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Friday, 26 April 2013

Donatella Versace Launching New Fragrance

Donatella Versace is launching a new fragrance called Versace Versense.
Photo of ad for Versace Versense It's no secret Donatella Versace is passionate about fragrances. The designer admitted that she keeps hundreds of bottles of perfumes and oils in her home. "I love all types of floral perfumes," noted the designer for the Milanese fashion house. "I have fun mixing them together and creating new scents. You could say beauty is my passion," she added.

When Versace started work on new women's fragrance Versense, she kept her favorite floral scents and aromas from the Mediterranean in mind. Set to launch from April, Versace described Versense as a lighter, more contemporary floral fragrance. "Versense perfectly represents the Versace woman. I created a fragrance to make her feel incredibly lighter. There's something very optimistic and confident about being free, and it was that feeling that I tried to capture for Versense," said Versace.
 
 
Versense combines Mediterranean top notes of bergamot, green mandarins, citrus fruit and prickly pear with a heart of jasmine, cardamom and sea daffodil, and a woody base of sandalwood and cedarwood mixed with
 

Charlie Perfumes for Men and Women

charlie_1980_ad.jpgAfter having mentioned yesterday the iconic Revlon Charlie perfume ads of the 1970s as presenting the counter-archetype of the woman seen as object as proposed in several recent perfume adverts, we decided to revisit some of these 1970s and 80s ads to reconnect for a time with Charlie's bouncy step.
Many of us remember energetic Charlie walking with a conquering spring in her step. She wore pants and to show off that she really knew how to wear them, her stride was amplified, made almost exaggerated at times, like the stylized idea of independence and confidence. Man, she could walk some giant steps on behalf of all women.

Here are some images to remember Charlie who could even reveal herself to be on occasion (unfortunately) paternalistic, if provoked by the behind of a man; sexual harassment you said? Connais pas. What a change of scenes in the current adverts we talked about yesterday which contain allusions to a rather crude sexual assault, a woman with half a face who is really the dream of an inflatable sex doll, and submissive femininity in general. Blame it on cultural eclectism and trends rather than on an overall ideology but still.....
 


Versace Perfumes for Men and Women

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Raspberry, plum, roses and cassis sound scrumptiously mouth-watering? It is! This deliciously bold perfume captures the lavish sense of Versace style perfectly. Perfect for wearing to a night at the opera a premiere or even just for that romantic night in!
 You can detect in-house lines of continuity with the sporty ozonic personality of Chanel Allure Sport and the elegant fruity iris note found in the base of Egoïste Platinum, but Bleu de Chanel transcends both fragrances thanks to a more poetical reflection around the color blue, and a systematic technical work of refinement of the accords and ingredients.

Bleu de Chanel's most remarkable trait - apart from the fact that it smells surprisingly good and multifaceted- is perhaps the manner in which it manages to be quintessentially both a merchant's and sensitive artist's soulful perfume.

We already knew that if Chanel is capable of anything it is of smelling like the scent of elegance, but one expected perhaps less so to find an implicit, thoughtful homage paid to the contemplative L'Heure Bleue by Guerlain and the style of perfumery it opened the way to: an emotional perfumery bent on capturing the ephemeral in this sense of being able to evoke a still moment stolen from the passing of time, and even more than that, a precise hour of the day.
 
Perfumer Mathilde Laurent of Cartier launched last year a collection called Les Heures du Parfum de Cartier; it is only after smelling one of these perfumes that I realized that her work too is a homage to the aesthetics of the recurring ephemeral,

an allusion to those floating sensations that become more precise only because they are contained within a very limited time of the day or night, a specific, unique hour, which cannot return each day but can each time that you smell the perfume.

