Fragrance


Byredo Black Saffron has been on my wishlist to try for quite a long time, the main reason was the attachment of this fragrance to my roots in India. Saffron has always had an important place in India for holy rituals, food, and even everyday life for its medicinal properties. I have three products from the collection I am absolutely in love – Byredo Black Saffron Hair Perfume, Black Saffron Body Lotion, and Black Saffron Hand Cream.

Byredo Black Saffron Hair Perfume, Black Saffron Body Lotion, and Black Saffron Hand Cream

“Saffron has always been a part of my Indian upbringing both in smell, taste, and color. It is holy to all Hindus, is the color of Buddhist robes and has become a symbol for India. BYREDO’s ‘Black Saffron’ is a fragrance inspired by this very idea of sublime unity. I have grown to understand more about my heritage and this fragrance is very much about that process.” – Ben Gorham, Founder and Creative Director of Byredo. With its beautiful, intense golden-orange color and hay-like scent, Saffron has been used as a seasoning, dye, medicine, and fragrance. It was brought to Kashmir by the Persians in the 11th/12th century AD and its use and cultivation spread quickly throughout the country.

Byredo Black Saffron Hair Perfume, Black Saffron Body Lotion, and Black Saffron Hand Cream

The notes of the fragrance are:

Top: Juniper Berries, Pomelo, Saffron
Heart: Accord Cuir, Black Violet, Cristal Rose
Base: Blonde Woods, Raspberry, Vetiver

Byredo Black Saffron Hair Perfume is a light formula and gives an invisible veil designed to leave the hair nourished and luminous while divinely scented. The scent is very uplifting and long-lasting. It subtly diffuses throughout the day, amplified by the natural movement of the hair. When you are busy with your daily routine, the scent diffuses gently to remind of it being there which is very refreshing. It does not makes the hair dry or leaves a residue. Hair looks and feels fresh, even on the second day after hair wash.

Byredo Black Saffron Hair Perfume, Black Saffron Body Lotion, and Black Saffron Hand Cream

Byredo’s Black Saffron Hand Cream is a moisturizing hand cream which does not feel sticky or greasy. It absorbs nicely into the skin and keeps the hands moisturized. My hands look soft and youthful. It is perfect for layering with the brand’s Black Saffron Eau de parfum.

Byredo Black Saffron Hair Perfume, Black Saffron Body Lotion, and Black Saffron Hand Cream

Byredo’s Black Saffron Body Lotion is a nourishing body lotion which is lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. It is perfect for layering with the brand’s Black Saffron Eau de parfum.

I am really amazed by these three products, for the scent, longevity, and how it makes me feel. Byredo is available at Byredo.com, Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth AvenueNordstrom, and Net-A-Porter

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The new fragrance duo Gentle Fluidity by Maison Francis Kurkdjian depicts the creativity and height of innovation from the master himself. What I mean to say is the same 49 ingredients with six main notes used in various proportions to create two separate olfactory descriptions. This is something very new to me and I felt so intrigued to try the creativity where a slight variation of an ingredient totally changes what the end result smells like.

Gentle Fluidity by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

‘Working the ingredient to express its full potential and meeting the challenge of composing two different Eaux de parfum with the same notes:

  • Juniper berries
  • Nutmeg
  • Coriander
  • Musks
  • Ambery woods
  • Vanilla

The Gentle Fluidity duo was born of the perfumer’s imagination to offer two distinct olfactory silhouettes, for her or for him. Neither feminine nor masculine nor unisex, Gentle Fluidity reflects a changing society where the expression of personality takes center stage.

