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  • Pitti Fragranze 2014: Juliette is Back!

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    “And yet I wish but for the thing I have: My strength, my passion as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite” —Giulietta Capuleti Romeo and Juliet, Frank Dicksee, 1884 About a year has passed since the story about Soul Drops, the first perfume by Giulietta Capuleti, and now the lovely Juliette of Verona returns again! This time she returns not so... Read full article: Pitti Fragranze 2014: Juliette is Back! from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • YSL Rouge Volupte Shine- Holiday 2014

    The Beauty Alchemist
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
     Winter means we try to coordinate color with moisture on our lips.  Tinted balms are always a favorite but YSL's Rouge Volupte Shine takes it up a notch with  lipstick like color and plenty of moisture.Four new Rouge Volupte Shine  colors  make their debut in YSL's Holiday collection., Wildly Gold.    Each provides a boost of color  in the pink-red family for pretty holiday lips.  All winter they'll keep lips happy with their melt on  balm like feel , fruity scent and shiny finish.Pink In Jungle, Red Indocile, Coral Intrepid, Violet…
  • The Perfume Bible By Josephine Fairley & Lorna McKay- A Book Review By The Husband

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    Gaia Fishler
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Editor's Note:It's becoming harder and harder for me to look at perfume guides and evaluate them from a distance. Obviously, I'm not the target reader of the majority of these books, so reviewing them becomes a process in which I'm having imaginary conversations with the authors, which is not always what a potential reader needs. Enter the Husband, who represents a typical reader of this blog: a well-informed, well-sniffed, curious and interested individual, but his life do not revolve around reading, writing, and talking about perfume (at least if he can help it). The review below is his.Any…
  • Le Galion: Fragrances For the Past, Present and Future Launched at Liberty

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    The revival of a vintage perfume house is always cause for celebration, most particularly when one connects not only to the inevitable romance of the back story but to the incredible wearability—modernity, even—of the reformulated creations. Invited to Liberty of London for the triumphal launch of Le Galion Parfums, I allowed myself to be cosseted by the wood-panelled, highledy-piggledy... Read full article: Le Galion: Fragrances For the Past, Present and Future Launched at Liberty from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Lazy weekend poll ~ open thread, Picasso’s birthday 2014

    Now Smell This
    Robin
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Our same old open thread: talk about anything you like — the perfume you’re wearing today, the perfume you own but don’t seem to wear, 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 »
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  • Le Galion: Fragrances For the Past, Present and Future Launched at Liberty

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    The revival of a vintage perfume house is always cause for celebration, most particularly when one connects not only to the inevitable romance of the back story but to the incredible wearability—modernity, even—of the reformulated creations. Invited to Liberty of London for the triumphal launch of Le Galion Parfums, I allowed myself to be cosseted by the wood-panelled, highledy-piggledy... Read full article: Le Galion: Fragrances For the Past, Present and Future Launched at Liberty from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Michel Germain Very Sexual

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    The new fragrant pair from the Michel Germain Sexual collection launching in 2014 is named Very Sexual and Very Sexual Pour Homme.Very Sexual is an oriental-fruity fragrance, announced as sparkling, inviting and irresistible. It opens with sparkling mandarin, orange blossom and juicy raspberry. These notes are intertwined with the heart of heady gardenia, ginger lily and passionate patchouli. Wa... Read full article: Michel Germain Very Sexual from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Pitti Fragranze 2014: Juliette is Back!

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    “And yet I wish but for the thing I have: My strength, my passion as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite” —Giulietta Capuleti Romeo and Juliet, Frank Dicksee, 1884 About a year has passed since the story about Soul Drops, the first perfume by Giulietta Capuleti, and now the lovely Juliette of Verona returns again! This time she returns not so... Read full article: Pitti Fragranze 2014: Juliette is Back! from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • LM Army of Lovers: Laurent Mazzone Plays on Ideas of Chypre Cult-Trash

