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  • Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum: fragrance review & comparison with Terracotta Voile d'Ete & Terracotta Eau Sous Le Vent

    Perfume Shrine
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Die hard perfume fans might be excused for disregarding that the brand of Terracotta, one of the oldest products for giving what the French call "bonne mine" (i.e. the look of healthy looking, sun kissed skin) is the biggest seller for the Guerlain beauty and perfumes company they so revere. Indeed Guerlain would be literally bereft without their prized Terracotta, introduced in 1984, which is
  • Vanessa Tugendhaft: Les Eaux Diamantées

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    It is not news that nearly every jewelry house prefers to expand their product range with perfumes. But in early times, as with, for example, Cartier, it was a cheaper way for customers to touch its luxury and to feel oneself involved in this spirit of exclusivity. Now the creators don’t hesitate to do perfumes and their bottles are no less precious than jewelry. As an example, remember t... Read full article: Vanessa Tugendhaft: Les Eaux Diamantées from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Fragrance gifts for Mother’s Day 2014, part 1

    Now Smell This
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, 11 May. Here are a few early gift ideas for anyone who wants to get a head start on their shopping… From Mary Greenwell, a solid perfume in the Plum fragrance: “Mary Greenwell’s quintessentially English PLUM fragrance was created in collaboration with fourth generation perfumer and master of fragrance François Robert. A fresh, warm scent – fruity top notes of plum, blackcurrant, peach and lemon blend elegantly with a feminine floral heart of gardenia, tuberose, rose and jasmine and musky base notes of sandalwood and…
  • Fragrance Battle: CdG Hinoki vs Sugi?

    Basenotes Forums
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Hello, I've recently fallen hard for Hinoki. I haven't sniffed Sugi, but it seems to be getting positive reviews. Which one do you prefer and why? Thanks! :grin:
  • What Not To Wear To Work

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

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    It is not news that nearly every jewelry house prefers to expand their product range with perfumes. But in early times, as with, for example, Cartier, it was a cheaper way for customers to touch its luxury and to feel oneself involved in this spirit of exclusivity. Now the creators don’t hesitate to do perfumes and their bottles are no less precious than jewelry. As an example, remember t... Read full article: Vanessa Tugendhaft: Les Eaux Diamantées from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Shay Blue Blacks Club Leather Review

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:29 pm
    I cannot imagine how the Blacks Club Leather bottle appeared in my Siberian postbox. This mysterious flacon could not come from Great Britain: I did not buy or order it; I did not know the brand; and I did not expect that someone will be able to overcome the UK Mail ban of international perfume shipping. Perfume house Shay Blue London was entirely unfamiliar to me. So I started to investi... Read full article: Shay Blue Blacks Club Leather Review from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Brazilian Sunshine in Perfumes by Fernanda Brandao

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    After Miguel's inspiring words about Brazilian perfumery, I am glad to send you more sunshine from Brazil. Fernanda Brandao, the Brazilian-born and Germany-based singer and socialite, has introduced her second fragrance, Brazilian Summer. The fragrance was born out of Fernanda's memories of delicious fruit cocktails, parties, infectious samba rythms and the world famous beach promenade of C... Read full article: Brazilian Sunshine in Perfumes by Fernanda Brandao from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Perfumes du Сhâteau de Versaille: Les Dames de Versailles

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:48 pm
    The new collection of the house that recovers and restores perfume formulas from the archives of Versailles is dedicated to four of Louis XIV's favorite women. The creators of these four scents wanted to incarnate the image and the character of each woman who was close to the Sun King and to show as well all the splendor of Сhâteau de Versaille. Madame de Maintenon The s... Read full article: Perfumes du Сhâteau de Versaille: Les Dames de Versailles from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Jardin de France: New Collection – Jardin des Hespérides

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    "The Garden of the Hesperides" (in Greek mythology) – gardens of the Gods where the Hesperides—daughters of Hesperus (Evening Star) and Nyx (Night)—preserved the golden apples that were offered by Gaïa to Hera in honor of Hera’s marriage to Zeus. The new collection of Jardin de France is consecrated to ancient gods and created using ingredients known from ancient times. Ac... Read full article: Jardin de France: New Collection – Jardin des Hespérides from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
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  • Fragrance gifts for Mother’s Day 2014, part 1

