A Gift For Him Is Really a Gift For You

Finding that guy who you want to share your life with can be a complicated task. The attraction is the easy part. You approve of his height and weight. You adore his smile. He’s fun and funny and a great conversationalist. He has a thriving career. The vehicle he drives is impressive. His home is functional.

The more challenging of your criteria is his style. You have a particular image of the man he should be. He needs to be a heart-throb to your friends, successful to your business associates, and a catch to your family. You don’t want to change him, but let’s just say you may need him to…update.

Valentine’s Day may be the perfect time for you to do just that. Have him leave those old jeans back in the last decade and get the latest fit, or encourage that bachelor pad to get a little color, or have him ditch the old duffle bag for the newest briefcase.

How about him getting the latest scent…a newer, fresher, more intriguing cologne that will inspire him to do that updating? In the process, he will be inspiring you to be that affectionate, cuddling, and playful partner that he loves. So, a gift for him is really a gift for you!

A few of the most popular recent men’s colognes are these:

Acqua di Gio Profumo by Giorgio Armani: A spinoff of the iconic Acqua di Gio (introduced in 1996), this newer scent was introduced in 2015. It has the classic aquatic freshness, but incorporates incense to deliver a woody base note. The depth of this fragrance is pleasantly unique. An Eau de Parfum that is much better for fall and winter, or cool summer night.

La Melodie by Claude Marsal: Accords of leather and whiskey compose this amazingly smooth scent…like a good drink. The aromatics allow this fragrance to be worn year-round, and the warm spicy notes allow it to keep its sillage. Launched in 2017, this is a highest-quality Eau de Parfum of 24% fragrance oil. He will be confident with this on him, and you will melt in his arms!

Dylan Blue Pour Homme by Versace: This romantic fragrance has an aquatic base with strikingly noticeable black pepper and incense top notes. Picture a nightly, oceanic breeze where you will want him to keep you warm. An Eau de Toilette that is fragrance-based.

La Brise by Gerard Monet: Launched in 2017, this newer Eau de Parfum is the opposite of Dylan Blue. This fragrance speaks of light, summer breeze that’s fresh and fun. The quality is instantly appreciated as it is marketed as affordable luxury.

Extreme Pour Homme by Puccini: Cedarwood, bergamot, and vetiver are mixed with black pepper to create a genuinely appealing scent. Perfect for a distinguished gentleman to wear while in the conference room or enjoy the hot spot in the city. He’ll get noticed, and you’ll be there claiming your territory while at his side. An Eau de Parfum of substantial quality.

So, you’re updating him. That’s fine. It’s not like you are trying to change him or mold him. You just want him to be in with the times, and in return, he will be sexy, confident, and stylish for you.

By Eric Lundeen

Eric Lundeen is the store manager at Perfumes 4U store located at St. Louis Premium Outlets. He is an expert fragrance consultant

A Sweet Valentine: The Best Sweet Fragrances For Her

The common, modern Valentine’s Day is a specifically celebrated day to show appreciation and love for your significant other. You get so wrapped up in the day to day routine, sometimes you don’t stop to say “thank you” and “I love you” when you should, much less at those unexpected moments. So, maybe she’s your perfect wife who is an entrepreneur but also takes charge of the house, or she’s the most fantastic girlfriend that tutors you in math, or she’s become your fiancé, in part, because she can finish your sentences before you’re done speaking. It should be your intention to admire and acknowledge her even if it’s just this one day.

You can express that intention like many others and purchase flowers and candy, or you can be extraordinary and treat her to something else sweet… new perfume. Don’t be intimidated by the unknown and afraid of making a mistake. Don’t think it may be too luxury-expensive. And yet, don’t just purchase the same, but safe, the perfume she’s had for years.

First off, let me empathize with you if that’s who you are, but also let me encourage and empower you. Take the time to shop, scent and discover so many amazing fragrances that not even she knows are available. It shows you’re invested in her personal beauty care because you want her to feel a spirited newness of confidence, boldness, and freedom. I believe she would be impressed with you!

