Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Rich Hippie Hoochie Coochie

Rich Hippie has launched a new fragrance, Hoochie Coochie:
Sexiness is a state of mind and there’s no better way to get yourself in the mood for love than with a splash of Hoochie Coochie. Who needs sexy lingerie and the current must-have dress when your wrists are anointed with the scent of love? And with the uplifting scent of Hoochie Coochie on your wrists it will be hoochie coochie on your mind.
The notes include massoia bark, Madagascar vanilla, blood orange, sweet orange and neroli.

Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche

Chanel will launch Chance Eau Fraîche, a new lighter version of 2002's Chance fragrance, next month. The scent was developed by Chanel's house perfumer, Jacques Polge, and the notes include citron, water hyacinth, jasmine absolute, white musk, vetiver, amber patchouli and teak wood. Chanel Chance Eau Fraîche will be available in 50 ml bottles.

Cacharel Liberte

Cacharel will launch a new fragrance, Liberté, this April, although it will not reach the United States until the second half of the year. Described as an "orange chypre", the scent was developed by perfumers Domitille Bertier and Olivier Polge. The notes include orange, bergamot, white flowers, vetiver and patchouli.
Cacharel Liberté will be available in 30, 50 and 75 ml Eau de Toilette.
Cacharel Liberté was "...inspired by the small French cake, the Chamonix, whose zesty bitter orange sensation is followed by a delicate honey flavour smattered with spices." The white flowers in the heart are "dominated by the frangipani flower".

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Guerlain Vetiver Extreme

New at Sephora, Vetiver Extreme by Guerlain:
Vetiver Extreme takes a modern twist on the original Eau de Toilette with the added richness and intensity of green and woody notes resulting in a scent that's the embodiment of simplicity and vitality.
The notes include lemon, bergamot, artemisia, pepper, nutmeg, olibanum, vetiver, tonka bean and cedar, and the 125 ml bottle of Eau de Toilette is $74. Please comment if you've tried Guerlain Vetiver Extreme, the original Guerlain Vetiver is one of my all time favorite fragrances.

So...? So Sinful

So...? Sinful, a fragrance for teens from So...?, launched in the United States last month:
The latest addition to the So…? fragrance collection, So…? Sinful is a decadently delicious gourmand scent, complete with notes of vanilla and strawberry. At such an affordable price, So…? Sinful is irresistible.
Top notes of mint, pineapple and chocolate are complemented by the layers of vanilla and a floral heart of violet and strawberry.
So...? Sinful is available in 20 ml ($8.50) and 50 ml ($16.95) Eau de Toilette, and in a 75 ml ($4.50) Body Spray. Look for it at Kohls or CVS stores. (via press release from So...?)
So...? Sinful was created by perfumer Jean Pierre Bethouart.

Philosophy Inner Grace

Philosophy's latest fragrance launch is Inner Grace:
Inner grace is your own personal heaven and was formulated with a scent to help bring peace and balance to your life. if you don't have time to meditate, inner grace offers an easy, one second solution. free your mind and lift your spirit as you apply directly to pulse points.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Lolita Lempicka Les Caprices de Lolita

Lolita Lempicka will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their signature fragrance with a new limited edition set, Les Caprices de Lolita. Les Caprices includes a 50 ml bottle of the original Lolita Lempicka scent packaged with three 20 ml fragrances featuring accords from the original: Caprice Violette, Caprice Réglisse (licorice blossom and patchouli), Caprice Amarena (almond and white musk). The set debuts in France in March.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Ulrich Lang Anvers 2 at Aedes

Ulrich Lang has launched Anvers 2, a new fragrance for men:
[Ulrich Lang] describes the new scent as warm and inviting, characterizing the blend as an enveloping fragrance with clarity and freshness. The notes in Anvers 2 are warm, inviting, and intimate. Top notes in the fragrance are Bergamot, Lime, Lemon, Black Pepper, Wild Basil, Rhubarb and Cypress. The heart notes are Bulgarian Rose, Jasmine, Lily, Mimosa, Blond Woods, including Cedarwood and Sandalwood, and Vetiver; while the base notes are comprised of Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Musk, amber, Olibanum and Oakmoss.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Calypso St Barth Lily

Lily is the third fragrance release from Calypso St. Barth, best known for the cult favorite Léa. The notes include blackberry, strawberry, rose and musk (and presumably, lily). Calypso St. Barth Lily is available now at the Montaigne Market boutique in Paris, 60€ for 100 ml. (via

Update: additional notes include cassis, lemon, Italian tangerine, white peach, raspberry and sandalwood, and Luckyscent describes Calypso St Barth Lily as "airy and sexy and flirty". The Eau de Parfum is $90 for 100 ml.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Michel Germain Sexual Secret

Michel Germain has launched Sexual Secret, a new fruity floral oriental fragrance for women exclusive to Victoria's Secret stores:

Ultra-flirtatious, sexy and luscious to the core. This fragrance has a secret ingredient that lingers on the skin, an aphrodisiac so precious it is never to be revealed, but always remembered.

