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  • Perfume of the Day: Cinema by Yves Saint Laurent

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    marina ljubisavljevic
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    This is her bucket list for today: 1.Get up! 2.Put on your glamorous evening gown, your high heels, your black seamed stockings, make a retro hairdo and go to work as if you are an actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood travelling through time! 3.Sway your hips while you walk, as if you are a fallen leaf dancing on the tune of the merciless wind! 4.Smile at strangers, but keep it mysterious, as if you are holding the keys to the solution of the greatest mystery in the universe! 5. Stand in the storm, and if the wind does not blow you away, then it is not worth your attention and your time,…
  • 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
  • The One That I Want: Gisele Performs for Baz Luhrmann in Chanel No.5 Commercial

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    Perfumeshrine
    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
  • L'Artisan Parfumeur Re-Launches Two Long Lost Fragrances

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    Perfumeshrine
    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
  • Louis Feraud Bonheur

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    French fashion house Feraud launches its new fragrance in 2014 called Bonheur or "happiness." “Bonheur, like a shining diamond, created and faceted by nature, is sparkling with a special shine. Beauty, gracing the skin by its simplicity, is dual by its innocence like fragrant jewel. "   It opens with bright notes of clementine, bergamot and peach nectar that are playfully crackling in ... Read full article: Louis Feraud Bonheur from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
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  • Louis Feraud Bonheur

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:56 am
    French fashion house Feraud launches its new fragrance in 2014 called Bonheur or "happiness." “Bonheur, like a shining diamond, created and faceted by nature, is sparkling with a special shine. Beauty, gracing the skin by its simplicity, is dual by its innocence like fragrant jewel. "   It opens with bright notes of clementine, bergamot and peach nectar that are playfully crackling in ... Read full article: Louis Feraud Bonheur from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Angry Birds Stella

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    The collection of fragrances Angry Birds, which attracted a lot of attention of the public, particularly from the youngest ones who adore the eponymous game and its numerous versions, will present this year another fragrance, inspired by Stella, the pink bird.   Stella arrives in the same style as previous editions King Pig, Red Bird and Yellow Bird, in glass flacons shaped like the lovely ... Read full article: Angry Birds Stella from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Mandarina Duck M+

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    Mandarina Duck is launching a new fragrance for men named M+, created as a duo fragrant concept. This concept includes standard flacons of 100, 50 or 30 ml which will always be combined with smaller flacons, one aimed for keeping at home and the other for work, traveling, the gym …  according to the brand Mandarina Duck. Perfume M+ opens with lemon, grapefruit, black pepper and la... Read full article: Mandarina Duck M+ from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Caron pour un Homme (1934)

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:59 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: Caron’s iconic vanilla and lavender composition turns 80 this year. But don’t let the name Pour un Homme (or “For a Man”) fool you; this scent i... Read full article: Caron pour un Homme (1934) from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • By Kilian Arabian Nights: Gold Oud, Extreme Oud, Black Oud

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    By Kilian launches three new versions of the fragrance joining the collection Arabian Nights, initiated in 2009 with Pure Oud. The fragrances have been introduced exclusively at the Harrods Salon de Parfums, and arrive in 50 ml refillable flacons. Gold Oud, Extreme Oud and Black Oud are not the only three editions launched this year. They were preceded by Eternal Oud, in the same flacon form and... Read full article: By Kilian Arabian Nights: Gold Oud, Extreme Oud, Black Oud from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
 
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  • Tuesday scent of the day 10/21

    Robin
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Do share your scent of the day if you have a free minute or two. I’m wearing Old Spice. I always forget how long Old Spice has been around: it launched in 1937, the same year as Schiaparelli Shocking and Lanvin Pretexte and Lancôme Peut-Être. I wish the Old Spice folks would do a luxury version (not too luxury, just maybe spend some money on the raw materials) and I wish they’d bring back the Old Spice Man. Reminder: this Friday, 10/24, we’re doing Gender Wars… Read the rest of this article »
  • Online fragrance shopping

    Robin
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    New at beautyhabit: Parfum d'Empire Musc Tonkin. New at harrods (UK): Moschino Cheap & Chic Stars. New at luckyscent: Annick Goutal Vent de Folie. New at neimanmarcus: Roja Parfums Reckless. New at nordstrom: Hermes 24 Faubourg limited edition, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy So Intense. New at sephora: B Balenciaga.
  • & Other Stories Fig Fiction, Botanic Whisper, Moroccan Tea & Punk Bouquet ~ new fragrances

