213Deli x Gloss Angeles 2023 Best in Beauty - Fragrance Wardrobe

by Nicole Collins

I absolutely adore beauty. I fall all the way in with love brands, brand stories, founder stories,
specific products for specific reasons and with scents for the memories.

About twenty years ago I sat myself down and asked one of the most important questions of my
life. What the hell am I going to do for a living? As an Aries, I knew I had to pursue a career
that I was absolutely in love with because I’m either totally passionate or I don’t care at all and
there is no in between.

During my soul searching I thought about the way in which I fell in love with fragrance. In
college, I spent a summer in London. The original Jo Malone store was on my walking route
from home to my internship. (This was the original Jo Malone before it was acquired by Estee
Lauder. The real Jo Malone.) I stopped in every single day. The shopgirl and I became
friends. She told me every detail about every scent. I spritzed myself with each fragrance and
wore a different one to dinner every night. By the end of the summer I had decided upon
Vintage Gardenia, and I spent what felt like a lot of money at the time on this gorgeous bottle of
magical perfume. I remember more about that Jo Malone store than my internship from the
summer or the friends I made.

Needless to say, I chose to pursue a career in beauty because there are few things in life I am
quite as passionate about.

I wore Jo Malone’s Vintage Gardenia throughout my twenties. I switched between that and the
much more affordable Pacifica Gardenia solid perfume from Whole Foods because it was also
lovely and only $10. Honestly, the boys always commented on the Pacifica scent but my
favorite was the Jo Malone.

I know my love for beauty is slightly abnormal. Rather than wine or flowers, I bring people
beauty products as hostess gifts when I’m invited to dinners. I also know everyone has at least
one memory that is triggered by a scent. Whether it’s the perfume your beautiful mother wore
when she put you to bed as a child or the smell of grandma’s home cooked speciality, everyone
has a memory attached to scent.

In our brains, scents are handled by the olfactory bulb, the structure in the front of the brain that
sends information to the other areas of the body’s central command for further processing.
Smells take a direct route to the limbic system, the regions of the brain related to emotion and
memory, which is why you can’t remember the password you created online yesterday but you
can distinctly remember what cologne your first boyfriend wore.

Perfume is the perfect gift whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else. Scent is an
entire experience and can leave lasting memories making a little bottle of liquid something
totally magical.

GLOSS ANGELES X 213DELI

Kirbie Johnson and Sara Tan, co-hosts of my favorite beauty podcast Gloss Angeles, are
beauty junkies like me, and they love fragrance as much as I do. When they suggested putting
together a fragrance wardrobe for 213Deli, I was delighted!

These two give amazing beauty advice because they know their stuff. Kirbie spent 8 years at
POPSUGAR testing beauty products and building their beauty video vertical. She has tested
thousands of beauty products and produced over 500 beauty segments and interviewed dozen
of beauty brand founders. Kirbie’s a freelance beauty editor who has written for everyone that
matters including Allure, Elle, Glamour, The Hollywood Reporter, The Cut, Byrdie and more.

Sara Tan became the Beauty Director at Refinery29 after spending seven years as the Senior
Fashion and Beauty editor at Bustle. She’s a beauty junkie and writer who has contributed to all
of the women’s and lifestyle publications that matter including Allure, InStyle, People, Parents,
Coveteur, BRIDES, and Women’s Health and more.

Kirbie and Sara have chosen three epic fragrances as their 2023 Best in Beauty Fragrance
Wardrobe: Phlur’s Father Figure, Ellis Brooklyn WEST and Jennifer Meyer’s Fragrance.

PHLUR FATHER FIGURE

If you visit Phlur’s website, Father Figure is described as “Commanding yet tender at the same
time. Rooted in lushness, FATHER FIGURE is a vivid green fragrance that captures the intimate
feeling of cool. Opening with fleshy fig and dewy cassis, then folding into a creamy sandalwood,
orris root, vanilla madagascar, FATHER FIGURE is layered and vibrant. Skin musks and sheer
patchouli add intimacy and sensuality.”

