All Things Chocolate

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 17 February, 2015 0 comments

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Valentine's Day Weekend
           Part Two


                                       A Trio of Chocolates
                        The Exquisite Scents of Souvenir de Chocolate


  I had a wonderful Valentine's Day with cut-out hearts on the walls in the dining room, there was breakfast on the table for me and I got a bottle of rose' champagne but no chocolates.

 That was actually fine with me as I am starting a new diet but to have no chocolates, well not in the conventional way. I did have chocolates in the form of perfume and I had not only one or two but three!

 I wore Souvenir de Chocolate Trio by EnVoyage Perfumes. This glorious trio of chocolates all swirled together with mocha café, amber and vanilla. It quenched my taste with the aroma of dark chocolate and milk chocolate.

Shelley Waddington is the owner and perfumer of EnVoyage Perfumes and she did a favor for my waist line.

Souvenir de Chocolate Trio is the best in fragrant launches in 2014. I wish I had an award to give but this trio by far is the most captivating with the use of notes that gives a gourmand, woody and floral essence that a box of chocolates could not compare.

 Café Cacao is a breathtaking scent of a luscious cup of chocolate mocha! Its a creamy sensation steeped in a vapor that oozes with the aroma of a smooth and velvet taste. The inspiration for Café Cacao is the love of musk by Josephine Bonaparte and Marie Antoinette's fascination with the scents of cocoa and amber. Café' Cacao is a royal treat that any master pastry chef would love!

 Fragrance Notes: Set in an amber base with top notes of vanilla rose, sugar, cardamom and bergamot.
           Middle Notes: coffee, milk, dark chocolate and whipped cream
           Base Notes: amber, musk and ambergris.

Captured in Amber is a deep and I found to be a mystery because the notes in this fragrance all have there time and place to emerge. Captured in Amber is the deepest scent in this collection. If you prefer a woody note in a fragrance, then Captured in Amber is for you. I love how the notes move in motion from moment to moment-day to day. When I wore it I smelled a floral scent wrapped in amber and then moments later here comes the spices with the aroma of chocolate billowing into  the sweet scent of vanilla  to mellow things out.

This fragrance is a true masterpiece and to me I would think it is a difficult scent to compose, but Shelley Waddington does it brilliantly. It is truly the scent for women and men to enjoy!

Fragrance Notes: ambergris, labdanum, vanilla, tonka bean, floral notes, spices, woody notes, olibanum, resin, peru balsam, tolu, balsam, benzoin, patchouli, myrrh, dark chocolate.

Indigo Vanilla is the scent that captured my heart because vanilla is my most favorite spice. Usually when I love a fragrance it has vanilla in it and Indigo Vanilla is my favorite. This scent reminds me of a vanilla latte at Starbucks! I love the warmth and creamy aroma is provides that filled my nostrils with a sweet foam of milk.

Indigo Vanilla is inspired by the sultry jazz of the 1920's in the city called the "Big Easy". What intrigued me most about Indigo Vanilla is the violet sucree. This fragrance is not only soft and creamy but it is layered with violet sucree which means, "violet sugar" perched on the top.

I really had a lot of fun wearing Indigo Vanilla and I love the compliments I received. There were people who said I smell chocolate, others said flowers but most people said they loved the sweet smell.

Fragrance Notes: white chocolate, milk, whipped cream, sugar, amber, musk and violet sucree.

Souvenir de Chocolate Trio is for both women and men and it can be purchased at EnVoyage Perfumes, a multi-award winning perfumery in the state of California.

                                              www.envoyageperfumes.com

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FMH





   

       

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 07 February, 2015 0 comments

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                                                                A la Rose
                                       The Queen of 400 Roses


   Parisian Master Perfumer, Monsieur Francis Kurkdjian composed a new a ultra feminine eau de parfum just in time for Valentine's Day!

   A la Rose Eau de Parfum Natural Spray contains 400 roses in this woody-floral creation. In every bottle contains 250 Centifolia (May) roses from Grasse and 160 Damacena roses from Bulgaria. 

   This dreamy scent opens with Calabrian bergamot and Californian ripe orange, pear and lychee with layers of rose garlands, violet and magnolia blossoms. It ends with drips of sweetness with cedarwood and centifolia roses. 

  So far, in 2015, this has been one of the most engaging and ultra luxurious scents that romances every mood of Valentine's Day. 

  I love the history of Queen Marie Antoinette and I would have to say if she were still alive, this would be her signature scent. No doubt about it! 

 Francis Kurkdijian would be her personal perfumer of the twenty first century. No doubt about it!



 When I think of A la Rose, "The Rose" I think of a beautifully landscape garden in the south of France laced with pastry colored roses all adorned with the heavenly scent in which it was created to be, 'The Queen Rose'.

Currently, A la Rose Eau de Parfum  Natural Spray is launched at Liberty London www.liberty.co.uk and Les Senteurs London www.lessenteurs.com plus Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris (online) www.franciskurkdjian.com.

 In the United States Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris is sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Bigelow Apothecary (NYC) and Osswald NYC. 

