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Valentine's Day Gifts: All Sets for Gifts This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Gifts: All Set(s) for Gifts This Valentine’s Day

This gift set isWhen it comes to gift-giving on Valentine’s Day, it’s always best to give something personal. Nothing is more personal than the gift of fragrance, plus it’s a no-fail option Valentine’s Day gifts. For those special women in your life, we present the following must-have fragrances; these fragrances are sure to excite, and they come with bonuses. We’re sharing the best fragrance gift sets to give the love of your life or your best friend.

Valentine's Day Gifts: All Sets for Gifts This Valentine’s Day

This year, Viktor&Rolf and Valentino are making gifting fragrance even easier with their adorable Valentine’s Day sets featuring their iconic fragrances Flowerbomb, and Donna Born in Roma. Both of these Valentine’s Day gifts will ensure your special someone feels extra loved this year. Zodica captures the true essence of your loved one based on their zodiac traits and turns it into a fragrance as unique as they are, and the power of Jason Wu and Deborah Lippmann combine to bring you the ultimate gift set.

Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Valentine’s Day Box, $125.00 – this beautiful gift set contains a 50ml EDP, 50ml Shower Gel, a 40ml Body Cream, and a Flowerbomb Mini EDP.

Valentino Donna Born in Roma Valentine’s Day Set, $148.00 – this striking gift set contains a 100ml EDP and 30ml Body Cream. The fragrance is born in a trio of the world’s best-selected jasmine flower varieties, blended with vanilla bourbon. It’s also infused with the cool kick of a woody, animalistic overdose in an irreverent twist.

Zodica Perfumery 8ml Gift Set Twist & Spritz, $40.00 – this travel-size, handcrafted perfume is designed based on the zodiac signs and comes in an unbreakable container. They are all cruelty-free, vegan and gluten-free. Our Scorpio fragrance features the following notes.: Oakmoss, Patchouli, Dark Musk, Apricot, Black Plum, Tuberose, Rose, Sandalwood, and Cedarwood. Made with Certified Organic Alcohol Derived from Grapes

Jason Wu x Deborah Lippmann Perfume & Polish Giftset, $25.00 – this Limited Edition collaboration is perfect for the beauty lover. This gift set is beautifully crafted from the inside out. The Eau de Parfum is constructed around one of perfumery’s most prized ingredients: the rare jasmine. Enhanced by an extravagant floral bouquet and sensual woods, the fragrance reflects Jason’s uncompromising passion and attention to detail.

Like we said, giving a fragrance gift set as Valentine’s Day gifts is no-fail. They are sure to love it!! Wouldn’t you love to receive one of these gift sets this V-Day?

National Fragrance Day with Cartier, Proenza Schouler and Viktor & Rolf

Did you know that yesterday, March 21st, the first day of Spring, was also National Fragrance Day? We think Mother Nature loves the wonderful scent of fragrances instead of the spring season since we got such a heavy snowstorm. On the other hand, the latest scents from Cartier, Proenza Schouler, and Viktor & Rolf are more than ready to have you spritzing into spring. To honor National Fragrance Day, here are some of Spring’s must-have fragrances that will have you smelling wonderful all season long.

Whether you love floral, spicy, or musky fragrances, National Fragrance Day is the perfect time to celebrate it all, especially when you have these wonderful designer fragrances available to you.

The Classic Woman: Cartier La Panthère Eau de Parfum

What better time than the Spring season to wear this floral fragrance with feline notes, illuminated with gardenia, a lively flower peppered with chypre and velvety nuances and comprised of an accord in three parts, chypre, floral and musk. Get a 1.6oz bottle for $110.00 at www.Macys.com.

The Wanderlust Seeker: Proenza Schouler Arizona Eau de Parfum

Inspired by nature, this scent includes an innovative floral accord of white cactus flower never before used in perfumery combined with a creamy orris sparking your spirit of discovery.  It is the first fragrance from designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the duo behind the sought-after New York womenswear label. Get a 1.7 oz bottle for $100.00 exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue and www.SaksFifthAvenue.com.

