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  • Calvin Klein Reveal

    The Beauty Alchemist
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Calvin Klein Reveal is  a scent that you won't smell everywhere. It's different and not like anything else out there.The brand says it's a play on both masculine and feminine and I can see where they're going. It's not quite unisex, but it isn't a overly feminine scent either. It's cool and modern  but a little sexy as well.As Reveal opens it's dry with the bite of pepper then quickly the orris( iris) is there . As it goes along you begin to get the touch of salt accord,  , it's an airy note and fits in with the dry feel but is hard to pout your nose on.The middle notes are…
  • Chanel Double Infidelity Lipstick & Nail Set

    The Beauty Alchemist
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How about a little luxury for Monday ? Leave it to Chanel to really amp up the gift set game. If you've got a lot of extra $$$ around you can snap up this set of seven lipsticks and nail lacquers.The Double Infidelity Set comes in at $ 450 and includes matched set of lip and nail shades in an LE case.   Shades are : Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipcolour in Indecise, Seduisante, Exaltee, Melodieuse, Coromandel , Pirate and EnvoutanteLe Vernis Nail Color in Ballerina, May , Rose Exhuberant , Tapage, Coromandel , Pirate and CharivariPS- Chanel has  several lovely , smaller…
  • Isabey Perles of Isabey Collection Rare - Perfume Extraits

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    During holidays and celebration as beautiful ornaments decorating Christmas trees, perfume extracts of the perfume collection by Isabey in amazing flacons, Perle de Gardenia, Perle de Lys Noir and Perle de la Route d'Emeraude finally arrived on the market. For all fans of basic editions which truly decorate the all-time and top quality compositions, the news about the rich, opulent... Read full article: Isabey Perles of Isabey Collection Rare - Perfume Extraits from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Friday scent of the day 12/19

    Now Smell This
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    It’s De-stress Friday! Our community project for today: as we approach the holidays, wear something that keeps you tranquil and relaxed. What was your pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project. I’m wearing Monocle + Comme des Garçons Scent One: Hinoki… Read the rest of this article »
  • Are you a fan of fragrances that have a soapy scent?

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    Flatbush Ave
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    If so, which is your favorite?
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  • Isabey Perles of Isabey Collection Rare - Perfume Extraits

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    During holidays and celebration as beautiful ornaments decorating Christmas trees, perfume extracts of the perfume collection by Isabey in amazing flacons, Perle de Gardenia, Perle de Lys Noir and Perle de la Route d'Emeraude finally arrived on the market. For all fans of basic editions which truly decorate the all-time and top quality compositions, the news about the rich, opulent... Read full article: Isabey Perles of Isabey Collection Rare - Perfume Extraits from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Sight Unseen: The Power of Scent in the Dark

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    In the past few years, it’s become more common for me to buy a gift of fragrance for my brother at Christmas time. He’s one of those rare individuals who isn’t completely invested into scents the way so many of us are, but is completely open to experiencing the huge array of offerings out there. And yet, he also knows a thing or two. He knows, for instance, that some scents are just not ... Read full article: Sight Unseen: The Power of Scent in the Dark from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Jeanne Arthes La Ronde des Fleurs

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:02 am
    JEANNE ARTHES La Ronde des Fleurs is a collection presented in 2014 as homage to Grasse and its renowned perfumers.  Four fragrances of the collection were presented with a key note as solinote editions, and are available in glass flacons in different colors of liquid paired with illustrations of the key ingredients on the outer packaging. The collection includes the following fragrances:  Jas... Read full article: Jeanne Arthes La Ronde des Fleurs from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • The Social Parfum

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:59 am
    The Social Parfume, launched in September 2014, offers a new packaging concept in the world of fragrances. Like the covers of modern smart phones, The Social Parfum offers different colored packages that you can change (white, green, pink, black, blue ....) and combine. It is announced as, "The only eau de parfum with design covers."   The composition supposedly represents a... Read full article: The Social Parfum from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Lanvin Marry Me Confettis

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:50 am
    Lanvin launches Marry Me Confettis in January 2015, the new fragrance from the Marry Me collection dedicated to weddings and celebrations of love. The collection includes the following editions: Marry Me from 2010, Marry Me! Love Edition from 2012, Marry Me a la Folie from 2013 and Marry Me! Love Balloons from 2014.Marry Me Confettis is announced as a fruity and musky floral scent, lighter and b... Read full article: Lanvin Marry Me Confettis from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
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  • Friday scent of the day 12/19

