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    A Rose Beyond the Thames
    Rose
    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…
  • Good Enough to Eat: En Voyage Perfumes Souvenir de Chocolat Trio

    Perfume-Smellin' Things Perfume Blog
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    By Donna Shelley Waddington of En Voyage Perfumes is well known for putting her own spin on traditional perfume styles, and now she has taken on the gourmand family with great success. This much anticipated (and now multiple award-winning) trio of scents lives up to it billing, evoking the sweetness of classic favorites with an original twist. I love vanilla in perfumes, from
  • Timeless Modernity: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Launch Pluriel féminin and masculin

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    "The quest for an eternal feminine and masculine inspired the creation of the ‘Pluriel’ collection, the new opus in Francis Kurkdjian’s fragrance wardrobe. féminin Pluriel and masculin Pluriel. A beautiful creation composed of a multitude of facets, designed to evolve with freedom and sensuality, unbound from fleeting fashions. A challenge to time and a search for timelessness,... Read full article: Timeless Modernity: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Launch Pluriel féminin and masculin from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Guerlain L’Homme Ideal ~ fragrance review

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    Kevin
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    No harm to the models (a paying gig is a paying gig)…but the print and video ads for the new Guerlain L’Homme Idéal1 are so daft! Believe me girls, there is nothing shocking, surprising, “dirty” or revelatory inside that bottle! (Maybe they’re just happy about the bottle, which everyone in Perfumeland seems to love.) Guerlain hasn’t released a men’s pillar scent since 2008′s Guerlain Homme; and I just realized the last Guerlain men’s pillar scent I bought (recently) was 1992′s Héritage. Though I appreciate perfumer Thierry…
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    Trauerkraut
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
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  • Timeless Modernity: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Launch Pluriel féminin and masculin

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    "The quest for an eternal feminine and masculine inspired the creation of the ‘Pluriel’ collection, the new opus in Francis Kurkdjian’s fragrance wardrobe. féminin Pluriel and masculin Pluriel. A beautiful creation composed of a multitude of facets, designed to evolve with freedom and sensuality, unbound from fleeting fashions. A challenge to time and a search for timelessness,... Read full article: Timeless Modernity: Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Launch Pluriel féminin and masculin from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Penhaligon’s 2014 Gift Collection

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    There comes a time each year, a change in the seasons, when all thoughts turn to crackling log fires, the smell of pine needles and the pleasing sight of glossy gifts nestling beneath the tree all tied up in red velvet ribbons. For most sane people, this time of year would occur oh, say, round about November, perhaps October at a push; for beauty writers the season is actually the height of... Read full article: Penhaligon’s 2014 Gift Collection from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • From Dear John to Dad’s Garden: Exclusive Interview with Mark Constantine, Founder of Gorilla Perfume and LUSH

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Mark Constantine, perfumer behind Gorilla perfumes “Would you like to go in Dad’s garden?” Mark Constantine asks, leading me through a large shed filled with tweed jackets hanging on pegs along one wall, the last of which sports a photograph of his recently departed father in the top pocket. Having been privileged enough to enjoy a private tour of Gorilla Perfume’s Death, Decay and R... Read full article: From Dear John to Dad’s Garden: Exclusive Interview with Mark Constantine, Founder of Gorilla Perfume and LUSH from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Emanuel Ungaro L'Amour Fou L'Elixir

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    Emanuel Ungaro fragrance L'Amour Fou was presented in 2012 in Eau de Parfum concentration, followed by the Eau de Toilette version of 2013. The new edition of L'Amour Fou L'Elixir comes in Summer 2014 and celebrates the preciousness of daring emotion and the craziness of love, intended for women who are unique and fiery. The composition is floral-oriental-woody. The duo of pear granita and ... Read full article: Emanuel Ungaro L'Amour Fou L'Elixir from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Bath and Body Works - Summer Collections

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:26 am
    Bath and Body Works celebrates warm summer days with new collections created specially and inspired by enjoying the beach and the sun. The collections are available in lively colors and offer a wide range of body care products. They were introduced just before Summer 2014, and each of them contains body fragrances in flacons of 236 ml (8 fl oz), accompanied with perfumed shower gel, body lotion ... Read full article: Bath and Body Works - Summer Collections from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
 
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  • Guerlain L’Homme Ideal ~ fragrance review

    Kevin
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    No harm to the models (a paying gig is a paying gig)…but the print and video ads for the new Guerlain L’Homme Idéal1 are so daft! Believe me girls, there is nothing shocking, surprising, “dirty” or revelatory inside that bottle! (Maybe they’re just happy about the bottle, which everyone in Perfumeland seems to love.) Guerlain hasn’t released a men’s pillar scent since 2008′s Guerlain Homme; and I just realized the last Guerlain men’s pillar scent I bought (recently) was 1992′s Héritage. Though I appreciate perfumer Thierry…
  • Heloise de V ~ new niche line