The Fun, Flirty & Outgoing Gal: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum

Containing 1,000 flowers in each bottle, this explosive floral scent captivates and transforms anything into something positive making it a new kind of flower power. Get a 1.7oz bottle for $115.00 at www.Sephora.com.

The Bold, Daring Man: Cartier Declaration Eau de Parfum

Although we don’t normally highlight men’s products, men love fragrances too. Ladies, you’ll want to have your man wearing this modern, elegant twist on a classic scent. The masculine and bold scent is intensely spicy and woody, making it a perfect addition to any man’s routine. Get a 3.3oz bottle for $135.oo on www.Cartier.com.

What do you guys think of these amazing fragrances? What fragrance did you wear on National Fragrance Day?

New Launch Alert: Hard Candy Pink and Black Fragrances & Body Mists

Raise your hand if your teen years included Hard Candy beauty products? From nail polishes with those cool collectible rings to lip glosses, our bag was never without this cool makeup brand. What started with a distinct nail polish color has evolved into makeup, accessories, eyewear, and fragrances. Hard Candy recently revealed the launch of a signature fragrance and body mist in two refreshing new scents – Pink and Black. The Hard Candy Pink and Black Fragrances & Body Mists are made for women and inspired by the energy and confidence of the edgy and flirtatious Hard Candy girl.

The Hard Candy Hard Candy Pink and Black Fragrances & Body Mists feature a mood boosting blend of fresh fruits and elegant musks. The fragrances unveil top notes of fruit, mid notes of floral and lower notes that embody sweet flavors. The scents are packaged in modern black and pink matte shell bottles, in the striking combination of bright pink and black.

Hard Candy Pink Eau de Parfum Fragrance and Body Mist

The Hard Candy Pink Eau de Parfum Fragrance Spray and Body Mist features a floral gourmand blend. A luscious, juicy and divine scent that playfully teases and arouses the senses for an overdose of passion and spark. It evokes freshness and warm and exhilarates your senses thanks to its romantic, floral musk. The notes for Hard Candy Pink include:

Top Notes – California Tangerine and Pink Passion Fruit
Heart Notes – Fluffy Pink Peony and Sheer Jasmine
Base Notes – Vanilla Sugar and Sensual Musk

Hard Candy Pink comes in three categories, a 1.7 fl oz Eau de Parfum Fragrance Spray ($12.99), an 8.0 fl oz Fragrance Body Mist ($6.99), and a Gift Set which includes a fragrance, mist and a lipstick.

Hard Candy Black Eau de Parfum Fragrance and Body Mist

The Hard Candy Black Eau de Parfum Fragrance Spray and Body Mist is a fruity, floral blend. A flirty, feminine scent wrapped with a delicious sugar-coated mix of sweet and gourmand notes all wrapped in a creamy, exotic bouquet. This fashionable fragrance evokes a cool sophistication of sweet scents that will exhilarate your senses with scents that offer an endless trail of floral, fruit and sugared notes. The notes for Hard Candy Black include:

Top Notes – Lush Kiwi and Juicy Mango
Heart Notes – Quince Blossom and Vanilla Absolute
Base Notes – Sugared Iris and Warm Amber

Like Pink, Hard Candy Black also comes in three categories, a 1.7 fl oz Eau de Parfum Fragrance Spray ($12.99), an 8.0 fl oz Fragrance Body Mist ($6.99), and a Gift Set which includes a fragrance, mist and a lipstick.

The Hard Candy Pink and Black Eau de Parfum Fragrance Sprays and Body Mists are available exclusively at Walmart. Have you tried the new Hard Candy Pink and Black fragrances? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the fragrance launch.

GIVEAWAY: The 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards

When it comes to selecting a fragrance, choosing your favorite, the fragrance that captures you, captivates you, and expresses what makes you, you, is a very personal thing. In honor of, and partnership with, the 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards, we’re here to celebrate your favorite fragrances; by voting for your favorite among the Fragrance Foundation nominees (voting is now closed) in the Consumer Choice Awards, we’re giving four readers the chance to win their choice of the nominated scents.

