November 27th, 2013

Let’s embark on another issue of For Him and Then You Steal It . Here we have, from cult fragrance house MCMC, something for the #1 dude in your life (yourself) for the holidays ->

                    

MCMC fragrances debuted a wildly popular beard oil in 2010. Everyone went nutso over the scent - girlfriends included. Because of this pansexual love, they went ahead and made a full-fledged fragrance, DUDE No.1 All-Natural Cologne, for men AND women. 

Developed in the heart of Brooklyn NY, this fragrance is unique in that it’s 100% all natural botanical, hence the deep yellow color. It is a blend of three woods - Virgina cedarwood, creamy sandalwood, and smoky Haitian vetivier - with accents of spicy ginger and pink peppercorn.

This scent brings us to the depths of a forest - it is very woody, green and raw. Hey MCMC, hint hint, a candle of this fragrance during these winter-esque months might need to come to light (harhar) in 2014.

Does This: Makes guys and/or girls smell delicious and woody
Is This: MCMC DUDE No. 1 All Natural Cologne
Get This: MCMCfragrances.com
Price: $75 for 1 oz

Product c/o the brand, Image via

- Kristin & Ann

July 9th, 2013

Finally, a fragrance with my name on it!  (Sort of). 

My colleague recently turned me on to the new Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles and their Secret Editions of fragrance, the first of which is called Cult.

                

Founded by Saskia Wilson-Brown, the mission of this amazing place is to educate, innovate and support the art of perfumery. It’s home to a fragrance lab where unusual creative collaborations are encouraged, and also provides open sessions on perfume making to the public (see the calendar here).  

In a typically atypical collaboration, Cult was created by perfumer Josh Meyer as an olfactive representation of Mark Harris’ sci-fi film 'The Lost Children.'

I received a handwritten note from the founder that read "Cult was intended as an art piece - so beware.  It’s strong." This is true. It opens with notes of geranium and rises to hit you with a heart of jasmine and a creepy intimacy that’s described as body odor - I don’t really get that from this per se, but I do get a body-closeness from the spiciness of the oud and the sharpness of a clean t-shirt. 

It’s a very interesting experience, and it wears well - definitely a conversation starter. I highly recommend picking up a vial (there were only 60 made).

Does this: Supports the perfume arts (and the dark arts)
Is this: Institute for Art and Olfaction Secret Editions No 1 Cult
Get this: Here
Price: 2.5mL, $10.00

Image: Vogue

January 17th, 2013

$900+ Mega Giveaway - Body, Scent + Your Last Chance!

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Today is the last day to enter this $900+ mega giveaway with cult beauty destination b-glowing.com! Click through for my body and scent picks and to learn how to enter (if you haven’t already!) …

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April 5th, 2012

This time of year is full of awesome excuses: have to go shopping, have to eat marshmallows shaped like birds, have to get some new perfume.

With this, I bring you a few inspirations and new cults-to-be for your Spring scent wardrobe updates:

                

1. Orla Kiely Rosie - Limited Edition.  Her designs manage to be feminine and at the same time ungirlie. So it is with this interesting woody floral based on natural rose.

2. Narcisco Rodriguez For Her Eau Délicate - Limited Edition. Narcisco could make Shoe Stank for Her and I would buy it.  I think the fundamentals of this fragrance are a masterpiece that so many have copied.  A delicate version = air freshener, pillow freshener, air freshener, lingerie drawer freshener, etc.

3. Flora by Gucci Glamourous Magnolia - To me, a green/white floral is the essence of the new season - it’s literally the scent of Spring!

4. Ferragamo Signorina - Jasmine plus panna cotta. Just saying! And the bottle is too good. Let’s buy 2 and tape the tops on our ballet flats. What. I think it would work.

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October 9th, 2011

I’ve been listening to a ton of Bruce lately (Tunnel of Love much?) so I think I might have to pick some of this up.

Does this: A clean, sweet lavender with vanilla and musk - inspired by Chanel’s favorite state fabric
Is this: Les Exclusifs de Chanel - Jersey
Get this: Above
Price: $110.00 (2.5 oz), $210 (6.8 oz)

August 5th, 2011

              

I thought I’d share this little corner of my world and everything in it, and a few stories (because with fragrance … there’s always a story).

