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February 12, 2012

Scent of Attraction

ScentAhhh, fragrance. Is there any faster way to alter a mood and a mindset? I think not. While there are as many different scents out there as there are preferences, one thing is certain: finding one that speaks to you and "moves" you is key.

One think many women (and men) overlook is the variety of methods for applying personal fragrance. Are you a scented powder kid of girl, a solid parfum person or a body oil babe? The difference in quality and enjoyment of the fragrance based upon the application might surprise and delight you.

I find it most rewarding to layer my scents, thereby creating my own unique fragrance. Try this: Bobbi Brown's Beach Oil followed by Gucci II eau de toilette (now discontinued, but I have my own stash!) with a dab of Tocca Brigitte solid perfume on the insides of your wrist. Result: aromatic intoxication... in the best possible way.

For the uninitiated... don't miss out on one of life's true great pleasures. Frédéric Malle's line of fragrances is a mesmerizing blend of high-tech innovation and the best natural extractions of exotic (and familiar) essences. Introductions like Carnal Flower are impossible to describe in words. Suffice it to say, the 18 lengthy months it took to create the fragrance was well worth it. You (and your romantic interest) will be thrilled you experimented with this mind blowing aroma. It's like nothing you've ever tried before. Rush to your local Barneys counter and sample the goods. It's worth the effort.

The best tip I can offer you about selecting your own unique fragrance is this: choose on that YOU love. Never wear a fragrance for someone else. If it makes you feel romantic or powerful or sophisticated or dangerous... if it moves you, alters your state and makes you feel amazing: by all means wear it! Remember nothing is as appealing as confidence, and when you find your small stable of mood altering scents consider yourself armed for any challenge life (or love) may toss your way.

Featured: Frédéric Malle's Carnal Flower, Bobbi Brown Beach Oil, Tocca Solid Parfum in Brigitte, Gucci Guilty Scented Shimmer Powder, Viktor & Rolf Limited Edition "Love Me Tight" Flowerbomb, Urban Decay "Honey" Body Powder, Nars Monoi Body Oil

What the beautiful people are saying...

You a picked a few of my favorites...I love scents on the sweet side so I'll HAVE to look into that honey powder!

I think the most impactful part of dressing is the fragrance! Sure, the wardrobe gets noticed first, but whether the fragrance is pleasing, or not so much, it is like the punctuation at the end of the sentence! Right now I am wearing Tocca Stella. Sometimes, I'll layer the hand cream with Marc Jacobs Daisy eau so Fresh! The two are really nice together!

I tried some Frederic Maille fragrances when in NYC recently, and it's now definitely on my lust list!! I also LOVE Bobbi Brown AND body oil so this one is definitely a must try now! Thanks for sharing!

Alexandra, Benefit used to carry some lovely scented body powders like Kitten Goes to Paris etc... but now they seem discontinued. I do like Honey as a substitute but a little goes a long way!

Rhonda, that sounds like a dreamy combo! I love layering! And I agree... this is a key step to dressing. I love the mood altering benefits of a great scent!

Gabrielle, those Federic fragrances should come with a warning! Theyve been cult favorites of some fabulous women in the know for years, but most people have only recently been exposed to the brand. I remember reading about them years ago at The Purse Forum, but when I finally sampled the goods I was blown away! Pretty potent stuff!

I think a fragrance is a daily essential!

Something to say, gorgeous?

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