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  • Jo Malone Incense Cedrat

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Jo Malone lanched the first perfumes of the Cologne Intense Collection in 2010. Now the brand is launching the collection's tenth fragrance, Incense Cedrat, which was inspired by Omani incense. The Omani incense is harvested from the Boswellia sacra tree. Marie Salamagne, the perfumer who created Incense Cedrat, said that Omani incense has never been captured before. Marie used t... Read full article: Jo Malone Incense Cedrat from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Kenzo Jeu d’Amour Eau de Toilette

    Fragrantica Perfumes
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:10 am
    Kenzo launched Kenzo Jeu d'Amour in 2014 as a sensual, playful and provocative scent. Jeu d'Amour Eau de Toilette, a new version, comes out in early 2015, and says: "Play, smile, seduce and deceive again ...". The fragrance is light and fresh interpretation of the original "game of seduction". The composition begins with sparkling notes of pear and citrus blossom. The flor... Read full article: Kenzo Jeu d’Amour Eau de Toilette from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel ~ body product review

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    Jessica
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Every winter Lush releases a small collection of limited edition products for Valentine’s Day. These items tend towards the pink and sparkly and sweet, but sometimes one of them catches my interest and makes me wish it were a year-round item. Two years ago, I felt that way about The Kiss lip gloss (really a whipped balm, and now back as a re-release!); last year, I was enthusiastic about the Tender is the Night massage bar. This year, my pick is Prince Charming Shower Gel. Prince Charming’s ingredients include pomegranate juice, grapefruit oil, sandalwood oil and geranium oil, as…
  • cologne for the Caribbean

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    cloud9
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    Anyone one here live in the Caribbean? I am going to Jamaica soon and have been told not to wear perfume because the scent will attract mosquitoes - however i'm addicted to smelling good. Just wondering what scents i can wear whilst out there if at all any advice?
  • Police: Perfume shoplifter packed stun gun - Cherry Hill Courier Post

    perfume news - Google News
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Cherry Hill Courier PostPolice: Perfume shoplifter packed stun gunCherry Hill Courier PostCHERRY HILL – A woman allegedly carried a stun gun while shoplifting perfume at the Cherry Hill Mall, police say. Danielle Reed of Philadelphia was one of two alleged shoplifters arrested Thursday after incidents at the Sephora store in the mall
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  • Kenzo Jeu d’Amour Eau de Toilette

    31 Jan 2015 | 2:10 am
    Kenzo launched Kenzo Jeu d'Amour in 2014 as a sensual, playful and provocative scent. Jeu d'Amour Eau de Toilette, a new version, comes out in early 2015, and says: "Play, smile, seduce and deceive again ...". The fragrance is light and fresh interpretation of the original "game of seduction". The composition begins with sparkling notes of pear and citrus blossom. The flor... Read full article: Kenzo Jeu d’Amour Eau de Toilette from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Floris By Request, Petals From My Garden

    31 Jan 2015 | 2:01 am
    The house from London, FLORIS, is launching a new limited edition named PETALS FROM MY GARDEN, specially made for the exclusive collection BY REQUEST. Petals From My Garden will be flowery-green fragrance, inspired by lush English nature crowned with flowery petals, and available only in 50 bottles hand made in Jermyn Street. Launching date is 3th March 2015. "Reminiscent of the pe... Read full article: Floris By Request, Petals From My Garden from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Jo Malone Incense Cedrat

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Jo Malone lanched the first perfumes of the Cologne Intense Collection in 2010. Now the brand is launching the collection's tenth fragrance, Incense Cedrat, which was inspired by Omani incense. The Omani incense is harvested from the Boswellia sacra tree. Marie Salamagne, the perfumer who created Incense Cedrat, said that Omani incense has never been captured before. Marie used t... Read full article: Jo Malone Incense Cedrat from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Surrender to Chance: Surrender Coldwater Canyon by La Via del Profumo

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Stemming from the combined forces of the purveyors of decants par excellence, the ladies from Surrender to Chance, and the creative genius of Abdes Salaam, aka niche artisanl perfumer La Via del Profumo, the two new fragrances issued after the Surrender to Chance label are gorgeous. It's not hard to imagine that having an excellent perfumer at the helm, such as the acclaimed Dominique Dubrana... Read full article: Surrender to Chance: Surrender Coldwater Canyon by La Via del Profumo from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
  • Givenchy Gentlemen Only Casual Chic

