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The Best Scents That Smell Like Summer

June 28, 2022

Best Summer Perfumes

I’m back with a summer roundup of my favorite summer scents this year! There are so many great new discoveries I’ve made. Happy to add a few new ones to my regular go-to’s. I have a look at 10+ scents that lift the mood for warm weather months.

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Riviera Eau de Toilette

above: Chanel beach towel (in stores, in action here), Butterfly Sunglasses (worn on the face and in action here)

If I had to pick one scent to wear this summer it would be Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Riviera Eau de Toilette ($90 to $140, available at Chanel and Nordstrom). I’m a huge fan of citrus scents and I love this one so much. On my skin it has good lasting power. This is one of Andrew’s favorites on me.

Paris-Riviera Notes: Sicilian orange, petitgrain, neroli, jasmine, sandalwood, musk

I also really love the Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Biarritz Eau de Toilette which I own in both the full and travel size. This one is a little softer compared to the Riviera option. Both are great citrus scents.

Paris-Biarritz Notes: Grapefruit, mandarin, lily of the valley, vetiver and white musk

above: Eric Javits Hamptons Hat, Squishee Isla Tote, Nail Color OPI Bubble Bath

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Jo Malone Aqua Lemon Cologne

Jo Malone Aqua Lemon x Beauty Lookbook

above: Beach Towel, Loewe Small basket, Scarf, Celine Sunnies, Nail Polish OPI Lisbon Wants Moor OPI 

Every summer I’ve fallen in love with at least one of the limited-edition Jo Malone scents. My classic year round go-to is the Wood Sage and Sea Salt, but I’ve worn it so much I try to mix it up. This year the Jo Malone Aqua Lemon Cologne ($75 for 1 oz, still available at Jo Malone, Sephora and Net-A-Porter) is my favorite of the newer ones. It’s packaged in a smaller size in a beautiful light aqua blue bottle. The lemon notes can be hit or miss depending on your taste, I really love this one!

Aqua Lemon Notes: Mandarin, Lemon Petitgrain, Cedarwood

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Bobbi Brown Beach Eau de Parfum

Bobbi Brown Beach Eau de Parfum

above: scarf, Crushed Oil-Infused Gloss in Sweet Talk, swimsuit, sunnies 

The Bobbi Brown Beach Eau de Parfum ($80 for 1.7 oz, available at Bobbi Brown, Sephora and Nordstrom) smells just like summer to me. It has that pool beach vibe that makes you think of sandy beaches, pool time and coppertone sunscreen. It’s very potent and strong. If you’re looking for a classic summer beach scent this is it!

Bobbi Brown Beach Notes: Sand jasmine, sea spray, mandarine

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Vacation Inc Eau de Toilette

Vacation Inc Eau de Toilette

Out of all the new perfumes I’ve tried this year Vacation Inc Eau de Toilette ($60 for 1 fl oz at Ulta Beauty and Vacation.Inc) wins for the best scent that truly smells like summer. I love this one so much, I would say it’s tied with the Chanel for me. Their sunscreens smell amazing too!

Notes: Petitgrain essence, Coconut water, Coconut milk, Bergamot, Solar Musk, Banana, Pineapple, Pool Water, Swimsuit Lycra, Sea Salt

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Creed Virgin Island Water

Creed Virgin Island Water

above: bucket hat, straw tote from Sezane (also in action here), sunnies 52 mm oval, sage stripe beach towel

Creed Virgin Island Water ($320 to $430, available at Creed and Neiman Marcus) is the ultimate tropical vacation scent. I’ve worn this for years and to me it’s the perfect summer time scent if you want to feel like you’re on a beautiful summer beach vacation. It has a very unique vibe – I’ve never smelled anything quite like it.

Notes: Jamaican Lime, Sicilian Mandarin, Sicilian White Bergamot, Hibiscus, Indian Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Tonkin Musk, Tropical Wood

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Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc

above: Naghedi St Barths Medium woven tote (comes with the pouch), knot bracelet + oval sunnies Celine, Tom Ford Gloss Luxe Crystalline

The Tom Ford Soleil Blanc lineup is another winner. I’ve loved both the regular parfum and eau de toilette for that coco mer vibe. You can find both at multiple retailers but Sephora has the most size options available.