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:40 am
    It’s De-stress Friday! Our community project for today: as we approach the holidays, wear something that keeps you tranquil and relaxed. What was your pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project. I’m wearing Monocle + Comme des Garçons Scent One: Hinoki… Read the rest of this article »
  • Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2014, part 31

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes collector items from Lalique, Agonist, Hermès, Isabey and Frédéric Malle. From Lalique, L’Amour in the Crystal Extrait edition: “Composed by Nathalie Lorson, the fragrance offers an olfactory declaration of love.” In 80 ml at Neiman Marcus, $1800… Read the rest of this article »
  • Online fragrance shopping

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    New at macys: Dolce & Gabbana Intenso. New at neimanmarcus: Guerlain Santal Royal. New at nordstrom: Tom Ford Grey Vetiver Eau de Toilette.
  • Bruno Fazzolari Lampblack ~ fragrance review

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Inspired by the smell of ink, Lampblack debuted at Gallery Paule Anglim, alongside a series of ink paintings. Lampblack is named for the pigment in India ink, formerly made from the soot of oil-burning lamps. My goal with this scent was to enhance the ink-like notes of nagarmotha in a way that would create a transparent, colorful darkness. — Bruno Fazzolari1 And yes, he succeeded. Bruno Fazzolari’s Lampblack is one of my favorite indie fragrances of the past couple years (it launched in 2013). It is possible, if you try, to smell all of its listed components — sweet orange, black…
  • The cultured rose

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    "We’re calling this project the cultured rose," says Patrick Boyle, an organism designer at the Boston company [Gingko Bioworks], who notes that microbes produce many naturally fermented product, such as beer, cheese, and yogurt, that we consume today. "What we’re doing is taking genes from roses and other flowers, transferring them into yeast, and rebuilding the bio-synthetic pathways that are producing the fragrances that roses produce." — Robertet and Gingko Bioworks are working on a bioengineered rose oil. Read more at The Quest To Reproduce The Scent Of A Rose, With Designer…
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  • Are you a fan of fragrances that have a soapy scent?

    Flatbush Ave
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    If so, which is your favorite?
  • Expanding Collection

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    Hi New here, I am a 20 year college student in New york city, I have been browsing through the forum searching for my next by and I am stumped. My current collection is 1 million (smells cheezy to me and the last time i wore it i got a scent of dishwasher soap, but loved I it at first), YSL l'homme (Love this could not stop wearing this all summer), YSL l' nuit (I love this one more than the YSL l'homme), Armani code (cologne of choice for like 5 years, but now im not sure why I like it ). Any suggestions? Price is no issue.
  • Tom Ford noir de noir

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Hey folks, Just wanted your opinion on this one if you think it's more masculine or feminine. I tried it at Neiman Marcus yesterday and I found the drydown to be much better than the opening. In fact I couldn't keep sniffing my hand after the hour mark. The beginning is much sharper with rose which I find a tad feminine. Nick
  • Gucci Oud ? Thoughts ?

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
    Yes I know.,...probably a lot better Oud scents out there BUT a lot of them are SOOO strong...For instance Montale Ouds are just too strong for me...I like subtle oud scents and this one could fit the bill... Anybody own and love it? Quality?
  • [CONUS] Niche sales

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:03 am
    All prices include shipping. If you would like a picture just send me you email address. mark birley- charles st. 50ml 95% $60 a lab on fire- l'anonyme 50ml 95% no box $60 a lab on fire- liquid night 50ml 60% $65 frapin-1270 100ml 95% $130 amouge-gold man 100ml 99% $110 rochas-lui 50ml 99% $45 valentino-uomo 100ml 99% $65 ex idolo 30ml 50% no box $55 swap thread
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  • Luxe Scents: The Breakdown of a £75000 Perfume - Forbes

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Luxe Scents: The Breakdown of a £75000 PerfumeForbesI write about beauty and men's grooming, with a focus on luxury lines. Previously, I was the Contributing Beauty Editor at Lifestyle Mirror, where I interviewed experts and the occasional celebrity—from master perfumer Mandy Aftel to Glee's Darren Criss.
  • Perfume theft suspect leads Milford Police on Post Road foot chase - New Haven Register

