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  • Thursday scent of the day 10/30

    Now Smell This
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Happy Halloween Eve! What fragrance are you wearing? I’m wearing Cumming: The Fragrance (really, I think it might be The 2nd Cumming, but I’m not sure. It’s a decant). Wouldn’t it be way fun if Alan Cumming introduced Downton Abbey, and then stayed to gossip about the characters afterwards? I adore Laura Linney in general but she does not add to my enjoyment of Downton Abbey.* Reminder: this Friday, 10/31, for Halloween wear your quirkiest or weirdest or spookiest fragrance… Read the rest of this article »
  • Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Yellow (Jaune)

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    31 Oct 2014 | 1:58 am
    New release from Lacoste and its L.12.12. collection is inspired by the yellow polo shirt. "L" stands for Lacoste, the number 1 symbolizes the "Petit Piqué” material used, 2 represents short sleeves and 12 is the number of prototypes made before the final product. Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Yellow - Jaune is a scent that triggers optimism, joy and positive energy. Fresh and citrusy, arom... Read full article: Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Yellow (Jaune) from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Joya Foxglove ~ new fragrance

    Now Smell This
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    New York-based indie line Joya has launched Foxglove, the brand’s fifth fragrance… Read the rest of this article »
  • Rudis by Nobile 1942

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    31 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    This sounds tasty to me. Had to order a sample. Rudis is the first part of a paradigm shift in the history of Nobile 1942 - a new direction, towards strong, intense and opulent scents - created by the Newcomer of the Year: Antonio Alessandria. The first fragrance of this collection is dedicated to a special characteristic: strength. Nobile 1942 takes us back to ancient Rome where the “rudis” was a gladiator’s wooden sword, as well as a symbol of strength and valor. The fragrance tries to capture different parts of the gladiator’s…
  • Watch: Perfume Genius Storms Letterman - Clash Magazine

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    31 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    DIY MagazineWatch: Perfume Genius Storms LettermanClash MagazineIn an odd way, Perfume Genius is almost more popular in the UK than his native United States. The songwriter recorded new album 'Too Bright' in Bristol, while recent live shows have displayed a flamboyant, outward stance. Currently in North America, ...On the telly: Watch Perfume Genius make US television debut with 'Queen' on DIY MagazinePerfume Genius performs 'Queen' on 'The Late Show With David Letterman NME.comall 4 news articles »
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  • Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Yellow (Jaune)

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:58 am
    New release from Lacoste and its L.12.12. collection is inspired by the yellow polo shirt. "L" stands for Lacoste, the number 1 symbolizes the "Petit Piqué” material used, 2 represents short sleeves and 12 is the number of prototypes made before the final product. Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Yellow - Jaune is a scent that triggers optimism, joy and positive energy. Fresh and citrusy, arom... Read full article: Lacoste Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Yellow (Jaune) from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Smelling the Future: Cannes TFWA 2014 Report – Day 3

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Welcome to another diary directly brought to you from Cannes TFWA Day 3. With your permission, can I start from the end? I have to do this because I am still mesmerized by my last discovery of the day. I can still smell the woods, the resins, the heat of the sun and a picnic in the forest. This is one of Franck Boclet's latest editions, called Fir Balsam. And I declare to you my fr... Read full article: Smelling the Future: Cannes TFWA 2014 Report – Day 3 from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Britney Spears Rocker Femme Fantasy

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    Britney Spears presents Rocker Femme Fantasy in fall 2014, the new flanker of her debut fragrance Fantasy from 2005. This edition will first appear in Latin American countries.Photo: eleganciacompany The fragrance is announced as a gourmand - fruity - oriental. The composition opens with sweet aromas of blackberry liqueur and coconut cream. Flowers of violet, gardenia and jasmine are in the ... Read full article: Britney Spears Rocker Femme Fantasy from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Clinique Aromatics in White

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    White color definitely replaces the long-years trend of black color. One fragrance in the long line of very interesting editions arrives by the house of Clinique as successor of the classic from 1971 - Aromatics Elixir. As the oldest fragrance of the house of Clinique, Aromatics Elixir takes special place in the collection of the house but also an envious place for quality of the composition in ... Read full article: Clinique Aromatics in White from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Bond No9 New York Notes: Sandalwood

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    In October 2014, New York-based house Bond No9 presents a new fragrance which belongs to the collection dedicated to certain raw materials Bond No9 New York Notes. It has been inspired by sandalwood which has been used as a significant component of numerous compositions for thousands of years. Sandalwood will take an important role in the fragrance Bond No9 Sandalwood. After Amber, Oud, Musk and... Read full article: Bond No9 New York Notes: Sandalwood from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
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  • Joya Foxglove ~ new fragrance

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    New York-based indie line Joya has launched Foxglove, the brand’s fifth fragrance… Read the rest of this article »
  • Adding an extra layer to the smellscape

