The ultimate fresh, clean laundry smell

It’s described on the site as “addictive,” and the “ultimate fresh, clean laundry smell with rich tones of the West.” For those of you wondering exactly what “the West” smells like, it’s less In-N-Out Burger and more “crisp and powdery notes with undertones of sandalwood, leather, and amber surrounded by spice, patchouli, and musk.”

— Singer songwriter John Mayer developed a new laundry detergent and fabric spray in collaboration with The Laundress (with 50% of the proceeds going to the Montana Association of Land Trusts). Read more at Laundry Aficionado John Mayer Put His Name on an ‘Out West’-Scented Detergent at People, or pre-order the product here.

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2016, part 12

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes limited editions from Valentino, Azzedine Alaïa, Viktor & Rolf, Atkinsons and Ralph Lauren.

Valentino Donna Felt Collector's Bottle

From Valentino, Donna Eau de Parfum in the “Felt Collector’s Bottle” (although yes, it appears to be a felt collector’s box). “Adorned with felt fabric from the Valentino fashion collections for a sensual touch and an appealing look.” $130 for 100 ml at Bloomingdales

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The more you hug them, the sweeter they smell

Build-A-Bear Workshop Sweet Hugs Swirl Bear and Sweet Hugs Pup

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., an interactive destination where guests can create personalized furry friends, has introduced a new collection of scented, make-your-own Sweet Hugs gifts just in time for Valentine's Day. The new Build-A-Bear Workshop Sweet Hugs Heart Bear [not shown], Sweet Hugs Swirl Bear [above right, $47] and Sweet Hugs Pup [above left, $45.50] have candy-scented fur made possible by Celessence™ Technologies microencapsulation, a license of Genius Brands International (OTCQB: GNUS), which uses touch to release an irresistible fragrance. The more you hug them, the sweeter they smell.

— Build-A-Bear goes scented for Valentine's Day, and they'll also be matching in-store donations to Save the Children's Journey of Hope program through March 7. (via prnewswire)

Raw Spirit Winter Oak & Summer Rain ~ fragrance reviews

Raw Spirit Summer Rain and Winter Oak brand images

Last week I reviewed Desert Blush and Wild Fire, two fragrances from the new-ish brand Raw Spirit, both inspired by the landscape of the Australian outback. This week I tried Winter Oak and Summer Rain; once again, these fragrances were developed for Raw Spirit by perfumer Harry Fremont, but they refer to seasons in California and Florida, respectively.

Winter Oak is “a smooth, creamy, warming scent” inspired by “the oak-lined trails of the Chumash Lands of California on cool winter mornings.” Its composition includes clary sage, bergamot, pepper, lemon and geranium; saffron, maté, clove bud and olibanum; leather suede, oakwood, oakmoss, cedarwood, vetiver, patchouli and musk. It feels more nuanced than the woody Wild Fire…

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