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Fragrance Spotlight-Lady Gaga Fame

22 Aug

A celebrity fragrance is often the topic of much debate-sometimes praised, other times lampooned, and always highly anticipated. So it’s no surprise that when Lady Gaga and Coty announced a partnership to develop her first fragrance it was met with a lot of speculation.  Always unexpected, Lady Gaga has created a massive fan base around her unconventional fashions, videos, and imagery. To create a fragrance that captures the essence of Gaga therefore means to create a fragrance that both surpasses expectations and subverts them. We were lucky enough to receive a sample of the fragrance and are pleased to report you won’t be disappointed.

The fragrance contains notes of incense, belladonna, apricot, and honey and circumvents the usual note hierarchy. The end result is a scent that’s rich, spicy, and sweet, without being overly fruity or candied.  The one-of-a-kind fluid is black in the bottle but sprays clear; we tested it and found it works perfectly. Luxurious and completely addictive, Lady Gaga Fame is a scent that will silence the crowd.

Get your bottle of Fame here!


TokyoMilk Fragrance Winner

20 Jun


All good things must come to an end, including this giveaway. We want to say thank you to all our wonderful readers for participating in this giveaway and welcome to those who are new to the ScentsaBeauty blog. Now to the main event, the winner of Chance by TokyoMilk is…Heather!! Congratulations to Heather we hope you enjoy the fragrance!

TokyoMilk Fragrance Giveaway

6 Jun

At Scentsa we see a lot of fragrances; some mesmerizing, some ordinary, but when TokyoMilk by Margot Elena came across our desks there was nothing ordinary about this quirky, daring line.  Ranging from spicy to floral and featuring unique names such as Arsenic, Bulletproof, and La Vie La Mort TokyoMilk is irresistible. So naturally we felt the best way to share this incredible brand with our amazing readers is with a giveaway!  Chance is a fresh, oriental unisex scent that features notes of bamboo, tea leaves, fresh fig and white musk.  Simply fill out the form below and you’ll be entered, the giveaway will run until the 18th and we will announce the winner here on the 20th.

This contest is closed.

Scents for Spring

3 May

The spring season has arrived, and with the warmth and new life the season brings, new trends blossom as well. The warm weather of spring makes lightening up your choice of perfume imperative, but with so many amazing new scents, choosing just one can be tricky.  So we compiled a few of the newest scents we love.

Flora by Gucci the Garden Collection

Italian fashion house Gucci has a new collection of five fragrances including: Gorgeous Gardenia, Gracious Tuberose, Glamorous Magnolia, Glorious Mandarin, and Generous Violet. The collection represents a bouquet of scents. Our favorites are Gorgeous Gardenia and Gracious Tuberose. Gorgeous Gardenia is a classic floral scent with a rich, feminine aroma. Also a classic floral scent, Gracious Tuberose has a powdery appeal with notes of violet, peach, tuberose, and orange flower.

Ralph Lauren Big Pony collection

The Big Pony Collection for Women was created by Ralph Lauren to represent the multifaceted modern woman; it’s a collection of four fragrances. We love Big Pony Collection 1, an airy, fresh floral scent with a hint of citrus thanks to grapefruit, perfect for spring. Big Pony Collection 3 is an aromatic interpretation of the collection with warm notes of white amber and sandalwood blending effortlessly with mimosa and kumquat.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Dreaming in Portofino

Inspired by the Mediterranean summer, Dolce & Gabbana Dreaming in Portofino is a chypre floral scent for women with undeniable sensuality. The fragrance opens with an unexpected combination of litchi and ambrette seeds, and is the perfect lightness for spring.

What scents do you love to wear in spring? Leave a comment and let us know!

Scent of Triumph Q&A with Novelist Jan Moran

25 Apr

Scent of Triumph marks the first novel and third book from Scentsa CEO and beauty expert, Jan Moran. Scent of Triumph, a beautifully uplifting story, which takes place during World War II, and follows Danielle Bretancourt, a modern woman with a natural olfactory gift, through a journey of joy and heartache, love and loss, trials and success.

