Beauty and fragrance: classic perfumes still made today
New perfumes may come and go, but the true classics will be here forever.
What is a classic? One definition says that a classic is something that has been judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality, a work of art of established value. The classic perfumes of yesteryear that are still being produced, marketed and used by scores of women fall into this category.
Trendy fragrances fall in and out of popularity sometimes after a whiff or just on a whim. Celebrity endorsed perfumes ride the crest of the wave until somebody younger or prettier comes along with a new one. True classic perfumes don't need to be endorsed by anyone. They stand alone and they stay forever. A classic scent can be worn and enjoyed by any generation of women.
Shalimar by Guerlain is a French perfume that has this true staying power. It was introduced in1925. Shalimar is composed of a mixture of musk, vanilla and night-blooming flowers. At the time Jacques Guerlain was fascinated by things oriental in nature. He named his new fragrance after "The Gardens of Shalimar," where an Indian Emperor met the love of his life, and went on to build the Taj Mahal for her.
I remember my mother wearing White Shoulders by Evyan. It was first introduced back in 1949. Gardenia, lilac, amber jasmine and oakmoss make up this timeless classic.
Another classic scent is Je Reviens by Worth. Je Reviens was introduced by the Design House of Worth in 1932. It has been inspiring romance ever since. It contains the scent of soft green floral fragrance, orange flower, lemon, musk, rose and violet. Je Reviens Cologne for men was inspired by this women's timeless classic and wasn't introduced until 1980.
Many of my peers enjoyed, Heaven Sent by Dana. I doubt any of them realized it was first introduced back in 1936. Heaven Sent's fragrance is that of oriental spices and aromatic woods.
Joy by Jean Patou was first introduced in 1930. A single ounce of Joy contains 10,600 jasmine flowers and 336 may roses, along with a hint of ylang-ylang and tuberose. Joy was intended to bring joy back to the population of women who had been brought down by the Great Depression. This sophisticated scent is still considered to be the world's costliest perfume.
Chanel No. 5, by the design house of Chanel, is a blend of ylang-ylang, amber, iris, patchouli, grass jasmine, may rose, sandalwood, neroli, and vanilla which together form a soft and refined floral scent that has been loved by women since its introduction in 1922. Coco Chanel was looking for a fragrance that would define what a woman should smell like. Perfume designer, Ernest Beaux came up with Chanel No, 5 on his fifth try. The name stuck.
While looking for a signature scent for yourself, don't just jump on the latest trend. Consider something that has proven itself to have lasting appeal. After all, every woman is a timeless classic in her own right.
All of the above-mentioned classic perfumes can be found online and at fine cosmetic counters everywhere.
Ideas for great gifts to give high school graduates that are useful and will be appreciated.
With the arrival of spring comes the arrival of high school graduation announcements. Some of these announcements are from students you are well acquainted with and others are from students you only know through their parents or some other indirect route. Regardless of your connection, it is often difficult to pick out a gift that will be both useful and appreciated. Below are a few ideas to get you started.
Tool kit - While this may not sound like the most glamorous gift in the world, it may very well be the most useful gift you can select. Everyone has a need for tools, and it is likely that most high school students do not already own a tool kit. When the recent grad moves into a college dorm or moves into an apartment, he/she will find an immediate need for a tool kit for hanging pictures and putting together furnishings, for example. You do not need to get an elaborate tool kit. There are small tool kits in compact boxes that contain the essentials, such as a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, etc. For a fun twist, paint the student's name on the outside of the tool box. This is an appropriate gift for both males and females.
Monogrammed beach towel - Big beach towels are great for taking to the beach, to the pool, or simply using as bath towels. Select a well made towel that will be able to withstand many uses and washes in the washing machine. To add a nice personal touch to the towel and to differentiate it from other peoples' towels, have the grad's name monogrammed in large letters on the towel. Check in your local phone book for professional monogramming services.
Basket of shower gear - Many college students who live in a dorm have to share a bathroom with at least a few people. To make those trips back and forth to the shower more bearable, consider giving the grad a plastic bin or basket with a handle for carting around shampoo, soap, and other essentials. In fact, there are baskets that are made solely for this purpose. To add to the basket, consider filling it with bath items such as washcloths, shower sponges, and good-smelling soaps.
Dry erase board - Many college students who live in dorms enjoy putting a dry erase board on their dorm room door so that friends can leave them messages. Even if the grad is not planning on living in a dorm, a dry erase board is useful in the kitchen or next to a phone for jotting down quick messages. Dry erase boards and markers can be purchased at many office supply and discount stores. If you enjoy doing crafts, consider painting the student's name on the board frame or decorating the frame with ribbon.
Gift certificate - If all else fails, a gift certificate is always a safe bet for a high school graduate. If you do not know the type of store the student prefers, consider getting a mall gift certificate that can generally be used at any of the stores in that particular mall. This way, the student can select whatever he/she really wants.
Simply add a nice card to any of the gifts mentioned above and you'll be all set. Now that you have some ideas, hopefully you will not be so overwhelmed when you start receiving high school graduation announcements.
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