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  • L'Artisan Parfumeur Re-Introduce Three Beloved Perfumes (2014) {New Fragrances - Scoop}

    The Scented Salamander: Perfume & Beauty Blog & Webzine
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    By Chantal-Hélène Wagner
  • Tracy Reese Eau de Parfum

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:16 am
    Since November 2014, exclusively at Anthropologie stores, the first fragrance by American designer Tracy Reese will be presented – its name is Tracy Reese Eau de Parfum! Known for feminine and chic prints and color, Tracy Reese finds inspiration in beauty surrounding her. For the first fragrance she introduced, she found inspiration in nature, inspired by positive feelings and romance.  ... Read full article: Tracy Reese Eau de Parfum from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Aerin Iris Meadow & Waterlily Sun ~ brief, only slightly cranky perfume reviews

    Now Smell This
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    I wasn’t sure what to expect when the Aerin fragrance brand launched in 2013, but after smelling the first five, I got the general drift. The latest two, Iris Meadow and Waterlily Sun, are in the same easygoing light floral mold as Lilac Path, Ikat Jasmine and Gardenia Rattan (the other two, Amber Musk and Evening Rose, had a little more heft). None of them are the perfumista-bait some of us had hoped for, but they’re wearable enough, and I’ve come to think of the Aerin brand as a sort of mashup between the (early) Jo Malone brand and the (later) Guerlain Aqua Allegoria…
  • mens fragrance with menthol smell?

    Basenotes Forums
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:22 am
    hi, a bit unusual i guess but are there any mens fragrances out there with the smell of menthol,thanks for any help.
  • Summer Rerun: Perfume Slumming, or the 70's Revisited

    Perfume-Smellin' Things Perfume Blog
    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
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  • Tracy Reese Eau de Parfum

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:16 am
    Since November 2014, exclusively at Anthropologie stores, the first fragrance by American designer Tracy Reese will be presented – its name is Tracy Reese Eau de Parfum! Known for feminine and chic prints and color, Tracy Reese finds inspiration in beauty surrounding her. For the first fragrance she introduced, she found inspiration in nature, inspired by positive feelings and romance.  ... Read full article: Tracy Reese Eau de Parfum from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Puredistance News

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:39 am
    At the beginning of 2015 Jan Ewoud Vos, owner of the house of Puredistance together with his team will introduce changes in falcon design of fragrances Puredistance I and Puredistance Antonia. Flacons as 17,5ml the house of Puredistance is famous for, will receive new colors which, according to the house will fit the compositions they contain. Instead the transparent flacons in which th... Read full article: Puredistance News from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Eight Bob Egypt

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Third in the line of fragrances Eight Bob has been recently introduced to the public. The perfume has been named (Egypt) and is inspired by visit of Parisian aristocrat and eccentric ‘nose’ Albert Fouquet to his childhood friend - Ahmed in 1935 and at the same to making one of his dreams come true. For Albert, this was the possibility to visit Egypt, ‘the country of perfume birth’, and... Read full article: Eight Bob Egypt from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Pitti Fragranze 2014: Masque Milano Russian Tea

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Boris Kustodiev, The Merchant's Wife. 1918. It is interesting, how we often get impressed by the traditions of other countries, even if something is considered a quite ordinary routine there. We also tend to express our curiosity about other nations' character by naming things, such as "American Mountains" (the Rusian name for a rollercoaster) or "Russian Roulette" (Russians learned this nam... Read full article: Pitti Fragranze 2014: Masque Milano Russian Tea from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Hot Water by Davidoff (2009)

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    This is another in a series of bargain fragrance reviews, scents that may be found online or at discount stores for US $25 or less. Leave a comment below for your chance to receive a sample, shipped anywhere in the world, free! Summary: Davidoff’s red pepper and benzoin follow-up to the classic Cool Water was a surprising flop. Often compared to Givenchy’s enigmatic Xeryus Rouge—a... Read full article: Hot Water by Davidoff (2009) from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
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  • Aerin Iris Meadow & Waterlily Sun ~ brief, only slightly cranky perfume reviews

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    I wasn’t sure what to expect when the Aerin fragrance brand launched in 2013, but after smelling the first five, I got the general drift. The latest two, Iris Meadow and Waterlily Sun, are in the same easygoing light floral mold as Lilac Path, Ikat Jasmine and Gardenia Rattan (the other two, Amber Musk and Evening Rose, had a little more heft). None of them are the perfumista-bait some of us had hoped for, but they’re wearable enough, and I’ve come to think of the Aerin brand as a sort of mashup between the (early) Jo Malone brand and the (later) Guerlain Aqua Allegoria…
  • The complex neural circuitry responsible for our sense of smell

