TO HAVE AND TO HOLD...

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 28 January, 2011 0 comments

                                CONAFFETTO  PROFUMI


                            A FRAGRANCE OF  TRUE FRIENDSHIP

     Three years ago I was a contributing author for a major online magazine. I was so excited about this opportunity to write and explore the world of niche perfumery.



     Several months into writing for this online magazine, I received an email from a reader who stated that she liked my articles and expressed an interest in sending samples of her perfume collection for my review. I was really humbled by this notion because it was my job as the writer to hunt down perfumers and ask them for samples to write reviews but this perfumer reached out to me!



     That was three years ago and today, Hilde Soliani and I have remained friends from around the world.



Hilde Soliani
     Ms. Soliani is from Italy and she is truly an amazing perfumer as I recall, she received her God given talent from a grandparent and this has been her inspiration throughout her perfume collection.




     I wasn’t surprised to hear that Ms. Soliani had created her twentieth fragrance but this time her inspiration was different. The CONAFFETTO PROFUMI COLLECTION was composed in honor of her best friend, Danielle who is to be married soon. Wow, this is a beautiful way of honoring a best friend, but this is only the beginning. CONAFFETO PROFUMI is made with the same ingredients of a popular Italian candy… orange blossom, almond and sugar that are celebrated at weddings! It comes in a pure parfum oil and now in an eau de parfum. A luxurious and regal collection.



     Gourmand fragrances are truly fun and lively to me but CONAFFETTO PROFUMI has a deeper meaning that goes way beyond the scent. So, when I heard about the launch, I had to contact Ms. Soliani to get an exclusive interview with my good friend.



     Ms. Soliani blended all the best of ingredients to create a sweet and floral fragrance for women who are not afraid to be loved and not afraid to show love.





Friend with Conaffetto Profumi
  It is rather simple in fact, for Ms. Soliani she blended these fine ingredients…passion, talent, happiness, friendship and fun.



     The result of these ingredients brings a wonderful luscious scent of romance that is receiving rave reviews.



The interview…






Hi Hilde!


Thank you so much for taking the time out to speak with me. It is indeed an honor.






1. Hilde, I believe Conaffetto PROFUMI is your 20th fragrance creation. What is it that keeps you motivated?


Oh my god ! You Are right ,I have never counted before. Anyway next month I will be launching 2 more already ready one very contemporary eau de cologne for men called Classe.






The inspiration is coming from anywere anytime.It happens like a lightening. The motivation is always to let people get the same emotions like me and enjoying life.


Moreover I know that each fragrance I did is a part of my personality, hobbies,passion andd my way of living.


Profumo e gusto in libertà is my love for creative cuisine always a work in progress.


 My next line is inspired by my Mystical life .....





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2. I read you created CONAFFETTO for the upcoming nuptials of your best friend. Hilde, what is about your friendship with Danielle that inspired you to create CONAFFETTO?

She is very smart and clever lady.Unique with an international mind .The first time I met her was in a nice coffe bar in London and her deep expression impressed me in a positive way. Brilliant blackout make-up eyes ,red dressed.... We have lots in common...the italian roots from her father's side.

3.Conaffetto has such a beautiful meaning and a even more beautiful reason behind the creation. How has Danielle responded to this most thoughtful gift!




She asked me to make one more fragrance following the receipt of her wedding cake....vanilla and rosemary.We did and she will dress it for the wedding day and I did two specials one for her and for others to witness. Moreover I can sell it to everyone ..called Dolceamore sweetlove launching soon.








4. Hilde, you told me that your most loyal customer, Monica came up with the name of CONAFFETTO. How did this happen?






 She is a 30 years lady opened her perfumery  shop La Crisalide 5 years ago in a small village in north Italy.


We started to help each other and become friends even though we have lots of fights and arguments.

She is very romantic and she loves gourmands fragrances. She was asking me to do something different but sweet and elegant for a very long time.

Conaffetto is the union of two words confetto and affetto. In the Italian language it means with lots of love.

Conaffetto is the bonbon made of almond and sugar which we use to eat at weddings.

