Archive for the ‘Perfumes, Deodorants, and Gift Sets for Women ’ Category

Mother’s Day gift ideas to wow your mom

       
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Could your mom use a bit of pampering this Mother's Day?Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and this year you might be looking for something a little different than the usual flowers or gift certificate. If your mom loves a good pampering every now and then, it might be a great idea to get her all stocked up with her favorite beauty products. Here are a few that are worth gifting, as well as several other not-your-average gift ideas.

1. An anti-aging spa set like Murad – The Power of Pomegranate Body Spa Set. This kit harnesses the antioxidant power of pomegranates in an energizing body wash, body polish and body cream. It’ll transform your mother’s everyday shower into an invigorating experience that will restore her skin’s moisture, wash away impurities and reveal glowing, youthful skin. What mom wouldn’t want that?

2. A spa candle. There’s nothing like turning your home into a tranquil retreat, and chances are your mom would jump at the opportunity. If you think she could use a bit of help in the spa decor department, a candle like BABOR – Baborganic Wellness Candle might be just the thing. This fragrant piece of decor not only smells delicious, but the melted wax can be used as a luxurious massage balm. Bonus!

3. A natural skincare oil. Oils are all the rage these days, as they can help skin in a variety of ways, whether it’s anti-aging benefits, cleansing or hydration. Pick your mom up a bottle of something like grapeseed oil, marula oil or argan oil so she can quench her skin. Kneipp – Jasmine & Argan Oil Body Oil is a great choice with relaxing aromatherapy.

4. A new fragrance. If your mom doesn’t already have a signature scent, it might be time to help her find one. Whether you buy her a set of a few different scents, like Sula – Beach Beauty Playering Set (Sun-Kissed Citrus & Vanilla Blossom), or one with multiple products in the same scent, like ISSEY MIYAKE – A Scent by Issey Miyake For Women Gift Set, you can rest assured knowing that she’ll love it.

5. A makeup palette. If your mom likes makeup but never seems to know the best ways to combine shades, a makeup kit like Youngblood – Mineral Basics Collection might be a great idea. She’ll be able to find the exact shades for her skintone for a look that’s pure perfection. If she already has a great foundation, something like GloMinerals – gloSpring Essentials Kit will give her all of the eyeshadow and blush shades of the season.

6. A travel skincare kit. If your mom is constantly traveling and often spends a weekend away, a travel kit will ensure that she’s not sacrificing her skincare routine. BABOR – PERFECT COMBINATION Travel Set comes with a cleansing oil, a day cream, a night cream, an eye serum and a face serum to give her a flawless complexion on-the-go.

7. A manicure kit. If your mom loves to get her nails done, she’ll definitely appreciate having all of the tools necessary to make it happen. Buy her a chic set of polishes like Nailtini – Mini Bar – Year-Round Party Circuit Nail Cocktail Collection, then stock up on an assortment of nail files, cotton balls, removers and anything else that would make for a great mani or pedi.

8. A hair care kit. If your mother is all about having great hair, chances are she’ll go wild for a kit like Hamadi – ECO Pac To Go. With ginger soymilk hair wash, shea rice milk conditioner and a healing serum, she’ll have everything she needs to achieve healthy tresses.

Tips for applying perfume

       
Monday, January 30th, 2012

There's a right way and a wrong way to apply perfume!Fragrance seems like it would be a no-brainer to apply – just spritz on and you're done, right? Wrong. Perfumes can be pretty sensitive and are best applied strategically, according to BellaSugar. Next time you want to smell your best, consider these tips for application.

First, you should never put perfume on top of any kind of lotion or skincare oil. Scents like Juicy Couture – Viva La Juicy For Women Eau de Parfum Spray can interact with moisturizers and result in some pretty funky smells that you probably didn't count on wearing.

Also, it's never a good idea to rub your scented wrists together, even though this is pretty much the stereotypical way to apply perfume. Doing so can crush the fragrance molecules and alter the scent of the spray. It will also fade faster throughout the day.

