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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Being a skincare lover and passionate about it, Sjal Skincare has been high on my list to try products since I read their philosophy and how gemstones play a role in skincare. Sjal is a Swedish word which means ‘soul’ and in the context of this skincare line, it means ‘spirit, mind, heart, and soul’. As per the official description about Sjal, ‘Bioactive anti-aging skincare integrating eastern medicines with the latest in European and Japanese biotechnologies, infused with gemstone energy and subtle energy programming. själ incorporates the highest possible standards for quality and product performance to visibly restore, nourish, and reverse signs of aging. Working at a cellular level to balance and detoxify while protecting skin from the damaging effects of stress, fatigue, and travel, själ offers innovation and luxury to every element of its well-edited, multi-functional regimen.’

According to the founders of the brand, Karen, and Kristin Petrovich, ‘ We wanted to develop a luxury skincare line that was simple to use, highly effective on all skin types and most importantly, founded on holistic principles. Our challenge has been balancing science, nature, wellness, and beauty in a way that is intuitive, and functional for a modern lifestyle.’

Sjal Skincare

I have been using the Sjal Balans deep pore cleanser, Sjal Kashmir Saphir perfecting mask, and Sjal Cela Intuitif Light Cellular Brightening & Renewal Cream in my skincare routine and have been so glad to have them in the rotation. All the love and praise this line gets are all real.

Sjal Balans Deep Pore Cleanser

Sjal Balans Deep Pore Cleanser is a luxurious, non-foaming, aqueous gel-crème cleanser that delivers instant hydration, calming and soothing benefits while detoxifying skin, minimizing pores and brightening the complexion. Removes excess sebum and helps protect against moisture loss and irritation, leaving skin cleansed, radiant, nourished, toned, and lifted. A refined, modern version of a classic deep pore cleanser. It is suitable for all skin types.

Sjal Skincare

The key benefits include:

  • Contains silver and gold colloidal which are known as natural anti-bacterials and antimicrobials helping to balance and calm skin.
  • Regulating sebum while reducing appearance of pores and skin shine with African whitewood extract.*
  • Helps promote cellular detoxification, oxygenation, and brightening with a pearl extract complex.**
  • Helps protect against water loss with fig leaf extract and bio-adhension moisture complex.***
  • Helps softens and soothes skin with rice bran extract and vitamin e
  • Breaks down and emulsifies make-up.

The key ingredients include African whitewood extract, bio-adhesion moisture complex, and fig extract. The gemstones/minerals in this cleanser are silver, gold, pearl, and rose quartz.

Sjal Skincare

I apply this cleanser to dry or damp skin, then massage gently and rinse off. It has one of the most luxurious texture and is very easy to use. The skin feels clean, soft, and radiant. I use this as my second or third cleanser in the evening and as my first cleanser in the morning. There are a beautiful radiance and freshness I feel when I use this cleanser, the skin feels so comfortable using this. I notice no breakouts, or congested pores while using this. This is a beautiful ritual in my skincare routine which I enjoy using.

Sjal Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask

Sjal Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask is a luxurious mask contains blue copper, blue sapphire, and blue lotus for restorative, firming, and regenerative benefits. This super-active treatment protects, softens, calms, and evens skin tone while increasing oxygen uptake. Helps to firm, lift, and refine pores. Leaves skin glowing, perfected, and decongested. The key benefits include:

  • Helps to lift, tone and firm with amino acids, gold, platinum and silver.*
  • Helps to balance, restore and even skin tone with blue sapphire, silk proteins, bio-chemical tissue salts.
  • Delivers calming, anti-irritation and oxygenating benefits with bisabolol, ginger root, tamanu oil, royal jelly, blue chamomile, lavender, ginseng and herbs for oxygen uptake.**
  • Perfect ‘pick-me up’ for tired dull skin

The key ingredients include amino acid complex, biochemical tissue salts, silk proteins, oxygenating herbs, and royal jelly. the gemstones/minerals in this mask include gold, platinum, blue sapphire, and blue copper.

Sjal Skincare

I apply this mask on my cleansed skin from face to decollete, avoiding the eye area twice a week. Leave this on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse with warm water. I follow with my serum and night cream after it. My skin feels soft, calm, and even. It is a really nice addition to my masks which is helping me keep my problem skin in control and I have noticed negligible congestion, breakouts, and any irritation or sensitivity on my skin while having this on rotation. Indeed, this mask deserves to be on my top 5 masks for keeping my skin calm, even, and radiant. My skin has the glow from within feel and look, this mask is wonderful and highly recommend you for a glowing, even, and decongested skin. My skin looks both restored and regenerated, clearer and brighter.

