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Top 5 Perfumes I’m Loving Right Now

January 15, 2021

Top 5 Perfumes Jo Malone, Bulgari, Byredo, L'Artisan and Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Happy Friday! I’m sharing a look at my Top 5 Perfumes I’m loving right now. I have a lot in my collection that I’ve accumulated. I am one who likes to switch things up frequently so I don’t have 1 or 2 signature scents. What I wear depends a lot on mood and time of year. Right now I thought it would be fun to round up my current Top 5. It’s moderately cold for Florida right now – once the weather warms back up I’m sure I’ll be reaching for more citrus and beachy scents.

Here are my favorites right now! As always I’d love to hear what your top picks are at the moment. I love reading about perfumes from what you have tried and love.

Favorite Perfumes from Perfumes Jo Malone, Bulgari, Byredo, L'Artisan and Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Bulgari Au The Blanc

Best Holiday Perfume Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

Bulgari Au The Blanc is the one I feel like I would pick if I could only wear one perfume the rest of my life. I reviewed it a few months ago and love how it’s fresh, clean and light it feels. You can read my full review here. (Available at Sephora, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.)

Notes include: Artemisia, musk and white tea

Byredo Bal D’Afrique

Byredo Bal D'Afrique

There are so many I love from Byredo but Bal D’Afrique is one of the most unique scents I’ve tried. It has a sweet fruity and floral mix to it. Lasting power is quite strong and long lasting. I usually order from Nordstrom.

Notes include: Bergamot, African marigold, bucchu, violet, cyclamen, vetiver, Moroccan cedarwood

L’Artisan Mure Et Musc Eau de Toilette

L'Artisan Mure Et Musc Eau de Toilette

L’Artisan Mure Et Musc Eau de Toilette is one of my long-time favorites, it’s one my bestie turned me onto! I have the smaller size but it’s more often available in the standard 100 ml. It’s one of the few sweet blackberry scents I can wear because it has a musky feel to it along with notes of lemon and warm white musk. I prefer the Eau de Toilette version (the Eau de Parfum version is sweeter to me).

Notes include: Blackberry, lemon, musk

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 is one I cannot believe took me so long to try. I don’t think it’s for everyone. Depending on how scents pull on your skin this may be too sweet for you. I love this as a strong amber floral with cedar wood. It’s hard to describe but almost has a vanilla-ish vibe with the warmth. You can buy this at a number of places like Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Saks. It’s available in a wide range of sizes, also a refill trio set. As of now it appears Saks is the only place I could find that sells the smaller size 1.18 oz online.

Notes include: Jasmine, saffron, cedar wood and ambergris

Jo Malone Wood Sage Sea Salt

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt

Jo Malone Wood Sage Sea Salt is a favorite year round scent that has a fresh and earthy kind of vibe. It’s hard to describe but very unique and versatile. It’s one I probably wear the most frequently out of all the perfumes I own! (Available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdale’s.)

Notes: Ambrette Seeds, Sea Salt, Sage

Some of the brands have sampler and discovery sets available. Many are seasonal or limited-edition. I’ve linked a few below. I find them to be hit or miss. It’s nice to be able to try them over a period of time at home since it sometimes takes a while for a scent to settle on your skin. I’ve really loved the ones from Jo Malone and Byredo that I’ve bought!

What are your favorite perfumes right now?

 

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Best Holiday Candles + Scents For the Home This Season

December 14, 2020

Best Luxury Christmas Candles Byredo, Diptyque, Cire Trudon | The Beauty Lookbook

I’m wrapping up my holiday gift guides with a few more roundups! Today I’m sharing my favorite luxury candles for the holidays. If you’re looking to splurge on something nice for the home or as a gift here are my favorites.

Best Holiday Candles Diptyque, Byredo, Maison Francis Kurkdjian | The Beauty Lookbook

DIPTYQUE

Diptyque Best of Baies Set | The Beauty Look book

Baies is my favorite of all the Diptyque scents, it’s great for holiday because it’s a unique mix of roses and blackcurrant. It’s a green and berry mix which I think is interesting and perfect year round. I’ve bought this in multiple sizes and adore the Baies Room Spray. Available in multiple sizes. In case you are not a fan of blackcurrant or rose, I’ve included a few others.

