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With Tocca’s Tiny To Go Eau de Parfums, You Can Fit Tuscany in the Palm of Your Hand

Published in: Fragrance

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“Who says bigger’s always better?” asks the 5-foot-1 girl typing this sentence. :) (Incidentally, she’s usually the shortest person in the room.)

The new $15 Tocca To Go Mini Eau de Parfums combine teeny, tiny cuteness with Tocca’s signature fresh and flirty floral scents.

I stumbled upon three of these minis at the mall yesterday while cruising for Christmas tchotchkes. They were right next to a weird $500 white porcelain horse head in Anthropologie (so very Godfather!) and surrounded by a sea of $50 salt-and-pepper shakers.

Aren’t they cuter than cupcakes?

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You may recall these same three minis in Cleopatra, Stella and Florence from last year, when Tocca was selling them together as the $45 Eau de Parfum Viaggio set, but this is the first time I can remember seeing them available separately.

The official fragrance notes…

  • Stella — Blood orange, lily, white freesia, orchid, musk and sandalwood
  • Florence — Gardenia, bergamot, violet, iris and blonde wood
  • Cleopatra — Grapefruit, jasmine, tuberose, patchouli, amber and vanilla musk

I’ve been infatuated with Tocca ever since I met beautiful Bianca last year. I like to imagine their fragrances coming from a tiny estate-turned-perfumery in the middle of a field of flowers on a sunny Tuscan hillside, or someplace lovely like that. :)

They’re the kinds of scents that make me want to let down my hair and don a delicate dress and comfy shoes; I bet they’d make perfect stocking stuffers, too. To my nose, all three of them are like a breath of fresh air — girly, but not sugary sweet.

I also spotted these matching Cleopatra, Florence and Stella creams ($20 each). I put some Stella on before leaving the store, and I liked that it felt non-greasy and moisturizing.

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I’m Completely Happy with Clinique’s Complete Happiness Fragrance Set for the Holidays

Published in: Fragrance, Product Reviews

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’tis the season for sets of tiny perfume bottles (YAY!), but not all of them are created equal. This year Clinique has one of the cutest and most practical sets in town.

Each of the five travel-size 0.24-fl. oz. bottles in the new Complete Happiness Set ($37 for the set) fit easily into most makeup bags, and all of them have — wait for it — a spray top spritzer! :)

I know it’s a weird thing to get fired up about, but I collect mini perfume bottles like these, and most of them just have an open mouth on the bottle. I’ve had a couple of those pop open in my makeup bags over the years, spilling perfume everywhere, so a small touch like an atomizer top makes these from Clinique that much more practical.

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But what about the scents? Well, I’m glad you asked.
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Happy Noses Make for Happy Holidays with the Benefit Crescent Row Limited Edition Set

Published in: Fragrance, Product Reviews

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Benefit’s at it again this year, adding fragrant fuel to the fire that is my current obsession with petite perfume bottles, by taking us down another holiday trip down Crescent Row. Their new $36 Crescent Row Limited Edition Set bundles together four of the line’s 0.43-oz. (they’re small but cute) eau de toilettes.

The official fragrance notes

  • Laugh with Me Lee Lee — A light blend of citrus, jasmine and lily blossoms
  • My Place or Yours Gina — An alluring affair of pink pepper (a spice made from dried berries), wild raspberry and patchouli
  • Garden of Good & Eva — A crisp floral spiked with pear, jasmine and freesia
  • Ring My Bella — A seductive floral with lily, jasmine and vanilla

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More on the Benefit Crescent Row fragrance family…

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There’s a Party in Each Bottle of Mariah Carey Lollipop Splash The Remix Perfume

Published in: Fragrance, Product Reviews

I cross my heart and swear on my husky tabby’s low-hanging belly that I really, really tried not to mention Ryan Gosling in this review of the new Mariah Carey Lollipop Splash The Remix perfumes (available in three fragrances; $35 each).

But I failed (obviously), and I blame it on the poster for Ryan’s new movie, Drive.

You see, I’m a font freak — a “ho for Helvetica,” if you will — and the handwritten hot pink type on the poster and in the movie’s opening credits made me hyper aware of flamboyant fonts this week. Fonts like the one on boxes of Mariah’s new Lollipop Splash.

I think it’s cool how typography can summon certain expectations about things like products and movies. At first the retro pop pink font used on the Drive poster wasn’t at all what I expected from such a dark, violent movie, but I totally get it now.

“I wanted that kind of font because it’s timeless, in a way. It’s like a hand drawn logo, which is also like old fairy tales. If you look at old fairy tales, they’re always beautifully choreographed and designed.”

- Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn

As for the packaging for Lollipop Splash, mad props to the person on Mariah’s crew who picked that curvy pink font (Party LET, I believe), with its fun, girly curves. I wouldn’t be surprised to find it embroidered on the pocket of a hot pink terry cloth bathrobe in Mariah’s closet or on her own personal (scented) stationary because it seems to suit her well.

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Do You Know a Jean Paul Gaultier Fleur du Male Man?

Published in: Fragrance, Guest Post


Written by Sam

Oh, my! It looks like we caught the subject of today’s guest post from Sam unaware, judging by its casual attire.

Jean Paul Gaultier Fleur Du Male Cologne

There is a veranda surrounded by an untamed garden. You are seated in a chair, hair combed back. Languorous. The white marble emits an ethereal glow in the lazy midday sun. Your straw chair creaks mildly, the sound dampened by a plush cushion. The leaves of a nearby orange tree flicker despite the stillness of the vapid air. A few wispy clouds trail through the expanse of blue above you, unraveling as fresh, unwoven cotton. A few vines have slunk their way around fluted columns, tendrils caressing the unblemished stone. A thin scent of something baking escapes from an opened kitchen window; it is sweet, but fleeting. There might be a cat draped over the arm of a chair in the distance, or perhaps it is just a shadow.

You are wearing Jean Paul Gaultier Fleur du Male.

Initially shocking, the bottle of Fleur du Male is a man’s unclothed torso. Perfectly white and smooth, the more intimate parts have been smoothed out and now resemble a well sculpted Ken doll. With the perfect V-chest, the bottle is an easy pleasure to hold, all curves and angles melded together. While modesty may discourage some from leaving it out on display, I appreciate the artistry and proudly place it near the front of my collection. If nothing else, it certainly does spark interesting conversations.

Listed as being composed of petitgrain, orange blossom, coumarin, and fern, Fleur du Male certainly is a predominantly floral cologne. Upon the first spritz, the fragrance opens with a woody, earthy, orange accord, hearkening more of the small, almond-shaped leaves than the blossoms of the tree. The opening is a tad bitter, but not in an unpleasant way; I find it invigorating. The bitterness quickly smooths into what must be the orange blossom. It is soft, languid, and aeriform. And it actually smells of orange. Not synthetic, cleaning material citrus, but true, powdery, slightly acid fresh orange blossom. As the scent progresses, slightly sweet notes enter and mingle with the powdery blossoms. They bring to mind hazy images of a country home, aged straw, and butter cookies laced with a sweet liqueur.

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As it settles into its base notes, Fleur du Male retains the orange blossom and gains a subtle mossy tone similar to freshly turned earth tumbled loosely at the base of a shade tree. A hint more powder emerges, resulting in a very fresh, clean finish. The sweetness of the middle notes have mostly gone by now, leaving only a pleasant vestige of their presence behind.
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