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  • Herringbone

    A Rose Beyond the Thames
    Rose
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This is a picture of my utterly faithful herringbone coat. It is hanging behind my bedroom door but when I finish writing this piece it will be going into a bag of garments for the clothes bank- and I feel a sense of betrayal to it, though I know it's just a coat. I've enjoyed wearing most of the clothes in the bag (of course we all make the odd strange purchase, like the floral t shirt I could never quite bring myself to wear that I hope will have a better life with a new owner). But for the most part I think when you put a dress that's seen some good times out dancing or a skirt you…
  • Start Up Sets to Make Your Vagina Smell Like Peaches: A Feminism Issue & Then Some

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    Perfumeshrine
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    There's too much brandishing around about how feminism is obsolete (apparently by women -and men- reaping the benefits of a good 3 decades of women's rights advocates fighting the cause) but some piece of news crops up and makes you rethink things. Yes, if you haven't guessed by this introduction, I'm irate. A start up is asking for funding on Tilt (their Kickstarter campaign was denied because
  • Guerlain Shalimar Indian Nights by Maison Gripoix

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Guerlain presents the new luxury edition in the series Exceptional Creations decorated by Maison Gripoix. The glamorous, limited edition was named Guerlain Shalimar Indian Nights by Maison Gripoix and is available in the amount of 1.5 liters in only 40 pieces. For the first time Guerlain will offer such a large bottle of Shalimar, made of dark blue glass created by glassmakers from Waltesperg, c... Read full article: Guerlain Shalimar Indian Nights by Maison Gripoix from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Lazy weekend poll ~ open thread, late November 2014

    Now Smell This
    Robin
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The usual open thread: talk about anything you like — the perfume you’re wearing today, the last fragrance you almost bought but didn’t, whatever. Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer… Read the rest of this article »
  • Seasonal Fragrances

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    PrideofAccra
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Hello everyone, I am having some issues wrapping my mind around determining which fragrance is a winter fragrance or spring fragrance etc.What characteristics makes a fragrance suitable for a certain season? Also does the time of the year affect the longevity of a fragrance ? I tried looking at the FAQs to see if there was anything on seasons, some help would be much appreciated. Thank you very much.
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  • Guerlain Shalimar Indian Nights by Maison Gripoix

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Guerlain presents the new luxury edition in the series Exceptional Creations decorated by Maison Gripoix. The glamorous, limited edition was named Guerlain Shalimar Indian Nights by Maison Gripoix and is available in the amount of 1.5 liters in only 40 pieces. For the first time Guerlain will offer such a large bottle of Shalimar, made of dark blue glass created by glassmakers from Waltesperg, c... Read full article: Guerlain Shalimar Indian Nights by Maison Gripoix from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • A New Home for Miniature Perfume Shoppe and The Mini Museum

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    In our conversation earlier this fall, Allen Aaron White, co-founder of Miniature Perfume Shoppe and Director and Curator of The Mini Museum, shared that the museum and shop were looking for a brick-and-mortar location. Allen commented, "More than just selling minis, we want to share minis ... sharing perfume history one mini at a time. Moving from our current studio/warehouse to a museum ga... Read full article: A New Home for Miniature Perfume Shoppe and The Mini Museum from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Fragrant Skinscare Elixirs: the New Huile des Princesses Range

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    If you're reading this site you already know you're into things smelling good and you have mostly focused on fine fragrance and scenting your home, but what if your favorite skincare came with the benefits of a true sensory experience that engaged your nose as much as your skin? Perfume lovers and essential oil aficionados have dabbled here and there with a little DIY, adding oils ... Read full article: Fragrant Skinscare Elixirs: the New Huile des Princesses Range from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Perfumed Horoscope November 24 - November 30

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    This is a week of fresh beginnings. The new Moon in Sagittarius can inspire you to know more, to go further, and to tell a story or two. It will not be easy to make up your mind in the beginning of the week. One your mind is set, the second part of the week will be all flying high, especially for the fire and air signs (Uranus trine Venus). On the site in my bio I offer insights into what to exp... Read full article: Perfumed Horoscope November 24 - November 30 from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Anya's Garden Exotic and Rare Ylang Flower Tincture

