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  • Oribe Côte d’Azur, Oribe Silver Pearl

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    After the popular collection which includes hair care products with a characteristic fragrance, the company Oribe decided to take a new step by expanding the offer and presenting their first two fragrances:  Cote d'Azur and Silver Pearl. The perfumes have been announced as a part of the luxurious offer of the Oribe brand and are constructed as unisex editions.   The fragrance which thrille... Read full article: Oribe Côte d’Azur, Oribe Silver Pearl from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Hermès Cuir d'Ange - A Poem-Study a Decade-Long in the Making (2014) {New Perfume}

    The Scented Salamander: Perfume & Beauty Blog & Webzine
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    By Chantal-Hélène Wagner
  • Antonio Visconti Fragrances: Luxury Is Never Too Much

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    After all the articles I have published on Fragrantica since the Esxense perfume fair that took place in Milan last March, I am still in the process of working through the gigantic amount of information I gathered there. One of the brands I visited with great olfactory pleasure is the Italian house of Antonio Visconti. While I was looking at the amazing bottles my eyes sparkled in fascinati... Read full article: Antonio Visconti Fragrances: Luxury Is Never Too Much from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Tuesday scent of the day 7/22

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    Robin
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    What’s your fragrance today? I’m commando, again, and getting ready to head to the beach. Later I will probably be in Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess again. Reminder: this Friday, the 25th, wear something by Hermès… Read the rest of this article »
  • Beginner looking for a nice candle

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    dannygdesigns
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Hi guys, I've never really taken an interest into scented candles before but would love to jump into it and try some out, I've been reading the forum and notice a popular amongst you seems to be "diptyque" Does anyone have any recommendations other than diptyque for a great home fragrance that would ideally be used in my office. Also must be available in the UK :) Any website recommendations also appreciated that deliver in the UK Thanks
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  • Antonio Visconti Fragrances: Luxury Is Never Too Much

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:51 am
    After all the articles I have published on Fragrantica since the Esxense perfume fair that took place in Milan last March, I am still in the process of working through the gigantic amount of information I gathered there. One of the brands I visited with great olfactory pleasure is the Italian house of Antonio Visconti. While I was looking at the amazing bottles my eyes sparkled in fascinati... Read full article: Antonio Visconti Fragrances: Luxury Is Never Too Much from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Oribe Côte d’Azur, Oribe Silver Pearl

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    After the popular collection which includes hair care products with a characteristic fragrance, the company Oribe decided to take a new step by expanding the offer and presenting their first two fragrances:  Cote d'Azur and Silver Pearl. The perfumes have been announced as a part of the luxurious offer of the Oribe brand and are constructed as unisex editions.   The fragrance which thrille... Read full article: Oribe Côte d’Azur, Oribe Silver Pearl from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Esprit Feel Happy for Women and For Men

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    The house of Esprit is launching an adorable fragrant pair full of radiant optimism! The fragrances incorporate the happiness of a moment, of an embrace and togetherness! The motto of the pair is "Embrace the blissful joy of the moment!" and its name is Esprit Feel Happy. Feel Happy For Women is a citrus floral fragrance which is fresh and juicy at the same time. Opening notes start wit... Read full article: Esprit Feel Happy for Women and For Men from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Stella McCartney is Relaunching Stella

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Stella McCartney is relaunching her first fragrance, Stella from 2003, whose composition remains unchanged while changes occurred in flacon design and new sizes that will be available on the market. The fragrance will be promoted/launched today exclusively at Harrods, accompanied with a new advertising campaign featuring Lara Stone. Photos of the new advertising campaign were taken in Londo... Read full article: Stella McCartney is Relaunching Stella from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Perfumed Horoscope: July 21 - 27

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    The big event this week is the entry of planet of expansion Jupiter into stoic Leo. Over the next year, this can give you over the next year a flavor of the Golden Age where creativity and generosity rule. You could easily discover your gift of making your own opportunities and confidently taking calculated risks. The not-so-golden version is megalomaniac tendencies and people becoming victims o... Read full article: Perfumed Horoscope: July 21 - 27 from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
 
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  • Tuesday scent of the day 7/22

    Robin
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    What’s your fragrance today? I’m commando, again, and getting ready to head to the beach. Later I will probably be in Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess again. Reminder: this Friday, the 25th, wear something by Hermès… Read the rest of this article »
  • Online fragrance shopping

