The perfect summer fragrance: Clean Summer Sun

Clean Summer Sun

Looking for a new scent for the season? A perfect option is Clean Summer Sun which just launched in April of 2015. Shoot, who cares about the scent…the packaging alone sells me on this one. The Limited Edition Summer Sun is a bottle of  a summer sunset after a bright summer day.

Clean Summer Sun

Clean Summer Sun

Clean Summer Sun

Clean Summer Sun

Clean Summer Sun ($59.00 2.14 fl. oz.) is a fruity, woody scent in truly beautiful packaging. The bottle itself looks like a summer sunset. At first,  I was thinking that with the somewhat tropical appearance perhaps this was a beachy scent, but it isn’t…it’s more of an outdoorsy fresh-cut lawns, lush green woods, watching the fireflies come out kind of scent.

The top notes are clementine, citrus tonic, and crisp apple. The middle notes are honeysuckle, orange blossom, juniper berry. And the base notes are soft musk, sandalwood, and white amber. The end result?  An intoxicating summer scent that is sure to become a favorite.

You can find Clean Perfume at Sephora and sephora.com, and online at CleanPerfume.com.  – Lisa

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Perfect graduation gifts from Lisa Hoffman Beauty

graduation

As I sit here writing this post, my cap and gown are neatly pressed and hanging in my closet, all ready for tomorrow’s celebration. The very best day for an educator is graduation day. Everything we do for kids culminates in this ceremony as we honor their hard work and send them off into an exciting future filled with endless possibilities.

Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig for Mothers Day

The celebration continues with graduation parties through the summer. Money is always an excellent grad gift but I also like to get creative and give something unexpected. When I think back to my graduation party, I know I appreciated the cash, but I still have some treasured gifts that remind me of the people who were such a tremendous support through my high school years. Lisa Hoffman Beauty recently sent some fragrance items to review and I know from experience that they make amazing graduation gifts!

Lisa Hoffman Mothers Day gift ideas

My favorite scent from Lisa Hoffman is Tuscan Fig, a combination of Vanilla Bean, Honeysuckle, Coconut Wood and Gardenia. It’s a sophisticated coconut scent that is great year round, but it really shines in summer and is my favorite scent for the season. Graduating girls LOVE this fragrance and all of the Lisa Hoffman fragrance items make for fantastic wedding shower gifts too.

Such a pretty yet sophisticated bottle - perfect for your vanity.

Such a pretty yet sophisticated bottle – perfect for your vanity.

Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig Eau de Parfume

Tuscan Fig Eau de Parfum comes in 2 fl oz for $65, as well as a handy travel size Spray for $22. Other fragrances available include the floral woody Brazilian Begonia, the green floral spice Kerala Ashok Garden, the spicy woody Japanese Agarwood, the rich floral Tunisian Neroli, the exotic floral Magadascar Orchid, and the clean refreshing French Clary Sage.  Lisa Hoffman fragrances are gorgeous and the simple, clean packaging is classic and a great gift for anyone.

Vibrant Tuscan Fig Bracelet

Vibrant Tuscan Fig Bracelet

Lisa’s fragrance jewelry is an homage to the Victorian Era, when showing your diamonds and jewelry was considered to be in bad taste. Jewelers made ‘fronts’ that covered the jewels for elegant woman as they traveled to parties and concerts. Lisa’s earrings, pendants, and bracelets all have charms similar to those ‘fronts’. The charm encases small fragranced wooden beads. The wooden beads slowly release the scent as they are exposed to air for a subtle delivery of fragrance. They retain their scent for a long time and have a great throw.

I am totally enamored with the Vibrant Bracelet Collection.Each fragrance has its own colored bracelet in vivid hues, like the amber Vibrant Tuscan Fig Bracelet ($65). Amber agate beads are complimented with rose-gold plated spacers and a rose-gold charm.

Lisa Hoffman fragrance jewelry

Lisa Hoffman fragrance jewelry Fragrance Beads

Lisa Hoffman fragrance jewelry Fragrance Beads

The bracelet comes with a container of the Fragrance Beads which go inside the charm. You can also buy refill jars of the fragrance beads for $20 so you never run out of fragrance and can put different scents into the jewelry if you’d like.

Also available is the original Tuscan Fig Bracelet ($45). This has amber-hued resin beads and howlite stone beads along with rose gold-plated brass beads and a rose gold-plated brass charm.

Tuscan Fig Bracelet - beautiful!

Tuscan Fig Bracelet – beautiful!

Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig BraceletLisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig Bracelet

Wearing my Tuscan Fig Bracelet

Wearing my Tuscan Fig Bracelet

I also have the Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet, a truly striking purple bracelet that celebrates both the strength and the softness of femininity. The fragrance is a beautiful floral combination of Ashok blossom, Deep Violet, Ripe Pear, Velvety Apricot, and Sheer Jasmine. The silver fragrance charm perfectly complements the lovely vintage purple glass beads. The best part about the fragrance jewelry is the scent doesn’t hit like a ton of bricks. Instead, as you move your arm, the fragrance wafts about you in a beautifully subtle way.

Lisa Hoffman Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet

Lisa Hoffman Kerala Ashok Garden Bracelet

love the beautiful purple beads

love the beautiful purple beads

Lisa Hoffman also has other options that are fantastic – she has fragrance earrings ($65), fragrances necklaces ($45 – $65), and other colored fragrance bracelets ($45 – $65). I have the fragrance earrings (I reviewed them HERE) and wear them all the time.

Tunisian Neroli Fragrance Earrings

Tunisian Neroli Fragrance Earrings

Lisa Hoffman Tunisian Neroli Fragrance Earrings

Lisa Hoffman Tunisian Neroli Fragrance Earrings

Graduation is very, very special. It is an amazing milestone and it deserves an equally special memento to commemorate this incredible life event. Lisa Hoffman Beauty has so many perfect gift options I know you will find something special that will become a treasure in your loved ones life.  – Lisa

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Girl Power! Fearlessly Feminine by Boston Proper

Boston Proper Fearlessly Feminine Eau de Parfum

Boston Proper Fearlessly Feminine Eau de Parfum

Now here is a fragrance for the self-assured, sexy and courageous woman – fearlessly FEMININE™ by Boston Proper. I was very attracted to it because of the message and when Boston Proper sent it to us to try I hoped the scent would live up to the packaging.

Boston Proper is actually a fashion retailer known for beautiful modern boho clothing, but they recently came out with this gorgeous fragrance.

“We took our time,” says brand president, Sheryl Clark. “From day one, everything Boston Proper has created has been inspired by the incredible women we dress. She’s daring, she’s sophisticated, she’s distinctive, she’s sexy—she IS fearlessly feminine. And our first fragrance had to embody all of that.”

Boston Proper Fearlessly Feminine

Boston Proper Fearlessly Feminine

Boston Proper Fearlessly Feminine

This fearless fragrance comes in a stunning thick glass bottle with a shimmering starburst, mixing strong lines with some bling. I LOVE the side emblazoned with the fearlessly FEMININE name. The fragrance has a pale tint and together the effect is just perfect – girly but sophisticated at the same time.

The fragrance is a mix of citrus and florals that is warm and inviting. Top notes include orange blossom, bergamot, and grapefruit. These fresh, assertive notes dry down into the more girly freesia, carnation and lily of the valley. The warmth and sexiness come from the bottom notes of amber and patchouli laced with musk.

This is a truly beautiful fragrance…I typically don’t go for anything that has patchouli in it, but I am just wowed by the stunning fragrance combination that really does exemplify a complex, confident woman  Try fearlessly FEMININE for some awesome girl power!! – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

fearlessly FEMININE™ is available in a 3.4oz Eau de Parfum Spray ($79) exclusively at Boston Proper boutiques nationwide and www.bostonproper.com.

My love/hate relationship with Eau de Gaga 001

Lady Gaga. Love her or hate her, you definitely notice her.

image from billboard.com

image from billboard.com

I recently tested her Eau de Gaga 001 ($34) fragrance and it was no surprise to me that I developed a love/hate relationship with it. Let’s start with the hate part and end with some love, shall we?

Eau De Gaga

I hate the way this smells on me. That doesn’t mean this won’t be your cuppa tea, though. It’s a unisex scent with a top note of citrusy lime, a midnote of white violet, and base notes of woods and leather. It really is an intriguing mix of feminine florals, clean citrus, and masculine leather. On me, unfortunately, it smells of lime, lime, and more lime. Later it settles down into something less sharp and more leathery…but still not great.

So now let’s move onto some love.

Eau de Gaga Paris New York

Eau de Gaga Perfume

I love the clean, unisex packaging. It has a hip, modern vibe that looks great on anyone’s dresser.

I also love the fragrance.

Seriously. While it most decidedly does not mix well with my body chemistry…it kind of makes me smell like that dude at the bar who wears his sunglasses inside and isn’t wearing a wedding ring but has a noticeable indentation from one…it smells GREAT on my sheets! I spray this on my linens before putting them in the dryer, and they end up smelling clean, yet warm and snuggly at the same time…masculine enough that the hubby likes it, and feminine enough that I like it too.

