends The Perfume Times!

Image Courtesy of Claude Marsal Parfums

Fucking Fabulous Perfume by Tom Ford

Fucking Fabulous by Tom Ford

This week’s perfume review has a little shock, double take, and a, “What does it say?” when noticing Tom Ford’s recent 2018 launch. Albeit controversial, its name does grab your attention and it definitely has caused quite a bit of buzz. Remember the phrase, “Good publicity. Bad publicity. It’s all publicity.” Well, that certainly applies here because many people are discussing it.

His new fragrance is called “Fucking Fabulous.” Some will agree the name is tasteless. Others will agree the name is shameless. Some will agree the name is even egotistical. But most should agree the scent is Ford’s newest masterpiece.

Fucking Fabulous Review

Bottle

As with the other bottles of Tom Ford’s Private Blend collection, this bottle is simplistically square with a round knob top. Also simple, is the label that adorns the front. (This reminds us of the Gucci Bloom collection’s simple square label which comes off as not much more than a sticker.) The all-black container has an unusual option of just two sizes, 1.7 ounces (50mL) and 8.5 ounces (250mL).

Retail

The modest 1.7 oz. has a suggested price of $320 ($188.24/ounce), while the rare, large 8.5 oz. retails for $804 (and a considerably less $94.59/ounce). You can purchase each directly from Tom Ford online and in-store, as well as several high-end department stores.

Packaging

The box matches the bottle to a tee. A square, black box with a white label…just large enough to fit its bottle.  

Colors

Black and white are used because they are genderless, and this is another unisex fragrance to hit the market. In addition, we believe the idea is actually “colorless” as in no rose pink nor any blue masculine fresh.

Quality

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Notes

A courageous blend of bitter almond oil, leather, tonka bean, orris root, cashmeran, and clary sage oil. It’s not spicy, but rather earthy. It’s not woody, but rather oriental. It’s a special blend of expression…not only in name, but more so in scent.

Although this was introduced in mid-2018, we think this scent is perfect for the upcoming fall season. Just as we will pack up our light summer colors for more earthy browns, distinctive greys, darker reds, deeper greens, and classy black attire, so too will this scent compliment our wardrobe. However we dress, we want to look luxurious…and smell f*cking fabulous!

~ Style, Beauty, Personal Expressions, and Trends The Perfume Times!

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