Tips for Blending Fragrances

As everyone who uses perfumes, colognes and similar products knows fragrances shopping is a very personal experience.  You are, after all, trying to find a scent that is special and uniquely you.  Well, the best way to achieve this kind of customization is by mastering the art of blending fragrances in order to create something truly unique.  But what are the essentials of fragrance pairing?  What does one have to know about this science/art?  Here are some tips to help you create your own fragrance blends.Blending Fragrances

Define the kind of scent you are trying to create:  There are scents that are floral, fruity, masculine, sweet, etc.  Once you have made this determination begin to choose scents that are in the same category and begin to experiment.

Learn how to identify essential oil notes:  Blends are comprised of top, middle and base notes.  Top notes are the strongest most noticeable aroma; middle notes last longer than top notes but are not as strong and finally base notes last the longest.

Know the basics of essential oil blending:  As pointed out above, scents can be woodsy, minty, spicy, based on oriental ingredients, etc.  Learn the fragrances that blend particularly well together.  For example, floral blend pair well spicy, citrusy and woodsy essential oils.

Consider the strength:  Each fragrance you add to your blend will most likely vary in intensity.  One fragrance should not overwhelm the other.  If it does then you need to go back to the drawing board so to speak and continue mixing until you have a greater balance of the fragrances.

Use an eye dropper:  You will want to use an eye dropper in order to be more precise when creating your blend.  This will help later when you are trying to make adjustments to your fragrance.

Label your blend:  Once you have blended your new fragrance place it in a separate container and put it aside.  You may also wish to write down how you achieved your new blend so that it can be more easily replicated.

At Lily Direct we have many aromas for you to choose from.  You can begin your experimentation with a variety of the most popular fragrances on the market including essential oils, etc.  We’re sure that aided by these tips and a visit to our store you will create a blend that is deeply personal and absolutely distinctive.

 

Success in a Bottle?

Did you ever wonder what makes a great man or woman great? Was he just born that way or is there an external force determining his greatness? Certainly greatness stems from multiple factors coming together in just the right way, but here at Lily Direct we like to think that scent is definitely one small factor that makes up that elusive greatness mixture. And when one perfume house has perfumed an extensive collection of history’s greatest names, and continues to perfume contemporary greats alike, you have to stop and ask yourself, is it something in the spritz?

The Creed perfume house has created a legacy of unrivaled scents, both commissioned and worn by a host of global royalty, politicians, movie stars and first ladies. It’s rumored that it Remarkable letters from King Geoge IIIall started with a bottle of ‘Royal English Leather,’ commissioned by King George III.

Today, over 200 years later, First Lady Michelle Obama has said she is a devoted fan of Creed perfumes. Over the last two decades and beyond a wealth of famous names— Winston Churchill, JFK, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Madonna and Julia Roberts…just to name a few—have either commissioned or worn Creed scents.

The list of famous Creed wearers is seemingly never ending: In 1920, at the request of Winston Churchill, ‘Tabarome Millesime’ was created; a take on the original ‘Tabarome’ fragrance, Churchill’s version contains notes of tobacco.

JFK is said to have worn ‘Vetiver.’

‘Spring Flower’ is said to have been commissioned for Hollywood starlet Audrey Hepburn in 1951. Since King George III there have been a plethora of European royals said to have commissioned scents from the Creed perfume house.

Don’t worry too much if you are an ordinary person who cannot commission a personalized scent, Creed has plenty of exquisite scents on the market. Many of the scents that were originally commissioned are later available to the general public. You can find great deals on Creed scents such as ‘Original Vetiver’, ‘Love in White’ and many more right here on the Lily Direct website. With so many great names wearing Creed scents, isn’t it worth it to see if you can find success in a bottle?

Great Perfume Houses Part 3

Most know the scent No.5.  Everyone recognizes the name Chanel.

 Born in Saumur, France; Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was born to an underprivileged family in the Loire Valley. Because of her humble beginnings, she was inspired to pursue a radically different lifestyle, first on the stage, where she acquired the nickname “Coco,” in later years she was a milliner.

