Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Perfume: Menthe Fraîche EDP
Perfumer: David Maruitte
Olfactive family: Citrus-green
Olfactive Notes: Spearmint, peppermint, bergamot, green tea, freesia, white cedar.
Inspiration: Patrick Bateman in American Psycho.
Description by the brand: Contemporary, ultra-fresh, natural scent. Crushed mint leaves, interwoven with a hint of Sicilian bergamot, green tea and white cedar. A perfectly light, easy to wear fragrance. An olfactory interlude.
Description by + Q Perfume: BLISTEX, SEXY SKIER, TOOTH PASTE, CHIC.
Fixation: Too long to be true.
✪✪✪✪✪ - BEAUTIFUL AS A PERFECT WHITE TEETH SMILE!
✪✪✪✪ - SEXY AS TONY BETSCHART!
✪✪✪ - NICE COOLING EFFECT.
✪✪ - AS CHEAP AS TOOTH PASTE.
✪ - DUMP IT INTO THE SNOW.
Where to find the fragrance: Heely's web site - click HERE
WRIGLEY'S SPEARMINT GUM
photo credit: candyaddict.com
The chewing gum was invented by the Greeks - the ancient version of gum was a chewing resin, called mastiche and extracted from the mastic tree. Early American settler made chewing gum out of spruce sap and bee wax. The first commercial gum was sold in America in 1848, and in 1914, Wrigley Doublemint brand was created. William Wrigley, Jr. and Henry Fleer were responsible for adding the popular mint and fruit extracts to a chicle chewing gum.
Since I was ten years old, contrary to my little friends, chewing Bubbaloo and Adam's tutti-frutti gum, I was addicted to Wringley's spearmint gum. Why? because of the smell and the peppery taste! As I grew older, I was chewing less and less gum, and as nowadays I suffer of TMJD (Temporomandibular joint disorder), so Wringley's is totaly out of the question.
BLISTEX MINT LIP BALM
Another product that I was addicted to is Blistex, that fantastic lip balm for soothing chapped and burned lips (from cold weather). For the same reason of Wringley's - that lip balm is loaded of menthol, my beloved menthol! I always ended up eating the balm from the lips, turning them from chapped to real cuts.
The only safe way I found to enjoy this lovely plant, without dislocating my jaw or cutting my lips was to drink mint tea, or to add the flavor in salads, such as Tabbouleh.
Today I found a safe and amazing way to experience mint for one entire day: Heely's Menthe Fraîche EDP!
The first whiff is a joy of citrusy notes of Sicilian bergamots, combined with notes of two kinds of mint; spearmint and peppermint. Peppermint is mentha piperita, with strong levels of menthol, usually used to add flavor in chewing gums, toothpastes, shampoos and creams. This kind of mint gives a very cooling effect to the skin, felt immediately at the first whiff of this perfume. As the name suggests, this note is the most peppery of all the other mints.
Spearmint, or mentha spicata, or Nana Mint of Morocco (the only we savor everyday in Israel!), reminds of the peppermint, but it is more pungent and sweeter. It has 0.5% less menthol than the peppermint, and it contains pinenes and carvone.
The combination of both with the bergamots, brings a freshness only felt when you suck up air into the mouth, after brushing the teeth with mint flavored toothpastes. Icy cold, with a sweetness under layered.
But one could think it is rather strange to smell like toothpaste. Don't get me wrong, or anybody else reviewing this fragrance. Heely's Menthe Fraîche is far from having the scent of tooth pastes! It has the cooling, refreshing effect of it.
BLOOMING GREEN TEA
Heart notes is also a pleasant surprise. Notes of green tea combined with freesia explode just like those blooming green teas, when hot water is poured into the cup. Delicate, herbal, very aromatic, this accord is an endulgement to my senses. The soft nutty note implied is very elegant.The finishing is a white cedar note - very dry and also delicate.
In general the fragrance is fresh-green with a flowery and woody touch. I have recommended in the past as a nice summer fragrance (click HERE to read), and I continue to do so, but as I am reviewing it today, I cannot think of a better description than a SEXY SKIER'S FRAGRANCE! Perfect for any time of the year, it will be a blast in a snowy holidays, doing winter sports such as ski or snowboarding, lodges made of wood, hot coco or wine and someone to kiss.
The brand should invite Toni "the Body" Betschart to pose for the advertising of this fragrance. Just imagine Toni spraying the perfume, spreading Blistex on his lips, showing a perfect white teeth smile... dreamy! The perfect kiss in the lodge...
Info on Toni in case you are not into ski celebs: He has appeared bare-chested in behalf of Swiss tourism. He is a sexy ski instructor with a body to lust and for many to envy.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
|Amourelle Figue Patchouli
Amourelle Paris candles are made in Grasse - France, following the principles of aromatherapy and the tradition of French perfumery. With 12% of perfume, those candles are soft and sophisticated. The collection has 05 different scents: Figue Patchouli, Orchidée Noire, Tubéreuse Noire, Lilas Rose, Bergamote and Gardénia.
Figue Patchouli is a rich scented candle inspired by sunny notes of the Mediterranean summer. A mix of patchouli leaves, black fig, yellow mimosas, redcurrant, black currant and green leaves.
Hervé Gambs - Black Cashmere XXL Limited Edition
Hervé Gambs has a collection of 07 scented candles: Lait de Palme, Fleur D'Eau, Souffle de bambou, Yuzu Tonic, el d'Osmanthus and Aqua Ginger. The most chic of them is his limited edition - Black Cashmere XXL. Slightly woody with a touch of skin like scent.
Elixir by Penhaligon's
The line of fragranced candles offered by Penhaligon's has 15 scents. Created by Olivia Giacobeti in 2008, Pelinhaligons' candle Elixir has notes of: Eucalyptus, Cardamom, Orange Blossom Absolute, White Cedar, Red Turkish Rose Absolute, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute, Cinnamon Leaves, Mace, Rosewood, Benzoin, Tonka beans, Vanilla, Incense, Red Sandalwood and Guaicum Wood. Elixir opens with eucalyptus and the harmonising hot spices of cardamom, cinnamon and mace. The heart notes massage the senses with the dark magic of Turkish rose and jasmine and a twist of orange. Heat and smoke rise from the base and incense and woods mingle with the earthy resins and spices. A touch of vanilla and the hypnotic Tonka bean complete the atmospheric dry-down. Opulent and daring, mysterious and complex, Elixir echoes Hammam Bouquet, created by William Penhaligon in 1872.