Fragrance

By Kim Taylor

Now that spring is in bloom, capture nature’s bounty as fragrance. Here are some new scents that have been bottled to perfection:

Lux Aeterna Aromatics makes its impressive debut with two stellar offerings: Delta of Venus and Leaves of Grass, and both are amazing. Delta of Venus is an elixir of fresh vetiver and geranium, and Leaves of Grass is a green concoction of pine and bergamot. Appropriate for women or men alike, these all-natural, hand-crafted fragrances are phthalate-free and are presented in a bottle that contains a quartz crystal for conjuring up your fragrant fantasies. Order a 1/5-dram sample to put either one of these to the olfactory test at Lux.aeterna.aromatics@gmail.com – then sit back and inhale the sublime. These Lux Aeterna Aromatics fragrances can be worn alone or blended together.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian presents a new collection of fragrances for the home at Bergdorf Goodman, which include eau de toilettes, candles, interior perfumes and perfumed bracelets and fragrant bubbles for children (pear, cold mint and cut herbs). The inspiration is happiness. The Cologne Pour Le Matin is rife with thyme, Sicilian lemon, lavender and orange blossom. Cologne Pour Le Soir is a soft blend of benzoin, roses, incense absolute and honey. Aqua Universalis is a fragrance for all uses and ideal for spring and summer; this ethereal scent is a blend of bergamot, lemon, lily of the valley, sweet mock orange, and musky wood. Lumiere Noire pour Femme blends rose with cumin and hot pepper, patchouli and narcissus to achieve an intriguing scent with a hint of mystery. Apom, an acronym for A Piece of Me was inspired by the scents of Lebanon, and includes cedar wood and ylang-ylang flower. Find this extraordinary collection at Bergdorf Goodman stores; http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com.

Jo Malone offers some exciting spring fragrance options through its associate with British Farrow & Ball paint company. Jo Malone Collector’s Edition Coloured Candles let you decorate with scent. Each candle scent is linked to its corresponding color, and fragrances include Lime Basil & Mandarin, Wild Fig & Cassis, Blue Agava & Cacao, Grapefruit, and Pomegranate Noir. Jo Malone also presents its new Kohdo Wood Collection this spring: Lotus Blossom & Water Lily and Dark Amber & Ginger Lily, both crafted to inspire the senses and conjure dawn and dusk. Lotus blossom & Water Lily is ideal for day with mandarin, lotus blossom, and aloeswood, and Dark Amber & Ginger Lily is a magnificent blend of cardamom, orchid and kyara wood. Find all of the above at http://www.jomalone.com, Bergdorf Goodman stores, Saks Fifth Avenue stores and Neiman Marcus stores.

Thymes can always be relied upon to present a pitch-perfect new spring line, and that’s precisely the case with the Thymes Ambersweet Orange Collection. This collection includes body lotion, body wash, candles, eau de parfum, bath salts, soap, hand cream and lotion, and even home fragrance. This wholesome blend fuses orange blossom with creamy almond milk, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla, yogurt, honey and tonka bean. Find this at http://www.thymes.com and envelope yourself and your home in the freshness of springtime in sunny Italy.

Ambitious is a youthful, uplifting scent with top notes of crisp green apple, black currents, jasmine, rose, vanilla and coconut. It’s delightfully soft and creamy, yet fresh and light for warmer spring weather, and will hold up for hours without being cloying. This is an affordable addition to any collection, and will impart a burst of youthful exuberance. Find it at http://www.tillys.com.

Originally published April 2010
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