The Many Scents Of A Woman – What’s Yours?

Thursday, 21 Nov 2013, 7:47:00 AM

Barbara Bishop

Barbara Bishop, Columnist
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Barbara Bishop, Columnist


good friend Sarah and I went to lunch and shopping in Beverly Hills this past

weekend. After a glass of champagne and a chicken Caesar salad at Barney’s, we

made our way down to the lower level of the store to check out the massive, new

cosmetics and fragrance department. 


her spare time, Sarah, a PR executive, is a well-known fragrance reviewer and

blogger. I asked her, “What’s new in fragrance that would appeal to women in

their 40s and 50s?” Sarah reported that the hot trend now is obtaining a “line”

of a designer’s fragrance – so women can match their many moods and



first looked at Tom Ford’s newest line. It includes Violet Blonde, White

Patchouli, Sahara Noir and Black Orchid. A very sexy line (like Tom himself),

with retail prices starting at $210. Not cheap.


popular Sahara Noir’s top notes are bergamot, mandarin orange, violet, ginger,

and basil; middle notes are grapefruit blossom, tobacco and black pepper. Base notes

are amber, cedar, patchouli, oakmoss, and leather. Sounds like the tasting

notes on a wine called “Four Play” I had last weekend in Los Olivos. 


instant best-seller Violet Blonde, Ford “...presents a stunning, new scent for

a new era of feminine glamour. It’s an opulent and dressed-up fragrance that

reveals a new face of violet; ravishing intriguing elegance, crafted according

to the finest traditions of European perfumery.” Who’s writing the copy for

this stuff? Pretty convincing.    


Santal Blush, introduced last year, is my new scent. Ford describes it as  “...a textured fusion of creamy

sandalwood and exotic Eastern spices, enhanced with intoxicating florals and

sumptuous woods to create soft, naked glamour with a mysterious spirit of

modern earthiness.” It was a winner in Allure Magazine’s Best Fragrance

Awards in 2012.


reviewer says, “Santal Blush is meant for a confident, sophisticated woman who

is just as comfortable being strong as she is feminine. I don’t know why, but I

envision a woman with some curves, who is not in her 20s, works hard, but the

world still thinks she’s sexy without her having to flaunt it.” I agree. 


new line is Estee Lauder’s “Aerin.” The granddaughter of Estee, Aerin has grown

into a beautiful, sophisticated woman, now in her 40s. Sarah was particularly

interested in checking her line out, since it debuted a few weeks ago. It

includes “Gardena Rattan,” “Evening Rose,” “Ikat Jasmine,” “Lilac Path,” and

“Amber Musk.”  Aerin believes that,

“The effect of scent is really interesting; it can create a mood and change a

feeling immediately.” 


Musk, an instant favorite of mine, is described as “a warm inviting scent you

want to wrap yourself in – like a soft cozy blanket on a cold snowy night. It blends

sensual florals, distinctive amber and creamy musk.” No snow here. I’ll wear it

when I take my annual trip to Lake Tahoe in January.


the opposite end of the spectrum, Lilac Path “captures the spirit of Spring and

makes it last. It weaves a delicate story of crisp greens, rich blossoms and

delicate petals.” I loved it. It’s

tough to get a true Lilac scent. It reminded me of warm Spring nights in my

home town of Chicago. Intoxicating.


fragrances retail for $110 each. Much better price point than Ford’s. But still



round out this story, I did a little research on the overall top fragrances for

any time of day. According to Hollywood Life by Bonnie Fuller, some of the top

fragrances for Fall 2013 include:

Chanel No 5: $98

Valentino Limited Edition Assoluto Oud: $150

Coco (Chanel): $98

Allure (Chanel): $85

• Modern Muse (Estee Lauder):



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Barbara Bishop is

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