Tom Ford Eau de Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum ($270 for 1.7 fl oz, also available in other sizes)
Notes: Coco de Mer, Ylang Ylang Comores Islands, Cardamom

Tom Ford Eau de Soleil Blanc Eau de Toilette ($140 for 1.7 fl oz)
Notes: Coco De Mer, Ylang Ylang from Comores Island, Bergamot Flower

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Mizensir Blue Gin

Mizensir Blue Gin

above: small shell basket tote, beach towel, knot bracelet, sunnies 52 mm oval

Mizensir Blue Gin* ($260, available at Mizensir Parfumes) is a new one this year. It has a fun fizzy spicy fresh feel for summer. I think it’s very unique and if you’re looking for something warm and a tiny bit spicy definitely check this one out. They have customizable discovery sets online, Blue Gin isn’t available in the samplers yet but I hope they add it.

Notes: juniper, blackberries, Sichuan pepper, bitter mandarin, tonka bean, iris

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Dior Eden-Roc

Dior Eden-Roc Perfume

If you like Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt you will also love Dior Eden-Roc ($125 to $350). It has a warm sea salt kind of feel to it with a mix of coconut and white flowers. It’s really strong and long lasting. I also ordered the Dioriviera Eden-Roc Candle which has a beautiful design on the exterior. I have not burned the candle yet but can’t wait.

Notes: white flowers, jasmine, coconut, sea salt, marine, pine and citrus fruit

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Runner Ups

Summer Perfumes Maison Francis Kurkdjian, NARS, Skylar

A quick mention of three more that I’ve tried and loved. The Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis is a beautiful light fresh clean scent. It’s a very calming kind of scent with notes of lemon, bergamot, white flower and light musk.

NARS Monoi Body Glow Oil II is the perfect mix of tiare flower, white frangipani, ylang-ylang and vanilla. A few years ago they had this in candle form and it was the perfect home summer scent. I wish they would bring it back!

Skylar Perfumes is a line I tried at Sephora and I think all of their scents are incredible. Salt Air is another great sea salt scent with a fresh clean feel. They have an Eau de Parfum Discovery Set if you want to sample them. I think this also makes a great home fragrance, sometimes I will spritz this around the house although I just realized the Skylar website has this in candle form. They’re having a 20% off sale sitewide and 40% off select scents through July 5 with code JULY4TH. I will be ordering the candle and probably a few more scents.

If you’re looking for a new summer perfume I hope you found some inspiration here! Out of all the ones I featured today I would say my top 3 would be the Vacation Inc, Chanel Paris-Riviera and Dior Eden-Roc.

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Best Summer Perfumes

June 30, 2021

Best Summer Perfumes Chanel, Tom Ford, Diptyque, Molton Brown, Creed

With summer in full swing I wanted to round up my favorite summer perfumes for the season! I love this time of year for scents – especially anything with citrus or coconut! Here are my top picks for the best summer perfumes. As always I’d love to hear what you are wearing this summer!

Tom Ford Eau de Soleil Blanc

Tom Ford Eau de Soleil Blanc

Tom Ford Eau de Soleil Blanc ($49 – $184, multiple size options available at Sephora) this is in my top 3 most-worn perfumes. It’s a timeless fresh kind of radiant perfume with coconut notes.

Notes include: Coco De Mer, Ylang Ylang from Comores Island, bergamot, jasmine, tuberose, amber and Moroccan orange flower

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Biarritz

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Biarritz ($80 – $130, exclusive to Chanel.com and Nordstrom) is the second in my top 3 favorites. It’s the perfect mix of citrus and floral. Notes include Sicilian Mandarin and Lily of the Accord with sea spray, also available in a Shower Gel and Body Lotion

Also shown above, Nails: OPI Bubble Bath, Rouge Coco Gloss 744 Subtil (swatched here, here and here), Eric Javits Hamptons Hat and Squishee Isla Bag