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    The complex neural circuitry responsible for our sense of smell is the only part of the nervous system that regenerates throughout adult life. It is this ability that scientists have tried to exploit in stimulating repair in the spinal cord. Every time we breathe, molecules carrying different odours in the air come into contact with nerve cells in the nose. These transmit messages to our olfactory bulbs - at the very top of the nasal cavity, sitting at the base of the brain. The nerve cells are being continually damaged and must be replaced. — Read more in the long but fascinating article…
  • Wednesday scent of the day 10/22

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Happy Wednesday! What’s your fragrance today? I’m wearing Prada Amber Pour Homme. Reminder: this Friday, 10/24, we’re doing Gender Wars… Read the rest of this article »
  • Jacomo Le Parfum ~ new fragrance

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Jacomo has launched Jacomo Le Parfum, a new spicy floriental fragrance for women… Read the rest of this article »
  • Online fragrance shopping

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    New at first-in-fragrance (DE): Aedes Copal Azur, Laboratorio Olfattivo Patchouliful. New at nordstrom: Hugo Boss Damask Oud. New at yvesrocherusa: Quelque Notes d'Amour.
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    Basenotes Forums

  • mens fragrance with menthol smell?

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:22 am
    hi, a bit unusual i guess but are there any mens fragrances out there with the smell of menthol,thanks for any help.
  • S.O.T.D. — Thursday, 23 October, 2014.

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:13 am
  • Shalimar EDP vs Dior Eau Sauvage

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    So today I tried Geurlain's Shalimar EDP for the first time. I know it's a woman's fragrance, but it's a thread that comes up often whether men can wear it, so I thought I would decide for myself. One spray on my hand and immediately I thought "This smells like Eau Sauvage!" by Dior. Not exactly alike, but ES smells like a fresher, lighter Shalimar. I mean, they both have similar notes of bergamot, rose, jasmine, and vetiver. I'm not a fan of Shalimar, as it is quite strong (EDP afterall) and smells powdery. But I do enjoy it's projection power. On the bus ride home, I couldn't help…
  • L`Air du Desert Marocain & Une Rose Vermeille Tauer & Prada Candy L'Eau

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Hi, I have: Tauer Perfumes 02 L`Air du Desert Marocain ~ 45/50 ml 7671605R.jpg Tauer Perfumes 10 Une Rose Vermeille - 49/50 ml 7661185t.jpg Prada Prada Candy L'Eau 79/80 ml 7661185t.jpg Looking for Slumberhouse Sova, Ore, Norne, Sadanne or Kere. Can give all for one. Attached Images 7671605R.jpg (63.6 KB) 7661185t.jpg (86.5 KB)
  • [International] L`Air du Desert Marocain & Une Rose Vermeille Tauer & Prada Candy L'Eau

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Hi, I have: Tauer Perfumes 02 L`Air du Desert Marocain ~ 45/50 ml -75 eur 7671605R.jpg Tauer Perfumes 10 Une Rose Vermeille 49/50 ml -75 eur 7661185t.jpg Prada Prada Candy L'Eau 79/80 ml - 40 eur 7678579Q.jpg Attached Images 7661185t.jpg (86.5 KB) 7671605R.jpg (63.6 KB) 7678579Q.jpg (82.6 KB)
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    Perfume-Smellin' Things Perfume Blog

  • 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 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 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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    Perfume Shrine

  • Oscar de la Renta: 1932-2014

    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
  • October Blog Sale

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    There comes the time again of decants and assorted stuff. You know what you have to do. Please include appropriate title in email sent to Contact so I can sort through them easily. Without further ado, here you go. Gucci Rush: Discontinued lactonic chypre with quirky vanilla note that got a cult following. Peach, freesia, Turkish rose, vanilla, vetiver, patchouli. Guerlain Samsara vintage
  • L'Artisan Parfumeur Re-Launches Two Long Lost Fragrances

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    The cult status of some perfumes, alongside the demand from a vocal audience online, has resulted in several companies re-releasing fragrances that we thought gone for ever. This the case with Venezia by Laura Biagotti, Yohji fragrances, the Patou Ma Collection line of vintage perfumes, or the 2014 relaunch of the three Helmut Lang fragrances (Helmut Lang eau de parfum, Helmut Lang eau de
  • The One That I Want: Gisele Performs for Baz Luhrmann in Chanel No.5 Commercial

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Every new commercial for Chanel No.5 is a small idyll and the reason isn't very hard to see: we're talking about the perfume industry's most sacred totem. The amount of ink and gigabytes spent to write about No.5 (and the whole Chanel mythos) is spilling forth and my cup filleth. But still I was left sort of mesmerized upon watching the latest Chanel No.5 video commercial, directed by Aussie
  • Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle The Night: new fragrance