    Robin
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    French niche line Héloïse de V launched earlier this year with three fragrances “rooted in the heart of the Uzès region“: Déjeuner sous le figuier, À l’heure de la cueillette and Au bord de la rivière… Read the rest of this article »
  • Artemisia Natural Perfume Ozymandias ~ new perfume

    Robin
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Indie brand Artemisia Natural Perfume has launched Ozymandias, a new fragrance inspired by the Shelley poem of the same name… Read the rest of this article »
  • Tuesday scent of the day 7/29

    Robin
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Happy Tuesday! Do tell us what fragrance you’re wearing today. It’s a gorgeous cool summer morning here, about 70 F. I’m wearing Diptyque Oyédo, just a dab, and I’m drinking a cup of Upton Yin Hao Jasmine tea. Reminder: this Friday, August 1st, will be Indie Special Friday… Read the rest of this article »
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    Robin
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    A short ad for the new Nuit d'Issey from Issey Miyake.
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  • SOTD: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Trauerkraut
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:51 pm
  • Quorum Clarification

    rybot
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    I am a huge fan of this fragrance and often read about it being reformulated, yada yada yada. Anyways, can the more experienced basenoters walk me through the reformulation timeline for this fragrance, and give opinions on each "period"? Here's what I know (correct me please): Version 1: Box with busy, multicolored, symmetrical pattern. Bottle just says "puig" on front. Version 2: Box with busy multicolored pattern that is not symmetrical. Bottle says "Antonio puig" on front. Version 3: Box with current day pattern, gold and brown. Dated 1993. Bottle with tall…
  • A sniff down memory lane

    tensor9
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:05 pm
    As you probably know, memory is very closely tied to smell. A scent can suddenly bring memories, good and bad, rushing back to you, and sometimes this can even be quite startling. So, the question is what are some important memories from your life and what smell(s), be they from a fragrance or not, is(are) associated with those memories? Bath and Bodyworks Cucumber Melon. My highschool sweetheart wore this. It reminds me of young love, sex, and a little heartbreak. Polo Sport. Not so important, but this was my first designer fragrance. I remember the exhilaration of such a nice smell. I also…
  • What's your favorite season for wearing fragrances?

    Mitchapalooza
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    And what's your favorite frag for that season?.. the one you can't wait till the season to wear it. lol Mine is winter and Aventus cuz i love the way that smoky birch smells in the cold air. Also burberry london cuz it feels like christmas came early lol. And i know i know wear what you want when you feel like it.. but just humor me. :-p
  • Anyone tried the Ralph Lauren reed diffusers?

    dannygdesigns
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Been looking at the diffusers the past few days most of the scents sound pretty good. Really keen on trying the "Jamaica" scent, Thinking of purchasing one for my mums birthday in August, She has just finished the Jo Malone pomegranate noir which she really enjoyed. What does everyone think? http://www.selfridges.com/en/Home-Te...-6841617386EC/
 
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  • Crazy, Sexy Charmed Life - Impromptu by Roxana Illuminated Perfumes

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

    27 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    By Donna Shelley Waddington of En Voyage Perfumes is well known for putting her own spin on traditional perfume styles, and now she has taken on the gourmand family with great success. This much anticipated (and now multiple award-winning) trio of scents lives up to it billing, evoking the sweetness of classic favorites with an original twist. I love vanilla in perfumes, from
  • Etat Libre d'Orange Cologne

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Tom Cologne Eau de Parfum is a decided departure from the usual Etat Libre d’Orange usual ways of doing things. They’re of course those crazy kids who did C.S.I. Newark, er, Secretions Magnafique, which to me is a total scrubber with it’s notes of defiled mobster found under the pier.(but I am told that it is one of their most popular fragrance. They also did a personal favorite: Tilda
  • Soft touch: The pastel world of Arts & Scents perfumes

    22 Jun 2014 | 4:10 pm
    By Donna If you have never heard of the Arts & Scents fragrance line from Germany, you are not alone, as it is not well known in the U.S.A. even though it has been in existence since 2010. After reading about this natural brand on another site I was very curious, because they sounded quite different from the dizzying array of new niche fragrances being launched almost daily. I
  • Summer Rerun: On the Lighter Side

    18 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By TomThis week is my birthday, so I'm doing a summer rerun this week.   Nasomatto China White, Isotta Fraschini Profumo Uomo and L'Artisan L'Ete en DouceFirst off, I want to thank all of you for wishing me a happy birthday in this blog last week, I was truly touched, and it made turning 137 years old a lot easier. I thank you all!What did not make it easier was the fact that it was about
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  • Giveaway of Niche Perfume Samples

    Perfumeshrine
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    Irises (and iris-named perfumes) come plentiful in both mainstream and niche sectors lately: from best-selling Infusion d'Iris by Prada, Donna Karan Iris and Iris Nobile (A.di Parma) to Guerlain's Figue-Iris, Iris Ganache (also Guerlain), Iris Poudre (F.Malle) and Iris Silver Mist (Serge Lutens). Even The Body Shop has a white musk version in their Midnight Iris edition. And many many more….
  • Ancient Fragrant Lore (part 2)

    Perfumeshrine
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:23 am
    "It is during The Eleusinian Mysteries [ceremonies of Athenian origin which celebrated the fertility and grain goddess Demeter and Kore (i.e. Persephone, of the myth of the pomegranate)]  that aromatics are used the most. The 9th and 10th day of the celebrations the hierophant makes a speech in which he explains to the initiated the joys which await them. In the Elysian Fields there is a golden
  • The winners of the draw….

