In my two decades of covering the skincare, makeup and fragrance industries, I’ve noticed that perfume enthusiasts are particularly passionate about the art of scent. I have followers who can tell you the difference between a chypre and an Oriental. They know the essential oil concentrations in eau de parfum versus eau de toilette. And they know long before anyone else when a special limited edition bottle is going to be released. I love that fact that they get such joy from fragrance.
This feedback is particularly rewarding to the master perfumers that I interview as editor of BEAUTY the guide. These craftsmen spend years refining and perfecting a single scent – often creating two to three hundred different versions for a blockbuster designer launch. I believe there were several hundred versions of Lancome’s La Vie Est Belle until the exact blend was achieved.
To celebrate fragrance fans everywhere, I’m giving away a special blog prize of designer men’s and women’s fragrances. You’ll find a wide range of scent categories and moods. And don’t be afraid to try both the men’s and women’s scents. I find that woody scents smell particularly good on women – just give them a bit of time to dry down.
This Ultimate Fragrance Lover’s Collection includes:
I Love Juicy Couture
Giorgio Armani Air di Gioia
Mugler Angel Muse
L’eau d’Issey Pure
Ralph Lauren Romance
Narciso Rodriguez for her
Giorgio Armani Sun di Gioia mini
L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Fraiche
Guerlain L’Homme Ideal
Bvlgari Aqva Amara
Calvin Klein Eternity Aqua (travel size)
Dior Homme Cologne
The Giveaway: I gave away this collection of designer fragrances worth over $1,000 to one lucky reader. To enter, I asked readers to tell me in a blog post comment below which fragrance are they most interested in trying? Shireen P from Canada told us and we drew her name at random from all those who entered. Congrats Shireen!
All the fragrances featured are available in Canada at select Hudson’s Bay stores and thebay.com