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Masculine fragrance Gentlemen Only by Givenchy from 2013 is a modern homage to the classic of the house—Givenchy Gentlemen from 1974. After the original, Gentlemen Only Intense was launched in early 2014 and in early 2015 we have a new edition called Gentlemen Only Casual Chic. Gentlemen Only Casual Chic is a fresh woody and spicy fragrance. Seductive and elegant, it is designed for a... Read full article: Givenchy Gentlemen Only Casual Chic from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
 
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  • Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel ~ body product review

    Jessica
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Every winter Lush releases a small collection of limited edition products for Valentine’s Day. These items tend towards the pink and sparkly and sweet, but sometimes one of them catches my interest and makes me wish it were a year-round item. Two years ago, I felt that way about The Kiss lip gloss (really a whipped balm, and now back as a re-release!); last year, I was enthusiastic about the Tender is the Night massage bar. This year, my pick is Prince Charming Shower Gel. Prince Charming’s ingredients include pomegranate juice, grapefruit oil, sandalwood oil and geranium oil, as…
  • Life is such a delicious game

    Robin
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    A quick animation for Nina Ricci Les Délices de Nina, and for the matching candy app at iTunes.
  • Chanel Misia ~ new fragrance

    Robin
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Chanel will launch Misia, the latest addition to the Les Exclusifs collection. The fragrance was named for Misia Sert, a friend of Coco Chanel, and is the first Chanel release from house perfumer Olivier Polge… Read the rest of this article »
  • Friday scent of the day 1/30

    Robin
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Happy Oud Friday! Our community project for today: wear an oud fragrance. As always, do chime in even if you’re not participating in the community project. I was going to wear Yves Saint Laurent M7, the granddaddy of them all,* but I couldn’t find mine so I’m in the next closest thing, Tom Ford Oud Wood. Reminder: next Friday, 2/6, we’re celebrating National Grapefruit month… Read the rest of this article »
  • Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2015, part 3

    Robin
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes collector items from Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler and Guerlain; plus new packaging from Estee Lauder. From Yves Saint Laurent, the 2015 edition of Paris Premières Roses, decorated by Japanese artist Houxo Que. In 125 ml, due to launch in March… Read the rest of this article »
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  • cologne for the Caribbean

    cloud9
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    Anyone one here live in the Caribbean? I am going to Jamaica soon and have been told not to wear perfume because the scent will attract mosquitoes - however i'm addicted to smelling good. Just wondering what scents i can wear whilst out there if at all any advice?
  • Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme - So far my fav Chanel!

    döfä91
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:33 am
    Just received my latest blind buy: Chanel Allure homme Sport Eau Extreme.... Wow, I'm speechless. Never smelled this one even if i had the chance, and here where i live i haven't seen it in stores. It's amazing, I like it far more than Bleu EDT (which i like as well). Never cared for Allure line (had smelled Allure Homme, Allure Homme Sport (which was quite nice, but only OK for me). I can say this is my most successful blind buy for ages. Sorry if i hyped too much, i just can't help this appealed so much, and this feels so amazing, and i've only on my first full wearing after picking it up…
  • How much light is too much?

    Fahrenheit13
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:20 am
    I just moved into a new house today. After slaving away lifting sofas, dining room table, chests of drawers etc, I finally got to the fun part.... Setting up my collection. Now at the last place I lived, I had the luxury of a walk-in wardrobe which (obviously) had no window. Unfortunately at my new place there is no such thing and I have set my fragrances up near a window. The window has blinds which I'm going to keep drawn all the time so the frags will not actually receive any direct sunlight, however there is a strip of light that gets through between the blinds and the window frame. The…
  • NEW Jo Malone - Incense & Cedrat

    hawk
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Now this is interesting... The main note in this fragrance will be Omani incense and according to fragrantica it's surrounded by lemon, pepper, elemi, labdanum and benzoin. Jo Malone Incense & Cedrat will be available in 100 ml Cologne Intense at the beginning of February 2015.
  • Most worn January 2015

    Mark_Trail
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:31 pm
    What did you wear this January? Based on SOTD: 1. Moonshine - 5 wears 2. Invasion Barbare - 4 wears 3. Lonestar Memories and Roma Uomo - 3 wears each 4. Testosterone/Guir Garamante/Sartorial/Mazzolari Lui/Artisan Black/Endymion - 2 wears each 5. Quercus/Yatagan/Oujan - 1 wear each -Mark
 
