VALENTINE DAY 2012 FRAGRANCES

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 20 February, 2012 0 comments

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                   VALENTINE DAY                                
          ALL MONTH IN FEBRUARY:
       New Fragrance Announcement           
                                   Sweets to the Sweet
  
  Happy Valentine's Day everyday in Febuary! to one and all! This is such a wonderful time of the year for me. I love to share these tender moments with my children as they eat my homemade Red Velvet cupcakes smothered in Cream Cheese frosting with sprinkles of red, yellow and gold hearts. Delightful!


  Well this year, I celebrate this entire month with my favorite fragrance picks for February by starting out with new fragrance launches. Then, I will post in the second part of this segment, fragrance reviews of scents that I have used given to me in the form of samples and decants.

  Here the NEW and EXCITING fragrances that are true gems of the ocean.

  Ambre Nue Cologne Absolue by Atelier Cologne
  Blue Jasmine by Bellyflowers (Elise Pearlstine)
  *Hindu Honeysuckle by Providence Perfume Company
  Violette by Fragonard
  Tiara by House of Sillage
  Eau Pear Tingle by Opus Oils
  Bouquet de la Reine by Floris
  Island Vanilla by Pacifica
  *Eau Eternelle by S. Poncet
  Amber Oud by Kilian
  Water Calligraphy by Kilian
  Coconut Milk by Sarah Horowitz
  *Secret Garden & Oud Luban by Aftelier Perfumes
  Cologne du Maghreb by Tauer
  Esoteric by JoAnne Bassett
  Lovebird by Suzy Larsen
  *Star F*****by Opus Oils for Tiger Powers
  Chronos Eau De Parfum, Anthea Eau De Parfum, Aphella Concrete De Parfum and Hermes Eau De Parfum by Lord's Jester
  Electron by A Dozen Roses
  *Trayee, Mohur and Bombay Bling by Neela Vermeire Creations
  *Only For Her by Hayari
  *Carmine and Forbidden by House of Matriarch
  *Azagury by Jacques Azagury
  *Lemon Cloud by Jordi Roca and Agusti Vidal
  *EFJ by Gydja
  *Carmel Boheme (New Edition) and Go Ask Alice by En Voyage
  *Osirius by Therapeutate Parfums (Rodney Hughes)


Note: Fragrances with asterick will be followed with a review, coming soon.



  F.H.
 



  

Pre-Valentine Day Reviews + Giveaways

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 11 February, 2012 10 comments

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     PRE-VALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATION
         Reviews + Giveaways

 
   I simply love Valentine's Day for so many reason and thank goodness non of them are for commercial purposes.
   My sentiments draw back to my childhood when a simple paper cut-out were given to classmates to show your appreciation and if you had a crush on a certain someone, perhaps quietly and discreetly you were showing affection.


  Now, I show my sentiments and affections in the form of reviewing my passion for fragrances-given a nod to niche and natural fragrances.


  This year, I introduce my first giveaway for Valentine's Day featuring two natural fragrance houses.


  These electrifying perfumeries are Rebel & Mercury created by Nikki Sherritt, a huge success at etsy.com and Anya's Garden created by Anya McCoy, who thrives in all things natural in perfumery and by the way she is the President of the Natural Perfumers Guild.


  Nikki describes naturally composed fragrances in the Rebel & Mercury line to be "inspirations of life". I had the pleasure of being introduced to Var en Provence and Cerise en Cocoa.
  
   Var en Provence Pure Botanical Parfum is such a joy because for me it stayed in tune with my own body scent. I love earthy scents and Var en Provence is truly as close to nature as you can get. However, it is not those deep in the forest scents that can get confused with being a scent for men.


  It is evenly toned and it blends itself  elegantly as a light floral for day with a touch of spice that is just right for the evening.

  Nikki composed Var en Provence after spending sometime in southern France.

  Notes: Green, Pink and Black Pepper, Peppery Orchid, Lavender Absolute, Mimosa Absolute, Olive Leaf, Orris


   Cerise En Cocoa Pure Botanical Parfum is the perfect Valentine's Day gift because it is rich in holsum chocolate that is lively in a floral description with a unique dollop of cherry.

   This is my six year old son's favorite scent because he loves cherries. It is indeed a robust scent but the cherry in the center makes it light-hearted and fresh. I love the way it lingers on the skin and the cherry scent never goes away. It has the rose accord that is vibrant and not old-fashioned but it brings the classic aroma of rose to the 21st century.

 Cerise En Cocoa is perfect for day and evening and the sillage is a perfection.

   The inspiration behind Cerise En Cocoa is Nikki's obsession with "all things cherry scented and a deep love for chocolate".

   Notes: Ruby Red Grapefruit, Osmanthus, White and Red Rose Accord, Cocoa, Vetiver

   www.etsy.com/shop/rebelandmercury


   Royal Lotus by Anya's Garden Perfume was composed by Anya for the Brave New Scents Project, a Natural Perfumers Guild exclusive.
    
