Skeem votive candles in Vintage Peony (“a blend of peony, gardenia, lily, and musk”) and Cypress Bark (“strong, rich and complex, smelling of freshly cut wood, sticky sap and peeled bark”). 30 hour burn time, $14 each at Skeem…
Epic Gardenia, Aquarian Roses and Urban Lily make up the new spring floral trio from all-natural brand Strange Invisible Perfumes. I love many fragrances from Strange Invisible Perfumes, but it isn’t exactly my “go to” brand for pretty-girly-spring florals so I was very curious to see what they’d do with these traditionally feminine floral notes.
And I was extra extra curious because I was keeping my fingers crossed that Epic Gardenia would turn out to be a reprise of their gorgeous but gone Lady Day fragrance. Alas, no: as March has already pointed out at Perfume Posse, it’s no such thing. The top notes are a bit heady and indolic, with a strong undercurrent of green, but that stage doesn’t last long; after that, it’s nearly but not quite sheer, and the “gardenia” — bearing in mind that gardenia is very difficult to extract, and so this perfume, like most gardenia perfumes, doesn’t contain any “real” gardenia — is a bit less gardenia-ish and a bit more mixed jasmine-ish floral…
What is it: One 50 ml bottle of Kenzo’s Flower by Kenzo Spring Fragrance 2009, from which I have decanted 2 small samples (I keep the samples, you get the bottle).
Who can win: Any registered reader who lives in the US, who has already left at least one comment on the site (see #4 below) and who has not won an NST giveaway in the past 6 months.
Update: We have a winner, congrats to Daisy!
Yves Rocher has launched Green Summer (shown above left), a new fragrance for women:
This summer quench your senses and discover an ultra-refreshing fruited fragrance. In a luxuriant jungle, the sun warms the tangy tones of fruits and the intoxicating aroma of exotic flowers…
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