With the help of one of her male admirers, who provided financial assistance and social connections throughout her career, in 1913 Chanel was able to open her first shop in Paris.  Soon after, Coco was able to open a second shop in the resort town of Deauville. With limited finances at her disposal, Chanel used jersey as her main fabric. Before Chanel, Jersey was used as the primary fabric for men’s undergarments. For the first few seasons, the Chanel line was limited to exquisite hats and a select line of garments, attracting dedicated patrons.

Her style was simple, yet elegant. And jersey was the perfect fabric to compliment her bravura. Inspired by the the world around her, Chanel created uncluttered outfits, with boxy lines and shortened skirts. During the First World War, the Chanel line allowed women to leave their corsets behind and freed them for the hands-on activities necessary to support the war effort. Soon after, she repositioned her couture house in Paris to 31 Rue Cambon, still the center of operations for the House of Chanel today. Chanel continued to create tasteful looks for women throughout the 1920s and ’30s.

Following the war, Chanel returned to fashion in 1953. Although not immediately popular, Chanel spent the subsequent years rebuilding her clientele and polishing her designs.

The Chanel suit became a status symbol for a new generation, made of solid or tweed fabric, with its slim skirt and collarless jacket trimmed in braid, gold buttons, patch pockets, and—sewn into the hem—a gold-colored chain ensuring it hung properly from the shoulders.  Following Chanel’s death in 1971, her assistants continued to design the couture and ready-to-wear lines until Karl Lagerfeld took over control of the haute couture design in 1983 and in 1984, he started to design the ready-to-wear line.

Possibly Chanel’s greatest contribution to fashion is the iconic fragrance, Chanel No.5. In 1921, Chanel set out on a quest to revolutionize fragrances, and create a scent that embodied the modern woman. Her quest began after the summer of 1920. While on vacation with her then beau, the Grand Duke Dimtri Pavlovich, Chanel learned of an ornate, daring perfumer named Ernest Beaux. Beaux was a skilled craftsman, who was willing to tackle the challenge of creating Chanel’s signature fragrance. After months of toiling, Ernest returned to Paris to present Chanel 10 sample fragrances. Numbered 1-5 and 20-24, Chanel was given the easy task of picking her favorite.

She picked No. 5.

Chanel later described the scent as what she “was waiting for. A perfume like nothing else. A woman’s perfume, with the scent of a woman.”

 

Scent Memory

In honor of Memorial Day, let’s talk poppies.

Remembrance poppies are used to commemorate soldiers who have died in war.

You may see people wearing small artificial poppies on their clothing or you may notice poppy wreaths laid out on war memorials; so why not add wearing a poppy fragrance to the remembrance poppy tradition?

Nothing can trigger one’s memory quite like scent can, so the idea of honoring a day of remembrance with the crisp, fresh scent of poppies is quite lovely.

Here at Lily Direct we will certainly be wearing our favorite poppy scents to all of our Memorial Day BBQ s this weekend.

Check out our Coach Poppy Flower Perfume and Coach Poppy Blossom Perfume

Choose your favorite and start a new remembrance poppy tradition of your very own.

Great Perfume Houses Part 2

We continue the bi-weekly presentations of the perfume houses from around the world.  The first presentation was about Guerlain, this week we present Coty.Image result for coty logo

Founded in 1904 by Francois Coty (born, Joseph Marie Francois Spoturno), a businessman and French perfumer.  The name Coty is a more French variation of his mother’s maiden name, Coti.  He followed a friend’s advice and got himself admitted into the perfumery school run by Chiris, one of the oldest and also largest of the Grasse perfume homes.  In the early 1900’s he was not initially successful, but in 1904 his creation La Rose Jacqueminot, a scent with rose absolute, changed his fortune. He followed this creation with L’Origan in 1905, Chypre in 1917,

Emeraude in 1921 and L’Aimant in 1927.  70 years later, L’Aimant was still one of the top selling perfumes in Britain.