A few great sweet boutique perfumes that can’t miss are these:

L’Univers by Gerard Monet: A newer fragrance launched in late 2017 that is indulgently sweet; notes of vanilla, patchouli, and cedar provocatively capture your attention; an oil-based Eau de Parfum of affordable luxury.

Lovely Night by Puccini: An elegant and nearly formal scent for that special occasion; sweet vanilla is abundant with a powdery cashmere and sandalwood base; this Eau de Parfum is an impressive attention- getter.

La Noche by Claude Marsal: A sophisticated and bold sweet scent derived from gardenia and other white flowers; perfect for the glamorous and expressively confident woman; a highest quality Eau de Parfum of 24% oil.

Fuchsia Diamond by Geparly’s: A best-selling, boutique Eau de Parfum from the Absolue line of fragrances that incorporates a softer sweet scent; enduring notes of magnolias, citrus, and amber promote sexy, fun, and lively…all in a transparent, fuchsia-colored bottle.

Moonrise Elixir by Gilles Cantuel: A seductive fragrance of rum and passion fruit make this sweet scent amazing; also composed of soft vanilla and tonka bean; an Eau de parfum that is truly for a woman who knows what she likes, and she’s not afraid to show it.

Whether you two have been together for weeks or decades, share something that could be very personal. Maybe the new, sweet fragrance is refreshing because of it out of her comfort zone. Perhaps you inspire her to update her style. Perhaps she just grows to like it because it’s from you. However the outcome, she happy—after all, isn’t that what Valentine’s Day is about? Making her feel special and loved!

As always, remember Perfumes 4U is here to help this Valentine’s holiday. We will assist you with any of these boutiques as well as a large selection of designers, classics, and new arrivals. Her happiness is our goal, too! Also, we’ll tell you about our Valentine’s contest via Instagram…that could be special for both of you!

By Eric Lundeen

Eric Lundeen is the store manager at Perfumes 4U store located at St. Louis Premium Outlets. He is an expert fragrance consultant

Did you Know About the Perfume Trend: Blending Fragrances ?

Take a look in your wardrobe closet and notice all the different manufacturer labels. A designer shirt (or blouse), a boutique tie (or scarf), a pair of gabardines (or leggings), and a dress pair of footwear. Rarely are all of them the same maker. Yet you enjoy each of them when blended together to create a style. Your style.

Another example of creating style is the recent, ever-increasing trend of blending fragrances. Tired of the same scent you wear every day? You know it’s your favorite and in some ways, it smells like “you.” But you can keep your mainstay and mix a new, fresh scent to compliment it.

I would attest there are eight main fragrance families: floral, sweet, fruity, oriental, spicy, woody, fresh, and citrusy. Most fragrances are a combination of at least two or more of these. Within each of these categories are the multiple notes (similar to “ingredients” as discussed in the previous blog) that compose the fragrance.

For example, in women’s fragrances, Gucci Bamboo by Gucci is fresh, woody and floral; Glam Jasmine by Michael Kors is oriental and floral, and Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana is citrusy and fresh.

As for the men, examples would be Sauvage by Christian Dior is spicy and woody; Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani is fresh and citrusy; and Invictus by Paco Rabanne is fresh, fruity, and woody.

The scents that mix the best are those that resonate with your body chemistry the best. There is no textbook of rules. It would be easy to say two fragrances can mix well. I think blending the fragrance families is a better plan. Experiment with them. Spray your pulse points (wrists and neck). Identifying the multiple scents while being blended is a good indication that it is favorable to your body. Your nose will tell you if it’s not.

So, what’s your new style for 2018? Maybe a new scent—incorporating your fav with a twist—a blended fragrance that’s your style. Explore and you might just be pleasantly surprised.

As always, remember Perfumes 4U is here for you. Designers, boutiques, classics, and new arrivals…we have them in-stock now. Come in and we’ll do some blending. We love to be on top of the style trends right with you!

By Eric Lundeen

Eric Lundeen is the store manager at Perfumes 4U store located at St. Louis Premium Outlets. He is an expert fragrance consultant