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    Perfume theft suspect leads Milford Police on Post Road foot chaseNew Haven RegisterMarcus Moore, 29, allegedly made off with $326 worth of perfume from the Macy's at the Connecticut Post Mall and fled the store, but an officer caught up with him and took him into custody, Milford Police Sgt. Jeffrey Nielsen said in a press release PD: Man took more than $300 worth of perfumeWFSBMan runs from police after stealing $326 in perfume from Macy'sMilford Mirrorall 4 news articles »
  • How to smell your best with DIY perfume, cologne, and beard conditioner - Grist

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:14 am
    GristHow to smell your best with DIY perfume, cologne, and beard conditionerGristInstead of buying cheap, mass-produced gewgaws to give out this season, show your loved ones you care with a little DIY. During Grist's 12 days of DIY gifts, we'll share some crafty projects, with instructions that even we can follow. There's sure to
  • #12DaysOfLOOK: Win The Perfume Shop Products Worth £155! - LOOK

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:35 am
    LOOK#12DaysOfLOOK: Win The Perfume Shop Products Worth £155!LOOKThanks to the expert elves at The Perfume Shop, two lucky winners can get their hands on the sophisticated Chloé by Chloé, the free-spirited Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream and the alluring Calvin Klein Reveal. These three scent-sational prizes will make you and more »
  • I Love Wearing Men's Perfume-Knowless -

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I Love Wearing Men's Perfume-KnowlessAllAfrica.comHer stage name, Knowless, was inspired by American R&B superstar Beyoncé Knowles. Born Jeanne d' arc Ingabire Butera and currently managed under Kina Music, Butera released her debut album, Komeza, in December 2011. She has collaborated with ...
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  • A rainbow of delights: Providence Perfume Company's new oils collection

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:16 pm
    By Donna Anyone who is familiar with Charna Ethier's creative compositions for Providence Perfume Company will be pleased with her new collection of six all-natural oil perfumes, which are free of alcohol and very long-lasting. These came about as the result of customer requests and have been very well received. I am already a fan of her fabulous Beauty Elixir oil and other body
  • A dream of summer: Fiore di Bellagio from En Voyage Perfumes

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

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

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

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm 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!
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  • Divine Spirituelle: fragrance review and samples draw

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Certain perfumes give an illusory first impression like people who come into a party seemingly underdressed only to impress you with their smarts and true chic as the night unfolds. Spirituelle, the latest Divine fragrance, an at once delicate and spirited take on the rosy powdery floral, took me a cursory first sniff and then a much more attentive one to appreciate its twists that put the chic
  • The winner of the draw....

    14 Dec 2014 | 3:18 am
    ...for the Advent Calendar by Tauer Perfumes is Matt. Congratulations and please email me using Contact to claim your prize. Thanks everyone for the enthusiastic participation and check out our next giveaway shortly!
  • Classified Ads: Reader Swaps Amouage Candles. Takers?

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:20 am
    A dear reader of mine wants to swap some Amouage candles she has got (but never lit), preferably for vintage Guerlain Mitsouko or Caron Bellodgia perfume or alternatively "for something pretty and happy", as she specified. The candles are in their original packaging and are unlit: Amouage Oriental Oud and Divine Oud are both intact in their original sealing, Eternal Oud has been opened only to be
  • Giveaway: Tauer Advent Calendar & Musings on Perfumes to Be Confused

    10 Dec 2014 | 12:38 am
    First things first: We are honored to participate for the 6th consecutive year in the Advent Calendar of Tauer Perfumes. You know what this means: prizes by Andy Tauer!!! The winner can pick an Explorer Set from Tauer, 3 x15ml fragrances of scents of your choice! Cool, if you ask me.  (it even gives the choice on some of the less popular but quite interesting in my books Vetiver Dance, Incense
  • Poll: Your Most Worn Fragrances in 2014

    8 Dec 2014 | 2:41 am
    In the interests of research (if you have been following the Best Seller and Best of/Top annual lists you know how historical archiving warms the cockles of my heart) I am throwing out a question to you, dear readers, today. As simple as that: Which fragrances did you wear most in 2014? Not need for elaborate statistics, I need your assessment and feeling. It could be something mainstream
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  • Holiday Hours at the Perfumery

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:09 am
    The purpose of the new workspace was to get the perfumery out of the house, since it had taken over every nook and cranny, a bit like ivy. Since it is the place I formulate all my concoctions and potions, and because I am will always have a fierce independent artist thriving at the core, I have not posted hours. However, since so many are doing Holiday shopping in the next week I have
  • Whizin Market Christmas Fair 2014