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  • Police: Perfume shoplifter packed stun gun - Cherry Hill Courier Post

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Cherry Hill Courier PostPolice: Perfume shoplifter packed stun gunCherry Hill Courier PostCHERRY HILL – A woman allegedly carried a stun gun while shoplifting perfume at the Cherry Hill Mall, police say. Danielle Reed of Philadelphia was one of two alleged shoplifters arrested Thursday after incidents at the Sephora store in the mall
  • Police release image of woman accused of stealing $1000 in perfume from Ulta - Salisbury Post

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Salisbury PostPolice release image of woman accused of stealing $1000 in perfume from UltaSalisbury PostSalisbury Police have released a video image of a woman they say stole over $1,000 worth of high-end perfume from Ulta Beauty a week ago. Police ask anyone with information about the identity of this woman to contact them. The woman can be seen on ...Can you identify this woman? Police say she stole $1000 worth of perfume from WBTVall 2 news articles »
  • Solid Perfumes Will Make You Smell Good, Without All The Fuss - Huffington Post

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    Solid Perfumes Will Make You Smell Good, Without All The FussHuffington PostThe hustle and bustle of morning routines can often lead us to forget a couple of key elements to our day, such as house keys, matching socks and a spritz of a favorite perfume. And you're forgiven if that spritz ends up in your mouth and eyes -- hey and more »
  • Little Mix Announces Their First Perfume - Twist Magazine

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    Twist MagazineLittle Mix Announces Their First PerfumeTwist MagazineThis is some majorly exciting news for Little Mix: the ladies are releasing their first perfume! Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock posted the most adorable video telling us just how happy they are about the first ever Little Mix Adorably Announce Perfume, Fans React [VIDEO]PopCrushall 2 news articles »
  • Titan eyeing 5 per cent stake in perfume segment - Economic Times

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    Titan eyeing 5 per cent stake in perfume segmentEconomic TimesWhile India has seen a huge spurt in several grooming products and accessories, the area of perfumes has not seen a lot of action. Though India has had a long and significant history of usage of perfumed products, the significance of perfumes was lost ...and more »
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  • All that glitters: The Brilliant Collection by DSH Perfumes

    24 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    By Donna Once again, a collaboration between perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz and the Denver Art Museum has resulted in a stunning group of fragrances. I always look forward to these art project launches from DSH Perfumes; Dawn's reservoir of creativity seems to have no limits. The Brilliant collection ties in with the DAM exhibit celebrating Cartier's storied history of
  • Foodie Thursday: Chicken Soup

    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    By Tom Last week was one of the coldest on record in Los Angeles. Of course, it's not like there was danger of freezing, at least not in the basin on the Westside. But it was certainly cold enough to make me want to break out the chicken soup. Chicken soup is of course almost universally loved (at least in America.)  Whether it's coming from a can or a deli, it's my personal go-to
  • A rainbow of delights: Providence Perfume Company's new oils collection

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:16 pm
    By Donna Anyone who is familiar with Charna Ethier's creative compositions for Providence Perfume Company will be pleased with her new collection of six all-natural oil perfumes, which are free of alcohol and very long-lasting. These came about as the result of customer requests and have been very well received. I am already a fan of her fabulous Beauty Elixir oil and other body
  • 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
 
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  • Histoires de Parfums Petroleum (Edition Rare): fragrance review

    Perfumeshrine
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    All the colors of a bruise: black and blue, teal green edging out in purple, fading to rosy, ending in ochre yellow like ancient parchment. The electrical buzz of arc-welding, fiery orange sparks filling out the skies, the rusty mine of the shipwreck. The air filled with a mineral, scorched feel. The plank-plank of cork wedges hitting the iron ore at the loading decks. A leather cloth, all
  • Chanel Les Exclusifs Misia: new fragrance

    Perfumeshrine
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    The fragrance line Les Exclusifs by Chanel has been having its ups and downs through the years, but it has always appealed to customers who are interested in perfume first and foremost, with the famous logo as an addendum rather than the whole raison d'être of the purchase. Les Exclusifs Misia, named after the best friend of Gabrielle Bonheur (Coco) Chanel, joins the wondrous juices of 31 Rue
  • Penhaligon's & L'Artisan Perfumeur: Niche Fragrance Brands Bought by Puig

