B. Blumarine

 

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The new fragrance B. Blumarine evokes fashion and magic, beauty and feminine: it’s the olfactive story of the secrets behind the image of the Blumarine woman, as romantic as a beautiful floral print and as distinctive as the colour of the sky on a cloudless day.

B. Blumarine is a fragrance able to transform women into top models on the catwalk.

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B. Blumarine is not just the new fragrance of the legendary Italian brand; it is also the olfactive story of the secrets behind the image of the Blumarine woman. Joyous, vivacious, energetic and vibrant, she possesses the seductive lightness of a chiffon dress and the invincible strength of optimism. As romantic as a beautiful floral print and as distinctive as the color of the sky on a cloudless day, the Blumarine woman dominates the scene with naturalness and simplicity: She is always noted for her dreamy elegance, yet is also grounded in reality. Precisely for this reason, Marie Salamagne, a young creator of high-end perfumery, has built a complex olfactory score around the cabbage rose, the flower-symbol of the maison. The unmistakable scent of the ‘queen of roses’ is also the moniker of Anna Molinari, the creative soul of Blumarine.

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The essence expresses a complex olfactory score around the centifolia rose, the flower-symbol of the maison, flanked by flower accents of jasmine and passion-flower as well as fruity ones of pink grapefruit, pear and cassis. The seal of this sweet freshness come from the sensual accords of musk, sandalwood and cedar wood.

Top notes: Pear, Cassis, Pink grapefruit
Heart: Centifolia rose, Jasmine, Passion flower
Base: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Musk

The flacon in cut crystal, enriched by a flower with a chiffon floral print exclusively created by the fashion maison for this project and also printed on the textured cardboard box reveals the pink hue of the fragrance.

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The letters are turquoise like the precious floral print chiffon flower attached to the bottle neck with a gold chain. This unusual ornament on the bottle can also be worn as a pendant, ring or carried as a lucky charm to scent and keep in your bag, closet or drawer.

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The cap is a small vertical rectangle parallelepiped made of Surlyn that is heat-embossed with the transparent Blumarine logo.

B. Blumarine will be available late this month, as 30, 50 and 100ml Eau de Parfum Spray. Come in the beautiful world of  Blumarine.

 

 

 

 

 

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Intense

 

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French fashion house Yves Saint Laurent will launch a new edition of their iconic perfume Black Opium, Black Opium Intense in a black/blue sparkling flacon. The new perfume, as well as the packing, says it all – that it is a new more mature, more intense, and more powerful perfume for women.

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Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Intense wasn’t created by one or two perfumers, but by four! Created by Nathalie Lorson, Olivier Cresp, Honorine Blanc and Marie Salamagne, Black Opium Intense is describes a modern/powerful woman, truly confident and stylish. Black Opium Intense has a new modified composition made of coffee blended with absinthe and seasoned with floral accords.

Top notes: Boysenverry, Blue absinthe
Heart notes: Orange blossom, Sambac jasmine Black coffee
Base notes: Sandalwood, Vanilla,

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Intense a magical, bold, seductive and independent woman, appropriately portrayed by gorgeous actress Zoë Kravitz (Lenny Kravitz’s daughter) , the new face of the advertising campaign for the line. She follows her intuition and her desires, and nothing can stop her. She is attracted by the energy and the possibilities that the night brings. Another famous face in the new campaign is Presley Gerber, the son of supermodel Cindy Crawford.

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The dark blue flacon is illuminated from the inside with the blue liquid of the perfume. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Intense is available as 30, 50 and 90ml Eau de Parfum Intense.

 

 

 

Roberto Cavalli Florence

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Roberto Cavalli Florence is a new perfume for women that will instantly capture the attention due to a pleasant fresh/floral aroma. This wintery perfume got its inspiration, as the fashion house states, from the gorgeous landscapes of Tuscany, Italy. This delicate and luxurious chypre perfume is all about a pleasant mixture of floral with woody, mainly patchouli, notes.

A luminous ode to the most refined arts, from sculpture to painting, architecture or landscaping, Florence is also known for its fabulous flowers – the name Florence originally comes from Latin Florentia, ‘flowering’. It is a city of light and delight that harmoniously balances nature and culture, past and present, splendor and joie de vivre.

