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August 23 2014

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2 posts tagged "Alora Ambiance"

Let The Good Times Roll

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Sisters Annie and Therese Gibbons know a thing or two about fragrance. After twelve years living in Lake Como, Italy, where the home-fragrance method of reed dispersal is a popular practice, the Minnesota-born duo brought the diffuser concept to the States with Alora Ambiance back in 2000, setting off a mass hysteria (and a number of imitations). “But this is not Alora,” Therese says of their latest project, which has launched them into the personal-fragrance game. Terveer, as their debut line of perfume roll-ons is called, is an homage to their mother, Marie Terveer. “She loved perfume,” Therese says. “[Our father] used to drive to Minneapolis, three hours away, to buy her a bottle of Chanel No. 5.” “We wanted to do something personal,” adds Annie, who explains that essential oils possess the “pureness” and “intimacy” they were looking for. The result is a three-piece collection that includes Gardenia, a clementine, gardenia, tuberose, and soft woods homage to the Hawaiian landscape Annie now calls home; Incense, which pairs sweet bergamot with tobacco flower, oud wood, black patchouli, and a burnt-firewood accord to recall the Romanesque churches that are reminiscent of their time spent in Italy; and Green, an ode to the farmlands of Southern Minnesota that is rich with essences of ivy, galbanum, crushed fig leaves, oakmoss, and vetiver. Luxe and potent, they wear incredibly long, thanks to the quality of the raw materials used in each beautifully packaged PerfumeAlum holder (the fragrances themselves are also sold in refills, which can be twisted into the heavyweight vial topper). “We plan to do at least one fragrance a year,” Therese explains of their expansion plans with the brand, which is certainly something to look forward to.

Photo: Courtesy of Terveer

Alora’s New Soapbox

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Seeing as how my S.O. is rarely in town and is as family-oriented as they come, most holidays are spent with his relatives. In a first for us, Thanksgiving was something of a joint venture this year, with representatives from both families sitting down together for turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and a lovely roasted root vegetable dish courtesy of yours truly. The meal was hosted by his parents, which presented me with my first “hostess gifting” opportunity of the season. In anticipation of the occasion, I packed a handful of Alora Ambiance’s new triple-milled shea butter soaps in my travel bag. The latest line extension from Alora’s founding sisters Annie and Therese Gibbons, the soaps follow a successful range of home diffusers, which made the Italian wicking method of scent dispersal a mainstream phenomenon when they launched stateside back in 2000. Offered in six of the duo’s best-selling scents (including Verde, a personal favorite that combines green notes with melon, tonka bean, and jasmine), the bars are formulated with rapeseed and coconut oils, rather than palm oil, for a better lather and to avoid the deforestation caused by palm oil cultivation. Another selling point: As Annie is a textile designer who worked in Lake Como, Italy, for 15 years, her pattern prowess is evident in the packaging. I recommend investing in the Six Pack, two highlights of which are Bimbi’s yellow-ducks-on-teal-background and Isola’s miniature trees.

Photo: Courtesy of Alora Ambiance