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Laurent Mazzone has one of the most striking and discussion-triggering landing pages in all online perfumery: his brand, LM Parfums features images of artistically rendered hard core bondage and naturally this is to highlight the fact that he has a perfume named "hard leather." So to find that his latest, a precious extrait de parfum named after the cult Swedish pop band "Army of Lovers" an... Read full article: LM Army of Lovers: Laurent Mazzone Plays on Ideas of Chypre Cult-Trash from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Loewe Pour Homme 40 Aniversario

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Loewe Pour Homme is the first masculine fragrance from Loewe, introduced in 1974. The scent is classically elegant, refined and manly aromatic-fougère. To celebrate the 40th birthday of the fragrance in the fall of 2014, Loewe launches new limited editions and a new advertising campaign featuring Javier Hernanz. Limited editions Loewe Pour Homme 40 Aniversario and Loewe Esencia 40 Anivers... Read full article: Loewe Pour Homme 40 Aniversario from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
 
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  • Lazy weekend poll ~ open thread, Picasso’s birthday 2014

    Robin
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Our same old open thread: talk about anything you like — the perfume you’re wearing today, the perfume you own but don’t seem to wear, 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 »
  • Lush So White Shower Gel & Yog Nog Soap ~ scented body product reviews

    Jessica
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Yes, I’m one of those people: I’m truly dismayed when Christmas decorations and holiday items start showing up in stores in mid-October. What’s the rush? One of the very few exceptions, in my book, is the annual holiday-season collection from Lush. I always look forward to buying a few bars of Snowcake soap, and this year I was desperate to grab a new bottle of Rose Jam Shower Gel. I also picked up two new items: So White Shower Gel and Yog Nog Soap. (I am weak.) So White is the liquid counterpart to a bath bomb of the same name, which I never tried. It’s a pearly…
  • Friday scent of the day 10/24

    Robin
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Yay, it’s Gender Wars Friday! Our community project for today: wear something marketed to your gender opposite. Wearing something marketed as unisex gets partial credit. What did you pick? I’m wearing the original Gucci Pour Homme (2007 2003, and not to be confused with Gucci Pour Homme II or Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme!), which Kevin said reminded him of the Japanese traditional incense blends he uses: simple combinations of woods and subtle spices. It is sadly discontinued, and today I’ve sadly used up my last few drops… Read the rest of this article »
  • Acca Kappa Tilia Cordata, Vaniglia Fior di Mandorlo and Black Pepper & Sandalwood ~ new fragrances

    Robin
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Italian brand Acca Kappa has launched three new fragrances: Tilia Cordata (linden), Vaniglia Fior di Mandorlo and Black Pepper & Sandalwood… Read the rest of this article »
  • Online fragrance shopping

    Robin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    New at aedes: Aedes Copal Azur, and get free shipping on purchases of the fragrance with coupon code Copal, good through 10/31. New at twistedlily: Comme des Garcons line.
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  • Bottle Size and Per Unit Price

    freewheelingvagabond
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Apparently a great thing about Parfums de Nicolai seems to be the fact that the per unit price doesn't vary much with bottle size. I wonder why for almost all the other companies, designer or niche, the smaller bottles are so costlier relative to the larger bottles in terms of the unit price. Any other company which has this nice feature of having smaller bottles priced more or less at the same rate as the larger bottles?
  • Should I wear Erolfa if I get infected with Ebola ?

    Bigsly
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Seriously, there have been too many ridiculous threads in this forum lately. Why don't we have a thread just for the ridiculous stuff? Mods, what do you think?
  • Repurposing Your Fragrances

    Scentologist
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    ***Disclaimer, I apologize if this isn't the appropriate board for this topic and move this if needed. Thanks! Okay, so I've been noticing there are some fragrances I love, but not necessarily on me anymore. Once such fragrance is Mandarina Duck Man. Its a lovely tangerine fragrance with softwoods and clean musk. I cheerful and delightful fragrance. I'm currently experimenting with spraying this on a bounce free dryer sheet (3 sprays). I didn't notice much of an effect, so I sprayed 6 sprays on a rag and tossed it in the dryer. Not very noticeable, but to me, this would make a very fresh…
  • SOTD: Sunday, October 26, 2014

    hednic
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Army of Lovers by LM Parfums
  • If the polar vortex returns, what will you wear?

