Katy Perry’s Mad Love

Katy Perry's Mad LoveThere isn’t much more fun than being madly in love. Does Katy Perry’s Mad Love ($29.95 at Kohls.com) fragrance make me feel head over heels?

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Mad Love is a sequel to Katy’s Mad Potion fragrance from last year, her first since beginning her collaboration with Coty. The concept is Katy Perry as a flirtatiously mischievous cupid, shooting arrows into unsuspecting mortals with her beautiful perfume. One sniff and it’s not just true love, it’s mad love!

Katy Perry's Mad LoveThe bottle is super cute and whimsical, that’s for sure. It’s a pale pink flacon with a marble-looking ball-shaped cap. A love arrow wraps around the neck of the bottle, and the body has a heart that contains the name of the perfume. The box is even beautiful, with the same pale pink and white marble.

Katy Perry's Mad LoveKaty Perry's Mad LoveCalled a floriental fruity fragrance, top notes include Lady Apple Sorbet, Mara Strawberry, and Pink Grapefruit.

Middle notes include Peony Petals, Sun-Kissed Jasmine, and Bleeding Heart flower.

Base notes include Coconut Wood, Skin Musk, and Sandalwood.

Mad Love is a sweet, musky, creamy scent. It’s a sugary vanilla that isn’t a sickly sweet, along with a bit of strawberry and just enough bite of juicy grapefruit. The drydown is warm and velvety, with notes of jasmine, sandalwood, and coconut. I really appreciate the excellent longevity of the scent. I know when I have a winner because I keep stealing sniffs throughout the day and I am happy to say that I think this fragrance is true love.

Katy Perry's Mad LoveHere’s a fun fact: there was quite a bit of speculation in the media about the inspiration for the name.  Many thought it may have come from Taylor Swift’s song, Bad Blood:  “Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood; You know it used to be mad love”. Considering they are both bad ass chicks, I like to think Katy was paying homage to Taylor.

I most certainly do have mad love for this scent. It’s so much fun to be in love and this fragrance has me head over heels.  – Lisa

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Summer scents that spark nostalgia: CLEAN Warm Cotton Breeze and Sunkissed Skin

CLEAN PerfumeSummer is my favorite season. When the weather is balmy and I am relaxing outdoors, I savor every moment. When it isn’t summertime, I love fragrances that take me back to long, lazy days.  CLEAN Perfume has two fabulous new summer splash scents that are summer nostalgia in a bottle –  Summer Splash Warm Cotton Breeze and Summer Splash Sunkissed Skin.

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CLEAN Summer Splash PerfumesCLEAN Perfume is a lifestyle brand that launched in 2003 with products that are simple, nostalgic, and eco-conscious. Some of my favorite all time scents are from CLEANSummer Sun, Summer Escape, Cotton T Shirt…it’s easy to see that I have a ‘type’! Their two new summer splash fragrances are beautiful scents to mist on before hot summer days and cool summer nights…or any other day during the year that you just wish it was summer.

CLEAN Warm Cotton BreezeCLEAN Warm Cotton Breeze is an interpretation of their Warm Cotton signature scent.  This is a fun, playful version of the original. Top notes include aldehydes (these have a lemony/floral effect), mandarin orange, orange and bergamot; middle notes are lily-of-the-valley, hyacinth and pear blossom; and base notes are musk, amber and white wood.

Warm Cotton Breeze smells just like you think it should – bright and fresh, rather citrus but also warm from the amber and musk. When I smell this, it makes me think of that feeling I have after a long day playing at the beach — that perfect moment after showering, feeling fresh and clean and happy while watching the sun set.

CLEAN Sunkissed Skin

I think I love CLEAN Summer Splash Sunkissed Skin even more. This has top notes of ozone, lotus and melon; middle notes of flowers, coconut and dew drop; and base notes of musk, amberwood and vanilla.

The fragrance smells like warm, bare skin in the midst of a flowering summer meadow. It’s a delicate, creamy scent that makes me think of bare feet, lazing in a swing, and drinking refreshing sweet tea.

Clean Summer Splash Duo

These two scents are available at Ulta as a duo for $50.  Be sure to pick this up – you will love both scents while in the moment and appreciate them even more after you made those memories!  – Lisa

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Make some memories with Arquiste Florals Fragrance Stories

smelling something goodDid you know that smell is the very first sense you use when you are born? Up until you are 4 years old, nothing smells bad…just interesting. After that, your palette becomes more discriminate and you have preferences. There is no other sense that conjures up memories as quickly as scents and nothing will cheer you up as quickly as smelling a fragrance you love.

