Fragrant Femmes

I was in a drugstore this week – buying gifts for myself (shame) – and I was immediately drawn to the fragrance section where literally hundreds of fragrances were wrapped in pretty red bows and pretty much calling my name. Giving and receiving perfume at the holidays is pretty much one of my favourite gifts ever, and the cosmetics companies out there certainly know how to prey on my weaknesses by releasing dozens of new scents every year.

Part of the reason why I love fragrances as a gift is they are really nicely priced as something special for your wife or girlfriend, and they are genuinely a treat – something you don’t necessarily splurge on, but absolutely love to own and mix up over the year(s). Over the last little bit I’ve waded through the craziness and narrowed down my five fave fragrances of the season – for the ladies that is. Stay tuned for my guy picks in the next week! And for the record? I’m not a fragrance expert. I’ve been checking out the notes on each of these perfumes and throwing in my two cents on what’s actually the strongest – even if they aren’t the top or even the middle notes, some tones just rise to the top.

Katy Perry Purr – $36+
The Backstory & Bottle: Katy Perry is the latest pop princess in a long line to release a fragrance, and her collaboration with Gigantic Perfumes proves it’s been well worth the wait. With an adorable cat theme (as an homage to her pet Kitty Purry), the bottle feels a little rock & roll with the rhinestone accents and dramatic purple colour.
The Scent: Get ready to be swept away with a decidedly tropical-influenced scent, with wafts of peach, apple, and coconut intermingled with vanilla and lush florals.
The Girl: Should be just like Katy – bubbly and full of energy.
The Place: You can ONLY buy this one at Sears (including online).

Lalique Nilang (2011) – $93+
The Backstory & Bottle: Lalique is known for two things – their exquisite crystal bottles, and the potent fragrances they contain. While the ‘normal’ bottle is sleek and simple, you can seriously splurge on a Flacon Cristal for $2,290 if you’ve got that kind of cash lying about.
The Scent: The heart of this fragrance is what will, quite literally, bloom the most strongly when you take a sniff: jasmine flower. There’s a ton of other watery, subtle notes to accent this powerfully petal-driven scent, including juicy citrus tones and earthy patchouli – altogether the result is explosive yet soft…one spritz and you’ll be wafting it in all day long.
The Girl: Is a classic from head-to-toe – pearls, pretty, preppy? She’ll love it.
The Place: You can *only* get this one at Holt Renfrew my loves.

Beyonce Pulse – $59+
The Backstory & Bottle – Beyonce blazed onto the fragrance scene over a year ago with her sensual first perfume, Heat. This year she tipped things over to the cooler side with Pulse, which comes in a space age style bottle that looks equally smashing whatever end you display it on.
The Scent: Truthfully I’ve been hard-pressed to want to wear much else since trying out this scent. I loved heat, and I love Pulse even more. Although it has a strong vanilla-floral undertone, the thing that really sets this one apart is the essence of Blue Curaco (evoked by the pretty blue colour of the scent). What I particularly love about this perfume is that it unfolds all day long, as most of my fave scents do, to include woodsy, musky notes to bring this otherwise sparkling scent down to earth.
The Girl: Definitely a fragrance for the party girl – this is fresh, energetic, and intoxicating.
The Place: Available at your favourite department or drug store.

CK One Shock (For Her) – $45
The Backstory & Bottle: When CK One, the first major unisex fragrance, was released in the early 90s, it sent shockwaves through the fashion world (in part because of campaign star Kate Moss). Now nearly 20 years later, the classic scent has been given an update and TWO incarnations for men and women, both derivative of the original classic. The bottle, much like the scent, is reminiscent of the past – only this time it’s opaque white with a splash of hot pink.
The Scent: This is a fragrance that’s good enough to eat, to be honest. The strongest notes are food-based, for a delicious blend of blackberries and chocolate, with the citrus notes you know and remember from CK One, and a dash of florals to tone things down a touch.
The Girl: Is a live wire – a modern-day woman who’s not afraid to challenge the expected.
The Store: Shoppers Drug Mart’s the place to snap this one up.