In an interview, Phlur founder Chriselle Lim described the scent this way – Father Figure is
almost like the new Chriselle. Everyone’s saying, ‘I love this era of Chriselle.’ It’s the I don’t give
a fuck era. I would always envision myself being this badass woman… that is just hot and
feeling so confident, and living up to her full potential. She’s shining bright, and she just does
not give a fuck…

ELLIS BROOKLYN WEST

Bee Shapiro created Ellis Brooklyn after writing about beauty for the New York Times for over a
decade. She had fallen in love with beauty, especially fragrance — “it’s a powerful, invisible
language that can tell a story or conjure a keen memory in one concise sniff. Especially in our
world of non-stop, intense visual imagery, fragrance reconnects us to our sense of smell but
also to a present state of mind.”

In her words, “Inspired by Los Angeles writers of the ’70s, West bursts forth with the energy of a
brilliant new idea and develops into a story that’s nuanced and devastatingly beautiful.”

WEST has top notes of blood orange, clementine, lemon and basil that venture into mid notes of
pear blossom, water lily and ginger and finally settle into vetiver, amber and oakmoss.

JENNIFER MEYER

Jennifer Meyer, a native Angeleno like myself, launched her fine jewelry collection in 2005. The
brand is founded on the idea that jewelry should be more than an accessory. Each design is
intended to become a seamless extension of those wearing it — a symbol of luck, celebration
and love. One of my absolute favorite pieces is the FUCK stud earring, though she has plenty
of softer designs as well featuring hamsas and hearts.

As a seamless extension of her creativity she recently launched a gorgeous fragrance called
Jennifer Meyer. The fresh scent evokes the feeling of a sun drenched day spent by the ocean.
With top notes of cranberry, strawberry, and coconut water and layers of waterlily and white
floral accord, the scent is a personal expression that represents Jen’s childhood memories of
growing up in Malibu.

“Days spent on the beach are some of my favorite memories. I wanted to bottle up the scent of
that yummy, fresh air and happy summer feeling to make it last forever.”

GLOSS ANGELES x 213DELI 2023 BEST IN BEAUTY FRAGRANCE WARDROBE

We’ve put together our 2023 Best In Beauty Fragrance Wardrobe with this three piece collection
of travel sized scents. Each is inspired by our home town of Los Angeles.

“We love pairing different fragrances together to create a unique wardrobe of scents to play with.
In the Fragrance Wardrobe, Phlur, Ellis Brooklyn and Jennifer Meyer come together in this curated
aromatic kit.

The best part of testing new perfume is figuring out exactly what notes speak to you. Do you
prefer commanding fragrances like Phlur’s Father Figure, which features notes of fig, cassis,
sandalwood and madagascar vanilla to make you feel cool in the boardroom or the classroom?
Or do you prefer bright citrusy scents, like WEST from Ellis Brooklyn, which was inspired by the
Los Angeles writers of the ‘70s. Blood orange, basil, pear blossom and ginger will leave you
feeling refreshed and positive. Or maybe Jennifer Meyer’s eponymous fragrance feels like home
to you — it was inspired by her childhood on the beach in Malibu. Notes of cranberry, strawberry,
coconut water and neroli make it feel like an endless summer… even when it’s snowing out.

Whether you’re a fragrance fiend or just getting into figuring out the best perfumes for you, this
trio is the perfect jumping off point. (And makes an excellent gift for coworkers, dog walkers, and
nieces!)” Kirbie & Sara

