FRAGRANCE FILE: ELIZABETH ARDEN Green Tea Pomegranate

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Pomegranate fragrance

Elizabeth Arden’s new addition to their Green Tea fragrance collection is described as vibrant and sparkling and indeed, on first whiff you’re enveloped in a heady fresh floral and fruity space…

Inspired by the multi faceted sweet pomegranate intermingled with Vert de Bergamot to awaken the senses, with violet leaves, Earl Grey Tea Accord and magnolia at the heart, finishing with white moss, raspberry bloom and musk.

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Pomegranate fragrance

“The pomegranate fruit tastes and smells as beautiful as it looks. In creating this fragrance, I set out to capture the same sparkling jewel tonalities—each seed bursting with a new sense of vibrancy, color and bliss.” – Rodrigo Flores-Roux, Vice President Perfumery, Givaudan

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Pomegranate fragrance

A bouquet of blooming lovelies that is fresh, new and sure to put a spring in your step!

ELIZABETH ARDEN GREEN TEA POMEGRANATE EDT 5o or 100ml

Available at Edgars, Woolworths

ZAR460 for 100ml

FRAGRANCE REVIEW: Kenneth Cole For Her

Kenneth Cole for Her fragrance EDP

There’s something about this time of year that makes me feel good to be alive; the warmth of the sun on my skin, the bougainvillea in full bloom outside the back door, the trees in shades of green and masses of blossoms everywhere; that sounds a bit melodramatic for a Tuesday morning, but I’ve been booked off work for a couple of weeks as I landed up with pneumonia, so am taking it slow and trying to be more mindful – and catching up on blogposts I hadn’t gotten around to scheduling, like today’s post on Kenneth Cole for Her fragrance I’ve been wearing for the past couple of weeks; I’m a sucker for peonies and as they’re in the top notes was smitten already….

Kenneth Cole for Her fragrance EDP

Kenneth Cole wanted to create a perfume for the modern woman, who has the freedom to express her individuality. It’s described as a floral musk, a dynamic and sophisticated fragrance that blends invigorating citrus notes with vibrant florals. On first spritz one can smell a slight lemon note infused with florals (jasmine, violet and lily of the valley at the heart) settling down with warm notes of sandalwood, musk and heliotrope.

Kenneth Cole for Her fragrance EDP

Senior perfumer at Givaudan, Nicole Mancini says, ‘The signature is centred around musk providing this effortless, easy comfort that is extremely wearable and pumped throughout the fragrance in a non-traditional way. The edge comes from this unique duo of Carrot Seed and Ambrette, providing a touch of warmth to increase the mellow expression. Beautiful fluid florals envelop the musk in a stunning contrast. The finished composition has a cool factor that is very addictive.’

Kenneth Cole for Her fragrance EDP

Isn’t it amazing how certain scents bring back memories or feelings – I love that about fragrances and this one resonates with me, as the perfumer says, its comforting and wearable. I think this makes for a great daywear fragrance – the smell of a fresh gigantic bouquet of spring flowers you’ve just popped into a vase!

If you have a chance to try Kenneth Cole for Her fragrance EDP out, tell me what you think?

Goodness believe it or not I’m feeling weary so I’m off to make a cuppa tea and jump back into bed (decadent or what!)

Happy Tuesday!

Cath

FRAGRANCE FILE: Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Sheer EDP

Abercrombie & Finch First Instinct Sheer EDP

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Sheer EDP fragrance evokes balmy sunshiny days for the women who trusts her passions and follows them wholeheartedly:

Abercrombie & Finch First Instinct Sheer EDP

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Sheer dropped a couple of months ago yet I’ve only just gotten around to trying it out and I love its fresh floral bouquet.( I’m already a fan of Abercrombie & Fitch and wrote a post about the earlier First Instinct fragrance read here )

Abercrombie & Finch First Instinct Sheer EDP

Opening notes of bergamot and pink pepper swirl into a floral heart of orange flowers, hibiscus and lily of the valley. The latter note reminds me of my granny; I don’t remember her ever not having a cigarette in her hand, yet the smell of lily of the valley lingers on in my memory, where she’d wrap her arms around me and hold me close. Enough reminiscing, yet that’s the beauty of fragrances, where certain smells recall longlasting memories.

