Fragrance

By Kim Taylor

Fragrance has reinvented itself, turning up unexpectedly on many a scented body part. There’s really no need to limit your dabbing and spritzing to hot pulse points anymore, since new products have taken fragrance far out of the perfume box. Here’s a sampling of swoon-worthy elixirs that are definitely not the usual fragrance suspects.

Chanel No 5's Sensual Elixir

Chanel No 5′s Sensual Elixir is aptly named. This fluid body gel presents the world’s most popular fragrance in a longer-lasting form that is truly more sensual. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and other fine department stores.

Marc Jacobs Perfume Hair Shine will give your crowning glory a fragrant boost. Infused with the fresh gardenia notes of Marc Jacobs perfume, this brilliant hair perfume is formulated with conditioning agents to impart a healthy shine and protect against color loss and is alcohol-free. Available at fine department stores and at Marc Jacobs boutiques.

Bumble and Bumble offers oil-absorbing hair powder in aerosol form for fresh-smelling hair, available in black, brown, red and blonde shades. Call 1-800-728-6253 for a listing of stores that carry this fragrant delight for the hair.

Michael Kors Leg Shine

Michael Kors leg shine puts the gold in golden girl with shimmer that can glide along knees, ankles, and legs for a scented glow. Useful any time you don a dress, and available in three shades, this also smells fantastic. Available at Sephora stores or www.sephora.com.

Malie Kauai solid perfume is a small and precious gift from nature. Rich in jasmine, pikake, plumeria and gardenia, this solid treat is 100% natural and chemical free. Visit www.maliekauai.com to see the complete line. This is also available at www.de-frazzle.com, a site which offers everything soothing for de-frazzling: slippers, robes, corset sets, candles and even retro ice bags.

Lulu Beauty

The LuLu Beauty fragrance line brings back the indulgent glamour of 1930s Hollywood with a modern twist: convenience. This fragrance is lipstick-size, a roll-on, and will turn heads because of its gorgeous, feminine scent. Available in floral Starlet, classic Marlena, flirty-and-fruity Gigi, and elegant Lula Mae. Find them at www.lulubeauty.com.

Ilike offers Cantaloupe, Stonecrop and Cinnamon Paprika body lotions all have distinctive fragrances, organic ingredients and unique packaging. Why not soften and regenerate while perfuming your skin? Visit www.szepelet.com.

Giorgio Armani Code for Women Body Cream is a richly perfumed balm designed to be nourishing for the skin. Silky, aromatic, and easily absorbed, this is a fine alternative to the spritz. Available at fine department stores.

For feet and hands, Freeman has a few products that will cover and soften both with long-lasting results. Grapefruit & Honeysuckle Pore Minimizing Skin Firming Hand Lotion, Cucumber & Water Lily Deep Hydrating Hand & Elbow Butter, and Bare Foot Creamy Softening Foot Lotion are all soothing and rife with botanical extracts. Visit the complete line at www.freemanbeauty.com.

Sweet Grass Farms offers delicately-scented linen fragrance so your clothes will be sweetly scented and fresh. This line also encompasses hand soap, candles and more, so visit www.sweetgrassonline.com for more information.

Demeter is king of the fragrance jungle when it comes to rebooting fragrance. This whimsical, awesome line offers offbeat scents, including the scent of a saddle, riding crop and stable. Care for a drink? Try mojito, sex on the beach, martini or espresso. Thunderstorm, sushi, fresh laundry and suntan are scents as well. Visit www.demeterfragrance.com and pick a favorite or two. Wear Funeral Parlor and keep your date guessing.

Deodorant has been revamped with Narciso Rodriguez for Her, a black bottle so sleek and gorgeous that no one would venture to guess it’s a deodorant. It hides and prevents odor while imparting the delightful scent of the Narciso Rodriguez fragrance. Available at Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue stores.

Along with deodorant, feminine hygiene has been recast. Beyond Fresh intimates foaming products preserve the natural lipids of the skin, rinse clean, and are a viable alternative to soap. The Beyond Fresh Shave and Shower Cream is gentle to sensitive skin. Visit www.beyondfreshintimates.com.

Pick your favorite body scent source – whether it’s your clothes, hair, toes, deodorant, legs, or tried-and-true decollete – and then choose your fragrance. Your options have never been sweeter.

Originally published September 2006
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