Fragrance


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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Spring brings with it so much joy, life, and energy. The same can be related to the fragrances when it comes to the season, spring and summer bring with it the flowers, sweetness, freshness in terms of scents. I have two new launches which I am writing about in this post. Mugler Angel Eau Sucree and Coach Floral have become a new go-to scent for me since last few days. Read below for details on both these new fragrances.

Mugler Angel Eau Sucree

Mugler Angel Eau Sucree

Mugler Angel Eau Sucree was launched as limited edition fragrance in 2014 and due to the love it received, it is now a part of the Mugler permanent collection. The nose behind the fragrance is perfumer Dorothee Piot and the fragrance plays on a profusion of gustatory effects, a combination of rich and varied flavors (crispy, velvety, smooth, melting, tangy, and sweet), and is ultimately enjoyed in a trio of delight. The three delights are described as:

A tangy or Acidulous delight – creamy, juicy red berry sorbet that awakens the senses like a breath of fresh, sweet air.

Gourmand or sugary delight – ethereal and crisp because of the generous and tantalizing caramelized meringue accord

Sensual or Voluptuous delight – refinement of patchouli and softness of vanilla, just for pleasure, like an unexpected sensual surprise

Mugler Angel Eau Sucree

The packaging of the iconic star metamorphosis into an irresistible candy takes on a tender and slightly pearly blue reminiscent of the sugar coating of scrumptious chocolate cake.

Mugler Angel Eau Sucree (CAD $82 – 50ml) is available at Hudsons Bay, Sephora, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Coach Floral

Coach Floral is a new feminine floral scent inspired by Coach’s signature tea rose motifès. The fragrance radiates joy and positivity in addition to evokes the lightness that inspires spring and summer.  Coach Floral opens with a splash of citrus and a touch of effervescent pink peppercorn with radiant pineapple sorbet. The heart reveals a bouquet of fragrant flowers – Tea Rose, Jasmine Sambac and Gardenia – before an enveloping dry-down to elegant creamy wood, patchouli essence, and musky notes.

Coach Floral

The packaging of the fragrance features a tea rose charm on the feminine oval bottle. There is turn-lock shaped spray cap which is a nod to the original closure that first appeared on Coach bags in 1954, while Coach’s horse and carriage – a symbol of brand’s rich history of craftsmanship – is embossed on the glass. The finishing touch is a rose gold-tone hangtag like those seen on every Coach bag since the 1970s. I reviewed the original Coach fragrance here if you are interested to read about it.

Coach Floral (CAD $92 – 50ml, CAD $118 – 90ml) is now available at Hudsons Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, Uniprix, Brunet, Murale and London Drugs.

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Givenchy has some amazing new launches for the woman, Givenchy Live Irrésistible Blossom Crush, Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau Initiale which I have the details here. And here is the new launch for men called Gentleman Givenchy Eau de Parfum. In 2017, Givenchy created Gentleman Eau de Toilette, a fragrance brimming with contrasts and paradoxes, boldly blending strength and delicateness. The new launch Givenchy Gentleman Eau de Parfum is a hedonistic essence tailor-made for an enchanting night bird.

Gentleman Givenchy Eau De Parfum

‘Don’t Go With The Flow, Be The Flow’

Gentleman Givenchy Eau de Parfum, the fragrance family is Woody Floral Oriental. The notes are:

Top notes: Pepper & Lavender, Middle notes: Orris & Tolu Balm, Base notes: Patchouli & Black Vanilla

Gentleman Givenchy Eau De Parfum

‘It’s hard to resist the allure of this Eau de Parfum as mysterious as nightfall. At once in line with Gentleman Eau de Toilette yet entirely other, it offers the same olfactory signature while conveying a completely new personality. After composing the first fragrance, master perfumers Nathalie Lorson and Olivier Cresp imbued this new variation with the extreme sensuality of night. An explosive, almost raw sensuality that bursts forth from the very first spray. A caressing overdose of Iris Pallida. The wild voluptuousness of patchouli essence. The almost dangerous heat of black pepper. The dizzying sweetness of balms and black vanilla…Gentleman Eau de Parfum is deliberately disturbing and definitely addictive.

Gentleman Givenchy Eau De Parfum

The Gentleman Givenchy bottle is an emblem of authentic coolness. And because this new Eau de Parfum seems to originate from the night itself, it has donned an opaque, lacquered black evoking total darkness. A single sliver of light, the bottle’s transparent underside makes the fragrance appear as if suspended in glass, reminding us that dawn is never far away.. And since the Eau de Parfum is a rich and eruptive fragrance, its unique black bottle is now immortalized against a backdrop of an explosion of gypsophila rather than a single sprig. British Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson embodies the new Givenchy Gentleman in a timeless black and white advertising campaign.

