Fragrance


The first daring fragrance from Givenchy called L’Interdit was created in 1957 was among the first fragrance creations from the house which was dedicated to actress Audrey Hepburn, the muse of the fashion designer and now in 2018, L’Interdit is created as a tribute to freedom. Givenchy has created a new L’Interdit fragrance inviting women to cross the line and discover the thrill of the forbidden, calling it ‘a new fearless classic’.

Givenchy L'Interdit Eau de Parfum

It is called a magnificent, fearless fragrance and devastatingly elegant, a new kind of femininity.

‘The intensity born of contrasts.

A forbidden blend of white flower and a dark accord

The shocking side of chic.’

Givenchy L’Interdit is created by master perfumers Domonique Ropion, Anne Flipo, and Fanny Bal. L’Interdit unveils a floral white bouquet of orange blossom, jasmine, and tuberose. In contrast, earthy dark tones emanate from the vetiver and patchouli.

Givenchy L'Interdit Eau de Parfum

‘L’Interdit serves as a catalyst, an enabler, a key to the door that opens into freedom. An empowering talisman on the road to experience and self-discovery. ‘

‘A white floral exalted with a dark accord. The first resolutely underground flower. The white notes – orange blossom, jasmine, and tuberose – are interlaced with darker more mysterious notes of vetiver and patchouli. A generous intense brightness that isn’t afraid of subversion. Unforgettable, intense, addictive, and fearlessly elegant. The shocking side of chic.’

The bottle design of Givenchy L’Interdit 2018 is a tribute to the original 1957 bottle, timeless and yet modern. It is strikingly sober, with a round squareness, a soft strength. At once simple, deeply feminine and soft in its invocation, it also has the elegance of being tied up with a sharp seal that binds the contrasting matte grosgrain bow and the shiny 4G logo. The box is black and white, bold, pure, and simple but inside, it is scarlet, daring, surprising, and carries the signature of Monsieur de Givenchy.

Givenchy L'Interdit Eau de Parfum

Givenchy L’Interdit is a very nice and interesting scent to me, white floral with very less sweetness. It is very well composed, combining classic femininity with freshness and sweetness. It is a classic, modernized tuberose fragrance which is beautifully creamy, smooth, long lasting, and not overpowering. The gourmand notes in it last for few minutes and then it is all bright, grown-up scent. This is perfect for day and night and for everyday wear. I have been wearing it to work every day since last week and really like this on me. Not overpowering and the lasting power is amazing.

Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfum is available at Sephora Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Holt Renfrew.


Azzaro Wanted is a popular and legendary fragrance which has a new addition to the line called Wanted by Night. Azzaro Wanted by Night is a brand new festive and flamboyant Eau de Parfum from the house. It is a sensual, evening edition of the original Wanted launched in 2016. This new fragrance is inspired by the hedonistic lifestyle of Loris Azzaro during the 1970s.

Azzaro Wanted By Night

“Azzaro Wanted by Night is the fragrance of a modern-day seducer. An extraordinary man. Elegant, bold, mysterious, he is surrounded by an air of confidence and power. Whether night or day, he attracts and arouses desire. ..For him, it’s an endless night, and for them, it’s a one-on-one moment that they will never forget…”

Azzaro Wanted by Night is announced as an explosive woody and spicy oriental of unabashed sensuality, ‘a blend of temptation and masculinity.’ The keynotes of the fragrance are Cinnamon, Red Cedar, and Tobacco.

Azzaro Wanted By Night

The bottle is perfect for a seductive nighttime fragrance. The sleek high-tech bottle has a brass medallions mixed with the same tastefully chromed anthracite gray lacquer finish. ‘The fragrance gives it a more amber hue, like the color of a night poised to reveal many surprises and new connections. In a flash, this object of desire may well turn into a guarded treasure to accompany the festive nights. ‘

Azzaro Wanted by Night is available at Hudson’s Bay, Jean Coutu, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Brunet, and Uniprix.

