Spicy Perfumes

Good read by Catherin Helbig Beauty Expert in About.com Style:

Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what these perfumes smell like. Raiding the spice rack for fragrance notes such as cloves, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and pepper, spicy fragrances are alluring in old-fashioned ways.

Coco Perfume for Women by Chanel

Launched in 1984, at a time when in-your-face orientals such as Calvin Klein’s Obsession ruled the fragrance aisles, Coco won an instant following for its sophisticated, spicy scent. Chanel’s complex cocktail of spices and florals is a brilliant blend of sweet and savory notes, including rose, coriander, orange blossom and cloves, over a deeper, mysterious base of woods and vanilla. Wear it with your favorite little black dress, or to lunch with that handsome officemate who you wouldn’t mind sharing breakfast pastries with.

Jo Malone Vetyver Perfume

Vetyver Cologne by Jo Malone

Here’s a great example of a successful unisex perfume. Jo Malone designed Vetyver to be worn by women and men, and its clean, warm fragrance truly does have universal appeal. Spicy-fresh and green, with top notes of tarragon and nutmeg, the scent is reminiscent of both the outdoors and hot, fresh towels. Call it a day trip to the spa in a bottle.

Cinnabar Perfume

Cinnabar Perfume for Women Estee Lauder

Spice up your next evening out with this decadent designer perfume. Cinnabar opens in a warm rush of incense and spices, and deepens into a rich, almost over-ripe floral scent. Sensual and not for the faint of heart, this fragrance is also immensely long-lasting – expect it to go dawn-to-dusk. Mist your hair lightly for day with the eau de parfum, and leave a gorgeous trail. For evening, dab the perfume directly onto pulse points – remembering that a little goes a long way.

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Oriental Perfumes

Good read by Catherin Helbig, Beauty Expert in About.com Style:

Here, we list the best oriental perfumes on the fragrance market today.

Think of oriental perfumes as the fragrance equivalent of cleavage and a killer pair of stilettos. Exotic and distinctly feminine, these sensual blends feature an earthy, animalistic base scent such as musk or ambergris, often combined with warm top notes such as amber or vanilla. When combined with florals, these scents are called “florientals”.

Poison Perfume by Christian Dior

Poison Perfume for Women by Christian Dior

Inside a vicious-looking bottle that resembles a poisoned fruit straight out of a fairy tale, comes Dior’s storied elixir of seduction. A fragrance legend since it launched in the mid-1980s, this astoundingly sexy scent features a unique blend of spicy, fruity and woody notes. The effect is a bold, frankly sexual perfume that makes a big entrance, tosses back a few martinis, and leaves with phone numbers in her pocket.

Opium Perfume by Yves Saint Laurent

Opium Perfume for Women by Yves Saint Laurent

Opium has enslaved many a woman with its hypnotic charms. Its alluring oriental cocktail of fragrance notes includes peppery plum, carnation, jasmine, patchouli, cedar, vetiver, incense, musk and myrrh. Exotic and seductive, this complex and expensive-smelling scent is ideally suited for night time and romance.

Black Pearls Perfume by Elizabeth Taylor

Black Pearls Perfume for Women by Elizabeth Taylor

Just like its namesake, this perfume is mature and boasts amazing longevity – dab on a drop at daybreak and expect the scent to linger into the late afternoon and evening. It opens with a dramatic bouquet of flowers and spices, deepening with wear into a smooth, rich amber-and-sandalwood accord. Cozy and warmly feminine, as opposed to blatantly sexy, it’s a great pick for a mellow evening curled on the couch with your special someone.

Organza Perfume by Givenchy

Organza Perfume for Women by Givenchy

Organza is a fresh and spicy fragrance that is a textbook example of a perfectly-blended floriental. A heart of white florals is complemented by mossy woods undertones and a nutmeg, cedarwood and vanilla base. The overall effect is luxurious and very sensual. Wear this one when you want to beguile and seduce, whether it’s a third date or just a rare night out without the kids.

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Oceanic Perfumes

Good read by Catherin Helbig, Beauty Expert in About.com Style:

Fragrances in the Oceanic Category

Oceanic perfumes are a modern invention. These scents use a blend of synthetic compounds to evoke natural aromas such as mountain air, ocean spray, or clean linen.