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Channel Blue Perfumes for Men and Women


Bleu de Chanel is the latest masculine to be launched by the luxury house of fashion. You can read more about the background story here, here, here and here. The composition is signed by perfumer Jacques Polge who usually works with input from perfumer Christopher Sheldrake. Polge said of Bleu,
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"With Bleu de Chanel, I wanted something frank, direct and pure in a masculine scent,..I did trials with all of the raw materials that we are constantly fine-tuning, and I searched for what we could do and say that was different from what has already been done. And of course, something that could strike a chord with men today. Bleu de Chanel is reduced to its essential elements, in other words: freshness, spiciness and dry woodiness. It's also a very sexy fragrance!"

While the meticulous fine-tuning is perceptible in the new composition, Bleu de Chanel is not what one would call a flashily original perfume, but rather it is a subtly original work. The sum of the efforts that were put in the fragrance does translate in the end in a perfume with unique qualities, but if you were to think of originality as being like a shift in a paradigm as evident as the clap of thunder, this is not what takes place here. However, accepting the scent of Bleu de Chanel will mean accepting the idea that a marine accord is not just for sportswear but universally elegant, accept a certain dreamy, poetical quality associated with a mainstream fragrance, and accept a certain blurring of the lines in terms of gender.    

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Calvin Klein Perfumes

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In an unprecedented week the reailty of employees developing multiple chemical sensitivity and chemical injury caused by fragrances and other toxins in the workplace has been brought home to employers by the courts.
 

In Detroit, Michigan, USA, a city employee won a lawsuit after her managers failed to take her complaints that co-workers' perfume was making her sick. Meanwhile, in Australia, substantial damages were awarded to an airline cabin attendant whose respiratory illness was attributed to toxic cabin air.
In the first case, City of Detroit employee Susan McBride filed a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After her complaints that a co-worker’s perfume made it difficult for her to breathe were ignored by her superiors she decided to let a court decide whether her chemical sensitivity should be taken more seriously.

The city argued the perfume sensitivity did not qualify as a major life activity under the ADA but, in what is now a landmark case, the judge disagreed,


stating that the ability to breathe freely certainly qualifies as a major life activity.

McBride was awarded $100,000 compensation and the City was ordered to enact a new policy on fragrances to include posting notices in buildings where McBride works, asking other city employees not to wear scents at work.


Thierry Mugler Perfumes for Men and Women

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In keeping with the theme of a fragrant fountain in the garden of Shalimar as embodied by one of the most immediately recognizable perfume flacons in the world, Guerlain will release a new lightened version of Shalimar called Eau de Shalimar this spring from April 1st, 2008. (The flacon is in fact inspired by Indian art and is a stylized bowl of fruits but it has always evoked more a fountain to us).











Hilary Duff Perfumes for Men and Women

Wrapped-With-Love-Hilary-Duff.jpgSinger Hilary Duff is releasing her second signature fragrance called Wrapped With Love, which comes after With Love, one of the decent-smelling celebrity fragrances one can find in the market.


Reading the ad copy makes one think that Wrapped With Love might be a dumbed down version of With Love given the heavy stress put on very commercial tooth-achingly sweet notes. Honestly,


the description alone could send a diabetic person into a coma,
"Reminiscent of Hilary's favorite things,


the fragrance offers up an absolutely irresistible white mousse chocolate note, wrapped in a combination of milk and vanilla beans.....











 

Brand Perfumes and Fragrances for Men and Women

 1.    Perfume brings out pheromones
 Pheromones are chemicals capable of acting outside the body of one person which could make an effect to the behavior of the receiving individual.  In this case the pheromones can trigger a social response from same origin of species. Hence, perfume is sometimes used to create an  attraction between man and woman.

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 2.    Scent invokes  memories
 On a normal occasion, we usually associate perfumes with happy thoughts and memories. Memories of perhaps some people who are significant to us like our mother, partners, friends, etc.
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3.    You get a feeling of escape with fragrance
 As the world is getting smaller and each day is becoming more stressful, we could be better off with displacing our thoughts for a while and setting our minds to something else to keep us relaxed. This is one of the reasons why scented candles became popular for R&R activities like yoga, spa, or just giving a “zen” feel to your room. Fragrance sets the mood of what you want to imagine for a relaxing feel. Scents like lavender, sea-water, jasmine, apple-cinnamon, are just some of these scents.