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    Egner’s personal favorite haunted scent experience was another bait-and-switch scene: as visitors approached a dimly lit table, they could smell roast turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, and see dishes piled high with food—which turned out, on closer inspection, to be cured hog guts and other viscera. “I’m sure that we ruined somebody’s Thanksgiving that year,” Egner told me gleefully. The Soap Factory does make visitors sign a waiver before they enter the Haunted Basement. “It’s intense,” Egner said, adding that, most years, one or two patrons vomit during their visit…
  • Lolita Lempicka Sweet ~ fragrance review

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Based on the name, the description, and the video with perfumer Anne Flipo, I imagined Lolita Lempicka’s Sweet would be a candy-bomb, something along the lines of Viktor & Rolf Bonbon, or Prada Candy, or even the original Lolita Lempicka fragrance. I was only partly right. Sweet, the brand’s new perfume for women “who live life deliciously” is candied, but it’s also sheer, especially once the top notes calm. If you think of it as Infusion de Sweet, you’ll be closer to the mark. Wisely, the description references a cherry-cocoa lipgloss accord as opposed…
  • Rouge Bunny Rouge Arcadia & Tenera ~ new fragrances

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Beauty brand Rouge Bunny Rouge has launched two new fragrances, Arcadia and Tenera. Arcadia and Tenera join the Fragrant Confections collection (Chatoyant, Lilt, Vespers, Incantation, Allegria and Muse)… Read the rest of this article »
  • Thursday scent of the day 10/30

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Happy Halloween Eve! What fragrance are you wearing? I’m wearing Cumming: The Fragrance (really, I think it might be The 2nd Cumming, but I’m not sure. It’s a decant). Wouldn’t it be way fun if Alan Cumming introduced Downton Abbey, and then stayed to gossip about the characters afterwards? I adore Laura Linney in general but she does not add to my enjoyment of Downton Abbey.* Reminder: this Friday, 10/31, for Halloween wear your quirkiest or weirdest or spookiest fragrance… Read the rest of this article »
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  • Rudis by Nobile 1942

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    This sounds tasty to me. Had to order a sample. Rudis is the first part of a paradigm shift in the history of Nobile 1942 - a new direction, towards strong, intense and opulent scents - created by the Newcomer of the Year: Antonio Alessandria. The first fragrance of this collection is dedicated to a special characteristic: strength. Nobile 1942 takes us back to ancient Rome where the “rudis” was a gladiator’s wooden sword, as well as a symbol of strength and valor. The fragrance tries to capture different parts of the gladiator’s…
  • Accessory Notes Question

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    Hi everyone. Jean Carles mentions accessory notes in his method. I understand these are notes that are too strong to use as a basis for an accord. What are some of these common materials and at what dilution rate and percentage should they be used in formulas? I also understand that they can be used in "overdosing" a do you determine to do this? Thanks for any help you can give. Rebecca
  • How to Evaluate Your Final Perfume and What to Do if Something Goes Wrong

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    Hi Everyone. Could you please share how you evaluate the perfumes you make? What questions do you ask to determine if the perfume is a good perfume? What fixes are available if something is wrong? Thank you for your help. Rebecca
  • A*Men Pure Wood, worthy or not?

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    So, I see a lot of mixed reviews. Is Pure Wood any good? I'm thinking about having it due to the fact I have the entire line except Pure Coffee, Pure Shot and Pure Wood, but regardless of my plans, I'd like to see, now that the thing has been a while, what you people have to say about it. What I'm expecting, due to reviews, is a milder and mayhap bland approach to the original A*Men. However inner gut tells me I'll most likely appreciate it, subjectively of course.
  • Today I bought: November 2014

    Jack Hunter
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    I love the classic Gentlemen's fragrances and will be buying this tomorrow from the online boutique. PdN - New York Intense
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  • Watch: Perfume Genius Storms Letterman - Clash Magazine

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    DIY MagazineWatch: Perfume Genius Storms LettermanClash MagazineIn an odd way, Perfume Genius is almost more popular in the UK than his native United States. The songwriter recorded new album 'Too Bright' in Bristol, while recent live shows have displayed a flamboyant, outward stance. Currently in North America, ...On the telly: Watch Perfume Genius make US television debut with 'Queen' on DIY MagazinePerfume Genius performs 'Queen' on 'The Late Show With David Letterman NME.comall 4 news articles »
  • Paris Hilton: My perfume's number one -

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Paris Hilton: My perfume's number oneTV3.ieThe hotel heiress was known for her party girl ways and rose to fame on reality TV show The Simple Life with Nicole Richie. However, in the seven years since the show wrapped, Paris has branched out into the business world with retail ventures. The and more »
  • Celebs fail to boost perfume sales - The Rakyat Post

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    The Rakyat PostCelebs fail to boost perfume salesThe Rakyat PostSales of perfumes, which contribute nearly two-thirds to overall revenue, fell nearly 24% in the quarter, as retailers failed to clear their stocks and the company tightened distribution to improve pricing and gross margins. Within the perfumes and more »
  • J-Pop Trio Perfume, 'Fumiko's Confession's' Ishida Create 'Fastening Days ... - Anime News Network