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Since the time I planned my vacation last month, the thing I was constantly thinking about was how will I take my favorite fragrances with me during the trip while making sure I do not break the bottles or do not lose them or even how to have them handy all the time. Yes, I am referring to my favorites from Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Collection, Aqua Celestia Forte (reviewed here) and Aqua Celestia (reviewed here). I was so happy to find the discovery set composed of six fragrance refills of Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe along with the travel spray case in zinc edition of Globe Trotter.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe, Globe Trotter

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe is a collection of six fragrances (6 x 0.37 oz./ 11 mL) inspired by the tradition of eau de Cologne, Francis Kurkdjian dreamed up as many stories about water as there are possible silhouettes of freshness. Aqua Universalis captures the sensation of an airy and luminous floral freshness, while Aqua Vitae embodies an enveloping and sensual woody freshness, and Aqua Celestia evokes the allure of a soft and radiant musky freshness. For the first time, all the fragrances of our Aqua collection are presented together in a Fragrance Wardrobe. On a short escapade or a longer journey, bring along your favorite Aqua, designed for women or men.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe, Globe Trotter

Eaux de Toilette: Aqua Universalis, Aqua Vitae, and Aqua Celestia

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe, Globe Trotter

Aqua Universalis is a fragrance that is quite simply luminous, to be used by everyone, everywhere and at all times. An exquisite sense of freshness in an all-purpose Eau de toilette. The Olfactory description of Aqua Universalis is Bergamot from Calabria, Citron from Sicily, White flower bouquet (lily of the valley and sweet mock orange), Light and musky woods.

Aqua Vitae is the delicious whisper of Aqua Vitae triggers an irresistible craving for tender kisses on the neck. This eau de toilette awakens the senses, tickled by lemon from Calabria, mandarin from Sicily, hedione, vanilla absolute, tonka bean and guaiac wood. The Olfactory description of Aqua Vitae is Lemon from Calabria, Mandarin from Sicily, Hedione, Guaiac wood, Vanilla, Tonka bean from Brazil

Aqua Celestia forms a seamless bond between the blue of the sky and the blue of the sea, forging a path toward absolute serenity. A heavenly freshness tinted with lime, cool mint and blackcurrant, softened by the generous fullness of mimosa blossoms from Provence. A celestial, musk-scented escape. The Olfactory description of Aqua Celestia is Lime from Mexico, Cool mint (Mitcham), Blackcurrant bud absolute from Burgundy, Mimosa absolute from Provence, Musk accord.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe, Globe Trotter

Eaux de Parfum: Aqua Universalis forte, Aqua Vitae forte and Aqua Celestia forte

Aqua Universalis forte is The more pronounced version of Aqua Universalis enhances the charm of this sunny freshness. The fragrance’s afterglow, sparkle and intensity are heightened by green bergamot from Calabria, jasmine and rose absolutes from Egypt and Morocco and light woods underscored by potent musk. The Olfactory description of Aqua Universalis forte is Bergamot from Calabria, Citron from Sicily, White flower bouquet, Absolute of rose from Morocco, Absolute of jasmine from Egypt, Light, and musky wood.

Aqua Vitae forte is Bursting with light and heat, Aqua Vitae forte embodies the power of life. This Eau de parfum forges the invisible bond between the freshness of the nights to come and the heat of days gone by.
Its top notes radiate a sensation of freshness while a bright, floral and woody breeze floats indulgently throughout this scented dream. The Olfactory description of Aqua Vitae forte is Bergamot and lemon from Calabria, Mandarin from Sicily, Ylang-ylang
Orange blossom, Tiare flower, Pink pepper, Cardamom from Guatemala, Cinnamon from Ceylon, Sandalwood from India, Benzoin from Siam, Guaiac wood.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe, Globe Trotter

Aqua Celestia forte is described as Gazing at the horizon in an ambiance of absolute serenity, you notice a dazzling space between the blue of the sky and the blue of the sea. It widens to allow a sparkling sun to burst forth, featuring accents of petitgrain and jasmine. Aqua Celestia forte embodies the radiance of a fresh, citrusy fragrance. The Olfactory description of Aqua Celestia forte is Lime from Mexico, Cool Mint (Mitcham), Petitgrain Bigarade from Italy, Blackcurrant bud absolute from Burgundy, Mimosa absolute from Provence, Jasmine absolute from Egypt, Musk accord.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe, Globe Trotter

To have my favorite fragrances travel with me, I have the Globe Trotter Zinc Edition Travel Spray Case from the house Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris. Globe Trotter is a metal case with a magnetized cap designed in sculptural and uncluttered shapes. It is created to naturally fit in the hand, it shelters the 0.37 fl.oz. perfume refills from the House’s fragrance collection.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe, Globe Trotter

I am so obsessed with the Globe Trotter and having my favorite fragrance refills into it depending upon my mood. It was with me during my vacation last month and also perfect to have in my bag at work and travel during the day. The case fits perfectly in the hand and even in the smallest of the travel case. And the size is perfect to keep in the carry on baggage in the plane. It looks so classic, like a sturdy traditional ornament with the logo of the house on the top of the cap. The refills of the fragrance are easy to pop in or pop out. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Fragrance Wardrobe and Globe Trotter Zinc Edition Travel Spray Case are available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and online at franciskurkdjian.com

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As fall is almost here, I am already feeling the need for warm, dense, and rich scents in the house. And the Pumpkin Chai Collection from Nest Fragrances is really keeping my desire cozy and warm vibes fulfilled this time of the year. The NEST Fragrances Everyday Collection of luxury scented candles combines color, texture, and fragrance to enhance your everyday living and entertaining experience.