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Natural perfume house Anya's Garden Perfumes has a special treat for floral lovers, straight from Anya's garden.  (Literally.) Perfumer and founder Anya McCoy has blogged over the years about the ylang-ylang trees she first planted in 2010. The trees thrive in the subtropical climate of Miami, Florida, giving Anya the chance to enjoy their natural perfume in the wild and to harvest the... Read full article: Anya's Garden Exotic and Rare Ylang Flower Tincture from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
 
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  • Lazy weekend poll ~ open thread, late November 2014

    Robin
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The usual open thread: talk about anything you like — the perfume you’re wearing today, the last fragrance you almost bought but didn’t, whatever. Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer… Read the rest of this article »
  • CB I Hate Perfume M6 Do Not Ask Me Why ~ new fragrance

    Robin
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    Indie niche line CB I Hate Perfume has launched M6 Do Not Ask Me Why, the latest in the Metamorphosis series and #406 in the general collection… Read the rest of this article »
  • Amor Amor x 3

    Robin
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    Three new adverts for Cacharel Amor Amor, featuring young women chosen by social media campaigns in France, Spain and Latin America. First up, Prescilia for France, followed (below the jump) by Silvia for Spain and Barbara for Latin America. Read the rest of this article »
  • And the winner is…

    Robin
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    ...Coumarin, who takes the Atelier Cologne Ecrin Absolu set from our last contest. Congrats!
  • Friedemodin Vertine, Jardin Mystique, Rosee de Nuit, Feu Follet ~ short perfume reviews

    Jessica
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Friedemodin is a relatively new independent perfume brand created by Nina Friede and Elisabeth Modin (get it?), “two friends united in London by [their] fascination and love of perfumery.” The first Friedemodin collection, Jardin Mystique, is designed to evoke the scents of a garden from dawn to dusk. The four fragrances in this collection — Vertine, Jardin Mystique, Rosée de Nuit and Feu Follet — were developed for Friedemodin by perfumer François Robert. Moving from lightest to deepest: Vertine, a fresh green fragrance, includes notes of peppermint, basil, galbanum, fig…
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  • Seasonal Fragrances

    PrideofAccra
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Hello everyone, I am having some issues wrapping my mind around determining which fragrance is a winter fragrance or spring fragrance etc.What characteristics makes a fragrance suitable for a certain season? Also does the time of the year affect the longevity of a fragrance ? I tried looking at the FAQs to see if there was anything on seasons, some help would be much appreciated. Thank you very much.
  • A question about Dior Homme Intense.

    freewheelingvagabond
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:35 pm
    My bottle and box look exactly like this. Which year/reformulation is this? Just curious. Thanks!
  • Casual musings and quick opinions

    MegaMav
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    I've really settled down on buying bottles of fragrances. I've bought backups of bottles I either cant do without in the distant future or am afraid of discontinuation or reformulation. I've dumped a bunch of bottles im either luke warm on or outright wouldnt wear much. Accumulated about $300 in cash. I've been searching on the internet of other fragrances, thought about sampling something, and I ask myself "When am I ever going to wear that?". I usually end up passing, even on a sample. Mistake? Thought about picking up a backup of Viaggio d'Africa. Wearing it today, with 2 sprays…
  • [CONUS] Xerjoff 1861, LIDGE, L'Artisan Treversee Du Bosphorus HdP 1725, Encre Noire and Some Samples

    ergunmali
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I am selling few fragrances out of my collection. Payments through Paypal and buyer pays Paypal fees if there is any. Prices below excludes shipping. Please add $5 for the bottles and $2 for the samples. Every bottle comes with niche samples (other than the listed samples) Bottles: $180, 100 ml Xerjoff 1861 w/ box and cap, more than 95% full (see picture for the juice level) IMG_3156.jpg $75, 75 ml L'Instant De Guerlain Extreme, w/ box and cap, 4-5 sprays missing IMG_3159.jpg $45 50 ml L'Artisan Parfumeur Traversee Du Bosphore, w/ box and cap, 98% full IMG_3157.jpg $20, 100 ml Encre Noire, w/…
  • Must smell like Blackberries!

    Allen-on-Holiday
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:13 pm
    I had thought I posted a thread like this awhile back, but couldn't find it when I searched. I am sample-shopping online right now, and I already have L'Artisan Mure et Musc Extreme EDP, and want more suggestions, please. I recently sniffed Invictus at a fragrance counter, and the blackberry note is there, but the drydown is awful. Surely there is something masculine with that awesome blackberry (or similar) note? Hey, if it smells like Christmas potpourri, I don't mind. As long as it has blackberry in it.
 