    Perfumeshrine
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    …for the NVC Mohur extrait prizes are: 1st prize: Stephanie (swillmann at yahoo) 2nd prize: Jennifer Koth Congratulations!! Please email me using Contact stating "MOHUR" in title of mail and including your full name and shipping data, a telephone number you can be reached (for the courier in case of need) and your username in the comments. Neela will see to it that your prize arrives to you!
  • End of July Blog Sale

    Perfumeshrine
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:18 am
    It's that time again. The time when I open my stash and make big decants for my readers. If you're interested in a split of any of the following, please email me using Contact, preferably with Blog Sale in the title of your mail.  Tom Ford Neroli Portofino: The Italian seaside and jet-set lifestyle in a bottle. A simple elegance of citrus, sunny beaches and joy. Part of the Private Line.
  • L'Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier: fragrance review & history

    Perfumeshrine
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Composed by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti exactly 20 years ago in 1994, Premier Figuier still remains one of the very best out there, conjuring a vivid image of late August days spent in the Greek countryside when cicadas are loudly singing at the scorching hour of noon and people hot and weary from a sea dip are sitting beneath the shade of the fig tree to enjoy their Spartan meal of fresh fruit
 
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  • Twos Day

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Two Impromptu reviews in one day! The first that I became aware of is over at Perfume Smellin' Things, written by Beth with all her fabulous story telling skills. Here's one of my favorite parts: "This sounds silly perhaps, but I know that almost anyone like me with an unrestrained adoration of the art of perfumery and its alchemy should know exactly what I mean when I say this.  I love
  • Spinning Gears

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:17 pm
    The soon to be work+teaching+showroom space for Roxana Illuminated Perfume keeps evolving and inching closer to move in time. The electrician came by and hung the chandeliers following Greg and I painting the short wall in the front a pretty purple hue. This week, after doing a thorough cleaning with the help of my daughter Eve, I've been painting furniture and the wrought iron gate that will
  • Mind Blowing

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:05 pm
    The two versions of Greg's art book arrived at our doorstep last week. This caught us quite off guard as we didn't know that Titan was going to send these to him. Both of them are beautiful, and to our extreme release the images and the metallic inks printed exquisitely! Here are a few photos to enjoy and inspire you to order you very own copy from Greg at this link. The book will
  • Argentina vs Germany

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Will it be my homeland of Argentina that takes the cup or Germany during this Sundays soccer match? Either way, it's bound to be a fun game and there's always the handsome Lionel Messi.  Check out the latest post at CaFleurBon by the ever so witty Michelyn Camen where the new edition of Blossom is part of a giveaway related to the big match between Germany and Argentina this Sunday.
  • The Constant

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:46 am
    In the morning after I harvest the jasmine blossoms my hands smell spectacular for a few hours. Thus my scent of the day (SOTD) has been Cimbalom. Yesterday I applied the solid and today a small drop of the liquid while pouring some samples. I'm thinking that an Eau de Parfum of Cimbalom would be quite nice just about now. The constants lately: jasmine gathering/tincturing, prepping
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  • letting go for a moment

    Andy
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    Here, I am almost ready for the summer break. A few last day emergencies need my attention, as always, and then we are ready to hit the road, with the bike, for a round trip bringing us back home in about 2 weeks. That’s the plan. The house is in order, a housekeeper moving in, so to say, the shop back-up is organized and instructed, and Sotto la luna Gardenia is at a state where I can leave it for a week or two. Although, to be honest: This is not easy. As much as I really, really need a break: It is not easy letting go right now. It is just too exciting. But then, I guess, the…
  • liquid poesy and pinterest

    Andy
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:41 am
    Today’s picture shows you what I did in the factory, yesterday: Samples, Orange Star samples in this particular case, filling vials and putting the labels on for the various references by the hundreds. Again, I am building up stock, at least a bit, like a squirrel in autumn collecting nuts and storing them for winter, forgetting sometimes about it. Actually, when it comes to samples, we are sort of pretty well organized. Each reference has its little box and as all samples look the same, almost (except for the color of the fragrance inside), no sample gets out of the factory without…
  • thanks

    Andy
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Welcome back! Here’s to a new week, with fragrant treats! This week will see me getting the house in order, praying that my tomatoes survived the cold wet weather in healthy state and did not get a fungus infection, and getting some other profane things done. And it will see me mixing another rose, because I love roses so much. And it will see me getting some labels out to the printing company, fresh from the Adobe Illustrator. One of these labels is a simple sticker and I just sent it off to the printer, and in about 2 weeks I shall get 1000 of these on a roll: A label saying…
  • routine

