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  • Jour de Fete 2014 re-issue: review & comparison with the original from 2004

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    Perfumeshrine
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    Remember when we announced that Jour de fete by L'Artisan Parfumeur, discontinued for quite a while and lamented by perfume lovers, was re-issued this year by the niche brand in an answer to pleas by fans requesting it back? Well, here you are. I have tested the new version and have compared with the older one, composed by Olivia Giacobetti. You can read my thoughts by following this link
  • New Perfume Review: Sonoma Scent Studio Yin and Ylang + Unleash Your Inner Femme Fatale Fragrance Draw

    Cafleurebon - Fragrance is a language of translating the world
    Michelyn Camen
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Italian actress Monica Bellucci Bewitching is the woman who has perfected the art of making a grand entrance.  She arrives at the party fashionably late, whisking off her wrap, revealing deep cleavage, and handing it to a hapless bystander in one fluid motion reminiscent of a toreador.  She is immediately surrounded by a circle of suitors.  All eyes are drawn to her, all other conversation ceases, all in the room want to know her name. If you don’t possess this skill naturally, one of the ways to approximate it is with a fragrance that does.  It is my great pleasure…
  • Guerlain Shalimar Light/Shalimar Eau Legere

    The Non-Blonde
    Gaia Fishler
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 pm
    I guess I'm still in an Amalfi Coast kind of mood, as I can't get enough of the lemony confection of Guerlain Shalimar Eau Legere and its fraternal twin, Shalimar Light. Normally I'm rather old school when it comes to Guerlain perfumes, collecting and wearing vintage and pre-reformulation versions. Vintage Shalimar in every concentration is among my most worn fragrances, but that didn't stop me from falling in love with the 2003/2004 modernized take on the classic oriental.The original Shalimar was meant to be grand and complex. Smoky and animalic just as much as powdery and sweet. Obviously,…
  • English Dawn White Gardenia

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    ENGLISH DAWN WHITE GARDENIA White flowers, as one of perfume's symbols of femininity, have made their way into almost every perfume house: soft, green, dewy or carnal, heady, bold ... Gardenia, with its beautiful big white flowers and sweet spellbinding fragrance, has appeared, as a new fresh and young feminine vibe in both niche and popular fragrances. ... Read full article: English Dawn White Gardenia from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Lazy weekend poll ~ Easter basket, part 2

    Now Smell This
    Robin
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    A repeat of a poll we did in 2011. Fill your (fantasy) Easter basket: 1. You can pick one perfume, new or old: what is it? 2. And you can have one other scented product (a candle, a body lotion, anything): what is it? 3. Your favorite candy? 4. And any random present you’d like the Easter bunny to bring you… Read the rest of this article »
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  • English Dawn White Gardenia

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    ENGLISH DAWN WHITE GARDENIA White flowers, as one of perfume's symbols of femininity, have made their way into almost every perfume house: soft, green, dewy or carnal, heady, bold ... Gardenia, with its beautiful big white flowers and sweet spellbinding fragrance, has appeared, as a new fresh and young feminine vibe in both niche and popular fragrances. ... Read full article: English Dawn White Gardenia from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • The Perfect Neroli Comes from Scotland: Castle Forbes Special Reserve

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    I have been on a quest to find the perfect classic notes in perfumery that suit my taste. And this is something a lot of people do, like finding the perfect tuberose (I found it recently with Bruno Acampora's Blu), the perfect boozy scent (found mine with Shay and Blue's Blacks Club Leather), the perfect leather (mine is Ann Gerard's Cuir de Nacre), the perfect jasmine (stopped searc... Read full article: The Perfect Neroli Comes from Scotland: Castle Forbes Special Reserve from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Kelly Brook Audition

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    British TV presenter and model Kelly Brook launches her third fragrance called Audition (the first two are Kelly Brook Eau de Toilette from 2007 and Vivacious from 2008), announced as "glamorous, honest and cofident" perfume inspired by the process of a first audition.  The composition is lively, floral and feminine, focusing on musk and vanilla. It begins with notes of melon, bergamot,... Read full article: Kelly Brook Audition from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Joy Forever Eau de Toilette by Jean Patou

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:55 am
    After Joy Forever Eau de Parfum was launched in November 2013, the house of Jean Patou is introducing a new version—Joy Forever Eau de Toilette, which will also follow the tradition of the house.  It is a modern fragrance which brings the spirit of youth and positive feelings. The new version is softer and lighter than the previous one, ensuring luxury refreshment. Joy Forever Eau de... Read full article: Joy Forever Eau de Toilette by Jean Patou from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • L'Etrog Acqua and The Architects Club by Arquiste

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Carlos Huber, the founder of Arquiste, introduced two new perfumes at Esxence in Milan. One of them, L'Etrog Acqua, is a version of his L’Etrog from 2012. The other one, The Architects Club, is an entirely new creation. I did compare the two fragrances while listening to Carlos' explanation that he and Rodrigo Flores-Roux had wished to stress another quality, one mor... Read full article: L'Etrog Acqua and The Architects Club by Arquiste from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
 