Creamy woods, musk and amber wrap the fragrance up to settle on one’s skin deliciously. I’ll be wearing this throughout the day as it’s light and is the perfect fresh fragrance to wear on hot summer nights!

Abercrombie & Finch First Instinct Sheer EDP

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Sheer EDP is available at Dischem and at selected Clicks countrywide

That’s it for the day – happy sunshiny day up ahead!

Cath

FRAGRANCE FILE: CHANEL Chance Eau Tendre EDP

I’m completely obsessed with anything relating to CHANEL, so when the latest fragrance

landed in my hands I held on to the bottle oh so tight! CHANEL Chance Eau Tendre EDP fragrance is a gentle interpretation of the original and one I adore; read more here….

CHANEL CHANCE EAU TENDRE EDP

“It comes and goes, it never stays put… and you only have a few seconds to seize your chance. It is unpredictable and appears when you least expect it, but if you decide to seize it, anything is possible. “A chance came up, I seized it.” Mademoiselle Chanel knew that her real chance was the one of her own creation, a state of mind, a way of being”.

CHANEL CHANCE EAU TENDRE EDP

On first spray one can smell the citrus notes of grapefruit, before jasmine and rose essence waft through; the base note is white musk which balances the scent, creating a fruity flowery delightful composition.

CHANEL CHANCE EAU TENDRE EDP

This is a wonderful fresh fragrance suitable for everyday wear. I had the original CHANEL Chance Eau Tendre EDT when it came on the market a few years back , but this one is lovely indeed as it is more intense and lasts longer on your skin. Tres romantic, elegant and intoxicating. LOVE!!

I’ve worn CHANEL Chance Eau Tendre EDP everyday this past week as CHANEL has been on my mind, what with Karl Lagerfeld’s passing. As one of the most acclaimed fashion designers of the century, he will be sorely missed.

CHANEL Chance Eau Tendre EDP

50 ml for ZAR1615 and 100ml for ZAR2290.

Have you tried CHANEL Chance Eau Tendre EDP? What are your thoughts?

Hope it’s a good week up ahead

Cath

FRAGRANCE FILE: Step Into Spring With Four Lovely New Scents

VIVA LA JUICY SOIREE BY jUICY cOUTURE, NARCISO ROUGE, JIMMY CHOO FEVER & ELIE SAAB GIRL OF NOW SHINE

It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this moment, where a change in the season means fresh crisp mornings, blossoming flowers and a surge of renewed energy. To celebrate spring’s arrival I chose four fragrances that have floral and fruity notes to awaken the senses and put a spring in your step:

First up is Juicy Couture’s latest addition VIVA LA JUICY SOIREE, withtop fruity notes of kiwi, sparkling mandarin and cassis, a heart of feminine florals like Indian Sambac and Jasmine petals, mingled with waterlily. The dry-down contains sensual amber, musk and softwoods that gently envelop.

viva la juicy soiree by Juicy Couture

As perfumer Honorine Blanc says,‘The optimistic and playful spirit of the Viva girl is the inspiration for Viva la Juicy Soiree. She has an undeniable charm, a carefree attitude, and the ability to captivate those around her. The moment she arrives at any soiree, she lights up the room and the party begins’.

viva la juicy soiree edp by juicy couture

VIVA LA JUICY SOIREE EDP

50ml ZAR 955

100ml ZAR 1280

jimmy choo fever edp fragrance

JIMMY CHOO FEVER was developed by perfumers Nathalie Lorson and Honorine Blanc who say it’s a ‘strong, hot, floral fragrance, a bit sweet with a dark background.‘ It’s classified as a floral gourmand fragrance and their aim was to create the ultimate scent for a woman who is effortlessly seductive and in charge of her destiny. Black plum nectar, litchee and grapefruit are top notes, with heliotrope at the heart, rounded off with glowing warm notes of sandalwood, roasted tonka bean and benzoin. Jimmy Choo’s fragrances are always a win as they feel sexy and the scent is long-lasting and totally wearable.

