7 Vintage Fragrances that will Never be Forgotten

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” – John Keats, Endymion

Classic fragrances are eternal. They never lose their power to inspire and attract despite the deluge of new fragrances that come onto the market daily. They linger in the minds of men and women and evoke memories of the past that are as fresh as the scent that wafts through a field of roses and is carried into the ether. In fact, so revered and respected are some of these fragrances that it behooves everyone who calls himself a genuine perfumista to familiarize him/herself with these perfumes and colognes. Here is our pick of fragrances that will linger on.

Bourjois Soir de Paris (Evening in Paris): This enchanting fragrance, which contains top notes of bergamot, apricot and peach, was created back in 1928 by Ernest Beaux. The result is a powdery, floral scent. Unfortunately, the classic version was discontinued in 1969 but a new version was reformulated in 1991.

CK One by Calvin Klein: Pure and sensual this unisex fragrance has notes of bergamot, cardamom, pineapple, papaya, amber, and green tea and was introduced to the market in 1994. It was one of the first major fragrances marketed equally to women and men.

Tommy Girl by Tommy Hilfiger for Women: This fresh, floral fragrance contains notes of camellia and black currant flowers, mandarin, tangerine, Cherokee rose, desert jasmine and butterfly violets. Tommy Girl was released to the public 20 years ago.

Hermes Bel Ami: This enchanting fragrance, which is a bold mix cardamom, amber, patchouli and leather, was created back in 1986 by Jean-Louis Sieuzac. More recently the scent was updated by Jean-Claude Ellena.

Lucien Lelong Indiscret: Launched way back in 1936, this feminine fragrance has top notes of mandarin orange, galbanum and bergamot; middle notes are tuberose, iris, African orange flower, jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose and geranium.

Chanel No. 5: Launched in 1921, this cologne was equally famous because of some of the people who wore it. The legendary actress Marilyn Monroe was among the celebrities who wore this timeless perfume.

Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden: Launched in 1936, this perfume has a fresh, floral aroma and contains notes of lavender, jasmine and bergamot. The result is a fragrance reminiscent of a trip to the countryside.

Yes, a classic scent never loses its appeal and while many of these fragrances are still available, others have been reformulated for new generations. However, through their growing interest in retro fashions and styles, many younger people are discovering these vintage fragrances and perhaps even wearing some version of them without even knowing it.

Fragrances and the Thanksgiving Holiday

When it comes to holidays that are associated with certain fragrances, Thanksgivings Day tops them all. Thank about it. Scents wafting from the kitchen on that day of thanks include the sweet aroma of pumpkin pie and/or sweet potato, the earthy scents of cumin and cardamom and other seasonings associated with that big, succulent bird and the woodsy scent of chestnuts. This Thanksgiving, why not indulge in a bit of seasonal whimsy by pairing your fragrance with the scents of the upcoming holiday? Below are some fragrances that are perfect matches with the aromas that will pervade most homes in America this Thanksgiving and that are also evocative of bygone holiday seasons.

Fragrances Associated with Thanksgivings Day                        

Un Jardin Apres La Mousson by Hermes: This fragrance with is a blend of cinnamon, amber and incense, is a sweet and spicy unisex aroma that has subtle floral undertones in its cologne for men and women. Thanksgiving is the season of spices and Un Jardin Apres La Mousson pairs perfectly with the holiday.

Serge Lutens- Five O’clock au Gingembre: Evocative of spicy pastries, afternoon tea, and the snugness of the season, this perfume was launched back in 2008 and is also a unisex fragrance. Its main notes are of tea and bergamot; middle notes are ginger, cinnamon and woodsy notes and its base notes are cacao, honey, amber, patchouli and pepper.

DSH Perfumes Épices d’Hiver: The top notes of this 100% botanical fragrance are Davana, Pink Pepper, nutmeg. The middle notes are Stargazer Lily (accord), Jasmine, Benzoin. Finally the base notes are Patchouli & Botanical Ambergris.

Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger: These two aromas are inseparable from the pies and other sweets that are associated with Thanksgiving. In this case of Jo Malone’s Nutmeg and Ginger, however, the aroma that is produced is distinctive but not overwhelming. The notes included in this fragrance are Sandalwood and cedar wood accompanied by nutmeg and vibrant ginger.

How to pick a Thanksgiving Fragrance

When experimenting with fragrances that work well with Thanksgiving think of the aromas that will be wafting around the house. Chances are scents such as cinnamon, ginger and cardamom will be dominant. Think then of wearing a fragrance that are spicy and have as their primary notes these scents. Vanilla based fragrances also pair well with scents that permeate the home. Finally, you may even wish to go in the opposite direction and wear neutral scents that will not clash with strong Thanksgiving Day aromas. Lily Direct has a cornucopia of fragrances that blend well with all holidays. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving this year!

The Top Celebrity Fragrances of 2016

Branding is a huge part of being a celebrity in today’s world. In fact, many times celebrities lend their names to products whose sales rival or surpass their own record, movie or sports deals. Meanwhile, some of these products – which range from items such as shoes, dresses or even home décor – are often just brand extensions that lack any real quality or distinction, some are of high quality. This is particularly the case when it comes to fragrances. Many celebrity perfumes and colognes now rival famous designer fragrances in quality and popularity. Here are a few of the most popular celebrity fragrances.

White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor: No list of top-selling, quality fragrances would be complete without the one that started it all. Back in 1991, creating fragrances was something that celebrities just did not do. Legendary film star Elizabeth Taylor changed this with the introduction of her signature perfume which eventually became a line. White Diamonds is a sophisticated scent featuring top notes of bergamot, neroli and lily, followed by heart notes of jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose, and patchouli.

Curious Eau de Parfum Spray for Women by Britney Spears: Although the pop-star’s career has faltered somewhat in recent years, her signature fragrance has not. Curious is affordable, sexy and has a freshly-showered scent.

Notes Eau de Toilette Spray for Women by Celine Dion: This Canadian songstress has an entire line of perfumes but Notes is her most well-known fragrance. The perfume is an understated blend of peony, vetiver, mimosa, woods, and orchid and is best worn on casual occasions.

Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift: This fragrance – which is reminiscent of summer – contains strong top notes of raspberry and green tea, heart notes of honeysuckle, and peach on the base. The ornate, glittery bottle itself is almost as distinctive as the fragrance itself.

Pure Honey by Kim Kardashian: Launched back in 2013, Pure Honey is – as you would expect – a mix of honey, beeswax, and rose and is Kim’s sixth entry into the fragrance market.

Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker: The top notes of this perfume are rose and nectarine, followed by white daffodil and apple. All of these lend themselves to a woodsy, citrusy fragrance.

For these and other celebrities, fragrance creation has become more than simply a way to extend their brand. Sure, some of these fragrances go on to make these stars millions apart from their professional careers, but many create unique fragrances as an expression of their own taste.