    MFfan310
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Forecasters are still divided as to whether the polar vortex will reach the US for winter 2014-15. But let's say it does and brings single-digit and negative winter temperatures back to your hometown for the second season in a row. What fragrances would you pull out of your collection? For me, it would be these five: AventusBack to Black (this one was especially good last winter)Encre NoireJohn Varvatos VintageStraight to Heaven
 
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  • 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
  • The Dog Days: What to Wear?

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Tom Not that its newsworthy, but SoCal has been pretty much marinating in heat: temps in the high 90's at the beaches, way hotter in the valley. Adding in humidity from a couple of hurricanes and it's making for some really miserable weather. I've been coping with a variety of beverages, like unsweetened iced tea (I can hear you Southerners shuddering, but I personally don't like sweet
  • A Wing and a Prayer Perfume prize draw winner!

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Random.org has spoken and the winner of the draw is Sharyl Suzanne Morris, who chose Verde. Please hit the "Contact me" button on the right and send us your mailing address, and congratulations!
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  • Aftelier Perfume Palimpsest: fragrance review

    Perfumeshrine
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    I recall a particularly tough professor back in my University days demanded such hard-to-crack questions that one way to bypass embarrassment and speech impediments during the ordeal of the oral examination was to begin by defining what a thing wasn't supposed to be, the latter part of the definition implied to be known to both partners in the discussion at least.  Example: "Kintsugi has
  • Perfume Giveaway: Win a Free Bottle of Eau de Parfum plus an Extrait de Parfum mini!

    Perfumeshrine
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    It is my privilege and honor to make the very choicest acquaintances through the pages of this site. People with varied interests from the arts and with a budding or steadier interest in perfume reach me all the time with insightful comments and emails and sometimes with enriching experiences. One of them is Lia. She is not only a lovely, warm personality but a person immersed in the arts who has
  • "Dior and I": the Documentary Soon Hitting US Screens

    Perfumeshrine
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:08 am
    Film & TV distributor The Orchard has acquired all rights in the U.S. and Canada to director Frédéric Tcheng’s fashion documentary Dior and I, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival to outstanding praise. This marks the third fashion film for Tcheng, who previously co-wrote and co-directed Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and co-produced Valentino: The Last Emperor. The
  • The Unwavering Popularity of Vanilla Scents

    Perfumeshrine
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    "Vanilla isn’t plain to product developers. It’s the x-factor in most fragrances, conjuring feelings of craving, warmth and familiarity. Other scent trends come and go, but vanilla shows no sign of waning popularity, fragrance experts say. That is fueling a chase to find new iterations." via Thus begins the article by Ellen Byron on Wall Street Journal, more of an advertorial for the new
  • Oscar de la Renta: 1932-2014

    Perfumeshrine
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
    The Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta had to die at 82 years of age for me to find out his very Hellenic middle name, taken on from his mother's brother side, shame on me. Aristides, "of an excellent kind". How apt! Amal Clooney's wedding dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta, photo via Vogue the man via The multi-awarded trainee of Cristóbal Balenciaga, and then at some point
 
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  • Wine and Cheese

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    It's been a bit of a desert here at the journal, here's whats been happening lately. For the most part all my energy is going to making perfume, packing orders and getting ducks in a row at the new workspace. The ducks include the Samhain decorations, the Fan Funding project (which is rather massive in scope), organizing and then re-organizing the workshop, new products, perfumes, logo,
  • NEWS: French Glass Flacons

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    At this moment in time the French glass flacons with the flat tops that fit into the crochet pouches are no longer available. The photo above is the last of them which was bought by a fan on the east coast. I do still have some flacons left with your choice of three tops like the rectangle above, the round pictured below or the one I call V-neck. In the meantime I'm working on some
  • Hearted

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    In the midst of herding all the elements for the Fan Funding Event together, the extravagant grand finale jasmine blooming cycle I came across a glorious glass apothecary cabinet for the new space. Although I thought all I needed was a simple glass case, when I found THE piece I realized no, this is the statement piece for the front section. Not only is it beautiful but evokes my great
  • Autumn Community Event

