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.
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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.
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”
Thank you for all your comments and tips. Keep reading »
If supporting child labor and drug cartels weren’t enough to dissuade you from purchasing counterfeit luxury goods, consider the nasty rash you might break out in after spraying on the mixture of urine and antifreeze that’s found in a number of black market perfumes. Just as we’re still recovering from their shocking, scatological expose on new clothing, “Good Morning America” once again takes us on a compelling journey into the disgusting underbelly of a seemingly innocuous world, this time focusing on the knockoff fragrance trade. (And for that “GMA,” we salute you). I don’t think I’ve personally ever bought a fake perfume, but I’ve certainly seen them for sale before. And I think it makes sense they use pee: You totally need it to get the color just right! [ABC News] Keep reading »
We love it when things come back from childhood with grown-up makeovers. Take these classy perfumed-scented bubbles by the perfume house Maison Francis Kurkdjian, a creative French company known for making rad fragrance installations in cities around the world. The bulles come in three colors and scents: an aqua formula smells of “cold mint,” the light green is cut herbs, and the yellow is a fruity pear. So maybe while you’re blowing your refined bubbles, you’ll trigger your scent memory as well, and take a trip down memory lane. [$18, Neiman Marcus] Keep reading »
Perfume maker Bond No. 9 has just announced that when you buy their “Scent of Peace” perfume, 10 percent of the proceeds will go towards relief efforts in Haiti (purchases in the next 30 days). Naturally, Bond isn’t the first company to offer charitable donations with product purchases, but this brings up an interesting point—is it honorable of brands to do this? As a shopper, does it feel ethical to be prompted to buy a perfume for a good cause? Or do you think you (or companies) should give your money directly to charities? [Fashion Tribes] Keep reading »
I remain largely unimpressed by the phenom that is the celebrity perfume. I’ve yet to smell one that appeals to me personally, and when it comes to exploring the seemingly limitless olfactory outer regions, they rarely go beyond your standard, perfectly palatable to 12-year-olds, cloying floral. Many designer perfumes, on the other hand, tend to titillate the senses in the way that a great fragrance should. Coco Chanel herself set the standard with No. 5, and more contemporary blends from Issey Miyake, Costume National, Narciso Rodriguez and Viktor & Rolf all manage to continue the heritage by lending their more complex design sensibilities to create intricate, alluring scents that will stick around as timeless classics far after Paris Hilton is no longer a tabloid staple.
Makes sense, actually. Just something you probably never thought of.
Now there’s the first carbon-free fragrance, brought to you by Blue Marble Energy and Sweet Anthem perfumes. Working together, the environmental org and the perfumery came up with EOS, with a women’s version smelling of tea rose and sandalwood, and a unisex potion spiced with cognac and white ginger. While those odors sound pleasing, the carbon-free process to come up with them isn’t. Reports the Independent: “Staying true to its declared mission of replacing ‘oil with fully renewable, carbon neutral alternatives,’ Blue Marble commissioned the perfumers to use brewery waste – a not very appealing mix of “rancid beer grains, green algae and a ‘sludge’ consisting of 50,000 different kinds of bacteria” – instead of petroleum … ”