Spring Fragrance Quest continues this weekend with Elizabeth Arden’s new Mediterranean Breeze perfume.
I spent most of last night with my nose buried in my forearm, breathing in its fresh, citrusy, floral scent. I was watching Wesley Snipes slay vampires in the cinematic masterpiece that is Blade II (LOL), periodically sniffing my arm like a crazy person. Seriously, this stuff is fragrance ecstasy and made me lose control of my vocal chords a few times, causing me to scream at the TV: “Oh gawd!” “It’s just too good!” “Soo frickin’ good!” etc., etc.
Mediterranean Breeze is a lighter, more citrusy followup to Elizabeth Arden’s original Mediterranean perfume and evokes a similar beach-y, vacation-in-a-bottle feeling. The scent opens with a burst of white nectarine, bergamot and grapefruit. Then come the floral notes: Corsican violet, wild jasmine petals and sweet almond flower. Finally, it dries down to warmer cedarwood, sandalwood and musk.
The citrus here really takes Mediterranean Breeze to the next level. In general, I’m not the biggest fan of sweet fruit fragrances, but the bergamot and grapefruit add sophistication to Mediterranean Breeze. They’re citrusy, but not overly sweet.
Something about the fragrance reminds me of fresh, clean water (similar to Aqua di Gio Women and Cool Water Woman), like I’m sipping lemonade on the verandah of a fabulous Spanish villa overlooking the sea.
MBB field trip! (I wish!)
Mediterranean Breeze is the product of perfumer Olivier Gillotin, who trained at Paris’ legendary Givaudan Perfumery School. The school accepts just five new students every 18 months, yet, according to Givaudan, 30 percent of the world’s fragrances — including scents made for Calvin Klein, Bijan, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren — were created by Givaudan-trained perfumers.
Mediterranean Breeze lacks all-day staying power (only lasts a few hours), but considering how much I love the scent, I don’t mind at all. I’m thinking I’ve got to share this love, so for Mother’s Day next month, Mom’s getting the $50 gift set, which contains both a 1.7 oz bottle of the perfume and a 3.3 oz body lotion.
Product: Elizabeth Arden’s Mediterranean Breeze Perfume
Price: $47.50 for a 1.7 fl. oz bottle
Use: As a fresh perfume for spring and summer
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
Purchase Mediterranean Breeze at your favorite Elizabeth Arden counter, from your nearest EA vending kiosk (there’s one in the Westfield Shopping Center in SF’s Union Square) or online.
Hope you had a great Sunday, ya’ll!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Your weekend ain’t over, yet. Here are some of this week’s best posts from around the beauty blogosphere, courtesy of the lovely ladies of Splendicity and the Beauty Blog Network!
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Savvy Skin< is giving away the zit zapping tool ThermaClear. Enter the contest now!
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