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    J-Pop Trio Perfume, 'Fumiko's Confession's' Ishida Create 'Fastening Days Anime News NetworkYKK is releasing the short, which runs about 11 minutes long, worldwide in five languages: Japanese, English, Spanish, French, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional). Ryoko Shiraishi plays the main character Kei in the Japanese version. Perfume is now on
  • Subscription Service Helps Women Design a Perfume Wardrobe - PSFK (blog)

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    BustleSubscription Service Helps Women Design a Perfume WardrobePSFK (blog)According to research by NPD, 60% of female perfume users switch between different scent brands. Harnessing this insight, Scentbird is a fragrance subscription service that recommends a scent from some 350+ designer perfumes on a monthly basis for $15.How To Make Perfume At Home, Because If Taylor Swift Has Her Own BustleDiscover Global fragrance market in-depth analysis and forecast to 2020WhaTechThe Best Scents for Men to Wear this WinterMen's Journalall 4 news articles »
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  • Summer Rerun: Perfume Slumming, or the 70's Revisited

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Review by TomThe other say, a friend of mine who lives near Pasadena invited me out to dinner at a wonderful restaurant near her in the valley. At 8. I work in downtown Los Angeles, and live in a lovely shack in what is known as the "industrial triangle" area of beautiful Beverly Hills, on the westside of LA. Dinner at 8 in Pasadena means killing a few hours- the beauty of living on the
  • Aether Arts & DSH Perfumes prize draw - The winners

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm has spoken and the winners have been chosen! The winner of the 5.5 ml roller ball of Aether Arts Incense Indica is Sujaan. The winner of the 1 dram of concentrated oil perfume in the winner's choice of the DSH Perfumes Cannabis Culture Collection  is Lyubov. Hit the "Contact  me" button on the right and give us your mailing address. Congratulations!
  • Contact High: The new Cannabis fragrances from Aether Arts and DSH Perfumes -And a Prize Draw!

    27 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    By Donna Colorado was one of the first states in the U.S. to legalize marijuana, and as it happens, that is also where two talented indie perfumers happen to live and work. I am sure that the backers of the movement to decriminalize this ancient plant did not anticipate that one of the “side effects” would be the inclusion of it in perfumery, but that's what happened. I am here
  • The Dog Days: What to Wear?

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Tom Not that its newsworthy, but SoCal has been pretty much marinating in heat: temps in the high 90's at the beaches, way hotter in the valley. Adding in humidity from a couple of hurricanes and it's making for some really miserable weather. I've been coping with a variety of beverages, like unsweetened iced tea (I can hear you Southerners shuddering, but I personally don't like sweet
  • A Wing and a Prayer Perfume prize draw winner!

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:16 pm has spoken and the winner of the draw is Sharyl Suzanne Morris, who chose Verde. Please hit the "Contact me" button on the right and send us your mailing address, and congratulations!
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  • A Coveted Position & an Invitation

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    It is with great joy that I am presenting you with my latest writing project, which will hopefully bridge a gap, that between the hardcore perfumista reading & participating on blogs & fora and the newbie, who is interested in the world of scent but wants clear info, without the burden of feeling being left behind on a hundreds posts, and possibly appreciates a less eccentric point of view.
  • The Scent of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: Not What You Think

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    Dear reader, you who are about to grab your credit card and order that fabulous new bottle of Tom Ford Velvet Orchid to go with your new velvet berry lip and your black suede ankle boots, or you shopping for a Christmas gift of Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt for your spouse. Stop and think a little about the greater picture; outer space, to be exact! via Yup, you heard that right, scent is
  • Acqua di Parma Collezione Murano: Christmas Holidays Gift Ideas

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    The silhouette of the small island is visible from Fondamenta Nuove to the open sea. Known as the “Isle of Glass”, Murano is famous the world over as the place of origin of beautiful glass objects and sculptures. A patchwork of workshops and furnaces spreading across the lagoon, where skilled masters work, blow, cut, and shape their unique masterpieces. The art of glass-blowing was developed in
  • The winner of the draw....

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    ...for the giveaway of Youth Dew is Любов / Lyubov Please email me using Contact with your shipping data so I can have this arranged to be shipped to you. Thanks everyone for the enthusiastic participation (thanks to Lia for offering in the first place!!) and till the next one, soon!
  • Aftelier Perfume Palimpsest: fragrance review

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    I recall a particularly tough professor back in my University days demanded such hard-to-crack questions that one way to bypass embarrassment and speech impediments during the ordeal of the oral examination was to begin by defining what a thing wasn't supposed to be, the latter part of the definition implied to be known to both partners in the discussion at least.  Example: "Kintsugi has
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  • Fund the Perfumery!

