I just ran out of the perfume I’d grown attached to — but thankfully this Fresh Hesperides Grapefruit Eau de Parfum arrived in my postal box. Combining top notes of mandarin, Italian lemon, and grapefruit, this perfume is the scented equivalent of a fresh glass of juice. Which, I know, kind of sounds revolting (a juice bath? No thanks). The middle and bottom notes of bergamot and musk balance out the citrus, though, creating a crisp — and yes, fresh — scent. [$38, Fresh]
Contradictory combinations often end up making the most sense. My nose was initially confused by OLO’s Violet/Leather perfume oil. Inspired by the Mark Twain quote, “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it,” as the company describes the scent, “It smells like violet, it smells like leather.” Indeed, it does. I couldn’t stop sniffing it, trying to understand the bittersweet fragrance, a perfect balance of anger and acceptance. The fashion savvy often talk about how the perfect outfit is a balance of hard and soft. I’ve decided that the same goes for fragrances. [$45, OLO]
In this second video promoting their unisex fragrance Unbreakable, Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom offer some tips on how to have a solid relationship, namely, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Also, to keep dating rather than falling into an easy routine of always staying in. The biggest takeaway? If you can successfully collaborate on a fragrance together, you can get through anything!
I’ve been known to get a touch irritable from time to time. Wait, let me rephrase that: I am a generally irritable human being. (More often than not, my irritability stems from an overriding sense of hanger, which kind of goes without saying given that I am forever hungry.) I had previously accepted “on edge” as my perpetual state, but then my fairy godmother Tata Harper came along with a soothing blend of essential oils and I was suddenly awash with well-being. Her all-natural Aromatic Irritability Treatment looks like a roll-on perfume but acts like a Valium (almost) to comfort, calm, and center. Breathe deep. [$65, Tata Harper]