By Eva Whalen


Comptoir Sud Pacifique presents two new ways to define paradise and delight its legion of fans: Coco Extreme and Vanille Amande (Vanilla Almond). This Paris-based line has known how to tantalize in the sweetest manner for more than three decades now, as its two latest offerings will attest. Coco Extreme amps up the coconut milk factor for a luscious and very potent summer scent, and Vanille Amande captures two of the world’s favorite flavors in a tropical elixir of warmth and charm. Visit Sephora stores or to purchase a bit of paradise.

Kenzo will roll out the exciting new Kenzo Amour next month at Nordstrom stores. Amour is a soft, serene mixture of florals and woods, evoking the scents of India, Indonesia, Japan, Burma and Thailand. Frangipani blossoms, cherry blossoms, incense, and tanakha wood interplay with the scents of incense, Thai rice steam, vanilla and Chinese white tea. Look for this memorable new Kenzo fragrance at Nordstrom’s next month, and wrap yourself in a cloud of love.

Celeb-fave Jo Wood Organics offers five branches of products that are fragrant, luxurious and organic. Founded by Jo Wood, the wife of Rolling Stone Ron Wood, this upscale line utilizes the highest grade of essential oils, essences and plant extracts. Each line is designed to soothe and nourish the skin, and each is encased in the loveliest bottle imaginable. They come in two fragrance families: Amka, crafted to uplift with Iranian rose otto, Egyptian jasmine, neroli, bergamot, green mandarine and cedarwood, and Usiku, crafted to soothe with rosemary, pineneedle, cardamom, hot ginger, coriander, clove, clary sage and Moroccan cedarwood. Available at Bergdorf Goodman and select Neiman Marcus stores, or at

Aubrey Organics enables us to feel good and safe about perfume, infusing its line with lush essential oil, all-natural fragrances and avoiding synthetics, preservatives or fixatives. The result is a fresh line of six perfumes, each subtle, distinctive and truly lovely. Eaux D’Ocean is astounding; its nuanced mix of bergamot, lemon, mandarin, lavender, geranium, grapefruit and rosemary will leave you hoping that it never fades. Other perfumes in this all-natural line include Musk, Citrus Floral (Bouquet Citonne Leger), Angelica, Jade Spice, and Spring Floral. Available at

Spice girls will love the invigorating scent of Philip B’s body washes in Chai Latte Soul and Body Wash, Thai Tea, Chocolate Milk and Nordic Wood, a head-to-toe cleanser rich in the scents of balsam, pine, cedarwood and white camphor. Chock-a-bloc with exotic spices, Philip B. will take to the bazaar in the comfort of your own home. These soul-lifting treats for shower are available at Barney’s New York and at, a perennial favorite for fine and rare fragrance, is currently the source for Monyette Paris’s Cashmere Body Mist, which is rich enough in gardenia and a creamy blend of tropical oils to sate the sensual. Also, word has it that Carmen Electra is debuting her own fragrance line soon and it will be based somewhat on Miss Marisa, which she discovered at Visit the site and be prepared to swoon:

The Le Couvent des Minimes collection at Bath & Body Works is as extensive as it is scented with earthly delights. Verbena, honey, lavender and lime are the cornerstones of this line that conjures up the fragrances of Provence,, just as the Eau de Provence demonstrates. And the new six-pronged Breathe collection of mood-enhancing, scented body balm enables you to choose your mood destination: Romance (papaya wood, myrrh, and honeyed orange), Energy (ginger verbena), Calm (lotus blossom), Serenity (desert lily), Delight (tamarind nectar) and Comfort (vanilla milk).

Originally published August 2006



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