Scents Made For Seduction: Irresistible Perfumes


In order to seduce a man with her perfume, the woman must seduce herself first….

Scientists say that fragrances not only make you feel more confident and attractive, but also they are the real drivers of passion.

The more you know about them, the more you will be able to use their power to your advantage.

What perfume should you choose?

Well, the answer depends on the effect you intend to achieve.

  • If you want to smell feminine – always go for floral notes. For as long as perfume has been considered a beauty staple, all floral scents (especially those with a hint of rose, tuberose and honeysuckle flower) have been used as a synonym of femininity and romance.

My picks: Midnight Fleur by Nest Fragrances and Valentina Acqua Floreale by Valentino

floral reccomendation

  • For the moments when you feel like a real seductress, there are plenty of intoxicating scents containing oriental spices, woody accords and musk, which leave a trail of mystery and exoticism on your skin.

My picks: Midnight Oud by Juliette Has A Gun and Night by Judith Leiber

oriental spicy reccomendation

  • When you want to be gentle and sweet girl next door, opt for the exact type of fragrances. Studies have shown that sweet fragrances (containing flavors like cardamom, vanilla and licorice plants) have incredible power to excite men.

My picks: Clique by Roble and L’eau D’issey Absolue by Issey Miyake

sweet reccomendation

After you take your pick…


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Unsung Perfume Hero: House of Matriarch Bittersweet Symphony (Christi Meshell) 2015~Review + The Verve, Ennui and the 90s Draw

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Christi Meshell of HoM

In 2015, Christi Meshell, perfumer and elemental force behind House of Matriarch, released to the public a very personal perfume made for a private client, who incidentally was recently married (fittingly, both brides wore black): Bittersweet Symphony.


Anne Hathaway for Interview September 2011 Photography by Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas

Anne Hathaway for Interview September 2011 Photography by Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas (reminds MC of Christi)

Part of the House’s Liquid Music collection, and one of Christi’s lesser known  fragrances; the complex aroma was inspired by The Verve’s 1997 song of the same name and encapsulates a glorious ennui which hallmarked the “naughties” (90’s). . Allow me to refresh your memory:

Bitter_Sweet_Symphony Richard Ashcroft 

Bittersweet Symphony video Richard Ashcroft

‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life

Try to make ends meet

You’re a slave to money then you die…

…But I’m a million different people

From one day to the next

I can’t change my mold…

Tanga Moreau photographed by Peter Lindbergh... 97

Tanga Moreau photographed by Peter Lindbergh  1997

While I find myself still undecided about the lyrics of the “urban hymn”- Bittersweet Symphony Liquid Perfume takes me on a decidedly tender 5+ hour journey through my memory banks. Five hours. Minimum.     Specifically designed by House of Matriarch to take it’s time to develop on the skin- Bittersweet Symphony is as life- it takes a bit of time to evolve from bitterness to something softer and sweet.

Natalia by Lindsey Drennan for Fashion Gone Rogue

Natalia by Lindsey Drennan for Fashion Gone Rogue

Taking another cue from 90’s zeitgeist, Bittersweet Symphony contains odd folk raw materials- henna, dong-quai and spikenard open the melody in a way that, yes, is “bitter” but not off putting. In fact, these plants themselves are more given to pacify than repel- yet their aromas are mostly unrecognized and certainly underutilized in perfumery. A certain sort of olfactory shock is bound to ensue. Sort of the way when you saw your first body piercing you were somewhere between disgusted and fascinated, if not a bit turned on.

90s fashion

90s  fashion image by Bernadette Newbury

Bittersweet Dutch processed cocoa gives literal meaning to the name, although bears no resemblance to semi-sweet morsels. Christi asks it to “break it’s mold”- which it does with the harmonizing of “a chorus of blended teas” and refrain of spices. Eventually, there are woods, smoky or smoldering, aided by oud and amber- offering tenderness to the symphony, as even the orchestral section of the song assuages and brings a soaring lightness to the angst ridden.

Notes: henna, dong-quai, spikenard, teas, Dutch chocolate, woods, amber, oud

-Einsof, Natural Perfume Editor

*disclosure: my sample was provided by House of Matriarch for review.

