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

Beyoncé Heat Kissed fragrance giveaway

beyonce heat kissed giveaway

While the teams aren’t narrowed down yet for Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, the most important part of the game to some of us has been narrowed down — Half Time! Personally I listen for the score but I stop and watch the performances.

This year is very special since we get 3 of the most incredible performers/acts to wow us: Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, and Coldplay.

In celebration of Beyoncé’s upcoming Super Bowl Halftime performance, we have been given the chance to offer you a giveaway of her newest fragrance – Beyoncé Heat Kissed.

Beyoncé’s newest addition to her best-selling Heat fragrance franchise, Beyoncé Heat Kissed, captures sensual intensity in a bottle. The heart of the scent is surrounded by fruity top notes – Sri Lankan dragonfruit, lychee, and ripe mango – together giving Beyoncé Heat Kissed its lively vibrance. Exotic woody notes of natural patchouli and African sandalwood combine with an infusion of vanilla, creating an enchanting love potion ($19.99; Walgreens).”

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  We will have 2 winners of the Beyoncé Heat Kissed fragrance. This is a US only giveaway and the prize will be sent by the company or its PR representatives. We have two requirements for our giveaways: subscribe to Beauty Info Zone and leave a comment. After that’s done you are free to do as many of the other options as you’d like for more chances to win. The giveaway ends on February 1, 2016  at 11:59 p.m. EST. If comments close please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com, label it Beyonce, and make your comment so you can continue. I will email the winners and you’ll have 48 hours to answer before a new winner will be picked.

Good luck – may your favorite team be in the Super Bowl and win and may you also win this beautiful bottle from the one and only Beyoncé. — Marcia

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Get it while you can – the Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

I posted about the gorgeous Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio set a few weeks ago, and I just have to highlight this one more time because it’s available for a limited time and is such a great value.

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

The beautiful Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio ($49) is truly perfect for the traveler. I just went to Chicago and I brought these three tall, thin spray fragrances with me. They were exactly what I needed to keep me calm with all the crowds, and I carried them in my purse with no problem at all. I am not really one who experiments with fragrance layering, but these three work amazingly well together: French Clary Sage, which is a clean and refreshing watery linen;  Tuscan Fig, which is a combination of Vanilla Bean, Honeysuckle, Coconut Wood and Gardenia; and Japanese Agarwood, which is unique and spicy woody zest. The trio comes gift-giving ready inside a wrapped white gift box complete with a pretty ribbon.

Lisa Hoffman Holiday Floral Travel Trio

Lisa Hoffman Holiday Floral Travel Trio

There is another trio set available as well, the Floral Trio which has the ‘romantic and exotic scent of Madagascar Orchid, sensuous and glamorous Tunisian Neroli, and sultry, intoxicating Brazilian Begonia‘. It sounds beautiful – I put this on my wish list and I hope my husband took the hint. Get your set while they are still available!  – Lisa

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