    Andy
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    A Swiss cow, water color on cotton paper, as seen by Andy Tauer First things first: Today’s water color exercise: a Swiss cow. I so totally understand why cows are holy in India. There is this stoicism that I adore. They sit there, on the grass and watch the world, how it changes in circles that close. When picking today’s picture to the left – a foto of a perfume packed in brown paper,  an order prepared for later shipment, with a card saying “thank you!” on the back- when I picked this, I did not know about the cow, yet. The cow happened in between photo…
  • hand-eye coordination

    Andy
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Yesterday, in the factory, packing things and waiting for truck drivers, I skipped the lunch break and exchanged it for a quick yoghurt and an hour water color session. Yes, sometimes, I bring paper and color down there to the where I pack perfume. Just in case. You never know. Maybe you’ll find time. I look at it as training sessions. Training of the eye and the eye hand coordination,  drawing from life. Yesterday’s object was me again, drawn from life, a picture taken in the factory with the ipad, and me trying to bring it down to paper. Although water color is forgiving, in a…
 
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  • Rose Garden Perfume

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Taking a little breather from feverishly working on the last edits and additions to my book... And blog a little on some of the things I've been brewing (for the book, and just for fun).I've enjoyed the rose garden strolls so much, that I wanted to create a perfume that captures the full-spectrum of rose garden's beauty. For a long time, I had a rose leaf concrete that I had no idea what to do with. It has high portion of floral waxes in it, so it looks like brittle yet creamy pieces of cocoa butter, only green in colour. Such texture would be frustrating to work into an alcoholic perfume,…
  • Gourmands for Summer

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Thanks to Victoria from choosing Musk Malabi as one of her EauMG's top perfume picks for summer 2014!Thrilled to be featured next to some of my personal favourites, including Savuer de l'Abricot and Sel de Vetiver.
  • Love or Hate: Cilantro

    9 Jul 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Cilantro - do you love it? Or hate it? There might be a bio-genetic reason for that... I know a friend of mine whose mom could not stand the taste of cilantro when she was pregnant with her. Neither does she...  Personally, I didn't always care for cilantro; but now I find it wonderfully refreshing and interesting in food (cold noodle and mango salad with lime and cilantro is a dreammm...); and love its aldehydic, slightly soapy effect in perfume. Please do comment if you are one of the 10% of the population that can't stand it.
  • News from the Nose: The Smell of Freedom

    1 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
      Dear Fragrant Friends, "MRS. LANDINGHAM: (refering to her car)... And when you get inside, there's this... (Mrs. Landingham gestures, trying to find the right word). BARTLET: Smell? MRS. LANDINGHAM: How did you know? BARTLET: It's the smell of freedom...and the chemicals they treat the dashboard with".(Aaron Sorkin, "The West Wing", S2 E21 "18th and Potomac") The season of freedom is here, and with it the celebration of independence both in Canada (July 1st) and Fourth of July in the United States. Before you all take off to blow off firecrackers gather for a neaighbourhood barbecue or…
  • The Smell of Freedom - 2014 Edition of "Smells Like Canada"

    30 Jun 2014 | 11:55 am
    MRS. LANDINGHAM: Consumer Reports rates it very high. It's very safe. And when you get inside, there's this... (Mrs. Landingham gestures, trying to find the right word).BARTLET: Smell? MRS. LANDINGHAM: How did you know? BARTLET: It's the smell of freedom...and the chemicals they treat the dashboard with.(Aaron Sorkin, "The West Wing", S2 E21 "18th and Potomac")I've covered almost any scent that I consider Canadian in the last 2 years since I've started "Smells Like Canada". Douglas fir, maple syrup, rhubarb, tobacco, mildew, snow, artemisia (known in this parts of the world as "sage" even…
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  • Summer Perfumes - A Variety of Sensations Part 1

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

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

    Lucy Raubertas
    18 Jun 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Blackbird, situated in the Pacific Northwest (and now gone international) is a design studio that that has made several incense and smoke-toned fragrances.All of them so far have been straightforward, minimalist, direct, sophisticated and subtle.Triton is their new perfume. It continues their style, this time as a soft incense and dry linen paper composition. My immediate impression was a large leather bound book with linen-paper pages infused with the vapors of incense, the pages fanning out in a cool room room with stone walls.  A castle room?  The softness of the incense…
  • Clarimonde's Perfume Aura

    Lucy Raubertas
    5 Jun 2014 | 10:46 am
    Those interested in the continuing adventures of Clarimonde in the world of perfume, please click on The Clarimonde Perfume Project  for the the most current piece on her Perfume Aura.A comprehensive introduction without leaving this site may be visited at  Surrender to Beauty.Jochen Hein - Stardust, acrylic on jute, 2008
  • DSH White Lilac, Peony, Vers la Violette

