Babe Perfume Is Back, And She’s Still Fabulous & Named Just For You

Babe Perfume Is Back, And She’s Still Fabulous & Named Just For You

Ah, Babe! Just seeing the vintage ads with the glorious Margaux Hemingway takes me back to my teenage years. I adored her, and even though she seemed impossibly chic and grown up, Babe just sounded cool and casual. It was attainable and suitable. Not too riské, but not square and childish either. I can remember the smell like it was yesterday, one of the original fruity florals with a delicious rich dry down. As a perfume fanatic, I know that a lot of the ingredients that made Babe so delicious are no longer used in perfumery, and for that reason I’d love to get a vintage bottle. It is hard to find though, and I’ve heard that the formula did not age well, and that top notes were gone etc etc. That would probably break my heart, so perhaps it’s best to keep that scent memory intact and just move forward.

Faberge Babe 1977 ad vintage dalybeauty

Moving forward just became easier because Babe has been relaunched! A London based company has relaunched Babe using the original formula:

After lengthy research we were fortunate enough to find the original ingredients from the public records and from collectors of the original perfume. This gave us the assurance that we could recreate the original Babe perfume. We employed the renowned French perfumer, Givaudan to develop the perfume, working with this information in their highly specialised laboratories to create numerous samples for the fans to test and eventually approve.

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cat approved

Upon first spray, I thought “no way this is not Babe” and I had a bit of the sads. There was a juicy aldehydic opening in the original perfume that just isn’t there in this one. I would imagine that is because the ingredients to create that fragrance are banned. But, don’t worry dear reader, because as it dried down on my skin, the original Babe materialized like magic. There is a yummy yet sexy fruity aspect that came from raspberries and citrus in the original scent and the new Babe has that fruity zing. The new Babe does not list those actual notes, but perfume is a complex thing, and just because a certain “note” isn’t mentioned doesn’t mean there isn’t an aroma-chemical in there recreating it. Many true citrus ingredients have very high allergenic qualities and have been banned so it has likely been recreated as well. The mossy chypre notes of the original have been recreated, and while they are lighter than I recall, they are still lovely. I’m not going to bother listing those notes simply because who cares. It smells terrific, and makes me happy. I have let a few friends who remember the original smell my new one and they had a lovely “scentimental” journey as they recognized the original vibe.

vintage faberge babe ad margaux hemingway

All of that said, Babe also functions perfectly and beautifully as a new scent of it’s own, waiting to be discovered by a new generation of Babes. I kind of wish they had the original bottle, but I know how costly custom bottles are, and frankly I like the modern bottle. It’s smooth and somehow feminine, but seriously, guys could totally wear this too. I’m curious about how someone who never tried the original and who doesn’t have any preconception of how Babe should smell would like it. I love it and am so glad it’s back. You can order it from the Babe website for £24.99, and they ship internationally.

I am going to give away a small decant/large sample (3-5ml I think) of Babe to a commenter on this post. Just comment with your email and tell me why you want to smell like a Babe!  I will choose a winner on September 10th 2015 at 10am.

 

Ex Idolo’s Ryder: An Eighties Perfume That Grew Up To Be Sublime

Ex Idolo’s Ryder: An Eighties Perfume That Grew Up To Be Sublime

Ex Idolo is a London based perfumery, headed up by Matthew Zhuk, a Canadian of Eastern European descent who lives in the UK. Matthew launched his first scent, Thirty Three, in 2013. It is an exceptional perfume, and has a fascinating and beautiful provenance, and is created around a rare batch of vintage Chinese oud and rose oil. It’s exceptional for me, as it is the only oud perfume I like. Oud is a funny note, and a strong oud has a medicinal band-aid scent that is just too much for my nose. There is, even in the standard oud scents out there, an addictive quality that makes one want to keep sniffing. I get that from ambregris, but oud has it too, and has become hugely popular and ubiquitous thanks to that quality.

Ex Idolo Thirty Three

I find it rather masculine and can’t carry most oud perfume’s off, nor would I want to. But, Ex Idolo’s Thirty Three is what I recommend to anyone who asks me about oud scents. It’s divine and delicate, but not shy, and not lacking in soul and strength. Seriously, if any of this intrigues you, find Thirty Three and smell it. Every perfume lover should. Sergey Bourisov wrote an intriguing review of Ex Idolo Thirty-Three over at Fragrantica.

So, you can imagine I was excited to hear about, and, get a chance to review the newest release from Ex Idolo, Ryder. This is what Ex Idolo says about Ryder:

A fragrance inspired by the history of Mayfair & St James:

True to the traditions of the grand houses of the golden age of perfume, Ex Idolo has created an exceptional blend inspired by the history of the members clubs of Mayfair and St. James in London. The fragrance is a juxtaposition of sweet tobacco and boozy notes against a warm woody-amber accord. The fragrance is anchored by a sparkling and ultra rare Omani (Hougari) frankincense. Although inspired by the past, Ryder is a modern fragrance; it is worth mentioning that although many of the members clubs started as male-only – a large number of them now invite women as well. To represent this, Ryder’s distinctive character has been enhanced with a heady, indolic Royal jasmine. Ryder is a unisex fragrance.

