A well-manicured scent statement

A well-manicured scent statement

By Deborah Fulsang

A carefully chosen perfume and a sassy manicure: Now those are beauty statements that truly reveal the personality of today’s girl about town.
Recognizing that, Essie has teamed with Ralph Lauren in a limited-edition beauty offering that promises to help one express their individual style this spring, from tips to toes.

The blockbuster nail brand taps Rita Remark, its Lead Nail Artist in Canada, who has taken inspiration from each one of Ralph Lauren’s four Big Pony women’s fragrances and then cherry-picked a hue to match. She also suggests a customized mani pattern to take each particular polish from the merely pretty to the fully customized and fashion-forward.

If Blue No.1 The Sporty Fragrance, a crisp upbeat spritz with grapefruit and blue lotus, is up your fragrance alley then how about preppy diagonally striped nails in blue, red and yellow stripes to go with?

Remark crafted a fancy checkerboard pattern to match the cranberry-and-tonka-bean-laced, fruity floriental character of the Pink No.2 The Sensual Fragrance. The spirit: Classic with a flirty, romantic spin.

Fun, upbeat, sunshiny: To align with the No.3 The Free-Spirited Fragrance’s happy nature via plush pear and mimosa notes, the Essie nail artist thinks flowers would be perfect—in cheery yellow, orange and red of course.

Big Pony No.4 The Stylish Fragrance is an oriental floral full of cherries and amber; sweet but rich. To match: Remark channels a 70s-style pattern in purple, turquoise, red and yellow.

50 ml fragrance and one Essie nail polish, $67 (for the pair), at The Bay and Sears.


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Deborah Fulsang has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering news and trends in the worlds of style—in fashion and beauty, design and décor, food and entertaining. Her long-held love of fragrance led her to launch The Whale & The Rose, a destination for all things perfume-related. Now, when she indulges in a crazy-expensive bottle of fragrance, she can do so guilt-free. Well almost. It’s all in the name of research after all.