With the release of her newest book, we’ve sat down with author Jan Moran for a Q&A session.

Question: What was the inspiration behind Scent of Triumph?

Answer: Scent of Triumph was initially inspired by my love of perfumery, but the main character quickly took charge and began building a business, despite her many setbacks.  I was inspired by female entrepreneurs from the early part of the 2oth century, such as Elizabeth Arden, Coco Chanel, Madame Gres, Nina Ricci, Estee Lauder, Eleanor Roosevelt, and many others in the beauty and fashion industries.  Family is also vitally important in this story; Danielle’s love and devotion to her children is really the root of her ambition, as it is with many female entrepreneurs who wish to create a better life for themselves and their children.  She is an ordinary woman, who achieves extraordinary things. Like any one of us can.

Question: What can modern women learn from Danielle?

Answer:  The story of Danielle Bretancourt is really the story of a woman’s journey on the entrepreneur’s path.  It’s a story of creativity and innovation, and of courage of convictions.  Since the story begins in 1939, I had to understand the challenges that faced women at that time, such as the lack of credit or borrowing power for women who wanted to start their own business, among others.  While opportunities have improved for women around the world, there are still so many women who suffer from inequalities, lack of knowledge, poor access to capital, and cultural oppression.  For this story, I drew on memories from my mother, grandmother, and great grandmother – their memories of joy over gaining the right to vote, owning property in their name, and creating their own income.  The challenges they faced and overcame inspired me to become an entrepreneur, and to help spread the word today about women’s entrepreneurial efforts as a positive economic force for change.  My website has a list of organizations that offer advice and assistance to budding entrepreneurs – for women and men, at

Question: We love the romantic aspect of Scent of Triumph, so tell us, what is your favorite romantic scent?

Answer: When I was writing Scent of Triumph, I created a cast of characters and imagined, what fragrances they would wear? How would perfume add to their characterization?  What would their choices reveal about them?  I used fragrances to reveal a character’s personality, heritage, or psychological nature.  For example, Tabac Blond and Jicky were considered fairly avant-garde in the first part of the 20th century, so I gave these fabulous vintage scents to two of the more extravagant characters in the books.  Personally, I adore Mitsouko, so this one has a special passage in the book, too.

Question: When did your love of perfumery first begin?

Answer: My love of perfumery was seeded by my mother and grandmother, who never left the house without perfume and lipstick.  Fortunately, they had excellent taste and were generous with their knowledge.

Question: What’s your advice for authors just starting out?

Answer: Just begin! The journey begins with one step, or in this case, one paragraph or page. Then, edit and revise until you just can’t stand it anymore.

Order your copy of Scent of Triumph, now available for pre-sale on Amazon!

Narciso Rodriguez Fragrance Giveaway Winner

18 Apr

First, as always, we’d like to thank all our readers and those who participated in this giveaway. Don’t feel dismayed if you didn’t win, we will have lots more giveaways to look forward to. Now to the main event, the winner of a full-sized bottle of Essence in Color by Narciso Rodriguez is….

Tina Renee Barker! Congratulations Tina! We will be contacting you by email shortly!!


Fragrance Giveaway-Narciso Rodriguez

4 Apr

This contest is now closed.

Spring has arrived, and with it the promise of a warm, blossoming new season. What better way to celebrate and welcome this new season than with a fragrance giveaway? In the spirit of spring we chose Essence in Color by Narciso Rodriguez, a limited edition eau de parfum. Essence in Color is a powdery floral scent with a romantic luminosity. Despite being very light, Essence in Color has warmth and sensuality thanks to notes of rose, musk, amber, and incense. Simply fill out the form below and you’ll be entered to win a full-sized bottle. The contest will run until April 16th and the winner will be announced here on April 18th.