Makeup By Kim Porter

Fragrance Friday

Fragrance Friday: Valentina Assoluto – Your New Summer Fragrance?

Disclosure:  Product was provided to me for free for review consideration by the company or their PR.  All opinions are my own and are 100% honest. I was not compensated for this post.





I’m always on the lookout for a new fragrance, so when Valentino released Valentina Assoluto, I couldn’t wait to give it a go.   Valentina Assoluto launched April 1st of this year as an accompanying fragrance to the Valentina Eau de Parfum which debuted the fall of 2011.

Valentino describes the latest perfume by stating “…from the sensual grace and majestic femininity of Valentina, master perfumer Olivier Cresp has recreated the quintessence of Valentina by giving it an intense fragrance, adorned with a new, chypre signature.  Creating a magical formula that comes to life on the skin and transforms it into an unmistakable and necessary final touch:  a designer fragrance.”

I wasn’t familiar with chypre’s, so I looked it up.  If I didn’t know what chypre was, I now know.  If you didn’t know, a chypre is “This olfactive group was named after perfume Coty Chypre created in 1917. Chypre means Cyprus in French. This sharp scent is based on harmony of oak moss, labdanum, patchouli and bergamot. (Source:”




Now, do I like chypre fragrances?  If Valentina Assoluto is what a typical chypre fragrance is like, then, no, I do not care for them.  Even though I am a fan of patchouli and bergamot, Valentina Assoluto is much too sweet and candy-like for me.  It seems like something for a teenager since it is just that syrupy sweet. Valentino describes Valentina Assoluto as “intense”, which I agree it is.  It’s a bit too intense for my liking, especially for a summer fragrance.

Valentina Assoluto is described as:

The alluring fruitiness of a sensual smeggia peach enhanced with white Alba truffle.

The magnetism of a precious white flower bouquet, touched by delicate vanilla.

The mystery of a voluptuous chypre signature, fusion of patchouli, oakmoss and vibrant cedar wood.


I do love the packaging; the round glass bottle adorned with a  nude pink flower, is just beautiful.  Valentina Assoluto is a great and aesthetically pleasing piece to add to my vanity.  I also love the spray nozzle, which is a round black ball topped with a gold medallion a little smaller than a dime, which mists out the fragrance smoothly and evenly.






Would I recommend Valentina Assoluto?

I think if you love sweet florals like Viktor & Rolf FlowerBomb (I love SpiceBomb), then Valentina Assoluto is the perfect summer fragrance for you.



Valentina Assoluto




Have you tried Valentina Assoluto?

What are your thoughts on it?

Fragrance Fridays: Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Fragrances

This Fragrance Friday, I present to you a Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Fragrances. These are a few fragrances I’ve had the opportunity to try, and ended up loving. There’s a mix of floral scents, musk, and somewhat sweet scents – all of which are perfect for spring; there’s something for everyone.  Be sure to keep this Fragrance Friday Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Fragrances  in mind when shopping for the mom in your life.

Fragrance Guide
L’Occitane en Provence, Paco Rabanne, Frédéric Malle



L’Occitane Magnolia & Mûre

My husband purchased the L’Occitane La Colelction De Grasse Travel Set for me to figure out which eau de toilet from this collection I preferred.  I fell in-love with two:  Vanille & Narcisse, and Magnolia & Mûre.  Magnolia & Mûre  is described as a sophisticated fragrance; a balance between flower and fruit, as the mysterious magnolia essence provides the prelude to wild blackberry notes.  Present throughout the fragrance, blackberry gives a tenderness to the woody structure and softens its seriousness.  If you love blackberry notes, you will love, love, love this! This one is my husband’s favorite, too!

Hanae Mori Eau De Collection # 6

My husband picked up from Sephora, a sample of all of the Hanea Mori fragrances, which were three in total.  Out of all of them, the one I liked most was the limited edition Hanae Mori Eau De Collection # 6. To me, it is the perfect summer scent.  It’s an Eau de Toilet, so it doesn’t last as long, but the scent makes up for it.

The top note is tree-ripe jasmine from Morocco, neroli from southern France and bergamot from Calabria. The middle note is Egyptian jasmine for a hint of mystery, Tunisia orange blossom, green roses, American peony and heliotrope: a purple flower beloved by butterflies. The base note is Tahitian vanilla, rich toffee, a touch of sandalwood from India and benzoin, a fragrant resin from tree bark.

Miss Dior Eau De Parfum

I’d written about this in a previous Fragrance Friday post.  Check here

Bond No 9 New York Musk

I’m a fan of Musk, and unisex fragrances.  I sometimes find myself spritzing on some of my husband’s colognes, which he hates.  Bond No 9 New York Musk  has notes a lot of my favorite notes of grapefruit, black currant, osmanthus flower, green lilies, nutmeg, musk, patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver .

Frédéric Malle Lipstick Rose

Ahh I love me some Frédéric Malle fragrances!  Check my review here

Paco Rabanne Lady Million

Paco Rabanne Lady Million is a seductive, luxurious scent with notes of Neroli, Bitter Orange, Raspberry, Orange Flower Absolute, Sambac Jasmine Absolute, Gardenia, Patchouli, Honey, Amber.  The packaging is gorgeous as well.


 What fragrances in this Mother’s Day Gift Guide will you purchase for mom?

Fragrance Fridays: Miss Dior Eau De Parfum

You know when you order from sephora, they provide you with a plethora of samples.  With my order, I received a sample of Miss Dior Eau De Parfum.  As you know I’m on the hunt for a new spring scent, and when I received this sample I was surprised at how much I liked loved it.  I’m not sure if it is the jasmine or citrus in it, which the latter makes it the perfect spring/summer scent, or if it is because it reminds me so much of  my beloved Chanel Chance (I just ran out of).  It also has one of my favorite notes, patchouli in it, too! No wonder I love it.

Miss Dior originally launched in 1947 by Christian Dior.  This is a really feminine and romantic scent.  It’s elegant  and simple, and the scent isn’t overpowering. One spray just changes my mood.  This is definitely a scent I’m going to pick up.


Miss Dior

Speaking of scents to check out, my friend over at The Bliss List told me about Hanae Mori.  It’s funny because my other friend over at The Vixin Experience posted about it the other day, too!  I sent my husband over to Sephora to pick up a sample to see if it is something I would like for myself.  Check back to see my thoughts on it.



Hanae Mori Hanae Mori Eau de Parfum, 1.7oz



Have you tried Miss Dior or Hanae Mori? Which are your favorites?