Confession: I’m a little bit obsessed with blogs written by American girls living in Paris. Their style, their food, their apartments, their men … ooh la la! My favorite is Making Magique, but I also like Badaude, the group blog HipParis and Dead Fleurette (who lives in Oslo, but is a Francophile). Maybe I’m deeply jealous of my friend Leonora Epstein, who wrote The Frisky’s 365 Days In Paris series. Or maybe I’m just envious of a world where the lighting always looks just-so. Or maybe I just want to wear red lipstick and polka dots without apology.
Either way, I’m going through a serious Francophile phase myself and hoping my holidays are filled with macarons and Chanel perfume. Shopping for a wannabe Parisian this holiday season? Allons-y! Keep reading »
When you think of somebody who is sexy and cool and the picture of health, wellness and aspirational cool, you think of Iggy Pop, don’t you? Wait, you don’t? You don’t think of a dessicated ’70s punk rocker? You don’t think, “I would really like to smell that guy’s smell, and perhaps smell like him”? That shocking, because that’s what perfume maker/designer man Paco Rabanne thinks. That’s why Rabanne made Mr. Pop the wizened, craggy face of his newest fragrance, Black XS L’Excès. I hope it smells as good as he looks. [Fashionista]
I watched this video like five times trying to understand what’s going on here. Apparently, Swallowable Parfum is a real product that’s being developed by Aussies Lucy McCrae and Sheref Mansy. The digestible, scented caplet, once absorbed into the system, is supposed to enable the skin to act as a perfume atomizer, allowing fragrance to be excreted through the surface of your skin when you sweat. Instead of your sweat being stinky, the pill transforms it into your own genetically unique perfume. Whoa and whoa. Want! Want! Want! This is the kind of mind-blowing, futuristic invention I dreamed of as a child. The end of deodorant is near! [Oddity Central]
There are a lot of things I think about when I think about Christina Aguilera: power ballads, blonde hair extensions, synchronized choreography — did I mention extensions? But I can honestly say I’ve never once put Aguilera’s name in the same sentence with “royal.” And yet, Ms. “What A Girl Wants” has named her new fragrance “Royal Desire.” Maybe she’s trying to send a not-so-subtle message to Prince Harry? Explains Xtina: “With this scent, I wanted to create a truly sensory experience…” — Um, right. Perfume is a sensory experience. I’m following. — “…and provide a moment every day where women could pamper themselves and feel sexy and beautiful … exuding the sensual elegance of a queen.” Ah, so it’s not Harry she’s after, but Queen Elizabeth! Watch out lady, Christina’s coming for you! [Racked] Keep reading »
Leave it to a Harvard guy to figure out a way to market male attraction to women. That’s exactly what Ivy League grad Shaan Hathiramani and his team of “researchers” did by creating a new fragrance called Eau Flirt, which they claim will do all the work of attracting men. “We’ve also conducted kind of uh, clinical studies to figure out what get guys excited,” said Hathiramani. Apparently the answer is: pumpkin and lavender, two of the main notes of Eau Flirt. (We would have guessed beer, pizza, the smell of plastic packaging on a new Sony Playstation, etc.) Too bad Hathiramani didn’t spend as much time researching what attracts women to buying products; the package design and marketing for Eau Flirt are an Eau Disaster. Need more convincing? After the jump, see a “very scientific” example of how men seem to prefer Eau Flirt over Chanel No. 5. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
I’m pretty sure Jimmy Fallon collaborates with Justin Bieber just so he can wear the fake Bieber hair. Watch his Present Bieber meets Future Bieber perfume ad to see the pair at work. Keep reading »