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:49 pm
    On Saturday, October 11th, the yoga studio directly across from the perfumery has asked me to participate in a community event on the second floor of the atrium within the Whizin Market Square. Although the perfumery will not have its official opening quite yet, we will have a special sneak peak on that day. I invite you to stop by and inhale deeply while seeing the progress that has
  • Tree of Life Botanical Perfume Draw

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

    Andy
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Today’s picture shows you a little ( more or less post card sized) illustration that is one of the results of yesterday’s watercolor class. Yes. It is very cliché. I painted it following a picture, and have no idea what mountains these peaks actually are. Maybe they are somewhere in the US?  No clue here: Any guess? So there we go: Cliché. I love them, we all do. They are all around us. There’s tons of cliché when it comes to perfumery, and -sometimes- when giving presentations I feel like: Lets enlighten the listeners. Deep down there I am still a little bit a…
  • Land Your Inventory Early, and a rose de Kandahar crime story

    Andy
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The guy poking his tongue out at nobody (!) in particular, this might be the devil of logistics. The rest of what you find in today’s quick sketch: No idea, really. It was a procrastination exercise a couple of days ago. Well, maybe it is comparable to Odin’s ravens: Bringing the news of the world. Here’s a the wikipedia article to this mythological picture. Thinking and looking into my sketch again: Actually, my figure has one eye only, too, like Odin. So there you go: It might not be a devil, but rather “Odin, the furious one” (link here).   (By user:Ranveig…
  • me, before the presentation

    Andy
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:10 am
    …in glamorous environment. I took the mirror picture in the rooms where members of the circolo dei lettori in Turin can come, sit, read, be. Basically a public reading room, open for members. Stunningly decorated rooms, full of history, uncounted read books lingering in the air. I took the picture before my presentation. After the presentation, I was a bit tired. Being out and presenting what I do, my world of scents and my values is always tiring, and drains a lot of energy. Tonight, there will be another appearance, by Andy. A radio show, a new format, on the Swiss culture radio…
  • the Italian way

    Andy
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:04 am
    I am back home from my trip to Turin, where I was given the opportunity to give a talk about incense, in my perfumes and also a bit in general that is. The presentation was in the framework of the “circolo dei lettori“. For those of you who speak Italian (I don’t, unfortunately): Here ‘s a short overview in the Italian newspaper STAMPA. It was fun. Before starting with my presentation, with the hundred or so attendants already in the room, ready to hear my story, I burnt some incense. That was a first for me. The idea was to create a mysterious and scented environment…
  • before I leave: Now Smell This read for you

    Andy
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Before I will leave for Turin, leaving stormy Zurich, for hopefully sunny Turin, I have a read for you. Not too long, but interesting and nice, at it puts things into the right context: Please visit Robin’s Now Smell This blog (click here) and follow her thoughts on Gardenia sotto la luna. And feel free to share your thoughts there, not here. Does she love it? No, not really super mega enthusiastically. But that’s ok. What I love about this particular review: It puts this fragrance of mine in the proper context. I feel understood.  This feels good. And now: Off for Turin. Talk to…
 
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  • Smelling is: Healing, Feeling, Sensing, Connecting...

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    What shamans, herbalists and aromatherapists have known for hundreds if not thousands of years, science only now beginning to acknowledge and prove. In a recent NY Times article titled "Smell Turns Up in Unexpected Places", Alex Stone reviews recent scientific discoveries pertaining to chemical sensors in other parts of our body besides the olfactory bulbs.While this is not exactly identical to the experience of scent per se, it is not exactly a surprise from an evolutionary point of view. The olfactory bulbs originally developed as sensing organs to sample the fluid, liquid environment of…
  • Fall

