The Sweet Smell of Seduction: Bombshell Perfumes! ~ Darian Darling: A Guide To Life For Modern Blondes!

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Sweet Smell of Seduction: Bombshell Perfumes!

"There is no future for a woman who does not use perfume properly"- Paul Valéry

Nothing is more important than a grand entrance...especially for a glamorous blonde bombshell. A flash of platinum hair is a visual stimulant in it's own right but one should also dazzle the crowd with a signature aroma. An exclamation point to your appearance at a party or soirée, leaving behind a bevy of admirers to bask in your fragrant wake as you sashay past. A dreamy assault of delicious proportions on the senses of those around you. "I am here. I am blonde. I am delectable. You love me. Get into it". 

Seductive. Voluptuous. Extravagant. Intoxicating. Powerful. These adjectives best describe a perfume appropriate for a bombshell....or even to describe a blonde herself. A Bombshell prefers to wear heady, full-bodied, even old-fashioned perfumes, as to create a bold statement but is careful to use it sparingly, as to avoid being upstaged. Clean. Innocent. Fresh. Subtle. Polite. She would never dream of wearing something described as utterly pedestrian. A bombshell's fragrance must also have a strong visual impact when sat upon her vanity or dresser; an ornate and beautiful bottle that functions as a gorgeous accessory or objet d'art. Spray and breath in the glaMOUR!

Tip: The same perfume will smell different on everyone. Make sure to test it on your skin and be sure to wait about 10 minutes to allow the fragrance to react to your body chemistry before buying it. Smell it after the first application and then smell it again after waiting. This will allow you to sample both the top and middle notes of the scent and give you a good sense of how the fragrance will linger throughout the day.

"The less clothing a Bombshell wears, the more perfume she dons"- Laren Stover, author of The Bombshell Manual of Style

Amanda by Amanda Lepore

Designed to evoke the glamorous image of champagne wishes, succulent red lips and lustrous blonde hair, Amanda was created for NYC nightlife legend Amanda Lepore by perfumer Christophe Laudamiel (originally as a birthday gift). Launched in 2008, this limited edition perfume perfectly captures Ms. Lepore's elegance, beauty, strength and larger than life persona. To summon up thoughts of nightclub glaMOUR, her signature fragrance is contained in a glittering disco ball, decorated with 1,000 Swarovski crystals, complete with a blush-colored satin atomizer.

 Notes: Red Lipstick, Strawberry, Yellow Mandarin Orange Blossoms, Bergamont, Steamed Rice, Cucumber, Violet, Tuberose Absolute, Orris Butter, Cristal® Champagne.

Order at Artware Editions 
(212) 463-7490 or

 Black Orchid by Tom Ford

Housed in a jet-black, art-deco inspired, ribbed glass bottle and appearing as though it was a prop from a retro film noir, Black Orchid is the debut fragrance from designer Tom Ford. Launched in 2006, this seductive elixir contains an exotic and trademarked breed of black orchid and was designed to evoke timeless luxury, worldly glamour and to wreck havoc with your desires. Delish!

Notes: Black Truffle, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot, effervescent Citrus, Black Currant, Jasmine, Tom Ford's Black Orchid, Lotus Wood, Patchouli, Incense, Vetiver, Vanilla, Balsam and Sandalwood.

Buy at Sephora 

 Blue Amber by Montale

A mysterious, sultry and elegant fragrance dipped in golden hues of warm amber, boutique fragrance Blue Amber by Montale is a salute to timeless royalty and one of the most admired and coveted fragrance ingredients throughout time. Its aluminium bottle has been especially developed to guarantee that the perfume is preserved for a long time in a dark place, the light being the main enemy of perfumes and rare essences.

Notes: Italian Bergamot, Bourbon Geranium, Coriander, Patchouli, Vetiver, Amber, Vanilla

Order it at Aedes De Venustas 
1-888-AEDES15 or (212) 206-8674 

Butterfly by Hanae Mori 

 Delicate and sensual layers of aromas collide in Butterfly, a rare blend of ethereal elegance by Hanae Mori, the legendary grande dame of Japanese haute couture. Introduced in 1995,  the warm combination of notes was inspired by Japanese cherry trees in blossom, wild berries in the forest and the earthy richness of the undergrowth, while the distinctive frosted glass top represents the beauty and graceful shape of a butterfly with folded wings.

Notes: Strawberries, Bilberries, Black Currant, Bulgarian Rose, Blackberries, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Rosewood, Almond, Praline.

By at Sephora

CLASSIQUE Eau de Toilette by Jean Paul Gaultier

Inspired by the smell of the perfume bottles, jars of dusty loose powder and nail varnish vials on his beloved grandmother’s dresser, French fashion legend Jean Paul Gaultier's original fragrance CLASSIQUE is an ultra-feminine, voluptuous beauty tonic. Created in 1993, the curvaceous bottle celebrates his couture roots and originally paid homage to his iconic cone bras and corsets he created for Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition Tour.

