I’ve been a huge (not just big( fan of Lisa Hoffman Beauty products ever since I discovered them a couple of years ago. The products are excellent, and Lisa produces some of the finest, effective, travel-friendly products I have ever used. One of those products is a fragrance collection called Variations $95.00/set Refills $60.00/4.
The idea is that your body chemistry changes during the various hours of the day, so just one scent might not be as nice all the time. Variations pairs four precious pulse-point oils (in tiny glass vials with roller ball tops) around a main scent theme. They are similar but different enough tocompliment a woman’s varying, olfactory sensitivities throughout the hours day and night. The core scents are reasonably light, but they are “adjusted” so that the morning version is subtle and refreshing, getting richer and more full-bodied for daytime, more sensual for the evening, and more soothing and powdery and soft, at bed time.
The original version of Variations came encased in a soft, luxe, genuine leather, magnetic closure pouch with individual, leather bands to hold the precious scents. There was also space in the interior of the pouch for a credit card, some money, or maybe, a few business cards. But there is a Limited Edition Set that features just two, 1.7 fl. oz. roller ball vials of the variations: Day and Night. These are simply housed in an eco-friendly snap pouch made of 70% recyclable plastic that is also fully recyclable.
I tried Japanese Agarwood (there is also a limited edition of Madagascar Orchid). Japanese Agarwood was inspired by the lush, natural oils from the rain forest with subtle hints of Italian Bergamot, Spiced Ginger Accord, and Warm Amber. At first sniff you can really smell the bergamot, but as the fragrance blends with your body chemistry, the other, spicier scents make themselves known. While I wouldn’t call it quite unisex, it is spicy and still “clean” smelling. The resinous (and rare), Japanese Agarwood, has been used in incense and ancient rituals for centuries. It is referred to as the “wood of the Gods” and it is even mentioned in the Bible. The oil base contains: Brazil nut seed oil, acai pulp oil, andiroba seed oil, and macadamia seed oil. According to the press literature I received, Lisa Hoffman perfumer (Dr. Roman Kaiser – a chemist, botanist and perfumer at Givaudan) captures the scent of Japanese Agarwood using “ScentTrek” technology in a Kodo Ceremony, just as it is released in the smoke developed on heat in an incense censer. That’s pretty impressive! And the fragrance is very, very, very, very nice!
TIP: Don’t just roll this fragrance onto your pulse points, apply it to the palms of your hands and run it through your hair for scent literally, from head to toe!
While the two-vial limited edition Variations set isn’t quite as elegant (or with as many fragrance variations) as the original, instead of the $95.00 price tag, this grouping is just $43.00. It will also appeal to vegetarians and vegans who love the scent, but not, leather.
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