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Perfume

Hot Shopping: Lady Gaga Offers Black Magic

No stranger to controversy—some might say she actively courts it—Lady Gaga has debuted a dark-hued fragrance called Fame, which the pop songstress says “smells like an expensive hooker.” Wondering what exactly that scent entails? Well, the opaque liquid, which becomes translucent when sprayed, is composed of belladonna, saffron, honey, apricot nectar, crushed tiger orchid and jasmine sambac for a floral and fruity scent. Inhale the aroma for yourself; pick up a bottle, $89 for 100 mL, at The Bay.

Hot Shopping: Book Smart

If you’ve ever tried to capture a special moment to save for a grey day, you’re not alone. Mémoire Liquide Reserve Edition Books, available exclusively at Murale, attempts to do exactly that: bottle the sight, smell, sound, taste or even feel of first love or a sun-drenched vacation, preserving the happy memories for eternity—or at least while you spritz. From sibling beauty experts Robin Coe-Hutshing and Jennifer Coe-Bakewell come five fragrances that tap into everyday emotions and nostalgia as well as momentous events. Each scent ($95) comes in a book-shaped box, accompanied by a story about how the fragrance was created and what mood it’s meant to evoke. Try coconut milk and Tahitian vanilla, for example, as a recollection of a tropical vacation.

October Editor’s Picks: Shopping

Tod's driving shoe ($498)

Tod's driving shoe

1. Men’s style emporium Harry Rosen adds another notch to its belt with the inclusion of a new shop-in-shop. Tod’s, the distinguished Italian footwear and leather goods company, lays down tracks with a 200 square-foot space, the first of its kind in Canada. Nestled on the second floor of Harry Rosen’s Bloor Street West flagship shop—alongside such other pre-eminent brands as Armani Collezioni and Dolce & Gabbana—the modern masculine showroom bedecked in polished metal and leather boasts a commanding back wall featuring Tod’s illustrious shoes, such as the popular driving shoe ($498). Other small leather products as well as supple bags are also on display.

Guerlain's latest perfume, Idylle

Guerlain's Idylle perfume

2. Venerable perfumery Guerlain shakes up its stately image with the debut of a new fragrance aimed at younger customers. Established in 1828, the French company gives its century-old formula an update with Idylle ($82 to $148), a scent named to suggest languid afternoons of daydreaming. A subtle bouquet of freesia, lilac, peony, jasmine, lily of the valley, chypre—containing patchouli and white musk—and Bulgarian roses, the perfume has serious contemporary cachet. Not only is it represented by rising French starlet Nora Arnezeder, its teardrop-shaped bottle was created by hipster designer Ora Ïto, who is known for his product parodies of items from Louis Vuitton and Apple.

Think Pink bath bomb from Lush

Think Pink bath bomb from Lush

3. Shop guilt-free and for charity with these pink picks for breast cancer awareness month. Proceeds from the purchase of each item support breast cancer research.

>> Model, actress and Estée Lauder spokesperson Elizabeth Hurley hand-picked a lip shade collection ($30)—composed of a lipstick, gloss and pencil that fits in a mirrored compact; available at Holt Renfrew and The Bay.

>> Bath time gets a boost with a Think Pink bath bomb ($5.95) from Lush, which fizzles in the water as it unleashes heart-shaped confetti.

>> Write for a good cause with BIC Sheaffer’s brushed stainless steel pen and pencil duo ($27), available at Grand & Toy (College Park, 777 Bay St., 416-977-5100).