A fragrance is something that you sniff and it makes you feel something, remember a memory or create a new memory. It should be a pleasure that surrounds you and brings out that part hidden part of you. Dior J’adore In Joy (CAD $165/100ml and CAD $119/50ml) is described as a perfume that smells of joy, like a new call for life. Who would not want that joy and to give a sniff to that joy which is beautiful and powerful like a life force. I was sent this fragrance as part of the press package and here I go with some details about the notes and the creativity put into this.

Dior J'adore In Joy

The Dior Perfumer-Creator, Francois Demachy, dives into the floral nature of J’adore, adorning it with the audacious charm of a new floral-fruity-salty accord. This new creation is a salty gourmandize that is both original and surprising. He says about this fragrance ‘With J’adore In Joy, I created an original fruity-salty accord to make white flowers shine. This “Fleur de Sel” is modern in style and literally “smells” of joy.’

Dior J'adore In Joy

The top note of Dior J’adore In Joy is the finest gourmet sea salt. The middle notes are Jasmine Sambac, Neroli, Tuberose, and Ylang-Ylang (Ylang-Ylang is from Madagascar, custom crafted in Grasse, in a transformation that enables the salty facet of this surprising flower to shine forth). The base note is Peach. From the notes, this fragrance has a touch of salt to the warm floral composition. It is a nice summer fragrance. For me, it smells more like a clean fresh floral fragrance with vibes of saltiness. The freshness comes from the nice mixture of jasmine and ylang-ylang, nothing like citrusy. The fresh and floral salt note runs down into the honeyed fullness of the juicy, fruity peach. It lasted on my skin for around 5-6 hours.  The packaging is in a beautiful peachy gold glass bottle that has a convex bottom which diffuses light.

This fragrance is available at Sephora, The Hudsons Bay, HOlt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Shoppers Drug Mart and respective retailer .com site and is available in 50ml and 100ml.

Thomas Carlyle “Tom” Ford is an American fashion designer, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He gained fame as the creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. In 2006, Ford launched his own “Tom Ford” label. And after that, he has been everywhere, he is loved for everything he does in his line. Tom Ford White Patchouli is a fragrance created by Tom Ford in cooperation with a perfumer of the house of Givaudan. I bought this perfume a few months back and is my first perfume from this line.

Tom Ford White Patchouli

The perfume is a mix of white flowers, coriander, peony and bergamot as top notes, Rose, Jasmine and Ambrette as middle notes, Patchouli, Incense and Woody notes as the base. This fragrance is described as “With its sensuous heart of patchouli, Tom Ford White Patchouli is surrounded by sleek wood notes with luxurious elegant white flowers. The Modern Fragrance with Retro-Classic Influence is a Sophisticated Interpretation of Bohemian Chic.”

Tom Ford White Patchouli

First of all the packaging of this fragrance, as you can see in the pictures, is in a very beautiful heavy white glass bottle with a golden plate having the brand name engraved on it. There is also a golden string around the top which looks very elegant on white. This fragrance is a very classic everyday fragrance that can be an approachable option for people who want a patchouli fragrance but are not looking for candy. I can’t think of many other fragrances that provide this option.

Tom Ford White Patchouli

It is a beautifully balanced between tradition and modernity. It is a strong floral in a nice way and can be referenced as Fresh, Chic, Subtle, Sensuous, Captivating and Exotic. The longevity of this fragrance on my skin is over 7 hours which is pretty good. It is perfect for all weathers. Again, the combination of the patchouli with white flowers is in a way that does smell elegant and sophisticated and not very girly. It is classified as a women’s fragrance but after using this I think it should be classified as unisex.

This EDP retails for CAD $160 excl taxes for 50ml which I bought and the other option is 100ml for CAD $224 excl taxes. It is available at Sephora, The Hudon’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and other major retailers.

Do you like patchouli fragrances? What is your favorite floral perfume?

A fragrance has the power to enhance your mood and to make you feel better. The more you research about the relation between fragrance and mood, the more you will know how it impacts the mood and in turn the vibe and well-being of a person or a surrounding. I have been trying new fragrances every season and in this spring/summer, I indulged into this Signature fragrance from the house of Jo Malone London. I bought this fragrance during the spring and have been a fan. A fan like someone who loves it and saves it for some special occasions, and I am trying to change this habit of mine and be regular with the products I love whether they are my favorite clothes, beauty products or fragrances.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne

Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin Cologne is described as a modern classic with peppery basil and aromatic white thyme which brings a twist to the scent of limes on a Caribbean breeze, doesn’t that sound joyful? Jo Malone further writes about this fragrance “We’re particularly fond of lime basil. It’s the unconventional hero of Jo Malone London’s contemporary classic, Lime Basil & Mandarin. We were the first to spotlight its bright citrusy pepperiness. We revisited the herb by creating Basil & Neroli. Fresh, playful and young, underpinned with that hint of Basil Grand Vert and Basil Verbena warmth. As you know, we remain fond of arranging unconventional marriages between our ingredients. And so far, we have nothing to report but bliss.”