L’Eau par Kenzo by Kenzo for Women

This fresh and cheerful fragrance is like a pair of perfect-fitting jeans. That is, it goes with everything you own, and you’ll smile every time you put it on. Top notes of reed stems and wild mint mingle with freshwater florals and peach, creating a scent that’s bright, feminine and clean. Wear it with confidence from the office to brunch with your friends.

Giorgio Beverly Hills Ocean Dream for Women

Giorgio’s Ocean Dream is a feminine take on the oceanic category. Evoking romance at the beach, with its blend of water plants and floral notes over a warm base of vanilla and musk, this is a sensual and feminine perfume that’s great for a daytime.  Refreshing and youthfully sweet, this oceanic-floral combines top notes of ozone and water lily with tropical fruits and berries. The effect is sparkling and young. The water-drop shaped bottle is pretty, too.

Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden for Women

While sunflowers could be classified as a fruity-floral, its signature watery scent makes it an oceanic as well. Bright and happy, this is a fabulous mood-boosting fragrance to spritz on first thing in the morning.

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The Top Selling Green Perfumes on the Market

Good read by Beauty Expert Catherine Helbig in About.com Style:

Top-Selling Perfumes in the Green Category of Fragrances

Smelling of fresh leaves and newly-mown grass, the green fragrances are a natural and energetic group. These scents are well-suited for daytime, when their sporty, modern appeal makes them a great fit for any casual or outdoor gathering.

No. 19 Perfume for Women by Chanel

First launched in 1971, No. 19 derives its name from Coco Chanel’s birthday. Sold exclusively through Chanel since its reincarnation in 2000, this fragrance is boldly unique, right down to its signature greenish tint. It successfully blends green and floral notes over a base of moss and woods, evoking a rain-soaked forest. Not girlish or obvious in the least, this is a chic, grown-up scent for a woman who is confident in her femininity.

Miss Dior Perfume for Women by Dior

Miss Dior was the first scent from the legendary designer Christian Dior, and its timeless appeal has made it a top-seller for six decades. A visionary in fragrance as well as fashion, Dior’s take on what his elegant clients wanted to smell like was stunningly modern. The perfume opens with crisp green sage, with floral notes and a sexy base of leather and patchouli adding complexity. You could wear this to cheer on your favourite local sports team, and to the bar afterward to flirt with the players.

mark Earth by Avon

Fresh and somewhat unisex in its appeal, this perfume from Avon’s popular beauty brand aimed at younger consumers was created “with the global goddess in mind.” We’re not sure what that means, but we’d buy it anyway for its pleasant, dewy blend of green leaves and bark. This is a nice fragrance for those of any age who prefer fresh – rather than fruity or floral – scents.

Safari Perfume for Women by Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren was inspired to create the warm and feminine Safari by his travels to the African plains. Its pervasive mossy-green aroma is warmed by rich vanilla and floral notes, giving it a girl-next-door-lets-her-hair-down charm. Wear this one to give your golf instructor ideas.

Sung Alfred Sung

Another green-floral blend, Alfred Sung’s classic perfume for women evokes the scents of a wedding bouquet. Bright green notes combine with fresh white flowers, with a vanilla-woods base supplying warmth and depth. Very feminine and beautifully balanced in its composition, it’s elegant for the office, or for wearing to brunch with your girlfriends.

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5 Best Fruity Perfumes: A Collection of Favorite Fragrances in the Fruity Category

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Fruity scents please the nose with the bright and familiar smells of apple, peach, berry, mango and other juicy fruits. They are often blended with florals.

Apple Splash by Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs designed his Splash collection of limited-edition scents to appeal to the palate, as much as the nose. His Apple Splash is a yummy green apple concoction that’s almost unisex in its appeal. Apple  zest and citrus notes blend with herbs and spices, creating an aromatic and energetic scent.

Liz Claiborne Perfume for Women by Liz Claiborne

This elegant signature scent from the design house of Liz Claiborne is a classic fruity-floral. Top notes of peach and pineapple mingle with bergamot, lily and rose over a woodsy base, to create a fresh and feminine fragrance. Wear this refined scent to a job interview, or with your favorite little black dress.