    9 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    On Saturday, December 13th there is a Holiday Fair taking place at Whizin Market Square beginning at 10am. The festivities include most of the vendors in the community with food and wine tastings, entertainment, discount specials, a toy collection, hot cider and more! I am titling my events as: "Elevate the Scentual in You" with these special happenings through out the day: Special saving
  • Night at the Sensorium: November 2014

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:09 pm
    The open studio event at the perfumery was deemed Night at the Sensorium due to the abundant sensory delights happening all at one time. First on the tarmac was Greg's multi media presentation at Mitchells Books, just down the hall from me in the Atrium. He presented 30 years of his art career in 30 minutes with a multi-media presentation followed by a book signing. Just
  • Movie Monday: Violette

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

    11 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    Join us in celebrating a series of openings November 15 at the Whizin Market Square, 28914 Roadside Dr. Agoura Hills, 91301 1. 6:00-7:00 Mitchells Bookshop Atrium #214  Book signing and multi-media presentation on the career of visual artist Greg Spalenka. Experience thirty years of his career  in thirty minutes as well as the hot off the press, "The Art of Greg Spalenka." 2.  7:00-9
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  • Day 18 of the advent calendar , a penguin, and allowances

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:40 am
    (This draw is closed now. Make sure to visit the Dec. 19 draw. Worth a try… good luck!) Tatata! It is day 18 of my advent calendar. And today, you can win something special. Sometime, from time to time, I make fragrant soaps. This are special as they are no product that I sell (yet). So there we go: Today you can win a Mandarine ambrées and a plush Gardenia soap. They are 100 gr., super yummy, really a treat, very fragrant, and I will ship them from Zurich. Just comment here and you are in. Good luck to you all. And thank you for your comments. And tomorrow, we have another treat,…
  • Day 17 of the advent calendar, and wishes

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:43 pm
    This draw is closed. Dec. 18 waits for you with another chance. Thank you! Welcome to day 17 of the advent calendar: Today, you can win again a discovery set, by just leaving a comment you’re in and with a bit of luck will pick you. Today, I shipped another explorer set to a winner of the previous days: There are more prizes like the explorer set, thus stay tuned! And yesterday, I talked to my sister-in-law: Children’s’ wish lists, four of them. These days, the wish lists get pretty long as here in our days and our place, we live happily in plentifulness. I am…
  • Day 16 of my advent calendar, or a stressed squirrel

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:41 am
    (This draw is closed now) Welcome to day 16 of my advent calendar. Today, you can win again a discovery set. Just comment here and you’re in, and with a bit of luck, will pick your comment. Yesterday, we had a technical issue with the blog and hence many could not comment while the blog was offline. Hence, the draw of Dec. 15 continues until tomorrow. If you haven’t commented there yet: Here’s the link to the Dec. 15 draw again, and thank you for your understanding. Today, I share a busy squirrel. Squirrels are always super busy, like indie perfumers, and hence…
  • Day 15 of my advent calendar, or a candle missing

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:13 am
    (This draw is closed now) Welcome to day 15 of my advent calendar. Today, you can win a discovery set, 5 samples, your choice of scents, shipped in a tin box. Just leave a comment and you are in. Good luck to you all and thank you for your comments! Yesterday was the 3rd advent Sunday (already) and the countdown to X-mas runs faster and faster. Today’s illustration of happy advent pictures misses a candle, in the sense that with every advent Sunday we light another candle, but there was no place really to put a third candle on the giraffe. So we are moving fast towards X-mas. Saturday…
  • Day 12 of the advent calendar, and a minimalist x-mas tree

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:42 pm
    This draw is closed. Please visit  EAUMG for the draw Dec. 13. Thank you and good luck! It is day 12 of my advent calendar: you can win a discovery set today, Dec. 12. Your choice of 5 samples, shipped to you in a little tin box. Just leave a comment here to enter the draw for Dec. 12. And, as we are flexible, we are cheating a little bit about the Dec. 13 draw. December 13 brings you the chance to win another explorer set, 3x 15 ml, your choice again. To enter the Dec. 13 draw: Please visit Victoria’s EAUMG blog. The draw starts during Dec. 12 and runs until Dec. 14. Victoria was so…
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  • Scent Event: Mandy Aftel at Cacao in PDX

