Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Romance in Bloom—The Art of Perfuming by Connie Vines




Fragrance has the ability to transform your entire mood.
And when the one you want to conjure up is romance, a whiff of the right scent get you there faster than a binge-session of Nicholas Sparks movies. From spicy, sensual accords to rose-based floral diaries, I’ve updated rounded 5 of the best fragrances to wear this to Announce Spring—or whenever you want feel like you're living in a fairy-tale!





As many of my readers know, I was a fragrance consultant at a Perfumery for several years.  I love to share my acquired ‘secrets’ in blog posts and novels. Perfumes, like wines are categories by notes.
 *Remember, perfumes are a personal preference, and all fragrances lingering scent (bottom note) vary by a person’s PH Level.

Now let the fun begin!


1. Ralph Lauren's ROMANCE
Designed to hit all the feelings that are associated with falling in deep L-O-V-E, a spritz of this classic and light romantic fragrance treats you to notes like white violet, patchouli, musk, rose, and marigold.

2. Tom Ford’s infamous BLACK ORCHID Fragrance has become something of a cult icon in the beauty industry.

Not only is it recognizable from just one spritz, but it's also one of the compliment-inducing smells I've ever come across. Smells like: Warm incense spices, creamy vanilla, and heady patchouli.
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3.  Lancôme's TRESOR
The diamond-shaped bottle is one of the most popular fragrances out there. The brand evoked the radiance and warmth of love using floral and fruity notes like rose, lilac, peach, and apricot.

4.  YSL’s BLACK OPIUM (one of my personal favorites) Smells like: Initially sweet with punchy notes of vanilla and coffee, but dries down to a musky white floral base.

The creamy notes of coffee and vanilla give a non-sickly sweetness that develops into a dry white floral scent, after which you get the base notes of musk and patchouli. It's unique and oh-so moreish, this one will 100% become the most-reached-for in your perfume collection.

5. Jo Malone London's LIME BASIL & MANDARIN COLOGNE. Smells like: Long summer days.

This fresh and zesty scent will have you dreaming of warm summer days with every spritz. Juicy notes of lime and mandarin are balanced with earthy basil and white thyme.


The Romance Gems members love their gardens, as do many of our readers!

French perfume - the fragrances of France

While my garden is no longer produces the lush harvest of fruits and vegetables of my two son’s elementary school years.  I still maintain a PERFUMED GARDEN.

My Perfumed Garden is small because scent can be overwhelming—especially strong scents. I try to intersperse my fragrant garden plants with scentless plants that complement their appearance and by time.  Lilacs have a strong scent, but only in late spring. Jasmine is a vine, and therefore, a plant I utilize where ever possible. And, of course roses and herbs.

The garden brings peace to my life, nourishes my soul and inspires my creative spirit.


How do I keep the Romance in Bloom in my stories?

My August 2020 release from BWL Publishing Inc.

Gumbo Ya Ya—an Anthology for Women who like Cajun Romance, features Persia, a New Orleans perfumer, and Cooper T. a breeder of the Catahoula Leopard Dog and Westminster Dog Show favorite handler in “The Love Potion”.

You will discover that the art of perfuming creates complications for this no-longer-together-couple.  But love is and a happily-ever-after is definitely in the air!

August 2020

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Thank you for stopping by,

Connie


Buy Links for my current releases:

https://books2read.com/b/Tanayia

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https://books2read.com/b/Lynx

https://books2read.com/b/Here-Today-Zombie-Tomorrow

25 comments:

  1. The five perfumes you recommended sound like they evoke quite a mood. I can't wait to try samples at a department store when they open up. I've had lavender and am now trying to grow a jasmine plant which is at my son's apartment while I'm helping 2 watch 2 grandsons 8 hours away in Boston. Lilac and Honeysuckle are two of my favorite scents of Spring. When everything is blooming, my heart feels heady.

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    1. Thank you for sharing. I shared my love of fragrances with my sons. As adults, they know there way around a fragrance counter, garden and they are great cooks—herbs and spices, I guess it all tied together (a wonderful plus for theirs wives).

