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  • Soft Perfumes: The Story of Sabe Masson

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
      It is in the Parisian quarter of Haut-Marais, at 4 Rue de Franche Comté, that a new boutique of individual scents has opened a little while ago: Soft Perfumes, signed Sabé Masson, sound like a soft-bite macaron indulgence and you wouldn't fall far off thinking there is some connection between the French delicacy and the "recipe" for the fragrance. No, they're not all gourmands, but the... Read full article: Soft Perfumes: The Story of Sabe Masson from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • And the winner is....

    Perfume-Smellin' Things Perfume Blog
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
                                                                             Random.org and spoken, and the winner of the boxed set of Puredistance samples is Stacey Walls! Please hit the "contact us" button on the right and send us your info so we can send you your prize!
  • The Scent Trunk Experience, Part 2: Unpacking the Trunks and More

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    In Part 1, I talked to Scent Trunk founder Will Yin about what's happened with the service since its launch just under a year ago, and my husband joined the site to get the Scent Trunk Experience firsthand. In Part 2, Mr. NLS and I will unpack the trunks (yes, TRUNKS! keep reading!) and learn more about what Scent Trunk has in store for 2015 and beyond. I noted in the previous article t... Read full article: The Scent Trunk Experience, Part 2: Unpacking the Trunks and More from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Lazy weekend poll ~ April showers

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    Robin
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    A quick and easy poll, suggested by Mals86: name a great perfume (or two) for a rainy day… Read the rest of this article »
  • So, what is the best Tom Ford Private Blend in your opinion?

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    petukchele
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:35 pm
    So, what is the best Tom Ford Private Blend in your opinion? Why? Do you wear it in cooler or warmer weather?
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  • The Scent Trunk Experience, Part 2: Unpacking the Trunks and More

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    In Part 1, I talked to Scent Trunk founder Will Yin about what's happened with the service since its launch just under a year ago, and my husband joined the site to get the Scent Trunk Experience firsthand. In Part 2, Mr. NLS and I will unpack the trunks (yes, TRUNKS! keep reading!) and learn more about what Scent Trunk has in store for 2015 and beyond. I noted in the previous article t... Read full article: The Scent Trunk Experience, Part 2: Unpacking the Trunks and More from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Perfumed Horoscope April 27 - May 3

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
    This week visit the idea of abundance. You can have everything, and the first step is to be practical, with both indulgence and sharing in mind.  The phase just before the new moon is the most productive one, and with the right state of mind, no effort is required to just feel great, and allow everything you want to find you. This week we are looking at the new fragrances by the prodigy hous... Read full article: Perfumed Horoscope April 27 - May 3 from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Justyna Neyman Duftart Exhibition in Barcelona: An Invitation

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    Eden, Justyna Neyman Dear Friends, Art and Perfume Lovers! Starting Tuesday, the 28th of April 2015, there will be an exhibition held in Barcelona, Spain during wich you can simultaneously enjoy the art of perfumery and the art of painting. The exhibition by a Polish painter Justyna Neyman (diploma from Prof. Janusz Stanny’s Studio of Book Illustration, the Academy of Fine Arts in Wars... Read full article: Justyna Neyman Duftart Exhibition in Barcelona: An Invitation from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Dior Eau Sauvage Cologne

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:27 am
    The classic fresh masculine fragrance by Dior—Eau Sauvage from 1966, was re-interpreted in a new format, as Eau Sauvage Cologne, in the spring of 2015. As for Eau Sauvage Parfum edition from 2012, vintage photographs and recordings of French actor Alain Delon were used for the advertising campaign of Eau Sauvage Cologne. The fresh citrusy-spicy and woody composition begins with accords of Cal... Read full article: Dior Eau Sauvage Cologne from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Soft Perfumes: The Story of Sabe Masson

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:33 pm
      It is in the Parisian quarter of Haut-Marais, at 4 Rue de Franche Comté, that a new boutique of individual scents has opened a little while ago: Soft Perfumes, signed Sabé Masson, sound like a soft-bite macaron indulgence and you wouldn't fall far off thinking there is some connection between the French delicacy and the "recipe" for the fragrance. No, they're not all gourmands, but the... Read full article: Soft Perfumes: The Story of Sabe Masson from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
 
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  • Lazy weekend poll ~ April showers

    Robin
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    A quick and easy poll, suggested by Mals86: name a great perfume (or two) for a rainy day… Read the rest of this article »
  • The swapmeet (episode 6) & splitmeet (episode 3) follow-up

    Robin
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    Upcoming: we’ll hold a freebiemeet next month. Also, look for another splitmeet in September, and the next swapmeet will be in October. So, for those of you who participated in the 6th swapmeet, or the 3rd splitmeet, how did it go? Feel free to tell us what you got, and whether or not you loved it… Read the rest of this article »
  • Online fragrance shopping

    Robin
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    New at bergdorfgoodman: Memo line. New at nordstrom: Hermes Le Jardin de Monsieur Li.
  • 9 from Mizensir ~ new fragrances

    Robin
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:10 am
    Mizensir, the home fragrance line of perfumer Alberto Morillas, has launched a debut collection of personal fragrances. The nine scents include Alma de Rosario, Eau de Gingembre, Edition de Veronique, L’Envers du Paradis, L’Ombre du Lys, Musc Eternel, Mythique Vetiver, Sweet Praline and White Neroli… Read the rest of this article »
  • 5 perfumes: incense fragrances for spring