Notes include red mandarin, pink mango, rose, lotus flower, jasmine, white musk, amber and cashmere wood. Sexual Secret is an Eau de Parfum Spray.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Flirtatious by Flirt!

Flirt!, an Estee Lauder owned brand sold exclusively at Kohls, has launched Flirtatious:
An intoxicating blend of exotic wild berry, enchanting honeysuckle and creamy vanilla.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Cerruti 1881 Lumieres d'Ete

Next month, Cerruti will launch a new limited edition fragrance for women, Cerruti 1881 Lumières d'Eté. The scent was developed by perfumer Nathalie Gracia-Cetto and the fruity floral chypre will feature notes of bergamot, mandarin, peach, magnolia, peony, rose, woods, musk and patchouli.
Cerruti 1881 Lumières d'Eté will be available in 100 ml Eau de Toilette.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Heeley Cedre Blanc

Heeley has reformulated and renamed Eau de Cedre. The new fragrance is called Cedre Blanc:

Cedre Blanc (formerly Eau de Cedre) gets a slight reworking--hints of violet and a whisp of white musc are added, giving this fragrance more lift and balance.

The notes include cumin, cardamon, violet leaf, Lebanese cedar and white musc. The fragrance price is $85 for 100 ml of Eau de Parfum.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Origins Shedonism

Origins has launched Shedonism, a new "exotic floral essence":

On the fabled tropical island of Tahiti, the “society of she” is still celebrated with playful passion. There the women wear a fragrant, snow-white Tiaré blossom that holds a special meaning. According to tradition, when the flower is worn behind the left ear, it says her love is taken. Worn on the opposite ear, it means her heart is fancy free. And when she waves the Tiare behind her head, it signals "Follow me". Wear this mist of deep, hypnotic Tahitian Tiare delicately dashed with evocative Jasmine, sweet Petitgrain Mandarin, sparkling Bergamot and Basil like a fragrant ornament and enjoy the "Sweet Life" of Polynesia every day.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Voluspa Victoria Collection

Voluspa has launched the Victoria Collection, consisting of six fragrances:

Corsica: Fruity, sweet and irresistable! Golden frangipani, tart corsican orange rind and white peppercorn all softened with a gentle warm musk.

Cult of Helios: Soft, sexy, lush floral blooms! Peruvian heliotrope blooms and buttery vanilla musk. This one will quickly become your daily signature scent!

Green Datura: Fresh and green! Green vein datura, sweet lemon bloom, green apple and fresh freesia. Ideal for the hot summer!

Vanity: Powdery and delicate! Mimosa acadian bloom, crumbled amber resin, pure sugar cane and fresh raspberry.

Pink Fatale: Soft, delicate and feminine. Pink grapefruit, juicy mandarin, arum lilies and cashmere. The cashmere softens this fruity scent so that it is soft and sexy!

Tuberosa Agave: Fresh and green with a slightly sexy dry down. Mexican tuberose, blue orris, coconut milk, musk and vetiver make this scent highly desirable.

Each of the Victoria Collection fragrances is available at b-glowing in Petite Roll-On Perfume with matching decorative cylinder, $24 for 15.5 ml. Buy any 3 of the fragrances, get the 4th free: just put your free selection under "Additional Comments" during checkout. Offer expires 2/19.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Liz Claiborne GraphiteBlue by Realities

Liz Claiborne has launched a new fragrance for men, GraphiteBlue by Realities:

Decidedly masculine, disarmingly intimate and definitively memorable. A fresh, modern blend of aromatic sage and cypress warmed with sensuous, masculine chords of white moss, tobacco flower and vetiver.

GraphiteBlue by Realities is available now at macys in 100 ml Cologne Spray, After Shave Soothing Gel and Deodorant.

