Archive for the ‘Fragrances for Men and Women ’ Category

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, 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

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.

Great gift ideas for the women in your life

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Great gift ideas for the women in your lifeWhether you're looking for the perfect gift for your best friend or your mother, picking out a present can be stressful. But instead of racking your brain or wandering aimlessly around the mall, beauty products are a surefire way to wow the women in your life.

According to Allure beauty editor Angelique Serrano, gifting makeup is a great idea. "I always rely on giving my friends this gift if I'm stuck: a dozen slim tubes of lip gloss," she told the news source. "I tie them together with a colorful silk ribbon. Who can ever have enough gloss?"

You can also strike a chord with personal presents. Last year, editorial assistant Alison Caporimo gave her sister a curl-defining hair cream, since her sis has been trying to control her frizz for years. Those looking for a the perfect gift may want to select a fragrance set.

"Fragrance is extremely personal, but if you know someone well and think you've discovered an amazing scent that will suit her, it could become a favorite long past the holidays," the news outlet suggests.

L'Occitane gift sets are filled with deliciously aromatic products that any woman is sure to enjoy. And who knows – it could become her signature scent!

Give the gift of orange blossom with L’Occitane Fleur Cherie Collection Gift Set

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Give the gift of orange blossom with L'Occitane Fleur Cherie Collection Gift SetNow that the holiday season is upon us, people everywhere are beginning to search for the perfect presents to give to their loved ones. Gift sets filled with fragrant beauty products are a great gift for women of all ages, but selecting the right one can be tricky.

While some may shy away from gifting fragrances, worried that the particular aroma won't appeal to the recipient, orange blossom-scented items are a safe choice. In fact, according to, the fragrance has been beloved for centuries.

"Brides wove [orange blossoms] into their bouquets for luck and prosperity, and legend has it that the Italian princess, Anne Marie of Nerola, was so fond of wearing the delicate, airy aroma that its essential oil – neroli – was named after her," the website reports. "Her admirers also made a habit of dabbing on the scent, and it eventually became one of the most popular varieties in the court of Queen Elizabeth I."

L'Occitane Fleur Cherie Collection Gift Set includes a fantastic assortment of goodies that boast the intoxicating scent of orange blossoms. Ladies will love using the various items, such as shower gel, body lotion and lip balm, and are sure to be enamored with the light, citrus fragrance.

Padma Lakshmi dishes about her signature scents

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Padma Lakshmi dishes about her signature scentsWhile Padma Lakshmi may be known for her culinary accomplishments and television gigs – she's written several cookbooks and has hosted Bravo's Top Chef since the series' second season – she began her career as a model. So, it's not surprising that many women across the country are interested in Lakshmi's beauty secrets.

From makeup tips to jewelry advice, gals often look to Lakshmi for inspiration, and now ladies searching for a new fragrance may be in luck. Recently, Lakshmi shared information about her signature scents with Harper's Bazaar.

"Neroli is my favorite, and I mix it with geranium, rose and a little myrrh," she told the magazine. Women can try L'Occitane Neroli Eau de Parfum and Clean Sweet Layer For Women Eau de Parfum Spray, which contains notes of neroli and rose.

Like many women, Lakshmi revealed that she switches scents during different seasons.

"I like spicy florals that are dark and mysterious, and I love musk, especially in the winter. But in the summer, I wear Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps," she told the publication.

Leighton Meester named face of Vera Wang’s new fragrance

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Leighton Meester named face of Vera Wang's new fragranceIt seems that Gossip Girl's appeal extends past its teenage girl demographic. According to People magazine, Leighton Meester, who stars as Upper East Sider Blair Waldorf on the hit CW television show, will be the face of Vera Wang's newest fragrance.

"I am so thrilled to have Leighton as the face of our new fragrance," Wang said in a release. "Her beauty, talent, and spirit will inspire all the young women that I hope will enjoy this passionate, young fragrance."

The news source reports that the perfume isn't scheduled to hit shelves until the summer of 2011, but the company is planning to shoot Meester's print ads this weekend. The ads will be shot by photographer Carter Smith and, of course, will take place in New York City.

While gals will have to wait to get their hands on her newest creation, fans of Vera Wang fragrances can pick up some of her classic scents now. Vera Wang Flower Princess boasts sweet, floral notes like Moroccan rose and water lily, while Rock Princess has a fruitier feel that contains elements of peach, raspberry and coconut.

Kate Walsh’s perfume for women inspired by men

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Kate Walsh's perfume for women inspired by menIt is often assumed that women will gravitate toward feminine fragrances, potions filled with sweet floral notes. However, when creating her new perfume, Kate Walsh drew inspiration from a surprising source – her boyfriend.

"I was inspired by my boyfriend's scent many years ago," the Private Practice star told People magazine. "I missed his scent after we broke up and I was shopping one day and I was like, 'I don't need my boyfriend to have a boyfriend scent!'"

While the news source reports the fragrance includes typically feminine elements such as vanilla and amber, it also has more masculine notes of wood and musk. Walsh added that she wanted the perfume to remind her of Ralph Lauren Polo, the cologne worn by her first boyfriend.

"I remember going out in high school and coming home and smelling our clothes because the boys wore so much of it that our clothes would smell like it," Walsh told the publication. "…When you associate a smell with something, you have an immediate memory."

While Walsh's fragrance, Boyfriend, won't be available until November, ladies who prefer a more masculine scent can spritz themselves with a bit of Ralph Lauren Polo.

Women can wear men’s fragrances

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Women can wear men's fragrancesWith a new season approaching, it’s not uncommon for women to put down their previously worn perfumes in favor of a fresh fragrance. And, now that autumn is almost here, ladies may be looking for a brand new scent.

Instead of shopping solely in the women’s department, however, why not dabble in the world’s of men’s fragrances? According to industry experts, the idea may not be that out-there.

“It’s like wearing your boyfriend’s shirt or his Rolex,” industry expert Frédéric Malle told Allure magazine. “The paradox is that it makes a woman more feminine.”

Designer (and perfumer) Tom Ford agrees. “Ultimately, choosing a scent is personal and primal, and should be decided not by gender, but by inhaling and asking, ‘Does it smell good to me? Does it smell good on me?’” he told the news source.

Women looking for a masculine fragrance have a plethora of options available to them, including scents from Tom Ford’s line, such as Grey Vetiver For Men Eau de Parfum Spray, which contains notes of grapefruit, sage and woods.

Ladies can also spritz on Armani Code For Men Eau de Toilette Spray before they head out the door. The fragrance boasts hints of citrus and olive tree blossom.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19939019-ADNFCR

Experts recommend perfect summertime scents

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Experts recommend perfect summertime scentsMost women have their own strategies for picking their signature scent – some ladies prefer warm vanilla-based fragrances, while others opt for clean floral sprays. But when summertime rolls around, gals may want to switch their perfume to coincide with the hot season.

According to experts at Allure, citrus notes smell so fresh because they evaporate after approximately 10 minutes, making them a popular choice for summer scents. To increase longevity, women should look for citrus fragrances combined with florals.

While light aromas may be most popular, they are certainly not the only option for warm-weather scents. The news source reports that women can embrace deeper fragrances by selecting a woody scent with milky undertones, like CK One, by Calvin Klein, which has notes of nutmeg, musk and fresh pineapple.

Those who prefer natural scents can dab on perfumes that boast classic summertime notes. L`Occitane Jasmine Eau de Parfum is a light floral formula that is sure to conjure memories of seasons passed, while CLEAN Fresh Laundry for Women Eau de Parfum Spray includes notes of rose and freshly cut grass.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19883968-ADNFCR