Fragrance


Wisteria Blue Eau de Parfum by Nest Fragrances is a floral aquatic fragrance with delicate notes of French wisteria are blended with the essence of Bulgarian rose, Imperial jasmine, and fresh watery nuances. Inspired by the works of 18th Century British artist Mrs. Mary Delany, Laura Slatkin collaborated with master perfumers to translate these works of art into luxurious fragrances that capture the essence of each of the botanicals that adorn the products’ striking packaging. The nose behind the fragrance is Rodrigo Flores-Roux.

Nest Fragrances - Wisteria Blue Eau de Parfum

Wisteria Blue Eau de Parfum is an addition to the permanent line of fragrances from the house during spring/summer 2018.  This is a beautiful spring/summer scent which gives the feel of a relaxing summer with a hint of aquatic freshness. The packaging of the bottle is so beautiful, with all the florals. The keynotes of the fragrance are French Wisteria, Bulgarian rose, and Imperial Jasmine.

Nest Fragrances - Wisteria Blue Eau de Parfum

It is a clean fresh pleasant floral fragrance. Longevity on my skin is nice, stays on for over 5 hours. There is a hint of sweetness which is not sugary. The scent is really pleasant and perfect for an everyday subtle scent. The fragrance is available in full size bottle as well as a roller ball which is great if you are traveling or want to have it in the bag for on the go.

Wisteria Blue Eau de Parfum by Nest Fragrances is available at Sephora Canada.

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Scents are so personal, they have the tendency to change you and your mood. It is a way of communicating your feelings, your mind, and your heart. Gucci Bloom is a floral fragrance capturing the spirit of the contemporary, diverse, and authentic women envisioned as a thriving garden of flowers. This is the first Gucci fragrance envisioned under Alessandro Michele’s creative vision, Blended by master perfumer Alberto Morillas, the fragrance is created to unfold like its name.

“I wanted a green fragrance, a courageous scent that transports you to a vast garden filled with many flowers and plants, a bouquet of abundance. The garden is as beautiful as women are; colorful, wild, diverse, where there is everything. Gucci Bloom smells of this garden in order to travel to a place that is not there,” Alessandro Michele.

Gucci Bloom

The top note is Tuberose, middle note is Jasmine, and the base note is Orris root. ‘Natural Tuberose absolute harvested from India is interlaced with natural Jasmine absolute. Jasmine bud extract, obtained through an exclusive method of co-extraction that blends a natural quality of jasmine and captive molecules to impart a fresh green and petal scent on the skin. Gucci Bloom also features notes of another plant used in perfume-making for the first time, the Rangoon Creeper. Discovered in South India, the Rangoon Creeper embodies the new scent’s concept and name, as it changes color from white, gradually darkens to pink then finally to red when it blooms. The vine’s flowers are redolent with a slightly powdery feminine floral perfume.’

Gucci Bloom

‘A vintage powder pink shades the lacquered porcelain square-shaped bottle, appliquéd with the Gucci label ribbed and framed in black. The outer carton is covered inside and outside in Herbarium, a red-and-white toile de Jouy House print of leaves, cherry branches and flowers framed in black.’

Gucci Bloom is a soft, calm, happy, and pleasant floral fragrance. A simple white floral dominated  with tuberose, jasmine, and honeysuckle. Honeysuckle along with green notes also add freshness to the scent. The sandalwood adds a nice woody undertone, there is vanilla which is not much detectable. that starts strong but gets a little subtle after some time, means it is the quiet office-friendly scent.  The scent lingers around for almost a whole day on my skin.

Gucci Bloom is available at The Hudson’s Bay, Beautyboutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, and Sephora.

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Bottega Veneta is a brand I admire. Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum is the first fragrance from the house in collaboration with Coty Prestige and was launched in 2011. Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum is a perfume that smells different from what we are used to from designer fragrances. Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum is described as a leathery floral chypre, representing the scented signature of the house – the invisible, private luxury. The nose behind the fragrance is Michel Almairac.

Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum

From the vision of Bottega Veneta ‘When your own initials are enough’, explained by the house as:  Discretion, quality, and unsurpassed craftsmanship–Bottega Veneta has established a new standard of luxury since its founding in Vicenza in 1966. Steeped in the traditions of Italy’s master leather craftsmen and renowned for its extraordinary leather goods, Bottega Veneta stands for individuality and self-confidence, a philosophy expressed in its famous motto, “When your own initials are enough.” The principles that define the brand are unchanging: outstanding craftsmanship, innovative design, contemporary functionality, and the highest quality materials. Also constant is Bottega Veneta’s commitment to its ateliers, where artisans of remarkable skill combine traditional mastery with breathtaking innovation. Indeed, there is an unusual and inspired collaboration between artisan and designer at the heart of Bottega Veneta’s approach to luxury, a partnership perfectly symbolized by the house’s signature intrecciato woven leather. Tomas Maier, the creative force behind Bottega Veneta, conceived of Bottega Veneta’s first fragrance as a dream of the Venetian countryside. In this vision, suffused with warmth, sunshine, and the gentle sound of cicadas, sits an elegant and austere old villa.