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  • Mexican national charged for stealing a bottle of perfume - Breaking Belize News

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Breaking Belize NewsMexican national charged for stealing a bottle of perfumeBreaking Belize NewsThirty nine year old Mortimer Sanchez Silva was identified by a store owner in the Corozal Free Zone as the man who pocketed a Royal Platinum Perfume valued at 69 pesos ($11.50) from the Hearts International Limited store without paying for it.
  • Lucy Mecklenburgh shows off her slender figure at Wings perfume launch - Daily Mail

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    Daily MailLucy Mecklenburgh shows off her slender figure at Wings perfume launchDaily MailThe brunette beauty, who is also getting ready to bring out a book around her journey into fitness, said creating a perfume was a 'dream come true.' 'It's a dream come true to have my own fragrance. As a little girl growing up I could never imagine Lucy Mecklenburgh oozes class in checked dress at Wings perfume launchRevealall 3 news articles »
  • Kim Kardashian Poses In Lingerie for Sexy Perfume Ad—See the Pic! - E! Online

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:38 pm
    E! OnlineKim Kardashian Poses In Lingerie for Sexy Perfume Ad—See the Pic!E! OnlineThe hot mama traveled to Australia earlier this week to promote the launch of her latest perfume, which is infused with floral notes. During an interview with Mornings, Kanye West's other half said the scent is for "anyone who wants to feel beautiful Kim Kardashian shares her excitement as she launches her latest perfume Fleur Daily MailKim Kardashian to land in Dubai for perfume tour next weekAl-ArabiyaKim Kardashian Update: Wears Lingerie For Perfume AdFood World NewsMTV UK -Business of…
  • Can't Handle Your Coworker's Perfume? Read This. - Yahoo News

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    Yahoo NewsCan't Handle Your Coworker's Perfume? Read This.Yahoo NewsWorking in close quarters can be challenging, but in some cases, smelling someone else's perfume can be sickening—literally. For Danielle M. Henry, a marketing professional in Washington, D.C., one former colleague's heavy floral scent made her dread ...
  • Lucy Mecklenburgh in winter white at launch party of her new perfume 'Wings ... - Daily Mail

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:21 am
    Daily MailLucy Mecklenburgh in winter white at launch party of her new perfume 'Wings Daily MailThe pretty brunette later informed her fans on Twitter about how successful the night turned out to be: 'My perfume launch @TheDorchester went so well!! It's available now #wings http://www.lucysfragrances.co.uk'. The launch comes after the revelation Lucy Mecklenburgh poses in white princess gown to promote debut fragranceRevealall 4 news articles »
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  • A dream of summer: Fiore di Bellagio from En Voyage Perfumes

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    By Donna                                                                                         The first time I smelled Fiore di Bellagio I was outdoors in a garden on a warm September afternoon, which was very appropriate; this perfume is an homage to a great fragrance, Bellodgia from Caron, composed by Ernest Daltroff in 1927. Even though Bellodgia is best known as perhaps the
  • The subject was roses: Natural perfumes by JoAnne Bassett

    6 Nov 2014 | 8:34 pm
    By Donna I have to admit that that one of my earliest exposures to the work of natural perfumer JoAnne Bassett was less than ideal – back in 2011 I was one of the bloggers reviewing submissions for Monica Miller's Summer of Patchouli Love project, and JoAnne's contribution (submitted anonymously as “Number 10” and later revealed with the name Têtu) was my least favorite of
  • Summer Rerun: Perfume Slumming, or the 70's Revisited

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

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

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

  • Start Up Sets to Make Your Vagina Smell Like Peaches: A Feminism Issue & Then Some

    Perfumeshrine
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    There's too much brandishing around about how feminism is obsolete (apparently by women -and men- reaping the benefits of a good 3 decades of women's rights advocates fighting the cause) but some piece of news crops up and makes you rethink things. Yes, if you haven't guessed by this introduction, I'm irate. A start up is asking for funding on Tilt (their Kickstarter campaign was denied because
  • The winner of the draw....

