Great drugstore body lotions

When it comes to body moisturizers, body lotions is my top choice. They are refreshing, easy to apply and absorb and keep the skin discreetly scented for many hours.

Today, I am sharing with you notes on a couple of body milks which passed the test, they are fairly inexpensive and are found in the GCC market.

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I never expected myself to stick to a Nivea product, but it just happened and at the moment I am on my third bottle… Nivea Sensual Musk hooked me instantly! It is a body milk for dry and normal skin, it has a light oriental-musky scent which stays on for hours and hours and costs Dhs13.95 or KWD 1.200 for 250ml of product.

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Enchanter is a Malaysian brand, mainly known regionally for their scented talc powders. Oud Blosson is standing out for me, out of all the -mostly light flowery, overworn- perfumed range. It is body lotion for oily skin, it dries quickly and leaves the skin with a deep flowery-musky scent for just few hours. I cannot spot the oudh element within what I sniff, but I am totally satisfied with what I sense overall. 250ml packaging costs Dhs.10.25 or KWD 0.800.

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Lernert & Sander: Beauty with a denominator of Art

Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug are two people who have your mind contemplating the obvious and make you wonder “Why didn’t I think of it before?” .

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Sharp Lernert and Sander are two Dutch artists based in Amsterdam, Netherlands and they use their unconventional talent and square logic, to serve humourous, unprecedented projects including films, art installations, music videos, advertisements and fashion concepts.

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Their golden moments for me, include the Knab Bank commercial, reversing the roles of boat and champagne bottle in a classic opening ceremony, the playful Amnesty video with the catchphrase: Freedom of Expression needs your Flame, the Blacker Sheep photo, in reference to families, in which a well groomed black sheep poses as a prize winning doggie and few witty beauty projects that I present to you today…

ELLE STYLE AWARD

What is annoying, plastic, small and you can find it on every piece of cloth, from H&M’s tank tops to Versace’s gowns?

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When Elle magazine asked L&S to design the award for the annual Stylist of the Year 2011 nomination, I highly doubt anyone expected the award to be a price tag! Winner Bonne Reijn received the 14 carat gold tag, which is actually a lot more than a trophy.

“We made the unglamorous, glamourous and focused on the most common, least celebrated, underexposed part of a garment, the tag. We designed the golden tag pin as two parts that can easily be clicked together – so it can be worn as jewellery, rather than just sitting on a mantelpiece for the rest of eternity.”

EVERYTHING

What is common between Acqua di Parma’s Iris Nobile, Guerlain’s La petit robe noire, Balenciaga’s Florabotanica and Girlfriend by Justin Bieber?

First of all they were all released on 2012. Secondly, they are part of a 1400 perfumes mixture: Everything!

The two artists collected all the samples of perfumes that were released on 2012, and created a 1.5 litre master perfume called Everything. The unique blend is being hosted in a massive, handmade, sample-bottle.

NATURAL BEAUTY: 365 Layers of Make Up

How many years does 228.40 ml of make up last you?

Greedy Lernert and Sander applied it all in 9 hours!

They used 7 bottles of foundation, 2 bottles of creamy eyeshadows, 3 pens of lip products and 2 bottles of blush, all by Dutch make up brand Ellis Faas. They applied 365 layers with all that make up, to see what it takes to be transformed from natural looking to oil paint!

It is interesting to mention that the brave model Hannelore Knuts, during the process of suffering for Art, she was not allowed to move and she could eat and drink only through a straw. The “Natural Beauty” video received international projections and participated in many film festivals worldwide.

SELFRIDGES

Back in Autumn 2010, London’s Selfridge department stores launched a massive new shopping destination called Shoe Galleries, containing of 6 galleries and 11 boutiques. Selfridge’s asked Lernert and Sander to create a series of windows installations, taking shoes to the next level.

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Perhaps Dutch are not as good as British in black humour, but they are definitely years ahead in how to use humour creatively!  When one would expect limited edition pairs, showered in diamonds and rare gems, togging Selfridge’s vitrines, the unorthodox Dutch duo played around with devices picked up from their homes. Brooms starring as 70’s high pumps, sewing machines starring as 60’s hippies platforms, a dishwasher as clogs and many more unimaginable devices stroke poses and seen by over 125000 people per day!

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What do you think of Lernert’s and Sander’s work?

Disclaimer: All visual material was retrieved from Lernertandsander.com and Vimeo.com websites.

11 things you did not know about sunscreens

Here are 11 important facts you need to take under consideration when wearing sunscreen…

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1. Your location and your hobbies matter!

UV radiation increases 4% for every 1000 feet you ascend. Sunrays are stronger at mountains and near the equator. Keep in mind that snow and water reflect the UV radiation. So either you go skiing or climbing or vacations near the equator, make sure you increase the SPF of your sunscreen.