    Robin
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:46 am
    Today’s post completes the year: I’ve already done 5 great incense fragrances for summer wear, incense for fall and incense for winter. I’m thinking iris next? But I’m open to suggestions… Etro Shaal Nur: To my mind, this is the quintessential spring incense, and I was surprised to see how many people mentioned it in the comments to the incense posts for other seasons. Perhaps that means you need to have a bottle on hand at all times… Read the rest of this article »
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  • So, what is the best Tom Ford Private Blend in your opinion?

    petukchele
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:35 pm
    So, what is the best Tom Ford Private Blend in your opinion? Why? Do you wear it in cooler or warmer weather?
  • Help!!! New signature fragrance needed!!!

    feydakin9
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:51 pm
    I am a 38-year old Latino male, Conservative in outlook as well as choice in fragrances, kinda resemble Oscar Isaac ( just with a more Middle Eastern look ) and I have good taste in fragrances. I need a new " Signature " fragrance because I am bored with my current rotation and I am looking for something new or with a twist to add to the mix. My top 5 juices are: 1. Lalique Equus 2. Boucheron pour Homme 3. Gendarme 4. Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta 5. Donna Karan Fuel for Men I am familiar with all their fragrance twins so those are not necessary. I am also fond of expensive scents…
  • Does creed make a good jasmin?

    Dnaforever2203
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Wanting to get the wife a good jasmin. Her current favorite is Bvlgari Jasmin Noir but doesn't last. Does creed have a good Jasmin she would like based off her current taste?
  • Thinking about adding a new fragrance for the coming summer

    AstonSenna
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:22 pm
    So with summer coming, I think I want to buy another bottle of something to add to my collection. Where I live it is quite warm in summer in Norther California foothills, 90+ everyday. Now I have Nautical Voyage and Aramis Tuscany that can do summer duty, but I'd like just another one to go round, mainly because I find Voyage pretty weak on my skin, and tuscany i think is a little cloying during the day, fantastic and perfect for warm nights though. So I'm thinking between Monsieur Balmain, Bvlgari Pour Homme Extreme, L'eau Dissey, and Declaration Soir. Any thoughts on which would compliment…
  • Where is the love for Amouage Honour Man?

    du57in
    26 Apr 2015 | 4:16 pm
    I can't even tell you how many Amouage threads I have read, and very rarely does Honour Man get brought up. It's such a great fragrance. So I'm curious. Who likes it? Why? Who hates it? Why?
 
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  • Scented society is killing cheap perfume industry - Tribune-Review

    25 Apr 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Scented society is killing cheap perfume industryTribune-ReviewIt's good news for our noses but terrible news for a once-bountiful business: The nation's perfume and cologne industry. Sales in the United States of mass fragrances, those non-designer scents bottled for a middle-class clientele, have dropped by half
  • Shawn Wasabi's digital mash-up samples Pikachu, Final Fantasy, Perfume - RocketNews24

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    RocketNews24Shawn Wasabi's digital mash-up samples Pikachu, Final Fantasy, PerfumeRocketNews24Shawn Wasabi mashed up a list of his favorite songs and sound effects to create the original track “Marble Soda.” Wasabi uses a Midi Fighter by DJ Techtools to assign 153 different sounds used during the song. Among them are “Fushizen Na Girl” by ...
  • Jeremy Kyle: Alcoholic sent on £20k rehab stint after drinking perfume because ... - Metro

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:07 am
    MetroJeremy Kyle: Alcoholic sent on £20k rehab stint after drinking perfume because MetroAt times, when there is no alcohol in the house, Tania has turned to perfume, aftershave, aerosols, mouth wash and alcohol wipes for a fix. 'Coming on the show is my last resort,' her partner Paul confessed. He then showed videos he'd taken of her
  • Heartbreaking moment alcoholic woman so desperate for drink she necked ... - mirror.co.uk

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:31 am
    mirror.co.ukHeartbreaking moment alcoholic woman so desperate for drink she necked mirror.co.ukAn alcoholic woman who resorted to drinking perfume and spraying aftershave in her mouth got sent to rehab on Jeremy Kyle. Tanya, 40, was told by doctors that she only had six months to live if she kept drinking everyday. Her partner Paul wanted the ...
  • Koreatown's Institute for Art and Olfaction — perfume for the people - 89.3 KPCC

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:35 pm
    89.3 KPCCKoreatown's Institute for Art and Olfaction — perfume for the people89.3 KPCCDespite the glamorous imagery, almost all of the world's perfumes are created in a decidedly unglamorous setting: a large, antiseptic, industrial chemistry lab. Probably in New Jersey or perhaps Geneva. Alongside scents for detergents, deodorants
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  • And the winner is....

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
                                                                             Random.org and spoken, and the winner of the boxed set of Puredistance samples is Stacey Walls! Please hit the "contact us" button on the right and send us your info so we can send you your prize!
  • Going toward the light: Puredistance White (And a prize draw!)

