The power of old school perfumes

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If you’ve ever walked past a more mature woman, (say, your mum or your grandma’s age range), got a whiff of their perfume and thought, “Mmm, I love that smell, it’s so comforting and warm and delicious and totally unlike anything I own myself” then you’ll definitely want to read on.

I won’t beat around the bush. I own a lot of fragrances. And when I say a lot, think double digits – and then add five to the number you’re thinking of. But nothing I own has the power to stick around as long as what I assume are some of the old school scents that often get left by the wayside. You know, the really classic scents that we forget about; the ones that have been around for years but never quite make it to the dressing tables of girls my age. The truth is there’s a reason they’ve been around for so long, and I’ve made it my mission to find out why…

OLD-SCHOOL SCENT SECRET #1: They use oriental blends

Many of our mum and grandma’s favourite scents belong to the oriental fragrance family. I feel as though that’s a pretty important factor, as many girls my age only purchase within the floral or fruity fragrance families. The depth and sensuality of oriental blend fragrances is strong and robust without being overwhelming. They’re the kind of scents that stick around all day and provide a warming, sensual aroma that doesn’t fade too easily. Tabu is a perfect example. As Australia’s number one selling lifestyle fragrance, it’s hard to ignore the facts – especially since this spicy oriental scent has been around since 1932.

OLD-SCHOOL SCENT SECRET #2: They warm florals with woods

Perhaps where our generation is going wrong is our love affair with heavy floral blends. They’re invigorating and attention grabbing, but they don’t always last the distance or envelope our bodies like some of the older scents do. Perhaps this is because we’re missing a special ingredient. They say what goes up must come down, so when floral fragrances start high, with top notes of nose-tingling flower notes, it pays to bring them down with warmer woody notes such as musk, so that the scent doesn’t just fade away on a floral high. Panache EDP soars with notes of bergamot, orange and rose, before drying down with notes of oakmoss, cederwood and musk. Delicious.

OLD-SCHOOL SCENT SECRET #3: They chose their florals well

It goes without saying that floral fragrances are certainly in abundance these days, but the difference between the scents we use now and the scents our mum and granny used are the types of florals within the fragrance formulation. Take Estée Lauder White Linen for example; it contains top notes of hyacinth, which only takes a few planted bulbs to fill a garden with its beautiful yet intense, heady scent. There’s not a lot of hyacinth around these days, so if you do find a perfume that contains it (look for it blended with notes of jasmine, lily of the valley, iris, lilac, rose and violet - just like White Linen) you can be sure it’ll make for an intoxicatingly fresh blend that is bound to stick around.

OLD-SCHOOL SCENT SECRET #4: They layered like pros

One of the reasons our mums and grannies succeed in smelling so good is because they had fragrance layering down pat. Way back when, women spent much more time sitting at their dressing tables and taking the time to properly pamper themselves by applying their body lotion, talcum powder and fragrance – all in the same scent. Layering products in the same scent helps to give your fragrance a foundation and pack it with more punch so that it lingers for longer throughout the day. We love Tweed EPD teamed with Tweed Jumbo Talc for a longer-lasting effort from your fragrance.

What do you think is the secret behind more mature women and their captivating, long-lasting scents?







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Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

Many of today's fragrances have synthetic ingredients which do not make the scent last and that is one of the reasons it is best to purchase fragrances made my real perfumiers. That is my experience and have been told the same by experts in the field.

Posted on: May 10, 2013 (May 10, 2013 12:43pm)

Posted by: Animal Lover (Australia)

Eveyy time i smell Tabu i think of my Grandmother, she has been gone for ten years buts its amazing how much a scent can bring back all the happy, warm memories. She also used to wear natural lavender oil which lasted alot of then most perfumes these days.

Posted on: May 10, 2013 (May 10, 2013 12:52pm)

NEWS FLASH: St. Tropez has a new face

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Just to clarify – this stunning specimen of humanity is Kate Moss. YES, THAT KATE MOSS. The drop-dead gorgeous model is the new face (and body, obvs) for tanning brand St. Tropez, and she looks damn fine in this promotional shot.

