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  • L`Occitane en Provence Arlesienne

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:16 am
    L`Occitane en Provence launches its new perfume for women named Arlésienne. The fragrance is inspired by the Venus of Arles, a Roman statue discovered in 1651 and everything it represents—the woman of Provence, the ideal of female beauty and the muse of artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Léo Lele, Mistral, Bizet, Christian Lacroix and many others. L`Occitane creates a floral bouquet... Read full article: L`Occitane en Provence Arlesienne from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Hyper-Natural: Scent from Art to Design ~ exhibit in Melbourne

    Now Smell This
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    The exhibit Hyper-Natural: Scent from Art to Design will open at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne later this month. Hyper-Natural is curated by Chandler Burr and the sponsors include Guerlain… Read the rest of this article »
  • Frag sale

    Basenotes Forums
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Hello fellas, I have a few bottles for sale. Im new to basenotes but not new to frag world. Been in the game for 10 yrs strong. I will post what I have for sale below 50ml tuscan leather 80% 100ml byredo pulp 95% 100ml montale red oud 70-75% Let me know what grabs your interest
  • Celebrating green: Jade and Verde from A Wing and a Prayer Perfumes - And a Prize Draw!

    Perfume-Smellin' Things Perfume Blog
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Donna Summer may be winding down, but as a fan of green notes in perfume, I enjoy wearing such fragrances all year round and not just when it's hot. I don't usually wear lighter cologne style greens when it's cool, but there are others with all-season versatility. Two new natural scents by A Wing and a Prayer Perfumes are exactly that, and on top of that they are both
  • C'est la rentrée

    Perfume Shrine
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
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  • L`Occitane en Provence Arlesienne

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:16 am
    L`Occitane en Provence launches its new perfume for women named Arlésienne. The fragrance is inspired by the Venus of Arles, a Roman statue discovered in 1651 and everything it represents—the woman of Provence, the ideal of female beauty and the muse of artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso, Léo Lele, Mistral, Bizet, Christian Lacroix and many others. L`Occitane creates a floral bouquet... Read full article: L`Occitane en Provence Arlesienne from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Yoppy Sexy Glam

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    International stylist Yoppy Yoshida is adding a brand new edition for women to his charming and colorful collection of fragrances! The new seductive fragrance is called Yoppy Sexy Glam and it introduces an oriental-floral bouquet. The new perfume was envisaged to be the perfect accessory to each woman and to complete her outfit. The woman wearing it will never go unnoticed, but will alw... Read full article: Yoppy Sexy Glam from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Providence Perfume Co. Bay Rum

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Rhode Island's Providence Perfume Co. pays tribute to the state's heritage with their latest fragrance—a new twist on a classic men's fragrance. Bay Rum Cologne is the second male/unisex-oriented cologne release from the house, joining 2013's Branch and Vine.    "With twenty-two distilleries in 1769, and a coastal spice route destination, Newport, Rhode Island ... Read full article: Providence Perfume Co. Bay Rum from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Perfumed Horoscope: September 1 - September 7

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:48 am
    This week we are exploring the unlimited potential of your personal power. It should work well for both those who are assertive, and those who more passively accept what is thrown at them. We’ll point out the areas of your life that you can strengthen and ride the present wave. The week before the full moon is still great for initiating new projects, for being out there as much as possible. Th... Read full article: Perfumed Horoscope: September 1 - September 7 from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Yves Saint Laurent Paris Rebel Collector

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    Paris Rebel Collector is a new edition of the classic Paris fragrance (1983) from Yves Saint Laurent, available from September 2014. Paris Rebel Collector is a modern interpretation of this classic floral scent, signed by perfumer Loc Dong. Paris Rebel Collector 2014 Top notes: tomato leaves, citrus, pink pepper Heart: rose absolute Base: amber, musk, woody notes   ... Read full article: Yves Saint Laurent Paris Rebel Collector from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
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  • Hyper-Natural: Scent from Art to Design ~ exhibit in Melbourne

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    The exhibit Hyper-Natural: Scent from Art to Design will open at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne later this month. Hyper-Natural is curated by Chandler Burr and the sponsors include Guerlain… Read the rest of this article »
  • Tuesday scent of the day 9/2

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Do tell us your fragrance of the day… I’m wearing Serge Lutens Fleurs de Citronnier. It’s been so long that I’d nearly forgotten what it smells like, and I rarely see it mentioned these days — any fans? Reminder: this Friday, 5 September, is the signature scent challenge… Read the rest of this article »
  • Online fragrance shopping

