As classy collegiettes™, everything from clothing to shoes to hairstyles to jewelry shows off aspects of who we are. However, it’s not just about how you look - it’s also about how you smell. Sporting your favorite scent is like the icing atop the expression cake - it pulls the entire look together and completes the message you want to send to others. HC took a whiff of some of the most popular scents for every personality, mood, and occasion, and found the best ones for the holiday season to accommodate every collegiette’s™ budget. Oh, and we also tracked down a few guys to sample the fragrances and weigh in on their favorites!
Secret Charm from the Secret Garden Collection by Victoria’s Secret
Where to Buy: Victoria’s Secret stores and victoriassecret.com
Secret Charm delicately kisses the skin with the soft, sensuous aromas of honeysuckle, gala apple and stephanotis. The scent is not overpowering, but creates a calming, happy mood for the girl who wears it - and those around her! Personally, this is my favorite scent from VS’s Secret Garden Collection - and trust me, I know that collection well since I’m a VS sales associate! I always love to show new customers the entire collection, but I point out Secret Charm because of its subtle elegance and refreshing scent.
In the Middle:
Eternal Grace by philosophy
“A graceful heart is young forever,” is written on the bottle of this clean, bright scent. Citrus notes combined with lavender and violet give Eternal Grace a youthful, uplifting smell that will instantly leave a crisp, lovely impression on anyone who wants to stay young forever. I was first introduced to Eternal Grace by my mother who is a big philosophy buff. She bought the perfume for herself and I loved it so much that now I use it all the time for its fresh, clean scent.
Blue Agava & Cacao by Jo Malone
This fragrance achieves a surprising and exotic harmony with a marriage of lime, grapefruit, and cinnamon scents. Undertones of blue agava flower and raw cacao add sass and personality to the fragrance. HC’s Style Editor Elyssa Goodman adores this Jo Malone fragrance. “Agava flower and raw cacao add sass and personality to the fragrance. HC’s Style Editor Elyssa Goodman adores this Jo Malone fragrance. “Agava is what tequila is made from, so it's got kind of a kick,” she said, “but the Cacao softens it and makes it a bit sweet with kind of an attitude. Delish!” isn't that how we want our perfume to work?”
Twilight Woods from the Signature Collection by Bath & Body Works
Where to Buy: Bath & Body Works stores and bathandbodyworks.com
Imagine walking along a moonlit path in an enchanted forest and being surrounded by the aromas of sweet mandarin orange, mimosa, musk and honeysuckle. That’s the Twilight Woods experience, leaving users smelling and feeling romantic and relaxed. Wesley Kuch, a sophomore French language major at American University, likes the subtlety of Twilight Woods when girls wear it. "It has a slight woodsy scent, but it's nice and refreshing too."
In the Middle:
Romance by Ralph Lauren
If you don’t want to think about perfume and still want to smell lovely, Romance is the scent for you! Its seductive, musky aroma noted with soft traces of lotus flower, chamomile, ginger, oak moss and patchouli makes it an everyday perfume. Laura Picozzi, a sophomore at Pace University, likes Romance because it’s a scent a girl can wear at any age, at any time. “It almost reminds me of roses,” she said. “It’s timeless - you can really grow with it.”
touch of pink
Where to Buy: Lacoste.com, Amazon.com, Sephora stores and sephora.com
Accentuate your natural femininity and playfulness with Lacoste’s touch of pink perfume. Based with musk and vanilla aromas and laced with orange, violet, coriander leaves and cardamom notes, touch of pink is a fresh, sensual, charming perfume for elegant girls who want to be fun and surprising at the same time. Syracuse sophomore Adil Kaouadji is a big fan of Lacoste scents for women. “Any girl rocking Lacoste shows class,” he said. “It’s a pleasant scent - it has an energetic, summer-morning smell.”
Student sources: Elyssa Goodman, Stephanie Ricciardi, Jessica Hanley, Abigail Howard, Wesley Kuch, Laura Picozzi
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touch of pink
Blue Agava & Cacao