    Robin
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    New at indiescents: Kerosene Dirty Flower Factory, Friedemodin line. New at luckyscent: Comme des Garcons Wonderoud.
  • Avon Flor Violeta ~ fragrance review

    Angela
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Welcome to our annual Drugstore Week, where I’ll review an easy-to-find, bargain fragrance every day! This year, I won’t be sticking strictly to the drugstore, but will be foraging through the offerings of Target and Avon, as well. To kick off the week, I present Avon Flor Violeta. It’s been a while since I’ve sampled an Avon fragrance. Truth be told, the Avon perfumes that come to mind first — Bird of Paradise, Cotillion, Sweet Honesty1 — are names I remember from the bottles in my grandmother’s vast Avon figurative bottle collection, which seemed to center around poodles and…
  • Death and decay

    Robin
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Mark and Simon Constantine of Lush talk about their new series of Gorilla Perfume fragrances, Death, Decay and Renewal (see the announcement for Smuggler's Soul, Kerbside Violet and All Good Things). You can find more Lush videos here.
  • Monday scent of the day 7/21

    Robin
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Anyone care to share their fragrance choice today? And tell us if you had a hard time picking a scent this morning (or evening). I’m commando, again, at the moment. It won’t be hard to pick later because I have so few fragrances with me on vacation this time. Reminder: this Friday, the 25th, wear something by Hermès… Read the rest of this article »
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  • Beginner looking for a nice candle

    dannygdesigns
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Hi guys, I've never really taken an interest into scented candles before but would love to jump into it and try some out, I've been reading the forum and notice a popular amongst you seems to be "diptyque" Does anyone have any recommendations other than diptyque for a great home fragrance that would ideally be used in my office. Also must be available in the UK :) Any website recommendations also appreciated that deliver in the UK Thanks
  • 1 Million - 1 Million Dollar Limited Edition

    Randall Flagg
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    Anyone ever seen or heard of this before? If so, is there anything remotely different other than the packaging? http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/Paco+...efault,pd.html
  • Bella Bellissima - Essence of Oud White Leather

    Randall Flagg
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Any fans of this? Seems fairly under the radar. It's a spectacularly good scent in my opinion. Definitely on my to buy list.
  • Best sandalwood-based scent available at a department store?

    dfranz
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    What are some of your favorite fragrances that are based on sandalwood? I've searched and it looks like *most* suggestions are niche fragrances, not readily-available where I live. So I'm curious what you wonderful people have to suggest along these lines, that I could find locally, in a store. I do love the way the Art of Shaving one smells, but the sample I tried was very linear and I'm worried that after a couple wears I'd become bored with it. Also, longevity is very, very important to me. Thanks in advance!
  • Sulfur Musks

    Nizan
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    Hi everyone, While reading Scent and Chemistry, I came across some musks where C=C's are exchanged for S.. One example was thia-Ambrettolide, and also came across online with thia-Pentadecanolide.. The sulfur seems to add some green mossy aspects.. I couldn't find anything else about these musks online. I guess they're not commercially available? Does anyone have any experience with these? Thanks
 
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  • 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
  • Bell Jars at Barney's

    4 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By Tom I had posted about this before, but I was in Barney's in Beverly Hills the other day and saw that the vaunted Bell Jars were there, for $290. I still don't know if they've migrated to every Barney's or just the larger ones (BH actually redid the first basement level into a whole realm of paint and fumes) but while I am glad that I don't have to ration (although $290 isn't exactly "
  • Coup de Foudre - Guerlains L'Heure Bleue

    16 May 2014 | 8:22 pm
    By Beth Schreibman Gehring “I picked up the bottle of L’Heure Bleue and poured a generous puddle into the palm of my hand. Rubbing my hands briskly together before the scent could evaporate, I smoothed them rapidly through my hair. I poured another dollop onto my hairbrush and swept the curls back behind my ears with it. Well. That was rather better, I thought, turning my head from
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    Perfume Shrine

  • 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
  • The winner of the draw…

    Perfumeshrine
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    …for the Lutens L'orpheline sample is Akimon Azuki. Congratulations! Please send me your shipping data in an email using Contact (with title of mail mentioning "Lutens draw") so I can have this in the mail for you soon. Thanks everyone for the enthusiastic participation and till the next one!
  • Neela Vermeire Creations Mohur Extrait: fragrance review & draw