Eau de Gaga is not your typical celebrity fragrance, which makes it absolutely perfect. This is a true yin/yang, love/hate perfume. No matter what, this fragrance WILL be noticed. Just like Lady Gaga herself.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga

Looking for a new spring fragrance? Try Bella Vince Camuto

Bella Vince CamutoI am really excited to post about Vince Camuto’s latest fragrance, Bella Vince Camuto (3.4 oz / 100 ml Eau de Parfum– SRP $78.00).  This gorgeous bottle-of-awesomeness launched in February and I about melted when I opened the box and saw what was inside.

Vince Camuto Bella

Gorgeous from the get go - Vince Camuto Bella

Gorgeous from the get go – Vince Camuto Bella

The beauty of this bottle cannot be overstated. The geometric glass bottle has a gorgeous baroque topper and is decorated with a playful orange bow and a regal gold medallion.

Vince Camuto Bella Perfume

Vince Camuto Bella Perfume

Vince Camuto Bella is beautiful

The fragrance smells like a fabulous tropical drink…maybe a little like Sex on the Beach. I love the mix of jasmine and tangerine, it’s so fun and flirty and feminine! Bella has sweet top notes of Italian Bergamor, succulent Peach Nectar, Pear and cooling Lemon Ice combined with vibrant mid notes of Strawberry Flower, Nectarine Blossoms, and Jasmine Water and is rounded out by a woody base palette of Solar Musk, White Amber, Sandalwood, Blonde Woods and Caramelized Woods.

Bella Vince Camuto is truly beautiful inside and out. This could very well become your favorite spring fragrance!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Transport yourself to Sicily with Spadaro

SpadaroCandle_SolNero_1_420_420If you are interested in a wonderful splurge for yourself, consider a Spadaro candle. Spadaro is owned by the Kim Spadaro, a stunning woman who creates fragrances based on her own travels, as well her passions for design, music, and aromatherapy. Kim is a true inspiration, a strong woman who has created a huge company and who gives back to the world in memory of her mom. Spadaro sent a candle in the Sole Nero scent, one of four original fragrances available.

Spadaro Notes of Sole Nero Candle

Spadaro Notes of Sole Nero Candle

Kim Spadaro was inspired to create the Sole Nero scent after a visit to Sicily. She wanted to recreate the experience of the fresh citrus found in the outdoor markets and the smells of the cozy night fires as people gathered for a beautiful dinner and wine.

Sole Nero is warm and a little spicy. The base is Italian citrus – grapefruit, orange, and lemon. The citrus scent is warmly hugged with honey, musk, sandalwood and frankincense, with a touch of white pepper and cumin. I also smell almond and vanilla…it’s a comforting scent that smells like warm family memories.

matches inside the candle

matches inside the candle

Inside the beautiful packaging, there is a small matchbook attached to the top. This attention to detail is what makes Spadaro a cut above the rest.

beautiful candle...

beautiful candle…

beautiful message!

beautiful message!

The glass jar is emblazoned with “Celebrate the Spirit of Adventure” and “Inspire Journeys of Self Discovery“. Once the candle is gone, the jar makes for a perfect juice glass that will keep inspiring you every morning!  Be prepared, though, it will take a while since this candle has a 70 hour burn time.

These candles are a big favorite with celebrities. I often see them featured in the big fashion magazines – they are just a wonderful luxury item that make you feel pampered. I love mine! In addition to the candle, Spadaro also offers a shower gel and perfume in the same beautiful scent.

Spadaro candles can be purchased worldwide on Spadaro.co for $50.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal has me seeing stars

Perfume always makes me think of Fernando, the Billy Crystal SNL character.

FernandoSometimes the bottle just looks so good, I don’t even care what is inside!  Juicy Couture’s latest launch, Hollywood Royal ($95 for 5.0 bottle), certainly looks good.  Such a gorgeous bottle!  Just looking at it makes me feel all happy.  This is red carpet, big stars, and huge fun.

Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal

Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal

The Hollywood Royal bottle front

The Hollywood Royal bottle front

The Hollywood Royal bottle back

The Hollywood Royal bottle back

Hollywood Royal has me seeing stars

Hollywood Royal has me seeing stars

Hollywood Royal bling!

Hollywood Royal bling!

Besides dancing a little jig when I saw the bottle, I was excited to try out the perfume because it has such interesting notes:  candied apple, pear, gardenia, jasmine, cashmere wood, soft musk, vanilla and marshmallow.  It sounds young, fun, and exciting.  And it probably smells that way on some people…unfortunately, not on me.  This did not mix well with my body chemistry, much to my dismay.  On me it smells sharply floral with no relief in the drydown…I get no vanilla, no musk, nothing soft.

So the inside doesn’t work for me…but the outside still does!  Body chemistry is a very funny thing, and I am quite sure this is an amazing fragrance for many.  Try it out at the store – you can find it at Macy’s – and see if it works for you.  I can assure you the fabulously glam packaging will at the very least make you look good…in fact, mah-velous!  – Lisa

*sample for editorial consideration