Fragrance

By Christina Hull

As the weather heats up, it’s time to peel away those bulky layers and spritz on something sexy for spring. Here are the newest fragrances that will have you celebrating the skin you’re in.

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London fashion designer Matthew Williamson is a favorite among Hollywood’s pretty young things, thanks to his playful, colorful creations. But with his new fragrance, Matthew Williamson Sheer, you might find yourself wanting to strip down rather than dress up. Sheer is a light, summery twist on the original signature perfume. Bergamot, ginger and star fruit combine with jasmine, magnolia and Easter Lily to create a beguiling top note. Rounding out the scent and giving it its sexy edge are amber, musk, olibanum, sandalwood and benzoin. Pick up the perfume as a body oil, which not only delivers a rush of fragrance, it also features avocado oil, sweet almond oil, and passion flower oil for light moisture and a glistening glow. Available at Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman.

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“Momo” translated from Japanese, means ‘pink’, but that doesn’t mean Momoberry, the first entrée into fine fragrance for the iconic Hello Kitty is for little girls. Instead, this is a fragrance that’s grown-up and, dare we say it, sexy. Momoberry was created by cult perfumer Tristan Brando, (the nose behind cult favorite Monyette Paris). The perfume oil opens with notes of guava, juicy tart pineapple and Mediterranean fig. It’s a tempting tropical floral bouquet composed of red hibiscus, tuberose and gardenia. Subtle notes of Tahitian vanilla, sandalwood and coconut milk enhance the “purrfect” composition. Available exclusively at www.luckyscent.com and Scent Bar, Los Angeles.

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Jimmyjane, purveyor of discrete, upscale sexual accessories, has created a fragrance collection that’s designed for olfactory interaction. Threesome is a trio of distinctive scents that can to be worn alone or layered to create a unique “experience”. Entitled Wit, Charm and Kink, the perfume oils manage to smell earthy and unbridled, yet altogether modern. Wit engages the intellect with energetic citrus notes like bergamot and grapefruit, and includes a hint of intrigue with sandalwood. Charm enchants with linden blossom and Bulgarian rose, along with blue tansy and coffee arabica. Then there’s Kink, with its provocative fragrances of vetiver and black pepper, plus a pretty hint of white lotus. Threesome is the perfect plaything for the amateur perfumer or for those who are unafraid to experiment (wink wink). For more info, go to www.jimmyjane.com. Available at STUDIO at Fred Segal and select W Hotel Stores.

Originally published May 2007
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