Last Minute Perfume Gift Guide 2007

Six more days (not including today) until Christmas, and you’re in a panic because you haven’t found the perfect gift for your parent, significant other, or friend. Fear not! Perfume always make a wonderful present, and I’ve compiled a list of ideas you might find helpful.

For the young lady
Daisy Perfume by Marc Jacobs, 1.7 oz Eau De Toilette Spray (unboxed) for Women
Marc Jacobs Daisy (Eau de Toilette): Introduced this year, Marc Jacobs Daisy comes in a cute daisy-inspired bottle. It is light, fresh, and feminine. Like the name, Daisy is scented with floral notes: Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, and White Woods.
Very Irresistible Perfume by Givenchy, 2.5 oz Eau De Toilette Spray for Women
Very Irresistible Givenchy (Eau de Toilette): Launched in 2003, Very Irresistible is vibrant and fun. It’s suitable for anyone between 20 to 30 years old. The scent is a union of classic French style with American pop culture style. Although it’s mainly composed of flower notes, it does not smell overly flowery. Included notes are: Centifolia Rose, Peony Rose, Fantasia Rose, Passion Rose, Emotion Rose, Verbena Leaf, and Star Anise.
DKNY Be Delicious
DKNY Be Delicious (Eau de Parfum): Modern, fun, and unique. The scent and package was inspired by NYC’s nickname, “The Big Apple.” It was launched in the U.S. during 2004. Be Delicious is a combination of apple scent and an incredible blend of exotic flowers and sensual woods. Notes included are: American Apple, Cucumber, Grapefruit, Candid Magnolia, Tuberose, White Muguet, Rose, Violet, Sandalwood, Tender Skin Accord, Blonde Woods, and White Amber. Like its name, the fragrance is delicious enough to make you want to take a bite … read more »

Classifying Fragrance

Michael EdwardsMichael Edwards, a consultant in the perfume industry, developed a perfume classification method called the Fragrance wheel in 1983. It is used to simplify fragrance classification through visual representation of the fragrance families to show the relationships between each individual class.

The five major families are: Floral, Oriental, Woody, Fougère, and Fresh. The first four families are considered to be more classic compared to the latter, which are citrus and oceanic fragrances that are brighter and cleaner. Each of the families are divided into subgroups and arranged around a wheel, with the exception of the Fougère family. The Fougère family … read more »

Perfume Emporium: Cash Incentive Is Always A Plus

One of the retailers I used for this holiday season is Perfume Emporium. What first attracted me to the site is the “Beauty Bucks” incentive program.

$10 FREE just for registering!

When you first sign up for the program, you are assigned a referral number and credited $10 (USD) in the account. Every time you shop thereafter, enter your referral number and you will receive 500 Beauty Bucks for every $1 (USD) spent, excluding tax and shipping. 5,000 Beauty Bucks is equivalent to $1 (USD). This means that Perfume Emporium gives you back 10% of your total purchase amount. The Beauty Bucks are converted to actual dollars, which can be used to purchase perfumes from the site. However, you must have enough money to cover the cost of whatever perfume you want to purchase, and I think that’s a reasonable rule.

My experience with Perfume Emporium was satisfactory. Their perfume prices are much lower than … read more »

Not All Perfumes Are Created Equal

When shopping for perfume, one will notice terms like ‘eau de toilette’ and ‘eau de parfum’. However, what is the difference between all the types of perfume?

Since you are reading this guide, I assume you are probably confused by all the different types of perfume available in the stores. Whether you are purchasing for yourself, significant other, parent, friend or dear pet, it is helpful to know the difference between the types of perfume in order to make the best decision.

Most perfumes are complex mixtures of natural ingredients, such as essential oils from plants, and synthetic compounds that help heighten the smell and its lasting effect. Perfume oil is generally diluted with a solvent because undiluted oils contain high concentrations of volatile elements that will very likely cause allergic reaction when applied to the skin. The most commonly used solvent is ethanol … read more »