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#WIN with Hot 91.9fm and The Fragrance Queen. Tune in to #LunchWithLloyd this Sunday, 21 May 2017 for the #MarcJacobs special between noon and 3pm, when Lloyd will be chatting to renowned fragrance expert, Liz Ferrett. If ever there was a person who knows all there is to know about fragrance, it’s Liz Ferrett! She’s been in the industry for 34 years.

Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer born in New York, he is best known for his Marc Jacobs label which he launched in 1986, he then launched Marc by Marc Jacobs in 2001.

He became the creative director of Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2013.

He launched his 1st woman’s fragrance 2001 & men’s fragrance in 2002.

Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence

The fragrance is radiance sensual floral. The fragrance is a sparkling expression of opulence & sophistication, it’s addictive & you can’t get enough of it. It has champagne, orange blossom & dreamy bergamot in the top note. The heart of the fragrance has gardenia, hydrangea accord, honey suckle & iris flower. The soul has saffron, vanilla & liquid amber

The bottle was inspired by one of Marc Jacobs iconic handbags. It is truly glamorous, its emerald green with a python pattern lid & gold chain handle with a black tassel.

You could stand a chance to #WINMarc Jacobs Divine Decadence 50ml fragrance, when you send QUEEN, your NAME and ANSWER to the weekly question via WhatsApp (084 2212 919) 

This Weeks Question: True or False? Crushing the fragrance on your wrists improves its scent?

Winners will be announced every Sunday between noon and 3pm during #LunchWithLloyd on #Hot919fm.

Here are a few handy tips and tricks as well as fascinating facts we learnt from Liz:

  • Women began wearing fragrance more than 5 000 years ago. They used incense and beetle blood to create their perfumes. One of the first recorded manufactured perfumes was Chanel No 5, which was launched in 1921.
  • When going to buy a fragrance, do not smell more than three at a time. Your nose confuses the brain so you won’t get the true scent – even if you sniff coffee beans in between.
  • Never buy a fragrance just because it smells good on a friend.
  • Your fragrance requires at least 30 minutes to develop on your skin, so if you have sampled fragrances (only three, remember!) go have a coffee and if, after 30 minutes, you still love the smell – you’re good to go buying!
  • The biggest fragrance no-no is rubbing your perfume. Fragrance in broken up into three parts, a top note – this is the first impression of a scent; then comes the heart of the fragrance – this is the dominant or core scent, and then the soul – which is the base note and triggers the memories.
  • When you rub your perfume, you actually break down the scent.
    • It is best to sample fragrance in the afternoon – as your nose is at its most keen.
    • If you have dry skin, apply some lotion onto your skin first before spraying on your perfume, this way the scent will last longer.
  • Direct sunlight will quickly degrade the quality of your perfume, so keep it in a dark cool place such as in a pretty box in your wardrobe, or your make-up drawer. Bathrooms are another definite no-no. The humidity in the bathroom will break down the components of your fragrance.
  • Spray your perfume on the warmer parts of your body – this way it will last longer. Liz recommends on the back of your neck, in the folds of your arms as well as behind your knees (because scent rises).
  • The best time to apply perfume is in the morning straight after a shower. Your scent will last much longer as your body is warmer and your skin will absorb it better.
  • There is no rule that says you cannot mix fragrances – so experiment with mixing them up and see which combos you love most.
  • Do not apply fragrance to your décolletage. It can cause sun spots and aging.
  • Always remember that although you may love a million fragrances it’s important to have a signature perfume.
  • The general rule of not being able to smell your own perfume but being told by others around you that you smell good is very true. If you can smell your own fragrance, it’s not the right one for you or you are applying too much.
  • The most popular fragrance brands are Chanel, Dior, Paco Rabanne and Hugo Boss.

Fragrance also says a lot about your personality. Here is a general guideline to which personalities suit which family of fragrance: 


Floral – Romantic and feminine woman, traditional, well-dressed, delicate make-up, tailored clothing. Loves classic romantic movies.
Oriental – Exotic woman who enjoys being bold and standing out with warm sensuality. You like to make a statement when you enter a room.
Fresh – Fuss-free woman who likes exercising, wears little to no make-up and loves the outdoors.
Woody – This is a unique woman who is not afraid to experiment, and is passionate about life in general. An interesting woman.
Gourmand – A woman who likes the finer things in life and is sensual. You love the smell of chocolate, caramel, honey, melon and apple.
Oud – A woman who likes to attract attention, as it lingers on your skin. It’s a mark of powerful status. You flirt easily.

lizferretMore about Liz: She grew up in Durban & started her career in the beauty business many years ago. She joined a fragrance brand which carried many brands under its umbrella.

This is where her love affair for fragrances began & it’s never left her. So much so that she has at any given time at least 10 fragrances to choose from depending on her mood, the type of day it is & her plans for the day.

She has worked for 2 international beauty brands & a luxury retailer & now do fragrance journey presentations to groups of woman.

“I am thrilled to be joining Lloyd on Sundays @ 1.30 on all aspects of fragrances.” – Liz Ferrett

Her favourite scents that have nothing to do with fragrance include … lavender – which reminds her of her parents’ garden growing up, neroli ( a fusion of flowers and oranges), and her husband’s chicken curry.

She’s a travel fanatic! ‘When I’m not working I spend most of my time planning travel trips … I love researching and learning more about the cultures of different countries around the world so I adore travelling the world – I honestly cannot pick a favourite country.’

Here are Liz’s top five picks of what every woman should have … a fabulous perfume, a body lotion, friends, a gorgeous man and pretty underwear.

You can follow Liz on Instagram: liz_fragrancequeen or on Twitter: fragrance_queen

You can also send her an email: for any further info you may require.