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  • Coty- L'Aimant

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    Gaia Fishler
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Looking at advertisement for L'Aimant, the magnet, we can see that Coty has always promoted it as a sexy and alluring perfume, one that would give the wearer an irresistible hold over the men in her life. Femininity is highlighted and celebrated, at least what passed as femininity back in the day.L'aimant was launched in 1927 after five years of tinkering by Francois Coty and legendary perfumer Vincent Roubert (Iris Gris). It's often compared to Chanel No.5 (1921), and it's easy to smell why. The burst of aldehydes (shockingly fresh even in my older bottles) places L'Aimant firmly in the…
  • Geisha Blanche/Geisha Noire by Aroma M and Camellia

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    Lucy Raubertas
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    Heron Maiden, Iwasa Koko, b. 1884.Heron maiden was term used for a lady in a white gown with black umbrella, referring also a fairy tale figure.I have become re-addicted to Geisha Blanche, one of the originals in the Aroma M perfume line. It is a soothing soft white floral with a touch of lychee, creamy and rich as the lather of an expensive almond soap (that last image I got from a online fragrance friend).  It provides me with an aromatic layer of civilization; reliable when most sorely needed to take the edge off, and soothes my cravings for a pure-hearted direct…
  • Oriflame Possess

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    Oriflame launches new luxurious fragrance for women named Possess. Announced as a sensual and hypnotic fragrance of a graceful seductress, it is inspired by the legend of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. The composition belongs to the category of chypre floral fragrances with fruity additions. It contains over 80 ingredients, with only the dominant listed. Daphne Bugey and Dora Baghriche-Arnaud si... Read full article: Oriflame Possess from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Tuesday scent of the day 9/30

    Now Smell This
    Robin
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Another Tuesday, and September is almost gone! What’s your scent of the day? And if you’ve discovered anything new and great lately (anything!) do tell us about that too. I’m wearing L’Artisan Traversée du Bosphore… Read the rest of this article »
  • A smoother mellow patchouli ? Suggestions?

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    md1grwl
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Of the lucky scent Patchouli 7 pack sampler, I'm really liking Les Nereides Patchouli Precieux the most. I understand to be on the more mellow "tame" side of patchouli fragrances. Anything else out there similar? Looking for a warm, cozy patchouli with perhaps hints of coffee, vanilla, cocoa? I don't want it to be overly sweet like Chanel Coromandel though... eeek, that way icky. Any suggestions?
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  • Oriflame Possess

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    Oriflame launches new luxurious fragrance for women named Possess. Announced as a sensual and hypnotic fragrance of a graceful seductress, it is inspired by the legend of Cleopatra and Mark Antony. The composition belongs to the category of chypre floral fragrances with fruity additions. It contains over 80 ingredients, with only the dominant listed. Daphne Bugey and Dora Baghriche-Arnaud si... Read full article: Oriflame Possess from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Oriflame Giordani Man Notte

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    Oriflame launches Giordani Man Notte in Fall 2014 as a new fragrance from the Giordani collection, after Giordani Man, and Giordani Man Dolce Vita  and Giordani Man Incontro. The new fragrance is described as passionate, intoxicating and seductive, made for men who appreciate exquisitely designed luxury and indulgent pleasure. The composition is created by Nathalie Lorson, combining coffe... Read full article: Oriflame Giordani Man Notte from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Ancient Fragrant Lore: The Time of Alexander (Part 4)

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    "He does not pour the rosy dew from vulgar bottles; this is already done and befitting the olden days; but during dinner, suddenly you see launched in the air a white dove with impregnated feathers in finer scents, hich recently distilled and scattered far into the room via its rapid flight a balmy rain floods the entire floor. Receiving on my part a real flood of Ambrosia, I excite the... Read full article: Ancient Fragrant Lore: The Time of Alexander (Part 4) from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Aedes de Venustas Copal Azur

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    The first fragrance by the New York niche perfume boutique Aedes de Venustas was introduced in 2012 under the eponymous name Aedes de Venustas Eau de Parfum, followed by the edition called Iris Nazarena in 2013, which placed masculine iris in the first plan. This year the famous boutique presents two perfumes, the first of them being Oeilett Bengale, on the market since 2014 and the latest one,... Read full article: Aedes de Venustas Copal Azur from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Bath and Body Works Wild Madagascar Vanilla

