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  • Miniature Perfume Shoppe The Mini Museum: A Conversation with Allen Aaron White

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    If you've ever gone down the rabbit hole of searching for vintage and discontinued fragrances (and who amongst us hasn't?), you've probably encountered a charming corner of the web known as Miniature Perfume Shoppe. Often the best (and sometimes the only) place to find the perfumes and perfume bottles of yesteryear, as well as a huge selection of minis for perfumes still in production, Miniature... Read full article: Miniature Perfume Shoppe The Mini Museum: A Conversation with Allen Aaron White from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Lazy weekend poll ~ new experiences, again

    Now Smell This
    Robin
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    A simple game (and a repeat of a poll we did in 2011): 1. Name a place you’ve never been but you’d like to go on vacation. 2. Name a perfume you have never smelled, but that you think might be perfect for your trip. Mine… Read the rest of this article »
  • Michael Kors for Men recalled ?

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    Bigsly
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:39 pm
    This seems to be the consensus at Fragrantica about the new release The claim seems to be that some but not all of the bottles smell putrid, rancid, or whatever. Does anyone know more details?
  • The Dog Days: What to Wear?

    Perfume-Smellin' Things Perfume Blog
    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
  • "Are we focusing enough on giving the consumer a reason to buy a second time?"

    Perfume Shrine
    Perfumeshrine
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:52 am
    The Fragrance Foundation hosted the inaugural Executive Roundtable Discussion: “The Fall and the Rise of the Fragrance Industry,” at the French Institute / Alliance Française on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The Fragrance Foundation President, Elizabeth Musmanno, led panelists Robin Burns-McNeill, Chairman and Co-Founder of Batallure Beauty; Michael Gould, former Chairman and CEO of
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  • Miniature Perfume Shoppe The Mini Museum: A Conversation with Allen Aaron White

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    If you've ever gone down the rabbit hole of searching for vintage and discontinued fragrances (and who amongst us hasn't?), you've probably encountered a charming corner of the web known as Miniature Perfume Shoppe. Often the best (and sometimes the only) place to find the perfumes and perfume bottles of yesteryear, as well as a huge selection of minis for perfumes still in production, Miniature... Read full article: Miniature Perfume Shoppe The Mini Museum: A Conversation with Allen Aaron White from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Juniper Ridge: New Look, Same Scent

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Wildcrafting fragrance company Juniper Ridge, known for their Backpacker Cologne series featuring fragrance ingredients harvested and distilled during hikes through the California wilderness, announces a new look for fall. The packaging change adds a more polished and professional appearance to the products, while maintaining the brand's outdoorsy aesthetic. As the Juniper Ridge website says,... Read full article: Juniper Ridge: New Look, Same Scent from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Eau d'Italie: New Graine de Joie

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Italian brand Eau d'Italie which always brings me some nice emotions thanks to its humble, artisanal and idyllic touch, has created a new scent, Graine de Joie, that I can be described with the same words. "We like to think the golden thread through Italy's history has always been love. Love for beauty, love for love's sake—and we know it's no coincidence that Rome's secr... Read full article: Eau d'Italie: New Graine de Joie from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Grossmith London: New Exclusive Perfume Sylvan Song

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    One of the main heritors of the classical English perfume tradition, Grossmith London, founded in 1835 and now revived, launched their ever first exclusive fragrance for Fortnum Mason, the luxury department store recognized internationally for its high-quality goods and iconic English style. "We thought long and hard about what we have in common—our respective herita... Read full article: Grossmith London: New Exclusive Perfume Sylvan Song from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Scented Snippets: JoAnne Bassett Royal Alchemy Collection / Sacred x Six

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    I have puzzled over these half dozen delicious fragrances for over a week now; I still don't know which I love most.   Perhaps it's like that for JoAnne: how can you choose one child over another? My Belarussian great-grandmother sagely observed: “Five fingers, each different.”   Here we go!   [Each perfume has Omani steam-distilled Boswellia sacra, to avoid repetition]   ... Read full article: Scented Snippets: JoAnne Bassett Royal Alchemy Collection / Sacred x Six from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
 
