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Heaven Scent: Top New Fragrances To Covet

Nothing makes you feel more “dressed” than a glam, new fragrance. And the upcoming change of seasons is the perfect time to try something new. Here are SHESAID’s pick of luscious and luxurious, new scents heading to a beauty counter near you.

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1. Supermodel return:
Diary date this one, ladies – to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its iconic perfume, Euphoria, Calvin Klein Fragrances is heralding the return of supermodel Natalia Vodianova. The original face of Euphoria, Vodianova will once more front the new fragrance which debuted globally this month and is coming to Australia this September.

The women’s fragrance, which is said to represent confidence, strength, and femininity, is an addictive oriental composed of exotic fruits, seductive florals and a rich creamy signature. Also launching in September is a new limited-edition euphoria Calvin Klein fragrance for women and men, Euphoria Essence Calvin Klein. Stay tuned for more details. Find them all at leading department stores and selected pharmacies nationally.

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2. Lost in a dream: Pretty as a picture, the new Daisy Dream Forever eau de parfum, 50ml, $120, is on-counter from August 3. Inspired by eternal blue skies, the fragrance is aimed at embodying the youthful reverie and ethereal charm of Marc Jacob’s dream girl. A deeper interpretation of the signature fragrance’s key notes of blackberry, blue wisteria and white woods, Daisy Dream Forever is a delightful new addition to any fragrance wardrobe. And I’m loving the elegant, new bottle with its pretty, lace-like, frosted blue daisy details. Find it at leading department stores, Sephora and selected pharmacies nationally. Phone 1800 812 663 for more information.

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3. From Paris with love: This September, Miu Miu’s first fragrance for women will be unveiled, so mark this one down in your diaries too, ladies. With young, sophisticated and graceful French-English actor Stacy Martin as its face, the fragrance is set to prove popular with fashionistas. It comes from Miu Miu designer Miuccia Prada, who is renowned for her vision and aversion to convention. Created by Prada at Paris in 1993, Miu Miu exudes femininity, feminism, luxury and intelligence. Stay tuned for more details.
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4. She’s a haute hippie: The bohemian, new Vera Wang Hippie Princess eau de toilette spray, 50ml, $49, celebrates being spirited, carefree and cool, says its equally hip designer. Hippie Princess, which is the newest fragrance in Wang’s iconic Princess line, is on-counter from August 10, so is something lovely for us perfume fiends to look forward to. It’s an exotic fruity floral and screams spring/summer, huzzah!

The fragrance opens with a playful indulgence of red mango and white freesia, which balance out the juicy notes of apricot nectar and smooth lotus flower at the heart. Soft blonde woods, sheer pink musk and vanilla warm the fragrance as it dries down on the skin. I’m also loving this beautiful bottle design: a cool magenta paisley pattern featuring an over-sized teal heart and shiny gold crown. Find it at Priceline, Chemist Wharehouse and selected pharmacies nationally. Phone 1800 812 663 for more information.

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July 29, 2015

Unlocking The Secret Of Sexual Scents

If you are always on the look out for new ways to improve your sex life, you really need to be in on the secret of sexual scents. Those in the know have been sniffing their way to great sex for years and it’s about time you joined them! Much like gender specific pheromones which attract the opposite sex, different fragrances, aromas and scents do much the same thing and are well known natural aphrodisiacs.

It’s important to know the basic science behind scent and sexual enhancement to make it work best for you. Particular scents provoke memories. This is because these systems in our brains are interconnected. It’s the memories which can put us in a positive or negative mood. If a woman is in a positive mood, she becomes more receptive to attraction and advances. Simple isn’t it. The same can be said of men, plus some scents promote blood flow which improves sexually physical responses, like erections. Obviously it’s much more involved, but that’s the basics.

Now, before we go into which smells are recommended, please keep in mind that a bulk of the research is out of the USA. This may explain why Pumpkin Pie seems to rate so highly. If studies were confined to Australians smells like the beach maybe more prevalent. That’s why understanding the science can help you tailor particular aromas which work better for different people.