2. UV radiation passes through windows.

Even though typical glass windows can protect you from most UVB rays, they let a small portion of UVA rays pass through them. Good quality tinted windows help block more UVA rays. Therefore, make sure you apply sunscreen even for a short distance drive.

3. Sunscreens have short lifetime and after opening they loose 5 degrees from their SPF, each year.

It is highly recommended to buy new sunscreens every year as their ingredients tend to break down easily, depending on whether they are stored at high temperatures and humid climates.

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4. Apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before you get exposed to the sun.

Either you are at the beach or at the town, reapply your sunscreen often, at least twice a day, as it is usually gone after 2 hours.

5. When applying sunscreen, quantity is important without overdoing it.

The right amount for a proper application on body and face equals to 85ml or else a shot glass. High SPF should not make you stingy in anyway in terms of quantity.

6.  Sunscreen blocks Vitamin D production.

Sunscreens interfere with the organism’s natural synthesis of Vitamin D because they block UVB rays.  As an example, the use of a sunscreen with SPF8, suspends the Vitamin D production by 95%.

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7.  Choose products with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide.

Ingredients Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide (a mineral that gets more expensive year after year) are the superior barriers against sunrays. They are also the reason behind “white-mask” effect in photos and while applying sunscreen. These ingredients can cause clogged pores and reactions to acne-prone skin types. In this case it is better to use an oil free sunscreen and good cleaning products that target pore purification, rather than using inferior sunscreens.

8. What SPF30 practically means?

SPF is the measurement of the time your skin can last before burning, when exposed to the sun. As an example, if your skin burns in 10 minutes, an sunscreen with an SPF of 30 will guarantee your safe staying under then sun by 30 times: 10min x 30SPF= 300 minutes or else 5 hours.

Fair skins with light coloured eyes, redheads , skins with freckles, moles and mole tags, need sunscreens with high protection.

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9. SPF does not protect from UVA rays.

SPF refers to the power of the sunscreen to block UVB rays but not UVA rays, which can actually cause deeper damage to your skin. Just make sure you choose sunscreens with the “Broad Spectrum” label on them that protect from both UVA and UVB radiations.

10.  SPF40+ SPF20≠ SPF60

Layering a sunscreen with SPF 40 over a sunscreen with SPF 20 does not mean that you achieved a protection of SPF60. In this example, the sunscreen with SPF40 will be in charge.

11. Wear sunscreen ALL YEAR ROUND!

UVA rays work their way even on cloudy days.

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What is your preferred SPF when buying sunscreen?

Pictures credits: 1.www.redesignrevolution.com 2.www.styleite.com 3.www.purehealthmag.co.uk 4.money.aol.co.uk 5.suntan.com

Summer potions

You know it is Summer, when the notes of intoxicating resins, heavy woods and dark flowers in your perfumes feel just unbearable.

Today, I am sharing with you beloved scents (some of which are part of my personal collection and some are waiting patiently their turn) that I consider perfect fit for the hot, sunny days and the cool, promising summer nights in a light breeze.

Remember that you can always stick to the Eau de Toilettes, Eau de Colognes and Eau Fraiches of your original fragrances, experimenting also with the bath products of their ranges to preserve the scent or replace your perfume.

CHANEL NO19 (1970)

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Personality

I experience no19 it as a refreshing, yet deep green scent, fantastically orchestrated with floral, woody and citrusy notes.

It opens with a blast of green, fresh notes that soon after play around with the iris, oakmoss and vetiver.  It dries down to an absolutely soothing, woody- powdery imprint.

History

19 itself refers to the birth date of Coco Chanel; August 19th. The perfume launched in 1970, a year before the Grande Dame died. No19 is a perfume created by Henri Robert, the Chanel’s in-house perfumer of that time.

Composition

Top notes: Neroli, Green notes and Bergamot.

Middle notes: Rose, Iris, Narcissus and Lily of the valley.

Base notes: Vetiver, Sandalwood, Oakmoss and Leather.

Chanel No19 comes in Parfum, EDP, EDT and has bath products embellishing the range. Eau de parfum of 50 ml costs 78 Euro.

MAGNETIC SCENT TINDRER (2012)

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Personality

Tindrer embodies intense shocks of freshness sniff after sniff. If it was a natural phenomenon, it would be cloudburst. If it was an element, it would be wood dipped in wet soil. If it was colour, it would be green. It opens with an uplifting green scent of wet woods and violet.

Christos Karageorgos has written a very precise review on this masterpiece, here.

History

Tindrer means sparkle in Danish. Spyros Drosopoulos tempted to bottle the feeling of a cold spring morning in countryside, right after the rain. Magnetic Scent is a niche perfume house, producing beautifully unorthodox perfumes.

Composition

Cut Grass, Wet Soil, Cedar, Cypress, Galbanum,

Oakmoss, Violet, Heliotrope, Amber, Musk.

Tindrer comes as Eau de parfum in 50 ml and costs 110 Euro.