    Perfumeshrine
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    I have tired of saying it: we're experiencing the end of niche. Niche was a marketing tool to grow companies and then sell them to the highest bidder. The sale of Editions de Frederic Malle and Le Labo last autumn to the Lauder Group is followed by the sale of British traditional house Penhaligon's (established in 1870 as they boast) and of French artsie proto-niche (well, at least when it was
  • Serge Lutens La Religieuse: new fragrance

    Perfumeshrine
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:46 am
    The divide between darkness and light, between sanctity and profanity, between spirituality and carnality, and the overtones of a Catholic upbringing with its clash of good & evil have for long haunted the imagination of the master, mr.Serge Lutens himself. The contrast of white on black is another of the recurring themes in the canon of Lutens perfumes composed by perfumer Christopher Seldrake.
  • Ancient Fragrant Lore: The Scents of the Bible (part 5)

    Perfumeshrine
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    The most intriguing aspect of reading the Bible in search of aromatics is how the spices and sweet unguents are used to denote both sanctity and the pleasure of the bodily senses. "All your garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made you glad"—Psalm 45:8 Dieric the Elder Bouts, Christ in the House of Simon the Pharisee, 1440s (wikimedia
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  • Get a sample of Fleurish, Mellifera or Figure 5: Bois!

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    I am offering Fleurish, Mellifera and Figure 5: Bois as solid perfume tins over at the Fan Funding post here at the journal. Pictured in the photo is Fleurish, a fruity jasmine with robust notes of indole. Samples are available via the fan funding post or get sample of one of the three included this week with any order of $50 from the website, make sure to mention this promotion in the
  • Downtown Adventure

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Yesterday my daughter Eve turned twenty two (gulp!), so we headed into downtown Los Angeles for some fun. First we went to Shareen, a vintage women's clothing store where no boys are allowed, on North Spring Street. "Shareen Downtown is the creative center of a secret society of women who love to be at the cutting edge of fashion trends. It is a 7,000 sq. ft. “no boys allowed” fashion
  • Botanical Valentine

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Romantic Reds from Ancient Days Lac is a natural dye that has been prized since antiquity for its' luminous reds and sweet pink hues. The dye itself comes from sweet exudates of the Lac insect. As early as 1200 BC, Lac was collected and used for decoration. The word lac is the English version of Persian and Hindi words that mean “hundred thousand,” indicating the large number of the
  • Interview at Té de Violetas

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Shortly after returning from the NAHA conference at Bastyr I was sent a lengthy questionaire by my beautiful fellow Argentine compatriot Virginia Blanco of the perfume blog Té de Violetas. I am beyond happy to share that the interview was posted today, follow this link over to Virginias lovely blog which translates at Violet Tea. The interview is first posted in spanish with the english
  • La Dame Blanche Solid Perfume

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:33 pm
    La Dame Blanche as a solid is finally getting uploaded to the website. The color harmony, as mentioned previously, is a sapphire blue. Read about the concept and formulation of La Dame Blanche here. The image above is the "La Dame Blanche" drawer within the apothecary case in my workspace in Agoura. Each fragrance has its own drawer, for the moment anyway. The scent, to my nose, has
 
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  • traps and facebook $$$

    Andy
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:20 am
    You know….when running a business, trying to cook, or being creative: There are traps, pitfalls, deceptions, and usually it is us deceiving us. When painting, there is this trap that a new color/paper/a new motif or new technique will change the name of the game. But the truth usually is: Just because you got this nice shiny new red, your rose won’t get better. Yesterday, in my painting class, we were doing flowers in watercolor. Using wet in wet. This is soooo difficult. Today’s picture gives you an idea. The difficulties are on various levels; the paper, the proper…
  • risk and post heroic societies

    Andy
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:57 am
    Today, there was an article about risks et al in the newspaper, in the context of avalanches and protective gear and more. This is one of the topics I enjoy reading about, for a couple of reasons. One of them is my impression that we, here in Switzerland and in some other spots, try to move towards a zero risk culture. Which, in my humble opinion, is very wrong. Because zero risk does not exist, except maybe that our risk to live forever is zero. Zero risk translates into a couple of things: Kids growing up without being given the chance to develop a realistic apprehension of what risk…
  • labels