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  • Lazy weekend poll ~ new experiences, again

    Robin
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    A simple game (and a repeat of a poll we did in 2011): 1. Name a place you’ve never been but you’d like to go on vacation. 2. Name a perfume you have never smelled, but that you think might be perfect for your trip. Mine… Read the rest of this article »
  • The splitmeet, episode 2

    Robin
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    The splitmeet (episode 2) is open for business. PLEASE read the instructions! For people who would like to chat in addition to, or instead of, splitting, there will be a poll along shortly. Don’t know what a bottle split is, or you know but you’ve never tried it? See here. Please note that the intention of the splitmeet is to split newly purchased bottles of perfume, not to sell decants of fragrances already in your collection! Anyone can join a split, but only people with current, active reader accounts may host splits… Read the rest of this article »
  • Agent Provocateur Fatale ~ fragrance review

    Jessica
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    Lingerie brand Agent Provocateur recently launched Fatale, a new feminine fragrance with notes of Madagascar pink pepper, succulent mango nectar, exotic blackcurrant, velvet gardenia, royal orris absolute, Indonesian patchouli, sulty skin musk, vanilla orchid aphrodisiac, chocolate gourmand addiction and Spanish labdanum. (I left the original press release text intact, for your reading pleasure.) Fatale was developed by perfumer Jean-Marc Chaillan and seems to signal a change in direction for the Agent Provocateur fragrance collection. I’m a fan of several older Agent Provocateur…
  • Arty Fragrance Reve de la Reine ~ new perfume

    Robin
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Elisabeth de Feydeau’s* Arty Fragrance brand has launched Rêve de la Reine, a new fragrance inspired by Marie Antoinette’s love of perfume and her gardens at Petit Trianon… Read the rest of this article »
  • Friday scent of the day 9/19

    Robin
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Welcome to Friday! Our Friday community project this week: wear something discontinued. What did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you aren’t participating in the community project. I’m wearing Fendi Theorema. My bottle is old, but Theorema has a good shelf life — it seems to smell better every year. Theorema is probably what I should have picked for the signature scent challenge… Read the rest of this article »
 
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  • 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!
  • Celebrating green: Jade and Verde from A Wing and a Prayer Perfumes - And a Prize Draw!

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

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

    16 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    By Donna The prolific Dawn Spencer Hurwitz of DSH Perfumes is having an especially creative year, and that is saying a lot. Once again, she is showing us that no matter what the genre of fragrance or the challenge presented is, she will find a way to make Art from it, and I am in awe of the results.                                                                         One of
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  • "Are we focusing enough on giving the consumer a reason to buy a second time?"

    Perfumeshrine
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:52 am
    The Fragrance Foundation hosted the inaugural Executive Roundtable Discussion: “The Fall and the Rise of the Fragrance Industry,” at the French Institute / Alliance Française on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The Fragrance Foundation President, Elizabeth Musmanno, led panelists Robin Burns-McNeill, Chairman and Co-Founder of Batallure Beauty; Michael Gould, former Chairman and CEO of
  • New Perfume Book: Dior, Les Parfums

    Perfumeshrine
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:59 pm
    For the first time, an official Dior perfume-centered book is set to launch this September: Dior Les Parfums (or "Dior The Perfumes"). The book reprises the history, the artistry and the description of the Christian Dior fragrances from 1947 (the year of the original Miss Dior perfume, currently circulating as L'originale; for valuable info on distinguishing Miss Dior editions consult this link)
  • The Jewels of Mumtaz Mahal: a Guerlain Exhibition