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Riviera

Chanel Les Eaux de Chanel Paris-Riviera ($80 – $130, also at Chanel and Nordstrom) is another amazing citrus, it has Sicilian Orange and neroli with a crisp and bright feel, Andrew loves this one when I wear it 🙂

Also shown above, Gloss Rouge Coco Gloss 744 Subtil, Sandals: Tory Burch Basket Weave Espadrille Tie Sandal (review here), Sisley Phyto-Touch Bronzer, Eric Javits Hamptons Hat in Cream

Creed Virgin Island Water

Creed Virgin Island Water

Creed Virgin Island Water ($310 and up at Creed) is the ultimate summer fragrance! It was my first splurge from Creed and I’ve worn this one for years. I love the mix of bergamot, ylang-ylang and musk. It smells like a tropical vacation.

Top Notes: Jamaican lime, Sicilian white bergamot, Sicilian mandarin
Middle Notes: Indian jasmine, Hibiscus, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes: Tropical Wood, Tonkin Musk

Since Creed is quite the splurge and you might not have a counter near you, I do recommend checking out their Sampler Sets. They rotate them seasonally on their website and you can also create your own. They usually come with a voucher you can use towards a full size bottle as well. Another favorite from Creed is Love in White for Summer if you like crisp white florals, but I still think Virgin Island Water is the best.

Atelier Cologne Lemon Island

Atelier Cologne Lemon Island

Atelier Cologne Lemon Island ($30 – $235, available at Atelier Cologne, Nordstrom, Sephora) as a citrus lover for perfumes I really love the latest from Atelier Cologne in their Lemon Island Cologne Absolue. It has lemon, jasmin and vanilla notes and smells like a citrus dream. I think it’s perfect for summer!

Also shown above: Chanel Le Vernis in Golden Sand (review here), Loewe Square Tote, Vitamin A Swim Wrap

Jo Malone Minis

Jo Malone Blossoms Mini Travel Set

Jo Malone Blossoms Cologne Discovery Set ($115, available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Sephora) is one of the newest sets with Red Hibiscus Cologne, Yellow Hibiscus Cologne, Frangipani Cologne, Nectarine Blossom and Honey, Orange Blossom. I love these minis for carrying in my purse and I think it’s the best way to try their line. There were 3 I had on my radar I wanted to try and I’m still in the process of testing but I can’t rave enough about these sets. I already love Orange Blossom!

Diptyque Ilio Eau de Toilette

Diptyque Ilio Perfume Summer 2021

Diptyque Ilio Eau de Toilette ($145 for 100 ml) is new for summer from Diptyque. It’s a unique floral with notes of pear and bergamot mixed and a hint of jasmin. It has a soft fruity feel but the floral notes give it a more green feel so it’s not too sweet. Unfortunately this is limited-edition and seems to have sold out so many places online. You might have luck in stores. Right now at the time of this post it is still available at Net-A-Porter and Bloomingdale’s – I highly recommend trying it if you can!

Notes: Prickly pear, bergamot, jasmin

Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Maison Francis Kurkdjian in Aqua Universalis Hair Mist and Body Oil

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Eau de Toilette ($215 – $395 at Nordstrom) is one of the most beautiful clean fresh fragrances I’ve tried. I used to own the Eau de Toilette and used it up and loved it! I also adore this in the Scented Body Oil ($75) and Hair Mist ($65) versions to layer it. I was just about to repurchase a bottle of the perfume when they launched new variations for summer. I have the new Aqua Universalis Cologne Forte Eau de Parfum on my radar.

Notes for the classic version: Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian lemon, white bouquet, light and musky woods

Since this brand is also very pricey I bought their Discovery Fragrance Wardrobe over the holiday but found I still gravitate towards my two favorites, this one and Baccarat Rouge 540.

Molton Brown

Molton Brown Flora Luminare Glowing Body Oil

Molton Brown Flora Luminare smells like sunshine to me! I have this in the Glowing Body Oil, Hand Cream and Shower Gel. It’s an instant pick me up anytime I apply the hand cream. Notes for the Eau de Toilette version and Body Oil below. The Body Oil is a really nice one, I love Molton Brown body products and find that so many of my friends and family love it too.