   Royal Lotus is made with the world's most expensive and rarest notes. It contains Night Queen absolute that is so rare in itself and a rarity in perfumes due to the cost, but for Anya having the best in real natural scents is worth the cost to produce a world class fragrance and Anya is an astute gardener, her garden in Florida is full of rare and exotic plants that she uses in her fragrance compositions.   

  Anya's inspiration for Royal Lotus comes from "ancient India brought into the present". 
   
  I love this concept because I truly love the culture of India then and now. The bright colors, music, language and history represents a beauty in so many forms and Royal Lotus brings that ambiance with a worldwide view. 

  Secondly, what I love is that Anya suggest wearing Royal Lotus in the hair as it will give the wearer 24 hours of floral and woody pleasure. How fabulous is this! In addition to its rare ingredients, having a perfume for the hair is not done as it was in ancient Egypt for example. So, Royal Lotus is truly a wonderful experience that provides a healthy and lovely aroma.

   Top Notes: Wild Orange from the Dominican Republic, Yuzu from Korea, orange juice essential oil from Brazil, Clementine from the USA

   Heart Notes: Blue Lotus Absolute from Thailand, Blue Lotus concentrate from India, Pink Lotus concentrate from India, Queen of the Night absolute from India, Jasmine Grandiflorum tincture from Anya's Garden in Florida, Jasmine Sambac Grand Duke of Tuscany tincture from Anya's Garden in Florida

  Base Notes: Sandalwood from Australia, Ambergris absolute from Utah, Tonka Bean absolute from France

   www.anyasgarden.com


***************************GIVEAWAYS**************************
It gives me great pleasure to announce the Pre-Valentine Giveaways featuring  Var en Provence and Cerise en Cocoa by Rebel & Mercury and Royal Lotus by Anya's Garden Perfume.

 Var en Provence and Cerise en Cocoa will arrive to you  each in a 1.5 ML Large Sample Vial with a Black Velvet Pouch to protect them.

  Royal Lotus will arrive to you as a mini 3.5ML bottle.

  There will be two (2) separate winners for each giveway. I want to spread the wealth among all entries and give the best opportunity.

  To Enter: Please comment in the Box after the reviews to give your choice of Rebel & Mercury or Anya's Garden. Please leave your email address so that you can be contacted in the event you are a winner.

  Thank you so much for reading the article and entering the contest. I truly appreciate your kind spirits and fragrance fascination!
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  Photo Credits: etsy.com, anyasgarden.com



   F.H.




  


  


 


 
          

Maurice Roucel

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 06 February, 2012 0 comments

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Prestigious Award for Master Perfumer Maurice Roucel

  
  Congratulations to Monsieur Maurice Roucel for receiving The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. It is a French award from the Minister of Culture and Communications.

  This highly respectable award was established on May 2, 1957.

  The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres was given to Monsieur Roucel for his "
olfactive creativity over the last four decades".
The esteemed committee was truly impressed with his work in perfumery and with this award, Monsieur Roucel is now appointed Chevalier l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

  Although this is a French award, it is not only given to awardees of French heritage or living in France. Prior recipients were not exclusively French nationals.

  Maurice Roucel started as a chemist at Chanel in 1973 and then became a perfumer in 1978. He has worked for companies such as IFF, Dragoco, Quest but now Monsieur Roucel is currently at Symrise.


  Photo Credit: photo of Maurice Roucel is a Facebook profile picture.


  F.H.

THE 2012 "INDIE" FIFI Award

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 01 February, 2012 0 comments

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        The 2012 "INDIE FIFI Award Goes to...

 
  The winner of the first ever FIFI "INDIE" Award was announced on Monday, January 30th and the honor went to...Odin New York 06 for 'Amanu'.

  The Odin New York perfumery received a check for $10,000 courtesy of Givaudan and walked away with a beautiful crystal FIFI trophy.
 
  This special event was held at the ELEMENTS SHOWCASE in New York City who recently partnered with the Fragrance Foundation to create an "INDIE" category for this award.

  Odin Eau de Toilette 06 Amanu is sold exclusively for Barney's New York. This delectable unisex scent is steeped in exotic notes that go beyond your wildest dreams with fragraments of modern tones that makes it a classic fragrance among the world's finest.

  TOP NOTES: Blood Orange, Green Galbanum, Lentisque

  MIDDLE NOTES: Aged Cedarleaf, Jasmin Sambac, Magnolia

  BASE NOTES: Amberwood, Sheer Musk, Live Moss

  PURCHASE: Odin Eau de Toilette 06 Amanu comes in 100 ml/3.4 FL OZ for $110.00

       www.barneys.com


CREDITS: photos of members of Odin New York perfumery and photos of five finalists by beautypress (beautypress.com. Photo of Odin Eau de Toilette 06 Amanu by Odin New York (odinnewyork.com)





F.H.

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