Combining soft, rounded curves and powerful shapes, a smooth outside and an intrecciato texture on the bottom, the Bottega Veneta bottle is an object that reveals its 26 complexity only over time. The colors are signature Bottega Veneta: a brunito cap and collar, an ebano logo, and a skin-colored leather ribbon clipped with a brunito butterfly. The bottle itself, inspired by Venetian glasswork and the traditional Italian carafe, designed with an eye for timeless lines

Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum

The top notes of the fragrance are Bergamot and Pink Pepper. The middle notes are Jasmine. The base notes of the fragrance are Patchouli, Oak Moss, and Leather. It is a beautiful composition which is sophisticated, darker yet soft. The bright spicy notes in the opening give creamy sweetness. Then it transforms into the creamy velvety warmth of moss and woods. The leather in the base notes is tender having that classical tangy leather richness without being smoky and rough. The floral notes in the fragrance remain hidden under the leather and woody notes and give a nice blend of both. Another fragrance I love from the house is Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours which I reviewed here.

This is a beautiful scent which is sophisticated, sexy and perfect for a self-assured confident yet understated woman. it is well-crafted, elegant, and can be the perfect signature scent. It can be more of winter or fall fragrance if you change the scents with the season but if you are more like the signature scent, it can be perfect all year long. For me, it is perfect to wear every day, every season, and everywhere. I have been wearing it to work and love it. It is warm, soft, creamy, fresh, and quiet. Quiet yet noticeable I mean. On my skin, it stays on for over 7 hours and longer on my clothes. For sure, it is one of my favorite fragrance, love how beautiful the scent is, the perfumer is indeed a genius.

Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum is available at Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew.

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Angel Fruity Fair is a fresh and fruity interpretation of Angel Eau de Parfum. ‘Welcome to the wonderful world of fairs, the carousel of delights. Angel represents both a magical as well as the childlike world, tender and powerful.’ The celestial blue bottle of Angel Fruity Fair changes into an extremely luminous pop blue, turquoise, to dress the famous star bottle in festive fashion. The box flaunts the graphic codes, a motif with colored magnetic lines. The fragrance draws us into an El Dorado, where happiness knows no bounds and the carnival atmosphere is here to stay.

Angel Fruity Fair - Mugler

Angel Fruity Fair is a fruitier reinterpretation of the iconic Angel, throwing the senses into disarray:

Delicious whirlwind: comprised of a half-juicy, half-acidic blackcurrant-lychee accord
Sparkling whirlwind: a breath of fresh air blowing over a rose thorn heart
Sensual whirlwind: the airy texture of a chantilly-vanilla accord that softens the patchouli, the sensual and eternal Angel signature

Angel Fruity Fair - Mugler

The nose behind the fragrance is Louise Turner and the notes of the Angel Fruity Fair are below:

Top: Candied Apple, Blackcurrant, Lychee and Pomarose
Middle: Rose Thorn Accord
Base: Whipped Cream, Vanilla, and Patchouli

Angel Fruity Fair is a limited edition fragrance for women that belongs to the Oriental Gourmand Fruity fragrance family. The fragrance reminds of the memories of spectacular attractions and sweet temptations from the childhood. The fragrance, slightly candied, slightly green, overall feels dewy and fresh. Angel Fruity Fair is available in 50ml non-refillable bottle at Hudson’s Bay, Sephora, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

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The newest launch from Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris is all about freshness called the Aqua Celestia Forte. I do love the Aqua Celestia which was launched last year and is in the rotation too. In 2011, when he dreamed up the forte version of Aqua Universalis – an iconic fragrance in his eponymous house – Francis Kurkdjian added a new word to the language of perfumery. He also conferred unprecedented intensity to the eau de Cologne’s spirit: a fresh, modern sillage, bursting with radiance and ensuring long-lasting hold. After Aqua Universalis and Aqua Vitae, Aqua Celestia, Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s third ultra-fresh eau de toilette created in 2017, is
now being unveiled as an eau de parfum.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Celestia Forte

Aqua Celestia forte, a fragrance which is heavenly fresh. 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. In the top notes, petitgrain bigarade from Italy, at once sweet and bitter, adds a sparkle to the fruity, sunny facets of Aqua Celestia brought by lime from Mexico and Mitcham mint. Middle notes of blackcurrant bud absolute from Burgundy and mimosa absolute from Provence are enhanced by a delicate touch of jasmine absolute from Egypt. In the base notes, a musky accord crowns and envelopes this fragrant tableau. Aqua Celestia forte embodies the radiance of a fresh, citrusy fragrance.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Celestia Forte

Olfactive family: musky, floral, citrus
Lime from Mexico – Cool Mint from England – Petitgrain Bigarade from Italy – Blackcurrant bud from Burgundy – Mimosa absolute from Provence – Jasmine absolute from Egypt – Musky accord

To lend a deeper visual meaning to his creation, Francis Kurkdjian sought a special decor for the box and the bottle label. In a serene setting where body and mind are one, a sun is visible amid silver reflections.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Celestia Forte

For me, this is an absolutely beautiful scent, something that is going to be my go-to and is already a favorite for summer. To me, the mint note in the opening is very prominent, means it exudes a refreshing and cooler feel right away. The mint citrusy mix in such a delightful way. Another thing I have noticed is that on my skin, it seems to last longer before transitioning to the next note which is floral. The floral is beautiful too in a different way, not a common floral but a slight twist which is still keeping me thinking what exactly On my skin, it lasted for over a day, I mean I could smell this even in the morning on my wrists when sniffed closely. This is a perfect scent for any time of the day. I am really into good floral musks and what could be better than a hint of citrus for the summer.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Aqua Celestia Forte is available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

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