    Perfumeshrine
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Mohur Eau de Parfum by Neela Vermeire Creations preceded the Extrait de Parfum version of this India-inspired rose fragrance for men and women; in fact the extract only launched last spring. But the perfume extract (extract de parfum) brings into highlight the richest in noble essences arranged in a manner that highlights their pedigree; comparing the two is like juxtaposing the silky hair of a
  • Guerlain's Mademoiselle Guerlain: fragrance commentary with photos

    Perfumeshrine
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    It may have come as no surprise that the latest addition to the Les Parisiennes boutique perfume collection by the historic house of Guerlain is called Mademoiselle Guerlain. Shades of Chanel (who was called Mademoiselle by everyone who knew her and whose Coco Mademoiselle fragrance is a huge best-seller) not withstanding, Guerlain injects a certain playfulness to the more "savvy" requiring
  • Dreaming of Teenage Suicides & Blue Valentines: The Advertising of Marc Jacobs Perfumes

    Perfumeshrine
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    I have been watching Marc Jacobs perfume commercials for the last five years or so (latest has been for Daisy Dream, a flanker of the original Daisy by Marc Jacobs, after Daisy Eau so Fresh) and I am constantly questioning myself about who they're aimed at really and who can identify with the nubile, hazy, virginal waifs he's depicting at an alarming rate; surely the teenagers are far too street
 
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    Roxana Illuminated Perfume

  • 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
  • Summer Breeze

    27 Jun 2014 | 11:13 pm
    At the end of May we set up two photo shoots with two different models. The first was with one of my "Summer" color tribe sisters Sophie Fletcher and the second was a second shoot with Savanah. Regrettably the secondary shoot didn't happen, but the good news is we did a follow up session with Sophie and between the two days have loads of imagery to work with. Above is a sneak peak, more
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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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  • 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…
  • EauMG Reviews Beard Oils

    23 Jun 2014 | 12:13 am
    Visit EauMG to read Victoria Jent's reviews of my Blackbeard Oil and Orcas Beard Oil. Both can be used to condition both hair and beard and are made primarily from argan oil."...if you like natural oils and if you think you’d like smelling like a lumberyard or salt air, then don’t let 'beard' shy you away. These are high-quality oils with great fragrances".
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  • 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…
  • Frau Tonis Parfum Berlin and Von Eusersdorff New York

    Lucy Raubertas
    15 May 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Jose Romussi,  embroidery on photoChilean artist who lives and works in BerlinIs it a coincidence that two perfume lines reflecting family traditions originating in Germany have both reached me here in Brooklyn at about the same time?  Perhaps not, as the number of perfumers from the region increase and are becoming more known in the US at the same time. These two are both manufacturers from start to finish of their own perfumes, evolved in this present day to be aesthetically direct, down to earth, focused, and streamlined. There is a modern urban feel to both, a clarity and uplift…
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  • Jury Duty

    Gaia Fishler
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    It doesn't get more Mondayish than this, if you ask me.Scent of the day: After considering Fracas, Miel de Bois and Absolue Pour Le Soir, I decided to play nice(r) and settled on Tauer Le Maroc pour Elle. Quite a bit of sillage, which is much needed around here.Photo via Time MagazineCOPYRIGHT ©2006-2014 GAIA FISHLER WWW.THENONBLONDE.COM, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CONTENT POACHING IS BOTH ILLEGAL AND UGLY. Copier, C'est Voler.
  • Currently- July 2014

    Gaia Fishler
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:13 pm
    BookI finished two this week: The Cuckoo's Calling by J.K. Rowling as Robert Galbraith which I started and abandoned when it first came out, only to come back to it now before reading the sequel. It's a well-written mystery with some noir overtones. The other one was The Book Of Life by Deborah Harkness, the conclusion to the All Souls Trilogy. I won't get into it other than to say I was disappointed. Maybe that's what I deserve for reading a vampire story.MusicWe Didn't Mean to Go to Sea by Declan O'Rourke Something To Believe by Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan TVThere's absolutely nothing…
  • One Thousand Julys- A Look Through The Archive