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, 11 May. Here are a few early gift ideas for anyone who wants to get a head start on their shopping… From Mary Greenwell, a solid perfume in the Plum fragrance: “Mary Greenwell’s quintessentially English PLUM fragrance was created in collaboration with fourth generation perfumer and master of fragrance François Robert. A fresh, warm scent – fruity top notes of plum, blackcurrant, peach and lemon blend elegantly with a feminine floral heart of gardenia, tuberose, rose and jasmine and musky base notes of sandalwood and…
  • David Jourquin Cuir de R’Eve & Cuir Altesse ~ new fragrances

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Niche line David Jourquin has launched two new fragrances for women, Cuir de R’Eve and Cuir Altesse. The brand’s debut scents, Cuir Mandarine and Cuir Tabac for men, launched in 2011… Read the rest of this article »
  • Night dive

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Model Christian Santamaria for Davidoff Cool Water Night Dive.
  • Online fragrance shopping

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Deal at beautyhabit: with purchase of $150 or more, get a Baggu bag + 13 natural beauty samples + $10 bounceback coupon, using coupon code EARTHDAY, good through 4/30 or while supplies last. New at escentual (UK): Prada Candy Florale. New at first-in-fragrance (DE): The Different Company Esprit d'Cologne trio, Atkinsons line, Jardin d'Ecrivains Junky. New at indiescents: West Third Brand line. New at neimanmarcus: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Globetrotter travel sprays. New at saksfifthavenue: Thierry Mugler Angel Eau Sucree.
  • Zippo BreakZone ~ new fragrances

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Zippo has launched BreakZone, a new duo of flankers to their youth-oriented FeelZone fragrances. The BreakZone scents were inspired by breakdancing… Read the rest of this article »
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  • Fragrance Battle: CdG Hinoki vs Sugi?

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Hello, I've recently fallen hard for Hinoki. I haven't sniffed Sugi, but it seems to be getting positive reviews. Which one do you prefer and why? Thanks! :grin:
  • Bogue Profumo

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Anyone tried anything from them? I think they have two fragrances. If you could compare those two to som other scent, what would be even if not identical? Also, the website is confusing to me. Does anyone know how to actually use that site to make a purchase, or are they all sold out?
  • What to do with $50 Creed coffret code?

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Not sure if this is the appropriate forum for this question, but this is just for general advice. I have a $50 Creed coffret code that came with a coffret that I purchased recently (so basically I gave Creed $50 to try some of their stuff in return for them taking $50 off my next purchase). Because I've acquired various Creeds in substantial volumes, I just will not have the opportunity to use this thing at before May 15, 2014 (i.e., I've spent a shit ton of money already, and there's now way I'll be spending anymore in the next month). EDIT: Can only be used on orders…
  • SOTD: Wednesday, April 23th, 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:29 pm
  • Designer Lot Sale

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Hello basenoters, I'm unloading a couple of designer lots. Continental US ONLY. Will ship to canada but buyer buys extra shipping fee and I can't be held accountable for customs. Lot 1 $75 shipped 1. Dunhill Custom For Men 3.3 oz 98% full with cap and box 2. Animale Animale For Men 1.7 oz 96% full with cap no box 3. Tous In Heaven for Men 3.4 oz 98% full with cap no box 4. Roma Uomo 1.3 oz 99% full with cap and box 5. Alfred Sung Homme 1.7 oz 99% full with box (built in cap) Lot 2 $90 shipped Marc Ecko for Men 3.4 oz 98% full with cap no box Rocawear Evolution 3.4 oz 99% full with cap no box…
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  • What Not To Wear To Work

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

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

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

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

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

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Die hard perfume fans might be excused for disregarding that the brand of Terracotta, one of the oldest products for giving what the French call "bonne mine" (i.e. the look of healthy looking, sun kissed skin) is the biggest seller for the Guerlain beauty and perfumes company they so revere. Indeed Guerlain would be literally bereft without their prized Terracotta, introduced in 1984, which is
  • Ayala Moriel Parfums Musk Malabi: fragrance review

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    Originally released to coincide with the spring equinox and Nowruz (the Persian New Year), the intoxicating floral confection Musk Malabi by Ayala Moriel is unabashedly feminine, subtly exotic and hopelessly romantic, evoking for the wearer a sensory experience not unlike a passionate love affair. Musk Malabi was inspired by and named after a traditional Middle Eastern dessert, malabi—a
  • Jour de Fete 2014 re-issue: review & comparison with the original from 2004

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

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

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


    22 Apr 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Wishing each of you a very happy EARTH day! The earthiest of our perfumes are Terrestre, created on Earth Day and Figure 1: Noir. Read more about elemental earth here. For a bit of validation on just how magnificent Mother Earth is, check out this video. As you may have heard, I will be a presenter as this Autumns Aromatherapy Conference up in Seattle. My talk is titled "The Tree of Life: A
  • Impromptu LookBook