    Andy
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Today, a quick picture from yesterday: putting labels on flacons of Noontide Petals, and polishing the flacons before doing so. I do not like every color equally. The yellow of Noontide Petals, however, is one of my favorites, together with the orange labels of Orange Star (orange being complementary to blue). The labels stick pretty well even without polishing beforehand, but we play it safe there. With their extra thick lamination, and with the labels bending over the shoulder of the flacon, I am always a bit worried that they don’t stick well enough. Perfumes can be pretty…
  • a glimpse of the creative space

    Andy
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Good morning from Zurich, where I just realized that the first month of 2015 is almost over. Wow. Time is running so fast. After a couple of intense, out of the ordinary days, we are back to our good old routine this week, with a lot of packaging tasks and paper work that needs to be done. Today’s picture shows you my creative space that maybe looks different to what you might expect. However, this is not the office space where I spend a good time of the day working on the PC and where I try to keep trial vials under control. And where I write most of my mails, answering questions like…
  • dream stuff

    Andy
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:04 pm
    I am off until Sunday, for a “training and learning” session. I am looking forward to talking to you’ll next week again. In the mean time: Here’s a picture of the dream stuff that reached me yesterday. Happy dreaming!
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  • Butterfly Ginger Pommade

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Dabney Rose's Butterfly Ginger (Ginger Lily) Pommade is nothing short of a miracle. But for you to understand, let's first explain what pommade is. And no, it is not spelled "pomade", much to my autocorrect's disapproval. This is the French word for a step in the enfleurage process. Enfleurage is the fat (usually from an animal source) that has been fully saturated with a flower essence. Once this is achieved, the pommade will be washed with alcohol and produces an extrait (an alcoholic dilution of flower extract). When this alcohol is removed by evaporation, it leaves behind the pure…
  • Marriage of Life and Death

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Earlier this winter, as I went deeper into the forest trails, my eyes met with a devastating sight. After several days of rain and wind storms, two beautiful, tall and rather ancient Douglas fir trees (well over 200 years in my estimate, although this is probably young in fir years) were uprooted and simply flipped over. It's a sad sight, and one that literally pierced my heart and brought tears to my eyes. The air around the trees was filled with their tragedy, and I heard their screams and shrieks of pain from being uprooted and losing their life-giving connection to the earth.Here is the…
  • Cold Milk

    17 Jan 2015 | 9:05 pm
    I was a couple of years late into the game trying Santal Massoïa Jean-Claude Ellena (created for the Hermèssence collection). Perhaps it was after the Iris Ukioye that I felt a little disappointed in the line. I feel that the majority of the new creations are becoming victim of their own style. As if the creator's commitment to stick to a certain genre of aesthetic statement. I feel that no matter what theme would be picked for this line, and no matter how outrageously intriguing the combination of notes may be, the result would be the same ethereal, non-descript quality of non perfume.
  • Rave Reviews for Ayala's New Book

    15 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    A few days ago, I received this incredibly supportive feedback about my book from my fellow perfumer and renown author Mandy Aftel. I simply had to share! This wonderful new book is a welcome addition to the literature on natural perfumery! Ayala Moriel's techniques are born of her talent, intelligence and long experience, and she gives a solid foundation in the basics, via formulas, detailed instructions, a glossary, and information on suppliers. You will be smitten with both her expertise and her enthusiasm."
  • Alternative Methods of Application for Sensitive Skin

    14 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    What if you weren't blessed with a thick skin like most of us? How can you keep scent in your life yet keep skin rash out of it? I was approached by a customer who happened to develop a nasty rash to her favourite perfume (Immortellle l'Amour, thanks for asking). No matter what, she still wants to enjoy it (which makes me equally sad and flattered). It suddenly dawned on me that she may not be the only one who could benefit from tips for how to enjoy scent without ruining your epidermis.There are several alternatives for wearing scent that I highly recommend you try experimenting with. They…
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  • Mik Moi Acqua Fortis and Lingua Franca

    Lucy Raubertas
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    NASA photo of Earth from space.Mik Moi demonstrates a style of perfume that is sparkling, vibrant, lively, uplifting and fresh, even while using the darkest and deepest of mystical perfume materials.His two most recent perfumes have a brilliantly sparkling modern effect, synthesizing a harmony between East and West, based on his wide researches into the past. In Acqua Fortis the mystical approach to balance of body and soul is referenced by both Medieval Alchemical magic waters and Feng Shui cures for luck and health. With Lingua Franca, the various world cultures of East…
  • The Brilliant Collection by DSH Perfumes