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Attention Portlander: Mandy Aftel of Aftelier Perfumes, author of the new book Fragrant will be in PDX tomorrow night, Thursday at Cacao Chocolate Shop from 5-6pm. They have divine chocolate from small-batch makers, and it's also the only place that sells her Chocolate Body Oil and Cacao perfume! Mandy will be talking about her new book, as well as serve chocolates flavoured with her Chef Essences. More details on Facebook, where you can also RSVP and invite all your chocaholic friends. There will also be a lucky draw to win a Chocolate Saffron body oil and a Cacao perfume mini.
  • Narkiss, Sixth Round

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here I waned to come back to the 6th mod (in round 4), in which the narcissus and coffee flower absolutes create a mysterious, dusky character. I wanted it to also be a very close replica of my first round (mods 1 & 2), in which I used essences I can't source again, or ones that have some issues (i.e.: the oakwood absolute contains a plasticizer). I looked for other woody substitutes and wanted to still create that unique, very retro warmth that is reminiscent of the great aldehydic florals of the turn of the century, yet with my own personal twist. I ended up making full circle, as this…
  • Happy Chanukah!

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Here in Vancouver the days have become frighteningly short. We are sitting in the headquarters of Ayala Moriel Parfums and savouring the growing light in front of our 2 family menorahs* and marveling at the many wonderful fragrant friendships, amazing students, some of whom also helped me achieve the impossible and get my book published!So much generousity, creativity, and lots of support for my fragrant art in the past year. I'm very grateful, and sending you all love and light.  Happy Chanukah to all of SmellyBlog readers who are celebrating! * I finally bought one for my daughter,…
  • Narcissus, Fifth Round

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Like I mentioned in my last Narkiss post - I realized at this point in my process that I need to pick between one of two directions, and concepts. For the fifth round, I decided to focus on the puddle and mushroom concept.Pairing down the puddle and mushroom, pine forest and break in the clouds imagery and sensory concept, to highlight the freshness even more. In this round I used pinewood, green spikenard, angelica CO2 and pine needle absolute along with pinemoss to create that Mediterranean pine grove feel, in all the winter wetness and rainy glory.To that I added, of course, narcissus…
  • Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I've had the pleasure and honour to receive a media copy of Fragrant, the new book by Mandy Aftel. It is no secret that Mandy is a great writer, and diving into her book was quite a treat. Especially after months of hard work on my own book - it was like a retreat from all the editing, polishing and spell-checking...When Mandy initially told me about the book, its premise sounded like a personality study of five essences, and how they correspond to five different appetites of the human nature. The essences are: Cinnamon, Mint, Frankincense, Ambergris and Jasmine. A companion kit was also sent…
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  • House of Cherry Bomb-Brooklyn Atelier Perfumes

    Lucy Raubertas
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    DUMBO Brooklyn, NYThe House of Cherry Bomb collaboration of Maria McElroy and Alexis Karl has put together a collection of what they call Atelier perfumes, in limited edition or made to order as necessary, as seasonal responses to how they feel and what's on their minds. The new ones are released at intimate perfume parties at their Brooklyn studio.  I have collected most of them myself; and happy to find they are deliberately kept well priced so they remain affordable as a collection to their fans. Available only directly through them at the Brooklyn DUMBO Atelier, or online,…
  • PLP Perfume Project

    Lucy Raubertas
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Carlos J Powell of PLP, Goodsmellas, BrooklynFragrance Lover, etc.The PLP Perfume Project was inspired by the theme of Peace Love and Perfume, a fragrance group of online friends who were brought together on Facebook and often in person, too, by Carlos J. Powell, who promotes the love of perfume online and at events, encompassing a full range of styles and tastes. He creates perfume review videos as the Brooklyn Fragrance Lover, blogs and and also organizes the Goodsmellas group which has focused attention on the rapidly growing interest in fine and niche perfume among men from a wide variety…
  • Midwest Indie: Madame Scodioli

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

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

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

    Gaia Fishler
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:12 pm
    The Day is DoneBY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOWThe day is done, and the darkness      Falls from the wings of Night,As a feather is wafted downward      From an eagle in his flight.I see the lights of the village      Gleam through the rain and the mist,And a feeling of sadness comes o'er me      That my soul cannot resist:A feeling of sadness and longing,      That is not akin to pain,And resembles sorrow…
  • Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush

    Gaia Fishler
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    I have a soft spot for Bobbi Brown makeup brushes, probably since they were the most beautiful and luxurious looking ones in my collection for years. Some of my older Bobbi Brown brushes have been reworked (for the better) or discontinued and replaced with other shapes and sizes, but I still cherish the ones I have, and occasionally add a new one to the stable. Like the recently-launched Full Coverage Face Brush.I knew I wanted this brush the second I saw it. The shape is unique enough among my face brushes (imagine that): medium length, very densely packed soft synthetic bristles,…
  • Alyssa Milano- Three Makeup Looks

    Gaia Fishler
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    #460167226 / gettyimages.comIf you're watching the current season of Project Runway All Stars you get to see a very pregnant Alyssa Milano rocking bold and fun fashion, and usually some very bad makeup (I'm guessing that this is what happens when the show is sponsored by Mary Kay). In the time between taping the show and now, Alyssa has already given birth and has returned to the red carpet for various events. Over the last few days we got to see  her in three very different makeup looks.The one above from the 'Into The Woods' World Premiere is rather heavy (dark lips, smoky eyes),…
  • Au Pays de la Fleur d'Oranger- Lavande Ombree

    Gaia Fishler
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Travel posters, mood-boards, advertisement, and fantasies about the south of France tends to focus on sunshine, beaches and the promise of an eternal summer (I'll take one of each, thank you very much). Most of the perfumes by Au Pays de la Fleur d'Oranger follow this pattern, as the family that founded the brand has roots in Grasse, Vance, and Cote d’Azur (I'll take that as well). But Lavande Ombree is different, and not just because it has a black cap and a more masculine leanings, but because the mood and atmosphere take a turn away from that bikini in Saint Tropez. Winter…
  • Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Part 2: The Shimmers

    Gaia Fishler
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    This is the second part of my Smashbox Full Exposure Palette review. This one focuses on the seven shimmery eye shadows.Like the matte colors, the shimmer ones come in a range from cool to warm toned. Once again, the shades are pretty basic and kind of expected (charcoal, bronze, etc.), with a couple of standouts, the more complex S1 and S5. The shimmer is created by infusing silver and gold pearl into the pigment (sometimes both). The eye shadows have visible shimmer micro-shimmer particles, though it's not actual glitter, and surprisingly: almost no fallout. The photo above shows the…
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    Beauty Cafe

  • Noodle and Boo Essential Care Kit

    2 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Noodle + Boo's Essential Care Kit With the birth of my grandbaby Julian in just a few weeks I can't help but find myself thinking of little goodies for mama to be and baby J. One of my favorite vendor reps joined this fabulous line earlier this year and now I can't wait to share it with Alannah and Julian!! The perfect baby skin care kit for at home and on the road Perfect gift.Perfect travel companion.Set includes super soft lotion, extra gentle shampoo and soothing body wash.Mild enough for daily use; can be used on newborns and babies with sensitive skin.Dermatologist and pediatrician…
  • Beauty Cafe is a Shopify Success Story

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

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

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

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

  • Love and the kind of woman I don't want to be

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I took a train north this week and was sat with an older couple (I much prefer to sit alone of course and work/ feed the social media habit I heard myself denying recently, madly as I do clearly love social media- well mostly, except all the endless cats and Kardashians). Older couples in love are one of my absolute favourite things, but older couples like this one are not. I'm afraid there is a certain kind of woman that reminds me of everything I don't want to be in a relationship- in fact this type of lady makes me really quite troubled. As I said the couple in question were at…
  • Herringbone

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

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

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Where have I been? The thing about blogging is if you don't do it regularly you start to forget how, or why you do it and what you wanted to say in a post- or overall- seems to slip away more easily. You lose the habit, the routine, perhaps the desire.Blogging has changed since I started.; far more of the online world (like the world entire) is about images.Far more blogs are also professional, which is great! Some of the blogs I first loved have become full time jobs for their writers and I'm thrilled for them.With a professional blog though usually* comes some* compromise (*this isn't…
  • Running away to Rye

    27 Jan 2014 | 6:40 am
     For a recent birthday I chose to run away from London to Sussex to relax, drink wine (and local cider), read books, listen to Louis, Ella and Nina, to not check my phone every 2 minutes and to not have to arrange a party- I can't recommend it enough (though I do always love a party, don't misunderstand me, just not people moaning that they don't have money in January, aren't drinking or 'funning' and so on, I know it's a tricky time but I can't help when I was born). Anyway this is beautiful Winchelsea beach and you can see more of the escape on Sussex Pinterest board. PS. If you…
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    The Beauty Alchemist