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    "It is deadly to be without a confidante, without a guide, without even a tiny cheering section". (Clarissa Pinkola-Estes).Being a transitional season from abundance to constriction, fall is time of reflection, contemplation, checking the balances in both the physical world and spiritual world. Taking stock of harvests, planning for a long winter. And also - taking note of what's missing from one's spiritual life, seeking it out, and nourishing what is there. These supplies would sustain the soul in a long, harsh, cold and dark winter.Fall is also a season for sorting. This fall I've been…
  • A Beautiful Woman Drinking Soda

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Victoria Jent of EauMG reviews Treazon a.k.a. my killer tuberose:"It’s this perfect balance between a “green” tuberose and a milky tuberose (...) Treazon dries down a warm, creamy tuberose with lactonic, coconut-like woods and a smoky tobacco. It becomes a “darker” tuberose that melds perfectly to the skin".
  • Hanae Mori Butterfly

    6 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Created in 1996, Hanae Mori's eponymus scent* is as young as my daughter (which is a perenial if not a "classic" in current perfume lifespan terms) and is about as girly as could be. It is probably the fragrance that  have set the trend for the myriads of sugary fruity-florals that dominate the celebrity scent world. While Angel and Lolita Lempicka had sweet notes that sugar-coated a very bold base dominated by patchouli and vetiver respectively - Hanae Mori's goes straight to the candy. The beginning is somewhat fresh, with hints of crisp apples, and light citrusy rose and strawberry.
  • Transformation

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    "Butterfly Maiden is the female fertilizing force. Carrying the pollen from one place to another, she cross-fertilizes, just as the soul fertilizes the mind with nightdreams, just as archetypes fertilizes the mundane world. She is the center. She brings the opposites together by taking a little from here and putting it there. Transformation is no more complicated than that. This is what she teaches. This is how the butterfly does it. This is how the soul does it.Butterfly Woman mends the erroneous idea that transformation is only for the tortured, the saintly, or only for the fabulously…
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  • 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…
  • Natural Perfumes for the Fall - House of Matriarch, Providence Perfume Co., Jolie Laide, and Aether Arts

    Lucy Raubertas
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Super Moon, AZ, photo by Justin Ashton on 500px.comFully natural perfumes made with skill and imagination work especially well in the Fall as the skin's heat and chemistry releases their nuanced beauty into a brisk atmosphere that sharpens up the sense of smell.  They are not easy to pull off, but here are some perfumers that have the touch. The many faceted aspects of natural perfume elements create a private sphere, like wrapping up in a silk or cashmere scarf, making a personal space of warmth and beauty that feels good on the skin. They will be enjoyed by others within intimate…
  • Fiore de Bellagio - Envoyage Perfumes

    Lucy Raubertas
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Vintage Trifari brooch, CarnationThis perfume quickly becomes bold and jewel-like, after a delicate opening. Then it continues to intensify towards a deep, intoxicating, close to overwhelming richness.Similar to this image of the carnation as a jewel; radiating out from a central point, jaunty, lush, opulent, with serrated delicate edges; facets that highlight the complex depths within.Shelley Waddington, the perfumer of Envoyage, based this perfume on the vintage 1927 classic Bellodgia by Caron.I don't know the original Caron so I can't compare, but I must say my experience of…
  • Geisha Blanche/Geisha Noire by Aroma M and Camellia

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

    Gaia Fishler
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Editor's Note:It's becoming harder and harder for me to look at perfume guides and evaluate them from a distance. Obviously, I'm not the target reader of the majority of these books, so reviewing them becomes a process in which I'm having imaginary conversations with the authors, which is not always what a potential reader needs. Enter the Husband, who represents a typical reader of this blog: a well-informed, well-sniffed, curious and interested individual, but his life do not revolve around reading, writing, and talking about perfume (at least if he can help it). The review below is his.Any…
  • Dior Cuir Cannage 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette

    Gaia Fishler
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Because we all needed another brown eye shadow palette.Dior has been churning out the quints this year and I'm having a hard time following the assorted collections (pre-fall, not-quite-fall, pre-holiday, almost-holiday, holiday--- who knows what and why). They're all so very beautiful I'm finding myself again and again wishing Dior would have a make-your-own-palette system so we can pick and choose from the best color in each. Cuir Cannage (released a few weeks ago) captured my attention because all five colors are so wearable, making the quint more versatile than most.The five colors in…
  • Kjaer Weis Highlighter

