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“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.
As part of her role as Ambassador for BOSS JOUR Pour Femme Gwyneth Paltrow recently opened up about her love for the festive seasons and talked all things Christmas; including food, present shopping and styling tips!
Speaking about her Christmas Day rituals Gwyneth Paltrow said: ‘Our Christmas rituals are pretty much the same every year; it’s basically trying to keep the children in bed until at least 7am! Father Christmas always leaves a stocking at the end of their bed, which is great because then they wake up and they have lots of little bits to unwrap. Then they wake us up and they just go to town on the present opening. I do a lot of the cooking before Christmas but then I usually spend a lot of Christmas cooking too. All the smells, all of the mulled wine, all of the trimmings for the turkey. We like to have all the family around. A very traditional Christmas.’
Self-confessed ‘planner’ Gwyneth says she begins her Christmas shopping at least 2 months before because she likes to get things personalised but also admits that ‘men are really hard to shop for, much harder than women. Probably my husband, my brother, my husband’s brothers – they’re usually the hardest.’
A popular Christmas present for friends or family is a fragrance and this is also a regular item on Gwyneth’s Christmas shopping list ‘I think it’s nice to buy a fragrance that they’ve never tried, or buy them their favourite. It’s a luxury gift, it’s personal and it’s always wonderful to get perfume. I think it’s a nice time to try something new. But for people who are really married to their scent it’s also a really good time to give them that.’
Gwyneth does most of the cooking for the Christmas festivities and even though Gwyneth is well known for her uber-healthy eating habits, it is nice to see she also loves indulging at Christmas time ‘our Christmas dinner is very traditional – turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, pecan pie.
When it comes to her favourite Christmas party outfit style queen Gwyneth says ‘I always feel like I end up wearing something black. I have a number of black jumpsuits that are always very easy because then you don’t have to think about much else’ and she thinks ‘it’s a good idea to have a red lip at Christmas but I’m not very good at doing that so I usually just end up looking very natural.’
Gwyneth remains one of my top one of my favourite style/celeb crushes and as always she looks flawless in this campaign video for BOSS Jour Pour Femme. I personally really like both the BOSS Pour Femme fragrances. You can read my original reviews of BOSS Nuit here and BOSS Jour here.
Boss Jour Pour Femme is available in stores nationwide, priced from £35 (link) or perhaps a good present idea this Christmas could be the gift set which is available from Boots.com here. Have you tried one of the BOSS Pour Femme Fragrances yet?
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Back in September I was invited to HIX at Selfridges to get an exclusive first sniff at the Reiss fragrances for him and her! British Fashion House Reiss is one of my favourite top-end high street brands because of their their beautiful but affordable luxury clothing and accessories.
Having recently celebrated 40 years, founder and MD David Reiss felt now was time to branch out into the beauty industry starting with two debut fragrances – Reiss Grey Flower for Women and Reiss Black Oudh for Men. Both fragrances are modern classic scents with unique formulations featuring hand-picked ingredients that represent style, design and elegance, all at the heart of Reiss’ DNA.
Ingredients were handpicked by David together with award winning perfume designer Azzi Glasser to create unique scents. When I was at the launch at Selfridges I got to meet the ‘nose’ Azzi Glasser herself, who told us she’d actually spent nearly four years perfecting these two fragrances.
“Reiss has an artisan approach to clothes, the attention to detail is phenomenal and this is something that I immediately connected with. David [Reiss] has wanted to launch fragrances for years but he was adamant that they should be sexy and smell expensive. Luxury was key.” Azzi Glasser
Black Oudh for Men is an alluring and enticing fragrance opening with fresh aromatic top notes of Laurel Leaf and green Cypress, descending into the deepest Heart accord of Sequoia Wood, Clary Sage and Vetiver. Finally Black Oudh, Black Musk and Amber at the base make this a magnetic and alluring fragrance.
Azzi feels that a fragrance has to encapsulate a moment, which could be a mood or even something more tangible. About Black Oudh she said; “I was inspired by a man’s neck. That warm smell when he wakes up. It’s a little dewy. Very masculine and unique”.
Grey Flower for Women is a seductive, mysterious and deeply addictive fragrance. The Armoise and Pimento Berry balance the seductive centre of Sequoia Wood, Jasmine Noir and Cocoa Leaf, followed by the velvety warmth of an addictive base of skin musks, Olibanum, Amber Crystals and Patchouli and Baies leaving an unforgettable scent.
“Grey Flower gets its name from hydrangeas which have a beautiful greyness to them if you look closely. The idea was to go deep into the heart of the scents. But not towards florals, we wanted something richer, sexier”. - Azzi Glasser
I was very surprised with these two Reiss fragrances as they are definitely not anything commercial. They avoided anything floral and made a bold statement instead by going for deep, seductive base notes. They might not be for everyone but that what gives them an edge and makes Reiss stand out against the standard high street competition.
Reiss Grey Flower for Women EDP 100ml - £49.00, 50ml – £35.00 and 30ml – £25.00.
Reiss Black Oudh for Men EDP 100ml - £49.00, 50ml – £35.00.
The Reiss Fragrances are available online at www.reiss.com and at Reiss stores nationwide. Plus from Wednesday 4th December until Monday 16th December Reiss is offering a personalised engraving service (£5) at www.reiss.com/parfums. Could make a nice Christmas gift?
Have you tried these new fragrances yet?