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    In March I found a great location for my perfumery. Auspiciously things aligned themselves and the glorious space manifested into a work / showroom / teaching space. What is needed now is a helpful boost from all of you to complete it for the November 15th opening celebration. Below you will find some incentives to be one of the founders of the Roxana Illuminated Perfumery, first ever, studio
  • Introducing Fleurish

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Fleurish, a play on the french word fleur for flower and flourish a design embellishment used in calligraphy, is a luxurious jasmine solifleur with abundant notes of the indolic heady white floral laced with honey. The fragrance was initially one of the trials for Figure 8: Coeur de Jasmin, which some of you may have received as a sample last year. Fleurish is an extremely fresh and velvety
  • Introducing Mellifera

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Mellifera, meaning Honey (melli) Bearing or Maker (fera) is the second part of the name for our little honey bee. The entire name is Apis mellifera, apis being the genus. I began the fragrance Mellifera in the summer of 2013 for the HoneyLove Wax Symposium held in Culver City. The fragrance is based on everything that makes up the realm of the honey bee including herself and tribe
  • Wine and Cheese

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    It's been a bit of a desert here at the journal, here's whats been happening lately. For the most part all my energy is going to making perfume, packing orders and getting ducks in a row at the new workspace. The ducks include the Samhain decorations, the Fan Funding project (which is rather massive in scope), organizing and then re-organizing the workshop, new products, perfumes, logo,
  • NEWS: French Glass Flacons

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    At this moment in time the French glass flacons with the flat tops that fit into the crochet pouches are no longer available. The photo above is the last of them which was bought by a fan on the east coast. I do still have some flacons left with your choice of three tops like the rectangle above, the round pictured below or the one I call V-neck. In the meantime I'm working on some
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  • Your average Friday morning

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Here’s my average Friday morning picture. To tell you the truth and nothing but the truth: Friday, I am usually tired. And happy that this part of the week is over. Which is sort of strange, as I rarely do not work over the weekend. But heading into the “factory” Saturday is different: This Saturday, for instance, will see me getting some pictures done, of PHI-une rose de Kandahar, just hero shots, but still. About todays picture: I shows you what I always do, early in the morning. Smelling something (And drinking coffee); usually, like in this picture, it is a scent strip…
  • light’s the enemy

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    Yesterday, when labelling more Rose chyprée in the factory, the sun broke through the clouds and brought the flacons to life. Today’s picture shows you this moment. This is a rare sight, as the flacons are stored all in boxes, hidden on the shelves, and do not see the light really. Neither do I see them. Light is actually a perfume’s biggest enemy. Although, I think, not every scent is equally sensitive. I remember the one flacon of air du désert marocain, that was sitting in the window of a shop in bright daylight, for about 2, 3 years. When I noticed, I mentioned that the…
  • success in perfumery

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    In one of my comments on yesterday’s blog post, I wrote what some of my perfumer friends and me often say: “success in perfumery is twofold: a) get the creation right. b) get it sold.” Here are a couple of consequences, or better: conclusions, that you might draw if you take the above seriously. There are a lot! of unsuccessful perfumes out there. And the two success parameters easily get into conflict. Not in the sense of: A beautiful piece of art does not sell well, in GENERAL, as it is -special, unique, avant garde, new, intellectual…. That’s not true, but…
  • everything

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Pretty much everything was troublesome when trying to get PHI-une rose de Kandahar back, in somewhat larger quantities in order to give some to the stores, and some to distributors that serve markets that I can’t serve directly. Troublesome, from A to Z. In the end, as mentioned here many times before, the rose oil from Afghanistan was a big issue. When I realized how much the rose de Kandahar is appreciated, I immediately got in touch with my supplier. They reserved stock for me, from the producer in Afghanistan. That stock was sold, although promised and reserved for me, to somebody…
  • cliché

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Today’s picture shows you a little ( more or less post card sized) illustration that is one of the results of yesterday’s watercolor class. Yes. It is very cliché. I painted it following a picture, and have no idea what mountains these peaks actually are. Maybe they are somewhere in the US?  No clue here: Any guess? So there we go: Cliché. I love them, we all do. They are all around us. There’s tons of cliché when it comes to perfumery, and -sometimes- when giving presentations I feel like: Lets enlighten the listeners. Deep down there I am still a little bit a…
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  • Taken from a Flavourist's Nightmare

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Just in time for Halloween: This array of array of bizarre snacks, drinks and junk food from around the world looks like it's taken straight out of a flavourist's or perfumer's worst nightmare...
  • Smelling is: Healing, Feeling, Sensing, Connecting...

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    What shamans, herbalists and aromatherapists have known for hundreds if not thousands of years, science only now beginning to acknowledge and prove. In a recent NY Times article titled "Smell Turns Up in Unexpected Places", Alex Stone reviews recent scientific discoveries pertaining to chemical sensors in other parts of our body besides the olfactory bulbs.While this is not exactly identical to the experience of scent per se, it is not exactly a surprise from an evolutionary point of view. The olfactory bulbs originally developed as sensing organs to sample the fluid, liquid environment of…
  • Fall

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    "It is deadly to be without a confidante, without a guide, without even a tiny cheering section". (Clarissa Pinkola-Estes).Being a transitional season from abundance to constriction, fall is time of reflection, contemplation, checking the balances in both the physical world and spiritual world. Taking stock of harvests, planning for a long winter. And also - taking note of what's missing from one's spiritual life, seeking it out, and nourishing what is there. These supplies would sustain the soul in a long, harsh, cold and dark winter.Fall is also a season for sorting. This fall I've been…
  • A Beautiful Woman Drinking Soda

