Scented Snippets, New Fragrance Review: Providence Perfume Co. Samarinda / Indonesian Inspiration with Benefits


What is the meaning of the above?

 

Quite simply, Charna Ethier of Providence Perfume Co. is a gifted botanical perfumer and savvy businesswoman with a conscience. In summoning the fragrant natural beauty of Borneo and Sumatra, she has also found a way to assist the World Wildlife Fund in their efforts to protect the endangered species and rainforests which teem with flora and fauna alike.

Read full article: Scented Snippets, New Fragrance Review: Providence Perfume Co. Samarinda / Indonesian Inspiration with Benefits from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Lazy weekend poll ~ notes!

3-poppies

A simple game: name a fragrance note you find difficult or unpleasant (first, maybe see if anyone else has already started a thread for that note).

Others can reply with the fragrance that helped them learn to appreciate that note. I’ve started the game off with patchouli (which I actually don’t hate anymore)…

The freebiemeet follow-up, episode 1

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So, for those of you who participated in the 1st freebiemeet, how did it go? Feel free to tell us what you got, and whether or not you loved it.

Should we do this again, and how often? Once a year, twice a year? Is there anything we should do differently so it will run more smoothly?

There’s a “regular” poll coming along shortly, and a quick reminder: our next swapmeet will be Saturday, March 15…

Online fragrance shopping

New at harrods (UK): Miller Harris Le Pamplemousse, Gianni Versace Couture trio, Serge Lutens Laine de Verre, Givenchy Very Irresistible L’Eau en Rose.
New at sephora (FR): Kenzo Couleur Violet, Hermes Jour d’Hermes Absolu & Terre d’Hermes Eau Tres…

Hugo Boss Boss Nuit Pour Femme Intense


Hugo Boss launches Boss Nuit Pour Femme, a fragrance inspired by the eternal elegance of the little black dress and the confidence that it provides, in 2012. Its daytime version was launched in 2013 as Boss Jour Pour Femme. At the beginning of 2014, the collection expands for the intensive version of the debut—Boss Nuit Pour Femme Intense.Boss Nuit Pour Femme Intense is designed for special oc…
Read full article: Hugo Boss Boss Nuit Pour Femme Intense from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

DSQUARED² Intense He Wood


In spring of 2014, designer duo DSQUARED² presents a new version of their first and most popular fragrance for men He Wood from 2007. This is its enhanced version called Intense He Wood. The man who is imagined to wear this fragrance is described as a modern hero who lives in a big city and dreams of nature. The fragrance is elegant, refined and strong.
Inspired by the escape to nature and the…
Read full article: DSQUARED² Intense He Wood from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Hermes Terre d’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche 2014

One of the most elegant and loved perfumes, Terre d’Hermes, created by Jean-Claude Ellena for Hermes in 2006, has gotten a new fresher version named Hermes Terre d’Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche. As it was suggested from the house, the new fragrance is b…

Karl Lagerfeld for Her and Karl Lagerfeld for Him

“Fragrance is fashion for the nose”—Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld launches his new fragrances  in March of 2014. The new fragrances are done in collaboration with Interparfums, while his previous creations were released under the license of Coty. The fragrances include masculine and feminine versions Karl Lagerfeld for Her and Karl Lagerfeld for Him.Karl Lagerf…
Read full article: Karl Lagerfeld for Her and Karl Lagerfeld for Him from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Roses de Chloe ~ fragrance review

Chloé Roses de Chloé advert

Chloé is one of those brands that just makes me feel old. Old enough, at least, to remember a time when Karl Lagerfeld was the house designer and when the signature Chloé fragrance was a powerful white jasmine-tuberose perfume in a bottle topped with beautifully sculpted, frosted-glass floral forms. Sometimes it’s hard for me to remember that today’s Chloé is a ribbed-glass square bottle containing a sheer peony-lily-magnolia scent. Just yesterday, Robin posted a quick poll asking everyone to “recommend a perfumista-worthy inoffensive, ‘light & fresh’ office-friendly floral.” I’d nominate Chloé.

And now we have a pink-tinted flanker, Roses de Chloé…

Le Prix Eau Faux 2014 ~ now accepting entries

Le Prix Eau Faux 2014

We are now accepting entries for the 2014 Prix Eau Faux, our not-annual contest to reward excellence in “creative fragrance writing”, e.g., fake ad copy.

We have assembled a distinguished panel of judges for this year’s contest, including several of us from Now Smell This (me, Angela, Jessica and Kevin), plus this year’s guest host, Arielle from The Scents of Self.

The judges will select a group of semi-finalists, and then the readers will vote on a grand prize winner.

What’s the point?

We love reading gloriously over-the-top fragrance ad copy….

Swallowable Perfume & Sillage

Two great short films from Nowness.com. First up, artist Lucy McRae’s Swallowable Parfum, exploring “the possibilities of scent and biologically-enhanced beauty”. Below the jump, model Sigrid Agren in Santiago & Mauricio’s Sillage.