Gentle Fluidity by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

The two signatures differ in the unique balance of their formulations, as well as the colors and letters employed for their names.  “Gentle fluidity”, an aromatic woody fragrance, is in silver, with a capital G, while “gentle Fluidity”, an oriental musk interpretation, opts for gold and a capital F. ‘

Gentle Fluidity by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

Gentle fluidity, Silver Edition – nutmeg, and ambery woods are dominant and release a vibrant, comfortable trail. As for juniper berry essence, it leads to an ascending, ultra-fresh, aromatic note, similar to a “gin frappé” effect, balanced by the dry, slightly balmy, spicy notes of nutmeg. The base notes reveal ambery wood facets ranging from sweet and enveloping to powerful and dry. On me, this fragrance feels relaxed, clean, and composed, the aromatic warmth makes it comfortable to wear. The longevity for this is really good on my, over 7 hours.

Gentle Fluidity by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

gentle Fluidity, Gold Edition – generous, enveloping trail, we can find coriander seed essence and an overdose of musks and vanilla. The floral, spicy note of coriander seeds brings, just like musks, ethereal volume, and a lingering trail. In the base notes, the gourmand, reassuring notes of the vanilla accord enhanced by the ambery woods reveal a radiant, bright silhouette. It is a very nice – sweet, aromatic, and sensual scent on me – very well balanced. The longevity on my skin is good, stays for over 6-7 hours before I feel the need to reapply.

Gentle Fluidity by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris fragrances are available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and online at franciskurkdjian.com . 

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I know I might be late to share about this candle on the blog, I had so many requests on more details on this candle since I shared it on my Instagram stories. The good thing is this candle is still available on all major retailers I have mentioned at the end of this post. Guerlain brings its expertise in perfume to the art of living with a collection of scented candles that stir the senses and brings unequaled emotion, Guerlain Winter Délice Christmas Candle is one of them.

Guerlain Winter Délice Christmas Candle

‘A warm break by the fireside during long and cold winter evenings. Nostalgic memories of the gourmet aromas of gingerbread and candied fruits. Comfort from the crackling fire, refreshed by the green notes of the pine needles, an evocation of contrasts of this festive season.’

Guerlain Winter Délice Christmas Candle

Giselle Balosso has reinvented the iconic Guerlain Bee with this limited-edition candle that celebrates the 190th Anniversary of the House. The size of the candle is 6.3 oz. The fragrance is Spicy Oriental, Gourmet, Cocooning, and festive. The notes are below:

Head notes: Armoise
Heart notes: ginger bread
Back notes: Patchouli

Some tips to use the candle: During the first use, wait until the wax is evenly consumed, all the way to the edges, before extinguishing the candle.
The wick must always remain centered. If necessary, trim it to about 0.5 cm, straighten it and center it. It is ideal for perfuming your bedroom or living room.

Guerlain Winter Délice Christmas Candle

The packaging as you see in the pictures is beautiful, be it the outer package with the ribbon or the candle jar, perfect for gifting a loved one or for yourself. The candle jar has a heavy glass jar, dark in color. The scent to me is woodsy, smells like a fir tree and reminiscent of the holiday season. It is a gorgeous candle that will look good in any room.

Guerlain Beauty Products and Home Fragrances are available at Guerlain Boutiques, Hudson’s BayShoppers Drug Mart, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Holt Renfrew.

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Being a lover of luxury candles and scents, I always have the scented candles on rotation for a specific season. I do have a few on my favorite candles from Cire Trudon, which I reviewed here, they are very much loved and on rotation. I am so glad to share one of the three new candles from the Christmas 2018 collection. Cire Trudon brings ancient Egypt back to life for Christmas with the trio of three timeless scented candles: outstanding pyramids (Cire Trudon Gizeh), an Egyptian God (Amon), and an island on the Nile River (Philae).