Best Diptyque Candles for Christmas Amber, Santal, Vanille, Feu de Bois

Vanille is a unique vanilla in the sense that it’s a smoky leathery one with a hint of spice. It’s not sweet like other vanilla candles.

Ambre is one of the prettiest holiday scents to me. It’s a warm mix of amber and musk giving it a cozy feel.

Feu de Bois is the best firewood scent in candle form. It has a smoky earthy kind of wood smell.

Santal is one of the softest sandalwood scents I’ve tried. Sometimes sandalwood can be a bit strong in other candles, this has good throw but has a well-rounded feel. It has a bit of a velvety feel to it.

A few other fun things to check out:

BYREDO

Byredo Tree House Room Spray Mini Bibliothque Candle | The Beauty Lookbook

Tree House is one of my favorite woodsy kind of candles, this year I opted to buy the Tree House Room Spray and am so impressed. It has the longest lasting power of all the room sprays I’ve tried. It smells just like the candle and is quite potent. It has a mix of pimento, bamboo, cedarwood, guaiac wood, sandalwood and leather. The Room Spray comes at quite a steep price but it is cased in a large glass spray bottle and I feel it will last a long time.

Bibliotheque is one of my favorites for the holiday, it has a really unique mix, almost like a more intense less sweet version of their Bal D’Afrique perfume. Bibliotheque notes are peach, plum, peony, violet, leather patchouli and vanilla. It is available in the standard 8.5 oz size and also in the mini 2.5 oz (shown here). Minis are harder to find sometimes as they sell out, but you can find them at Byredo, Violet Grey, Lucky Scent, Space NK.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Candle

The Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Candle was a gift from my bestie and it is AMAZING! I just bought the perfume and fell in love with it. The candle smells exactly like the perfume – woody, amber, floral and sweet with extremely good throw. It is quite a splurge but I would not hesitate to buy on my own. She bought it from Saks.

CIRE TRUDON

Cire Trudon Ernesto Candles | The Beauty Lookbook

There are so many things I want to try from Cire Trudon but I keep going back to my one favorite, Ernesto. Cire Trudon makes the best of the best in terms of how elegant and unique their candles are. They have the strongest throw out of the ones I have tried. I fell in love with Ernesto thanks to one of my readers who kept nudging me to try (she even offered to buy me one if I didn’t order one lol!). I eventually splurged and have never looked back. This year they launched Ernesto in a beautiful Alabaster vessel with a lid. It’s truly glorious. I ordered it over Cyber Week for some savings. It is like a beautiful work of art.

For Christmas, I have also tried Gabriel, Nazareth and Fir – all are truly lovely for the holiday season.

ACCESSORIES

Diptyque Photophore Glass

Crate and Barrel Glass Cloche Candle Cover

Glass Match Cloche Twist Skeem Design | The Beauty Lookbook

Wick Trimmers Diptyque and Lumira

A few accessories I love:

That wraps up my holiday candle favorites! I hope you enjoyed the roundup!

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Armani Fragrance Nordstrom

Armani My Way Eau de Parfum

December 4, 2020

Armani My Way Eau de Parfum | The Beauty Lookbook

I’ve been playing with some new fragrances this holiday season and one of my latest discoveries is the Giorgio Armani My Way Eau de Parfum. Armani has been a favorite since the day it launched and I’m excited to partner with Nordstrom to share a look at this beautiful fragrance alongside some of my go-to makeup staples.

The Armani My Way Eau de Parfum is something I would describe as a bright sweet floral. If you like tuberose and jasmine you will love this. It also has notes of bergamot, orange blossom, vanilla, white musk and cedarwood, but to me the floral notes dominate. It has a slight fruity undertone to it which makes it sweet, but not too sweet. Lasting power is quite amazing – just a few spritzes lasts all day long. It’s definitely one that lifts and brightens the mood – it’s a happy kind of scent!

Armani My Way Fragrance | The Beauty Lookbook

Armani My Way | The Beauty Lookbook

Armani My Way Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

A few of my makeup staples from Armani include:

Luminous Silk Foundation – among the best of the best for a natural glow foundation with good lasting power, medium coverage and a wide shade range! My match is usually 6.5 or 7 depending on time of year. I am wearing Shade 7 in this post.