Online fragrance shopping

New at beautyhabit: Tocca Simone.
New at escentual (UK): Thierry Mugler Alien Eau Extraordinaire.
New at nordstrom: Aerin fragrances, Elie Saab L’Eau Couture.
New at selfridges (UK): Sisley Eau Tropicale.

For her, for him

The first teaser for the upcoming Karl Lagerfeld fragrances with InterParfums (his previous license was with Coty). The male model is Baptiste Giabiconi; anyone know the female model the female model is Kati Nescher. The fragrances are to debut at Harr…

Dolce by Dolce Gabanna Review

After Elena Vosnaki’s announcement of the new original fragrance by DolceGabanna, Dolce, and seeing its romantic commercial, I expected something special and drove to the store, anticipating its delicate alluring floralcy. In spite of the headspac…

The powerful smell of pine trees and climate change

New research suggests a strong link between the powerful smell of pine trees and climate change. Scientists say they’ve found a mechanism by which these scented vapours turn into aerosols above boreal forests. These particles promote cooling by reflecting sunlight back into space and helping clouds to form. — Read more at Smell of forest […]

One Direction That Moment

British boy band One Direction was formed in 2010 as a result of the reality TV show X-Factor. From then until now, the boys called Zayn, Liam, Harry, Niall and Louis have become one of the most popular and best-selling boy bands in history.

Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana ~ perfume review & quick poll

Kate King for Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce is the latest from Dolce & Gabbana, and right away it settles itself into a distinct niche in the brand’s perfume lineup. Instead of the witty, world-weary exchanges between Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey for The One or the steamy, Sophia Loren-ish Laetitia Casta pairing with Noah Mills for Pour Femme and Pour Homme or the watery, ooh la la encounter between David Gandy and Bianca Balti for Light Blue, we have model Kate King, all done up in virginal white, demurely accepting a sprig of orange blossom from a worker in the orange orchard.

Yes, we’re in romance territory here, from the bottle cap, meant to look like a marzipan flower from a Sicilian confectioner, to the juice, a white floral blend centered on South African white amaryllis, captured via headspace technology and reportedly used here for the first time.

I liked Dolce right away…

Dolce, part 2

Kate King in the commercial for Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana. This is the 2 minute director’s cut; the director was Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso).

Lancaster Sol da Bahia ~ new fragrance

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European skin and suncare brand Lancaster has launched Sol da Bahia Eau d’été, a new Brazil-inpired summer fragrance. Sol da Bahia is part of a limited edition collection of Lancaster suncare products with decorations by Anglo-Brazilian design duo Clements Ribeiro

Online fragrance shopping

New at barneys: i Profumi di Firenze Plenilunio & Frangipane e Cocco. Deal at beautyhabit: get a 10 piece perfume sampler + a $10 bounceback coupon with any purchase of $85 or more using coupon code ICYBLOOMS, good through 3/11. New at bloomingdales: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Discover Vulcano & Escape to Panarea. New […]

A spicy odor

Irwindale city officials are scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday night to decide whether to declare a Sriracha hot-sauce plant a public nuisance in the wake of complaints of a spicy odor coming from the factory. The public hearing is the latest move in the city’s effort to force sauce maker Huy Fong Foods to […]

The Magic of Perfume: Author M.J. Rose at the French Institute in NYC


Author M.J. Rose is a perfume aficionado whose delight and curiosity about fragrances infuses her latest series of novels. Fragrantica first encountered the author at the Elements in January 2012, just before The Book of Lost Fragrances, the first volume in the series, was published.  

Part thriller, part historical novel, with perfume facts and legends running throughout, Lost Fragrances …
Read full article: The Magic of Perfume: Author M.J. Rose at the French Institute in NYC from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Lalique Hommage a l’homme ~ fragrance review

Lalique Hommage a l'homme

Lalique, in the U.S. anyway, seems to be an almost-forgotten perfume house; the fragrances are hard to find. The first Lalique scent I tried (I believe) was Encre Noir in 2006: I sniffed; I bought; I still adore. Lalique launched Hommage à l’homme* in 2012; it was created to commemorate Lalique’s 20th anniversary as a perfume house. This review deals with the Eau de Toilette version of Hommage à l’homme; I’d love to try the Extrait de Parfum (but realize that’s an almost impossible wish).

Hommage à l’homme goes on liquor-y with sweet violet leaf and candied violet flower notes; the violet leaf is especially sophisticated in this formula (not “sporty”), the violet notes are augmented by a sprinkle or two of pepper and a lovely ‘undertow’ of saffron and oud (not at all obnoxious or blunt). There’s also a hint of what smells like tobacco leaf hovering in Hommage à l’homme’s heart…

Online fragrance shopping

New at beautyhabit: Serge Lutens Laine de Verre, Providence Perfume Co Samarinda. New at bloomingdales: Elie Saab L’Eau Couture. New at harveynichols (UK): Ferragamo Signorina Eleganza, Dolce by Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino Uomo. New at luckyscent: Ys Uzac Satin Doll & Immortal Beloved. New at selfridges (UK): Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Couture.

