Category Archives: Fragrance

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb 10 Year Anniversary Set Review

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb 10 Year Anniversary Set Review
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb 10 Year Anniversary Set

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen me post a photo of this set. But, I decided I may as well blog about it as well! For their 10th anniversary, Viktor & Rolf came out with this super cute set of 10 miniature Flowerbomb perfumes. Give them all out to friends, or keep them for yourself! Since receiving a bottle of Flowerbomb at an event a few months ago I’ve been wearing it non-stop…I can hardly believe I’ve already gone through nearly half of it!

So, what makes Flowerbomb so intoxicating?

The top notes of bergamot, tea and osmanthus, middle notes of jasmine, african orange flower, freesia, rose, and orchid, and base notes of musk & patchouli.

This scent has the perfect blend of ladylike florals with a masculine musk that make for an alluring and sophisticated scent.

The only thing I wish was that this set had atomizers, because you have to pour the perfume out yourself, which proves to be a bit messy. Either having an atomizer you could empty the bottles into, or putting an atomizer on each bottle would help. This set retails for $130 and is already available at Lord & Taylor, but hopefully it will be on more retailers soon! I definitely want to try more Viktor & Rolf scents. They have a few Flowerbomb variations, Spice Bomb for men, and a Bonbon perfume in a cute bow shaped bottle.

**This post contains products that I have received for free-for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**

Penhaligon’s Orange Blossom Eau De Toilette Review

Penhaligon's Orange Blossom Eau De Toilette Review
Penhaligon’s Orange Blossom Eau De Toilette

One of my favorite things I did while studying abroad (and definitely could have done more of) was scouting all kinds of unique beauty products I couldn’t find in the states. I researched Penhaligon’s before I even left California, and knew I had to go there when I visited London, which wasn’t until November! Penhaligon’s is a British fragrance house with a rich history: they even have 2 royal warrants. The founder of Penhaligon’s, William Penhaligon, was the appointed barber and perfumer of the royal court after Queen Victoria’s reign. They’re also well known for their Bluebell fragrance, a perfume that Princess Diana used to wear. I went into their Covent Garden store, smelled a little bit of everything, and fell in love with the Orange Blossom Eau De Toilette, but the price tag left me with sticker shock & I had only brought a backpack to travel with.

I posted a photo of my visit to my Instagram, and my mom made a mental note of it and magically got it for me for Christmas last year! Honestly one of the best presents I’ve received. As you guys know, orange blossom is my ultimate favorite scent!

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Penhaligon’s Orange Blossom Eau De Toilette

The Penhaligon’s perfumes are packaged beautifully in black boxes. Each bottle looks the same, aside from the label and a different ribbon tied around the cap. They also create men’s fragrances, bath and body products, and even candles! I’m obviously lusting after the Neroli Tea Candle and the bath oils.

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Penhaligon’s Orange Blossom Eau De Toilette Scent Description

The eau de toilette has a lot of different accords that combine to the most magically delicate & bright orange blossom scent that is sweet and not grassy at all (I hate the grassy ones!)

Head Notes:  Neroli, Violet Leaf, Bergamot, Lemon-Cedrat, Cardamom Absolute, Pink Berries

Heart Notes: Orange Absolute, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute, Tuberose Absolute, Rose Absolute, Peach Flower, Orchid

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Virginian Cedar, White Musk, Vanilla

The fragrance is beautifully composed, and is the perfect balance of all of the notes while still highlighting the orange blossom. Although Eau De Toilettes have less perfume oil than Eau De Parfum, I find that because these are high quality scents they still last a long time on me. When I visited the store, I sprayed my wrist once and could still smell it 7 hours later!

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Penhaligon’s Orange Blossom Eau De Toilette

In the almost 9 months I’ve had it, it’s become my signature scent. I haven’t stuck to a scent for as long as this one. And although I love trying new scents, I think I’m going to stick with unique perfumers instead of designer or celebrity fragrances that everyone has. Next on my list is Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger Neroli Blanc Intense from Beautyhabit that I sampled at Cosmoprof.

