Review: Milk & Honey Naturals Tres Natural Solid Parfum

Milk & Honey Naturals Tres Natural Solid Parfum

Milk & Honey Naturals Tres Natural Solid Parfum($6) is a handmade solid scent that is completely natural, no preservatives or alcohol added. The fragrance is a robust and feminine blend of rose, lily, mandarin, gardenia and iris. This perfume is a pure blend of natural fragrance, waxes and moisturizing oils and described as: spontaneous, natural, beautifully mischievous, willful and whimsical. I find the scent to be delicate yet sexy and not overwhelming.

I enjoyed how long this parfum lasted and did not fade after application. I checked my wrist throughout the day and there was no need to reapply. By the end of my work day the scent faded just a bit but still no need to touch up the fragrance. This is a great way to carry your scent is a small evening bag. This little box makes it easy to travel with your parfum; it will never spill in your bag and it easily passes the airline travel size requirements.

Swatch of Milk & Honey naturals Tres Naturel natural Solid Parfum

Ingredients:
Natural fragrance, castor seed oil, olive fruit oil, beeswax, carnauba wax, soybean oil, candelilla wax, sweet almond oil, vitamin E, cocoa butter and shea butter.

How to Use It
Rub finger onto the surface of the solid parfum, the parfum will melt a little, rub the oil butter and essential oil blend from your finger to the points you wish to scent on the body, traditionally the neck, wrists, and fold of the arm.

I remember solid parfum from my childhood but most major fragrance companies don’t make them. I love how this parfum does not use lots of chemical ingredients to achieve a beautiful scent. This parfum/perfume is available is several other natural scents that I cannot wait to try including: Aphrodite Fleurs, Layla Angelique, Belle Femme, Athena Joie, Juliet Amour and Artemis Noir.

Have you tried solid perfumes?

Elizabeth Arden Untold Parfum

Elizabeth Arden Untold Parfum

Since it’s recent launch I’ve been spritzing myself with Elizabeth Arden Untold. This slightly sweet feminine scent is bound to be a classic fragrance in years to come. This is the type of scent that will have people asking “what perfume are you wearing?” when you walk by.

About Untold:

Since 1922, Elizabeth Arden has been crafting fragrances as part of the brand’s holistic approach to beauty. Past classics like Red Door, 5th Avenue and Green Tea keep delighting women around the world and now, with UNTOLD, the brand is introducing a luxurious and modern rendition of a sensual floral composition.  Each note in the fragrance was selected to evoke a characteristic of the UNTOLD woman:

·         Vibrant: Sparkling Pink Pepper fused with crisp Bergamot expose her vibrant optimism and joyful spirit.

·         Unpredictable: Playful, fruity accents of Pear and Blackcurrant Bud LMR* evoke her unpredictable ways. 

·         Refined: Delicate Gardenia petals and intoxicating Egyptian Jasmine LMR * reveal her romantic and sophisticated femininity.

·         Mysterious: Nuances of Patchouli Heart LMR* and Sandalwood hint at her mysterious aura.

·         Sensual: Heated Ambers cascade over the caress of hypnotic Musk unveiling her magnetic sensuality. Lingering in the air is the unforgettable essence of her presence.

The fragrance is described as Feminine, Sophisticated, Luxurious, Modern and Sensual. And I’d have to say that this perfume is all of this and more. Today’s woman is so versatile and multifaceted having wearing so many hats in life. And this scent embodies that very aspect. Even the bottle is representative of the multifaceted nature of women.

The UNTOLD Elizabeth Arden Collection:

UNTOLD Eau De Parfum Spray                $79.00 (3.3 fl. oz./100 ml)

UNTOLD Eau De Parfum Spray                $59.00 (1.7 fl. oz./50 ml)

UNTOLD Eau De Parfum Spray                $49.00 (1.0 fl. oz./30 ml)

UNTOLD Body Cream                    $45.00 (6.8 oz./200 ml)

UNTOLD Shower Gel                    $38.00 (6.8 fl. oz./200 ml)

When I first tried this scent, I could not stop smelling my wrist. So many fragrances have a strong alcohol scent before the fragrance dries but this one thankfully did no. I can see myself wearing the scent all year long, it’s just so elegant and beautiful. It can effortlessly be worn during the day and into the evening. Have you tried UNTOLD?

Holiday Shopping: Sephora Value gift sets!

If you’re anything like me, you wait until the last possible second for holiday shopping. Every year right after Thanksgiving, I promise myself I will not let the time get the best of me, and I will really get my shopping done before Christmas. This is it, this will be the year. The year I will not be racing to the mall, trying to put together gift bags, rushing to get the perfect gifts together. I will not lose sleep, I will get it all done before Christmas morning.

Lip Glosses, Perfumes, Blush sets, Oh My!

Nars Kiss Mini Larger Than Life, $55 ($94 value)
Fragrance Sampler for Her, $50 ($105 value)
The Finest Shave: Deluxe Sampler for Him, $25 ($65 value)

This year, my closest girlfriends and family members will all be recieving value sets from Sephora. Sephora puts together these amazing gift sets, at reasonable prices, making them impossible to resist. Brands such as Tarte, Lorac, Nars and Korres put out best-selling beauty gift sets around this time of year. Even brands such as Philosophy and Soap and Glory put out skin care and shower sets. Also, Sephora releases perfume/cologne sampler sets which makes a great gift as well, for men and women!