    Lucy Raubertas
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:45 am
    Audrey Hepburn expressing the SpringThese are three perfumes are like the spells cast in old legends or fairy stories.  They live in the lands of delicacy, refinement, elegance, and eternal Spring.Dawn Spencer Hurwitz is one of my favorite perfumers, and whose mind I wish I could inhabit for awhile. Some of her perfume names and concepts seem simple compared to all the elaborate titles out there these days, but in combination with the specific aromas they reveal a open heart and long companionship with the forces of beauty, poetry, history, happiness and all the complex beauty they…
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  • Secrets Of The Flat-Footed

    Gaia Fishler
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    (...and the weak-ankled)There's a reason I'm a Manolo girl: sexy heels that are actually wearable. I once made a friend gasp when demonstrating that I could run in 3.5" pumps (well, perhaps some of the surprise was due to seeing me run, no matter the footwear. I doubt it has happened since). The sandals above, Manolo Blahnik's Platee ($765 at Saks and Bergdorf), are exactly the kind of shoe that conforms to the foot just enough, supports the ankle (my right one has been wonky for nearly 30 years), and allows one to walk without compromising style. And like all Manolos, it will not look dated…
  • Estee Lauder Sculpting Foundation Brush #2

    Gaia Fishler
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Estee Lauder Sculpting Foundation Brush #2 was launched recently alongside the new Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup (don't get me started on that name). Lauder's description of the brush confirms that you can use it with all of their other foundations, and I will add that obviously you can use any liquid foundation or tinted moisturizers.I got the #2 foundation brush because of its shape. It looks like an oversized version of the insanely-priced Claudio Riaz Instant Smoke eye brush, and the "sculpting" part of the name hints towards the brushes ability to create shape if that's what…
  • The Looks Of Comic-Con

    Gaia Fishler
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    Comic-Con is no longer the nerds Oscars, but a true A-lister magnet, where there's a wonderful combination of fun, irreverence, and red carpet glamour. It's the perfect event for experimental looks, like the one we see above on the lovely Elle Fanning who gets to look her age (she's 16, but often dress quite mature). I had a bright yellow eye shadow when I was her age which I actually wore to school more than once, to my mother's great horror.Speaking of yellow, the yellow pumps made another appearance, this time on Nina Dobrev, who can pull of anything and everything.And while  we're…
  • Bruno Acampora Profumi- Perfume Shopping In Naples, Italy

    Gaia Fishler
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    This is a bit overdue since it's been nearly four months since my Italian vacation where the husband and I sniffed our way through Naples and the area around it equipped with a Google map dotted with various perfume destinations. The Bruno Acampora showroom was one of the most anticipated ones. True, we can get all of Bruno Acampora fragrances here in the US, but there's nothing like visiting the source. Once we actually found it, that is. The location is quite central (Via Filangieri 72, Naples), but there's no sign outside the building and the boutique is on the second floor which you…
  • Laura Mercier Peacock & Gilded Gold Caviar Stick Eye Colour

    Gaia Fishler
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Laura Mercier just released six more colors in the phenomenal Caviar Stick range. Regular readers know that I'm a huge fan of these cream-in-a-stick eye shadows because the smooth formulas are incredibly easy to work with and offer an all-day longevity once the color sets. Laura Mercier has made it easy to achieve a very sophisticated look with absolutely no effort with these Caviar Sticks-you paint the lid, smudge as much or as little as you want (just do it quickly, before the color is dry), and that's it. Just add mascara.Out of the six new colors I got Peacock, a rich turquoise, and…
 
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  • I Wore This: Jean Patou Sublime Eau de Parfum

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Amber, Vetiver, Orange Blossom. Like Teo Cabanel's Alahine, Sublime is a strange, diffusive toasted amber. I was telling someone last night my sense of smell isn't particularly robust. I like strong, forceful things that keep reminding me they're with me. Sublime isn't strong or forceful but it's that rare fragrance that stage whispers. People complain about a hairspray note. I often
  • I Wore This: Chanel No.5 Eau De Cologne

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    I was in Berlin recently with Barbara Herman and Miguel Matos, and at some point, trading the smells we'd all brought, Miguel pulled out an atomizer of Chanel No. 5 eau de cologne. I've never been a big No.5 fan, so the cologne concentration surprised me. It's sweet and ambery and a little leathery, less sharp than its better known siblings, more mellow. It doesn't last long but at least,
  • Selections from Bourbon French Parfums, New Orleans, Lousiana

    27 Jun 2014 | 11:55 am
    Originally called Doussan French Perfumery, the perfume house now known as Bourbon French Parfums dates back to 1843, the year perfumer and founder August Doussan arrived in New Orleans from France. The establishment has since passed through several hands and noses, all of which and whom you can read about on the company's website or hear about, I imagine, if you visit the store in the French
  • Barbara Herman in Nashville