    Gaia Fishler
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    The latest product release from Kjaer Weis is a cream highlighter in a neutral-to-cool beige color with a visible shimmery finish that is still subtle enough for everyday use. The swatch above is obviously heavy so you can get a good idea of the color, but when you blend it (fingers work better than a brush in this case) the look you get is a lot more elegant.As I mentioned above, the highlighter appears neutral, neither golden nor pink, but the shimmer has a silvery gray cast that might look a bit off on some skin tones. I get a more elegant result by mixing the highlighter with foundation…
  • Agraria Golden Cassis Woven Crystal Candle

    Gaia Fishler
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    You can see that the candle above, Agraria Golden Cassis, has seen a lot of use since we got it a couple of weeks ago. I've always been very fond of Agraria products, but I admit that since my relationship with cassis can be described as "complicated", I might have skipped this one (the newest scent from the brand) and missed on a truly satisfying home fragrance that lives up to the promise of being "golden" and doesn't annoy the husband with excessive fruitiness (he actually really likes this scent).The first whiff of Golden Cassis is round, fruity, and luscious. No surprises, expect…
  • Gucci Peacock Magnetic Color Shadow Duo

    Gaia Fishler
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    To be honest with you, I don't think that this Gucci Magnetic Color Eye Shadow Duo in Peacock was the best choice for me. I would have gotten much more mileage from Fume, Aristocratic, or even Malachite (all three are on my wishlist right now). But there was something irresistible about the brightness of the blue and purple shades in  Gucci's Peacock, and only one of them, is actually out of my comfort zone.The swatches you see above consist of one brush swipe (Shu Uemura N 10) over primed skin. It's a rather impressive pigment intensity even if the texture appears almost sheer. The navy…
 
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    I Smell Therefore I Am

  • I Wore This: Le Labo Laurier 62 Home Fragrance

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    My feeling is that if it's good enough to spray in the air I breathe, and if I'm going to be smelling it anyway, then it's good enough to wear. There's also that whole body is a temple thing, and a temple is a room, so I go with that. I was curious about Laurier because it was said to contain eucalyptus, rosemary, laurel, thyme, cumin, clove, amber, patchouli, and sandalwood, among other
  • I Wore This: Simply Right Hand Sanitizer

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    I work in an office with four other people. My nearest co-worker wears vanilla-centric florals: Burberry, Chanel Allure edp. She leaves to smoke and returns smelling of cigarettes and sheer vanilla. One other co-worker, who doesn't work near me in the building, tends to cough dramatically from the other room whenever I spray anything on. Out of annoyance if not courtesy, some time ago I stopped
  • I Wore This: Chanel Egoiste

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    You can tell a lot about a gay guy's ex boyfriends by the colognes he wears. They get passed along, or stolen. A guy smells something on his boyfriend, is reminded of him, wants to be like him, lifts the scent as a way to project the same ineffable qualities. To get closer or to swallow the object of affection whole. Isn't that what we essentially seek to do with those whose appeal we want to
  • I Wore This: Amouage Interlude Man

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    I was wearing this last night while reading another Inspector Maigret novel by Georges Simenon. I'm wearing it again today, doing a side by side comparison to Chantecaille's Kalimantan. Both were done by Pierre Negrin, and they're very much alike, I realized: I don't remember how. People just love Kalimantan but I've never warmed to it - not as passionately as others seem to; whereas, I knew
  • Scene from Paper Moon: Evening in Paris

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    When Addie's mother dies, Moses Pray, a former suitor slash john shows up at the funeral. The funeral is decidedly middle of nowhere, prairie in all directions, and other than Pray, and discounting the droning preacher, only maybe two people have attended: two elderly women who've made Addie their charge. Moses happens to be passing through and stops to pay his respects ("I know your backside
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    The Beauty Alchemist