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    New at lelabofragrances: Le Labo city exclusives, through end of the month. New at saksfifthavenue: My Burberry. New at selfridges (UK): Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez, Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium. New at sephora: Nirvana Black & White Perfume Oils.
  • I put a spell on you

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    Models Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne for the new My Burberry fragrance.  The music is a cover of I Put a Spell on You by Jeff Beck and Joss Stone (for commercials using the Nina Simone version, see Idole d'Armani 2009 and Dior Hypnotic Poison 2011) You can find more Burberry videos here.
  • L’Occitane Arlesienne ~ new perfume

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    L’Occitane will launch Arlésienne, a new fragrance for women. Arlésienne celebrates the women of Arles in Provence, and draws inspiration from traditional Arlésienne dress and the Venus of Arles… Read the rest of this article »
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  • Frag sale

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Hello fellas, I have a few bottles for sale. Im new to basenotes but not new to frag world. Been in the game for 10 yrs strong. I will post what I have for sale below 50ml tuscan leather 80% 100ml byredo pulp 95% 100ml montale red oud 70-75% Let me know what grabs your interest
  • Fragrance for starting school?

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Hello everyone, My wife starts back at grad school tomorrow and I'd like to get her (at the last minute, of course) a perfume that would be associated with this momentous event. Her fragrance likes: angel shalimar white linen chanel #5 youth dew I think she also has some more elizabeth ardens. She likes farenheit, eau d'issey miyake pour homme on me. My weird and wonderful preferences are (in order of importance): * A light and happy scent - nothing too powerful, much more on the subtle side * Preferably this would be a daily-wearing perfume * Last a good length of time * Not be named after a…
  • Calvin Klein fragrance for fall?

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    What do you think, which female CK perfume is the best to wear in the fall/winter?
  • Fragrance Republic - Free Samples! 9/2/2014 CONUS

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    Good Afternoon - Just found out that free samples of Fragrance Republic's line is available on their website. I entered my information, but did not need to enter a credit card. Not sure how long this will be available, so I apologize. I've given all the info I have. I also don't believe they ship outside the country. - - - Updated - - - save.jpg Attached Images save.jpg (73.5 KB)
  • I really hate the note yuzu.

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Sorry if this is in the wrong forum.. I just wanna vent on my hatred for this note. So I 've tried a good 10 fragrances that were yuzu dominated, and I am realizing now.. "wow, I really do hate this note". To me, yuzu ALWAYS smells like some sort of bergamot oil dipped in smoldering plastic, I can't get past the plastic burning smell that is ALWAYS there. The only fragrance that has yuzu that seems to work out for me is Eau de Cartier, other than that. I really can't stand this note. It literally makes me sick to my stomach. I don't wanna smell anything with a strong yuzu note ever…
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  • Celebrating green: Jade and Verde from A Wing and a Prayer Perfumes - And a Prize Draw!

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Donna Summer may be winding down, but as a fan of green notes in perfume, I enjoy wearing such fragrances all year round and not just when it's hot. I don't usually wear lighter cologne style greens when it's cool, but there are others with all-season versatility. Two new natural scents by A Wing and a Prayer Perfumes are exactly that, and on top of that they are both
  • Mini Review: Serge Lutens L'Incendiaire

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Tom Well I was cruising through Beverly Hills this past Sunday killing some time and needed, frankly, to offload some of the four gallons of really delicious lemonade I'd consumed at a morning event. So I went to Barneys to use the loo and visit the bell jars. The very nice lady at the Lutens counter introduced me to newest one in the line: L'Incendiaire, which if I am remembering
  • New artistic creations from DSH Perfumes: Metropolis, Scent of Hope and more

    16 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    By Donna The prolific Dawn Spencer Hurwitz of DSH Perfumes is having an especially creative year, and that is saying a lot. Once again, she is showing us that no matter what the genre of fragrance or the challenge presented is, she will find a way to make Art from it, and I am in awe of the results.                                                                         One of
  • Summer Rerun: The Dog Days

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Tom Since we've had some pretty tropical weather (for us) this week, I've decided to rerun a post from the past.. One of the great things about the left coast is that, despite the fact that we live on the edge of a desert, we rarely have to interface with the dog days of summer. Our humidity is low, and even when the daytime temperature is nigh unto triple digits, we can hide in our
  • Crazy, Sexy Charmed Life - Impromptu by Roxana Illuminated Perfumes

