Intoxicating scents

CV Concept

These mythical eau de toilette with the magical names continue to enrapture lovers of perfume. These desired fragrances transcend time and transform those who wear them. Those who dare to embrace them will be fulfilled.

The first fragrance by BCBGMAXAZRIA was a huge success. The second had to be different but related to the core spirit of the brand. Lubov Azria, creative director of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP and wife of Max, has again teamed up with Elizabeth Arden Group parfumeur Stephen Nilsen to orchestrate a fragrance with refined notes and distinctive accents which serve to celebrate the joie de vivre of women. Composed of black raspberry, Asian pear, mango, pink peony, violets, and orange blossom, as well as softwoods, vanilla, and musk of cashmere, this scent bottles feminine dynamism and splendor. A sensory experience both luxuriant yet natural.
• BCBGMAXAZRIA Eau de Parfum Bon Chic, $86 for 100 ml. At BCBG, Sephora and The Bay. bcbgmaxazriagroup.comeau-de-parfum-bcbgmaxazria

Gucci Première is a sophisticated scent of wood and musk, inspired by timeless Hollywood charm in the person of actress and model, Blake Lively. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, among the most prominent photographers of the fashion world, images of the new brand icon have quickly attracted followers. This fragrance combines a burst of effervescent bergamot with a sip of orange blossom together with a bright bouquet of white flowers intertwined with a cocktail of subtle tanned leather, and balsamic wood. Absolute glamour.
• Gucci Première Eau de Parfum, 130 $ les 75 ml. Chez Holt Renfrew, La Baie, Sephora , Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and Ogilvy. gucciparfums.comgucci-premiere-eau-de-parfum

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana dedicate their contemporary perfumes to the elegance of Italian women and men. The classics are reborn, creating a new olfactory portrait and embodying the essence of the Dolce & Gabbana brand: passion and sensuality. The feminine fragrance envelops the senses with its wake of neroli, mixed with hints of raspberry and green mandarin. For him, a scent of strong and intense sensuality comes forward in a combination of bergamot and lavender against a backdrop of tobacco and cedar. Italian style at its best.
• Eau de parfum pour femmes and Eau de toilette pour hommes from Dolce & Gabbana, $121 and $90 for 100 ml and 125 ml. Available at The Bay, Holt Renfrew, Ogilvy and Sephora . dandgfragrances.comdolce-gabbana-parfum-pour-femmedolce-gabbana-eau-de-toilette-pour-homme

With its warm oriental scent, L’Ambre des Merveilles from Hermès is the new sensual and indulgent fragrance from parfumeur Jean-Claude Ellena who invites us to discover his latest creation with notes of amber (head note), vanilla (heart note) and woody patchouli (base note). A unique recipe in which the designer wishes to recreate an encounter between the heat of labdanum and the moistness of patchouli, a heady olfactory experience and as captivating as the label itself.
• Eau de parfum L’Ambre des Merveilles by Hermès, $120 for 50 ml. Available at Holt Renfrew. hermes.comambre-des-merveilles-hermes

‘Angel’ was created in 1992 by Thierry Mugler. An anniversary that will not go unnoticed with the introduction of a limited edition of ‘Precious Angel Star’. This new fragrance concealed in a bottle from specialized glassmaker Verreries Brosse, of faceted, carved design decorated with silver powder flakes, is accompanied by a gorgeous bracelet that showcases the designer’s favorite material: leather. Just like the original fragrance, this new scent opens on notes of caramel, chocolate, and vanilla, livened up with patchouli extract. The story of this fragrance is a masterpiece, a perfect duality between the coolness of the bottle and sensual scent it contains.
• Eau de parfum Angel by Thierry Mugler, $134 for 50 ml (with leather bracelet). Available at The Bay. mugler.comeau-de-parfum-angel

The perfect union between a jewel flask and a great fragrance, this one-off edition is an intense version of the original First created in 1976 by Van Cleef & Arpels. This classic floral scent is here reinvented with its majestic bouquet of jasmine, frangipani, mimosa, and iris, all on a background of light vanilla. Definitively a desirous scent, but always refined. The elixir, housed in a new bottle stylistically adorned in a black dress punctuated by a gold necklace, illustrates the mythical dimension of timeless glamour. First: Absolute elegance, refined signature brand of the house.
• Eau de parfum Intense Édition Prestige from Van Cleef & Arpels, $125 for 100 ml. At The Bay and Ogilvy. vancleefarpels.comeau-de-parfum-intense