Ex Idolo window display at Fenwick Bond Street

Ex Idolo window display at Fenwick Bond Street

That is terrific imagery and when I close my eyes and smell the fragrance I can almost feel the leather chair I’ve settled into with a cognac and cigar, after attending the premier of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado earlier in the evening. Ok, I’d have to be a man, but anyways. Ryder wears like an extrait on my skin, needing only a drop on each wrist and the back of my neck to experience it’s beauty. It comes and goes in different incarnations as the scent progresses. One moment I smell the stunning classic sandalwood – this is the sandalwood of my dreams, with aspects that remind of my vintage Chanel Bois des Iles, which I am hoarding. Then I’m smelling the sweet and soft tobacco as it wafts around me. The amber and resins in the base are beyond beautiful, as Ryder features the ultra-rare Omani (Hougari) frankincense. Ahhh you can almost taste it – maybe that is the Tahitian vanilla with it’s sneaky heliotropic properties. Honestly, Ryder has A Presence. A lovely purring jasmine peeks out from time to time, for a perfect floral flourish that is never cloying or indolic.

Only Madonna could do Marlene as good as Marlene does. If you know what I mean.

Only Madonna could do Marlene as good as Marlene does.

I had an intense scent memory while wearing Ryder. It was to 1986, and I wore the divine Must de Cartier Parfum*. I had the signature bottle in the heavy gold bottle, and I adored it. It had that thick, resinous amber with vanilla that was almost chocolate. I was walking behind a gorgeous and stylish woman, maybe a little older than me, in Toronto last year and her sillage was so incredible I had to ask her what perfume she was wearing. She said Must de Cartier, the parfum, and that she had a few bottle left that she had been hoarding since the 80s. My people.

Must de Cartier parfum vintage ad

Must de Cartier managed to envelope you in a velvet fog of fragrance without ever being cloyingly sweet. Ryder is decidedly unisex, and I mean that. There is no way this would smell girly on a man, or manly on a woman, if you know what I mean. Ryder has a classic perfume feeling to it, and if I’d sniffed it blind I would have said it smelled like a perfume I loved in the eighties that had been aged, like a fine cognac, to perfection.

I could go on and on, but really, you should just smell it yourself.

Ex Idolo Ryder, 30ml, avail (as of Aug 2015, subject to change) in USA/Canada: Luckyscent, Twisted Lily, Indigo, Etiket, and Indiescents. And more retailers to come. $185 USD. Not sure yet what the CAN price is.

*Must de Cartier is still sold on the Cartier website and in Cartier boutiques.

Choosing A New Perfume: Tips From The Perfume Whisperer

Choosing A New Perfume: Tips From The Perfume Whisperer

So, you want a new perfume. First of all, you should get a new perfume. Wearing the same perfume every day can lead to “olfactory exhaustion”, meaning your nose starts to get accustomed to smelling the same thing every day, meaning you have to wear more and more in order to smell it. I used to have customers actually bring their perfume back to the counter, saying it had lost it’s smell. This happened more than anyone would believe. And trust me, it is not the case. You just can’t smell it anymore, but everyone else still can. This is a bad thing for everyone around you, so for their sake, it’s time to go shopping.

First thing to do is figure out your favourite scent family. Michael Edwards has very kindly put our perfumes into categories and also some handy PDFs you can download to read more. But basically it says this- Floral (the perfume is dominated by notes of flowers), Fresh ( tends to have fruity, citrus and/or green stemmy notes vs flowers), Oriental (notes of spice, resins and vanillas) and Woods (just as they sound with notes of sandalwood, cedar, and even burnt woods). Many perfumes fall in between, and are Floral Fresh, or Fresh Woods, etc etc. You can find out what category your perfume(s) is on Fragrantica by quickly searching the name.

Now that you know the family you enjoy, you can head off to the perfume counter armed with some helpful knowledge, and check out perfumes in the same family that you may never have even tried before. Also, a terrific sales associate can be a great help and direct you to certain scents based on knowing some that you have loved and worn in the past. When I sold perfume, this was one of my favourite things to do, either with shoppers looking for a new scent for themselves, or someone looking to buy a gift. And I always had happy customers!