Price: 145.00 Euros  (2.4 fl oz) converted to US currency is approximately $164.50 USD

Biography:

Francis Kurkdjian, master perfumer was born in Paris in 1969 to a family of Armenian heritage. 

He was trained at ISIPCA and Quest. In 2001, Kurkdjian was the winner of the Prix Francois Coty award and named Chevalier des Artes et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.

In 2009, Kurkdjian launched his own line, Maison Francis Kurkdjian. 

Note: The biography information was recorded from Now Smell This perfume blog at www.nstperfume.com.





 FMH



  
                                                                                   

Let's Party!

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 04 February, 2015 0 comments

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Fragrance Event Announcement


                   Valentine's Day Party with a Meet & Greet



 Your are cordially invited to a Scent Event at the Scent Bar on Valentine's Day! Come explore the sweet scents of the day and meet international author, Tessa Williams of the very successful book, CULT PERFUMES: The World's Most Exclusive Perfumeries.

   There will be fragrances to entice and seduce you with the romance of the day and you can meet Tessa Williams who has come all the way from the United Kingdom!
  
Tessa Williams


   Where: The Scent Bar
                7405 Beverly Blvd (at Martel)
                Los Angeles, California 90036
                (323) 782-8300

   When: Saturday, February 14, 2015

   Time:   4:00pm-6:00pm




   
 If you are not familiar with Tessa Williams please see my EXCLUSIVE interview in Fragrance Belles-Lettres Magazine edition dated (May 24, 2014). Get insight and find out why she wrote the book, CULT PERFUMES that is receiving a cult following!
www.fragrancebelleslettres.blogspot.com

                                                             www.tessawilliams.co.uk
                                                             www.luckyscent.com

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY 2015

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 01 February, 2015 0 comments

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 Fragrance Reviews

 VALENTINE'S DAY REVEIW- PART ONE



                               The Modern Rose
                          A Dozen Valentine's Day Fragrances




No two roses are alike. This couldn't be more the truth since the revolution of the rose scent in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

A rose scented perfume from the times of Ancient Egypt where the first perfumers were created to recent history in perfumery, only came in a singular note (the traditional rose). But now the fascination with the scent of rose is modern, bold, innovative and complex.

The traditional rose scent has taken on a modern fragrance with the blending of several rose scents and woody notes and lively citrus compositions to a gourmand-sweet and sensual.

I love the new version. I always felt the traditional rose, although it is the Queen of the floral but yet boring and predictable.



The modern rose scents are now for both women and men! This was unheard of centuries ago but not anymore, Fragrances can be shared by both men and women and the fragrance industry is reaping the benefits at the cash register because fragrances are now allowed to be expressive without inhibitions.

In honor of Valentine's Day on February 14th, I have curated 12 of the most unique, vivid and adventurous rose fragrances that I feel represent the modern age of Queen Rose.

There are thousands of rose scented fragrances that are produced each year. However I cannot nor do I have the time to review each of them but this will give you a start into the adventurous world of rose perfumes that represent this day and age.


 
Whips and Roses by Kerosene- The ultra-modern version of the rose is composed by Midwestern perfumer, John Pegg. It is a floral woody musk fragrance featuring bergamot, blood orange, rose, jasmine, gardenia, iris sandalwood, musk and leather. It is composed for women and men.

Rubis Rose' by DSH Perfumes-The ultra high glamour fragrance was inspired by the natural beauty of actress, Elizabeth Taylor and the fabulous Ruby Suite necklace by Cartier given to Taylor by her third husband, Michael Todd. It provides a luscious red raspberry note, pink pepper with frankincense, myrrh, guaicwood and a touch of oak moss. Rubis Rose' is composed by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz.

Rose Noir by Byredo-This is a lovely compliment to the red rose, a symbol of love. Rose Noir gives provides a dark and intense moment with a citrus moment. It is wild and gives an animalist quality. Composed with grapefruit, freesia, Rose Damascena, cistus, moss and musk. Ben Gorham was a professional basketball player to the creative genius of the perfume brand Byredo.

Tobacco Rose by Papillon Artisan- This fragrance is floral but it is for both women and men! It combines earthy notes of oak moss, ambergris and peru balsam with a Bulgarian rose and the Rose de mai with an enhancement of beeswax. Tobacco Rose is composed by Liz Moores who is located in London, England.

Kashan Rose by The Different Company- This fragrance is surrounded around the Persian Rose that is celebrated at the festival of the rose in the city of Kashan. its a fragrance that is laced with roses that is surrounded with a spicy blend of sage, litchi, pink pepper and cardamom. The floral continues with blends of hawthorn and peony and lastly its base deepens with ambrette, sandalwood and musk. Kashan Rose is composed by Emilie Coppermann.

Wild Roses by Aftelier Perfumes- If you love sprawling gardens with neatly manicured landscapes, then Wild Roses is for you! It evokes the imagination and memories with the newest modern version of the rose that combines the crème de la crème of ingredients such as rose Co2, helitotrope, bergamot, geranium, damask rose, apricot, pimento, taif rose, tarragon, vanilla and patchouli. This is an all natural fragrance created by multi-award winning perfumer, Mandy Aftel who was nominated for the prestigious FiFi Award by the Fragrance Foundation.

