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  • The Problem With Blogging- 2014 Edition

    The Non-Blonde
    Gaia Fishler
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    When I started this blog in early 2006 it was because I wanted to add my own voice to the beautiful chorus that has been forming in the online world by regular people who had something to say. Things seemed to have been going well in the beauty blogging arena, just as they did in other areas of the blogsphere until the backlash that happened around 2008. I admit that I was somewhat surprised. No one seemed to care that tech bloggers were regularly receiving various expensive gadgets for free, including every i-whatever. It was the objectivity of beauty bloggers over $20 mascaras that was…
  • Britain's Best-Selling Fragrances (2014)

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    Perfumeshrine
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    These best-selling fragrance lists have their use. Sometimes nodding in comprehension ("ain't that a gorgeous thing?"), sometimes in utter puzzlement ("that dull thing?"), but they always pique curiosity (You can find them all by scrolling the right hand column of this blog). What is out there? Who buys this stuff? Do they wear it a lot? Why are the same fragrances repeat themselves in patterns?
  • ÇaFleureBon Black Friday Perfume and Beauty Giveaway: Win $50 Gift Certificates to Twisted Lily Fragrance & Beauty Boutique

    Cafleurebon - Fragrance is a language of translating the world
    Michelyn Camen
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Black Friday madness South Park  Anyone that braves the mall on Black Friday is a masochist. That is our opinion, although trampling screaming soccer moms and wild eyed dads in search of The Elf on The Shelf does let out your inner agressions.  Technology and Toys are great for the family but why not get yourself something fragrant; you deserve it. Not a mass produced soulless scent but a perfume that is hard to find and extraordinary. Decants just won't do when you can buy the bottle. Twisted Lily Boutique Bourem Hills Brooklyn One of my…
  • Thomas Kosmala Parfums: Black Oud, White Oud

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    Thomas Kosmala starts his line of fragrances Thomas Kosmala Parfums are two editions which have been exclusively available since September 30th at Harrods. Both fragrances are inspired by precious wood, harmoniously mixed with flowers, fruit and warm sensual accords. Perfumes Black Oud and White Oud arrive as "A new vision infused with distinction and elegance, inspired by tradition and precious... Read full article: Thomas Kosmala Parfums: Black Oud, White Oud from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • The Different Company Lumiere & Wood candles ~ home fragrance review

    Now Smell This
    Kevin
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    I haven’t bought many scented candles this year, and those I have bought are old favorites I’ve already reviewed. Recently, I received small-sized candle samples from The Different Company, and I liked almost all of them. I really enjoyed Lumière (from the Collection des Rêves) and Wood (from The Modern House line). Lumière was developed by perfumer Delphine Jelk and lists orange blossom, ylang-ylang and white musk as major ingredients. Lumière is a semi-sweet, white floral-scented candle with the accent on creamy orange blossom (that sometimes veers into “almost-tuberose,”…
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  • Thomas Kosmala Parfums: Black Oud, White Oud

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    Thomas Kosmala starts his line of fragrances Thomas Kosmala Parfums are two editions which have been exclusively available since September 30th at Harrods. Both fragrances are inspired by precious wood, harmoniously mixed with flowers, fruit and warm sensual accords. Perfumes Black Oud and White Oud arrive as "A new vision infused with distinction and elegance, inspired by tradition and precious... Read full article: Thomas Kosmala Parfums: Black Oud, White Oud from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Masque Milano: Interview with Alessandro Brun and Riccardo Tedeschi

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    The founders of one of the most stylish and exquisite new brands in niche perfumery—Masque Milano, Alessandro Brun and Riccardo Tedeschi arrived in Moscow to present their entire Opera line of perfumes, including the latest fragrance called Russian Tea, which was the last work by Julien Rasquinet as an independent perfumer before joining IFF. Fragrantica already covered the new M... Read full article: Masque Milano: Interview with Alessandro Brun and Riccardo Tedeschi from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Parfums Bombay 1950 Isole Felici: Capri, Ponza, Panarea