    12 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    By Donna The sixth release from Puredistance follows the well received Black which was also authored by Antoine Lie, and White could not be more aptly named; it is very bright, dazzling even, the perfume equivalent of looking into the sun. This particular sub genre of white floral is not everyone's cup of tea, but it happens to be a style that I enjoy very much. I have fond
  • All that glitters: The Brilliant Collection by DSH Perfumes

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    By Donna Once again, a collaboration between perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz and the Denver Art Museum has resulted in a stunning group of fragrances. I always look forward to these art project launches from DSH Perfumes; Dawn's reservoir of creativity seems to have no limits. The Brilliant collection ties in with the DAM exhibit celebrating Cartier's storied history of
  • Foodie Thursday: Chicken Soup

    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    By Tom Last week was one of the coldest on record in Los Angeles. Of course, it's not like there was danger of freezing, at least not in the basin on the Westside. But it was certainly cold enough to make me want to break out the chicken soup. Chicken soup is of course almost universally loved (at least in America.)  Whether it's coming from a can or a deli, it's my personal go-to
  • A rainbow of delights: Providence Perfume Company's new oils collection

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:16 pm
    By Donna Anyone who is familiar with Charna Ethier's creative compositions for Providence Perfume Company will be pleased with her new collection of six all-natural oil perfumes, which are free of alcohol and very long-lasting. These came about as the result of customer requests and have been very well received. I am already a fan of her fabulous Beauty Elixir oil and other body
 
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    Perfume Shrine

  • Perfumes that Smell Like a Hooker (but in the best possible sense!)

    Perfumeshrine
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:36 am
    Slutty fragrances is a funny subject as there are few things more subjective than the perception of scent. For most people "slutty" in that context means cheap, loud, worn in abundance and easily accessible; maybe like pants bought off the rack at Victoria's Secret. Yet perfumes, especially French perfumes, have used questionable effects and sexy fragrance "notes" to build a cultural history
  • The winners of the draw...

    Perfumeshrine
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:47 am
    ...for the perfume book are: Kayceebee Eva Phyllis Iervello Robert Karen M Congratulations! Please send me an email with PERFUME BOOK DRAW in the title of the mail, sharing your full name and shipping data plus a phone for the courier to use just in case, so I can arrange with the publishers to get your book in the mail for you soon. Thanks everyone and till the next one!
  • Chanel Les Exclusifs Misia: fragrance review

    Perfumeshrine
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    Few toiletry indulgences feel more decadently feminine than owning a fine goose down puff for applying face or body powder. Few rituals feel more delicately ballet-like in their choreographed sequence than the traditional powdering of the body, fresh out of a bath, using said goose down puff with small pat pat pat motions that are as close to caresses as they are to little slaps, both erotic
  • "In your hand, you were holding spearmint leaves and a holy candle"

    Perfumeshrine
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In the little grove in front of the church, you looked like a tiny bird lost among the dense foliage; In you hand, you were holding spearmint leaves and a holy candle, and you were pleading: "Rabbi, save us again!" That day was Good Friday. Many nights have since passed; and it was another year when the war-clock ticked 9 o'clock past and we watched the abominable jackal get
  • Win a Copy of The Perfume Garden novel: Perfume Book Draw

    Perfumeshrine
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:47 am
    Several authors have chosen to incorporate perfume in their fiction lately, some of which have been featured on Perfume Shrine before. The Perfume Garden by Kate Lord Brown is a very leaf-able, flowing romance taking place in the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War with "lost love, family secrets and the art of creating the perfect scent". I have 5 hardcover copies for 5 US shipping addresses
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  • What’s your EBP?

    Ann
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Perfume PosseWhat’s your EBP? I had planned a bright, cheery Lipstick Monday post for you all, but a nasty spring cold has put the kibosh on some of my retail homework for it. And of course, with a stuffed-up nose, no new sniffage either. So this is as good a time as any to pull out “What’s your EBP?” The rest, please... Perfume PosseWhat’s your EBP?
  • Recommend For Me- Skin Care

    Tom
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Perfume PosseRecommend For Me- Skin Care For yeas I used the same line of skin care on my face and it worked extremely well for a long time, then I noticed that as I aged it wasn’t working as well, so I moved onto the mens version of a famous apothecary. That was great for a long time as well, but The rest, please... Perfume PosseRecommend For Me- Skin Care
  • Soleil de Capri by Montale

    Portia
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Perfume PosseSoleil de Capri by Montale Hi there Posse! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies in the Posse and thrilled as always to be here. So the Northern Hemisphere is smack bang in the middle of spring, your trees are green, bulbs have flowered and you are probably in the middle of Azalea season. Down under we are packing away our summer staples and The rest, please... Perfume PosseSoleil de Capri by Montale
  • Soft Spring – Le Soft Perfume

    Musette
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Perfume PosseSoft Spring – Le Soft Perfume Somewhere in my wicked, miserable youth, I must’ve done Something Good – because we are having a nearly perfect Spring!  After a hectic rollercoaster of unwelcome highs and plunging lows, it seems my little pocket of Garden is settling into one of those mythical, magical Springs.  Warm breezes and relatively soft rains means I can put The rest, please... Perfume PosseSoft Spring – Le Soft Perfume
  • Who Needs Cheap Perfume….

    March
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Perfume PosseWho Needs Cheap Perfume…. if we’re all walking around smelling like Axe and dryer sheets?  Here’s a Washington Post article today talking about the drop in mass market fragrance sales.  “Modern Life Smells so Good It’s Killing the Cheap Perfume Industry.” Perfume PosseWho Needs Cheap Perfume….
 
