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Love, Chloé by ChloéThis incredibly beautiful perfume dwells at the intersection of innocent and intimate. Violety iris and creamy rice dawdle against a faded background of rose, sending out a hazy, languid allure. The scent becomes increasingly transfixing by the time it settles into the fadeout, a comfortingly soft but spicy musk. Love, Chloé is a poem of a perfume that's both a tender boudoir scent and a promise of future nudity.
Black Orchid Voile de Fleur by Tom FordA flirty gardenia with a little grit in her glitter, this Voile de Fleur version of Black Orchid surprises by shading the bright white floral with dark plum, truffle and patchouli notes. A gorgeous, contemporary take on Fracas.
Black Orchid Voile de Fleur is available from Buy.com at $62 for 3.4 oz
Traversée du Bosphore by L'Artisan ParfumeurA playful apple, suede and Turkish Delight confection that seemingly defies the laws of fragrance physics by being sweet, dry and melty -- all at the same time. Jammy powdered sugar combines with sueded iris into a fascinatingly unpindownable -- and irresistible -- perfume.
Traversée du Bosphore is available from Amazon.com at $120 for 1.7 oz
Omnia by BulgariOmnia is an unconventional gourmand that is yummy without being sugary, sexy without being obvious. This eau de parfum whirls almond and saffron into a puffy, cozy sandalwood, studded with black pepper, clove and ginger. Whiffs of citrus and powdered cocoa lace a milky, woodsy number that's surprisingly sheer and intriguingly “mmmm!”
Santal Blush by Tom FordWarm, woodsy and spicy, Santal Blush tempers its initial boldness with a hint of jasmine and the lingering sensualness of sandalwood. This eau de parfum is thick and creamy in the way of Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, owing in part to benzoin's vanilla/leather niff. The longer it's on, the more magic Santal Blush works with the skin.
Santal Blush is available from Amazon.com at $236 for 1.7 oz
Original Vetiver by CreedDespite the misleading name, vetiver's rooty severity is nowhere to be found in this eau de parfum. Instead, Original Vetiver opens bright and brisk with bergamot and lemon, laying back into the salubriously soapy smell of laundry. The good part happens in the drydown, where amber, musk and sandalwood beguile with their trick of making your skin seem like it just naturally smells better than everyone else's.
Dior Homme by Christian DiorDior Homme kicks off with a dry, woody iris which subtly suggests class. Vetiver adds rasp to warmed cocoa and amber, which are are joined by a background patchouli for a “come closer” drydown.
Dior Homme is available from Sephora.com, FragranceX.com and Perfume.com, starting at $54 for 1.7 oz
White Musk for Men by Body ShopWhite Musk for Men is a clean white musk that is comfortable to wear and smells sensual and fresh at the same time. A pinch of vetiver supplies a clean shaving cream sheen, and sandalwood lends a “give me more!” salty warmth. Ever so nuzzleable.
White Musk for Men is available from Amazon.com at $25 for 3.3 oz
Sexy Beast by Sexy BeastA canine "pawfume" incorporating bergamot and vanilla-infused musk along with natural patchouli, mandarin and nutmeg oils. This low-alcohol fragrance is formulated specifically for a dog's sensitive sense of smell. It's unisex, which is a comfort for dogs who've had "the snip." Creator Renée Ryan based it on her favorite perfume, Flowerbomb. Smells so good, you might end up "borrowing" it from Rover.
Sexy Beast is available from Amazon at $70 for 3.4 oz
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