Fragrance

By Kim Taylor

There’s something for everyone in this roundup of both new and classic fragrances that range from ethereal, subtle, fresh, and unique to sweet and timelessly feminine. Whether you’re gifting or plotting your New Year’s Eve seduction this holiday, one of these is sure to do the trick.

For the Hollywood Starlet. What a stunning debut! Renowned photographer to the stars John Russo presents an olfactory ode to women with his new Photograph fragrance. Light, feminine, tantalizing, and distinctive, this memorable blend of grapefruit, lemon, freesia, melon, lily-of-the-valley, lavender, musk, amber, and rose doesn’t come on too strong, yet it’s so unique that others will want to lean in. Perfect for day or night, you can find it at http://johnrussofragrances.

For the Parisian Sophisticate. Every now and then, but not often, a woman will walk by in a mesmerizing cloud of delightfully expensive fragrance and leave everyone in her wake wondering what she’s wearing (so they can find it too). It’s likely Carita Paris, a timeless, gorgeous fragrance with four flowers interplaying at its classic heart: violet, rose, iris, and heliotrope. Bergamot, vanilla, musk, and amber round out this scent, rendering it a masterpiece. Shop http://www.carita.com.

For The Trendsetter. New and noteworthy from Hayari Parfums Paris is a trilogy of bold new scents that are as exquisite as they are varied, and based on the theme of white florals. The couture designer presents Goldy, Only For Her and Broderie. Goldy is luxurious and subtle, reminiscent of the fine French perfume tradition, yet redefining it at the same time. Only For Her is a majestic floral Oriental, and Broderie is sweet and feminine, with lily at its heart. Find these at http://www.hayariparis.com, http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com, and http://www.henribendel.com.

For the Iconoclast, Social Activist, Philanthropist, and Rebel Rouser. This unisex fragrance, Make Perfume, Not War by Histoires des Parfums is rife with luscious citrus, sweet fruit, freesia and lilac, in a base of white musk, tonka bean, white woods and vanilla. When you set out to change the world, wear it for inspiration. For each bottle purchased, a $50 donation is made to the cause of your choice at http://www.makeperfumenotwar.org, so this is truly a perfume with heart.

For the Sweet Nature Girl. If you know someone who likes to keep things simple, because simple is healthy and organic, then 3 Girls Holistic roll-on natural perfumes are just what Mother Nature ordered. Ideal for children as well, these can be tossed into a purse, holiday stocking, or even a large pocket for a quick dab of fragrance. Available in citrus, coconut vanilla, and floral blends at http://www.3girlsholistic.com.

Originally published December 2013
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