    Lucy Raubertas
    29 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    Dawn Spencer Hurwitz is often inspired by the special exhibits at the Denver Art Museum, and has interpreted their show on Cartier with four perfumes relating to the qualities of gemstones and certain personalities identified with them.All four perfumes (edp strength) share a certain vintage tone reminiscent of the European classic perfumes, and also I find the beauty of each perfume's  theme  - diamond, sapphire, ruby and gold rises up through a signature aquatic/metallic background that creates an atmosphere calling to the coolness of feel and metallic settings of highly polished…
  • House of Cherry Bomb-Brooklyn Atelier Perfumes

    Lucy Raubertas
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    DUMBO Brooklyn, NYThe House of Cherry Bomb collaboration of Maria McElroy and Alexis Karl has put together a collection of what they call Atelier perfumes, in limited edition or made to order as necessary, as seasonal responses to how they feel and what's on their minds. The new ones are released at intimate perfume parties at their Brooklyn studio.  I have collected most of them myself; and happy to find they are deliberately kept well priced so they remain affordable as a collection to their fans. Available only directly through them at the Brooklyn DUMBO Atelier, or online,…
  • PLP Perfume Project

    Lucy Raubertas
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Carlos J Powell of PLP, Goodsmellas, BrooklynFragrance Lover, etc.The PLP Perfume Project was inspired by the theme of Peace Love and Perfume, a fragrance group of online friends who were brought together on Facebook and often in person, too, by Carlos J. Powell, who promotes the love of perfume online and at events, encompassing a full range of styles and tastes. He creates perfume review videos as the Brooklyn Fragrance Lover, blogs and and also organizes the Goodsmellas group which has focused attention on the rapidly growing interest in fine and niche perfume among men from a wide variety…
  • 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,…
 
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  • Comfort(er) Scents

    Gaia Fishler
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:22 pm
    A few years ago I wrote about comfort scents, smells that you go crave when the goings get tough. This is not what we're talking about here. Or at least, not quite. It's the middle of winter and staying in bed has never felt better: pulling the comforter up to your nose while planting your feet firmly under a cat. I've looked for perfumes that give me this feeling, and are also good for long nights under the covers. They have to feel cozy, yet not overwhelm with foody/sweet notes, spice, or too much of just about anything. In no particular order, here are my white sheets and soft comforter…
  • Rose McGowan At Jean Paul Gaultier Show (Paris Fashion Week)

    Gaia Fishler
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    View image | gettyimages.comView image | gettyimages.comI haven't been following Rose McGowan lately so I had no idea she cut her hair this short. These photos were taken at the Jean Paul Gaultier show in Paris (Haute Couture fashion week). She certainly has the cheekbones to carry it, but I still think it's too short (I'm biased, I know). I do love the dark lipstick and well-defined eyes. The outfit? Well, it's Gaultier and she's Rose McGowan. I like her because she's interesting and always looks imaginative, for better and for worse.  And here are Carla Bruni-Sarkozy  and Dita Von…
  • Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter

    Gaia Fishler
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    My daily (and nightly) body lotion is the decidedly unglamorous Amlactin (Alpha Hydroxy Therapy in the bottle with the green pump). It has done wonders for my formerly scaly skin over the last year or so. But not molting on a daily basis is not always enough, especially in the dead of winter. So I've been adding and trying various creams, old and new, for the sake of extra hydration and nourishment. Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter is my latest discovery, and it's proven itself through thick, thin, and itchy.This lightly scented body butter (a soapy lemon fragrance that thankfully…
  • Ralph Lauren- Tuxedo (Vintage Perfume)

    Gaia Fishler
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Ralph Lauren Holiday, 2005When I started writing about vintage perfumes here I called it "The Lost Perfume Series". I felt that some these treasures from our perfume past were not only gone, but close to being forgotten. Or in the case of bad reformulations, their true nature was being forgotten. Then there are the ones that truly slipped through the cracks of time, and most people don't even know they existed.Case in point: Tuxedo by Ralph Lauren. The 1979 follow up to Lauren's classic (now badly reformulated) Lauren, meant as its evening counterpart. It didn't live to see much of the 80s.
  • Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush