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  • Marriage is a Work of Art

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Greg and I are part of a collective art show at the KrabJab Studio in Seattle called Marriage is a Work of Art. We selected Figure 5: Bois as our common theme. Greg created the illumination for the perfume while I re-formulated the fragrance. The exhibit features the 3x5 foot printed image on canvas with wooden slats on the top and bottom. I sent up a sample of the solid perfume with one of
  • Favorites for the New Season

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Now that the new season seems much more tangible to those on both coasts, here are some favorite picks for you. LYRA The favorite at the perfumery in Agoura. This is a fresh floral with hints of lilac and honeysuckle. Feminine and light just like the first floral splashes of color as Spring makes her debut. The bouquet includes notes of jasmine, ylang ylang at the heart with sparkling
  • from Endymion by John Keats

    10 Apr 2015 | 11:35 pm
    April is the national month of Poetry, thus here is one of my all time favorite poems to share with you. If you haven't already noticed, I am rather obsessed with beauty and the film Bright Star by Jane Campion is an exquisite things to behold, made extra special by performances with Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish. from Endymion by John Keats, A Poetic Romance BOOK I A thing of beauty
  • The Blessing & The Challenge

    6 Apr 2015 | 10:58 pm
    The blessing and the challenge I hear most from my customers is that they LOVE all the samples in their set and then can't decide which to go with. Here's an example from todays feedback... "Wow! Buying this sample pack has only increased my dilemma. They all smell so fantastic. I pick one out as my favorite then smell them all again and another becomes my favorite. They are complex
  • Spring Honey Harvest

    31 Mar 2015 | 11:39 pm
    The scent of honey emanating from our two hives has been pretty overwhelming for the last several months. Almost every time we go outside the fragrance of a sweet, slightly salty aroma wafts our way. This enchanting tang is most prevalent in the afternoon when the pacific ocean breezes start to move northward through the canyon. Speaking of canyons, aren't these pictures of two fused combs
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  • being busy here

    Andy
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Good morning from Zurich on this bright Sunday after a busy week under a blue sky. The sun was basically shining every day, full power, since I got back from the US, every day it got a bit warmer, and hence I did my mails on the balcony, often and happily. There, blinking into the evening sun, I realized again that my roots are in Africa, like all human beings’ roots: We are born, as species, in the Savannah, learned to walk in the high grass of bush land, and happily gathered food under a warm sun. For sure, we humans did not evolve in Switzerland, where you need a good portion of…
  • rosemary

    Andy
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:39 am
    My rosemary bush is in full bloom. Just lovely. In the background of today’s picture, featuring the small bright blue rosemary flowers you may also see some tulips in bright sunlight. This season is simply amazing. Also amazing: The pollen load these days. But I won’t complain! I haven’t really used rosemary in many fragrances of mine: The Cologne du Maghreb had some in it, of course, for the herbal, classical cologne twist. The cologne, never sold on my site tauerperfumes.com, for a couple of reasons, is soon going to fade out. It is still available from some retailers, but…
  • back. and resurrection

    Andy
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:16 pm
    I got back yesterday from a great trip, one of the greatest trips to the US. Just wow! When home I took today’s picture in the living room where I put some of my paintings. They sit there, not on the wall or so, and when entering the living room watching them I felt home again. Home means back to normal. Normal means also a bit chaotic creative life style, like the way I place my pictures there. They are not important, really, and just sit there, waiting for some sort of a decision what’s next. The one with the two legs I call resurrection. To the right is a view of Los Angeles,…
  • off

    Andy
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Hi there!  I am off and away, for a couple of days there will be no posts as I am sort of off the grid, too. Off from sickbay, too. The last two days were – to be honest- terrible: what  a perfect timing to get sick…but now I am up and running again. Sort of.  Bottomline: As I will be in the desert for a while, there will be no posts. And finally:  here’s a thank you.  To the people at nichepack.com . It is them who pack and ship my US orders for tauerville. Without them, I would have been lost the last 48 hours. I am looking forward to talking to you soon again. Have…
  • rich days

    Andy
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Yesterday was a joyous day, rich and full. I was preparing the newsletter for the next scent in my tauerville collection, Vanilla flash. Today, right now, I pushed the bottom, with sweaty hand, sort of. One of the trial flacons that you see in today’s picture, sitting on my bench, goes to the “launch it, forget it” corner. You can check the newsletter out here. I tried a new way of telling a story, short: Making an adobe voice video, integrated into the newsletter. I love story telling. You can watch it here (best is not to use Safari but chrome or firefox). I also filled Le…
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  • Citrus & Cologne Week + Lab 101 (May 4-8)

    23 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    There are 2 available spots at the Citrus & Cologne Week-long Course.Designed for students who want to excel in their studies of natural perfumery. This week-long intensive course runs Mon-Thu from 9:30am-4pm, and Friday from 9am-1:30pm and offers theoretical and practical guidance alongside hands-on lab exercises and experiments. Friday is dedicated for feedback, summary and one-on-one sessions with Ayala for each participant. This course is mandatory introductory course to all new students, and focuses on the basic lab skills (tincturing, dilutions, measuring, weighing,…
  • Springtime in the Forest

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:55 pm
    On this beautiful Earth Day, I'd like to share with you the wonders of my part of the planet. Subtle scents permeates the air in the Pacific Northwest at this time of the year: Soft tassels of new growth fir and spruce trees - their scent reminiscent of citrus and fresh-cut grass. Fiddleheads emerge from the damp forest floor. They spiral towards the light and their shoots are tender and delicious. Miniature galaxies of elderflowers, with their blackcurrant-like aroma dot the forest like little fragrant stars. And last but not least: the balsamic sweetness of the budding black cottonwood…
  • In Defence of Scent

