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.

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

Pink Sugar, Perfume, women, Parfume, Cotton candy, vanilla , strawberry, raspberry

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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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

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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Dolce Garden by Dolce Gabbana

Dolce Garden by Dolce Gabbana

One of Dolce & Gabbana’s newest perfumes for 2018 is Dolce Garden, and it’s the focus of our third edition of The Perfume Times.

Dolce Garden is the third flanker in the Dolce series. It is preceded by the original Dolce (2014), Dolce Floral Drops (2015), and Dolce Rosa Excelsa (2016). As each of the others, Dolce Garden takes its inspiration from the vibrancy of Sicily but also introduces a new, fun and energetic emotion that allows your spirit to run free.

Dolce Garden by Dolce Gabbana Review

Bottle

The bottle is a soft pink and clear, translucent, an unfrosted container with a pink, floral cap and an adorable black, ribbon-tied bow to dress it up. It’s simple, classy, and tailored, just like the woman who wears it will present herself. Near the bottom “garden” is written in green to describe its natural base. It is available in 1.0 ounce (30mL), 1.7 ounce (50mL) or 2.5 ounce (75mL) bottles.

Packaging

The box is as similar to the bottle to be consistent with the series. Mostly pastel pink and displaying the signature Dolce black bow accent.

Colors

Pink evokes feminine and playful; black represents elegance; green associates with vegetation, as a garden’s dominant color.

Quality

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Notes

Continuing the foundation of the Dolce series, the top notes begin with white flowers. Additionally, there are juicy mandarin (fruity) and Magnolia (sweet) in the opening. Heart notes are coconut and frangipani blossoming petals. Finally, almond milk, vanilla, and sandalwood comprise of the base notes.

In conclusion, when one smells this, the feeling is pleasantly captivating. You recognize the fresh flowers and feel relaxed, but at the same time, you feel the need to be active and playful. It’s a great daytime, weekend, or change of pace fragrance. Wear it on your day off, be carefree and let your guard down! It won’t be your signature scent, but instead, it’s there all summer long to inspire you.

 

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Image Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana

Good Girl by Carolina Herrera Perfume Review

Good Girl by Carolina Herrera

In our inaugural blog, we promised our commitment to perfume reviews, updates, and new releases. This first fragrance review has them all. We shared,

“An instant hit that was launched in 2016. It portrays a seductive scent, yet offers a sensual and softer feminine vibe. In a gorgeous, classy bottle (that is not even a bottle) that is coveted by women, yet intimidating to men, the face of the fragrance is Karlie Kloss.”

So, which fragrance is it? Good Girl by Carolina Herrera! Yes, this fragrance is soft, yet powerfully seductive. Ladies, you will get awe-inspiring attention from your girlfriends, as well as distracted, complimentary attention from the men.

Good Girl by Carolina Herrera Review

Bottle

The bottle is a black and gold stiletto that is masterfully designed. Just as walking in a room, with each step you display confidence and femininity, so, too, does this bottle evoke all that a modern woman wants style, class, and independence. Most commonly found in a 2.7 ounce (80mL) or a 1.7 ounce (50mL) bottle.

Packaging

The slogan,

“It’s Good to Be Bad”

It is adorned on the front of the box, also featured in black and gold, and white.

Colors

Black represents mystery and elegance, while gold depicts wealth and glamour.

Quality

Eau de Parfum (EDP)

Notes

Top notes are primarily almond and coffee; heart notes are jasmine and tuberose; base notes are tonka bean and cocoa. A perfect mix of light and dark notes, the fragrance exposes the duality of a women’s personality.

Flankers

This fragrance also has four flankers:

  • Good Girl Glitter Collector (2017)
  • Good Girl Swarovski (2017)
  • Good Girl Velvet Fatale (2018)
  • Good Girl Legere (2018), most recently released

Face

Karlie Kloss grabs you with her elegant, mysterious, confident, and seductive look. Walking down the city street, her long-legged stature of over 6’ in a very becoming side-split, black evening dress, and her flowing blonde hair leads up to the focus of her powerful stride…black stiletto heels. A city girl (born in Chicago and raised in the St. Louis area), she now graces her beauty between the cities of L.A. and NYC.

Ladies, this is a must-have fragrance for your collection. Not only does it have a beautiful scent, it “feels” empowering and sensual. And, the bottle alone makes one think of femininity. Available at most department and perfume stores nationwide, find your stride to try the Good Girl Collection.

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