Top Notes: orange blossom, mandarin and ylang-ylang
Heart Notes: Polynesian frangipani, jasmine absolute and rose absolute
Base Notes: vanilla, cedarwood and musk

Love this Hand Gift Set with the hand wash, hand lotion and hand cream! I’m still missing the Coco de Mer line they discontinued so many years ago – it was one of the best!

My top 3: Tom Ford Eau de Soleil Blanc, Chanel Paris-Biarritz, Creed Virgin Island Water

Best Summer Perfumes Chanel, Tom Ford, Diptyque, Molton Brown, Creed

That wraps up my favorite summer scents right now! Would love to hear what you wear during the summer months – always eager to discover new options!

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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!

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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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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.

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Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum Red Edition

October 30, 2018

Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum Red Edition Holiday 2018 | The Beauty Look Book

This holiday season Chanel has launched their classic No. 5 Eau de Parfum ($160 for 3.4 fl oz/ 100 ml) and No. 5 L’Eau ($160 for 3.4 fl oz/ 100 ml) in limited-edition red bottles. Right now Chanel.com has the early exclusive until November 1, 2018. It will be available online and at select boutiques from November 2, 2018 to December 31, 2018. I’ve been a fan of the L’eau version for a light powdery floral. It had been a long time since I tested the original No. 5 Chanel and was thrilled for a chance to try it from Chanel. The bottle is a deep red in the classic glass shape. Depending on how much light hits the bottle you’ll see different intensities of red color and I think it’s just beautiful!

Wearing Rouge Puissant on the nails.

Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum Red Limited-Edition Holiday 2018 | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum Red Edition Holiday 2018 | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel describes the No. 5 Eau de Parum as an “unprecedented use of aldehydes, which add layers of complexity, N°5 was the world’s first abstract fragrance. The Eau de Parfum draws inspiration from the Parfum, sharing its floral aldehyde signature. This floral bouquet composed around May Rose and Jasmine features bright citrus top notes. Aldehydes create a unique presence while the smooth touch of Bourbon Vanilla leaves an incredibly sensual trail.”

I think most of you are familiar with this scent, it’s a classic! I smell rose, jasmin and a hint of powdery florals mixed in. They list vanilla as one of the notes but I cannot detect it. It’s ultra feminine and has very long lasting power. By comparison the No 5 L’Eau is lighter, brighter and does not last as long, with perfumes it’s something I don’t mind as I love to reapply, I often keep minis on hand with me.

Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum Red Limited-Edition Holiday 2018 | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum Red Limited-Edition Holiday 2018 | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel No 5 Red Holiday Eau de Parfum - Limited-Edition via The Beauty Look Book

It’s a classic for sure. Floral, feminine and has a soft powdery feel. If you like the L’Eau version better it also comes in the limited-edition red bottle for the holiday season.

Chanel No 5 Eau de Parfum Red Edition Holiday 2018 | The Beauty Look Book

Chanel No. 5 Red Bottle Eau de Parfum

The Chanel No 5 and No 5 L’Eau are available exclusively at CHANEL.com from now until November 1, 2018. Available online and at select boutiques from November 2, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Retail price for each is $160 for 3.4 fl oz/ 100 ml. In the post I’m also wearing Le Vernis in Rouge Puissant (reviewed here) and Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme in #116 Extreme (swatched here).

Have you tried this one before? What’s your classic perfume scent? I always love reading about your favorites, let me know in the comments.

Perfume provided courtesy of Chanel for review.

 

Fragrance

Spring to Summer Fragrance Edit

June 8, 2018

Best Spring Fragrances from Creed, Tom Ford, Byredo and more | The Beauty Look Book

It feels like we skipped spring this year and went straight to summer here in Florida! Today I have a roundup of spring to summer fragrances that are light and fresh. I’ve been thrilled to find that so many of you are die hard fans of Tom Ford Soleil Blanc and Creed Love in White like me. This year both brands have launched new variations of the classics! I know fragrance is so personal so I’d love to hear about your go-to’s. If you’re looking for something new but don’t know where to start I hope this list will give you some ideas of where to start exploring!

