Fragrance


Maison Francis Kurkdjian has launched a new radiance fragrance ‘Amyris femme Extrait de parfum’ – steeped in natural, urban elegance that reflects an on-the-go lifestyle. Amyris is a luminous fragrance steeped in natural, urban elegance, reflecting a vibrant Parisian lifestyle. In this new Extrait de parfum composition, Francis Kurkdjian infused new energy to the duo featuring Amyris from Jamaica and iris from Florence: a floral-sunny accent for her, heightened by jasmine absolute, a playful whirlwind of the senses.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris femme Extrait de parfum review

Olfactory family: fruity flower bouquet

The olfactory description of the fragrance is below:

Top notes are mandarin blossom, pear accord.

Middle notes are absolute of jasmine from Egypt, orris butter/Iris Oil from Florence.

Base notes are the essence of Amyris from the Caribbean, amber-woody accord

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris femme Extrait de parfum review

This fresh flower fragrance is definitely becoming one of my most reached out scent these days. The is very elegant and ladylike. The longevity on me is pretty good as is the projection – it stays on for over 5 hours on me and after which I had to do a little effort to feel it around me. The scent makes you feel like it is there but not overpowering, can be used every day. As it is natural as well as an urban lifestyle-oriented scent – I do feel the freshness and energy with how vibrant it is when worn.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Amyris femme Extrait de parfum review

As the holiday season is around and everyone is looking forward to giving and receiving the gifts – this definitely is a great gift to consider for the special women in your life or even for yourself – the packaging it comes in is beautiful – a boxed package with golden inscription. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris fragrances are available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and online at franciskurkdjian.com .

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Nest Fragrances has launched its beautiful festive collection just in time for the holidays and there are amazing scents to choose from. I have been loving a few pieces from their Birchwood Pine Home Fragrance Collection which is a festive-evergreen scent. I have the Classic Candle and Liquidless Diffuser.

Nest Fragrances Birchwood Pine - 2019 Festive Collection new launches for the Christmas and Holiday 2019 review candle liquidless diffuser

‘The Birchwood Pine aroma is reminiscent of a majestic, winter forest. It is created by blending white pine, fir balsam, and birchwood over a base of rich musk and amber.’

The classic candle – 230 gm burns for over 60 hours. The glass vase of the candle is designed to complement the beauty of the festive surrounding while the classic shape and modern stripe etching complement any décor.

Nest Fragrances Birchwood Pine - 2019 Festive Collection new launches for the Christmas and Holiday 2019 review candle liquidless diffuser

Notes:
White Pine, Fir Balsam, Birchwood, Rich Musk, Amber.
Style:
Classic. Aromatic. Woody.

The candle is 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. I have been burning Nest Candles for few years now and they are amazing – not overly intense but just the right aroma and vibe in the room. Same with this new Candle I have been burning for the last few days, it smells of Christmas tree literally.

Nest Fragrances Birchwood Pine - 2019 Festive Collection new launches for the Christmas and Holiday 2019 review candle liquidless diffuser

Birchwood Pine Liquidless Diffuser is a liquid-free diffuser that allows customizing the strength of your fragrance. This first-of-its-kind innovation is spill-proof and maintenance-free, delivers a unique and beautiful way to transform any room without a flame or liquid.

‘NEST’s Liquidless Diffuser™ allows you to fill the air with the perfect amount of scent and customize the strength of your fragrance to your room size and preference by simply adjusting the number of ScentSticks housed in the open-air, custom-designed vessel to promote continuous airflow and make an elegant visual statement. Begin with two ScentSticks and adjust the fragrance strength based on your preference. Refresh the fragrance every 30 days by adding another ScentStick to the vessel.’

Nest Fragrances Birchwood Pine - 2019 Festive Collection new launches for the Christmas and Holiday 2019 review candle liquidless diffuser

This is a really nice addition to my home decor as well as the home scents – and with kids around – there is no worry that they will spill the diffuser material. This is not intense and I have two ScentSticks in the diffuser and they make me feel that there is a smell lingering around but not strong.

Nest Fragrances is available at Sephora Canada and Sephora.ca

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I still can not get over the beautiful launches last year, details here and the year has just flown by so quickly – sharing the Cire Trudon Christmas 2019 Collection from the house in this article. Founded in 17th Century Paris, Cire Trudon has a rich history and was once candlemaker to the courts of Marie Antoinette and Louis XIV.