    Perfumeshrine
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    ....for the Fragrant book is Phyllis Iervello. Congratulations! Please email me using Contact with your shipping data so I can have this out to you soon. Thanks everyone for the enthusiastic participation and till the next one! I'm going to go put on a pair of jeans and some lipstick and get out of the door, so please continue entering comments on the other draw, I will check them out later on.
  • Aedes de Venustas Copal Azur: fragrance review & samples giveaway

    Perfumeshrine
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    How can a strictly indoors smell, that of burning incense, so tied to wooden pegs and tight clusters of people, gain an outdoorsy veneer? The French perfume school has long thrived on the exploration of indoor scents; from the culinary scents of hot butter, peachy and plummy compotes and pain d'épices fused into classic chypres and orientals, to the introspective scents of the church and the
  • Fragrant by Mandy Aftel: perfume book giveaway

    Perfumeshrine
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    More of a biographical mapping out of the discovery of a new career path and the richness with which it has gifted its author than a mainstream guide, Fragrant: The secret life of scent by Mandy Aftel is a fascinating journey into four key materials (cinnamon, incense, mint, jasmine and ambergris), their mystical significance, their aura, their historical pathway and with it the trajectory of
  • Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting: Adventures in the Kitchen

    Perfumeshrine
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:46 am
    Yes, you are looking at five dozen boxes of the carrot cupcakes I've made. Though truth to be told I haven't had this exact recipe written down until six weeks ago, when my friend Caroline asked me out of the blue to share, simply because people in my office love them so much. ("The best thing I've put in my mouth" was the generous review from a co-worker.) ~by guest writer AlbertCAN Carrot
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  • Movie Monday: Violette

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:22 pm
    With the perfumery fairly complete and the opening done Greg and I decided to take a movie break last night. We choose the film Violette based on the words: poet, Simone de Beauvoir & french. If I had known that the lead character evokes, as the NPR review states "Exasperating Self-Pity" I probably would have passed. What drew me in and kept me watching was the beautiful eye candy
  • Open Studio Night is Here!

    11 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    Join us in celebrating a series of openings November 15 at the Whizin Market Square, 28914 Roadside Dr. Agoura Hills, 91301 1. 6:00-7:00 Mitchells Bookshop Atrium #214  Book signing and multi-media presentation on the career of visual artist Greg Spalenka. Experience thirty years of his career  in thirty minutes as well as the hot off the press, "The Art of Greg Spalenka." 2.  7:00-9
  • Samhain and La Dame Blanche

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    In August I shared with you how Beth Schreibman Gehring had contacted me about collaborating on an Outlander inspired fragrance. Well here we are at summers end, when the veils between the worlds are thin and mutable with the result of our synergistic result. I began our project by listening to book one of the series titled Outlander, while driving down to the San Diego Comic Convention
  • Fund the Perfumery!

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

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

    Andy
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Today’s picture confirms probably all conceptions of tauer’s “factory life” being fun and easy going. Well, yes and no. Last week was kind of crazy, very tiring to be honest, and the weekend was super busy; packing stuff in the factory and getting things ready for shipment. I did the illustration Friday afternoon, at the end of a long week, in anticipation of next week, that started today. Of course, it is a highly allegorical picture. I am out of town for a couple of days, flying west now. The task for the coming days: To think. It is very close to ten years now that…
  • vetiver md and superglue on a bright Friday morning

    Andy
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:53 pm
    The other day, I was looking into the formula of Rose de Kandahar (PHI) again. I think I wanted to know again how much musk is in there (this rose being the first of my scents where I actually use a classical musk molecule); so I checked the formula and rediscovered that I use Vetiver MD in there. This is a special quality of natural vetiver that I discovered when visiting the Salon des Matières Premières a while ago in Paris. It is a vetiver that is sort of deprived of much of the rooty earthiness, the dirt and brown aspects. How does it smell? A bit like “Vetiver…
  • 11/11

    Andy
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:53 pm
    good morning from Zurich, a day after 11/11. 11/11, here in middle Europe, in some regions at least, translates into “carnival”. I so understand why around this time of the year you need festivities, with laughter and drinks and heavy food: mid November can be so dark and grey around here. So there you go: “party!” our ancestors said, and the more catholic the more party. That was yesterday. No party in tauerville, though. Today’s picture is a bit odd, I admit.  I took it yesterday , 11/11, before leaving the factory, and it sort of fits perfectly. It shows you…
  • unfinished