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
     By Beth Schreibman Gehring Impromptu by Greg Spalenka...In Roxana's own words..."The use of the word illuminated in my company name refers to "bringing"  to light the elder way of making perfumes with plant materials AND illuminating each fragrance with an image.  This review of Roxana Villa's magnificent perfume Impromptu should have appeared weeks ago because I received the first
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  • C'est la rentrée

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
  • A Very Special Blog Sale

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Due to the huge interest sparked last time from Caron's Tabac Blond extrait de parfum, I'm re-opening the gate to interested parties. The 1919 conceived by Ernest Daltroff perfume is legendary. Please email me using Contact with a relevant title in your message for more information. Limited quantities mean first come, first served.
  • Guerlain Unveils Shalimar Souffle de Parfum Commercial

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:49 am
    Somehow I'm not entirely convinced: why keep producing fragrances that bear no resemblance to the classic Shalimar perfume and keep naming them Shalimar this or that? The lovely Shalimar Parfum Initial edition is a loss in market terms (and a loss to us perfume lovers of great juice), for this very reason. On the other hand, I recognize the need to ride on the coat-tails of an established
  • Leaves…leave…summer lives & leaves

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I CELEBRATE myself; And what I assume you shall assume; For every atom belonging to me, as good belongs to you. I loafe and invite my Soul; I lean and loafe at my ease, observing a spear of summer grass.         5 Houses and rooms are full of perfumes—the shelves are crowded with perfumes; I breathe the fragrance myself, and know it and like it; The distillation would intoxicate me
  • Ancient Fragrant Lore (part 3): Classicism

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Classical civilization thrives on this dichotomy of "the Dionysian and the Apollonian," of Bacchanal chaos and Sun God rational forms, as Nietzsche would have said. Indeed the German philosopher, originally a philologist and only 28 at the time he penned the superb The Birth of Tragedy; Or: Hellenism and Pessimism, explains that it is these two clashing forces that merge to give birth to the
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  • Flowering Perks

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Since March 13th, when I came across my new workspace, I've been contemplating creating a campaign to get some help with the set up of the atelier, specifically the counters for the apothecary area. I'm just about ready to debut the project which will offer rewards that are not currently available in my E-shop or website like Mellifera, a new jasmine fragrance, body butters, etc. Some
  • Life is a Flower

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Last year in August for the Honey Love Wax Symposium I put together a talk about "Scent and the Honey Bee" along with creating a perfume titled Mellifera. The fragrance is just about ready for debut. Above is a sneak preview of one of the images that Greg finished up yesterday to illuminate the evocative potion. The photo shoot was conducted back in May at the Agoura Antique Mart with the
  • In Between

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The work area of my new space, termed apothecary, is finally set up. Thus, all perfumes and new orders will now be created in Agoura Hills. For the time being I've set up the area like I had it here at my home studio to keep things simplified. The whole space is still being refined, with me making subtle daily changes. I'm in desperate need of furniture, specifically counters and
  • Silver Filigree

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The vintage inspired filigree perfume locket is now available in the silver finish. Perfect for travel or when you want to have something pretty to anoint yourself with without the need to reach into a bag or pocket. Since I am so sensitive to scent I find this locket particularly useful because the fragrance gently wafts out of the delicate ornamental brass filigree so there is no need to
  • Scent of the Day: Page 47

    13 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The scent of most of my days lately has been Page 47. I can't seem to get enough of this one and yearn for it in a format that I could slather all over, not just a little dab at the wrists and neck. Thus, today, after taking a load up to the space, I am making a body butter of it. The backbone of this fragrance is Jasmine, Champa and Vanilla. Of course the formula is much more complicated
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  • Jumping

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Today’s picture shows you an (unfinished, maybe) watercolor painting that I did last week outside, a little path in the botanical garden. It is unfinished, maybe, as I actually should/wanted to add some shadows and a bit of color to the path that is a half circle in the middle of the picture. But I was scared of destroying it all by making a mistake. When I told this to my teacher, he simply said: OK, do it again! And when you reached the point where you are now, you can try your ideas on your second picture. That’s what I did, but am still undecided about adding another line…
  • moan groan or: living in a flower bubble

