Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 30 July, 2015 0 comments

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Summer Fragrance Feature
Press Release




                          Jasmine in July

                      Experience authentic jasmine in Ayala's enticing perfumes

 
 
 Have you ever smelled jasmine? If you haven't, allow me to try and describe it for you:

Jasmine is as dewy as dawn itself, as sultry as a humid summer night. It's the first rays of sun through your bedroom window, and as dark as an insomniac's never-ending night. It's the sunny honeybee and at the same time a grey, dusty moth. Jasmine's elusive blossoms correspond to Luna, the moon, yet are able to create a solar energy within a dark, brooding perfume. Jasmine is associated with the sign of Cancer that is in rule most of July, and which is the only zodiac sign that is ruled by the moon. And also, this is partly the time of the year when it is harvested for perfumery. 
 
  In honor of one of the most important perfumery raw materials, I've ran a series of articles on SmellyBlog this July, beginning with the article "Jasmine: Fragrant Stars", where you can learn more about jasmine's history, chemical composition and its versatile fragrant applications in perfumery and flavoring, the famous of all being jasmine tea, of course, and experimented with baking exotic pastries (Apricot & Jasmine Tea Cake, anyone?) using this tea to bring the intoxicating aroma of jasmine to your dessert repertoire. And of course, these elegant fragrant treats are best shared with family and friends while enjoying the garden or patio. 
 
  1. Celebrate  jasmine this summer with Yasmin perfume - a luscious, true jasmine soliflore that shows the facets of jasmine from dawn to dusk. It has a lovely label with art-nouveau-style jasmine botanical illustration. $18.00 USD/CAN (sample)
 
  2. ArbitRary is our most popular masculine fragrance. Jasmine acts as a catalyst for the vibrant basil and lime which meld with a rather musky and earthy base of oak moss, patchouli and hay. The result is a long-lasting Citrus Frantasy. If you're too hot this summer, this will make you feel like you're wearing a crisp linen white shirt all day long. Enjoy! $18.00 USD/CAN (sample)
 
  3. Fetish combines the tropical Sambac jasmine with citrus bergamot, grapefruit and lemongrass. The unusual addition of fir and vanilla absolutes make it a long-lasting Citrus-Gourmand fragrance that will hold your interest for longer than is usual for this genre.  $18.00 USD/CAN (sample)
 
  4. Tamya is one of the prettiest scents in my collection: combining delicate and delicious notes of jasmine sambac, ylang ylang, cassis, bluebells and crocus, white musk, vanilla and cedar. All proceeds from this perfume go towards my autistic daughter's trust fund to save up for her future education and speech therapy. It was also featured on VerdantFaerie.com this week!  $18.00 USD/CAN (sample)
 
 5.  Jasmine reigns as the king of spice in Épice Sauvage, our classical spicy oriental. This fragrance is all about honey, cedar and musk, and blooms beautifully in the heat, and a hint of jasmine to make it über-sexy! $48.00 USD/CAN mini eau de parfum
 
 6.  Charisma perfume is stimulating yet exotic, fresh yet sensual. It's this rich dichotomy that brings out our most alluring, charismatic qualities. Charisma smells fantastic, with jasmine green tea accord, refreshing bergamot, sandalwood, agar wood and tonka bean. One of the rare perfumes that are still offered in our signature flacons parfum extrait.  $18.00 USD/CAN (sample)
 
 7.  Marrying jasmine with the incense notes of sandalwood and frankincense, Moon Breath is simultaneously meditative and sensual. I originally made it for meditation and to anoint candles and for meditation. A great way to experience this scent: place a tiny amount at the base of each palm, cup your hands over your  and inhale slowly and deeply...  $18.00 USD/CAN (sample)
 
 8.  Gigi is a nocturnal fantasy that heavily relies on Jasmine Sambac. I find the two very similar - dewy, tea-like, delicate yet intense. Perfect for a humid summer's night! $18.00 USD/CAN (sample)
 
9. Charisma  is a jasmine green tea blend sprinkled with golden osmanthus and accompanied by my favorite herbs ever: lemon verbena and spearmint, both organic. This month I was fortunate to have my mom visit from Israel and help me blend a new batch of Charisma Tea, with newly harvested lemon verbena from my home village!  $29.00 USD/CAN
 
10. Megumi Anointing Body Oil with Vetiver & Jasmine, emollient Rice Bran Oil and skin-cell regenerating squalene. It will leave your skin smoothly nourished and adorned with a beautiful jasmine perfume.  $29.00 USD/CAN
 
        It's jasmine season! Discover one of the most enticing and versatile flowers in a range of botanical perfumes and summery delights from Ayala Moriel Parfums. 
 
