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ELIZABETH AND JAMES // NIRVANA PERFUME OILS

If you follow the fashion world at all, you’ll be aware the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are more than just the baby on Full House. They’ve started two successful fashion brands, Elizabeth and James and The Row, the latter of which is known for beautiful, minimalistic pieces…and also for a $39,000 crocodile backpack. Continue reading ELIZABETH AND JAMES // NIRVANA PERFUME OILS

HIS & HERS // CHANEL BEIGE & ACQUA DI PARMA COLONIA INTENSA

Jordan and I both happened to change fragrances this month…not intentionally, but we were both running out of our respective scents and decided that it was time to switch it up. I was making a change from about 6 years of wearing Coco Mademoiselle and he from about 3 years of wearing One Million.

He wanted something totally new. I, personally, still love Coco, but sometimes I find it a bit bold in the summer heat. However, in my mind, CM is undeniably one of the sexiest fragrances out there. I still have the travel spray and a little left in my bottle should I feel the need to amp it up.

I didn’t really make a huge transition….I stayed within the Chanel family, this time choosing one from the Exclusifs range, Beige. And, it’s gorgeous. It really took me forever to choose it; I must have smelled every single scent on Holt Renfrew’s beauty floor at least twice.

It’s warm and soft, like a sweet and slightly spicy hug. Not at all boring or neutral like the name might insinuate. Honey, spicy vanilla, white flowers like gardenia, frangipani and freesia create a feminine and romantic fragrance that is sensual and light. It’s understated, and very much a daytime fragrance. Quite heavenly, in my opinion.

Chanel’s Exclusif range isn’t cheap, but can I just say, this bottle is enormous–like I need to use both hands to spray it on in the morning.

Jordan chose a completely new fragrance (he wanted something less generic)–it was between a few of the Acqua di Parmas and a few Tom Fords–and had it not been for the price, Tom might have won (though I still want to get a bottle of Neroli Portofino for myself).

ADP’s Colonia Intensa was Jordan’s winner. Don’t be intimidated by the ‘intense’ connotations; it’s not overwhelming at all. It’s classic and traditional manly scent, with a modern twist. It’s not dad-ish at all. It’s elegant and confident with a smoky woody base (he loves woodworking), and some spice and citrusy notes from bergamot, sicilian lemon, cardamom, neroli (orange blossom), patchouli, musk and cedarwood.

THIERRY MUGLER // LES EXCEPTIONS

Last week, I was invited to the launch of Thierry Mugler’s newest fragrance collection, Les Exceptions. Mugler’s new fragrance boutique at Hudson’s Bay on Queen, is a gorgeous new space that is a showcase for these exclusive new perfumes.

Canada is the first country to experience the new collection, with the Bay being the only retailer for Les Exceptions.

There are five new fragrances in the collection: Chyprissime, Over The Musk, Fougère Furieuse, Supra Floral and Oriental Express. Each scent is unisex, though I definitely found some of them to lean more towards the feminine side, and some to the masculine.

The perfumers, Olivier Polge and Jean-Christophe Hérault, mentioned that each scent has a ‘surprise guest’, takes the fragrances from being predictable to unexpected and interesting.

Oriental Express is a powdery fragrance infused with vanilla, resin, sandalwood and carrot which creates a scent that envelops you. It’s luxurious, creamy, sensual and elegant–envision yourself with red lips and a fur coat. I saw this more as a feminine perfume.

Over The Musk is quite simply, musky. It’s what you would expect–fluffy, soft and warm like a cashmere blanket. While sophisticated, it is also velvety and sexy.

Fougère Furieuse was definitely one of the more unisex fragrances–I very nearly chose to take this one home with me. It’s oaky and woody, fresh (bergamot and moss), but the additions of more feminine notes like neroli blend the gender lines a bit and it makes for a sexy, very interesting fragrance.

Supra Floral is a very green fragrance; crips and fresh. A very feminine fragrance that revolves around the hyacinth flower but also has a bit of spice to it, thanks to amber.

Chyprissime is a traditional blend of bergamot orange, oak moss and patchouli–this mix actually was invented at the beginning of the 20th century. To make the fragrance more Mugler, shall we say, the surprise guest show us as a juicy, fresh pear. The fruity addition modernizes the classical scent.

After the presentation we were each given a bottle of our favourite fragrance to fill; I chose Oriental Express–it’s spiciness reminded me of one of my favourite fragrances, Coco Mademoiselle, for it’s sexiness. This, for me at least, is definitely a night time perfume, I would find it a bit heavy for daytime.

I especially love the designs of the bottles–very chic and art-deco–it looks great on my vanity.

Les Exceptions retail for $185 and the source refill is available for $127.

Les Exceptions are available across Canada at the following locations of The Bay:

Montréal – Downtown
Toronto – Queen
Toronto – Yorkdale
Vancouver – Downtown

MADAGASCAN VANILLA FLOWER FRAGRANCE MIST

I LOVE CANDLES, but my mom goes sorta crazy watching the flame flicker–her paranoia more or less defeats the purpose of the relaxing effect. And while I still love burning them out of her sight, I hate buying myself candles… most likely because the ones I like cost around a third of my paycheque (I’m a teenager, okay). So lucky for me I was gifted this room mist in a Secret Santa recently because it is AH-MAZING. It’s main notes revolve around vanilla, but don’t get me wrong, it’s not that cheap vanilla scent that you remember from your Lip Smackers, no. It’s the most beautiful tropical vanilla scent you will ever smell, trust me, and the scent lingers for about half an hour! Considering I don’t have to worry about blowing out a candle before bed (I have forgotten time to time) and I can avoid my mother’s pestering, AND it’s like the cost of three Starbucks trips, so this one is a winner. And seeing as The Body Shop carries an entire body line with this scent, I guess I’ll just have to go try those out too.

–Anna Raponi