    Robin
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Swedish brand & Other Stories (they are owned by the H&M Group, and recently opened their first US store in Soho) will launch four popular fragrances from their bath and body line in Eau de Toilette form: Fig Fiction, Botanic Whisper, Moroccan Tea and Punk Bouquet. The scents were developed by perfumer Jérôme Epinette… Read the rest of this article »
  • Jacques Zolty Fleur de Lune & Van-ile ~ new fragrances

    Robin
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Jacques Zolty has launched two new fragrances, Fleur de Lune and Van-ile… Read the rest of this article »
  • It’s only fashion when a woman puts it on

    Robin
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    Never, ever confuse what happens on a runway with fashion. A runway is spectacle. It’s only fashion when a woman puts it on. Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense. — Oscar de la Renta, who passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Quoted in Oscar de la Renta, Who Clothed Stars and Became One, Dies at 82 at the New York Times.
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  • Gucci Pour Homme you smell like wood-chipper chips, brick ovens, and burned wicks!

    EarNoseThroat
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    But that's why we love you! There is nothing else like you on the market. And you were given to us by Tom Ford. You belong in the exclusive collection, in EDP form of course. Wouldn't you agree?
  • [International] ------- Montale Aoud & Pine -------

    PalmBeach
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Up on the block, is a brand new, still sealed 100mL bottle of Montale Aoud & Pine. Retail $170.00. $95.00 Family and Friends or $99.50 for Goods and Services via PayPal. This includes mailing to Continental US. Will mail to any country, but please PM me for costs. Please PM to purchase.
  • Pierre Cardin's Legend EDT anyone heard of it or smell it?

    Mos
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Went to Burlington Coat Factory and i seen they only had 1 tester out and this was it. i sprayed it on to try it out and i must say it smells pretty good! i got a hit of vetiver and a touch cardamom with slight ginger at the top. 5 hours later the dry down was leather,amber and slight tonka. I was totally surprised how very clean masculine it was and how cheap it was!. So i went here and tried to check if any reviews are on it. BUT nothing on this entire site about it at all, not even the name and found that weird Ingredients in this frag are: sea mist, fresh ginger, carrot seed oil, black…
  • who knows about grey flannel

    shiiiriiin
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    is there any diffrence between the new or latest -i think that one which is on the market the last decade- geofrrey beene grey flannel in 120ml vapo and 240ml splash? the 240ml is not 2x so expensive they cost almost the same money and once i read the 240ml is watered down i bought the 240ml and i cant smell the great silage or strength people talking about anyone bought both or tried the vapo version in 120ml? i only bought 240 one
  • L'Artisan Parfumeur scents at TKMaxx. Just a heads up.

    kewart
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    I have just been to our local TMaxx for a bit of early christmas shopping. To my delight I found four of the L'Artisan Parfumeur scents priced at only £19.99! They had Drole de Rose, Batucada, Nuit de Tubereuse and Poivre Piquant. I went with the DDR because it was a 100ml bottle, whereas the others were all 50ml. I think they had priced it up wrong- my gain! I am wearing it now and find it to be a very soft violet/rose with a vintage powdery feel, somewhat retro in style. I expect they are discontinuing these ones. I also have Jour de Fete and enjoy that on occasions when I just want to…
 
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  • Summer Rerun: Perfume Slumming, or the 70's Revisited

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

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Random.org has spoken and the winners have been chosen! The winner of the 5.5 ml roller ball of Aether Arts Incense Indica is Sujaan. The winner of the 1 dram of concentrated oil perfume in the winner's choice of the DSH Perfumes Cannabis Culture Collection  is Lyubov. Hit the "Contact  me" button on the right and give us your mailing address. Congratulations!
  • Contact High: The new Cannabis fragrances from Aether Arts and DSH Perfumes -And a Prize Draw!

    27 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    By Donna Colorado was one of the first states in the U.S. to legalize marijuana, and as it happens, that is also where two talented indie perfumers happen to live and work. I am sure that the backers of the movement to decriminalize this ancient plant did not anticipate that one of the “side effects” would be the inclusion of it in perfumery, but that's what happened. I am here
  • The Dog Days: What to Wear?

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

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Random.org has spoken and the winner of the draw is Sharyl Suzanne Morris, who chose Verde. Please hit the "Contact me" button on the right and send us your mailing address, and congratulations!
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  • Oscar de la Renta: 1932-2014

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

    Perfumeshrine
    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

    Perfumeshrine
    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

    Perfumeshrine
    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

    Perfumeshrine
    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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  • 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
  • Meanwhile...