Thirteen fragrances are nominated in three categories, Women’s Fragrances, Men’s Fragrances, and for the first time ever, this year welcomes the Fragrance Hall of Fame nominees. The full list of the 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards nominees (in alphabetical order) include:

Women’s Fragrances

Coach Eau de Parfum
Magic in the Air by Bath & Body Works Signature Collection
Ralph Lauren Tender Romance
Sweet Like Candy Ariana Grande
Victoria’s Secret Crush

Men’s Fragrances

Montblanc Legend Spirit
Nautica Voyage Sport
Ralph Lauren Polo Blue Eau de Parfum

Fragrance Hall of Fame

Estée Lauder pleasures
ETERNITY Calvin Klein for Men
Ralph Lauren Romance
Victoria’s Secret Heavenly
Warm Vanilla Sugar by Bath & Body Works Signature Collection

Do you see a personal favorite from the selected Eau de Parfums, Eau de Toilettes, and Colognes featured above? Then vote for it and you just might win it! Voting for the 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards ends on May 31st at 11:59:59 pm EST, and it will count as an entry to win one of the above fragrances, so we advise you to vote now. While the winners of nominated scents will be announced at The Fragrance Foundation Awards on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, the winners of our giveaway will be announced next week. To enter our 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards, see the Rafflecopter entry form below, and again, don’t forget to vote for your favorite nominated fragrance.

To vote your favorite scents, click on www.fragrance.org/vote (voting is now closed), and to enter our 2017 Fragrance Foundation Consumer Choice Awards giveaway, see the Rafflecopter entry form below, and again, don’t forget to vote for your favorite nominated fragrance.

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Mother’s Day Gifts for The Mom Who Loves Timeless Fragrances

As any woman will tell you, a tranquil fragrance can leave you feeling like you’re floating, relaxed, and revitalized. Just like an invigorating fragrance can energize and exhilarate you. What if you can give the gift of these well-being feelings to the women in your life this Mother’s Day?  Today we present those products, the Le Couvent des Minimes Eau Sereine collection, and Avon Little Black Dress, that any woman would love to receive as Mother’s Day gifts.

For The Mom Who Needs Tranquility: Le Couvent des Minimes Eau Sereine collection

Le Couvent des Minimes Eau Sereine collection
Inspired by the serene setting of the Convent in the South of France, this collection will help mom indulge in a moment of perfect calm and serenity. The collection features a selection of premium products, like the nourishing hand cream and the blissful pillow mist, designed to indulge mom in total relaxation, and is available on usa.lecouventdesminimes.com, and select products at ULTA Beauty. The collection includes:

Botanical Cologne of Serenity ($38.00): Inspired by the breathtaking surroundings of the Convent, this botanical fragrance captures the tranquil waters of a lake high in the mountains of Haute-Provence. Made from an original recipe, the fragrance blends delicate lavender and bergamot for a relaxing scent, while lily of the valley, rose and blueberry notes combine over base notes of warm cedar for a revitalizing finish.

Moisturizing Hand Cream ($8.00): Light and silky, this indulgent hand cream helps to soften and hydrate dry hands. The fragrance pays homage to the Original Recipe with a signature blend of lavender and mandarin, leaving hands lightly scented.

Relaxing Shower Gel ($12.00): Inspired by the relaxing setting of the Convent, this rich, plant-based cleansing base gently cleanses skin while leaving behind a revitalizing fragrance.

Relaxing Foaming Bath ($19.00): Create an atmosphere of well-being with this luxurious, cleansing foam. Made from an original recipe, the foam combines lavender with mandarin for a calm, restful scent.

Relaxing Pillow Mist ($18.00): Drift away to peaceful relaxation with this gentle mist. The scent blends essential oils with florals for a fragrance that evokes a sense of calmness. Simply spray the fragrance onto your linens or in your bedroom, and allow the soothing scent to provide an instant feeling of well-being.