Imogene Rose by Lush-This scent is love struck using the true and original rose in the most natural way. Lush is a British company that provide the most innovative products. Imogene Rose is a delicate fragrance with a baby powder aroma. Crushed petals were used in the most delicate way while rose oil, rose absolute, basil, bergamot, vetivert, ambrette seed, tonka and orris to provide a down to earth ending for women and men. The perfumer is Simon Constantine, who is the son of the CEO of Lush, Mark Constantine.

Rose Anonyme Cologne Absolue by Atelier Cologne- This fragrance is centered around the Turkish rose that resonates with sparkling notes of the rose and spicy and tantalizing smoky scents that is seductive. Rose Anonyme Cologne Absolue is created with the finest ingredients made in France. This composition has a combination of bergamot from Calabria, ginger from China, Turkish rose essence, Turkish rose absolue, incense from Somalia, velvet oud accord, patchouli from Indonesia, papyrus from India and benzoin from Laos. Its composed by Jerome Epinette.

Flowerbomb en Rose by Viktor & Rolf-This is the "happy" scent! Its created to be the lighter version of the original Flowerbomb. Flowerbomb en Rose opens with nectar and citrus. This fragrance is for women only and the perfumer is unknown.

Rouge Nocturne by Terry de Gunzburg- This is a scent centered around a dark rose aroma which puts it in the Chypre floral category. The story behind this fragrance is sensual and mystery that features the damask rose, turkey red rose and patchouli. Rouge Nocturne is for women only and the perfumer is Michel Almairac.

Rose Nobile by Acqua di Parma-This is an Italian scented rose scent. Why? Because the company Acqua di Parma is located in Italy. Rose Nobile is refreshing and centered around the Centifolia rose with a signature style of citrus and dark combinations. Its composition is created with bergamot, mandarin, black pepper, citruses, lily of the valley, violet, peony, cedar, ambergris and musk. This is made for women only and the perfumer is Francois Demachy.

Rose de Nuit by Serge Lutens- This is an exclusive fragrance that is found in the Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido. It is dark and intense with animalistic rose inspired ingredients. A fragrance for both women and men. A scent to enjoy for a late night rendezvous. Rose de Nuit is composed by Gilles Romey.




 Special Feature
 New Fragrance Launch

                                                          Misia
                                               A Rose for a Friend
   
Misia Sert

   The world famous fashion house, Chanel introduces a new fragrance and it is called, Misia.

Misia is created in honor of CoCo Chanel good friend, Misia Sert. 

 Misia is the latest fragrance to be included in the Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection. It represents the modern woman who is free and confident. 

 This feminine fragrances is composed by Olivier Polge, the son of the world famous master perfumer Jacques Polge. 

 Mr. Polge has been the in-house perfumer for the house of Chanel since 1978.

 Misia is a powdery floral scent with a woody balsamic rose aroma. 

 The luscious ingredients are violet, iris orris root, Turkish rose, benzoin from Laos
and tonka bean, rose from Grasse and sandalwood.

 Unfortunately, Misia will NOT be available in time for Valentine's Day! It is set to launch in March 2015. 

 Misia will become available in two sizes, 75 ml and 200 ml eau de toilette. 

 If you are curious about CoCo Chanel's friend, Misia Sert, I will give you reference of two books that are written about the life of CoCo Chanel. 

 "Chanel: An intimate life" (biography) by Lisa Chaney and "Chanel: SaVie" by Justine Picardie's (French edition). Both books can be found on www.amazon.com.






                                                  Let's Celebrate the Rose
Special Feature
                                                      New Fragrance Launch
  


  It's coming up roses with the celebrate of the Rose de Mai (May Rose) in the month of May 2015 by L'Artisan Parfumeur.

 L'Artisan Parfumeur will launch Rose Privee, a new floral fragrances developed by master perfumer, Berrand Duchaufour and his apprentice, Stephane Bakouche

 The celebration will not start until the month of May, so sorry for the non-availability for Valentine's Day but don't worry there will be enough roses to go around.

Rose Privee features rose, carnation, magnolia, lilac, basil, violet, patchouli and hay.

It will be available in sizes 50 and 100 ml eau de parfum



VALENTINE'S DAY 
FRAGRANCE REVIEW-PART TWO

"All Things Chocolate" A Souvenir de Chocolate Trio Collection by En Voyage Perfumes-A Shelley Waddington Exclusive. A review Coming Soon!


Photo Credits: Rose de Nuit by www.sergelutens.us; Kashan Rose and Tobacco Rose courtesy of www.luckyscent.com; Wild Roses courtesy of www.aftelier.com; photo of Misia Sert courtesy of apophtegme.com; photo of Misia Perfume courtesy of www.fragrantica.com; photo of Rose Privee courtesy of www.fragrantica.com






FMH





 

 

 

 
 
 


 


 

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