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Makeup Beauty Skincare / Re: Your daily skin care routine?
« on: May 23, 2018, 06:05:27 pm »
In the morning and at night I've been using Sephora's oil cleanser (love the scent) as well as a salicylic acid cleanser for acne (brand changes but right now using neutrogena).  The double cleanse seems to work well for me especially at night with all the dirt and makeup to remove. In the morning I follow it with Coola sunblock, then primer and makeup.  At night I follow it with truth serum and Julep sleeping mask.

Then again, I wonder if a cat would even approach me, since I usually wear citrus scents!   :D

My kitty (10 years young) loves citrus perfume scents!

Would you ever consider adopting an adult cat that has been declawed? This may also go against your ideals, but it might be mitigated by knowing that you have "rescued" an animal. This will also guarantee that the leather furniture remains intact, and the neighborhood birds are safe.

Makeup Beauty Skincare / Re: Have You Heard Of Argan Oil?
« on: May 23, 2018, 06:02:22 pm »
I love Argan oil!  I use it to keep my hair looking smooth and soft.   However a little goes a long way, I learned that the hard way by using a tad too much and ended up looking like an oil slick all day!

General Discussion / Re: perfumes wearing frequency
« on: May 23, 2018, 06:01:14 pm »
The Fragras Pro here... I guess everybody will vote "everyday "  ;D
you're right  8) 8)

Makeup Beauty Skincare / Re: Frizzy Hair Recommendations
« on: May 21, 2018, 06:36:47 pm »
thank you girls for the advices, I checked out the website @jessica hofman ... very interesting  :)

Fragrance Ingredients & Aromatherapy / Re: Home Perfume making...
« on: May 21, 2018, 06:33:32 pm »
My top five would be neroli, jasmine, blood orange, vetiver and nutmeg.

BTW, Mandy Aftel of Aftelier Perfumes puts out a nice little book that would be good for beginning natural perfumery called "Scents and Sensibilities".

Check it out here:


Makeup Beauty Skincare / Frizzy Hair Recommendations
« on: May 21, 2018, 08:43:46 am »
Hi Fragras:)

I'm on the look out for some new products to try on my wild mane of hair  :D.

I have shoulder length, curly hair that tends to frizz up as soon as I've jumped out of the shower! :( In the past, I've been a big fan of the John Freida products, but I feel as if my hair is becoming used to it now.

A recurring recommendation appears to be these Shu Uemura Products from Paul Edmonds' online store -  was wondering if anyone had any experience with them though?

Any tips welcome! Thanks in advance

Salvador Dali Laguna ++, very unique, fresh and fruity at the same time with some ocean breeze.

I personally think they're overhyped. People often buy based on brand, not the actual product, and that brand has done a good job marketing its product so people are made to believe it is the best. I love my $5 beauty-blender-like sponge that I got at Target or Ulta (I forgot). I also have a few of them to rotate through, which is nice.

General Discussion / Perfumer salary. Is it too much ???
« on: May 09, 2018, 12:40:31 pm »
Hi all.

I read in this blog https://bizfluent.com/info-8671189-fragrance-chemist-salary.html the perfumerd salary. What do you think about this job. Is it hard to become a perfume? And whabout the salary ???
Fragrance Chemist Salary
by Lisa Dorward; Updated September 26, 2017

A perfumer usually tests more than 100 formulas before arriving at the final formulation
Fragrance chemists, or “perfumers,” help formulate products ranging from eau de toilette to furniture polish. Fragrances are developed in what is known in the industry as “flavor and fragrance houses.” Ken Lesenko, founder of KWL Research Associates and a fragrance industry veteran, describes the skills of the fragrance chemist as “50 percent art and creativity and 50 percent science.” It is the developed artist and the accomplished chemist who will command the highest salary.

The outlook for fragrance chemists is excellent due to the variety of clients at flavor and fragrance houses
The field of fragrance chemists is relatively small. There are only about 1,000 official perfumers worldwide and about 300 in the United States. This helps to keep salaries high for top talent.

Career Range
Some flavor and fragrance houses send their fragrance chemists to specialized training
Fragrance houses generally require a lengthy apprenticeship and could also require additional training at specialized facilities such as the Research Institute For Fragrance Materials or the American Society of Perfumers. Entry-level positions can begin as low as $35,00). A junior perfumer usually starts out with an annual salary of about $60,000. However, top talent perfumers who develop formulas for popular fragrances can command six-figure salaries.