For The Mom Who Loves Elegant Fragrances: Avon Little Black Dress

Avon Little Black Dress
Just like any LBD, which embodies classic elegance, Avon’s The Little Black Dress fragrance ($25.00) is a perfect addition to your list of Mother’s Day Gifts. The Little Black Dress is the first in a new fragrance collection designed for the woman who appreciates the finer things in life. The Oriental scent, originally launhed in 2001, redebuts in a midnight-black cap with peek-a-boo pump and black-backed bottle featuring accents in shimmering gold.

Timeless and classic, Little Black Dress opens with sparkling citrus notes of fresh Italian lemon oil, sourced from the finest lemon groves in Italy. The scent develops to reveal a delicate floral heart of exotic white jasmine essence, with warm and captivating sandalwood finishing the scent, with deeply creamy, woody notes. To purchase The Little Black Dress fragrance, visit AVON.com to shop online or locate an Avon Representative.

What are your thoughts on these aromatic Mother’s Day Gifts?

NYC Events: Meet Fashion Designer Derek Lam at SEPHORA

Fashion addicts, this is a full alert! If plans to meet renowned fashion designer Derek Lam is on your bucket list, here is your chance to finally cross it off. Thanks to the wonderful people at Sephora, everyone’s favorite beauty haven, the designer will be on hand to help you discover his new Derek Lam 10 Crosby fragrance collection and film collaboration. Are your ready to meet Fashion Designer Derek Lam at Sephora?

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The Derek Lam 10 Crosby fragrance collection features 10 distinctive, modern fragrances based on one New York City street, 10 stories, and 10 moments. From fresh and floral to deep and oriental, the scents constructions vary from simple and chic to
complex and sophisticated, yet all are modern and unique. In regards to the fragrance bottles, Derek selected a color palate that would be varied in hue to tone. He first selected fabric swatches, then worked on translating those colors into glass, and the end result is the collection of beautifully hued fragrances you see above. The initial collection has 2 distinct sizes to create a visually, impactful skyline – 175ml and 50ml.

FRAGRANCE NAMES WITH NOTES

  1. Derek Lam 10 Crosby SILENT ST – White Musks
  2. Derek Lam 10 Crosby LOOKING GLASS – Chinese Magnolia and Tonka Bean Madagascar
  3. Derek Lam 10 Crosby HI-FI – Pink Peony and French Narcisse
  4. Derek Lam 10 Crosby DRUNK ON YOUTH – Crisp Apple and Honeysuckle
  5. Derek Lam 10 Crosby AFLOAT – White Mimosa and Orris
  6. Derek Lam 10 Crosby RAIN DAY – Neroli Tunisia and Vetiver Haiti
  7. Derek Lam 10 Crosby SOMETHING WILD – Cedarwood and Vanilla Bean Madagascar
  8. Derek Lam 10 Crosby ELLIPSIS – Australian Sandalwood and Jasmine
  9. Derek Lam 10 Crosby BLACKOUT – Osmanthus and Chai Tea Essence
  10. Derek Lam 10 Crosby 2AM KISS – Salty Wood and Crystallized Amber

Derek Lam meet and greetThe event takes place on Saturday, April 2nd,  from 1 pm – 7 pm at Sephora Meatpacking, located at 21-27 Ninth Avenue. Sample each scent and meet and greet with Derek Lam at 2 pm. For more information on the event, call Sephora at (212) 510-7941.

The Derek Lam 10 Crosby fragrance collection is exclusively at Sephora and on Sephora.com for $175 (175mL), $95 (50mL), and Collection Gift Set for $95 (Eau de Parfum). Mark your calendars for this amazing opportunity to meet Derek Lam at Sephora.

Macy’s Scent Stories and 42nd Annual Macy’s Flower Show

The 42nd Annual Macy’s Flower Show was the spectacular backdrop to showcase the vast array of available men’s and women’s fragrances, and the spring season’s signature scents. The scent event, held on National Fragrance Day, was the perfect way to get to know the various Macy’s Scent Stories. The scent event guides customers to find their perfect scent, through Macy’s selection of fragrances. From March 23rd and runs until April 2nd, customers can discover the right fragrance for them. The fragrances are categorized in six Scent Stories – Romantic & Feminine, Sexy & Glamorous, Confident & Sophisticated, Fresh & Flirty, Fresh & Understated, and Powerful & Masculine.