Art Direction: Michelyn who is a 90s chick

bittersweet symphony perfume House of Matriarch

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New Fragrance: SJP STASH (Sarah Jessica Parker x IFF) Debuts at ULTA “Can a Celebuscent be Niche”

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Over the past decade we have seen the rise of niche and artisan fragrance, and the decline of celebrity scents. Before you clap too loudly, there were some notable celubuscents. One was Sarah Jessica Parker’s Lovely released in 2005,  it actually  shares some of the personality of the star on the label  and captures  a bit of floral sophistication  of SJP’s alter ego Carrie Bradshaw  Sex in The City.  For those who remember Chandler Burr’s book The Perfect Scent, Chandler Burr follows the development of two fragrances intertwined stories, the first about the year he spent for The New Yorker magazine in Paris behind the scenes at Hermes watching legendary now retired perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena create the Hermes scent “Un Jardin sur le Nil“; and the second about a year (one that started with an article for The New York Times), Chandler called Lovely a “innovative  thoughtful work of art” 

covet  sara jessica parker ad  perfume created by Frank Voelkl

Covet ad campaign

A few mediocre fragrances followed except for Covet in 2007, which was a brilliant fragrance that flopped developed by Frank Voelkl. Its odd notes were ahead of the mainstream. The last scent  that bore her name was SJP NYC in 2009 with Coty before taking a seven-year hiatus.

But she’s back, with Stash SJP, which will break around the time of her new HBO series  Divorce next month.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s new fragrance, Stash SJP.

Stash Bottle via WWD

“It’s like ‘street,’ it’s like contraband. It’s the cheese that’s not pasteurized,” she said, holding up the bottle of Stash, which looks more like an old-fashioned, 100-ml. bottle of spirits than an eau de parfum. As it turns out SJP wanted to bring out the formula for Stash before Lovely but it was not  deemed commercial enough under COTY. These were the days before social media and Instagram, which are key to many successes of the dwindling number of celebuscents.

WWD writes, “The amber color of the juice evokes the feel of whiskey, and the ripped black gaffer tape label — which mimics a piece of electrical tape — was strategically “slapped on” on an angle. It’s packaged in a black box inside a black grosgain bag and a satin black-and-gold rimmed cap is wrapped in twisted black twine. It’s edgier than anything she’s ever done and while not billed as “genderless,” she called it “fragrance for the human being.”

An ad for Stash SJP.

Stash ad Sarah Jessica Parker via WWD

Stash’s concept and idea predates that of Lovely, the first scent she created with Coty Inc., her licensee at the time, and International Flavors and Fragrances. She created Covet in 2007 At the end of 2014, the license for Parker’s fragrances was taken over by Lovely Distribution Co., created specifically for Parker’s fragrance license. She continued to work with IFF to bring Stash to  market.The blurred lines  continue as the U.S. retail partner at launch is Ulta Beau. Ulta will carry the fragrance exclusively in the U.S. for a year in all of its doors doors starting on Aug. 28 and online at (the chain will have more than 970 stores by the end of the year). It will also be sold on Parker’s site. SJP told WWD, “Now Ulta is bringing us in. Instead of us fighting, there is a sense of ownership. They are taking more control of it; they have a whole plan and are anchoring this,” she said of the partnership"

While Lovely has top notes of mandarin, bergamot, rosewood and lavender, Stash’s are grapefruit zest, black pepper and sage. The latter is decidedly less feminine than its predecessor, with middle notes of cedarwood atlas, patchouli, ginger lily and pistachio and a base of olibanum, massoia wood, vetiver and musk. “I don’t know if you have an affinity for body odor, but on some people it’s amazing,” she said with a laugh. “Part of it, too, is the warmth of a body and how do you capture heat? [Or] how do you capture [the scent of] a sweater that has been worn by somebody that’s absorbed musk or patchouli?” She said the words that came to mind when creating Stash were body odor, church and leather. It’s inspired by a handful of men’s fragrances Parker would wear, with key notes of vetiver and frankincense,  which is one of the base notes of Stash. 

Another factor that differentiates Stash from previous fragrance projects is social media and the speed at which the digital space allows one to launch product, especially when the person launching it has millions of followers. This is the biggest change since the introduction of Lovely, which took place seven years before Instagram came into existence.

.A good sign is that U.K.-based retailer Debenhams, which rarely buys celebrity scents is all in. according to WWD, “Globally, the scent will be available in Boots, Debenhams and Superdrug in the U.K. and My Chemist in Australia. Industry sources project that Stash can do $ 25 million in retail sales during its first year.

#comeandfindit SJP STASH

#comeandfindit @sjpbeauty

 Sarah Jessica Parker was once again hands on from concept to out-of-the-box promotions such as a global street-art campaign. Street art started appearing around New York earlier in August, with nearly 100 sidewalks in New York City and Los Angeles tagged with #ComeandFindIt in chalk art. Parker teased the street art on her Instagram account.

The eau de parfum comes in three sizes: 30 ml., 50 ml. and 100 ml., which retail for $ 50, $ 75 and $ 85, respectively, as well as a $ 25 rollerball and $ 50 elixir oil that can used for hair and body.

 Via Instagram, WWD

Michelyn Camen, Editor in Chief