Notes: Orange Flower, Bulgarian Rose, Italian Mandarin, Star Aniseed, Orchid, Florentine Iris, Ylang-Ylang, Indian Ginger, Soft Vanilla, Woody Amber.

Buy at Sephora

Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior

Like a red poisoned PVC apple, enchanted by a mysterious sorceress's bewitching spell, Christian Dior's Hypnotic Poison is a magic potion for modern times. Launched in 1998, this perfume is like a sweet nectar created from a dark, unusual bitter-metallic fruit and lies somewhere between fetish and fairy tales; and its aphrodisiacal magic works on men like a charm. I should's been my signature scent for 10 years!

Notes: Bitter Almond, Caraway Spice, Sambac Jasmine, Cinnamon, Tuberose, Sandlewood, Vanilla, Musk, Tree Moss, Jucarunda Wood.

Buy at Sephora

N°5 Parfum by Chanel

Chic. Classic. Legendary. Unforgettable. These are only some of the words that can be used to describe Coco Chanel's groundbreaking original fragrance N°5. It was created in 1921 by perfumer Ernest Beaux, under the direction to formulate a completely man-made, artificial perfume; inspired by the scent of a woman rather than that of a flower bouquet. This was accomplished by the creation and use of a synthetic fragrance component; Aldehydes, which brighten yet icily distort the other ingredients. He created two series of perfume samples numbered 1-5 and 20-24 and asked Coco Chanel to choose one of them. She chose the sample N°5 and thus the perfume got its name. The first Chanel N°5 perfume bottle was a simple rectangular bottle with a top that resembled Place Vendome in Paris, and has remained virtually unchanged to this day. Originally, it was given as a Christmas gifts to her preferred clients at her boutique but was quickly released to the general public after high demand. Of course, the perfume will forever be associated with Marilyn Monroe, who famously said that she wore nothing else to bed.

Notes: Ylang-Ylang, Neroli, Aldehydes, Lemon, Grasse Jasmine, Iris, May Rose, Lilly of the Valley, Sandlewood, Amber, Vetiver, Patchouli, Vanilla

Buy at Sephora 

Passion by Elizabeth Taylor

Hidden inside a luxurious and opulent dark purple art deco bottle is Passion by Elizabeth Taylor, a sensual and alluring perfume created with lusty intensions.  Created in 1987, this rich and romantic fragrance has been a favorite of women around the world since its debut.

Notes: Coriander, Gardenia, Aldehydes, Artemisia, Jasmine, Bergamot, Tuberose, Orris Root, Cedar, Rose, Honey, Heliotrope, Musk, Patchouli, Leather, Coconut, Vanilla, Civet, Oakmoss, Incense

Buy at

 Tabac Blond by Caron
A deliberately androgynous and provocative parfume, Tabac Blond by Caron combines the leathery top notes usually found in men’s fragrances with an eternally feminine floral bouquet.  Having debuted in 1919, it was meant to blend with, and cover up the still-shocking smell of cigarettes: smoking for women was still thought to be a sign of loose morals! It was extremely difficult to find in the United States until 2000, when Caron opened their boutique in NYC.

Notes: Leather, Carnation, Blond Tobacco Leaves, Lime Blossom, Iris, Linden, Vetiver, Ylang-Ylang, Cedar, Patchouli, Vanilla, Ambergris, Musk.

Order it at Caron 

perfumes Womanity for woman by Thierry Mugler. 
Womanity by Thierry Mugler

A delectable gourmet delight which combines both sweet and savory flavors, Thierry Mugler's latest fragrance Womanity is a feminine confection du jour. Launched in June 2010, this Umami rich creation was inspired by the Cyclades Island of Greece, where the sweet smell of fig trees is mixed with the salty sea breeze of the ocean. To compliment the juxtaposition of Womanity's contrasting notes, the perfume is showcased in a futuristic yet decidedly art-deco inspired bottle, topped with a modern and edgy Heavy Metal-esque frieze and chain.

Notes: Fig Fruit, Pink Grapefruit, Black Caviar, Fig Tree Wood and Leaf

Buy at


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    I'm not that great with fashion at all, but my interest in it is developing so much recently and this post has really made me want to try that Chanel perfume as I've heard about it so much. I currently use Daisy by Marc Jacobs which my nanna surprised me with at Christmas. I really like it. I have no idea of the prices of any of these perfumes so I'm definitely going to look a few of them up. Thanks. And I had no idea that the same perfume will smell different on everyone! How strange! x

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