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How to Find Your Dream Fragrance

Hunting for a new signature scent – or perfume to add to your fragrance wardrobe – isn’t always easy. Which is why we’ve enlisted the help of an expert to help you find your dream fragrance.

It’s hard to deny that our love of fragrance has flourished in recent years. “People feel more confident to be individual and unique in their fragrance wearing,” says Benny Castles, WORLD designer and in-house fragrance expert. While the chance of getting your hands on a niche or boutique fragrance used to involve a trip across the Tasman or even further afar, Castles says those days are gone.

It’s now much easier for fragrance lovers to indulge in sought-after scents. “We have a large scope of choice and the ability to really take the idea of finding and wearing a scent that suits you and the occasion seriously,” he says. With more fragrances at our fingertips, we’re also rethinking the way we wear scent. “Rather than own one scent for eternity, we’re now thinking about scents for the day, the weekend, the evening and even special occasions.”

Although the fact we have more fragrance choice than ever is undeniable, the sheer number of mesmerising scents available hasn’t made finding the perfect one easier. We all want a one-of-a-kind fragrance that mirrors our own uniqueness more than ever before. “Not only do we have our own set of subjective tastes and interests when it comes to scent but we’ll all have our own associated memories,” explains Castles.

He says we need to be mindful of the fact that fragrances do have the remarkable power to elicit memories and even change our mood. It’s also important to remember that fragrance smells different from one person to the next. Everything from what you eat, to how much you perspire and your body temperature can alter how a fragrance smells. “When purchasing luxury and especially niche fragrances, you need to be aware that the natural fragrance oils will combine with your skin and the fragrance will become your own,” Castles explains. “This means that fragrances sometimes choose you as much as you choose them.” That’s why giving yourself a bit of time to actually try a fragrance on your skin is so crucial. “Give yourself a few minutes to see how the scent dries and reacts to your skin.”

Find Your Dream Fragrance

1. Amouage Love Tuberose (100ml EDP, $515). 2. Lubin Princesses de Malabar (100ml EDP, $399). 3. Annicke 3 By Eight & Bob (100ml EDP, $299). 4. Penhaligon’s Portraits Changing Constance (75ml EDP, $449). All from WORLD. Find your dream fragrance right here

 

Get a Helping Hand to Find Your Dream Fragrance

A passionate fragrance expert’s advice never goes amiss when hunting for the fragrance of your dreams – or a new scent or two to add to your fragrance wardrobe, which is part of the reason WORLD regularly hosts fragrance masterclasses in-store. Castles explains that WORLD was inspired by the enlightenment and education many of the company’s brand partners, fragrances creators and suppliers have shared with WORLD over the years.

“Our goal is to pass this learning onto our clients to give them the best possible position from which to buy a fragrance and enjoy it,” he says. “This has also allowed us to work with travelling perfumers, experts and educators, giving our clients access in a fun, relaxed setting the experience of working with these incredible people.” As much as we love and enjoy fragrances, Castles says it’s a topic we don’t often discuss.

“A masterclass offers guests a chance to interact, question and discuss fragrance, which is seldom done in our society. The classes are our way to build a little society of passionate, interested people who relish the opportunity to delve into one of their passions.” Castles says the thought of shopping and spending is pushed to the side to focus on education and discussion. “The freedom to try, be opinionated and ask for others’ points of view is what brings the classes to life! “In the end, you can take away learnings and new ideas about scent or you can take away a new scent – completely up to you. Our goal is to educate and help clients enjoy the olfactive experience.” 

Now that you know how to find your dream fragrance, click here to find out how you should wear it

We Tried Elizabeth Arden Prevage Progressive Renewal Treatment

Want luminous skin? Elizabeth Arden Prevage Progressive Renewal Treatment will help you get glowing.

When it comes to our skin’s needs and concerns, we are more educated than ever before – and as a result, we’re looking for at-home skincare treatments that do exactly what they promise. “There’s increased awareness about skincare and ageing from a health and beauty perspective” explains Dr Dendy Engelman, dermatologist to the stars and consulting dermatologist for Elizabeth Arden. “People are taking their skincare into their own hands.”

So even though we might be investing more in in-clinic treatments, we’re also looking for products that help us maintain the results at home. “Patients are looking for more aggressive peels and treatments to enhance their skincare routines with extra at-home boosts,” Engelman says. This is where Elizabeth Arden’s recently launched PREVAGE Progressive Renewal Treatment steps into the spotlight. Elizabeth Arden is leading the way when it comes to making powerful and effective ingredients gentle on the skin, and PREVAGE Progressive Renewal Treatment is no exception. Engelman says that “PREVAGE Progressive Renewal Treatment was formulated to be powerful yet gentle, harnessing PREVAGE’S scientifically proven technology and breakthrough ingredients at progressively higher concentrations.”

The Science Behind Elizabeth Arden Prevage Progressive Renewal Treatment

While traditional peels can be harsh on the skin, Elizabeth Arden’s new treatment has been formulated to deliver real results while caring for your skin. “The peel contains Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs), which are excellent exfoliating acids that have a larger molecular size and therefore are less irritating than traditional Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs),” says Engelman. She adds that when the PHAs are mixed with PREVAGE’S star ingredient – the powerful antioxidant Idebenone – they gently resurface the skin while protecting the skin cells from environmental aggressors. As we age, the skin cell renewal process slows down and once radiant skin can become dull and lacklustre. Fortunately, chemical exfoliants such as Polyhydroxy Acids can get your complexion glowing again. The PREVAGE Progressive Renewal Treatment (RRP$299) might come with four different steps, but as I soon found out, it’s an easy-to-use, graduated skincare system that delivers real results without irritating your skin. “Each week of the four-week treatment, the concentration of ingredients is gradually increased to further optimise efficacy and minimise the potential for irritation,” states Engelman. ”Each ampoule delivers increasingly higher concentrations of Hydroxy Acids that help the skin acclimate to the acids for maximum benefits.” To ensure ingredients remain stable and as active as possible, each ampoule is only activated when you press the button releasing Idebenone into the formulation.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Progressive Renewal Treatment

PUT TO THE TEST: Elizabeth Arden Prevage Progressive Renewal Treatment

Although the treatment system is four weeks long, after the first week of use, I noticed my skin was more luminous and clear. I’ve been teaming up my Progressive Renewal Treatment with other PREVAGE skincare products – a cleanser, essence, eye cream, serum, day and night moisturiser – to enhance my results and keep my skin protected from external aggressors. In the past, at-home peels have left my skin feeling sensitised, but the graduated Elizabeth Arden system means it’s easy to work your way up to ampoule number four, which contains the most potent skin-renewing ingredients, without any unwanted irritation. By the end of the four-week PREVAGE Progressive Renewal Treatment, my skin was luminous, lines were less obvious and, remarkably, my skin tone has improved to the point where I’ve stopped using foundation and am using just the tiniest amount of tinted moisturiser to cover up minor imperfections. In short, not only is it the perfect antidote to dehydrated, dull skin; it’s the ideal treatment to include in your skincare routine any time your skin health and luminosity needs a boost.

Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE Progressive Renewal Treatment (RRP$299) is available now.

For more information, visit elizabetharden.co.nz