    Andy
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    I wish you all a great start into a new week! Today’s topic: Unfinished things. The picture of today fits. A little mandarin painted yesterday, after a still life session in last week’s aquarelle class where we did mandarins et al. It is not finished, but I haven’t decided what to add, really. Maybe I won’t change it anymore: I am getting better at leaving paintings unfinished. They come with their own esthetic qualities. There are other things unfinished where I am getting better just letting them sit there. Like emails. I get so many. And I learned to just ignore…
  • more roses for you

    Andy
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Friday. Here are more rose for you all: After having shipped PHI-une rose de Kandahar to perfume hotspots in Europe, the next boxes wait for pick-up, to fly west. “Düdeldi”, as we say here, which does not translate really into English; maybe “hurrah”, but more relaxed and easy going and taking things less seriously. So : Düdeldi. And I stop worrying about who gets what when first. Finally. The rose de Kandahar gets out and in about 2 weeks or so, my fans in the US can get it (again), from my shop, and my retailing friend’s shops, too. And now that we are there…
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  • Coriandre

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    What can one expect from a scent with a name so unassuming as Coriandre? Would it be green? Rustic? Funny? Refreshing? There is nothing particularly intriguing, mysterious or fashionable about that. You just have to try it on your skin to find out.Coriandre is a great perfume, which I have overlooked for years. Despite the many good things I've heard of it, it did not appeal to me when I tried it for the first time. It simply didn't register. Years later, I came across it on the forgotten shelves of the neighbourhood parfumerie; and noticed that they had some stray old bottles pre-IFRA…
  • The Best Scents for Men this Winter - via Men's Journal and Business Insider:

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Read Michael Malone's expert advice article on Men's Journal, featuring Orcas and Rainforest by your truly!The article was also published in Business Insider.
  • Fundraiser for Tama Blough

    8 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Sad, sad news today :'-( Tama Blough, the founder of the SF Sniff - a fragrant meetup and event in San Francisco, and also a perfume blogger and reviewer who's writing appeared regularly in CaFleurBon, is terminally ill with cancer.The perfume community, although spread the world over, is tightly knit and some people become such an important part of our life even if only through the world wide web. Having met her a few times when I was in California for the Artisan Fragrance Salon, it is even more devastating to learn of her illness.Tama's friend in fragrance Nina Zolotow has set up an online…
  • Ma Griffe

    8 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Jean Carles, the Beethoven of modern perfumery, created many unforgettable classics that have changed the world of perfumery forever. Tabu and Canoe (Dana), Shocking (Schiparelli) as well as several scents for Lucien Lelong. And like Beethoven, he lost his sense of smell towards the end of his career. But that did not stop him from creating great fragrances. Ma Griffe being one of them. And like Tabu and Schiaparelli, whatever it lacks in nuance and refinement, it makes up for in a bold and innovative advertising campaign.I've always had a fondness to Ma Griffe (1946), be it the original (and…
  • Odourama for the Dead

    2 Nov 2014 | 3:44 pm
    In honour of my dearly departed grandfather, I've set to create a little shrine in his memory, which I have fondly decided to call "Odourama" (you'll see why shortly). Today is Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) - the day when Mexicans honour their loved ones who have passed away. Inviting their spirits with their favourite foods, objects and hobbies, and inviting them to the family dinner, quite literally.The normalization of death, making it part of life, is a new concept to me and foreign to my culture. Many years have passed since my grandfather's premature death (on my 13th birthday),…
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  • Midwest Indie: Madame Scodioli

    Lucy Raubertas
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:17 pm
    I've been collecting the solid perfumes of Madame Scodioli for some time now.  When at first and by chance I ran across her solid perfume Laudanum, I had to have it, based on the name alone.  That solid scent proved to be both intoxicating and soothing, just as I hoped it would be.  It's a combination of pipe tobacco and strong black tea, fully redolent of my scent memories of nicotine and caffeine, those two All-American soothers and stimulants.Then I was drawn further  into her carnival sideshow website, and the life she described in a time warp set in Salina, Kansas,…
  • Bruno Fazzolari Lampblack and Au Dela Narcisse