Luminous Silk Concealer – one of the best opaque full coverage concealers that is still easy to blend. I wear shade 6.5 for brightening and spot concealing. A little goes a long way so you don’t need a lot.

Eyes to Kill Mascara – I’ve tried this in both the Classic and Wet Waterproof formula. Both have been staples for years for that defined volume and length.

Fluid Sheer – The Fluid Sheers were my very first Armani purchase back when I discovered the line. I really love Shade 2 for the perfect champagne glow. Right now since I’m more tan I like Shade 11 because it’s such a pretty soft bronze. I apply them as a highlighter on the cheek bones.

Armani Makeup Staples: Luminous Silk Foundation, Concealer, Eyes to Kill Mascara, Fluid Sheer

Wearing my favorites listed above. Also wearing the Eye Tint in Shade 44, Neo Nude Powder in 5.5, A-Blush Liquid Tint in 32, Ecstasy Mirror Gloss in 101.

Armani Makeup Favorites | The Beauty Lookbook

Armani My Way Perfume | The Beauty Lookbook

Armani My Way Perfume | The Beauty Lookbook

Armani My Way Perfume | The Beauty Lookbook

Armani My Way Perfume Review | The Beauty Lookbook

Armani My Way is available in a few size options and sets. Mine is the 1.7 fl oz/50 ml option for $97.00 (retail). If you’re looking for a gift for someone who already has everything, you can’t go wrong with gifting them their favorite fragrance. It’s something they can always use! If you love sweet florals I think this is worth checking out.

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Fragrance Sephora

New Signature Scent For the Holiday Season

November 6, 2020

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

I love trying new perfumes and my latest discovery is the Bvlgari Eau Parfumee Au The Blanc. I’ve fallen head over heels in love with it and think it is one of the most beautiful scents I’ve ever tried before. I’m so excited to partner with them to share a closer look today!

The Bulgari Eau Parfumee Au The Blanc is a light floral. It is a clean fresh scent with a beautiful mix of musk, amber, White Tea, Artemisia and white pepper. Au The Blanc has an incredible calming and relaxing kind of feel and I love how the amber mixed in adds warmth to it. It’s packaged in a gorgeous glass 2.5 oz cologne spray bottle and 3-4 spritzes lasts all day on my skin.

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume review | The Beauty Look Book

Au The Blanc has an elegant feel but is also suitable to wear for every day. I think it’s perfect for this upcoming holiday season as it’s fresh and pretty but not overpowering. It is also available in a Body Lotion and Shampoo and Shower Gel version which I now have on my wish list. The Au The Vert green tea version has come highly recommended by many of you and as a huge fan of bergamot notes I think this will be my next purchase!

I know perfume is so personal to each of us but if you are looking for a new fresh everyday kind of scent with a clean and relaxing vibe, I highly recommend checking out the Eau Parfumee Au The Blanc from Bulgari. I think it’s a timeless classic you can wear year-round as well.

Best Holiday Perfume Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume review | The Beauty Look Book

BVLGARI Au The Blanc Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

Best Holiday Perfume to Calm the Senses | The Beauty LookBook

Bulgari Au The Blanc Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

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Fragrance Home / Interiors

Favorite Home Scents for Spring

March 25, 2020

Favorite Home Candles and Room Sprays

Sending everyone my best wishes right now! I hope you are all staying safe. We have been doing well here and doing more organizing/spring cleaning. If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your home with a good scent I have a roundup with some current favorites. I love good smelling candles or sprays to help lift the mood. We like to rotate through a lot of different scents. Here are some of my favorites right now.

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Diptyque

Favorite Diptyque Scents and Candles

Diptyque is my favorite candle brand of all time. The candles are quite the splurge but there’s nothing quite like the ones they have. I’ve tried so many different scents and have loved every single one. My favorite is Baies for year round which has a mix of roses and blackcurrant leaves. It’s fruity but not too sweet. For spring I also love Mimosa which is shown in the mini below. It’s a powdery floral with honey mix.

If you can’t burn candles in your home I highly recommend their room sprays. We love Figuier (sweet fig, and the best fig in my opinion) and Baies.

Diptyque also has a collection of City Candles which are typically only available in their respective city boutiques. Occasionally they will have them available online to purchase. My favorites are Paris, New York and Miami (reviewed here).

