Archive for the ‘Fragrances for Men and Women ’ Category

Fragrance tips for men

       
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Scent is an important element of attraction!Studies have shown that a person's smell gives clues to their genetic traits, which makes it easier to tell if someone is a good potential mate. Women are attracted to guys who have a strong natural scent, but many ladies also like it when their man wears a signature cologne that reminds them of him even when he's not around. Fragrance for men should complement a natural scent with musky overtones and manly ingredients.

Once you've picked out your signature scent (Ralph Lauren – Polo For Men Eau de Toilette Spray can do no wrong), you need to figure out how much of it to use to smell sexy yet avoid assaulting people's noses. Cologne sprays are easier to apply because you can easily control how much you put on. Try not to spritz yourself with more than two sprays of it each time you put it on. If you have a regular cologne bottle, don't splash it on, just use one finger to dab it on in one or two places.

Pulse points are the best places to apply cologne, as they will help spread the scent with their warmth. These spots include your neck, your inner wrists and your chest. Put it wherever your woman is sure to smell it and she'll be drawn to your sexy aroma.

Should you wear perfume on your wedding day?

       
Friday, August 5th, 2011

Kim created a signature scent for her big day.Things can quickly become overwhelming when you're planning a wedding, so if you haven't thought about what kind of fragrance you'll wear when you walk down the aisle, we don't blame you. But lately, some celebs have been talking about the signature scents they'll be sporting on their big days, and it has us thinking – what kind of perfume should you spritz on before you say "I do?"

Kim Kardashian is getting married to Kris Humphries later this year, and the starlet has created a special scent to commemorate the occasion. It's called "Love," and Kim made 1,000 crystal-encrusted bottles – one for herself, 200 for her bridal shower guests and 799 that are for sale for $100 each, according to Cosmopolitan magazine. The source reports that the fragrance has notes of red currant, musk and jasmine and, like Kim herself, is both sultry and sweet.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, also wore a favorite fragrance when she exchanged vows with Prince William – White Gardenia Petals by Illuminum. Like everything else Kate touches, the scent flew off the shelves and has been sold out for months, Cosmo says.

Will you pick out a special fragrance for your big day, or will you stick to your signature scent? 

Finding the right summer scent

       
Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Find the right scent for summer.The summer breeze is alive with delightful scents all its own, so the last thing you want to do is drown out the wonderfully fresh smell of summer by dowsing yourself in a liter of perfume. Instead, you should let the natural fragrances of summer inspire you – so if you're in the market for a new scent, here's what you should keep in mind.

Summer is all about floral fragrances, from gardenia and rose to lavender and jasmine. A floral-based scent will be right at home in the summertime, and it's a girly, feminine way to dress yourself up for a night on the town or an evening with your man.

Another summer staple is citrus. After all, is there anything better on a hot July afternoon than a tall, cold glass of lemonade? Citrus scents are clean, sharp and fresh and give any perfume an adult edge that's perfect for a lunch date with that guy cute from the office. For a hint of the tropics, opt for lime over lemon. If you want something truly unique, look for a fragrance that features notes of grapefruit.

Summer scents should be light, flirty and clean, so stay away from anything too spiced or heavy – save those ones for long winter evenings by the fireplace.

Why the world can’t wait for Tom Ford’s new makeup line

       
Monday, June 13th, 2011

Why the world can't wait for Tom Ford's new makeup lineBeauty mogul Tom Ford has been making the headlines as of late – reason being he's got a full line of makeup and beauty products that's soon to hit the shelves.

For one, Ford chalks up his interest in a new line of products to a rather unfortunate vegetable fiasco that happened to him when he was 14. Obsessed with beauty at such a tender young age, little Tom got taken to the emergency room after he had an allergic reaction from the cucumbers that he placed on his eyes. To add to it all, Ford's campaign is also receiving a lot of attention thanks to the fact that his bearded face is featured next to Lara Stone's in all of the ads.

Smart man that he is, Tom is letting his brand get a bit of added help from his reputation. Ford is making it known that he uses many of his own products. As the Huffington Post puts it, "if it's good enough for Tom Ford, consider us sold."

Still waiting to see this treasure trove hit the shelves? Sate yourself with a signature Tom Ford fragrance in the meantime.

