Liz’s fragrance picks for the season for women.

DKNY Nectar Love EDP

This warm, velvety inspired by honey & bees fragrance is a Floral, Fruity, Gourmand fragrance. Must admit that I don’t enjoy the opening of this fragrance, it however settles down beautifully. I suggest that you must wait for any fragrance to settle down before making a decision as a fragrance takes 30 minutes to come alive on your skin. It’s distinctive, it dazzles & is irresistible & I adore the dry down of beeswax, woods, vanilla & musk. DKNY Nectar Love Eau de Parfum fragrance is different to the normal DKNY scents and is perfect for your Autumn & Winter wardrobe. I adore the beautiful bottle which has a gold bee on the cap & a glass bee on the bottle. You cannot miss the box on the DKNY shelves in-store, shaded from soft orange to gold. If you love a scent with a gourmand twist, you will enjoy this one so get into store to test the fragrance which was launch in late 2017. This fragrance makes a fabulous gift for that special woman in your life.

Top notes – Grapefruit, Mandarin, Nectarine, Freesia & Solar Notes

Heart – Jasmine, Lilly of the Valley & Mirabelle

Base notes – Beeswax, Cedar, Vanilla, Musk & Neroli

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Gucci Guilty

Gucci Guilty Absolute for her & for him

After a successful launch of Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Homme, Gucci launches Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme Eau de Pafum.

I am really pleased that they launched a feminine version & like the scent from the minute I spray it, to when it settles down on my skin. I find that I am constantly sniffing my skin during the day when I have used the scent (this must be a good sign that I love the juice) The fragrance merges with Blackberry, Patchouli, Bulgarian Rose, Golden Wood & Bergamot. A non traditional Chypre/Fruity fragrance for a contemporary woman.

I can only describe the scent as a romantic feminine fragrance for any time of the year & for any occasion whether you are dressed up or dressed down.

Available at Edgars now & all other retailers from 19 February 2018.

30ml R995, 50ml R1 385 & 75ml R1 825

If you are looking for a woody fragrance then Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Homme is the answer, launched last year.

This male version is bold, earthy & definitely masculine with Leather, Patchouli, Cypress Golden Wood & Vetiver. If you looking to make a statement when entering a room then try this ultra dry woody fragrance you will be pleasantly surprised.

Please let me have your thoughts once you have been in store to test the fragrance.

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Valentine’s Day suggestion

We shouldn’t wait to be romantic but we do so, here are just 2 fragrances that would make an ideal gift for the month of romance.

One of my favourite brands is Michael Kors not only for his beautiful handbags but also beautiful fragrances, here are 2 picks for the month & day of

LOVE.

Michael Kors Wonderlust Sensual Essence Eau de Parfum

An oriental/woody fragrance

Firstly I love the message from Michael Kors on the inside of the box

“An infinate desire for adventure romance and discovery”

Key notes of Black Cherry, Peony, Jasmine & Amber

It’s not surprising that I adore this fragrance especially as the scent has Peony. To me its almost gourmandy in a way and it’s a rich fragrance.

I would definitely wear this one in the evening.

Michael Kors Wonderlust Eau de Parfum 

An oriental/floral/gourmand fragrance

Key notes Almond Milk, Dianthus, Benzoin Siam & Sandalwood

I really like this version as well and like the Almond milk in it, I find this one slightly lighter than the Sensual Essence although an Eau de Parfum.

These Michael Kors fragrances are both fabulous for different reasons and make a great gift for the LOVE of your life.

Love the gorgeous cartons & bottles of both fragrances & must admit that I wear both scents for different occasions.

There are very few fragrances I dislike which could sound crazy but so true, have loved every minute of working in the industry.

Long may it last

Lancome La Vie Est Belle L’eclat

I have been a fan of the Lancome La Vie Est Belle range since they launched & love the way they reinvent the fragrance over the years with new & different versions. The newly launched La Vie Est Belle L’Eclat De Parfum can only be described as happiness in a bottle. The meaning of its name of the fragrance is  “Life is more beautiful” the fragrance is feminine & joyful & not only is life is beautiful but also life is love.