I think these sets make the perfect gift for friends and family, and all are sold at reasonable prices. Each value set has nice packaging, so all that you’d need is a cute gift bag or bow on top!

What do you think of these Sephora holiday gift sets?

 

 

Lipstick and Luxury LOVES Demeter Dragon Fruit Fragrance

Dragon Fruit Demeter Fragrance

For the longest time I’ve had my eye on Demeter fragrances. I’m a perfume girl, I love wearing fragrance every single day and I’d read great things about Demeter. So I was very pleasantly surprised to find a bottle in my gift bag from Lucky FABB.

Demeter makes fragrances without the use of artificial colors, binders or emulsifiers. I really love this trend towards a more organic approach to beauty! And their fragrances are made using the highest degree of natural ingredients possible -which is all that we are asking for from our beauty products. The icing on the cake is that Demeter is also cruelty-free, I can appreciate that.

The scent that I received was Dragon Fruit, the scent is fruitfully sweet yet fresh. According to Demeter, ‘Dragon Fruit is created with leafy green notes intertwined with juicy Dragon Fruit, citrus zest and soft floral and wood hints.’ I fell in lust at first spray, the scent is so juicy, fruity and lush, reminiscent of a tropical island. There is no harsh alcohol scent, just pure fragrance. Although I think that Dragon Fruit is a great lively summer fragrance I may find myself spritzing this during the winter to remind myself of warmer days.

What fragrance are you wearing this week?

Oscar de la Renta Essential Luxuries Collection

Oscar de la Renta Essential Luxuries Collection

I attended a fragrance preview for Oscar de la Renta Essential Luxuries Collection. The collection of six fragrances is inspired by experiences and scents that have touched the life of Mr. de la Renta. One of the scents in this collection, Sargasso, was inspired by the Sargasso Sea, known for its distinctive marine vegetation. The seaweed that washes up on the beach at Mr. de la Renta’s home there, inspired him and he wanted to capture this essence in a fragrance. This was one of my favorite scents out of the collection, its fresh with notes of citrus and watery cucumber.

Oscar de la Renta Essential Luxuries perfume collection

The other scents, Oriental Lace, Mi Corazón, Coralina, Santo Domingo and Granada have interesting stories behind them. Santo Domingo was inspired by the flowers, the colors and sunshine of the Dominican Republic, Mr. De la Renta’s birthplace. Oriental Lace was inspired by the textures of Oscar de la Renta’s runway collections. Mr. de la Renta wanted to create a fragrance for his daughter Eliza so he created Mi Corazón, this fragrance embodies his devotion to his family and his passion for gardening. Coralina drew inspiration from the Coralina stone, indigenous to the Dominican Republic. And Granada was inspired by an earl memory from a trip to Spain and the lush gardens of jasmine, roses and orange trees.

If you;re unsure of which fragrance to get,  a quick digital quiz will help you pick a scent from the collection that best suites your style and personality. The scent that this quiz chose for me was Santo Domingo. It’s warm fragrance with notes of spicy mandarin and patchouli. It also can be worn by a man or a woman, I love that.

Will you be checking out these new fragrances from Oscar de la Renta?

This collection is available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue New York, saksfifthavenue.com, Oscar de la Renta boutiques and oscardelarenta.com, $150/3.4 oz.

Summer just got sweeter with Lavanila Laboratories Vanilla Summer Roller Ball Perfume

Lavanila Laboratories Vanilla Summer Roller Ball Perfume

With Summer here everything is simply lighter, our carefree attitudes, less cumbersome clothing and of course we can’t forget our beauty routine. One area that I’m guilty of not switching up during the seasonal change is my fragrance. I usually just wear whatever I’m in lust with at the moment. But change is good and I’ve been playing with body sprays and looking for something that is playful and pretty for summer.

Enter Lavanila Laboratories Vanilla Summer Roller Ball, an all natural fragrance, free of toxic ingredients that happens to smell quite intoxicating. Lavanila uses sugar cane alcohol infused with pure essentials oils like Goji and grapefruit along with vitamins to give your skin a healthy boost. So this perfume is actually good for you to use, I love that!

Lavanila Laboratories roller ball up close photo

During summer months the weather seems to always make me fantasize about exotic locations and days at the beach. And that is exactly what Lavanila had in mind when they created this scent. This beachy-vanilla scent is warm and inviting and softly lingers throughout the day. This scent is a nice addition to my summer perfume arsenal because its sweet yet not overpowering. Its ease to carry in your purse for those all so important end of day touch-ups. Housed in a square spill-proof bottle its ideal when traveling on the weekend when space in your tote is limited.

Do you change your fragrance every season?

Lavanila Laboratories Vanilla Summer Healthy Roller Ball $19.00

Disclosure: The product featured in this review was provided for editorial consideration. Receipt of this product did not guarantee review and all opinions are my own.

