I don’t know a girl who’d say she has too many perfumes. I’m a sucker for the oriental, floral, woodsy variety – the ones people call “exotic”, “intoxicating”, or “heady”. Even gourmand fragrances can get me going; so long as it’s not too fruity, I’m in.
I fell in love with the hugely popular original FlowerByKENZO – and now I’m falling all over again for Kenzo’s limited edition holiday version, Winter Flowers. It’s the perfect fragrance to warm up with this season.
Ever wondered what fragrance a Bond Girl would wear? Apparently, it’s Kenzo Amour Le Parfum. Bond bombshell Olga Kurylenko is the face of the new fragrance, a woody oriental scent.
Here’s the fragrance by note breakdown:
Top notes: rice, frangipani
Heart notes: amber, patchouli
Base notes: vanilla, benzoin
The bottle is a gorgeous magentaÂ inspired by the geisha girlsÂ of southeast Asia, and the scent is much more spicy and less innocent than Kenzo’s other fragrances like FlowerbyKENZO and Kenzo Ryoko. Check out the commercial below!
Ah, Paris. Since I canâ€™t go back yet, I’ll have to celebrate fashion designer Sonya Rykielâ€™s 40th anniversary with a piece of her collection that wonâ€™t break the bankâ€¦ her beautifully exotic fragrance, Belle en Rykiel.
Top notes: mandarin, red currant, lavender flowers
Base notes: patchouli, amber, vanilla, mahogany wood
This oriental fragrance was created to seduce the senses with a frankincense-lavender accord, mouth-watering red currant, and a sweetness of vanilla. Feel tres Parisienne with this fairy tale fragrance from the famed French designer, even if you can’t afford her iconic knit sweaters.
If you relish the idea of mixing glam rock style with Japanese quirkiness, you’ll love Gwen Stefani’sÂ Harajuku Lovers fragrance line. There are five fragrances to select from, each bottled inside an adorable teeny replica of one of Gwen’s backup dancers.
The Harajuku Lovers:
Love: a floral scent with notes of bergamot, pomelo, peach, rose, jasmine and orchid
Lilâ€™ Angel: a fruity floral with raspberry, blackberry, pineapple, rose and amber
Music: a nostalgic number with clementine, pear, jasmine, sweet pea, honeysuckle, vanilla and musk
Baby: a powder musk with freesia, bergamot, rose, jasmine, heliotrope, vanilla and violet
G (yes, the letter G): a gourmand fragrance with mandarin, coconut, apple, freesia and sandalwood