What scent reminds you most of the season?

       
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

What scent reminds you most of the season?Wardrobes and makeup hues change with the seasons, and by all means, your fragrances should too! There’s no better time than the warm-weather seasons to break out a whole new palette of fresh, fruity spring and summertime scents.

For some people, nothing denotes spring better than the heady aroma of lilac. These delicious purple blooms can be seen bursting forth everywhere at around this time every year, and decking yourself out in a sweet lilac scent may only further magnify the experience.

According to the Star Tribune, citrus scents in particular are set to be a big ordeal this summer.

“Warmer weather calls for a lighter, fresher fragrance,” the news source reports. “Even if you’re not normally a fan of fruity scents, consider the new citrus cocktails: blood orange, tangerine and grapefruit laced with earthier elements like musk, sandalwood and white moss. The resulting scents are more sophisticated, less syrupy-sweet.”

No matter what your note of preference, looking to your environment for fragrant inspiration is always a winning choice.

Getting to know the perfume of your dreams

       
Monday, April 11th, 2011

Getting to know the perfume of your dreamsSome things work as impulse buys. Saw a neat nail polish shade you can’t wait to try? If it costs less than your lunch did today, chances are it can’t hurt to throw it in with the rest of your purchases. But this is one mode of being that doesn’t always work out for the best, especially for things like perfume and cologne..

On one hand, your sense of smell registers an immediate impact. On the other hand, fragrances are dynamic and evolving, and you can’t be sure that the immediate impression you get from a perfume will be the one you’ll get at the end of a day.

“Perfume changes over the course of a wear, sometimes enormously,” BellaSugar.com reports. “So that eau de toilette you loved at first spray may smell more like eau de toilet bowl cleanser five or six hours on.”

Wondering how you’ll know if you’ve found the one? Give yourself some time to browse the department stores, sampling only one fragrance at a time. Spray it on your wrists and neck and leave the store, making note of how it smells at various points throughout the day.

Once you’ve found a scent that you love in all of its incarnations, you’ll know it’s worth the buy – and it’ll make buying perfume easier in the future, since you’ll know what kind of notes you like.

On bacon perfume and other foodie-inspired fragrances

       
Thursday, April 7th, 2011

On bacon perfume and other foodie-inspired fragrancesWord has it that Fargginay just went where no other perfume designer has gone before – into the Sunday morning frypan, that is. Their new bacon cologne (pronoucned: ba-cone) is having all sorts of curious effects on noses and stomachs alike.

In light of this kooky fragrance venture, we're wondering what other edible scents might be a bit more palatable for the woman of today. Naturally, we turned to fruits, the most sumptuous foods for both smelling and tasting.

Things have never looked peachier than when you started your day with some JAQUA Peach Parfait Body Mist. This fragrance contains real fruit extracts, so you can surround yourself with that summery smell all day long.

Sula Sun-Kissed Citrus Perfume Oil is a veritable bouquet (or fruit bowl, if you will) of citrus fruits of all kind. Tangerine, lemon, orange and grapefruit all conspire to make this one of the sunniest bursts of fragrance you've ever experienced.

What would lead you to stop wearing deodorant?

       
Thursday, March 24th, 2011

What would lead you to stop wearing deodorant?Many of us grew up with the notion that wearing deodorant was hardly an option – at least, if you desired a circle of friends. However, recent events would almost have you believe the opposite.

According to Glamour.com, both Julia Roberts and Jennie Garth recently confessed to not wearing antiperspirant, and some readers have quit the under-arm stuff out of curiosity or a desire to be more in tune with the body’s natural state.

Still others may ditch the stuff after having ruined one too many of their favorite shirts, which all bear characteristic, unsightly underarm stains.

Concerned with any of the following, but can’t bear to be stinky? Look for a quality deodorant that doesn’t come with any strings attached. L’Occitane Aromachologie Purifying Deodorant uses natural ingredients to eliminate toxins from the body. If you’re looking for something even gentler, L’Occitane Olive Tree Gentle Deodorant does the job without blocking pores or getting in the way of the skin’s natural functions.

