Saturday, September 15, 2007

"Everywhere you want to be kissed"

says Isabelle Masson-Mandonnaud, of Crazylibellule and the Poppies, her sexy line of solid scents and first foray into beauty since she and husband, Dominique Mandonnaud, co-founded, industry-revolutionizing Shop8 (ultimately sold and renamed Sephora). What tempted this industry luminary back to beauty after an eight year break? Nothing less than a burning desire to re-imagine the very essence of fragrance.

The brand was named “Libellule,” meaning “dragonfly” in French, because, like fragrance, dragonflies delicately hover in the air and then lightly touch down. “Crazy” references the female proclivity for fantasy and “the Poppies” stand for freedom in nature. So, play, layer, collect, jump unabashedly from one to the next with no sense of loyalty whatever. All this and so reasonably priced at only $16.00. What's not to love?

My favorite of the Shanghaijava collection is called Blue Orchidée with top notes of bergamot, mandarin, orange; heart notes of jasmine, rose, ylang ylang and base notes of sandalwood, vanilla, musk. Swivel this little darling and you can seduce the nape of your neck, the tender spot behind your knee, around your navel or add a delicate caress on your inner wrists with this beautiful solid twist up perfume. Use it alone or by mixing and matching it with any other scent from Crazylibellule's Shanghaijava Collection.

Available from our friend Lisa at b-glowing.