Scentual Seduction: This Season's Hottest Fragrances

A faint scent lingering on your pillow, the ritual of misting it on every morning--there's something so deliciously feminine about wearing a signature fragrance. Here, we offer up winter's most coveted perfumes, and tips on getting the most out of your scent.
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 17, 2009

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Can’t get to Paris over the holiday season? No worries, we can’t either. Instead, spritz on the newest fragrance from Yves Saint Laurent ($39). Inspired by the city of love, this ultra feminine fragrance contains notes of blackberry,
damask rose and sandalwood.
Fragrance Tip: After dabbing fragrance on your wrists, don’t rub them together. This breaks down the scent, causing it to fade sooner.

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A lighter version of the wildly popular Stella fragrance, Stella Sheer Eau de Toilette Spray ($41) is a pretty scent with notes of iced lemon zest, Bulgarian rose, green apple, peony and amber.

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Benefit’s Laugh With Me Lee Lee Set ($46) is playful, girly scent blended with jasmine, lily blossoms and amber.
Fragrance Tip: To make your scent last longer, apply the matching body lotion before spritzing on the perfume.

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Just in time for the holidays, downtown-chic fragrance house Bond No 9 launches a new signature fragrance.
Bond No 9 Perfume ($330 for 100 ml) contains notes of rose, tonka bean and musk.

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If you liked the original Dolce & Gabbana fragrance, The One, then you’ll fall in love with the upgraded version. Rose The One ($60) is a soft, rosy floral with notes of pink grapefruit, mandarin and peach.
Fragrance Tip: Lightly apply fragrance to your pulse points, including your throat, wrists, cleavage, behind the ear lobes and the bend in your elbows.

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You know the old song, ‘Whatever Lola Wants?’ Spritz on Marc Jacobs new scent, Lola ($85 for 3.4 oz), and you’re sure to get it. The floral fragrance contains notes of pink peppercorn, pear and creamy musk.
Fragrance Tip: Just like your toothbrush, you need to change up your scent every three to four months. So don’t be afraid to try something new every now and again.

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Spiked with mandarin, vanilla, orange flower and pink grapefruit, Couture Couture by Juicy Couture ($85) is this season’s it-girl fragrance.

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CH by Carolina Herrera ($85) is a sophisticated floral oriental fragrance that contains notes of bergamot, orange, graperuit and juicy melon.
Fragrance Tip: Before heading out in the morning, try spraying your scent on the back of your knees and behind your ears. The fragrance will bloom as your body temperature rises during the day.

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Narciso Rodriguez Musc Intense Eau de Parfum ($110) is a sensual interpretation of Narciso Rodriguez’s original musk fragrance. The mysterious scent is blended with of ylang-ylang, jasmine and orange tree flowers.

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Flora by Gucci ($65 for 1.6 oz) is a subtly glamorous blend of peony, rose, pink pepper and sandalwood.
Fragrance Tip: To avoid going overboard with your scent, try the Cloud Method. Simply spray a bit of the juice in front of you and then walk into the mist.