    Perfumeshrine
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    A meeting between Laurent Baillot (President & General Director at Guerlain) and Vinita Jain (an aficionado and collector of Mughal jewelry, an entrepreneur and part of the family possessing the Darjeeling plantations at the slopes of the Himalaya) during the shooting of the Shalimar perfume commercial in India resulted in an exhibition that is currently being shown at the flagship boutique of
  • Le Labo Cuir 28 (Dubai exclusive): fragrance appreciation reprisal

    Perfumeshrine
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Far from the crowd pleasing orientalism of Benjoin 19 (Le Labo's Moscow "city exclusive") which I had reviewed for Fragrantica last autumn, Cuir 28 by Le Labo reprises some of the butcher elements of the great leather perfumes tradition and marries them to a woody-peppery chord with unisex appeal. This brings it at a no man's land of leather scents, as it doesn't fit the mold of any category
  • Perfume quote: by Maurice Roucel

    Perfumeshrine
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Maurice Roucel, the acclaimed perfumer behind such block-busting fragrances as 24 Faubourg for Hermes, Insolence and L'Instant for Guerlain, Missoni by Missoni, Tocade for Rochas and cult wonders like Musc Ravageur (for Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle) has pronounced his judgment. You have been warned. Sail out to the world broadcasting the right Mors code. Photo of fashion and cinema
 
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    Roxana Illuminated Perfume

  • Virtue United is Stronger

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Late last night we arrived back in the dry, hot arid climate of the City of Angels after an amazing Beyond Aromatics conference in Seattle. I'll post details and photos from the event soon. In the meantime I need to fulfill the avalanche of orders from the show (after selling out!) as well as all the orders that came in while we were gone. I'm so grateful for all of your support dear readers
  • Solid Perfume Art Lockets are Back!

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Three of the solid perfume art lockets are now back in stock. I'm taking these up to the Beyond Aromatics conference in Seattle where I will have a booth. Since they tend to sell out, I suggest not delaying too long to get one.
  • Summer 2014

    9 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    Officially Summer is over, although one would never guess by the warm weather we've been having here. For me, it "feels" done when Eve heads off back to college in Vermont, which she did the Sunday before Labor Day. The weather folks have been deliberating whether this part of the earth is going to be hit with an El Nino this year. First they said yes, then they said no and now it
  • Prepping for the Conference

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    On Saturday, September 13th at 1:45pm, I will be presenting "The Tree of Life: A Mystical Approach to Botanical Perfumery" at the World of Aromatherapy Conference at Bastyr University. I will also have a booth at the trade show connected to the event. If any of you dear readers is planning to attend the conference and would like to pick up something specific while there please send me an
  • Flowering Perks

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

    Andy
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Today’s picture shows you my part of the stand at Pitti Fragranze, 5 minutes after 6 pm, Sunday September 14. It is empty as we started packing things after the fair was over. It is always amazing how this glitter world of Pitti falls apart within minutes when it is all over. All the golden flacons disappear. The high heels click clack towards the exit. What is left is the scent of a thousand perfumes, lingering in the air. The aftermath of Pitti is always, well: Troubling. After 3 days of living in a perfume bubble, talking, spraying, more talking, hugging, 3 days of taking pictures,…
  • talking with hands

    Andy
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    Greetings from Zurich! Back from Florence. Uff. A pile of work is waiting here and hence, this post is a micro post. Just that much: We are all very happy here. Gardenia sotto la luna found its fans. I talked a lot. I got a little TV feature in the Italian TV. Here’s the link…. And watching it feels strange to me and I realized: I do a lot with my hands there. Ah well. Thus, I could not help but scribbling the picture of today…. more soon again, on this channel.
  • out of town

    Andy
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
    today, hurray! finally and uff! and all: I will fly to London, for tomorrow’s launch event at Les Senteurs in the heart of London, surrounded by the best what selective perfumery has to offer. The launch date is going to see a full moon – and a super full moon-  and it is about as perfect as it can get for Gardenia sotto la luna. I am really looking forward to this. It feels great to finally show this fragrance and to present it to perfume lovers and learn what they come up with and have to say. Perfume is very subjective. Totally subjective, really. I mean: I have no clue what…
  • classification of flowers and woods