213Deli editors are beauty experts with eons of years of experience under our belts. We’ve tried it all and keep on trying everything new that comes out in an effort to save you the headache of wasting your time and money on things that aren’t worth it. We only write about and recommend products we truly love and are pretty sure you’ll also love. All products are chosen independently by our editorial team. If you buy something we link to, 213Deli may earn a commission.
I absolutely adore beauty. I fall all the way in with love brands, brand stories, founder stories, specific products for specific reasons and with scents for the memories.
About twenty years ago I sat myself down and asked one of the most important questions of my life. What the hell am I going to do for a living? As an Aries, I knew I had to pursue a career that I was absolutely in love with because I’m either totally passionate or I don’t care at all and there is no in between.
During my soul searching I thought about the way in which I fell in love with fragrance. In college, I spent a summer in London. The original Jo Malone store was on my walking route from home to my internship. (This was the original Jo Malone before it was acquired by Estee Lauder. The real Jo Malone.) I stopped in every single day. The shopgirl and I became friends. She told me every detail about every scent. I spritzed myself with each fragrance and wore a different one to dinner every night. By the end of the summer I had decided upon Vintage Gardenia, and I spent what felt like a lot of money at the time on this gorgeous bottle of magical perfume. I remember more about that Jo Malone store than my internship from the summer or the friends I made.
Needless to say, I chose to pursue a career in beauty because there are few things in life I am quite as passionate about.
I wore Jo Malone’s Vintage Gardenia throughout my twenties. I switched between that and the much more affordable Pacifica Gardenia solid perfume from Whole Foods because it was also lovely and only $10. Honestly, the boys always commented on the Pacifica scent but my favorite was the Jo Malone.
I know my love for beauty is slightly abnormal. Rather than wine or flowers, I bring people beauty products as hostess gifts when I’m invited to dinners. I also know everyone has at least one memory that is triggered by a scent. Whether it’s the perfume your beautiful mother wore when she put you to bed as a child or the smell of grandma’s home cooked speciality, everyone has a memory attached to scent.
In our brains, scents are handled by the olfactory bulb, the structure in the front of the brain that sends information to the other areas of the body’s central command for further processing. Smells take a direct route to the limbic system, the regions of the brain related to emotion and memory, which is why you can’t remember the password you created online yesterday but you can distinctly remember what cologne your first boyfriend wore.
Perfume is the perfect gift whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else. Scent is an entire experience and can leave lasting memories making a little bottle of liquid something totally magical.
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What’s more? Everyone who purchases The Fragrance Wardrobe is entered to win EVERY PRODUCT IN EVERY 213Deli x Gloss Angeles COLLECTION! That’s 15 products worth over $425! Three winners will be announced December 8th at 5pm PST.
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GLOSS ANGELES X 213DELI

Kirbie Johnson and Sara Tan, co-hosts of my favorite beauty podcast Gloss Angeles, are beauty junkies like me, and they love fragrance as much as I do. When they suggested putting together a fragrance wardrobe for 213Deli, I was delighted!

These two give amazing beauty advice because they know their stuff. Kirbie spent 8 years at POPSUGAR testing beauty products and building their beauty video vertical. She has tested thousands of beauty products and produced over 500 beauty segments and interviewed dozen of beauty brand founders. Kirbie’s a freelance beauty editor who has written for everyone that matters including Allure, Elle, Glamour, The Hollywood Reporter, The Cut, Byrdie and more.

Sara Tan became the Beauty Director at Refinery29 after spending seven years as the Senior Fashion and Beauty editor at Bustle. She’s a beauty junkie and writer who has contributed to all of the women’s and lifestyle publications that matter including Allure, InStyle, People, Parents, Coveteur, BRIDES, and Women’s Health and more.

Kirbie and Sara have chosen three epic fragrances as their 2023 Best in Beauty Fragrance
Wardrobe: Phlur’s Father Figure, Ellis Brooklyn WEST and Jennifer Meyer’s Fragrance.

Gloss angeles

PHLUR FATHER FIGURE

If you visit Phlur’s website, Father Figure is described as “Commanding yet tender at the same time. Rooted in lushness, FATHER FIGURE is a vivid green fragrance that captures the intimate feeling of cool. Opening with fleshy fig and dewy cassis, then folding into a creamy sandalwood, orris root, vanilla madagascar, FATHER FIGURE is layered and vibrant. Skin musks and sheer patchouli add intimacy and sensuality.”