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne

This fragrance is for both men and women. It was launched in 1999 and the nose behind the fragrance is Jo Malone. Top notes of this fragrance are lime, mandarin orange, and bergamot. Middle notes of this fragrance are basil, lilac, iris, and thyme. Base notes are patchouli and vetiver. The packaging of this fragrance is simple and beautiful. It comes in a Jo Malone signature gift box and the fragrance is in a glass bottle which looks very classic.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne

I love light fresh floral scents for summer and when that scent has some saltiness to it, it makes it a lot better. It has a happy citrus vibe which instantly boosts my mood. The opening of this perfume is like a burst of freshness which feels very realistic like the feeling you have on a Mediterranean beach. The floral presence in this fragrance provides a very pure kind of aura like they are being there and you feel it. It does sound simple but more I feel and think about this fragrance, it becomes more complex. After some time of applying, this fades into something near to earthy but still with the presence of flowery notes.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne

It does sound simple but more I feel and think about this fragrance, it becomes more complex. After some time of applying, this fades into something that is near to earthy but still with the presence of flowery notes. I have few more Jo Malone fragrances that I will write about soon and as I felt with them, the longevity of them all isn’t great. To continue feeling fresh, I need to have a top up handy in my bag. On me, it stays on for 4-5 hours and then I have to reapply. The thing with me is if I like a fragrance so much, I do not mind reapplying. I do wear this to bed sometimes, it just feels so fresh and energetic when I wake in the morning smelling this.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne retails for CAD $165 for 100ml excluding taxes and is available on Jo Malone’s official website and the retailers.

What is your favorite floral salty fragrance? What fragrance do you wear most in summers?

Kenzo World Eau de Parfum is created like a real floral explosion where each flower reveals a new facet. Like a dreamlike bouquet, the peony is sublimated to accompany the ‘red berry’ facets of Egyptian Jasmine. Bewitching Ambroxan sustains the note and adds voluptuousness and sensuality to the fragrance that transgresses stereotypes femininity.

“Ambroxan gives the flowers the enticing quality that we need to forget them as such. Ambroxan has the fascinating power to act like the fog when the mist blurs the contours of things all around, and we only recognize their hazy outline”, as explained by Francis Kurkdjian.

The striking bottle features black rubber, pink gold, and opaline, recalling the mix and match of Kenzo Fashion. The gommato cap inspired by the iconic Kenzo Kalifornia bags, the precious detailing in pink gold metal from “The Eye” jewelry collection and the feel of frosted glass provide the aesthetics of this radical choice by provoking a quirky visual confrontation. Mysterious and fascinating when seen from the front or from above, the eye reveals itself from every angle.

Kenzo’s artistic directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, during 2013 fall-winter collection, made the eye the iconic motif of the Kenzo world, “The all-seeing eye is a major imprint of the collection and alludes to the force of the third eye and to spiritual protection from above, We loved this interpretation of the eye really informing your world and being able to personalize your world”.
Top notes of this fragrance are Red fruits. Middle notes are Peony and Egyptian Jasmine. Base notes are Ambroxan.

My thoughts

I was sent this fragrance as part of the press kit. The packaging of this fragrance is totally exceptional, I love the shape, eye and the details behind the eye as explained above. This fragrance strikes me as a rather impressionistic woodsy floral. It does feel like all the notes are jumbled together in a fog. The dry down is dry and woody, like a heated dry wood, not overwhelming, wet or vanillic. This part of the fragrance is more seen in masculine compositions, but it does not feel too masculine. It gets more and more pleasing once it settles down. This is a nice casual fragrance. The longevity of this fragrance on the skin is decent, around 5-7 hours on my skin.

This retails for CAD $105 for 50ml and CAD $125 for 75ml. It is available at The Bay and Sephora.

What are your favorite notes in a perfume?


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Givenchy Very Irresistible L’Eau en Rose was launched in spring of 2014 and was dedicated to the queen of flowers – Rose. As in the name of this perfume, the main ingredient of this fragrance is the Rose and this was developed with minimalist composition. This has been called as a universal fragrance for women and suitable for all occasions year around. The nose behind this fragrance is Carlos Benaim.

I bought this fragrance last year and as you can see from the pictures, I have used it a lot. I really like using this more in the spring and summer as opposed to year-round. The top note of this fragrance is BlackBerry, the Middle note is Rose and the base note is Musk. It is very feminine, striking, and comfortable to wear.

This perfume is both classic and modern all at once. It has a sweet warm rosy scent without smelling like pure roses, it has more of a fresh and innocent feel to it. Choosing a perfect rose scent can be difficult sometimes, based on the composition and how the fragrance radiates back once applied to our skin, it can smell different on different people. This fragrance has a simple composition but how it manages to reflect the scent from your skin can be different.

As described in fragrantica, “The composition is bold and bright with pronounced notes of roses in the background of musk. Juicy and fruity blackberries surround the heart of rose, giving it liveliness and sparkle, while a gentle cloud of cotton-like musk gives tenderness and sensuality in the base.”

I have loved this fragrance since I first sniffed in store and bought it. This fragrance lasts on me for around 5-6 hours and that is fine for me. This is a good option for you if you like flowers, especially roses and do not want to smell like a bouquet of rose by very classic, fresh and airy feel of roses.

Do you like flowery fragrances? What is your favorite rose scent fragrance?

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