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As soon as I read its ingredients and the description of Byredo’s Gypsy Water I was obsessed. Laced with notes of juniper berries, lemon, and pine needles, “Byredo Gypsy Water is described as a glamorization of the Romany lifestyle, based on a fascination of the myth. The scent of fresh soil, deep forest and campfires evokes the dream of a free, colorful lifestyle close to nature.”

Byredo Gypsy Water

As soon as I sprayed the scent into the hollows of my skin, I was hooked. The perfume smells exactly as described in its packaging. It’s a fresh scent that’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. As you wear it throughout the day, the smell blends further into the skin, creating what seems less like a perfume and more like a lifestyle. The ingredients are based on many natural ingredients, so, it makes sense that the scent would smell equally natural. In addition, the design of the bottle, as well as the typeface of its label, have an understated sophistication about them; something that is clean and unpretentious.

With its downtown coolness and uptown elegance, Byredo Gypsy Water is the perfect compliment to any outfit and any event. It wears gently and gradually fades overtime but definitely lasts until the end of the night. Byredo Gypsy Water comes in the form of Eau de Parfum spray, body cream, hair perfume and more. Products start at around $50 and the investment is well worth it if you’re looking for a unique scent to set you apart from the other girls in your squad.

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Guess what? All of my fragrance wishes have suddenly been granted.  I had the luxury of trying out a Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler  and I have found several new favorites.  The sampler set features 13 fragrances and a gift card to purchase a full size bottle of your favorite scent after trying the box.

Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler

This set contains:

  • Brit Sheer by Burberry
  • Chloe by Chloe
  • Nirvana Black & Nirvana White by Elizabeth and James
  • Acqua Di Gioia by Giorgio Armani
  • Flora by Gucci
  • Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture
  • La Vie Est Belle by Lancome
  • Daisy by Marc Jacobs
  • Narciso Rodriguez For Her by Narciso Rodriguez,
  • Candy by Prada
  • Alien by Thierry Mugler
  • Black Orchid by Tom Ford, and,
  • Bright Crystal by Versace

I now have enough perfume to last me until well into the New Year, and I couldn’t be happier about it.  A few scents from the collection stood out  —  I can’t get enough of the Elizabeth and James Nirvana scents, Gucci Flora Glorious Mandarin, and Tom Ford’s Black Orchid.

Elizabeth and james Nirvana White & Nirvana Black


Launched by the Olsen Twins and sold exclusively at Sephora, these distinctive scents were created to appeal to virtually any woman’s palate.

Nirvana White 

Nirvana White combines lighter notes of peony, muguet, and musk, which offers a fresh, feminine, and clean smell that lasts for hours. I like this fragrance because it’s almost impossible for it to become overwhelming after you’ve used it. It’s just as if you are not wearing perfume at all.

Nirvana Black

The complete opposite to its counterpart, Nirvana Black helps you to add a sense of mystery to your everyday. Rich with sensual violet, sandalwood, and vanilla blends, this fragrance perfectly straddles the line between masculine strength and feminine spice.

Gucci Flora – Glorious Mandarin 

Gucci Glorious mandarin

With a notes of citrus accord, peony, rose, osmanthus flower, pink pepper, and sandalwood, this light, beautiful fragrance is perfect for a confident woman on the go. I love how feminine this Gucci perfume smells! The scent literally makes me want to grab my favorite pair of heels and a bold lipstick. A couple spritz’s of this, and you won’t be able to stop smiling.

Tom Ford Black Orchid

Black Orchid

This fragrance can be equated to cozying up in your favorite cashmere sweater in front of a fireplace. Instant sophistication. The perfume presents a complex blend of bergamot, citrus, mandarin, black gardenia, jasmine, ylang-ylang and much, much more. The fragrance helps to bring out the skin’s natural perfume and could not be more timeless.Simply put, Tom Ford knows what’s good.

The Sephora Favorites Perfume Sampler is a great way to find out which top scents work best for you, and it also makes a great gift. The best part is that a gift card is included with the sampler so you can  buy a full size bottle of your favorite once you’ve tried all 13 perfumes.  The sampler retails for $60 and is available here.

