Air It Out With Tom Binns for Lisa Hoffman Beauty Fragrance Diffusing Pendants
Chances are, at some point in your childhood or adolescence you heard someone suggest that you spritz your fragrance into the air then walk into the misty air so as to have the scent swathe your whole being, thereby guaranteeing that it won’t register as overly potent or intrusive. The downfall of this method, of course, is its unavoidable ephemerality — more often that not, the faint trail of a fragrance only hovers above your being for a few hours before it dissipates completely, leaving you yearning for a bottle of your preferred perfume. Now imagine if you could wear a diffuser of sorts, so that there your favorite fragrance could always emanate outward from the center of your being, greeting those around you with its inviting, alluring quality. Well, this is in, essence, the concept behind Lisa Hoffman Beauty‘s array of fragrance jewelry. After winning over perfume pundits with her array of scented roll-on oils, Hoffman pondered the many ways in which she could package and produce these fragrances so as to fit the needs of her diverse clientele, coming up with eau de parfum sprays for traditionalist sorts, then envisioning more portable and adventurous options for her forward-thinking fans. She soon decided to produce her now famous fragrance beads, small pea-sized balls made of eco-friendly materials, each imbued with fine fragrance oils so as to diffuse the desired scent for weeks at a time. And, as a play on the notion of “wearing” perfume, Hoffman introduced a series of delicate jewelry pieces with spherical charms — mainly earrings and necklaces with cagework details — in which to encase the fragrance beads.
This fall, Hoffman has taken her fragrance jewelry one step further by collaborating with jewelry designer Tom Binns, whose luxurious but punk-flavored pieces has amassed fans ranging from Michelle Obama and Kelly Ripa to Drew Barrymore and Taylor Momsen. The Tom Binns for Lisa Hoffman Beauty collection, then, incorporates an assortment of elongated, pod-shaped, bulbous rhodium pendants coated in shiny gold, deep bronze, silver, rose gold, or matte gold, each dangling from a dainty 30″-long snake chain measuring 2mm in width. Each pendant features a perforations all along its surface, with larger vents at the center and smaller holes along the upper and lower tops — a strategic design that both allows for maximum ventilation of the fragrance beads inside the casing and yields a sophisticated visual effect reminiscent of bubbles floating inside a champagne flute.
Each pendant retails for $250 at LisaHoffmanBeauty.com and comes with a 1/8 ounce jar of refillable fragrance beads (albeit in a pre-determined scent correlating to the specific metal of the pendant). Though you initially have to purchase the pendant with its corresponding fragrance bead scent, then, you can always buy additional jars of your favorite fragrance beads and load those into the charm so as to better customize your scent-ual experience.
That being said, it’s interesting to see how each metal was married to a specific scent, how the feel of each color and finish was matched to the feel of a particular Lisa Hoffman scent. The Tom Binns Brushed Gold Pendant ($250 at LisaHoffmanBeauty.com), for instance, comes with a jar of Madagascar Orchid fragrance beads, so that the dainty femininity of the classic gold was associated with the scent’s harmony of romantic jasmine, ylang ylang dew, mimosa, and pink peony notes. The Tom Binns Deep Bronze Pendant $250 at LisaHoffmanBeauty.com, meanwhile, comes with Japanese Agarwood fragrance beads, a scent that’s decidedly earthier and more exotic, with bergamot, spiced ginger, and warm amber notes adding a spicy kick. The French Clary Sage fragrance was linked to the Tom Binns Silver Pendant ($250 at LisaHoffmanBeauty.com) to accentuate the clean sophistication of both the watery but green scent and the cool crisp silver charm. The gourmand-flavored Tuscan Fig fragrance, meanwhile, was tied to the Tom Binns Rose Gold Pendant ($250 at LisaHoffmanBeauty.com), with the vanilla ben, honeysuckle, and coconut wood notes harmonizing with the rose gold finish to emphasize warmth, radiance, and sweetness. Lastly, the Tom Binns Shiny Gold Pendant ($250 at LisaHoffmanBeauty.com) comes with Tunisian Neroli fragrance beads for a Cleopatra-sized dose of glamour, with the alluring sheen of the charm correlating to the flashy, extravagant, seductive quality of the neroli flower, ylang ylang, and golden amber notes.
To become better acquainted with the pendants and scents or to order a necklace of your very own, visit LisaHoffmanBeaty.com