When I think of “woodsy” scents, I generally associate them with men’s fragrances, but the soft, smooth, warm smell of woods mixed with other sensual notes works particularly well with a woman’s unique chemistry. Estee Lauder has taken the lead, with a sensational new fragrance. Sensuous Parfum $90.00 .25 oz, Eau de Parfum $69.50 3.4 oz, $49.50 1.7 oz., $39.50 1 oz that debuts in June at www.SensuousIs.com and www.bloomingdales.com *and also at Estee Lauder counters nationwide in July and at www.esteelauder.com
Sensuous is a fragrance that’s really “all woman, all the time.” It features woods–and I love that–but this woody-centric fragrance centers around three unique “accords” that ensure it would never be mistaken for a man’s cologne. An “accord” for those who are new to scent, is simply the basic character or theme of a fragrance. When you blend three or four distinct fragrance notes together, they lose their individual identities to create a new “odor.”
The Sensuous fragrance, developed by perfumer Annie Buzantian of Firmenich in collaboration with Karyn Khoury and Aerin Lauder was: “inspired by the vision of “a molten river of woods.” The fragrance has a complex, sexy vibe in a very exciting but refined way. The big star of the scent is the “Warm Accord” with a core of molten woods and glowing amber, and a unique “Melted Woods NaturePrint” that brings the role of woods in this fragrance, front and center. There is also a floral, feminine accord called: “Atmospheric Florals” created with a special blend of ghost lily accord, magnolia and jasmine petals, plus ylang nature intact (a highly concentrated and refined ylang extraction). It doesn’t push one floral note ahead of another, but instead, gives an overall floral impression. Adding depth and interest, is a “Luminous Accord” that melds sandalwood, black pepper, juicy mandarin pulp and a nectar-like honey NaturePrint to work with the woods and your own, unique body chemistry, helping to produce a soft, lingering, sensual scent you naturally make all your own.
The slim round, clear glass bottle is delicately fluted on the entire backside of the bottle, offering a feminine touch. It also allows the simple black lettering on the front to appear to “float” on the design, as if on a backdrop. The cover is rose gold metal, adding a luxurious, unique look to the pale gold “juice,” inside.
I really love this new fragrance, and I think it’s going to be a modern classic that will stand the test of time. If you love woodsy scents, you will adore this one. It is just the kind of fragrance you associate with a special woman and every time you smell it you are strongly reminded of her. Make it your signature. Let it will linger lightly on your pillow or a handkerchief, or on him.
I didn’t try them yet, but there’s also a Satin Body Lotion $37.00 6.7 fl.oz, a Silk Shower Crème $28.50 6.7 fl. Oz and a Touch-On Fragrance $39.50 .33 oz . Use these to layer the fragrance, or if you prefer just a touch of scent, use them separately.
Although it’s debuting now, it’s a scent that you will find yourself reaching for day and evening in the cooler months, too. There’s also an interactive web site www.Sensuousis.com where you can find a continuously updated stream of new content from real women, and also see behind-the-scenes video of the ad campaign. There’s also a “Sensuous Is” Sweepstakes that will award one winner with a trip to New York to Attend the Estee Lauder Sensuous Launch event in July to meet the models. The grand prize also includes two $500 Bloomingdale’s gift certificates, a pampering spa experience, two Estee Lauder Sensuous gift baskets, and luxury hotel accommodations. but you’d better hurry because the contest ends on June 15th!