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The new fragrance by Editions de Parfums, ‘The Night’, is aiming for the rich in scented heritage market of the Middle East. Master perfumer Dominique Ropion’s first composition for Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle that speaks the language of Middle Eastern per­fume, The Night is a rarity for more reasons than one. Unlike classic "oriental" perfumes which have been composed to correspond to a
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    Roxana Illuminated Perfume

  • 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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    Tauer Perfumes - Blog

  • Land Your Inventory Early, and a rose de Kandahar crime story

    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

    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

    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

    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…
  • hurray, hurray: An office day

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:53 am
    Today’s blog post title actually rhymes. Cool. I should do more like these. It is an office day, from A to Z, after three days in the factory. Today’s picture shows you what I did there yesterday: Orange Star. The picture shows the last step before the flacons go into boxes: Putting the tops on. This is after filling, polishing, putting on the black o-rings (cache pomp like) and the labelling the best part. Then I am done with them and can forget about them for a while. So it is an office day, and hurray: I have sent around 100 mails with track and trace links as rose flash update…
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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 Non-Blonde

  • 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…
  • Vincent Longo Flamenco Creme Gel Liner

    Gaia Fishler
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Here's my secret weapon these days: Vincent Longo Creme Gel Liner in Flamenco*. While Flamenco, a medium taupe, is not a classic eyeliner color, it works beautifully to lighten a heavy/dark eye makeup look (see an example using a gold eyeliner in Lisa Eldridge's Plum Chic fall makeup tutorial). But the real secret here is how between the color and the iron-like wear of this Vincent Longo mousse-like texture, I've been using Flamenco as a cream eye shadow.The whipped cream feel of the product is easy to apply and blend with a variety of brushes, natural or synthetic. It sets and dries…
  • Aftelier- Palimpsest

    Gaia Fishler
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Eden by François FoucrasThe best gift I can get from perfume is a a strong emotional reaction. Preferably a positive one. What I received from Palimpsest, the newest Aftelier perfume, was more than that: it is a feeling of well-being, comfort, and contentment. The luminosity goes beyond the notes, beyond the incredible quality of the raw materials; it's the olfactive representation of warmth and love that come from an eternal source. The result is both soothing and encouraging, heartwarming, and utterly divine.Perfumer Mandy Aftel defines Palimpsest on her Aftelier website as a…
  • NARS Holiday 2014- Almerĺa Blush & Burning Love Lip Gloss

    Gaia Fishler
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    NARS Holiday 2014 Color Collection, Laced With Edge, comes in a special decorated packaging that makes it a little more special (and collectible, if you're into that sort of thing). The modern lace pattern translated better on larger surfaces, such as a blush compact, than it does on the cap of a lip gloss, but it's still unique enough (and helps locate the right gloss quickly). But we're here to talk about the actual colors of these NARS products.My choice from the Laced With Edge Collection were Almerĺa blush and  Burning Love lip gloss. The blush, described by NARS as "tan rose"…
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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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    Beauty Cafe

  • 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…
  • Multi-Action Eye Serum from Skin of Norway by Geir Ness

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    From Geir Ness, the creator of Laila of Norway, comes Skin of Norway, a collection of Skin Care products.ENERGIZE tired eyes while smoothing eye contours and easing puffinessMulti-Action Eye Serum with Cloudberry & Firming Peptides(Fragrance-Free, Ophthalmologist-Tested)Deliver instant hydration to ease tired, puffy eyes, smooth sagging contours and minimize dark circles over time. This water-based serum contains two targeted peptides plus cell-energizers and age-fighters.USE: Morning and Evening after Cleansing and before Moisturizing to tighten contours, ease puffiness. Pat gently above…
  • Noodle and Boo Extra Gentle Shampoo

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
     Noodle and Boo Extra Gentle Shampoo (not just for babies) For sensitive scalps and delicate hairNutrient-rich milk protein nourishes and conditions hair.Provitamin B and vitamin E keep hair healthy and shiny.Tear-free formula gently cleans and hydrates.Extra-gentle surfactants (bubbling agents) enriched with natural moisturizers.Mild enough for daily use; can be used on newborns and babies with sensitive skin.Dermatologist and pediatrician tested; hypoallergenic.Clinically-tested for sensitive skin.8 ounce bottle.Arrives in signature pink/blue packaging signature pump bottle.
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    The Beauty Alchemist

  • 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…
  • YSL Paris Rebel Collector

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    YSL Paris goes in  a new direction  with Rebel Collector . Rebel takes the  rose of the original and builds on that with the addition of tomato leaf accord. It changes the fragrance a lot as you would imagine.  Gone is the powdery violet rose  of Paris.Rebel Collector  begins with a blast of pink  pepper and bergamot , with some rose in there right off as well. It's a sharp beginning but quickly  softens and gives way to more rose  with  a whiff  of powder. Then the tomato comes in , although not strongly , and there is a dryness from the…
  • Harujuku Lovers Fragrances Return - Pop Electric

