Eau de Scent-Sational Parfums

By Kimberly Roberson

(Originally Posted on Fly Gyal)

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season in full swing, Fly Gyals not only need to look fab, but you need to smell fab too! You never know who you may run into, and the last impression you’d want to leave anyone with, is a deliciously good scent. Scent evokes memories, and this is the season to create those special memories.

This week, we are sharing the hottest, most delectable perfumes to grace your wrists and backs of your ears this year. And even if you aren’t much of a fragrance diva, these picks make wonderful gifts for friends and family.

Elizabeth Arden: UNTOLD

3.3 fl. oz / $79

Whether it’s dreams she has yet to share, secrets she has yet to reveal, or ambitions she has yet to declare, UNTOLD was designed to embody the many different facets of the modern woman. While some of these facets are apparent on the surface, others remain hidden, only to be revealed or discovered over time.

The UNTOLD fragrance journey opens with sparkling Pink Pepper fused with crisp Bergamot, exposing her vibrant optimism while playful fruity accents of Pear and Blackcurrant Bud LMR* evoke her unpredictable ways. Her refined femininity is revealed as delicate Gardenia petals enwrap themselves with intoxicating Egyptian Jasmine LMR*. Her mysterious aura is sensed through whispers of Patchouli Heart LMR* and nuances of Sandalwood. Finally, her magnetic sensuality is unveiled as heated ambers cascade over the caress of hypnotic musk. Lingering in the air is the unforgettable essence of her presence.

*LMR= Laboratoire Monique Rémy. International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.’s in-house, natural facility situated in Grasse, France, that specializes in extracting natural raw materials through a craftsmanship technique. Therefore, productions are rare, fine and represent the best quality in the marketplace. (www.elizabetharden.com)

DOLCE & GABANNA: the one

1.6 fl. oz. / $82

The Concept
Like the woman that wears it, the strength and uniqueness of Dolce&Gabbana The One fragrance comes from contrast. Used to adorn pulse points or misted into the air to fall in a scented aura, The One is a modern ‘floriental’ eau de parfum combining contemporary fruit ingredients with the perfumer’s classic palette of white flowers. “Every woman is The One!” Stefano Gabbana.
Fragrance Notes:
Top
The rich Oriental Floral perfume opens with a sparkling and modern interpretation of fresh top notes of zesty Bergamot and Mandarin, combined with juicy Lychee and Peach.
Heart
The journey to the heart of the fragrance follows into the timeless scent of the Madonna Lily with its voluptuous intensity and enveloping femininity.
Base
The fragrance finally unfolds to reveal a deep and sensual base of rich Vanilla and resinous Ambery notes combined with smooth Musky notes to leave a lingering presence. (http://www.dolcegabbana.com)

Dior: Miss Dior

3.4 fl. oz. / $115

An Eau de Parfum Miss Dior fragrance created for an “elegant and spirited young woman in love”.
Romantic by nature, Miss Dior inspires an intense and playful love, for which she is also searching. She personifies the spontaneous joie de vivre of today’s young women, representing a particular type of freedom and seduction. The fragrance is characterised by an instant and captivating charm.
Miss Dior is a chypre that develops step by step. It glides from the sharp charm of a fresh, fruity, citrus prelude into blossoming floral notes, then on to the noble elegance of patchouli, before finally concluding with musk, the last trace of memory.
With veritable riches concealed in her heart, Miss Dior develops in the most intense and astonishing way.
Top note
ESSENCE OF ITALIAN MANDARIN
All Mediterranean countries grow mandarin trees, but the best quality mandarins are produced in Sicily.
There are several varieties of mandarin: yellow, green and red. They correspond to the different stages of maturity of the fruit.
Mandarin Essence is one of the citrus notes, and provides a fruity, refreshing touch.

Heart note
SAMBAC JASMINE ABSOLUTE
The symbol of feminine softness, jasmine is one of the most widely used flowers in perfumery.
Its delicacy makes it a perfume in its own right.

Base note
ESSENCE OF INDONESIAN PATCHOULI
Patchouli is a plant that originates from Indonesia and Malaysia.
Its essence, a must-have in the perfumer’s palette, is obtained through steam distillation of the dried leaves.
It is used in chypre, woody and oriental perfumes.
This highly esteemed scent forms the base note of all the olfactory versions of Miss Dior. (http://www.dior.com)

COVER PHOTO: Graeme Montgomery

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