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To help celebrate the scent event, five perfumers from the famed houses were on hand to share their expertise on their craft and fragrances. They included (from left to right), Frank Voelkl of Firmenich, Pascal Gauvin of IFF, Harry Fremont of Firmenich, Rodrigo Flores-Roux of Givaudan, and Ralf Schwieger of MANE (pictured below with Elizabeth Musmanno, President of the Fragrance Foundation and event Host Linda Levy, Macy’s VP and DMM Fragrances).

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At the early morning event, guests were ushered through the Macy’s Scent Stories stations where the Perfumers highlighted their fragrance of the season

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Harry Fremont of Firmenich, at the Romantic & Feminine station, highlighted Ralph Lauren Tender Romance,  a delicate floral fragrance that “celebrates the sweet and gentle moments of falling in love for the first time.”

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Frank Voelkl of Firmenich, at the at the Sexy & Glamorous station, highlighted Gucci Bamboo, an intense fragrance that celebrates the duality of women,  strong and graceful, soft and intense.

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Ralf Schwieger of MANE, at the Confident & Sophisticated station, highlighted Giorgio Armani Si (our favorite scent), a sensuous fragrance that celebrates the modern woman who embodies modern femininity, grace, strength and an independent spirit.

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Pascal Gauvin of IFF, at the Fresh & Flirty station, highlighted Calvin Klein CK2 (only available at Macy’s),  a dual-faceted scent that balances spicy electric freshness and the warmth of magnetic woods. We find ourselves loving this sequel more than it’s predecessor, from its wonderful magnetic juice, to its inspiring bottle (which stands upside down by the way).

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Last but certainly not at all least, was Rodrigo Flores-Roux of Givaudan at the Powerful & Masculine station, who highlighted the John Varvatos and John Varvatos Dark Rebel fragrances, to distinct scents to celebrate today’s strong, modern man. One is sophisticated yet relaxed, while the other is cool, sensual and sophisticated fragrance.

After the scent event, we were invited to tour the stunning floral arrangements that made up the 42nd Annual Macy’s Flower Show, whose theme was “America the Beautiful” inspired by the stunning regions that make up this great country.

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You may recognize iconic structures like the San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and the Statue of Liberty’s torch, among others at the show. we had a wonderful time discovering our new signature scent and taking in the floral beauty that is the X 42nd Annual Macy’s Flower Show. Take a look at some photos from the event and make sure to visit Macy’s Herald Square to get to know the Macy’s Scent Stories and the beautiful flowers.

The Gift of Aromatic Pleasure | The Newest Fragrance Launches

Smelling great has just gotten easier, thanks to the latest fragrance launches hitting the shelves this fall. Today I am highlighting the newest must-have scents that are sure to tantalize your senses. There’s much to love this season, from new celebrity fragrances, to additions to classic scents.  Here are a few of the fragrances that recently launched, but you can enjoy year round. Welcome fragrances from Elizabeth Arden, Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift, Elizabeth Taylor, Juicy Couture, One Direction, Britney Spears, and John Varvatos:

Elizabeth Arden UNTOLD and UNTOLD ABSOLU

Elizabeth Arden UNTOLD is described as “the signature fragrance of the modern woman”, a feminine, sophisticated, luxurious, modern, and sensual scent that is as multifaceted as today’s modern woman. There is so much more to us than what is seen at the surface, which is brilliantly expressed through UNTOLD. This sentiment is perfectly expressed by IFF perfumer, Clement Gavvary: “I wanted UNTOLD to be a harmonious balance of the many facets of a woman, which, for me is the source of genuine beauty…” I would say this statement is something that all women can attest to.
The newest addition to the UNTOLD collection is UNTOLD ABSOLU. My favorite types of fragrances give you more than one note of scent that all compliment each other, which UNTOLD ABSOLU achieves. Boasting fruity accents, such as black raspberry and red plum, one of my favorite scents, Tahitian vanilla bourbon, along with many other notes that blend together, this fragrance is luxuriously feminine, captivating, and inviting, without being overwhelming.