Why Kate Moss, you wonder? According to Nichola Joss, St. Tropez Skin Finishing Expert, it’s because people love Kate. “She oozes vitality, she is fun and she crosses all boundaries. Everyone wants to emulate a little bit of Kate in some way, whether it is rock chic to hardworking mum, she is so accessible which is why it makes such a great partnership with St. Tropez.”  Added to that, “Kate is a great beauty icon, she is globally known and respected as is St. Tropez making it a great collaboration and it is of course really exciting to work with Kate.”

And the model seems to be pretty stoked by her appointment, too. “ I’m so excited to be working with St. Tropez. I’ve been using the products since they started and it’s a really trustworthy, cool brand. I always feel more confident with a St. Topez Tan!”

Oh, and while Nichola was revealing the exciting news about Kate, she also shared with us some great insight into how St. Tropez is changing the world of tanning.

For starters, the Dark range has completely changed how you can achieve a darker finish. “In the past, if you wanted a darker tan you would have had to layer on product which makes you look very flat and one dimensional. Now with the evolution of the new products you can put one layer of the St. Tropez Dark range and achieve sheer coverage and a darker colour if that’s what you desire,” says Nichola.

She also believes that St. Tropez products work for everyone, no matter what the result they’re trying to achieve. The brand is all about you deciding what you want your skin to look like and finding the product that will help you achieve exactly that.

Well, if it’s good enough for Kate, then where the hell is my closest St. Tropez stockist?

PS – In case you were thinking that Nichola is on hand for all of Kate’s tanning needs, then you’d be wrong. “St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse and Mitt both give you a beautiful finish that everyone can achieve at home. They are such a great invention; the mitt allows you to tan at home but still getting a professional finish. Kate is now tanning at home; I’m not tanning her she is off doing it on her own! It shows that everyone can apply the products at home and get that beautiful perfect skin finish.”

More on tanning on beautyheaven:
How to fake-tan your face
You can fake-tan like a pro – promise!
10 of the best tan-prep products

What do you think of Kate Moss’ new gig? Have you ever tried St. Tropez products?





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Posted by: Hayley_22 (Australia)

what a great rep for the brand!

Posted on: May 09, 2013 (May 9, 2013 5:56pm)

Posted by: KSelbs62 (Australia)

I have never used St. Tropez as I have always found it a little too pricey for my budget! But it is such a lovely colour...I could be persuaded!

Posted on: May 09, 2013 (May 9, 2013 6:01pm)

Six of the best peachy products

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Tucking into a sweet, juicy peach during the summer months is one of my favourite fruity pastimes. But now winter is officially on its way, what is a girl to do? Stock her beauty kit with peachy products, that’s what. From a scrumptiously scented shower gel to a mask containing the goodness of peach kernel extracts, here are six of our favourite peach products. Just hover over the stars to find out which delicious-sounding goodie you’d most like to try….

  1. The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Shower Gel

    Not only does this peach-coloured gel smell like a delicious peach, it contains the skin-nourishing ingredient of peach kernel oil, too. Yum!

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  2. Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm in Peach Sheer Tint

    Want to treat your pout to hit hydration and a sheer hint of colour at the same time? This SPF 15 lip balm will do just that thanks to its shea butter, vitamin E and aloe, and sheer peach tint.

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  3. emerginC Peach Toner

    For fresh, clean skin, apply this soothing toner – that contains peach extract – to a cotton pad and swipe over your face after cleansing and before moisturising. ($39, 02 9712 8188)

  4. Ella Baché Masque Fruits

    If this name doesn’t already give the game away, this clear skin-promoting mask contains a collection of fruity goodness, including peach extract to help remove dead skin cells.

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  5. Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo

    OK, so peach isn’t the only scent jam-packed into this tropical-scented dry shampoo, but it certainly smells delicious mixed with the other fruity flavours of melon, banana, coconut and plum.

