Fragrance

By Rebecca Goldberg

No one knows how to dazzle a woman quite like a jeweler. Luckily, every aspiring Valentine can take advantage of the allure created by companies like Tiffany, Boucheron, Cartier, Chopard, and Bvlgari who have certainly taken their know-how and bottled it.

As breathtaking as their jewels, Tiffany has blended a heartstopping fragrance that any valentine would appreciate as the crown jewel on their vanity. The Tiffany Parfum American Wildflower Flacon bears the sophistication of an Indian jasmine, damascena rose, Italian mandarin and fleur d’orange floral blend. Expect nothing but the best.

The design for this vintage inspired number was taken from the Tiffany & Co. archives. Only 1,000 of the etched rhododendrons and hand hammered sterling silver caps are in existence, and pieces are numbered for exclusivity and perfection. www.tiffany.com

Tiffany Photo credit: Carlton Davis
What a clever little bauble Boucheron has created for the discriminating jewelry and fragrance lover. Boucheron encircles a blend of orange blossom, mandarin, bergamot, jasmine, ylang-ylang, vanilla, amber within a ring shaped bottle complete with a sapphire “if only it was real” stone. The bottle is witty and the fragrance is soft. Check out the fragranced body line including body cream, lotion, powders, dry oil, bath and shower gels and deodorant.

Defined by preciousness, refinement and softness, the pearl-drop pendant shaped Initial, also by Boucheron, is filled with the scents of mandarin, floral blends of jasmine, pepper, almond honey and patchouli. This stunning fragrance also comes in a body lotion, cream, shower gel, and deodorant, and is the perfect item for this month’s festivities. www.boucheron.com

Cartier, long known for their elegant timepieces, has a lesser-known sensual side. Their latest mixture of woody vetiver, neroli, gardenia, amaretto, cedarwood, iris, patchouli, amber, and benzoin has yielded a dark and sensual fragrance called Le Baiser du Dragon. Your valentine will appreciate the bottle’s longevity symbol.

On the other side of the scent spectrum is So Pretty de Cartier. As fresh as baby powder, this soft, floral scent is perfect for the young lady in your family who is just getting into fragrances.

It is fitting that Cartier’s first fragrance is the ultimate woman’s fragrance, comprised of galbanum, mandarin, neroli, rose, jasmine, daffodill, amber, vetiver, patchouli, vanilla and tonka bean. Must de Cartier is a deep, musky scent that can provide a perfect match to a strong and sophisticated lady.

Looking for something a little more neutral? Eau de Cartier smells lemony clean and offers a scent ideal for both sexes. Yuzu, lavender, amber, cedarwood and patchouli blend to create a uniquely pleasant frangrance that offer the best of both worlds. Want to enjoy this gorgeous, fresh scent from head to toe? Eau de Cartier also comes in a bath line. www.cartier.com

Chopard’s Casmir is the Angelina Jolie of fragrances. Two parts sensual, one part powerful, and altogether misunderstood. The scent’s chocolate base is strong, but toned down with a honey flavor. Even the bottle is romantic.

Wish is Chopard’s answer for a younger, tastier fragrance. One spray from the gem shaped bottle will take you back to childhood and your days of cotton candy. Much like its cone shaped counterpart, this pointy tipped bottle must lie flat – if you don’t finish it all in one serving. www.chopard.com

The latest addition to the Bvlgari family is BLV Notte pour Femme. Imagine a scent made up of galanga, iris, chocolate, vodka, mandarin, bergamot, ginger, acacia, iris and tobacco flowers, amber, incense and dark chocolate in one fabulous scent that has earned the right to bear those signature Roman characters. BLV Notte is also made pour le Homme in your life.

As classic as classic can be in its sleek white bottle, Bvlgari pour Femme is lighter than its newer sibling, but just as nice. Sambac jasmine tea, mimosa and prelude rose come together to give refinement a smell. The fragrance even comes in a cute purse spray.

Looking to please a Valentine that is a natural gal, or guy for that matter? Eau Parfumée au thé vert is Bvlgari’s green tea cologne for men and women. Green tea extract, citrus, jasmine and rose go on easy on a winter’s morning. www.bvlgari.com

Originally published February 2005
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