You can find Diptyque at a wide range of retailers although their boutiques and website will have the largest selection (they carry some exclusives).

My top five for spring include: Baies, Figuier, Mimosa, Aubepine and Santal.

How to clean out the wax to recycle candles in this post here.

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Lumira

Lumira Tahitian Coconut and Arabian Oud

Lumira is an Australian brand I discovered several years ago. Their Tahitian Coconut is the best sweet coconut candle I’ve ever tried and I have a stock pile at my home so I don’t run out. Notes include frangipani, jasmine, coconut, orange flower, mandarin, white musk and vanilla. Right now they have one Room Spray in Arabian Oud which is lovely if you like spicy scents with a mix of oud, rose, sandalwood, bergamot and amber. They have a lovely selection of Accessories as well and I love their Wick Trimmer.

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Aesop Hand Wash + Room Sprays

Aesop Skincare Room Sprays

Aesop Hand Wash and Room Spray

For the best relaxing and calming room sprays both Andrew and I love Aesop. They launched three Room Sprays and each one is amazing. Andrew loves Olous the best while my favorite is Istros. Over the holiday they launched a mini trio which I think is super cute. You can still find it online at Aesop. The sprays have good through and lasting power is ok. It’s not going to last anywhere near as long as a candle or diffuser will but we still love them.

Scents include:

  • Olous notes are Galbanum, Grapefruit, Jasmine
  • Cythera notes are Geranium, Incense, Patchouli
  • Istros notes include Pink Pepper, Lavender, Tobacco

We also love their hand and body care products. While not really a home scent the hand washes add a nice touch to the home. The one I always repurchase is the Resurrection Hand Wash. They have some nice sets and we just bought the Melodist Home Set which has a full sized Olous spray.

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Otherland

Otherland Candles 90s

Otherland is a new brand I discovered recently. They have super cute packaging and unique scent options. They sent over their recent Carefree 90s candle launch and it really does take me back to my high school days! These are more affordably priced than luxury candles like Diptyque, Jo Malone or Cire Trudon and have very good throw.

  • Glosspop is a sweet scent described as a mix of strawberry gloss, hard candy and frosted rose – it’s sweet and fruity
  • Blue Jean Baby is a super fun mix of white musk and mimosa flower
  • Dreamlight is very nostalgic for me and I can’t quite put my finger on what makes me think of the 90s, but this one has a mix of freesia, plumeria and tangerine

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Cire Trudon, Sisley and Byredo

Cire Trudon Petite, Sisley Campagne and Byredo Bibliotheque

Ending my round up with the ultimate in luxury for the home. Candles from Cire Trudon, Sisley and Byredo are quite the splurge. It took me a long time before I could talk myself into trying these in past years and once I did I saw for myself they 100% lived up to the hype.

I think Cire Trudon is the ultimate fragrance brand when it comes to candles. Ernesto is the best one with a mix of leather and tobacco. I usually buy their the holiday version every year (they come in special colored glass jars). I also love Positano for spring and for holiday Gabriel is beautiful!

They recently launched La Petite Bougie which is a mini 70 g version, available in six scents. It’s still very pricey at $42 but they’re super cute. They sent over the scent in Cyrnos which smells like a mix of lavender, thyme and cedarwood. It’s lovely! Full notes include lemon, myrtle, thyme, black fig, cedarwood, lavender, pink, cashmere wood, musk and patchouli.

Sisley fragrances don’t get enough love in my opinion. The Sisley Campagne Candle is one of the cleanest green scents I’ve tried and smells like the fresh outdoors. These are quite the splurge but the throw is quite incredible and I feel like they are very unique. Andrew loves this one because it smells fresh and clean. Notes include bergamot, lemon, basil, green tomato leaves, jasmine, plum, oak moss, patchouli, vetiver. I’ve tried minis of the body wash and body lotion in the same fragrance line and absolutely love it.

Byredo is also another amazing line. Bibliotheque is really unique for year round. It’s the only one I have left right now that hasn’t been used up. They have full sizes and minis. This one is a woody mix with patchouli and vanilla but also has noticeable fruity notes with peach to me. Notes include peach, plum, peony, violet, leather, patchouli and vanilla. For a couple lighter soft fresh options I think Cotton Poplin and Fleur Fantome are really nice florals that aren’t too powdery or too floral.

