Estee Lauder Sensuous Eau De Parfum: When Opposites Are Made Complementary


About the author: Andrea likes to sample anything he can get his nose on, and to write about it in his blog Smellitivity.

I’m not sure why, but when I saw Estée Lauder Perfume Sensuous I was expecting a delicate floral, probably because of the round bright orange bottle with sinuous lines.

I was in for a big surprise though. Sure, there is a prominent jasmine in it, but what I got was complexity rather than floralcy.

Jasmine itself is partly responsible for that. In spite of its gracious look, it’s not always the gentlest of flowers, unless the perfume maker wants it to be. Serge Luten’s A La Nuit, created by Christopher Sheldrake, is a good example of gentle jasmine, whereas if you want a nasty one, Thierry Mugler’s Alien would be a good candidate. With woods and pepper on top of jasmine, the result for this Estée Lauder Sensuous Eau De Parfum is an all but floral, wonderfully weird smell.

Actually, talking about the opening, I should say wonderfully smelly: earthy and dirty, body odour at its best for the first half an hour.

After that, the fragrance will have cleaner and fresher notes, thanks to amber, which adds a powdery quality, but also a light sweetness. There is probably also a very small amount of clean laundry detergent smell, the one that is usually added in massive quantities to fresh aromatic perfumes for men like Cool Water, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro Chrome or Paco Rabanne Pour Homme.

The result is an aroma that is clean and powdery on the one hand, and dry, warm, spicy, animalic, earthy, floral, and at times even slightly smoked on the other. And that’s what I meant by complexity: the ability of the perfume maker to take opposites like dirty and clean, air and earth, and force them to share a space and talk to each other. It takes great skills to make a fragrance that walks this fine line. With less capable hands, the risk is to make a perfume that is all over the place, but nose Annie Buzantian, who created Sensuous in 2008, sure did a great job.

To give you an idea, imagine you’ve hanged your clean laundry outside to dry. It’s sunny, but the soil is still wet for the rain. Right after you’ve gone back inside, a shirt falls to the ground. When you return after a couple of hours, everything is dry, soil and shirt, but the earth has returned part of its rough aromas, smudging the clean laundry smell.

In the dry down, after challenging the nose for hours, Sensuous Estée Lauder Perfume is more easygoing, with soft honey-sweet notes, and a much gentler floral side.

So, who’s it for? Don’t be scared off by adjectives like “earthy” or “animalic.” When it comes to perfumes, they are never so bad as they sound, and they’re always there with other notes.

This is a sophisticated fragrance, so there is a chance that you won’t like it. But you may indeed find its quirkiness very pleasant and with great social skills. One sure thing is that you will smell classy and different from all the sweet fruity or sweet floral fragrances for women out there at the moment, and that’s worth a try.


Guest Blogger: Isabella


About Isabella

Isabella has been beauty blogging since she was a student at University, now writing for she now takes an interest in all cosmetic surgery procedures from laser hair removal to tummy tucks

How to make a natural face pack

The cold weather can take its toll on your skin, so why not look after your complexion? Exfoliate regularly, book a course of Botox and create your own face masks – you know you’re worth it!

If you fancy knocking up your own beauty products, here are five natural concoctions to revitalise your skin.

Strawberry mask

The salicylic acid found in strawberries is great for acne, so try out this luxurious, homemade face mask. Mash up a handful of ripe, juicy strawberries and mix them with sour cream. Leave the mixture on your face for a good 20 minutes (while you relax with a magazine) and wash it off using warm water. The healing properties of this tasty fruit will help cure any skin ailments and the yoghurt will have a nice cooling affect.

Butter and water

If you’re suffering from dry, flaky or rough skin, mix butter and water together and apply it to your problem areas. This mixture can soften your complexion when left on for around 20 minutes and is a great alternative to shop-bought products. It’s simple to make and is a good way of using the contents of your fridge. Many body butters claim to revitalise your appearance, but if you’re in need of a quick-fix, check this recipe out.

Lemon and egg white

Liven up a dull complexion by mixing the juice of a lemon with one beaten egg white. Apply the soft, foamy mixture to your face and leave it on for as long as possible (preferably overnight). If this is not practical, settle down with a good film and let the mixture work its magic. Lemons have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that should improve your skin and egg whites are thought to tone your complexion.

Avocado face mask

If you’re fed up with your wrinkles, crow’s feet and laughter lines whip up this simple anti-ageing mixture and revitalise your skin. Avocados are full of antioxidants that are believed to repair damaged skin and make a great natural face mask. Simply mash up two avocados until they have a smooth creamy complexion and apply them all over your face. Leave the mixture on for around half an hour before washing off with warm water. If your skin is in need of some extra TLC a course of microdermabrasion can unblock pores and will reveal your natural luminosity.

Treat yourself to a luxurious pampering session and feel better in no time.