Cire Trudon Christmas 2019 Collection review of Nazareth, Hupo, Abd El Kader

Cire Trudon celebrates Christmas with a collection of 6 festive scented candles: their magnetic refections and luminous surfaces are unique. The candles are handcrafted with care, each glass is first lacquered on the inside before being decorated with silver leaves. Placed one by one, the later leaves fine cracks through which the light shines mysteriously. The flickering gives the candle a unique presence.

Cire Trudon Christmas 2019 Collection review of Nazareth, Hupo, Abd El Kader

Further lacquered, the scented candles stand out with a colourful sheen: Abd el Kader’s silvery-white, Ernesto’s enigmatic black, Fir’s deep metallic blue, Nazareth’s magnetic red, Gabriel’s iridescent khaki and Hupo’s golden amber. In addition to Cire Trudon’s Nativity scents – evoking deserts, benzoin, myrrh and the trilogy of Magi kings – Fir et Hupo bring wintery notes of fir and amber to the collection.

Cire Trudon Christmas 2019 Collection review of Nazareth, Hupo, Abd El Kader

Cire Trudon Abd El Kader

Cire Trudon Abd El Kader 

‘Abd el Kader’ candle with its sweet spearmint scent calls to mind the aroma of hot mint tea. Ginger, Clove, Jasmine and Vanilla give the refreshing fragrance a warm depth. The vegetable-based wax is housed in limited ediiton packaging adorned with the house’s signature gold plaque. 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.

I first reviewed this candle here last year. Abd El Kader is available in Classic size – 9,5oz/270g – Burn time 55 to 65 hours, Intermezzo – 28 oz/800g – Burn time 110 to 120 hours, Great candle – 105oz/3kg – Burn time more than 300 hours.

Cire Trudon Christmas 2019 Collection review of Nazareth, Hupo, Abd El Kader
Cire Trudon Nazareth

Cire Trudon Nazareth

Nazareth candle has a pure cotton wick and is made with vegetable-based wax scented with clovecinnamon and orange. The red glass vessel has been hand-blown by artisans in Vinci, Italy – each one is unique. ‘Under a unique star, the red fire of clove, cinnamon and orange dances in the silent sacred night. From Orient to Occident, a pinch of olibanum secretly enlightens the soul.’

Head Notes: Bitter Orange, Ceylan Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Tangerine
Heart Notes: Cardamom, Chinese Osmanthus, Cinnamon, Clove, Orange
Base Notes: Benzoin Resin, Bourbon Vanilla, Cistus, Musk, Myrrh

Nazareth is available in Classic size – 9,5oz/270g – Burn time 55 to 65 hours, Intermezzo – 28 oz/800g – Burn time 110 to 120 hours, Great candle – 105oz/3kg – Burn time more than 300 hours

Cire Trudon Christmas 2019 Collection review of Nazareth, Hupo, Abd El Kader
Cire Trudon Hupo

Cire Trudon Hupo

Cire Trudon’s candle has been carefully hand-poured in Normandy and presented within a golden glass vessel bearing the brand’s emblem. Instilled with notes of Amber, Cedarwood and Iris, ‘Hupo’ is a relaxing fragrance that “fills your home with a sense of calm.” Notes of Citrus and Cinnamon make it particularly festive, so be sure to light it when you have visitors.

‘A mysterious and mesmerizing material, ambergris has been treasured since Antiquity. The Hupo scented candle hints at ambergris’ rare origin: sought and desired, ambergris fascinated sovereigns around the globe; it was exchanged at a high price between China and the Middle East. Used in perfumes as well as medicine, its enigmatic, sensual scent matches the skin perfectly. Presented in a golden glass, the Hupo scented candle welcomes the olfactory strength of ambergris, incense and cashmere wood to celebrate Christmas in a unique manner.’

Head Notes: Cashmere wood, Cedar, Elemi
Heart Notes: Iris, Patchouli, Incense
Base Notes: Amber, Leather, Labdanum, Vanilla

Hupo is only available in Classic size – 9,5oz/270g – burn time 55 to 65 hours.

Cire Trudon Christmas 2019 Collection review of Nazareth, Hupo, Abd El Kader

A beautiful Christmas Collection that is definitely a must-have for you and the perfect gift for loved ones. The limited-edition Christmas launches are a stunning addition to any bedside table, desk or mantelpiece. If you are a scented candle lover or want to add a touch of luxury on your bedside, vanity, or living room, I highly recommend you to check out these beautiful candles. Cire Trudon Scented Candles are available at Gravity PopePutti Fine FurnishingPink Tartan, Avenue Road, and KANDL Artistique.



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