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Victoria Jent of EauMG reviews Treazon a.k.a. my killer tuberose:"It’s this perfect balance between a “green” tuberose and a milky tuberose (...) Treazon dries down a warm, creamy tuberose with lactonic, coconut-like woods and a smoky tobacco. It becomes a “darker” tuberose that melds perfectly to the skin".
  • Hanae Mori Butterfly

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Created in 1996, Hanae Mori's eponymus scent* is as young as my daughter (which is a perenial if not a "classic" in current perfume lifespan terms) and is about as girly as could be. It is probably the fragrance that  have set the trend for the myriads of sugary fruity-florals that dominate the celebrity scent world. While Angel and Lolita Lempicka had sweet notes that sugar-coated a very bold base dominated by patchouli and vetiver respectively - Hanae Mori's goes straight to the candy. The beginning is somewhat fresh, with hints of crisp apples, and light citrusy rose and strawberry.
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  • Slumberhouse: Sadanne, Ore, Sova

    Lucy Raubertas
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Neal Cassady and Jack KerouacSlumberhouse makes perfumes that are different and original even in comparison to those of the wildly diverse indie-perfumes category.  They stand out and apart even for those with wide experience of the ultra-niche category as unusual perfumes, but they are deeply attractive and addictive nonetheless, for all their individuality. They smell really good, and that's what counts, right? There is a mythic, Scandinavian feel to them, as referenced by the names of the perfumes.  Strong and dominated by deep and rich base notes, some might say they…
  • A Wing and a Prayer: Change, Plush & Dusk as Comfort Scents

    Lucy Raubertas
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Detail from a 19th Century Italian mirrored sconce.These natural perfumes impart a sense of transparently cladclassically beautiful nakedness/skin.Via A House Romance: MirrorsA Wing and a Prayer is an all natural hand-made perfume company that has been around since 2008, run by two perfumers, Jane Cate and her daughter Sarah, in California, which is the home of several of my favorite beautiful independent and fully natural perfumeries. I have written about their perfumes before, as you can see here.   I find the house style recalls variations on the theme of the velvety…
  • Clarimonde's Layers of Perfume

    Lucy Raubertas
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    This is a copy of the October Clarimonde post.   To experience it in the original environment, please go to The Clarimonde Perfume Project.Clarimonde's perfumes are wafted in by the breezes that flow between the worlds. Changing seasons stir up the winds.via Don Ya on PinterestCatching a breath of them layers her history into our own.She is wandering, heading Northeast, looking for the quiet mystery of deep forests standing in pure air, tasting her own history in what's left of the past.To capture  that precious brightness glowing through the dark, she represents her layers of…
  • Natural Perfumes for the Fall - House of Matriarch, Providence Perfume Co., Jolie Laide, and Aether Arts

    Lucy Raubertas
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Super Moon, AZ, photo by Justin Ashton on 500px.comFully natural perfumes made with skill and imagination work especially well in the Fall as the skin's heat and chemistry releases their nuanced beauty into a brisk atmosphere that sharpens up the sense of smell.  They are not easy to pull off, but here are some perfumers that have the touch. The many faceted aspects of natural perfume elements create a private sphere, like wrapping up in a silk or cashmere scarf, making a personal space of warmth and beauty that feels good on the skin. They will be enjoyed by others within intimate…
  • Fiore de Bellagio - Envoyage Perfumes

    Lucy Raubertas
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Vintage Trifari brooch, CarnationThis perfume quickly becomes bold and jewel-like, after a delicate opening. Then it continues to intensify towards a deep, intoxicating, close to overwhelming richness.Similar to this image of the carnation as a jewel; radiating out from a central point, jaunty, lush, opulent, with serrated delicate edges; facets that highlight the complex depths within.Shelley Waddington, the perfumer of Envoyage, based this perfume on the vintage 1927 classic Bellodgia by Caron.I don't know the original Caron so I can't compare, but I must say my experience of…
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  • Corday- Toujours Moi (Vintage Perfume)

    Gaia Fishler
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Toujours Moi, Always Me, might sound like the name of a Paris Hilton perfume, but it's a lovely oriental perfume from 1923-1924, that was described in the 1960s Dictionnaire des Parfums de France as a fragrance "made for women with an assertive personality", and was recommended for evening use, to wear at receptions, the theater, for dining out and "ideal for fur wearing". Indeed.Toujours Moi used to be so popular that in 1951 Corday issued a flanker, Toujours Toi (Always You). You can read more about it in this blog, dedicated to Parfums Corday.I went back to Barbara Herman's book, Scent…
  • NARS NARSissist Smokey Eye Set

    Gaia Fishler
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Boy, am I late on this one. I received the NARSissist Smokey Eye Set eons ago, placed it in one of the "to photograph, swatch, and test" box away from feline reach. Then I misplaced the box and promptly forgot about it. When I found it a couple of weeks ago I was worried this NARSissist set is already sold out, but a quick search has shown that it's still available from NARS website; if you know where to look, that is. From any page on the site take this path:HOLIDAY GIFTS>> ARTIST PALETTES>> EYE PALETTES>> NARSISSIST SMOKEY EYE COMPACTWith that out of the way, I…
  • 4 Tom Ford Outfits At amfAR LA Inspiration Gala

