Fragrance


When it comes to fragrances and home fragrances, everyone wants to have something that is near to them and their heart or something that reminds them of that near thing or near one. Fragrances can be very personal, moody and on the other hand, home fragrances need to be something that makes you feel like home at any place, which is comfortable, which has love, and foremost which has feelings. When it comes to the holiday season or Christmas season and those holiday vibes, they cannot be complete without the reference to the Balsam Fir and the smell of it, in a moment, takes you to that beautiful moment and feeling when you are with loved ones and celebrating togetherness.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Mon Beau Sapin scented candle

Mon Beau Sapin is the Emblematic Holiday Candle by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris, whose scent evokes the most traditional holiday trees, the Balsam Fir. The candle features snowy mountains inhabited by chamois, marmots, and wolves. A starry sky and winterscape adorn this candle whose warm aroma evokes the traditional balsam fir. The scent of this candle infuses the living space with a sweet and woody fragrance. The candle is housed in an embossed gold vessel that can be used as a festive ornament after burning.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Mon Beau Sapin scented candle

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Mon Beau Sapin scented candle

This candle has been my companion since so many evenings and this scent is already so close to my heart, perfect holiday scent. I would highly recommend you to check this candle out for yourself and It will also make a great gift.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris scents have already been one of my favorites, I have my recent review of their new scent here if you are interested. Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Mon Beau Sapin scented candle(190g) is available at Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris online shop, Net-A-Porter, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom.

*DISCLAIMER – This is a press sample sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are based on my own experience.


Frassai is a luxury jewelry and fragrance brand which has announced its new fragrance collection for men and women. Each fragrance is a blend of noble ingredients and the inspiration is drawn from life in Buenos Aires, a French fairy tale, and Chinese Mythology. The founder, Natalia Outeda has worked with a renowned floral designer, where she honed her sensibility not only for the smell, but also colors, texture, and nature. That work inspired her to create and pay attention to each detail in this new launch collection. The Frassai Fall Collection includes three fragrances Verano Porteno, Blondine, and Tian Di. All these fragrances are from different Olfactive families keeping in mind a noble blend in each family. The nose behind these fragrances is of master perfumers Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Yann Vasnier, and Olivier Gillotin.

Frassai Fall Collection

Verano Porteno takes inspiration from Buenos Aires and captures the summertime feeling of the place. Crisp citrus notes and green leaves are facetted with petal florals and rich woods to create a bright burst of sophisticated freshness.

Blondine is a sensual fragrance with the Olfactive family of Floral Musky Gourmand. The notes are sacred Ashok flower, spicy Tiger Lily and the seductive allure of cocoa, salted butter caramel, and vanilla in a base of blond musks.

Tian Di is from woody oriental Olfactive family and has the notes of earthy Chinese incense, rich green flowers, peach elixir, and calming woods.

Frassai Fall Collection

The full-size 50ml fragrances are packaged in a sleek Italian glass and crowned with a wooden cap. The 10ml roller balls called touch points which were sent to me are packaged in sleek roller ball packaging and the leather tag on them adds a touch of modern yet classic look. They are great to be kept in the bag to be used on the go or on the vanity. These all, as the name of this editorial, are fall fragrances. Depending on the mood and taste, the fragrance can be chosen. I have used them all a few times in the last month and they do have a nice staying power and well as not overpowering. They let you feel their presence but in a nice way.

The Frassai fragrances can be purchased online at their official website linked here.

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are based on my own experience.


Winter is finally here and Toronto got its first snowfall, not much but I was able to show it to my kids. The elder one knew how it looked but the younger one who is 2 years old, he was so excited to see the snowflakes today. It feels nice and I am always excited to change my beauty routine and products which includes skincare and fragrance for winter. It is a season when I start waiting for the Christmas, thinking of the beautiful time with family and kids, staying together and staying cozy. In regard to the fragrance, I like rich and a bit dark fragrances for winter, although it depends I can go with deep florals or even earthy notes too. Being from India, born and raised there, settled in Canada now, it is normal for me to have a love inside for everything related or dedicated to something in India and Guerlain Shalimar fragrance is one of those masterpieces. I am wearing Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense Eau de Parfum since last few days and it feels lovely, apart from the emotional connection because of India. My husband is wearing or I would I am making him wear Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code in order for me to feel and experience how it works with his body chemistry.

Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense

Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense (CAD $122 – 50ml) is a new Eau de Parfum by Guerlain. A sensual and enchanting creation to be worn like a precious jewel. Thierry Wasser is the nose behind it and he has breathed new life into this legendary perfume, taking it to the heights of sensuality. From the Guerlain official website, if you do not know the legend or the history behind the Taj Mahal, located in India, here are some excerpts, ‘Once upon a time, four centuries ago, in India, there was a love that knew no bounds. For his beloved wife, the princess Mumtaz Mahal, the emperor Shah Jahan ordered the creation of the most luxurious gardens of Shalimar as a setting for their love. Later, he erected the Taj Mahal, a marvel admired by the entire world. This fabulous story inspired Jacques Guerlain to create an exquisitely seductive scent, the world’s very first oriental fragrance: Shalimar.’ There may be different views of different people on Taj Mahal but in the end, it is and will always be seen as a symbol of Love which is also one of the point that Shalimar may be related to.

Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense

Top notes are Bergamot, Mandarin Orange, and Lemon. Middle notes are Indian Jasmin Sambac and Orange Blossom. Base notes are White Musk, Madagascar Vanilla, Tahitian Vanilla, and Benzoin. The packaging is deep blue lacquered bottle in a new sapphire-like design, conveying the intense and vivacious spirit of Shalimar, its legend, and Indian roots.

Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense is a beautiful contrast between vivacity and warmth, freshness and cocooning. In other words, it is warm, cozy, and delicious. The longevity is quite good on my skin, I can still smell it at the end of the day when I whiff close on my wrists. I can wear it during the day and night, as mentioned it is rich, warm, delightful, sensuous, and cozy but at the same time, very subtle and not overpowering.

Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code

Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code (CAD $130 – 100ml) is a new and contemporary twist on the signature Habit Rouge. It is sophisticated and audacious, the bottle adorns itself with a sober black suit twisted with a stylish tartan pattern while the fragrance has an addictive juice with a luscious oriental aroma. Habit Rouge was created in 1965 and is the first oriental fragrance for men in perfumery. As a homage to the equestrian art, it created an element of surprise with its scents of sensual and bold vanilla. Thierry Wasser is the nose behind this fragrance.

Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code

Tope notes are neroli, rose, and bergamot. Middle notes are spices, patchouli, and cedar. Base notes are tonka bean, vanilla, praline, and vetiver. Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code is housed in an elegant lacquered glass bottle with a trendy mix of red herringbones and silver stripes styles. The fragrance has rich woody notes which are softened by the leather facets. The longevity is nice and to me, it smells like creamy sweetish (later spicy) leathery scent which not usual in men’s fragrance’s but it is welcome now as I am loving this on my man.

Guerlain Shalimar Souffle Intense and Guerlain Habit Rouge Dress Code are available at Guerlain Boutique and Institute, and the Hudson’s Bay.

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


Nest Fragrances have been around since 2005 and have some beautiful luxurious bath, body, and home fragrances. It was founded by Laura Slatkin in New York City and today they produce more than 20 home fragrance collections consisting of luxury scented candles in different sizes, reed diffusers, liquid soap, and hand lotion, and the newest exclusive Liquidless diffuser. Nest fine fragrances collection was launched in 2013 with eight fragrances available in Eau de Parfum sprays, roller balls, and luxury body creams. I have been loving the Sugar Cookie Candle and the Holiday Reed Diffuser from the Nest Fragrances Holiday 2017 collection for my home fragrances.

Nest Fragrances - Holiday 2017 Collection

Sugar Cookie Candle

The holiday season is incomplete without the holiday scents and home fragrances. You have a different excitement and vibe in the house when you have that exclusive candle for holidays burning near you. What could be better than the sugar cookie and sugar cookie scent for the holidays. The fragrance family of the Sugar Cookie Candle from the Nest Home Fragrance 2017 seasonal collection is Gourmand. It has the notes of Tahitian Vanilla bean, bourbon-infused caramel, and sugarcane crystals are blended with the rich essence of golden amber. The fragrance is available in Votive Candle ( 2 oz, 15-20 hours burning time, CAD $16), Classic Candle ( 8.1 oz, 50-60 hours burning time, CAD $40), 3-Wick Candle ( 21.2oz, 80-100 hours burning time, CAD $64), and Reed Diffuser (5.9fl.oz which lasts up to 90 days and is alcohol free, CAD $44). It is available at Sephora.ca