JIL SANDER SUN (1989)

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Personality

SUN is full of contradictions. Although an Eau de Toilette, it is one of the few perfumes of its kind that has a long lasting effect and pretty strong sillage. Although marketed as summer scent, it has a protrusive benzoin note that makes it a dark yet sultry scent. Persistent nuances of vanilla and ylang-ylang and an intense dry down to tonka bean and sandalwood, make this paradox what I wear for 10 summers now.

History

Pierre Bourdon created SUN in 1989 for German fashion brand Jil Sander.

Composition

Top notes: African orange flower, Fruity notes, Bergamot, Amalfi lemon, Cassis, Palisander rosewood

Middle notes: Rose, Orris root, Heliotrope, Carnation, Ylang-ylang, Lily of the valley

Base notes: Styrax, Amber, Vanilla, Tonka bean, Benzoin, Patchouli, Musk, Sandalwood

SUN is available as Eau de toilette in 30 ml and 75 ml. The 30ml flacon costs 23 Euro.

JIL SANDER SUN MEN (2002)

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Personality

Less complicated than SUN, SUN Men is a fresh spicy fragrance blending ideally all its notes across the structure. Opening introduces fresh bergamot. Then it progresses to spices until it dries down to a warm musky scent. I would classify it as an everyday, -to go option.

History

SUN Men was created by Beatrice Piquet and Alain Astori.

Composition

Top notes: Rosemary and Bergamot.

Middle notes: Nutmeg and Cardamom.

Base notes: Sandalwood and Musk.

SUN Men is available as Eau de toilette in 40 ml, 75 ml, 125 ml and 200 ml. The 40ml bottle costs 33 Euro.

PRADA INFUSION D’IRIS (2007)

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Personality

Utterly classy and modern, I predict Infusion D’ Iris to be sold for years and years. This gem is as a floral-woody scent on a powdery background. The opening is a soft transition from citruses and iris to woods. Infusion D’ Iris whispers the swan song with galbanum and vetiver, always under the iris clave. I want to experiment layering it under Prada Amber pour Homme.

History

Daniela Roche Andrier of Givaudan, is the composer of this perfume. A traditional method of iris distillation is the inspiration of its name. During this method, iris is kept soaked for six months before extraction.

Composition

Top notes: African orange flower, Neroli, Orange, Mandarine.

Middle notes: Iris, Mastic, Galbanum.

Base notes: Vetiver, Cedar, Incense, Benzoin.

Infusion d’Iris comes as Parfum in 3.5ml and 7.5ml, as EDP 50ml, 100ml and 200ml and as EDT and has bath products too. Eau de parfum 50 ml costs 75 Euro.

PRADA INFUSION D’HOMME (2008)

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Personality

Beautifully crafted, this is a long lasting, soapy and softly woody-balmy scent. I will dare to say it is a rather unisex perfume. First sniff takes you to neroli and a powdery iris. Time plays with Infusion’s vetiver, olibanium, benzoin and cedar notes, bringing back and forth the iris card.

History

What a Duchess is without her Duke? Following the success of the first, female Infusion, Daniela Andrier and Prada released a year after Infusion D’Homme, a fragrance that has been worked for years. Infusion duo basically is the second fragrance launch from Prada.

Composition

Top notes: Mandarine, Tunisian Neroli.

Middle notes: Iris, Vetiver, Virginian cedar, Galbanum.

Base notes: Powdery notes, Olibanium, Benzoin.

Infusion D’Homme comes as Eau de Toilette in 50 ml and 100ml and has a bath set too. 50ml of the juice cost 57 Euro.

ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE LILT (2012)

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Personality

As I mentioned in a previous post, this fragrance is a journey. For whoever grew up near fig trees and want to preserve this recollection throughout summer, this unique juice is a must! Lilt goes on as very green and aromatic, opening with freshly cut fig and green notes and evolving to fruits wrapped in musk. It is long lasting and has strong sillage.

History

Lilt belongs to the first batch of creations by Alexandra De Montfort, along with Chatoyant, Vespers and Inspiration. As Madame De Montfort stated, the purpose of these perfumes is to awaken and enhance memories.

Composition

Top notes: Green leaves, Fig leaf.

Middle notes: Peach, Coconut, Violet.

Base notes: Musk, Vetiver.

Lilt comes as Eau de Parfum in 50 ml and costs 82 Euro.

  

ESTEE LAUDER BRONZE GODDESS EAU FRAICHE SKINSCENT(2013)

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Personality

Dangerously sexy and entirely tropical, Bronze Goddess is the indisputable scent of the summer. Solar, warm and milky, it gives me a prominent coconut note followed by a blend of perfectly balanced citruses and florals. At this point I want to announce that this is the first and only perfume I like from the Estee range and express a deep wish of mine: to find a tanning lotion carrying this sublime scent.

 History

Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche is the 2013 edition of the annual Bronze Goddess tradition that started in 2007 with Azuree Soleil.