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Guest Blogger: Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti


I am so excited to be able to feature our second guest blogger. Well, in this case bloggerS. Please give a warm welcome to Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti of How to Be a Redhead!

About Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti

Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti are founders of How to Be a Redhead (, a website that strives to make every redhead feel beautiful. Best friends, sisters, and natural-born redheads, Adrienne and Stephanie teach women  to love their looks with recommendations for hair, skin, make-up,  clothing, and more.

How to Perfectly Accent Your Gorgeous Red Hair

By: Adrienne & Stephanie Vendetti

How to be a Redhead believes with the right makeup, beauty tips and recommendations, any redhead- natural or not so natural- can be gorgeous! It is also important to follow trends, but put a “redhead twist” on it so your hair is complimented in the perfect way.

Your hair and makeup should always flatter your red hair; use these tips:

1)  Apply a thick black eyeliner to the top lid and apply black mascara. Leave the bottom part of the eye untouched. Warning: Redheads, do not be afraid to wear darker colors! Many people want to make redheads look as pale as possible, but we are here to tell you it is okay to go dark!

2)  Rock a red lip! Right now, it is extremely popular to wear the “Gwen Stefani red,” but we like to put our “redhead twist” to use and opt for a burnt red. We love Make Up For Ever’s Crayon Contour des Levres Waterproof Lipliner Pencil, 9C Aqua Lip. We first apply a chap stick then use this pencil as a lipliner and lipstick. It’s brilliant!

3)  Get a rockin’ do! Either get a side bang or full bang because it will put together your entire look with ease.

4) Many newly colored redheads are getting colored contacts to complete the typical redhead look. We love this idea! Go for a blue or green.

5)  Do this all while always looking young by making sure all products have an SPF! Redheads have extremely sensitive skin and must keep it maintained.

With these tips, redheads around the world will be glowing from head to toe. After all, isn’t it a redhead world and everyone else just lives in it? How to be a Redhead thinks so!

Keep looking beautiful!

Photo Credit: Kara Kochalko Photography; The Reditorial:

Many thanks to Adrienne and Stephanie Vendetti for taking the time to share tips on how to accent red hair! Be sure to check out their site: How to Be a Redhead.

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Guest Blogger: Isabella


I am so happy to announce our very first guest blogger! Let’s give a very warm welcome to Isabella, who is here to blog about facial toning.

About Isabella

Isabella has been beauty blogging since she was a student at University, writing for she now takes an interest in all cosmetic surgery procedures from surgical to non-surgical.

What are the benefits of facial toning?

For many Britons, life has never been busier or more stressful. As the country deals with the after-effects of the recession, many of us are juggling longer hours with our family lives – and trying to deal with wage freezes, government cuts and VAT rises stretching our household budgets.With so much stress to deal with at the moment, it’s no surprise that many of us are feeling the strain – on both the inside and the out. If you’ve been getting less sleep or working harder than ever, this will often show in your face, where crow’s feet, tired skin and a dull and drab complexion can be a real giveaway. If you’re approaching your twilight years, a loss of muscle tone in the face is a natural process, but it can also be caused by genetics, your life style or a recent weight loss.

However, there’s no need for things to stay this way. If you’re looking to wind back the clock – and perhaps give yourself a little treat after all your recent hard work keeping your family afloat financially – a facial toning treatment could be just what the doctor ordered.

There are numerous different types of facial toning procedures out there at the moment, but one that’s becoming increasingly popular is CACA facial toning. This is  non-surgical procedure which helps to tackle loss of muscle tone in the face, revealing a fresher and younger-looking you after a simple procedure. Safe and painless, it gently tightens and tones your face using the special CACI process.

The treatment works by gently manipulating all 32 of the muscles in your face. Using soft cotton-tipped wands, tiny micro-currents of energy are applied, to carefully re-educate the muscles. One of the best things about this non-surgical facelift is that it’s relatively quick – and the results are visible instantly. Whereas some procedures can require days or weeks of recovery time, the gentle nature of this treatment means you’ll be looking younger within a couple of hours.

The treatment also has numerous other benefits besides giving your face a little refresher. Along with smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, it also stimulates collagen, a natural protein which helps to give skin its firmness.
People may also turn to CACA facial toning if they’ve suffered specific skin problems such as acne, acne scarring or conditions relating to sun-damage and dehydration.

And, of course, the positives of looking younger extend much further than enjoying looking at your reflection again. It’s a sad fact, but appearances matter more than ever at the moment, especially in the cut-throat jobs market. Recent research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that young people took two-thirds of all jobs created in 2010, leaving older and middle-aged workers out in the cold.

Employers, it seems, want young, fresh and hungry staff to see them into the upturn. Although no expert would advocate lying about your age on a job application form, a youthful and fresh appearance at a job interview – to go along with your sparkling CV – certainly can’t do any harm in the current economic climate.

Many thanks to Isabella for taking the time to share about the benefits of facial toning!

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