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  • Lazy weekend poll ~ Easter basket, part 2

    Robin
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    A repeat of a poll we did in 2011. Fill your (fantasy) Easter basket: 1. You can pick one perfume, new or old: what is it? 2. And you can have one other scented product (a candle, a body lotion, anything): what is it? 3. Your favorite candy? 4. And any random present you’d like the Easter bunny to bring you… Read the rest of this article »
  • Paco Rabanne Lady Million Eau My Gold! ~ new perfume

    Robin
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Paco Rabanne will launch Lady Million Eau My Gold!, a new fragrance for women, in June. Lady Million Eau My Gold! is the first flanker to 2010′s Lady Million and will be fronted by model Hana Jirickova… Read the rest of this article »
  • Online fragrance shopping

    Robin
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Deal at beautyhabit: get free shipping on orders of $25 or more with coupon code HOP2SALE, good through the weekend. New at harrods (UK): Yves Saint Laurent Splendid Wood. New at saksfifthavenue: Yves Saint Laurent Oriental Collection.
  • Keiko Mecheri Bois Satin ~ new fragrance

    Robin
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    Niche line Keiko Mecheri has launched Bois Satin, a new vanilla-focused oriental fragrance for women. The last releases from the brand were 2013′s Savile and Sedona Blue… Read the rest of this article »
  • A young maiden tripping gaily through a field of flowers

    Robin
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    The perfume business — once a young maiden tripping gaily through a field of flowers, then for a long while a more mature lady navigating determined department-store demonstrators wearing smocks — has over the last 20 years or so gone terribly pear-shaped. Also apple, grapefruit, mushroom and Sichuan pepper-shaped. Some current formulations are indeed indistinguishable from salads. — Alexandra Jacobs goes shopping at Twisted Lily and Atelier Cologne in Brooklyn. Read more at Notes of Orange, Apple and Brooklyn at the New York Times.
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  • SoOud Hajj Nektar Parfum 30 ml NIB

    stefftaylor
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    Shrink wrapped NIB. Received as a gift but already own. $140 + $5 shipping US only.
  • Classic Brut?

    ckampus
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    BRUT-33.jpg I can buy it for €18/88m: what do you guys think? Is this Brut Classic? I never had or know the smell, and I only know this which I have and I like it Brut.jpg Attached Images Brut.jpg (39.9 KB) BRUT-33.jpg (56.7 KB)
  • Creed aventus splits for sale (uk only)

    TheOne-Scents
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Hello All!! I have recently purchased a Flacon of Creed Aventus and am looking to split some of it with other fragrance fanatics such as myself!!. The fragrance is available for immediate dispatch. All of my fragrances are from my personal collection and are 100% genuine and are bought from reliable retailers. Payment is by PayPal only. Fragrance will be dispatched within 48 hours of cleared funds. CREED AVENTUS Batch No: FP42B13U01 I am offering 2 split sizes, 50ml and 10ml. 1 X 50ML = £75 (Price includes quality glass atomiser, postage [Royal Mail First Class) and packaging) Split 1 -…
  • is Jardin d"Amalfi worth owning?

    smellheaven
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    im trying to blind buy these one since i saw a lot of people choose jardin d'amalfi than aventus on best creed fragrance. and besides i like citrus/fruity based fragrance.
  • F by Ferragamo Black

    anewtypedude
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:41 am
    Why isn't F by Ferragamo Black more talked about? This juice is amazing! It is like a more mature version of La Nuit de L'Homme. Unlike La Nuit, which turns sweet as it dries down, F Black opens with an almost delicious dry fruit accord, then just stays spicy. It also beats out La Nuit in both longevity and projection, plus it's cheaper too! This thing should be the new night scent modern classic! What do you all think about this underrated juice?
 
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  • What Not To Wear To Work

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Tom Last night I was a little bored and decided that I wanted to wear something very daring. So I dabbed on some UNTITLED #8 that I got from ScentBar. It's one of the skankiest things I have in a collection that isn't exactly light on the skank. I love it- I think that it's great on it's own, and also great for putting some of the old-school punch into scents that have been neutered by
  • The Painterly Palette of PK Perfumes (Part one)

    5 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    By Donna The one-man show known as PK Perfumes has been quietly making inroads into the American indie perfume scene, and the small company has gained wider recognition with several prestigious industry nominations and awards in an impressively short span of time. Perfumer Paul Kiler has a unique and somewhat quirky viewpoint, and after testing the full range of fragrances and a
  • Ys Uzac Immortal Beloved

    2 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Tom So the other day I was in ScentBar (if I had a dollar for every time I wrote that I'd be rich...) and I was asking Steven (who is always very nice about this sort of thing, especially considering my purchase-to-ask-for-sample ration) what's new. One of the new ones was Immortal Beloved from a company called Ys Uzac. Apparently Ys Uzac (don't ask me to pronounce it) was founded in
  • Back Soon