Row 1:

  • Creed Love In White for Summer ($335 for 75 ml) is a new variation of their classic Love In White. The original is a crisp white floral with a powdery feel. The new version at first spritz smells almost identical but if you let it sit you’ll notice a softer vibe with a fruity touch. They both have that distinct white floral feel, but the new one is really beautiful! Right now Love in White for Summer is only available in the 75 ml form. I have purchased a few of their Leather Atomizers for travel or my purse. My husband also has a couple for his favorite which is Aventus for Men.
    • Top Notes: Bulgarian roses, Calabrian bergamot, sweet magnolia
    • Middle Notes: Florentine iris, rice, Virginian cedarwood
    • Base Notes: Ambergris, sandalwood, apple, jasmine
  • Louis Vuitton Apogee ($240 for 3.4 ml) is one of the soft earthy florals from Louis Vuitton. To me I notice the magnolia and jasmine notes the most. It’s a natural and earthy kind of floral. One thing I learned at the stores is once you buy the full size bottle you can get them refilled in store for a much lower price than repurchasing another full size bottle. These come in beautiful glass jars. If you cannot decide on one they have a lovely Miniatures Set which contains seven 10 ml bottles.
    • Notes: Lily-of-the-valley accord, Jasmine from Grasse, Magnolia from China, Gaiac wood, Sandalwood essence
  • Byredo La Tulipe ($165 for 50 ml) is another pretty clean floral. It has extremely strong lasting power – even though my nose gets used to it within a few hours, people who walk by notice it many hours later. To me it smells almost like fresh linen + white flowers combined. I also have this in the Hand Cream and Hair Perfume just for fun. In the event you want smaller options, it is available in the La Selection Florale Trio (12 ml vials). Alternatively on the Byredo Website you can order their Discovery Set (they limit 1 per person) and it comes with a voucher that you can use at Byredo Stores on Byredo.com.
    • Top Notes: rhubarb, cyclamen, freesia
    • Middle: tulip
    • Base: blonde woods, vetiver
  • Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt ($135 for 3.4 oz) is one of the best earthy sea salt scents I’ve tried that is so unique. It’s a great light everyday kind of scent one can wear year round, but it’s not a floral or citrus. It seems like most scents that are light need to be either floral or citrus or beachy. This one is none of the above yet it’s not spicy or heavy. I attribute the hint of bergamot to this fact. It’s one I can wear alone but I received the best tip from one of my favorite Jo Malone associates in San Diego to layer this with Wild Blue Bell. The Wood Sage and Sea Salt notes:
    • Top: bergamot, ambrette seeds, buchu leaves
    • Middle: sea salt, mineral accord, dry fruits
    • Base: driftwood accord, guaiac wood, white musk, sage

Row 2:

  • Diptyque Eau de Sens ($95 for 1.7 oz, also now available in a Solid Soap, Cleansing Hand and Body Gel and Hair Mist) is my all time favorite orange blossom. It’s not too citrus and it’s not too floral or powdery. It’s the perfect mix to be orange and floral. Lasting power is not as strong as Tom Ford or Creed on me but I don’t mind reapplying after a few hours as it fades nicely. I have the Hair Mist on my wishlist which I hope to pick up soon.
    • Top Notes: bitter orange, juniper berry.
    • Middle Notes: orange blossom
    • Base Notes: angelica, patchouli
  • Chanel L’Eau No 5 All Over Body Spray ($60 for 150 ml/5 fl oz) is a lighter variation of the L’Eau No. 5 reviewed here. I actually prefer the body spray version because it’s softer and not quite as crisp. It also comes in a Hand Cream option which smells completely different to me but is still lovely.
    • Notes: Lemon, Mandarin and Orange, Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Cedar and Musk
    • Molton Brown Orange and Bergamot Radiant Body Oil ($49 for 100 ml/3.3 fl oz) is such a beautiful dry oil. As you might guess from this roundup I’m obsessed with anything that has bergamot in it! This one is a fresh one that has a blend of orange, bergamot and mandarin. It’s very bright and refreshing. The oil absorbs nicely into the skin and gives the body a luminous glow. Scent is very strong for a body oil, I can wear this alone instead of the perfume version. You can find this in other body products in their entire Orange and Bergamot collection.
      • Top Notes: orange, bergamot and mandarin
      • Heart Notes: neroli, cardamom and galbanum
      • Base Notes: musk, ylang-ylang and cedarwood
  • Tom Ford Eau de Soleil Blanc ($122 for 1.7 oz) is new this spring. It’s one of my favorites of the season and I did not think it could get better than the original. It’s really close to the original version but this one is lighter in feel and not quite as rich or deep. It’s more green and a tiny bit more citrus with a brighter feel. I do not think you need both if you are already well stocked on one. I used up my original so decided to buy this one and I’m 100% happy I did.
    • Notes: Vert de Bergamot, Orange Bitter, Petitgrain Bigarde, Ylang-Ylang, Pistachio Accord, Coco de Mer Accord

