Something is weighing heavy on me and I need to come clean. I have an addiction. And I think admitting you have a problem is the first step. What you ask is my drug of choice? Fragrance. You read it right I your loyal Beauty Editor am addicted to fragrance. I am always looking for my next fragrance hit. Sometimes I find it hard to focus because I am dreaming about glass bottles full of intoxicating scents. If I forget to put on fragrance before I leave the door I spend the rest of the day feeling miserable and incomplete. I have it bad.
I love the feeling that I get the first time I smell a soon to be favorite fragrance. Your mind races your heart skips beat you fall madly in love with the a little bottle of Heaven. Although just like with a man sometimes that love isn’t returned and after a few more whiffs you realize although lovely this fragrance isn’t for you. But this thankfully wasn’t the case when I tried Rosewood by Banana Republic ($28, bananarepublic.com). This fragrance is so romantic and warm that it almost gives you a bear hug. Rosewood excites the senses like a first kiss with the warm and inviting blend of bergamot champagne, white tea leaves and white amber notes. The enticing floral notes will have you an addict right away. A beautiful scent that wears well all day.
Now if Rosewood fulfills my need for a warm intoxicating hug. Bond no. 9 Brooklyn fulfills my need for an invigorating cold shower in the morning ($140, bondno9.com). Crisp, alive and bursting with energy this fragrance is a true reflection of the iconic burrow that is a mix of different styles, cultures and attitudes. The fragrance is unisex with a desirably masculine attitude. It is romantic, sexy, and distinctive—built in a very contemporary way to display its entire composition, rather than individual notes. Brooklyn is a woody, spicy-filled oriental that mingles cardamom, geranium leaves, cedarwood, grapefruit, juniper leaves, South American guaiacwood and leather. And we won’t even talk about the show-stopping bottle. Truly original and enveloping, it only took one hit of this before I was hooked. Brooklyn hits stores in March.