    26 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Tom Sorry I've been Radio Silent for a while. I've been having many trips to the dentist fixing myself up and it's actually been affecting my sense of smell slightly. Actually, that's a big old lie. It's just made me feel hideous and old and annoyed that I can bounce back at (gasp! he admits it!) 50 the way I could when I was 20. But it's all over and I promise to review something
  • Rainforest radiance: Samarinda by Providence Perfume Company

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Donna I am always eager to try a new fragrance from Providence Perfume Company, because I know it will be interesting and stand apart from the crowd. Samarinda is no exception, and testing it has involved keeping my nose firmly glued to my wrist. It's one of those perfumes that has so many interesting notes that it's hard to focus on trying to analyze it; I keep
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  • Jour de Fete 2014 re-issue: review & comparison with the original from 2004

    Perfumeshrine
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    Remember when we announced that Jour de fete by L'Artisan Parfumeur, discontinued for quite a while and lamented by perfume lovers, was re-issued this year by the niche brand in an answer to pleas by fans requesting it back? Well, here you are. I have tested the new version and have compared with the older one, composed by Olivia Giacobetti. You can read my thoughts by following this link
  • Easter Blog Sale

    Perfumeshrine
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    Some special, hard to find scents for everyone on this spot today, bought from reputable sellers in the past. Please email me using Contact for further details and be quick! judycasey.com Caron En Avion extrait de parfum (vintage) Caron Nocturnes eau de toilette 10ml fabulous silver atomizer Creed Angelique Encens: 3 Decants gone, 5 Samples left Creed Spring Flower 10ml decant roll on (
  • Tauer Perfumes Eau d'Epices: fragrance review

    Perfumeshrine
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    Eau d'Épices is an interesting study in how to make a non-typical "oriental" or "woody" spice which would float rather than sink. Does it succeed? You'll be the judge as this month sees the reissue of Eau d'Épices. Eau d'Épices has been in the works since at least 2007, you see, when the first samples were given to a coterie of Tauer fans. The official launch happened in 2010 and then the scent
  • Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle Eau de Magnolia: new fragrance

    Perfumeshrine
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    Magnolia is shaping up to be a major, recurrent theme in niche releases lately and one of the first officially "niche" brands, the one who introduced the notion of "perfume authors", namely Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle is issuing their own version: Eau de Magnolia, as depicted below. After all, we at Perfume Shrine had announced it as a rumour 4 years ago!! (yes, really!) via Ccercle/
  • Regulatory Developments in the Front of Perfumery Restrictions & IFRA: Doom or Boom?

    Perfumeshrine
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    The front of perfumery restrictions on raw materials is a potential minefield for both the perfume lover and the conscientious journalist, as chronicling all steps of the way can so easily be tinged with either scientific falsities, emotional panic or a sensationalist approach meant to benefit only the one doing the sensational shout out. But beyond that, little had been done to pay it forward
 
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  • Impromptu Reviews

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    This is the official landing page for reviews of Impromptu botanical perfume as a constant in the line. First up is a paragraph from Sam and review Tom write for Perfume Posse, where he picks up on carnation as the primary note. "Impromptu is a morpher; a changeling. A fragrance with layers upon layers. A beginning of herbs, wood, and a lemony and astringent quality that eventually warms and
  • Ex tempore

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:27 pm
    All aspects of Impromptu are now listed at the site and ready to be enjoyed. Each format offers a different form of enjoyment as the notes seem to sing in different harmonies depending on if the base. Greg and I are hard at work on the LookBook, which, if everything aligns nicely will be done by the end of the week. Impromptu: A Rendezvous with Romance
  • Visions from the Minds Eye update

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:52 pm
    As you may recall, I had asked you all to chime in to find out which of Greg's images you liked best for the cover of his upcoming book. Well, it turns out he gets to use BOTH as well as a third cover for the boxed set.
  • Blooming

    8 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    While straightening up the studio I happened across a few glass amber bottles containing Blossom Eau de Cologne. I poured them all together, then filtered to make sure any bits of the jasmine tincture and botanical extracts were gone and have listed the remnants here. This is all that is left of the 2013 edition. The 2014 edition is now underway which will feature a tincture of our
  • Radiant Orchids

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    Pantone, the self deemed authority on color , has deemed "Radiant Orchid" the color of 2014. This cool yet warm hue, which gently lounges on the fringes of red violet, has an affinity with the color harmony of Gracing the Dawn and Cimbalom. In fact, if you were to take the lavender shade of Gracing the Dawn and mix in a bit of the pigment of Cimbalom you'd probably have a match.
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  • Schlamassel can be said with a smile on the lips

