New and Noteworthy: November 2008 – Featuring Inspire, Emanuel Ungaro, Tova, Sula, Les Fleurs and L’Occitane

In today’s celeb culture landscape, if you’re a pop star, chances are, you have your own requisite fragrance as well. Christina Aguilera is the latest in a lengthy parade of pop divas to enter the celebrity scent sweepstakes. If you’ve followed Miss Aguilera’s career trajectory, you’ve watched her morph from teen pop tart to a gorgeous women who looks like an Old Hollywood screen siren, yet can belt it out with the best of ’em. Like its creator, Inspire is a late bloomer: a delicately feminine fruity floral that doesn’t overpower the senses, thanks to its blend of mango, freesia, gardenia, citrus, tuberose and sandalwood notes.

Available: Macy’s or

Emanuel Ungaro has been a busy designer in the cosmetic world as of late. In addition to partnering with MAC for a to-die-for, limited edition collection of eyeshadows and lipsticks, the Parisian designer/fashion house has linked up with Avon for a luxe pair of his and her scents, dubbed U by Ungaro for Her and U by Ungaro for Him. The ladies fragrance is as sexy as a backless LBD, mixing top notes of bergamot blossom with pepper blossom and drying down to creamy sandalwood and clean musk. It’s lush and long lasting, richly perfect for the chillier months.

Available: or your Avon representative.

Ambre D’Oro is the latest scent from Tova, one of QVC best-selling brands. It’s a toasty, musky and romantic blend of peony peregrina, Asiatic lily, mimosa and Italian jasmine, laced with heliotrope and patchouli bottom notes. It’s no wonder Tova scents reign supreme on QVC. Ambre D’Oro has a little more glam factor than earlier Tova scents and because of its universality, it’s recommended for uptown girls as well as downtown dwellers.


Achieving that perfect “scentsual” aura can be as alluring as a pair of red stilettos. Sula’s playfully sophisticated Stiletto Musk is girlishly seductive, swirling mandarin with tonka vanilla bean notes. Created by renowned perfumer Susanne Lang with the intention of bring out the girl who resides in every woman, Sula features six downright pretty aromas that are meant to be worn by women of all ages and capture the essence of youth, Stiletto Musk matches youthfulness with allure, something that’s not simple to achieve.


By now, you’ve probably swapped out lighter, summer-friendly scents in favor of more robust fragrances. Les Fleurs has accomplished the unthinkable with its layerable duo, Delightful Citrus and Pink Burgeon, a pair of crisp, fruity aromas that smell summery yet fit fall, especially when combined. The breezy, girlish notes (Asian pear, jasmine, tangerine) conjure up beachside memories, but the customized scent lingers all day, as any cold weather-appropriate perfume should!


Mediterranean-reared Jasmine is one of the most “scentsual” aromas known to womankind and we shouldn’t be denied the right to smell beautiful when traveling simply because we can’t pack those 3.3 oz. toiletry bottles in our carry on! L’Occitane Jasmine Eau de Parfum Travel Set is a fresh, full bloom floral that can be stowed in any of your bags for whenever you need a little spritz of aura that makes a statement. It’s equipped with a refillable Notre Flore accessory that looks like a compass that guides ships and the scent is incredibly wearable and could veritably be your signature smell!


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