Affetto Tender feeling...


She knows the customer needs and who they are and being a happy person, too.   
Conaffetto is dedicated to all of them!







5. What does it mean to you being a natural perfumer?




To be as much and similar to nature; and don't destroy what God has given us.







6. CONAFFETTO candy sounds so delicious. How is it served at wedding ceremonies?




First is gifted in a special pack called bomboniera Made mainly of white lace containg five confettis.

Then served during ceremony on a silverplate.


Italy is known worldwide for its confetti. I like it it very much. Before creating this fragrance,  I bought lots of it in order to find the best one. I had to get the understanding of the real almond taste of Sicily.

Why neroli? Because the orange flower is the typical italian wedding flower.










Hilde, I could talk to you for hours about CONAFFETTO but I know you have more important things to do. Thank you so much again and Congratulations and continued success to you!





Next week, Monica and I will launch the eau de parfum and I have to tell you that conaffetto is my second fragrance after il tuo tulipano that I wear all the time.  It follows me everywhere. Now I am on the train to Torino to see the first of my best friend's director.

The same person who is doing the music for my videos and preparing the installation for the Russian  market.

Dont hesitate to call me with any questions. It has been a pleasure.


 
Ciao kiss Hilde!

   To order or for more information go to hildesol@tin.it

   CONAFFETTO PROFUMI COLLECTION comes in a 10 ml Pure Parfum Oil and 100 ml Eau de Parfum

   Photo Credits: Courtesy of Hilde Soliani Profumi and flickr.com

**************GIVEAWAY************

   Through the generosity of HILDE SOLIANI PROFUMI, A GIVEAWAY of one 10 ml Pure Parfum Oil composed by Hilde Soliani of Italy.

   The contest starts Friday, January 28th through Friday, February 4th at 8:00pm (EST).
***The deadline has been extended to Monday, February 1, 2011 at 8:00pm (EST)********

2. Put Hilde Soliani Contest on the subject line.
3. Add your city and state in the body

That's it! Thank you all for your participation!!

***We have a winner for CONAFFETTO PURE PARFUM OIL! The winner is Ines Stefanovic! Congratulations!
    Thank you to everyone who participated!!!

THE MARK OF A NEW ERA

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 17 January, 2011 0 comments

                   CHOPARD: The Fragrance of a new era
King Carl XIII of Sweden



    The house of Chopard established in 1860 celebrated its 150TH anniversary in business with a new fragrance that is fit for a king.


    NOBLE VETIVER is for the man who values high quality and fine objects.



    The man with flair, confidence, elegance and makes a bold statement with the spirit that captures the center of attraction is what NOBLE VETIVER represents for the new era.



    CHOPARD is known for their world renowned exquisite jewelry from watches to diamonds that are worn by Hollywood celebrities such as Anne Hathaway for the red carpet.



    NOBLE VETIVER was created by perfumer, Lucas Sieuzac of Symrise. Mr. Sieuzac created a spicy woody leather scent that will capture the man with everything.



    NOBLE VETIVER contains… Top Notes: vetiver, cardamom, bergamot, paprika

    Middle Notes: mahogany, clary sage

    Base Notes: barenia, tobacco, leather

    NOBLE VETIVER is available as 30. 50 and 80 ml Eau de Toilette



    Website: chopard.com



    Photo Credit: the esotericcuriosa.blogspot.com, fragrantica.com, shoponline2011.com

DEFYING THE ODDS

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 15 January, 2011 0 comments

     JUSTICE BODAN PERFUME OIL
              A FRAGRANCE WITH A CAUSE

     Justice Bodan is a fictional character. The name was created by David Grieco, a Los Angeles based fine art sculptor for over 15 years. His company, Justice Bodan creates hand made items from belts, handbags to jewelry, wallets and luggage. However, Mr. Grieco collaborated with natural perfumer, Sarah Horowitz a well respected fragrance educator and owner of Sarah Horowitz Parfums in California to create a fragrance that gives the essence of black leather jackets and french cafes.

