Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Fragrances For You and Me this Valentine's Day

Come 14th February and the Valentine's Day, the day where love is celebrated at a grand scale, is celebrated worldwide. I know that to some, finding a suitable gifts for their sweethearts tend to be a troublesome task, even though they have known each other for years! Apart from usual gifts like bouquet of roses or boxes of heart-shaped chocolates that are so cliché, why don't you switch to fragrances. Yes, fragrances with scents that is powerful enough to evoke love, happiness and desires between you and me. Here, I have pick four of my favourite scents that you could present to your loved ones this Valentine's Day.


Cartier Delices Fraicheur Fruitee
After the succesful launch of Cartier Delices fragrance for women early last year, the Jeweller of the Kings Cartier is emulating the fragrance's success once again with another version to the fragrance called Delices Fraicheur Fruitee.

Translated as Fresher Fruity, this scent indeed lived up to its name. Made from a combination of citrusy scents of Bergamot, mandarin and a sprinkle of rhubarb, mixed with morello cherries and jasmine and ends with sandalwood and amber for that sensual and smooth feeling.

Suitable for girls who are playful and love to live their lives to the fullest. The design of the bottle features the tonal hues of pink on the top to light peach at the bottom after all does make it look fruity and tempting enough. The Cartier Delices Fraicheur Fruitee fragrance is available at Cartier Boutiques near you.

La Prairie Midnight Rain
La Prairie, the world-renowned Swiss skincare expert recently launches its second variant to its eponymous perfume, Silver Rain last year. Aptly called the Midnight Rain, the glittering silver teardrop-shaped bottle design exudes a mystical and mysterious feeling to it.

The scent was built around sensual woods, juicy watery top notes and natural, rich, yet young florals that is powerful enough to create pleasure, richness and comfort when wearing.

The top note is composed of , mandarin, pomegranate, and freesia; white lily, vanilla orchid, plum flower and amber flower for the heart note and patchouli, vetyver, cashmere woods and musk for the base. La Prairie Midnight Rain is available at all La Prairie Salons and concessionaires worldwide.


Z Zegna Design by Ducati
If your man is a die-hard fan of Ducati powerful superbikes then this fragrance is made just for him. Conceived from a collaboration between the motorcycle manufacturer and Italian designer menswear Ermenergildo Zegna, the sleek Z Zegna Design by Ducati is a variant to Z Zegna's first fragrance of the same name. For your information, Z Zegna is the second line of Ermenegildo Zegna menswear collection.

Usually, the first thing that catches a man's attention on this fragrance is its packaging. The edgy black bottle is designed using the same high technology used by Ducati in creating their sought-after high-powered bikes. Coated in matte black lacquer, the bottle is adorn with Ducati's aqua stripe and the iconic letter "Z", the representation of the two masculine powerhouse as well as the icon of masculinity - Zegna suits and Ducati bikes.

The scent is made of these combinations - Mediterranean Sicillian Bergamot, wild Rosemary and the green note of New Guinea's casoar fruit for the top note; smooth and powdery Iris, nutmeg and white pepper soaked in alkaline water for the middle note and ends with the touch of cashmere woods, patchouli and oak moss for the base. These incredible mixtures thus conceived the scent of strong masculinity.

The Z Zegna Ducati edition is available at all Z Zegna stores and Ermenegildo Zegna fragrance concessionaires worldwide.

Paul Smith Story
Is your man a metrosexual and a devoted fan to the designer clothes and accessories. If the answer is yes, complement his appearance with spritz of Paul Smith's new fragrance for men, Story. Why do I like it?

First is as always, the unique design. Suitable to its name, the fragrance bottle is designed to look like a book using thick clear glass. Why did Brit designer Paul Smith designed the bottle in the shape of a book? Maybe he likes to read or maybe the British male are staunch readers and this is a sort of tribute to them.

The amorous and invigorating scents of grapefruit, bergamot, green ivy, jasmine, and the rose green note harmonizes and blend with each other to make up the marvellous scent. Story by Paul Smith is available at Paul Smith stores and paul Smith Fragrance concessionaires worldwide.

*Photos courtesy of Neiman Marcus and Paul Smith.

Cartier - Ground Floor, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Z Zegna - Ground Floor, Avenue K, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
Paul Smith - First Floor, Suria KLCC, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
La Prairie - Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

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