  • Calvin Klein Reveal

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Calvin Klein Reveal is  a scent that you won't smell everywhere. It's different and not like anything else out there.The brand says it's a play on both masculine and feminine and I can see where they're going. It's not quite unisex, but it isn't a overly feminine scent either. It's cool and modern  but a little sexy as well.As Reveal opens it's dry with the bite of pepper then quickly the orris( iris) is there . As it goes along you begin to get the touch of salt accord,  , it's an airy note and fits in with the dry feel but is hard to pout your nose on.The middle notes are…
  • Josie by Josie Natori Fragrance

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Josie Natori's lingerie and clothing has always exuded a quite elegance. I've had the privilege of attending one of her runway shows , seeing the fashions in person. She showed that season on the circular stairway of a museum which set the scene perfectly.New this season is Josie , the fragrance.  As a companion to her Josie line, she went with very bold graphic packaging here not on just the box but bottle as well.The scent is modern clean and light . A green floral  that begins with   dewy green notes of pear and bergamot , then the  florals with freesia most prominent…
  • The Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    Today's post is brought to you by Beautystat. They've got a great look at the new Conair Infiniti Pro 3Q Hair Dryer.  I've been eyeing this dryer myself. It looks good and would make a great gift this Christmas.We've got something to share with you. It’s the next best thing in the haircare industry from Conair (pretty much the masters when it comes to creating haircare tools, right?). Introducing the Infiniti Pro by Conair® 3Q™, the next evolution of hair dryer technology. What does the 3 Qs stand for? Well, those 3 Qs make up the key qualities found in this new hair dryer that sets…
  • Chanel Double Infidelity Lipstick & Nail Set

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How about a little luxury for Monday ? Leave it to Chanel to really amp up the gift set game. If you've got a lot of extra $$$ around you can snap up this set of seven lipsticks and nail lacquers.The Double Infidelity Set comes in at $ 450 and includes matched set of lip and nail shades in an LE case.   Shades are : Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipcolour in Indecise, Seduisante, Exaltee, Melodieuse, Coromandel , Pirate and EnvoutanteLe Vernis Nail Color in Ballerina, May , Rose Exhuberant , Tapage, Coromandel , Pirate and CharivariPS- Chanel has  several lovely , smaller…
  • X EDUN Sample Bag GWP

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:44 pm's newest gift with purchase sampler bag is a collab with EDUN. The products come tucked in a wool felt drawstring pouch created by EDUN's partners in Kenya.The bag is really nice, not exactly a makeup type bag but soft, well made  and useable for storing other things.Inside the bag is a trove of top beauty products , many full sized.  Not only are these great for getting, but you can easily share some in your holiday gifting.  In stockings, gift bags or tucked in another present.To get the EDUN sampler bag you need to spend 150 $ or more at ( while…
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    Cafleurebon - Fragrance is a language of translating the world

  • New Perfume and Beauty Collection: Randi Shinder Launches i smell great™ + Now You Can Too Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:56 pm
    i smell great™ Wild Honey EDP “I want to smell like rotten eggs", said nobody ever.  Those of us who love fragrance, have one thing in common. We want to smell GREAT. Good is not enough and meh is out of the question. Although I always wear fragrance for myself  first, it's true that my favorite perfumes get the most compliments from strangers.  In my role as a perfume blogger and consultant I test a lot of fragrances. (400 this year and counting) and most of them just don’t suit me, although they are masterfully constructed.
  • Best Holiday Movies-November Spilled Perfume Winners

