And you thought it just smelled good. In addition to bringing to mind a lush garden, Clarins’s newest scent is supposed to hydrate the skin, up its radiance and coat it with antioxidants. While few readers said their skin looked any different after application, many said that they felt different-that the fresh floral fragrance was an instant mood booster. "This was light and energizing. I would use it on a hot day to give me extra pep," said one.
Another said it was "a bit too fruity at first, then it settled down and was quite wonderful-really loved it."
Thanks to the addition of rose and spiced lily-as well as amped-up notes of black pepper, vanilla and amber-Sensuous Noir is being marketed as a more intense and more, well, sensual version of 2008’s blockbuster blend Sensuous. And like most things that are intense, it provoked responses that were a bit polarized. Some testers described it as too strong or "just not for me." But for those who loved it, it was nirvana. "Of all the products I tested, this was my favorite. It was spicy but subtle, and it mixed well with my body chemistry-it smelled really good on me, and I got quite a few compliments on it," said one tester. Another characterized it as "earthy, warm and inviting. A great pick for a chilly evening." It got the male vote as well: One tester told us her usually oblivious husband thought the scent was very sexy.
A more provocative version of the cult classic Cashmere Mist, Donna Karan’s newest scent added orange flowers, white amber and musk to spice up the original formula. One tester proclaimed it the "perfect before-bedtime scent."
Bliss Spa’s first foray into fragrance is meant to conjure (drumroll, please) a trip to the spa. Described as "refreshing" by the company, this blend boasts notes of cucumber, dewy greens, lilies and violets. Testers found it appealing, using words like light!, free! and delicious! to describe it. One said she used the entire sample we sent her because she couldn’t stop spraying it. Several testers commented that while they loved the scent, they wished it lasted longer. What they might like to know: The fragrance is also available in roller-ball form ($18), so it can be reapplied, like lip gloss, during the day.
Coke is to Diet Coke as Trésor is to . . . Trésor in Love? OK, OK, so it’s not an SAT-worthy analogy, but this updated version of the 1990 iconic scent does pay homage to the original while keeping things light. The updated recipe, which the company describes as "crisp," has new notes like nectarine, pear and peppercorn. And readers responded favorably. Among the comments: "This was subtle yet endured" and "Very soft." One reader, a fan of the original, said she actually preferred the new version.
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