    Gaia Fishler
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Ok, this is only the ninth July since I started blogging, but I like that line. I was digging for something in the blog's archives and as usual got distracted. It was fun to look and see what I was up to around this time in previous years. Up to my eyeballs in fall collections, obviously, but there were also perfumes, funny stories, and a premonition about Henri Bendel.July 2006I finally embraced my gourmand fetish and bought bottles of Lea St. Barth and Keiko Mecheri Loukhoum. I still adore them. In fact, I think I know what I'm wearing to bed tonight.I was part of the Great Eyeliner Hunt, a…
  • YSL Fétiches Palette Yeux Collector Fall 2014

    Gaia Fishler
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    YSL Bleus Lumiere Palette Collector Summer 2014 was a roaring success as far as I'm concerned. I found myself wearing the colors in interesting combinations and creating various looks. The upgraded texture and formula of YSL eye shadows has made them a great pleasure to use, as also reported by those who bought the palettes from the permanent line. I could not wait to get my hands on the fall palette, Fétiches .The inspiration for YSL Fétiches Palette Yeux Collector Fall 2014 are leather and suede clothes, biker jackets, and a bit of tough girl chic. It starts with the compact itself, with…
  • Inglot Lion King Collection

    Gaia Fishler
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    I'm not quite sure how to take this new partnership between Disney's Lion King musical and Inglot Cosmetics. I'm getting a flashback to the mid 1990s, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. And I feel like wisecracking other possible collaborations: MAC Oaklahoma collection, NARS and South Pacific, Estee Lauder for Cats...I do like the colors in Inglot's Lion King/Savanna Sunset. They're classic summer-to-fall transition. I just wonder why Lion King or why now, as well as who exactly is the target consumer. Maybe the clue is in the press release :"Audience members who bring their ticket to…
 
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  • 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
  • Best of 2013: Perfume and Otherwise

    27 Dec 2013 | 10:22 am
    2013 was eventful for me - a little more eventful than I tend to like - and it had less to do with perfume than I'd prefer. Still, there were highlights. Precious few, but they peppered the disappointments enough to keep me engaged, if barely. - In November, Andy Tauer and I released the third fragrance in our ongoing collaboration between the characters and stories of the Woman's Picture
  • Bond No.9: The Good, The Bad, and the Fugly (or, Just What Is It That Makes Today's Bond No.9 So Hit and Miss?)

    18 Dec 2013 | 12:01 pm
    Is there a more derided niche house than Bond No. 9? I'm tempted to say no. The brand's infamously aggressive tactics - with consumers, with retailers, with critics - have earned it a special place in the hearts and minds of people who write about, talk about, and sniff perfume: first there was criticism, then, more recently, silence. The increasingly outrageous pricing hasn't helped, nor have
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    Beauty Cafe

  • 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…
  • Geir Ness Deodorant for Him

    18 May 2014 | 10:33 am
    Geir Ness Deodorant for Him! A perfect blend of ingredients to keep you feeling fresh & clean all day. The bonus is that it's ALCOHOL FREE, glides on easily, gentle yet effective whether you're working out or just working at the office.Geir Deodorant available at Beauty Cafe
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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

  • Amarte Aqua Lotion & Aqua Cream

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
     Having really liked previous offerings from Amarte, I was happy to try out their newest, ready for hot weather, lightweight  products Aqua Cream & Aqua Lotion.When it's hot I , and probably you, don't want to put thick creams on my face. If you have very dry skin you kind of have to , but for those us with oily, or normal skin, lightweight formulas are a great option.Amarte packs plenty of skincare into their products  , and these two new ones are especially good for brightening.Aqua Lotion is thin but not runny and is water based.  It's nicely hydrating with argan…
  • NYC Sun N'Bronze Bronzing Powder

