Saturday, 20 July 2013

BEAUTY & STYLE: Smell Nice!!! Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, YSL, and More Launch New Scents

 It is a well-known fact that women from all over the world find perfumes to be irresistible. When women are looking for a new perfume to buy, they always look for something divine and exotic in the brands they choose. Whenever shopping for perfumes, their eyes go through their already tried and tested brands to see if they have made any new additions to their line of products. Also, whenever a woman gets even a small whiff of a new perfume, she will go to any length to find out the name of that fragrance. For guys, it is the perfect gift to give to their wives, girlfriends or wives. Because let’s face it, women wouldn't be women if they didn't fuss about their looks, their hair, their clothes, shoes, personality and other things. Perfumes give an icing on the cake and the sweet smell of their fragrance accompanies them wherever they go be it to parties or other events. We have compiled a Top Ten List of the Best Perfumes available for Women for the year 2013.

Check out our selection below: 

Balenciaga L’Eau Rose

Housed in a sleek faceted bottle with a matte black cap, Balenciaga's new scent, L'Eau Rose, blooms with floral musk. Its pale pink juice, concocted by perfumer Olivier Polge (who also worked with the Parisian house on its Balenciaga Paris and Balenciaga L'Essence fragrances), combines violet with the freshness of blackberry and the spiciness of pepper and patchouli. Find L'Eau Rose at Balenciaga boutiques and ($90 for 1.7 fluid ounces or $115 for 2.5 fluid ounces).

Jimmy Choo Flash

Jimmy Choo's innate red carpet glamour now comes in bottle form. Flash, the brand's second eau, is about "the sense of power a woman feels when dressed in a pair of sexy shoes," creative director Sandra Choi explains. Based around a bouquet of exotic white flowers—think tuberose, jasmine, and white lily—the heady scent is contained in a reflective flacon, inspired by the flash of a paparazzi bulb. Snap Flash up exclusively at Nordstrom stores and ($75 for 2.2 fluid ounces or $98 for 3.3 fluid ounces).

Just Cavalli by Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli's younger line, Just Cavalli, just got a signature scent. With Georgia May Jagger as its face, the perfume oozes sexiness, courtesy of its sensual floral combination of neroli, Tahitian tiare flower, and wood accords. Its bottle, too, is pure Cavalli—rose-colored glass and shiny gold accents are capped off with a pink snakeskin-wrapped top. What else would you expect from the king of animal prints, after all? Grab Just Cavalli at ($60 for 1.7 fluid ounces or $75 for 2.5 fluid ounces).


Uniqueness and pattern play—two pillars of the Marni world—figure strongly into the house's just-launched first fragrance. Eschewing the typical fruity or floral options, the self-titled juice blends spicy and woody notes—incense, with a touch of black rose. "It’s a perfume that’s quite individual," Consuelo Castiglioni, Marni’s creative director, told WWD. The flacon, inspired by an old bottle Castiglioni discovered in a flea market 20 years ago, comes covered in polka dots, a nod to Marni's signature graphic prints. Marni is available exclusively at Marni boutiques,, Saks Fifth Avenue, and ($75 for 1 fluid ounce, $105 for 2.2 fluid ounces, or $155 for 4 fluid ounces).

Chanel 1932

In 1932, Coco Chanel debuted her first fine jewelry collection, "Bijoux de Diamants," full of dazzling diamond stars and comets. To commemorate that collection's 80th anniversary, Chanel has introduced Chanel 1932, designed by master perfumer Jacques Polge. The 14th fragrance in the Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection (all of which recognize a different aspect of the Parisian house's spirit), Chanel 1932 emits a soft, woody scent, tempered with a hint of jasmine. Search out Chanel 1932 at specialty stores and ($130 for 2.5 fluid ounces or $230 for 6.8 fluid ounces).

Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto

Change has been the mantra at Yves Saint Laurent lately, thanks in large part to Hedi Slimane, and the house's fragrance options aren't excluded. With Jessica Chastain as its face, YSL's latest juice, Manifesto, just hit the States. Jasmine is punctuated by sensual notes of wood and vanilla, all housed in a bottle reminiscent of a woman's silhouette (the amethyst-hued belt is a tribute to Mr. Saint Laurent, for whom purple was the "the color of absolute seduction," according to Stephan Bezy, international general manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beauté). Pick up Manifesto at ($62 for 1 fluid ounce, $82 for 1.6 fluid ounces, or $102 for 3 fluid ounces).

Dolce & Gabbana Desire
“Everything starts with desire. There wouldn’t be seduction, sensuality or passion if it wasn’t for desire,” say Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The duo has thus named their latest fragrance, evocative with its mix of sandalwood, bergamot, and tuberose, after the emotion. With longtime house ambassador Scarlett Johansson as its face, Desire also carries a personal touch—the '30s-style bottle and packaging are inscribed with Stefano Gabbana’s handwriting, done in gold lettering. Score Desire at Saks Fifth Avenue and ($93 for 1.6 fluid ounces or $112 for 2.5 fluid ounces).

Jo Malone Red Roses by Charlotte Stockdale

Under the direction of British stylist Charlotte Stockdale, Jo Malone's Red Roses perfume has been reimagined. The scent, composed of seven different roses, is Stockdale's favorite, and it's becoming a collector's piece—300 individually engraved bottles have been hand-dipped in neon pink paint at her behest. Scope out the limited-edition bottles starting April 1, available exclusively at the Jo Malone store on New York's Bleecker Street ($165 for 3.4 fluid ounces).

Dries Van Noten par Frédéric Malle

Frédéric Malle has embarked on a series of fragrance collaborations—or "fragrance portraits," as he's calling them—with creative minds. His first subject? Dries Van Noten. Built around sandalwood, the modern Oriental scent contains notes of classic perfumes—musk, vanilla, patchouli, and jasmine. “There’s a lot of tradition in it," Van Noten told WWD, "but there’s something also surprising. I hope I evoke the same emotions with my clothes.” Scoop Dries Van Noten par Frédéric Malle up at, Barneys New York, and ($185 for 1.7 fluid ounces or $265 for 3.4 fluid ounces).

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