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!

{Insert ‘Candy Man’ Song.}

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.

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 parfume name ‘Cloud’ in white just below.

Colors

Blue – Serenity, Secure, Stability

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Pink Sugar by Aquolina’s

Can you remember some of your favorite 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 hot pink swirl on the caps top. 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. 

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 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!

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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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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!

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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!

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Prerogative Perfume by Britney Spears

Prerogative by Britney Spears

July 2018 was a good year for perfume releases by celebrity personalities. Here at The Perfume Times, we reviewed the most recent KKW fragrances in our August 13 blog. Now, we will inform you about Britney Spears’ newest scent, Prerogative.

Spears’ first release was “Curious” back in 2004. Since then she has been Elizabeth Arden’s top performer by grossing over $1.5 billion in sales from 24 different fragrances. Spears is not only the “Queen of Pop”, but she is also one of the perfume industry’s top fragrance entrepreneurs/collaborators.

Yet another unisex fragrance, Prerogative is marketed as a “fragrance for all”, meaning it is “gender-less” and for all of her supporting fans. Spicy notes intermix with earthy and fruity accords to give it a balanced feeling of being grounded and yet empowering.

Prerogative Review

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Bottle

Actually, it’s quite feminine with a light, rose pink center and a dark pink accent around the sprayer. “Prerogative” is engraved in the bottle’s glass center. Available in 1.0 ounce (30mL), 1.7 ounces (50mL), or 3.4 ounces (100mL), the suggested retail starts near just $25.

Packaging

Black and bold, bright, hot pink packaging contains the fragrance. In addition to the perfume, gift sets containing the perfume, body wash, and body lotion are available at select retailers nationwide.

Colors

Neutrality is suggested with the black accent color, while the primary color of hot pink inspired confidence and self-assurance.

Quality

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Notes

Pink pepper and goji berries are introduced as the top notes. The middle notes consist of calla lily, latex petals, and saffron that give a floral and spicy heart. Finally, sandalwood and amber provided the earthy foundation.

Launched

Like only one of the most successful female artists ever could do, Spears (now 36 years old) released her promo video via her own Instagram post. She loves social media as a way of connecting with her fan base.

Teens and twenty-somethings will love it as much as her older fans that have grown up with her since the early 2000s. Although we really don’t see many guys actually wearing this, the guys that do will be her fans, too. Give her credit…a talented, accomplished, and decorated entertainer but also a successful business marketer that has put her on the Forbes list among the wealthiest entertainers.

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Line Les Eaux de Chanel by Chanel

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Collection

Gabrielle “Coco Chanel” was once quoted as saying, “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

In fashion, being different means being trendy, re-interpreting the classics, or even igniting a revolution, but certainly not following the mainstream look. In the beauty industry (that which fragrance is included), being different is new ingredients, more performance, or evolutionary scents.

However, Chanel’s in-house perfumer Olivier Polge is taking a gamble on the new 2018 Line Les Eaux de Chanel. Three fragrances constitute the collection, and all three are simplistic, common, and even similar (not different) to other scents already on the market.

Each of them is marketed as unisex Eau de Toilettes. All of them have a minimalist-inspired bottle of thin glass that comes off as a cost-saving expense.

The one difference in this line compared to other Chanel perfumes and colognes is the celebration of Gabrielle “Coco Chanel” and her beginnings. Inspired by the three cities of Deauville, Biarritz, and Venise, these locations are critical to the history of the empire of Chanel.

Line Les Eaux de Chanel

The first fragrance is Paris – Deauville

Significance

In 1913, Chanel opened her first fashion boutique in Deauville.

Scent

“A lively, naturally radiant freshness” that incorporates green basil with Sicilian Orange to produce an aromatic and citrus scent.

 

Paris – Biarritz is the second of the three fragrances

Significance

Biarritz is a seaside city where Chanel drew international clientele, mainly from an adjacent casino, to her first couture house in 1915.

Scent

Sicilian mandarin and lily of the valley create a refreshing scent that reminds us of the sea and fresh air among it.

 

The third fragrance is Paris – Venise

Significance

1920 becomes a turning point for Chanel’s fashion inspiration as she discovered Byzantine and Baroque art.

Scent

As a fresh and oriental fragrance, warm notes of vanilla and tonka bean interact with fresh neroli.

 

Instead of being different, these three fragrances are following the already produced unisex Eau de Toilette’s of Bel Respiro and Boy Chanel, and even the ladies Chanel No. 5 L’Eau. These, too, are marketed as fresh and light and all launched in 2016.

The last highly effective unisex fragrance was CK One, and it did (and still does) very well. Is it irreplaceable? NO.

What was uncommon 10 years ago, is common (and not different) in 2018. As for Les Eaux de Chanel, time will tell. A risky introduction, but Chanel is Chanel.