      To learn more about Ayala Moriel Parfums go to www.ayalamoriel.com
 
 
 
      Photo: illustration of the jasmine flower by www.logopub.net; photo of Yasmin parfum from     www.ayalamoriel.com
 
 
 
     FMH
 
 
 

Creed at its Best

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 28 July, 2015 0 comments

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Fragrance Review
Press Release     

                      CREED
                          ROYAL MAYFAIR


                        The House of Creed releases Royal Mayfair, a vaulted scent that honors the Duke of Windsor, the famed British royal synonymous with taking risks in life, love and style. An homage to sartorial icons who push traditional fashion boundaries, Royal Mayfair debuts nearly 80 years after its original commission as one of the brand’s most coveted accords and significant men’s launches since Aventus in 2010, at a time when menswear is more prominent than ever.
         The House of Creed releases Royal Mayfair, a vaulted scent that honors the Duke of Windsor, the famed British royal synonymous with taking risks in life, love and style. An homage to sartorial icons who push traditional fashion boundaries, Royal Mayfair debuts nearly 80 years after its original commission as one of the brand’s most coveted accords and significant men’s launches since Aventus in 2010, at a time when menswear is more prominent than ever. 

                                                            Retail Information 
                                                            Royal Mayfair Eau de Parfum
                                                            4 ounce/120 ml flask $475.00 USD
                                   
                                                            Royal Mayfair Eau de Parfum
                                                            75 ml $360.00 USD

                                                            Royal Mayfair Eau de Parfum
                                                            250ml $250.00 USD
                               
                                                            Royal Mayfair Eau de Parfum
                                                            500 ml  $935.00 USD
                      
                                                             www.creedboutique.com

         


                             Photo/Information: obtained via www.creedboutique.com






                           FMH



                                                                    
                                                           
                                                                                                   
 
 

     

Haute Gourmand Fragrance

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 26 July, 2015 0 comments

Noblesse Luxe Publication
  Fragrance Review

                                                       Clique by Roble'
                                   A Chef's Haute Gourmand Fragrance Recipe



 
   I was invited to New York a year ago by beautypress.com to view an original and unique fragrance designed by a chef. Not just any chef but Celebrity Chef Roble' Ali, owner of the catering company Roble' & Co. in New York and his cult following reality show, Chef Roble' & Co on the cable network Bravo (NBC).

  Unfortunately, I could not go to New York for this golden opportunity but I got a second chance to view a creation in perfumery first ever by a chef that displays several mouthwatering menu courses in a fragrance thanks to www.scentbird.com for their generosity in sending me Clique by Roble' in their chic reusable case.

  Clique by Roble' is an eau de parfum that highlights ingredients from Chef Roble's signature recipes.

  This fragrance can be enjoyed not just by the lucky few whom enjoyed delicious cuisines by Chef Roble' & Co, but Clique by Roble' was designed with Firmenich Senior Perfumer, Frank Voelkl for over a year to capture the perfect balance of scents from his favorite culinary creations according to Chef Roble' for all to enjoy wearing!
Chef Roble' Ali


 Well, in my opinion this "Fragrance Recipe" is the peak of perfection and I give you fair warning, the scent will enhance your taste bud by a 100% capacity!

 So, the question is how do you take a cuisine of favorite recipes like a "Chupacabra" cocktail which incorporates a taste of citrus and a "French Toast Crunch Dessert" that is a sensuous dessert into a fragrance?

 First it takes a great perfumer like Frank Voelkl and a top chef to brainstorm an innovation that gives a gourmand scent new meaning.

