“Everyone should have a wardrobe of scents, no different than how you would have a collection of shoes, bags, and lipsticks! Each perfume evokes different sensibilities: For instance, a vibrant, bright citrus composition can invigorate. Balmy, fruity notes are comforting. Smokey, mysterious woods can be empowering.” Mindy Yang
One of my all-time favorite gifts is receiving a new fragrance. I know some women believe in only one signature scent for themselves, but I find that to be so boring. I love being able to find new scents and especially have different ones for different moods and situations. That’s where MiN New York Apothecary and Atelier comes in. Mindy Yang, vice president and curator for MiN New York agrees with my thoughts on having a variety of fragrances in your wardrobe and put it so eloquently above. Why not have that perfect scent for that big presentation? A fun, sexy scent for that first date? What about a bold fragrance to pair with that neon handbag you just got?
MiN New York is situated on the cobblestones streets (Crosby Street) in SoHo, in what’s been described as a very “library-esque” styled space. Shelves of fragrances for men and women along with a wooden ladder to help you make your selections. Most of MiN New York’s fragrances are from all over the world (each hand picked), offering us a glimpse and experience of new scents many in the US are unfamiliar with. If you have the opportunity to visit their store, you can enjoy sampling and learning your way through their extensive collection with the help of one of their experienced and knowledgeable staff.
Of course, you don’t need to be in SoHo (although any excuse to go I’m up for it!) to enjoy MiN New York- they have a huge selection online, too. I know what you’re thinking, you have no idea where to start searching for a new fragrance for yourself or as a gift for Mother’s Day. No need to panic, Mindy Yang (curator for MiN New York) was gracious enough to give us her top choices for Mother’s Day (and Spring/Summer 2012).
Keiko Mecheri Bespoke Discovery Coffret for the mom who seriously loves scents!
Fragrances imagined in accordance with Keiko Mecheri values of artistry and authenticity. Unparalleled quality and attention to craftsmanship with hand crafted traditional methods and millesimal harvesting. Only the highest quality materials are used to compose these unique blends thus creating perfumes that are almost tactile. Rich and carefully selected compositions to stimulates the senses. Absolute luxury.
A stunning presentation of samples featuring all 7 of the Eau de Parfums in 10ml atomizer sprays. Includes embossed smelling cards. The perfect gift for any perfume connoisseur.
Created by the celebrated perfumer Olivia Giacobetti, is one of the most elegant fresh compositions, a scent as refined as it is charmingly rustic. This blend of bright citruses, cool mint, refreshing herbal greenness of basil, juicy verdancy of grass and subtly saline briskness of seaweed is our weapon of choice to fight the heat of summer and the scent that we come to in winter to be reminded of the warm, sun-lit days. We love the fact that the freshness of L’Eau de L’Artisan is never sharp; wearing the fragrance is akin to being cooled by the delicate breeze coming from the sea, the breeze that brings the aroma of grassy fields, of hay, of lemons and herbs.
CULTI represents a unique approach to lifestyle design. The brand was created by Italian home designer, Alessandro Agrati, and the philosophy incorporated in each Culti product is based on the idea of luxury and a genuine sense of tranquillity and wellbeing. Mediterranea is an exclusive combination of cedar, Sevilla bitter orange and ginger. The fragrances have rich and sophisticated texture with natural nuances and beautiful aromas.
MEDITERRANEA is available in a DIFFUSER & ROOM SPRAY format as well. Other scent options are also available for these sachets.
The essence of citrus with all the bright, clean freshness that suggests. A vibrant spritz of Sicilian lemon, Spanish orange and Jamaican lime are given spin by cool mint and basil, while a complex base of green moss, Moroccan cedar and cardamom provide a lasting background.
Citron Citron is available in BODY CREAM, SHOWER GEL, HAND WASH, HAND CREAM, CANDLE, and SHAMPOO.
TARDES by CARNER BARCELONA
A tribute to the peace and harmony of a late summer afternoon; a fragrance that is pure, serene and enveloping. A peaceful stroll through the wheat fields and almond trees as the light of a summer day wanes and the warmth of the air caresses your skin… Admiring the beauty of the sun as it starts dipping behind the rolling hills and bunches of wild roses and geraniums color the dimming countryside. Their bountiful blooms release subtle droplets of nectar that float in the air and blend with the earthy scent of freshly cut wood, invading the early night… Top notes include Egyptian Geranium, Bulgarian Rose, Rosewood and Almond. Heart notes are Virginian Cedar Wood, Celery and Plum. The base features Venezuelan Tonka Bean, Musk and Heliotrope.
I was lucky enough to not only get this fabulous list of Mindy’s top choices, but I was also sent a few from the list to try out for myself. I’m usually a very clean, crisp fragrance girl for my daytime scents so that was what I originally asked about when I spoke with Mindy. She offered up Miller Harris’ Citron Citron, which when it arrived really was a scent I’d choose for myself and I adore. Its crisp, light scent goes on easily and leaves just a hint of its smell throughout the day. Other samples I received included Tardes by Carner Barcelona and L’Artisan’s L’eau de L’Artisan. The latter is such an amazing scent against my skin. I love how it is a fuller scent, yet isn’t over-whelming. I’d definitely love to wear this one for a weekend away with my husband. I also found Tardes to work for my chemistry, too (which is pretty amazing that all three scents worked for me). I found this scent to be the heaviest of the three, so I’d probably pull this one out for a much needed summer date-night.
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