Love in a bottle...

Perfume is just one of the many faces of fashion, and it has its phases and fads, too. There are some types of perfume which are really being eclipsed, and the trends might surprise you. So, the current trends? Sandalwood, Banana, and Jasmine are real leaders. Sounds like India & Pakistan are the trend setters here, and they are. Art follows success. Add a good dollop of coconut and that is THE sexiest way to smell circa 2011.

Current trends aside, here are some of my all time perfume favs:

Not only will this baby bring all the boys to the yard, it’ll keep ‘em there with it’s mesmerizing beauty and intoxicating fragrance. It quite literally is an explosion of flowers with notes of Sambac jasmine, orchid, freesia, patchouli and rose  just to name a few. Ol’ Viktor & Rolf got a bit cheeky on this one, designing the bottle like a delicately frosted pink grenade, hence the name.

A light and fresh floral with notes of freesia, mandarin orange, honey and tea rose. My nose also detects a bit of an edge to go with the fragrance’s girly side, a vibe that’s both feminine and urban and reflected in the bottle’s design.

Marc Jacobs Lola is a warm, floral scent with a signature note of fuschia peony. Fruity top notes of pink peppercorn, pear d’anjou and red grapefruit deepen to the fuschia heart, which also contains rose and geranium. Base notes of vanilla, tonka bean and creamy musk finish the scent. The bottle is violet with a curvaceous silhouette and is topped with a unique cap fashioned into a rosette.

The fragrance is a delicate and feminine twist on the original with notes of Bulgarian rose, peony petals, plum and ambrette seed that call out for lavish hotel rooms and fine restaurants. The rose the one woman demands the finer things in life and knows how to get them. Resist the urge to soak in it though; a mere touch to your pulse points with its musky rosiness is enough to exude a little of that ultra-desirable come-hither.


New addition to my perfume family - Naughty Alice by Vivienne Westwood. Naughty, chic femininity at play, in a magical universe. Cheeky & rebellious, believing that rules are made to be broken. I must admit, when I first saw the marketing photos for it, it was the bottle design and the pretty blue heart charm gold bracelet caressing the neck of the bottle that caught my eyes. Naughty Alice is a fragrance that epitomises the sensual modern women with a bit of playfulness.

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