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July 18th, 2011
There’s something about fragrance oil that’s more human that eau de toilette.  The scent sinks in, warms on your skin, and somehow feels more intimate, personal … more “signature.”  For summer, I have a theory that oils just last longer on your schweaty body.
Fragrance oils have been making cult beauty lists for ages, so I thought I’d share my top five cult classics, and my top five “next generation” cult favorites.
The old (but still wonderful) guard - >
Kiehl’s Musk Oil ($26): My first personal cult fragrance, still use it for layering/personalizing other scents.  Warm, sexy and understated.
Moynette Paris - Original ($45): BIG Tahitian gardenia and orchid scent - sultry, legendary.
Kai ($48): A fresh white floral that takes me to Hawaii, in a white-sheets-doors-open-to-the-water kind of way.
Child ($53): John Mayer’s pick up line, take that as you will.  I kind of love that guy but don’t tell anyone I said that. A straightforward but gorgeous jasmine scent, also great for layering.
The Body Shop White Musk ($16): Quite indescribable, sweet, underrated in its oddness, and well due for a comeback.
               
And for the newbies on the block ->
Ilari ($65): A modern jasmine.  The perfumer wore it, a guy came up to her and said he could fall in love with a woman in that scent, and now they’re married. Just saying.
Leila Lou ($38): So I love a lot of the fruity florals out there in prestige fragrance, like Juicy Couture, but I would never wear them (too recognizable) - I would wear this.  Nectarine, grass, pear blossom, cotton musk and other summer love.
Miss Marisa Tropical ($62): A delectable, beachy tropical floral with class.
Black Gardenia by Michele Bergman ($120): I can’t even write about this, it gives me chills.  If you like gardenia you will marry this; Pee-wee is probably available to officiate.
Silk by Jalaine ($150): If you like vanilla but won’t admit it, this is your fragrance.  No one will be the wiser - it’s that sophisticated.
Tell me, did I miss any of your personal favorites?

There’s something about fragrance oil that’s more human that eau de toilette.  The scent sinks in, warms on your skin, and somehow feels more intimate, personal … more “signature.”  For summer, I have a theory that oils just last longer on your schweaty body.

Fragrance oils have been making cult beauty lists for ages, so I thought I’d share my top five cult classics, and my top five “next generation” cult favorites.

The old (but still wonderful) guard - >

  1. Kiehl’s Musk Oil ($26): My first personal cult fragrance, still use it for layering/personalizing other scents.  Warm, sexy and understated.
  2. Moynette Paris - Original ($45): BIG Tahitian gardenia and orchid scent - sultry, legendary.
  3. Kai ($48): A fresh white floral that takes me to Hawaii, in a white-sheets-doors-open-to-the-water kind of way.
  4. Child ($53): John Mayer’s pick up line, take that as you will.  I kind of love that guy but don’t tell anyone I said that. A straightforward but gorgeous jasmine scent, also great for layering.
  5. The Body Shop White Musk ($16): Quite indescribable, sweet, underrated in its oddness, and well due for a comeback.

              

And for the newbies on the block ->

  1. Ilari ($65): A modern jasmine.  The perfumer wore it, a guy came up to her and said he could fall in love with a woman in that scent, and now they’re married. Just saying.
  2. Leila Lou ($38): So I love a lot of the fruity florals out there in prestige fragrance, like Juicy Couture, but I would never wear them (too recognizable) - I would wear this.  Nectarine, grass, pear blossom, cotton musk and other summer love.
  3. Miss Marisa Tropical ($62): A delectable, beachy tropical floral with class.
  4. Black Gardenia by Michele Bergman ($120): I can’t even write about this, it gives me chills.  If you like gardenia you will marry this; Pee-wee is probably available to officiate.
  5. Silk by Jalaine ($150): If you like vanilla but won’t admit it, this is your fragrance.  No one will be the wiser - it’s that sophisticated.

Tell me, did I miss any of your personal favorites?


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