    Andy
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:06 am
    This morning, I was checking a word for its origins as I was not 100% sure, but pretty sure that “Schlamassel” is actually a German word of Hebrew origin. Right I was. I think, in English, however, it does not exist, contrary to “Massel” (En: mazzel, mazeltov). I love Schlamassel as word. Being in Schlamassel means being really in troubles, being in a mess. In my ears, there are tonalities to Schlamassel, too. For me, there is a tonality of self imposed troubles, there is a tonality of things that are very serious but still not about life and death. Schlamassel. Can be…
  • The full picture

    Andy
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:27 pm
    There we go… today’s picture, shrinked to 300 pixels width for the blog from an A4 sized canvas (digital canvas, at 300 dpi), shows you another auto portrait. I got the question a couple of times ago: When I draw digitally, I do not start with a photo on which I paint on top. But I start with an empty canvas and start painting on the growing numbers of layers. What is nice about painting digitally: You can add a new layer and test ideas, and if you do not like them, you get rid of the layers and start again, without having destroyed what you did before. I wish sometimes it was…
  • hand nose coordination

    Andy
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:36 pm
    when drawing an object that sits in front of you, you need a special kind of hand-eye coordination. Besides learning (again) how to see properly, I think this coordination is something that needs training, to some extend. And to some extend, I guess, you just have it, like a gift. In my eye, when painting an object, it is critical however that you leave room for another dimension besides the 2,3 dimensions that you try to coordinate between your hand and eyes. Let’s call this dimension the imaginary coordinate system. Painting is therefore a wonderful exercise, as it does not only…
  • 10 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm

    Andy
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    today’s picture shows you the view from the motel where I usually stay in 29 Palms: the Harmony Motel. It faces the hills that overlook 29 Palms. I love sitting there, on the porch, and watching the hills turning on their lights in the evening, changing colors from bright greyish brown to dark red. I tried to capture one of these moments of changing lights, the first hints of orange on the hills, the shadows starting to carve out the contours. I love how the water colors work there and bring in another dimension. detail of water color painting My day today will be less creative than…
  • back in town

    Andy
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Fragrant greetings from Zurich, where I landed safely and where work waited for me. After a couple of days off and out of the stream it actually feels great to be back and have a mission. I show a few pictures in a second,  from my trip that was half business half tourism: a fact that is hard to explain to an  US immigration officer. Actually, I am falling probably into some sort of pattern, and the questions that I have to answer get more and more and more complicated when immigrating to the US. I am always honest when answering the immigration officer’s questions. This time, I had…
 
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  • Walking In A Cloud

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Take a guess: Where was this picture taken?Here's another hint, from the same place:Whistler? Vancouver Island? Oregon Coast?Not even close! I'll give you another visual hint:Oaks plus moss plus fogs - must be Northern California? Non of it! These photos (and the ones to follow) were all taken on Mount Meron in Israel. This is one of the most luscious spots in the country, as the mountain blocks the rainclouds from the Mediterranean, thus keeping for itself 900mm of precipitation annually. Just a little more to the east from Mout Meron, the Eastern Galillee rapidly becomes about as dry as a…
  • The Bahá'í Gardens in Akko

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    This spring I visited the Baha'i gardens in Akko (aka Acre). At the gate of the gardens, there's a beautiful marble fountain with red and white flowers planted around it. It is not only beautiful, but serves a purpose: cleansing one's mind in preparation for meditative, slow-paced walk on the garden's coarse gravel trails, and prayer inside the fragrant holy temple. You see, bathing is not merely an act of rinsing off dirt, but also bring on the clean, through the pure water that seeps through your pores; and the sound of water alone has the power to clear the mind's worries and establish a…
  • Spring Cleaning Naturally

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    Fresh all-natural tips for spring cleaning - and year-around!  Cleaning brings a sense of renewal and revitalization (sprinkled with a healthy doze of self-torture and discipline). Through this handout, you will find recipes and tips on how to use the most basic ingredients which can be easily found in most corner stores, drugstores and supermarkets - all of which are perfectly harmless yet surprisingly effective for getting the job done; plus some wonderfully smelling essential oils to add fun to the process! To be perfectly frank, even though I love a clean home - cleaning is not my…
  • A Word About My Discontinued Perfumes

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Last year, my decision to remove unnecessary clutter from my life and return to my core has also been translated to some trimming of the collection of perfumes offered. In response to some of you, who were worried your favourite scent is being discontinued I would like to explain 2 things: a)    To make room for new scents, I do need to clear our shelves a little bit – both at the studio, and on the virtual  boutique. There is simply no ample space in both to keep moving forward AND dwell on the past simultaneously. Especially with the size of our screens constantly…
  • One Year Anniversary for Giving Gifts & Co. + Blue Heart Campaign

    4 Apr 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Giving Gifts & Co is turning one! Help us Celebrate this incredible milestone by stopping by the co-op boutique (4570 Main Street & 30th Avenue):When: Saturday, April 5th, from 11 am - 8 pmWhat: Food, Beverages, Live Music and Tons of Sales throughout the whole store!Why: All in support of our HUGE 'Traffic against Trafficking' Campaign. For every person who visits the store for the ENTIRE MONTH OF APRIL, we'll donate $1 to Somaly-Mam, an organization to help women in Cambodia escape Human Trafficking and re-build lives as artists & entrepreneurs.We are donating all proceeds from…
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  • Magnetic Scent

