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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All this month The Frisky is serving up holiday gift guides to help you pick presents for everyone on your list. Here, we’ve got gifts for the scent sophisticate in your life ….
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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]
Don’t be confused. “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World,” starring Jessica Alba and Joel McHale, is not a 3D movie—it’s actually 4D. Director Robert Rodriguez is bringing it to you in “Aroma-Scope.” In other words, movie-goers will get scratch n’ sniff cards that have them smelling scents that correspond with specific scenes in the flick. “Just watching my own kids with interactive gaming, you ask them to watch a movie, it just feels so passive to them. I thought, this helps bridge the gap,” said Rodriguez, who explained that one of the scents is reminiscent of a dirty diaper. “Originally, we didn’t have any really rancid smells, but kids wanted something really stinky in there. It really doesn’t smell that bad. No one’s going to get sick in the theater.” Phew. [Huffington Post]
Aroma-Scope is supposed to take the experience to the next level, but … I have no interest in seeing “Spy Kids.” So here, some movies I’d actually like to see using this technology. Keep reading »
I was a child when I first learned that fragrance holds a very important role in the life of a woman. My aunt, a designer at Tiffany and Co., always wore Givenchy’s Amarige, and to this day every time I have a whiff of it she is immediately next to me. The scent that one wears can define them to others–it’s a silent signature that stays in the subconscious of everyone who comes into contact with them.
“Long after one has forgotten what a woman wore, the memory of her perfume lingers.”
- Prada “Infusion D’Iris” [$56, Sephora]
- La Prairie “Life Threads Sapphire” [$69, Fragrantica]
- “Outspoken” by Fergie [$28, Avon]
Tell us: What’s your signature scent?
Though we’ve had scented markers for years, apparently the everything-should-be-fragrant concept is enjoying a bit of a re-birth, and giving products their own scent has become the newest fashion trend. The world was just recently introduced to scented nail polish, and now one brand decided to throw a little odor onto their eyeglasses. Les Opticiens Atol created an eyewear collection with actress Adriana Karembeu called AK Senteurs, and instead of adding obvious embellishments like crystals or patterns, they covertly decorated the arms with perfumes. Essence options come in four different aromas: Coquette, Isle of Kisses, Adriana, and Chocolate — so in case you’re one of those people who forget to spritz the perfume, your scent (at least on the temple-region) is already taken care of for you! Weird. [BellaSugar] Keep reading »
When I was a kid, I loved those smelly markers so much that I refused to color with them for fear they would run out of scent. Obviously, they eventually dried up, but not before I forgot about them and moved on to a different obsession. Revlon hasn’t forgotten how much girls like scented products though, and the company is cashing in on the childhood trend with a line of fragrant nail polishes. But unlike the markers, these nail hues only give off odors when dry, which means if you choose to manicure your hands with one of these polishes, you’ll be a walking perfume bottle for the five whole days the scent lasts; when you pick your polish, you’re committing to a wearing a particular color and scent. The smelly options include Grape Icy, Ocean Breeze, and Beach, which sound more like candle fragrances than perfumes in my opinion. I’m not sold on this idea, especially considering the fact that I really don’t want my hands to smell, ever. Will you try Revlon’s scented offering? [Fashionista] Keep reading »
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 »
Most women have heard that body odors play a role in sexual attraction. I mean, why else would we spend money on pheromone-laced oils? Oh, maybe that was just me. Anyway, did you realize that being in love affects our perception and processing of body odors? According to a study performed in Montreal, women who are deeply in love can recognize their partner’s scent, but are unable to recognize the scent of male friends who might be rivals for their affection. Keep reading »