    Lucy Raubertas
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Bruno Fazzolari is an indie-perfumer who was lured into making perfume through his other artistic pursuits,  as a natural outgrowth of making visual art, writing and a lifetime of travel and eclectic self-directed creativity. He owns a rare form of sensuality in that he has the ability to experience synesthesia, a form of perception that crosses over taste, sound, smell, touch, sight and very likely memories and words, receiving different senses simultaneously. I think this trait is a hyper-sensitivity to beauty or a strong emotional tie to sensual experiences that in turn trigger…
  • Slumberhouse: Sadanne, Ore, Sova

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

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

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

    Gaia Fishler
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Seriously.If I were launching my own makeup line (or anything, really), and had to make a list of celebrity I'd like to see at my event or using my products, I'm pretty sure Lindsay Lohan wouldn't be there. The other real celebrity at the launch of Charlotte Tilbury's 'Backstage Beauty Booth' counter in the Beauty Hall at Fenwick, London, was model Amber Le Bon (Simon and Yasmin's daughter), a much better fit. But really, few personalities are more off-putting than Lindsay Lohan. I'm not buying.COPYRIGHT ©2006-2014 GAIA FISHLER WWW.THENONBLONDE.COM, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CONTENT POACHING…
  • Cat(s) Of The Day

    Gaia Fishler
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    MarigoldPhilip & KatePippaThere's an extra photo of Bob on the Jersey Cats Facebook page.COPYRIGHT ©2006-2014 GAIA FISHLER WWW.THENONBLONDE.COM, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CONTENT POACHING IS BOTH ILLEGAL AND UGLY. Copier, C'est Voler.
  • Tom Ford- Velvet Orchid

    Gaia Fishler
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Cocktail Shoes by Mary L. ParkesEight years later, I'm still a fan of Tom Ford's first perfume, Black Orchid. It's a big-boned floriental-gourmand with more complexity than most modern designer perfumes put together. I also liked its short-lived flanker, Black Orchid Voile de Fleur, which was basically a gardenia version of the original with the gourmand aspect toned down. But I didn't know what to think about the idea of Velvet Orchid. Is it a Tom Ford flanker? It sure sounds like that, especially considering some of the marketing babble surrounding it. The first sniff confirmed that. The…
  • Vintage Hats- Part 1

    Gaia Fishler
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Cléopatra Diane de Mérode, an actress and dancer during the Belle EpoqueI started buying and wearing hats during senior year of high school. I was growing my hair back after nearly two years of various pixie cuts, and the in-between stage was insufferable, uneven, and out of control. It was the eighties, and fashion was somewhat limited in the headgear department, but I had a bunch of poorboy caps and berets, mostly in neutral colors that could go with most outfits (it was also the era of matching everything). Today I wear hats to protect from the sun, the cold, and because they're fun. I…
  • The Fountain Spa New Jersey

    Gaia Fishler
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    Like good Thai food and antique stores, I've discovered that some of the best things can be found incredibly close to home. Case in point: a luxurious spa. Late last year I started visiting The Fountain Spa (located at The Shops On Riverside mall) and have been going there ever since. I was a bit skeptical because of the whole mall thing, but The Shops (formerly known as Riverside Square Mall) is our upscale mall, with stores such as Hermes, Burberry, Tiffany & Co., and Louis Vuitton, so why not a luxurious spa?The first surprise was the spa's size. It's huge. Hidden in the mall's ground…
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    Beauty Cafe

  • Beauty Cafe is a Shopify Success Story

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    What an honor!! I received an email recently from Sheena at Shopify letting me know that Beauty Cafe had been selected as a Shopify Success Story!!If you have a minute check out our little story!Thank you to all who have been there for me and Beauty Cafe through the years. I truly appreciate you!!Love, laughter and friendship,Lisa SlavikBeauty Cafe
  • Beauty Cafe Mailing List

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

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

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

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

  • Herringbone

    Rose
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This is a picture of my utterly faithful herringbone coat. It is hanging behind my bedroom door but when I finish writing this piece it will be going into a bag of garments for the clothes bank- and I feel a sense of betrayal to it, though I know it's just a coat. I've enjoyed wearing most of the clothes in the bag (of course we all make the odd strange purchase, like the floral t shirt I could never quite bring myself to wear that I hope will have a better life with a new owner). But for the most part I think when you put a dress that's seen some good times out dancing or a skirt you…
  • Calvary

