Balenciaga Black Body Scrub

This past weekend was the highly anticipated home fragrance party.  The fragrance department of Bloomingdale’s introduced me and guests to the new scents for spring.  The evening started with a few games.  Stephanie, of Bloomingdale’s, had us bopping to music and guessing fragrance notes with the hopes of winning prizes- and win we did!  Let’s just say that Prada and Cashmere Mist by Donna Karen is a great way to get a party started. Swag pics and highlights to follow…

Fragrance Party Swagg, Bloomingdales

After the games, we had a chance to learn the notes of the new fragrances for the season.  Daisy by Marc Jacobs, David Yurman’s Essence fragrances in Delicate, Fresh and Exotic, Annick Goutal, Balenciaga Paris, Chanel for Men, and Kenzo were just a few of the fragrances we experienced.

Le Mimosa, Annick Goutal

Then we had Q& A.  I wasn’t sure what the reference to middle and last notes meant. Pardon moi. In the world of fragrance, the notes are the various scents that make up the fragrance.  The top notes are what you smell immediately after you put on the fragrance.  The middle notes are what you smell after a few minutes.  The last notes are the lingering scents that you smell as you wear the fragrance throughout the day.
Another interesting point relates to storage.  Perfume should not be kept in the bathroom.  The fluctuation in temperature changes the fragrance.  Instead, store fragrances in a cool, dry place.
One of the highlights of the evening was trying Balenciaga’s Black Body Scrub (above).  This was luxury.  Not only did it leave us with smooth, soft skin, but it smells like the fragrance, Balenciaga Paris- which was one of our favorite scents that evening.
My top picks were: Daisy Eau So Fresh and Cranberry Splash by Marc Jacobs, Fresh by David Yurman, and Le Mimosa by Annick Goutal.

Basket of Fragrances

Display of Fragrances

After the games, the swag, and the education, it was time to dig in.  I deliberately planned a light menu so that the aroma of the food would not interfere with the fragrances.  I hope everyone liked it!

Carrot Souffle, Shrimp and Crab Teacake Sandwiches

Fragrance Party Attendee

Full Menu
Shrimp and Crab Teacake Sandwiches
Ham Biscuits
Carrot Souffle
Garden Salad
Peach Cobbler w/Candied Pecans
Blueberry Poundcake
Ice Cream
Blueberry Poundcake, Peach Cobbler recipes, courtesy of Essence magazine.
Tea Cake Sandwich recipe courtesy of The Get ‘Em Girls Guide to the Perfect Get-Together.
Thanks to the fragrance team at Bloomingdales for a fun and memorable experience. If you live near the central NJ area and would like to host a fragrance party in your home or in store, contact Stephanie of Bloomingdales at Bridgewater Commons. Tell them Rainy Day Diva sent you.

Bloomingdales Shopping Bag--HOT!

I think I’m going to frame this bag!  Impromptu art…I like it!

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    Rainy Day Diva™ » Style & Order: Recipe Folders — March 18, 2011 @ 12:06 am

    [...] Recipe folders! Where have you been all my life?  I was perusing my favorite blog stops when I was turned on to these by All About The Pretty.  These folders from The Container Store are a kitchen saver.  These would have come in real handy last weekend when I was prepping for the Fragrance Party. [...]