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Kimoji Line by Kim Kardashian West

Kimoji Line by Kim Kardashian West

Just released on July 17, 2018, in fact, are the new women’s Kimoji Line of fragrances by KKW.

Founded by reality-tv personality Kim Kardashian West, these new scents are inspired by fresh, fruity, and vibrant notes that she can relate to her personal taste. Each of the three perfumes has their own bottles and distinct aromas.

Marketed as summer scents, these are more playful than seductive. What’s crazy is they were initially only available online without being able to smell them and they have sold a few million units as blind sales! The Kimoji line is Peach, Cherry, and Vibes.

Kimoji Line Review

Kimoji Peach

Bottle

Is the shape of a peach topped with white frosting. It is only available in 1.7 oz. (50mL) and retails for $45.

Colors

Just as a succulent peach, this identity exhibits summer and all its fun.

Quality

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Notes

A sweet, floral and fruity scent, the top notes consist of juicy nectarine, peach, and mandarin. Rose, jasmine, and peach blossom are the heart notes. The base notes are sandalwood, creamy vanilla, and musk.

Kimoji Cherry

Bottle

Is again the shape of the named fruit: a cherry with white frosting. Again, only available in 1.7 oz. (50mL) with a $45 retail.

Colors

Cherry red here initiates temptation…fitting for this alluring scent.

Quality

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Notes

Top notes include strawberry, luscious raspberry, and of course, cherry. Cherry blossom, gardenia, and vanilla orchid are the heart notes. Vanilla, woods, and musky complete the base notes. This, too, is of the fruity, sweet, and floral fragrance families.

Kimoji Vibes

Bottle

The most interesting of the Kimoji line, this bottle is shaped like a text or tweet bubble. Consistent with the line, available in 1.7 oz. (50mL) with a $45 retail.

Colors

Black for mystery, and a multi-color splash for happiness.

Quality

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Notes

Bergamot, melon, and pineapple open the top notes, while the heart notes are apple blossom, peony, and jasmine compose the heart notes. The base notes are cedar, amber, and musk. This fragrance is “joyful” and “happy” according to KKWfragrance.com.

So, three summer perfumes launched in July 2018. Moderately priced and seasonally inspired fragrances, one or more of these may be an excellent addition to your collection. As with most celebrity perfumes, most customers will buy for the capturing scents and the popularity of the endorser, which can make them a nice value. Even if you’re not a fan, give these a try; you might be surprised!

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Versace Dylan Blue by Versace

Inspired by Greek mythology, particularly the face of Medusa, as well as the deep, mysterious, and massive Mediterranean Ocean, Versace creates and delivers sharp, crisp, and luxurious fashion.

Throughout their apparel, home décor, and fragrances, only the finest quality materials are used to manufacture the Versace label. Started by the infamous Gianni and now taken on by his sister, Donatella, the company has continued to impress those on the red carpet as well as those in cities throughout the world.

Continuing with innovative fragrances while embracing Versace’s tradition, their most recent release came at the introduction of Versace Dylan Blue. The men’s Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue was released in 2016 and was an instant hit with its clientele. Its rich, aquatic notes blend with black pepper, papyrus wood, and incense. It is captivating and refreshing.

The women’s counterpart was highly anticipated because of the men’s dominance and success in the fragrance industry. Launched in 2017, Versace Pour Femme Dylan Blue celebrates the “uniqueness, strength, sensuality, and elegance,” according to Versace’s webpage.

Versace Dylan Blue Review

Bottle

“…is an expression of innovative design- its elegance curves bring to mind an amphora, evoking Greek culture and mythology,” also stated. Along the top as well as the front of the bottle, is Versace’s trademark Medusa image. It is available in 1.0 ounce (30mL), 1.7 ounces (50mL), or 3.4 ounces (100mL).

Packaging

The strikingly dark, Mediterranean blue and affluently gold bottle is nestled inside a cylinder-shaped canister. Along the bottom of the packaging, the noticeable gold, meandering Greek Key design is embellished.

Colors

Strength, depth, and mystery are represented by the Mediterranean blue, while gold depicts wealth and tradition.

Quality

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Notes

Top notes consist of blackcurrant and green apple sorbet to create a fruity accord; the heart notes are sensual jasmine and soft rose; white woods, musk, and patchouli form a set of woody floral base notes.

Face

Although the Croatian-born model Faretta Radic just began working in 2016, she took the industry by storm in 2017 and became the face of Pour Femme Dylan Blue. As is customary with Versace, Faretta did both the marketing and runway campaigns.

The mixed reviews have been surprising because it is a tastefully done fragrance, but one thing that has been agreed upon is the packaging and bottle makes people think it will be dark and seductive. It is a summer feeling with the fruity, woody-floral notes. It’s a definite “try” and sees if you love it with your body chemistry.

 

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