Cire Trudon Gizeh Scented Candle Christmas 2018

The three exclusive scents this festive season have traditional incense, notes of papyrus and the comforting presence of a candied-firewood hearten the soul. The collection celebrates ancient Egypt’s evocative power: the visionary architecture of the Gizeh Pyramids; the strength of Amon, a revered, mysterious God; and the timeless geography of Philae, a protected island on the Nile River. Regarding the packaging, the handcrafted boxes have hieroglyphs and acronyms hint at the enigmatic civilization: an eye, a branch of papyrus, a sculptural eagle or a helping hand mimic ancient tales. Standing out, the name of each scented candle is written in a distinct manner that suggests a treasure, geography, or secret divinity. There is gold on the inside, the three candles come in off-white, watery green, and mosaic pink colored glasses. The trio is called ‘Odeurs d’Egypte’ and reveals the sacred nature of Egypt’s ancient rituals and myths.

Cire Trudon Gizeh Scented Candle Christmas 2018

Out of the trio, I have Amon which I am really enjoying for the festive season. It has mosaic-pink packaging -hand-blown Italian glass, adorned with the signature Cire Trudon gold label. The Amon is an homage to the mysterious ancient Egyptian ‘hidden god’ that, as the myth has it, no one could set eyes on. Encapsulating this mysterious story, this candle is scented with notes of traditional incense, subtly sweet patchouli and vanilla-like tonka bean, opening with head notes of rose and aldehydes and carried on an irresistibly woody base of sandalwood and cedar. Golden inside with a mosaic-pink exterior, the beautiful jar makes a great addition to any roo

The notes of the scent are:

Head: Rose, Aldehyde

Heart: Patchouli, Tonka Bean

Base: Cedar, Sandalwood

Cire Trudon Gizeh Scented Candle Christmas 2018

The candle has a distinct woody scent that evokes age-old history. The burn time of the candle is 65 to 70 hours.

It is 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 this beautiful candle. Cire Trudon Scented Candles are available at Gravity PopePutti Fine FurnishingPink Tartan, Avenue Road, and KANDL Artistique.

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Roos & Roos is a new brand to me and since I read about the story behind the brand, it made me more excited to try this fragrance, Roos & Roos Nymphessence, from the house. The brand was founded by two women, a duo of mother and daughter, Chantal and Alexandra Roos. Just to mention here that Chantal Roos was involved with the development of some amazing fragrances like Yves Saint Laurent’s KourosParisOpium; Jean Paul Gaultier’s Le Mâle; and Issey Miyake’s L’Eau d’Issey. As Chantal Roos is more into Olfaction, Alexandra excels in music, and the team of Mother and Daughter keep the synergy between the two mediums of olfaction and music merge into to become the soul of this brand.

Roos & Roos Nymphessence

’Another day along the riverside you lay,

stunning in the weeds, and when you awaken, gestures candidly

imbued with the grace of nymphs, the woods nearby

take you below to an enchanted world where mingle flowers and fruits,

pears and mandarins, maybe even magnolia…’

Roos & Roos Nymphessence

Nymphessence was launched in 2016. The nose behind the fragrance is Fabrice Pellegrin and Elise Benat.  Fabrice Pellegrin is the nose behind many of the Diptyque and Jo Maloneès amazing scents. Nymphessence is a woody floral fragrance, illuminated by a spicy green freshness, with touches of pink pepper irresistibly tinged with an accord of pear and mandarin. Filled with a smooth floral heart blending magnolia, freesia and orange blossom, the trail vibrates with passion under the intensity of blonde amber woods lying on a bed of white musks. Packaged in a keepsake bottle illustrated by French artist Christophe Brunnquell.

Roos & Roos Nymphessence

At the edge of the forest, along with the riverside, the nymph, symbol of beauty, lives in an enchanted world of flowers and fruits.

Fragrance Notes:

Top: gourmand freshness with pear and mandarine

Heart: magnolia, freesia, orange flower

Base: blonde amber woods and white musks

Roos & Roos Nymphessence

Nymphessence is a nice everyday fragrance for me, it is not overpowering on my skin. I like woody floral musk in general but specifically in the colder months. The fragrance is light, crisp, and has a nice freshness to it along which is very subtle but can be totally felt. Despite the musk as a base, it is very much wearable during the day and even at work. It is available at Roos & Roos Online, so-avant-garde.com

 

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