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    Bath and Body Works celebrates the arrival of fall with their new fragrance Wild Madagascar Vanilla accompanied by a rich perfumed body care collection. "This is the vanilla you have never experienced so far," according to the brand Bath and Body Works. The fragrance offers an intoxicating mixture of the most desirable vanilla in the world, perfectly enhanced by African pear, wild jasmine and mi... Read full article: Bath and Body Works Wild Madagascar Vanilla from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
 
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  • Tuesday scent of the day 9/30

    Robin
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Another Tuesday, and September is almost gone! What’s your scent of the day? And if you’ve discovered anything new and great lately (anything!) do tell us about that too. I’m wearing L’Artisan Traversée du Bosphore… Read the rest of this article »
  • Lately things don’t seem the same

    Robin
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    A short video for House of Cherry Bomb Pink Haze.
  • House of Cherry Bomb Pink Haze ~ new fragrance

    Robin
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Indie line House of Cherry Bomb has launched Pink Haze, a new fragrance inspired by Brooklyn… Read the rest of this article »
  • Lili Bermuda Mary Celestia ~ new fragrance

    Robin
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Lili Bermuda will launch Mary Celestia, a new limited edition fragrance based on a old Piesse and Lubin London scent recovered from the shipwreck of the Mary Celestia, a blockade runner during the American Civil War. The Mary Celestia was shipwrecked in 1864, and 1864 bottles of the new perfume will be released… Read the rest of this article »
  • Online fragrance shopping

    Robin
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Deal at beautyhabit: take 20% off orders of $100 or more with coupon code FALLSALE, good through 10/5. New at escentual (UK): Annick Goutal Vent de Folie, Jimmy Choo Stars. New at neimanmarcus: Lalique Encre Noire Sport. New at sephora: Philosophy Celebrate Grace.
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  • A smoother mellow patchouli ? Suggestions?

    md1grwl
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Of the lucky scent Patchouli 7 pack sampler, I'm really liking Les Nereides Patchouli Precieux the most. I understand to be on the more mellow "tame" side of patchouli fragrances. Anything else out there similar? Looking for a warm, cozy patchouli with perhaps hints of coffee, vanilla, cocoa? I don't want it to be overly sweet like Chanel Coromandel though... eeek, that way icky. Any suggestions?
  • BeautyHabit 20% off

    TNBLUEMIKE
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    Fall sale for 20% off until October 5th midnight PST. For orders over $100.00. I really like there selections and are always excellent giving out samples. The code is FALLSALE Good Luck!
  • Vintage Pascal Morabito Or Black EDT SPRAY 50ml/1.6oz

    worthy_sam
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Rare, Vintage formulation Pascal Morabito Or Black EDT SPRAY 50ml/1.6oz. Used once. 98% full. NO BOX. Stored properly and smells amazing. Price - $95 with Free shipping in CONUS. NO INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING. SEND ME A PM IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. DO NOT REPLY TO THIS THREAD. Attached Images $_57.JPG (68.3 KB)
  • A material/fabric that absorbs aroma and then smells of that aroma (for an hour at least)

    Condiment Junkie
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Dear All, I am hunting to find a material that will absorb an aroma, and then stay smelling strongly of that aroma for a little while. The material could be cloth, felt, or something like graphite, marble - anything - but it must be solid - i.e. not oil or fat. For instance, if I was to put it in a jar of coffee beans, it would then strongly smell of coffee beans. Alternatively I could put it in a room with a really pungent aroma, and it would capture that scent. I'd need to be able to preserve the scent in the material by vacuum packing it, or similar, but when opened it would still smell of…
  • Citrus with very good projection?

    johnoleary
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    my skin dosent project well,but id like to try a nice fresh citrus for a change,is there any out there that have a good projection and longevity,under the £25 mark would be even better and something i can get in one of the main shops,thanks for any help.
 