    Lucy Raubertas
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Magnetic Scent has four perfumes that are very different from each other, and each is complex, skillful, and engaging. They are all hand made, true indie perfumes, produced in Amsterdam from a sensibility that is modern yet fully steeped in naturalism.  They all contain wild nature, shaped into elegance.   By modern I don't mean minimalist, but I do mean a straightforward focus on materials without reference to the past in a nostalgic way. These perfumes are not gendered but if pressed I would say they express a youthful masculine take on refinement and relaxed well-being.
  • Reve d'Ossian/Oriza L. LeGrand

    Lucy Raubertas
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Nostalgia is seductive, it's an emotional reminder of beauty from the past that allows us to frame it in a haze of warmth and longing; the difficulties are set aside and we focus only on the loveliest moments. We are deep in nostalgia for vintage and vintage revival perfumes right now, because of a number of forces working on the imagination at once.  As I thought it would at the end of last year, this trend intensifies every day.Some of the reasons for this are partly because of the reformulations in classic perfume compositions due to the new EU/IFRA regulations removing many perfume…
  • Bogue - Your Own Perfume

    Lucy Raubertas
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:36 pm
    "A wood as a group of trees, plants that fit in a suitcase, and trees sprouting not so far from a cocktail bar, at the back, in the Beijing’s botanical garden.A country house with a damp and cool wine cellar from which is possible to glimpse the porch, the citrus trees in the pots, the cypresses down the alley. A night of fumes and shadows, resin remains on the shears, alcohol to clean the blades.The thought of a lazy moment, bedroom made for love and drawing. British blankets stopped at the customs, on the way back from an ex colony.Where the incense was burning they placed, few days ago,…
  • Sweet Anthem Poppy and Lolita

    Lucy Raubertas
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Sweet Anthem, the indie Pacific Northwestern Perfumery is featuring two new aspects of Spring as fragrances, Poppy and Lolita.They don't fall easily within the traditional forms of perfume, so I can't place them specifically in a category such as oriental or fougere, and they are also different than other modern indieperfumers like Slumberhouse who have used absolutes of saps and balsams while  eschewing top notes.  There is a gentle  focus on a scent experience that is highly pleasurable yet not bound by the typical themes for fragrance.  For example, they may ask clients…
  • Fragrance Republic

    Lucy Raubertas
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:36 pm
    FR! 01/05 reminds me of the ultra green of Prospect Park summer fields,  photo Lucy RaubertasFragrance Republic is a cross between a new fragrance house and a subscription service similar to Book of the Month Club, only for perfumes.There is an exclusive new perfume each month by a different perfumer, and for the base subscription price (which is divided into three, six, twelve month or monthly  choices) subscribers receive the current month's perfume in the mail in a 15ml numbered in order plain flacon.  This is enough to get the true feel of the perfume to see if you'd want…
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  • Guerlain Shalimar Light/Shalimar Eau Legere

    Gaia Fishler
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 pm
    I guess I'm still in an Amalfi Coast kind of mood, as I can't get enough of the lemony confection of Guerlain Shalimar Eau Legere and its fraternal twin, Shalimar Light. Normally I'm rather old school when it comes to Guerlain perfumes, collecting and wearing vintage and pre-reformulation versions. Vintage Shalimar in every concentration is among my most worn fragrances, but that didn't stop me from falling in love with the 2003/2004 modernized take on the classic oriental.The original Shalimar was meant to be grand and complex. Smoky and animalic just as much as powdery and sweet. Obviously,…
  • Want: Alexandre Birman Blue Sandals

    Gaia Fishler
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    I don't know what it is about Alexandre Birman shoes, but they're at their best in blue. I already have this pair from three years ago, and it's one of the favorite items in my shoe closet (and, yes, it is quite comfortable and very sturdy), so I've been ogling the cobalt blue sandals from Birman's recent collection (available at Saks). The stilettos are obviously the least practical, and I'm certain that the ankle strap would never stay put when walking, but the other two are wonderfully wearable, not to mention fun.I need to replace my beloved but ancient flat Manolo thong sandals that…
  • Tatcha- One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

    Gaia Fishler
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    One of the things about testing skincare products is the commitment it takes. I can't review an item without spending weeks upon weeks consistently using it while keeping everything else in my routine exactly the same. It's not as easy as it may sound, and need to be in the right mood for that. When a specific product or a new brand makes the rounds among many bloggers at the same time, chances are that I'm going to get bored before doing much  (or any) testing.  Which is why despite having and using samples of Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil sporadically over the last…
  • Orange Blossom, Lemon Flower, Neroli- My Top Picks