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    Canadians have a knack for taking the fun out of things. For example: the constant push for scent-free policies. So far, these have only been gracing individualized spots, such as workplaces (I've encountered them in countless office buildings), recreational facilities (I've seen them, to my horror, in the community and recreational centres around town, and of course in gyms, Pilates and yoga studios) and naturally, in municipal and governmental offices (where people are, understandably, rather grouchy and touchy about their personal spaces). No signs have been spotted in public transit yet,…
  • Vitriol d'œillet

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    Vitriol d'œillet is not so much about angry carnations, and more about toxic violets. Chemically speaking, vitriol is the archaic name for sulphate (also spelled sulfate), referring to its colourful, glassy-looking crystals, and brings to mind alchemy, magic and medicine (The name originates in Latin (vitrum means glass) and Old French); And œillet simply means carnation in French. Vitriol is also defined as "cruel and bitter criticism" - also an interesting note because this perfume has received such lukewarm reviews at the time (it was launched in 2011) that I didn't even bother procuring…
  • Daffodil Dew

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    Back to the drawing board with my Coal Harbour perfume. It seems like the timing could not be more important now with the terrible oil spill. So I return to a perfume that is inspired by the smell of jet-fuel mingled with sundries barnacles and seaweed at low tied. That and some fresh-cut grass. And elderflowers (which are in season again - a whole month earlier than they should).Another scent that is typical of spring, and unique to these northern parts of the world are more sweet-balsamic notes, some of which I can attribute to the cotton trees, some to a mysterious tree whose flowers I've…
 
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  • Monsillage: Aviation Club, Eau de Céleri

    Lucy Raubertas
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    The back of the bottle, love the birdsThe French Canadian perfumer Isabelle Michaud of Monsillage has garnered a lot of appreciative attention lately, especially as the winner of the Art and Olfaction Award in the Artisan perfume category, for Eau de Céleri, one of my two favorites of the current line.  I was able to try them all in person in the relaxed atmosphere at Twisted Lily in Brooklyn, which brought the line in as they do keep an eye out for creative, fresh and even experimental artisan indie perfumes with strong appeal.  That makes for a refreshing difference to Manhattan…
  • Pichola by Neela Vermeire Creations

    Lucy Raubertas
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    evening sky over Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India. © Martin RychenPichola, a perfume by Neela Vermeire Creations in collaboration with Bertrand Duchaufour, was inspired by an extraordinary fresh water lake created in the 14th Century in India, considered to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Built as a fresh water reserve for the entire region, the setting is enhanced by the architecture around and within it, as small islands were created for the views and to experience the meeting of water and sky surrounded by the landscape.This perfume is a pure beauty that opens with…
  • Soft and Gentle Perfumes for Winter Cold

    Lucy Raubertas
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    "The Old Willow" by David VincentGentle, soft, beautifying, distracting, that's what I've looked for in perfume the past two weeks of a heavy cold in the midst of freezing weather, mixed up with the sadness from the passing of my dear long time Italian Greyhound companion Dante.  There are a number of perfumes I have relied on in this situation. Respiratory sensitivity makes my the usual strong and deep perfumes seem like way too much, and I don't want to ruin them for myself either, by forcing it when it's just too soon, so for the meantime I'll just look forward to them for later, and…
  • Happy Valentine's Day

    Lucy Raubertas
    13 Feb 2015 | 1:57 pm
    I always love Valentine's Day, no matter what, and take it as an opportunity to either look for a gift or treat myself to one.This time among the many possible choices in Valentine's perfume experiences I have found these very special three, which will warm you to the core, in this harsh winter, or express your internal heat if you are in a warmer climate. I consider them to be good night-table perfumes; ones to keep beside you in the bedroom, for their warmth and opulence, to enhance either romance or rest.Alexis Karl's Scent by Alexis has reformulated and re-released Body Made Luminous,…
  • Clarimonde's Winter Bouquets

    Lucy Raubertas
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Please visit The Clarimonde Perfume Project for the fully formatted and integrated version of this post.Clarimonde has been gathering references to create her special winter bouquets, to establish a conservatory for her winter fragrance library. As in winter the sun’s hours are few, these flowers and greens must be those that can persist in the darkest shadows of the forests and jungles.  In wild surroundings these plants would have trained themselves to aromatically emanate vanilla, spicy notes and the most piercing greens, crossed with the moist dew beaded up on their leaves and the…
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    The Non-Blonde

  • Vintage Perfume: The Most Frequently Worn In Our Current Rotation (By the Husband and me)

    Gaia Fishler
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:41 pm
    At this point in the game both the Husband and I are deeply invested in the vintage perfume hobby. The difference between chasing vintage and collecting modern treasures is that the former is a rabbit hole with a definite bottom, darker than you've ever imagined, and causes normal mild-mannered individuals like us to commit minor acts of violence against people who stand in our way to the coveted bottles. As our collection grows we also develop certain moods. "I'm in the mood for a vintage chypre" is a common thought for me. The husband doesn't care. He simply reaches for the first thing that…
  • Bobbi Brown Cheek Palette- Berry