David Grieco
    Justice Bodan Perfume Oil was actually created three years ago, but Mr. Grieco wanted to wait for the right time to launch it publicly. Just a few months ago, the fragrance was put on the market and it has received overwhelming positive reviews.

   Justice Bodan Perfume Oil is 100% pure fragrance and essential oils that consist of: basil, black leather, musk, sandalwood, amber, tobacco, vanilla and oakmoss.

    This fragrance is a sweet smoky blend that reminds me of the movie 'Rebel Without a Cause' starring James Dean. James in this movie seemed rough around the edges but the moral is that James had a soft heart but did not know how to express it. He wanted to be himself but everyone wanted him to be someone else.

  Justine Bodan Perfume Oil is for anyone who knows who they are and proud of it.

  Purchase: justicebodan.com    indiescents.com

  Photo Credits: hollywoodteenmovies.com, justicebodan.com, facebook 


*******************************************GIVEAWAY*************************************
 Due to the kind generosity of Justice Bodan owner, David Grieco. I am allowed to host the giveaway to one lucky winner of JUSTICE BODAN PERFUME OIL, composed by renowned perfumer SARAH HOROWITZ.

 This 1/8 ounce bottle (valued at $44.00) can be use by going to gizagoddess@live.com.

1. On the subject line write JUSTICE BODAN CONTEST

2. On the body of the page add your city and state.

3. This contest starts today, January 18th through Monday, January 24th at 8:00pm (EST).

Enjoy this fabulous scent featuring notes of basil, black leather, musk, sandalwood, amber, tobacco, vanilla, oakmoss. All 100% natural!

                   GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU!!

We have a winner for the JUSTICE BODEN PERFUME OIL 1/8 OUNCE OF 100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS.
 THE WINNER IS VIVID JEWELS FROM CONNECTICUT.
CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. More great and exciting GIVEAWAYS are to come.

AMBER PARFUM: Its Mysterious and Affective

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 10 January, 2011 0 comments

                 AMBER PARFUM: Does your perfume leave a memory?


                           EXCLUSIVE interview with Justine Crane



     A fragrance speaks for itself. It tells a story and in most cases a lasting story. It should speak of romance, love, discovery, mystery and mystique. Natural perfumer, educator and owner of The Scented Djinn-Justine Crane created Amber Natural Botanical Parfum Extrait.

     Amber is a sensual and daring scent full of sultry moments that keeps your admirers guessing as to who you really are.
     There is no need to guess about Amber Natural Botanical Parfum Extrait. Ms. Crane easily and completely translates the resin amber scent into her own richly dark and mysterious aroma that is captivating with the sweetness of a woody aroma. There is a touch of powdery moments that doesn’t cloud your thoughts but leaves you with lasting impressions of a lush garden of spicy floral.



     Made with notes: tinctured vanilla bean, benzoin, ambriene, clary sage absolute, summer rose attar, labdanum amber, rose otto, canaga, honey, lemon, fresh ginger, jasmine sambac, vanilla bourbon, antique Mysore sandalwood, rosa damascens, tuberose, bergamot, gardenia tincture, green cardamom tincture





     Amber Natural Botanical Parfum Extrait is an elegant and intense form of memory. Shouldn’t all fragrances leave a memory?

     Ms. Crane tells us more about herself and why this perfume sensation was created during a fascinating interview.

    
1. Hello, Justine and thank you so much for speaking with me! Tell me what is The Scented Djinn all about?




Natural Botanical Perfume with a little natural skin care thrown in. The name for the perfumery came about after I visited with Jane Hendler of Ajne in her parfumerie in Carmel, California. I was writing notes about the experience I felt when opening the door to her gorgeous little shop, the feeling that a scented djinn had just whooshed through the door to greet me as I entered. It was really a magical experience for me and one I wanted to create for myself.



2. Justine, I am really excited about your the new parfum, AMBER NATURAL BOTANICAL PARFUM EXTRAIT. You described it as a lush, sensual amber and The Scented Djinn's amber is dark and mysterious. What is it about amber that makes it so mysterious?