Hello Lover, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Perfume

Dolce and Gabbana Light blue perfume for women

Fragrance is one of my favorite pleasures in life, it’s so intimate and yet revealing at the same time. Fragrance can really set the mood, whether you want to be playful, sexy, romantic or sweet. That’s why I like to keep my counter stocked with at least ten different fragrances at any time, I like to have a lot of options. While I have my favorites, I never ever wear the same scent every day. So as you can imagine, receiving a gift of perfume at Christmas is always a welcome surprise to me.

This year a family member of mine, gave me Dolce & Gabbana, light blue. And while this isn’t a new fragrance, it’s one that I’ve never owned. I took one sniff and I instantly fell in love with this scent. Here are the ingredients:
Sicilian Citron, Bluebell, Granny Smith apple, Jasmine Sambac, Bamboo, White rose, Cedar wood, Amber, Musk

Generally I lean toward softer scents during the day and even more so during the Spring and Summer months; for the Fall and Winter heavier, muskier scents are the one that I’m drawn to. However when I find a beautiful fragrance, all rules go out the window. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue is admittedly on the softer side but extremely intoxicating! On days when I want a perfume that is refreshing and lively, this is what I’ll be reaching for. What are you wearing this holiday season?

Review: Burberry Body Fragrance

Burberry Body Eau du Parfum

Fragrance is such personal thing, afterall scent can evoke emotion and even memories. It’s no wonder that we’re so drawn to scent, especially beautiful ones! I’ve always been a “perfume girl”, meaning that I like to wear perfume on a daily basis. Even if I’m in my house lounging, I’ll still give one of my favorite perfume a spritz. I don’t wear the same fragrance every day, although I do have my favorites! Some perfumes are just for summer, some are perfect for work and some are so subtle that they’re perfect for the evening

Burberry Body Fragrance is an intensely floral and powdery scent that is deeply romantic. The refined fressia and rose notes seductively stand out in this floral blend. But the scent is not really sweet but rather rich and musky. This is definitely a romantic evening scent as I’ve worn in during the day before. At first spray, the scent is very intense so it’s not the type of fragrance that you lather on. Just a subtle hint of scent on the pulse points will do with this iconic fragrance.

Burberry Body fragrance review
Burberry Body Fragrance

BURBERRY invites you to discover the new fragrance for women. BURBERRY BODY is a feminine and sensual floral woody fragrance with an eclectic combination of luxurious, refined notes.  The scent has top notes of fresh green absinthe, illuminating elegant peach and refined freesia. The floral bouquet of natural rose absolute and iris blends gently with subtle warm tones of sandalwood to form the heart notes. Woody cashmeran, creamy vanilla, sensual amber and musk compose the base notes of this unique and seductive fragrance.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Burberry via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Burberry.

Betsey Johnson previews new fragrance, Too Too

Betsey Johnson Too Too preview perfume event at Milk Studios

I attended fragrance preview for Betsey Johnson’s new perfume, Too Too, held at Milk Studios in New York City. The event was only something that the iconic designer could conceive – dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, a dance performance by the Stephen Petronio Company and lots of cupcakes and mimosa’s. Well there was other food there but was mildly obsessed with the sweet treats.

Betsey’s  years as a dancer inspired this fragrance, hence the name Too Too. I had NO idea that Betsey was a dancer and that explains a lot! You see Betsey is 69 years old and she has more enthusiasm for life than I’ve seen in some twenty-somethings. She obviously has a passion for fashion and life and it shows – look at her moves!

The fragrance is fruity with floral notes but also undeniably youthful. And what I love most about this fragrance is that it IS youthful which is everything that Betsey embodies. The fragrance is composed of sweet passion fruit, mandarin, ginger along with strawberrry with Jasmin, Bulgarian rose, patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla bottom notes. The bottle is pink and black with lots of leopard along with flowers and tulle. Betsey taps into her own personal style and adorns the bottle with her namesake Betsey Johnson ribbon.

Betsey Johnson Too Too perfume event preview

The dancers were doing the most in their Tu-Tu’s for the Too Too event!

The event was too fun and the fragrance is as inspiring and it is beautiful. Too Too will launch in October 2011 exclusively at Sephora through April 2012, followed by department stores and specialty boutiques.

2011 FiFi Awards and Celebration

Tomorrow, The Fragrance Foundation will be honoring VIP’s from the fragrance industry otherwise known as The FiFi® Awards. The FiFi® Awards are MAJOR and they are known as the “Oscars” of the fragrance world. With categories like Fragrance of the Year, Interior Scent Collection of the Year and Best Packaging and Media Campaign this award show will prove to be very interesting. I took a quick peak at some of this years nominees and I was pleased to see that some of my vanity table favorites made the list, like: ALIEN by Thierry Mugler, Gucci Guilty and Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey.

I’ll be watching closely to see who the 2011 winners are since fragrance is always an essential part of my day. Perhaps I’ll come find my next great scent to sweep me off my feet. Well even if only for a moment. Besides it’s rumored that Halle Berry and Jean Paul Gaultier will be in the room and that is absolutely fabulous… You can watch the livestream below tomorrow, Wednesday May 25th at 6:45PM EST/3:45PM PT.

 

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