    Rose
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:44 am
    There’s a second before a stranger speaks to you when you know what's going to happen.  I saw her from a distance, it was a Saturday evening- it was dusk, the air was close and it was about to rain. I was walking from the bus stop, the end of the route, to my house. I was content and apparently to the observer lost in my thoughts and the (loud) music in my headphones.I'm rarely completely unaware of my surroundings and so it was that I may have looked in a daydream but I knew there was a man just behind me with a muzzled dog, a lady letting herself into the block of flats on the left…
  • 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…
 
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    The Beauty Alchemist

  • MAC X Giambattisa Valli

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Are you ready to talk Summer 2015 ?  Yes, yes,it's a ways off, but it also brings the newest MAC designer collab with Giambattista Valli.Vogue broke the news last Friday of the five new lipsticks and I believe  also lipgloss shades that will hit stores next Summer.Spring '15 RTWI generally like what Valli shows during fashion week and always check out the looks, but for those less immersed in fashion, you still may have heard of him as newlywed Amal Alamuddin Clooney wore one of his  couture creations the day after her uber press covered wedding in Venice  .Fall '14…
  • Breil Watches

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Giving the gift of time this year ?  A new watch makes a lovely gift and the right one is an everyday accessory that helps perfect your look.Italian watchmaker Breil has several new styles that should please any giftee. Dressy or sporty , all have sparkle in the form of Swarovski crystals in the dial   and bezel along with metal or leather bands, and are water resistant.Style 10020800 - ( black band) is $ 325Style 10020709 ( pink band) is $ 295Style 10020801 ( two tone band) is $ 37Style 10020802 ( silver band)  is $ 355Breil watches are available at Macys, Amazon,  Saks,…
  • Flower Beauty Makeup Cases & Brushes

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
     Do you love a good train case ? Crazy question ? Not if you're a beauty gal. I love them and have several, more than I need most likely but new , nice ones are always popping up.For  gifting or getting, Flower has a new line of makeup cases out including a  train case.  All are done in a bold flower print in either pink tones or blue tones.The case has slots at the top for makeup brushes and a full open bottom for everything else. There is a rose goldtone logo plaque and zipper pull.  Measurements are 5.75 H x10.25 W x 5.5 D.If you do happen to be thinking of gifting…
  • Skin & Co Roma Citrus Amaro Bath & Body

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    Want to inject a little Dolce Vita into your routine ? New to Walgreens and Duane Reade stores is Skin & Co Roma  from Umbria, Italy. Inspired by the creator's grandmother's hand crafted skincare using  among other things , truffles,the company goes back to 2007 across Europe but has just reached us.  The brand uses some organic ingredients and is sulfate, paraben mineral oil and phtalates free as well as not tested on animals. There are four scents collections available and naturally I got the citrus one, Citrus Amaro. The citrus here is not overly pronounced,…
  • B. Balenciaga

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    The new B. Balenciaga  feels like the fragrance I've been waiting to sniff this year.  And I have been waiting months to try it. It doesn't smell like everything else, and it's not fruity sweet. What it is , is quite good.The fragrance is  very dry , owing mainly to the violet  leaves  and  orris ( iris root)  along with edamame accord . I have to be honest,  I've not smelled edamame before , but it's obviously a green  scent and there is plenty of that in here . I love the dry  feel of iris and B.  never goes too powdery.  It's…
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    Cafleurebon - Fragrance is a language of translating the world

  • ÇaFleureBon Profiles in American Perfumery: Beau Rhee of Atelier de Geste + Charles Mingus Ah Um Jazz Dance Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Beau Rhee of Atelier de Geste (wearing her own design) Photo: Barbara Anastacio Profile: I was born in Upstate New York, and grew up in Massachusetts until I finished high school. We lived in Cambridge, where my father taught and researched as a biologist at Harvard, and my mother often wrote while raising me and my little sister. It was a very intellectual, brick-and-ivy culture, but very fun, and filled with interesting scientists, writers and artists. Twinkling with ideas, but very classic. Beau as a young girl one summer. Early signs of movement! Later on, we moved a little…
  • Smokey Eyes and Smoky Scents – The Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    The allure of a smoky eye is smoulder, the eye as ember. They say the eyes never lie, so surrounding the ocular window with haze and fumy chromatics offers some small shadow for subterfuge. The classic smoky eye is layers of the same hue in different tones, built on lid, brow bone, socket and lash lines to accentuate and shade, adding accent and intensity to the gaze. It is a look we find especially alluring in our stars. Four of my personal favourites are Eva Green, Brigitte Bardot, Anna Karina and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan; I wanted to imagine them in smoke and shadow, fumy incense …
  • Redraw: Coquillete Paris Tudor Rose Perfume