JIMMY CHOO FEVER EDP

100ml ZAR1310

Available at Foschini, Edgars and Truworths

NARCISO RODRIGUEZ EDP ROUGE

I was smitten by the very first fragrance fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez brought out years ago, buying myself a second bottle as I loved it so much, (and I was getting a little self-conscious spritzing the tester every time I walked into Edgars at the Waterfront!). The latest fragrance is called Rouge and once again I’m a big fan.

It’s a floral, woody musk with top notes of sensual iris and heady rose with a heart of musk (a note Narciso uses across all of his fragrances). At the base, tonka beans give depth and vetiver lends an earthy appeal. It definitely appeals to the seductive, sensual and mysterious senses and I love it!

NARCISO RODRIGUEZ ROUGE EDP

30ml ZAR895

50ml ZAR1425

90ml ZAR1915

ELIE SAAB GIRL OF NOW SHINE

ELIE SAAB GIRL OF NOW SHINE is the latest pillar fragrance of Elie Saab’s (I reviewed the original earlier, which you can read here). Many of the original notes from Elie Saab’s Girl of Now are included like Lebanese delights of roasted pistachio and almonds for a seductive nutty twist. Floral notes of ylang-ylang, iris, jasmine and patchouli add depth; pear and pineapple create a lighter version in the top notes making for an addictive summer fragrance.

ELIE SAAB GIRL OF NOW SHINE EDP

30ml ZAR845

50ml ZAR1340

90ml ZAR1815

I hope you’re having a fabulous start to the week and happy September!

Cath

(FRAGRANCE FILE): ELIE SAAB LE PARFUM IN WHITE & ISSEY MIYAKE L’EAU D’ISSEY PURE (Nectar

I love this time of year as we’re privy to the latest International Spring/Summer launches, and today’s review consists of two new fragrances, Elie Saab Le Parfum in White EDP & Issey Miyake L’eau D’Issey Pure Nectar de Parfum EDP. Here’s what I thought of their blooming loveliness!

ELIE SAAB LE PARFUM IN WHITE EDP

Renowned for his exquisite red carpet dresses & bridal wear of intricate beading, lace and the use of silk thread, self taught Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab‘s latest fragrance ELIE SAAB LE PARFUM IN WHITE EDP is a flanker of the original La Parfum and classified as a modern and chic fragrance with a floral fruity chypre character.

“An addictive symphony of white”

Elie Saab’s latest perfume is a reflection of his Spring/Summer 2018 bridal and ready-to-wear collections, a tribute to white romanticism. Elie Saab Le Parfum In White EDP retains the signature notes of orange blossom, jasmine and patchouli, with added base notes of white musk and white amber.

The opening is floral and fruity and you can smell the juicy red berries and citrusy notes, keeping it light, clean and crisp. The second impression is one of my favourite notes patchouli, settling down with warm base notes of white musk and amber, sensual and addictive indeed!

This is possibly the closest I’ll get to wearing anything Elie Saab, as his elegant and sensational gowns are way off the budget radar, so I shall enjoy wearing this gorgeous scent throughout the next season or two! Have you tried any of his perfumes? Any thoughts?

ELIE SAAB LE PARFUM IN WHITE EDP

30ml R890

50ml R1410

90ml R1900

ISSEY MIYAKE L’EAU D’ISSEY PURE NECTAR DE PARFUM

I am a fan of Issey Miyake‘s fragrances and like it’s name suggests, the latest L’eau D’issey Pure Nectar de Parfum has sweeter notes compared to the other Issey Miyake fragrances. Top notes of pear and honey are appealing and not too overbearing or too sweet! On first spray, you get a whiff of pear with rose absolute and water accords coming through, before settling down with the warm base notes of Cashmeran, (a synthetic woody note prevalent in all Issey Miyake fragrances), sandalwood, ambergris, violet and white musk. I find the base notes balance the fruity florals with the fragrance lasting three to four hours on my skin. I tend to refreshen my scent every couple of hours anyway, as a great pick me up and this is a lovely day and night scent as it isn’t too heavy.