The new story of beauty took two years to create, a new Eau de Parfum, it’s crisp, radiant and dazzles. The fragrance opens with Bergamot, the heart is Orange blossom & white flowers & the base or I like to call it the soul of the fragrance has Sandalwood & vanilla. It develops within 30 minutes into a smooth a floral, freshness, gourmand scent.

The bottle dazzles with a crystal smile with 221 studs each with 5 facets, its a ray of light. I find that when I select a fragrance for the day from my collection of fragrances I am attracted to the beautiful bottles of which this is one of them.

The new version is by far my favourite & I like to wear it in the evening.

Lancome La Vie Est Belle L’eau de Parfum is a gourmand fragrance with dominant notes of Patchouli, Vanilla & Praline.

Lancome La Vie Est Belle Intense is a fabulous floral, gourmand fragrance with dominant notes of Hazelnuts & whipped cream.

Julia Roberts has been the global ambassadar for Lancome La Vie Est Belle since 2009, the perfect fit for this fantastic fragrance range.

 

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DIPTYQUE

What is it about warmer weather? It really does lift our spirits, we wear less clothing in beautiful colours, sandals, hats & sunglasses. All we want to do is to be outdoors to enjoy this special time of year. I just love it when the colourful buds come out on the plants & trees get their leaves & things all of a sudden seem to be greener. With all of this in mind it is time to put away those darker deeper scents & choose lighter, refreshing, brighter scents.

I have started a love affair with the French brand Diptyque which has been around for over 50 years. Thrilled that it’s available at Skins on the upper level on Sandton City near the WW ladies wear entrance & soon at Edgars Mall of Africa

I adore that their scents are unusual, they make me feel refreshed at the same time brighter. I am often asked by both men & women what fragrance are you wearing. Its also great that their scents are gender free.

Diptyque Philosykos EDT has been around since 1996 & continues to be one of their top sellers. Can only be described as a Greek sun kissed scent & almost like ripe figs. Its a Chypre fragrance for those beautiful Spring & Summer days. Top notes of fig leaves & figs, the heart of the scent has coconut & green notes & the base has cedar, woody notes & fig tree. I really love this scent & will wear it often during Summer.

 

Lets talk scented candles. I have about 25 at the moment & yes there is nothing nicer than the beautiful smell that a scented candle leaves in your home. I received this fabulous Diptyque Baies scented candle. All I can say is that this candle blows the other brands out of the park. The scent when opening the box is powerful, so powerful that I placed it in my lingerie draw first before taking it out & burning it. I love that the room is scented for hours after burning it. It contains Bulgarian roses & black current leaves. I would like to describe the scent as a bouquet of roses, green yet fresh. It’s wonderful. Diptyque carries a wide range of products, scents, candles, room diffusers, room sprays, body care to name just a few products available in the range. I suggest you explore the brand & let me know your thoughts.

 

Stella Mc Cartney POP Bluebell EDP

I am really excited that Spring has started a little early this year, lets hope it stays that way. With this in mind Stella Mc Cartney POP Bluebell Eau de Parfum is just what we need. Its very unusual if you are looking for something different that will stand out in the crowd & cause a conversation this is the scent for you.  I can only say that is gentle & yet warm at the same time & great for Spring & Summer when you wear less clothing. It launched in store yesterday 14 August 2017 & is the 2nd of the  Stella Mc Cartney POP range.

The English Bluebell is an endangered species & it’s illegal to pick, POP Bluebell uses a special way to extract the distinctive scent without any damage to the plant. Its a floral/woody fragrance with tomato leaf, violet leaf & green mandarin in the top note. The heart which is the core & the most dominant part of the fragrance is bell flower, violet, tuberose & frangipani & the base notes which create the lasting impression & plays an  important part of the fragrance has sandal wood, cedar & musk. I find it difficult to describe other than different & that the woody notes are not overpowering. The packaging & bottle is lovey & easy to spray without removing a lid.