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I always suggest a maximum of six perfumes to sniff at any time when shopping. It is easy to overload our nose and either not be able to smell anything anymore, or worse, feel queasy. You may have noticed some perfume counters have little dishes of coffee beans to sniff when shopping. Do this – it really helps “cleanse the scent palate”, so to speak. It’s like eating sorbet between course. I actually like to bring a coffee with me while shopping, as just taking a sip between sniffs helps me. If you don’t like the smell of coffee, try sniffing a bit of unscented skin or fabric, or the best thing – step outside and take some deep cleansing breaths of fresh hair

If you are getting serious about exploring perfumes, the fragrance boards, forums and reviews on Fragrantica, Make Up Alley and Basenotes are amazing places to search and look for guidance. And, if you need a jumping off point, tell me in the comments some of your favourite perfumes that you’ve worn and loved in the past, and I can recommend something new for you!

The Beach, by Calvin Klein

The Beach, by Calvin Klein

 

 

 

Smell Like Happiness And Soften Your Skin

Smell Like Happiness And Soften Your Skin

I love citrus scents. They’re uplifting and boost our mood, as well as simply smelling good. Citrus fragrances are decidedly unisex, which make them perfect for sharing. Citrus fragrances are particularly lovely in hot weather – like drinking a tall ice cold glass of refreshing juice. My recent favourites are soft and wonderful. Never too strong, and perfect when you just want to smell, well, good.

Cake Beauty’s Inca Oil is my most recent body oil obsession. It is made for body, face and hair, and believe me, once you sniff it, you will want to slather yourself head to toe in this deliciousness. I love to apply it after the bath, when my skin is still dewy and damp. It absorbs beautifully, leaving behind a soft and delicious citrus scent, as well as glowing skin.

A luxurious 3-in-1 oil for body, face & hair, blended with inca inchi oil, the richest plant based source of omega 3, 6 & 9 in the world.
-Improves skin’s texture
-Provides immediate & long-term hydration and suppleness
-Gives a radiant glow to skin & hair
-Reduces the appearance of imperfections
-Smooths & conditions split-ends

I Profumi di Firenze Limone di Sicilia – freshly picked lemons from the seaside cliffs of Sicily with a hint of lemon peel and bergamot. This is a sparkling, crisp, fresh scent that captures the true essence of lemon. Honestly, it makes my mouth water with it’s tart yummy deliciousness. Lovers of lemon scents MUST have this beauty.

Roca Nuvol de Llimona is also known as “Lemon Cloud”. How delicious and lovely does that sound? Gentle lemony-orange with bergamot and gentle sugared notes smell like happiness. It is both freshly effervescent and gourmand,  with soft and light touches of creamy milk. It was created by a Spanish chef and is based on a lemon dessert. The dry down is lovely, with a whisper of lily of the valley and musk. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love this. You can buy it in North America at Luckyscent.

 

 

 

When you’re this hot, lemony perfumes are super cool

 

 

Currently Loving: 70s Smooth Rock, Skincare You Drink & The Perfume of Summer Days

Currently Loving: 70s Smooth Rock, Skincare You Drink & The Perfume of Summer Days

Music: I have really been loving my smooth seventies rock playlists – “Yacht Rock” on Songza is a favourite, but yes I have my own as well. Now, if I can only figure out the latest iTunes iteration and My Music, hopefully I can find them. I’m not sure why, but this music just feels like lazy, sunny summer days to me. The days when endless days summer seemed to lie ahead, and time went by so slowly. Ahhh, *saudade….

TV Marathon: Thank the TV gods for Netflix! My favourite marathon recently is the Danish TV show Rita, about a Danish school teacher. From IMDB: “Following the life of a very outspoken and rebellious woman, Rita is a school teacher who is competent in the classroom, but seems to need a teacher of her own, when it comes to her personal life”. I LOVE Rita, and all of the characters are just so great. There is something about the whole Danish vibe that reminds me of Canada (the weather? Socialism? LOL) and I just can’t get enough of it. Season 3 was just released and I binge watched that sucker like a boss.

Rita Netflix Danish TV

Food: Bowls, bowls and more bowls. Seriously, what could be better than all the yummy ingredients you love stirred up in a bowl? Better yet, make them healthy and flavourful? It’s like a salad/soup/main course sandwich. All the good stuff. In a bowl. I’m sure this is actually not even close to being new, but it’s become A Thing at the healthier restaurants and assorted eateries and I am addicted. GIMME A BOWL OF ALL THE GOOD STUFF PLEASE.

Pure Kitchen Ottawa Noodle Fantastic Bowl

Pure Kitchen Ottawa Fantastic Bowl: maple tamari tofu steaks / broccoli / red pepper / napa / bok choy / scallions / cilantro / roasted peanuts / spicy peanut sauce / rice noodles

Wellness: Internal skincare. Yeah, that’s right. Supplemental beauty that you eat. Not a million miles away from taking biotin for nails and hair, right? Canada’s coolest cutting edge skincare company, DECIEM, has this line called Fountain. I am pretty sure the creator has a time machine and has travelled to the future to bring us miracles. So far I am loving the Hyaluronic Molecule, “a concentrated beauty supplement with Hyaluronic Acid to keep your skin looking plump and happy from within”.