Les Fleurs de Bach, an elixir created from 38 floral essences by Dr. Edward Bach, clinician and homeopath, now extends beyond healing. Les Fleurs de Bach has become the first ‘aromaceutic’ fragrance on the market. The flowers and essential ingredients as well as the grain alcohol are certified 100% organic. The selection of seven Bach Flower Remedies (verbena, clematis, wild rose, honeysuckle, pine, oak, and wild apple) aims to achieve balance and a sense of inner peace. A unique way to leave a scent in your wake that is different and especially comforting.
• Eau de parfum no1 Présences Fleurs de Bach, $130 for 100 ml. Offered exclusively by Bella Vita. bellavitainternational.comeau-de-parfum-fleurs-de-bach

Guilty Pleasures

These super glam treats will tame the most demanding Beautysta. The only question is: Should I buy it or ask for it? Here’s our beauty lust list to pamper yourself.

Become cult, The La Prairie Caviar collection is the symbol of ultimate luxury. In 25 years, the Swiss skin care line has established itself as the incontestable leader. The secret? An ultra-concentrated serum extract in caviar beads to combat sagging and dehydration of the skin. This unique global care regime revolves around a comprehensive product base formulated from a powerful complex of marine extracts. While caviar is considered a precious and rare gastronomic delicacy, it is also recognized for its nutritive properties in enhancing beauty. Extracts from key substances such as egg yolk, phosphoproteins and trace elements contribute directly to the active properties of caviar on cellular activities. No wonder stars like Kate Bosworth, Angelina Jolie, and Victoria Beckham are devotees of the care regime. And what better way to commemorate 25 years than with a prestige edition – Caviar Luxe – of this opulent face cream in the small, bright cobalt blue, crystal-encrusted jar?
• La Prairie Caviar Cristal Limited Edition of Skin Caviar Luxe, $1,300 150 ml. Available exclusively at Holt Renfrew. laprairie.comcaviar-de-la-prairie

Fruit of scientific thinking in cosmetology and of international expertise in the field, Vivescence Laboratories of Switzerland is delivering advanced treatments from leading institutes as well as complex product lines incorporating active ingredients. As, due to the effects of time, our skin gradually loses it ability to retain water, we need an effective moisturizer. The new Hydra Total line of anti-aging skincare products prevents skin dehydration while plumping the skin, combining exceptional performance and powerful moisturizing. Result? A healthier, brighter, and smoother skin.
• Crème Hydra Total pour le visage from Vivescence, $64 for 50 ml. At The Bay. vivescence.comcreme-hydra-de-vivescence

Beautiful eyebrows are essential. When well drawn, they enhance the face and provide contour. But knowing how to depilate and respecting the natural movement of the eyebrows is an art. Did you know that there are experts who specialize in shaping eyebrows? Pascale Grenier, newly recruited to the prestigious Local B, one of the best salons in Canada, is one such expert. She is also a respected makeup artist with an impressive portfolio. Pascale has developed an art that relies as much on her training as on her experience on professional sets. She has also been able to refine techniques based on knowledge of morphology, which has become her signature.
• Modeling and eyebrow care by Pascale Grenier, $23. Available exclusively at Local B, 1221 rue Bernard, Montréal (514) 844 9515 localb.caproduits-local-bmodelage-et-soin-des-sourcils

The stars love it and Madonna is an unconditional follower. Are you looking for new and effective care regimes? Our suggestion: pure oxygen treatments. Intraceuticals offers a unique line of spa treatments and complementary skin care products based on this innovative technology. These new clinical treatments developed in leading Australian universities use pressurized oxygen and hyaluronic acid (rejuvenate) serum specially formulated for the skin, the brand signature. One may even continue to enjoy the benefits of treatment with a home care product line targeting the most common problems for fast and visible results and dramatic cumulative effects over the long term.
• Intraceuticals Oxygen face treatment, $175. Available at Bella Clinique Esthétique, 377 boul. Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier, Beloeil (450) 281 3552 or, Garçons Coiffeurs, 5272 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal (514) 274 4205. intraceuticals.combella-clinique-esthetique

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