Harajuku Lovers Lil’ Angel Perfume for Women by Harajuku Lovers

Leave it to rock icon Gwen Stefani to bring a quirky sex appeal to the fruity perfume category. Lil’ Angel features a delicious blend of raspberry, cranberry, blackberry and sweet pineapple, layered over a warm  and sensual amber base. Sweet and a little offbeat, this is a playful perfume that casts a flirtatious spell. The Harajuku doll bottle will look adorable on your vanity, too.

Ralph Wild Perfume for Women by Ralph Lauren

Meant to inspire a feeling of freedom, Ralph Wild evokes the sensuality of summertime. Juicy red fruit notes of wild strawberry and watermelon mix with cherry blossom and rose, creating a scrumptious aroma that gets sexier the longer you wear it, thanks to base notes of musk and sandalwood. It’s a great perfume to wear on a movie-and-dinner first date.

Very Sexy Now Perfume for Women by Victoria’s Secret

Very Sexy Now is a fruity-floral perfume that delivers on its name. A sexy cocktail of tropical fruits, flowers, spices and vanilla, this is a sensual and inviting fragrance that’s ideally suited for summertime wear. Just apply sparingly – a little goes a long way.

Source: About.com Style http://beauty.about.com/od/fragranc1/tp/best-fruity-perfumes.htm


6 Best Floral Perfumes

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Sweet and romantic, these floral scents are the “good girls” of the fragrance aisle. Floral perfumes are sometimes single note, but generally combine the scents of various flowers to create a classic feminine appeal.

No. 5 by Chanel for Women

In 1921, Coco Chanel asked perfumer Ernest Beaux to create something that “smells like woman.” The resulting elixir would become the world’s most iconic fragrance, beloved by legions of women including Marilyn Monroe, who famously stated she wore nothing else to bed. A blend of luxurious florals and warm base notes, including ylang-ylang, rose, iris, neroli and vanilla, No. 5 is an elegant, womanly scent that transitions well from day to nighttime wear.

Chloe by Karl Lagerfield for Women

Chloe was created by Karl Lagerfeld when he helmed the fashion house of Chloe (now run by Stella McCartney). Like Lagerfeld’s clientele, which included Maria Callas andJaqueline Kennedy-Onassis, this fragrance is rich, romantic and powerful. Jasmine and honeysuckle are layered over spices and woods, to create a fragrance that is boldly feminine.

Tresor by Lancome for Women

Tresor is a deeply romantic fragrance. Lush and unabashedly floral, with pretty top notes of lilac and apricot, this is an intensely feminine perfume that charms more than it seduces. Wear it with confidence on a first date, or to a special dinner with your long-term love.

Flight of Fancy by Anna Sui

Like the name suggests, this is a whimsical fragrance that doesn’t demand to be taken too seriously. A quirky cocktail of floral and fruity aromas, the perfume appeals with notes of litchi, magnolia, rose and freesia. It’s fresh and fun, right down to its peacock-adorned bottle.

Curve by Liz Claiborne for Women

Another fruity floral, Curve blends soft floral notes of lily and rose with yummy peach, citrus and berry aromas. This is a crisp, clean perfume that’s best-suited to daytime wear.

Acqua Di Gio for Women by Giorgio Armani

This aquatic floral is a fresh take on the category. Acqua Di Gio for Women combines fresh floral scents with marine and fruity notes, over a musky base. Wear this clean, feminine fragrance when you need a mood-booster.

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Types of Perfume: 8 Major Fragrance Categories and How to Wear Them

Good article from About.com Style by Beauty Expert Catherine Helbig:

Once upon a time, a woman was expected to have a signature scent. Nowadays, we are more likely to treat fragrance as an accessory, changing our perfume daily – or even more often – to suit our busy lives and shifting moods.

But sometimes, too much choice can lead to confusion. If you’re like most women, you have multiple perfume bottles cluttering your vanity table. They taunt you every morning as you get dressed, with the simple yet silent demand, “Who do you want to be today?”

To help you cut through the clutter, we’ve created this brief guide to the major fragrance categories, with suggestions for where to wear each one.

Citrus

Infused with the tangy essence of citrus fruits, these perfumes are lively and energetic. They are best enjoyed as a daytime delight, just the thing to wake you up in the morning before you’ve had that second coffee. Wear a citrus perfume to meet your girlfriends for brunch, brighten a baby shower, or ride your bicycle to the organic market.

See full list of citrus fragrances including Clinique Happy, Burberry Weekend for Women, Cartier Eau de Cartier for Women, Jo Malone Grapefruit, Calvin Klein CK One, The Gap Close.