  • Pixi Holiday 2014 - Target

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Pixi Holiday is here  and looking good.  There's a new  Ultimate Beauty Kit, lip butters and more. All hit Target stores Nov. 9th.Ultimate Beauty Kit 2 in Cool & Warm $ 34Fairy Dust Favorites in Light Catchers $ 12Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio in Balmy Winter $ 16
  • butter LONDON Holiday 2014 Gift Sets

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    butter London holiday debuts next month and there are gifts sets galore to choose from.  I've highlighted three easy gifting /getting that come in a great price points.  Want to reall thrill the nail lover on your list ? Add a salon gift card to the box. One set, Heavy Metal includes two NEW shades. butter LONDON Lips & TipsThese sets include a full size nail lacquer coupled with a coordinating LIPPY Liquid Lipstick. Available in:· Gears &  Cheers: Nail lacquer in Dodgy Barnett, LIPPY Liquid Lipstick in La Moss· Lockets &Lace: Nail lacquer The…
  • YSL Rouge Volupte Shine- Holiday 2014

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
     Winter means we try to coordinate color with moisture on our lips.  Tinted balms are always a favorite but YSL's Rouge Volupte Shine takes it up a notch with  lipstick like color and plenty of moisture.Four new Rouge Volupte Shine  colors  make their debut in YSL's Holiday collection., Wildly Gold.    Each provides a boost of color  in the pink-red family for pretty holiday lips.  All winter they'll keep lips happy with their melt on  balm like feel , fruity scent and shiny finish.Pink In Jungle, Red Indocile, Coral Intrepid, Violet…
  • Nature's Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Shampoo & Conditioner

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Looking for a new , natural shampoo to treat your color treated locks gently ? Nature's Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Hair Defense might be the answer.I  used Nature's Gate  shampoo years back and loved how my hair looked and felt with it.  I loved the natural ingredient list too. It's been awhile but I got reminded when I tried this new duo.Pomegranate Sunflower was created specifically for color treated hair  but you can you use it even if yours isn't color treated ( mine isn't). It is of course sulfate free  and protects against environmental stresses . Sunflower and…
  • Burt's Bees Holiday Gift Sets 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Burt's Bees have unveiled  their holiday gifting sets.  I always look forward to seeing these as they are all so well priced  and filled with products just about everyone loves and  can use . All the sets come in at $ 15 and under with some only $ 4.99. This year there 12 sets to choose from this year and I have three to preview . Honey Pot :    Features full sized  Honey & Grapeseed Hand Cream , Naturally Nourishing Body Cream & Honey Lip Balm in a standing box with a ribbon top. $ 14.99Mani /Pedi -  Treats for hand and feet  , this set…
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    Cafleurebon - Fragrance is a language of translating the world

  • NARS Holiday 2014 Laced With Edge Collection: Almeria Blush, Femme Fleur Hardwire Lipstick & Corsica Lipgloss (Reviews, Swatches, Photos)

    Michelyn Camen
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    It is NARS 20th anniversary this year, and they introduced quite a few new makeup collections (a bit overwhelming).   I was impressed with NARS Spring 2014 Wet/Dry eye shadows (Giove, Subra, Callista and Desdemona are standouts),The NARS Audacious Lipsticks (reviews and swatches of Jane  and  Anna here  & Natalie and Julie here),  and “Et Dieu… créa la femme Limited Edition Kit,” (And God Created Woman) inspired by the 1956 French film directed by Roger Vadim that made Brigitte Bardot an international star. Photo:…
  • Sniffapalooza Fall Ball 2014 Luxury, Designer and Niche Perfume Sample Bag -The Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    The 10 anniversary of Sniffaplooza Fall Ball took place last weekend (Oct. 11th/ 12th) in New York City and included fragrance aficionados from Mexico, Canada, South Africa, the UK, France and numerous states jetting in for the event. This past weekend was a milestone as it has been ten years since Founders Karen Dubin and Karen Adams held their first Sniffapalooza for just a few friends and perfume lovers. What a difference a decade makes! Thanks to Hernando, Bergdorf Goodman and Team Karen we have a Sniffapalooza Fall Ball…
  • New Fragrance Review: D.S & Durga HYLNDS Foxglove + The Wandering of Oisin Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    David Seth Moltz with Kavi Durga It’s not a secret how much I adore D.S.& Durga; I think David Seth Moltz and his wife Kavi (Durga) Moltz have created one of the most exciting artisan lines of recent years. Based in Brooklyn the couple have stoked the scented fires of perfume addicts and writers like myself. I own Bowmakers, Mississippi Medicine and Burning Barbershop, three extraordinary formulae of erudite and chthonic reverence. Mud, smoke, cypress, shellac, seared limes, caramalised lavender, varnish and wood dust… all these things resonate through the Durga world. HYLNDS…
  • Miriam Mirani Sands of Aqaba -The Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year – the old, lost light at dusk does it for me.  The pale gold reflected in house windows, or glimpsed through the branches of the trees in the park.  There’s secret warmth and a muted serenity to Fall that I’ve always wished a fragrance could capture.  But I never sampled a scent that could duplicate it until I tried Sands of Aqaba by Miriam Mirani.   Thanks to Pickwick’s Mercantile in Portsmouth, New Hampshire we have a 50 ml flacon of Sands of Aqaba (which is hard to come by these days) to…
 