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A man once said to Narciso , “Every time my wife puts on one of your dresses, we never leave the house.” In the spirit of this sentiment, Narciso Rodriguez presents a fragrance that celebrates a woman’s powers of seduction.

I must admit, after reading that intro to Narciso, I expected to be blown away. I also wanted to immediately buy a Narciso Rodriguez dress…I mean, who wouldn’t?! My first whiff of the fragrance left me underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, it is a perfectly well-rounded fragrance but when I think sexy and sexual I think of something deeper and more layered…with just a bit more complexity.

NARCISO Model Raquel Zimmerman
Brazilian-born model, Raquel Zimmerman, is the face of Narcisco

Like all Narciso Rodriguez perfumes, musk is at the heart of the fragrance. With Narciso, in addition to musk, the flirty scent combines woody notes of vetiver and white and dark cedar as well as what I think is an overuse of floral notes


While the beginning and middle of the perfume were not as sensual as I had expected, the dry down is much better. The woody notes are more prominent, however, after about 3 hours the musk is still at the forefront, creating a scent that’s creamier and more mellow.

Overall, Narciso is a good fragrance but it blends in without shaking things up. While a Narciso Rodriguez dress has the power to stop husbands in their tracks and lead to cancelled plans, I think  you’ll leave the house without any hindrance while wearing Narciso, the fragrance.

The NARCISO range of products includes a 3.0 oz eau de parfum spray ($112.00 USD), a 1.6 oz eau de parfum spray ($95.00 USD), a 6.7 oz scented body lotion ($54.00 USD), and a 1.6 oz musc oil parfum ($155.00 USD).

This post was written by Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her personal blog.

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With the holiday season upon us, I can’t help but get my into a gift-giving state of mind and, inevitably, fragrance is part of the equation. But pairing the right scent to the right individual can prove challenging…and even downright disastrous.  Luckily I’ve got friends in fragrant places.

How to Choose Fragrance for Someone Else

I recently sat down with Roberto Adolfo Vargas, Northeast Regional Educator for Maison Francis Kurkdjian, and asked a zillion questions (okay, about four) on the topic of choosing fragrance as a gift for someone else. Check the Bergdorf Goodman Blog where Mr. Vargas  shares How To Choose Perfume For Someone Else.


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If my picky boyfriend likes a certain perfume I’m wearing, it must be amazing — well, he fell in love with these.  I recently sampled Britney Spears Fantasy as well as One Direction’s You and I. I have always been a HUGE Britney enthusiast, so of course I had to test her perfume first.

Britney Spears – Fantasy

Britney Spears - Fantasy

Fantasy combines many different notes that make a fun and youthful fragrance. It’s sweet and fruity scent make it the perfect perfume to wear while on a date, or a night out with girlfriends. The perfume’s fragrance notes include: lychee, quince, fresh kiwi, cupcake accord, jasmine petals, white chocolate orchid, smooth musk, orrisroot and mystical woods. The finish of powdery, gingery, musk  lingers on my skin all day and keeps me feeling fresh. Available at Kohl’s: $37.50 – $57.50.

One Direction – You & I

One Direction – You & I Perfume

Named after one of their hit songs, “You & I”, the pop-group juggernaut, One Direction, has added a new fragrance to their arsenal. You & I has a bright, floral scent that is fresh and uplifting and offers notes of mango and grapefruit combined with a heart of creamy osmanthus, exotic orchid and soft peony. The perfume is contained in a sophisticated angled glass bottle with lilac overlay that is as delicate as its scent. It also comes with an added bonus!

One Direction – You & I Pendant

The bottle comes with a detachable charm for fans to treasure long after the perfume is gone. Available at Macy’s: $59.50

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While I hate to admit it — summer is winding down. True story…just check the calendar. But if you’re not quite ready to welcome the crisp temperatures of fall, these six summer scents will help stretch your summer lovin’ just a little bit further.


Robert Piguet Gardenia

Floral yet slightly woody, this sparkling Gardenia scent is a classic, feminine choice. We love the fresh, modern feel.

