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stellasheer11_smh.jpgSigh. Another summer, another Stella Sheer. This one is even better than last year’s in my opinion — closer to Stella McCartney’s signature scent, Stella, with a splash of citrus courtesy of lemon and apple notes layered on my fave (and apparently Stella’s as well) scent: peony.

3.3 oz. Stella Sheer, $62 at sephora.com

justinbiebersomeday_smh.jpgIn another semi-shameless way to take his fans’ allowance money (see his OPI nail polish line) Justin Bieber has created a fragrance called Someday — as in, ‘If you buy and wear this perfume, someday maybe Justin will be with you… but probably not.’

I’m only kidding; if anyone is a self-admitted Belieber, it’s me. All the proceeds from Someday are actually being donated to charity (although the website does caveat it with “Donations to charity are after taxes, expenses and company requirements), so back off the Biebs, maybe.

And this move isn’t totally unexpected. Justin already dabbled in the fragrance world with his scented dog tags. Remember those? What, you’re not fourteen, so no? Fair enough.

Justin’s signature scent, not his own obviously, is said to be more than a fragrance: “It’s energy with a state-of-mind that inspires. It is a personal gift straight from his heart, giving fans a chance to get one step closer to Justin. It’s a fragrance he can’t get enough of and can’t stay away from, making those who wear it irresistible.”

Okay, first question. Does this mean Selena Gomez wears Someday because that would mean she can’t release a perfume of her own until they break up, right?

Second, I hate to be a hater… okay, I don’t really, but I can’t help but notice the striking similarity of the perfume bottle’s plastic rose cap to Marc Jacobs’ Lola. Seriously, I can’t believe no one caught that. The cap is actually made up of hearts, not rose petals, but from the side, it looks almost identical to the Lola cap. It also should have been purple (Justin’s signature color) instead of pink to avoid comparisons to less-than-innocent imagery. Yeah, I said it.

The fragrances top notes include: mandarin, pear, wild berries, jasmine, floral and musk. 

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Ever since we discovered the Jo Malone brand about five years back, it’s held the crown for our favorite line of fragrance. The reason for this firm stance when there are so many options out there? That’s easy. The Jo Malone brand is unique. There are few fragrances like the ones produced by the unabashedly English company. And perhaps what we love the most, is that they are total purists - they stick to what they know, and that, dear readers, is scent. Glorious, different scents that make you feel like you’re in on a wonderful secret shared by few. 

So it should come as no surprise that the release of their new collection - the Tea Fragrance Blends - thrills us to no end. There are five scents in total (we got to sample four), and we were very much surprised (though we’re not sure why) with the complex, yet delightful fragrances in each 1 fl. oz (30 mL), limited edition glass bottle. 

Here are our thoughts on each fragrance we tried:

Assam & Grapefruit Cologne - this one is by far our favorite scent. It’s crisp, fresh and fruity, with a slight underlying warmth and spice. It has just the right amount of citrus notes, but isn’t too bright that you smell like a cup of grapefruit juice. This could easily be our go-to, everyday cologne.

Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne - we thought we knew what this one was going to be like, but we were totally wrong in all the best ways. Honestly, we don’t really get the cucumber, but we don’t love this any less. Definitely more complex and heady than the Assam & Grapefruit, sweet, yet spicy with a hint of fruitiness. The kind of scent that you can’t help but keep sniffing because you are determined to figure out what it reminds you of. 

Fresh Mint Leaf Cologne - there is no mistaking that this is a mint-packed scent. It gets you right at the get go, and develops into an herbier note the more it settles in. It feels cool on the skin, awakens our senses, and makes us envision running through an English countryside in the middle of spring. It’s the perfect scent to spritz on after a cool shower, and feel…well, like “ahhhhhhhhhhh” (really, only a spa-like sound can fully describe this smell.) 

Sweet Milk Cologne - we were a little nervous to give this one a go, as it sounded like it could be sickeningly sweet, but it wasn’t (especially when you layer it with the Grapefruit cologne, to bring in some freshness.) The almond in this fragrance is very present which we grew to love the more we wore it. 

Sweet Lemon Cologne - we did not get to sample this scent, but Jo Malone says the following: “Mirroring the custom of adding a slice of freshly-cut lemon or a sprinkle of sugar to a cup of just-brewed tea, Sweet Lemon is given a fruity twist with pineapple, peach and fresh green cypress.” Sounds yum to us!

$55 for 1 fl. oz., nordstrom.com


Rollerball-Image.jpgThere are many factors to consider when choosing a fragrance. Do you like the scent? Is the bottle worthy of sitting on a vanity? Is the scent good enough that the 3.4 oz. will actually be used up? When traveling, are you willing to check your bags so you can bring your perfume with you?

If the answers to these questions seem a bit murky, then we’ve got a solution for you. Try a rollerball fragrance! These minis are perfect for so many reasons — they fit in even the smallest clutch, they’re amazing for travel, and it’s pretty tough to get sick of them when they’re so tiny! Check out some of our favorites — they’re guaranteed to make you much less afraid of fragrance commitment.

Lola Marc Jacobs Rollerball ($22)
From pink peppercorn and pear to ruby red grapefruit and fuchsia peony, this is a feast for the senses!

Philosophy Amazing Grace Rollerball ($18)
Floral blossoms and light musk make this one of our all-time favorite fragrances. And the rollerball size just makes us happy to bring it everywhere we go.

Fresh Sugar Lemon Rollerball ($18.50)
Italian lemons, yuzu, mandarin, orange blossom, lychee flower … do those notes intrigue you as much as they do us? We LOVE this one.

DKNY Delicious Duo Rollerball ($20)
Be Delicious on one end, Be Delicious Fresh Blossom on the other — we’re loving the fact that this is two for the price of one.

CLEAN Shower Fresh Rollerball ($20)
Want to smell like you just got out of the shower? Notes of mandarin, sheer woods and lily of the valley will help you do just that.

Twirl by Kate Spade Roll-On ($18)
Inspired by the feel of “joie de vivre,” this fun and sparkling fragrance makes a happy splash with notes of pink watermelon, blackberry and red currant.

All of these rollerball fragrances are available at sephora.com.
Stella-McCartney-Stella.jpgIf you’re looking for the fragrance that will make every single person in the vicinity stop and tell you how amazing you smell, it’s Stella McCartney Stella. We swear, every time we wear it, everyone — guys, girls, strangers, friends — makes it a point to tell us how good we smell.

The floral and oriental notes — rose, peony flower, mandarin, rose absolute and amber — creates such a sensual yet feminine aroma. It’s the perfect mix of sex appeal with sophistication.

And the bottle? We’re so enamored! The cut glass purple flacon is topped by a signature faceted black stopper — so utterly beautiful atop the vanity.

Stella McCartney Stella retails for $20-$92, depending on size, at sephora.com.

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