By the time you read this fragrance story, Groundhog Day will have passed and daylight saving time has arrived. Even if “the groundhog didn’t see his shadow, Spring is still on the way! It’s the perfect time to think about adding (unique and affordable) fragrances to your life. I’m loving the natural (and vegan) alcohol-free and good for sensitive skin Brûmée fragrances. However, the chocolate-centric perfume, Serendipitous from Serendipity 3 is fulfilling my chocolate dreams. Which appeals to you most?
Natural and Nifty Fragrances:
I have never really thought much about vegan fragrances. However, when Brûmée came across my desk, I was intrigued. Brûmée fragrances are alcohol-free and water-based and vegan. Brûmèe uses deeply nourishing oils including Natural Olive Oil as well as Natural Sunflower Oil, with Ultra Pure Water (UPW) which is extremely safe to use on the skin! Using this technique has given rise to the creation of alcohol-free perfumes with improved tenacity and shelf-life.
Roots in Provence:
Even more impressive, Brûmèe is a French perfumery with roots in Provence, founded by Dr. Anne-Claire Walch, an expert in pharmacology. She had a mission to create a perfume brand that offers a 100% alcohol-free range of natural perfumes that you can actually wear on the skin, just like skincare. Grasse in the heart of Provence in France is considered the center of the French perfume industry and is known as the world’s perfume capital. All three signature alcohol-free scents are available exclusively on Amazon.com for 1.7 fl. oz. $45.00 each.
These fragrances are natural and for both your skin and your hair. They’re also cruelty-free and alcohol-free. Alcohol is in a lot of fragrances, but for some, it can be irritating and can make oily skin even worse. Top notes: Orange, Jasmine, Mandarin. Heart notes: Patchouli, Rose. Base notes: Vanilla, Vetiver, Seaweed.
I tried the Brûmée Cedar Wood and Vanilla scent. It’s described as “woody and warm” but to my nose, it’s an homage to the vanilla orchid. It’s a warm scent, but also has hints of green and herbal. One of the unique things about the fragrances is that they are designed to work with your skin and hair and body chemistry to create a scent that’s unique to you. As it dried down, the scent on my skin became pleasingly spicy!
A Sensational Chocolate Lovers Scent:
One of my happy memories of living in New York was a shop until you drop day at Bloomingdales and then visiting Serendipity 3 to relax with one of their decadent frrrrozen hot chocolates. In case you don’t know, “serendipity” means: “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.”
A Fragrance Born in a Restaurant:
Serendipity 3 claims that they’re the world’s only restaurant to launch a major fragrance. Serendipitous is reminiscent of the restaurant’s awesome and iconic frozen Hot Chocolate. Although I’m in Florida now, I can still bring back some of those happy memories of the decadent frozen hot chocolate (and smell amazing), with their chocolate-centric perfume.
It’s not new, but it’s noteworthy. The main notes are truly gourmand: Cocoa, Tahitian Vanilla, Blood Orange. Upon the first spritz, you really smell the vanilla and cocoa. However, as it dries down you can sense a bit of the caramelized sugar as on a creme brulee (but it’s not overly sweet).
Everyone’s skin is different at Serendipitous didn’t have a big sillage. However, it lingers enough so that if someone gets close to you, they’ll smell the aphrodisiac that is chocolate. Chocolate contains two chemicals that are linked to arousal, tryptophan, being one of the building blocks of serotonin, and phenylethylamine, a stimulant related to amphetamines released in the brain when people fall in love.
Apart from these chemicals, the fragrance smells really sexy and fun. So this fragrance might satisfy your chocolate cravings and maybe bring you a new love interest….who knows?!
The scent is available for $45 1.7 fl. oz. at boutiques, and LuckyScent.com.