Best Home Scents Cire Trudon, Diptyque, Aesop

I know it’s challenging to purchase scents without smelling them in person. Even with lots of research on notes and comparisons there isn’t really anything that compares to experiencing scent in person. I hope this provides you with a helpful guide for my personal favorites. It’s been a while since I have bought a perfume without smelling it first, but I’m more likely to buy a candle sight unseen even though it is a bit risky.

What are you favorite home scents? Anything you love for spring or for year round?

 

 

Cire Trudon Petite Candle and Lumira scents provided for review/feature. All others purchased by me.

Chanel Fragrance Tom Ford Beauty

Favorite Perfumes for Summer

June 12, 2019

Best Perfumes for Summer Tom Ford, Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel, Byredo and Jo Malone | The Beauty Look Book

Summer is almost here and today I’m rounding up my favorite perfumes perfect for the upcoming season. We are lucky to have warm weather most of the year but perfume is definitely seasonal with different months. I love this time of year when we’re transitioning from spring to full on summer. The heat is rising and there are so many scents that I love for warm weather. For me there are everyday summer perfumes and then there are summer perfumes that make you feel like you’re on vacation. I’m focusing more on the everyday ones for this round up but will list a few vacation vibe scents at the bottom of the post too. As always I’d love to hear about what you’re wearing right now!

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Tom Ford

Best Tom Ford Perfumes for Summer Soleil Blanc, Eau de Soleil Blanc and White Suede

Above: Daily Edited Large Cosmetic Case / Diptyque Large Outdoor Candle recycled

I would say that my most-worn perfumes recently are the ones from Tom Ford. I think he’s best known for the deeper rich and spicy ones, but my personal favorites are the lighter options. Soleil Blanc and Eau de Soleil Blanc have been must-haves for me for years now. Both are white florals that perfect fresh summery vibe. I also really love White Suede layered with either of the Soleil Blanc perfumes for a softer vibe. All the Tom Ford perfumes are available in multiple sizes, I’ve listed the ones I have below. I love that more of these are now coming in individual travel size sprays so I can carry them in my purse!

  • Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum ($148 for 50 ml, also available in a .33 oz travel spray) is the perfect white floral! I carry the travel spray with me almost everywhere I go.
    • Notes include bergamot, cardamom oil Orpur, pistachio accord, ylang-ylang Comores Islands, benzoin extract Orpur, coco de mer accord
  • Eau de Soleil Blanc ($125 for 50 ml, 10 ml travel size here) is a brighter more citrus version that has a little more warmth with more noticeable amber and it’s not quite as strong on the floral notes as the original, both smell really similar
    • Notes include Vert de bergamot, orange bitter Orpur, petitgrain bigrade Orpur, ylang-ylang, pistachio accord, coco de mer accord
  • White Suede* ($235 for 50 ml) is one of the few soft musk perfumes I can wear that don’t turn on my skin, I love the way this mixes with the white florals. It’s a soft clean and warm kind of scent. The clear bottle is exclusive to Neiman Marcus but you can find it in the traditional brown at all other counters.
    • Notes include saffron, thyme, mate, suede, olibanum, musk
  • Runner ups from past: Sole di Positano, Fleur de Portofino, Neroli Portofino Acqua

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Byredo

Best Byredo Perfumes Blanche, Mojave Ghost and La Tulipe

Above: Tray West Elm /On the nails Essie Topless and Barefoot

Byredo has some of the longest lasting perfumes I’ve tried. Sometimes I notice my nose gets used the scent quickly and they seem to fade, but anytime I wear these, I get compliments and questions even hours after I’ve first applied. Andrew also notices them late in the day. I know purchasing a fragrance in person isn’t always possible (even if it’s the best way to buy them). In the event you don’t have a Byredo counter near you to smell, they have a La Selection Set with six minis which are a nice way to sample the scents. There are a number of trios available as well.