    11 Jun 2014 | 11:40 am
    Last week, Barbara Herman (author of the blog Yesterday's Perfume and the book Scent and Subversion: Decoding a Century of provocative Perfume) was in town on her way to a reading in Nashville. When she asked if I might like to head that way with her I said yes, and even though I ended up attending a funeral the morning we were leaving and we plowed carefully and slowly through buckets of
  • Diptyque L'Eau de L'Eau

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    At some point in the last year or two, during their repackaging thrust, Diptyque changed the concentration of their Les Eaux series. Previously colognes, these now became eau de toilette, with better lasting power and slightly different behaviors on the skin. I must have smelled the cologne versions when they first started releasing them; however, until recently, I think the last one I'd paid
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    Beauty Cafe

  • Skin of Norway by Geir Ness Hydrating Facial Mist

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

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

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Geir Ness - creator of Laila of Norway Perfume recently launched his skin care lineSkin of NorwayEnergizing Facial Cleanser CLEANSE without robbing skin of natural moisture.Energizing Facial Cleanser with Arctic Algae & MineralsSoap-Free, water-activated cleansing for all skin types, this gentle, light-foaming gel cleans deeply and rinses completely, yet leaves skin soft, moist and protected against moisture loss.USE: Morning and Evening - The first step in every skin routineWet skin, work gel into lather with fingers, massage, rinse well and towel dry.Instead of soap, energize your skin…
  • Jaqua Beauty Butter Cream Frosting Body Butter

    24 Jun 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Jaqua Beauty Butter Cream Frosting Body Butter - The Richest, Creamiest, and most Delicious formula that you love is now 100% Paraben free! Lavish on your skin and feel the silky smooth, rich creamy blend of 12% Shea Butter, nourishing Jojoba Oil and Sweet Almond Oil perfectly blended with Jaqua Beauty's proprietary Buttercream Frosting fragrance. There is nothing that compares!Rich Creamy Buttery Vanilla Bean with a hint of Banana and warm Florals. Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Butyrospermum Parkii (SheaButter), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil,…
  • Skin of Norway from Geir Ness creator of Laila Perfume

    8 Jun 2014 | 1:34 pm
     Introducing Skin of Norway from Geir Ness, the creator of Laila and Geir Fragrance's.Born in Oslo, Norway, Geir Ness is the very picture of perfect health with his vibrant skin, fit body and endless natural energy. He attributes his vitality to a healthy diet, balanced lifestyle, and early training in natural herbal remedies abundant in his homeland. Several years ago, the student-turned-entrepreneur launched Norway's first designer women's fragrance, Laila, inspired by scents from his native Norway, and followed with a successful men's fragrance and body care line. Now, with a grueling…
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    A Rose Beyond the Thames

  • Calvary

    Rose
    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

    Rose
    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

    Rose
    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…
  • Frozen eggs, with a side order of anxiety (or Laura Linney had a baby aged 49)

    Rose
    23 Jan 2014 | 4:13 am
    Laura Linney and her husband have just welcomed their first child to the world- congratulations!That first sentence omitted what every headline I have read said- that Laura Linney is 49. Most headlines were a lot more along the lines of 49 YEAR OLD WOMAN HAS BABY, IT'S LAURA LINNEY. WOAH. SHE'S 49, DID WE MENTION SHE'S 49? (I'm not even going to mention the men who have children in their 60s, even 70s, who get barely a mention).I am trying to stay well clear of the sidebar of shame but this story- and other pregnancies of high profile woman (French politician Rachida Dati, Halle Berry, Carla…
  • Chic skiing

    Rose
    6 Jan 2014 | 2:34 am
    I'm off skiing shortly.The funny thing about this is that I've never been skiing before- and I feel like skiing is a bit like swimming and really unless you learn when you're quite young it's a bit strange to suddenly start. When I was little my parents who had been skiing every year decided to take a break- and then by school age I felt as I didn't ski and others at school did I wouldn't go on the trip. So here I am, first time skier in my early thirties.To be honest I'm mainly looking forward to the apres ski, wandering around the villages and getting my chic wardrobe together.I am…
 
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    The Beauty Alchemist

  • AG Hair Smoothing Balm

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    AG Hair has a new helper if you have the hair frizzies or just want to tame flyaways.Smoothing Balm, made from 90 % natural ingredients is an lightweight but emollient cream  with organic Argan , Marula and Mongongo oils  , that polishes and smoothes hair.  AG says that it is light enough to be reapplied when needed throughout the day even.You can find AG at Ulta  and AG Hair Smoothing Balm is $22 for a 2 oz tub.
  • L'Oreal Pop Balm

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Get a punch of lip color with L'Oreal's new  Color Riche Pop Balm.In the vein of their  original Color Riche Balm, Pop Balm is very moisturizing ( jojoba oil and shea butter)  and creamy with a slight sheen on lips but different from Color Riche , Pop has deeper pigment and  semi opaque coverage.Electric Pink, Wild Lily, Bold Blush, Fiery RedThere are six new shades in all, I have four here. All give a nice  bright lip look but nothing too bold.  As a fan of any tinted balm, and  of the Color Riche ones, I easily loved these. While I like all balms, the…
  • Sally Hansen Color Frenzy Nail Polish