 Clique by Roble' tops off with blood orange and a zesty chipotle pepper. The "Fragrance Recipe" is starting with the "Chupacabra" cocktail. It reveals the continuous citrus scent of lime. As with any fragrance, floral scents are added and this scent comes with the heady scent of jasmine for the middle note along with the sweetness of violet, tuberose and iris that captures the aroma of the "French Toast Crunch Dessert". 
French Toast Crunch Dessert


 My personal weakness is desserts, so I read the recipe of the "French Toast Crunch Dessert" and fell in love with the ingredients. I thought of it as an upscale cereal with the decadence of spicy cinnamon and the gourmand flavor of honey, chocolate and powdered sugar as the base in this fragrance.

 Clique by Roble' is sweet but it is not a sickly sugary scent that would give you a toothache just by smelling it. It is a fragrance for sophisticated women and men who appreciates presentation in a fine fragrance that includes the best of both worlds and that is cuisine and scent.

 I truly enjoyed wearing this scent especially in the summer. On me, the scent lasted so much longer than I think it would in cooler temperatures simply because of the notes involved.

 For me, it lasted seven hours and the scent stayed true without much diminishing of silliage which means the trail of scent left behind by a perfume.

Gourmands are a very popular fragrance industry because it is based on edible notes such as vanilla, spices, honey and chocolate just to name a few. But because this is not your ordinary gourmand scent-its based on a recipe, a"fragrance recipe" that gives it more of a combination of cocktail and dessert and not simply just a dessert or sweet (edible).

Clique by Roble is an eau de parfum and rightly so. It is considered a more expensive fragrance due to its higher amount of aromatic compound. However, I was shockingly surprised that this fragrance is priced only at $59.50 USD available on Amazon and $53.35 USD on evine.com.

This new and refreshing idea in perfumery is revolutionary because it combines the culinary arts with the art of perfumery. I look for innovation in perfumery  that tells a story about the scent. I must say that Clique by Roble' fits the description perfectly.

Clique by Roble' from Brands With Purpose launched in 2014.

Disclosure: Clique by Roble' was given to me as a partnership with www.scentbird.com

About Scentbird
 Scentbird.com is a monthly subscription service that repackages genuine designer perfume by decanting the perfume from its original large bottle into a chic Scentbird purse spray.

Brand With Purpose
www.brandwpurpose.com




Photo: Photo of bottle from amazon.com; photo of Chef Roble' Ali
from www.usatoday.com and the French Toast Crunch Dessert from YouTube.







FMH




 

Book of Scents

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 22 July, 2015 0 comments

Noblesse Luxe Publication

Fragrance Books

PRESS RELEASE

                       

                                    PERFUME: A CENTURY OF SCENTS


I’m delighted to announce the publication of my first book, Perfume: A Century of Scent. You'll also notice that it’s not bearing the name of Odette. Rest assured that Odette’s not going anywhere – I am she – it’s rather that Lizzie Ostrom (also me) is coming out as an author.
The book tells the incredible stories of 100 perfumes in all their fragrant glory – with ten lovingly chosen scents for each decade of the twentieth century.
Signature scents and now lost masterpieces; the visionaries who conceived them; the wild and wonderful campaigns that launched them; the women and men who wore them – every perfume has a tale to tell. Join me on an olfactory adventure as I explore the trends and crazes that have shaped the way we’ve spritzed.
Perfume: A Century of Scents will be published in the UK in hardback on Thursday October 22nd by Hutchinson.
PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY
I’ll also be appearing up and down the country so please come and join me if I’m speaking at a venue near you. Upcoming events include:

Wimbledon Book Festival - Monday 5th October
The V&A (members event) – Monday 12th October
The Isle of Wight Literary Festival – Friday 16th October


About Lizzie Ostrom:
  Lizzie Ostrom is the Editor-in-Chief of Odette Toilette (London):. A masterfully skilled blog about perfume that has awarded her with a huge following from fragrance aficionados to professional partnerships with esteemed industry leaders in the fragrance and educational industries.

  Lizzie will launch her very first book, 'Perfume: A Century of Scents' in October 2015 by Hutchinson publishing.

  This book can now be pre-ordered through Amazon UK.
  