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    While most places in the northern hemisphere have been experiencing some form of Autumn weather and signs of the impending season, we continue to have heat and very few visible harbingers except for acorns and pumpkin vendors. Meanwhile, the jasmine sambac is happily blooming in yet another flowering cycle. I now have two big bottles of tincture, a glass jar of an infusion and an
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  • the Italian way

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

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

    Andy
    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…
  • belling deer and a rose flash update

    Andy
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Today, en miniature, an aquarelle that is not finished, yet. It needs some fine grasses in the front. In about every 10th mid European hotel there is at least one picture of a belling deer in late autumn, or winter. A clichée. But I could not help drawing it. So there you go: Andy’s deer in a misty sunset environment. Not belling, though. I think the “belling deer” is in the hotel rooms because one way or the other hotel guests are expected to like the picture. But how do you know? It is hard to say what people like and even harder why. Here comes Rose flash. What I got…
  • October treats

    Andy
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:57 pm
    A perfect autumn day, that’s what we had here in Zurich yesterday. The sun was shining, a gentle sun, after mysterious early morning fog, trees in change from the everyday green working dress to the colorful negligees before going to bed soon. Yesterday, getting up shortly after 5, I learned that the birds are already whispering at this early morning time, before the sun shows up really. I was happy enough to spot one of the last bats Sunday morning, flying around the house before going to bed. It was a happy day, and aside from a few mails and an order here and there, I did not work…
 
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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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  • Oscar De La Renta (1932-2014)

    Gaia Fishler
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Oscar de la Renta quotes:"Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.""Now is the most exciting time in fashion. Women are controlling their destiny now, the consumer is more knowledgeable, and I have to be better every single day.""The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.""I remember a hundred years ago, I was at La Côte Basque and a lady walked in wearing a tunic pantsuit by Courrèges. The maître d' told her that ladies in pants were not allowed. So she went outside, dropped her pants, and returned in a very…
  • Currently- October 2014

    Gaia Fishler
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Autumn Colors by Alexei ButiriskiyBookI'm in the middle of another Laura Ingalls Wilder biography, but have also started a couple of other books, including Mandy Aftel's Fragrant, and The Viceroy's Daughters (about the Curzon sisters,upon recommendation of the wonderful Kafkaesque), and I need to read Cary Elwes' Princess Bride memoir (As You Wish) before the Husband tells me every last anecdote.MusicKate Bush- Breathing.1980, Kate in a bubble/womb, singing of death, rebirth, her mother, and the end of the world. And look at her makeup. TVI'm actually enjoying Once Upon a Time again. I…
  • Jersey Cats

    Gaia Fishler
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Giselle invites you to like our page Jersey CatsIt's kind of funny. I never wanted to create a Facebook fan page for this blog (instead I opted for a Facebook group, where we can hang out in a more laid-back way, ask questions, and share idea. Have you joined?). But when it comes to the cats, I knew that eventually I'd succumb and create such a page, where I can tell you stories about each one, and post pictures. Lots and lots and lots of cat pictures. Here's our page, Jersey Cats. Please stop by and check us out, "Like" if you're so inclined, and talk to us about all things cat-related,…
  • Five Pick-Me-Up Ideas For Monday

    Gaia Fishler
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Some Mondays take their role way too seriously. Like this one.  Various workers have been going in and out of the house, but the new furnace won't actually be installed until Wednesday. Mt. Laundry has grown right in front of my eyes, like a pimple on a long-suffering chin. The cats started the morning on the obnoxious side of rambunctious, and there was just not enough tea in the world to make it all go away.  It might be too late to save this day, but here are five pick-me-up ideas to help us deal with the Mondayness of it all:1. A quick moisture infusion mask. I know that time is…
  • Winner Of Aftelier Palimpsest

    Gaia Fishler
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Bob woke up from his nap to congratulates Cbstarker who won a mini of Palimpsest. He hopes we all smell like tuna.COPYRIGHT ©2006-2014 GAIA FISHLER WWW.THENONBLONDE.COM, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CONTENT POACHING IS BOTH ILLEGAL AND UGLY. Copier, C'est Voler.
 