Calvin Klein Eternity Summer

Calvin Klein will launch two new Eternity Summer fragrances in March. Eternity Summer for women features notes of orange blossom, bergamot, Japanese martini pear, gardenia, white peony, blue hyacinth, tonka bean, heliotrope and white musk. Eternity Summer for men has ocean air, watermelon, coriander, galbanum, star anise, amber, cedar and patchouli.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Celine Dion Spring in Paris

Celine Dion will launch Spring in Paris in March. The fragrance was created by perfumer Richard Herpin, and features notes of redcurrant, blackcurrant, mandarin, lilac, osmanthus, lily of the valley, jasmine, musk, vanilla and soft woods.

Spring in Paris is an Eau de Toilette, and will be available in 15 and 30 ml bottles and in Natural Deodorant.

Matthew Williamson The Collection & Matthew Williamson Sheer

This month, Matthew Williamson will introduce The Collection, a set of four travel-inspired fragrances. Each scent focuses on notes from the original Matthew Williamson fragrance.

Lotus is meant to recall a summer evening in Bali, for example, and has notes of magnolia, cassis and bergamot, plus a lotus flower accord. Warm Sand was created to evoke Morocco and features notes of ginger lily, musk and sandalwood. Ibiza-inspired Jasmine Sambac includes jasmine sambac notes, while Incense, an homage to the mountains of western India, has frankincense, patchouli and labdanum notes. The juices were concocted by International Flavors & Fragrances perfumer Clement Gavarry.

Also coming soon, Matthew Williamson Sheer, a lighter take on the original fragrance, with notes of lime oil, green tea, bergamot, ginger, jasmine, magnolia, lily of the valley, Easter lily, sandalwood, benzoin, amber and musk.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Aveda Rose Attar Pure Fume Absolute

Aveda is launching a limited edition fragrance for Valentine's Day, Rose Attar Pure Fume Absolute. It is Aveda's first fragrance release in the last four years, and production will be limited to 3700 numbered bottles (if you want one, you might want to get in touch with your local Aveda now; some stores are pre-selling their allocation).

Rose Attar Pure Fume Absolute is certified organic, and each bottle is said to contain over 500 Bulgarian rose petals blended with Indian sandalwood. The price will be $125 for 1/4 oz.

Friday, February 2, 2007

Tom Ford Private Blend

Tom Ford will launch Private Blend, a collection of 12 unisex fragrances, in March. The fragrances are Amber Absolute, Noir de Noir, Velvet Gardenia, Black Violet, Tobacco Vanille, Oud Wood, Purple Patchouli, Bois Rouge, Moss Breches, Tuscan Leather, Neroli Portofino and Japan Noir, and here are the few scent descriptions we have so far, courtesy of Women's Wear Daily:

Purple Patchouli is “sort of Sixties, with orchid, black leather and amber,” said Ford. “Bois Rouge has red cedarwood; Noir de Noir is a chypre oriental with patchouli and tree moss; Moss Breches is this really rare moss, and Tobacco Vanille smells like pipe tobacco. And these are fully developed fragrances, not one-note products.”

Look for them in the new Tom Ford boutique scheduled to open on Madison Avenue, and in Bergdorf Goodman and selected Saks & Neiman Marcus stores. And save your pennies: 50 ml Eau de Parfum will be $165; 250 ml (!) will be $450.

Update: here are the individual descriptions for the Tom Ford Private Blend scents...

Amber Absolute ~ "A hallmark private blend fragrance. Amber Absolute is a honey colored scent infused with the purest form of Amber, joined by a tenacious refrain of African Incense, Labdanum, Rich Woods and a touch of Vanilla Bean."

Black Violet ~ "Crisp Citrus surrounds a modern pulpy fruit accord, fused with Black Violets. Woody accents fold into Oakmoss adding the universally comforting sensation of warmth."

Bois Rouge ~ "This woody oriental opens with a blend of elegant citrus and spice. The luxurious heart reveals Cedarwood, Patchouli, Jasmine and Muguet. Sandalwood, Vetiver, Amber and refined Leather are warmed by Vanilla and Tonka, adding lasting depth and texture."

Japon Noir ~ "A contemporary fragrance enriched with flavors from the past opens with an inviting spice bouquet and warms to reveal Patchouli and Porto Noir Accords. Night Blooming Jasmine, Leather, Amber and Vetiver add a deeper, sleeker touch."

