Some of the best perfumes are made by indie brands.
When I first began blogging in 2005, I came across perfumer, Sharon Bolton, and her amazing fragrances. For a few years she went off the radar, but I was so thrilled when she recently reached out with the relaunch as Malia B (named after her daughter.)
Malia B has three perfume oils that come in packaging using post-consumer materials, which are embedded with wildflower seeds so that you can plant it and grow something beautiful. Read more
A heady scent featuring wild-harvested Australian sandalwood and a hint of the intoxicating floral note of Australian Boronia.
Prior to getting Raw Spirit’s Desert Blush fragrance into my hands and (immediately, because OMG) onto my skin, I had never experienced the scent of Australian Boronia. As someone who is not really a fan of the earthy and woody fragrance of sandalwood, the sweet and floral aroma of the boronia literally MAKES this perfume. The floral scent is the perfect complement to the sandalwood, creating something so utterly inviting. Read more
I could not be more in love with my new fragrance, Roses de Chloe and the feedback from friends and co-workers on the scent is something to talk about. It’s a new girly rosy version of the original Chloe and an instant hit. It seems as if everyone I walk by wants to know what my fragrance is, including my male boss! (It makes me happy to know I smell nice!)
I first fell in love with rose scents when I was searching for a fragrance to wear on my wedding day. I read an article that suggested choosing a new fragrance to wear on your wedding day, something you don’t already wear, so that when you smell that scent in the future, you associate the scent with that special day. I ended up choosing a rose fragrance and now anything that smells remotely like it reminds me of our big day! Roses de Chloe is one of those rare scents that instantly lifts your mood to a happy place. It’s a MUST sniff! Read more
“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” – Robert Frost
Well-being beauty brand philosophy is the trusted beauty confidante that offers skin care products, bath, body and fragrances to help women look, live and feel their best. philosophy takes an approachable attitude toward beauty by wrapping scientifically proven ingredients with insight and inspiration. I love that, don’t you? Because they believe that beauty lives inside of every woman, philosophy seeks to inspire beautiful days as well as beautiful skin.
Their newest fragrance is loveswept ($16-$46), a vibrant, feminine, romantic and youthful fragrance. By definition, loveswept is about energy and emotion, following your heart and seeing where that can take you and that is the sentiment that philosophy seeks to achieve. Read more
One of my favorite things about beauty products, is how quickly it can change your mood. Want to wake up your senses? Products with citrus, eucalyptus or peppermint are sure to revitalize you. Want to soothe your mind? Lavender scented products will provide it in an instant. That’s why I love the bath and body collections from lifetherapy. Each one is based on the mood you wish to have. Working as much as I do, and being a mom to four sons, I felt I needed a little more playfulness in my life, so I chose to try products from their Play collection. Read more
As much as I love wearing perfume, I am not one of those women who likes to bathe in it. I prefer instead to dab a bit of perfume on whatever areas of my body I choose. This can prove to be trying with a traditional atomizer because, for me, it is not always easy to control the amount of perfume that gets distributed on my skin with just one spritz. I know how much I do not enjoy being overwhelmed by someone else’s perfume, so I try to avoid engulfing innocent bystanders in clouds of my perfume by not overdoing it with my application. Read more
There is nothing I love more than a candle that can fill the entire room with its scent without overwhelming your senses and the perfectly portioned body wash and body cream whose fragrance lingers long after your shower. If you have yet to own anything from the NEST Fragrances line, then you are simply missing out on the aforementioned. Read more
I’m not necessarily one for a “signature” scent. There are certain notes I look for in fragrances, but I’m not married to any bottle or brand…mostly because I wouldn’t want to miss out on super-decadent fragrances like Lisa Hoffman’s Tuscan Fig, that might otherwise go under the radar.
The eau de parfum is a decadent combination of vanilla, coconut wood, gardenia, and honeysuckle. Though rather sweet, I found Tuscan Fig is a delicious, long-lasting fragrance that immediately put me in a happy place. For me, warm vanillas and woody notes have something very fall about them: one sniff has me dreaming of curling up next to a fire with warm apple cider and a book. I have a very strong feeling this scent will transition into autumn nicely. Read more
I haven’t worn a unisex fragrance since my middle school and CK One days so I was pretty excited…giddy actually, to try Molton Brown’s new unisex fragrance LONDINIUM. Okay, just maybe I was also excited because the fragrance is inspired by London and I along with the rest of the universe seem enthralled by all things London at the moment… 2012 Olympics and all.
LONDINIUM contains notes of Bergamot, Juniper Berries, Myrrh, Oak Moss Absolute, Incense and Malt Accord. I found the fragrance to be strong, sexy and playful. I can definitely see why it would appeal to both sexes and I have to admit that after applying it I felt a really strong urge to throw on a tough leather jacket with my denim cutoffs…too bad it was 102* in Minneapolis. I did however, have a bit more confidence in my walk…I might even venture to say LONDINIUM gave me a bit of swagger. Laugh if you must, but it happened. Read more
With the current state of the economy, many are us are embracing the “staycation” concept this summer. Just because you may not be traveling to an exotic destination, doesn’t mean you can’t invoke the scents and smells of your favorite vacation destination. Here are some inexpensive fragrances to take you away! Read more