I am one of those people who found my signature fragrance several years ago and have not strayed from it yet (in case you're curious, it's Fendi). However, I was recently introduced to the Nyakio body products line, and I loved everything I tried. The body scrubs are delicious, the body cremes are decadent and very different, and the dry body oil is a total luxury! Nyakio (say Ny-KAY-oh), in case you are unfamiliar, was conceived by Nyakio Kamoche, who is a first generation American citizen with roots in Kenya. Nyakio's sexy, spicy concentrated perfume oil is both feminine and sultry. What they say, "The fragrance is derived from coconut, sandalwood, apricot, and amber accented by a light musk. " I don't really smell any of these individual notes; in fact, if someone had told me that these were the notes that this fragranced is comprised, I would have said, "No thanks..." Instead what I say, "I love it!" Nyakio's purfume oil is the first fragrance I have tried that has convinced me to stray from my favorite scent, at least a few times a week. You can find Nyakio online at www.nyakio.com
Creative Scentualizations Perfect Vanilla
I have always loved vanilla; I suppose that most people, men and women included, do. Well, I was browsing the fragrance section of my favorite boutique recently and discovered a fragranced called Perfect Vanilla. What the heck, thought I. I spritzed a little on my wrist and sniffed. Much to my surprise, I not only noted a lovely vanilla scent, but I also detected orange and musk...also favorite scents of mine. The boutique was thoughtful enough to post some information about the perfumery and its scents and I discovered that Perfect scents were created by a perfumery called Creative Scentualizations and that the Vanilla scent I sampled includes notes of Israeli Blood Orange (I knew there was orange in there!) and tobacco (hmmm...really). Apparently this fragrance is quite popular with both men and women (big surprise. Hello, vanilla and tobacco? Yummy.) I promptly asked the boutique for a sample to take home. I have since been back to make the relationship with this new fragrance official and committed to a purchase....oh, boy! If you're not a fan of vanilla, you may do well to explore the other scents available through Creative Scentualizations. I am intrigued myself with scents like Perfect Gardenia, Perfect Nectar, Perfect Bliss, Perfect Veil and Perfect Love. One other great thing about their website: they offer samples of all their scents, AND the scents included in them (they have a sample of Chocolate, for instance) for $1.50 each. All these perfect scents can be researched online at www.creativescent.com.
My All-Time Favorite: Fendi
Launched by the design house of Fendi in 1985, FENDI by Fendi is classified as a flowery fragrance. This feminine scent posesses a blend of leather, rose, sandalwood, amber and musk. I hardly call this fragrance "flowery" myself...more of a clean and spicy scent. I have worn Fendi for so long that you can open any of my drawers (don't you dare!) or venture into my closet (what the h*** are you doing in there?!) and even with regular laundering (okay, somewhat regular), my clothes still smell of my dear old Fendi. I love the sexy, yet practical, vibe Fendi gives off...it's all at once powerful and feminine. And different. Different than anything I have ever smelled. It has become my signature scent. One smell for yourself and you, too, will know why it is a classic.