    Andy
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    This morning, pretty early, outside dark as we are moving into autumn, inside bright thanks to electricity, I was thinking about the blog post of today. Referring to yesterday’s interview part II on the Persolaise blog, and a quick illustration that I did while trying to come up with an answer to a particular question; “If flowers could be placed on some sort of spectrum according to their smell (you decide how this spectrum should be defined: maybe lily of the valley at one end and tuberose at the other) where would you place gardenia and why?” It is an interesting…
  • rabbits under the moon and flowers

    Andy
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    In my chat with Persolaise, for his blog, asked about “sotto la luna”, I said: “….the first time I heard “sotto la luna” was many years ago, and since then it has stood for a lot. There is a poem by an Italian author, Giuseppe Barberis, called Danze Di Conigli Sotto La Luna (Dancing Rabbits Under The Moon). For a couple of reasons, the image of dancing rabbits under the moon is very inspiring to me. It is a melancholic, happy, soothing, saddening and enlightening picture.” You can read the full first part of three (yes, we had fun talking…)…
 
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  • NARCISO eau de parfum

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    First impressions from NARCISO - a confusingly named fragrance (wcich is why I'm using the upper case) that due to officially come out in October, but is already available at The Bay downtown:From the get go, it appears the Narciso Rodriguez brand aimed to create a similar cult following to their original, with a few variations: the black rectangular bottle has been replaced by a white cube. The musk was replaced by ambereine accord and a sheer, crystalline amber. The synthetic orange blossom floral theme was replaced by a nondescript gardenia-rose that to my nose smells more similar to a…
  • Provencal Protest in the Lavender Fields

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Finally, French farmers have had enough with EU regulations, and have taken to the fields to protest the discriminatory European regulations that are due to come into effect in 2018. If we sit around and let the EU bureaucrats continue ruining perfume's historic and cultural uses and heritages, the beautiful lavender fields that are an iconic site in Provence will be no more. In addition, traditional herbalism and aromatherapy are also going to hurt as a result, if the fragrance industry's demand for lavender will tumble down. Article and image via AP."Lavender has been used for thousands of…
  • The Book of Scented Things

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:53 pm
    When the curators of The Book of Scented Things initially contacted me about their upcoming book, I immediately said yes, expecting a reference book of sorts, with poems by Rumi and Baudlaire. Wouldn't it be nice to have all these poetic quotes under one's fingertips? A couple of weeks later, a book arrived in my mailbox. A mat-black paperback, with a texture reminiscent of faux nubok. As I was leafing through the pages, I realized right away that I could have not been any more wrong about this anthology. It has exceeded my expectations, and not only because the element of surprise. This book…
  • The Modern Sage: A Case Study

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Sampling Wood Sage & Sea Salt this weekend instantly reminded me of Fig Leaf & Sage. The new limited edition offering from Jo Malone inspired me to bring up the topic of sage: an herb that is near and dear to my heart. Growing up with it, it has been used in my household to treat any ailment you can imagine - from sore throat and upset stomach to mouthwashing and hair-rinsing. Therefore, I never cared for it so much as an herbal tea - it has too strong of a medicinal association for me in that format.Another story altogether is safe as fresh or dried leaves in the wild, as well as its…
  • Huffington Post's 17 Best Perfume Blogs

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    17 Best Perfume Blogs according to Huffington Post Style. Had no idea SmellyBlog is one of them. Thanks!
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  • 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…
  • Parfums Lalun Phenomene Verte II