DECIEM Fountain Hyaluronic Molecule

Skincare: DECIEM Hylamide and Eminence Eight Greens. My aging, hormonal acne-prone skin has never been happier. Never. Detailed reviews to come, but in the meantime, if you suffer from any of the same skin care woes as I do, go get these things. Now.

Eminence Eight Greens Hylamide

Makeup: The most delicious bronzer in my collection, Guerlain Terracotta Terre d’ Été Tan Enhancing Bronzer. This gorgeous limited edition bronzer is dusted in gold, and smells like heavenly tiare. It is one of the loveliest sheer bronzers I have ever used, and is super easy to build up. It comes in a giant pancake sized compact, so I feel free to dust that baby from head to toe. Looks gorgeous and summery on moisturized arms and legs. LOVE. Get it while you still can!

Guerlain Terracotta Terre d'Été

Perfume: If you know me, you know I adore green perfumes. I love the fresh, earthy fragrances of green things – grass, leaves, stems, mosses….They take me to happy summer place, with daydreams of freshly cut lawns on hot summer weekends, walking through dark, cool green forests and pathways to beaches, mossy stones in mountain streams, hiding in hedgerows and picnics in meadows. The delicious greens in Hampton Sun Privet Bloom has been like a summer memory in a bottle for me lately. “Named after the beautiful privet privacy hedges synonymous with the Hamptons lifestyle, Hampton Sun’s Privet Bloom Fragrance is a delicate scent that captivates the senses and captures the Hamptons’ pure, natural elegance. This destination fragrance is reminiscent of a blooming privet blossom tousled into a stunning bouquet of delicate aromas. Privet Bloom encompasses the essence of nature’s beauty and transcends the seasons – making it the perfect fragrance all year round.” Truth in adverstising, I must say. LOVE.

Hampton Sun Privet Bloom

*saudade:  A deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return.

Top Summer Perfume Picks With Carlos Powell, Brooklyn Fragrance Lover

Top Summer Perfume Picks With Carlos Powell, Brooklyn Fragrance Lover

My dear friend Carlos is a fragrance fanatic, who spreads his scented sentiments far and wide. He’s a New Yorker with a flair for fragrance, and he shares my addiction. He asked me to contribute my summer picks for this season on his terrific blog, Brooklyn Fragrance Lover and a YouTube fragrance review channel, as well as being a member of infamous Goodsmellas. Read more about the Goodsmellas in Elle.

Carlos has a lot of male readers, but his tastes run across all scents, and we all know one can wear whatever scents they want. Brooklyn Fragrance Lover is for boys and girls! He has two darling cats and a stunning perfume collection as well. Tip – he does a lot of giveaways so if you love those, subscribe!

He had a bunch of bloggers and vloggers from around the globe collaborate on a Summer Perfume post. So much fun! There are some excellent suggestions here, from some classics up to some uber exclusive niche offerings. Thank you Carlos for inviting me to be a part of this fun collaboration!


 

I’ll Take Some Green Tea With My Perfume, Please

I’ll Take Some Green Tea With My Perfume, Please

I find tea based perfumes so easy to wear. They are perfect for when I’m looking for that Goldilocks perfume in my collection – not too strong, not too soft, not too floral, not too woodsy – just right. A tea perfume is perfect for any time of day and any occasion. Perfumes with tea are perfect for when you feel like a soothing, calming scent versus a bombshell perfume. There is a time for that as well, but sometimes one just wants to smell lovely. I adore CB I Hate Perfume’s Russian Caravan Tea perfume, which is based on black tea.

Green tea scents have a fresh, clean summery vibe. This gorgeous citrus perfume family changed the way we look at perfume and ushered in the era of fresh watery clean perfumes. Sadly, Mugler Angel undid all of that, but that’s another story (apologies to Angel lovers).  This season has seen some new perfume releases featuring gorgeous tea notes. They are all a bit different, with different notes playing with the tea.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea: Ah, Body Shop! You did it! You reintroduced one of the cleanest, freshest and energizing tea notes in perfume history! It all started with Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert which launched in 1992. Fuji Green Tea reminds me a lot of the original green tea perfume that started it all, but it’s less complicated, with more airy watery notes vs the Bvlgari which has spices. I LOVE Fuji Green Tea, and the body and bath line elevates the perfume to a whole other level of heaven. The bath tea and body exfoliating scrub are simply divine. And the Fuji Green Tea Body Butter is as delicious as any Body Shop body butter. Seriously, does anyone do buttery body lotions better? The best part of Body Shop Fuji Green Tea is the price point. It does not smell cheap at all and at around $20 is the perfect way to satisfy your green tea perfume craving without breaking the bank. I have also been spritzing my bed linens with this in the morning when I make the bed. I want to spray it everywhere!