    Michelyn Camen
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    We love Coquillete Paris perfumes. 'Tis the season  for winter roses, so we are doing a redraw for Coquilette Paris TUDOR, so that one of our worldwide readers will have a 100 ml bottle worth $175 for the holidays. To be eligible,  this is what you need to do. It is a bit of a scavenger hunt.  We have written perfume six reviews on the first five fragrances in the line: Sulmona, Sumatera, Herat, Moramanga and Tan Tan.  Find a ÇaFleureBon review on the first five in the series and quote a line from one of the…
  • Fragrance Review: (2007) Parfums D’Empire Osmanthus Interdite by Marc-Antoine Cortichiatto + Scent of Serenity Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    “What do you think?  What do you feel?  What is the difference between the two?” – Marc-Antoine Cortichiatto  Different perfumers find their inspiration in different ways.  For perfumer Marc-Antoine Cortichiatto, founder of the Parfums D’Empire line, inspiration takes its form from the vast sweep of human history.  Specifically, in the way that he marries his academic background in both his training at ISIPCA , and in analyzing raw plant essences (he worked towards a Ph.D. in analytic chemistry) to the fire and drive mankind has shown to…
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    Scentbird Perfumes

  • Perfume of the Day: London by Burberry

    marina ljubisavljevic
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    London woman is unique, original, trendy! Her rhythm pulsates together with the beat of this old town with vibratingly young spirit! Her style is urban chic and the moment you see her, you can actually hear London calling in your head. She is a fashion daredevil and possesses a bit of old school punk attitude, hidden in the crevice of her heart. She loves the smell of old books and many times falls down the rabbit hole, every time emerging with new knowledge. London woman is a heroine and she is the dream of every urban guy! She is independent, and intends on keeping her independence, even…
  • Perfume of the Day: Eau de Lacoste Sensuelle by Lacoste

    marina ljubisavljevic
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Eau de Lacoste Sensuelle woman is an acrobat. She leaps from one pleasure to another, from one task to another, from one place to another with a grace common for courageous circus performers. Her feelings evolve together with the moon phases, her whole being matures as the sun dives behind the water and she feels anew! She thinks of the world as an enormous circus, where everyone has the back of everyone, making sure that the show must go on, no matter what. Yes, the feelings are the most dangerous when they are kept in the soul’s dungeon, like exotic caged animals. Her role in life? Making…
  • Lilac Mornings in Bohemia

    Minh Do
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Prague is renowned for its hauntingly romantic setting, served by Gothic architecture against the sweeping expanse of tree-lined landscapes and melancholic skies. Who can forget the ingénue dancing elegantly to the sound of violins in INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart”? This past April, my sisters and I stayed in a charming studio in the serene borough of Kobylisy, situated just a few subway stops northeast of the city center. Though the bulk of our trip took place amidst the touristic bustle of ornate cathedrals, museums and castles partitioned by an eclectic array of cafes and…
  • Perfume of the Day: Forbidden Euphoria by Calvin Klein

    marina ljubisavljevic
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:32 am
    Forbidden Euphoria woman is a mystery that every man tries to solve. She lives in a crazy, crazy world bursting with life energy. She lives in a world of funny, colorful monsters, elegant ladies sipping coffees in their gigantic libraries, world of wild vivacities going skinny dipping in someone else’s pools. She is a girl with full moon rising in her eyes and sunset in her hair. Her domain is ruled by laughter, hugs, kisses and tolerance. Tears that regenerate her and heartbreaks which serve as teachers… Her world smells of beautifully arranged flowers and memories, bringing back some…
  • Perfume of the Day: Night by Judith Leiber

    marina ljubisavljevic
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    She is a Night woman. She loves the day, when the clouds look as if they are cotton balls immersed in ink, but her heart comes truly alive at night. She loves dark, because everything is so much fun when the shadows no longer follow you around…In the dark, the only thing that chases her is her perfume and her lust. Lust for life and lust for adventure. Night woman is a performer. She performs her art on the dance floor, she charms her company, she seduces the Champaign bubbles swimming in the glass. She caresses the pearls with her fingertips, and elegantly leaves her mark on everything she…
 
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