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 4.    You could express your individuality through perfumes
 Yes, no two persons are alike. We could easily express our individuality, our own taste, and our characters for using a perfume that will define our individual personality. It does not only shows by wearing the same perfume but also how you wear it, if its light or heavy or if  you want it fruity or musky.
Our choice of perfume would say a lot about us.  We wear perfumes to create a character, to express our moods and so to make the right impression. Similar to choosing our own clothes and having mannerisms, perfume tells a lot about one’s personality.  

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June Jacobs Perfumes for Men and Women

Better love NATUREL-June-Jacobs2.jpgThere is some sense in which the better orange blossom improves NR for Her, I suppose, but smelling them together, I wonder if I don’t prefer their top notes separately. Because when I want Narciso Rodriguez, I want the full blunt force of its syntheticness, a wall of sweet, orange-colored musk – not actual flowers. Having the Fekkai in there is sort of like mixing neon and paisley. Likewise, the crisp, green, natural accord at the top of Fekkai Sensuelle needs no embellishment. That said, their base notes are simply lovely together. On paper they lasted for days, the blotters lending my desk nook a glowy aura of summer.
Like Narciso Rodriguez, J’adore is a nice perfume that suffers somewhat from a less-than-natural floral accord. Legend has it that the first version of J’adore, composed by the brilliant Calice Becker, was truly beautiful. But like so many Dior fragrances, the formula of this best-seller has been altered (i.e., cheapened). As Tania Sanchez put it, “it smells like one of its own knock-offs.” The current version is basically a restrained fruity-floral (the fruit notes are not as loud or sweet – “frooty,” as one perfume blogger puts it – as in fruity florals of a more recent vintage) with a slightly soapy, slightly metallic rose-jasmine accord. So to improve it, one might add either more and better rose or more and better jasmine.

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Since the early times, people have been adorned by scented oils, perfumes and other fragrances. Today, you can find fragrances from candles, specialty paper, to your favorite bath and body products .  There are several reasons why people wear perfumes, but ultimately it boils down to the fact that they make us feel happy. Hence, as individuals we feel happy for so many reasons;

Ed Hardy Perfumes for Men and Women

Ed-Hardy-Women.tifNarciso Rodriguez for Her (the original eau de toilette in the black bottle) has an essential structure that has been copied many times: floral accord (in this case orange blossom) plus big patchouli-inflected musk. The suggestion of white florals and the diffusive musk make for something quite sexy, if not particularly subtle. (I like it best in the heat, when it really radiates off the skin.) It’s very attractive and recognizable – but it’s hard to deny that the orange blossom accord is pretty synthetic. Natural orange blossoms are vaguely citrusy but not very sweet, with indoles giving them a somehow prickly scent. The florals in Narciso Rodriguez are more blunt and smeared out – it’s the difference between tinkling windchimes and white noise.I figured a good orange blossom soliflore would do Narciso some good, and the best orange blossom in my collection is Fekkai Sensuelle, a limited edition eau de parfum from Frederic Fekkai (a luxe-ish brand of hair supplies) that is sadly no longer available. (In its absence, try Lust Orange Blossom, which was my dry OB of choice before I fell for the Fekkai.)

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New Fragrances

Ed Hardy have introduced two new perfumes for women and men called Ed Hardy for Women and Ed Hardy for Men. If the names of the fragrances themselves may sound a bit staid, the packagings are definitely not. Under the stewardship of Christian Audigier, the rock n' roll identity of the vintage tatoo brand explodes. The French designer's style has been characterized as,


"...fusing the best elements of tattoo, hot rod, and cholo culture along with a tinge of his native French heritage. The brand is rock and roll with soul, California through and through."....
Pierre Balmain, which interestingly Osmoz categorizes as an "alternative brand" - this made us do a double-take as cultural habits are hard to die but it is justified in economic terms - will launch a new perfume at the end of March simply entitled Ambre Gris.


