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While I’ve been on holiday I’ve been loving the Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil fragrance. It’s pretty much like summer in a bottle!
Sparkling with luscious, sun-kissed freshness, the new Eau de Cartier has been infused with a note of freshly pressed passion fruit. Combined with a zesty hint of mint like a summer breeze, Zeste de Soleil is a natural and exotic interpretation of the original Eau.
The passion fruit smells delicious and fresh and it dries down to a nice sunny, juicy tropical smell. I’m used to wearing more Eau de Perfums these days however so do find the Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil doesn’t last as long as I would like. But for days on the beach or a summery evening out that doesn’t matter too much – as it’s just a nice fresh and summery added touch! Also, I love that the bottle can twist close for ease of travel – an added bonus!
Cartier Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil is available in 50, 100 and 200 ml Eau de Toilette. Have you tried this fragrance before or what perfume are you loving this summer?
There are perhaps only a handful of perfumes that could be considered as being ‘iconic’ and one of those, I think, is Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier. Longevity is pretty rare in the fast moving world of perfume (around 1200+ fragrances are launched every year) and the reality is that creating a perfume that is successful and becomes an icon is very tricky.
Did you know that Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier first saw the light of day in 1993? It was his first venture into fragrances, where the designer wanted to replicate his universe: a mixture of genres, ideas and cultures, but always very “couture”. He felt a fragrance for the Gaultier woman should be fairylike, powerful, ideal and sensual. The result was Classique, a sweet but very feminine composition featuring amber, rose and musk which embody sensuality to the extreme. Classique is one of my all-time-favourite fragrances that I have repurchased time after time. It really is such a classic!
This summer Jean Paul Gaultier has once again launched the annual limited edition summer versions of Classique, Le Male and Le Beau Male. The theme for 2014 is inspired by the colorful sea world. Classique Summer 2014 arrives in characteristic female shaped bottle form, with illustrations of mermaids, corals, pearl sea shells and starfish and has notes of mandarin, lemon, rose, orange blossom, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lily, iris, vanilla, musk and amber.
The summer edition is slightly different to the original Classique fragrance because it’s a bit lighter and fresher due to the touch of fruity refreshment. But it’s very lovely and perfect for switching it up from the original for the sunshine season. Jean Paul Gaultier ‘Classique’ Summer Ea de Toilette (100ml / £40 / €59) is available now worldwide.
Have you ever tried Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier? Well if not, or you are a cult-fan of the fragrance like me – here is your chance to WIN a SIGNED bottle (yes by the man Jean Paul Gaultier himself) of the original Classique fragrance!
Pretty awesome right? The rules: you can enter below, the giveaway is open internationally and closes on the 24th May. What are you waiting for? GOOD LUCK!
“I love perfume. I have worked with fragrances in the past and I’m thrilled to be launching new ones again today. I love women’s fragrances and men’s fragrances. They make life more beautiful. Perfume is like fashion for the nose.” – Karl Lagerfeld.
I think it’s so true that perfume is like fashion for the nose. It’s a way to express yourself. This spring Karl Lagerfeld is relaunching his fragrance category with two new signature scents, one for women and one for men. Here a quick look at the new Karl Lagerfeld Fragrance for women.
The new scents for men and women are based on Lagerfeld’s desire to create fragrances that echo his edgy style, while still feeling classic. The women’s version uses notes of lemon, peach, roses, magnolias, plumeria, and ambery woody notes, while the men’s scent is centered around an aromatic fern with lavender, mandarin zest, apple, violet leaves, sandalwood, and an amber blend.
Speaking about his new scent to Marie Claire recently, Karl said, “Today’s fashion is no longer simply about clothing. It is about the whole package – not just accessories or glasses, but fragrances, too. It is important for a brand to have its own signature perfume. A fragrance is as important as a piece of clothing.”
I have enjoyed wearing the Karl Lagerfeld Fragrance for women recently. It has a contemporary edge to it but also a sophisticated elegance. The fragrances, which start at £32 for 25ml, are now available exclusively at Harrods until 23 March and nationwide from 24 March. Are you curious to try this new fragrance?
Spring is in the air! And with the weather now slowly warming up, the sun shining and the trees in blossom, it means I also start changing up the fragrances I wear during the day. Instead of choosing stronger and warmer fragrances, I am now loving more fresh and floral perfumes. A new addition to my (ever growing) fragrance collection is the just launched perfume by Elie Saab L’Eau Couture.
L’Eau Couture was inspired by the designers Ready-to-Wear 2014 Spring/Summer collection, in which delicate fabrics as light as petals chisel a magical fusion between woman and nature. It’s all about capturing blossoming in an urban springtime setting. Light, dreamy with a feel of couture is what Elie Saab has always succeeded in portraying to his public and the same applies to this new perfume.
“We started thinking about how we can say spring in the city. We wanted to have a l’eau, but a l’eau that is balanced with something that is really linked to a fashion DNA, which is the reason why we created L’Eau Couture. It is really the encounter between the l’eau segment and the couture universe.” Francis Kurkdjian
Elie Saab L’Eau Couture is a soft almondy floral fragrance that also includes delicate notes of bergamot, rose, lemon, orange blossom, crisp green almond and vanilla infusion. This fragrance totally embodies spring to me because it is fresh and crisp but still has a level of sensuality and sophistication. Elie Saab Le Parfum L’Eau Couture is now available in 30, 50 and 90 ml Eau de Toilette with prices ranging from £31 – £66.
Do you start changing your perfumes as the weather heats up too?
Balmain, the Parisian fashion house, are launching a brand new fragrance for women this February called ‘Extatic’. Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing designs with a very specific woman in mind and, when it came to their latest fragrance, that woman was the focus once more.
“Extatic is the perfect reflection of Balmain fashion: sexy, glamorous, daring… It’s like one of our gowns: able to reveal the sensuality of the woman who wears it.”
Balmain Extatic is a feminine and sparkling fragrance full of daring and sensuality. Extatic opens with a twinkling floral fruity note of nashi pear, rose and osmanthus. It also contains chocolate-scented orchid, iris and night jasmine. And the scent ends with notes of amyris, cashmere wood and a touch of Barenia leather, a nod to the flagship material of the Balmain wardrobe.
I like the simple black and gold design of the bottle – it’s very classic and feels very Balmain. What I really like about this fragrance is that it is soft and feminine enough to wear during the day but also sexy and glamourous enough to carry you through into a night out.
Extatic Eau De Parfum available in 90ml, 60ml and 40ml & priced from £36 / €42. Balmain Extatic Eau de Parfum will be available exclusively at Harrods from 20th January 2014, then at selected department stores nationwide from the 3rd of February 2014.