    Lucy Raubertas
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    This season of transition, in-between the heat of summer and the winter cold, is for me the best time of year for perfume, and also the best atmosphere to bring out the subtleties and facets of natural perfumes. The finest natural perfumes, that like anything made of natural materials, reveal themselves to the full only by paying close attention.   That pleasant concentration leads to a centered, meditative, intense experience of olfactory pleasure.The perfumer of Lalun Parfums has a way of working I find to be an engaging combination of the modern and traditional.  I have had…
  • Andrea Maack Parfums

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

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

    Lucy Raubertas
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:22 pm
    The summer has grown more beautiful every day since my last post, but the news keeps growing more difficult.  I turn to my summer perfume favorites for an alternate reality experience. I've written about all these perfumers before a number of times, but these are certain of their newer perfumes that hit the right spot in this warmer season.  This is the second part of two on my Summer perfume rotation.6.Cape Heartache by Imaginary Authors.  This one fulfills the promise of its ultra-interesting site's copy upon extended wear, and I have learned to use several sprays to gain…
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  • Polly Bergen (1930-2014)

    Gaia Fishler
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Polly Bergen quotes:"When you feel what you've done fulfills yourself, makes you happy and makes people around you happy.""The thing is, when you see your old friends, you come face to face with yourself. I run into someone I've known for 40 or 50 years, and they're old. And I suddenly realize I'm old. It comes as an enormous shock to me.""You look at the road you could have taken, you know, I just think that's interesting... I've been on a lot of roads and I had to hitchhike on a couple of 'em... I have to be very honest: There's not an awful lot of regret in my life. I think that, you know,…
  • Quote Of The Day: Aerin Lauder On Casual Fridays

    Gaia Fishler
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    Aerin Lauder on what her grandmother would be horrified to see in today’s workplace…“Probably casual Fridays for men. She would not like Lacoste [shirts] at the office. I come from an environment where the men actually say, ‘Is it OK if I take off my jacket?’ in a meeting. Everyone wears suits; it is a very dressed-up world. Even if I wear jeans, I still wear a blazer and jewelry. I think there is something nice about coming to work and dressing nicely.”Indeed.Photo and quote from Glamour Magazine.COPYRIGHT ©2006-2014 GAIA FISHLER WWW.THENONBLONDE.COM, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Currently- September 2014

    Gaia Fishler
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:51 pm
    BookThe Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard. I think it was a recommendation of a reader here, but I'm not sure. Early 1800s, Edgar Allan Poe at West Point, a murder mystery. It drags a little and at times I wish to bitch-slap Mr. Poe, but there's something about this book and its atmosphere.MusicGemma Ray- DesotoTVIn an act of desperation the Husband and I started watching Flip or Flop on HGTV. It's not as bad as I've feared, but I can't wait till Nicole Curtis returns with her loving and history-conscious remodeling projects.PerfumeHabanita extrait de parfum. I love the EDT (and should really get…
  • Cats Of The Day

    Gaia Fishler
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    GemmaGiselleMarigoldGray is a pretty dominant color in our home, and tabbies ran rampant. Marigold and Gemma (as well as Pippa, who evaded the camera today) are littermates and about 18 month old. Giselle, who just turned six, is truly one of a kind. And she knows it.COPYRIGHT ©2006-2014 GAIA FISHLER WWW.THENONBLONDE.COM, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CONTENT POACHING IS BOTH ILLEGAL AND UGLY. Copier, C'est Voler.
  • Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Eye Shadow Palette

    Gaia Fishler
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    This was a rare impulse buy. Normally I plan my makeup purchases carefully, keeping lists and spreadsheets that help me decide if a certain item has its place in my collection or at least is important enough for the blog. I didn't give much thought to the recently-launched Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Eye Shadow Palette because the first Naked Basics was not right for my coloring and failed to impress me. But with Basics 2 Urban Decay hit it out of the park. It's beyond perfect.Urban Decay N. Basics 2 is rather moderate in size for a six-pan palette and can fit into a clutch or a large…
 
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  • 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
  • I Wore This: Dior Addict (Original)