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  • 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
    Random.org 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!
  • Celebrating green: Jade and Verde from A Wing and a Prayer Perfumes - And a Prize Draw!

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Donna Summer may be winding down, but as a fan of green notes in perfume, I enjoy wearing such fragrances all year round and not just when it's hot. I don't usually wear lighter cologne style greens when it's cool, but there are others with all-season versatility. Two new natural scents by A Wing and a Prayer Perfumes are exactly that, and on top of that they are both
  • Mini Review: Serge Lutens L'Incendiaire

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Tom Well I was cruising through Beverly Hills this past Sunday killing some time and needed, frankly, to offload some of the four gallons of really delicious lemonade I'd consumed at a morning event. So I went to Barneys to use the loo and visit the bell jars. The very nice lady at the Lutens counter introduced me to newest one in the line: L'Incendiaire, which if I am remembering
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  • Ancient Fragrant Lore 4: the Hellenistic Era

    Perfumeshrine
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:08 am
    "A natural fragrance pervades the whole coast of Saba {i.e. South Yemen} because almost everything that excels in scent grows there unceasingly, providing a pleasure to visitors that is greater than what can be imagined or described. Along the coast balsam grows in abundance and cassia and another sort of plant which has a peculiar nature: when fresh, it's very delightful to the eye but suddenly
  • Free Perfume & Body Products Giveaway

    Perfumeshrine
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    A chance to win a full set of 3 scented products (eau de toilette, body lotion and hand creme) today. Nice way of kickstarting the week, eh? Thought you might like it, so read on. DownEast Basics has a new line of products and they kindly gave me the opportunity of hosting a giveaway for our readers. The DownEast fashion SCENTS in Sugar, Coconut and Fresh are available as lotions, hand creme
  • Having a Custom Made Fragrance: an Experience to Savor

    Perfumeshrine
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Years ago bespoke perfumery used to be a service reserved for the rich and famous and if you were short of either denominator it meant getting a designer fragrance off Macy's was the height of glamour in the perfume shopping stakes. Things are very different today, thanks to the market evolution and the emergence of a new consumer that is highly savvy thanks to the Internet, and the
  • Autumnal Closet: Building the Blocks

    Perfumeshrine
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    There comes a time in one's life that contemplating a build-from-scratch one's stylistic approach looks inevitable: moving house,  losing 40 pounds or starting a new career all signal that desire to demolish the past with a giant eraser and start afresh. Or you might just caught be in a rut stylistically, like, ahem, moi. A more prolonged than usual leafing through the hangers in my closet and
  • Santa Maria Novella Gardenia: fragrance review

    Perfumeshrine
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    “The house smelled musty and damp, and a little sweet, as if it were haunted by the ghosts of long-dead cookies.” ~Neil Gaiman, American Gods Smelling the little known Gardenia by the Florentine pharmacy brand of Santa Maria Novella, thanks to the inquisitive generosity of a special reader, I am reminded not of cookies exactly, but of cachous, the French candies that are composed of minty,
 
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  • Tree of Life Botanical Perfume Draw

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Michelyn of the fragrance blog Cafleurebon has published my review of the Beyond Aromatics Conference. There is a giveaway for 1 gram by weight of Hedera helix or Q in a glass vial as part of the article. Please head on over to this link at Cafleurebon if you'd like to enter the contest. I chose Q and Hedera helix because they are both part of my Tree Ogham series which you can read more
  • Meanwhile...

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    While most places in the northern hemisphere have been experiencing some form of Autumn weather and signs of the impending season, we continue to have heat and very few visible harbingers except for acorns and pumpkin vendors. Meanwhile, the jasmine sambac is happily blooming in yet another flowering cycle. I now have two big bottles of tincture, a glass jar of an infusion and an
  • Beyond Aromatics Part Two

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    Presentations began Friday morning opening with an insightful view of the global landscape of Aromatherapy delivered by Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, who had us all chuckling as he retold the creation story from the perspective of aromatic molecules.  The oration was compelling and mind expansive as he pointed out how corporate science limits our perspective of the effects of essential oils.
  • Beyond Aromatics - Part One