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Color Frenzy is a fairly new collection from Sally Hansen of fun glitter and texture polishes.Of the three I have there are varying sizes of glitter or pieces and each goes on a bit differently. Candy Drops is a barely there look while the others  are more but still need a couple coats  to get all the texture.These make a fun , easy look or a cool topcoat.Shown are Candy Drops, Sea Salt and Fruit Spritz .
  • L'Occitane Roses et Reines

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Things look extra rosy on July 30th. That's when L'Occitane's newest rose scent launches, Roses et Reines.   You may recall the previous Roses 4 Reines. This is the same with a new name .As a rose lover, I'm naturally inclined to love this, but even the Dad thought it smelled lovely and he's not exactly a rose guy.Roses et Reines combines four rose  varieties from Grasse, Bulgaria, Morocco and Turkey.  All the best roses , basically, extracted using a new variation on the traditional enfleurage method.The scent is light and obviously very rose, but also has hints of citrus and…
  • Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palettes- Fall 2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    BodyOn August 1st, Stila Fall lands . Included are four new eyeshadow palettes with  12 shadows in each. SOUL- Features 12 matte & shimmer shadows in a range ofwearable neutrals.MIND- Features 12 modern matte eyeshadowsBODY-Features 12 colorful jewel inspired shadesSPIRIT- Features 12 of Stila’s original, iconic shades over the last 20 yearsSoulMindSpirit
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    Cafleurebon - Fragrance is a language of translating the world

  • ÇaFleureBon Creative Directors in Perfumery: Alexandra de Montfort of Rouge Bunny Rouge + Enchanted Garden Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Alexandra de Montfort Creative Director of Rouge Bunny Rouge  I am more of a woman without a town than a woman about town.  I grew up in a country that doesn’t exist anymore, Yugoslavia. This fact has inherent nostalgia and wistfulness that I weave into my work. Exposure to the countryside, sea and mountains from early childhood created a life-long pact with nature and its changes, which is reflected in our Rouge Bunny Rouge beauty and fragrances. My life travels have taken me from Osijek, where I was born, to Belgrade where I studied to London, Warsaw, Brussels, New York,…
  • Kerosene Dirty Flower Factory-The Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    I was very happy to receive a sample of his new fragrance Dirty Flower Factory. The perfumer, John Pegg, who is Kerosene, is not shy about his perfumes being very in-your-face at the outset, and I admire that bravado Thanks to the generosity of Kerosene Perfumes, we have 15ml to give to any US or Canadian reader.. the random winner is BARBARA S.  Please email michelyn at calfeurebon dot come with 15 ml kerosene Dirty Flower Factory by 3:00 PM EST 7/30/2014. This is a deadline and there are neo exceptions if you are late. You must use your email that you used for your comment so we know…
  • Perfume Review: Tom Ford Private Blend Mandarino di Amalfi (2014). Costa Azzurra (2014) and Neroli Portofino (2007)

    Tama
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    The Tom Ford Private Collection perfume line was launched with twelve fragrances in 2007. One of the perfumes in that collection, Neroli Portofino by perfumer Rodrigo Flores Roux, was repackaged into a alluring teal glass bottle in 2011, with accompanying body products. This summer, two scents have been added to the Neroli Portifino family, Mandarino di Amalfi by Calice Becker, and Costa Azzura by Yann Vasnier Each has its own beautiful glass bottle in colors that coordinate with Neroli Portofino. Neroli Portofino ad I'm a huge fan of a good neroli-based cologne, and Neroli Portofino is a…
  • NARS Eyeshadow Kit: Et Dieu… créa la femme- Smoldering Smokey Eyes Like Brigitte Bardot…Again for Fall 2014

    Michelyn Camen
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    More Fall 2014 news for our NARSissists, NARS debuts “Et Dieu… créa la femme,” (And God Created Woman) inspired by the 1956 French film directed by Roger Vadim that made Brigitte Bardot an international star. The limited-edition kit includes everything you need to achieve Bardot’s famous smokey eyes: A palette of six neutral shadows ranging from shimmery pink to gold infused black, a travel sized Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base and a travel size Wide Contour Brush #43 (great hair and cleavage not included). PALETTE INCLUDES: ALHAMBRA DUO EYESHADOW:…
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    Scentualism

  • Life Without Smell

    Tom Shevsky
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    And what smell would you miss the most if you were affected by anosmia? It happens to me from time to time that I lose sense of smell and taste but it’s always temporary and only related to cold/flu. I can taste things and smell the world back in a couple of days but I’m […] The post Life Without Smell appeared first on Scentualism.
  • CK Free Sport by Calvin Klein – New Fragrance for Men

    Tom Shevsky
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:37 am
    CK Free Sport launched in travel shops in Europe and Asia Pacific in Spring 2014 is a new fragrance from Calvin Klein's CK Free collection. CK Free fragrance series made its debut five years ago with CK Free (2009) followed by CK Free Blue launched in 2011. CK Free Sport is available as 50ml and 100ml Eau de Toilette. The post CK Free Sport by Calvin Klein – New Fragrance for Men appeared first on Scentualism.
  • Best male perfume bottle designs. When it looks as good as it smells.

