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.


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


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


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


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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