Scents of adventure

Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile Sublime

The festive season offers a chance to give or receive the latest examples of the perfumer's art, writes Victoria Ip.

Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 11:29pm

Dry shampoo

Skinny Skinny Grapefruit & Cardamom Organic Dry Shampoo (HK$280/128 grams)

Claim: a completely organic combination of cornstarch, brown rice powder, white clay and essential oils. It absorbs oil with brown rice powder and white clay, leaving a fresh scent.

Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder (HK$190/28 grams)

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm

WOW Factor

A smooth natural-looking finish

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Now you can have the Mercedes-Benz smell without the high price

If you like the smell of a luxurious new car, Mercedes-Benz may fulfil you with a price tag that is surprisingly short of six or seven digits.

The car manufacturer last Friday launched the brand's first men's fragrance to complete the Mercedes-Benz experience for the brand's car owners, as well as those who just want to smell like a Mercedes-Benz coupe.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

This week we test: fragrance for guys

Your choice of fragrance says a lot about you -and yes, boys, this means you, too. We test some of the newest scents around this summer.


Scuderia Ferrari Eau De Toilette (HK$320/40ml)

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The WOW Factor

Metro men solution

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tales make scents

Kilian Water Calligraphy

Collection links Chinese ancestral culture and French perfume making, writes Tama Lung.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

On style, she rules

I'm looking for one of those dresses that have a see-through material at the top. I've seen lots of lace, but I'm afraid it will look cheap so I'd prefer plain.

Could Be Clearer, Bowen Road

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Heaven Scents

Omnia Coral with notes of bergamot, goji berries, water lily and pomegranate (HK$745/60ml) by Bulgari

Show Off with notes of blackcurrant, peach velvet, lotus blossum and cedar (HK$496/100ml) by Charriol

London Blooms Iris & Lady Moore, White Lilac & Rhubarb, and Peony & Moss colognes (HK$980/100ml each) by Jo Malone

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Inside story

The art of perfumery has a long and rich history, but its alchemy and assiduous nature often go unappreciated by the people who splash on a dash every morning. And although some perfumers take sole credit for their concoctions, fragrance creation is a collective endeavour - which is why renowned perfumer Fr?d?ric Malle prefers the term 'editeur de parfums'.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Beauty buzz

This spring, lipsticks run the gamut from bold and bright to sweet and subtle. We've tested a selection of the season's offerings.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Let your fingers spring to life

Flowers are in bloom, pastel-coloured dresses can be seen on the streets and the days are sunnier and warmer - it must be spring!

Here, nail artist Nadia Cheung Pak-lam celebrates the season by turning plain nails into mini works of art. If it's spring, it must be time for lovely bunnies and Easter eggs.

What you'll need:

Base and top coat

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

On style, she rules

I wonder if you can help. I have a nail file that looks like a very fine stone, about four inches long and 3/4 inch wide. It's finer than an emery board. I bought it many years ago from John Lewis, the British department store.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Groom for a view

Relax with a face mask.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

This week we test: solid fragrances

Small and perfectly formed for slipping inside your clutch. Rubbing a little of the cream perfume onto your pulse points will immediately make people around you swoon - only in delight, fear not.

L'Occitane Cherry Princess Solid Perfume (HK$90/10g)

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am