Francois Coty earned millions from his perfumes, but it was his business savvy that made him France’s first billionaires.  He conceptualized the idea of gift pairing a fragrance with a cosmetic.  He recognized a scents success was also attributed to the shape of the bottle.  He collaborated with ceramist and jeweler  Rene Rene Lalique, who designed bottles for many of Coty’s early scents.  The bottles were in shapes of nature, flowers and female figures. Coty also recognized perfume was not only for the rich and famous.  He sold perfumes in smaller plainer looking, but still conveying luxury and prestige, bottles and they were targeted to the mass markets around the world.  It is important to note Francois Coty became a billionaire selling perfume during the years before and after World War I, a time of European economic hardship.  His business approach:“Give a woman the best product to be made, market it in the perfect flask, beautiful in its simplicity yet impeccable in its taste, ask a reasonable price for it, and you will witness the birth of a business the size of which the world has never seen.”

Today Coty has over 30 recognizable brands: ADIDAS, ASTOR, BALENCIAGA, Image result for chloe perfumeBEYONCÉ, BOTTEGA VENETA, CALVIN KLEIN, CERRUTI, CHLOÉ, CHOPARD, DAVID BECKHAM, DAVIDOFF, ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, GUESS, HALLE BERRY, JENNIFER LOPEZ, JIL SANDER, JOOP!, JŌVAN, KATY PERRY, LANCASTER, LOVE2LOVE, MANHATTAN, MARC JACOBS, MISS SPORTY, NAUTICA, NYC COLOR, OPI, PHILOSOPHY, PLAYBOY, RIMMEL, ROBERTO CAVALLI, SALLY HANSEN, STETSON, VERA WANG, VESPA

Lilydirect carries several of the Coty Brands at very reasonable prices, visit the site for many special offers!

Polo-A Scent For All Time

My two youngest children were ready. My husband would be ready in a few minutes, but I still had to straighten my hair and then get dressed. Normally I am the first one ready to go anywhere, marshaling the rest of my lagging troops. But today was different…my firstborn son Jim, was graduating from high school. Memories of his childhood flitted around my mind, slowing down my usually prompt ablutions. Pausing in my pursuit of sartorial grace, I sighed and thought about just how quickly 18 years had passed.  I remember when Jim was just born- he was so small…so beautiful…so loud!

We tried to have our children a few years apart, but nature does not always go along with your plans.  Our second, Edward was born 7 years later and then our third child, Henry 2 years afterward.  So Jim had a chance to experience many firsts. The first car, the first apartment, the first home and then the 2nd car. He was the first to ride the family bicycle with training wheels and the first to break a bone; and thankfully he only broke one.  He was also the first to use his father’s cologne, Polo.

In 8th grade for his graduation he asked his father if he could wear some of his Polo cologne.  There was going to be a dance after the graduation ceremony and he wanted to smell good.  My eyes teared because my boy was fast becoming a man, or maybe because Jim decided (like most boys) that if a little smelled good a lot would smell better! We managed to tamp the smell down a bit, but it really proved fortuitous that the lovely girl Jim was escorting had a rather bad case of hay fever…and couldn’t smell a thing!

Polo became a mainstay in our household.  Jim tried different scents but he always came back to Polo because it reminded him of an important father son bonding moment.  Jimmy didn’t just borrow his father’s Polo in 8th grade; he also received his first shaving lesson.  That moment always stuck with Jim, Polo was forever linked with his first steps on the road to adulthood.

Back to the present day and we are all rushing out the door, but Jim is already at the ceremony with his friends. I wonder at the new friendships he will make as he continues on to the next phase of his life, College.  Jim will be attending the Naval Academy, and what a fine Officer he will make; he will do a wonderful job of leading men. He has been leading his younger brothers for many years and they look up to him every day. Both his father and I could not be more proud and I know that when he leaves in the fall, his luggage will contain a bottle of Polo cologne.

Mother’s Day

Lily Direct provides a wide variety of beauty products at wholesale prices and with Mother’s Day less than a week away, here are some of our last minute gift ideas. Order now to take advantage of our free shipping.

Very Irresistible by Givenchy: Feminine fragrance created with five rose variances (Centifolia, Peony, Fantasia, Passion and Emotion), infused with star anise, and verbena leaf.  We carry the 2.5 oz spray, 1.7 oz spray, 0.13 oz mini splash and 6.7 oz Body Cream.