Vera Wang Lovestruck – $79+
The Backstory & Bottle: After nearly a dozen incarnations of her smash hit fragrance ‘Princess’, Vera Wang has finally launched an entirely new scent to add to her growing collection: Lovestruck. The bottle comes in a massive-sized box – Why? Because of the stunning berry-coloured resin & ribbon topper that makes this container a true work of art, and a must-have for any girl’s vanity.
The Scent: Given that Wang is well-known for her sweet aesthetic (heck she IS a wedding designer), it makes sense that the first word that jumps to mind when smelling her scent is ‘pretty’, with the second one being ‘romantic’. Tropical guava is the surprising powerful top note that’s accented by sweet tuberose and lotus musk.
The Girl: Is a serious girly girl – the type that loves the idea of getting swept off her feet by her prince charming.
The Store: Your fave local department or drugstore should be able to hook you up.

Feeling like you need to break out your nose for a sniffing session? I don’t blame you! Wish you had one of these pretty perfumes for yourself? I still don’t blame you. Being the benevolent blogger that I mostly try to be, I’m taking pity on y’all – I’ve got a bottle of Vera Wang Lovestruck to give away to one lucky reader. All you gotta do is:

1) Leave a comment below before December 20th and tell me which of these perfumes is most appealing. Be sure to use a valid email address so I can contact you if you win!

2) Entries are limited to one per person per email address (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around December 20th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry Time: Refer-a-friend. Get a friend to leave a comment and mention you by name. They’ll get an entry into the draw, you’ll get a bonus entry! You can refer unlimited numbers of friends over the contest period. Oh, and for the record – I can see your IP address. It’s pretty easy to tell when someone different is actually being referred!

Want to go dizzy reading full rules & regs? You can email me for em. Good luck lads & lasses!

149 Responses to “Fragrant Femmes”
  1. Susan says:

    I would like to try Lalique Nilang or Vera Wang’s Lovestruck. I enjoyed reading about all the perfumes!

  2. Amy Brown says:

    I’d love the Vera Wang lovestruck and also Katy Perry’s Purr!

  3. Gingermommy says:

    CK Shock looks good

  4. The Vera Wang Lovestruck sounds the best! Amy Brown sent me.
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  5. ginette4 says:

    I would love the Vera Wang Lovestruck
    Amy Brown sent me

  6. HelenP says:

    II definitely love CK One Shock… Yummmy!

  7. Margaret Imecs says:

    Vera Wang Lovestruck sounds amazing!
    Thanks for the chance! πŸ™‚

  8. Tammy D says:

    Id love to try Vera Wang Lovestruck ! Karla Sceviour sent me!
    dalleykt at live dot ca.

  9. Holly Sproule says:

    I would like to try the Katy Perry Purr!

  10. beatrice lawson says:

    The Lalique Nilang sounds fab! I have bought some of the other Lalique fragrances before and they are pure class! Thanks for such a cool giveaway.

  11. Louise says:

    I would like to try the Katy Perry Purr

  12. Chelsea says:

    I would LOVE the Katy Perry – I heard it smells fantastic…and I am completely out of perfume gah!

  13. Melinda says:

    The Lalique Niang is most appealing to me.

  14. Laura says:

    Melinda referred me. I like the CK One Shock.

  15. Joclyn says:

    The Vera Wang Lovestruck sounds the best!

  16. Ali G says:

    VW Lovestruck appeals to me most. The scent sounds divine, and what’s not to love about that bottle, eh?

  17. Erin says:

    I think the Lalique – Nilang is most my style!

  18. Diane Brunet says:

    Katy Perry Purr would be my fragrance of choice.

  19. Karla Sceviour sent me ☺ Curious to try CK one shock for her

  20. BlessedTA says:

    Lalique Nilang (2011) – $93+

  21. Heather Ross says:

    Lovestruck, absolutely. I love Vera Wang’s fragrances…and I have a big problem endorsing fragrances by celebrities. Do Katy Perry & Beyonce really need to try and corner the fragrance market? I think not.