    Gaia Fishler
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    I may have went a bit Bobbi-crazy a couple of months ago when these colors came out (I already reviewed the shockingly bright Art Sticks and have yet to show you the corresponding sheer lip colors). I was just so happy to see a Bobbi Brown collection that was not all about the beige, and I still have some all-time favorite blushes from older Bobbi palettes (remember Mauve?). So I picked the Berry palette (there's also one called Pink) and I'm not sure it was the wisest choice ever.As the Bobbi Brown site declares, the Berry palette is for "Anyone with a dark skin tone who wants a fresh,…
  • Profumum- Tagete

    Gaia Fishler
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Marigolds by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1873Tagete by Profumum was not what I expected. I love Marigolds. The exuberant colors and the way they smell in the heat of summer: bitter, green, baked in the heat accompanied by the smell of warm grass, and if they're in my own backyard there's also a whiff of other herbs that grow in the next bed, and especially fennel. The first time I smelled Profumum's interpretation of the flower I was taken aback. Sweet and heady tuberose pervaded the  leaves and petals, making them softer and more sensual where I was looking for a no-nonsense jolt along with…
  • YSL Full Metal Shadow 07 Aquatic Copper

    Gaia Fishler
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    My good intentions to stay away from new cream or liquid eye shadows went out of the window as soon as I heard about YSL Full Metal Shadow. They appeared similar to the Armani ones, only in a different range of colors. So I had to. The online photo of No.7, Aquatic Copper, looked especially appealing, so I pre-ordered it from Nordstrom and waited for the magic to appear on my doorstep.What can go wrong?The texture, that's what.YSL Full Metal Shadow is, indeed, similar to the aforementioned Armani eye tints but even more runny. This makes them harder to work with, even though the…
  • Parfum d'Empire- Equistrius

    Gaia Fishler
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Every time the husband reaches for our bottle of Equistrius by Parfum d'Empire (or when he smells it on me), he asks whether I've reviewed it already. "Why haven't you?" he wants to know. It's a good question considering how often Equistrius is worn around here. We both love it. We both love this mellow interpretation of orris. And we both have a serious thing for Parfum d'Empire. So why haven't I?There's something about the low key character of Equistrius. It's like a background noise sometimes, and I have to make myself pay attention until I notice how good I smell. It becomes one with my…
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    I Smell Therefore I Am

  • Narciso Eau de Parfum

    10 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    The word beige is often used derogatorily as an adjective for all things boring, pale, and dreary, and it wasn't until I met a certain someone who embraces the color and everything it can be made to stand for that I was ever given cause to think about it in any other way. Beige is so much, really. "So good," as this certain someone would say. It's skin, for one thing; nude, pale, and
  • 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
 
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    Beauty Cafe

  • Antiquarius Petals Hand Cream from Royal Apothic

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    Royal Apothic's Antiquarius Petals Hand Creme - Definitely one of my favorite things... blackberry and patchouli??Launched in 2013, Antiquarius Petals by Royal Apothic is a Floral Woody Musk fragrance for women and men.Top Notes: Blackberry, mandarin orange, grapefruit and tangerineMiddle Notes:  Jasmine, orange blossom, violet and roseBase Notes: Patchouli, eucalyptus, sandalwood, musk and vanilla.Antiquarius Petals Hand Creme available at Beauty Cafe
  • Butter Elixir Now at Beauty Cafe

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:40 pm
     When a Beauty Cafe customer reaches out to me I listen... when one of them suggests a product line I get giddy!! Recently one of our dearest customers recommended a line that she had recently come across and said it was a Beauty Cafe must-have!! Was she ever right!! Thank you Linda xoxoIntroducing Butter Elixir... inspired and created by 3 yogi's from NY! (hey you gotta love a good story!) They wanted something simple, clean and natural to moisturize their skin after yoga practice. So they utilized their backgrounds in high end fashion and design to create the aesthetic and vision of…
  • Royal Apothic Imperial Vanilla Mini Eau de Parfum

    9 Apr 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Love, love, love the new Imperial Vanilla Mini Eau de Parfum from Royal Apothic!! Although first introduced in Europe in the 16th century, it was not favoured in perfume until 1807 when a nobleman named Charles Greville successfully flowered a Vanilla Orchid plant in Paddington. While the Honorable Mr. Greville's cuttings went on to supply the botanic gardens of Paris and Antwerp, his appreciation and love of this mysterious species inspired Royal Apothic's newest scent, Imperial Vanilla.A warm, woody Vanilla with notes of Bergamot, Violette, Frangipani, and Ylang-Ylang over a base of Fresh…
  • Spa Towells - the ready-to-go moisturizer

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    I can't begin to tell you how many times I've reached my hand into my purse looking for cream or lotion only to find a wet mess from a bottle that's mysteriously opened itself! I finally learned my lesson and that's why I love SpaTowells - the handy all-in-one moisturizer that literally moisturizes you from head to toe. Pop it in your purse, your gym back or even keep a few handy in the car! Each aloe-enriched towelette contains a rich blend of natural oils with outstanding conditioning properties, powerful antioxidants that can help reduce free radical damage and humectants that aid in…
  • Melange Perfumes

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Melange Perfumes is 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 antioxidant…
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    The Beauty Alchemist