Thomas Sabo Charm Rose Beach

Thomas Sabo Charm Rose Beach: Ok here is a perfume that took me totally by surprise. I was intrigued by a Thomas Sabo scent, as I didn’t even know they made perfumes. Rose and Beach both sounded interesting but to be honest, my expectations were not that high. One sniff and I snapped out of my perfume ennui. Charm Rose Beach (the name needs work…) is so pretty I fell in love instantly! The winning notes for me were the green tea, oceanic and citrus notes. Seriously – summer in a bottle! I can’t stop sniffing my arm when I wear this. It’s like sitting by the ocean sipping iced green tea with lime. Sort of like Hermes Eau de Merveilles and Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert had a beach baby. LOVE. Availability of this one might be tricky. It seems to be sold out on the Canadian website.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Teazzurra

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Teazzurra: Oh, mama. This is my new Holy Grail of summery tea perfumes. Elegant and serenely beautiful green tea made delicious by grapefruit and yuzu. Seriously, this is such a beautifully blended scent, as only Guerlain and Thierry Wasser could create. Top it all off with the classic Guerlain vanilla and musk with some oceanic notes and you have an irresistible tea perfume. I can’t get enough of this one. It’s soft enough, in true Aqua Allegoria style, that I can spray myself head to toe without worrying about offending anyone. Yet, I still smell it on my skin hours later, like a whisper of the ocean. I am getting a back up bottle of this beauty, as one never knows if a seasonal Guerlain release will make it into the permanent collection.

To sum it up, tea perfume lovers you need all of these!

 

Perfume And Sound: Geza Schoen & Unsound’s Ephemera

Perfume And Sound: Geza Schoen & Unsound’s Ephemera

Sometimes perfumes smell good or bad. Sometimes they smell incredible, and sometimes they smell meh. There is the odd perfume that reaches into our brains, memories and maybe even our DNA, and these perfumes evoke a visceral and emotional reaction.

I experience the fragrant presence Guerlain Apres L’Ondee emotionally, as it evokes stormy weather and feelings. Many people say it makes them sad. It’s been said many times that Guerlain L’Heure Bleu is a heartbreaking scent, something evoked by summoning the sensation of the “blue hour”, a true melancholy. Perhaps that is what I love about it. And there is the CB I Hate Perfume line. Christopher Brosius (CB) created “anti perfumes”, which are more like his fragrant memories, and bottled them. His memories of childhood trips to the beach in At The Beach 1966, the books and leather of In The Library, or the lush green garden and tomato plants of his aunt in Memory Of Kindness. Do give them a try if you are even slightly intrigued by the concepts. They are wonderful.

And then there is the whole synesthesia thing, where one experiences one sense as another. I have this with Guerlain Jicky, because it smells like velvet to me. And Chanel 28 La Pausa absolutely smells purple. This is more like voluntary synesthesia, and I love closing my eyes when I smell perfume. It’s a journey, and often an interesting one.

Which brings me to my review of the Ephemera collection of perfumes. I made a conscious effort to NOT overthink these reviews. From their website:

Ephemera presents olfactory compositions based on musical resonances and reverberations. The nose behind the project is Berlin-based Geza Schoen, known for the groundbreaking Escentric Molecules series as well as various avant-garde/conceptual scents.

In the first phase of the project, three musicians – Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, and Steve Goodman (aka Kode9) – created raw sonic material which Schoen then reinterpreted to create three different scents: Noise, Drone and Bass.

These scents and sounds are now used in an installation environment, and also encapsulated as unique perfumes.The project is curated and produced by Malgorzata Plysa and Mat Schulz of Unsound.

These perfumes come with music and videos. Not like officially, in the same package, but as an installation, and, online. So I tested each perfume while sitting in a quite calm space. First, while just listening, then, watching with no sound, then, with both the sound and the videos playing. And I loved everything about the experience. I love the smells and I love the sounds and imagery. Love.

Drone by Ephemera

DRONE:

Tim Hecker’s notion of Drone does not have any direct personal narrative, drawing instead on his imagining of “a speculative day-glow incense from rituals where long-form sound induces levitation.” For Geza Schoen, that translates into aldehydes and air notes, developing to fir and juniper, with a base of patchouli, ambergris, and vetiver.

The air and aldehydes are what I first notice in Drone. It is magical and otherwordly, and somehow earthy and grounded at the same time. Think magical medieval forest, but full of silvery transparent trees. It smells clean and cooling, but lighter and more elevated than typically clean scents, with less of a laundry vibe and more of an ice cold mountain stream water vibe. There is a hint of incense, but it’s barely there, and somehow the concept of “levitation” is something that just makes sense when experiencing Drone. From the notes given to me before I got the perfumes, I thought I would like this one the best. There is no best, I’ve discovered, but I do love Drone dearly and feel calm when I wear it.