Gentleman Givenchy Eau De Parfum

The fragrance is very nice masculine fragrance, well-composed, wears close to the skin. To me, it is a straightforward fragrance, I smell all the notes. It does incline more towards unisex, very enjoyable, not overbearing or heavy. It will be great for all seasons, spring, winter, and fall. Gentleman Givenchy Eau de Parfum is available at Hudson’s Bay, Sephora, and Shoppers Drug Mart from May 9th, 2018.

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As Spring approaches, the first thing I change in my daily routine is the fragrance. And when I change the fragrance every season, I do relate the notes with the season as many of you might do. A particular note might feel and smell different to me in particular season and it might be very off for the other. For me, Spring is all about fresh, floral, or fruity notes blended with the base notes of my choice which keep my mood elevated all day. Miu Miu L’Eau Rosée Eau de Toilette is a fresh floral fragrance with the keynotes of Blackcurrant, Lily, and Musk. Miu Miu L’eau Rosée is a new take on the first fragrance from Miu Miu.

Miu Miu L'eau Rosée

Miu Miu L’Eau Rosée Eau de Toilette (CAD $94 – 50ml) is described to capture the spirit of the Miu Miu girl. This soft floral fragrance created from lily of the valley and cassis buds is tightly wrapped in notes of sophisticated musk. The iconic matelassé bottle is magnified by the elegant alchemy of transparent glass and light pink juice, with a contrasting navy blue collar.  The nose behind the fragrance is Daniela (Roche) Andrier. The juice is a soft floral created from lily of the valley and cassis buds, tightly wrapped in the notes of sophisticated musk. As the name suggests, Miu Miu L’Eau Rosée is dewy and alive, a brand new olfactory chapter that stays true to the youthful yet erudite Miu Miu story.

Miu Miu L'eau Rosée

This is very beautiful scent, the perfect feminine rose scent. I do not find it very sweet but the perfect blend of sweetness yet light and airy. It feels very pleasant and elegant. The green notes and the floral notes with the base note of musk, what can I ask more, such a beautiful blend and so perfect for the spring and summer. Just want to mention here that Rosée here means ‘dew’ as in dewdrop and not rose, so the focus is on the early spring vibe. The bottle as you see in pictures has matelassé-quilted glass, the navy blue band around the neck with house logo in gold. The bottle is heavy and feels really luxurious.

Miu Miu L’eau Rosée is available at Hudson’s Bay, Beautyboutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora, and Nordstrom.

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Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours, launched in 2017, is a sophisticated and bold evolution of the signature Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum, which was presented in 2011. From the official description of the fragrance, ‘With an intense leathery floral chypre, Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours is a bold, opulent scent. Its intense floral notes, blending rose absolute and iris butter, express elegance, and voluptuous femininity. The leather accord adds a sophisticated touch, underpinned by the deep burgundy shades of the glass bottle and the luxurious hand-tied velvet ribbon.’ The nose behind Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours is Michel Almairac and Mylene Alran.

About Bottega Veneta, ‘the house is committed to outstanding craftsmanship and the highest-quality materials and sets a lofty standard for inspired luxury. The brand celebrates the skill and passion of traditional Italian artisans and empowers them to focus wholly on perfecting their craft, leading to excellence in innovation in products from luxury accessories to fine fragrances.’

Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours

Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours (CAD $156 – 50ml) is a limited-edition, mysterious leathery floral chypre fragrance. The top notes of the fragrance are bergamot and pink pepper, middle notes are rose, jasmine, plum, and spices. The base notes are patchouli and leather.  The fragrance is so delicious from the first spray. The first notes I notice are citrusy with bergamot, the leather starts in pretty quickly. There is a vintage feel to it but a mix of modern composition. Such a beautiful creation. I did not notice much patchouli, but plum was definitely there, adding a fruity sweetness to it, making it more favorable as women’s scent. It is not at all a sweet but there is a hint of sweetness that comes through the fruity notes. The rose and the spices are just so beautiful, they are noticeable just around the time when the leather notes come in, the blend of all is marvelous.

Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours

On my skin, the longevity of the Bottega Veneta Eau de Velours is around 8-10 hours. I have smelled the Original EDP from the house and do feel the similarities in both after around an hour but the opening is indeed different on both. The fragrance is what I can describe as the class, the name, the packaging, and the blend are just extraordinary, It would definitely be in my top favorites.  I would love to keep this for special occasions or the days I want to treat myself. This fragrance is not very heavy but the perfect sillage to make you feel that it is there. I am definitely going to look into the Original one as the last time I tried, it has been on my wishlist since then. This is definitely worth checking out if you like leathery floral chypre fragrance and moreover, this is limited edition and may be gone soon. I see it is sold out at Holt Renfrew, still available at Nordstrom, Bottega Veneta website(if you are in the US), Harrods.

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