  22. McMc says:

    lovestruck appeals to me

  23. Patricia says:

    Beyonce Pulse for me

  24. dian anderson says:

    Lalique Nilang would be my fave, wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to afford the bottle

  25. belinda m says:

    Vera Wang Lovestruck is the one that I would love to try

  26. marlene says:

    Mt fav appealing is Katy Perry Purr – Cute bottle & colour
    The Scent: Get ready to be swept away with a decidedly tropical-influenced scent, with wafts of peach, apple, and coconut intermingled with vanilla and lush florals

  27. Elaine R says:

    Lalique Nilang sounds like a lovely scent,especially since I love jasmine.

  28. Christa says:

    I am a sucker for Vera’s perfume so I have to say Vera Wan’s LOVESTRUCK!!

  29. Lisa H says:

    Katie Purry! So much that I put one of the bottle shaped clings on my office wall! πŸ™‚

  30. Lori says:

    CK One Shock (For Her) sounds worth investigating.

  31. Laura says:

    I think the Lovestruck appeals to me the most. I like the bottle too.

  32. debra says:

    lalique nilang would be my choice

  33. Vicky Deane says:

    I would like to try Lovestruck or Pulse most out of the choices

  34. mousecat says:

    Vera Wang’s Lovestruck sounds the nicest to me!

  35. ROSEMARY says:

    Beyond Pulse would be my fav and i love the shape of the bottle it comes in to.very eye appealing.this is something i would display on my vanity,i would feel like i am a barbie doll with my this on my vanity,talk about vein,this perfume,i would be the smell of the town…lol

  36. Halifax says:

    I want to try Purr first, the bottle is so cute

  37. Huguette En says:

    Would love to try the Vera Wang Lovestruck – $79+

  38. christine conway says:

    I would love to have the Katy Perry Kitty. So cute. I’ve heard sge smells good too.

  39. Tammy says:

    love to win Katy Perry perfume

  40. linda chaput says:

    I would love to win the Lalique Nilang perfume.

  41. Sarah Floyd says:

    The Lalique Nilang and Vera Wang Lovestruck both sound breathtaking! ❀

  42. Brook says:

    The most appealing would be Lalique. The mixture of flowers seem to be the most appealing to me. I also have an incline for the Vera Wang because of the Guava fruit, my favorite, I eat them all the time and when they are in my kitchen, the aroma embraces you as soon as you walk in!

  43. Elaine Miller says:

    Love Vera Wang!

  44. Tegan says:

    The Vera Wang one would be awesome… It would look so good on my dresser πŸ˜€

  45. I would love the Lovestruck!! The bottle looks so pretty!

  46. Tracy Martin says:

    I love the Lovestruck. I know it smells wonderful

  47. sean pynaert says:

    katy perry purr

  48. Dreena B says:

    The Lovestruck bottle is so fancy! Would like to try this one most.

  49. Michelle Christian says:

    Lovestruck the name in itself is so appealing! I want to be lovestruck with the scent!

  50. Ashley Gillian says:

    Vera Wang Lovestruck sounds so pretty!

  51. Stephanie F says:

    The most appealing scent to me is definitely Vera Wang Lovestruck! Which is nice since it is also the one you’re giving away πŸ™‚

  52. Debbie Petch says:

    I really like the Vera Wang awestruck.

  53. Sophia says:

    I have Beyonce Heat at home, so I would love to try her Pulse fragrance.

  54. jane mcneil says:

    I prefer the Vera Wang’s LoveStruck! The scent is heady & sensual, and the name says it all! I’ve always liked VW products. πŸ™‚

  55. Laura says:

    I would love lovestruck!

    laura.katz.121 (at)

  56. jane mcneil says:

    Love the Vera Wang – it’s my fave! πŸ™‚

  57. Evelyn says:

    Love to try the Vera Wang awestruck, sounds wonderful

  58. patti says:

    i would love vera wang -lovestruck

  59. gibberish says:

    The Lalique Nilang is my style.

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  61. Deanna Carney says:

    I’d love to try Katy Perrry’s.

  62. andrea mcpherson says:

    I have purchased Vera Wang fragrnaces before and loved them all. i am sure I would love LOVESTRUCK too.

  63. kathy asham says:

    I would love to try Love Struck….<3

  64. Tanya S says:

    I like the look of the vera Wang Love Struck..hope it smells just as good!

  65. Donnas says:

    I’m impressed by the Lalique Nilang.

  66. Heather A says:

    Lovestruck by Vera Wang. What a beautiful package for such a beautiful perfume.