 

 

NOISE by Ephemera perfume

NOISE:

Geza Schoen created the scent representing Noise inspired by way of Ben Frost’s deepest recesses of olfactory memories: catholic church holidays, Australian bushfire, moisture, and insect drones, among other stimuli. Those ideas Schoen connected with aldehydes, ozone, black pepper, saffron, and labdanum, to name a few. 

Noise makes me think of outer space and meteorites – it is dark. I can really smell the ozone, and combined with aldehydes they are totally trippy. I get the church incense as well, and the whole of the scent gives a feeling of darkness and yet calm. Like a black hole. There is also smoke, which I was afraid would really bother me, but instead it feels like something bigger than me yet not out of control. The smoke is like the scent you get in your hair after sitting around a campfire. It’s not a lovely smell, but it is a nice one. Geza Schoen masterfully renders such a prickly idea as fire and smoke into a calming float out in space. Nicely done. I like this and was so certain I wouldn’t. If you like woodsy scents, maybe with a touch of smoke, you need to try Noise. If you like your scents weird and burnt smelling, you need to try Noise.

BASS:

For Steve Goodman (aka Kode9), the idea of Bass connects with childhood memories triggered by the sound and the accompanying scent he remembers of a broken, burning vacuum cleaner. Geza Schoen translated this to a scent which opens with woodsmoke and rum notes, developing into leather, mastic, and tea notes, and finishing with castoreum and moss, among other scents.

Bass is an odd one. I did not get broken burning vacuum cleaner until I read it, then it was surreal and right there. But only for a nano second, just long enough for my brain to register it. There is a heavy feel to this scent, as well as a darkness. The castoreum adds a human smell, almost like, um, hair. But not in bad way, more like a musky “hair of someone you know and love” way. Does that make sense? There is no out of doors description for this scent, and what I am imagining is a dark cupboard, perhaps with leather jackets and some gardening implements. There are forest-y elements here, but a dustiness I can’t quite identify. Oddly I like it. It would be a perfect scent to wear at night, with a leather jacket and jeans, with second day hair and someone you love. Can I explain why a burning broken vacuum cleaner scent is something you need? No. I will say if you like leather scents, you should try this one. Adding a note like tea, and a pine-y note like mastic makes Bass quite wearable and lovely. Trust me….

All in all I love this collection. I was so intrigued when I heard about it. Then I read about the notes and thought “Oh my god no I will never be able to wear these”. Wrong. I love them all, and interestingly, they all smell wonderful together.

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Ephemera perfumes are sold in a very limited number of specialty shops right now. They will be adding more. You can purchase them online for now, along with their amazing artwork here.

 

 

Scenting the Strong & Beautiful Women of Mad Max Fury Road: Lucy B Apothecary Perfumes

Scenting the Strong & Beautiful Women of Mad Max Fury Road: Lucy B Apothecary Perfumes

Recently, I’ve been sampling some fragrances sent to me by the UK celebrity makeup artist turned perfumer, Lucy Baldock-Sacchi. Lucy spent 12 years living in Australia, where she fell in love with the natural resources, healing atmosphere, the people and unpolluted lands. She discovered for herself the emotional, spiritual and physical benefits of the Australian Bush Flowers. Lucy B. is the only perfume company in the world to have infused the natural Australian Flower Essences within their products, sharing with everyone the unique Australian energy & lifestyle.

At the time, there was a gap in the market for the perfect combination of natural, organic ingredients & colour cosmetics. Lucy consulted with the Australian Bush Flower expert, Ian White, and developed specific essences that lift the spirit and enhance confidence. I have always been a fan of the original cult favourite, Pink Frangipani, and keep a roller bottle of the oil in my purse. All of the Lucy B perfumes are soft and gentle, and easy to wear. They are well priced, with all products in the line being under $50. My new favourite is Royal Water Lotus & Vanilla Musk, a gentle airy and watery floral that smells like clean skin and paradise. Really. Tropical Gardenia is another favourite, and Royal Green Fig & Vanilla Woods is too…it’s actually hard to choose as they are all gorgeous.

From her site:

Lucy B. Cosmetics & Fragrances is unlike any other beauty range. We believe that it takes a holistic lifestyle on every level to ultimately transform each person. By including Australian Bush Flower Essences and pure aroma-therapeutic extracts in every product, we have harnessed the power and magic of the Australian botanical apothecary to bring you benefits that go way beyond beauty. The result is a range that helps transform the body, mind and soul.

