A gift of fragrance is such a personal and emotional gift idea. As the weather warms up your body chemistry may make some of the more intense scents you love, smell different and perhaps not as great as they should. We store our fragrances in a cool dark place, and start bringing out the lighter, brighter scents. Here are some fragrances we’ve recently discovered that offer a range of price points and fragrance profiles but all are great for Summer. We think all of these make delightful gifts for HER. Consider these as little splurges for yourself, too!
Cartier La Panthère
There is no doubt that a gift of anything “Cartier” will be welcomed with excitement. One way to give her the Cartier experience is with one of the Cartier fragrances.
The newest is Cartier La Panthère Eau de Toilette (1.6 OZ($90), 2.5 OZ ($120).
Cartier’s In-House Perfumer Mathilde Laurent has created a light floral featuring the romantic gardenia.
Top notes are bergamot and grapefruit; with a heart featuring gardenia, some green notes, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, pear, pineapple and rose. All of the fruits and florals are well balanced, but the base notes are the feline sensuality: musk, sandalwood, patchouli, and leather.
This fragrance is really a softer, lighter La Pathere than some of the others in the collection. Upon drydown it’s almost powdery, a pretty, subtle, feminine floral, but with a fresh, clean feeling, just perfect for warmer weather.
The gardenia may be the star, but you won’t find it overpowering the other notes. Revel in kiss of romantic florals.
The bottle is a work of art in glass. The signature Cartier Panther is modernized into a sculpted jewel of the Panther’s head. The gold-rimmed band featuring “Cartier” in gold, crowns the head of the panther. Get this beautiful new fragrance at Nordstrom.com & Cartier.com.
Pure Grace Endless Summer
PHILOSOPHY is beloved by fragrance fans who want “gentle” scents that work for every occasion but don’t overwhelm people nearby. The “less is more” philosophy (no pun intended) has people Falling in Love with these fragrances
There have been many flankers to the Amazing Grace fragrance collection but the latest is Pure Grace Endless Summer. Give her the limited-edition set ($54) featuring a 2 oz. bottle of Amazing Grace Endless Summer fragrance, coupled with an 8oz. Firming Body Lotion.
The top notes of wild berries, tomato leaf, and iced lychee are brightly fruity but it’s the heart of solar magnolia, jasmine, pomelo plus a soft drydown of musks, driftwood, white amber that add a feminine touch, making Pure Grace Endless Summer more than just another fruity floral.
Should you want to add more of this happy scent, try the bargain of the collection, a generously-sized, multi-tasking Pure Grace Endless Summer Shower Gel ($26; 16oz.). You can also purchase separately: Pure Grace Endless Summer Fragrance (2 oz., $49; 4 oz., $69) and Firming Body Emulsion ($39).
FYI: The Body Emulsion has a complex of natural ingredients. Olive and macadamia nut soften plus shea butter and a blend of vitamins E and C provide emollient and antioxidant benefits that help firm and tone.
QVC shoppers can find two additional exclusives: Pure Grace Endless Summer Whipped Body Creme (16 oz., $45); Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel (32oz., $40)..
Any of all of these are a great gift idea. They’re available at all Philosophy retailers and the exclusives can be found on QVC.com. For more information visit the Philosophy website: http://www.philosophy.com
Fresh Cream Warm Cashmere
Have you ever smelled freshly whipped cream and thought “if only I could put this amazing scent on my skin!” PHILOSOPHY’s Fresh Cream Warm Cashmere is almost that scent, combined with the idea of how cashmere feels against your skin.
Top notes are juicy tangerine and coconut water, followed by a heart of orchid, cashmere wood, shortbread accord and sensual base notes of vanilla bean, creamy sandalwood, skin musk It smells like melted vanilla ice cream with lots of vanilla, but it dries down soft and powdery while still noticeable.
If you’re thinking that all gourmand fragrances are too sweet or too strong, you will be surprised by the softness of Fresh Cream Warm Cashmere that is tempered into just a kiss of creamy delights. Philosophy believes you should savor what makes you special and enjoy the little moments that fill your life with joy. This is one to wear casually, or as your date-night Summer fragrance. Vanilla-centric scents are “man magnets” as vanilla has a very sensual smell men really love.
Get the Fresh Cream Warm Cashmere Eau de Toilette (2 oz., $40; 0.5 oz., $18) and the Shampoo, Bath & Shower Gel (16 oz., $18), while finishing off with a layering of this silky creamy scent with the Fresh Cream Warm Cashmere Body Lotion (7 oz., $20). It’s available at Ulta, QVC, and at philosophy.com
WAFT Personalized Fragrance
Show her she’s one of a kind. Send her a one of a kind fragrance journey that lets her partner with expert perfumers to make her one of a kind scent with the WAFT Custom Fragrance Gift Experience ($79).
* advicesisters tried this personal fragrance experience last year. It’s really a very exciting concept and a new way to learn about and create a one of a kind scent.
Waft partnered with the world’s leading “scent makers” at IFF and they use quality natural ingredients to create each fragrance based on her answers to a questionnaire. If you’re seeking a Summer fragrance that is yours and yours alone, a WAFT journey is for you!
The “WAFT lab” lets you personalize a fragrance from your own computer screen. You don’t have to be a fragrance expert. You begin by answering some easy questions about your style, mood, day or evening, and the notes you already like. Once you’ve done the quick questionnaire, you can personalize the bottle and add a message for free!
The questionnaire guides you through the selection process, but you really need to think about what they’re asking. Blending a fragrance with top, middle and bottom notes that work in perfect harmony is a skill that takes perfumers years to perfect. So you’re not blending the scent, but indirectly, you influence what will be in it.
When I first tried WAFT I whisked through my answers and the result was a light, feminine floral I wouldn’t normally choose. But when I re-did the questionnaire this year, I thought more carefully about my answers and received a new fragrance that is everything I had hoped for and perfect for me with two layering scents that make it even better!
Within a short period of time ( about a week) the personalized scent (with two smaller, layering scents) will arrive. Along the way, you’ll get emails from WAFT letting you know about your fragrance. This is as personalized as you can get without mixing your own.
Imagine having a bespoke scent of her (or your) very own for under $80? Incredible! These would make great gifts for your bridal party, too. Visit the WAFT Website: www.waft.com
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