Thursday, July 09, 2009

Island Inspired Fragrances

In recognizing that many of my readers are of the Island persuasion, I want to make an effort to always hit home with the products that really speak to us. I love hearing from each of you in the comment section and via email, and realize that makeup specifically is not everybody's top beauty priority. Make no mistake, there will be no shortage of makeup related posts, but there have been a few products on my mind that I've been dying to chat about--so this one's especially for you ta'ahine/teine/wahine/vahine ;)

Island-inspired perfumes. I covered some of my favorites in a past post, but wanted to update you lovely readers on the freshest of scents, that as of late, I just can't get enough of. Typically, I am very secretive about what I wear--but you wouldn't know anyway, as I have a habit of mixing perfumes every day prior to leaving the front door. Constantly on the hunt for anything that claims to leave me smelling like I'm covered in sei on a beach, I had quite a few bottles to sort through. Here's what was settled on:

The Sweeter Side

Left to Right: Victoria's Secret Moorea Passion fruit, Sud Pacifique Couer
de Vahine, Sud Pacifique Aloha Tiare, Lucy B. Pink Frangipani

You're leaving the gym and you've *gasp* actually decided to get ready for work in the locker room. Victoria's Secret's Moorea Passion Fruit is a perfect body spritz, that isn't overpowering or intense. I admit, I picked it up originally for the cutesy travel bag it came with, but ended up enjoying the scent more than the bag. Moving on, I've written quite a bit about Sud Pacifique's fragrances--I'm a tad obsessed. They don't seem to create anything wrong in my eyes. They're all warm and inviting, with a nice overlay of spicy coconut. It doesn't hurt that the packaging is nice and simple--something I love. Lucy B.'s Pink Frangipani is a sweet and sugary scent, that holds the distinct linger of the plumeria (frangipani) flower. It's not overpowering at all, but instead mild and inviting.

Practically a Lei

Left to Right: Pacifica Waikiki Pikake, Saffron James 'Ume, Chanel Gardenia,
Estee Lauder Special Collection Tuberose Gardenia

Now these are the bottles that are responsible for making others believe that either:

a) someone is having a graduation party (also read: hundreds of flower leis),
b) that they aren't actually just sitting in a city restaurant, but instead are wandering tropical gardens on a rock in the middle of the sea.

They are fragrant! Pacifica's Waikiki Pikake smells like none other than jasmine (pikake), while Chanel's Gardenia and Estee Lauder's Tuberose Gardenia lend their fragrance completely to that of which they are named. The Tuberose Gardenia is exactly what I wore on my wedding day (of course mixed with other scents), as I knew that I didn't want to wear a lei, yet wanted all the lovely traces of the fragrance. Saffron James on the other hand is quite warm and floral, yet is comprised of a mix of ginger, gardenia, yuzu, and waterlily.

I will remain on the lookout for new memorable fragrances of this nature (okay, I admit--they're in the mail on their way), but while I'm waiting, I'd love to know what you are all wearing!

What is your favorite Pacific-inspired fragrance--or is there one that you prefer which trumps them all?


Tali said...

Aloha Tiara is one of my all time favourites.. its one scent i actually have to rebuy as ill empty it in no time.. and ive found that on me it smells nicer on my clothes than on my skin.. so i start spraying it everywhere.

Great prefume seletion!

My favourite frangrace for that style is custom. Tiare infused monoi body oil.. coconut oil on pulse points and then a solid perfume to sexy it up! :)

Great post!!!

fantastic said...

@tali: oooh, it's so nice to hear that you like it too! do you have any of the other sud fragrances?

i agree on spraying it on clothing--for some reason, if I spray this on my skin and I have an empty stomach, it gives me a bad headache..kind of random, I know.

Loveeee tiare scented monoi...that's actually an upcoming post! xx

eseta polka dots said...

I LOVE tuberose and gardenia scents! My two fave perfumes are Fragile by Jean Paul Gaultier and Michael Kors, and they both have tuberose in them. LOVE it!!!

fantastic said...

@eseta: the scent of tuberose is so comforting, don't you think? which michael kors? i didn't realize tuberose was in there as well!

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