Friday Wrap! Glam Rock, City Exclusives, & Freebies

Yay! It’s weekend once again!

But before you go on partying, club hopping, or resto hopping, here’s a roundup of select perfume news.  Paco Rabanne releases a limited edition flanker of Paco Rabanne XS, Black XS L’Aphrodisiaque. Featuring bottles of matte black and gold, with touches of skulls and spikes, it is definitely very glam rock.

As for the juice, it is composed of, among others, saffron, cinnamon, honey, musk, leather for the masculine version, and bitter oranges, neroli, peach, vanilla,  amber, among others, for the feminine version.

Also in the news, Le Labo, once again offers samples of its City Exclusives online, or in stores, starting today. On September 1, it will offer City Exclusives full bottles online and in stores, including the most recent  Cuir 28 from Dubai and Limette  37 from San Francisco. It will only run for 6 weeks.

It is an opportunity to sample the City Exclusives without having to travel to all those cities. I’m eyeing a sample of the Tuberouse 40 from NY and Gaiac 10 from Tokyo.

Last but not the least, Fresh Fragrance Bar extended its promotion of free Porche Design premium items for a minimum of Php 3000.00 qualified purchase. So, if you’re a fan of Porche design, go grab a bottle at Fresh Fragrance Bar now! Promo is extended until August 15, 2013.

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This Just In: Polo Ralph Lauren Red

Polo Red

Polo Red

Remember Polo Blue? I do, sort of…

Polo Blue is a classic. It was very popular during my college years, specially with the cono speaking, Polo wearing dudes that make tambay* in the AS steps. I can no longer remember the smell, the distinct notes, but I am sure that it spawned a lot of copycat versions.

Anyhow, years after, or decades after, a new flanker is born, Polo Ralph Lauren Red!

According to, it is a spicy blend of saffron, red grapefruit, and redwood. So, it should be spicy, fresh, and woody.

Hmm, I think it is interesting enough to warrant a visit to the perfume counter, no?

It is available in 3 sizes ( 1.36 oz, 2.5 oz, and 4.2 oz), all in EDT, and there’s also a deospray version for the pits. Hehe

* tambay – Tagalog for hang out
** cono speak – mixing of Tagalog and English in one sentence/phrase
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Friday Wrap: New Brands from London

You know, I always get giddy when I discover new brands of fragrances, or when new brands debut. And so, I am happy to discover these fragrances:

Shay & Blue

Shay & Blue

Shay & Blue is a boutique brand from London. Creators Dom and Julie hopes “to uphold the age-old and traditional craft of fine perfumery”.

Jo Loves

Jo Loves

Jo Loves is the brand that perfumer Jo Malone created after she sold Jo Malone to Estee Lauder.

Tom Daxon

Tom Daxon

Tom Daxon is yet another London brand and it is by Tom Daxon Bowers, son of a former creative director of Molton Brown.

Here’s to hoping that these fragrant things cross the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, all the way here in sunny Manila!

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SOTD: A Burst of Freshness from Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien

AG Eau d'Hadrien

AG Eau d’Hadrien

Good Morning, Manilans!
Can you feel the summer heat already? I do!

And so, to feel fresh in this sweltering heat, I am wearing the classic Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien. Sicilian lemons, citron, cypress, and ylang-ylang. What could be more refreshing than those?

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Friday Wrap: Summer 2013 Editions

In fragrance world, you know it is summer when companies start adding “eau fraiche”, “l’eau”, or  “summer” to the name of their classics. Often times, these releases are lighter versions of the original.

I bet there is a huge market for these collector editions as I personally know a person with every single CK One Summer releases in his collection. And hey, if you live here in Manila, these perfumes are appropriate, or timely, all year-round!

Without much ado, here they are.

CK One Summer 2013

CK One Summer 2013 [1]

Calvin Klein releases its 10th CK One Summer edition, in an aqua bottle.

Eternity Summer 2013 [2]

Eternity Summer 2013 [2]

Also from Calvin Klein, Eternity Summer 2013.

Acqua di Gioia Eau Fraiche [3]

Acqua di Gioia Eau Fraiche [3]

Another summery take on a classic is Giorgio Armani Aqua di Gioia Eau Fraiche. It is aqua, and it is eau fraiche. Take that!

Prada Candy L'Eau [4]

Prada Candy L’Eau [4]

There are also summer versions of more recent successes, like Prada Candy L’Eau.

Fan di Fendi Eau Fraiche [5]

Fan di Fendi Eau Fraiche [5]

and Fan di Fendi Eau Fraiche.

Shiseido Zen Sun [6]

Shiseido Zen Sun [6]

Lastly, they may not be “eau fraiche”, nor “l’eau”, but they carry the name of the star of summer, Shiseido Zen Sun!

This is not a comprehensive list as I predict more S/S 2013 perfumes are yet to come. If you want more information on these releases, you can always visit or

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