Private Label (Oud Wood) from 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. 

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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. 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.

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!

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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!

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

Image Courtesy of Bloomingdales

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.

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

Image Courtesy of The Candy Perfume Boy

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.

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

 

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