NOTES: Gardenia, Ylang Ylang, Leather, Madagascar Vanilla, Cashmeran

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Forever Summer: Six Scents That Feel Like Summer


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The warm glow of summer has finally settled in and you would  think I’d switch to flirty florals or notes crisp and bright. But, no…I prefer to buck the trend and embrace all things exotic. I’m talking elegant blends of amber, spice, musk and leather. There’s something wildly alluring about the way deep, sultry scents interact with skin during the warmer months. Head over to the Bergdorf Goodman Blog where I share Six Uncommon Scents To Try For Summer.



Six Uncommon Scents To Try For Summer

If you are into Valentine’s Day chances are you don’t get up to the day’s activities without the perfect sexy scent. With that in mind, Maree, Felicia and I have selected two fragrances each, including budget friendly options, to share with you. Whatever your budget, there’s an option here for you because smelling sexy doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  6 Sexy Valentine’s Day Scents for Every Budget:

Maree’s Picks

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Cologne

Known for some of the most unique fragrance combinations, Jo Malone is always my go to for special occasions like Valentine’s Day.  The warm and rich notes of the Pomegranate Noir scent make it perfect for the winter time, while the spicy and intense ingredients make it incredibly alluring to wear.  There is not a day that goes by when wearing this that someone doesn’t stop me intrigued by the mixture and how it wears.  With top notes of raspberry, plum and pink pepper, the scent opens very sweet, but the base notes of patchouli and frankincense make it complex and extremely mysterious.  A dark bold lip and little black dress is the perfect complement.  Available at Nordstrom $60 – $115.00.

YSL Parisienne

YSL Parisienne


While most of my makeup colors tend to be the same (neutrals), I love a varied array of fragrance options.  Some sultry, some sweet, some feminine, and some masculine.  Since the previous fragrance was so rich and intriguing, this option is much more feminine and delicate.  Much more floral in its composition, it has a sweet dry down that wears incredibly well.  With notes of rose and blackberry, YSL Parisienne is the perfect scent for the woman who is ultra feminine.  A gorgeous fit and flare dress with lots of elegant detail and a soft makeup look is the a great match for a sophisticated valentine’s day look.  Available at Sephora: $39 –  $65.00.

Felicia’s Picks:

Oud Ispahan

Oud Ispahan


During  2013 I probably used this fragrance more than any other in my collection, it is that amazing.  Truth be told, I am down to only a spritz or two (gasp!). With notes of Labdanum, Indonesian Patchouli, Laotian Oud Essence, Turkish Rose and Sandalwood, Oud Ispahan is bold and intoxicating and never fails to  get complimented. It is a unisex oud that’s part of Christian Dior’s La Collection Privée. You can dress this up, down and sideways and still end the evening on a sexy note. Oud Ispahan $155,  Bergdorf Goodman 212 872 8980 

ESCADA Born in Paradise

Escada Born In Paradise

For me this has become an unlikely favorite…blame it on the Polar Vortex or the spicy notes in the base of the fragrance. I usually lean toward heavier, more masculine scents but something about this vibrant spring, almost summery scent captured me.  See my full review hereAvailable at Macys and Ulta: $59

Christene’s Picks:

The des Vignes

The des Vignes

Caudalie The des Vignes, the dusk fragrance, is the handy work of master perfumer Jaques Cavalier. It combines a few of my favorite scents: jasmine, neroli ginger and white musk. I find this fragrance sensual, alluring and seductive with a bit of mystery. It lingers on my skin and simply transforms into something more amazing with each hour that passes. The finish is that of powdery, gingery, musk. With this scent, you can head out to dinner in a t-shirt, tousled hair and a bright red lip and still be super sexy. Available at Nordstrom: $39.

