Confession time: I’m a huge Eva Longoria Parker fan. Every Sunday during “Desperate Housewives,” my girl crush on Gabrielle Solis gets just a little bit bigger. But when I heard the news that she’s joining the celeb-turned-designer brigade and creating her very own perfume, I was a little disheartened. Unlike some actresses who turn to the fashion and beauty worlds to increase their financial portfolios, Eva did it for her allergies. A lifelong sensitivity to every perfume and a major passion for scents meant Eva had to get a bit crafty so the essence she designed wouldn’t cause her to sneeze. “I wanted something clean and fresh. Something that smelled like you just got out of the shower. And that’s how I came up with the scent,” she explained. The final product, called Eva by Eva Longoria Parker, has a warm, citrus bouquet that’s simple and ideal for daily wear. [People StyleWatch] Keep reading »
Personally, I loathe perfume ads in magazines. It’s impossible to tell what the scent actually smells like, because after languishing on the glossy page between a hundred other fragrances, the original essence is gone. But the magazine mono.kultur #23 decided that I’m wrong, and chose to create their latest issue entirely out of smells, as an homage to their feature subject, the Norwegian scientist and artist Sissel Tolaas. You see, her entire life has been devoted to the art of sniffing. No career counselor could have thought this up, but Sissel found a love for scents and went with it. So for the inventive issue, a total of 12 scents were infused onto the pages using microencapsulation, and release their aroma into the world once rubbed. Now, I’m all for innovation, and as we’re all well aware, glossies need to create new and different forms of communication to stay alive in these trying times. But reading a magazine through odors? That’s like asking for a headache. [PSFK] Keep reading »
Feeling a residual high from 4/20? (Or maybe you never, um, stopped.) Zone out with this arty video promotion for Maison Martin Margiela’s new perfume, the one we told you about called Untitled
. We have no idea what it’s supposed to mean, nor could we explain most of the imagery to you. Not because we’re baked, but because we think that’s the point. [Hint Mag
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Fresh is a high-end beauty company known for incorporating natural ingredients like soy, sugar, and milk into its products. Good, healthy, wholesome stuff. So we did a double take when we saw this “Cannabis Santal Eau de Parfum.” Mary Jane, eh? Naturally, the perfume‘s ingredients aren’t remotely narcotic—it’s a blend of patchouli, vanilla musk, and other essential oils. However, the mixture does contain a “cannabis accord,” meaning a mix of scents concocted to “captures the raw sensuality of cannabis, known for its woodsy, musky properties.” Fancy walking around reeking of Eau de Stoner? (But, like, not really, dude.) [Neiman Marcus] Keep reading »
If you’re a lover of lady mags like we are, then you’ve probably noticed advertisements for Balenciaga Paris in almost every April issue. It’s kind of difficult to get the full effect with those paper fragrance testers so I got my hands on an actual bottle of this new scent. My first thought after the first spritz was: “old money.” Keep reading »
We’ve found the perfect perfume. And it’s perfect precisely because it doesn’t smell like perfume. Byredo’s Eau de Parfum in Blanche is, like the name implies, clean and pure. The fragrance is vaguely close to a soapy, laundry odor, but it isn’t that either. The best way we can describe it is this: It smells like your skin, but the way you’ve always wanted your skin to smell, as if you’ve just gotten out of the shower. Its distinctive yet natural presence on your body has (at least for us) a sort of carnal, pheromone-like effect, sort of like how guys love the scent of your hair. True, it’s a very luxe splurge. But perfection does have its price.
Well, it looks like Jennifer Aniston didn’t need our suggestions about how to save her career after all. She came up with an idea all her own. Drum roll … she’s launching her own perfume line! Why didn’t we think of that? Here we were rooting for a sex tape or artificial insemination. There are no details currently available about eau de Jennifer, but we have no doubt that we will be seeing her in a ridiculous perfume ad very soon. Sadly, we hear that she is having some trouble coming up with a name. We can help with that! After the jump, some name suggestions for Jen’s celebrity scent. [Celebitchy] Keep reading »
Vending machines are experiencing a retro revival, and recently we’ve seen ones that carry increasingly weird items: electronics, designer clothes, swimwear, gold, china tea cups. The latest experiment in fashionable vending is brought to you by Sephora. The makeup retailer has set up perfume vending machines in several Paris metro stations, stocking them only with mini bottles of CK One. They cost 15 Euros each, which may seem like a high price to spend at a vending machine in the subway, but seems relative next to the city’s book-vending machines which are still around in certain corners.
Cute marketing idea, but we have just one question: CK One? The last time we sniffed that, “Friends” was still on the air, and we all had the Rachel haircut. [Independent.co.uk] Keep reading »
Marc Jacobs wants you to get laid in your car! Wait, scratch that … he wants you to get lei-ed in your car. Slight difference. Oh, well. Anyway, Marc is hawking a flowery perfume-scented lei for fashionable drivers to hang from their rear view mirrors — and it can be yours for a whopping $57! (True, the air freshening lei comes with a bottle of Marc Jacobs Daisy In The Air eau de toilette spray, which is the real cost behind the $57.) As much as we think Marc’s scents are lovely, we will stick with those $3 air fresheners you can get at Pep Boys, thank you. [Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
Put a little love and romance in the air with Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’s St. Valentine fragrance. Hurwitz is often inspired by the seasons, friends, and history when creating her Essence Studio perfumes, but this February she had amore on her mind. The rich St. Valentine scent has notes of violets, red roses, and chocolate, so even happily single ladies will feel a little sensual on V-Day. [$54.50, DSH Perfumes]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away one bottle of Dawn Spencer Hurwitz St. Valentine fragrance, but you have to work if you want it. In the comments, share your best advice for choosing a fragrance for a significant other without asking him/her by 3:39 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4 (that’s tomorrow!). We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!
UPDATE! The winner of the Dawn Spencer Hurwitz St. Valentine fragrance is PostcardsFromFarAway for this comment:
“Every type of occasion (work versus leisure) requires a different type of scent. I personally like to pick out a couple of different small (even travel sized!) colognes for the S.O.—something tried and true (based off of his previous tastes) and something new (based off of my tastes). That way, you don’t blow all your cash on one purchase he might not like AND you give him a little eau de variety. wink”
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