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    Parfums Bombay 1950 presented in 2014 the collection of fragrances called ISOLE FELICI with the following editions: Capri, Ponza and Panarea. The fragrances arrive in glass flacons with red-blue-white illustrations and fragrance names, crowned with stoppers in the same style, with the logo of the brand. The collection of Isole Felici ("Islands of Happiness") are inspired by the beauty of nature,... Read full article: Parfums Bombay 1950 Isole Felici: Capri, Ponza, Panarea from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Rihanna Rogue Love

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    The latest fragrance by Rihanna will be launched at the beginning of December before the holidays and now is available in exclusive sales at Macy’s. The name of the perfume is Rogue Love, successor of the first fragrance Rogue presented in 2013. The new perfume is announced by the campaign with photos of Rihanna and the flacon takes the shape of the previous flacon differing only in the stoppe... Read full article: Rihanna Rogue Love from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal Limited Edition

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Juicy Couture launches its new fragrance in January 2015, a limited edition called Hollywood Royal. Hollywood Royal gives a modern twist to the original composition. The scent is youthful, floral-fruity and creamy. The composition begins with notes of candied apple, pear and pomelo. Its floral heart is filled with creamy white petals, resting on the base that combines cashmere wood and soft mus... Read full article: Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal Limited Edition from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
 
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  • The Different Company Lumiere & Wood candles ~ home fragrance review

    Kevin
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    I haven’t bought many scented candles this year, and those I have bought are old favorites I’ve already reviewed. Recently, I received small-sized candle samples from The Different Company, and I liked almost all of them. I really enjoyed Lumière (from the Collection des Rêves) and Wood (from The Modern House line). Lumière was developed by perfumer Delphine Jelk and lists orange blossom, ylang-ylang and white musk as major ingredients. Lumière is a semi-sweet, white floral-scented candle with the accent on creamy orange blossom (that sometimes veers into “almost-tuberose,”…
  • Holiday windows x 2

    Robin
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    The holiday window reveals at Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys (below the jump) in New York City. Read the rest of this article »
  • Wednesday scent of the day 11/26

    Robin
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    What’s your fragrance today? I am 99% recovered from my brief illness, so I’m in fragrance again. Today I’m wearing a dab of Stella McCartney L.I.L.Y. I really like this one but I don’t think it took off, did it? I never hear it mentioned. Reminder: this Friday, 11/28 (Black Friday!) will be Cheap Thrills Friday… Read the rest of this article »
  • Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Vanilla Bourbon Intense ~ new fragrance

    Robin
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    Indie line Dawn Spencer Hurwitz has launched Vanilla Bourbon Intense, the brand’s holiday fragrance for 2014… Read the rest of this article »
  • Online fragrance shopping

    Robin
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    New at dillards: Jay Z Gold Extreme. Deal at dshperfumes: take 20% off with coupon code cheer14, good through 1/5. New at first-in-fragrance (DE): Hiram Green Shangri La, Lalique Amethyst Eclat.
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  • BN experts please help

    pol_mark
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Can anyone please check if this is fake?
  • First post by a newcomer.

    artlin
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Greetings one and all around the world whoever and where-ever you may be. To me "fragrance" means aftershave (Tabac, Old Spice, "splash it on all over") This is what I grew up with. That is all we had. I am male, aged 67 and married for 44 years. We never had Cologne. That was for women.................until recently that is. I was out shopping for myself, a Christmas present, a few years ago and I got talking to a lovely Brazilian lady on the YSL counter in Boots. She was showing me various Perfumes and Colognes. I was shocked when she explained that all these different…
  • Suggestion on accord!

