Beauty Find: All the Bark, Without the Bite

April 19, 2006 by SheFindsErin
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The other day I was browsing the fragrance section of my favorite store and I had to pause: was I in a restaurant or a beauty store? I found tons of fragrances with undertones of the edible: chocolate, coconut, vanilla… Unfortunately, some were so rich I felt like I had to count post-spritz calories. A little research led me to the phrase “gourmand,” a term that’s been applied to hardcore foodies for ages, but is just now being used by the beauty powers-that-be to describe a new and burgeoning genre of food-flavored scents. Funny enough, “gourmand” is synonymous with “glutton,” and there’s definitely a glut of oversweet and too-realistic edible scents. If you’re up for smelling sweet, but don’t want anyone trying to take a bite out of you, try Fresh’s Lemon Sugar ($55) with sweet sugar and refreshing lemon notes, Ralph Lauren Ralph Hot ($55), which balances mocha cream, cinnamon and maple with woodsier florals, or one of Demeter Fragrance Library’s Pick-Me-Up Sprays ($19) in happy hour-inspired scents like Gin & Tonic or Black Russian. Look for scents that fall into oriental or citrus categories: they usually tone down food flavors with florals or musks. Find tons of foodie-fun scents at




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