   If you are interested in learning more about Lizzie Ostrom scent events, book and Odette Toilette, simply go to www.odettetoilette.com

  Fragrance Belles-Lettres Magazine wishes Lizzie all the best with the book and her scentfully successful blog. I look forward to speaking with Lizzie in an exclusive interview about her book in the coming months.

  -Felicia M. Hazzard

  Photo and information from www.odettetoilette.com




   FMH




 












 




Fragrance Layering

Posted by Felicia M Hazzard 02 July, 2015 0 comments

Noblesse Luxe Publication

Fragrance Art



                                            THE ART OF FRAGRANCE LAYERING
                                                                        With
                                                          L'Artisan Parfumeur
                              


I find it a privilege and a honor to wear a fine fragrance. It is a honor to wear a scent that is constructed with fine ingredients and a constructed with a theme/story behind the making of the scent.

Now, I am speaking of wearing just one fragrance with these sentiments but wearing two fragrances at the same time, now that is 'Art of Fragrance Layering'.

Recently, I was looking for a few perfume samples that I could wear on June 21st, the first day of summer that would represent floral, summery, French and dreamy.

My plastic cubicle is full of perfume samples. So, I thought I play a little game by closing my eyes and reaching into the cubicle for the first sample I could reach.

To my utter surprise, I grab the sample that I really wanted. It is indeed floral, summery, dreamy and it was made in France.

I thought well since my luck was good on the first try, why not grab another sample and see what happens.

I closed my eyes and reached inside the cubicle and this time I grab a sample that was completely different than the first.

This time, the fragrance was more intense, spicy and one of the ingredients is ancient.

Guess what, it was composed by the same French perfumery.

These two fascinating fragrances are from the house of L'Artisan Parfumeur. A perfume house known for their unique and globally recognized scents all created by several Master Perfumers.

The first sample I grabbed from the cubicle was Mimosa Pour Moi Eau de Toilette. This scent is a delicate floral depiction of the mimosa tree and it was composed by Anne Flipo for women (in my estimation).  

The description of Mimosa Pour Moi is described by L'Artisan Parfumeur to portray lying under a tree with highly fragrant yellow flowers on the French Riveria.

What I love about this fragrance is its exact parrellel to the mimosa tree with a creamy smell dipped with vanilla and a deepness with blackcurrant bud.

I put on my right and left wrists two drops of Mimosa Pour Moi.

The second sample I grab from the cubicle was AL Oudh Eau de Parfum. This fragrance is spicy and made with Arabian wood which is another word for "Oudh".

AL Oudh Eau de Parfum is rich with a smoky scent softened by orange blossom and rose. The incredible Master Perfumer for AL Oudh Eau de Parfum is Betrand Duchaufour for women and men.

I put on my right and left writes two drops of AL Oudh.

I waited for about three minutes and then I took a sniff.

My first word was, "wow! I complete and beautiful fusion of sweet, woody and floral wrapped together that stayed on my wrists for more than 10 hours.

I had to come up with a name for this great experiement with 'The Art of Fragrance Layering'.
I called it Mimoudh Eau de Parfum. its Mimosa Pour Moi Eau de Toilette + Al Oudh Eau de Parfum. My creation of Mimoudh Eau de Parfum is for women and men.


This was a tremendous moment for me because I usually do not layer my fragrances but having both scents from the same perfumery gives me a profound respect for 'The Art of Fragrance Layering'.

If you are familiar with Jo Malone fragrance collection, that luscious and gorgeous scents are designed to compliment each other. In fact, they highly recommend it!

Did L'Artisan Parfumeur design this master plan of fragrance layering? I am sure they would not mind if you do but because the selection of perfumers are so well skilled and accomplished that it is almost without a doubt each fragrance composed by this perfumery would compliment the other.

The ultimate experience with fragrances is discovering your own way of wearing it. No person's scent will smell the same on another person. So, it is important to try and have fun with it. I bet you have 'The Art of Fragrance Layering' right in your cubicle, too.
Retail Information: www.artisanparfumeur.com


Photo Information: photo of perfume bottles www.artisanparfumeur.com; photo of mimosa tree www.2.pantone.com; photo of Oudh chips www.salessentialoils.com





FMH



         

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