Fragrance

By Kim Taylor

Just as you’ll remember what you wore and saw and tasted on your honeymoon, you’ll remember for years to come the fragrance you wore as well. Set sail with these new or unique fragrances in tow.

Comptoir Sud Pacifique is the very definition of that indescribably lush, tropical scent you inhale on the shores of paradise. The sweet fragrances of Comptoir Sud Pacifique linger as naturally as the real thing: vanilla smells like real vanilla and exotic fruit is as evocative and enticing as nature’s gift fresh off the vine or tree. Vanille Abricot has been a celeb favorite for over a decade now, and opens with luscious notes of jackfruit, apricot and papaya laced with warm Tahitian vanilla and sugar candy. Fans include Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Liv Tyler, Nicole Kidman and Paris Hilton. Now Vanille Abricot is available in a 100 ml Limited Edition blue bottle at www.beautyhabit.com.

Sud Pacifique also introduces the honeymoon-worthy Vanille Citrus this month, a cloud from paradise bottled for your pleasure. Pack Comptoir Sud Pacifique’s new Vanille Citrus along with Vanille Abricot, even if you pack nothing else, because these will be all you need. Vanille Citrus is a charmer. This uplifting scent is the summery, white halter dress of fragrance: sweet, sexy and light. The hint of fresh vanilla in each of these new fragrances is all you need to fall in love with Comptoir Sud Pacifique — wherever you may be in the world. Wear Vanille Citrus by day and Vanille Abricot by night, or vice-versa, or wear them together. This quality line will never disappoint, which is why it’s ideal for your honeymoon. Visit www.comptoirsudpacifique.us or fine department stores and fragrance boutiques choose your bottle of nirvana.

Keiko Mecheri presents something decadent and heady for honeymoon memories: the intoxicating Ume, named after the Japanese plum. This opulent fragrance marries salt and sweetness, fruit and spice in a rich-yet-ethereal blend of plum, peach tree leaves, peony, persimmon, apricot-like osmanthus blossom, camellia sasanka, mousse poivre, moss, Hinoki wood, Cambodian mahogany and very sultry spices. Transport yourself to the elegance and wild freedom of Art Deco Paris with this olfactory masterpiece. Available at www.luckyscent.com, the source for perfumes of distinction.

Tommy Bahama has something new too, and this is also a brand that expertly evokes lush tropical vacations, cool drinks under thatched umbrellas, and the spray of surf on sun-kissed bodies. Tommy Bahama introduces Very Cool this month, a fragrance designed to capture the exhilaration of youth and the beach lifestyle. A citrus-floral composition, Very Cool combines tangerine, clementine, pink pomelo and cactus flower in a heart of hibiscus, tangy cassis, greens, musks, exotic woods and nectarine. Bottled in an ocean-blue glass bottle with a cap of sun-bleached wood, Very Cool is available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom, as well as at www.tommybahama.com.

Clinique’s Happy in Bloom captures the spirit of romance and celebration, as well as the freshness of a flower garden. With uplifting sweet yellow plum, delicate muguet, lovely white freesia, mimosa and white wood, this fragrance is married with cool watery notes to achieve an enchanting “dewy flower” effect. Happy To Be is another spirited floral, but with a twist: watery citrus, pear, hibiscus and syringa flower render it unique. Clinique’s refreshing Happy line is available at www.clinique.com and at Clinique counters in find department stores.

If you’re planning to honeymoon in June, Tova’s new fragrance, Love Everlasting, will hit counters just in time for your adventure. Created as a tribute to the natural beauty of Norway, this scent intermingles Norwegian cloudberry, rose, arctic snow flowers, glacial accord, star jasmine, blue iris, champagne and black raspberry in a lovely crystal bottle. Available at www.qvc.com.

For sun-soaked destinations, Liz Claiborne’s Curve Chill for Her is the epitome of cool with crystallized ginger, frosted citrus, and green tea blended with peony, freesia, sweet pea, musk, vetiver and cedarwood. This al fresco fragrance will keep you fresh as ocean mist as you kick back on the beach.

Summer is here…can’t you smell it?

Originally published May 2006
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