Love 2 Love Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa

Love 2 Love Collection

Valentine’s Day is all about love, so, a fragrance from the super budget friendly Love2Love collection is perfect! Love2Love ‘s Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa is a part of a four part collection of fragrances where each scent consists of two dominant notes.  Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa starts very fresh with notes of peony, raspberry and sparkling mimosa.  The middle of this fragrance has jasmine, sweet pea and honeysuckle. The sweet notes are anchored with musk and rosewood.  This Eau de Toilette wears for about 3 hours. I think Jasmine + Sparkling Mimosa is perfect for the young or young at heart. Pair this scent with a fun flirty dress, light makeup and a pretty pink pout. Available at select Walmart Stores: $9.98 

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What’s your source of inspiration? No, seriously…real question.

Sometimes we’re inspired by people — like that tell-it-like-it-is auntie who always delivers THE best snappy comebacks at Thanksgiving dinner…and you think, “ahh, to have that sort of confidence”. Sometimes we’re inspired by places — like a recent mood-elevating vacation that made you reevaluate life and promise to slow down your rat race pace. And sometimes we’re inspired my things — like a new red lipstick or a pair of sky high heels that make a girl feel invincible.

Escada Born In ParadiseWhen I step outside and polar vortex temperatures blanket my body from head-to-toe, I can’t help but seek inspiration (and frankly – motivation) to go on. I long to feel inspired and have my faith in warmer weather renewed. Will Summer ever reappear? Sparing the dramatics, truthfully, Summer will indeed return…but not for several months. So until then, there’s ESCADA Born In Paradise — otherwise known as, ‘hope in a bottle’ (no, not that kind of bottle…that’s a whole other blog post-slash-a whole other hashtag, #TTBwine on Instagram).

ESCADA Born In Paradise - 1

Inspired by the Pina Colado cocktail, ESCADA Born In Paradise, gives us hope. With a bright array of tropical fruit, warmed over with notes of sandalwood and cedarwood, ESCADA Born In Paradise delights without overwhelming. Typically, summer scents have a way of coming on way too strong in the fruit and flower department. . . but this limited edition scent (ESCADA’s 22nd launch) is an enchanting blend of pineapple, coconut, watermelon, green apple and guava, punctuated with musky undertones that give the juice an air of sophistication. It feels more refined and a bit more grown up than most traditional warm weather fragrances.

ESCADA Born In Paradise #EscadaBIP
My essentials

If you follow my fragrance escapades on Instagram (#TTBscentdujour), you know that I typically favor warm, woody, almost masculine scents. So falling hard for ESCADA Born In Paradise was a bit of a shocker for me.

My view from Paradise

But upon more mature reflection, the attraction is quite obvious — while ESCADA Born In Paradise clearly speaks to fun, sun, and summer frivolity, it also has a very woody and creamy character that introduces depth and complexity.

Paradise, found!

When it comes to fragrance, I’m a bit of an opposites girl. For example, I’m super girly, but I adore the hunky feel of manly scents. In Summer, I wear rich ouds…so naturally, with polar vortex temperatures outdoors, I’m inclined to favor a scent that inspires glistening beaches, tranquil waters and a teeny weeny turquoise bikini.

Ahh, take me back to Paradise!

Maybe it’s the idea of the new year and new beginnings, but ESCADA Born in Paradise appeals to my softer side and my desire to look to the simpler things in life for inspiration….like family, dear friends, a hearty meal, or a delectable new scent.

ESCADA Born In Paradise is working its way into my daily beauty routine

If you find yourself in search of inspiration. . . yearning for simple pleasures. . . longing for the laid back, carefree days of Summer — give ESCADA Born in Paradise a try. Next stop, a cozy tropical respite. No passport required!

Available at Macys and Ulta.

As Maree mentioned in ThisThatBeauty Gift Guide: Fragrance for Him, giving the gift of fragrance is a bit of a cliché. While the act of gifting perfume might be common place, it takes a certain amount of dedication and dare I say, skill, to find the right fragrance to suit someone’s taste and personality. I’m not an expert but having sniffed, worn and reviewed my fair share of fragrances, I’ll attempt to help you find the right Fragrance For Her.

