The Sephora Glossy: Perfumer Louise Turner

The English-born nose gives The Sephora Glossy a peek into her creative process.

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Louise Turner didn’t always aspire to be a perfumer, but she followed her nose. “My family lived in Ashford in the U.K., just near a fragrance factory—the factory site was quite smelly,” she says. As fate would have it, she got a job in marketing research at the company by chance. “Only then I discovered the fascinating industry of perfumery. I was hooked.” She has since created over 30 perfumes, including MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA’s feminine floral fragrance, Lazy Sunday Morning. Here, Turner gives us the inside scoop on the life of a perfumer. Take note. RENEE TRILIVAS

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The Sephora Glossy: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen on Elizabeth and James Nirvana Perfume Oil

The Sephora Glossy gets the story on the sensorial new way to experience euphoria from the designer duo.

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From glow-inducing face elixirs to ultra-hydrating cleansing formats, oils have become a staple in the modern beauty routine. Now, inspired by their own love of luxurious oils, Elizabeth and James designers Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen introduce their very first perfume oils in the beloved Nirvana Black and Nirvana White scents. Whether you switch up the scent depending on your mood like Ashley or mix and layer the oils like Mary-Kate, incorporating oil into your fragrance wardrobe just got easier. We caught up with the trendsetting style icons to get the scoop straight from the source. RENEE TRILIVAS

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The Sephora Glossy: Pharrell Williams on GIRL

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The influential musician introduces us to GIRL, his debut scent created in collaboration with Comme des Garçons Parfum.

What happens when a music and style icon teams up with the hottest avant-garde fashion house? GIRL–the new scent for girls and boys from producer Pharrell Williams and Comme des Garçons—is born. Inspired by the rich, distinctive scent of wood, this unique fragrance features a harmonious blend of masculine and feminine notes. The modern eau de parfum is composed with neroli, iris, and sandalwood and housed in a one-of-a-kind, collector’s edition bottle with never-before-seen artwork by KAWS. The Sephora Glossy caught up with Williams to find out more about the stylish scent that captures the beat of music, fashion, and art’s finest. RENEE TRILIVAS

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The Sephora Glossy: Pharrell Williams’s Debut Scent GIRL is Coming

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Meet the modern fragrance for girls and boys.

Created by the influential musician and the fragrance division of avant-garde fashion house Comme des Garçons, this bold eau de parfum featuring neroli, iris, and sandalwood captures the one-of-a-kind beat of music and fashion’s finest.

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The Sephora Glossy: The New School of Beauty Supplies

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Revamp your beauty bag with the hottest essentials of the season.

Moisture-maximizing hand creams? Check. Toning facial mists? Check. From velvety matte lip crayons to the blackest black mascara, discover the most wanted must-haves we’re falling for this season. Read on to learn how these covetable favorites are the perfect upgrades for your autumn beauty routine. RENEE TRILIVAS

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The Sephora Glossy: Atelier Cologne’s Sylvie Ganter

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THE PROFESSIONAL: ATELIER COLOGNE’S SYLVIE GANTER

Meet the cofounder who crafts colognes with character.

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Every perfume tells a tale. Just ask husband-and-wife team Christophe Cervasel and Sylvie Ganter, creators of Atelier Cologne, the French fragrance house that delivers storytelling through scent. Characters like diamond thieves, wistful writers, reunited lovers, and more serve as the inspiration for the brand’s charming collection of colognes for both men and women. Here, we discover the love story behind the brand straight from Ganter, the star herself. RENEE TRILIVAS

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The Sephora Glossy: Rita Ora on DKNY MYNY

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CAMEO: RITA ORA ON DKNY MYNY EAU DE PARFUM

The Sephora Glossy chats with the platinum pop songstress about the new scent that bottles the bright lights and the big city.

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New York City is arguably the center of the universe—it’s where people from all over the globe come to pursue their creative dreams and become top influencers. It’s full of personality, promise, and possibility. Now, the urban mecca that radiates its expressive, collective atmosphere way past the five boroughs is captured in DKNY’s newest fragrance, DKNY MYNY. Housed in a modern, heart-shaped bottle with a silver, skyline-inspired top, the magnetic blend of raspberry, pink pepper, jasmine, freesia, patchouli, and vanilla absolute unleashes spontaneity with every spritz. We caught up with singer, actress, and die-hard New York devotee Rita Ora to get her take on the vibrant eau de parfum and the dynamic metropolis that inspired it. RENEE TRILIVAS

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The Sephora Glossy: Repetto The Perfume

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We discover the on-pointe inspiration behind the ballet brand’s first fragrance.