First up we have a gender divided chart created by Dr Alan Hirsch, a neurologist and psychiatrist. He operates the Smell & Taste Research and Treatment Foundation in Chicago and also developed the science of aromachology, which is the study of how odor impacts mood and human behavior.

For women, Hirsch recommends the following scents in order of potency:

Licorice or cucumber

Lavender or pumpkin pie spice

Baby powder and chocolate

Women’s perfume

For men, Hirsch recommends the following scents in order of potency:

Lavender and pumpkin pie spice

Licorice and doughnut

Pumpkin pie spice and doughnut

Orange

Lavender and doughnut

Licorice and cola

Licorice

Doughnut and cola

Buttered popcorn

Cranberry

Now, Hirsch is an American researcher. Notice the items on these lists are related to his culture which may provoke positive memories as well as enhance blood flow? It’s not that his list isn’t valid to Aussies, but be mindful of how scent effects memories, emotion and sex.

Below are more generic scents which can be found world wide. If you are after a particular sexual response like assistance maintaining an erection or making sex last longer, use these specific scents and try them out.

Black pepper

Black Pepper is meant to increase stamina and strength. Great for anyone wanting their man to last longer.

Clary sage

It has a musky, woody, sweet scent which is especially helpful for women with sexual dysfunctions such as low libido, as it reduces anxiety, increases energy and desire. It’s sexual healing properties, are also used for men.

Frankincense

A spicy wood aroma, this scent mimics sex hormones and therefore has powerful aphrodisiac properties. It is also known to relieve anxiety and depression. Often depression can reduce libido, so having this scent around should help.

Ginger and cinnamon

Spices which produce a heat when you eat them, often increase vitality and libido. Plus, a small drop of cinnamon on the genitals can induce sexual stimulation.

Jasmine

Is a strong scent which invokes strong emotions, strength, warmth, lasting affection and connection.

Lavender

In every sense lavender is a winner. It reduced anxiety which can lead to performance anxiety and decreases blood pressure. Like rose, it has properties which produce positivity and it excellent for both men and women.

Lime

Awakens the senses, opens communication channels, eases anxiety, adds a lightness in the air.

Musk

Musk is likened to testosterone, so it’s a winner with the ladies.

Patchouli

Some people liken patchouli to snuggling in the forest or the scent of the sixties. If you are from that era, it might evoke some strong memories of the free sex days to light your fire! It has a deep sweet earthy scent , which will be more popular for the ladies.

Peppermint

Much like the effects of Lime, providing a lightness in the air, but peppermint is so much better! Pure peppermint is essential, because anything else will have little effect.

Rose
The smell of roses makes a person feel positively, soothed, calm and relaxed. Therefore, they are offered as an aphrodisiac. Men have been bringing women freshly picked roses for centuries and now you know why!

Sandalwood

This is more of a man’s scent and has been proven to work wonders with impotence and anxiety. It is also said to induce sexual urges.

Vanilla

For men and women. It is calming, soothing and relaxing, which removes tension and lowers inhibition.

Vetiver

Is similar to patchouli with a hint of lemon. It has a very strong scent which can produce powerful emotional reactions and has properties which can remove the sense of fear. This is excellent for anyone who has experienced sexual trauma.

Ylang ylang

Is a powerful aphrodisiac. It increases libido, energy, attraction, emotion and reduces anxiety.

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November 13, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: Sexy Summer Fragrances For Him And Her

Coco Chanel allegedly once said: “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” Now, clearly Coco needed to seriously lighten up, but she does make a good point in that a fine fragrance is a wardrobe essential – for both men and women. Here, SHESAID has done the hard work for you this Christmas, with our top picks of both men’s and women’s fragrance Christmas coffrets, new-to-counter. Scents deeply influence emotions, so all the more reason to gift yourself or others the joy of these gorgeous, sophisticated and delectable summer offerings.