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  6. Urban Rituelle Sweet Treats Petit Parfum in Peach Blossom

    The perfect handbag companion, this sweet scent will ensure you smell as delicious as a fresh, juicy peach no matter where you are.

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Are you a fan of the scent of peach? Did you know peach extract is good for your skin? And which of these six peach beauty products would you like to try first?

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Posted by: Neeky Noo (Australia)

oooo I love the deliciousness of these products. The mask seems like a must have as well as the toner and the lip balm and the... oh can I have them all???

Posted on: May 09, 2013 (May 9, 2013 12:38pm)

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

Oh, I love peach flavours and scents. I would really love to try the EmerginC peach toner, and the Ella Bache mask, it sounds divine

Posted on: May 09, 2013 (May 9, 2013 12:41pm)

Perfect gifts for the world’s best mum

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Do you and your mum have a really special bond? Do you love to spoil her with gifts that you know you’d love to receive yourself? Things you can probably share? Then you’re on the right track, because this round up of seriously awesome gifts are sure to mean the world to her – and spoil her rotten in the process. Hover over the pink stars to find out more about each gift…

  1. Dr Pratt's Cosmetics™ Body Butter and Natural Fragrance Gift Pack

    Treat mum with something that’ll really make her feel pampered this Mother’s Day. This skin-loving, pure perfume oil pack will have her feeling oh so fantastic. Plus, from now until Mother’s Day – you’re invited to receive 20 per cent off!

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  2. Janesce Softening Home Care Facial Pack

    This bevy of rose-infused products will work to soften mum’s skin until she has the nourished, silky smooth complexion she’s always longed for.

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  3. Molton Brown Heritage Stowaway Bag with Body Wash and Lotion

    If the bag wasn’t enough to completely captivate, the Patchouli and Saffron-scented body wash and lotion will have mum up in arms.

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  4. Circa Home Café Collection - Mocha

    If your mum is as into her daily cup of coffee as mine is, I have no doubt she’ll just LOVE this warming candle that contains notes of almond, coffee, creamy coconut and caramel!

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  5. Roberto Cavalli Acqua

    If your mum is in need of a getaway (but you can’t afford the ticket)? Why not send her to the Mediterranean with the new Acqua scent from Roberto Cavalli? Notes of jasmine, lily and musk will ensure she’s instantly transported to an exotic getaway

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  6. PosterCandy poster

    Want to give your mum a gift she’ll truly love? Why not upload some of your most cherished memories to your instagram and create a poster collage of your memories that she can keep forever?

  7. PosterCandy poster

    Want to give your mum a gift she’ll truly love? Why not upload some of your most cherished memories to your instagram and create a poster collage of your memories that she can keep forever?

  8. Jane Iredale Glimmer Gift Box

    Featuring Jane Iredale mini Forever Pink Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain, Iced Mocha Pure Gloss, 24 Karat Gold Dust in Champagne and a travel size White Fan Brush – mum will have everything she needs to get positively gorgeous on-the-go.

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  9. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow Set

    Are you looking to give mum a beauty boost for winter? A gift containing the best-selling Bronze Shimmer Brick, Bare Sparkle High Shimmer Lip Gloss and a treat size Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara should do it.

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  10. Bellamer Botanical Skin Care Renewing Face and Neck Mask

    This collagen-enhancing mask combines anti-ageing calendula oil, camellia oil and lavender in a nourishing jojoba and shea butter base that her face and neck will love!

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  11. freezeframe® REVITAL day & night + revitalEYES Value Pack

    Ensure mum is putting her best face (and pair of peepers) forward with this problem-fighting saviour that help to treat her biggest skin and eye-related issues instantly, as well as in the long run.

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PosterCandy poster, from $19.95, plus $9.95 shipping Australia-wide,

Which gift do you think your mum would love most?

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Posted by: Trish_D (Australia)

What an incredible array of gorgeous products. Fabulous.