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:51 am
    The Lookbook for Impromptu is finally done! Greg and I began working on it on April 11th when we did a photo shoot up at the Agoura Antique Market. Greg had discovered a pretty, young girl named Savannah at the gym he frequents. She is a fabulous model and we hope to use her often. The photo shoot was specifically for a trio of fragrances planned for next month. Since we were there
  • The BHAG

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I've been working on manifesting a BHAG: big, hairy, audacious goal. The goal was not necessarily on the top of my list, but rather has occurred by a series of serendipitous events. At first it was just an idea, which like a rolling stone has gathered lots of moss and particles. It is now a big ball, appearing to be gaining speed. “To dream by night is to escape your life. To dream by day
  • Impromptu Reviews

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

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

  • Happy bunny post Easter draw

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:34 pm
    I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break. Today’s picture: A happy Easter bunny hopping into fragrant land… Now that the Easter bunny is happy again as its job is done and it can relax for a while: Here’s the annual “Happy rabbit post Easter draw”. Just leave a comment on this post (anything goes) and a valid email (allowing me to reach out to you if you win)  and you’re in. You can win: 5 sample sets, your choice of 5 samples, in our tin box, 1.5 ml each, spray glass vials. And one winner gets an Explorer Set, 3 x 15 ml travel size spray vials, shipped…
  • Schlamassel can be said with a smile on the lips

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

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

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:36 pm
    when drawing an object that sits in front of you, you need a special kind of hand-eye coordination. Besides learning (again) how to see properly, I think this coordination is something that needs training, to some extend. And to some extend, I guess, you just have it, like a gift. In my eye, when painting an object, it is critical however that you leave room for another dimension besides the 2,3 dimensions that you try to coordinate between your hand and eyes. Let’s call this dimension the imaginary coordinate system. Painting is therefore a wonderful exercise, as it does not only…
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    10 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    today’s picture shows you the view from the motel where I usually stay in 29 Palms: the Harmony Motel. It faces the hills that overlook 29 Palms. I love sitting there, on the porch, and watching the hills turning on their lights in the evening, changing colors from bright greyish brown to dark red. I tried to capture one of these moments of changing lights, the first hints of orange on the hills, the shadows starting to carve out the contours. I love how the water colors work there and bring in another dimension. detail of water color painting My day today will be less creative than…
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  • Perfume Shrine Reviews Musk Malabi

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Visit Perfume Shrine to read Elena's eloquent review of my newest perfume, Musk Malabi. It was also mentioned in The Examiner's Spa & Beauty section under "New unisex perfume releases for March", as well as Sandal Ale. For those of you who tried it, please take a moment or two to share your impressions on Basenotes, MakeUpAlley, NowSmellThis and Fragrantica. Thank you for spreading the love!
  • Perfumers Workshops on CaFleureBon - Leather Interview

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    Ayala Moriel and Sarah Horowitz were interviewed by David Falsberg for his Perfumers Workshop "Meme" series about leather and gardenia accords and bases. Leave a comment on CaFleureBon to enter into a draw for a chance to win a trio samples of my cult fragrance Espionage, quintessential green perfume Grin and gardenia soliflore GiGi. 
  • Walking In A Cloud

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Gaia Fishler
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    See Smell Naples and Die.There are several impressive perfume stores in Naples, but only one that caters to hardcore fragonerds:  Profumo Emozioni Olfattive on Via Carlo Poerio 33. The space isn't huge in NYC terms, but it's utilized to the max and beautifully designed and arranged. The number of brands available and displayed at Profumo Emozioni Olfattive is nothing short of amazing. They stock most of the big and small names in niche and independent perfumery. Everything from classics such as L'Artisan and Amouage to Tauer, Mona di Orio, Vero Profumo and many more,…
  • Sisley Express Flower Gel Mask

    Gaia Fishler
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    My travel baggie was almost bursting at the seams but I stuffed the sample packets of Sisley Express Flower Gel Mask in there, because I had a feeling they'd come in handy. And they did. I used them at the end of each flight to revive my skin, and even though I've been diligent about repeated moisturizing and protecting my face during the long hours in the air (and on the tarmac. The flight out of JFK was delayed while we were already seated), it was obvious that the extra step was much needed.This Sisley mask is mostly made of water, rose water and silicone and infused with a bunch of…
  • Chizu Saeki- The Japanese Skincare Revolution (Book Review)