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All fragrances, unless stated otherwise, are stocked at Libertine Parfumerie, via www.libertineparfumerie.com.au, as well exclusively through selected David Jones, Myer and Harrolds department stores and niche perfumeries in Australia and New Zealand. Visit www.agencedeparfum.com.au for more information.

For Her

Penhaligon’s Ellenisia Eau De Parfum, 100ml, $219: Love your floral scents, ladies? Ellenisia is an extravagant floral containing heady, white blooms wrapped in swathes of sweet plum and vanilla. Elegant and romantic, it has top notes of bergamot, mandarin zest, violet leaves and pear. Bliss! Even better, this baby comes in a special Christmas gift set of Ellenisia EDP, 50ml, and hand cream for $169.

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Robert Piguet Fracas Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $199: Lauded as “the most Parisian of fashion designers,” Robert Piguet’s perfumes exude luxury. And Fracas, described as the “Ferrari” of fragrances, is the jewel in the crown of his collection. This cult fragrance worn by screen legends Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot is an intoxicating combination of tuberose, gardenia and orange blossom. At once sensual and sweet, it has top notes of bergamot and mandarin. A special Christmas coffret, $199, is the ultimate gift, containing both a 100ml EDP fragrance and 200ml body lotion.

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Amouage Gold Woman Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $395: I wore this opulent and sensual, best-selling floral fragrance on my wedding day, I love it so much. And now, it makes the perfect Christmas gift! A Gold Woman 100ml EDP and 300ml Body Milk set, $395, are encased in delicate marble-like gift boxes – oh yes please, Santa baby! This soft floral has top notes of lily of the valley, rockrose and frankincense and I can tell you my husband loved it on our big day, too. Amouage also has luxurious fragrance sets in its other premier scents.

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Costume National Scent Intense Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $199: With its magnetic and sensual effect, Scent Intense is the strongest version in the Costume National Scent Trilogy. The woody oriental is a best-seller for its gorgeous top notes of jasmine tea, heart notes of mother of pearl and hibiscus flower and base notes of amber. Grab the special Christmas coffret while you can, also $199, as it comprises Intense 100ml EDP, 100ml Shower Cream and 100ml Body Lotion. Winning!

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For Him

Amouage Reflection Man Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $340: This sexy woody oriental has top notes of orange leaves (bitter), peppercorns (red) and rosemary. Mmm. Reflection Man is refined, elegant and sensual. It ain’t a best-seller for nothing, so chances are you’re man will love it too. Better yet, gift him this Christmas with the Reflection Man 100ml EDP & 300ml Shower Gel pack, encased in delicate marble-like gift boxes, $340. This is excellent bang for your buck!

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Costume National Homme Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $189: The Italian fashion house teamed up with one of world’s great perfumerers – Dominique Ropion of Calvin Klein Euphoria and Thierry Mugler of Alien fame – to create their first dedicated men’s fragrance. And this best-selling woody oriental doesn’t disappoint with its top notes of grapefruit, cardamom and bergamot. Now, your man can smell like heaven thanks to the lush Christmas coffret comprised of a Homme 100ml EDP and 100ml Hair and Body Wash for $189.

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Issey Miyake Nuit d’Issey Pour Homme Eau de Toilette, 125ml, $125: This masculine and powerful scent is said to draws its strength from the mystery of nature. Fresh notes of bergamot and grapefruit blend with addictive notes of tonka beans for an elegant finish. Loving the sexy, black bottle – your modern metrosexual is bound to love this one! It’s a woody/spicy fragrance that’s sharp, crisp and mysterious. Hot! Find it at David Jones stores and via davidjones.com.au.