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Of course, after seeing Mad Max: Fury Road, my mind has been obsessing over all things Australian. I won’t spoil it for you, but unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard that the female characters are strong, inspirational, and badass. When I left the film I was all fired up, partially because my adrenalin levels were off the charts, but also because I was in love with the women I met on Fury Road. I’ve been wearing Lucy B’s perfumes and test driving them, and appreciating her positive messages of strength, health and confidence that the line wants to share while inspiring the wearer. Then I thought – who better to wear these magical feminine Australian scents than the women of Fury Road?  I fell in love with them all – in particular, The Five Wives. When we first meet them, they seem so precious and delicate,  one wonders how on earth they will survive when taken out of their prison. It becomes immediately clear that these women are not delicate flowers, and that like many prisoners, they were not broken, but emboldened and fortified by their oppression.

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Perhaps one day, they help cultivate the scorched world around them, and with the wisdom of The Many Mothers and that bag of The Seed Carrier, grow and share beautiful flowers with healing essences with everyone around them. At first one might think that soft beautiful floral scents are counter-intuitive perfumes for seriously badass women to wear. But I say, these women don’t need a perfume to project their strength. They do that quite well on their own.

From left: The Dag, Toast The Knowing, Cheedo The Fragile, The Splendid Angharad, and Capable

From left: The Dag, Toast The Knowing, Cheedo The Fragile, The Splendid Angharad, and Capable

 

Abbey Lee – The Dag: At first the angelic blonde Dag appears flighty and fragile, but the reality is that she has a heightened sense of awareness as to what is going on around her. She slings around insults fearlessly, while also praying to “anyone who will listen”. She is strong while appearing ethereal. I would scent her in Royal Water Lotus & Vanilla Musk.

Top notes of lotus and watery musk a heart of rose petals within a base of warm amber & precious woods.

Top notes of lotus and watery musk a heart of rose petals within a base of warm amber & precious woods.

Zoë Kravitz – Toast The Knowing: Toast is a bit different from the other wives. Physically, she is shorter and her hair has been hacked into a shag that somehow manages to look pretty amazing. Toast loads the guns and counts the ammo, and would appear to aspire to being a warrior like Furiosa. I see her as someone who grows and thrives, despite the harshness of her world.  I would put her in Lucy B Australian Wild Jasmine.

Top notes of Pineapple & White Ginger middle notes of Wild Australian Jasmine, and bottom notes of Water Lily & Magnolia. Australian Wild Jasmine scents the skin creating a wildly sensual yet fresh Australian scent while boosting the mood through the flower essences. Simply put, it's Australia in a bottle.

Top notes of Pineapple & White Ginger middle notes of Wild Australian Jasmine, and bottom notes of Water Lily & Magnolia. Australian Wild Jasmine scents the skin creating a wildly sensual yet fresh Australian scent while boosting the mood through the flower essences. Simply put, it’s Australia in a bottle.

 

Courtney Eaton – Cheedo the Fragile: The youngest of the wives (the actress was 16 during the making of the film!), Cheedo was comfortable in the enclosed world of her prison in The Citadel, and is fearful of the outside world. She endures, however, and emerges from the battle a stronger woman. I would scent her in Lucy B Royal Egyptian Amber & Honeysuckle, with delicate top notes, but warm and enduring base notes.

Top notes of honeysuckle and peach a heart of jasmine flowers with a touch of patchouli within a warm base of amber and cashmere.

Rosie Hungtington-Whiteley – The Splendid Angharad: Splendid is visibly pregnant and is completely unafraid. She is conflicted about the child she is carrying, and is courageous, but can also be reckless.  She uses herself as a human shield without hesitation, and is determined to live a free life. She makes me think of the feminine and strong rose, so I would scent her with Lucy B Royal Peony Rose & Mandarin Musk.

Top notes of mandarin & tangerine a heart of pink peony and base of delicate camellia flowers. Royal Peony Rose is blended with confidence enhancing Australian flower essences.

Top notes of mandarin & tangerine a heart of pink peony and base of delicate camellia flowers.

Riley Keough – Capable: Early on we learn that Capable is tender and compassionate. She cares for a sick and dying character who was trying to capture her, and is aware that her lunatic captor and the leader of The Citadel world is not immortal. She is empathetic and caring. I see Capable as nurturing, and somehow the green freshness of Lucy B Royal Green Fig & Vanilla Woods would be perfect for her.

Top notes of fresh green fig & pepper with a heart & base notes of green leaf, creamy coconut & sensual vanilla.

Top notes of fresh green fig & pepper with a heart & base notes of green leaf, creamy coconut & sensual vanilla.

 

Finally, I want to scent Furiosa. I am almost overwhelmed emotionally when I think of her. She was kidnapped as a child, and suffered unspeakable atrocities at the hands of the insane leader of The Citadel. Her one dream and defining goal is to get back to The Green Place of The Many Mothers.

