BeautyBook: Aromas de Amore

By Beauty Editor, Heidi Evora-Santiago of damali nyc

The final accoutrements to accompany any bridal ensemble is the perfect scent. Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel. Your fragrance will forever evoke a memory for not only your betrothed but for every loved one in attendance at your nuptials. So, when choosing a fragrance for your wedding day make sure to take into account that:

a. It should have some of the same notes/elements as your everyday fragrance.  (So if you usually wear a floral fragrance choose a fragrance that is flora based.  The same holds true for musky or powdery scents as well.)

b. You should select a fragrance that has staying power. That does not mean a strong smelling fragrance but one that slowly releases its base notes over a prolonged time frame to make sure it lasts throughout the long wedding day.

I strongly suggest taking the time to sample fragrances a few weeks before your wedding to test how your favorite scents, or selected bridal fragrance, blends with your natural chemistry. As well as to test the longevity of the scent on your skin.

Jo Malone

The Newbie, Peony & Blush Suede from Jo Malone

Master Perfumer, Christine Nagle designed this amazing scent for Jo Malone using the essence of peonies as the top note.  Her inspiration was gloriously elegant women, peonies gathered on Great country estates and the gossip and moodiness as an evening soirée unfolds.  She describes the suede note as bringing sexuality, warmth and texture to the fragrance. You can almost feel the fragrance! Trust me, it is very unique and can also be a wonderful mood making scent for your bridal suite in the form of a candle.


The Elegante, Love in White by Creed

This delicious fragrance, a favorite  of two American First Ladies, was inspired by master perfumer Olivier CREED’s love of sailing. Love in White is a blend of ingredients gathered from five continents: orange zest, rice husk, iris, jasmine, magnolia, vanilla and sandalwood.  It has been called the Rolls Royce of fragrances and is 95% organic and handmade. What could be better on the skin?

Houbigant Paris

The Sophisticate, Houbigant Paris Quelques Fleurs “l`Original” Parfum

Launched in 1913, the nose behind this devastatingly feminine fragrance is the amazing Robert Bienaime.  Another distinct fragrance that exudes sophistication and elegance. It also surprises the nose by subtly changing over the course of a evening.  The top notes consist of orange blossom, tarragon, bergamot and lemon. The middle notes of carnation, tuberose, orchid, lilac, jasmine and ylang-ylang, with base notes of sandalwood,  amber, musk, honey and vanilla. Rich and multi-tonal. This is a fragrance for the bride who wants to make a statement.

Vera Wang
Fresh and Sweet:  Be Jeweled by Vera Wang

This light, flirty fragrance is for the bride who wants a fruity effervescent scent. With top notes of pomegranate, red currant, champagne and pink honeysuckle Vera Wang’s Be Jeweled is a perfect wedding day fragrance that won’t overwhelm.


Layering scents is also a  way of ensuring a unique scent and its staying power. From the scented soap to your fragrant body lotion to your perfume. Whatever your choice make sure it is one that makes you feel confident, sexy and beautiful!