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  2. Connie, I know nothing about perfumes outside of the samples in a few magazines. Love those, however. I'm so impressed with your knowledge. I'm sure all your heroines are irresistible with their scents. I'm waiting to see if my lilac blooms. I can open my slider and inhale the fragrance. yes, if it warms up. Even if not will be doing that!

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    1. Fragrance samples are a delightful treat! There is nothing wrong with having a signature fragrance or two. One of mine is Chanel No. 5. One of my grandmother loved to bake—she wore vanilla extract—Imported, of course 😉. Lilacs are a wonderful fragrance.

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  3. Great knowledge of perfumes. I do love a floral scent!

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    1. Kari, thank you. I love to share fragrance hints :-)

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  4. Unfortunately, I'm allergic to most perfumes that are created chemically rather than with organic ingredients. I can handle Lauren's Romance, haven't tried Tresor, but the others on your list make it difficult for me to breathe.

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    1. Joan, I too, must be selective in scented candles and fragrances heavy in the floral notes. For those with allergies, French perfume is a must. Synthetic compounds trigger allergic reactions.

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  5. Connie, I forgot to say that Gumbo Ya-Ya sounds like a fun collection. I grew up in Cajun land so anything with gumbo in the title intrigues me. Good luck with the book.

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    1. Joan, I’m pleased to discover your knowledge of Cajun country. Voodoo kettle potato chips, Jax beer, coffee with chicory and mud bugs. Loved Justin Wilson’s cooking shows, back-in-the-day!

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  6. Connie, I'm impressed with your knowledge of perfumes. Like Joan, I have allergies to chemicals and have to go easy on the perfume. I do love it, though. If I could, I'd have honeysuckle and roses everywhere in the garden. I love the heavy-scented roses like those my mom had when I was a girl. There was one outside my bedroom window and I enjoyed the fragrance. Gumbo Ya Ya sounds intriguing. Best wishes!

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    1. Thank you Caroline for sharing memories. Scents trigger memories in the primeval area of the brain. Like the song says, “The memories remain.”

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  7. What a great post, Connie! From flowers to hand creams and candles, I love surrounding myself in great scents and filling my home with them! (your crockpot post is still something I use) No perfume for me these days, as I'm home. But, my car does smell like Irish Spring to keep any field mice at bay. *sigh* Someday. LOL Congratulations on your upcoming release. Sounds great!

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    1. Oh, Katherine enjoy your perfume at home. Several spritzes on a cotton ball nestled in your lingerie drawer, scent your pillows, or a tiny spray on a cool light bulb— heat releases the scent. This is why fragrance is sprayed a the base of the neck, thighs or midriff—never at the throat because it damages the skin. You can spray at wrist pulse-points but do not rub your wrists together. Man spray cologne on their chest.

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  8. Connie I love scent! We have huge lavender plants but no jasmine. I may have to find some! Will try these perfumes you mention as soon as we can get back into the stores with perfume counters. Looking forward to treating myself. Wishing you many sales with Gumbo Ya-Ya!

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    1. Thank you Bonnie. I’m certain your love jasmine it is hardy and there many varieties. I always hang wind chimes nearby as the scent combined with sound of the breeze and gently chime is very pleasant and for visitors unexpectedly delightful.

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  9. Gumbo ya-ya. What a catchy title and premise. I love perfume and used to feel undressed without it, but find there are fewer and fewer places to wear it theses days, in deference to those who are allergic.

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  10. It’s so true, Connie, that fragrance can transport you to a different place, and it can definitely affect your mood. I use fragrance like essential oils and certain perfumes when trying to rest or fall asleep. Also when I have a headache or feeling anxiety.

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    1. Betty Ann the benefits of our fragrant gardens are boundless! That you for visiting and for posting :-)

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  11. This is so interesting, Connie. Like many others, I am fascinated by scents.

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  12. I have never worn perfume. This post has been very interesting. I liked your description of the Ralph Lauren one. I do like perfume, but I've never thought of buying it because I don't know which one is good. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. I love the idea of a perfumed garden! Very cool and interesting!

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  14. I had to stop wearing or using any scented products when my son was an infant because everything gave him a rash. I never got back in the habit. Your comments on various scents are really interesting!

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