By Liz Bekesz
Lifestyle brand LIV GRN has recently expanded its green vision to include an eco-friendly fragrance collection called C2C LIV GRN. C2C stands for “cradle-to-cradle,” the circle of sustainable living. It’s a concept that inspires and informs the entire LIV GRN line, according to Sydney Holland, the brand’s co-founder. “We at LIV GRN are inspired by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, authors of CRADLE TO CRADLE, a fantastic, optimistic view of creating goods and services that generate ecological and social value.” Crafted with biodegradable ingredients and formulated to not bio-accumulate, C2C LIV GRN fragrances are a beautiful marriage of subtly sweet florals and woody musks with fresh, fruity notes. C2C LIV GRN Natural is a clean sweep of happiness and light, with top notes of Lime, Neroli and Orange Flower, middle notes of Geranium, Rose, and Cyclamen, and a dry-down of Jasmine, Egyptian Musk, and Pear; C2C LIV GRN Earth features top notes of Jasmine and Green Leaves, mid-notes of Lavender, Lily of the Valley, and Ocean with a dry-down that includes Sandalwood and Musk notes. C2C LIV GRN Cherry Wood features top notes of Anise and Citrus, mid-notes of Jasmine, Apple, and Lily of the Vally, and a comfy dry-down of Cedar, Vanilla and Musk. The collection now includes Eau de Parfum Spray, Oil Mini Rollerball, Body Lotion, Body Scrub, and Shower Gel. Cherry Wood scrub leaves skin soft, clean, and highly touchable; Earth Body Lotion is comforting, luscious, and smells divine. Bonus: it did not irritate my dry, often sensitive (and sometimes even chapped and chafed) hands. Double bonus: You can do good while smiling good, as 10% of every dollar made by LIV GRN Enterprises LTD is donated to Global Green, one of the world’s largest and most-recognized charities. Available online at http://www.livgrn.com.
A Dozen Roses is a recently launched collection that’s a world away from your grandmother’s rose scent. Each imbued with 100% natural rose absolute essence, these fragrances are lovely and delightful both inside and out, with original artwork paying homage to the ever-incredible, always inspiring rose showcased on front and back of each bottle. A trio of modern, unique, and spirited scents comprise the launch collection: Gold Rush, a warm, wild, rich ride through blackberry, neroli, and ylang ylang, flowing through bittersweet chocolate and ebony woods before arriving at gold rush rose and A Dozen Roses signature rose absolut; Iced White, a bright, sheer flash that’s edgy, cool, and sophisticated, blending brisk blooms with vanilla, white musk, and, of course, the signature rose absolut; and finally, Shakespeare in Love, a composition of Jasmine, Gardenia and Fresh Pear that blends to creamy woods and vanilla before entering a heart of Blush Rose and – you guessed it – A Dozen Roses’ signature rose absolut. Available exclusively at Neiman Marcus and http://www.neimanmarcus.com.
Gelsomino Nobile is the newest entry in Acqua di Parma’s Le Nobili collection, a collection focused on single, unique, emblematic flowers. This lush, romantic fragrance is centered on a special Jasmine species grown in Calabria, Italy; this type of Jasmine has a specific “green and fresh aspect” which lends the fragrance a pleasing lightness and airiness…perfect for the start of autumn! Notes of Mandarin, Pink Pepper, Orange Blossom, Tuberose, Calabrian Jasmine, Cedar Wood and Musk are also featured. Collection includes a body cream with 4% concentrated fragrance. Available at Barneys New York and http://www.barneys.com.