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    In a few posts I'm going to attempt to encapsulate the 7th International Conference of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), titled Beyond Aromatics. The soiree was held on the glorious campus of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington from September 12th-14th, 2014. Appropriately coined "the Harvard of natural medicine" by author Gabriel Mojay, the University
  • Impending Darkness

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:17 pm
    The night and day of equal length beckons us in the Northern hemisphere to prepare for the shadow, the season of the dark and cooler temperatures. Called by many names including Mabon, Autumnal Equinox and Meán Fómhair, the pagan holy day of the harvest reminds us to be grateful, assess where we are at and begin our inward journey. The opening illustration by Gustave Doré depicts Archangel
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  • ROSE flash

    Andy
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    I just clicked the “send” button for the newsletter. It is out now, no way back. There it says: “ ROSE flash is the most luxurious rose that I have created so far. It is special in many ways. I look at it as a little gift from tauerville; a perfume for my rose loving friends. A stunning rose, rich, oriental, gourmand. I want ROSE flash to be experienced as a complete scent and not picked apart into individual notes and analyzed down to its bones. Hence, I do not want to provide notes. This rose is here to share the joy and fun I had in my lab exploring rose petals.”…
  • Sunday musings and noisy mails

    Andy
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:11 pm
    There are moments in our lives where things change, from one moment to the other. Yesterday was such a moment. I was sitting on the balcony, under the most bright September sun imaginable, painting a still live of red wine leaves  and rose hips, picked in the garden the day before, when I got a mail. Today’s blog picture shows you the result no. 2. The first one was too bright. The second one worked out better, also because I used a larger brush and knew the motif better. Get to know your motif! The same is true for perfumes, by the way. Every rose that I do, sort of, gets easier and I…
  • inventing roses

    Andy
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:37 pm
    or “re-inventing” roses. Today’s picture to the left shows you a rough sketch that I did a while ago, in search of ideas. A quick, flashy sketch. In reality, it is only 15×20 cm, watercolor on paper, using a thick brush. But it looks almost like a graphiti. On a pale blue wall. There is something fragile in there, a transient element. And a code-like element. The rose being reduced to a code consisting of flower petals in semi-3D. I will use this picture one fine day. It has a special quality and I almost always fiddle around with roses… I just love my roses, and…
  • rose concrète and feeling fabulous

    Andy
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Today’s picture shows you a metal drum with rose concrète, 5oo gr, fresh from the fridge, hence the condensing water droplets on the outside. I store it in my fridge and before using it it has to come to room temperature. I do not use it for perfumes, really. It is too waxy. About 50% of its content is waxy matter that does not dissolve in ethanol and filtering it off from an ethanolic solution is really tricky. Hence, I use rose absolute: This is made by ethanol extraction of the concrète. The concrète is made by solvent (hexane for instance) extraction of rose petals. Its scent?
  • magic realism

    Andy
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Today’s picture shows you my part of the stand at Pitti Fragranze, 5 minutes after 6 pm, Sunday September 14. It is empty as we started packing things after the fair was over. It is always amazing how this glitter world of Pitti falls apart within minutes when it is all over. All the golden flacons disappear. The high heels click clack towards the exit. What is left is the scent of a thousand perfumes, lingering in the air. The aftermath of Pitti is always, well: Troubling. After 3 days of living in a perfume bubble, talking, spraying, more talking, hugging, 3 days of taking pictures,…
 
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  • Petrichor

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    "The core of the seen and unseen universe smiles, but remember smiles come best from those who weep. Lightning, then the rain-laughter". - Rumi Just in time for the much-delayed school year in British Columbia - the rainy season is upon us. Most Vancouverites don't welcome this type of change in weather, but I do. In places plagued with drought, such as my other homeland, the first rain signifies not only the changing season, but also determines the well-being of crops, and predictions for precipitation in the year to come.In Hebrew, there is a special word for the first rain - "Yoreh". It…
  • NARCISO eau de parfum

