Thomas Kosmala scents have recently launched in North America and I have been following the launch news and the collection since the time I heard about it. It is a niche fragrance brand and the collection launched has nine unique pieces of scents. The packaging as you see in the pictures is very classic yet elegant. Après L’amour No.4 was launched in 2018 and the nose behind the fragrance is of the master himself, Thomas Kosmala.
About the brand and the founder from the official website, ‘THE ALCHEMY OF SCENT is Thomas Kosmala. His life journey as a perfumer began when he arrived in Paris to study the art of classical perfumery. There he discovered the emotive potency of blending raw perfume materials into wondrous new combinations. This collection deftly balances tradition and innovation in achieving nine signature perfumes. Created and refined in his independent laboratory in the South of France, the collection celebrates Thomas’s gift for re-imagining classic raw ingredients to attain evocative contemporary scent profiles.’
The notes of Après L’amour No.4 are Bitter orange, lemon zest, wood, musk, and amber
This nuanced, multi-layered scent from Thomas Kosmala captures the erotic energy and languorous mood of skin meeting skin. Bitter orange and lemon zest add zip to the top notes before cooling down to a base of wood, musk and amber.
The scent can definitely be worn by men or women, the longevity is really good. The feminine notes layered with the musky notes and citrus makes it a beautiful scent. Thomas Kosmala scents are available at bloomingdales.com and Harrods.com*Press samples
Embryolisse is a cult brand, loved and raved about by many since 1950 when it was created by a French dermatologist. It was not just because it was gentle enough to be used by all skin types, but the products were effective, especially the first one – Lait-Creme Concentrate which can be found in every makeup artist’s bag and also loved by celebrities. I have a friend who stocks up on Embryolisse products when she visits Europe but now that the brand is available in Canada, I am sure many of you will have one thing marked off your list of to-do things when you visit France. If you have not tried anything from the brand, you need to try – there is a reason why it is cult.
I have tried few of the products from the brand and I must say they are gentle, hydrating, effective, and cost-effective. Embryolisse formulas make use primarily of active ingredients of plant origin, produced from flowers and fruits. ‘Not a set, a dressing room, nor a fashion show’s backstage, without the Lait-Crème Concentré being under the spotlights. It is the favourite product of make-up artists everywhere in the world and the beauty secret of stars. ‘
I think for my combination skin, winter is the perfect month to try something that is hydrating and gentle which does not breaks me out.
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré is a versatile product for all skin types, it can be used day and/or night for hydration and protection, as a makeup primer, beauty mask, cleanser, and even as a makeup remover, after-sun and aftershave care. It has a light milky texture that quickly absorbs into the skin giving a satin finish. It does not feel greasy and makes the skin supple and moisturized. It was formerly called formerly Lait Creme Concentre Gold 24 Hour Miracle Cream.
Embryolisse Moisturizing Cream with Orange is rich in natural extracts of orange, helps to balance and maintain moisture content in the layers of the skin. The light, non-greasy formulation with Orange Extract and Vitamin C makes it perfect for year-round use. It hydrates and tones the skin as it regulates sebaceous activity for a refreshed and radiant appearance. Rich in vitamin C, orange oil diminishes hyperpigmentation and helps with pore size to keep the skin plump and bright. The skin is instantly re-hydrated, more toned and more radiant.
Embryolisse Radiant Eye is a stick with ‘cool effect’ that refreshes the eye area, hydrates, reduces dark circles and puffiness and brightens the complexion. It is easy to apply and provides a relaxing sensation of freshness and well-being.
Embryolisse Lashes and Brows Booster is a volume treatment that lengthens eyelashes and brows, thickens and densifies them.
Embryolisse Eau de Beauté Rosamélis is multifunction perfumed water which acts as a cleanser to perfect makeup removal, to tone, to refresh, to set makeup. It is composed of natural waters which
Embryolisse Complexion Illuminating Veil is a bb cream that is very light and has a
Embryolisse Smooth Radiant Complexion is a primer base for the makeup that refreshes the skin. It helps with the signs of tiredness, plumps the skin, reduces dark circles and puffiness, provides a rested look and a glowing appearance
Embryolisse Gentle Night Peeling is a very mild formula with a micro-dosage of aha fruit acids
Embryolisse skincare and makeup products are available at Shoppers Drug Mart and beautycoutique.ca*Press samples
Its not just me but my husband is also a fan of Mugler fragrances, they are always so unique and every new launch has something different to offer. This year, Alien has its alter ego called Alien Man. Let me write something about Alien first and then I will go to the new launch.
Alien is a fragrance for women with unique olfactory signature in which jasmine radiates majestically – vibrant and intoxicating, its fragrance trail is born from a marriage of two overdoses, animalistic and captivating white amber blends with Cashmeran Wood, a musky, yet surreal ingredient. The packaging of Alien is sculpted like an emerald and set in gold like a diamond, the precious amethyst-coloured bottle releases its soothing, extraordinary vision. This magical, gemstone-like bottle has the name of the fragrance engraved in the glass. The notes of the Alien are Indian Sambac Jasmine, Cashmeran Wood, and White Amber.
The new Alien Man bottle is a modern tribute to its alter ego, Alien Eau de Parfum. Alien Man is a reinvention of the leather fragrance family by overdosing it and it a skilful twist – an overdose of Osmanthus blossom with apricot notes paired with a woody base of smoked beech bark. The shape of the Alien Man bottle retains the architectural structure of the feminine version, a little simplified. Its facets have been smoothed, its base hardened, it’s gold prongs replaced by a solid silver line. This amalgamation of art and medium with the glass to reveal a surreal dark blue shade which also reveals violet tones. The notes of Alien Man are Smoked Beech – Dill, Cashmeran – Leather, Osmanthus – White Amber.
I love Alien Eau de Parfum for my self and not just that I love Alien Man on my husband but he is also in love with this new scent. I am really loving Alien for myself, it is a fresh, clean, bright scent. Longevity of the scent is amazing on my skin. Alien Man is a fresh, warm yet calming, muscular, and strong scent. Longevity of Alien Man is also amazing. Alien Man would be a great gift for the man in your life or even for yourself if you love leathery scents, it is definitely a great scent in our fragrance collection.
Mugler – Alien Eau de Parfum and Alien Man Eau de Toilette is available at
The Hudson’s Bay , Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, and Murale.