Moss Breches ~ "Dark and complex, this mystical chypre combines fresh wood and warm spice notes with the delicate essence of Beeswax Absolute. The scent intensifies with the addition of ingredients such as Moroccan Clary Sage, Hungarian Tarragon, Corsican Rosemary and Labdanum, Patchouli and Benzoin."

Neroli Portofino ~ "A modern intercontinental version of an iconic fragrance theme balances luminous citrus oils and floral notes with Amber undertones that awaken the senses and leave a splashy yet substantive impression."

Noir de Noir ~ "A dark chypre oriental, this scent opens with an earthy mantle of richly woven Saffron, Black Rose and Black Truffle, with hints of floralcy. Underneath, Vanilla, Patchouli, Oud Wood and Tree Moss soften the intensity, making the scent a sensual experience."

Oud Wood ~ "Exotic Rose Wood and Cardamom, blended with exuberant Chinese Pepper, envelop the wearer in warmth. Eventually, the center exposes a smokey blend of rare Oud Wood, Sandalwood and Vetiver. Finally, the creamy scents of Tonka Bean, Vanilla and Amber are revealed."

Purple Patchouli ~ "This 60’s inspired floral woody fragrance opens with an elegant Orchid Accord and wet, succulent citrus notes. The heart blends Noir Leather and a signature Patchouli Accord with exotic spices, supported by the intense depth of Amber, Patchouli, Peru Balsam and Vetiver."

Tobacco Vanille ~ "A modern take on an old world men’s club. A smooth oriental, Tobacco Vanille opens immediately with opulent essences of Tobacco Leaf and aromatic spice notes. The heart unfolds with creamy Tonka Bean, Tobacco Flower, Vanilla and Cocoa, and finishes with a dry fruit accord, enriched with Sweet Wood Sap."

Tuscan Leather ~ "A chypre blend of notes brings a raw, yet reserved sensuality to this original take on a classic leather scent. Saffron, Raspberry and Thyme open to Olibanum and Night Blooming Jasmine. Leather, Black Suede and Amberwood add an intricate richness."

Velvet Gardenia (shown above) ~ "A heady floral blend of ripened Black Gardenia and succulent Orange deepens into a heart of Jasmine, Rose and Muguet. Tuberose blends with Dark Plum, Honey and Beeswax, finishing with a smooth accord of Incense and Labdanum."

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Jennifer Lopez Glow After Dark

Jennifer Lopez launched Glow After Dark late last year. It is her 7th fragrance, and the 4th in the Glow franchise (following Glow, Miami Glow, and Love at First Glow). The notes feature mandarin, melon, white cherry, passion fruit, jasmine, peony, freesia, rose, orange flower, pink musk, tree moss, blonde woods and patchouli.

Glow After Dark is being advertised with the tag line "wild. sexy. breathless.", and as a late at night, out partying 'til dawn sort of perfume, rather like Britney Spears' Midnight Fantasy. Britney's fragrance, despite the sexy advertising, seems largely geared towards an audience that probably isn't allowed out that late, so I was curious to see what J Lo would do with the concept.

The requisite sweet fruits are there in the top notes, but not for long: this isn't the girly-fruity floral that was Love at First Glow, and it doesn't even begin to approach the sugar levels of Midnight Fantasy. The heart is that sheer blur of nondescript florals that characterize all the recent celebrity releases; the dry down is lots and lots of pale woody musk. The notes call it "pink musk", and that is exactly what it smells like. It soft and velvety-plush, more clean than not, and too bland to describe in any more detail than that.

It is marginally more sexy than Midnight Fantasy, I suppose, but only because it leaves out the grape Kool-Aid part. The truth is that if you put Midnight Fantasy on one arm, and Glow After Dark on another, after an hour you'll be hard pressed to remember which is which — they smell slightly different, but neither has enough personality to make it worth sorting out. After two hours, it might take a trained perfumer to correctly identify them from a line-up. Of the two fragrances, I like the Glow After Dark a bit better, but I'd much rather wear Glow, Miami Glow, or Live, any of which have more spunk and vitality than Glow After Dark.

Glow After Dark by J Lo is available in 30, 50 and 100 ml bottles of Eau de Toilette (with matching bling), or in Night Bright Body Lotion, Liquid Pearl Shower Gel and a Wearable Solid Perfume Pendant. Unlike Miami Glow and Love at First Glow, Glow After Dark will be an addition to the regular line (i.e., not a limited edition).

At the moment, you can request a free sample via the Jennifer Lopez Beauty website, and don't forget to vote for your favorite Glow Girl.