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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

  • 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…
  • MAC Sweet Sentiments Blush - Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Want  rosy blooming cheeks that say I just schussed down a mountain or helped cut down this year's Christmas  tree?   MAC's newest blush can help .Sweet Sentiments is a rosy pink Mineralize Blush shade . It's got a good bit of  pigment  but blends down really well to a soft rose . One blended  you have that rosy  pink cheeked look . It brightens  and amps up a Winter pallor. Naturally the blush pairs well with the Cremesheen Lipglasses also from Heirloom Mix I featured here.  A swipe of gloss and a flush of blush and you're ready to bundle up…
  • MAC Seeking Adoration & Romantic Overture Cremesheen Glass - Heirloom Mix Holiday 2014

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    A pink and plummy quintet of Cremesheen Lipglasses are part of MAC Holiday's  Heirloom Mix collection. Seeking Adoration and Romantic Overture are two  of them, ready not just for holiday lips, but all Winter as well.Seeking Adoration is described by MAC as plummy pink and that sums it up well. It's not too pink nor is it deep plum but somewhere in the middle. It's got slight shimmer which doesn't show up too much on lips. This has a more creme look to it. It's a pretty color,  and one I am already wearing. Pigment is good, not bold but not too light or sheer.  If you…
 
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    Cafleurebon - Fragrance is a language of translating the world

  • ÇaFleureBon Behind the Bottle: Bruno Fazzolari of Bruno Fazzolari Editions Au Delà – Narcisse des Montages + Olivier Messiaen Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Behind the Bottle with Bruno Fazzolari When we first learned of Bruno Fazzolari, a fine artist and an olfactory artist in 2013,  who moves between scent and painting we knew we had discovered a rising star.   Through former Managing Editor Tama Blough we had the honor of being the first perfume blog to review his work.(at that time Lamp Black,  Monserrat,  Five, and Au Delà and  Jimmy).  I  recently recieved  a sample of Bruno Fazzolari's new limited edition perfume, Au Delà – Narcisse des…
  • Scent Event: Mandy Aftel at The Institute For Art And Olfaction October 16, 2014: Fragrant The Secret Life of Scent

    Michelyn Camen
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Photo Courtesy of Yosh Han Los Angeles hosts some of the most well known stars but this time around on October 16th, a constellation of cinnamon, mint, frankincense, ambergris, and jasmine converged in a singular astronomical event, as historically one has always navigated. Photo Courtesy of Saskia Wilson Brown:( L)  Persephenie Lea, Yosh Han Irena Kojouharova, Sarah Horowitz-Thran and Saskia Wilson Brown Director of IAO   A slew of perfumers (including Yosh, Miriam Vareldzis, Persephenie Lea,  Sarah Horowitz-Thran, Maggie Mahboubian,  JoAnne Bassett, Ashley…
  • Perfume Review: Au Pays de La Fleur D’Oranger Collection Les Inédites Lavande Ombrée + Lavender Hombre Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
     19th Century English Dandys from the  Digital Libraries of The Metropolitan Musuem of Art I hate lavender.  I have to just come out and say that.  For an herb that has occupied such an important place in history, you’d think I’d appreciate it more.  Especially when lavender features so prominently in many classic men’s fragrances, (ie. the fougeres), you’d think I’d come around over time.   But no – I’ve always associated lavender scents with limp, overly-dandified excursions into prissy, snooty…
  • Senior Perfumer Sonia Constant: Rouge Bunny Rouge and Carner Barcelona Perfume Winners

    Michelyn Camen
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Sonia Constant, Sr Perfumer Givaudan in Paris During my ISIPCA studies, I was very lucky because I had Dominique ROPION and Francis KURKDJIAN as teachers; I was fascinated by them both.  We had  a class assignment from Francis to construct  a Lily of the valley accord; he brought to class a fresh lily of the valley flower in the morning and then told us to recreate the exact scent. I used this knowledge over a decade later when I created Muguet en Fleur for Yves ROCHER in 2013 Thanks to the generosity of Alexandra de Montfort of Rouge Bunny Rouge we have a  WORLDWIDE draw…
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    Scentbird Perfumes

  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Perfume of the Day: Cinema by Yves Saint Laurent

    marina ljubisavljevic
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    This is her bucket list for today: 1.Get up! 2.Put on your glamorous evening gown, your high heels, your black seamed stockings, make a retro hairdo and go to work as if you are an actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood travelling through time! 3.Sway your hips while you walk, as if you are a fallen leaf dancing on the tune of the merciless wind! 4.Smile at strangers, but keep it mysterious, as if you are holding the keys to the solution of the greatest mystery in the universe! 5. Stand in the storm, and if the wind does not blow you away, then it is not worth your attention and your time,…
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