Row 3:

  • Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Oil ($74 for 8.4 fl oz/250 ml) is my favorite scented body oil. I wish it came with a spritzer but it’s so good I can overlook the packaging. It does come in a Dry Oil Spray Version which I personally did not like very much. For some reason the regular Body Oil works much better for my skin and smells better too.
  • Byredo Mojave Ghost ($165 for 1.7 fl oz) is one of the most unique scents I’ve tried. To me it smells a little fruity and floral with noticeable violet and magnolia notes. There’s a tiny hint of musk and sandalwood with amber to round it out and prevent it from being a full on floral. Lasting power on me is excellent.
    • Top Notes: ambrette, Jamaican nesberry
    • Middle Notes: violet, sandalwood, magnolia
    • Base Notes: chantilly musk, crisp amber, cedarwood
  • Tom Ford Fleur de Portofino ($230 for 1.7 oz/50 ml, also available in the All Over Body Spray which I’ve tried and loved) is a twist on their classic Neroli Portofino. They have several spinoffs of the classic and to me this one is the best because it mixes in floral making it softer, more feminine and well rounded. It smells like the spring to summer transition with crisp citrus and fresh floral notes.
    • Notes: Sicilian Lemon, Bigarade Leaf Absolute, Violet Leaf Absolute Orpur, White Acacia Accord, Jasmine Grandiforum Concrete, Acacia Honey Accord
  • Tom Ford Soleil Blanc is another classic that I’ve used up in the full size. The one shown is from a limited-edition Travel Atomizer which has just launched at Nordstrom! So many of you have said this scent is THE ONE for you. I think it’s a classic sunshine vacation scent in a bottle!
    • Notes: Bergamot, Cardamom Oil Orpur, Pistachio Accord, Ylang Ylang Comores Islands, Benzoin Extract Orpur, Coco De Mer Accord

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My top 3: Creed Love in White for Summer, Byredo Mojave Ghost and Tom Ford Eau de Soleil Blanc.

Creed Love in White for Summer, Byredo Mojave Ghost and Tom Ford Eau de Soleil Blanc

I know perfume is one of those beauty products that is best to shop for in person. I’ve ordered a few blind simply because I did not have a counter near me and it has been both hit or miss. After a couple misses I decided to never do it again. These days I’ve found more and more brands have started to sell sample vials or discovery sets on their websites. You may have to do a bit of searching to find them. Many larger retailers offer samples with beauty purchases, I almost always add one to my cart from Nordstrom. Lucky Scent also sells samples and sample packs of fragrances of their entire store. If you are ever in the Los Angeles area I highly recommend you stop by their store. You can read more in a feature I did here. In some cases you might not find any sample section online even on specific brand websites. I’ve also had luck a couple times e-mailing customer service to see if I could buy or order samples and in two instances they did!

That wraps up my spring to summer perfume favorites. I know it’s quite a lot and some of you stick to 1 or 2 scents but I also know women who rotate on a seasonal basis and like to switch things up like me. As always please share your personal favorites in the comments! I love reading about what you love and wear.

Press samples featured include items from Creed, Molton Brown and Louis Vuitton.

 

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