Sjal Skincare

Sjal Cela Intuitif Light Cellular Brightening & Renewal Cream

Sjal Cela Intuitif Light Cellular Brightening & Renewal Cream is a lightweight crème designed to brighten skin, detoxify, and minimize pores. Cela Intuitif [light cellular renewal crème] promotes cellular renewal and reduces fine lines. Polishes, nourishes and hydrates skin without irritation, while calming inflammation. This unique formula contains brightening peptides, licorice, pearl and plant extracts for brightening, a carnosine peptide for detoxification, african whitewood for pore minimization and platinum multi-peptides for anti-aging. The non-oily, lightweight texture prevents clogged pores while balancing moisture levels. Ideal for combination to oily skin, or anyone who prefers a lightweight crème. The key benefits include:

  • Helps to diminish the appearance of wrinkles through the use of long-term peptide complex, själ rejuva complex™, and elastin peptide complex. *
  • Promotes skin clarity and reduction of fine lines through gentle exfoliation with natural fruit acids
  • Evens skin clarity and pigmentation through gentle polishing.**
  • Helps protect renewed skin against further damage from free radical scavengers with oil soluble vitamin c, superoxide dismutase and green tea
  • Promotes wrinkle smoothness and improves tone and elasticity with red algae extract, bisabolol, and matrixyl 3000. ***

The key ingredients are advanced brightening peptide, oil soluble vitamin c, sjal renuva complex, platinum peptide, super oxide dismutase, red algae extract, and matrixyl 3000. The gemstones/minerals in the cream are själ signature gemstone blend: sapphire, diamond, amethyst, citrine, ruby, quartz, and tourmaline , gold, platinum, and pearl.

Sjal Skincare

It can be used day and night but I prefer using this at night. I apply this with my fingertips from face to decollete and gently massage on the skin. It is an amazing cream for oily and combination skin. The cream sinks into the skin without any residue or heavy feeling. It does not clog pores and keeps my skin balanced. My skin tone looks more even and even in this hot weather, it has been a great addition and I think it is great for all year long in all weather conditions. I believe in using good skincare not just for immediate effects but I do understand the importance of long-term effects on my skin of what I use today.

I am really impressed with the three products I have talked about in this editorial and really do plan to always have these in the rotation in my skincare routine as well as trying more from the brand. I highly recommend you to check out Sjal if you are serious about your skin and understand the importance of skincare. With all the benefits of skincare and technology, incorporating principles of eastern medicine focused on balancing energy within the mind, body, and soul as fundamental to nurturing beauty and well-being. Combined with the latest advances in biotechnology, quantum physics, and frequency. The products are free of harsh chemicals and fillers, so whatever you put on your face will work towards what it is created for. Sjal skincare is available online at sjalskincare.com and International shipping is available, Spacenk, Bloomingdales, kissandmakeupstore.com (in Canada), Barneys NY, and LookFantastic.

*Press samples


Bright Skin is always in, no matter the age and color of the skin. Vitamin C has antioxidant properties and helps for collagen production and maintenance, it is also a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals in the skin. Studies also show that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage. Rodial’s new skincare collection utilizes the power of Vitamin C to boost skin’s radiance and even skin tone using a blend of Glycolic, Lactic and Fruit Acids to refresh and awaken the complexion. The collection includes Vit C Brightening Cleanser, Vit C Brightening Mask, Vit C Energizing Face Mask, and Vit C Brightening Cleansing Pads.

Rodial Vit C Collection

Vit C Brightening Cleanser is described as a super brightening wake-up call for the skin. This intensive daily cleanser contains a complex combination of vitamin c, known for its skin brightening effects, to make skin appear luminous and youthful.

Rodial Vit C Collection

Vit C Brightening Mask is a lightweight gel mask infused with 5% pure vitamin c and a blend of 10% exfoliating fruit acids and AHAs to even skin tone and gently resurface the complexion to reveal glowing skin. Key Ingredients include Vitamin C, Glycolic and Lactic Acids, Blood Orange water (to refresh and awaken the complexion), Pomegranate Extract (a powerful antioxidant that protects the cells and extracellular matrix against free radicals.)

Rodial Vit C Collection

Rodial Vit C Collection

Vit C Energizing Face Mask is a bio-cellulose sheet mask to rejuvenate, retexturize and illuminate skin. Key Ingredients include Vitamin C, Vitamin b3, Amino acids, Hyaluronic acid, Green tea (calms and gives radiance)

Rodial Vit C Collection

Vit C Brightening Cleansing Pads are described as quick and easy brightening boost with brightening cleansing pads. It contains a blend of Vitamin c to brighten and replenish dull looking complexions, while fruit AHA acids exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin and Salicylic Acid tighten pores.

Rodial Vit C Collection

I have included this collection in my skincare routine for more than a month. The cleanser is very refreshing and works great to clean and brighten the skin at the same time. It is gentle and did not irritate my acne-prone skin. The Vit C Brightening Mask feels great on the skin and loves the results, my skin is bright and radiant the next morning. The Vit C Energizing Face Mask sheet is a great addition to my sheet masks, it is perfect for the evening out or before an event or party. Skin looks refined, bright, and plumped. The Vit C cleansing masks work great cleaning and preparing the skin for the serum or moisturizer. I use them after cleansing and before my treatment serum. The products in this collection work and did not cause any issue on my congestion-prone skin but my skin is radiant, bright, and beautiful. It did not take me a long time to notice the results, that is the best thing when testing face masks and cleansers. Rodial’s Vit C collection is available at Murale.

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