Roberto Cavalli Florence is created by perfumer Marie Salamagne as a luminous, stylish, and sensuous and charismatic fragrance for most demanding women. Any wearer that adores Roberto Cavalli perfumes will find it really gorgeous with a stunning design.

Top notes: Mandarin, Black currant
Heart: Orange blossom, Grapefruit, Hibiscus
Base: Amber, Musk, Patchouli

Roberto Cavalli Florence opens with fresh notes of mandarin nicely mixed with orange blossom, grapefruit blossom, hibiscus seed along with spice blackcurrant notes. The base calms on a woody layer made of intense patchouli accord along with amber and musk.

 

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The Roberto Cavalli Florence woman reflects this perfect combination of audacity, beauty, and sensuality. Naturally elegant, effortlessly sophisticated, she radiates with charm and unassuming confidence. Beautiful Israeli fashion model Shlomit Malka is the face of this elegant new perfume.

Roberto Cavalli Florence is available as 30, 50 and 100ml Eau de Parfum.

 

 

 

 

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Pure Illusion

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Yves Saint Laurent is one of my favorite brands that crafts thrilling, daring and sensual perfumes. Men and women. This year, the brand presents a new limited edition perfume Black Opium Pure Illusion – a new interpretation of the iconic brands Black Opium perfume from 2014. The original version is very intense and elegant, while the new updated versions are more freshly, airy, flowery and sensual.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Floral Shock, which was launched early this year, became one of my favorites in my wish list perfumes. It has a breathtaking, elegant, yet moderate and freshly, at the end, aroma making my day joyful and pleasant due to this scent.

Top notes: Orange blossom, Pear, Pink pepper
Heart notes: Almond, Coffee, Jasmine, Licorice
Base notes: Cashmere, Cedar, Patchouli, Vanilla

 The contrasts between light and darkness on the bottle is reflecting the character of the composition. Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Pure Illusion is composed by famous perfumers Nathalie Lorson, Marie Salamagne, Olivier Cresp, and Honorine Blanc. It opens with spicy pink pepper, orange blossom along with dark coffee notes, jasmine, almond notes. The base calms with sweet vanilla, patchouli, cedar, and cashmere accords. All these notes together create a pleasant and harmonious aroma during the whole day.

 

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The new glass bottle takes the same form of its predecessors, but is this time decorated with black glittery and electric pink lines.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Pure Illusion, launched as a limited collector’s edition for 2017, is available in bottles of 50ml Eau de Parfum at the announced price of 86 EUR.

 

 

 

Nina Ricci Luna

The thriving Nina fragrance from the house of Nina Ricci carries on its marvelous fairy-tale in a new fantasy with Luna fragrance a seductive, powerful and elegant edition of the fashionable and exciting princess of the original launch.

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Nina perfume was formulated as a glowing and lively floral fruity concentration and the dawn of Luna delivers an exciting, potent and elegant design to the picture. Created by perfumers Christophe Raynaud and Marie Salamagne the sweet woody floral formulation begins with notes of wild berries and sensual orange blossom. As Luna evolves to the heart a blend of tasty caramel blended with immortal flower on the sexy foundation of sandalwood and Madagascar vanilla deliver a swath of attraction.

The fragrance bottle of Luna preserves the similarity and shape of an apple however is now tinted in blue, decorated with protruding golden leaves and black leather bordering the base of the spray nozzle. It implies the nighttime, the lunar edition of the fantasy fruit. The white carton wrapping includes an apple concept in shining blue.

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The marketing and promotional campaign features the link between the classic Nina scent and the new Luna edition presenting models Frida Gustavsson and Jac Jagaciak.

Supply for the new Luna aroma from Nina Ricci is expected for September 2016 and will roll out in 30ml, 50ml and 80ml editions of Eau de Toilette formulation.

 

 

 

Maison Margiela Beach Walk

 

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The Parisian fashion house Maison Martin Margiela was founded in 1988 by Belgian designer Martin Margiela. A cross-section between fashion and design, the house presents Haute Couture and ready-to-wear collections as well as leather goods, footwear, accessories, and fragrance. In 1994, Maison Martin Margiela introduced ‘REPLICA,’ a new seasonal line. The collection represents an interest in highly functional and emotive garments and accessories, meticulously reproduced to maintain the piece’s original character. Maison Martin Margiela expanded upon this concept with a collection of ‘REPLICA’ fragrances that evoke the scents hidden deep in our memories.

