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Friday, April 16, 2010

nanette by nanette lepore - the Mother's Day Gift Set

TEXT, Mark Behnke and Vivian G. Kelly-Van Zutphen

Call us grumpy, but we hate Hallmark Holidays, and we'll lump Mother's Day into that.
Mother's Day requires gifting and restaurant reservations at over-crowded venues, and lots of planning, if you play by the rules.

Known by our nearest and dearest for "doing our own thing", this year, we have a plan that's a happy compromise. May 9th, we're going to run in the "Run Like a Mother" 5k at 9:00a.m. , then have our Mother over for lunch on our patio and gift her with a Nanette Lepore Gift Set. Downtown PR firm, Bratskeir & Company sent us the new nanette by nanette lepore to sample.
Our "nose" is admittedly shot after a deviated septum surgery 5 years ago. Nanette's inspiration sounded wonderful, "I wanted to create a fragrance that would make women feel as if they were enveloped in something soft and amazing."
To find out if nanette really IS amazing, we gave our Boston-based fragrance contributor, Mark Behnke, a call. Mark is the Managing Editor at, the New in Niche columnist on, and the Men's Style Editor at"

Mark's nose is as fine tuned as a Stradivarius violin, so what he says goes.
Below, his review on Nanette's latest fragrance.

Nanette by Nanete Lepore, is the second floral fragrance from Nanette Lepore and it improves on the original. To create this fragrance, the designer partnered with Elizabeth Arden and perfumer Anne Flipo of International Flavors and Fragrances. Nanette by Nanette Lepore is better [than Nanette Lepore] because they added some depth to the floral character of Nanette Lepore by adding in some amber and musk to the original. It is also more identifiably rose centered than the original and a touch more intense. That added intensity makes it a good spring fragrances for warm days and cool evenings.

We bopped into the Nanette Lepore boutique last Saturday to look at the Mother's Day Gift Set box. Packaging is such a key element of fragrance and we've bought in the past because we fell in love with the packaging, as we did with this one.
We loved the nude blush box with a pretty jet black design detail on the inside. The bottle itself has a romantic vintage feel tp it, and was inspired by some vintage perfume bottles Nanette saw in a Florentine gift shop. Celeb fans such as Scarlett Johnasson, Leighton Meester and Eva Longoria, will be adding this fragrance as the finishing touch to their Nanette clothing collections.

Mother’s Day Gift Set Contains:

2.5 fl oz/ 75 ml Eau de Parfum Spray
3.4 fl oz/ 100 ml Sensual Body Lotion
0.16 oz/ 5 ml Deluxe Mini Parfum

Pricing & Availability
$95, available at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus

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