Womens-perfume

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

The Fine Art Of Fragrance At Galerie De Parfum

Ever wanted to embark on a sensory journey through the evolution and development of fragrance to find your perfect scent? Rejoice perfume lovers, for just in time for Christmas, Agence de Parfum has opened a flagship Galerie de Parfum boutique within Myer Sydney.

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With another Galerie de Parfum in Myer Melbourne city, Agence de Parfum has created a suitably elegant Parisian-inspired space in which to showcase some of the world’s most luxurious and niche fragrances (pictured).

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Inspired by great French perfumeries, Galerie de Parfum houses highly coveted niche fragrance brands with scents from Costume National, Juliette Has A Gun, Keiko Mecheri, L’Artisan Parfumeur, Mark Buxton, Penhaligon’s, Neotantric, Robert Piguet, Lubin and P Frapin & Cie.

The first niche fragrance boutique in Sydney, Galerie de Parfum offers guests the chance to find their perfect scent using a fragrance wheel.

And, in there you find the firm favourites of Marie Antoinette, Princess Diana, Kate Moss, Grace Kelly, Winston Churchill, Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra and more.

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Fragrance aficionados can also attend Fragrance Master Classes on a brief history of perfume and how to recognise and distinguish between scents of the world’s finest perfume houses. Bridal styling parties and hens’ activities are welcome.

Phone: 02 9238 9126

October 21, 2014

Are You Wearing The Right Perfume?

Charles University in Prague has identified that your personal odour can affect the perfume you wear. So, what might smell incredible on the small pieces or card may not smell quite the same when it mingles with your body chemistry.

There have been vast studies made by psychologists regarding smell. If we smell something which we perceive as smelling good, we associate it with good. If it smells bad, it can have the opposite effect. This is why perfume selection is so important. It can either attract or repel people and experiences in your life.

For example, you are more likely to be hired during a job interview if the smell you are exhibiting is good. You are also more likely to be asked out on a date. When it comes to major life opportunities, such as these, it’s easy to appreciate just how important perfume selection can be.

So, how do you know when you go out and spend a hundred or more dollars on a gorgeous looking bottle of perfume, that it’s right for you? Sure, the bottle might entice you, maybe it’s the smell, the brand or something else that lures you in. Unfortunately, there no exact science to it and it really comes down to a process of elimination.

Firstly, when you head to a perfume counter be aware that the smells can be overwhelming. That in itself can be confusing. You should make the initial selection based on several variables. Think about what type of smells you like around you. If you burn candles or incense, what scent appeals to you? What type of perfume had you worn in the past and what response has it had? Most of us have a preference toward citrus, floral, musk, etc. Ask the customer service staff to direct you to the family of scents which appeal to you and begin your selection.

If you want to try several perfumes, test them on the cards provided, write names on each and take a walk outside. This reduces the overpowering smell which comes from many perfume retailers. You should be able to eliminate several scents immediately. They might be too floral, musky or whatever else that turns you off. After you narrow your selection down to a two possible candidates; it’s time to test how they perform with your body chemistry.

Chandler Burr, New York Times perfume critic, suggests that perfumes evolve on your skin over time. There are three stages, which can take as long as 5 hours to be fully appreciated. The first stage occurs within moments of spraying in on. The scent hasn’t had an enormous time to mix with your chemistry and can smell much like it does when it comes out of the bottle.

After around 5 hours is really when you will know how the perfume will actually smell, if you choose to wear it. Most women don’t continually apply perfume so, after this duration, is how it will smell on you and be perceived by others.

If you have others around you, ask if they like the scent. Partners are usually an excellent source of feedback. Take everything into account and then make a selection. Investing a few hours into choosing the right perfume is minuscule when you think of the amount of time you’ll be wearing it. Many women choose a scent and become known for their smell, which lasts a lifetime.

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October 14, 2014

June beauty news

June beauty news

Makeup removal in a flash
When you?re on the go, it?s just not practical to remove your makeup with the usual liquid or cream remover, cotton pads and water. Instead, Bloom have come up with an alternative! They have created soft, gentle cotton buds individually filled with small amounts of eye make-up remover. It?s easy ? you just snap the tip to release the liquid then clean the makeup with the cotton tip. The formula is specially formulated with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to make makeup removal a breeze. Available nationally from Myer, David Jones and selected pharmacies for RRP $10.00.


On the nose
Marc Jacobs is releasing his latest addition to women?s perfume. His first fragrance for women, marc jacobs interpreted fresh gardenias floating on water. Now in his second perfume, marc adds to the fragrance by capturing gardenias with essence. The bouquet begins with relics of freesia headspace combined with italian bergamot. The heart is a blend of orris absolute and gardenia petals surrounded by turkish rose and creamy woods. In its feminine pale yellow bottle with a cute leather bow, marc jacobs essence is a completely modern way to wear gardenia. Available from David Jones Stores nationally.
50ml $130
100ml $170


No more flyaways
Goldwell have released some new products that will satisfy every type of hair type. From their Definition range comes Move Control (for frizz and curl definition), Shine Spray (to ensure movement while keeping hold) and Straightener. The straightener will keep frizzies at bay while straightening and smoothing hair, right until the next wash. It?s best used while blow drying to maintain a lightness for natural looking hair. RRP $16.95 from leading Goldwell Salons nationally. Check out Goldwell

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