  67. kimberly drodge says:

    I would like to try the Beyonce Pulse.

  68. Dianne Arsenault says:

    I believe katy Perry Purr would be my style.

  69. Kiki says:

    Vera Wang Lovestruck’s is the most appealing to me because it’s probably the closest (and most affordable) way that I’ll ever own anything by this amazing designer!

  70. Mary Warner says:

    Doesn’t Vera Wang make you feel like a real grown-up sweet smelling LADY!!!!

  71. DEBBIE B says:


  72. ART says:


  73. Eileen says:

    Would like to try Lalique Niang.

  74. Amanda E says:

    I would love to try the Katy Perry perfume! The scents sound like something I’d wear for sure.

  75. Karleigh Farnel says:

    Katy Perry, for the win!

  76. Cairine says:

    I like the sound of the scents in Lalique Nilang. I haven’t smelled it but it sounds wonderful. I love the Vera Wang bottle though.

  77. Shelly Kristianson says:

    Would love to try Lalique Nilang, what a beautiful bottle!

  78. Monica S says:

    Vera Wang Lovestruck. I bought a bottle for my daughter for her birthday and the scent is really nice. I was tempted to keep it for my self, but did not. Would love to win!

  79. Wonn says:

    I would love Beyonce Pulse

  80. Laura McCrate says:

    I would love to win the Vera Wang Lovestruck perfume. It’s a beautiful bottle and her perfume is so sophisticated and feminine. Wonderful giveaway, thanks for offering such wonderful prizes. Happy Holidays CGG!

  81. Brenda says:

    The Lalique Niang is also the most appealing to me.

  82. I’d love to win Lovestruck, as I like girlie things and this is the ultimate.

  83. Mary Danieli says:

    I love the look of the Katy Perry bottle – love felines! But, I think the Lalique Nilang would be an interesting addition in my scent repertoire! Thanks for the chance!

  84. bcbarbara says:

    I would like to try the Vera Wang Lovestruck.

  85. maili says:

    The Lalique Niang – sounds lovely and smells beautiful I’m sure.

  86. ellen chevarie says:

    vera wang lovestruck-girly,romantic-awe!

  87. Not being a lover of heavy, exotic perfumes, I was glad to see Lalique Nilang
    mentioned. I adore florals, and the Jasmine ingredient definitely would be my
    preference. I must admit though, that coming a close second, Vera Wang;s
    ‘Lovestruck” definitely has that ‘WOW’ factor, and it was hard to pick just one.

  88. Maria O. says:

    I would like to try Very Wang Lovestruck. Katy Perry Purr looks so cute – that’s my second choice.

  89. MANUEL VIZCAYA says:

    Beyonce’s Pulse sounds sensuous

  90. EJL says:

    looks good

  91. Carley L says:

    The “Vera Wang Lovestruck” is most appealing to me because of your descriptions of the perfume as being pretty and romantic. The packaging is absolutely gorgeous too.

  92. serenity38 says:

    Lalique Nilang …sounds like my kinda scent!!

  93. Sharon says:

    Lovestruck sounds scent-tacular!

  94. Leanne C says:

    Vera Wang Lovestruck πŸ™‚

  95. judy folk says:

    i like Vera Wang’s Love Struck – great name

  96. Cassandra S. says:

    The Katy Perry bottle is so cute but I think I have to go with the Vera Wang, the smell sounds perfect

  97. Lucy L says:

    Vera Wang’s Lovestruck sounds great! And the bottle is amazing.

  98. Angela B says:

    Katy Perry Purr would be purrrrfect!!

  99. Serena D says:

    I love the style if the bottle of Katy Perry’s Purr πŸ™‚

  100. Julie L says:

    Vera Wang’s Lovestruck sounds divine! The truth is that they all sound great and I will have to check out all of them next time I’m at a Department store!

  101. I would like to try Vera Wang Lovestruck

  102. Marlene V. says:

    I would love to try the Katy Perry Purr perfume. Thanks for the chance to win.

  103. J says:

    would be awesome to win!

  104. nm says:

    Love Vera Wang..Thanks for the chance!

