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Fragrance Review: Isabela Capeto


One of the highlights of visiting the beauty breakfast was meeting Isabela Capeto, a Brazilian designer with an eye for creating quirky, bright, breezy clothing. She was there to introduce her signature fragrance, which is available exclusively at Henri Bendel in the states.

After smelling so many floral and citrus scents lately, exploring Isabela Capeto — the fragrance, not the woman — was a wonderful change of pace. The scent is complex with distinctive notes, rather than a muddle of too-similar scents. It's spicy, warm, and earthy without being too Burning Man.

At first sniff, you'll discover top notes lifted straight from the kitchen. The cardamom and black pepper are intriguing, and they'll definitely perk you up. From there, the scent becomes cinnamon-y, with just the right hint of apricot and Brazilian lily. After a few moments, it dries down to a woodsy mix of cedar, amber, sandalwood, and vetiver.

This might sound like a lot, but it works: The scent isn't heavy at all. And although it's marketed as a women's perfume, the vetiver adds a touch of androgyny, making this a fragrance that would wear well on both men and women. It's also available as a set of three candles, which I'm planning to use to create a warm, bring-the-outdoors-in environment during this chilly weekend.

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