By Candice Sabatini

Just as running your hands over a really expensive, finely crafted fashion accessory such as a luxurious handbag or a hand-woven silk scarf, experiencing an Ormonde Jayne by Linda Pilkington perfume is a similar experience. The quality is undeniable and a joy to experience. Sadly, the exquisite perfumes aren’t sold in a US shop, but you can order them via their website, and they do offer a sample packet so you can try before your buy. One of my favorites, TOLU is an opulent and sensual oriental fragrance. It’s incense-y, intense and quite sexy. It opens with juniper berry, orange blossom and clary sage which delight the senses. Then on to orchis Moroccan rose and muguet which are quite understated and the final notes of tolu, tonka bean, golden frankincense and amber create a velvety richness that’s heady and sensual. This isn’t the fragrance for someone who’s insecure – either about fragrance or themselves. Tolu doesn’t hit you with an overpowering boldness, but it’s neither shy nor demure. It’s a striking, warm and velvety perfume that isn’t trendy and will be a favorite of mine for decades.


Feeling a little hedonistic? A little patchouli always puts me in that kind of mood. While a touch of the earthly and provocative note is a signature for all Gucci fragrances, it’s much softer in Gucci Guilty. The floral oriental was released last fall, and I’m guilty of not telling you about it sooner. Mea Culpa. It’s a warm and sexy blend with a powerful shot of pink peppercorn that always gets me….and I mean that in a good way. The heart is soft lilac, along with some peach and a smidge of geranium for a dash of green and to keep it from being too fruity. This modern fragrance has a strong following of fans already, and it’s no surprise, especially with those lingering notes of soft patchouli and amber. Get your Gucci!

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You definitely want to wear his sexy stiletto choos and carry his gorgeously cool handbags, but their stratospheric price tags might be out of your range in these current times. But now, anyone can have a little Choo in their wardrobe with the new Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum. It’s the designer’s first step into the world of fragrance and is a fruity scent with a lot of warmth. The opening notes wake you up with a burst of brightness but quickly fade and get you to the heart, which is of Tiger Orchid. The scent then gets very, very creamy as it sweetens to a base of toffee and Indonesian patchouli. The faceted cocoon bottle is a feminine shape nicely paired off with a modern black cap with silver edging.

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Originally published March 2011
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