Posted on: May 25, 2013 (May 25, 2013 10:03pm)

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Posted on: May 29, 2013 (May 29, 2013 11:52pm)

The very best last-minute gifts for mum

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Everyone tends to freak out at the term ‘last minute gift’ like it has a doomsday-style meaning and only bad, junk-like connotations. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

With so many brands and gifts just a click away thanks to the benefits of online shopping and resourceful sites to help with your browsing (hello, beautyheaven), last minute gifting isn’t something you need to be afraid of.

Don’t believe me? Checkout these foolproof gift ideas that will leave your mum in a state of beauty bliss…

Give the gift of radiant skin with an Ultraceuticals Radiance Pack

Has your mum lost a bit of sparkle from her skin? Is she in need of a radiance-boosting skin pack that will have her feeling fabulous again? The Ultraceuticals Radiance Pack is just what the doctor ordered. It contains a heap of radiance-enhancing treatment products that also contain sun protection, such as Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum Mild, Ultra Brightening Serum and Ultra Protective Moisturiser.

Give the gift of a sweet-smelling home with an Evodia Frangipani Room Diffuser

If your mum loves the smell of summer (even when it’s not so warm outside) then a room filled with the scent of frangipani is the perfect gift to infuse her home. The Evodia Frangipani Room Diffuser adds ambiance to any room, releasing the continuous scent of frangipani and making mum feel as though she’s been escorted to a beach-side villa.

Give the gift of pampered skin with Pelactiv Cleansing Duo Packs

Are you looking for a full-size cleanser and toner duo that will provide mum with thorough skin cleansing? The Vita C cleansing packs will help to pamper mum’s skin and leave her feeling fresh and fabulous. The packs are available in three different skin types: Normal to Dry, Normal to Oily and Vita C+.

Give the gift of confidence with an Elixia Body Rejuvenation Kit ($119.90)

Containing an Elixia Crystal Derm Exfoliator, Vitamin E Enriched Cleansing Cream and Hand Revitalising Cream, mum is sure to be loaded with the very best tools to smooth and define the contours of her face and tackle her biggest skin ageing issues. The Crystal Derm Exfoliator features TPM™ Delivery System, which delivers greater absorption of the key ingredients and contains aloe vera and sweet almond oil.

Give the gift of style with a Mineralogie’s Mother’s Day Gift

Is there a gift more stunning than a lipstick in a perfect shade? Is there a present more pampering than a 100 per cent soy wax candle? Well, imagine how amazing a gift that contained both might be. You don’t have to imagine, because Mineralogie have created a gift that contains both! We bet all of our serums and scrubs that mum will love it.

Give the gift of fabulous hair with a Schwarzkopf Professional Mother’s Day Pack

Is mum in need of a hair shake up? A pack she can depend on to provide her with luscious locks and a pamper-session to boot? The best thing about this pack is the ability to personalise it with mum’s choice of Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Shampoo and Conditioner and gift it with a Schwarzkopf Youngblood Lip Gel and a BC BONACURE Oil Miracle Shimmer Treatment.

Give the gift of bath time bliss with Lush Madame Butterfly bubble bar wand

Does your mum love relaxing in a bubble bath? Is she a fan of the Lush bubble bars? Does she love cute and quirky gifts? Then she’s going to love the Lush Madame Butterfly bubble bar wand for Mother’s Day. The pink butterfly is fragranced with rose absolute and rose oil that are beneficial for the skin. With a hint of lemon, Egyptian geranium oil, cocoa and shea butters, skin will be left feeling smooth and soft. This re-usable wand can be swept through your bubble bath to infuse it will all sorts of rose goodness.

Which gift do you think your mum would most like to receive?







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Posted by: Animal Lover (Australia)

I am all done for mothers day, so many very spoilt mothers out their this mothers day, i make it an effort to do it through out the year also though. The Evodia Frangipani Room Diffuser sounds amazing, anyone know where i could get my hands on one of these?

Posted on: May 09, 2013 (May 9, 2013 6:24am)

Posted by: FeatheredBeauty (Australia)

Good tips. I like the look of that room diffuser.

Posted on: May 09, 2013 (May 9, 2013 8:39am)