Sniff This: A Tantalizing Trio from Benefit

by Sonja on June 1, 2009

Benefit is on a roll. Last week I gave you a preview of their seductive new face powder one hot minute. While I was getting that sneak peek, I sniffed a tantalizing, new trio of sophisticated scents inspired by travels to Crescent Row in England, which are also slated to debut in July.

All in the Family This also marks an addition to the Benefit family. The San Francisco-based line was founded by twins Jean and Jane Ford. Now Jean’s daughters Maggie and Anne are getting into the mix. These fragrances are the result of the excitement the daughters experienced on an adventure visiting Bath, England, where they stumbled upon the Royal Crescent filled with distinctive architecture and personality. And thus each of the three fanciful eau de toilettes has a distinct personality – each corresponding to a different flat on the row.

Who’s That Gal?
There’s the playful laugh with Lee Lee – my personal favorite. I love the fresh fruitiness of the melon and citrus balanced with a woody floral that includes black violet, lily, jasmine, amber, blonde wood, and santal. Benefit describes her as having a “playful wink and mischievous style.” Yeah, I’m in touch with that.

Next up is something about Sofia, described as “an incredible girl, Sofia draws you right in” and “defies all prediction.” This is an Oriental floral with top notes of mango and freesia with things like sheer lily and peony petal in the middle, and musk and white caramel as bottom notes.

And last but not least, my place or yours Gina “knows you should always get what you want, so sinfully sexy, her allure is unjust.” This is a woody Oriental with a beguiling blend that includes pink pepper, bergamot, tangerine, peony, wild raspberry, patchouli, and vanilla. In keeping with Benefit’s unique style, the packaging is delightfully creative. They come in stylish bottles inspired by vintage martini shakers and are boxed up in their own little, well-appointed apartments. Surely, one will strike your fancy. These three ladies will hit stores in July. Each one-ounce bottle will run $36.

Do Tell

So what do you think of these new creations? Are you inspired to stop by for a sniff? What do you think of the Crescent Row inspiration? Ever been there? Do tell.

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Crescent Row photo by mikeleary83

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1 Liv Lundelius June 1, 2009 at 4:37 am

Great design of the packaging and with the the bottels!!!
golden martini shakers wow!
Can i get 1 whiskey sour please?
I guess “My place or yours Gina” be my favorite…
But i am still in love with my perfume I am wearing for years …can’t break up now!

Liv Lundelius’s last blog post..thats how people role in Iceland


2 Sonja June 1, 2009 at 11:07 am

❤ Liv, yes, aren’t those golden bottles ridiculously gorgeous? Perfect for a female 007! Those bottles are definitely worth saving for years to come.


3 jennine June 1, 2009 at 1:20 pm

ahah… you know, i would love to take a gander at this, as my favorite perfume for a long time, was ‘maybe baby’… they have such nice feminine perfumes.


4 Patti Lee June 1, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Wow - all I can say is that I LOVE their packageing - any chance they would make stamps out of this for us to create some fun boxes?

Patti Lee’s last blog post..Fold Up Circle Table Top Card


5 Tricia June 1, 2009 at 7:23 pm

I was introduced to these awesome new Crescent Row ladies last week at my local Benefit boutique, and I am all signed up for Gina! However…I might have to get LeeLee too!

Tricia’s last blog post..Mother’s Day


6 Sonja June 2, 2009 at 4:38 pm

❤ jennine, yes, ‘maybe baby,’ is fantastic. I also adore ‘b spot.’ They have a knack for great fragrances.
❤ Patti, you are too funny! I love that idea. I could totally go for some Benefit rubber stamps!
❤ Tricia, I hadn’t even thought of pre-orders. But that certainly makes sense (d’oh, didn’t even mean to be punny). It’s definitely hard to choose when they present us with three great choices. But you’re right… why choose just one?! :)


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