    Gaia Fishler
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    #458105222 / / / / At least four stars chose to wear Tom Ford to the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala honoring the designer. Miley Cyrus and Rihanna gave us exactly what you'd expect from these two icons of class and taste. It's not a party until someone shows a sideboob, so why not Miley? In contrast, January Jones chose a frumpy and tired looking Tom Ford dress. Maybe in person the sparkle helped elevate this look, but it sure does not photograph well. And then we have Gwyneth Paltrow, who in…
  • Try Before You Die

    Gaia Fishler
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Photo by Leandro FarinaEver since reading The Perfume Bible last week and poring over the list of "100 perfumes to try before you die" I've been obsessively making my own lists, arguing with the authors (in my mind), listing and deleting, trying to decide between Onda and Rozy, Bottega Venetta and Elie Saab, L'Eau d'Issey and Escape (the latter is in the "worst ever" category). And you know what? I'm not going there. But I still want to make a list. Not the "100 perfumes every perfumista should try" (Robin of NST already did that), not "100 Best perfumes in the known universe", and not even…
  • Julia Roberts- Quote Of The Day

    Gaia Fishler
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    #457416464 / gettyimages.comToday is Julia Roberts' 47th birthday. I guess this is why UK You magazine decided to release these quotes from an upcoming interview with the actress (and Lancome ambassador):“By Hollywood standards, I guess I’ve already taken a big risk in not having had a face-lift. I’ve told Lancome that I want to be an aging model. They have to keep me for at least five more years until I’m over 50.”The problem with this quote is not Julia Roberts, of course, but the way Lancome is dealing with "having to keep her". They promised to pay her, but apparently there's no…
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    I Smell Therefore I Am

  • I Wore This: Le Labo Laurier 62 Home Fragrance

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    My feeling is that if it's good enough to spray in the air I breathe, and if I'm going to be smelling it anyway, then it's good enough to wear. There's also that whole body is a temple thing, and a temple is a room, so I go with that. I was curious about Laurier because it was said to contain eucalyptus, rosemary, laurel, thyme, cumin, clove, amber, patchouli, and sandalwood, among other
  • I Wore This: Simply Right Hand Sanitizer

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    I work in an office with four other people. My nearest co-worker wears vanilla-centric florals: Burberry, Chanel Allure edp. She leaves to smoke and returns smelling of cigarettes and sheer vanilla. One other co-worker, who doesn't work near me in the building, tends to cough dramatically from the other room whenever I spray anything on. Out of annoyance if not courtesy, some time ago I stopped
  • I Wore This: Chanel Egoiste

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    You can tell a lot about a gay guy's ex boyfriends by the colognes he wears. They get passed along, or stolen. A guy smells something on his boyfriend, is reminded of him, wants to be like him, lifts the scent as a way to project the same ineffable qualities. To get closer or to swallow the object of affection whole. Isn't that what we essentially seek to do with those whose appeal we want to
  • I Wore This: Amouage Interlude Man

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    I was wearing this last night while reading another Inspector Maigret novel by Georges Simenon. I'm wearing it again today, doing a side by side comparison to Chantecaille's Kalimantan. Both were done by Pierre Negrin, and they're very much alike, I realized: I don't remember how. People just love Kalimantan but I've never warmed to it - not as passionately as others seem to; whereas, I knew
  • Scene from Paper Moon: Evening in Paris

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    When Addie's mother dies, Moses Pray, a former suitor slash john shows up at the funeral. The funeral is decidedly middle of nowhere, prairie in all directions, and other than Pray, and discounting the droning preacher, only maybe two people have attended: two elderly women who've made Addie their charge. Moses happens to be passing through and stops to pay his respects ("I know your backside
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    Beauty Cafe

  • Beauty Cafe Mailing List

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:57 pm
    If you haven't already signed up... be sure to join the Beauty Cafe Mailing List.What's New at the Beauty Cafe!What's New at the Beauty Cafe features new items, preorder opportunities and notices of private and special offers exclusive to our Mailing List customers!Subscribe to our mailing list
  • Lulu Lemondrop RollerBall Eau de Parfum from The Beehive

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    The Beehive is a clothing and accessory boutique located in Manhattan Beach. A couple of years ago they created their own line of fragrances. I love this line and hey, it's made in California!! What's not to love! LuLu Lemondrop from The Beehive is a mixture of lemongrass and citrus with a fruity blend of pineapple, sweet berries and spun sugar. Top notes: Lemongrass accord, Italian Bergamot, and Clementine. Middle Notes: Fruity blend of Apple, Pineapple and Mirabelle Plum with sweet Berries and a sheer floral blend of Lily and Freesia. Base Notes: Spun sugar and Vanilla bean combined with…
  • The Beehive Honey Blossom Eau de Parfum