Finally, be sure not to overdo it. Eau de parfums are more concentrated than sprays like Archipelago Botanicals – Pomegranate Eau de Toilette, which is okay to spritz generously on your body. You don't want to offend the noses of anyone you're near with too much perfume.

How to choose a winter perfume

       
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Fragrances smell different when the seasons change!Many women have realized that switching their perfumes between season helps to ensure that they're giving off the right impression. While a flirty floral scent may smell great in the summer, it may not translate as well in the winter, since cold air doesn't make perfume lift off your skin the way hot weather does. Here are some tips to help you pick the right new scent this winter, according to BellaSugar.com.

1. Find a stronger formula. Eau de toilettes are perfect for summer, but they can get lost in the winter. Pick an eu de parfum instead, which is stronger. Try GIORGIO ARMANI – Armani Code For Women Eau de Parfum Spray.

2. Pick a perfume with strong base notes. Fragrances tend to have three levels, including top notes, heart notes and base notes. Base notes are the strongest elements that lie underneath, like woody scents or musks. Top notes won't be as noticeable in cold weather, so pick something like Calvin Klein – OBSESSION For Women Eau de Parfum Spray.

The new blood perfume

       
Friday, November 4th, 2011

Would you wear a blood-scented perfume?Can you imagine wearing a perfume that smells reminiscent of blood? Apparently, a new brand called Blood Concept thinks that women will be clambering to buy their new line of perfumes that were inspired by the four blood types.

According to Allure magazine, the scents A, AB, B and O have a sharp, metallic and spicy scent underlying the other hints of fragrance, which is almost exactly how you'd describe the scent of blood. Creepy. Unless you're trying to attract a vampire (which, who knows, you could be after seeing the new Twilight movie), chances are you don't want to smell like blood.

Instead, try something a bit prettier, like Juicy Couture – Peace, Love and Juicy Couture For Women Eau de Parfum Spray (3.4 oz.). The smells of lemon blossom, hyacinth, black currant and honeysuckle (among others) is a lot more appealing than say, type O.

VERA WANG – Bouquet For Women Gift Set (EDP+BL) is another option, which has a feminine, floral scent that is much better suited for women who are, ahem, ALIVE!

Louis Vuitton will launch new fragrance

       
Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

No one knows what the new scent will smell like!Rumors have been surfacing everywhere lately saying that iconic luggage maker and fashion icon Louis Vuitton is working on a signature fragrance. Glamour magazine's beauty blog found that Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud, master perfumer, is in charge of the project.

Belletrud helped designers like Stella McCartney, Dior and Lancome develop their branded scents, so it's no wonder he's in on Vuitton's. No one is quite sure what the new fragrance will smell like, but sources have said that the company has been investigating super rare, practically extinct flowers in France that could eventually become elements.

If you can't wait for the rumored scent to come out, you may want to invest in the signature scent of another brand, like BURBERRY – Classic For Women Eau de Parfum Spray (1.7 oz.). The fresh floral with an Asian influence will be sure to spark your interest. ISSEY MIYAKE – L'Eau d'Issey For Women Gift Set (EDT+BL) was also created with the help of Belletrud, featuring a woody floral scent with a hint of musk. Try it before the new scent comes out!

Keep your scent consistent

       
Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Keep your scent consistent to get tons of compliments!Many women rely on perfume to give themselves a pleasant scent – it's often as easy as spritzing it onto your inner wrists and calling it a day. Once it's on, it's likely you won't even know it's there – but hopefully other people will. If you think you're worthy of getting noticed for your scent but haven't gotten any compliments in the past, here are some handy tips to keep in mind.

If you find a fragrance that you love, you might want to invest in a couple of different products infused with it, not just the perfume. For example, a collection like Caswell-Massey – Classic English Lavender Gift Set comes with lotion, shower gel and bath soap.

Once you're clean, spritz on something like BURBERRY – Touch For Women Eau de Parfum Spray (3.3 oz.). Be sure to spray your major pulse points, including your wrists, neck and even behind your knees. It's also a good idea to apply a bit to your brush before using it on your hair, since it will absorb easily and last all day. As long as you're consistent with your scent, you should be reeling in positive feedback in no time!

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.

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.