Love, Chloé

Love, Chloe

Notes of orange blossom, musk  iris, pepper, lilac and more make this a sensual and seductive fragrance perfect for date night.  Do you have a friend who always has a good dating story? Love, Chloé might be the perfect gift.  $115

PRADA Infusion d’Iris

Prada infusion d'iris eau de parfum absolue

A  youthful fragrance with notes of  Iris Pallida, Muguet, Neroli, Violet, Cedar Wood, and Heliotrope.  PRADA Infusion d’Iris may be great for anyone who likes that just showered fresh feeling, who might spend 45 minutes on makeup — only to achieve a ‘natural, makeup free’ look. $66

CHANEL Coco Noir

chanel coco-noir

This Chanel scent is not as dark as either the name or the bottle suggests. It is a warm oriental scent with notes of citrus, vanilla, rose, jasmine sandalwood, and white musk. It’s actually quite easy to wear. CHANEL Coco Noir may be perfect for the woman who acts all ‘hard’ but who you know is a softy on the inside. $98

HONEY by Marc Jacobs 



Notes of pear, mandarin, peach nectar and apricots paired with honeysuckle, orange blossom, vanilla and smooth woods, make this an energetic, fresh and fruity scent.  This youthful fragrance is perfect for the young or young at heart. $72

Lady Gaga Fame


Don’t mistake this black liquid for something toxic and over the top. Notes of belladonna, orchid, saffron, incense, honey, and apricot make this a somewhat mellow, unisex fragrance. Though the juice appears black in the bottle, it actually turns invisible when it hits the skin. Lady Gaga Fame is for that girl/woman who is a bit of a contradiction and fully embraces it. $69



citadelle fragrance

Citadelle, part of the Raw Spirit collection from Nomad Two Worlds, is a woody yet refreshing fragrance that blends Haitian vetiver, marigold, pear, bergamot, lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg, amberwood, musk and cedarwood. Part of the proceeds from Citadelle will be used to support sustainable Haitian agricultural projects. This is the perfect fragrance for your philanthropic friends. $35

NEST  Fragrances Dahlia and Vines

Dahlia and Vines

This light fragrance combines peony, garden rose, and daffodils with essence of garden vines, white amber and warm vanilla. It’s quite delicate and wears ever so faintly. I think NEST Fragrances Dahlia and Vines would be ideal for someone who wants something subtle and unique — give this to the friend you might describe as ‘wallflower’. $25




marni fragrance

The combination of bergamot, ginger, and pink pepper gives Marni a very light opening. However, the rest of the fragrance is headier, containing cardamom, rose, cinnamon bark, patchouli, cedarwood and incense. I think Marni is best suited for someone who is mature or mature beyond their years, someone on whose sage advice you might rely. $105

Gucci Guilty

gucci guilty

You can never go wrong with a Gucci fragrance and Gucci Guilty is no different. It contains notes of mandarin, pink pepper, peach, lilac, geranium, amber and patchouli.   Someone on your list into the bling? The gold intertwined Gs over glass adds a bit of luxury to the packaging and will definitely go over well with them. $75

La Vie Est Belle

La Vie est belle

This bright fragrance uses notes of pear, black currant, praline, tonka bean, vanilla, and patchouli to create an olfactory experience that is beautiful from start to finish. La Vie Est Belle translates to “Life is beautiful,” and would make a great gift for that friend who  finds joy in every situation and seems to have good grasp on what it means to be happy. $58

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Admittedly, the gift of fragrance during the holiday isn’t particularly profound. In fact, it’s downright cliche. A classic, fresh floral for mom and a warm, spicy musk for dear old dad. However, the Bergdorf Goodman Beauty Level boasts truly special scents, rare blends and one of a kind discoveries that are certain to excite and delight the recipient. Check them out here!



Cool Gifts: Exquisite Scents

Being a woman is beautiful and wonderful but it can be challenging at times. Today’s woman needs to be smart, savvy, thoughtful, strong, mysterious, ambitious, caring, beautiful, resourceful and sexy all before she has had her morning coffee.  The art of being a woman is made even more impressive when you think about pieces of her life that remain largely a secret…pieces of her life that remain Untold.  Untold by Elizabeth Arden aims to express in fragrance the many layers, hidden and obvious, of today’s woman.