  105. rumiko says:

    The one that appeals to me the most is Lalique’s Nilang, which is a very classic scent. I haven’t tried Vera Wang’s Lovestruck yet but I would love to try that one too!

  106. michelle says:

    Katy Perry’s Purr…It sounds yummy!

  107. Elizabeth Peterson says:

    I want to win The Backstory & Bottle: Katy Perry Purr

  108. Nick Tefoglou says:

    Lalique Nilang would be great as a gift

  109. stephy905 says:

    The most appealing perfume to me is Katy Perry Purr

  110. Susan says:

    Beyonce Pulse is most appealing when comparing the look of all the bottles. The bottle is so beautiful and would be wonderful to leave out to show off. I am sure all the perfumes smell great!

  111. Christie says:

    I’d love to try Vera Wang’s perfume, I bet it is gorgeous.

  112. Rachel Tuininga says:

    Beyonce Pulse sounds really nice!

  113. Gabriel Chow says:

    The Katy Perry Purr is nice… just cause of the bottle!

  114. Athena says:

    I’d love to try Vera Wang Lovestruck

  115. lisa bolduc says:

    I would like to try purr, probably cause it is most reasonablly priced.

  116. theresa says:

    I think it is the Katy Perry because the bottle is too cute!

  117. Amy T says:

    I like lovestruck best πŸ™‚

  118. Amy T says:

    Karla S referred me πŸ™‚

  119. liz melanson says:

    i would like vera wang lovestruck because it sounds amazing

  120. liz melanson says:

    lovestruck, it sounds lovely

  121. Stacey says:

    I would love the Vera Wang Lovestruck

  122. Jessica O'Sullivan says:

    CK Shock sounds delicious

  123. sandy says:

    I think the cK shock sounds most appealing. I used to wear cK one constantly in high school!

  124. Julie Plourde says:

    I would probably like the Lalique Nilang, the bottle is simple just the way I like it and the Jasmine scent sounds really appealing to me!

  125. Crystal says:

    I really enjoyed reading up on the different perfumes. I’d love the Vera Wang lovestruck and also Katy Perry’s Purr! Great Giveaway! Good luck everyone!

  126. Glogirl says:

    I would like to try the Katy Perry Purr fragrance.

  127. Crystal Costello says:

    Vera Wang Lovestruck would be my choice, my current favorite is Vera Wang Princess, so would love anything by her I am sure!

  128. Christa says:

    I would love to try the new Vera Wang. I LOVE her Princess scent.

  129. Larry N. says:

    The Vera Wang scent sounds lovely!

  130. Erika says:

    Vera Wang Lovestruck is definitely the most appealing!

  131. Debbie F says:

    I would like to try Vera Wang Lovestruck

  132. Dea says:

    I like Lalique Nilang because its feminine and sophisticated and Katy Perry Purr its the bottle- love it. I love scent!
    happy holidays :-).

  133. Jun C says:

    Vera Wang lovestruck is my favourite. Very Pretty and light.

  134. Lily says:

    I would love to try Vera Wang’s Lovestruck too.

  135. Kim M says:

    I would Love to try Vera Wangs Lovestruck and also Beyonce Pulse

  136. Ryan Betesta says:

    CK One Shock looks cool

  137. Jamie Provost says:

    Vera Wang I think would have a great scent to it!! I have Vera Wang Princess now and love it.. so I am sure the next is just as good.

  138. Elaine says:

    I love Vera Wang style in any style, shape, or form….including smell of great perfume!

  139. Jan Wylie says:

    I would like to try the Katy Perry fragrance or the Vera Wang. They both sound good to me. Thanks!

  140. cynthia gottwald says:

    I sure would love the Lalique Nilang ,but i also love the lovestruck its catchy in every scent of the word.

  141. aimee perrin says:

    i love the new bottle shapes

  142. daisylaines says:

    LOVESTRUCK mmmm wonderful! ❀

  143. Morgaine Minshall says:

    Vera Wang’s Lovestruck. I tried a sample and loved it. She’s great with fragrance.

  144. Lindsay says:

    Lovestruck or CK

  145. Moren H. says:

    to me the Lalique Nilang bottle is most appealing

  146. Susan says:

    I would definately choose Vera Wang Lovestruck. I’m a perfume fanatic.

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