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Tom Ford Santal Blush Fragrance review

* The newest addition to Tom Ford’s Private Blend line comes in a clear bottle – a stark contrast to the other dark black bottles.

* The top note of Sandalwood is strong and peppered with spices, cinnamon, and cumin. This will definitely warm you up.

* As an Eau de Parfum concentration, Santal Blush is strong but not overbearing. It is office-friendly.

* Rose and jasmin in the midnotes soften things up but the wood stays dominant.

* The fragrance calms down after the first thirty minutes and becomes a skin scent.

* The musk in the base is sheer and you will get a little bit of oud (agar wood), but it’s the sandalwood that is definitely the star.

Santal Blush is available from Saks and Neiman Marcus.  For more information about Tom Ford Private Blends fragrance, check out their website.  If you are ever visiting Las Vegas, stop by the Tom Ford counter at Neiman Marcus and ask for Marie Cody, she is the one who introduced me to the world of Tom Ford Private Blends (and got me hooked.)

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Thierry Mugler A*Men The Taste of Fragrance Review

* Released in 1996, A*Men packs a punch as an intense gourmand with the trio of cocoa, caramel, and chocolate.

* The new Taste of Fragrance adds chili pepper to the mix, which increases the heat.

* Not the first remix of A*Men, previous Pure incarnations have featured coffee, tobacco, and malt.

* The Taste of Fragrance is quite linear – what you get on top is what you get throughout the journey – strong brisk coffee with chili in the forefront and cocoa underneath.

* Quite long-lasting, this will last through a shower and wake you up again in the morning.

* The other Thierry Mugler fragrances – Angel, Womanity, and Alien are all updated with a new Taste of Fragrance as well this season. The fig chutney of Womanity is especially unique.

* Apply lightly, A*men fragrances are strong and project greatly. You will defintely be making a statement.

A*Men The Taste of Fragrance is available from Nordstrom and other retailers.  For more information about Thierry Mugler fragrances , check out their website.

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir Fragrance Review

* If you are looking for a powerhouse that will make a statement, the brusque animal-like top notes are bold and masculine.

* Francis Kurkdjian’s first fragrance was Le Male for Jean Paul Gautier. He won the Prix François Coty in 2001.

* The animalic notes continue through development, leading to a smoky incense and dry rose in the middle notes.

* This fragrance will keep you warm all night and even last through a shower – definitely not one to wear in an office.

* The base of sandalwood and cedar ends on a warm note with a bit of the honey and resin still present.

* If the strength of the Absolue is too much for you, try the lighter cologne version.

Absolue Pour le Sour is available from Neiman Marcus.  For more information about Maison Francis Kurkdjian, check out their website.

 

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Storing Fragrances

There are a variety of answers as to where should you store fragrance so they last a long time.  Aficionados (or extremists) might store their bottles in temperature-controlled refrigerators like fine wines, but the average person needn’t go to such lengths.  Basically, avoid direct sunlight, humidity, and temperature changes.  Keep your fragrance out of the bathroom (hot showers over time can cause problems), and consider putting them in a cabinet or a desk drawer.