Composition

Top notes: Mandarin, Sicilian Citron, Calabrese Bergamot, Orange, Lavender, Lemon tree leaves

Middle notes: Milk, Indian jasmine, Grapefruit, Pink Lily, Orange blossom, Tunisian Neroli

Base notes: Amber, Musk, Iris, Woody notes

The Eau fraiche comes in 100 ml and costs 45 Euro. There is body oil accompanying the release.

DIOR ADDICT EAU DELICE (2013)

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Personality

The perfect girly scent for a luminous summer… This is what a more Barbie focused, Kubrick’s Lolita might have worn in that hot, sticky, 50’s summer.

Addict Eau Delice has a fruity, floral and musky scent. The perfume opens with a splash of sweetness from cranberry, carrying on to freshness from jasmine and ylang-ylang. After some time Addict Eau Delice concludes with creamy musk.

For my Dutch readers, Marjolein reviews extensively the perfume launch in her Another Fashion Lover website.

History

This perfume is a sweeter, fruitier version of the original, interpreted by Francois Demachy. The original is Addict, created on 2002 by Thierry Wasser.

Composition

Top notes: Cranberry, Bergamot, Orange, and Cherry

Middle notes: Ylang-Ylang, Egyptian and Indian Jasmine, Rose, Bitter Almond

Base notes: White Musk, Cedar, and Vanilla

Addict Eau Delice come as Eau de Toilette in 20ml, 50 ml and 100ml and 20ml costs 50 Euro. If you are looking for a bath line, have a look at the original Addict’s range.

AMOUAGE DIA WOMEN (2002)

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Personality

All you need to notice the first-degree kinship is few minutes after the opening. Having prominent aldehydic notes, Dia and legendary Chanel No5 can be first or second cousins. What differentiates them though, is how they evolve over time.

Dia is regal and undoubtedly suits a romantic yet conscious, a true lady. It is a clean composition that morphs from floral, to lightly woody, to soapy. Though not my type, I certainly appreciate its depth and complexity.

History

Jean-Claude Ellena crafted Dia in 2002.

Composition

Top notes: Fig, Bergamot, Sage, Violet leaves, Tarragon, Cyclamen, Aldehydes.

Middle Notes: Orris root, Turkish Rose oil, Peach blossom, Peony, Orange  blossom.

Base notes: Heliotrope, Guaiac wood, Incense, Vanilla, Sandalwood, White Musk, Cedarwood.

Dia comes as Extrait de Parfum in 50 ml for 310 Euro, as Eau de Parfum in 50 ml for 200 euro and in 100 ml for 235 euro. Dia has a full bath and body range and candles.

AMOUAGE CIEL WOMEN (2003)

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Personality

Ciel is a pot of gardenia, at the higher spot of your balcony. There, where it can grab the woody scents of the nearby grove in the air and dress in them, when it pleases so. Ciel as a name is just the password to summer. Other than that it does not resemble any aquatic element. Ciel is a flowery-woody, ethereal composition that worth attention.

History

Ciel was launched in summer 2003. 

Composition

Top notes: Cyclamen, Gardenia, Violet leaf.

Middle notes: Peach blossom, Jasmine, Rose, Water lily.

Base notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Musk, Insence, Cedarwood.

Ciel comes as Eau de Parfum in 50 ml for 190 Euro and in 100ml for 220 Euro.

AMOUAGE THE LIBRARY COLLECTION OPUS III (2010)

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Personality

Opus III is the ideal companion to those afternoon and evening summer walks in the woods, villages, parks. Warm woods and bright flowers, as the scent itself: a dry floral and woody composition with a sweet and powdery dry down. If you are a keen violet lover, then this perfume is for you. Violet is the definite protagonist in all the moments of the scent’s unwrapping. It reminds me a lot Guerlain Insolence, until half its longevity.

History

Opus III is a creation by Karin Vinchon Spehner. The perfume is launch number three, belonging to the luxurious Library Collection of Amouage.

Composition

Top notes: Mimosa, Broom, Carnation, Nutmeg, Thyme.

Heart notes: Violet, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, African Orange Blossom.

Base notes: Ambrette, Musk, Papyrus, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Guaiac Wood, Benzoin, Vanilla, Frankincense.

Eau de Parfum 100ml for 275 Euro.

TOM FORD GREY VETIVER MEN (2009)

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Personality

Vetiver grass smells quite intense and aggressive. Grey Vetiver is the most polite interpretation Vetiver can have. It opens with tuned down-not so sparkly citruses and involves to a delicious light spicy-woody compilation of nutmeg, oakmoss, warm wood and most of all vetiver! It has moderate power and longetivity and I consider it a great tool in layering perfumes.

History

In this section, I want to give extra credit to the impeccable art deco flacon, which is a jewel on its own…

Composition

Top notes: Orange flower, Grapefruit.

Middle notes: Sage, Nutmeg.

