Scents to Suit You

Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2006

Stay true to yourself when choosing that one special scent for your wedding. The right perfume can capture your personality in a bottle and remind you of the things you love with every breeze that blows. For new and classic fragrances for every type of bride, read on.

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Floral
If meeting your love at the top of the Eiffel Tower under a star-filled sky is your idea of a dream date, then this is the perfect category of scents for you. Rose, lily, magnolia, and jasmine are the common ingredients -- either alone or in bouquetlike combinations -- of these romantic perfumes.

1. Estee Lauder Pure White Linen, $45, mixes rose and white ginger with grapefruit and fresh greens

2. Freesia, orange flower, peach, lilac, and musk make up Antonia's Flowers Asoluto, $110

3. Clinique Aromatics Elixir Velvet Sheer, $35, is a gel formula with rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, and vetiver

4. Citrus, patchouli, magnolia, and jasmine infuse Amarige Mariage, $82, by Givenchy

5. Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile, $74

6. Jasmine, violet, rose, orange blossom, sandalwood, and oakmoss are the scents in Caron Paris French Cancan Extract, $100

7. Ralph Lauren Glamourous, $66, is made of vetiver and lily

8. Rose and honey form Guerlain's Barbare, $190

9. Guerlain L'heure Bleue, $61, has rose, iris, jasmine, vanilla, and musk

10. Lancome Sikkim, $100, includes ylang-ylang, jasmine, and oakmoss

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Green and Fruity
Do you enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass or a hike in the woods? Then green scents -- which include leaves and herbs -- are ideal. If you find the sweetness of citrus enticing, look for invigorating fruity fragrances with notes of lemon, mandarin, tangerine, and bergamot.

1. Henri Bendel Mandarin Verbena, $48

2. Pear Cassis, $70, by Fresh, contains pear, lily of the valley, lemon, hyacinth, caramel, and black-currant leaf

3. Dior Miss Dior Cherie, $65, mixes tangerine, jasmine, patchouli, and musk

4. Flor Fina No. 37, $45, blends citrus, green tea, and flowers

5. Parfums Delrae Eau Illuminee, $125, with bergamot, lavender, basil, and vanilla

6. Amber, jasmine tea, vanilla, and leafy scents are in Penhaligon's Artemisia, $105

7. Barneys New York Route du The, $55, has lily of the valley, amber, and citrus

8. Annick Goutal Eau du Sud, $69, evokes mint, basil, bergamot, mandarin, and verbena

9. Miller Harris Fleur du Matin, $79, has pine, honeysuckle, lemon, and basil

10. L'Occitane $40. 11 Rosemary, basil, lavender, thyme, and citrus blossom form Davies Gate GardenMade, $35

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Oriental
Think Bond girl meets Breakfast at Tiffany's: Sophisticated and elegant, sexy and mysterious, these perfumes are for women who appreciate a pair of designer stilettos. The fragrances exude warmth with elements such as musks, woods, vanilla, spices, patchouli, and exotic oils.

1. Jo Malone's 154 Cologne, $90, blends citrus, lavender, basil, musk, and patchouli

2. Cardamom, iris, apricot, and musk merge in Serge Lutens Daim Blond, $92

3. L'Occitane Eau des Vanilliers, $40

4. Penhaligon's Malabah, $105, melds spices and woodsy scents

5. Chestnut and Vetiver by Wickle, $56

6. Yosh Ginger Ciao 2.27, $130, has ginger, coconut, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, and lily

7. Prada includes musk and orange oil, $87

8. Calvin Klein Euphoria Luminous Lustre Spray, $55, mixes woods, pomegranate, orchid, and amber

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Layer by Layer
To ensure your scent will last the entire wedding, build it on. Most fragrances come in many forms: Start with a product for the bath, plus lotion and powder -- or use just one or two of these formulas -- before dabbing on perfume. Here, a guide to the varieties, with Chanel No. 5 as the example.

1. Parfum ($155) is the strongest, longest-lasting fragrance form as well as the priciest, as it contains around 22 percent essential oils. Apply to pulse points -- on wrists, neck, and chest; inside elbows and ankles; and behind knees and ears.

2. Eau de parfum ($80) has 15 to 22 percent essential oils. Dab or spray all over, from your feet up, and wait a couple of minutes for it to dry before putting on your wedding dress.

3. Eau de toilette ($82) is a less concentrated form of fragrance, with no more than 8 to 15 percent essential oils.

4. Powder ($58) goes on after bathing and has a very light scent.

5. Perfume gel ($60) is an alternative form of fragrance; massage it into skin at pulse points.

6. Bath gel ($47.50) is a lightly scented cleanser for use in the tub or shower.

7. Bath oil ($45) can be applied directly to skin or added to the bath. The oil draws water into the skin, keeping it hydrated so the scent will last.

8. Milk bath ($65) is a creamier alternative to bath gel. choice for a bubble-filled soak, it contains glycerin to hydrate.

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