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:41 pm
    September. Wow! Already? That was about the second thought this morning. The first one was: Aechz stöhn, which is Donald Duck German for moan groan. Why? A couple of reasons: First, it was raining, and dark  when I got up. Can’t do much about that, and as I always say: If you don’t like it, change it! Then, I did sort of a personal best, jogging yesterday, but you pay the price, the next day. And then I remembered work, bumping into my aluminum can (a 12 liter drum) with rose vermeille, filtered yesterday, that needs to go into bottles before I go to London next week. September…
  • Diamond gloss

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Why I bought diamond gloss. I am pretty much convinced that the quality of your raw materials can make a difference when creating a perfume. On two levels.  I feel that this is true for naturals. But also for synthetics. For instance, I discussed a couple of years ago with one of my suppliers how it got more tricky to get good phenyl ethanol. This synthetic material is cheap. It is one of the main ingredients of natural rose absolute. It is always difficult to explain the bookkeeper that half of the bottle of rose absolute, our dearly bought Bulgarian or Moroccan treasure, is actually this…
  • lounge radio

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:01 pm
    The picture today shows you a snapshot from the Tauer “factory”. Labelling Lonestar Memories flacons with the ipad on the side, tuned into , putting labels on the flacons, one after the other.  A couple of “why” here: Why Lonestar: Because we run out of bottles sitting on the shelves. Having focused a bit too much on Gardenia, it is time to stock up on others. Why labels, and not printing: Printing comes with the advantage of being nice (as long as the print sticks), and the disadvantage of being complex to keep up with the printed bottles stock…
  • picture in a picture

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:20 am
    something I learned in my first aquarelle class lesson: get to know your motive, and  do so by going small (picture size) and large (brush). Postcard size is about right. You work fast, and start by painting a frame. Then you search the lines, and shapes, and colors. And ideally, you identify what works and what doesn’t. And you might want to think about thrilling elements that you might want to bring out. And you might want not to think too much, but feel the brush and the paper and color. Yeah…. quite a lot, really. This morning, I was trying this starting with a picture of an…
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  • Huffington Post's 17 Best Perfume Blogs

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    17 Best Perfume Blogs according to Huffington Post Style. Had no idea SmellyBlog is one of them. Thanks!
  • Olive & Olibanum

    17 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    First route to bottling peace actually began with a lavender and olibanum combination, and then elaborated with more essences that enhance that duality.To begin with, various essences of both frankincense and lavender were arranged against each other. Frankincense CO2 in conjunction with lavender absolute; then elaborating with wild frankincense from Somaliland and from Somalia with lighter French lavender oils: Mailette and wild lavender from the French Alps.The idea of olive came later. There was a need to add depth and interest to these very light, balanced and a little to-therapeutic…
  • Perfume for Peace

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Back in the day, Escents Aromatherapy in Vancouver sold a blend called "Peace" with lavender and vanilla. It was lovely, and was a diffuser oil blend and also in a variety of scented body products. There was something truly luxurious and peace-invoking about it. Lavender to me really is a very peaceful scent. It brings a sense of well-being, calm and is at the same time also uplifting rather than sedative or narcotic. The healing properties of lavender are wide and well known, both emotionally and physically. But it is not the only essential oil that promotes such state of mind.I spent most…
  • EauMG Reviews Musk Malabi

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:23 pm
    "What the heck else are the 1% doing with their money???" Visit EauMG to read Victoria’s EauPINION onMusk Malabi: "Cardamom, rosewater and musk. Out of the Ayala Moriel perfumes that I’ve sampled, Musc Malabi is my favorite. I could seriously bathe in this stuff". 
  • A Brief History of Perfumes for Peace

    5 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Perfumes dedicated to peace, as a quick Basenotes search brings up includes 33 results. Here's a roundup of the ones that are probably easier to find - in order of appearance: 1999 Time for Peace by Kenzo comes in a masculine version (mandarin, sage, chestnut, tonka bean, amber, cedarwood vetiver and vanilla) and feminine (mandarin, bergamot, blackcurrant, freesia, peony, jasmine, amber and musk).2001 Imagine... Peace by Bath and Body Works sounds like another nondescript bouquet of sandalwood, musk and flowers (muguet and waterlily). Probably watery and boring...2003 I Am Peace (Danica…
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  • Andrea Maack Parfums