    Gaia Fishler
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    You'll have to excuse the Hakuhodo's (right) appearance: I had to retake the photos on a day the brush was dirty, so I quickly washed it but had no time to let it dry, so what you see is a very damp G534.Ever since reviewing the magnificent Hakuhodo G543 brush back in 2011 I've been getting request to find a synthetic equivalent. It took a while, but here it is:  Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush. Like the Hakuhodo brush, it's kabuki sized, with very short bristles (shorter than the Hakuhodo, actually), and a completely flat head. Both are designated for buffing powder,…
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  • NARS Valhalla Eyeshadow -Spring 2015

    30 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
     I used to wear peach eyeshadow a lot years ago and this new shade from NARS reminded me how much I liked it.Valhalla is part of the Spring collection . It's very shimmery pale peach that adds a nice wash of color to lids . It's subtle but looks lovely all over the lid with a deeper liner and also as an inner corner shade. It's the type of color that instantly brightens.NARS Spring is all about the nudes and neutral beiges and  their new lipstick Liguria is a perfect complement to this if you want a more "natural" look.  I'll have that review up next week.NARS Valhalla Single…
  • Burt's Bees Squeezable Beeswax Lip Balm

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    Love's Burt's Bees Beeswax Balm ? Like your lip balm is a squeeze tube ? Now you can have both.Burt's Bee's introduce's Squeezable Beeswax Lip Balm. It's the same formula we all know & love, but smoother and softer and in a slant tip , squeeze tube.Retail is $ 3.99 and it'a available now.www.burtsbees.com 
  • L'Oreal Infallible Pro Last Lipcolor

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    Long wear lipsticks, good ones , have been a hard to come by. Most are dry , feel uncomfortable, tugging on lips and look blah due to the dry consistency.L'Oreal's new Infallible Pro Last Lipcolor is a welcome launch if you're looking for a long wearing lip.The pigments are very full and rich with one stroke coverage. It feels good on lips , no stiff, tight feel.  It doesn't take long for the color to set and dry down , then you use the clear stick balm on the opposite side of the wand to add moisture.  The clear balm is nicely moisturizing and leaves a hint of shine but not a…
  • Shisedo Perfecting Stick Concealer

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Looking for a new concealer ? One that really covers and lasts? Coming soon from Shiseido is Perfecting Stick Concealer.This new concealer has  full coverage and feels a little like foundation but it's not heavy or overdone and blends easily.   It's also emollient making it a nice under eye choice but isn't greasy or nor does it have any oil in it.  It does a bang up job on dark spots too, covering them completely.  The tube is a nice size at .17 oz , so should last awhile. Shiseido Perfecting Concealer Stick is $ 25 ,  comes in 6 shades and will be available in…
  • Joya Snarkitecture Secret Souvenir Candle

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    I can't decide if this is cool or  too kitschy but I like it either way .Niche fragrance and candle house Joya  and architecture company Snarkitecture have  hidden a NYC "treasure " in  each of their Snarkitecture Secret Souvneir candles. As the candle is burned down  a Empire State Building, Chrysler Building or Statue of Liberty  statue is revealed. This would make a  cool, albeit quite  expensive  souvenir gift to a long distance Manhattan loving friend or exile .  The candle is scented with water lily, tulip, autumn moor…
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  • New Perfume Review: Etat Libre D’Orange True Lust + An Amorous Complicity Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
                                                                               I have been playing and flirting with the innuendo and olfactive subversion of Etat Libre d’Orange for so long, I cannot imagine my skin or foxy…
  • Rebel & Mercury Ampersand Perfume by Nikki Sherrit- The Winner

    Michelyn Camen
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    Nikki Sherritt-Lewis of Rebel & Mercurysits down with ÇaFleureBon in another installment of Behind The Bottle, focusing on her latest release, Ampersand and it's relation between… well, everything! Rebel & Mercury started out as a candle company called Gabriel's Aunt and now produces candles, botanical perfumes, and body oils. Thanks to Nikki Sherritt-Lewis of Rebel & Mercury we have a draw for a US reader for 5ml bottle of Ampersand, a natural perfume created with real beach found ambergris. The winner of the random draw is Carole W.  Please email…
  • New Fragrance: Parfums M.Micallef Ananda Dolce