    Bullonaio
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Hi dear Basenoters!!! I would some suggestions from you! I would like to blend ISO E SUPER and Coumarine like a base notes, Hedione and Linalool as top ones. Lack of ideas on modifiers... Every tip is appreciated!!! My fragrance idea is something fresh, airy, charming.... Thanksss....!!!!,!
  • Chalk up another compliment for Molecule01

    bigtyivier2k2
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    Ahh my beloved Molecule01 which I have a love hate relationship with... Decided to start wearing it again as its one of my favorites, did one spray to front of neck one to back of neck and one to the chest. As I was walking into the gym I opened the door for a lady and she comes out and says 'o smell so delicious' I was like :D
  • [USA] For sale angel pure malt limited edition

    jsccna
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    Hi , AVAILABLE FOR SALE THIERRY MUGLER ANGEL PURE MALT 3.4 oz LIMITED EDITION PRICE : $95 FREE US SHIPPING Thanks !
 
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  • Grits and perfume taken in Athens burglary - Online Athens

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Grits and perfume taken in Athens burglaryOnline AthensAn Athens woman recently returned home from a 17-day trip to find that someone had broken into her Athens Gardens Apartments home. The victim told Athens-Clarke County police that the thief stole a bottle of Touch perfume and 5 pounds of grits.
  • Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes - The Independent

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumesThe IndependentThis sweet, floral perfume is a perfect present for teenagers looking for a little 'Je ne sais quoi' this Christmas. With strong notes of rose and black cherry, this girly, French-inspired scent has a chic look with an illustration of a little black
  • Drew Barrymore shares photo of daughter Olive as she promotes Cherished ... - Daily Mail

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Daily MailDrew Barrymore shares photo of daughter Olive as she promotes Cherished Daily Mail'I rely on a few different perfumes to carry me through the day. This is the image for our first scent CHERISHED!' the mother-of-two said with the adorable snap. 'It was inspired by the moments with my daughter and the the beautiful chaos that is "home".Drew Barrymore Shares Adorable Shot With Daughter Olive: Check Out the Must E! Onlineall 5 news articles »
  • Nina Ricci perfume heir charged with tax fraud - The Guardian

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The GuardianNina Ricci perfume heir charged with tax fraudThe GuardianNina Ricci, whose real name was Maria Adélaïde Nielli, was an Italian-born clothes designer who settled in France aged 12 in 1895. Her son Robert – Arlette Ricci's father – developed the company's perfume offshoot and raised its international profile.and more »
  • Chanel v Lidl perfume test: can shoppers smell the difference? - The Guardian

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    The GuardianChanel v Lidl perfume test: can shoppers smell the difference?The GuardianAmong his top 10 tips for Christmas, money-saving expert Martin Lewis suggests eschewing designer perfume in favour of cheaper “high-street versions”. Why? Because they're basically the same. “There are a number of smell-alikes out there,” he revealed Lidl's perfume CAN smell as good as Chanel but could wear off in half an hourDaily MailLidl's £3.99 Suddenly Madame Glamour perfume fools shoppers into thinking it's MetroLidl perfume 'smells similar to pricey designer scent'AOL…
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  • A dream of summer: Fiore di Bellagio from En Voyage Perfumes

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

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

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

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

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

  • Britain's Best-Selling Fragrances (2014)

    Perfumeshrine
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    These best-selling fragrance lists have their use. Sometimes nodding in comprehension ("ain't that a gorgeous thing?"), sometimes in utter puzzlement ("that dull thing?"), but they always pique curiosity (You can find them all by scrolling the right hand column of this blog). What is out there? Who buys this stuff? Do they wear it a lot? Why are the same fragrances repeat themselves in patterns?
  • The winners of the draw...

    Perfumeshrine
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    ...for the Aedes incense samples are: SunMiFontaine Aline Katerinov90 Pepelepew Luybov Congratulations and please send me an email using Contact with your shipping data so I can have these in the mail for you soon. Thanks everyone for the enthusiastic participation and till the next one!
  • Start Up Sets to Make Your Vagina Smell Like Peaches: A Feminism Issue & Then Some

    Perfumeshrine
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    There's too much brandishing around about how feminism is obsolete (apparently by women -and men- reaping the benefits of a good 3 decades of women's rights advocates fighting the cause) but some piece of news crops up and makes you rethink things. Yes, if you haven't guessed by this introduction, I'm irate. A start up is asking for funding on Tilt (their Kickstarter campaign was denied because
  • The winner of the draw....