Nest Fragrances - Holiday 2017 Collection

Holiday Reed Diffuser

The holiday reed diffuser has the fragrance family of festive-spice and Celebratory mood. The aroma of a sparkling holiday season is created by blending pomegranate, Mandarin orange, pine, cloves, and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and amber. The fragrance is available in Votive Candle ( 2 oz, 15-20 hours burning time, CAD $23), Classic Candle ( 8.1 oz, 50-60 hours burning time, CAD $56), 3-Wick Candle ( 21.2oz, 80-100 hours burning time, CAD $90), New Liquidless Diffuser ( 5 scented sticks, 1 metal base, lasts up to 90 days, CAD $84), and Reed Diffuser (5.9fl.oz which lasts up to 90 days and is alcohol free, CAD $62). The holiday fragrance collection 2017 is available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Sephora.ca, and Nordstrom.ca

Nest Fragrances - Holiday 2017 Collection

These are amazing to add the sparkle and excitement to the holiday season, to create the perfect memories and have the best time with your family and friends. The packaging of the Nest Fragrances Holiday Collection will add a bright and beautiful color to the house and will be the perfect gift for the fragrance lovers. I would recommend you to check these out for your home or for gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

*DISCLAIMER – These are press samples sent to ‘The Velvet Life’, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


True Luxury is meant to last‘ – Kilian Hennessy. To mark the occasion of ten years in the perfume industry, Kilian Hennessy created the ‘From Dusk till Dawn Collection’ in homage to one of his favorite artists, Gustav Klimt. The collection comprises of two new fragrances, ‘Woman in Gold’ and ‘Gold Knight’. Both the scents play with dualities: darkness and light, feminity and masculinity, modernity and proud tradition. As with all Kilian Collections, From Dusk till Dawn is about seeking luxury in every aspect of one’s life, finding elegance in every day. ‘I wanted to mark this milestone with something unexpected. Something out of the norm, where I would be able to take inspiration from fine art and translate it into the world of perfume.’ – says Kilian Hennessy.

Woman in Gold By Kilian

The fragrance is housed in a magnificent coffret, beautifully embellished in homage to Klimt’s masterful signature style. The black bottle is adorned with Kilian’s signature finishes including the engraved plaque, galvanized cap, both rendered in gold tone – comes inside its own sculptured enameled box. Once opened, the mirror metal lid inside reflects the luminosity, mysterious glamour, and jewel-like quality of each bottle.

Woman in Gold By Kilian

The faceted flacon is inspired by the timeless cognac carafe and is created by a traditional glass-making technique requiring 12 craftspeople. The bottle is finely engraved in a light reflecting pattern that replicates the brand’s iconic ‘K’ and also bears the golden plaque, finished with a heavyweight stopper, fashioned from metal and glass.

Woman in Gold By Kilian

‘Woman in Gold’ is inspired by 1907 portrait of leading Viennese art patron and taste-maker Adele Bloch-Bauer who was the only woman Klimt painted twice. The perfumer for ‘Woman in Gold’ is Calice Becker. The paintings fascinating contrasts and complexities, bewitching glamour, and intrigue inspired Calice to create this ‘texturized and brilliant, rich and voluptuous scent’. The top notes are Bergamot, middle notes are Rose and Vanilla Absolute, and base notes are Patchouli and Akigalawood.

Woman in Gold By Kilian

To me, the notes that stood up on my skin are the rose, vanilla, and patchouli, in a delicate, expensive, and feminine manner. The Akigalawood, which is an exclusive patchouli molecule, give the sophisticated and expensiveness feel to the scent. It is delicately powdery at the same time as well as clean and light-weight, not very overpowering but warm. The dry down of vanilla is absolutely delicious. The scent does not change much on my skin and the staying power is good, lingers around for the whole day. I would not wear it every day but it is a special occasion scent, when you feel the best, when luxury is your agenda.

It is indeed ‘A Perfume as complex and dazzling as the woman who wears it’. Kilian is available at Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-A-Porter, Harrods.



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