Nicki Minaj
 puts her name to Onika

Nicki Minaj’s latest scent is devised to empower its fans to flaunt their own uniqueness. Entitled Onika, which was actually Nicki’s birth name, the fruity floral composition housed in her iconic Minaj-shaped bottle combines sensuous fruits and delicate florals alongside a base of sheer musks.

Top notes of fresh pear, starfruit and mandarin, layer a heart of water lily, orchid and osmanthus. The base dries down to reveal sugar cane, white musk and cedarwood.

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Nicki Minaj Onika £40 for 100ml eau de parfum
Try it at: Boots

Will you be the perfumista who wins an Onika Nicki Minaj bottle encrusted with Swarovski crystals, worth over £450?

Purchase any Onika Nicki Minaj fragrance bottle, including gift sets, between 15th October 2014 and 10th November 2014 and enter the product code on the Nicki Minaj Beauty Facebook page.

Written by Alice Crocker

What I'm wearing for fashion month: Adam Reed

Throughout fashion month, we’ll be focusing our attention on the backstage creatives and the fragrances they’re choosing to wear throughout the shows (and beyond).

Hair stylist Adam Reed is best known for his beautiful creations backstage at the likes of House of Holland. As one half of Percy & Reed hair care and Henry Holland‘s go-to guy, he’s consistently on top of the latest trends, working alongside the industries most masterful make-up artists to create some of fashion months most incredible beauty aesthetics.

He takes us into his wonderfully fragrant world, and explains when he first fell in love with his signature scent…

‘My all-time favourite scent would be Santa Maria Melograno. I first discovered it on a school trip to Florence and have had it in my fragrance wardrobe ever since then.

I love the clean classic aroma of it, it leaves you feeling – as well as smelling – the cleanest you can be. At first, I was unaware that it has notes of pomegranate, as there is no real fruity scent to it. It’s just clean, fresh and powdery.’

Twitter: @adamreedhair

Written by Alice Jones

Salt is in the air: a latest trend…?

A trip to the great British seaside is always a real treat, truly to behold come rain or shine – whatever the weather actually. Though, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who is rushing to the coast for one last dip, before we officially draw a line under summer. It’s in our DNA as Brits to want to escape to the sea, whether it’s to walk the dog and wonder how on earth you’re going to get said wet canine back in the car, or the craving of a ‘wake-up’ like none other as you brave the great ocean.

Perhaps it’s the smell that’s so addictive. In the heat it’s dry, dusty sand and sun cream, but with a twist of watery freshness blown in from the shore. In the cold, it’s the thick heavy wind that batters you from every angle, ‘blowing out the cobwebs’, so to speak. For both, there is always one key ingredient – salt. We love the stuff. Perhaps because of these experiences, or perhaps it’s the sticky, certain ‘tang’ we can’t quite put our finger on.

There are some incredible historical scents that include sea salt, of course who could forget Miller Harris‘s Fleur de Sel, or Heeley’s Sel Marin? This season, salt is in the air again and we think we’re spotting a trend floating in the undercurrent.

 Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt  £82 for 100ml cologne

Try it at: www.jomalone.co.uk

Classified as a woody fragrance, created by master perfumer Christina Nagel, it perfectly captures the spirited feeling you experience when walking a windswept shore.  The fragrance clogs the nose with a freshened, heavy sweetness, but retains warmth, like cold, weather-beaten cheeks that burn. Notes include ambrette seed, red algae, grapefruit, as well as those key components – sea salt and sage.

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Shay & Blue London Salt Caramel £55 for 100ml

Try it at: www.shayandblue.com

Salt brings caramel alive and this is clearer than ever in Shay & Blue’s latest scent, Salt Caramel. Created by Dom De Vetta and Julie Massé – taking their inspiration from the Queen Charbonnel et Walker’s sea salt caramel truffles – it’s a truly indulgent fragrance. Notes include burnt caramel, sea salt, sandalwood, tonka bean and vanilla. Good enough to eat.

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Calvin Klein Reveal £37.50 for 100ml eau de parfum

Try it at: The Perfume Shop

Created by master perfumers Jean-Marc Chaillan and Bruno Jovanovic to summon feelings around the smell of sun-kissed skin in the evening sunset, enveloped in cashmere. The top opens with fresh and flavorful sea salt and pepper. The heart adds ambergris and powdery iris, while the base is smoothed with sandalwood, musk, cashmere and vetiver (another potential female fragrance trend we’re sniffing of late).

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Written by Alice Crocker

Gucci launch a signature oudh for summer

Designed by Gucci’s Creative Director, Frida Giannini, comes a fragrance with all the charisma of an ‘Art Deco’ and ‘Ambrée’ blend. Gucci Oud is for those who can confidently adorn the ancient, intensive scent of agar wood, as well as the stamp that is Gucci.

A unisex perfume made with oudh that is certified as 100% pure and sustainably sourced from Laos, Gucci Oud opens with fruity top notes of pear and raspberry. The heart blends Bulgarian rose, orange flower and tingles with the spicy opulence of saffron. The base settles into rich, heady amber, musks, Gucci scent-signature – patchouli and that all-important oudh wood.

Try it at: Harvey Nichols

Written by Alice Crocker

Eau de Gaga: capturing the essence of the singer herself

Created alongside Givaudan perfumer Ursula Wandel and visionary fragrance house Haus Laboratories, the second scent from the undeniably avant-garde Lady Gaga fragrantly distils the essence of the singer into an olfactory delight.

The woody floral composition is built around a heart of intoxicating white violet, offset by top notes of sparkling lime to lend an energising first encounter. The base of leather encourages the floral aromas to bloom on the skin.

The result? A delightfully powdery aroma that intertwines woody, musky and floral accords.

Launching mid-September, the new scent is ‘for the adventurous woman and the man who loves her,’ explained Gaga to fans of her Facebook page recently.

The campaign was shot by Steven Klein and stars Gaga herself, surrounded by a number of scantily clad men.

Eau de Gaga, £25 for 30ml
Try it at: Boots

Written by Alice Jones

Come fly with Lalique

Heathrow terminal 5 seems to be a hub of coveted beauty pop-ups lately. Last summer saw the opening of a temporary Chanel Beauty Boutique and this year the airport welcomes Lalique once again, providing the perfect way to kill time pre-flight.

Showcasing a beautiful selection of limited edition fragrances from its portfolio, the installation will provide a truly sensory experience, focusing namely on perfumer Nathalie Lorson’s creation L’Amour Lalique.

Composed of bergamot, rosebud, neroli, tuberose, gardenia, jasmine petals, warm cedar, sandalwood and musk, the scent will be presented to visitors via bars containing its precious ingredients, allowing them to discover the various notes on an olfactory journey.

Open from 23 July to 5 August 2014 at Heathrow Terminal 5.

Written by Alice Jones

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