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    Honey Blossom Eau de Parfum from The Beehive is a floral explosion with notes of Tea and mandarin harmonized with vanilla, amber and sandalwood.Top Notes: Tea, Lemon and Mandarin.Middle Notes: Sambac Jasmine, Orchid, Freesia, and Exotic Melon.Base Notes: Black Pepper, Vanilla, Amber, and Patchouli.100ml/3.4oz.Made in USAHoney Blossom from The Beehive is available at Beauty Cafe
  • City of Angels Cream Creme

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:49 pm
    At four o'clock on Spring afternoons in Los Angeles, the Santa Ana winds blow through the canyons, mountains and valleys that comprise this city where dreams are made.  The blow east, picking up ocean scents, through the Angeles national forest where Eucalyptus grows wild, and then down through the Hollywood hills where night blooming jasmine lines the streets.  This unique scent captures the essence of Spring afternoons in this magical city. An entirely new way to care for your body. Deeply hydrate and gently exfoliate in one easy step with Cream Creme Body Moisturizer. Lactic Acid…
  • Multi-Action Eye Serum from Skin of Norway by Geir Ness

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    From Geir Ness, the creator of Laila of Norway, comes Skin of Norway, a collection of Skin Care products.ENERGIZE tired eyes while smoothing eye contours and easing puffinessMulti-Action Eye Serum with Cloudberry & Firming Peptides(Fragrance-Free, Ophthalmologist-Tested)Deliver instant hydration to ease tired, puffy eyes, smooth sagging contours and minimize dark circles over time. This water-based serum contains two targeted peptides plus cell-energizers and age-fighters.USE: Morning and Evening after Cleansing and before Moisturizing to tighten contours, ease puffiness. Pat gently above…
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    The Beauty Alchemist

  • Simple Eye Makeup Remover Pads & #nomakeupwakeup

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Did you know that Simple  makes eye makeup remover wipes? They're not new but I didn't until a  fellow blogger tweeted them recently. They come in a cute little packet  of 30 pads.  The round discs do a great job of removing eye makeup and as with all things Simple are super gentle . That's especially important in the eye area.Simple wants everyone to have a #nomakeupwakeup, stressing the importance of getting all the makeup off before you hit the bed . Wipes are an easy way to do that , even when you're ready to fall into bed. Keep these  and their also top notch…
  • Bath & Body Works A Thousand Wishes

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    Ready to make a wish ? It is almost the Holiday season after all . How about a A Thousand Wishes ? That's the name of the lovely new seasonal scent from Bath and Body Works coming next month.A Thousand Wishes scent really does seem to have a bit of effervescence , with quince and pear along with a dash of  champagne .  Peony and freesia add a touch of floral and creamy almond, musk and amber ground the sweetness . It's a nice cool weather scent  and I love the sparkling label with the burgundy bow. It's festive as can be and will make  great gift sets .A Thousand Wishes…
  • Perfekt Lip Perfekt Crayon

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ready for a new lip crayon ? Meet Lip Perfekt by Perfekt Beauty.This new crayon, exclusive to Ulta , is a single color that works with your lip chemistry to create a personal shade.  On me it's a nude rose pink, pretty close to what it looks like in the crayon  with just a little more beige in it. Lip Perfekt is very moisturizing with hyaluronic microspheres and jojoba oil and  has a shine on the lips with  light/medium coverage.   There is  peppermint flavor and scent, both pretty light.  I like this a lot. It's very balm like  and the color is…
  • Target Holiday Food 2014

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    $ 8.99 eachWe're taking a short detour today, to the food aisle. Not just any aisle , but the holiday food one.  Target's lookbook landed last week  & it's where I went first.Keepsake Truffle Tin $24.99, Star Ornament w/ Truffles $ 8.99I can spend a half hour ( or more)  in those aisles in Target when they first get stocked, checking  out all the new candy, cookies, special editions  and gift sets. No buying yet, because I would so eat them but making  mental notes for what I want later. Large Gummy Bear $ 9.99 , Hersheys Big Bar $ 9.99Hammond's Peppermints $…
  • Dove & Shop Rite Self Esteem Scholarship

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dove & Shop Rite have  a wonderful way to potentially help out a special girl you  know.  If you live in  NY, NJ, CT, PA, DE, or MD , you can nominate one to win a Self Esteem scholarship . Dove wants  you to nominate any girl between 13 and 19 , who is a legal US resident.  She could win up to a $  4,000 scholarship.  Those who nominate are also entered to win a Shop Rite gift card. They are giving away in each state listed :1st Place: $4,000 Scholarship1st Place nominator prize: $400 gift card2nd Place: $1,000 Scholarship2nd Place…
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    Cafleurebon - Fragrance is a language of translating the world

