Outside the Bottle

Outside the Bottle

Solid Perfume, Lola Marc Jacobs

The fragrance counter offers almost as many choices as Starbucks. Perfumer Kilian Hennessy helps you decode it all.

Excerpts from a fragrance editorial by Sophia Panych, Outside the Bottle.

Solid Perfume - Fragrances

Pros: The waxy base holds scent for several hours and has the benefit of portability - this is the perfect size to slip into an evening bag.

Cons: The wax has a slight oily smell that can interfere with the actual fragrance; it can also leave a greasy residue.

We Like: Marc Jacobs Solid Perfume

Roller Ball - Fragrances

Pros: The diminutive size makes this ideal for travel (and for testing a fragrance before going for a full-size bottle).

Cons: Roller balls use a low concentration of perfume oil, so the scent lasts only an hour or so. Plus, the glass tubes can break.

We Like: Lancome Tresor Rollerball

Scented Cream - Fragrances

Pros: You get a scent you love and softer skin.

Cons: Certain fragrance ingredients change color or scent when put into a cream. These tweaks can sometimes make the lotion smell like a poor imitation of the original.

We Like: Balenciaga Paris Perfumed Body Cream

Scented Powder - Fragrances

Pros: It's luxurious - just like the act of dusting it along your décolletage, arms, and legs feels sensuous.

Cons: Powder rubs off, so the scent is likely to fade after a couple of hours. And applying it can be messy.

We Like: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Fresh After Bath Powder

Hair Mist - Fragrances

Pros: This instantly freshens hair between shampoos. With little to no alcohol, it won't dry out strands; some are infused with silicones, which soften hair.

Cons: A hair mist plus a traditional perfume may result in olfactory overload.

We Like: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Hair Mist

(Panych, Sophia. "Outside the Bottle." Allure Feb. 2011: 106.)

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