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Vert 9 – Au Natural


Have you ever heard of Therapeutate? I hadn’t until fairly recently. Founded by Rodney Hughes, Theraputate is a manufacturer of Essential Oils and Parfum au Natural. They use raw materials that are pure and certified organic and their goal is to develop and market personal care products that are more than objects of fashion. They are also free of chemicals and other adulterations commonly found in most fragrances and their products also aid in the support of small farmers and manufacturers around the globe who are interested in bringing quality products to market.

One of my favorite fragrances from their collection is Vert 9. For a scent that is
very masculine and earthy, it’s also very bright and energetic. It opens very grassy and refreshing and over time after nestling into the skin becomes woody. Rodney says when he created it, he wanted to capture a true earth feeling. Some of the developing notes include galbanum, citrus, cardamom and a layering of woods.

I find myself wearing Vert 9 on the weekends, which is when I can finally take a break from the craziness I experienced during the week and often, leaves me rundown. It’s very clarifying and uplifting and I love how grounded it makes me feel while enhancing my natural aura. For that reason, its been receiving heavy rotation and will continue to do so throughout the spring and summer.

Vert 9 by Therapeutate – .5 oz $27.50



Banana Republic Classic

Often times, packaging can make all the difference in the world. Case in point, this weekend I went to a Pinot Noir tasting and it came down to two from different regions but both were quite tasty. As I stood conversing with the attendant, I openly said this one is going to come down to aesthetic. He chuckled! But think about it, you’re entertaining friends and you’ve gone through the trouble to decorate as uniquely as you can, you certainly want your wine presentation to be up to par. To wine aficionados, this would be considered downright dumb. But these two wines were so closely matched that I needed something to push me over the edge. The bottle I picked, which was actually also picked by about 95% of the other customers that attended the tasting, possessed a sophisticated looking label while the other seemed a bit playful…either my palette was in tuned with the other patrons or the labels beauty nudged some decisions. All that to say that when I received my sample of Banana Republic’s Classic, it was in the most unassuming bottle…downright plain Jane so I couldn’t be persuaded by anything other than the scent. All I had running through my head was my own skepticism. Fragrance is the last thing I associate with them. If I need a reasonably good priced sweater, jacket or shirt, I’ll see what they have to offer because they have great staple pieces and every now and then, they produce a winner. Well, one of those winners for me this season is Classic.

As part of Banana Republic’s 30th Anniversary, they decided to reintroduce an updated version of Classic. Originally launched in 1995 as an Eau de Toilette, the limited edition remixed version is being offered as an Eau de Parfum. From the moment I sprayed this on myself, I felt refreshed. The scent has a sweet crispness to it that one would associate with a summer scent but is being offered August-December. That makes me like this even more as its a bit unconventional. As fall rolls around so do the scents that are heavily woody and spicy and this is far from that. While cedar wood, ginger musk and teak wood make up the dry down notes, the freshness of the top and middle notes, which include grapefruit zest, bergamot mandarin citrus, lavender and honeysuckle, really dominate. So while your compadres will be smelling like burnt wood, or leather or a bunch of spices, you’ll have the cool, crisp edge of Classic to set you apart.

By the way, the bottle looks good too.