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    Scentbird Perfumes

  • Perfume of the Day: Cascade by Chopard

    marina ljubisavljevic
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Her mind is like a labyrinth, and she encounters the Minotaur when she feels frightened. Then she faces the creature and most times she emerges as a winner. Her soul is like a hay maze, and she leaves candies for the people she loves to find their way to the core. She knows that the strongest of winds can destroy the maze, but she also knows that she built it for fun, and no one can destroy happiness. She knows that in a few years, people will forget how the candies tasted, but they will never forget that the biggest treat was hidden farther beyond the obvious. She is strong, really strong,…
  • Perfume of the Day: Chocolat Mat by Masaki Matsushima

    marina ljubisavljevic
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    She is a reader. She reads the words left by the rain on the fallen leaves. She reads the words left on her neck by her lover. She reads the words left on the refrigerator by her dreamy roommate. She reads the words on her soul, left there by someone unknown. She loves the enigma, the mystery of these symbols that are yet to be discovered. But what she loves the most is reading the words in her book, left there by the author. The comfort, the courage and the mystery or every new unuttered journey. And a big piece of chocolate. Her favorite things on this planet. This is how  Masaki…
  • Perfume of the Day: White Woods by Clean

    marina ljubisavljevic
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    She loves autumn’s acoustics. It is the time of the year called cuddling weather when the sounds of the nature are toned down by his breathing. Some love counting sheep, some love counting money, but what she loves is count her blessings and the stars in the distance. She loves how the nature perfectly colors gold, brown and honey together. She looks forward to the smell of roasted chestnuts and cocoas in the morning. She looks forward to the sweetest of dreams, knowing that someone misses her even in his dreams…and the best thing, there will be clouds ahead, but she will remember to…
  • Perfume of the Day: Oriental Lace by Oscar De La Renta

    marina ljubisavljevic
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    She is elegant, sophisticated, sassy. She is a lady, a woman who invented classical stylish superiority. She proudly wears the fine lines on her face, knowing that these are marks of the places where smile used to linger. She is experienced, erudite and someone who you gladly invite in your life. She is a life lesson teacher, and knows that there are no failed tests in life. Yes, she is a woman who bravely spins the wheel of the fortune, hoping that the prize she gets is the prize she needs at that moment. She is the only woman who has discovered a cure for emotional anemia: a hug…yes, she…
  • Perfume of the Day: Wicked Style Baby by Harajuku Lovers

    marina ljubisavljevic
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    She is a lover of neon colors. She is a lover of this city. She is the ultimate nemesis of her pantyhose. She loves the wicked beats that bleed on the streets. She loves when she lays on bed with the one that steals her heart and then forget the world, while hoping that the world will forget about them in return. She wears purple in the snow, she wears cherry perfume in a blizzard and never braves the weather, because she expects that the weather should be frighten by her power. She has a wicked style and breaks all the fashion rules. She votes for constitutional amendments banning fashion…
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