The mystique of ambergris is one of the most alluring in perfumery. It is also interesting to see that Balmain could not care less for the conventional seasonal divide between fresh and light for spring and summer and deeply textured for fall and winter......


June Jacobs is a brand of Spa Products that has decided to officially adopt an ecological policy in this beginning of 2008. For those of our readers who insist on using ethical green brands,


this is one more buying option (we should probably devote a special section to natural perfumery as this is becoming more of an important sub-section of the market).
They are releasing a new reformulated perfume called Better Love™ Naturel whose description sounds complex and interesting enough.
According to the press release,

"...as of the first quarter in 2008, all June Jacobs Spa Collection products will no longer contain parabens and all chemical preservatives will be replaced with natural ingredients that provide optimal benefits for healthy skin.".....  

Latest Perfumes

Many a perfume lover will tell you that layering perfumes is an insult to the perfumers and a good way to ruin a piece of art that is already complete unto itself – like listening to Mozart’s Requiem and the Well-Tempered Clavier at the same time.
Others will say, lighten up. Even Jean-Claude Ellena, a master perfumer himself, advocates layering perfumes to create certain effects and highlight a material or facet of one or both compositions. You can find some of Ellena’s suggested combos, as featured in French Elle, on Bois de Jasmin. Some of them are tame – adding Pleasures to Diorissimo seems harmless, one being a super-clean musky-aldehydic floral, the latter a textbook lily of the valley. Together, they’d conjure images of an ur-mother doing ur-laundry. Others are downright shocking – only a true misanthrope would attempt layering Angel, the original patchouli gourmand, with the ‘90s aquatic L’Eau d’Issey. They are completely different and both loud as a vacuum cleaner.
As long as a little care is exercised (new combinations should be test-driven in the privacy of your own home), I find layering to be fun and rather creative – along the lines of modifying published recipes to your own tastes, or at least going crazy with your pizza toppings. It’s also a good way to get more use out perfumes that are a little boring on their own or otherwise unsatisfactory – add something you like and give it new life.
If you’re looking for some layering guidelines, here’s what I’d suggest:

Start with one complex perfume and one simple one: Ellena gives himself no such restriction, but I think you’ll encounter fewer layering disasters if you stick to this rule. Simple perfumes are those that give the impression of one or two single, recognizable accords. For example, Bulgari Black smells primarily of vanilla and rubber. Soliflores, as the name suggests, smell primarily of a single flower, however many materials they may actually contain; see Frederic Malle’s Une Rose. Chanel No. 5 is more complex and abstract, with citrus and aldehydes up top, a handful of floral heart notes and an ambery base.
Look for at least one note or accord in common: You can use one perfume to enhance an aspect of another, making it sweeter or more rosy, for example. Perfumes that share a common link, such as lavender or leather, are often reasonable candidates for layering. As a bonus, adding more complexity can help cover up any aspects of a perfume that you don’t care for.
If the prospect still frightens you, remember these three things. One, you can try out new combos on paper before you wear them. Spray the perfumes on separate smelling strips (you can make your own using heavy paper), then smell the strips together. Two, if you try a combo on skin and it turns your stomach, you can always wash them off. (I find rubbing alcohol, followed by a soap-and-water wash, to be more effective than soap alone.) Three, your nose can only perceive so much at once. Most of the time, one of the two perfumes you layer will stand out as more prominent to your nose, the second simply adding a little extra interest. You generally won’t smell every element of both perfumes at once.
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Many of the layering experiments below came about organically, when I put on one fragrance and felt unsatisfied, so attempted to liven up the party with something else at hand. Others were deliberate experiments based on discovering common accords or notes.