Wrapped in a copper metallic box, the bottle represents a drop of dew as it falls onto a flower. If you love Issey Miyake fragrances, then I’m sure you’ll love this one too. Let me know what you think. I wrote a review on Issey Miyake L’Eau PURE EDT last year, if you want to read about it here.

ISSEY MIYAKE L’EAU D’ISSEY PURE NECTAR DE PARFUM

30 ml R925

50ml R1430

90ml R1820

PHOTOGRAPHS: IAN REEVES PHOTOGRAPHER

Happy Friday!!

Cath

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FRAGRANCE GIVEAWAY: Mademoiselle Rochas EDP

MADEMOISELLE ROCHAS  EDP

FRAGRANCE GIVEAWAY WORTH R1195

Mademoiselle Rochas fragrance embodies happiness, speaking to a young, carefree and optimistic girl who knows what she wants with her choices and decisions. She’s bold and curious, embracing her surroundings, whether it’s popping into a gallery or sipping coffee in a cafe’ or walking through Tuileries Gardens; this scent, inspired by Femme and Madame, has a personality of its own, elegant and tres French!

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MADEMOISELLE ROCHAS  EDP

Perfumer Anne Filipo created a fragrance to reflect the playfulness of a women so combined

fruity top berries notes with a dash of sweet addictive toffee apple to awaken the senses. At the heart is an explosion of florals including rose petals from the exclusive Rochas rose fields, seductive Egyptian jasmine and a violet accord for a touch of elegance and femininity.
White whispy Chantilly musk evoke the sexy lace that Monsieur Rochas so loved, whilst creamy sandalwood and gentle Ambergris accord round up the base notes.

The bottle is a circular glass smooth bottle evoking the femininity and roundness of the female shape and the slightly pink juice reflects the floral gourmand character of the fragrance.
Actress Noemie Schmidt embodies the French woman, representing the fresh appealing attitude and elegance of Mademoiselle Rochas.

MADEMOISELLE ROCHAS  EDP

Does this appeal to your senses? It does to me; one whiff of the sweet notes takes me back to my younger days of living in Paris, absorbing everything that the great city offered and knowing that whatever path I took would be on my own terms and damn, life has been good! That’s the beauty of fragrances, to fill your senses with wonderment and feel confident, cool and happy wearing a yum scent! So enough ramblings from me, here’s how to win a delish bottle of MADEMOISELLE ROCHAS EDP 90ml worth R1195 for yourself or an early present for a friend or family member.

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE HOW TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY!

MADEMOISELLE ROCHAS  EDP

All you have to do is write in the comments below two things that make you think of Paris. For an extra yayness follow me on Instagram @cathi_trevor and tag a friend.

Winner must reside in SA and will be announced Thursday, 30th NOV at midday.

Have fun and good luck!!

Cath

MADEMOISELLE ROCHAS  EDP

FRAGRANCE FILE: Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct Review and GIVEAWAY

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct EDP www.cathitrevor.com


FRESH ‘N FLIRTY

Do you remember that heady rush, a breathless state of setting eyes on someone delectably delicious? Okay, it was a long time ago for me, but I do remember that sense of expectancy and anticipation. First Instinct for Women by Abercrombie & Fitch is a fragrant interpretation of that first moment where two worlds collide and sparks fly with instant attraction; of where a woman follows her first instinct.


First Instinct for Women is classified as a Floriental Wood. As the name implies it is a combination of oriental and floral notes, specifically when including notes of jasmine, gardenia, orange flowers and freesia fused with warm orientals like resin, spices and woods. The notes may sound heady, but the interpretation is actually much lighter for a sensual seductive journey.