In an interview, Phlur founder Chriselle Lim described the scent this way – Father Figure is
almost like the new Chriselle. Everyone’s saying, ‘I love this era of Chriselle.’ It’s the I don’t give a fuck era. I would always envision myself being this badass woman… that is just hot and feeling so confident, and living up to her full potential. She’s shining bright, and she just does not give a fuck…

Gloss angeles

ELLIS BROOKLYN WEST

Bee Shapiro created Ellis Brooklyn after writing about beauty for the New York Times for over a decade. She had fallen in love with beauty, especially fragrance — “it’s a powerful, invisible language that can tell a story or conjure a keen memory in one concise sniff. Especially in our world of non-stop, intense visual imagery, fragrance reconnects us to our sense of smell but also to a present state of mind.”

In her words, “Inspired by Los Angeles writers of the ’70s, West bursts forth with the energy of a
brilliant new idea and develops into a story that’s nuanced and devastatingly beautiful.”

WEST has top notes of blood orange, clementine, lemon and basil that venture into mid notes of pear blossom, water lily and ginger and finally settle into vetiver, amber and oakmoss.
Gloss angeles

JENNIFER MEYER

Jennifer Meyer, a native Angeleno like myself, launched her fine jewelry collection in 2005. The
brand is founded on the idea that jewelry should be more than an accessory. Each design is
intended to become a seamless extension of those wearing it — a symbol of luck, celebration
and love. One of my absolute favorite pieces is the FUCK stud earring, though she has plenty
of softer designs as well featuring hamsas and hearts.

As a seamless extension of her creativity she recently launched a gorgeous fragrance called Jennifer Meyer. The fresh scent evokes the feeling of a sun drenched day spent by the ocean. With top notes of cranberry, strawberry, and coconut water and layers of waterlily and white floral accord, the scent is a personal expression that represents Jen’s childhood memories of growing up in Malibu.

“Days spent on the beach are some of my favorite memories. I wanted to bottle up the scent of
that yummy, fresh air and happy summer feeling to make it last forever.”

GLOSS ANGELES x 213DELI 2023 BEST IN BEAUTY FRAGRANCE WARDROBE

We’ve put together our 2023 Best In Beauty Fragrance Wardrobe with this three piece collection
of travel sized scents. Each is inspired by our home town of Los Angeles.

“We love pairing different fragrances together to create a unique wardrobe of scents to play with. In the Fragrance Wardrobe, Phlur, Ellis Brooklyn and Jennifer Meyer come together in this curated aromatic kit.
The best part of testing new perfume is figuring out exactly what notes speak to you. Do you prefer commanding fragrances like Phlur’s Father Figure, which features notes of fig, cassis, sandalwood and madagascar vanilla to make you feel cool in the boardroom or the classroom? Or do you prefer bright citrusy scents, like WEST from Ellis Brooklyn, which was inspired by the Los Angeles writers of the ‘70s. Blood orange, basil, pear blossom and ginger will leave you feeling refreshed and positive. Or maybe Jennifer Meyer’s eponymous fragrance feels like home to you — it was inspired by her childhood on the beach in Malibu. Notes of cranberry, strawberry, coconut water and neroli make it feel like an endless summer… even when it’s snowing out.
Whether you’re a fragrance fiend or just getting into figuring out the best perfumes for you, this trio is the perfect jumping off point. (And makes an excellent gift for coworkers, dog walkers, and nieces!)” Kirbie & Sara
213Deli editors are beauty experts with eons of years of experience under our belts. We’ve tried it all and keep on trying everything new that comes out in an effort to save you the headache of wasting your time and money on things that aren’t worth it. We only write about and recommend products we truly love and are pretty sure you’ll also love. All products are chosen independently by our editorial team. If you buy something we link to, 213Deli may earn a commission.