Dita Von Teese Continues Fragrance Domination with Erotique

Dita Von Teese continues her reign as creator of the darn sexiest fragrances around. The modern burlesque queen has just released her fourth fragrance called Erotique, which Von Teese herself describes as an “aphrodisiac accomplishment” and “an elixir of alchemy inspired by a time when perfume meant something different than it does now.” It’s this inspiration and olfactory embodiment of a glamorous and elegant bygone era that hooked me after purchasing her signature first fragrance, Dita Von Teese, at her Strip Strip Hooray! burlesque revue in Las Vegas.

Dita Von Teese Erotique Ad

Dita Von Teese Erotique

Von Teese’s self-titled first fragrance is a sophisticated floral with notes of bergamot, Bourbon pepper, Bulgarian rose, musk and smoky Gaiac wood and sandalwood. After falling for this fragrance, I quickly snatched up the second, Rouge, as soon as it became available to purchase online. Rouge is a soft, mysterious, floral musk with notes of pick pepper, magnolia, amber, bergamot and Lapsang-Souchong tea. Dita didn’t stop there and followed Rouge with FleurTeese, a lighter eau de toilette blooming with florals. I haven’t experienced FleurTeese yet as there is no online retailer that will ship to Canada.

Dita Von Teese Signature Fragrance

Dita Von Teese Signature Fragrance

Dita Von Teese Rouge

Dita Von Teese Rouge

Luckily for me and other Dita Von Teese fragrance fans, Erotique recently landed online at Ron Robinson, where you can also find the first and second fragrance. Erotique is the rebellious younger child in the fragrance family and one who I would imagine has a penchant for tight, patent leather. The scent is much stronger and statement-making with notes of leather, cedar, sandalwood, coriander and spicy, smoky pepper blending with Bulgarian rose.

Erotique 40ml, $50 US at Ron Robinson online

Erotique 40ml, $50 US at Ron Robinson online

Von Teese has been heavily involved in the creation of her fragrances right down to the bottles, which are modeled after vintage flacons from the 1930s. Erotique’s faceted bottle is adorned with a heart-shaped lock and key. With her Von Follies lingerie line at ASOS, dress collection that just became available at Bettie Page in Vegas and NYC, and a fragrance brand firmly in place, I wouldn’t put it past Von Teese to continue dominating the worlds of beauty and fashion with a crystal-studded whip in hand.

– Jodi Goulart

Toronto Burlesque Festival

Girls, get your garters ready! The Toronto Burlesque Festival kicks off on Thursday, July 23 and is filled with four days of shimmying, shaking and more ways of seductive undressing than you can imagine. The “Tassels Without Borders”-themed festival promises burlesque performers from Toronto, including the Skin Tight Outta Sight troupe, and around the world.

What’s really got my knickers in a knot, and I’m talking in a good way, is this year’s first Burlesque University, which is a line-up of workshops to learn from the pros on how to shimmy, tease, fan dance and even how to pose for your own pin-up girl photo shoot. The festival will also feature a burlesque retrospective art show, photography and costume exhibit, bra auction and a marketplace with burlesque-themed goodies.

Toronto Burlesque Festival

For additional info, including schedules and ticket prices go to the Toronto Burlesque Festival website.

And here’s my pick for the perfect sailor-inspired dress to wear during the festivities. This gorgeous number is available at Hells Belles on Queen Street West and was once worn by Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf while en route to Paris.

Bettie Page Clothing's Captain Pencil Dress, $179.99 at Hells Belles

Bettie Page Clothing's Captain Pencil Dress, $179.99 at Hells Belles

— Jodi Goulart