    Perfumeshrine
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    ....for the Fragrant book is Phyllis Iervello. Congratulations! Please email me using Contact with your shipping data so I can have this out to you soon. Thanks everyone for the enthusiastic participation and till the next one! I'm going to go put on a pair of jeans and some lipstick and get out of the door, so please continue entering comments on the other draw, I will check them out later on.
  • Aedes de Venustas Copal Azur: fragrance review & samples giveaway

    Perfumeshrine
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    How can a strictly indoors smell, that of burning incense, so tied to wooden pegs and tight clusters of people, gain an outdoorsy veneer? The French perfume school has long thrived on the exploration of indoor scents; from the culinary scents of hot butter, peachy and plummy compotes and pain d'épices fused into classic chypres and orientals, to the introspective scents of the church and the
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  • Night at the Sensorium: November 2014

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

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:05 pm
    In August I shared with you how Beth Schreibman Gehring had contacted me about collaborating on an Outlander inspired fragrance. Well here we are at summers end, when the veils between the worlds are thin and mutable with the result of our synergistic result. I began our project by listening to book one of the series titled Outlander, while driving down to the San Diego Comic Convention
  • Fund the Perfumery!

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    In March I found a great location for my perfumery. Auspiciously things aligned themselves and the glorious space manifested into a work / showroom / teaching space. What is needed now is a helpful boost from all of you to complete it for the November 15th opening celebration. Below you will find some incentives to be one of the founders of the Roxana Illuminated Perfumery, first ever, studio
 
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  • husch und weg

    Andy
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Today’s picture confirms probably all conceptions of tauer’s “factory life” being fun and easy going. Well, yes and no. Last week was kind of crazy, very tiring to be honest, and the weekend was super busy; packing stuff in the factory and getting things ready for shipment. I did the illustration Friday afternoon, at the end of a long week, in anticipation of next week, that started today. Of course, it is a highly allegorical picture. I am out of town for a couple of days, flying west now. The task for the coming days: To think. It is very close to ten years now that…
  • vetiver md and superglue on a bright Friday morning

    Andy
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:53 pm
    The other day, I was looking into the formula of Rose de Kandahar (PHI) again. I think I wanted to know again how much musk is in there (this rose being the first of my scents where I actually use a classical musk molecule); so I checked the formula and rediscovered that I use Vetiver MD in there. This is a special quality of natural vetiver that I discovered when visiting the Salon des Matières Premières a while ago in Paris. It is a vetiver that is sort of deprived of much of the rooty earthiness, the dirt and brown aspects. How does it smell? A bit like “Vetiver…
  • 11/11

    Andy
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:53 pm
    good morning from Zurich, a day after 11/11. 11/11, here in middle Europe, in some regions at least, translates into “carnival”. I so understand why around this time of the year you need festivities, with laughter and drinks and heavy food: mid November can be so dark and grey around here. So there you go: “party!” our ancestors said, and the more catholic the more party. That was yesterday. No party in tauerville, though. Today’s picture is a bit odd, I admit.  I took it yesterday , 11/11, before leaving the factory, and it sort of fits perfectly. It shows you…
  • unfinished

    Andy
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    I wish you all a great start into a new week! Today’s topic: Unfinished things. The picture of today fits. A little mandarin painted yesterday, after a still life session in last week’s aquarelle class where we did mandarins et al. It is not finished, but I haven’t decided what to add, really. Maybe I won’t change it anymore: I am getting better at leaving paintings unfinished. They come with their own esthetic qualities. There are other things unfinished where I am getting better just letting them sit there. Like emails. I get so many. And I learned to just ignore…
  • more roses for you