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    First impressions from NARCISO - a confusingly named fragrance (wcich is why I'm using the upper case) that due to officially come out in October, but is already available at The Bay downtown:From the get go, it appears the Narciso Rodriguez brand aimed to create a similar cult following to their original, with a few variations: the black rectangular bottle has been replaced by a white cube. The musk was replaced by ambereine accord and a sheer, crystalline amber. The synthetic orange blossom floral theme was replaced by a nondescript gardenia-rose that to my nose smells more similar to a…
  • Provencal Protest in the Lavender Fields

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Finally, French farmers have had enough with EU regulations, and have taken to the fields to protest the discriminatory European regulations that are due to come into effect in 2018. If we sit around and let the EU bureaucrats continue ruining perfume's historic and cultural uses and heritages, the beautiful lavender fields that are an iconic site in Provence will be no more. In addition, traditional herbalism and aromatherapy are also going to hurt as a result, if the fragrance industry's demand for lavender will tumble down. Article and image via AP."Lavender has been used for thousands of…
  • The Book of Scented Things

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:53 pm
    When the curators of The Book of Scented Things initially contacted me about their upcoming book, I immediately said yes, expecting a reference book of sorts, with poems by Rumi and Baudlaire. Wouldn't it be nice to have all these poetic quotes under one's fingertips? A couple of weeks later, a book arrived in my mailbox. A mat-black paperback, with a texture reminiscent of faux nubok. As I was leafing through the pages, I realized right away that I could have not been any more wrong about this anthology. It has exceeded my expectations, and not only because the element of surprise. This book…
  • The Modern Sage: A Case Study

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Sampling Wood Sage & Sea Salt this weekend instantly reminded me of Fig Leaf & Sage. The new limited edition offering from Jo Malone inspired me to bring up the topic of sage: an herb that is near and dear to my heart. Growing up with it, it has been used in my household to treat any ailment you can imagine - from sore throat and upset stomach to mouthwashing and hair-rinsing. Therefore, I never cared for it so much as an herbal tea - it has too strong of a medicinal association for me in that format.Another story altogether is safe as fresh or dried leaves in the wild, as well as its…
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  • 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…
  • Geisha Blanche/Geisha Noire by Aroma M and Camellia

    Lucy Raubertas
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    Heron Maiden, Iwasa Koko, b. 1884.Heron maiden was term used for a lady in a white gown with black umbrella, referring also a fairy tale figure.I have become re-addicted to Geisha Blanche, one of the originals in the Aroma M perfume line. It is a soothing soft white floral with a touch of lychee, creamy and rich as the lather of an expensive almond soap (that last image I got from a online fragrance friend).  It provides me with an aromatic layer of civilization; reliable when most sorely needed to take the edge off, and soothes my cravings for a pure-hearted direct…
  • Parfums Lalun Phenomene Verte II

    Lucy Raubertas
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    This season of transition, in-between the heat of summer and the winter cold, is for me the best time of year for perfume, and also the best atmosphere to bring out the subtleties and facets of natural perfumes. The finest natural perfumes, that like anything made of natural materials, reveal themselves to the full only by paying close attention.   That pleasant concentration leads to a centered, meditative, intense experience of olfactory pleasure.The perfumer of Lalun Parfums has a way of working I find to be an engaging combination of the modern and traditional.  I have had…
  • Andrea Maack Parfums

    Lucy Raubertas
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Andrea Maack's Coal DrawingThere's something about this line that brings the realist perfumes of Christopher Brosius to mind, in that there are inspirations arising from the ordinary beauties of cut grass, graphite, charcoal, dirt and earth, crossed with a sense of hopefulness and a child-like playful focus. The big difference is these are very much European Perfumes with a capital E and P. These may begin in the wild and sometimes even woolly outback territories of the American sensibility of CBIHP but then fly straight into the arms of ultra professionally-made European niche…
  • A Lab on Fire

    Lucy Raubertas
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    This is the S-perfumes' line, now directed by Carlos Kusubayashi, that prefers to keep as much quiet and mystery about itself as possible, with a stylish Asian/Euro-minimalist aesthetic overall, but it has become well known these are a set of perfumes from the most established and esteemed French/Euro-culture perfumers.All the perfumes are eminently wearable, indeed I would love to have them all, some in multiples so I could feel free to use them with complete abandon.  These are modern perfumes that don't reference anything from the past but do seem to call to basic elemental…
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  • Cold Weather: One Product To Add To Every Routine