Base notes: Vetiver, Warm wood, Orris root, Amberwood, Oakmoss.

Grey Vetiver comes as Eau de Parfum in 50 ml for 75 Euro and in 100ml for 104 Euro. The range also includes after shave balm.

 

TOM FORD OMBRE DE HYACINTH (2012)

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Personality

This has to be my third most favourite creation out of the Private Blend range. Beautiful, aromatic hyacinth is the centre of attention, evolving nicely with violet and jasmine. Galbanum gives it a bitter taste but it definitely is a green, earthy perfume.

History

Ombre de Hyacinth is part of the floral Jardin Noir quartet, released on 2012.

Composition

Top notes: Galbanum, Violet leaf, Magnolia petals and Olibanum.

Middle notes: Hyacinth, Pink pepper and Jasmine.

Base notes: Galbanum, Benzoin and Musk.

Ombre De Hyacinth belongs to the Private Blend Collection and is available as Eau de Parfum in 50 ml for 170 Euro and in 250ml for 409 Euro.

 

TOM FORD LYS FUME (2012)

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Personality

When I picked up the bottle to smell Lys Fume, I was hoping to find in it something similar to Guerlain’s Lys Soleia (included in the same post, just below) or something smokey, tropical and irresistible. To my surprise I found neither the one, nor the other.

Lys Fume is all about lily in nucleus and ylang ylang and vanilla in orbit to complement the protagonist. The reason why I added this perfume in this post is because it is still a very nice scent to sport in summer mornings.

History

Lys Fume is part of the floral Jardin Noir quartet, released on 2012.

Composition

Top notes: Italian mandarin, Pink pepper, Turmeric and Nutmeg.

Middle notes: White lily, Ylang-ylang, Artemisia and Rum.

Base notes: Madagascar vanilla, Labdanum, Styrax, Oak, Vanilla.

Lys Fume belongs to the Private Blend Collection and is available as Eau de Parfum in 50 ml for 170 Euro and in 250ml for 409 Euro.

 

GUERLAIN AQUA ALLEGORIA LYS SOLEIA (2012)

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Personality

This juice has something narcotic in it. In every spray, time stops, a breeze passes indolently through the palm leaves and the watering machine quenches the thirst of flowers…

Sun, Lilies, ylang- ylang and tuberose dipped in vanilla and dried on musk. Highly recommended for morning hours and beach excursions!

History

Released in 2012, Lys Soleia was composed by Thierry Wasser.

Composition

Top notes: Bergamot, Amalfi lemon and Palm leaves.

Heart notes: Lily, Ylang-ylang, and Tropical fruits.

Base notes: Tuberose, Vanilla and White Musk.

It is available as Eau de Toilette in 75ml for 51Euro and in 125 ml.

 

GUERLAIN AQUA ALLEGORIA NEROLIA BIANCA (2013)

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Personality

Juicy, Mouthwatering, sparkling orange! Very citrusy, highly aromatic, this is a beautiful composition that goes nicely with carefree mood… Highly recommended if you are a smoker, as the citruses neutralizes the smell of tobacco.

History

Nerolia Bianca is Thierry Wasser’s attempt to create a perfume extracting every bit of a bitter orange tree.

Composition

Main notes: Orange blossom, Bitter orange, Orange, Leaves of petit grain, Neroli, Twigs.

It is available as Eau de Toilette in 75ml for 51Euro.

GUERLAIN AQUA ALLEGORIA TIARE MIMOSA (2009)

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Personality

Brighter than the sun, this scent is sensual beyond limits! Mimosa, tiare and lemon blend perfectly with each other during the opening and throughout the experience, leading to a sweet, musky trail.

Highly recommended for layering during summer vacations under a musk- peppery scent and for brides to be!

History

To know more about Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria line visit Perfumeshrine’s Elena Vosnaki article here.

Composition

Main notes: Mimose, Tiare flower, Amalfi lemon, Musk, Vanilla, Pink pepper.

I hope you can still find Tiare Mimose in some big cosmetics stores, small corner perfumeries and definitely around the web. Prices start from 60 Euro for 75ml.

 

GUERLAIN LA COLOGNE DU PARFUMER (2010)

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Personality

It is uplifting and clean! Green, almost grassy notes mix well with polite citruses. As it is Eau de Cologne, longevity is not great. Perfect for freshening up and layering with woody perfumes. For more details watch Pelle Suringa, who is the man behind Geurenland, in this video reviewing the Cologne.

History

Thierry Wasser originally created this Cologne for himself. The creation happened in the same era as of Idylle, during his time off.

Composition

Main notes: African orange flower, Citruses, Amalfi lemon, Rosemary, Lavender, Mint.

La Cologne Du Parfumer is an Eau de Cologne in 100ml for 90Euro.