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    NYC's City Samba collection includes this  multi shade bronzer , Sun N' bronze in two shade combos, Rosa Rio, and Coral Samba ( shown).At first look , this seems super bold and bright, but on skin it's  light and brightening/bronzing but not too deep. It's large enough to use just the bronzes or corals separately or blend together. Blended it makes a nice blush as well as all over color. There is shimmer but not tons so you won't look  pixie dusted. Works well on decollete as well. NYC Sun N' Bronze Bronzing Powder is $4.99 . 
  • Chanel New Tisse Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:20 pm
    There are eight new , beautiful Chanel quads out just now in a reformulated  Les 4 Ombres .The new shadows inspired by the tweeds of the House of Chanel , are more pigment rich and are a baked powder formula. In addition to these new quads, six existing favorites remain in the permanent line  in their original formula.While these are all rather nice, I am loving Tisse Venitien the most . That rich green  is simply gorgeous  in the model shot.Chanel Les 4 Ombres  Multi Effect Quadra Eyeshadow are $ 61TISSÉ VENDÔME -Copper, Peach Beige,Intense apricot , Grey…
  • Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:33 pm
    There's a new  matte foundation out - Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide. This is a liquid companion to one of my big favorites, Smooth Finish Foundation Powder. Where Smooth Finish Powder provides full coverage , Smooth Fluide is a lighter foundation.  It's thin two part liquid ( shake to mix) that blends in easily and feels barely there. The coverage here is light to medium , buildable ,  it perfects and smoothes but doesn't cover spots and imperfections overly well. I do love the true matte finish . Skin is matted but soft looking.Wear time  is good, it's…
  • Clarks Un Judge Sandal

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    My go to Summer sandal is this studded , comfy one from Clarks ,  Un Judge.I try  to find shoes that are comfortable but also stylish. I don't like to give up style. That's not always easy but it's getting better as brands realize how much of a market there is. When I started having some heel pain I went to Clarks  sandals and while I wear  my fancier ones too, even heels on occasion, when I need comfort for all day or more on feet time  , that's where I go.My long search  for a new pair of Clarks since my fav Ella style was dc'd , ended up at Un Judge.  I…
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    Cafleurebon - Fragrance is a language of translating the world

  • New Perfume Review: Kerosene Dirty Flower Factory + Tousled Sheets and Funky Boots Draw

    Tama
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    "Dirty Floweres" by [nick] adman – Flickr A couple of years ago, I started hearing buzz about a new young perfumer and former youtube reviewer in the Midwest, who went simply by the name "Kerosene". I contacted him, received his samples and reviewed his first perfumes, which were really interesting and showed a lot of promise. He also had a wonderful bottle design that was painstakingly handmade and cool. The whole package just seemed like a really fun start to a career. I have paid attention to Kerosene and have followed his career as he became more…
  • OLO Fragrances by Heather Sielaff – The Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
      OLO Fragrance is a small artisanal niche pefumery based in Portland founded in 2009 by Heather Sielaff. The scents are batch-made, hand-blended and have a torn-edge, selvedge quality to them. They have evocative names like Dark Wood,Lightning PawTulare and Valens Thanks to Heather Sielaff and OLO we have a draw for two readers as follows: USA  readers have three options. A choice of a 9ml Erastus OR  9ml Lightening Paw OR USA, CANADA, EU a sampler set of all ten OLO fragrances: Toji, Violet Leather, Valens, Lighteniing Paw, Dafne, Dark Wave,…
  • Fragrance Review: M. Micallef Black (Collection Ananda) and M. Micallef Exclusif Pomelos + What’s In A Name Perfume Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
     Lydia Hearst by Alix Malka for Flair Magazine, 2006 Shakespeare may have said “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” but when it comes to perfume, names can be deceiving. Such is the case with two fragrances from M. Micallef: Black and Pomelos. M. Micallef Black (2011) Photo: Camille Rowe for So It Goes Magazine by Guy Aroch, Spring/Summer 2014 Black comes in a gorgeous, Swarovski crystal-studded black bottle that looks like something a genie would reside in, and that’s the only dark thing about it. While you would expect a scent with such a name to…
  • Olfactif.com July Sampler: Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser by Brent Leonosio, Roman Monegal Cherry Musk, Profumi del Forte Tirrenico Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    No matter how much one writes, ponders, reads, and learns about perfume nothing can compare to the moment when a perfume can instantly deliver a roundtrip ticket backwards in time, and Tirrenico did just this Special thanks to Tara Swords of  Olfactif.comwho has generously agreed to a US only giveaway of a full sampler kit of the collection of  the three fragrances in the July 2014 Sweet, Simple Pleasures Subscription (includes Smell Bent St. Tropez Dispenser by Brent Leonosio, and Roman Monegal Cherry Musk as well) in whichProfumi del Forte, Tirrenico was…
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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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