Last minute gift guide for everyone on your list

       
Friday, December 24th, 2010

Last minute gift guide for everyone on your list Christmas is only a few days away, and some people are still scrambling for last minute gift ideas for family and friends. If you have yet to cross off every name on your shopping list, don’t fret. There are a plethora of beauty products that will be the perfect items to place under the tree.

If you are looking for stocking stuffers or smaller gifts for a lovely lady in your life, cosmetics are a great option. However, consider her personality before selecting the products. According to Allure magazine, gals who have a classic style will enjoy smoky eye makeup kits. The Too Faced Smokey Eye Kit includes nine different shadows and three instruction cards to help any woman create a great look.

Trendier ladies, however, may enjoy a more colorful collection of cosmetics, the news source reports. A few Too Faced Eye Shadow Duo pans, which each include two different pigments, will enable women to play with a wide range of the hottest colors, from Fantasy Island (teal blue and lime green) to Beauty Mark (black foil and gilded rose).

If you aren’t sure which beauty camp the recipient falls into, play it safe and pick up lip gloss gift sets. These products are easily adaptable to a multitude of styles and looks, easily appeasing even the most fickle fashionista. GloMinerals gloMini Liquid Lips Collection contains four different tubes of colors, while the brand’s gloLip Gloss Kit is a palette with four pans of color and a brush, allowing women to mix their own shades.

Those searching for bigger presents may want to consider L’Occitane gift sets. These impressive collections feature a wide range of products formulated to condition skin and leave it smelling great. The L’Occitane Fleur Cherie Collection Gift Set include shower gel, lotion, hand cream, lip balm and soap that boast a light, orange blossom scent, perfect for spreading warmth in the winter.

However, you don’t have to select items based on fragrance alone – you can also choose L’Occitane collections depending on the recipient’s skin type. The Almond Enchantment Gift Set is wonderful for firming and smoothing skin, and the Olive Deluxe Kit contains formulas that deliver excellent hydration.

Of course, ladies are not the only ones who may want to receive beauty products for the holidays. In fact, these gifts can be especially perfect for a guy in your life, as he may not buy such items himself but will certainly enjoy them. It’s best to select a collection that contains a variety of products that don’t boast a strong scent, so he can play around with the formulas

Even the most low-maintenance man will benefit from a travel kit such as the Jack Black First Class Five set. This collection contains all-over wash for hair, face and body, conditioning shave cream, facial moisturizer, eye gel and lip balm. The Jack Black Performance Ready Set is ideal for more active guys who spend most their time in the outdoors, as it features pain-relieving cream, energizing hair and body wash, sunscreen and a lip balm with SPF 25.

Finally, if you are traveling for the holidays or going to a relative’s for dinner, remember not to show up empty-handed. Bring a gift for the home that will benefit all who live there, such as scented candles. To stay on the safe side, select a few candles that boast different scents, as some homeowners may prefer a fruity fragrance, like the L’Occitane Peach Blossom Scented Candle, while others may prefer a fresher aroma, such as a Paddywax Eco Cucumber & Mint candle.

Expert advice to finding the perfect Christmas gift

       
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Expert advice to finding the perfect Christmas giftFinding a great Christmas gift can be tricky, and shoppers are running out of time to locate the perfect present. Luckily, etiquette expert Anna Post recently shared some gift-giving tips with StyleList.com.

According to Post, bath and body gift sets are functional (everyone must bathe!), pretty and sure to be appreciated by all – who doesn't love being pampered? But remember to choose items that have a personalized touch.

"If friends recently traveled to Italy, make them a gift basket full of Italian gourmet treats and pampering products such as olive body butter. Include a personal note such as, 'I hope this gift takes you back to Italy!'" Post suggested to the news source.

Caswell-Massey Sandalwood Worldly Pleasures Collection is a wonderful treat for gals who adore the far east, while those with a sweet tooth may prefer Caswell-Massey Classic Vanilla Orchid Gift Set.

If you choose to put together your own collection of goodies, Post recommends selecting three products, such as hand lotion, lip balm and a candle. You can opt for items that boast the same scent, such as L'Occitaine Cherry Blossom products, or different treats that appeal to the recipient depending upon her mood – a peppermint body wash for invigoration, lavender bath salts for relaxation and and vanilla body lotion to indulge her.