    Lucy Raubertas
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Andrea Maack's Coal DrawingThere's something about this line that brings the realist perfumes of Christopher Brosius to mind, in that there are inspirations arising from the ordinary beauties of cut grass, graphite, charcoal, dirt and earth, crossed with a sense of hopefulness and a child-like playful focus. The big difference is these are very much European Perfumes with a capital E and P. These may begin in the wild and sometimes even woolly outback territories of the American sensibility of CBIHP but then fly straight into the arms of ultra professionally-made European niche…
  • A Lab on Fire

    Lucy Raubertas
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    This is the S-perfumes' line, now directed by Carlos Kusubayashi, that prefers to keep as much quiet and mystery about itself as possible, with a stylish Asian/Euro-minimalist aesthetic overall, but it has become well known these are a set of perfumes from the most established and esteemed French/Euro-culture perfumers.All the perfumes are eminently wearable, indeed I would love to have them all, some in multiples so I could feel free to use them with complete abandon.  These are modern perfumes that don't reference anything from the past but do seem to call to basic elemental…
  • Summer Perfumes- Varieties of Sensation Part 2

    Lucy Raubertas
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:22 pm
    The summer has grown more beautiful every day since my last post, but the news keeps growing more difficult.  I turn to my summer perfume favorites for an alternate reality experience. I've written about all these perfumers before a number of times, but these are certain of their newer perfumes that hit the right spot in this warmer season.  This is the second part of two on my Summer perfume rotation.6.Cape Heartache by Imaginary Authors.  This one fulfills the promise of its ultra-interesting site's copy upon extended wear, and I have learned to use several sprays to gain…
  • Summer Perfumes - A Variety of Sensations Part 1

    Lucy Raubertas
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    'The Waterfall Fairy', illustration by Ida Rentoul OuthwaiteTempers flare, the news is terrible, and the physical discomfort of Summer in a crowded big city heightens all these factors and adds to every form of anxiety.  To remember that there's more to life than trouble, and to reclaim what is good about this Summer, I use perfumes to transport myself and experience an alternate olfactory reality for a better frame of mind.Summer brings out all the languorous lyrical aspects of perfumes. Winding down the multiple curves of an aromatic road, mirroring an olfactory Art Nouveau atmosphere,…
  • Summer Tea-Aroma M Hana, Nobara and O-Cha and a Preview of Camellia

    Lucy Raubertas
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Found on KatheFraga.comThe heat of summer brings on my craving for tea perfumes.  Aroma M has reissued Hana-Cha, based on the fragrance of Jasmine tea, which joins O-Cha (green tea) and Nobara-Cha to relaunch the original Aroma M perfumes.  They were among the first of the indieperfumes to be offered to the public; Hana-cha was first released in 1995.They capture the innocence and enthusiasm of those early days of hand-made indieperfumes, as informed by the Japanese aesthetic preferences of Maria McElroy, who at that time had recently returned from living in Japan for many years.
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  • Diana Vreeland Perfumes- First Impression

    Gaia Fishler
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Many of you shared my uneasiness about the new perfume brand bearing the name of legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland. I still harbored a secret hope that Mrs. Vreeland's heirs did justice to her memory by creating a spectacular line. The bold colors chosen for the bottles seemed to hint in that direction, and the display at Bergdorf Goodman looked inviting. The bottles are even nicer when you see them in person. They're heavy, modern, and come with a magnetic cap that closes in a satisfying click. The boxes are just as great, so the overall design aesthetic is quite appealing. But…
  • Happy Labor Day!

    Gaia Fishler
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
  • Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Shadow Quad For Fall 2014

    Gaia Fishler
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The hype and mayhem surrounding the release of Nude Dip, the new Tom Ford Eye Color Quad for Fall 2014, did little to endear the brand to me. There were teaser photos months ago that made just about everyone feverish with desire for this palette. I know that I can't help it: a super-luxurious collection in easy-to-wear everyday neutral. It's irresistible. When it's also a limited edition the madness is obvious (remember Bobbi Brown's original Chocolate palette from Fall 2006?) . And then it started to look like the palette was going to sell out during pre-sale and will never even make it…
  • NARS Mandore Satin Lip Pencil