    Gaia Fishler
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    The air on the Amalfi Coast and the Sorrento Peninsula is intoxicating right now with the scent of orange and lemon groves. The trees are heavy with blooms and fruit, and you can smell them wherever you go in and around Sorrento. For a fragonerd, walking around those parts is an exercise in sniffing, comparing, and recalling favorite perfumes that evoke this beauty, though truth be told: you have to be there in person. While nothing compares to the real thing, here's my very personal list of perfumes that offer a hint of this magic:The Obvious Choice*Serge Lutens- Fleurs d'Oranger and Fleurs…
  • Want: Missoni Crochet Dress

    Gaia Fishler
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    I'm obviously dreaming of lazy summer afternoons, a weekend getaway, and warmth in general (I told you we woke up to half an inch of snow on the ground. Thankfully it's mostly gone by now, though I'm not sure my daffodils will recover). This little Missoni dress is all that and then some. The crochet work is done with a metallic thread for some extra glamour, so I'd dress it down with a pair of flats for a relaxed summer look. The cuff pictured here, by the way, costs almost as much as the dress.$1510 at net-a-porter.COPYRIGHT ©2006-2014 GAIA FISHLER WWW.THENONBLONDE.COM, ALL RIGHTS…
 
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  • Diptyque L'Eau de L'Eau

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    At some point in the last year or two, during their repackaging thrust, Diptyque changed the concentration of their Les Eaux series. Previously colognes, these now became eau de toilette, with better lasting power and slightly different behaviors on the skin. I must have smelled the cologne versions when they first started releasing them; however, until recently, I think the last one I'd paid
  • Best of 2013: Perfume and Otherwise

    27 Dec 2013 | 10:22 am
    2013 was eventful for me - a little more eventful than I tend to like - and it had less to do with perfume than I'd prefer. Still, there were highlights. Precious few, but they peppered the disappointments enough to keep me engaged, if barely. - In November, Andy Tauer and I released the third fragrance in our ongoing collaboration between the characters and stories of the Woman's Picture
  • Bond No.9: The Good, The Bad, and the Fugly (or, Just What Is It That Makes Today's Bond No.9 So Hit and Miss?)

    18 Dec 2013 | 12:01 pm
    Is there a more derided niche house than Bond No. 9? I'm tempted to say no. The brand's infamously aggressive tactics - with consumers, with retailers, with critics - have earned it a special place in the hearts and minds of people who write about, talk about, and sniff perfume: first there was criticism, then, more recently, silence. The increasingly outrageous pricing hasn't helped, nor have
  • Fall Playlist

    9 Oct 2013 | 10:50 am
    Summer is a real dry spell for me. I can't seem to smell anything, and my skin can't seem to absorb anything fast enough, so I end up wearing a few old reliables, things that will stand their ground against the heat and humidity. Every time Fall rolls around, it's like I'm discovering scent all over again. Everything smells so much...more than it seems to have up until then. Having restricted
  • Packing the Perfect Hunch: Perfume to Go

    1 Aug 2013 | 9:12 am
    Almost every day I pack a bag the way a parent might prepare a lunch pail for a student. Theirs are full of baloney. Mine is full of perfume. Sometimes, a perfume from this rotating mobile cabinet carries over into the next day. Occasionally, it carries over into three. I have a sturdy plastic bag - ironically, about the size and shape of a classic square lunchbox - and in this plastic bag I
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    Beauty Cafe

  • Noodle and Boo Baby Balm for Face and Body

    2 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Ultra-rich and soothing baby balm for face and body Ultra-thick cream offers intensive care for severely dry, chapped or chafed skin.Calendula provides soothing and comforting properties for irritated skin.Provides long-lasting moisture.Dermatologist and pediatrician tested; hypoallergenic.Clinically-tested for sensitive skin.4.5 ounce tube.Arrives in signature pink/blue packaging. Ingredients:water (aqua), *organic helianthus annus (sunflower) seed oil, cetyl alcohol, emulsifying wax, phenoxyethanol, stearic acid, dimethicone, potassium carbomer, *organic calendula officinalis flower…
  • Melange Perfumes E.O. (Essential Oil) No 1

    31 Mar 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Melange Perfumes are the creation of perfumer Denise Estrada & inspired by the popular fragrance bars and custom blending service at her previous Los Angeles retail stores, Melange Apothecary, 155 South Apothecary and Essenza.Melange Perfumes are formulated and hand-poured by artisans at their Los Angeles studio to ensure your perfumes and crème arrive perfectly fragrant. Three memorable artisan perfumes containing pure essential oils selected from around the world. These alcohol-free perfumes are prepared in small quantities using a base of natural Coconut Oil fractions and…
  • Royal Apothic Topiary Hand Creme

    14 Mar 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Royal Apothic's Topiary Hand Creme blends of crisp Ivy and Grass combine with Rose and Hydrangea to perfectly capture Kensington Garden laced with the morning dew. The formula contains micronized Safflower Oil for maximum hydration and regular use will strengthen nails and care for cuticles. These little darlings never leave skin feeling greasy and leave behind the perfect level of the classic scent.Royal Apothic's Topiary Hand Creme 4oz. $22.00  available at Beauty Cafe
  • Mane Intentions Hair Fragrance