    Tom Shevsky
    15 Mar 2014 | 4:30 am
    In perfume industry the most potent selling tool is the packaging design. In this particular example - the Bottle. First visual impression plays a crucial role in fragrance buying process. You can see the bottle and you can touch it before you experience the invisible - scent itself. The packaging has a lot of work to do especially when you try to sell something that is not so easy to see. The post Best male perfume bottle designs. When it looks as good as it smells. appeared first on Scentualism.
  • Asian Tales By Kilian – Imperial Tea & Sacred Wood

    Tom Shevsky
    10 Mar 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Asian Tales is a fragrance collection created by perfumer Calice Becker for luxury niche fragrance house "by Kilian" and inspired by the Far East world. Sacred Wood and Imperial Tea will be available from April in 50ml and 30ml travel size Eau de Parfum flacon, both refillable. Read more here The post Asian Tales By Kilian – Imperial Tea & Sacred Wood appeared first on Scentualism.
  • On Kenzo Homme Night and fragrance flankers

    Tom Shevsky
    1 Mar 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Launched in January 2014, Kenzo Homme Night is more romantic, sensual and spontaneous version of the original Kenzo Homme from 1991 and follows Kenzo Homme Fresh (2006), Kenzo Homme Boise (2010), Kenzo Homme Sport (2012) and Kenzo Homme Sport Extreme from 2013. I got a gut feeling that the next version would be called... The post On Kenzo Homme Night and fragrance flankers appeared first on Scentualism.
 
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    Scentbird Perfumes

  • Celebrating the Most American Month of the Year with Scentbird.

    ScentbirdMain
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:58 pm
    As American as apple pie and red, white and blue, these three American designers show us how their scents are inspired by the good ole U.S.A! Michael Kors – The American Classic Known for his clean, classic and elegantly-sporty designs, the Michael Kors fragrance is nothing short of All-American. With the gleaming beveled bottle and an exquisite scent filled with All-American florals, this scent delivers a beautiful dose of the U.S.A. this July! Donna Karan – The American Darling Radiating energy and charm, Donna Karan’s designs might have more black than color, but it’s the twist of…
  • 10 Perfumes That Are Sooooo New York

    marina ljubisavljevic
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:28 pm
    There are many perfumes out there desperately trying to pay homage to New York, but rarely do they capture the true essence of the city. Reinvigorated by this notion, we found 10 perfumes that perfectly epitomize the essence of New York.  NY: The Ultimate Perfume Melting Pot New York is the ultimate perfume melting pot. For those who are willing to look beyond the worn-out cliches, the city will reveal itself in all of its splendors. New York is no longer, “The City That Never Sleeps” because it has learned all about the dangers of insomnia, and let’s face it, a city so pretty…
  • Perfume Dictionary from A to Z

    marina ljubisavljevic
    22 May 2014 | 12:47 am
    Do you speak Perfume? No? Well, this article may not turn you into a big time fragrance-connoisseur, but it will help you to get acquainted with the labels and the words that are often thrown around in the perfume world.  Flavors, emotions and scents are hard to define, but this does not mean it is a mission impossible. This perfume glossary contains terms that are most frequently associated with perfumes and fragrances in general. Just like in any other language, Perfume language includes the usage of slang, but we will tackle it in another post. Absolute: The purest form of material…
  • Pre-Summer Perfume Giveaway!

    Mariya Nurislamova
    21 May 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Hello Friends! The summer is coming up, what could be better than a new scented treasure? We are very excited to announce Scentbird’s very first PERFUME GIVEAWAY! You can win one of the 5 best-selling designer fragrances that we hand-picked to satisfy the most discerning taste. Do not miss you chance and enter today:  http://bit.ly/scentbird_contest Hurry up, we are announcing results in 5 days!   Warmly, Team Scentbird The post Pre-Summer Perfume Giveaway! appeared first on Scentbird Perfumes.
  • Hollywood Perfume Shrine – The most popular perfumes of the 21st century divas

    marina ljubisavljevic
    7 May 2014 | 11:44 am
    The map of the most popular Hollywood fragrances is diverse and exciting, just like a scented tour down the rabbit hole. The most popular Hollywood divas of the 21st century are anything but predictable, so we are sure you will be surprised by their perfume choices. Witty, surprising and intelligent perfumes coming directly from the red carper to a computer screen near you! Red carpet drenched in celebrity perfumes People call them divas not because of their atrocious needs and demands, but because of their poise and grace. These women spend the majority of their time being chased by…
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