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Her pain and vulnerability are buried deep below her badass-ness and the anger and fury that propels her. I want to scent her dream and memory of a green, lush and caring paradise, with the queen of all fragrances, gardenia. Lucy B Tropical Gardenia perhaps embodies The Green Place, and I wish that for Furiosa.

Top notes of gardenia, middle notes of orchid flowers and dewy green with bottom notes of cashmere musk.

Top notes of gardenia, middle notes of orchid flowers and dewy green with bottom notes of cashmere musk.

Lucy B perfumes are available on her site,  in many other online boutiques, and in many retail locations in Canada, the US and around the world. Check the Lucy B store locator to find the right one for you! 

Little Luxuries & Pampering In The Beauty Department

Little Luxuries & Pampering In The Beauty Department

Sometimes all it takes is a little beauty treat to lift our spirits and make us feel pampered. And lifted spirits and pampering are good things. Taking time to treat ourselves, or someone we love, or even better, treating ourselves and someone we love together, is an important part of feeding our souls. It can be grand and luxurious, or it can be taking a moment in the day to look after yourself or someone you care about. Spa days, the right lipstick, a mani pedi, or a hot bath and glass of tea wine after a long day – just taking a moment so you don’t kill anyone to restore sanity to our crazy lives.

One thing that is free and wonderful is a department store beauty floor makeover. You know this already right? It feels lovely and healing to have someone gently touching your face. Closing your eyes and feeling the soft feathery makeup brushes tickling your skin is a wonderful sensation. Just sit back and let it go, and even go outside your comfort zone. Let the make up artist go crazy. They call them “artists” for a reason! When my eldest daughter Emilie was little, she would ask me to “tickle” her face with my makeup brushes while she was falling asleep. Who doesn’t love that?

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It doesn’t have to be for a wedding, or some fancy occasion. How about because it’s Friday afternoon and you survived the week! Mother’s Day, a birthday, someone stopped biting their nails – whatever! Go with your friend, your daughter or your mom and use the opportunity to have a brilliant photo shoot after your makeovers! Seriously – you will take your best selfies ever. My daughter’s friends have been known to take photos with them (Kim K makeup goals, obvies) and ask to have the look recreated. Now, we are talking about teenage girls without deep pockets, and no plans to purchase any makeup at that time.

A good makeup artist and retailer will not force product on you while this is happening. What should happen is you form a relationship with someone you trust, and they treat you like royalty while you are in their chair. A good retailer knows that if you leave happy, even if you don’t buy at that moment, when you do want something, you will come back. For example, my daughter’s friend who wanted Kim K’s cheekbones went to Nordstrom, a US retailer that is blessedly now in Canada. She didn’t buy anything after her makeover, but when she decides she wants that killer highlighter or mascara or lip liner or whatever they used, there is a very good chance she will go to counter where she felt welcome to make her purchase. A good retailer understands brand loyalty and what it means to make a customer feel wanted. Nordstrom’s beauty floor is welcoming and luxurious, and basically my second home.

With the lovely Melody Ly, after my Amore Pacific facial, Biddy getting her La Prairie facial, & with Cara Wood, the Dior makeup genius who created Those Eyes.

With the lovely Melody Ly, after my Amore Pacific facial, Biddy getting her La Praire facial, & me with Cara Wood, the Dior makeup genius who created Those Eyes.

My younger daughter and I had a free Thursday night and decided to hit up the beauty department of our city’s brand new Nordstroms. We had SO MUCH FUN! We had facials and makeup applications, and the sales professionals and makeup artists treated us like old friends. We had a super photo session and felt gorgeous. No, not because we were coated in makeup. Not because we were coerced into buying makeup. Because we chatted, laughed, and said “OK…” to the teal liner on my waterline….or the shimmery vanilla highlighter powder and orange lipstick. Like I said – outside your comfort zone! Switch it up, baby, and live a little!

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I have NEVER worn eye makeup like this! Meow!

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I’m in Dior & Burberry, and Biddy is in Bobbi Brown and MAC. Glamour girls!

A good makeup artist doesn’t do that. A good makeup artist says “Did you know your eyes are incredible? I’d love to try something new…”. And then they hand you a mirror and you think WOW! I had no idea I looked like that! It’s so fun, and like ultimate adult dress up party. It’s a fun bonding thing, and you quickly feel like you are surrounded by friends. These people love what they do. They learn about new trends and techniques as part of their profession, and they want to share them! I always say – ask for samples. If you are trying something new, chances are you aren’t sure you want to go home with it. If it’s new, they likely have samples. Hey – if you don’t ask, you’ll never know, right? That is just an added bonus to what would have already been a great time, in my opinion.

What are some little ways you like to pamper yourself and someone you care about?