Daisy Eau So Fresh Sorbet by Marc Jacobs:  A delectable spring treat.  A reinterpretation of Daisy, fruitier and bubblier it transports you to a place that is exhilarating, happy and fun.  It is a mixture of natural raspberry, grapefruit, pear, violet, wild rose, apple blossom, musks, cedarwood and plum. We carry both the 4.25 oz and the 2.5 oz spray.

See by Chloe: An addictive floral fruity fragrance that captures the personality of a young woman fully embracing life.  It is a mixture of bergamot, apple blossom, jasmine, ylang-ylang, vanilla, musk and sandalwood.  We carry 3 piece gift set consisting of a 2.5 oz Eau De Parfum Spray, 2.5 oz body lotion and a 2.5 shower gel.

Prada Candy Perfume by Prada: A myriad of floral notes coming together to create a scent fully of life, vitality and flirtatious. It is a mixture of sparkling cedrat, bouquet of cosmos, benzoin, caramel and white musk.  We carry the 2.7 oz spray.

Flower in the Air by Kenzo: A modern fresh, airy and ultra-feminine scent.  The fragrance inspires a person to follow their dreams.  It is a mixture of bergamot, pink pepper, rose, cedarwood and musk.  We carry this scent in both the 3.4 oz and 1.7 oz spray.

Gift sets for Mother’s Day

Beauty by Calvin Klein: Is a fragrance representing beauty, maturity and self-esteem.  We carry a 2 piece gift set consisting of a 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum spray and a 3.4 oz Luminous Skin Lotion.

Caesars by Caesars World: A warm fragrance combining orange flower, musk, sandalwood and rose.  We carry a 3 piece gift set consisting of a 4.0 oz Eau de Parfum spray 3.4 oz body lotion and a 3.4 oz bath & shower gel.

Live by Jennifer Lopez: A combination of fruity and floral scents designed to add a spring to your step.  We carry a 2 piece gift set consisting of a 3.4 oz Eau de Parfum spray and a 6.7 oz body lotion.

Relieve stress after a long day with a skin soothing bath.

Juicy Couture caviar bath soak by Juicy Couture: A lush mish of watermelon, mandarin, passion fruit, apple, tuberose, caramel brulee with woods and patchouli.  We carry a 7.5 oz bottle.

Lily Direct carries an extensive inventory of scents, lotions and creams.  Go to our site and see many more selections available for delivery just in time for Mother’s Day.

The Great Perfume Houses Pt. 1

Welcome to our new series of bi-weekly presentations of the perfumes houses from around the world.  The first few weeks the focus will on the houses from Europe such as Coty, Guerlain, Galimard, Chanel, Molinard and Houbigant.

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Founded in 1828, Guerlain is one of France’s and also Europe’s oldest perfume houses. A doctor and chemist, Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain opened his perfume store on 42, rue de Rivoli in Paris and enjoyed immediate success thanks to his revolutionary work.

With the help of his two sons Aimé and Gabriel, Pierre-François was able to compose and manufacture many innovative products and custom fragrances. Receiving accolades and patronage from members of high society allowed Guerlain to enjoy increasing numbers of clients, leading to the opening of the flagship store at 15, rue de la Paix in 1840.

In 1853 Guerlain created a fragrance for Empress Eugénie, Napoleon’s wife, for her wedding. The fragrance was named Eau de Cologne Imperiale and Guerlain was given the prestigious title of being His Majesty’s Official Perfumer in France. The title gave him an international name and he created perfumes for Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Queen Isabella II of Spain among other royalty.

Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain passed away in 1864 and his two sons Aime and Gabriel Guerlain continued the fragrance business with Aime becoming the master perfumer.  The position of master perfumer was handed down through the Guerlain family and held lastly by Guerlain’s great grandson Jean-Paul Guerlain, who held this position until 2002.

Since its foundation in 1828, Guerlain has created over 300 signature fragrances.  Some of the most famous include:

The classic cologne Eau de Cologne Imperiale, created in 1853, it is composed of rich lime and lime-flower notes. Truly a fragrance fit for a Queen…or Empress.

Jicky, created in 1889, is heralded as the first “modern” fragrance, to incorporate synthetic odorants (vanillin and coumarin).  The fragrance is known for its main notes of lavender and vanilla. Over 120 years later, Jicky is still being sold, making it the oldest fragrance in continuous production.

