Fragrance

By Kim Taylor

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Here are six distinctive fragrances to don when the weather turns warm and bright:

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Reve d’Infini, an elegant and effervescent spring fragrance from Lalique, was inspired by the artful “infinity” designs of Rene Lalique and the appealing concept of the eternally feminine. This is sparkling meld of fresh flowers (lovely freesia, jasmine), bergamot, rose-scented lychee, and sweet fruit. At its heart is rose absolute and satiny peach. Its undertones are a grounding meld of cedar wood, vanilla, musk and sandalwood. Bonus: the modern crystal bottle is truly a thing of beauty. Find it at http://www.lalique.com.

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The CLEAN Reserve line draws from farmers and eco-certified plantations around the globe to create the most exquisite fragrances possible. CLEAN Reserve’s Velvet Flora is a sunny blend of bergamot, tangerine, saffron, and patchouli. It’s uplifting with a leathery undertone, much like a ride through Italy’s Tuscan countryside during the summer in a new Fiat. Crafted in conjunction with farmers in southern Italy who naturally extract bergamot oil, the top note is green bergamot, the middle are jasmine, lily, and saffron, and the base is cedar wood, musk, amber, and patchouli. Enjoy! http://www.cleanreserve.com.

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CLEAN Reserve’s Terra Woods uses vanilla from eco-certified plantations in Madagascar to create a minimalist fragrance with a top note of fresh accord, middle notes of geranium, jasmine samba petals, and lush coconut, in a tantalizing base of musks, woods, tonic bean, and vanilla. Quite ravishing, and found at cleanreserve.com. .

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SIX THIRTEEN Eau de Parfum from WEN founder Chaz Dean introduces his foray into unisex fragrance with a delightful and fresh meld of uplifting lemon, rosemary, amber-infused vanilla, bergamot, basil, orchid and lavender. This is restrained enough for men, yet lush enough for a woman, striking the perfect balance for an all-purpose spring fragrance that’s ideal for work or al fresco evenings. Find it and the rest of the wondrous SIX THIRTEEN line at http://www.ChazDean.com.

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A resounding wow to Brooklyn’s Curious Apothecary fragrance. You’ll be stunned by the quality of this small batch, artisan crafted fragrance line — particularly the incredible Luminos, a unique blend of creamy sandalwood and mysteriously tantalizing moonlit spices. The precise blend is wrapped in an exquisite-smelling enigma, and you can find it at http://www.themefragrance.com and at Anthropologie stores.

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A close second in my Curious Apothecary fragrance affections is Love Joy, which is so right for spring. It’s an uplifting concoction of vibrant pink grapefruit and rich, white florals. Youthful and energetic, it pairs well with dresses, culottes, pedal-pushers and sunshine. While you’re at it, order the Tobacco-Caramel soy candle called Smoking Jacket for an olfactory delight you won’t soon forget. These and more at: http://www.themefragrance.com.

Originally published March 2016

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