    Gaia Fishler
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Chizu Saeki is a famous Japanese esthetician and beauty consulted who after a long career working for Guerlain and Dior opened her own salon. Her methods rely somewhat on classic Japanese traditions, but she  puts has her own twist on things, rejecting the Japanese tendency to over-wash the skin (Ms. Saeki is very much against the two step cleansing routine of oil+detergent), and preferring the use of lotions and creams over oils. The book teaches Chizu Saeki's philosophy and techniques in a clear and organized way, tries to give an answer to common skin concerns, with the most focus on…
  • Parfums Retro- Grand Cuir

    Gaia Fishler
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Grand Cuir, the first (and so far only) offering from Parfums Retro, comes galloping at you on his horse, bringing with it the scent of  a well-traveled steamer trunk, an old cape, mossy forests, and mystery. It's Mr. Rochester's first scene from Jane Eyre, showing confidence and vulnerability at the same time. It needs to be worn in the open air or while moving around from place to place. I've found that closed spaces stifle Grand Cuir and don't allow it to take shape and cast its shadow properly. It's also too romantic for the simple and definite "masculine" label (Luckyscent's gender…
  • La Bella Italia

    Gaia Fishler
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    I never take enough photos when on vacation. I don't even bother taking the big camera, which I know is a mistake when it comes to preserving the memories, but the tiny point-and-shoot does an acceptable job without the fuss and the extra weight to schlep around. Remembering to actually pull it out and use it is a different matter.We were in Italy. Mostly on the Sorrento Peninsula, spent a day in Naples, a day driving along the Amalfi Coast (it rained), but most of the time explored Sorrento and its surrounding area. The original plan was to stay at a B&B up on the cliff, but we escaped…
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  • Diptyque L'Eau de L'Eau

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

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

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

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

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

  • Noodle and Boo Baby Balm for Face and Body

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

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

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

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

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

  • Blogging

    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

    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)

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

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

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

  • Shiseido UV Protection Liquid & Stick Foundations

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
     Shiseido is re-launching two of their  Sun Care Foundations . The new formulations feature the activized ingredients of ProfenseCEL which inhibits enzyme activity that causes wrinkles and uneven skin tone and Super Veil -UV 360 that is a patent-pending technology helps ensure even coverage over the skin’s contours for effective protection from the sun.Both of these foundation are high SPF with physical and chemical sunscreens. The UV Protective Foundation Stick is one of the most covering foundations I've used. It's simply fabulous. Full coverage…
  • Love2Love Fragrances Hawaii Contest

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Have you checked out the new fragrance line Love2Love by Coty at Wal Mart ? They  are well priced at $9.98 (for 3.4 oz) and $6.98  for (240ml) and come in four scents , Orange Blossom White Musk, Freesia Violet Petal , Jasmine Sprakling Mimosa,and Fresh Rose Peach. Love2Love along with Wal Mart want to send you to Hawaii. Sounds like a great idea , right ? Sunny azure beaches , surfing  and all.  Just design your dream date including destination ( I picked London naturally) , share it and you could win. There are also  17 weekly prizes of Fandango and…
  • mark Sail Away Duo Charm Necklace

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

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

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

  • New Perfume Reviews: MIKMOI Element of Escape Collection – Ki, Sui, Kin, Do & Ka + Fragrant Feng Shui Draw

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    San Francisco based perfumer Michael (Mik) Coyle has released a line of scents inspired by “graffiti artists, daredevils and ninjas” reflecting the five Chinese elements Ki, Sui, Kin, Do, and Ka, in a portable solid form. Each scent represents an aromatic energy relating to what ancients believed made up the entire universe (wood, water, metal, earth & fire) fused into a firm base of beeswax and jojoba. Presented in solid cologne sticks, melt proof, at EDP concentrations, and composed of 95% natural materials, Element of Escape allows us to transcend limitations and apply…
  • Mario Tomas Perfumes by Mario T. Gomez -The winner

    Michelyn Camen
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Mario unveiled his brand new line, Mario Tomas Perfumes with three fragrances, El Poeta, Corazon Blanco and Lo Mejor de Mi #1.  We know Mario can talk the talk…this inaugural line of perfumes shows the world he can walk the walk. Thanks to the kindness of Mario Tomas we have a sample set of all three perfumes to give away to one US reader.  The random winner is Martin. Please contact michelyn at cafleurebon dot come with MARIO TOMAS as your subject and your mailing details by 4/23/2013 1PM EST This is  a deadline and NO exceptions if you are late. We announce…
  • International Earth Day at Bond No. 9 “Reward for Recycling” Back to Bond Inititative April 22-May 3

