I think it’s safe to say I have more perfume than the average woman. Because of the size of my stash, I like to rotate out my fragrances frequently depending on the season and my mood. During the Spring, I like to switch it up to include something fresh and light and floral. I also love bottles that are gorgeous enough to leave sitting on my bathroom sink to display. Behold, six fragrances that are easy to wear and gorgeous to look at:
1. GUESS Girl:
2. Surprise! By Heidi Klum:
3. Lady Gaga Fame:
From the HAUS LABORATORIES in Paris. The first ever black Eau de Parfum compounded by Lady Gaga. It’s black like the soul of fame, but invisible once airborne.
Dark facet- Incense, Belladonna.
Sensual facet- Apricot, Honey.
Feminine facet- Jasmine Samac, Tiger Orchidea.
My thoughts: This is my new signature scent, that is how much I love it! It’s hard to describe the scent because it is kind of complex. Sometimes, when I’m reviewing fragrances I read other peoples’ reviews on Amazon or Macy’s websites just to get the exact wording in my head for when I try to explain it on my blog. It seems people either love this or hate this. Someone who didn’t care for it dubbed it “fume” instead of “fame” and others say they loved it so much they went “gaga.” When I first sprayed this into the air, I didn’t care for it so much, but I love the way it reacts with my body chemistry. What I pick up on most from this scent is the jasmine, orchid, and apricot. When first spritzed, it smells a little fruitier and then when it dries down I smell some of the more sensual aspects. It’s definitely worth testing out for yourself if you make it to the mall. I also love the bottle, and how it’s shaped like a grenade. It’s also kind of magical because it’s black in the bottle and sprays out clear. My husband loves the way this smells and also really likes the bottle.
5. Tocca Liliana:
A lush, green, rolling lawn is the setting for a roaring 20s party in full swing. Liliana conjures a reveler in the bloom of youth dancing the Charleston amidst flowing bottles of champagne and a spirited jazz band. The lowering sun casts a golden sparkle as an intoxicating bouquet of muguet, gardenia and peony wafts from the gardens, filling the night with joie de vivre.
Top Notes: Italian Bergamot, Neroli, Watery Peach
Middle Notes: Muguet, Gardenia, White Peony
Bottom Notes: Sandalwood, Musk, Benzoin, Patchouli
My thoughts: Tocca has the best fragrances if you’re into complex fragrances that are going to last all day. I really love this fragrance, and that’s no exception because I’ve loved everything I’ve tried from Tocca. My personal favorite from their collection is “Stella” but this is certainly on par with that. What I pick up on most is the watery peach, peony, and musk. This is a really juicy fragrance that has a lot of scents going on but they are all really beautiful when they come together. I really feel like a sophisticated woman when I wear Tocca. Also, check out the description above from their site. Isn’t that just a beautiful way to describe a fragrance? I love that all of their scents have beautiful descriptions of the type of woman from a bygone era this was meant for. A description from their website suits the scents perfectly:
Our perfumers develop scents that are reminiscent of bygone times and familiar places yet infused with the unexpected, creating something altogether fresh and new.
This is so true of their fragrance line, because each one seems to evoke a certain memory or thought from my past, but smell fresh and wonderful and very “right now” all at the same time. I highly recommend checking out Tocca next time you hit Sephora. Their fragrances are also available on their website, www.tocca.com and in select stores.
6. Fergie Viva
Avon launches the third fragrance by the famous pop star Fergie, named Viva by Fergie, in the spring of 2012. The new fragrance is advertised as fearless and daring with the slogan “Live by Your Own Rules.” The composition is fresh and floral, blended out of cooling herbs, fierce lavender and intriguing vetiver. “Viva is a fresh and unexpected fragrance that brings out the duality of a woman. Powerful, yet seductive, and living life by her own rules,” described Fergie. The fragrance opens with green notes and continues to the combination of mint, lavender, spices and flowers, and ends up with the woody base of vetiver.
My thoughts: Before even reading the description, I wore this and the first two words that came to mind were “fresh” and “fierce.” This is a light fragrance that is absolutely perfect for every day. I don’t pick up on the mint as much, but I smell mostly lavender and flowers. This would be the perfect summer scent in my opinion- light, cool, and fresh. The scent is on par with Bvlgari Blv II which is my all time favorite scent and what I wore to my wedding. It didn’t last a super long time on me, and faded after a couple hours, but it was a great enough scent that I didn’t mind refreshing it! This perfume is Mike approved.
*These fragrances were provided as a sample but that does not change my honest opinion.