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Bvlgari Man in Black Eau de Parfum, 100ml, $111: Bvlgari celebrated its 130-year-milestone by launching this new fragrance to complement its original Bvlgari Man from 2010. The fragrance is said to be bold and charismatic, inspired by the myth of the birth of Vulcan, the god of the earth. A modern man’s ideal scent, it has an intense composition of amber, leather, spices and woods. It also opens with accords of natural rum and luminous spices. Did I mention rum? Now what bloke won’t love that?! Find it at David Jones stores and via davidjones.com.au.

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November 11, 2014

Top 5 Luxury Winter Beauty Must-Haves

Put the pep back into your step this winter by pampering yourself, head-to-toe, with SHESAID’s pick of top luxe winter products new to counter. Go on, indulge yourself, you’re worth it…

Scent of a woman

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A glamorous fragrance can transform you from zero to hero this winter. You’ll smell divine and enjoy the feel-good factor with a spritz of Robert Piguet Rose Perfection Eau de Parfum (100ml), $239, an exquisite and feminine tribute to the world’s most prestigious flower. The romantic fragrance is the latest addition to the iconic French fashion and perfume house and the sensual touch of musk hugs the fragrant bouquet. Find it at Libertine Parfumerie, www.libertineparfumerie.com.au, and at select David Jones stores and niche perfumeries. For stockists, phone (02) 8002 4488 or visit www.agencedeparfum.com.

Paying lip service

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Need to pamper your pout? Revamp dry winter lips with an Issada Mineral Lip Gloss, $48 each, which has a blissful blend of botanicals, antioxidants and minerals. The super smooth, high-shine formula isn’t sticky or greasy and melts on your mouth, while the inviting, warm scent of vanilla lingers on your lips. This is one of my favourite lip glosses of all time. What’s more, the colours are glorious: choose from 12 shades. Find it at select salons, spas and Issada stores. For stockists, phone (07) 3904 2288 or visit www.issada.com for more information.

Body of evidence

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Inject some luxury and opulence into your day with the Amouage Dia Body Creme, (200ml), $169. What’s more, this divine, floral-scented cream contains active ingredients such as aloe vera, shea butter and cacao butter to restore the skin’s natural moisture and suppleness, leaving it fragrant, soft and velvety. Dia is an enigmatic, daytime-inspired fragrance, launched by Amouage in 2002 as a complement to Gold Woman. It has delectable notes of fig, bergamot, tarragon, violet leaves and peony, over a warming, exotic base of frankincense, heliotrope and cedarwood. Find it at Libertine Parfumerie, www.libertineparfumerie.com.au, and at select David Jones stores and niche perfumeries. For stockists, phone (02) 8002 4488 or visit www.agencedeparfum.com.

Banish bad hair

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If your hair seems to have a mind of its own this winter, check out the Pure Hair Sacred Mask Treatment, $32.95. This mask is aimed at restoring and hydrating all hair types. Infused with argan oil and shea butter, the mask has been developed with organic active ingredients, strengthening proteins and moisturizing vitamins. Non-greasy and light, it promises to smooth, condition and de-frizz hair. Like all Pure products, it is sulphate-free, paraben-free and allergen-free to reduce irritation and flakiness. For stockists, phone (07) 3267 5511 or visit www.hairjamm.com for more information.

The good oil

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Love your face oils? Check out RMS Beauty’s Beauty oil (30ml), $85, a luxurious, concentrated and lightweight product which contains organic ingredients for replenishing, rejuvenating and preserving skin. Formulated with antioxidant, vitamin-rich exotic oils such as jojoba, rosehip and tamanu, as well as herbal extracts, this oil promises to give you a more youthful and hydrated appearance. Sold! RMS Beauty products are available at Bathing Beauty Organic Apothecary. Visit www.bathingbeauty.com.au for more information.