    Michelyn Camen
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    Today is Earth Day, well every day is, but each year on this day we have become more aware that many of us are leaving a fairly large carbon footprint on the planet. For perfume and fragrance lovers, that means not re-cycling our empty glass bottles and containers. Creative director and owner Laurice Rahme of Bond No 9 would like to change that by leading the way and becoming the first beauty company to embark on a glass recycling effort. Just bring your empty perfume bottles from April 21-May 3 to any Bond No. 9 boutique or Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide.   Bond No. 9…
  • New Perfume Review: Ann Gérard Parfum Rose Cut + A Rose from Bertrand Duchaufour Draw

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Bertrand Duchaufour and Ann Gérard In 2012, Ann Gérard launched a collection of three perfumes, consisting of Cuir de Nacre, Ciel d’Opale, and Perle de Mousse, all by Master Perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour. They were received well by the perfume community, and now everyone has been a-buzz with talk of her latest release, also by M. Duchaufour,Rose Cut. This was one of the perfumes I was able to sniff and talk about with M. Duchaufour at Esxence. One of the things I noticed first about Rose Cut on paper was that it was a very balsamic rose, which M. Duchaufour agreed with. His…
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    Scentbird Perfumes

  • Think Pink – 10 Pink Perfumes for the Positive Outlook in Life

    marina ljubisavljevic
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    If one of the questions you tend to ask the sales assistant at the store is “Do you have this in pink”, then you must own at least one, if not all 10 perfumes from our “Notable Pink Perfumes” list.   Sometimes being a woman is hard. However, in the very moment you feel that things would have been less complicated if you were from Mars, just remember that your birthright is to wear pink. Intoxicated with life Psychologists are strangely unanimous when it comes to the meaning and the power of the color pink. They say that due to the mixture of white (which signifies purity and…
  • 9 seductive perfumes to make his knees wobble with excitement

    marina ljubisavljevic
    22 Mar 2014 | 12:42 pm
    I bet you think nothing is sexier than daring lacy lingerie and a bit of kiss smeared red lipstick, right? Well, wrong! Your perfume can start his heart racing at a speed of light, and his imagination running wild. Fact. Seduction in a perfume bottle Scientifically speaking, certain scents have the ability to arouse men in a sexual connotation, according to Dr. Alan Hirsch. Hirsch and his team of scientists polled more than 200 men, and the results of the study are interesting, to say the least. It turns out that men act on primal level when the particular part of the brain that controls the…
  • 6 spring perfume suggestions to try out now

    marina ljubisavljevic
    16 Mar 2014 | 8:15 am
    Are you packing away your winter clothes and thinking about freshening up your spring collection? If you are, do not forget to pack your winter perfumes, as you will need the place on the dresser for these top-notch spring perfumes. And trust us, you will want them all! Scented Spring Strategy Spring is in the air! You know you can feel its tangible presence when the days are longer, the skirts are getting shorter and the heels are going sky high (as soon as the ice alert is thawed). But you can definitely feel its presence when you simply cannot resist the nature’s calling for some new…
  • 7 Fragrance Categories – The mellifluous nature of perfumes and their scented families

    marina ljubisavljevic
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Every perfume-conscious woman on this planet knows that fragrances are like shoes. There are days when you scowl on the very mention of heels, yet sometimes you just cannot imagine not being a few inches taller, looking at the world from an elevated state of mind. The perfumes are just the same. There are days when you want to showcase your femininity, yet there are also days when you want to be a fashionable daredevil, flaunting a juicy perfume in the snow blizzard. The quest for your fragrance category Experimenting with perfumes is always a good thing, because perfumes were meant for play.
  • The Scent of Hollywood – Signature Perfumes of Hollywood Divas

    marina ljubisavljevic
    23 Feb 2014 | 4:16 am
    The golden era of Hollywood was heavily intoxicated with high dosage of glamour, elegance, style and perfect poise. It was the era of the two equally resiliently stylish Hepburns, the fragile look of Grace Kelly, the decadent diamond seduction of Elizabeth Taylor and the scented collection of Rita Hayworth. It was the golden era of celebrity perfume prohibition, so celebrity scent stalking was a mission impossible. Since the times have changed, we are going to sneak into the nightstands of these icons of style, hoping that their signature perfumes may bring us some of their Hollywood red…
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