Fragrance Review: Acqua Di Parma's Oud Intense Cologne Concentrate

Posted by Dimitri on Wed, 02/11/2015 - 12:00 AM

Any perfumisto worth his or her salt can attest to the proliferation of Oud perfumes flooding the market in recent years. A pungent oil extracted from the fungus-riddled heartwood of the Aquilaria tree, oud has a distinct scent profile which is generally regarded as two parts pigpen and one part woody/balsamic nirvana! It has been used for millennia in Middle Eastern perfumery, and was first introduced to the Western world with YSL's M7 in 2002. The trick (and challenge) in creating an exceptional oud perfume is to harness its polarizing barnyard characteristics and to masterfully blend it with other quality ingredients. In 2012, Italian accessory and perfume maestro's Acqua di Parma did just that with their unisex launch Oud Intense Cologne Concentrate.

An elegant and sophisticated creation, this perfume opens with a sparkle of citrus which ignites an orange fire in the scent's flight. Moments later, the oud note already makes its presence known... rising and spreading laterally through the composition. It is supported by aromatic coriander and fragrant amyris wood – a tree native to the Americas. It feels rich, commanding and expensive. Of course with Acqua di Parma perhaps best known for their exceptional leather accessories, warm leather notes and musks have been woven into the foundation of the perfume. The sum of all ingredients feel woody, musky, ambery and as if imbued with incense.

Complex and luxurious, Oud Intense Cologne Concentrate is at the pinnacle of Acqua di Parma's perfume holdings. It speaks of lavishness and opulence, and creates a distinguished mantle around all those who wear it. Experience it for yourself.


Astro Assets: Valentine's Day Pairings

Posted by Stefanie on Tue, 02/10/2015 - 5:10 PM

Tis the season for chocolate hearts, stuffed teddy bears and flowers ga-lore...but really (yawn) what a bore! Click thru these fun gift ideas for that special someone that pairs up well with their astrological sign.  See if the pairing rings true for you ;)  



Scorpio Love is in the air, Scorpio, and since we know you're the curious type, it's time to take advantage of it. The perfect fragrance for you to channel the mood is absolutely Adventurous Eau de Parfum Spray by Estee Lauder  


Sagittarius Lessons in love are hard to learn, Sagittarius. It's good to guard your heart, but being open to amore is important too. So we suggest pursuing a happy ending with the aromas of Caution Eau de Toilette Spray by Kraft International Marketing


Capricorn The truth is Capricorn, it's hard to be brave when it comes to matters of the heart. But right now for you leaping into love will bring lots of rewards. The scent to inspire you then is no doubt Dare Eau de Parfum Spray 3.4 oz. by Quintessence  


Aquarius Fortune favors the brave, Aquarius, so we suggest putting your best foot forward toward rocking romance. Setting the mood to be receptive is important, and Happy Eau de Parfum Spray by Clinique aims to please.


Pisces Live love to the fullest, Pisces. It’s the best piece of advice we can provide to help guide you toward brighter horizons. The ideal perfume to light your fire is definitely Inspire Eau de Parfum Vial by Ellen Tracy  


Aries Everybody knows your name, Aries, since your reputation in love and lust has plenty of admirers. No time like the present to use it in your favor, and Notorious Eau de Parfum Spray 2.5 oz. by Ralph Lauren Item will ensure you get the right recognition.


Taurus Infatuated with passion, Taurus? This is the season to celebrate that state of mind, so go after whomever you want to get. The scent to savor is obviously the aromatically addictive Obsession Eau de Parfum Spray 3.4 oz. by Calvin Klein


Gemini Passion is always in fashion, Gemini, when it comes to attaining objects of desire. Now is the time to strike if you want your romantic dreams to become reality. We suggest channeling the emotion through its signature scent, Passion by Elizabeth Taylor Eau de Toilette Spray 2.5 oz 


Cancer A rebel without a cause isn’t cool when it comes to love, Cancer, but we know in order to get everything you deserve you may have to break a few rules along the way. A fragrance that can help you get there is a namesake scent such as Rebel Eau de Toilette Spray 1.85 oz. by Saile International


Leo Since Leos are synonymous with lions, we all know they like to run free. Yet you may discover that liberation can be even more enjoyable when you have someone to share it with. So your fragrance find is the aromatically tamed Wildheart Cologne Spray 1.7 oz. Unboxed by Revlon 


Virgo Keep your arms open for embrace and your lips cued for kissing, Virgo. It’s your time to feel the love because sweet nothings are about to become serious business. The fragrance for this new winning frame of mind is of course Xoxo Eau de Parfum Spray 3.4 oz. by Victory International

Libra Time to take control when it comes to matters of your lonely heart, Libra. To get what everybody wants, you need to lay down the law about love. We believe the scent to arouse this ruling sentiment is Boss Eau de Parfum Spray 3 oz. by Hugo Boss


Polar Vortex Beauty: Beat Winter with these Glam Goodies

Posted by Courtney on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:00 AM

If there’s one season that can really throw a wrench in your beauty plans, then leave it to winter to really take a toll on your skin. Between the below zero temperatures, blasts of sub arctic wind and unpredictable elements, we’re already looking to spring at this point and it’s not even February. To keep calm and stay pretty throughout the ever so challenging winter, we’ve got ten must-haves to aid you in your efforts wherever you go. From skincare to lip shades, equip your beauty arsenal with these cosmetic lifesavers.

1. La Prairie Cellular Night Repair Cream ($175.99,
Repair your chapped, windblown skin overnight with this nutrient dense night cream which works to reduce wrinkles and dryness with prolonged use.

2. Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque ($39.99,
After a long day outside, treat your skin to this moisturizing facial mask formulated with Vitamins A, C and E.

3. Korres Raspberry Antioxidant Liquid Lipstick ($8.99,
To beat the dreary winter greys and blues, add a popping lip to your beauty looks with this rich fuschia color.

4. Sisley Botanical Buff & Wash Facial Gel ($64.49,
Wash away dead and pore-clogging skin cells with this daily wash that is never harsh on bare skin.

5. Bliss Mammoth Minty Scrub Soap ($23.99,
Treat your body to some nourishing hydration with this exfoliating body bar which leaves the skin silky, smooth.

6. Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel ($22.99,
Warm up your sallow looking skin with this greaseless self tanning instant gel that never streaks, and leaves skin bronzed and glowing.

7. John Masters Organics Cocoa & Capuacu Hand & Body Butter ($39.99,
Replenish your hands and body with this fast-absorbing body butter your skin will totally love.

8. Youngblood Crushed Loose Mineral Blush ($23.99,
Perk up your cheeks with this loose mineral blush that gives you that summertime glow all year round.

9. Calvin Klein Obsession Eau De Parfum ($35.99,
Bring some heat to your everyday fragrance with this spicy, delightfully rich scent with notes of sultry musks, buttery vanilla and deep greens.

10. It’s A 10 Miracle Leave In Product ($34.99,
On all your off-duty days, deeply moisturize your tresses with this frizz taming must-have.