  • Blanche ($175 for 1.7 oz, shown is the .4 oz available in this trio) is a floral that has a mix of aldehyde and violet, it has floral notes with noticeable white rose and a hint of musk. It almost has a clean linen feel.
    • Notes include aldehyde, pink pepper, white rose, neroli, peony, violet, blonde woods, musk and sandalwood
  • Mojave Ghost ($175 for 1.7 oz) is the most unique fragrance I’ve ever smelled. It’s a soft fruity floral with violet and magnolia. There is a mix of musk, sandalwood and amber to give it a little warmth.
    • Notes include ambrette, Jamaican nesberry, violet, sandalwood, magnolia, chantilly musk, crisp amber, cedarwood
  • La Tulipe ($175 for 1.7 oz) is one of the scents I get the most compliments on! This is clean floral with noticeable freesia.
    • Notes include:<rhubarb, cyclamen, freesia, tulip, blonde woods and vetiver/li>
  • Rose Rinse Free Hand Wash ($35 for 1 fl oz) makes for a super fancy hand sanitizer, it has a beautiful soft rose scent with pink pepper and raspberry notes mixed in
    • Notes includepink pepper, raspberry, rose petals, magnolia, exotic patchouli, white musks

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Jo Malone

Jo Malone Basil and Neroli Perfume | The Beauty Look Book

Above: Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip Lychee Baby / bracelet Celine

Jo Malone was one of the first perfume lines I started using when I got into perfume. I think they make so many beautiful florals! Unfortunately most of my favorites have been discontinued or were limited-editions. I was so sad when they pulled French Lime Blossom and RIP Vanilla Anise. They used to have a pretty one called Sweet Milk which was such a unique one. I feel like perfume should never be limited-edition or discontinued, it’s so sad to find one you really love and then not be able to buy it when it’s used up! The same thing goes for foundation – all my HOLY grail foundations are now no longer made. The one I love right now for summer is Basil and Neroli, it doesn’t smell like basil at all!

  • Basil and Neroli ($68 for 1 oz) is the perfect neroli scent, it’s a fresh and fun lively kind of perfume. Andrew likes this one on me.
    • Notes include basil grand vert, neroli and white musk

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Chanel

Best Citrus Perfumes Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Biarritz and Paris-Riviera

Above: Simplehuman Mirror / Tray / CC Cream swatches / Perle de Corail Le Vernis swatches

Chanel has so many classic perfumes but the Les Eaux de Chanel line stole my heart when they launched last year. These are Eau de Toilettes and are lightweight in feel. They give more of a splash of scent rather than a super long-lasting potent perfume. Living in humidity and heat makes the lightweight feel perfect for me. They launched three Eau de Toilettes last year first Paris-Biarritz, Paris-Venise and Paris-Deauville ($130 each for 4.2 fl oz). Shower gels and body lotions followed for each. I have not yet tried the body products, I’m worried I’ll fall in love and my wallet will hate me for it.

I’m thrilled to let you know that the three originals are now available in a 1.7 fl oz travel size individually for $80 each or as a trio in Le Voyage Set ($240 this one comes with a cute pouch). I ordered the mini of my favorite Paris-Biarritz the second it launched online. Right now the minis are available only at Chanel.com. The minis have a spritzer spray too! I feel like I had seen images of the minis for the European and Asian websites – I’m so happy they’re now available in the US.

  • Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Biarritz ($80 to $130) is my favorite of the three original ones. It’s perfect for the citrus scent lover. It has notes of Sicilian Mandarin and Lily of the Valley. It has a very soft almost garden like feel to it. It’s refreshing and bright!

Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Biarritz Full Size and Travel Size | The Beauty Look Book

This past week they just launched a fourth scent Paris-Riviera* which is lovely for those who love citrus scents. This one has vacation spa resort like vibes. It’s sweeter and a little more juicy the Paris-Biarritz.

  • Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Riviera* ($130 for 4.2 oz) comes in one size right now. I asked if there were plans to add more body products or a travel size and they don’t have any information right now. It takes me away to a place where I feel like I’m away at a spa.

Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Riviera Full Size | The Beauty Look Book

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Best Spring to Summer Perfumes 2019 | The Beauty Look Book

That wraps up my favorites right now. I rotate frequently! Top three favorites right now are the new Chanel Paris-Riviera, Tom Ford Eau de Soleil Blanc and Byredo La Tulipe. Runner ups for perfumes that smell like a summer vacation include Replica Beach Walk, Creed Virgin Island Water and Bobbi Brown Beach. But for now I’ve had the ones in this roundup in my spring to summer rotation.