Floral

Sweet and romantic, these scents are the “good girls” of the fragrance aisle. Florals are sometimes single note, but generally combine the scents of various flowers to create a classic feminine appeal. Spritz on a floral when you want to show off (or fake) your sweet-and-girly side — when meeting your boyfriend’s parents comes to mind. These scents are also appropriate at church, the ballet, or your best friend’s wedding, especially if you’ve got your eye on an eligible groomsman. See full list of floral fragrances including Chanel No 5, Karl Lagerfeld Chloe, Lancome Tresor and Anna Sui.

Fruity

Like a cheerleader with a wicked side, fruity perfumes are fresh and spicy. These fragrances please the nose with the bright and familiar smells of apple, peach, berry, mango and other juicy fruits, often blended with florals to create a compelling aroma. Pretty without being overwhelming, these perfumes are ideal for a movie-and-dinner first date. Just apply sparingly.

See full list of fruity fragrances including Liz Claiborne by Liz Claiborne, Avon Fire Me Up, Harajuku Lovers Lil’ Angel, Ralph Lauren Ralph Wild, Marc Jacobs Splash: Apple 2010, Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Now 2010.

Green

Smelling of fresh leaves and newly-mown grass, the green fragrances are a natural and energetic group. These scents tend toward the unisex, so are best left on the shelf when you’re dressing to impress a hot date. Save them for daytime instead, when their sporty, modern appeal makes them a great fit for any casual or outdoor gathering. Wear one to cheer on your favorite football team, at the golfing range, or on a flea market amble with friends.

See full list of green fragrances including Chanel No. 19, Ralph Lauren Safari, Escada Sport Country Weekend, Sung Alfred Sung, Escada Magnetism, Adidas Adrenaline Woman.

Oceanic

Oceanic perfumes are a modern invention, first appearing with Christian Dior’s Dune in 1991. These scents use a blend of synthetic compounds to evoke natural aromas such as mountain air, ocean spray or clean linen. Crisp and fresh, they are an ideal choice for job interviews, when you want your perfume to say, “I’m clean, efficient and won’t stink up the joint if hired.”

See full list of oceanic fragrances including Christian Dior Dune, Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers, Davidoff Cool Water Woman, Giorgio Beverly Hills Ocean Dream.

Oriental

Think of oriental perfumes as the fragrance equivalent of cleavage and a killer pair of stilettos. Exotic and distinctly feminine, these sensual blends feature an earthy, animalistic base scent such as musk or ambergris, often combined with warm notes such as amber. (When combined with florals, these scents are called “florientals”). The effect is a bold yet mysterious perfume that makes a big entrance, tosses back a few martinis, and leaves with phone numbers in her pocket. Wear one when you want to seduce, whether it’s a third date or just a rare night out without the kids.

See  full list of oriental fragrances including Elizabeth Taylor Black Pearls, Yves Saint Laurent Opuim, Guerlain Shalimar, Givenchy Organza, Yves Saint Laurent Opium, Versace Crystal Noir.

Spicy

Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what these perfumes smell like. Uncap one and be transported to your mom’s kitchen – if your mom was the type who baked cinnamon rolls and gingerbread from scratch. With notes of cloves, ginger, cinnamon, cardamon and pepper, spicy perfumes are comforting and alluring in an old-fashioned way. Wear one to your next parent-teacher meeting, or at lunch with that handsome officemate who you wouldn’t mind sharing pastry with.

See full list of spicy fragrances including Chanel Coco, Jo Malone Vetyver, BCBG Girls, Givenchy Ysatis, Estee Lauder Cinnabar.

Woody (Chypre)

Woody scents are built on base notes of bark and moss, conjuring winding forest paths. While more unisex than other fragrance categories, that’s not to say these scents are masculine. They evoke a particular brand of no-nonsense femininity. Think Marion in Raiders of the Lost Ark, or Katharine Hepburn in any movie. This strong and classic appeal translates well to the corporate office, too. Wear one to your next performance review.

See full list of woodsy fragrances including Estee Lauder Knowing, Chanel No. 19, Britney Spears Believe, Ralph Lauren Romance, Gucci Envy Me.

Source: About.com Style http://beauty.about.com/od/fragranc1/a/different-types-of-perfume.htm


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