 
 
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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Princess Charlene's Ocean Necklace

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This Fabric Flower Necklace brings a twist to traditional Mayan embroidery. Fabric is delicately embroidered and then cut away to create textured and sculptural textile jewelry. Produced as a design collaboration with Alessandra Plasa of Via Nativa, this flowered fabric necklace creatively restyles traditional embroidery techniques.he Hazen Diamond Necklace was designed by Harry Winston, Inc. The necklace is made of platinum and contains 325 diamonds that have a total weight of approximately 131.4 carats. A major factor leading to diamond's popularity as a gem was the development of cutting styles that best display the diamond's brilliance and fire. The Hazen Diamond Necklace is a good example of this as it incorporates several different cutting styles, including the pear, baguette, square, and round brilliant cuts. Mrs. Lita Annenberg Hazen donated the necklace to the Smithsonian in 1979.


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Van Cleef & Arpels created unique jewelry for Princess Charlene of Monaco, a gift from her husband, Prince Albert II. The diamond and sapphire necklace, called Ocean (which transforms into a tiara) was designed to reflect former Olympic swimmer Charlene's love of water.
Ocean was crafted from 88 round diamonds -- over 44 total carats in all. Ten pear-shaped diamonds were incorporated into the design, along with 359 sapphires in three hues of blue.
The gemstones are set into asymmetrical circles that represent waves of the ocean.

Charming Reinvention Bracelets for Girls

Charm bracelets have been around for centuries. In the pre-historic era, evidence suggests that bracelets made with animal bones and shells may have been worn. Much later on, Queen Victoria influenced a trend in Europe after wearing various bracelets with charms attached.
 These trinkets have enjoyed many a trending wave and once again they appear to be at the crest of a gargantuan revival, especially in the travel-retail industry where charm bracelets seem to hang from every woman’s wrist.
But the latest trend is attempting to reinvent itself yet again “It’s a new take on a classic idea” says Julian Mullins, travel retail director for Pandora jewellery. “I mean, charm bracelets sort of came into popularity from sailors going around buying little gifts for their wives when they travelled. They would bring charms back and have them soldered on to a bracelet
These keepsakes would be kept for a lifetime and would be passed down through the family almost as an heirloom. “Pandora is all about providing charms for those ‘unforgettable moments. It’s basically allowing individuals to really dress something how they feel and bring back those special moments for them,” says Mullins, suggesting that these moments could be anything from celebrating the birth of a child to a great holiday. “All of those little individual pieces that make up the charm bracelets themselves are special and significant to you.”
Trisha Gregory, senior marketing manager at Chamilia, believes that the appeal of these charm bracelets is the customisation aspect. “Behind every beautiful design is a beautiful designer: you. That’s the philosophy of Chamilia.”

Charm Bracelets for Girls

Charm bracelets have been around for centuries. In the pre-historic era, evidence suggests that bracelets made with animal bones and shells may have been worn. Much later on, Queen Victoria influenced a trend in Europe after wearing various bracelets with charms attached.
 These trinkets have enjoyed many a trending wave and once again they appear to be at the crest of a gargantuan revival, especially in the travel-retail industry where charm bracelets seem to hang from every woman’s wrist.
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But the latest trend is attempting to reinvent itself yet again “It’s a new take on a classic idea” says Julian Mullins, travel retail director for Pandora jewellery. “I mean, charm bracelets sort of came into popularity from sailors going around buying little gifts for their wives when they travelled. They would bring charms back and have them soldered on to a bracelet
http://www.globalgoodspartners.org/cart/cw3/assets/product_1000/Bracelets_For_Change_Model.jpgThese keepsakes would be kept for a lifetime and would be passed down through the family almost as an heirloom. “Pandora is all about providing charms for those ‘unforgettable moments. It’s basically allowing individuals to really dress something how they feel and bring back those special moments for them,” says Mullins, suggesting that these moments could be anything from celebrating the birth of a child to a great holiday. “All of those little individual pieces that make up the charm bracelets themselves are special and significant to you.”
Trisha Gregory, senior marketing manager at Chamilia, believes that the appeal of these charm bracelets is the customisation aspect. “Behind every beautiful design is a beautiful designer: you. That’s the philosophy of Chamilia.”

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