What are you favorite summertime perfumes? Do you change things by season or do you have something you wear year round?

 

 

Press samples include Tom Ford White Suede, Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel in Paris-Biarritz (full size) and Paris-Riviera (full size). Others purchased by me.

Diptyque Fragrance Home / Interiors

Diptyque Roses Collection: Centifolia + Damascena Candles

February 11, 2019

Diptyque Valentine's Day Roses Candles Centifolia and Damascena Review

Every year I look forward to the Diptyque Roses Collection they launch for Valentine’s Day. This year they launched two new limited-edition candles called Centifolia and Damascena, available in a few different forms:

  • Individually in the full size ($72 each for 6.7 oz)
  • Individually in the small sizes ($36 each for 2.46 oz)
  • Also in a Small Candle Duo Set ($72)

The jars are frosted tinted glass with the prettiest rose patterns on the exterior. Nothing would have stopped me from buying these and I bought these sight unseen just for the packaging.

Diptyque 2019 Roses Candles Centifolia and Damascena Review

As much as I love Diptyque I don’t consider myself a pure rose fragrance lover. I do really like the rose notes when it’s blended with other notes like it is in their Baies candle. Same goes for many perfumes that I love and wear. For me rose is best when it’s blended with something other than floral notes. If you love all things floral and true pure rose then these will be perfect for you. Alone I found these very strong, floral and powdery. I do think they are beautiful but they’re not my favorite. The Mini Duo Set seems to be sold out most places but this morning I still saw it in stock at Barney’s New York. You can still buy the mini sizes individually.

Diptyque Roses Candles Centifolia and Damascena Review via The Beauty Look Book

Centifolia is the softer variation and out of the two, I like this scent the most. It has the tiniest bit of spice to it and I found it really interesting to read more about the flower itself, per Diptyque, the flower is from the “Grasse region of France since the 16th century, the Centifolia rose is also called the May rose for the month in which it is harvested. It comes by its Latin name (centum=one hundred + folio=leaf) because of its profusion of petals, said to number one hundred.”

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Damascena has a beautiful color combination of the bright pink and orange. This one is very potent, floral, powdery and sweet. I found it a little too overwhelming for my taste. If you love pure rose scents you will absolutely adore this!

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Diptyque Valentine's Day Roses Candles Centifolia and Damascena Review

I have no regrets purchasing both. I will burn them to the end but will most likely combine with another scent like Baies or something woodsy like Byredo Tree House. Compared to previous limited-edition rose candles Diptyque has launched I find these two to be more of a pure powdery floral rose while previous years seem to be a little bit sweeter and softer.

The jars will be used to recycle for me as well. A quick note on the frosted glass jars if you’re new to recycling them – I’ve owned a few others in the white frosted glass and the finish can be a little delicate. I’d definitely recommend you take care with the exterior when cleaning as they can wear off or scratch off if you use a stiff sponge. It’s not so delicate that you have to baby it, but if you want to recycle, after your first burn, make sure you trim your wicks with a Wick Trimmer before you burn to avoid burning the sides or tops.

To clean them and recycle after they’re done burning I take a small butter knife and remove the metal circle that’s at the base if it hasn’t popped out already. To clean the sides I soak hot water and dish soap and wipe out with a paper towel. I repeat until wax is completely gone. Don’t use boiling water as it can crack the glass. Hot water from the tap works just fine to soften any residue and the soap helps clean the sides. Anytime I recommend this method someone without fail tells me freezing them is the better method but it has never worked for me.

Bottom line beautiful and romantic! I just think some scents are best when layered or blended with other notes, with these I prefer them when burned with something else. I still think they’re gorgeous, they’re just not my absolute favorites.

The Diptyque Roses Collection is limited-edition. They have other options including the scented ovals, scented liners and more. You can find Diptyque Centifolia and Damascena candles out now while they last. I bought mine from Nordstrom. Also available at Diptyque, Space NK, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Barney’s New York and all other Diptyque retailers.

P.S. Right now there’s a cute GWP available at Diptyque, I’m not sure how long it will be available but just wanted to let you know. Also Space NK’s beauty bag event is coming up soon!

 

 

Have you tried these yet? What did you think? Do you love rose notes or prefer it blended with something else?

 

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