    Gaia Fishler
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    It was definitely cold when I woke up this morning. There are still roses in full bloom on the bush outside my bedroom window, but the rest of the yard is ready for a long hibernation. Frankly, so am I. But since that's not an option (and neither is wintering in Florida. I don't think Boca is ready for me just yet), I'll stick to what I know: pampering. Assuming we all have a good routine in place already, here are suggestions of one product in each category to enhance what you're already doing.FeetA long cold season doesn't have to mean having scaly hooves come April. I'm keeping my regular…
  • Coty- L'Aimant

    Gaia Fishler
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Looking at advertisement for L'Aimant, the magnet, we can see that Coty has always promoted it as a sexy and alluring perfume, one that would give the wearer an irresistible hold over the men in her life. Femininity is highlighted and celebrated, at least what passed as femininity back in the day.L'aimant was launched in 1927 after five years of tinkering by Francois Coty and legendary perfumer Vincent Roubert (Iris Gris). It's often compared to Chanel No.5 (1921), and it's easy to smell why. The burst of aldehydes (shockingly fresh even in my older bottles) places L'Aimant firmly in the…
  • Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick In Carnal

    Gaia Fishler
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    I'm on a mission: to own as many Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy lipsticks as I can actually wear. Of course, this is a problem considering the Lipstick Situation I just told you about, and it also explains how it happened. But seriously, these are not just the best Estee Lauder lipsticks, but also among the best ones you can buy at any local department store.My first Pure Color Envy was the rosy Fierce. Next I went redder with Carnal, a sexy Marilynish warm red. It's creamy, it's luscious, and longevity is pretty good. Obviously, you need primed and prepped lips to wear such a bold red,…
  • Vincent Longo Starlette Gel Eye Stain- Chartreuse Veil & Ambrosia Mist

    Gaia Fishler
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    It's been many years since I last bought any Vincent Longo products (they used to be in Sephora and I adored the lip glosses and eyeliners). I was thrilled to hear that the line has rebounded and Vincent Longo is back with some interesting new products. I probably wouldn't have started with the Starlette Gel Eye Stains were they not sent to me, but I'm actually happy to test and wear things that are outside my comfort zone.Vincent Longo Starlette Gel Eye Stains are sheer eye glosses with a little golden glitter suspended in the gel. The swatches above show two coats of stain, because…
  • Roxana Illuminated Perfume- To Bee

    Gaia Fishler
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Many of you were curious when I counted To Bee by Roxana Illuminated Perfume as one of my top honey perfume picks, second only to Serge Lutens Miel de Bois. Those who love MdB wanted to know if Roxana Villa's creation is as breathtakingly controversial as the one Christopher sheldrake created for Uncle Serge. Those who recoil in horror at the mere mention of Miel de Bois wanted to make sure the animalic beeswax was not going to eat them alive. The answer is "neither".To Bee was born out of Roxana Villa's love and respect for honeybees (she's a holistic beekeeper as well as a perfumer who…
 
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  • 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
  • I Wore This: Dior Addict (Original)

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    (Or: Why I Seem to Have Stopped Writing "Reviews") For a long time now (let's throw a number out and say five months) I've spent more time on customer review sites than on perfume blogs proper. Until recently, I didn't really ask myself why. I must have just concluded, in some hazy region of my hamster wheel mind, buried chin deep in everyday routine, that I'd lost interest in perfume. Why
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  • 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…
  • Noodle and Boo Extra Gentle Shampoo

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
     Noodle and Boo Extra Gentle Shampoo (not just for babies) For sensitive scalps and delicate hairNutrient-rich milk protein nourishes and conditions hair.Provitamin B and vitamin E keep hair healthy and shiny.Tear-free formula gently cleans and hydrates.Extra-gentle surfactants (bubbling agents) enriched with natural moisturizers.Mild enough for daily use; can be used on newborns and babies with sensitive skin.Dermatologist and pediatrician tested; hypoallergenic.Clinically-tested for sensitive skin.8 ounce bottle.Arrives in signature pink/blue packaging signature pump bottle.
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    The Beauty Alchemist