By Nicole Carrington-Sima

July 14, 2014

Luring the enemy

Not that men are the enemy, but you know what we mean. You?ve got to choose your weapons well to capture their attention and defeat the opposition – other girls. It?s like fishing, darts or bullfighting. Red is where it?s at and red will make him look twice. It?s the colour of passion, so if you want some, you better learn how to get it this month.The power of the product:

How many times has a man asked you ?What?s that scent?? That question can seal the deal. Here they are –

  • Clarins Eau Dynamisante ($55)
  • Hermes Rouge Hermes ($80)
  • Samsara by Guerlain ($76)Never skimp on nails – go for

    Mecca manicure in Desdemona ($20)

    Dirty Girl Gloss in Pomegranate ($20)

    Turn Heads in Red

    Nothing gets you noticed more quickly than a slinky red evening dress-a la Samantha in Sex in the City. Find our faves at:

    www.witchery.com.au

    www.portmans.com.au

    www.sportsgirl.com.au

    If you?re in Sydney head to Seduce

on Oxford Street, Paddington. You?ll find plenty of red.If the occasion is casual, match it with your footwear. In Melbourne, head to Prime, (227 Barkly Street, 03 95370344), for the latest in street wear. Our hot tip is the red Birkenstock.

Lingerie – yes sirrreeee. Give him what he wants and don?t disappoint when it comes to your under garments. Lingerie is the word and it?s also the weapon. Look out for the recently launched Zimmerman lingerie line. Think hot and red. For stockists contact 03 95371900.

Lay on the charm

With your accessorising you can weave magic. New line Tatty, started by Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden, has the latest most eclectic mix. Men love a girl with her own style and these accessories pack a punch. They range from giant beads in ice-cream colours to kooky watches. We love the guitar plectrum charm bracelet. Available at Zimmerman, YPV and Empire.

Grrrrrrrr

If you don?t want to go red, go animal. Wear your animal instinct on your sleeve, in the form of Carla Zampatti?s latest leopard-print top. Exotic and powerful-this top answers the call of the wild. Around $300

Kiss kiss

Sometimes all the red you need is a slash of colour on your lips. It?s a strong look and requires very little other makeup. We love Shine Delice Sheer Shimmering Lipcolour in Cherry Cola by L?Oreal

July 30, 2002

How to Remain Cool, Calm & Collected in the Car

How to remain cool, calm and collected in the car.

Double up on your make-up and keep a set in your glove compartment, as well as in your handbag. This way, you can apply mascara when the traffic has come to a grinding halt.

I know you may only think baby wipes are for people with kiddies but they are actually a must for anyone who drives with their early morning cappuccino. If you spill coffee as much as I do in the car then these little wipes will get rid of any spilt milk. We all know if you don’t get rid of it straight away you never do.

Keep a bottle of scent in the car. When you spray yourself, you will also keep the car smelling delicious without the aid or some of those filthy scented trees or fake flowers.

Pop custom-made sheepskin rugs on the floor in front of your passenger’s seat to save their heels and make them more comfy.

April 1, 2000

Oh My Dog!

Did you know that there are 105 million dogs worldwide with 3.5 million pet dogs in Australia, which means there is 1 dog for every 5 people? Also that Australians spend on average around $12 a week to feed and care for their dog.This is probably why two dog enthusiasts, Laurent Jugeau and his partner Etienne de Swardt decided to create Oh My Dog, which is a line of dog perfume and matching shampoo products. Each ingredient was selected for all races and both genders of dogs. The scent is a mixture of Rosewood, orange leaves, freesia, osmanthus, vanilla and sandalwood. Following a strict protocol, chemists, dermatologists and vets worked together to test dogs accompanied by their owners. Dogs loved it, so did their owners and you can to. Oh My Dog Eau de Toilette nnd All Over Shampoo are available from online. A delicate perfume formulated just for dogs.

A sophisticated yet fresh woody floral blend that will be sure to give you and your best friend a sense of confidence whether at home or traveling on the road. Its top fragrance notes evoke rosewood, freesia, and vanilla absolue. This perfume is hypo-allergenic and veterinarian approved.

Made in France – Just what the vet ordered for your best friend.

February 3, 2000