Nest Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Scented Candle and Nest Fragrance Pumpkin Chai Reed Diffuser

The glass vases are designed to complement the beauty of their surroundings and the classic shape and modern stripe etching will complement any décor. Each fragrance has been created by the most accomplished perfumers at the world’s leading fragrance houses. NEST Fragrances candles are made with a premium, soft, highly refined, cosmetic-grade wax that was developed over many years to optimize burn and fragrance diffusion. The ingredients used are the highest grade of wax materials and the finest fragrance oils available. NEST Fragrances candles are well-known for infusing a room with fragrance.

Nest Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Scented Candle and Nest Fragrance Pumpkin Chai Reed Diffuser

As per the official description, Pumpkin Chai Collection is a fragrant blend of wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon, Pumpkin Chai brings a cozy, warm and inviting ambiance to any autumn occasion or celebration. Nest Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Scented Candle smells amazing, it is strong but not overpowering. The candle has a very long burn time which makes it really worth checking out. It is perfect for the fall and winter season for home as well as a gift. When unlit, it adds a very light and delicious scent to the room. When I lit it on the main floor, I can smell it on the upper floors and even the basement for the next few hours and even the next day when I come back home from work. It is worth checking out if you like gourmand, pumpkin spice types scents.

Nest Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Scented Candle and Nest Fragrance Pumpkin Chai Reed Diffuser

Nest Fragrance Pumpkin Chai Reed Diffuser is an elegant reed diffuser that creates a cozy ambiance with a blend of pumpkin, spicy chai, ginger, and cinnamon notes. NEST’s elegant Reed Diffusers are carefully crafted with the highest quality fragrance oils and are designed to continuously fill any space with a lush, memorable fragrance. The alcohol-free formula releases fragrance slowly and evenly into the air for approximately 90 days. The reed diffuser is a great way to add a nice fragrance to the house in a very subtle and not overpowering way and to have it there all the time. It is a nice mix of sweet and spicy sides of the pumpkin.

Nest Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Scented Candle and Nest Fragrance Pumpkin Chai Reed Diffuser

Nest Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Collection including the Nest Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Scented Candle and Nest Fragrance Pumpkin Chai Reed Diffuser is available at Sephora Canada, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Cire Trudon Candles are luxurious candles known for their exquisite attention to detail, design, and quality. The history of Cire Trudon Candles begins back in 1643. It was during this year that Claude Trudon became the owner of a boutique on the rue Saint-Honore where he developed his activity as a grocer and candler. His candles were purchased to light parishes and homes. Utmost care was taken to make the candles. Its motto ‘Deo regique laborant’ meant ‘ They work for God and King’, ‘they’ being the bees. The wax is carefully harvested from the hive before being filtered, washed, and exposed to sunlight in order to obtain the purest white possible. The exquisite and perfectly white candles from the house were lighted even in the court of Louis the 15th and in the kingdom’s largest parishes. It was not just the immaculate color but the burning time of the candles was really long and they did not splutter. Even in 1789, the house supplied Versailles up to the last days of the Ancient Regime and survived through the French Revolution.

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

Then in 1811, when Napoleon the 1st was crowned, the house supplied the imperial court with the candles. The emperor gave his son only one present the day he was born, a Trudon pillar candle adorned with three gold coins showing Napolean’s profile, the Imperial Pillar Candle. In 2007, the company took the name ‘Cire Trudon’ and became a specialist in manufacturing perfumed candles. Today, it enlists well-known ‘noses’ to create perfumes for the stories it wishes to tell. Each candle is still dripped and made by hand, perpetuating a luxury manufacturing which helps perpetuates the skills of its founder, Claude Trudon.

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

Few of the striking features I would like to bring to your attention are below:

The wax formulas of the Trudon candles are the fruit of specific developments which are the source of its exceptional olfactory and burning qualities. When correctly taken care of, no smoke leaves a Trudon candle and no wax is left on the sides of the glass.

Each glass is unique and hand-crafted in Tuscany. Their shape is inspired by champagne buckets.

The wicks are made of cotton. One can find many types of wicks, characterized by their weaving and their diameter. The wicks are chosen depending on the shape and size of the glasses, as well as the burning characteristics of each candle.