    12 Mar 2014 | 9:41 am
    Mane Intentions is a collection of five odor neutralizing hair fragrances that come in a convenient 2oz. plastic bottle. These fragrances are light, yet very effective in removing unpleasant odor from hair. Mane Intentions works on all hair types and colors and does not interfere with other hair care products or chemical treatments. Mane Intentions is the perfect practical beauty trick to remove hair odor after dining out, exercising or for women who want to decrease the frequency of daily shampoos. Apricot Honey Hair Refresher - Replace any unpleasant odor with the captivating scent of…
  • Royal Apothic Heroes and Aristocrats AM/PM Moisturizer for Men

    6 Mar 2014 | 8:38 am
    It all began shortly after the arrival of Royal Apothic in the United States.  By post and email, text and telegram, Royal Apothics fans asked what about for the men? Fine gentleman would ask. “Have you something for chaps?”  or “Is a bloke expected to spray something called Cutting Garden.” were frequently heard.When he could take it no more, Royal Apothics founder went into the lab and created a scent suited for the perfect gentleman.  They've come a long way since the Scent No. 1 and their product offerings now include all the necessary grooming tools one needs for…
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    A Rose Beyond the Thames

  • Blogging

    Rose
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Where have I been? The thing about blogging is if you don't do it regularly you start to forget how, or why you do it and what you wanted to say in a post- or overall- seems to slip away more easily. You lose the habit, the routine, perhaps the desire.Blogging has changed since I started.; far more of the online world (like the world entire) is about images.Far more blogs are also professional, which is great! Some of the blogs I first loved have become full time jobs for their writers and I'm thrilled for them.With a professional blog though usually* comes some* compromise (*this isn't…
  • Running away to Rye

    Rose
    27 Jan 2014 | 6:40 am
     For a recent birthday I chose to run away from London to Sussex to relax, drink wine (and local cider), read books, listen to Louis, Ella and Nina, to not check my phone every 2 minutes and to not have to arrange a party- I can't recommend it enough (though I do always love a party, don't misunderstand me, just not people moaning that they don't have money in January, aren't drinking or 'funning' and so on, I know it's a tricky time but I can't help when I was born). Anyway this is beautiful Winchelsea beach and you can see more of the escape on Sussex Pinterest board. PS. If you…
  • Frozen eggs, with a side order of anxiety (or Laura Linney had a baby aged 49)

    Rose
    23 Jan 2014 | 4:13 am
    Laura Linney and her husband have just welcomed their first child to the world- congratulations!That first sentence omitted what every headline I have read said- that Laura Linney is 49. Most headlines were a lot more along the lines of 49 YEAR OLD WOMAN HAS BABY, IT'S LAURA LINNEY. WOAH. SHE'S 49, DID WE MENTION SHE'S 49? (I'm not even going to mention the men who have children in their 60s, even 70s, who get barely a mention).I am trying to stay well clear of the sidebar of shame but this story- and other pregnancies of high profile woman (French politician Rachida Dati, Halle Berry, Carla…
  • Chic skiing

    Rose
    6 Jan 2014 | 2:34 am
    I'm off skiing shortly.The funny thing about this is that I've never been skiing before- and I feel like skiing is a bit like swimming and really unless you learn when you're quite young it's a bit strange to suddenly start. When I was little my parents who had been skiing every year decided to take a break- and then by school age I felt as I didn't ski and others at school did I wouldn't go on the trip. So here I am, first time skier in my early thirties.To be honest I'm mainly looking forward to the apres ski, wandering around the villages and getting my chic wardrobe together.I am…
  • The 2nd of January is the first day of the rest of your life

    Rose
    2 Jan 2014 | 5:28 am
    I don't think the internet needs another New Year's resolutions post, but bear with me!  Let's be honest, New Year's Day is a day of contemplation- mostly contemplating your hangover. I had grand plans to blow the cobwebs away in Richmond Park but as it was driving rain, again, I nested indoors and lived like it was 2013 for one more day. The 2nd of January is where the year really starts. I am not a huge fan of New Year's Eve, I feel like it's the slightly irritating loud friend of Christmas- who shows up a bit before they were asked and thinks they know best. That didn't stop me having…
 
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    The Beauty Alchemist

  • mark Sail Away Duo Charm Necklace

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Here's another fun  piece of jewelry debuting tomorrow from mark. as part of their St. Barts collection.Sail Away Duo Charm Necklace features two multi stone goldtone charms that perfectly channel the nautical theme we are seeing a lot of this year. I've been wearing mine a lot already . One of the things I love most is the longer chain. It's 24 " overall but can be adjusted shorter . This won't get lost under a crew neck or hang to far into a v neck . Plus it can be paired with shorter chains as well.The charms are small but not tiny with the sailboat coming in at 1" not incl. the bale.
  • Lorde Teen Vogue May 2014 Video

