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The changing of seasons means it's also time to transition your fragrance choices for fall. The best perfumes contain rich scents such as leather, dark spirits, and amber to evoke images of leaves turning golden. Stop by your local... more
Essential oils can be used in so many ways—from adding a drop to your favorite fragrance-free lotion or dabbing a little on your pulse points instead perfume. The best part? Choose your scent (or blend a few!) based on your mood to... more
If the extent of your fragrance knowledge is whether you prefer a fruity scent to a floral scent, it’s time you upped your scent game.
In recent years, a dizzying array of niche perfumers has entered the fragrance world. With so many choices, its hard to hard to decide where to start sniffing and choosing. From perfumers with roots in classic perfumery to talented... more
Tropical beaches, blissful hiking through the woods, lazy weekends next to the rooftop pool, these are some of the experiences that evoke the best summer memories. But perhaps the real indicator is that sweet smell of summer. Summer... more
Ever get caught in an elevator or a full subway car next to a man or woman wearing a really rank cologne or perfume? Just be glad he or she isn’t sporting one of these pungently peculiar scents.
Whether your favorite scent is a sparkling-green or a deep-white floral oriental, wood notes are the magic that give your fragrance its depth and staying power. Notes such as vetiver, oakmoss, amber, sandalwood, and oud are at the heart of... more
New York-based perfume house Bond No. 9 is as well known for its beautiful bottles as it is for its fragrances, all of which are inspired by New York neighborhoods. Each bottle features unique artwork, ranging from cool and elegant to Pop... more
When spring starts peeping its little green shoots up through the earth, I get the urge to wear a new perfume. The fragrance doesn’t have to be light or floral, but it must make me feel the pure joy of spring after a long, cold... more
With spring just around the corner, what better way to usher in the new season and reawaken our senses than by blanketing ourselves in rose? Both the color and the scent are cheerful, romantic, and oh so inviting—just what we need to... more
When it comes to perfume, think outside the bottle. There are many ways to wear scent besides simply spraying it on your wrists and neck. By pairing fragrance with function, these creative products make it easier to deliver a scent... more
It's nice to smell good at work, but when you're surrounded by colleagues or customers, it's important to be smart about what fragrance you choose. Remember that many workplaces have their own rules about wearing perfume or fragrance; but... more
Maybe you're planning a trip to some faraway beach where you'll eat fresh mango as you bury your toes in the white sand and watch the ocean lap against the shore. Or maybe there's no vacation in sight … but a girl can dream anyway,... more
Perfumes are transformative, sparking feelings of joy, desires to seduce, and everything in between. Likewise, their candle alternatives can enact a positive atmosphere shift for the home as well. So when a scent is so enticing that you... more
Solid perfumes—unctuous, waxy, or creamy pots of fragrance—make it easy to properly apply perfume to your pulse points, and the small containers make them ideal choices for purses and travel. These solid perfumes don't need to... more
Sometimes perfume does more than just make us smell good. Sometimes a mere whiff of the right scent can transport us back in time to the first spray against our wrists, or to when we were kids and our moms bent down to hug us, cloaking us... more
Although some classic perfumes are easy to identify, they are often hard to classify. That is, many people can recognize a hint of Chanel No. 5 wafting on the breeze, but when pressed to describe exactly what Chanel No. 5 smells like, most... more
The holidays can be the best time to stock up on your favorite fragrances and scented products. There are a lot of great deals on fragrance sets, and more and more products are available in purse sprays and solid perfume compacts, which I... more
During the holidays, we often we hear “it’s the thought that counts,” usually in connection with a gift that was a disappointment. I am one of those people who thinks it is the thought that counts, whether you’re... more
There are so many fragrances, so little time … sigh, and money. As much as I would love to indulge my nose and fragrance habit with a new bottle of fragrance a day, there’s just not enough hours in the day, or days in the year... more
Sure, you probably have some pretty specific feelings about Kenny G playing "Walking in a Winter Wonderland" and carolers wandering the streets in pseudo-Dickensian costumes while warbling "Hark the Herald Angel Sings.... more
"Effervescent," "sophisticated," "bold," "warm"—the words we use to describe scents are often synonymous with the ones we use to describe people. That's why when looking for a new perfume, we often think outside of what just smells... more
When I think of Mother’s Day gifts, I always think of fragrance. I admit, I’m nearly always thinking of fragrance, but it does seem an appropriate gift for my mom, because it was poking through her (and my Granny’s)... more
For the last few weeks, memories from childhood Christmases in England have been floating around in my head. The old rhyme “Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat” has been a constant refrain, reminding me both of the... more
Fine fragrances are as complex as fine wines, but few perfume counters employ a sommelier to help with selections. So let’s start with the basics. You can use these steps to select and appreciate perfumes, soaps, and more. Use these tips... more