  • MAC Rocky Horror Riff Raff Eye Palette

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Whether you're a Rocky Horror fan or not, the Riff Raff  eye palette should catch your eye. It's the star piece of the collection.Riff Raff is a very cohesive palette , all the shades work well togther for a number of looks. Not to mention the colorings are perfect for Fall/Winter.Two shades are new, along with two that are in the permanent line , a currently dc'd one and a repromote.The six shades included are :Oh Rocky !!! (new , soft white with pearl frost)Graphic Style ( deep silver veluxe pearl)Crystal ( violet duo chorme with pearl frost)Blackberry (muted burgundy-plum brown…
  • Emily & Tony Down Under Comfort

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Wondering what Emily & Tony " Down Under Comfort " is ? It's a new product to help keep sweat at bay.Not a deodorant, but somewhat like one, this cream  can be applied anywhere you sweat, including more intimate areas , on your back, bottoms of feet.  It's lightweight and dries to a powder like feel with very little scent.I wish I had this  beginning  in June, but it's still warm at times in September for me and this works pretty well.   I definitely noticed less sweaty stickiness when I tried this  and felt more comfortable.  It will also work for areas…
  • Bottega Veneta The Knot

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just in time for cooler temps and Autumn breezes comes Bottega Veneta's newest fragrance, The Knot.The Knot is a very soft , clean scent , almost a skin scent , making it a nice choice on  sweater days when it will weave itself into the fabric.It has a camphor like note at the beginning which can happen with Neroli. The Knot doesn't have the sweet white floral version of the flower.  Then as it develops   there is a  very dry  lavender . Soon light florals of peony came along and  as it dries down the cedarwood is there along with hints of the tonka but it's all…
  • Tarte Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collector's Set -Holiday 2014

    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
     How fun is the Away Oui Go  holiday set from Tarte? I'm pretty sure the hardest part of giving this as a gift will be the actual giving. You might want to keep it for yourself.   This falls onto the easy gifting list, who wouldn't love it ?The case has 4 separate palettes each with four  eyeshadows and one blush.  Each eyeshadow has a French inspired name like Eiffel Tower Engagement or Marvel at The Mona Lisa. Each palette has both matte and shimmer shades. A quilted holder is at the ready to carry whichever of the interchangeable palettes you choose for the…
  • Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ready to brighten ? I am. Clarisonic has entered the  brightening and the leave on skincare categories with their new  Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution . The system has a Radiance brush head ,  two cleansers, and one serum. It's a powerful punch  to get glowing skin.The two cleansers are for AM & PM.  AM is Skin Illuminating Cleanser , a creamy cleansing milk with licorice.   The PM cleanser is Skin Renewing Peel Wash, a stronger formula than AM using LHA,  an acid derived from salicylic acid along with glycolic acid.After cleansing , you use the…
 
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  • Perfume Review: Le Galion Snob, Special for Gentlemen, 222, La Rose, Iris, Tubereuse, Whip, Eau Noble + Vintage Restoration Draw

    Tama
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Nicholas Chabot and assistant When I went to Exsence in Milan last March, one of the biggest buzzes was excitement about the relaunch of the House of Le Galion. Primarily famous for Sortilege (which I reviewed last May they had a wide selection of fragrances, mostly developed by perfumer Paul Vacher between 1935 and his death in 1975. They brought nine of these fragrances back under the creative direction and new owner and Creative Director Nicholas Chabot, who purchased the company roughly two years ago. I smelled all nine, and wrote down my thoughts. Marlene Dietrich Snob is a very high…
  • YS Uzac Satin Doll Perfume -The Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Satin Doll is perhaps the standout scent from the YS Uzac collection, a bold and wondrous iris/tuberose chypré Thanks to our friends at Luckyscent.com we have a draw for three CON USA readers for three samples of Ys Uzac Satin Doll  The random winners are Lean S, Holly F and sandi. Please email michelyn at cafleurebon dawt com by 9/30/201 1:30  PM EST with Luckyscent.com YS Uzac Satin Doll and your mailing details. This is a deadline and there are no exceptions if you are late and you must use your email from your comment so we know it is you. We announce the…
  • Perfume Review: La Parfumerie Moderne Désarmant by Marc-Antoine Corticchiato + Lilacs Lost in Time Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Tim Walker set design by Simon Costin When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d, And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night, I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring. Ever-returning spring, trinity sure to me you bring, Lilac blooming perennial and drooping star in the west, And thought of him I love. From ‘When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloom’d’ by Walt Whitman -1865 Photo: Lilacs Tim Walker You rarely see lilacs these days, they are a flower lost to time. The cascades of intensely perfumed mauve, blue and white…
  • Penhaligon’s Bayolea Eau de Toilette -The Winners