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Perfumes have a tendency to remind you of certain moments or periods of your life, for example, I can put on a fragrance that takes me back to high school and your first love (Christian Dior Jules) or the times of endless desert nights in Jordan (Jil Sander Background). A good perfume is so much more than just a nice scent, it’s also connected to feelings and memories. Thats why I’ve always liked the thought of wearing a special fragrance during vacation (Bvlgari Eau the Vert, Hermès Eau de Hermès), so that I can relate to relaxation and well being when I’m wearing it. It’s possible I got kind of mesmerized by the words on the bottle but in this case they actually do make sense, even before the scent has becomed ‘yours’ you recognize it and I’m not kidding! ‘Reproduction of familiar scents and moments of varying locations and periods’ with a touch of ‘Sun kissed salty skin’ really spells out what this little bottle is all about and, well,  that’s more than enough for me.

Perfumers who were invited to participate in creation of the new collection are Jacques Cavallier and Marie Salamagne. Beach Walk opens with citruses – bergamot and lemon, and develops with pink pepper, ylang-ylang, coconut milk, musk and heliotrope to evoke a familiar but forgotten moment—a walk along a sandy beach

 

 

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Close your eyes and let the fragrance transport you to the memory of an afternoon stroll along the ocean. Your feet sink into the wet sand as waves brush against your skin. The sun sinks gently through the crystal sky, its warmth balanced by a soft breeze with the subtle tangy scent of water. Beach Walk evokes hints of ocean spray, and captures the carefree bliss of a summer day.

The silhouette of each ‘REPLICA’ bottle is inspired by classic apothecary jars, allowing the collection to be instantly identifiable. Each bottle carries a 100 percent cotton label, which is printed using black ink text and resembles the tags used on the clothing and accessories for the ‘REPLICA’ couture collection. The unique pumps are wrapped with a rope to symbolize the authentic reproduction of the original ‘REPLICA’ couture line.

Notes: Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Coconut Milk, Heliotrope, Musk, Cedarwood, Benzoin.

From now on this perfume will be forever associated with a sunny, perfect vacation and I’ll make sure to always bring it with me when I’m fortunate enough to go on another one of those.

Maison Margiela Beach Walk is availble as 100 ml Eau de Toilette and is an Allure Best of Beauty Award winner.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium

YSL has introduced the new Rock ‘n’ Roll interpretation of the iconic Opium which came out in the 80s. Launched in late 2014 in Europe and 2015 in the US, this rock glam version, created by master perfumers Nathalie Lorson and Marie Salamagne, features notes of black coffee, white floral and vanilla. A spicy oriental fragrance for women with a black coffee infusion of the original Opium perfume.

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Designed with a ‘glam rock aesthetic’ in mind (that’ll be the black and silver glitter encrusted bottle then), you’ll find your olfactory senses are hit with key notes of black coffee for a shot of adrenaline (the brand have actually described this as addictive, so that makes sense too), white florals to instantly seduce, and vanilla for sweetness and sensuality. This one definitely delights the senses!

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The original Opium bottle is glammed up with a black sparkling outside and pink juice (Click photo to enlarge).

Like it’s older red sister, I Love this fragrance! A beautiful oriental scent! The beauty of the bottle and the technical stuff aside, this fragrance is not for those who love sickly sweet scents; this is a ‘strong’, (vèry) sexy perfume, best suited for night time (although there would be gladly(!) enough rebels who wilI wear it all the time), and probably best avoided if you don’t want to seduce passersby just with a swish of hair across your neck!

Notice: I can’t say it enough times: frangrances like this, when you spray them on, from at least 25 – 30cm distance. So it can develop in the right way!

London based model Edie Campbell is the face of the campaign shot by photographer Txema Yeste and directed by Daniel Wolfe

Scent Classification: Spicy Oriental

  • Top: black coffee, pink pepper, pear
  • Heart: jasmine, orange blossom
  • Base: vanilla, patchouli, musk, cedar

This fragrance is available as an eau de parfum in three sizes: as 100ml, 50ml and 30ml. spray.

Rating: 8.8/10

by Jean Amr