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

Holiday Gift Guide for the Fragrance Fanatic

Ah, the sweet smell of the holidays!  From the sweet and savory scents wafting through the kitchen to the clean and crisp scents of pine and berry, it’s a great time for fragrance.  It’s also the perfect time to buy perfume and cologne, and today I have my top 5 picks for the ‘Fragrance Fanatic’ in your life – maybe it’s someone on your list, or maybe it’s just YOU!

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio

1.  Lisa Hoffman Serenity Trio (SAVE!  $49)  I think this is the ultimate fragrance set for the traveler.  These tall, thin spray fragrances are perfect for carrying in your purse or backpack, and the scents are wonderfully calming…and who doesn’t need a little calm over the holidays??  The packaging is exquisite, and the fragrances can be worn alone or layered.  The Serenity Trio includes French Clary Sage, which is a clean and refreshing watery linen.  My most favorite Lisa Hoffman scent is Tuscan Fig, which is a combination of Vanilla Bean, Honeysuckle, Coconut Wood and Gardenia. It’s a sophisticated coconut scent that is great year round.  And the final scent is 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.

Valentino Uomo

2.  Valentino Oumo (SPLURGE! $77.99) This gets my vote for best men’s cologne this season.  The top notes are woodsy, with bergamot and myrtle, mid note is creamy roasted coffee, and base notes are cedar and leather.  This is a scent for the guy who can take care of everything from building a bonfire to cleaning the gutters to fixing an elegant dinner.  Come on, wood, coffee, and leather?  I don’t think there could possibly be a better combo for a man.  Or for me to get to smell…or wear myself.  Yes, this is one of those gifts you can buy for him but then use for yourself!

Carolyn Herrera 212 VIP Rose

3.  Carolyn Herrara 212 VIP Rose (SPLURGE! $72.99)  Love the packaging on this one – the bottle is very unique!  The scent is fresh, fruity and floral.  This is playfully feminine and a wonderfully sexy scent.  The top note is pink champagne, which is always fun.  The giddiness is grounded with some sophistication from the mid note of peach tree blossom and base notes of musk and amber.  Overall, this is a fun, laid back scent that is perfect for the party-going 20 or 30-something gal.

Rrrr!  Carmen Electra for Women

4.  Rrrr! Carmen Electra for Women Eau de Parfum Spray (SAVE! $39.99) Oh come on…could there be a cuter bottle???  This is – as my 11-year-old says – adorabolical!!!  I was telling Marcia about it the other day.  I said you would not believe the packaging, and she said, “But it’s exactly Carmen Electra – the woman who would actually marry Dennis Rodman!”  Just launched this year, the top notes are mandarin orange, peach and blackberry; middle notes are gardenia, jasmine and orchid; and base notes are amber, musk, caramel and sandalwood.  Cute but sexy, sweet and warm.

Viva La Juicy Grande

5.  Viva La Juicy Grande (SPLURGE! $135)  You want over the top?  The Viva La Juicy Grande is over the top in every single way.  The bottle is HUGE, the packaging is bling times 100, and the scent is really pretty. Top notes are wild berries and juicy mandarin. Mid notes are honeysuckle, gardenia and jasmine, and base notes are amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood and pralines.  The end result?  A beautiful mix of orange, honeysuckle, and caramel vanilla.  This is a fragrance that is suprisingly sophisticated for such a young-looking bottle.  Seriously, anyone from a 12-year-old to an 80-year-old will love this (and just think of the awesome reaction when your 80 year old grandma opens this box!!).

Travalo Milano

Travalo Milano

Travalo Milano

6.  Travelo Milano (SAVE!  $49.99) No true fragrance fanatic is without a way to take those beautiful scents traveling.  The perfect solution for any TSA issues is a great decanter – one that allays fears of spillage or a TSA  pat down.  Filling it is easy and it holds 65 sprays. It has a ‘pump to fill’ system that doesn’t expose your fragrance to the air, which can change the scent. The spray is super fine and the decant is air tight. I love the beautiful leatherette bottle which feels substantial – it has all metal parts, no glass so it is totally TSA perfect. Plus there are nine different colors available.  All fragrance fanatics will be thrilled to be gifted this awesome find.  – Lisa

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Fragrance Fanatic

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

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The scent of high fashion: Viva la Juicy Gold Couture

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture

I remember when Viva la Juicy came out in 2008 and gorgeous women everywhere went crazy for the over the top, blinged out packaging and the sweet and floral scent.  It spawned several more sister scents:  Viva la Juicy la Fleur, a romantic floral, and Viva la Juicy Noir, a more dangerous, sexy scent.

Juicy Couture sent us the latest release that just came out in August –  Viva la Juicy Gold Couture, a feminine, intoxicating scent housed in a kicky, trendy bottle that is worth the price alone (3.4 fl.oz. $92, 1.7 fl.oz $72, 1.0 fl.oz $52, .17 fl. oz Rollerball $25).

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture...even the box is stunning.

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture…even the box is stunning.

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture is a luxurious, sensual, decadent scent that is fashion-forward but relatable at the same time.  Think Cindy Crawford – stunningly beautiful but with a girl-next-door flavor.  The notes include wild berries, honeysuckle, jasmine, golden amber, melted caramel, vanilla elixir, and sandalwood.

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture

Viva la Juicy Gold Couture

This is a warm, luscious floral that will make women want to hug you and men want to bite you.  It has just the right amount of sweetness, just the right amount of floral, just the right amount of fruitiness, and just the right amount of gourmand with creamy caramel and vanilla notes.  It doesn’t have a huge throw, which I personally prefer – I don’t want people to smell me even before they see me.  But the lasting power is awesome, a good four hours on me before fading a bit.

All the bling a girl could want.

All the bling a girl could want.

Love the black Swiss dot bow.

Love the black Swiss dot bow.

The bottle is a wonder.  Thick glass covered in melted gold with a hot pink nameplate and a black organza Swiss dot bow – what’s not to love??  Put a pair of heels on it, and this flacon is runway ready!

If you are a fan of previous Juicy Couture scents, please check out Gold Couture.  I really think it’s the best one so far, one that has become a ‘signature’ fragrance for me.  – Lisa

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Viva la Juicy Gold Couture