Fragrance Tidbits ...

While the discovery of **Red Door Velvet** was certainly the fragrance find of the week, I sampled a few more scents during my travels this weekend and thought I'd share some brief musings.• If you're a fan of my beloved Serge Lutens Chergui but not its $92 price tag, check out L'Occitane's **Amber**. While not as complex as the Serge, it has the same sweet, resinous spiciness, and the mini travel size can be had for all of $16.• The new Marc Jacobs splashes are now available at Sephora and elsewhere. The **Violet** is quite pretty; very candy-like in the opening but dries down to a clean, sweet soapiness. **Ivy** started out green, mossy and masculine but ended up a little sour and medicinal on my skin. Honestly, the lasting power is quite lamentable but for $65 you're getting a huge bottle, so if you like them, feel free to reapply at will.• The Body Shop's new Neroli and Jasmine is quite pretty; I sniffed it at the register while the cashier was ringing up my Vanilla Spice Body Butter (which is gorgeous). Neroli Jasmine is feminine without being overly sweet; I think I'd especially like it in a body lotion. It's not available yet but I'll keep you posted!• Finally, **With Love...Hilary Duff.** I was so surprised by this, having been expecting yet another boring fruity floral. With Love is woodsy and warm (with just a little bit of fruit in the opening, and it's a mangosteen, which we don't see often) and far more sophisticated than what I expected. Bravo to a teen celeb who creates a fragrance not marketed to overly tarted-up preteens, and who can keep her skirt on and her boobs covered. Go Hilary!

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