Industry Leaders
The top 12 flavor and fragrance houses control two-thirds of the market
According to Leffingwell and Associates, a leading provider of services to the perfume, flavor, food and beverage industries, the top 5 flavor and fragrance houses based on sales volume are (in order of rank) Givaudan, Firmenich, International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF), Symrise and Takasago. All have locations worldwide and pay top salaries for qualified chemists. The top 12 flavor and fragrance houses account for almost 70 percent of the world market.

Sample Salaries
Most of the United States locations of the top 5 flavor and fragrance houses are in New York, New Jersey and Ohio. In 2011, a perfumer’s starting annual salary at Givaudan was $140,000 to $150,000. Fragrance chemists at Firmenich were offered an annual salary of between $84,000 and $88,000 while senior fragrance development manager positions went for between $143,000 and $177,000 annually. At IFF, the position of trainee perfumer was offered at $69,000 while the salaries of perfumers ranged from $105,000 to $165,000 dollars annually to start. Symrise paid perfumers a starting salary of $200,000 while senior perfumers were paid $222,000 to start. Takasago was the lowest paying of the top 5 flavor and fragrance houses, paying perfumery chemists a starting salary of $39,000.

thank you Marouane for sharing, i added it to my favourite and will try to view it tonight if found a time :)

Thank you all...Now I finally found the time to make my list:

- Christian Dior Poison Girl Unexpected - not "unexpected" to me, I found it all right but not very exciting, I would have liked it better if they played the sweet/sour contrast up some more.

- Escada Sorbetto Rosso - very fun, sweet watermelon. Typical Escada style, but the watermelon note makes it stand out a bit.

- Salvatore Ferragamo Amo Ferragamo - nice, but somewhat boring. It has some interesting notes, but all I smelled was a nice creamy vanilla and some tart fruits. Will test it once more to be sure.

- Versace Versace Pour Femme Dylan Blue - I think I have already tried it last year, we had it sooner than other countries. Anyways, I found it a bit too floral-clean and synthetic smelling for my tastes.

 :P :P

Makeup Beauty Skincare / Re: How to Get Rid of Pimples?
« on: May 07, 2018, 09:50:47 am »
I, too, have had oily and pimply skin. There are a few things in that article that I do not agree with, personally.

1.) It recommends using Milk and dairy which are common allergens that can cause inflammation in the body and, in turn, cause acne.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15692464) I'd stay away from that.

2.) The article you mentioned has many grammatical errors and no sources or citations to back up their claims. To me, that shows that it wasn't written by a credible source. Not to say that there's no truth in the article, but I'd typically look for articles that have proof or credibility behind their claims.

3.) The article seems to be focused on getting fair (lighter) skin, not specifically clearer skin. Here's an article that I found via a google search that has sources listed and is specifically for acne-prone skin: https://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/homemade-face-masks-for-acne/ I picked this one because it seems like you like natural remedies, and a few of the masks I've done myself and liked.  ;D

The truth is, all of our skin is so different so different remedies will work for different people. I used to do a lemon and egg white mask 2x/month for acne and scarring. I liked that, but it can be strong if you have a lot of open pimples. (stinging!) Now I do a bentonite clay mask 1x/week or so to tighten my pores and combat oiliness. I like using apple cider vinegar (diluted!) too, but, again, if your skin is sensitive/red/inflamed, strong masks may do more harm than good.

I think trying a few masks could be a good start to see how your skin reacts. You won't see instantaneous results, but you can usually tell if your skin feels smoother, looks brighter, and the redness is reduced. Best of luck!

Hi all   ;)

I thought we could use a thread where we can talk about the new releases of this year we have tried. Not the ones we are excited for, but the ones we have already tested.

What are your favorite fragrances of this year so far, and which aren't that great? Any positive surprises or disappointments?

I will post a list of what I sampled so far soon.  :-* :-*

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May 24, 2018, 06:20:59 pm PerfumesLuxury says: warmly welcome to the new members  :)

May 23, 2018, 06:52:49 pm Anastasia says: Hello Fragras, nice forum  :)

May 21, 2018, 07:15:24 pm patricia says: few members but very helpful people  :P

May 21, 2018, 12:54:00 pm Jessica hofman says: welcome to the new members  :) :)

May 20, 2018, 11:25:08 pm Cathy says: thank you all  :P :P

May 20, 2018, 09:45:14 pm Jessica hofman says: welcome Cathy  :-*

May 20, 2018, 09:21:39 pm Paolo says: welcome Cathy  :)

May 20, 2018, 09:02:20 pm Cathy says: hi all iam Cathy, just signed up.. happy to be with you here  :)

May 18, 2018, 07:49:48 pm Aminovich says: :) warmly welcome Patricia

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