I’ve been a woman without a fragrance for a couple months now, which is a place I’m unused to. My scent forever was Stella by Stella McCartney, but earlier this spring I got super-dramatic about a deva breakup (surprise!) and decided the scent was too unutterably painful for me to continue wearing. The scent — with all it’s luscious memories of a love for the ages, people, FOR THE AGES — was causing me to dissolve into tears at inappropriate moments (hello, parent/teacher conference) and take to my bed, too overwrought to even find pleasure in the Housewives franchise. No, I was only interested in watching ‘The Way We Were.” Or the “La Douleur Exquise” episode of Sex & the City. With a vintage handkerchief in my ill-manicured clutches, to dab my leaky nose (which was too raw and sensitive even for those tissues with the lotion in them).
Superb, now I’m in tears. Did I forget to take my Zoloft this morning? Fuuuck. Wait, what were we talking about again?
Ah yes! The mad beauty editor’s fragrance journey. So yeah, after my mini-meltdown, I began wearing Gucci Gardenia, which was ultra-lovely, but ultimately a rebound perfume. It just reminded me that I was supposed to be getting over something (not cool…when I’m sad I must wallow). So, when I visited the Kiehls’ offices last week for the launch of their Aromatic Essences line, I was fully fragrance-free. Which changed the second I inhaled their dreeaamy new scent collection.
Each of the four scents — including Orange Flower & Lychee, Vanilla & Cedarwood, Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit, and Fig Leaf & Sage ($55, each) –was more lushly sensual and earthy-sultry then the last. How could they not be, with ingredients sourced from a Moroccan desert oasis, an Ugandan jungle, tranquil Japanese gardens and Provence’s epically romantic countryside? Plus, each lightweight scent has a corresponding Skin-Softening Body Lotion (new formula, inspired by the bestselling Creme de Corps) and Skin-Softening Body Wash. I do enjoy a fragrance you can layer.
My favorite was Orange Blossom & Lychee, a crisp, utterly feminine, totally summer-perfect scent that I’ve worn every day since. Yes! I’ve found a new signature fragrance! Because I’m so enamored, I’m giving away one Orange Blossom collection ($105 value) to one lucky SYB Babe! To enter, hit the comments section and reveal the first perfume you fell in love with. My fave story wins!
Kiehls Aromantic Blends will be available in July.