    Michelyn Camen
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    Penhaligon’s London has released a whole line of grooming products and an Eau de Toilette Bayolea that fit a Dandy to a tee,  with a cologne, shaving soap, shaving cream, moustache wax, hair and body wash, and deodorant. Since Penhaligon's got its start in a thriving barbershop, this is a great return to form Thanks to Twisted Lily Boutique in Brooklyn we have samples for 3 readers in the US The random winners are Steve A, Fazal Cheema and  Cynthia Richardson. Please contact michelyn at cafleurebon dot com with BAYOLEA from Penhaligon's  as your subject and…
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  • Perfume of the Day: Daisy by Marc Jacobs

    marina ljubisavljevic
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    She opens her eyes and stares at the blue skies above. She is wearing her favorite t-shirt stained with memories of the past, good times and ripped off jeans smeared with grass. The wind is whirling carelessly around her, but all she can think of is the fresh, sweet protruding scent of ripe fruit calling her name. Now, it is all about her and the infinity! She gambols, smiles at the sun and feels the ethereal realm of her new reality! She feel like a child letting go of her mother’s hand, only to embrace the first flower in the surreally colorful meadow! Now, this is how Marc Jacobs’…
  • Perfume of the Day: Hermes Eau des Merveilles

    marina ljubisavljevic
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    She feels like she has gone through a mice hole and has walked into a middle of fairytale, like miniature version of herself. She then takes advantage of the situation and hops on her favorite mug filled with cappuccino and disturbs the surface of the coffee by making waves with her breath. She imagines how life would unfold if she is as big as a thumb. It is a scary life out there she shrieks, and smiles, surfing through the traffic. She knows that life is magical, mysterious and amuses herself by observing the world through her childish lenses. She is happy, content and always happy to hear…
  • Perfume of the Day: Cacharel Catch….Me

    marina ljubisavljevic
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    To her love is a game played not by two, but by every being in the milky texture of the galaxy. She loves it when the pointer on her watch skips a marker every time someone mentions his name. She loves it when he buys her balloons instead of flowers, when he gives her a tiny grasshopper in her palms instead of little kitten with an enormous bow tie in a shiny box. She loves when she gazes into the sky, the scent of mornings adorned with yellow tinted clouds, courtesy of the sun! She relishes the colors of the lollipop, knowing that these are the colors, the scents and the scenery of her…
  • Perfume of the Day: Prada Infusion de Tubereuse

    marina ljubisavljevic
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    She says she doesn’t love him. She says she doesn’t even like him. But her fingers know by heart every inch of his perfect body. She remembers how his almond shaped eyes make the perfect line when he smiles or the dimples on his cheeks that appeared that nigh when she told him about how he makes her heart sing. She won’t confess, she is adamant. But every night she moves her toothbrush next to his, her stockings next to his perfectly folded socks and a long stroke of her hair to kiss his ear goodnight. She has even kept a perfect white leaf from the tuberose bouquet he sent her…
  • Perfume of the Day: Anna Sui Rock Me!

    marina ljubisavljevic
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    She soaks herself in the energy of the place and allows to be seduced by the music. Today, she decides to be bold and wears her hair in a ponytail, even though the formality of the moment forbids that. She wears her motorcycle jacket and watches the spikes on the leather, reminding her that if she does not try to walk on tightrope, if she does not walk comfortably on the edge, then she is taking up too much space. There are times in her moment when she feels like everything is going right, and in that very moment, she has to change the direction and go left, because that is the only way to…
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