Ah summer. It's the perfect time to dust off the ol' bucket list and fantasize about all of the exotic locales we'd like to experience. Are you longing for an escape to the French countryside? Imagining life on a remote island? Or maybe an overnight al fresco at the closest national park is the adventure you crave? Of course, between the reality of plane fares, haggling for time off and nailing down logistics, these grand travel plans are often easier dreamed up than done.
We'll miss 2016 like we miss a searing UTI or a period-week bikini waxing session -- in other words, not one, miserable bit. It was a banner year of upsets, disappointments, tragedies and all-around f$ery. It's no wonder so many of us closed 2016 mentally and emotionally hungover, eager for the new year and its attendant promise of change -- whether or not that promise is fulfilled.
There comes a time in every grown woman's life -- around the time she starts mainlining "Property Brothers" marathons on HGTV -- when she finds scented candles irresistible. Maybe it starts with a secret Santa gift, but before long, she's spending the weekends roaming the aisles of her local department store in search of that perfect floral votive.
Providing an instant confidence boost with one simple spritz. But finding your signature perfume can prove somewhat challenging with the abundance of musky, floral, citrus or even woodsy notes to choose from.
Ah, spring. The birds are chirping, the sun is (mostly) shining, and you're gleefully stowing away the wools and flannels that you swaddled yourself in during the dark days of winter. While you're storing your cable-knit sweaters and fur-lined boots, make some room in the back of your closet for some of your perfumes, too.
A sexy perfume puts an essential last touch on your date-night beauty routine. After all, our sense of smell plays an integral role in emotion and memory, key ingredients in the obscure brew that is romance.
One of our favorite things about winter is the olfactory experience. You just can't beat the nostalgic smells of freshly fallen snow, pine needles and pumpkin spice. This year's winter perfumes are taking those much-loved scents, and bringing them to a heightened, more complex level.
Culturally, women are taught to love perfume. A pink, vanity-top spritz bottle is a classic feminine image. The scent that the bottle holds, however, may not be so universally appealing. While most of us love spritzing our way through the department-store counters, there is a minority of women who can't stand perfume.
Want to win friends, gain confidence and bring happiness wherever you go? Science says scent can help you do all that, and more. Aromatherapy seems like a hippy-dippy concept, but research shows scents evoke strong emotional responses -- and are the key to setting the tone in an environment. It's the reason why retailers, hotels and restaurants use smells to attract customers and even boost spending.