Well, I think that most amber based perfumes and somewhat sensual, dark and mysterious. Amber perfumes are well-defined, yet run the gamut of softly seductive types to the darkly sensual and "mysterious" types. The Scented Djinn's Amber, in my opinion, draws you in closer and fills your senses with warm spicy sweetness and a resinous edginess that makes you want to stay right there, breathing it in.



3. What made you decide to become a natural perfumer, Justine?



Good question! It wasn't something that happened overnight, that's for certain. For the first couple of years I refused to even call myself a perfumer, struggling with the idea that the only real perfumers in the world were trained in French perfume schools and apprenticed to famous perfumers. To a certain extent that is still a part of my life's dream -- to train in Grasse. I suppose the final decision to "be a perfumer" came about when I realized I was creating more and more complex fragrance formulations for my skin care items. I stumbled and tumbled and kind of just landed in the middle of perfumery entirely by accident.



4. I noticed in AMBER NATURAL BOTANICAL PARFUM EXTRAIT, you added Vanilla Bourbon. This is very interesting!

I haven't heard much about this ingredient. Yes, I have heard of the bourbon ingredient but with a vanilla component to it. Justine, could you elaborate a little more on this fascinating ingredient?



This particular vanilla, though marketed as Bourbon, is actually a product of Madagascar and the Comoros islands. This grouping of islands, which includes the island of Reunion formerly known as Bourbon in the Indian Ocean, is well-known for their superior terroir. There is a long and very rich history of vanilla farming on all of these islands going back to the beginning of French colonization in the early 1800's. Again, it's the soil and climate that contribute to this type of vanilla's depth of aroma and all around lushness.



5. Lastly, Justine where can we buy AMBER NATURAL BOTANICAL PARFUM EXTRAIT and what sizes(s) does it come?



It is currently for sale at Etsy (www.etsy.com/listing/60712101/amber-parfum) in the 5ml bottle, but will soon be moved from the Etsy site to Artfire (www.artfire.com/users/TheScentedDjinn). I am in the process of separating the skin care line from the perfume line (skin care on Etsy, parfum on Artfire), and building a new website featuring all of The Scented Djinn products in one place. Until then, it's a scramble :)



Thank you so much Justine, for this great honor to speak with you. I have learned a lot and wish you much success!



Thank YOU, Felicia, for giving me this opportunity to talk a little bit about the new Amber perfume at The Scented Djinn. I appreciate you.


    Purchase: etsy.com/shop/sapobubbles
   Blog:       thescenteddjinn.blogspot.com

  
   Photo Credits: wingedseed.com, perfumedcourt.com



















SPARKLE WITH GOLD & DIAMONDS FOR 2011

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 02 January, 2011 0 comments

             Krigler Sparkling Diamond Eau de Parfum


           The Perfect Retro Fragrance for 2011


    Sipping champagne, wearing extravagant jewelry and then there is Sparking Diamond 22 Eau de Parfum by Krigler. Sparkling Diamond 22 was created by owner and perfumer, Mr. Albert Krigler in 1922.



    The legendary story behind the making of this parfum is that Mr. Krigler was in Monte Carlo gambling one night and won the equivalent of $10,000 US currency. To celebrate he purchased two bottles of champagne and one diamond for his wife. He thought it would be romantic to place the diamond inside one of the bottles of champagne but once he did that, he could not get the diamond out of the bottle.



    So, Mr. Krigler had no choice but to break the bottle and this gave him the idea that he needed. Mr. Krigler had been working for years on a perfume made with nectar of champagne, so as luck would have it, the birth of Sparkling Diamond 22 Eau de Parfum was born.



    This is a remarkably refined parfum that is classy in every way and it lingers on the skin for several hours with notes of nectar of champagne, strawberry, coconut and musk.



    It comes in a beautiful golden tube and the bottle has an elegant gold top with a little silk black tie for a grand presentation.



    Best of all, the ultimate symbol of chic is the crystals inside the bottle!



    Sparkling Diamond 22 Eau de Parfum is a true retro fragrance that still stands strong for over eighty years.





    Website: krigler.com

    Contact Information: info@krigler.com










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