    Gaia Fishler
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    NARS Mandore Satin Lip Pencil was my one lip color pick from Night Caller, the Fall 2014 collection. This red berry color is limited edition (Bansar, the other new Satin Lip Pencil is permanent); since I love the Satin Pencil formula it was an easy decision. This color goes well with the various smoky neutral eye looks of the season, and as a twisted on my favorite classic, a black liner-bold lip combo. Longevity is excellent: the pencil creates a long-lasting stain that barely requires touch ups (it survives a Sunday brunch intact), and since it's a non-drying formula, my lips remain in…
  • Serge Lutens- Datura Noir (Revisited)

    Gaia Fishler
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Let's make one thing clear: I still don't like wearing Datura Noir.I loathed this 2001 Serge Lutens perfume when I first tried it, and didn't enjoy it any better as I kept testing it over the years. In fact, in 2007 I vowed to stay away from it forever.  But I gave all the samples I had to my mother, who smelled divine in this weird white floral. So I bought her a bottle and sniffed in amazement as her sillage took over my old hometown. I still wouldn't wear it. But I had to figure it out. I needed to know what was about Datura Noir that made me want to jump out of my skin (scrubbing…
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  • I Wore This: Dior Addict (Original)

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    (Or: Why I Seem to Have Stopped Writing "Reviews") For a long time now (let's throw a number out and say five months) I've spent more time on customer review sites than on perfume blogs proper. Until recently, I didn't really ask myself why. I must have just concluded, in some hazy region of my hamster wheel mind, buried chin deep in everyday routine, that I'd lost interest in perfume. Why
  • I Wore This: Chanel Cristalle EDP and Vero Profumo Mito

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Cristalle is nice, and I prefer the edp to the edt, which is nice too, for the all of five minutes it lasts on me. Cristalle in that big brick bottle Chanel makes. My Cristalle edp comes in this brick but hits you like a feather. I keep trying to like feathers but I prefer bricks. So the Cristalle feels like a beautiful tease, and puts me in an irritable mood. Mito Voile d'Extrait is a brick
  • I Wore This: La Nuit de Paco Rabanne

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    There are some key differences between eau de toilette and eau de parfum, the primary difference being skank. Honeyed skank, really. The eau de toilette is honeyed chypre, lasts forever, relates itself to true moss leather chypres like Trussardi Femme and Rochas Mystere. It kisses you like you kiss a baby. I once found two or three bottles of the eau de parfum for something like 30 bucks
  • I Wore This: Dior Poison

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    A little one ounce bottle of Poison, because apparently I can never have enough. Let me tally. At this point, I own I think five - now six, bottles, various formulations. I try to keep track by the packaging but mostly I know by the smell. This one from the drugstore, probably dating to the early 2000s. It isn't as insistently bright and austere as the latest version. It isn't glorified
  • I Wore This: Jean Patou Sublime Eau de Parfum

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Amber, Vetiver, Orange Blossom. Like Teo Cabanel's Alahine, Sublime is a strange, diffusive toasted amber. I was telling someone last night my sense of smell isn't particularly robust. I like strong, forceful things that keep reminding me they're with me. Sublime isn't strong or forceful but it's that rare fragrance that stage whispers. People complain about a hairspray note. I often
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  • 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.
  • Jaqua Beauty Caramel Cappucino Body Mist

    1 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Beauty Cafe favorite!! Jaqua Beauty Caramel Cappucino Body Mist! Refreshing on a hot summer day! Envelop yourself in sweetness with this hydrating body mist, that will soothe and refresh your skin. Just mist it on for an all-over body fragrance. Life just got a whole lot sweeter! Alcohol-free formula with Aloe, Fruit Extracts, and Vitamin E for hydration.Warm Buttery Toasted Sweet Caramel CappuccinoJaqua Beauty Caramel Cappucino Body Mistavailable at Beauty Cafe
  • Skin of Norway by Geir Ness Hydrating Facial Mist

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Perfect for cooling off during these dog days of summer! DRENCH thirsty skin with vital moisture where and when it's needed most.Hydrating Facial Mist with Cloudberry & Fresh LavenderCaptures cooling moisture deep within skin layers and prepares skin for the following treatments. Use anytime a refreshing mist is needed throughout the day to cool and soothe tight skin.USE: Morning and Evening after Cleansing or whenever refreshment is needed throughout the day. Close eyes and mist generously over face and neck for deeply hydrated skin.Calms and soothes tight, parched skin. Improves…
  • Jaqua Beauty Buttercream Hand and Body Lotion