Untold is a luxuriously layered fragrance that is made to capture and highlight the essence of today’s modern women.  It uses a myriad or fruity, citrus, floral and woody notes to create a multifaceted and balanced fragrance, perfectly suited for the multi-layered life of every woman.

UNTOLD  -Elizabeth Arden

Untold  makes for a great daytime go-to because of how it wears. It opens with a crisp sparkle, almost like a burst of happiness, that is attributed to pink pepper and bergamot. Pear, gardenia, black currant LMR,  and Egyptian jasmine LMR make the middle of the fragrance fruity and a little sweet. As the day wears on it becomes more mellow and by evening the patchouli heart LMR and musk in the base leave behind a sensual finish…a perfect way to end the day.

Untold has universal appeal and can be worn by a woman at any stage of her life…from the young girl taking her first timid step into adulthood and learning about herself…to a more mature, self-assured woman who can take bold confident strides because she has fully experienced what it means to be a woman.

The Untold Collection:

UNTOLD Eau De Parfum Spray $79.00 (3.3 fl. oz./100 ml)

UNTOLD Eau De Parfum Spray $59.00 (1.7 fl. oz./50 ml)

UNTOLD Eau De Parfum Spray $49.00 (1.0 fl. oz./30 ml)

UNTOLD Body Cream $45.00 (6.8 oz./200 ml)

UNTOLD Shower Gel $38.00 (6.8 fl. oz./200 ml)

Where to Buy Untold:

Elizabeth Arden counters at department stores nationwide and ElizabethArden.com. 

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When it comes to fragrance, like most girls — I just want to smell really nice. Of course, my definition of ‘really nice‘ varies based on season, mood, time of day. . . and even random details like color scheme or style of my outfit du jour. But generally, I equate ‘really nice‘ with a scent that displays a delicate, smoldering element of warmth. Enter Jimmy Choo FLASH.

Jimmy Choo FLASH

The sensual white floral bouquet is a seductive romp of notes, all beautifully executed in a way that is modern, robust, and above all — memorable! I’ve been wearing Jimmy Choo FLASH for a about a week and I have to tell you, I can’t stop sniffing myself. . .and no, I’m pretty sure I don’t look weird (in public) pressing nose to wrist. Nope, not at all!

Top notes of pink pepper and strawberry introduce a bit of sparkle, while heart notes of tuberose, jasmine, and white lily add a layer of sophistication. But, for me, it’s the base of heliotrope and white woods that makes Jimmy Choo FLASH a standout, must-own scent. It’s a wonderful balance of floral and warmth…and pitch perfect for Spring.

Available at Nordstrom


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Based on Pleats Please, Issey Miyake’s ready-to-wear creations launched in 1993. Pleats Please Eau de Toilette embraces the freedom, color and movement that have made the Pleats Please line so beloved by women around the world. Perfumer Aurélien Guichard  captured the joyous, light-hearted character of Pleats Please by  composing a bright and cheerful bouquet.

Pleats Please opens with an aroma of nashi, a hybrid fruit that oscillates between pear and apple. The middle notes of fresh peony and sweet pea adds a graceful sensuality. Indole, a somewhat heavy, sweet and multi-dimensional compound, adds a fleshly, voluptuous touch and “gives substance to the note […] an invitation to fluidity,”  explains Aurélien Guichard.  The fragrance is anchored by notes of cedar, patchouli, white vanilla and musks. The finish is a beautifully balanced sweet floral.  This Eau de Toilette composition is longer lasting than others I have tried in the past. I think Pleats Please works for the sophisticated college graduate transitioning to Working Girl,  as well as the flirty gal about town who likes a little playfulness.

Here is a quick tip I use: To get a longer lasting wear from any fragrance I layer the perfume with the body lotion. For all day wear, I apply the perfume on freshly showered and towel dried skin before any other body product. Then apply I second layer of fragrance after I have applied all other body care products.

The product range includes:

Pleats Please 1.6 oz (SRP $66.00 USD)

Pleats Please 3.3oz (SRP $92.00 USD)

Pleats Please Moisturizing Body Lotion in a 5.2 oz tube (SRP $40.00 USD)

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