    Michelyn Camen
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Parfums M.Micallef is one of my favorite perfume houses for several reasons; I love a blingy bottle, Martine and Geoffrey are truly dedicated perfumers and  just about every fragrance they create smells wonderful on me. They have restructured their offerings over the past two years, to make way for new scents under Les Exclusifs, Jewel, Mon Parfum, Les Quatre Saisons, Art Collection and Ananda. The newest offering created by Geoffrey Nejman and Martine Micallef in collaboration with Jean Claude Astier is Ananda Dolce, which will be released March 2015. It is the third in the series…
  • New Perfume Review: April Aromatics Tempted Muse by Tanja Bochnig + Ambrosia of the Gods Draw

    Michelyn Camen
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Tanja Bochnig There is little doubt by now Tanja Bochnig of April Aromatics, chosen as our Best Natural Perfumer of 2014, is a creative powerhouse. On the heels of Erdenstern, Tanja has returned to a set aside formula- one which would evolve into Tempted Muse. Pomona by Nicholas Fouche Goddess of Orchard Fruit Tempted Muse is a rare creature in the botanical perfume world- fruit scents are somewhat hard to come by, usually the product of a talented perfumer's accord building process or the pain-staking, large production prohibitive tincturing which can take months of diligence. Tanja has…
 
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  • Perfume of the Day: Blue by Ralph Lauren

    marina ljubisavljevic
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    BLUE woman is curious, sentimental, natural, responsible, intelligent, driven… She lays on her back, her legs propped up, soaking her feet in the blue sky, savoring life. She doesn’t like hiding behind colored masks, enhancing beauty, pushing for attention. She is naturally striking. She enjoys clean, minimalistic alterations of space and soul. She gobbles up the treasures of life and nature like they are the sweetest little candies. She enjoys the rebirth of nature, the eviction note given to the gray clouds by the sun, the greeting of hope, the cathartic feeling of freedom. Ralph…
  • Perfume of the Day: L’Agent by Agent Provocateur

    marina ljubisavljevic
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    L’AGENT woman is mysterious, seductive, seized by carnal desire, held hostage by passion in a firm, reassuring grip. She knows that an hour spent without seducing with smile is an hour wasted. She loves the moments when two souls become incipient lovers, intertwined in a lust. She is aroused by kisses stolen behind doors, secret messages, sexting, feet rubbed beneath formal dinner tables, bodies entangled in silk bed sheets, passion and the sweet smell of perspiration. A strong, passionate man. That’s her type of men. She can conjure up the smell of his wordless seduction. His…
  • Perfume of the Day: Versace Signature by Versace

    marina ljubisavljevic
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    Versace Pour Femme Versace Signature woman is elegant, chic, even-tempered, calm. She has an easy step, and every time she touches the ground, her troubles evaporate together with the little pebbles that caress her feet. She looks forward to the new day coming, she looks forward to new friendships, new memories, she looks forward all the time, as she knows life is too short for detours in perception. Her style, her hands, her poise, everything about her oozes with elegance and femininity, womanliness attitude. Her lipstick is trying to hide the secrets of the world that rest on her lips. She…
  • Perfume of the Day: Play For Her by Givenchy

    marina ljubisavljevic
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    PLAY FOR HER woman is a true fashionista. She puts on her make-up as if she is in the middle of creating a miniature artwork. She doesn’t believe that time is of the essence. She counts time in weeks. Fashion weeks, to be precise. She is the happiest when she looks at her body as a perpetual self-restoring canvas, experimenting with different art styles, watching her style growing as a second skin, her own identity. Her world turns quickly, faster than the lighthearted journey of the sun across the clear sky path. Her life is going full throttle, pushing the limits, testing her will, her…
  • Perfume of the Day: Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca by Guerlain

    marina ljubisavljevic
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    AQUA ALLEGORIA HERBA FRESCA woman is a free-thinker, a love freestyler. She loves to eavesdrop herself, to listen what her heart, her mind, body and soul have to say to her. She adjust the tunes in order to strike her perfect spiritual equilibrium, and is thrilled when the music stuck in her head is inducing insomnia, forcing her to dance, to follow the rhythm, to see if the stars outside are smiling back at her. She loves to take down the notch, to slow down, but she also loves when her deep, booming laugh reverberate around the room, striking the perfect chord with the universe.
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