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

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

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

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

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Laura Mercier  has long been a chief supporter of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month . She has her own foundation- Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund (LMOCF) and each September releases products to benefit the cause.   New this year is Peach Hope Lip Glace . The Bonne Mine palette is available all year. 100% of the profits from both of these items  go to LMOCF. Peach Hope Lip Glace is $ 25Bonne Mine Palette is $ 48 
  • Algenist Genius Face & Eye Cream Duo- QVC TSV

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    I've become quite the fan of Algenist skincare in the last couple years . I used their Genius cream much of last winter and once cooler weather sets in and my skin is less oily , I'll bring it back into the rotation. New to the Genius line is an eye cream that I can't wait to try. I should have a review up in the next week or so. If you love Algenist as well or have been thinking of trying it, QVC has a TSV today  for a Genius "Advanced Anti-Aging Power Duo", namely one each  of the face and eye cream for $ 110 ( 40 % off).The TSV is of course an all day sale, but presentations…
  • CK One All Day Face Perfection Makeup SPF 20

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
    All Day Face Perfection sounds like a good thing, right ? That's the  name of the new foundation from CK One  and it delivers.Full name  All Day Face Perfection Makeup SPF 20  is a medium-  full  coverage foundation. It is a thick formula out of the bottle but once on feels very light and blends in  easily and seamlessly . It gives a nicely smoothed look to skin and has a semi matte finish. Not dry but not dewy either. It covers imperfections and spots well and has an advanced polymer in there to help  hold pigments in place  for long wear along…
  • Nautica Life for Men

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    For the men comes  a new one from Nautica.As you guess from a sent called Nautica Life this is very much an aquatic scent.It is light, sporty and fresh  and  with the seamoss and violet leaf notes , a little green with  a touch of musk at the drydown.I particularly was charmed by the bottle, inside around the spray tube is a piece that resembles knotted rope.  It solidifies that marine vibe  and for the beach lover or sailor who is sad to see Summer heading out, this would be a nice gift idea whether now or at the holidays.Nautica Life is $ 62.50 at Macy's
  • Calvin Klein Eternity Night

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Eternity fragrance line gets a Night version this month which is also the 25th anniversary of the original Eternity.Eternity  Night starts a bit sharp at first but then soon settles into a  peppery and spicy feel.  At first  there is also  a hint of dark fruit , the quetsche or damnson plum note , then the  pretty, light florals of jasmine, wisteria  and frangipani come along.  The florals stay more in the background overall and by the drydown  there is a good deal of musk along with sandalwood and tonka. Those bottom notes of musk, sandalwood…
 
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  • The History of British Perfumery by Master Perfumer Roja Dove + Famous British Perfumes Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Ancient Britons-Pictish Woman It is interesting to think that a coat of arms, a symbol which is inseparable from British history owes its origin to perfumery, for part of the toilette of the ancient Britons was to paint their bodies with fats that were coloured using pigments that were often naturally scented to help protect them from adverse weather. Royal Coat of Arms of Britian (1189-1198) Attributed to Henry II Over time this decoration became the symbol of a freeman and separated him from a slave. Eventually freemen carried arms, so called as the designs were literally transferred from…
  • Strange Invisible Perfumes L’Invisible -The Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    L’Invisible is the state of an object that cannot be seen, and in  describing perfume its most spiritual and intangible essence. Like stepping into a time machine, it allows us to travel to the farthest reaches of the mind and uncover what is hidden. Allegorical, unpredictable and existing on multi planes; that is my immediate reaction to Strange Invisible Perfumes'L’Invisible by Perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis Thanks to the generosity of Strange Invisible Perfumes we have 15 ml  eau de parfum of L'Invisible for one USA reader. The random winner is…
  • New Perfume Review: Byredo Parfums Mojave Ghost