  • Lancome Miracle Cushion Compact Foundation

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    The news that Lancome was doing a cushion compact foundation broke some time ago and I've been waiting since to test it out. This type of foundation is a huge trend in Asia and while you can get some Asian brands  online this is the first ( I think) US brand to debut one.  And Lancome knows how to do a great foundation.I generally love a compact foundation anyway , usually a powder type but creamy ones too if they work for my skin type. You can apply them quickly and keep them handy for touch ups.Miracle Cushion has  a nice light feel on skin . It goes on easily with the…
  • Laura Geller Luscious Lips Lipstick

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:44 pm
     Laura Geller's new Liquid Lipstick brings you  pigment, coverage and a semi matte finish . Luscious Lips Lipstick is a liquid formula , not a runny one, that  feels hydrating and smooth on lips. It sets to a semi matte finish but never feels dry or tacky . You get full coverage with deep pigments. There's a lot to recommend here. The formula has Vitamin E along with a "texturizing gel" to achieve the feel and finish and has almost no scent or flavor.I have two of the six shades available, Peach Buttercream, a shimmery pale peach and Cherry Almond, which has no cherry…
  • Guerlain Summer Rouge Automatique Yellow It Stick & Blue Ocean Summer Shadow

    21 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Guerlain Summer this year strays a little off their usual path. Colors are a bit edgy and bright at times  for them but still the luxe makeup we know and love.One  of the two new Rouge Automatiques ( a fab lipstick formula if you haven't tried it ) is Yellow It Stick.  I was pretty sure I could rock a yellow lip if needed but had a feeling it wouldn't be that bold and I was right. Don't fear the yellow  here , the color goes on a semi sheer shimmery gold. It's quite pretty. On it's own it's own it's a sparkle of color that will also punch up a lipgloss or tone down a…
  • L'Occitane L’Occibox #2 - Spring

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    The second edition of L'Occitane L'Occibox is availble now.Over winter L'Occitane debuted their sample box service and each season brings a new one filled with their luxe skincare goodies and candy from Sugarfina.The box is not only a fun treat for yourself but nice for Mother's Day or to tuck in bridesmaid gifts if you got a wedding coming soon.L'Occibox #2 containsJasmine & Bergamote EDT 1.2 mlImmortelle Precious Serum 7mlImmortelle Brightening Essence sample 1mlShea Butter Hand Cream 10mlShea Whipped Hand Cream 30mlBonne Mere Rose Soap 3.5 ozCube of Sugarfina Champagne BearsEach box is…
  • Bond No.9 Park Avenue South

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Bond No. 9 fragrances is heading a little farther down Park Ave. for their newest, Park Avenue South. It's a bustling neighborhood I've visited a little and has no doubt grown since I was last there .Park Avenue South the fragrance  one of those simply beautiful florals that smell fabulous and just say Spring.This has a crisp edge to it  along with those florals. The green apple note is very prominent in the middle, after a light start, but is never super sweet . The white floral of jasmine is very much there as well, and I get hints of lily also ,which isn't listed in the official…
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    Cafleurebon - Perfume and Beauty Blog

  • New Perfume Review: M. Micallef Pure Extreme Collector Eau de Parfum + Sparkling Rose At Sunset Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Martine Micallef and husband Geoffrey Nejman spend much of their  time in Dubai and hail from Cannes Martine Micallefhas once again been at work creating elegant and timeless artistic perfumes for her eponymous fragrance house, M. Micallef. Our Editor in Chief Michelyn Carmen is a huge fan of the latest release Pure Extreme after falling hard for it at Esxence 2015 describing it as "a white floral with hints of amber that sparkled on the skin as the faceted charm twinkles on the exquisite crystal encrusted flacon." I've also been lucky enough to…
  • Monsillage Eau de Céleri Winners

    Michelyn Camen
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    So it seems that there is a lot of spirit captured within the elegant bottles of the Monsillage collection, which is made up of six fragrances. Vol 870- Yul CDGEau FraicheAviation ClubIpanema Posto Nove, Dupont Circle and the latest release, Eau de Céleri. Thanks to Twisted Lily we have three samples for three US readers. To be eligible you must be a registered reader. The winners of the random draw are MikasMinion, Sunnliitt and FearsMice. Please email michelyn at cafleruebon dawt com by 4/27/2015 EST 11:00 AM EST. This is a deadline and no exceptions if you are late. You must…
  • Le Galion Cuir, Vetvyer, Sortilege Elixir, Aesthete, Essence Nobile and Sovereign Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:50 pm
    While at Esxence 2015, we stopped by and met with Nicolas Chabot, The Creative Director of Le Galion one of CaFleureBon’s favourite “New Old Houses”.   The perfumery was founded in 1930 by Prince Murat (brother in law to Napoléon I).  The name Le Galion refers to the glorious ships of yesteryear that referenced travel, escape and freedom.  Five years later the company was sold to Paul Vacher, an esteemed French perfumer who co signed Arpege, Rumeur and Scandal for Lanvin with Andre Fraysse.  He also created perfumes for Dior including Miss…
  • Spring 2015 Chanel Joue Contraste Powder Blush Crescendo 250 (Limited Edition) and Angelique 190 Review, Swatches, Photos

    Michelyn Camen
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Swatched indoor lighting with eyeshadow brush MAC  23   I own less blushes than any other type of makeup. Maybe I am more of a bronzer kind if gal.  I am really picky, hate shimmer and tend to gravitate to NARS Lovejoy by default. I was pleasantly surprised by Chanel’s two Spring  2015 blushes Crescendo and Angelique. Chanel Crescendo 250 Joue Contraste Powder Blush: Not Barbie doll pink, but warm with golden undertones and a bit of a sheen. There was more of a glow than with Angelique.  As in Angelique, the texture is wonderfully fine, the color buildable…
 
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    Perfume Posse

  • What’s your EBP?

