Top Notes: Citruses, raspberry, plum
Heart Notes: Jasmine, rose
Base Notes: Musk, sandalwood, amber
Avon launched several ‘dress’ scents (Little Black Dress, Gold, Lace and
Sequence) and Red Dress is one of the most beloved in the line-up.
Firstly, it has perfumer par excellence behind it, Sonia Constant. Constant is the spirit nose
behind many luxury brands including (Flower Bomb) Viktor and Rolf, Fragonard,
Burberry, Coach, Guerlain, and the newest Narcisco Rodriguez Musc de Rose,
among countless others. For a berry/fruity perfume, this one floats with just
amount of jasmine and rose to lighten it and keep it from becoming a syrupy ‘gourmand’.
The wood notes and musk balance the berries. If I were to describe it I would
say, wearing this is like being in a forest of wild raspberries, a touch of
moss and deep, warm but oddly cool ‘woods’. It’s like a dewy forest that is
fresh and green (is it the citrus that does that?) but surprisingly
approachable for the floral and fruit notes. This is a great daytime perfume
because it’s feminine without being office-inappropriate but due to its
longevity – impressive – it’s not a bad end-of-day, cinq-a-sept fragrance that
makes the transition from office to cocktail party or early evening violin
quartet concert, complete with nibbles and wine on an summer’s evening. This is
a particularly feminine perfume and while it’s sweet, it’s not cloying. For the
price and the nose behind it, it’s another one of those Avon best-kept-secret ‘steals’.
As a pastry chef, it’s a no brainer I’m fond of perfumes that fall into what the fragrance world categorizes as the ‘gourmands’ group of perfumes. This means foodie notes – and predictably, that often includes vanilla, fruits (peaches, grapefruit), berries, caramel, chocolate, coffee, tea and often times a healthy dose of sugar or honey. It can also include spices. At the least, if you choose a vanilla or gourmand perfume, it’s low calorie indulgence.
But there’s nothing more heartwarming, especially in the chilly holiday season, than vanilla-based perfumes. More often than not, when I’m stopped and asked 'what I’m wearing'. Yes, I live a red carpet of scent – the ‘what are you wearing’ to me is never about Gucci or Zak Posen, and my answer is usually, I'm wearing Guerlain, Chanel and other perfumers). Nothing is more flattering than to wear a scent that doesn’t overwhelm or upstage but instead, has people stopped in their tracks and asking you what your fragrance is.
Sometimes creating a masterpiece is bad thing because like having an exceptional child, people tend to forget the other siblings, each with own allure. Such is Fracas – such an extraordinary, landmark perfume that when you think Jean Piguet and Fracas perfume creator Germaine Cellier, you forget there was Baghari and Bandit, Visa and others. But we are here to bring homage to Fracas, Martha Stewart’s signature scent, wouldn’t you know (she once did a whole segment just on her favourite things in perfume and everyone got a bottle of Fracas to take home) Top NotesBergamot, Mandarin Middle Notes Jasmine, Tuberose, Gardenia, White Flowers
Musk, sandalwoodFracas is sultry - and like most sultry things, hardly subtle. It’s as if someone decided what’s better than the waxy, floral glory of sweet, intense gardenia and tuberose? I know – yet more gardenia and tuberose. I liken Fracas to finding a scented orchid in the middle of a dense rain fore…
Marina de Bourbonhttp://www.mdebourbon.com/
Years ago I bought a
perfume the perfume shop keeper said would elicit a marriage proposal. I am
still single but I am newly in love with the brand. I have the Marina Classique
and also have branched out to try their gorgeous Marina Tendre Reverence.
French perfumes are notably sophisticated and complex, exemplifying impressive
perfume history and tradition. On occasion, they are also sexy and sensual but
none are all that, as well as innately romantic and feminine as the Marina de
Bourbon line.Here’s my two current favorites, Marina de Bourbon Classique and Marina de Bourbon Reverence.
Marina Classique is the iconic flagship perfume and it’s kept current and utterly
delightful. It is fruity and floral with a light touch and is almost effervescent with fragrant charm. It suits
girls and women and that elusive feminine persona in-between.