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct fragrance

Top notes in First Instinct include magnolia, passion fruit and zesty grapefruit to awaken the senses; enchanting wild orange flower, butterfly orchid and exotic water lily at the heart and warm amber, beguiling musk and creamy tonka notes at the base.

As stated by master perfumer Laurent le Guernec,

“I feel that First Instinct for Women is at once playful, feminine, and alluring. With a sensual opening, a sparkling development and a trail of irresistible yet effortless seduction, this formula was crafted to ensure captivation.”

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct fragrance

Abercrombie & Fitch is an American Clothing brand with a long history of laidback, luxury style, appealing to a younger generation and synonymous to the fragrance as very wearable. Think fun, flirty, sensual, the perfect match for summertime love! It’s a daytime perfume, a first date or early evening drinks; I gravitate towards floral notes so I am really enjoying wearing it as it is not too heavy or offensive.

First Instinct for Women by Abercrombie & Fitch is available from Edgars, Red Square and Foschini

100ml EDP R1095

50ml EDP R895

30ml EDP R695

So if this fragrance sounds good to you and you want to try it…own it…I’m giving a bottle away to one lucky winner who will receive a 100ml Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct for Women EDP worth R1095 . Scroll down for deets:

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct fragrance

To enter leave a comment below this post telling me which note can you find at the heart of this fragrance. Kindly include your email address when commenting (only I will see it) or directly contact me on cathietrevor@gmail.com so that I can get in touch if you are the winner. To double your chances follow me on Instagram here and tag a friend.

Winner will be announced next Friday 29th September on my blog and Facebook.

Happy weekend!

*only SA residents

FRAGRANCE FILE: Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum

coco chanel gabrielle

CHANEL GABRIELLE

If there’s one legendary woman who stands out for me, it’s Chanel, not only for her incredible journey from humble beginnings to creating an empire, but for her independent and strong personality; she was passionate, free spirited and a rebel at heart. This is the interpretation of Chanel Gabrielle, the first fragrance Chanel has created in fifteen years.

“We were exploring this whole moment of before Coco – who she really was at the core and that’s what we wanted to express in this new fragrance,” says Christine Dagousset, global president of fragrance and beauty at Chanel.

coco chanel gabrielle

Perfumer Olivier Polge created an imaginary white flower appealing to a carefree, flirty younger generation. Top citrusy notes sparkle with a dash of blackcurrant, exotic Jasmine, heady Orange Blossom, vibrant Ylang Ylang and creamier sweeter Grasse Tuberose make for a richer floral heart bouquet and warm Sandalwood and Musk keep it grounded for an elegant and sophisticated mix.

coc chanel gabrielle

On first spray I experienced the rush of intense sweet blackcurrant and citrusy notes that settled into a complex and rich floral surprise. I’m inclined to like lighter floral notes so this appealed to my senses almost immediately, settling down into woody base notes; (sandalwood is one of my favourites as it feels warm and contained!) I could wear this as an everyday perfume as it’s light and after all, wearing anything Chanel automatically makes one feel sensual, brave and cool, don’t you agree? A timeless and classic brand.

coco chanel gabrielle

The bottle is rather exceptional with thin linear lines making it light and transparent, as if suspended in space; facets throw off light reflections of a golden shade, synonymous with the sunny disposition of the character of the fragrance. The bottle is designed by Sylvie Legastelois, who wanted the bottle to be jewel-like, yet kept simple and in line with the classic bottle.

The face of the campaign is Kirsten Stewart shot by director Ringan Ledwidge and print ad shot by Karim Sadli. Take a peek at the commercial below:

Let me know if you manage to try it out and share your thoughts on it ?

CHANEL GABRIELLE Eau de Parfum is available at Red Square, Edgars and Woolworths countrywide

50ml R1745

100ml R2465

coco chanel gabrielle