10 posts tagged "Bulgari"
Beauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Sasha Plavsic, founder of Ilia Beauty
The Product: “When I smell any perfume with green notes, it takes me back to different stages and memories from life. The first memorable scent for me was Chanel No. 19—the scent my mother wore growing up. Not many people can wear No. 19, but thanks to our chemistry, green notes tend to sweeten up nicely on our skin. One spritz of Chanel No. 19 to each wrist and a third at the nape of the neck would be just enough, but not too much. In my early twenties, I chose a softer version—Bvlgari’s White Tea. The notes were similar but lighter, with just a touch of powder, which made it suitable to where I was at the time…very young and still quite innocent. I no longer have the bottle, and actually stopped using this lovely scent after leaving an eight-year relationship several years ago. The scent was nostalgic enough to leave it in the past, with memories that brought a lot of laughter and tears. Both Chanel No. 19 and Bvlgari White Tea have led me to try other scents, like Molecules Escentric 01. I can only smell it for a few minutes, since it’s pheromone based. What’s fascinating is that some people can’t smell it at all, while others will come up to me from the other side of a room and ask, ‘What are you wearing, I can smell it throughout the whole room?’ I guess chemistry is beautiful and, in some ways, always mysterious, like a true woman.”
A word on scented candles: They are are more often than not painfully cloying—particularly those crafted around holiday events (wafts of sugarplums and pine needles are best enjoyed in moderation, rather than permeated throughout an entire room). There are, however, a select few brands that have mastered the tricky business of transitioning fragrance from flacon to votive: Diptyque, of course, is one; and Bulgari is another. The famed jewelry purveyor-turned-maker of fine scents and skincare has just adapted its fan-favorite Eaux Parfumées—Thé Vert, a refreshing green tea eau de cologne that is spiked with essences of jasmine and orange blossom, and Thé Blanc, a light white tea eau de cologne that is blended with hints of abelmosk and white pepper—into home fragrances dubbed Biscuits de Porcelaine. Each comes in a gorgeous porcelain cup and contains a delightfully subtle, clean aroma that’s perfect for burning while you tend to any lingering spring cleaning, as has become our favorite weekend pastime over the past month. The set may also come in handy on Sunday, May 13, if you want to give your mother a real surprise: A Bulgari box is sure to speed up her heart rate—and even though what’s inside won’t sparkle, it also won’t disappoint.
Liv Tyler’s best-kept acting secret? Fragrance. “I always wear a different smell for every character,” Tyler says. “My sense of smell has such a keen emotional connection for me…I can’t wear my own normal perfume.” [NYDN via The Frisky]
BeautyBar.com, Amazon’s online destination for all things luxe and primping, will make the leap from virtual to reality with a 1,600-square-foot store at the Americana Manhasset in Manhasset, N.Y., later this year. [WWD]
Somehow, Avril Lavigne has struck a deal for yet another perfume (that makes three for the pop star), and her latest creation, Wild Rose, will apparently smell of crème brûlée. Sounds…sweet. [Hollywood Life]
Following Kirsten Dunst’s nude-save-for-that-giant-lion photo shoot for Bulgari’s Mon Jasmine Noir fragrance, Rachel Weisz gets in front of the camera for a similarly unclothed campaign for the brand’s original Jasmine Noir scent. [Us Weekly]
While a Bulgari charm necklace may not be in your budget for Mom this Sunday, the luxury brand has come up with the next best thing. Its new Jewel Charms collection features all seven of Bulgari’s fragrances in miniature objets d’art inspired by its famed “cabochon” cut ring with its smooth, rounded edges. To give these keepsakes their own distinct appeal, each classic scent has been assigned its own colored glass flacon—bright yellow for the jasmine, rose, citrus, and tuberose Pour Femme; pale pink for the floral and patchouli Rose Essentielle; a light blue for the violet, star anise, licorice, and iris BLV Eau de Parfum II; translucent crystal for the bamboo and lotus flower Omnia Crystalline; pale purple for the green sap, pink grapefruit and woodsy Omnia Améthyste; luminous emerald for the mandarin, peony and pear Omnia Green Jade; and deep black for the brand’s latest release, the jasmine and lily of valley-centric Jasmin Noir. Why go for a bouquet this Mother’s Day? After all, flowers die; the emotional connection to fragrance is forever.
Maybe it’s the fact that the temperature in New York is expected to climb into the seventies today or that April’s blooms are making their first appearance, but spring is finally in the air—and so too is our seasonal lust for floral fragrances. While we’re typically devotees of rich gourmands and heady orientals, it’s rose and violet, jasmine and honeysuckle, gardenia and lily that we find ourselves in the mood for these days. You too? Here, our top five picks for perfect petal essences.
Chloé Eau de Parfum, Rosebud Edition
An oldie but a goodie, Chloé’s signature scent—which features notes of pink peony, freesia, magnolia flower, lily of the valley, and rose—has gotten a mini makeover for spring courtesy of a festive, limited-edition pink ribbon. It’s the little things that excite us.
Hermès Un Jardin Sur Le Toit
The fourth flacon in Hermès’ Un Jardin series (previous scents were inspired by the Mediterranean, the Nile, and India), Sur Le Toit takes its sensory cues from a garden much closer to home: the one on the roof of the brand’s Parisian flagship. Its blooming magnolia, apple, and pear trees result in a luscious, fruit-tinged floral.