Arquiste Florals Fragrance Stories

Arquiste Florals Fragrance Stories: An awesome travel kit of fragrance that evokes memories, keeps me happy, and is truly convenient is the ARQUISTE  Florals Fragrance Stories travel kit. This kit has four beautiful fragrances that were inspired by different places throughout the world.                     (pr sample)    

 

Flor y Canto

Flor y Canto delivers the heat and passion of an Aztec festival in the summer of 1400, featuring intoxicating Mexican Tuberose, Plumeria, and the sacred Marigold. 
Fleur de Louis

Fleur de Louis transports the wearer to the Isle of Pheasants on the French-Spanish border in 1660, where young Louis XIV meets his bride for the first time amid a bouquet of Orange Blossom, Florentine Orris, and Jasmine.Infanta en Flor

 Infanta en Flor lets you experience the feel of the 17th century Spanish Court. This fragrance features Bright Orange Flower Water, rich Spanish leather and Immortelle.Boutonnière No. 7

 Boutonnière No. 7 embodies crisp Gardenia against the scent of Italian Mandarin, Bergamot and French Lavender, all set in the Parisian Opéra-Comique in 1899Arquiste

All four fragrances are really beautiful. While they are all floral, they are definitely different from one another.  Flor y Canto is the heaviest of the four with a strong plumeria note. Fleur de Louis is a divine mixture of orange blossom and jasmine, two of my favorite flowers. Infanta en Flor is a truly interesting marriage of orange floral and leather…fabulous! Boutonnière No. 7  is a gardenia lovers dream with elegant notes of mandarin, lavender and refreshing bergamot.  

ARQUISTE’s Travel Kits retail for $70. What an amazing idea for a graduation gift, a teacher gift, or a wedding shower gift! If you are a traveler and love your fragrance, I think this is a stellar treat for yourself.  – Lisa

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Feeling the love! Loving by Revelations

Loving by RevelationsCharity does have a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Helping children with cancer, as well as their families, is near and dear to my heart. Marcia and I have been involved in charities for this cause for many, many years and I am downright thrilled to be telling about an outstanding fragrance that will not only make your heart flutter, it will fill your heart with love because of all you’ve done to help.                                                 PR sample

Loving by Revelations

Loving by Revelations

Loving is a new scent for women that was created by the fragrance house Givaudan and master perfumer Michael Carby. This is not a typical fragrance…there is so much more to it than pretty packaging and a beautiful scent (although it has those too!). There are five main reasons I love Loving:

  1. LOVE.  This fragrance promotes love with its scent, its packaging, and its cause.  There is so much negativity in the world, particularly it seems during every election season. I applaud any cosmetics company and any beauty product that has a goal of celebrating human beings and spreading love.

    Loving by Revelations

    Loving by Revelations

  2. HOPE. Loving is one of the fragrances made for Revelations and it’s truly unique because it gives hope to some very special people. Revelations has teamed with The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) and one half of the selling price goes directly to the NCCS. Loving sells for $100 for a 3.4 fl. oz. bottle of eau de parfum, and $50 is donated to the NCCS.
  3. CHARITY. The NCCS, (a 501C3) non-profit organization, provides emotional, financial and educational support to children with cancer, their families and survivors.  By providing valuable assistance to help families meet the needs most people are unaware of such as transportation and housing at an out-of-state cancer treatment facility, the NCCS fills a vital niche.
    Loving by Revelations

    Loving by Revelations

    Loving by Revelations

    Loving by Revelations

  4. BEAUTY.  The bottle is truly outstanding. It’s so gorgeous,even my tough 23-year-old son was oohing and aahing over it. Just look at it…it looks like a big shiny diamond ring. The sides of the round bottle are silver so it looks like a band, and the top is the diamond in a silver setting. I can’t even begin to describe how impressive and cool it is.

    Loving by Revelations

    Loving by Revelations

  5. PASSION.  The fragrance is a passionate, delicate, and sensual. It’s a floral scent with notes of rose, jasmine, Indonesian patchouli, creamy amber and ethically farmed vetiver. Other notes include Italian bergamot, green leaves and mulberry, making an incredible mix of floral and green that is wonderfully refreshing.

Loving is an extremely impressive fragrance for many reasons. It smells fantastic, looks beautiful, and spreads love to everyone, including children with cancer. You can find Loving online at RevelationsPerfume.com.  – Lisa

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Great graduation gift: Mediterraneo Eau de Toilette by Carthusia I Profumi di Capri

CarthusiaI remember when I got my first ‘real’ perfume. I grew up in the eighties and the fanciest perfume I ever used were drugstore fragrances like Love’s Baby Soft and Jean Nate. When I graduated from high school, a guy I was dating gave me a beautiful, grown up, adult perfume in a gorgeous glass bottle. I was more excited and happier about my beautiful fragrance than I was with the envelopes of cash. When I saw – then tested – Mediterraneo by Carthusia, I remembered that special moment. If there was ever a perfect graduation gift, this is it.