    Tama
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Byredo Mojave Ghost bottle and Mohave Ghost flowers In the relentless heat of the Mojave Desert, there are forms of vegetation that belie the harsh desert conditions. One of these is the Mojave Ghost, a delicate white flower that is also rather clever: it has a spot on it that mimics a bee, thus attracting the bees from nearby flowers. Since the ghost flower itself has no nectar, this keeps it thriving and reproducing, with a bit of chicanery. Creative Director Ben Gorham’s latest scent for Byredo, Mojave Ghost, pays homage to this intriguing flower, which is also his first release…
  • En Voyage Perfumes Fiore di Bellagio -The Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    So what was the genesis of Fiore di Bellagio? Shelley Waddington of En Voyage Perfumes wrote me,  "I mused for months about which perfumes might have been on Zelda Fitzgerald’s dressing table.  What was THE arresting new fragrance of that time that would best suit her complex personality? I knew immediately; Caron’s Bellodgia which was composed by the legendary perfumer Ernest Daltroff in 1927.” Thanks to Shelley Waddington we have a worldwide draw of five samples of Fiore di Bellagio Eau de Parfum for five…
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  • What are your signature scents?

    Marta Billan
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Having a signature scent is splendid, but having the same signature scent for ten years of your life is not. I believe it is crucial to experiment with diverse fragrances, because the list of possibilities are endless. At the moment my favorite fragrance is the delightful Lola by Marc Jacobs. However, if I had to wear Lola constantly for a long period of time, it would soon become bland and tedious. I enjoy leaving my ‘comfort zone’ and experimenting with a variety of perfumes and I wanted to share some of my recent favorites. Each of these fragrances will lead you to a state of pure…
  • Perfume of the Day: Gucci Envy Me 2

    marina ljubisavljevic
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    The thing she loves the most is when her perfume embraces her tightly and envelopes her in a cocoon of sheer love. The winds have blown away her memories and taught her that words cannot be lost in translation, only feelings can. She is known to be a limited edition, a woman who passes through the lives of other people and changes them completely, but knows nothing of it! Her compass never points to North, but only to his heart. She is sensual and sways in the rhythm of butterfly music. She cries often, but this does not make her vulnerable, mellow and weak, it makes her reborn. And this is…
  • Perfume of the Day: Issey Miyake L’eau D’issey Absolue

    marina ljubisavljevic
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    He knows all of her imperfections, and that is why he thinks she is perfect. She is different, unlike anyone else on this planet. She awaits for the nightfall, when the obscure brilliance of love veils them. She talks to the flowers in the corner, confesses to them, knowing that her secret will be spread around the air like the sweetest nectar. She loves drinking water at night, when the stars drown in the aquatic liquid, sweetening it with their presence. She has a mellow heart and a complex character, she is cautious and indulges herself in life. Her perfect partner is someone who doesn’t…
  • Perfume of the Day: D&G 3 L’IMPERATRICE

    marina ljubisavljevic
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    No, this is not a man’s world, she proclaims. She does not need a hero, she does not need to be rescued. All she ever needed was a man without a restless heart. She is strong, opinionated and loud. Every time she walks through a door, she raises her voice a bit, puts on her biggest smile and announces her presence. She is worthy of the attention, she is the best version of herself, she is the main character in her own book, and she is some pretty darn novelist. She knows that her life is not an open book, and she knows that when the bitter words take over the pages of the book, she can…
  • Perfume of the Day: Escada Born in Paradise

    marina ljubisavljevic
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    It is Sunday morning and she waits for the moment her girlfriends will walk through the door. She is ready for their weekly gossip/brunch ritual. She can see the first snowflakes stacking on the café’s window, like they are trying to peek into the lives of the people who suspect nothing of it while enjoying their coffee. The weight of the layers of clothes bother her, but she won’t admit it. And as she stands there alone, she catches a whiff of a familiar scent. The coconut flavored straw of her giggly pina colada cocktail, the friendliness of the hot Mexican sand, the stubbornness of…
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