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With just a spritz of scent, you can join us on a journey of the senses where landmark destinations—from London to Tokyo— are the inspiration for intoxicating fragrances and fragrance picks.

Mamma Mia!Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ Eau de Parfum Spray & Valentino ‘Valentina’ Eau de Parfum

“Discover a brand new perfume or take a mini vacation from your signature scent,” says Kate Fannin, our Beauty Trend editor. “If scents can truly transport you, why not hop to Paris, London, New England, Tokyo or Italy with our destination-inspired perfume picks? No suitcase or passport required!”

Discover our top selected fragrances for spring in our Trending Now guide.

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From tree decorating to caroling, it’s no wonder so many people call this ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.’ Take on the season of merrymaking and holiday-proof your home with a few of our favorite aromatic scents.

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November 13, 2013

Stop and Smell Our Scent Event

Find love at first whiff! Shop our top fall fragrance picks both online and in store, and score an exclusive glass perfume tray* with any $125 fragrance purchase.

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This exciting Scent Event offer is available through November 20.

Create your own wardrobe of fall fragrances.

*Fragrances shown with tray are not included. One per person, while supply lasts.

Check out a few of our fave fragrance ad campaigns for men, made to be especially enticing to women.

Tailor Made: Actor James Franco for Gucci ‘Made to Measure pour Homme’ Eau de Toilette

“The look of Made to Measure needed to be something extremely special, and this is what we have achieved. It is as stylish and cultivated as our suited protagonist,” says Frida Giannini, creative director of Gucci.

The Essence of the Bottega Veneta Man: Bottega Veneta ‘Pour Homme’ Eau de Toilette

This Nordstrom-exclusive fragrance—the first men’s fragrance for the Italian fashion house—combines touches of leather and labdanum for a masculine finish.

Bello Mio: Model Ryan Burns for Ermenegildo Zegna ‘UOMO’ Eau de Toilette

Developed by renowned perfumer Alberto Morillas, UOMO is a combination of two powerful ingredients: citrus Zegna Bergamot and the floral note Violettyne Captive.

Mad for Mythology: Versace ‘Eros’ Eau de Toilette

Model Brian Shimansky, photographed by Mert and Marcus, transforms into Eros, the Greek god of love, for the new Versace fragrance campaign.

Moved by Music: Burberry ‘Brit Rhythm’ Eau de Toilette Spray

Burberry’s Christopher Bailey put his love for music in a bottle with the launch of Brit Rhythm, a music-inspired fragrance made just for men and modeled above by British babe George Barnett.

The gift that gives back. Shop more men’s fragrances.

“A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.” —Christian Dior

Show everyone that you choose only the best, without saying a word. Pick up one of these Allure Best of Beauty Award fragrance winners and let your perfume do all the talking.

Best Fruity Fragrance | Best Floral Fragrance | Best New Fragrance
Best Classic Fragrance| Best Spicy Fragrance | Best Citrus Fragrance | Best Green Fragrance

See how your favorite beauty products stacked up, and discover some new ones; check out all the winners at Nordstrom in our Allure Best of Beauty Award Winners boutique.

Makeup maven Alex Box captures the art of illumination at Issey Miyake spring/summer 2014, where she led the M·A·C PRO team.

“The makeup for this collection is very fresh and poetic,” says Box, backstage, on the look she crafted alongside Yoshiyuki Miyamae, Issey Miyake’s womenswear designer. “It’s about an absence of makeup and what I’ve left out. I’m playing with lights and shadow, which means creating a very fresh, blue-based look. I’m pressing in points of highlights on the skin, rather than doing just a blanket all over.”

Box achieved an opalescent, watercolor effect.

Get the look using M·A·C Face & Body Foundation.

Head over to The Thread for the complete designer dish on the show.

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Photos by Ford Leland

“Honey, are you home?” is a phrase we’re sure your sweetheart will be uttering thanks to the lingering aroma of the newest fragrance from MARC JACOBS, Honey.

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Created by perfumers Annie Buzantian and Ann Gottlieb, this summery scent ranges from top notes of pear to middle notes of honeysuckle and base notes of vanilla.

MJ’s sparkling, golden touch was present on the runway of his fall/winter 2013 show, where brightness and warmth fused to create an alluring collection.

Floral and fruity, this charismatic scent will flutter and sting the heart.

Another week, another awards show—but this one smells particularly sweet. It’s the annual Fragrance Foundation Awards, given to outstanding olfactory offerings from the past year. Here are some of the standout honorees you can find at Nordstrom.

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Men’s Fragrance Winners:
Fragrance of the Year (Prestige): Tom Ford Noir
Consumer Choice Award: Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò pour Homme
Fragrance of the Year (Luxury): Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud
Media Campaign of the Year: Dolce&Gabbana The One for Men Sport

Women’s Fragrance Winners:
Fragrance of the Year (Luxury): Balenciaga Paris Florabotanica
Consumer Choice Award: GIRLFRIEND by JUSTIN BIEBER
Fragrance of the Year (Prestige): MARC JACOBS Dot
Media Campaign of the Year: Dolce&Gabbana Pour Femme

And now Taylor Swift (wearing Emilio Pucci to the awards show) can add to her abundant collection of pop and country music awards her very own Fragrance Celebrity of the Year award.