  • Dip The Fox in The Best Chocolate Perfumes + L’Artisan Parfumeur Piment Brûlant, Comptoir Sud Pacifique Amour de Cacao, 4160 Tuesdays Over the Chocolate Shop Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    One of the first chocolate gourmand scents I remember really obsessing over was Eau de Charlotte by Annick Goutal, created for her daughter in 1982. The subtlety and delicacy of the gourmand notes were interlaced with cassis, mimosa and vanilla. It is a very French fragrance, the pale yellow tones of mimosa drifting across a breakfast scene of bread, jam and warm hot chocolate. Like many perfumes, it has specific memories folded through it for me: of skin, tattooed with random text from Baudelaire, sharing my Sunday breakfast over a rough-hewn wooden board, scattering crumbs over smoky…
  • Olivier Durbano Black Tourmaline Perfume-The Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Olivier Durbano's 2007 launch Black Tourmaline is a remarkable inky, wraith of a scent. No floral notes, no gourmand intonations. It is glowering low skies, flat lands and barely any luminescence.  It is like staring into Kubrik’s 2001 A Space Odyssey ’s terrifying monolith; the notes repel and consume simultaneously. Thanks to the generosity of Olivier Durbano we have a signed 15 ml bottle of Black Tourmaline in the 2007 formulae for any CaFleureBon reader in the world. The winner of the random draw is Greg P. Please email michelyn at cafleurebon dawt com with…
  • New Perfume Review: M. Micallef Mon Parfum Gold + Cleopatra in Cannes Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    M.Micallef perfume bottles are hand crafted in Cannes France I will admit these M. Micallef fragrances on paper do not seem like my cup of tea at all and the lavish Swarovski bottles are not exactly aimed at my more minimalist and experimental tastes; but as with books and covers, as it is with flacons and juice.  I was very kindly sent a vivid and revealing cross-section of the range, from sparkling décolleté florals and caramalised fantasy aouds to darker drier glimpses of sexy woods and quixotic spices. These are opulent scents with precious associations and lavish…
  • Senior Perfumer Frank Voelkl of Firmenich: The Winner of the Le Labo Fragrances Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    One of my favorite musicians is Nora Jones. The smooth, sensuality of her tone is inspiring. She effortlessly commands a stylistic and emotional range. To me, fragrance is like a melody that has continuous movement, a Leitmotiv that continues to reappear while you wear it, where the various fragrance notes move at different speeds and create a certain tension that at the end trigger a profound emotion. Thanks to our friends at Le Labo we have a draw for EITHER 15 ml of Santal 33 which will be personalized for the winner OR a sampler set of Le Labo perfumes composed by Frank Voelkl…
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    Scentbird Perfumes

  • Perfume of the Day: Truth by Calvin Klein

    marina ljubisavljevic
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    She is a goal setter, but never an over-achiever. She speaks the truth and knows that lies can never be sugarcoated by a white frosting. Her mindset is revolutionary. Her feet are dancing. Her body is yearning for music. She doesn’t blink, she is afraid that she might miss out on something. She sunbathes in the grass and knows that she fits there, in this moment, at this time. She wears the truth on her sleeve and a heart on a necklace. Her soul is searching for a place to stay, forever, unchanged. Her scent is just like her soul: undetectable to her, but recognized as beautiful by the ones…
  • Scent marketing. Interview with the memories maker.

    Portia Turbo
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
     Ainslie Walker  Ainslie has a history in spa, aromatherapy, perfumery, and skincare product development – both in Australia and the UK. She has collaborated with brands such as Mud Australia to provide them with signature scents for their candle range. The best friend of a perfume junkie, she gave me a short interview on her charming field of work. Ambient scenting was not where you started, how did Ainslie Walker get into the field from personal scenting?  The door to ambient scenting really opened up as more companies requested bespoke signature scents from me for their brands.
  • Perfume of the Day: Eau Parfumee au the Rouge by Bvlgari

    marina ljubisavljevic
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    She owns a little red dress and a big black tuxedo. She wears both of these garments on her naked skin and enjoys experiencing the two sides of the story, flipping through the two sides of the coin. She never allows anyone to pry open her soul. She knows that when you open your soul to someone, all of your dreams, fears, thoughts and hopes strip you away from your shield, and you are naked. So she keeps the key to her soul hanging on a string… and on a bracelet of hopes… She loves when she can taste her smell on his collar, knowing that her neck found a shelter there. She has a feminine…
  • Perfume of the Day: Flower by Kenzo

    marina ljubisavljevic
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    She is sentimental. She cries sad tears, she cries happy tears, and every teardrop nurtures the plants she gazes upon in her soul garden. She mixes her feelings in a big bowl of heavenly ingredients and makes the tastiest dessert. She is the masterchef, and she writes her own cookbook filled with recipes for happiness. One day, she will share it with the world. Until then, she waits for someone who is willing to test recipes with her. Watch them go bad, watch them turning out better than expected… Yes, she is a dreamer in a world obsessed with reality. Yes, dreaming is her revolutionary…
  • Perfume of the Day: Lalique Le Parfum by Lalique

    marina ljubisavljevic
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    She is a traveler. She travels the distance between her heart and her soul, encountering many adventures while out on that road. Her fears are her border crossings, and her happy feelings are her passports and visas. She loves curiosity, even though some things are better to be left a mystery and some things are better to be left unsaid. She loves honesty and her convictions are unshakable. She believes in magic and wants her heart to be stolen by a magician. Feeling is believing, she says. She changes her world one blink of an eye at a time. She paints the world purple, setting the final…
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