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    I love Lorde . Do you ? First off there are her songs which I admit to listening to over and over . Then there's her not afraid to be herself  persona. She seems very cool and far older than her years. She calls herself a weirdo in the video below, but I wish she wouldn't. Different maybe but so what ?She's  covering May's Teen Vogue . I love her as a role model for teens, girls etc. For one thing she keeps her clothes on. No sheer bodysuits or less for her. Her quote on the cover "prescribed ideals of how girls should look are over" is wonderful. I only hope it's true. I…
  • MAC Mangrove & Pink Fringe- Proenza Schouler

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    The Proenza Schouler x MAC collab has been a hotly anticipated one.  It's almost here and  while it's a smaller collection there is plenty to choose from.The packaging is a metal ombre look and I really like it. The tubes that house the lipsticks are heavy.I have two of the new lipsticks , Mangrove and Pink Fringe. Neither are for the shy.Mangrove is a bright coral red, more red to my eye and a matte, while Pink Fringe is a what MAC calls a "vivid flamingo pink" , and right they are. In the tube this looks to have less lip impact than it does on lips. It's bright and  a…
  • MAC Toying Around Lipstick & Live It Up Lipglass- Playland

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    MAC's Spring color collection Playland is all about fun, punchy bright colors.Two lip shades have caught my eye ,  especially the orange one as once weather warms up I am all about those colors.Live It Up Lipglass is what I'm calling Creamsicle. It's bright but not that bold. is more peach than orange and looks more toned down on the lips than the picture  makes you think. Love this one.Toying Around is an amplified formula lipstick . It's called Hot Coral Pink, and I think of it as hibiscus , a shade we're seeing a lot for Spring and one that will go right into Summer. It's got…
  • Kushyfoot Spring 2014

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    New Kushyfoot always gets my vote . I love this brand for those massaging soles on the bottom of much of their footwear. It's a small thing but really helps. They of course do many kinds of foot gear  and Spring brings a few new styles.In the  Low Cuts Foot Cover  category , which have a nice pad under the ball of foot area, there are  new Extreme Low Cut  for the least coverage in addition to Ultra Low Cut. More low cut styles will also be offered in a larger size for sizes 9-12.   Foot Covers are $ 3.99 each or 7.99 for a two pack.Also new are Sheer Anklets,…
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    Cafleurebon - Fragrance is a language of translating the world

  • Les Exclusifs de Chanel 1932 Parfum Extrait (2014) -Fragrance Review “Coco Chanel’s Deco Diamond”

    Michelyn Camen
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Erte Queen of the Night No matter how difficult politics, the economy or our own personal lives get, beauty is always a consolation, and in times of trouble, the aesthetes among us look to adornment for comfort.  During the Great Depression, the style of decorative arts and architecture known as Art Deco flourished because it represented a streamlined, sleek and sophisticated hope for progress. Chanel 1932 Tribute Fine Jewelry Collection, 2012 In November 1932, Coco Chanel presented her first fine jewelry line, which was inspired by the stars in the sky, executed in an Art Deco style,…
  • Parfums DelRae Wit -The Winners

    Michelyn Camen
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    We love a Creative Director who takes her time and any release from Parfums DelRae, gets our attention. Ms.DelRae Roth graciously answered a few questions about her new fragrance WIT and Yann Vasnier offers some insights as we go Behind the Bottle. Thanks to the generosity of DelRae Roth, we have five generous samples of Wit to go out to five U.S. readers via random draw.  The five winners are sillage2infinity, cheninblanc, Martha, ringthing and taffyj. Please email michelyn at cafleurebon dot come with Parfums DelRae Wit as your subject, your complete mailing…
  • New Perfume Review: Sonoma Scent Studio Yin and Ylang + Unleash Your Inner Femme Fatale Fragrance Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Italian actress Monica Bellucci Bewitching is the woman who has perfected the art of making a grand entrance.  She arrives at the party fashionably late, whisking off her wrap, revealing deep cleavage, and handing it to a hapless bystander in one fluid motion reminiscent of a toreador.  She is immediately surrounded by a circle of suitors.  All eyes are drawn to her, all other conversation ceases, all in the room want to know her name. If you don’t possess this skill naturally, one of the ways to approximate it is with a fragrance that does.  It is my great pleasure…
  • New Perfume Review: Jul et Mad Aqua Sextius + Paul Cezanne in Aix-en-Provence Draw

    Tama
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Madalina Stoica-Blanchard and Julien Blanchard   The perfume collection of Jul et Mad is a testament to and history of the love between its two founders, Julien Blanchard and Madalina Stoica-Blanchard. When I met them in Milan at Esxence, I was immediately taken with their charm, openness, and evident love for each other. Each new addition to the series reflects a segment of their life journey and the love they share,and their latest, Aqua Sextius, composed by Cécile Zarokian, celebrates the town of their marriage, their second home, and many happy vacations in…
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