    Andy
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Friday. Here are more rose for you all: After having shipped PHI-une rose de Kandahar to perfume hotspots in Europe, the next boxes wait for pick-up, to fly west. “Düdeldi”, as we say here, which does not translate really into English; maybe “hurrah”, but more relaxed and easy going and taking things less seriously. So : Düdeldi. And I stop worrying about who gets what when first. Finally. The rose de Kandahar gets out and in about 2 weeks or so, my fans in the US can get it (again), from my shop, and my retailing friend’s shops, too. And now that we are there…
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  • Anatomy of a Flower

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    Narcissus is an elusive flower that has been possessing this perfumer's imagination for as long as could be. Vivid memories of the fresh wild flower begin with a folk song about picking narcissi in the fields, and encountering a white horse. The rhyme does not end too well.   לַשָּׂדֶה יָצֹא יָצָאתִינַרְקִיסִים קָטַפְתִּי,סוּס לָבָן רָאֹה רָאִיתִיוְעָלָיו רָכַבְתִּי.וְהַסּוֹס דָּהַר דָּהַרוַאֲנִי נָפַלְתִּי,וְאֶת כָּל…
  • Coriandre

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    What can one expect from a scent with a name so unassuming as Coriandre? Would it be green? Rustic? Funny? Refreshing? There is nothing particularly intriguing, mysterious or fashionable about that. You just have to try it on your skin to find out.Coriandre is a great perfume, which I have overlooked for years. Despite the many good things I've heard of it, it did not appeal to me when I tried it for the first time. It simply didn't register. Years later, I came across it on the forgotten shelves of the neighbourhood parfumerie; and noticed that they had some stray old bottles pre-IFRA…
  • The Best Scents for Men this Winter - via Men's Journal and Business Insider:

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Read Michael Malone's expert advice article on Men's Journal, featuring Orcas and Rainforest by your truly!The article was also published in Business Insider.
  • Fundraiser for Tama Blough

    8 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Sad, sad news today :'-( Tama Blough, the founder of the SF Sniff - a fragrant meetup and event in San Francisco, and also a perfume blogger and reviewer who's writing appeared regularly in CaFleurBon, is terminally ill with cancer.The perfume community, although spread the world over, is tightly knit and some people become such an important part of our life even if only through the world wide web. Having met her a few times when I was in California for the Artisan Fragrance Salon, it is even more devastating to learn of her illness.Tama's friend in fragrance Nina Zolotow has set up an online…
  • Ma Griffe

    8 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Jean Carles, the Beethoven of modern perfumery, created many unforgettable classics that have changed the world of perfumery forever. Tabu and Canoe (Dana), Shocking (Schiparelli) as well as several scents for Lucien Lelong. And like Beethoven, he lost his sense of smell towards the end of his career. But that did not stop him from creating great fragrances. Ma Griffe being one of them. And like Tabu and Schiaparelli, whatever it lacks in nuance and refinement, it makes up for in a bold and innovative advertising campaign.I've always had a fondness to Ma Griffe (1946), be it the original (and…
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  • Midwest Indie: Madame Scodioli

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

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

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

    Lucy Raubertas
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Detail from a 19th Century Italian mirrored sconce.These natural perfumes impart a sense of transparently cladclassically beautiful nakedness/skin.Via A House Romance: MirrorsA Wing and a Prayer is an all natural hand-made perfume company that has been around since 2008, run by two perfumers, Jane Cate and her daughter Sarah, in California, which is the home of several of my favorite beautiful independent and fully natural perfumeries. I have written about their perfumes before, as you can see here.   I find the house style recalls variations on the theme of the velvety…
  • Clarimonde's Layers of Perfume