    Ann
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Perfume PosseWhat’s your EBP? I had planned a bright, cheery Lipstick Monday post for you all, but a nasty spring cold has put the kibosh on some of my retail homework for it. And of course, with a stuffed-up nose, no new sniffage either. So this is as good a time as any to pull out “What’s your EBP?” The rest, please... Perfume PosseWhat’s your EBP?
  • Recommend For Me- Skin Care

    Tom
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Perfume PosseRecommend For Me- Skin Care For yeas I used the same line of skin care on my face and it worked extremely well for a long time, then I noticed that as I aged it wasn’t working as well, so I moved onto the mens version of a famous apothecary. That was great for a long time as well, but The rest, please... Perfume PosseRecommend For Me- Skin Care
  • Soleil de Capri by Montale

    Portia
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Perfume PosseSoleil de Capri by Montale Hi there Posse! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies in the Posse and thrilled as always to be here. So the Northern Hemisphere is smack bang in the middle of spring, your trees are green, bulbs have flowered and you are probably in the middle of Azalea season. Down under we are packing away our summer staples and The rest, please... Perfume PosseSoleil de Capri by Montale
  • Soft Spring – Le Soft Perfume

    Musette
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Perfume PosseSoft Spring – Le Soft Perfume Somewhere in my wicked, miserable youth, I must’ve done Something Good – because we are having a nearly perfect Spring!  After a hectic rollercoaster of unwelcome highs and plunging lows, it seems my little pocket of Garden is settling into one of those mythical, magical Springs.  Warm breezes and relatively soft rains means I can put The rest, please... Perfume PosseSoft Spring – Le Soft Perfume
  • Who Needs Cheap Perfume….

    March
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Perfume PosseWho Needs Cheap Perfume…. if we’re all walking around smelling like Axe and dryer sheets?  Here’s a Washington Post article today talking about the drop in mass market fragrance sales.  “Modern Life Smells so Good It’s Killing the Cheap Perfume Industry.” Perfume PosseWho Needs Cheap Perfume….
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    Scentbird Perfumes

  • Friday Night Party Perfume: Jimmy Choo by Jimmy Choo

    marina ljubisavljevic
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    We all know how popular those three words are, yet there are two words when combined together that create magic. Repeat after me: FRIDAY NIGHT! And what is the best Friday night accessory? A Jimmy Choo perfume! Jimmy Choo by Jimmy Choo is a perfume seasoned with a sweetness that is simply sinfully mouthwatering. This is a scent that you want to pair with a simpler outfit simply because the fragrance is uber-seductive! It opens with a toffee and pear notes which simply beg you to leave your thoughts of endless paperwork, past workweek and just dance the night away. If there were a contest for…
  • A perfume fit for a queen – Dior Dune

    marina ljubisavljevic
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:19 am
    After yesterday’s post on Rance’s Josephine perfume, I decided that it would be interesting to continue in the same fashion with other royal perfumes. And guess who is next on the list? The most popular regal fashion icon, Kate Middleton. For her wedding day, Kate Middleton chose White Gardenia Petals by the British brand Illuminum. However, many sources say that Kate’s signature scent is Dior’s Dune, and she only chose Illuminum’s perfume to compliment her bouquet. The most beautiful dune I can totally understand the Duchess of Cambridge’s choice. While most of the British Royal…
  • When a Man Loves a Woman: Rancé 1795 Joséphine Eau de Parfum

    marina ljubisavljevic
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:27 am
    “Nothing reveals more about a woman than her choice of scent” is a line often thrown around when it comes to perfume marketing. However, there is one interesting thing. What does a perfume tell about a woman if the perfume is given by the man she loves? Does that mean she has to discard the perfume because it wasn’t her choice? Or is she to wear it with pride, because the perfume is an olfactory token of the special connection shared between the two of them? I vote for the latter! In fact, Napoleon Bonaparte was so intoxicated with his love and lust for Joséphine, that he…
  • Music Inspired Perfume: Roses De Chloe by Chloe

    marina ljubisavljevic
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    Festival appropriate perfumes volume 3! Have you ever noticed how often music terms are used when it comes to describing certain perfume? Words like composition, notes, chords, harmony, accord, opening acts etc… You think this is purely accidental? Believe me, it’s not! Perfumes and endemic feelings! Perfumes have the propensity of arousing and awakening certain feelings in us that become endemic. What I mean is that when I put on certain perfume, the feeling that this particular perfume awakens in me is endemic, special to me and me only. And this happens with every perfume I try. There…
  • Music Inspired Perfume: Burberry Brit Rhythm for Women by Burberry

    marina ljubisavljevic
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    Festival appropriate perfumes volume 2: A perfume for the girly girls with a badass taste for music! My favorite kind! Yes, perfumes rock, literally. And they love going to concerts, trust me. But the truth is, not all perfumes have the same music taste, and some perfumes hate live music concerts and festivals so much, they tend to smother the crowd around you. In those cases, the people in your company does not know if their dizziness is instigated by the music or your perfume. But the perfume I am talking about today is probably the best concert perfume! It is so amazing, you can actually…
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