This perfume is a bit pricy, at $150 on their website. But, I found a seller on Amazon that will save you a little bit of money, if you think it’s up your alley!

The Best in Fragrance at Cosmoprof North America 2015

Sue Phillips Scenterprises Making My Own Custom Fragrance at at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Creating my own custom fragrance with Sue Phillips

Earlier this month I went to Cosmoprof North America, the best and biggest beauty trade show. So, I headed to Las Vegas for 5 days to scout the best in beauty to share with you. First, let’s talk fragrance. I love fragrance, but I don’t share a ton of it on my blog, as scent is very personal. But, my olfactory glands were s(c)ent on a journey at Cosmoprof- there were so many great fragrance lines there, which we all very unique.

Probably the most exciting thing for me was creating my own fragrance (as seen in the above two photos) with Sue Phillips of Scenterprises. She let me smell all of her blends and pick a few accords to blend together into my own unique scent.  I mixed a citrusy floral (with orange blossom notes) with a vanilla and amber blend, if I can remember correctly- I named it Bellissima, which is my favorite Italian word! Sue and I had a ton of fun, she quizzed me on some fragrance terms which brought me back to my FIDM fragrance class days and I was pleased that I remembered everything!

The Scentarium by Sue Phillips Scenterprises Custom Fragrance Kit at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
The Scentarium by Scenterprises

The Scentarium is a kit that allows you to design your own scent. This caught my eye because I actually designed a prototype of the same product for my entrance into FIDM. The kit is $225, which includes 12 vials of blended scents in the categories of fresh, floral, woody, and oriental along with 2 atomizers to put your fragrances you create in, and everything else you need to make it!

Beautyhabit Au Pays de la Fleur d'Oranger Neroli Fragrance Collection at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger Neroli Fragrance Collection

My favorite fragrance note is orange blossom, so when I stumbled upon Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger, I knew I was at the right place! I mean, it quite literally translates to “in the land of the orange blossom.” They have a Néroli Blanc line of 4 fragrances with orange blossom paired with other notes to create a different scent experience. I think my favorite of the 3 samples I have is the Neroli Blanc Intense, which has the sweet and musky notes I like that accompany the neroli. The regular EDP is a bit too green for me, and the Eau De Cologne is a little too clean. I don’t remember the fourth one unfortunately! These scents (and much, much more) are available at Beautyhabit online and at their Westlake Village store (which I may need to pay a visit to!).

Travalo Travel Perfume Atomizer at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Travalo Travel Perfume Atomizer

If you travel and still want your favorite scent without bringing the entire bottle, the Travalo is a must-have! I already use it and love it, so it was great to see them there. They also have a new Milano style, which looks a lot more chic in a handbag- can’t wait to use the orange one they gave me!

Thymes Fragrance & Bath & Body Products at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Thymes Fragrance, Bath & Body Collection

Another fragrance line I fell in love with was Thymes. They have a curated collection of fragrances that are available in bath & body products as well so they are perfect for layering! I loved their Lotus Santal scent and their new Vanilla Ambrette line. From perfume, to bath oil or bubbles, and even candles- I need it all!

Naturally Bare Fragrance at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Naturally Bare Fragrance

In the same vein, Naturally Bare has a line of natural body care that includes washes, scrubs, butters, and lotions to compliment their fragrances. My favorite scent was the Noir perfume, which blends sandalwood and vanilla.

Royal Apothic at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Royal Apothic

I loved the British apothecary inspired line Royal Apothic. Their fragrance line including candles, perfume, & bath & body products exude sophistication with high end products combined with gorgeous packaging- perfect for displaying proudly! Dying to try it all!

Clique by Chef Roblé Fragrance and Scented Nail Polish at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Clique by Chef Roblé Fragrance and Scented Nail Polish

Chef Roblé, who you may recognize from his Bravo TV show Roblé & Co., has recently come out with his own fragrance, Clique by Roblé, combining his love of food into a wearable option. The citrus top notes are inspired by his blood orange cocktail, with base notes resembling his famous dessert called french toast crunch. It’s a sensual and delectable scent that they’ve made into a perfume & body care line, as well as a scented polish! The packaging is gorgeous as well. Roblé was even out and about at Cosmoprof himself, we chatted for a few minutes- super cool guy!