    Lucy Raubertas
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    This is a copy of the October Clarimonde post.   To experience it in the original environment, please go to The Clarimonde Perfume Project.Clarimonde's perfumes are wafted in by the breezes that flow between the worlds. Changing seasons stir up the winds.via Don Ya on PinterestCatching a breath of them layers her history into our own.She is wandering, heading Northeast, looking for the quiet mystery of deep forests standing in pure air, tasting her own history in what's left of the past.To capture  that precious brightness glowing through the dark, she represents her layers of…
 
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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Gaia Fishler
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    I wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. I'm going to spend the holiday among family and very dear friends, and I hope you do, too. I'm thankful for all of you who visit, read, and support. It means the world to me.COPYRIGHT ©2006-2014 GAIA FISHLER WWW.THENONBLONDE.COM, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CONTENT POACHING IS BOTH ILLEGAL AND UGLY. Copier, C'est Voler.
  • Serge Lutens- L'Orpheline

    Gaia Fishler
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:05 pm
    In order to even start wrapping my head around L'Orpheline I had to completely ignore two things: my expectation from a Serge Lutens perfume, and the story/marketing materials provided by the company. I usually do the latter anyway, but here it was especially important. Because if you think that "The Little Orphan" is an odd choice for a perfume name, reading Lutens' quotes (you can find the whole thing on Fragrantica) and fragments from his painful and lonely childhood is sends you right to Les Misrables territory, and I don't mean the musical version, but straight to Victor Hugo's written…
  • The Problem With Blogging- 2014 Edition

    Gaia Fishler
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    When I started this blog in early 2006 it was because I wanted to add my own voice to the beautiful chorus that has been forming in the online world by regular people who had something to say. Things seemed to have been going well in the beauty blogging arena, just as they did in other areas of the blogsphere until the backlash that happened around 2008. I admit that I was somewhat surprised. No one seemed to care that tech bloggers were regularly receiving various expensive gadgets for free, including every i-whatever. It was the objectivity of beauty bloggers over $20 mascaras that was…
  • Lindsay Lohan & Charlotte Tilbury

    Gaia Fishler
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Seriously.If I were launching my own makeup line (or anything, really), and had to make a list of celebrity I'd like to see at my event or using my products, I'm pretty sure Lindsay Lohan wouldn't be there. The other real celebrity at the launch of Charlotte Tilbury's 'Backstage Beauty Booth' counter in the Beauty Hall at Fenwick, London, was model Amber Le Bon (Simon and Yasmin's daughter), a much better fit. But really, few personalities are more off-putting than Lindsay Lohan. I'm not buying.COPYRIGHT ©2006-2014 GAIA FISHLER WWW.THENONBLONDE.COM, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CONTENT POACHING…
  • Cat(s) Of The Day

    Gaia Fishler
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    MarigoldPhilip & KatePippaThere's an extra photo of Bob on the Jersey Cats Facebook page.COPYRIGHT ©2006-2014 GAIA FISHLER WWW.THENONBLONDE.COM, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CONTENT POACHING IS BOTH ILLEGAL AND UGLY. Copier, C'est Voler.
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  • Beauty Cafe is a Shopify Success Story

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

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

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

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

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:49 pm
    At four o'clock on Spring afternoons in Los Angeles, the Santa Ana winds blow through the canyons, mountains and valleys that comprise this city where dreams are made.  The blow east, picking up ocean scents, through the Angeles national forest where Eucalyptus grows wild, and then down through the Hollywood hills where night blooming jasmine lines the streets.  This unique scent captures the essence of Spring afternoons in this magical city. An entirely new way to care for your body. Deeply hydrate and gently exfoliate in one easy step with Cream Creme Body Moisturizer. Lactic Acid…
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    A Rose Beyond the Thames

  • Herringbone

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

    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…
 
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    The Beauty Alchemist

  • NARS Black Friday Sale

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:32 pm
    NARS has a little sale beginning this Friday . The  Give & Take Event is  Friday, November 28th– Tuesday, December 2nd  and if you want first access to the 20% off event, you can sign up for an email update here
  • L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cream

