Fragrance

By Kim Taylor

Fresh Sake, anyone? This addictive fragrance is delicate and velvety. Infused with langsat fruit, citrus and peach absolute, it has a burst of white flowers and a powdery amber/sandalwood dry-down. Add to the mix a touch of vanilla and musk, along with a pinch of osmanthus, and you have the perfect June fragrance for strolling through gardens or dancing in them under the stars. $75, available at Fresh stores, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Airy is an apt way to describe Liz Claiborne’s new Curve Wave fragrance, as it was designed to capture the carefree, casual days of spring and summer. Tossed in a beach bag along with other surf-and-sand essentials, it will keep you smelling sweet under the sun! Curve Wave for Her is tropical blend of dewy star fruit, exotic ginger orchid, honeysuckle, hibiscus, Amazon lily, and plumeria. Launched in department stores in March, it sells for $47.50 and is perfect for sunny dispositions (and days). Available at Macys and http://www.ulta.com.

Pixi’s Fig Oil perfume comes in a tiny, light green glass roller bottle perfect for purses and pockets, and even for tucking into a bikini strap. Created by three Swedish siblings who’ve taken Britain by storm, it’s tiny and sweet, and the best thing about it – apart from it’s fragrance – is that it’s good for you. Fig oil is nourishing, and the added aloe vera and vitamin E are also healthful. The oil glides on to your skin, softening it as it reveals a charmingly sweet aroma. Fig power! $30, available at Henri Bendel as well as Beauty Bridge and Pixi Beauty.

Anna Sui’s Secret Wish is a magical blend of the fruity and floral for the princess in all of us. Spring is the time for whimsy, and Secret Wish is an enchanting fairy tale of a perfume, replete with top notes of lemon, marigold, and melon, heart notes of blackcurrant and pineapple, and base notes of white cedar wood, amber, and musk. $65, available at http://www.annasuibeauty.com

Agent Provacateur is a mossy treat for warm weather, with added elements of saffron and coriander, perfect for when you want your perfume to have some heft. Don a white trench coat and Jackie O. sunglasses, dust off your zoom lens, and get some undercover work under your belt. $60, available at Sephora and other fine department stores.

June Jacobs products are available at spas, and this line’s Citrus fragrance practically defines springtime. A sunny, crisp scent with citrus top notes, a white flower heart, and a warm dry down is a classic warm-weather combination for a fragrance, and you’ll want to bury your face in it. So will someone else! Parfum is $80, toilette is $60 at http://www.ebodytreatments.com, spas, or 1-866-JUNE-JAC.

Originally published June 2005
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