Shalimar, which means “temple of love” in Sanskrit was created in 1925.  It was the first oriental fragrance for women.  It incorporates large amounts of vanillin and shades of other notes such as bergamot, lemon, mandarin, rose, jasmine, orris, vetiver, heliotrope, civet,Image result for guerlain antique shalimaropoponax, vanilla, Peru balsam, benzoin, tonka bean, and sandalwood.

Samsara, created in 1989, is an oriental fragrance featuring notes of jasmine and sandalwood with shades of ylang-ylang and tonka.

All of the Guerlain scents evoke a sense of luxury and tranquility. Imbued with a world-renowned ethos of elegance and sophistication, these luxurious fragrances echo Guerlain’s long history of innovation and excellence.

 Glamorous, Prestigious, Peerless… Guerlain.

 

Fabulous Gift Sets

No matter what the occasion is or who it is for, a perfume or cologne gift set is the perfect present!

At Lily Direct, you can find great bargains on popular brands of perfume and cologne sets.

With deals up to 90% off and free shipping on orders over $100, you can shop your heart out. All perfume and cologne sets are featured on our website are the authentic fragrance. No replicas, no gimmicks-simply a great selection at a wonderful price.

Just in time for Mother’s Day we are have dozens of designer gift sets. Some of the lovely fragrances we are featuring include:

Beauty by Calvin Klein a 2 piece set and is 35% off for only $45.15

Little Kiss by Salvador Dali a 3 piece set at 70% off making this deal only $26.75

Tresor by Lancôme a 2 piece set at 38% off for only $50.79

Provocative by Elizabeth Arden a 2 piece set at 50% off- this amazing gift set is only $27.09

Chloe by Chloe a 3 piece gift set at 46% off. Originally $145.00, this classic scent is only $77.44!

Only at Lily Direct will you find such low prices on such high end perfumes!!

But don’t worry gentlemen, we haven’t forgotten about you! We have plenty of amazing deals on our cologne gift sets for you to choose from.

Boss # 6 by Hugo Boss a 2 piece set at 28% off now only $56.15

Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent a 2 piece set is 28% off for only $53.75

Mont Blanc Legend by Mont Blanc a 3 piece set at 34% off making it a steal at only $50.91

Play by Givenchy a 3 piece set at 29% off. Originally $85.00, this perennial favorite is now just $59.99.

We have a vast array of scents to choose from, so visit our website- LilyDirect.com and find the perfect gift! 

Perfume And Cologne Minis!

Looking for the perfect gift? A perfume or cologne mini is just what you need! Instead of giving an entire bottle of a scent that you hope your friend or family will like, giving a mini size will allow them the chance to try a few different ones!

 

Also, having a mini cologne or perfume is great for travel and putting in your purse! This way you can smell good on the go! When you shop from Lily Direct you can get the best in designer fragrances. They feature perfumes such as Provocative by Elizabeth Arden, Valentino, and Pure by Katy Perry! Our featured colognes feature scents such as the Curve by Liz Claiborne, wings by Ed Hardy and much more!

 

Since Lily direct always offers the lowest prices for colognes and perfumes out there, you won’t believe the prices for our minis! Our Izod Cologne mini by Phillips Van Heusen is 87% off and is only $2.57! This is a great steal! Also for the amazing designer Givenchy, we have the Givenchy Pour Homme Cologne Mini by Givenchy for only $4.79 and  Christian Audigier Cologne Mini by Christian Audigier for only $4.20! This is great to stock up on for every man’s birthday, graduation, holidays, or any other occasions that you need a gift for! Men are hard to shop for and we just made it a whole lot easier!

 

Our perfume mini selections is where you can finally have all the scents you have always wanted in your collection for a low low price! We have the Marine Groove Perfume Mini by Escada for $6.89, Tommy Girl Perfume Mini by Tommy Hilfiger for $5.85, Salvatore Ferragamo Perfume Mini by Salvatore Ferragamo for  $4.17, Tous Touch Perfume Mini by Tous  for only $4.45!

 

All of our minis are amazing gifts, and a great way to make your perfume or cologne collection grow with out spending a bundle! Check out our website for all of our minis! http://www.lilydirect.com/mini-fragrances.html