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When asked the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” practically every little girl I know says ballerina. With swan-like allure, enviable strength, and killer tulle tutus, they will forever be the epitome of poise and sophistication. Now, French ballet brand Repetto invites women of all ages to unleash their inner ballerina with its very first perfume. Known for the iconic, handcrafted footwear it created for the dancers of the Parisian opera and countless other pros, Repetto naturally drew inspiration for its debut fragrance from the regal realm of ballet. The resulting choreography of pear, rose, and vanilla embodies the everlasting charm and refinement of pirouettes, pliés, and more. Here, we get the scoop on the barre-raising scent from three insiders. RENEE TRILIVAS

THE PERFUMER: Olivier Polge
“The fragrance is created with a selection of luxurious raw materials, which ally tradition, know-how, and technicality,” says Perfumer Olivier Polge. “Rose was necessary for me, as it perfectly reflects the very feminine identity of the brand with its pink color. I dressed it up with tender and delicate notes of pear, cherry blossom, and elegant inflexions of orange flower in a graceful powdery dry-down of vanilla and ambery woods.”

THE CEO: Jean-Marc Gaucher
“For a few years now, we’ve been regularly contacted by companies wishing to develop our perfume, which I have always refused,” says Repetto CEO Jean-Marc Gaucher. “Today, our firm has acquired worldwide fame, and when I met the president of our now fragrance-house partner, we came up with the logical continuation of what a luxury brand can offer its consumers. We express ourselves within a unique territory of classical dance, and this speaks to every woman on the planet.”

THE PRIMA BALLERINA & FACE OF THE FRAGRANCE: Dorothée Gilbert
“This perfume transports us to a different world, inducing us to dream, to travel inside of ourselves, and to fly off to other destinations,” says Prima Ballerina Dorothée Gilbert. “It is complex, but gives the impression of simplicity. It’s rather similar to how it is for us in dance: technically complex, but with an impression of ease. Even the bottle is a symbolic representation of a dancer. It has sensual curves, a soft color, and is wrapped with a little satin ribbon like those on ballet shoes.”

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The Sephora Glossy: Warm-Weather Scents

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Top tips to help you switch up your fragrance with the season.

“The best way to approach fragrance is to think of it as a wardrobe,” says Jared Kassof, Education Brand & Program Manager, Fragrance. “We should have different options to reflect who we are and how we’re feeling….just like you slip on tank tops and sandals, you should pull out a summertime scent.” Here, we get Kassof’s top tips on selecting your eau-so-perfect perfume for the season. RENEE TRILIVAS

What should you look for when picking a summer scent?
Fragrance is always a personal choice, but there are some general recommendations when looking for a summer scent. Go for something lighter since the heat and humidity increase your body temperature and intensify the scent, especially during the day.

Where can you find inspiration for a new perfume? 
Inspiration can come from anywhere! Ask yourself what you love about summer! If you love fresh fruit and juicy berries, go for that light, fruity floral. If you’re all about lounging by the pool, pick out a refreshing, marine fragrance.

Are there any particular notes we gravitate towards this time of year?
During summer, most of our clients lean towards fresh fragrances. These might have light, soft florals or bright, zesty citrus notes. They also include aquatic fragrances that evoke waterfalls and ocean breezes. Also, summer nights can be the perfect occasion for rich, romantic perfumes if you want a change.

What are your favorite fragrance formats?
Generally, products that provide a lighter application wear well in summer. Eau de toilette is probably the preferred concentration during this time of year since scents often become more intense and long-wearing with the weather. This is also a chance to wear your favorite scented body lotion on its own, or try small sizes and refillable atomizers for reapplying throughout the day.

What scents are you loving for summer?
The Issey Miyake Eau D’Issey Summer bottle is so cute, and I love how refreshing it is with light citrus notes. Bobbi Brown Beach is a light floral that keeps you coming back for more. I couldn’t stop smelling it! This is a great fragrance that lets you feel casual and sophisticated at the same time. Philosophy Sunshine Grace captures that happy feeling of skipping work or school to go lay out on the beach in the sun. Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue Escape to Panarea Pour Femme takes the original, iconic Light Blue and adds a little bit of sweetness. We all could use a fragrance that helps us escape.

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