J by Jennifer Aniston

Elizabeth Arden presents the J by Jennifer Aniston. This fragrance strives to give us the feel of the beach, along with floral and bright citrus notes. It’s clean, subtle scent celebrates the typical girl next door. The J by Jennifer Aniston is like a luxurious island vacation in a bottle.

Incredible Things by Taylor Swift

Making even more strides in the fragrance industry, Elizabeth Arden helps bring Taylor Swift’s fragrance story to her fans. Incredible Things by Taylor Swift encapsulates Swift’s persona in a bottle: soft, sweet, and full of life. This fragrance has notes of vanilla, sparkling grapefruit, and white amber, resulting in a romantic, warm fragrance that would make a great gift for Christmas or Valentine’s Day.

Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds Lustre

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The new Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds Lustre has kept the overall iconic design we all know and love, housed in a new purple hue, perhaps to celebrate her signature eye color.

Elizabeth Taylor’s iconic fragrance White Diamonds fragrance celebrates its 20th anniversary. White Diamonds is a household name, and rightly so. The iconic fragrance line welcomes a new scent, White Diamonds Lustre Elizabeth Taylor, that just screams luxury. As famously put by Elizabeth Taylor herself, “a girl can always have more diamonds.” White Diamonds Lustre Elizabeth Taylor gives women a scent that is an updated take on the classic scent. This new edition to the White Diamonds family really highlights the original fragrance, while offering something new.

Viva La Juicy So Intense

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The Limited Edition Viva La Juicy So Intense fragrance has taken the classic Juicy Couture bow and gone uber-luxe with a metallic version to give that extra shine.

Juicy Couture launched their 4th limited edition fragrance, Viva La Juicy So Intense, in September. Viva La Juicy So Intense is described as luxurious and decadent, which is how every woman should feel! This fragrance is fun and new, and perfect for any woman who knows she deserves to have it all, while still having fun.

One Direction You & I

I love the packaging for You & I by One Direction. The sharp angles and elongated cap give a very sophisticated feel to this fragrance.

One Direction, known for loving their fans, and they wanted to give them something special, which is why launched their newest fragrance, You & I. The fragrance embodies that fleeting time in between spring and summer, where everything is blooming and the weather is perfect. The fragrance, launched in August, is a great balance between fruity, citrusy, floral, and earthy notes. Fans will especially love the surprise keepsake ring, featured around the bottle’s neck.

Fantasy Britney Spears and Fantasy Britney Spears Stage Edition

The bottle on the left is Fantasy Britney Spears Stage Edition, a limited edition, inspired by one of Britney’s most iconic performances, I’m A Slave 4 U, from the 2001 MTV Music Awards. The bottle boasts a snakeskin print, reminiscent of the yellow python Britney draped around her shoulders during the performance. A must have collectible for any Britney Spears fan!

My personal favorite fragrance is Fantasy Britney Spears. The fragrance features notes of exotic fruits, such as red lychee, quince, and kiwi, which pairs perfectly with its cupcake accord (which I love!), jasmine petals, and white chocolate orchid. The fragrance is sweet, fruity, and unforgettable. This has become my go-to fragrance as it keeps me smelling and feeling great all day long.

John Vavartos OUD

Oud is housed in the classic John Vavartos’ fragrances flask, but it has been redresses with  gold mesh to look like a rocker’s microphone. This bottle is a new and innovative twist on the old favorite.

A great gift for a man of sophisticated, refined taste: John vavartos’ OUD. The fragrance uses sweet tobacco, along with clary sage to capture a man’s masculinity, while there are some playful notes which can be credited to scents such as juniper berries. A medley of scents meant to encompass the many sides of a sophisticated and worldly man, this would make a great gift for any of the men in your life.

What are your go-to fragrances? Which of these new launches are you drying to try?

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