Beyonce’s not done, y’all. In addition to blessing the world with the best Christmas gift ever just a week ago, Bey — or should we call her Yonce now? — is releasing her third fragrance, called Rise, inspired by her favorite Maya Angelou poem. Perhaps that poem is “Still I Rise,” which includes the line:
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
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Something you may not know about Ami is that she is a perfume junkie. When she’s rich enough to have a vanity career someday (a girl can dream!) she will move to Paris and become a Nose — a certified, smell expert. Until then, she is content spending all her disposable income on fancy perfume and getting compliments from drag queens about how good she smells. That really happened! I was so impressed that not only had Ami gotten a compliment from a famous drag queen, but that she even had a signature scent to begin with. I’ve always wanted a signature scent, but when it comes to picking perfumes and applying them every day, I’m a boring-smelling failure. I always come out of the department store perfume section empty-handed, with a pounding headache, smelling like I got attacked by a garden. I’m ready to tackle this perfume thing, but with guidance this time. To continue our grand tradition of giving each other advice about everything from moving across the country to how to dice an onion, I asked perfume master Ami for some tips about how to get started finding my signature scent…
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What does Nicki Minaj smell like? Pizza, coconuts, daisies and sunshine, we bet. Whatever the smell, Nicki’s gone and unleashed a new perfume on us. She announced the new fragrance over Twitter; it’s called Minajesty, and it supposedly “speaks directly to the sumptuous, confident side of Nicki’s ever-changing and dynamic personality.” But whatever, we can’t get over the hideous bottle, which resembles Zombie Nicki Minaj. Why would you do that, Nicki?
As someone who suffers from migraine headaches, I have to be careful about what fragrances I choose to wear. To sweet and cloying, and a headache can pop up in minutes. Too floral, and my head starts pounding. For a long time, I’ve been searching for a fragrance that feels more grown up, but doesn’t make my head want to explode. Jour d’Hermès–yup, the same guys that make those scarves–if light, floral and mature, without being stuffy. From noted perfumier Jean-Claude Ellena, Jour d’Hermès is leafy and fresh, floral and fragrant. Explains perfume blogger Now Smell This, “the base is a pale woody musk finished in warm, sunny tones, slightly earthy, slightly vegetal.” Translation: It’s a pleasing, softly floral fragrance that won’t overwhelm you or your delicate nose. [$108 for a 1.6 ounce bottle, Saks Fifth Avenue]
Father’s Day is around the corner, and we’ve got all the best products to pamper and relax your dad. Remember all those years he put up with your horrible music on long car rides? Or the time he installed that bookshelf in your college dorm? How about all those times he helped you move? Yeah, your dad deserves a treat!
Whale vomit is not just the name of my terrible new band. It’s also an ingredient in high-end perfumes that could soon be going extinct. Ambergris, or whale vomit, is expelled from the mouths of sperm* whales to keep sharp objects out of their tummies; the ambergris interacts with saltwater and eventually washes ashore looking like rocks. It is then sold for around $10K, making it a factor in whale hunting; fragrance companies use ambergris in their perfumes to prevent scents from dissipating. Keep reading »
She’s supposed to “get gorgeously dressed in 15 minutes flat,” but not worry about her hair getting wet in the rain. She’s supposed to love a good laugh, but can’t gossip. She’s a big eater, but doesn’t drink white wine. And on, and on, and on. According to this old ad for Bill Blass Perfume, finding your soul mate is just like ordering up a burger … only more obnoxiously specific. [The Hairpin]
Aside from being a very sound-sensitive person, I’m also pretty scentsitive, if you catch my drift. And since we work in an open plan office, and can’t control the noises and smells around us, I’ve discovered a helpful little tool to make my workspace as calming and peaceful as possible. Aircraft ScentSticks come in 12 different scents, which can be used alone or combined with one another to create custom fragrances. The scentsticks are a lot like aromatic diffuser sticks, but come with no messy liquids, so they’re perfect for the office or home space (especially if you’re clumsy like me and tend to accidentally knock things over). And because each stick lasts about a week, a full set of them will get you through several months. You can read more about how I use them over on Aircraft’s blog, or just try ‘em yourself! [$9.99, Aircraft]
Perfume may not be for everyone, but those of us who love it really love it. I have a hyper-sensitive sense of smell — I smell things before anyone else does, and I can often identify them instantly. I can smell a new perfume offhand and rattle off the most dominant notes in it. Many of my childhood memories are steeped in scent, so much so that whenever I catch a whiff of the Yves Saint Laurent Paris perfume my mother wore when I was small, I’m suddenly five years old again. Keep reading »