(Images courtesy of Emilio Pucci and The Fragrance Foundation)

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With Mother’s Day around the corner, we asked our Beauty Stylists to share their picks for Mother’s Day fragrance gifts.

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kate spade new york live colorfully is one of Nordstrom’s latest exclusive fragrances, and is perfect for spring and Mother’s Day. Mom’s inner sweetheart will shine with crisp, energizing notes of mandarin and pink water lily, and she’ll drift away to a tropical paradise with tiare flower, gardenia, coconut water and Tahitian vanilla. ‘live colorfully’ is feminine and flirty enough for an evening out, yet understatedly fresh and elegant for daytime too. She’ll even delight in the bottle, with its signature kate spade bow.” — Jennifer Kochenour, The Plaza at King of Prussia, PA

“What woman wouldn’t want to wear Jimmy Choo FLASH? This new fragrance set from the coveted shoe designer launched this spring and is exclusive to Nordstrom. FLASH evokes the promise and excitement of a night on the town, and the bottle looks like jewelry for a vanity, with a bulb that catches the light and dazzles the room. The lasting power of this scent is incredible, prevailing long into the evening and smelling as clean and aromatic as when it was first spritzed on. Jimmy Choo is the best accessory for Mother’s Day.” — Alesha Gerner, The Mall at Wellington Green, FL

“New Jo Malone London Osmanthus Blossom is the perfect pairing of citrusy top notes and a sweet honey-peach finish. What I love most about Jo Malone scents is how customizable they are. By mixing two you can create the ultimate one-of-a-kind fragrance to fit your mom’s personality. For a sweeter effect, try mixing Osmanthus Blossom with Nectarine Blossom & Honey. Does she prefer something a little more green or tart? Try blending in Blackberry & Bay Cologne: the effect is simply mouthwatering and completely unique.” — Elyse Reneau, South Coast Plaza, CA

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I Love NY for Mothers by Bond No. 9 is an easy-to-wear, easy-to-love fragrance. Because Bond No. 9 adores New York and mothers, they designed a fragrance to celebrate both. Upgrade your Mother’s Day gift from a bunch of flowers to a gorgeous fragrance she will carry with her all day! A showcase of lily, jasmine and rose, this gift will continue to bloom far past May. Top notes of tangerine and touches of soft amber and sandalwood ensure this will be a gift they will never forget.” — Iris Brostowicz, Michigan Avenue, IL

“The scent in Bottega Veneta’s Fragrance Gift Set evokes the memory of the first rain of spring. Notes of musk and moss create a warm happiness that reminds you of your grandmother’s garden. Bottega Veneta is the perfect fragrance for the elegant and sophisticated woman, and this gift set will make your mother feel extra cherished and loved. Even better, the set includes a fragrance mini perfect for her handbag! To enhance the inspiring qualities of the fragrance, pair the set with a bouquet of fresh flowers or perhaps a pair of Hunter boots!” — Joy Schmitz, Mall of America, MN

Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb Set is a great Mother’s Day gift. The fragrance has a long-lasting scent that stays on all day and is one that men LOVE. Its unique sweet floral scent is perfect year-round. Best of all, the Flowerbomb set offers so many choices for layering: whether it’s lotion or body wash, there are ways to apply the scent all times of day. It is definitely my go-to fragrance no matter what!” — Paula Xiong, Mall of Georgia, GA

Discover more of the many inspired Mother’s Day gifts at Nordstrom.

I don’t think anything sets the mood more for being flirty, sexy, fun, fresh or sophisticated like a captivating aroma. The right fragrance can leave such an indelible mark on our lives, which is why most of us are selective when choosing a scent for a meaningful moment: a first date, a prom, a wedding, a date, an anniversary. We know from that event forward, each time we encounter that scent again, it will take us back to that very memory in our life.

It’s for all these reasons and more that I am excited about our upcoming Spring Scent Event—the perfect time to discover a new fragrance to help celebrate those memories yet to be made.

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Now through May 1, our stores will be offering an exclusive floral glass tray (pictured above) with any $125 women’s fragrance or home fragrance purchase.

Selected stores will also be offering bottle engraving to personalize your fragrance purchases, while others will offer a floral bouquet as an additional gift with your fragrance purchase. All stores will have something going on, so be sure to call and/or visit your favorite Nordstrom store to find out about all of their special offerings.

Speaking of special moments, I’d like to share a few of my signature fragrances that will always have a place in my fond memories.

Tom Ford Noir de Noir | Chloé Eau de Parfum | Jo Malone Lime Basil & Madarin

My favorites for my husband:

John Varvatos Classic | Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb | BLEU DE CHANEL

What are your signature scents? Let us know which special moments they remind you of!

—Debra Redmond, National Beauty Director

P.S. Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is right around the corner (May 12th to be exact); this would be a great time to come in and try a new fragrance for you and pick up something extraordinary for her!

Shop all Mother’s Day Gifts on Nordstrom.com.