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    Dry skin ? With Jack Frost doing his thing really early and in a  big way, our epidermis is bound to feeling a little parched.L'Occitane has a cream to the rescue for those with  drier skins, new Immortelle Precious Cream , an update/upgrade from their Precious Cream .  This thick cream is loaded with hydrators like shea butter, sunflower seed, evening primrose and borage seed oils  .It also helps to firm and smooth skin with two patents pending and  an oily extract from the Immortelle Flower. This is one of the products that just feels so comfortable on skin ,…
  • MAC X Giambattisa Valli

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Are you ready to talk Summer 2015 ?  Yes, yes,it's a ways off, but it also brings the newest MAC designer collab with Giambattista Valli.Vogue broke the news last Friday of the five new lipsticks and I believe  also lipgloss shades that will hit stores next Summer.Spring '15 RTWI generally like what Valli shows during fashion week and always check out the looks, but for those less immersed in fashion, you still may have heard of him as newlywed Amal Alamuddin Clooney wore one of his  couture creations the day after her uber press covered wedding in Venice  .Fall '14…
  • Breil Watches

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Giving the gift of time this year ?  A new watch makes a lovely gift and the right one is an everyday accessory that helps perfect your look.Italian watchmaker Breil has several new styles that should please any giftee. Dressy or sporty , all have sparkle in the form of Swarovski crystals in the dial   and bezel along with metal or leather bands, and are water resistant.Style 10020800 - ( black band) is $ 325Style 10020709 ( pink band) is $ 295Style 10020801 ( two tone band) is $ 37Style 10020802 ( silver band)  is $ 355Breil watches are available at Macys, Amazon,  Saks,…
  • Flower Beauty Makeup Cases & Brushes

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
     Do you love a good train case ? Crazy question ? Not if you're a beauty gal. I love them and have several, more than I need most likely but new , nice ones are always popping up.For  gifting or getting, Flower has a new line of makeup cases out including a  train case.  All are done in a bold flower print in either pink tones or blue tones.The case has slots at the top for makeup brushes and a full open bottom for everything else. There is a rose goldtone logo plaque and zipper pull.  Measurements are 5.75 H x10.25 W x 5.5 D.If you do happen to be thinking of gifting…
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    Cafleurebon - Fragrance is a language of translating the world

  • A Labon Fire Paris * LA -The Winners

    Michelyn Camen
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    A Lab on Fire, the small niche company from Brooklyn, New York has attracted some amazing perfumers and the Company’s founder Carlos Kusubayashi gives free reign to them all. The nose behind their latest scent  Paris * LA,  is Laurent Le Guernec, who is best known for Sara Jessica Parker Lovely and his work for Bond No 9. Thanks to Eric and Stamatis of Twisted Lily we have a draw for 3 samples of Paris*LA for three USA readers.  The winners of the random draw are ringthing, connie and Steve A. Please contact  michelyn at cafleurebon dawt com  by 1PM…
  • New Perfume Review: Penhaligon’s London Lothair, Levantium and Empressa + The Wealth on the Wharf Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Penhaligon's London  Convent Garden Piazza Window Display of The Trade Routes Collection  Penhaligon's is a British perfume house with a wealth of history. Founded in 1870 during the Victorian era; the original perfumes were created for a privileged clientele and whispered of opulent excesses. The fragrance house has always aimed to evolve with the times, including the recent 2014 release of TraLaLa in collaboration with Avant Garde British fashion designers Meadham Kirchhoff, created by Bertrand Duchaufour, who although I cannot imagine him at London Fashion Week,…
  • Aedes de Venustus Copal Azur -The Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    The latest launch from Aedes de Venustus Creative Directors Karl Bradl and Robert Gerstner is Copal Azur and what a strange thing it is, a milky, saline collision of smoke and glittering blue ocean. Karl was travelling in the Yucatan when he first encountered the full aromatic force of copal, as it seemed to be a constant theme in the surrounding air. Thanks to Beauty Enterprises and Aedes De Venustus we have a carded sample of Copal Azur for any reader in the USA, Canada or EU. The random winner is Jewel. Please email michelyn at cafleurebon DAWT com with AEDES de VENUSTUS Copal…
  • ÇaFleureBon Black Friday Perfume and Beauty Giveaway: Win $50 Gift Certificates to Twisted Lily Fragrance & Beauty Boutique