Ayres Fragrance at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Ayres Bath, Body & Fragrance Collection

Ayres Beauty is an Argentina-inspired fragrance line including bath & body products. The packaging is super cute, which drew me in, but the scents are even better! Loved the candles the most, but their Midnight Tango collection features my favorite scent, orange blossom, and the Patagonia body butter I got a sample packet of made my skin super smooth! Very curious to try more…

MyCoocoon Fragrance Chromotherapy at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
MyCoocoon Fragrance Chromotherapy

I thought mycoocoon was one of the coolest things at Cosmoprof! They create experiences in “chromotherapy”- I took a test to get my “color,” which you guessed it, was ORANGE! Orange represents sensuality, emotion, and enthusiasm. They spritzed their “orange” fragrance on a card for me and led me into my orange cocoon…

I sat there for around 5 minutes with soothing music and the orange lights changing into lighter and darker shades, which was a super relaxing experience. It was a good way to end a day at Cosmoprof- super rejuvenating! Now I need to turn my room into an orange cocoon of my own.

Pottymints After Flush Bathroom Air Freshener Fragrance at Cosmoprof North America Las Vegas 2015
Pottymints: The After Flush, first dissolvable air freshener tablets

Last but not least, I thought POTTYMINTS were too cool to leave out. These air freshener tablets dissolve in the toilet to leave the bathroom smelling fresh at all times. If you share a bathroom or are traveling, these can prevent a lot of embarrassing moments! They’re available in two scents, Arancia di Capri and La Fleur. I used the Arancia di Capri, and they really work- the citrus scent was great and they dissolve very slowly. Such a great concept!

Can you believe that this doesn’t even scratch the surface of fragrance at Cosmoprof? There was so much to see, it was so easy to run out of time! But hope you are as excited about these brands as I am!

ScentBird Fragrance Subscription Service Review (YSL Cinema) | Video

ScentBird Monthly Fragrance Subscription Service Review Yves Saint Laurent Cinema Perfume
ScentBird Fragrance Subscription

I recently had the opportunity to try out a perfume subscription service called Scentbird. I thought the idea was pretty smart, as I like wearing numerous scents rather than having a signature perfume. For $14.95 a month you get to pick a scent to try or choose one of the pre-selected scents determined by a little quiz. Watch my unboxing of my scent, Yves Saint Laurent Cinema, below!

Yves Saint Laurent Cinema is a somewhat seductively sweet scent. The notes include clementine, almond blossom, cyclamen, jasmine, peony, amaryllis, musk, and vanilla. Although it has a lot of floral notes, it doesn’t overwhelm or smell old lady-ish or powdery. I think it is a sophisticated scent and I enjoy it so far.

Overall I think the service is a great idea. I think there should be more scents to choose from- I think more niche or higher end brands such as Jo Malone or Penhaligon’s would be a great addition and make me want to subscribe myself. I was also a little confused because I didn’t get the traditional black case and velvet pouch that the vials usually come in, but I think that was an isolated error. And, like I mentioned in the video, having a card with information on the scent you’re being sent would be ideal so you don’t have to research that on the internet after the fact. Would you subscribe to a fragrance subscription like Scentbird? Let me know in the comments!

**This post contains products that I have received for free-for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**

France, Switzerland, and Italy Beauty Haul | Video

In the last few weeks I picked up a lot of beauty products in all of the countries I visited. So, since I was busy with traveling and finals, I decided to wait until I came home to film a haul! So, come join the party and see what I got, no spoilers here! :)

PS: So sorry for the bad lighting & coloring in this video. I pre filmed this and then bought new lightbulbs after editing it since I wasn’t satisfied with how it looks! But, hopefully you will like how my future videos will look, because it will be a vast improvement!

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