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

Elaborated in partnership with renowned perfumers, all Trudon fragrances are developed with utmost care and patience. From the selection of raw materials, the trials in the in-house laboratory, until the final application in wax, many steps pave the way to the birth of a Trudon candle fragrance.

The beehive symbol pays tribute to the bees that contributed to the quality of the Maison Trudon candles throughout the centuries.

The Cire Trudon emblem is inspired by a bas relief found at the old Royal Wax Manufacture which used to belong to the Trudon family. Situated in Antony, near Paris, it now belongs to the Church.

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

Cire Trudon candles are the true luxury candles which showcase the highest quality and craftsmanship one can ever imagine. From the luxurious packaging to the rich, luscious scents combined with a long burning time, it is all one can expect from the prestigious house. In this feature, I am sharing three beautiful candles from the house which are an epitome of perfection in themselves.

Cire Trudon Abd El Kader 

A gust of freedom blowing from the Mascara coast and the mountains picks up on its way the green scents of fresh mint, the rashness of fights, ginger’s hot and peppered air and the perfume of tea and tobacco from the Ouled Nail tribe. The keynotes fragrance are below:

Head notes are Apple, Blackcurrent Bud, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Spearmint

Heart note is Jasmine

Base note is Vanilla

Born in 1808 near the town of Mascara in Algeria, Abd El Kader was a politician and military leader, as well as a writer, poet and philosopher who founded the Algerian state. Nicknamed “the friend of the French”, he was said to be enlightened and cultivated. A man who always fought with honour, he was highly respected even by his enemies.

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

Cire Trudon Madurai

Cire Trudon Madurai candle is part of Les Belles Matieres collection. The Duke of Tuscany first brought jasmine in India in 1690, a flower originally from Arabia. Whether fresh or dried, they still play a quintessential role in India’s myths, legends and daily rituals. At times, jasminum sambac perfumes loose-leaf tea; at others, it is braided into floral necklaces. Revered spiritually, the odorant flower turns into an offering in Hindu temples. The keynotes of the fragrance are:

Head note is Ylang-Ylang

Heart notes are Sambac Jasmine absolute

Base note is Benzoin Resin

In the Southern part of the country, Maduraï offers among the most beautiful temples of India. Well known for the culture of jasmine, it is also a significant Tamil cultural centre, built on the banks of the river Vaigai. The city draws its history from a legend saying that god Shiva blessed the ground with the divine nectar escaping its hair.

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

Cire Trudon Mademoiselle de la Valliere

The secret powers of a bare flower for the love of Louis XIV, Melle de La Vallière surrounded herself with a bastion of sweet and shattering intensity of tuberoses. Damp fragrance of an intoxicating love : from the King’s bedroom to her convent, Louise de la Vallière personifies this deeply sensual flower, whose plump and overwhelming scents represent true, dazzling and almost spiritual love. The keynotes of the fragrance are:

Head notes are Bergamot, Galbanum, Orange Blossom

Middle notes are Jasmine, Tuberose, Ylang-Ylang

Base notes are Benzoin Resin, Cistus, Musk

Françoise Louise de la Vallière was secretly in love with King Louis XIV, who made her one of his favourites. She bore him four children in the utmost secrecy. She crowded her bed with tuberoses to quell the queen’s suspicions “…by inhaling these scents that were so dangerous to her condition, she thought she was risking her life, but she hoped to save her honour”… (excerpted from “La Duchesse de Lavallière” by Stéphanie Félicité de Genlis). Abandoned for Athénaïs de Montespan who took her place in the king’s heart, she retired to Carmel and became “Sister Louise of Mercy”

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

The scents from Cire Trudon are available in form of scented cameo wax. The scented cameo wax goes on the ceramic dish of La Promeneuse. La Promeneuse is a decorative object designed to diffuse the Cire Trudon fragrances. After placing a cameo in the ceramic dish, light a night-light beneath it. The heated cameo will melt and spread its fragrance rapidly into the air.
La Promeneuse allows to easily change fragrances. Once the night-light is lit, the heated cameo will melt and spread its fragrance rapidly into the air. A scented wax cameo will diffuse 8 hours approximately.

Cire Trudon Candles - abd el kader, madurai, mademoiselle de la valliere

I would highly recommend you to check Cire Trudon Candles, they have been around forever and they are the best, believe me! Cire Trudon Classic Collection is available at Gravity Pope, Putti Fine Furnishing, Pink Tartan, Avenue Road, and KANDL Artistique. Cire Trudon Madurai from Les Belles Matieres collection is available at Gravity Pope and Putti Fine Furnishing.

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