Mediterreaneo by Carthusia

Mediterreaneo by Carthusia

Mediterreaneo by Carthusia

Mediterreaneo by Carthusia

 

Carthusia is an Italian perfumery favored by George Clooney, amongst other fashionable people with excellent taste. The glass bottle that houses Mediterraneo is classic, timeless. It is definitely adult but not in a boring or stuffy way. I love the logo on the front of the bottle.
The bottle has some heft but it fits perfectly into your palm…so many of this type are too large so they make application awkward.Carthusia
Mediterraneo is a lemony scent that also reminds me of green tea. Top notes include mint, lemon, eucalyptus, bergamot and red thyme. Mid notes include Sicilian mandarin, cardamom, wild flowers, and jasmine. It has a base note of white musk.  Mediterraneo has the optimistic freshness of citrus and mint, and the femininity of jasmine, wildflowers, and musk. The lemon is like sunshine in a bottle. Lemon fragrance can be tricky…too sharp and I’m suddenly 7 years old, smelling the Lemon Pledge with which my mom coated every piece of wooden furniture.
Mediterreaneo by Carthusia

Mediterreaneo by Carthusia

Mediterraneo smells amazing on, and if you are giving this as a graduation gift you might want to also include these tips. This fragrance is beautiful sprayed directly onto pulse points. Don’t rub the fragrance though – skip that classic patting your wrists together – because it crushes the delicate nuances of the scent. A great way to apply is to spritz some into the air in front of you, then close your eyes and mouth – very important! – and walk through the spray. This gives a wonderfully even distribution that won’t overwhelm other people in an elevator.
Another useful tip that I just love — after washing bed sheets, spritz them with this perfume before putting them in the dryer. The dried sheets smell fantastic and make for an incredibly relaxing bedtime.
Mediterreaneo by Carthusia

Mediterreaneo by Carthusia

 At $140, Mediterraneo by Carthusia isn’t cheap…but a graduation marks years of very hard work, and a special fragrance is a perfect way of honoring that time and commitment. If you have a grad in your life, give her something she will use and love and remember, like Mediterraneo.  – Lisa
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Subtle and sweet – Soap and Paper Factory Bella Perfume

Soap and Paper Factory Bella Solid Perfume

Soap and Paper Factory Bella Solid Perfume

Ok, raise your hands — how many of you have wanted to backhand the person in the elevator who is enveloped in an overpowering cloud of perfume/cologne? I have to admit, this happened to me last weekend and it took total self-control not to assault that woman. I think it helped that I couldn’t breathe so I had no strength, anyway. But it made me think of my beloved Bella Solid Fragrance from The Soap and Paper Factory, my favorite retro line.  The Solid Fragrances ($18) come in 21 different scents and I have several that are always in rotation, including Midnight, Orange Blossom, and Bella.

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Soap and Paper Factory Bella Solid Perfume

Soap and Paper Factory Bella Solid Perfume

Love, love, love the packaging…every scent has its own gorgeous design that is definitely swoon-worthy. The Soap and Paper Solid Fragrance is made from jojoba, beeswax, and fragrance and comes in that uniquely beautiful ½ ounce tin. Just swipe some on a finger and place behind ears, inside wrists, and behind knees to smell fantastic without knocking anyone else over with too strong of a scent. You can even use this as a pomade for your hair, which smooths flyaways and perfumes your locks at the same time.

Soap and Paper Factory Bella Solid Perfume

Soap and Paper Factory Bella Solid Perfume

Bella is a wonderfully fresh scent that is a combination of bergamot, grapefruit, and black pepper. It smells fantastic, yet it’s subtle. It certainly won’t hit everyone over the head when you step into an elevator, but people will walk away from you thinking ‘wow, she smells GOOD’. If you love the Bella scent, it’s also available in bar soap, hand cream, and a pretty tin candle.

Be sure to take a look at some of the many other unique fragrances in the Solid Fragrances, like Skull, Stallion, and Boot. You will love these for travel and for your purse, and the other passengers on your next elevator ride will love you for your beautiful but subtle fragrance.  – Lisa

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Good scents for Valentine’s Day: Viva La Juicy Rosé

Viva La Juicy Rosé

I seem to be focused on smelling good for Valentine’s Day and I have one more pick for a super sweet scent – Viva La Juicy Grande Edition’s party girl cousin, Viva La Juicy Rosé.

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Viva La Juicy Rosé

Viva La Juicy Rosé

Viva La Juicy Rosé

Viva La Juicy Rosé glittery pink flacon

Viva La Juicy Rosé

Viva La Juicy Rosé beautiful embellishments

Viva La Juicy Rosé

Viva La Juicy Rosé tiny champagne bottle!!

Let’s start with the packaging – does it get any more girly than this?? Total bling with a beautiful glittery pink flacon, emblazoned with a tulle pink ribbon and a pink gold champagne bottle pendant. I always love the striking, feminine Juicy Couture fragrance packaging, and Viva La Juicy Rosé has the same kicky, fun vibe I now expect from this line.

The Viva La Juicy Rosé fragrance is a mixture of honey-like pink blossoms, fizzy citrus, and sensual amber.

Viva La Juicy Rosé

Viva La Juicy Rosé

I think the scent is a divine paring of sparkling pear and sugared jasmine petals. The drydown is warm and sexy, making this a fun, vivacious party-girl scent.

The packaging and what’s inside that adorable bottle are both perfect for Valentine’s Day. You can find Viva La Juicy Rosé for $94 this month at Macy’s and Macys.com.  – Lisa

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Viva La Juicy Rose

Viva La Juicy Rose