 

GUERLAIN EAU DE COLOGNE IMPERIALE (1853)

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Personality

This is sparkling, green and very yellow! Citruses here are loud and they are capable of waking you up in a sniff of a nose. Longevity is poor, however is an excellent choice to preserve the freshness after a cool shower and to layer over it citrusy, light woody fragrances. You may also use it for its original purpose: battle the headache. Simply damp the juice on a cool piece of cloth and keep it on your forehead for 10 minutes.

 History

Pierre Francois Pascal Guerlain, Founder of Maison Guerlain, undertook the responsibility of crafting a remedy for Empress Eugenie’s, wife of Napoleon III, severe headaches. The alluring creation ensured Pierre Francois a conspicuous place inside royal houses and the prestigious title of His Majesty’s Official Perfumer.

Composition

Top notes: Orange, Citruses, Lemon verbena, Neroli, Bergamot and Lemon.

Base notes: Rosemary, Tonka bean and Cedar.

The historic perfume comes as Eau de Cologne in 100ml for 85Euro.

GUERLAIN SHALIMAR PARFUM INITIAL (2011)

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Personality

Firstly we have to agree that Shalimar Parfum Initial range stands off from its progenitor, Shalimar. Then let’s admire the same exact materials used in both the old and new fragrances, but in a twisted row.

Shalimar Parfum Initial l’Eau is a feast of spring and is a lot less powdery and sweet than its original and Shalimar itself. The addition of grapefruit and flowers, such as lily of the valley, hyacinth and more, in the citrusy- floral-oriental composition, give a fresher and lighter result. Iris and bergamot are always present. It all ends to a warm, creamy result with the help of vanilla.

History

With Shalimar Parfum Initial range, composer Thierry Wasser aimed to reformulate for younger audiences the cornerstone of Guerlain fragrances, Shalimar. The original Shalimar is a Jacques Guerlain creation of 1925. Shalimar Parfum Initial Eau de Parfum was launched in 2011 and its l’Eau version in 2012. This year there is L’Eau Si Sensuelle version, which corresponds to L’Eau, bottled in glacé.

Composition

Top notes: Orange, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Neroli

Heart notes: Iris, Jasmine, Rose, Lily of the valley, Freesia, Hyacinth

Base notes: Vanilla, Tonka bean.

The perfume is available as Eau de Toilette in 40ml for 45 Euro, 60 ml and 100 ml.

 

GUERLAIN JICKY (1889)

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Personality

The first time I experienced the original blend of Jicky I picked up a fight with my friend Maxime. I debated hard on how overestimated this scent was, strongly influenced of its rough opening, and I was wrong. The second time I applied Jicky, I was alone and I had all the time I needed, to watch it evolving deeply.

I feel it was a progressive release for its era and I imagine it was a favourite among some type of witty, multi traveled, unprejudiced ladies, who were enjoying high social statuses and even though they did not show how powerful they were, they could crush you blandly.

Every time I sniff Jicky something green and animalic hits me, until it dries down to a balmy-leathery trail. Jicky is a very complex construction, yet an alive piece of history.

History

Jicky was a revolutionary creation, being one of the first perfumes including synthetic materials. Aime Guerlain composed Jicky in 1889, inspired by his love for a girl he met, during his academic years in England. The flacon reminisces the original 19th century’s medicinal bottles and the stopper that of a champagne’s bottle.

Composition

Top Notes: Lemon, Mandarin, Rosemary and Bergamot.

Heart Notes: Tonka bean, Lavender, Orris root, Jasmine, Basil.

Base Notes: Vanilla, Opoponax, Benzoin, Brazilian rosewood, Amber, Sandalwood, Leather, Spices.

Jicky is available as Parfum in 30ml for 270Euro, as Eau de Parfum

in 50 ml for 86 Euro and as Eau de Toilette in 93ml for 98 Euro.

 

GUERLAIN MAYOTTE (2006)

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Personality

Mayotte is beautiful! It has an intoxicating white floral-woody scent that gets better and better as it dries. In the beginning you get tuberose and ylang ylang with hints of vanilla and at the finale soft woods that preserve the tropical element.

I want to imagine it on bronzed skin, dressed in a strawberry red sexy dress. If you will have your vacations on an island, Mayotte is the perfect choice to create an olfactory memory album with.

History

Mayotte was named after the complex of two small French islands and islets, located over Madagascar and it belongs to the Parisiennes collection of Guerlain. In 2000, Jean Paul Guerlain created Mahora, a perfume that resembles Mayotte intensely. If you were a fan of the now discontinued Mahora, then give Mayotte a try. 

Composition

Top: Frangipani and Neroli.

Heart: Ylang-Ylang, Indian jasmine, Tuberose.

Base: Vanilla, Sandalwood, and Vetiver.

Mayotte is available as Eau de Parfum in 125ml for 223Euro.

