By Amy Sciaretto


Estee Lauder Private Collection Amber Ylang Ylang was created specifically by Aerin Lauder, Estee’s granddaughter. It’s the second of her Private Collection scents and it’s an intimately inviting scent that starts with warm, masculine incense notes and is feminized with citrus and Italian bergamot. Available at Estee Lauder counters or

Acclaimed French fashion designer Sonya Rykiel, known for her iconic knit sweaters, is celebrating her 40th anniversary with Belle en Rykiel, a bright oriental spiked with both flowery and fruity notes of lavender, red currant, coffee blossom and vanilla. If you’ve been affected by the recession and can’t afford a Rykiel knit right now, indulge your senses with this fairytale fragrance.
Available at Bloomingdale’s and

If you yen to be the center of attention at holiday parties, events, get togethers, gatherings and extravaganzas, then Shiseido’s Zen is a “must have.” Don’t wait for someone to stuff your stocking with this bold, heady scent that alerts everyone in the room that you’ve arrived. Housed in a gorgeous, square bottle that was designed to look like a traditional Japanese teahouse, Zen will illuminate your vanity and your aura. The citrus, amber and patchouli top notes are intense and swirl around blue rose, a now-extinct flower than was more citrusy than traditional roses. Just like the flower which inspired it, this fragrance is not recommended for those who like to blend in!
Available at Nordstrom’s or

Do you prefer clean, crisp fragrances yet eschew the soapy, young skewing scents that have been flying off the shelves? Kiehl’s Forest Rain effectively solves that dilemma for the sophisticated lady who prefers a fresh yet spicy aroma with Forest Rain Eau de Toilette. This instant classic blends vetiver, wet grass, muguet petal, peppery sweet citrus and damp moss with jasmine and sunbleached hay. The result is an immaculate aroma that’s ageless and androgynous!
Available at Kiehl’s boutiques and counters or

The designers at True Religion have proven that denim can be high-end and fashionable with their dark rinse, flattering jeans. The company’s eponymous first fragrance is a woody musk that transitions easily from day to night. Brazilian mandarin, Granny Smith apple, Amaryllis and Hinoki Wood notes mark this scent. With True Religion, denim no longer means dressing down and the accompanying perfume is every bit as chic. Available at or Nordstrom’s.

Lisa Hoffman, wife of actor Dustin Hoffman, keeps herself busy and stimulated with her booming fragrance business. The perfumer has expanded her Variations Fragrance Collection to include the exotic Madagascar Orchid and Japanese Agarwood. Each fragrance comes housed in leather pouches and contains four variations of the same core scent, which can be customized for day, afternoon and evening wear, so you can easily create a signature scent or design a different daily scent. Even better, the scents are extracted in ways that don’t harm the plant or flower from which they originate.
Available at Bergdorf Goodman or

Up ‘n coming fragrancier Terri Michele – born of two women’s love of customizing scents – offers the ultra-femme Shenandoah, a light, white floral featuring bergamot, white lily, lotus and white musk notes. The breathable water-influenced scent works well in any season. Best to spritz on pulse points, such as the back of the knees, so the scent can rise, for a faint yet most beautiful hint of aroma.

Originally published December 2008



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