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Would You Wear Different Scents For Different Times of Day?

Written on December 5, 2011 at 11:19 am , by

Perfumer Lisa Hoffman thinks you should. Each of her fragrance collections (spicy, warm Japanese Agarwood, refined Madagascar Orchid, sweet Tuscan Fig, exotic Tunisian Neroli and crisp French Clary Sage) come in four Variations: Morning, Day Time, Evening and Bed Time, which all originate from the same combination of fragrance notes, but with certain ones heightened or subdued depending on the time of day you’re supposed to wear it. So the Morning and Day Time versions tend to be crisper and more invigorating, while the Evening and Bed Time versions tend to be heavier and more soothing. The tiny roll-on vials of fragrance oil tuck neatly into a luxe leather pouch, perfect for toting on-the-go (and as a unique holiday gift for the scent lover in your life).

Tell us:  Do you— or would  you— wear different fragrances for different times of the day?

—By Jaclyn Smock, beauty intern

Favorite Find Friday: Degree Women Clinical Protection in Sexy Intrigue

Written on June 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm , by

Deodorant isn’t usually a subject on which we wax rhapsodic, but we can’t help but sing the praises of Degree Clinical Protection Fine Fragrance Collection Antiperspirant/Deodorant in Sexy Intrigue. The formula not only keeps us dry through the toughest workouts and stifling New York City subway commutes, but also has the most sophisticated scent we’ve ever encountered in a deodorant: A subdued blend of jasmine and vanilla developed by Ann Glottlieb, creator of iconic fragrances like Dior J’Adore and CK One.  What deodorant—and scent—do you like best?

Sweet Smell of Spring

Written on May 18, 2011 at 10:53 am , by

Spring is (finally!) in the air, and there’s no better time to splurge on a special new scent. I’ve gathered a few of my current favorite spring-ready spritzes that combine lush florals like jasmine, gardenia, and even lilies for an invigorating effect.

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  • Chloé Rosebud This classic fragrance has top notes of freesia, pink peony, magnolia flower, lily of the valley, and, of course, rose. Plus, the limited edition bottle is decked out in a pretty pink bow for spring.
  • Marc Jacobs Splash in Cranberry is part of the limited edition splash scents collection (which also includes Ginger and Curacao). This crisp scent is inspired by a sweet cocktail on a summer day, and contains notes of pink grapefruit, cranberry and tangerine. (Anyone else thirsty?)
  • Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir This elegant eau de parfum is positioned as a lighter addition to the Jasmin Noir line of fragrances. Its seductive blend of jasmine and wood notes lasts all day on the skin.
  • Flora Eau Fraîche By Gucci is a more fresh and playful version of the original Flora By Gucci. The aroma is very fruity and an ideal spritz for those who prefer cleaner floral scents.

What’s your favorite scent for spring? Will you be splurging on a new fragrance?

—By Maite Gonzalez, beauty intern

Leighton Meester & Vera Wang Talk Vera’s New Scent

Written on May 5, 2011 at 10:26 am , by

Last week, we had the privilege of sitting in the living room of Vera Wang‘s Upper East Side apartment (pinch us!) while she and spokeswoman Leighton Meester chatted about Vera’s newest scent, Lovestruck, launching in August. Here’s peek at what they had to say:

A Little Romance

Written on April 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm , by

The iconic fragrance Ralph Lauren Romance is currently being celebrated in a gorgeous ad campaign featuring polo player Nacho Figueras and his wife, Delfina Blaquier—shot by famed photographer Bruce Weber on the family’s Buenos Aires, Argentina estate. Watch the full version—and indulge in a little daydreaming!—here:

Tried-It Tuesday: Marc Jacobs Splash Cocktail in Cranberry

Written on April 26, 2011 at 7:18 am , by

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It typically isn’t appropriate to start your day off with a cocktail, but Marc Jacobs is about to change that with his fresh new spring fragrance line. The limited edition Marc Jacobs Splash Cocktail 2011 Collection includes three fruity new flavors, but our favorite is the Cranberry concoction. The Cranberry cocktail is an ideal light and invigorating scent for spring. The key notes in our new favorite fragrance are a juicy mix of pink grapefruit, cranberry pulp, tangerine, honeysuckle, and exotic woods. I know you might be skeptical about smelling like a cranberry, but believe me—this chubby little bottle will win you over with just one spritz!

—By Lindsay Richardson, beauty intern

Your Perfect Perfume Pick

Written on December 4, 2010 at 3:47 pm , by

Searching for a new signature scent? Check out my latest Better TV Segment on finding a perfume that’s perfect for you. Happy shopping! -Eleanor

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Find A New Favorite Fragrance

Written on November 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm , by

In our November/December issue (on stands now!), I wrote a feature about how your workout of choice can lead you to a perfect-for-you perfume pick. Researchers say that the part of the brain that’s linked to your sense of smell has a direct connection to your personality and exercise preference.

In the issue, we have fragrance finds for active readers who love to hike, run, spin and practice yoga, but we had to drop one exercise category from the layout: dancing. Read on to sniff out a new signature scent for the season!

Your Workout: Dancing
Your Fit Fragrance: Gourmand

If you love ballet, jazz, hip-hop, or even Zumba classes, chances are you enjoy being in tune with your body. And scrumptious food-inspired fragrances take the cake in terms of increasing your self-esteem. “Because they’re often associated with positive, nostalgic feelings, research suggests that these sweet scents can raise your endorphin levels, making you feel better about yourself,” explains Alan Hirsch, M.D., of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. Try these yummy, but still subtle, scents:

  • Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Heavenly Stardust ($49, Victoria’s Secret stores) has comforting traces of caramel and praline.
  • The star note in Pure DKNY ($80, dkny.com) is vanilla, which smells fresh, thanks to hints of creamy sandalwood.
  • Mary Kay Thinking of You ($30, marykay.com) sweetens skin with delish dashes of tonka bean, vanilla, and sugar.

Jordin Sparks Talks Scent

Written on October 13, 2010 at 7:37 am , by

At the launch of her first fragrance, Because of You, Grammy-nominated American Idol alum (and current Broadway star) Jordin Sparks chatted about beauty and making scents. Take a peak:

The fruity clementine and currant-laced Because of You Eau de Parfum Spray is also a bargain: Just $9.50 through the month of October and ($14.95 after) via the link above. Enjoy!

Yoga in a Bottle

Written on August 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm , by

Last week, I experienced my first ever yoga class at Yogamaya studios in New York City. As my breathing settled and I lunged into warrior pose, I was amazed by how relaxed I felt. I wished there was a way to carry the calming studio home with me after the session. Rather than lug my mat all over town, I dug through the beauty closet for a quick-fix product to throw into my purse. According to Dr. Alan Hirsch, a neurologist and psychiatrist at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, a relaxing scent is the quickest way to unwind.

“The part of the brain that detects smell — the olfactory lobe — is connected to the emotional brain,” Hirsch says. “It’s totally different than any other sensory experience.”

Now, when I start to feel stressed, I reach for Origins Peace of Mind On-the-Spot Relief ($10). This miniature miracle eases your senses while relieving tension, pressure and tightness. Just massage a small amount on your neck, earlobes and temples, and say “Om.”

–Catherine O’Neill, beauty intern