 

GUERLAIN LES VOYAGES OLFACTIF 01 PARIS-MOSCOW (2009)

paris-moscow

Personality

Paris-Moscow is a citrusy-flower scent with a hint of woods. Tonka bean is in the middle of a mystical ceremony having citruses and plum dancing around it. As the perfume dries down I sense vanilla, light green notes and lemon. The grand finale happens with musk and jasmine in a creamy duet.

I do not know if the scent symbolizes Moscow in any way, but I do know that it could be a reference to a warm summer in Paris.

History

Les Voyages Olfactif Collection, or else the Olfactive Journeys, is a compilation of five –up to now- fragrances/ postcards, each inspired by the rhythm of five different capitals: Moscow, New York, Tokyo, London, Shanghai.

Composition

Top notes: Absinth, Lemon, Bergamot, Red currant, Plum, Pine needles.

Heart notes: Jasmine.

Base notes: Tonka bean, Vanilla, Sandalwood, White musk.

The perfume is available as Eau de Parfum, in the travel and aeroplane-friendly quantity of 100ml for 178Euro.

Which is the scent of your Summer?

Disclaimer: None of the pictures in this post have taken by me.

 

The gems on Beautyworld’s tiara

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Taking over from the previous post, today I will introduce you to a legendary scents manufacturer and reveal you the brands and products I came across with in Beautyworld 2013 and in my opinion they have the potential to fully satisfy your sense of aesthetics and shine brightly in the world of perfumery the following years.

RPL

Love from first sight is a rare phenomenon, during which all lights around you and your subject of interest fade out, inexplicable joy showers you over and the sense of “I finally found you” race the adrenalin in your veins, making your heart beat faster and faster.

Who can describe this type of love, better than the one who has experienced it?

It was that very moment when my eyes locked on RPL’s booth. It was the simplest, yet the most comprehensive of all.

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The charming Mr. Rupert Peter Landendinger, Managing Director of RPL, posing with the Maison’s creations

RPL is a perfume company specialized in perfumes and home fragrances and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Rupert Peter Landendinger, a Communications professional, an aristocrat, traveller and bon-viveur, created RPL two years ago, with the vision of expanding the company’s presence worldwide. Bold fragrances, attention to detail, fine quality and sleek designs can only describe part of what the products are about. The other part is a very personalized experience, upon discovering each and every scent. The juices carry the signatures of Pierre Bourdon and Phillip Bousseton, creators of celebrated perfumes such as Dolce Vita Dior, Davidoff Cool Water for women, Yves Saint laurent Kouros, Jil Sander Sun for women, Serge Lutens Feminite du Bois, Van Cleef & Arpels Tsar and many many more…

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The Maison’s regal “fleet” consists of masculine and unisex scents with a feminine touch to them. The products range from eau de parfum, eau de colognes and body care products to home fragrances, candles, diffusers, leather goods and the very smart scented tubes, used in hangers for lightly scented and always fresh clothes.

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You can find RPL’s creations in their online shop. For more information visit their frequently updated website www.rplmaison.com. You will find events and tradefairs meetings calendar and many delightfully artistic surprises!

ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE

The spell is broken. The truth is restored.

Rouge Bunny Rouge, a poorly represented and promoted in the UAE up to now brand, is back to assert the place it deserves in the local drawers. The extravagant coming back is not based on another make up launch, but a promise to journeys…. A majestic set of perfumes’ collections!

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The sweet yet dynamic and witty Founder of the brand, Alexandra De Montfort, toured me around her own creations.

Rouge Bunny Rouge launched last October three fresh perfumes: Lilt, Chatoyant and Vespers. All the scents were originals and I cannot recall anything I can compare them to. Those who know me well, are familiar with me saying how much I dislike light, fruity perfumes. Paradoxically, the world stopped when I sniffed Lilt! In a blink of an eye, I found myself on my pink-white bicycle, I used to ride when I was 9, under my grandmother Ioanna’s fig trees, in Naxos island. The fruity and flowery transition from fig to peach and violet and the beautifully paired musk and vetiver, “brought me back” to the exhibition center softly. This little time machine entered honourably into my shopping list.

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Madame De Montfort explained me that three more unisex perfumes will be launched on September. Embers, Silvan and Cynefin.  The crystal masterpiece in the picture above, will be an alternative, opulent packaging for the new fragrances and will be available in Russian market. Needless to say that I was keeping Embers’s blot on my nose throughout my visit, trying to absorb as much as I can from this beautiful woody-oriental juice.

From highly pigmented makeup to beautifully created scents, Rouge Bunny Rouge matches with a particular word in dictionaries: satisfaction.

Visit rougebunnyrouge.com for more information.

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Mdme Alexandra De Montfort, Mastermind behind Rouge Bunny Rouge and I

JOYA

Rooming around the “Elements”, a venue dedicated to niche perfumeries, I came across a very unique brand and concept. What magnetized my glance, proved to be pleasure for my nose!

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These creations are fruits of collaboration between Joya and ceramic artist Sarah Cihat. I anoint King of the showcased range, the Giroflee Black Porcelain candle. Exotic flowers, musk and cedarwood, compose the intoxicating scent by Joya and Herve L. Leroux.