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Did you love those cute Harujuku Lovers fragrances of some years back ?  It was hard not to like those cute little dolls and I don't do "cute"  much.  I didn't even care what they smelled like.After a few additions to the line, the Holiday Jingle G being my fav, the line disappeared.But.... they're back. Baby,  G, Lil' Angel , Love & Music .  The Pop Electric line brings new bottles , with what I believe are the same fragrances. The notes certainly sound the same.On Oct. 16th Gwen Stefani herself will be on HSN primetime for a 2 hour special  .  They are…
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    Cafleurebon - Fragrance is a language of translating the world

  • Fragrance Review: Olivier Durbano Black Tourmaline (2007) + Mining Darkness Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Mood Match by Damien Blottiere Magazine Photoshoot For Vogue Gioiello Magazine September 2013 It is interesting how many jewelers offshoot into niche scent. The application of glittering minutiae, luxury materials, the close affinity with skin and our obsession with adornment all make the relationship fascinating and very rewarding for us as lovers of olfaction.  CHANEL, Cartier, Bulgari, Lalique and Van Cleef & Arpels have been creating beautiful and genuinely interesting perfumes for many years now. On the more artistic side,  Joel Arthur Rosenthal aka JAR, Bertrand…
  • CHANEL Holiday 2014 Makeup: COLLECTION PLUMES PRÉCIEUSES DE CHANEL (Limited Editions)

    Michelyn Camen
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    COLLECTION PLUMES PRÉCIEUSES DE CHANEL It is the most wonderful time of the year for beauty addicts! Holiday Beauty collections and I always look forward to the offerings from CHANEL. Art Deco influences abound as CHANEL pays homage to the luminous feathers and sparkling diamonds of Gabrielle Chanel’s original fine jewelry collection the Holiday 2014 color range from the Chanel Makeup Studio illuminates the complexion with softness and grace.  Silver, gold, red and shimmering peach tones will make for a Dramatic Holiday Season paying homage to the PLUME de CHANEL…
  • Paolo Terenzi of Tiziana Terenzi The Anniversary Collection Casanova Perfume -The Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    TheTerenzi family has ancient origins dating back to the Roman days of the tales of Horace.
The surname derives from Tres enses (three swords), and fades back in time into the cradle of civilization. We can just mention here the Latin inventors.playwright Publius Terentius Afer, and the traces of our family in 15th century Rimini, with the nobleman Gabriele Terenzi, lover of art and alchemy, who died around 1450. A race of leaders, explorers, artists and – above all inventors –  Thanks to Paolo Tirenzi of Tiziana Tirenzi we have a draw for 100 ml/$275 of Casanova…
  • Interview with Senior Perfumer Frank Voelkl of Firmenich + Le Labo Santal 33, Ylang 49, Iris 39, Musc 25, Baie Rose 26, Limette 37 & Benjoin 19 Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Frank Voelkl of Firmenich Throughout the past nine years, I have had the honor to interview some of the world’s most talented perfumers. I have been corresponding with Senior Perfumer Frank Voelkl of Firmenich for about a month, specifically for a CaFleureBon Profile in American Perfumery article. However after meeting Frank last week (Wednesday October 15th, the day Estee Lauder announced  the acquisition of Le Labo) and spending a few hours with him, I realized that he represents much of what is good in the fragrance industry. Passion. Connecting to…
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    Scentbird Perfumes

  • 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…
  • Perfume of the Day: Absolutely Me by Escada

    marina ljubisavljevic
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    This is her guidelines on happiness: A dab of perfume behind her ears and on her hair ends; A plentiful of gratitude; A piñata filled with laughter; A pocket filled with stars; A heart operating on hilarity; A soul enlighten by millions of Christmas lights; A secret whispered to the wishing well; And a dash of understanding. She understands the mechanisms of love while knowing that her heart comes without an instruction manual. So she pushes all the buttons on it, trying to see which one will produce the most amazing projections… Yes, meddling with the buttons may create an explosion, but…
  • Perfume of the Day: CH L’Eau by Carolina Herrera

    marina ljubisavljevic
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    She is a kisser. She kisses him every day as the dawn breaks from the dungeon of darkness, elevating on the spine of the mountain. She kisses him when the star takes pictures of the universe, using its flashlight… She kisses him when he successfully finds the right place of the right jigsaw at the right time. She kisses him to comfort him and heal the bruises of life. She kisses him when she comes back from work. She kisses him as they walk through the path filled with leaves, victims of this change of seasons. Yes, she is a kisser, a lover, a friend, an ally. Yes, she is sometimes…
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