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Jaqua Beauty Buttercream Frosting Hand and Body Lotion - Quench your skin’s thirst with Jaqua’s hydrating formula containing shea butter, aloe, and mango extracts. Your skin will love this luscious Hand and Body Lotion in the favorite Buttercream Frosting fragrance. Indulge yourself without a single calorie!I've been living in the Buttercream Frosting lotion since the shipment arrived. How did we ever live without it when it was gone... just so happy we have it in stock now!!  Fragrance Notes:Rich Creamy Buttery Vanilla Bean with a hint of Banana and warm Florals. Jaqua Beauty…
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  • Lulu Avenue Jewelry

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
     It's hard to not like beautiful jewelry and Lulu Avenue is no exception. The brand , new to me, is  a shop by consultant/home party line but is also available to shop online . (  I am not a consultant, btw, just a jewelry fan girl).I've been wearing a few pieces all last weekend and into the week. Everything has  great quality as well as looking good. I love that there are nice touches like toggle clasps and stones on the underside of some pieces or at the clasp area.Lulu Ave's logo is a love knot inspired by Chinese and Celtic symbols  and it  shows up on a lot…
  • Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Debut

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Charlotte Tilbury One of the most hotly anticipated makeup lines of the year  is finally available , at least online, beginning this week.Charlotte Tilbury is a renowned makeup artist who does fashion shows, editorial and loads of celebrities .  Kate Moss, Gisele, and Kate Winslet are clients and /or friends of hers.She wants to make make makeup easy for anyone and so in addition to individual products you can buy a whole look i.e Rock Chick or Uptown Girl.The Rock Chick LookHer Magic Cream, something she created and used backstage for years is considered a cult product in…
  • mark. Go Royal Bag

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:51 pm
    I am always happy with and love all my accessories picks from mark.  They have beautiful jewelry and stylish shoes, but one item I hadn't tried, until now, was a handbag.The rich purple color along with the studding caught my eye in the Go Royal Bag. When it arrived I was totally impressed with how nice and expensive looking it is. Truth- I tend to stick to leather bags  and usually designer ones. Go Royal however will take it's place in my bag collection and I am ready to rock it this Fall and Winter. There are a lot of nice details here. There are two straps options, a long one,…
  • MAC The Simpsons Sideshow You Blush

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    The first thing to know about MAC's The Simpson's collection is that it's all very wearable . I'm not a Simpsons fan, but I am makeup one , and I love all the colors.  Even the yellow Lipglass goes on more  of creamy pale golden yellow. Maybe not the best color but not as bold or odd as we may have first thought it would be.One of the new blushes is the very pretty Sideshow You. Sideshow is a bright  warm peachy coral. It instantly brightens and can be blended down . It does go on bright , at least on my pale skin, but it looked nice . It works especially well with my favorite…
  • MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Powder

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    Light, Medium Plus, Dark DeepAn addition to MAC"s Studio Sculpt line , Defining Powder arrives next month.I'm a  big powder fan , some aren't , but my love for it is unabashed. When you have oily skin it's a must as it just sets and perfects so well.  I always notice the difference.MAC's new Studio Sculpt is meant to help define the face.  There is a wide shade range so you can grab one for contour but they work as an all over powder really well.I picked up the  Light shade, dusted it all over and loved what it did. My skin looked soft focused, smoothed and brighter. It…
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  • Providence Perfume Co. All Natural Bay Rum Cologne -The Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Newport, Rhode Island was at one point the rum capital of the world, and to touch on that heritage, perfumer Charna Ethier of Providence Perfume Co in Rhode Island has created an all-natural Bay Rum Eau de Cologne, full of local rum and bay leaves, and other fragrant goodies. I was looking forward to reviewing this, because it is made with all botanical ingredients and because I think bay rum scents in general have been unfairly relegated to the dressing tables of nicely-groomed men. I think women are going to love this We have a wonderful treat for our US readers: a 3.4 oz. bottle of…
  • New Perfume Review: Arquiste The Architects Club by Yann Vasnier + 1930 Mayfair London Art Deco Draw

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    When I met Carlos Huber at Esxence in Millan, he had two new perfumes to introduce: L’Etrog Acqua and The Architects Club. As much as I love L’Etrog Acqua, it has been almost painful to wait to review Architects Club, which launches this month.Composed by Yann Vasnier under the creative direction of Carlos Huber, the perfume is made to evoke an Art Deco club in 1930 Mayfair, London, where a group of architects are meeting for cocktails and to discuss their work. Suddenly a group of vivacious young people burst in, with laughter and martinis all around. Kuppenheimer Clothing Ad by…
  • New Fragrance: Olivier Durbano Prométhée Eau de Parfum “The Power of 10″