For more information and on line shopping visit joyastudio.com

The stardust of Beautyworld 2013

This might be a late post, however spending unexpectedly the whole month of June in Kuwait, without my notes and laptop, and with limited access to Internet, kept me unable to post my insight on Beautyworld Exhibition 2013, in Dubai.

I feel proud to have attended all Beautyworlds in Dubai for 6 consecutive years! I was there to see the pavilion getting shrinked by size and participation (specially in 2012), I was there to see French and British participations standing tall, glorious and mighty and I was there to see them getting minimalistic, convenient and smaller year by year. I was there to see Spain getting a “scholarship” from European Union for their presence in the exhibition and I was there to witness Greece’s participation minimized to only one. Turkey and China hold a big share in the market and every year I see them expanding booth by booth. As every year, the exhibition was held in Dubai World Trades Center, from 28-30 May 2013. In this first part I will take you around with me, showing you bits and bobs from the region’s most visited and extensively advertised beauty and cosmetics exhibition… Beautyworld.

Dubai World Trade Center

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Mythos is a Greek company with a holistic concept, amazing packaging and fresh products. They aim to make a dynamic entrance in the local market, especially in pharmacies and spas.

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Madi International is a colossal trading company, for this part of the world. Madi is responsible for importing and distributing internationally acclaimed brands to Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon. Their portfolio include Wella, Esthederm, Essie and many many more renown brands.

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Burning incense in Mumayz, Saudi perfumes.

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Is TIGI making hair growth products too?

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Cinere is a London-based cosmetics company; manufacturing and selling affordable skin and hair care products, highly concentrated in natural ingredients. Cinere representative was kind enough to give me testers of their cleansing milk, anti wrinkle cream and tinted sunblock spf50, to try. He stressed out the fact that Cinere uses only pure ingredients, avoiding petrochemicals. I tried out the products, while I was in Kuwait, and I was quite pleased with them. The tinted sunblock was the star of the range. All products had light floral scent and thick consistency. You may find more information in www.mycinere.com.

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Smell and Smile is a perfume company based in Dubai. The owners, two Syrian businessmen, hosted me and discussed with me everything about perfumes. They are selling and mixing their precious oils -some of which I tested- to perfume houses in the region. I found particularly intriguing the Sahara and Khawaneej oils, which I mixed them on a blot and on my skin. The result blew me off! A rich, woody, truly Arabian blend that lasted for more than 24 hours! Smell and Smile had set a highly informative booth, containing the ABC basics of perfumery. Materials were classified by family and a big chart divided and arranged by kind every masculine and feminine perfume sold in market. Talking about personal blending, the successful duo suggested adding oud, sandalwood, musk and amber notes to ensure longevity of a perfume and letting the blend to set for 2-3 days. If you wish to contact them, you will find them in Garhoud area, Dubai. Their contact number is 00971-4-2832211 and their email is smelldubai@gmail.com.

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Lashes, lashes, lashes! Plus nail accessories.

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Lash extension laboratory.

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This is Nick, from “hair by Becca” booth. Rebecca Smith is Nick’s sister and Managing Director of hair extensions brand “hair by Becca”, which is based in Bahrain. I found their hair extensions’ quality of hair is impeccable, application was easy and practical and the result natural looking. For more information and availability check www.hairbybecca.com or email to Becca@hairbybecca.com

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Didn’t you fall in love with this smoking gun?

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Hair technicians under heavy duty…

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Middle East is all about make up!

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Sheida cosmetics undoubtedly grabbed my attention more than any other Turkish booth I visited. The reason is their innovative for the Turkish and Middle Eastern markets products. Even through kohl powder was popular since many centuries back in this part of the world and is now fast selling in the West after Guerlain introduced it first, it is always good to see new interpretations of it. Sheida produces kohl powder in 10 different colours, rich in pigment and ensured longevity.  Digging their treasures, I found out another similar to Guerlain launch, the La Vie en Rose shimmering powder. It can be used on hair, face and body, adding sparkle to the total outfit. For more information and availability check www.sheida.com.tr

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Nail stickers for lazy ladies…

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Packaging manufacturers for perfumes. Do you recognize any of your perfumes?

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Pielor cosmetics can be found in Carrefour Middle East. Highly recommended: the Tunisian Amber and Arabian Oud shower gels. They last on skin all day long!

27.Simona and Constantino on the far right, representing Euro Trading perfume. The company is based in Milano and Padua, Italy and is a perfume manufacturer. Notice the glass diffuser, containing an orange juice right in front of them. It is an exclusive neroli blend and this is what draw me closer to their booth. being more than 5 meters away!!! I will definitely chase this product upon release. For more information visit www.eurotradingonline.it

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Keep looking this space for the second part of these series: Beautyworld star brands that worth extra attention!