    Michelyn Camen
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Black Friday madness South Park  Anyone that braves the mall on Black Friday is a masochist. That is our opinion, although trampling screaming soccer moms and wild eyed dads in search of The Elf on The Shelf does let out your inner agressions.  Technology and Toys are great for the family but why not get yourself something fragrant; you deserve it. Not a mass produced soulless scent but a perfume that is hard to find and extraordinary. Decants just won't do when you can buy the bottle. Twisted Lily Boutique Bourem Hills Brooklyn One of my…
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    Scentbird Perfumes

  • Perfume of the Day: Vera Wang Anniversary by Vera Wang

    marina ljubisavljevic
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    Vera Wang Anniversary woman is timeless. She knows by heart all lesson on love and timeless beauty. She introduces flair in ordinary fire, she introduces passion where desire lives no more. She seduces the tears that fall on someone else’s face and has a hear heart big enough to fit all of her dreams inside. She is not ashamed to show her vulnerability, because she knows that scars are just a proof of the power to heal yourself. She is a woman, who keeps her head up, hoping to see a glimpse of the future. Yes, she sometimes looks back, but all she sees are her footprints, on the road…
  • Perfume of the Day: Tresor Midnight Rose by Lancome

    marina ljubisavljevic
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    Midnight Rose woman is an investor. She invests in life, she invests in love, she invests in emotions. She finds love to be a mysterious book filled with laughter, cliffhangers and end that takes a dedication to be discovered. She finds love to be intoxicating, so she is a love addict. You will find the Midnight Rose woman to be inconspicuous, soft, but once you truly see her, you will find her to be unforgettable. You will recognize her by her dreams of a White Christmas, Easy SummerTime Livin’ and her love for a black and white movies. You will not capture her heart with a love game of…
  • Perfume of the Day: Omnia Indian Garnet by Bvlgari

    marina ljubisavljevic
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    Omnia Indian Garnet woman is an inventor. With every journey, she reinvents herself. She reinvents herself with every shivering of the railway track, with every smile of a stranger passing by, with every morning that awakes in the emerald lake sky spilled over clouds. She finds herself inside every step she has taken in a land that she doesn’t call her own. She loves travelling, exploring, conquering new landscapes and her fears. She has learnt that not all clouds are messengers of rainstorms and that every sun ray beams differently. She is bewitched by every mystical folklore legend…
  • Perfume of the Day: London by Burberry

    marina ljubisavljevic
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    London woman is unique, original, trendy! Her rhythm pulsates together with the beat of this old town with vibratingly young spirit! Her style is urban chic and the moment you see her, you can actually hear London calling in your head. She is a fashion daredevil and possesses a bit of old school punk attitude, hidden in the crevice of her heart. She loves the smell of old books and many times falls down the rabbit hole, every time emerging with new knowledge. London woman is a heroine and she is the dream of every urban guy! She is independent, and intends on keeping her independence, even…
  • Perfume of the Day: Eau de Lacoste Sensuelle by Lacoste

    marina ljubisavljevic
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Eau de Lacoste Sensuelle woman is an acrobat. She leaps from one pleasure to another, from one task to another, from one place to another with a grace common for courageous circus performers. Her feelings evolve together with the moon phases, her whole being matures as the sun dives behind the water and she feels anew! She thinks of the world as an enormous circus, where everyone has the back of everyone, making sure that the show must go on, no matter what. Yes, the feelings are the most dangerous when they are kept in the soul’s dungeon, like exotic caged animals. Her role in life? Making…
 
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