    Michelyn Camen
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    To claim this month’s spilled perfume match the ÇaFleureBon Editors and Contributors with their favorite Holiday Movies. The correct answers are Steve Johnson, Sr. Contributor:  Elf 1983 starring James Caan and Will Ferrell David Falsberg, Contributor:  The Hebrew Hammer starring Adam Goldberg 2003 Rodney Hughes, Natural Perfume Contributor:  Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 1948 Elise Pearlstine, Sr Contributor: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare before Christmas 1993 The Silver Fox, Editor:  Une Conte de Noel…
  • Fragrance Review: DSH Perfumes Vanille by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz ( Vanilla Coming Home Collection) + Victorian Christmas Fantasy Perfume Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:13 pm
    English Fin de Siecle Dancing at a Christmas Ball The holiday season is upon us, and with Christmas only a week away, I find myself welcoming the soft, heady comforts of gourmand scents.   I don’t usually enjoy sweet fragrances as a rule, but as Christmas approaches, with all of the usual rushing around, last-minute shopping and complicated logistics, I rely on the warmth that a fine gourmand fragrance can offer.  A perfume that will ground and delight me as the straight razor-sharp New England weather is carving new laugh lines into my face as I trudge in from the mall…
  • Zoologist Perfumes: Panda, Rhinoceros and Beaver -The Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Zoologist Perfumes was started by Canadian Victor Wong, who hails from Toronto in 2013, following a stay in Quebec at a hotel where the smell of their complimentary soap and shampoo led him to start investigating and sampling perfume as a serious avocation.  Soon, he was sampling all of the perfumes listed in Luca Turin’s book, Perfumes A-Z,  following numerous  fragrance blogs, (including ours of course), Basenotes and Facebook perfumista groups to learn as much as he could about olfaction and scent Thanks to Zoologist Perfumes we have a worldwide…
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    Scentbird Perfumes

  • Perfume of the Day: 212 Sexy by Carolina Herrera

    marina ljubisavljevic
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    212 Sexy woman is sexy smart, sexy beautiful, sexy sweet, sexy gracious. She is over the top, sexy , unpretentious. She is mature in her sensibility and young at heart. She is simply irresistible, flirtatious, special. But she can also be mellow and low-key, sexy in her oversized tee and ripped jeans. She is sexy in her pajamas, she is sexy when she is angry, when she feels like she had enough. She learns, works on her sexyness as other people learn, work on their foreign language accents. She works on her body, her temple, her pleasure center. To her, sexyness is not nudity. Sexyness is a…
  • Perfume of the Day: Jean Paul Gaultier Eau de parfum by Jean Paul Gaultier

    marina ljubisavljevic
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    Jean Paul Gaultier woman is a die-hard optimist. She envisions life as a game of tango: she makes  two steps up, one step back, then she spins in a whirlwind motion, and just when she can’t focus, she is curled in his sensual, sweet embrace. Oh, yes, his soft embrace! Classy, sassy, elegant, surprising, audacious. She loves her body and he adores her body. Her curves are like a mountain that he must conquer. But no, she is not all about pure, carnal desires. She is emotional, erudite without any traces of girly naivety. She is a hot blooded woman in a cold world. Give her the right…
  • Perfume of the Day: Stars Eau de Parfum by Jimmy Choo

    marina ljubisavljevic
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    Jimmy Choo’s Stars woman is a secret comic book hero and fun is her sidekick. She knows having fun rocks and music rolls you, sways you and engulfs you with euphoria. Her fashion sense is no-nonsense, she is always unique, she is always herself. If life forces her to show her claws, she will always make sure her nails are perfectly painted in red. She is playful, fearless and never takes no for an answer. She wants it all, and she wants it now. But she doesn’t stop at wishful thinking. She will make a strategy, work hard and make sure to reach her goals. You will find Stars woman…
  • Perfume of the Day: L`Eau Ambree by Prada

    marina ljubisavljevic
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    L`Eau Ambree woman has an artistic string and a practical vision. She is gentle, discreet, elegant. She is the secret keeper, the modern fairy godmother with a killer style and a compassion instead of a magic wand. She knows that modern life is a fairy tale, she knows because she sees happily ever after endings and encounters bad wolves on every corner she turns. Her heart desires fashion runways, scented poetries bottled in perfect glass bottles, Pablo Neruda’s poems and kind spirits. She devours books and appreciates food. She combines fashion pieces with meaningful acts of kindness:…
  • Perfume of the Day: Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan

    marina ljubisavljevic
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    Cashmere Mist woman was made for long walks in sugar mist storms, for candy rainfalls, and for cuddling. She is soft, personal, deep, intimate and natural. She is a strong woman with an old, romantic soul, infatuated with the idea that all of us are just half of the story, until we meet the other half, with love stapling together our happily ever after book. Cashmere Mist woman oozes with elegance and mysterious poise. She loves the way the softness of affection rubs against her naked skin, her shield… She loves perfect afternoons and imperfect moons, sugar cubes drowning in a cup of…
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