    Michelyn Camen
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Since 2004, Perfumer  and Jeweler Olivier Durbano has been known for his “stone poems”, fragrances inspired by semi precious gems that have numerological meaning, as well as mystical and healing powers.  Last year Olivier took a different path with his perfume  "Lapis Philosophorum",  his olfactory  interpretation of the legend of the Philosopher’s Stone.  For his 10th perfume Prométhée, which marks ten years of Olivier Durbano’s olfactory creations, Olivier has delved deep into Greek…
  • Terry de Gunzberg Rose Nocturne Perfume -The Winners

    Michelyn Camen
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    The new release Rouge Nocturne from Terry de Gunzberg, creator of the luxury cult cosmetics line By Terry, is a perfume worthy of the matriarch of the de Clermont clan, presenting a complex dark rose with equal parts power, beauty and mystery Thanks to the generosity of Eric and Stamatis of Parfum1, we have three samples of Rouge Nocturne available for three U.S. readers Cynthia Mc, Tammy, Ringthing. Please email michelyn at cafleurebon dawt com with Rose Nocturne as your subject and your complete mailing details by September 2, 2014 1 PM EST. This is a deadline and no exceptions if you are…
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  • Perfume of the Day: Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina Perfume

    marina ljubisavljevic
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    The curls of her hair gently and carelessly caress her cheekbone, as if it were her most affectionate lover who whispers poetry to the ear. She hears the murmuring of spoken Italian and tries to imitate the syllables which keep on rolling on her tongue like big, unexpected, crushing wave in the mouth. The vibrant youthfulness of her heart’s beating is a sophisticated celebration of life. The world in her eyes is nothing but a green, luscious meadow, and it is only up to her to find the flower path. I am alive, she says, as she feels her heart skip a beat! This is how the Salvatore…
  • Perfume of the Day: Jeanne Lanvin Couture Eau de Parfum

    marina ljubisavljevic
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    She watches herself in the mirror as she carefully applies her sexy red lipstick. She loves the feel of the lipstick gliding on her nude lips, and with every brush, she can feel the playful excitement slithering from the back of her neck. I am a bold and sensual woman, she tells herself, but this time she believes this is true. Her gaze is saturated in the fifty shades of deep purple, the perfectly elegant bow adorning her confidence flacon. I am a woman, she tells herself, and she cherishes the feeling which lingers inside her as she sways away her doubts. Now, this is how Jeanne Lanvin’s…
  • Interview with a perfume… Looking for Mrs. Vanilla

    Sterling Nichols
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Imagine holding an interview with a perfume, asking a myriad of questions on the Basenotes, the Top Notes and the Heart notes. It would seem to range from the ‘Far Fetched’ to absolute  ‘Surrealism’,  and the perfume will be perfectly captured in all of its Oriental mysticism, taking you to the surreal olfactory places that other perfumes dare to go. Raghba by Lattafa perfumes Dubai is an Arabic incense better known as Bukhoor pronounced as (‘Ba-Hoor’). It captures all of the fine nuances of incense, but with a modern and infectious schtick, and abandons all principles which…
  • Deep purple for the rebel one

    Catrina Satterwhite
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    So many of us have this idea of what a tough woman looks like, based on the many movies we have been forced to watch or watched willingly. Our long history of movie characters has been embedded in our heads creating several ideals in real life. Ya know, the popular girl, the hunky guy, the nerdy one, and so on… But the one that particularly stands out in my head is the Rebel girl. Think Allison Reynolds from The Breakfast Club, although her name may very well be Jean or Priscilla. You know the girl ,who in her younger years, gets to class tardy…on purpose , she moves the room with…
  • Psychology of Perfumes

    marina ljubisavljevic
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    The father of elegance, Christian Dior said that he can judge a woman’s character simply by the perfume she wears. Even though his famous saying makes a helluva good perfume ad, his words were spot on. There is a whole science based on perfumes and its wearers, so if you are interested in learning what your perfume says about you, be prepared to take a brief course on the Psychology of perfumes. In 2004, Linda Buck and Richard Axel were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology on the account of their revolutionary study on the sense of smell. Their research is filled with complex medical…
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