Alien

The new 2014 ad for Thierry Mugler Alien, followed (below the jump) by le making of. Shot by Floria Sigismondi, the model is Alexandrina Turcan. Below that, a 2005 ad for Alien, featuring model Tina Baltzer.

Yves Saint Laurent Splendid Wood

The Yves Saint Laurent Oriental Collection has received the fourth fragrance inspired by wood. That is the edition called Splendid Wood based on precious woody notes created in an oriental style. Precious ingredients for this fragrance to fill the l…

Le Muguet 2014 Limited Edition by Guerlain

French perfume house Guerlain announced the release of their regular limited edition of Muguet fragrance, Muguet 2014, which Guerlain dedicates to love and Spring. The new 2014 version of Muguet seems to have the same fragrance, a delicate green f…

Haiku Kyoto Flower by Avon

Avon pleases its customers with the launch of a new Spring fragrance, Haiku Kyoto Flower, the third one in the Haiku line after Haiku (2000) and Haiku Sunset (2011).

Haiku Kyoto Flower is made in pretty soft pink nuances. The fragrance itse…

Etro Jacquard New Fragrance

top: bergamot, angelica, black pepper, elemiheart: iris butter, jasmine sambac, ylang ylangbase: vetiver, sandalwood, violet, musk
 

Jacquard weaving was invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard at the beginning of the 19th century. It allows for production of unlimited varieties of pattern weaving from any kind of synthetic or natural materials. Beautifully patterned and tex…
Read full article: Etro Jacquard New Fragrance from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Blumarine Anna


Anna, the new fragrance from fashion house of Blumarine, is named after the founder and designer of the housem, Anna Molinari. Anna said that this scent reflects her personality in a good way—it is romantic and seductive, but also strong and determined.

The composition is announced as a floral-musky. It opens with accords of watery fruits that lead to the heart of peony, magnolia and ros…
Read full article: Blumarine Anna from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her ~ perfume review

Burberry Brit Rhythm for Women

So, Burberry as a fragrance house, yay or meh or nay? I’ve been mostly in the meh camp. The original Burberry Brit was a fun, pear-based fruity floral before pear became so annoyingly ubiquitous, and although it wasn’t my thing, I thought a couple of the flankers (particularly Brit Red and Brit Gold) were pretty good. The Beat was ok, although I thought the limited edition Beat Elixir version was so much better that I didn’t see why it wasn’t released as the “main” fragrance (it’s the only Burberry fragrance I own, and I still wear it from time to time). I did not much care for Burberry London, and ditto for Burberry Body.

All of which might explain why I did not have especially high hopes for Burberry Brit Rhythm for Her. It didn’t help that Kevin was not enthralled with the men’s version (I didn’t get around to smelling it, but we agree more often than not). And the rock music inspiration / backstory, hey, that’s getting a little old, isn’t it?1 The Beat hardly lived up to its ‘edgy, carnal, slightly wild’ musical inspirations, and I rather doubted Brit Rhythm for Her would live up to this number…

Online fragrance shopping

New at colette (FR): Byredo Flowerhead, Carven L’Eau de Toilette.
New at first-in-fragrance (DE): Lalique Encre Noire Sport, Parfumerie Generale Isparta.
New at luckyscent: Odin 11 Semma.
New at nordstrom: Vince Camuto Femme, Dolce & Gabbana Light …

Guerlain Muguet 2014 ~ new fragrance

Guerlain Muguet 2014

Guerlain will launch their annual limited edition version of Muguet this spring. The fragrance celebrates the May Day tradition of offering sprigs of lily of the valley to loved ones. You can see older Guerlain Muguet editions here: 2011, 2012, 2013

A tiny bottle of offal-stinking water with a picture of a serial killer on the front

With Mother’s Day looming on the horizon, you might already be wondering what gift could best express your love for the woman who brought you into the world. Worry no more. Gaumont International Television, NBC Universal and brand-marketing firm Evolution have announced plans to create a perfume based on the hit NBC show Hannibal. After […]

Nude: Olfactory Nudity – In the Mood for Nude

We were born naked and the body is the vehicle of the soul. We have heard this a thousand times- but actually, skin is the visible first layer which leaves an impression. Soft skin of the body, clear skin of the face, gentle hands … Our skin leaves the impression of health, everyday grooming and personal care. Skin is warm, soft and sensual, but also very seductive.

Each…
Read full article: Nude: Olfactory Nudity – In the Mood for Nude from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

White Sand and Black Sand From Finn Co.

The new American fragrance and cosmetic company Finn Co. launched their two  fragrances: White Sand and Black Sand. The roll-on fragrances are infused with jojoba and apricot seed oil. They are PARABEN, SULFATE, PHTHALATE, PHOSPHATE and FORMALDEHYDE FREE, as well as CRUELTY FREE.

The simple pleasures of life, such as the warmth of the sun and fresh air, are the main sources of inspiratio…
Read full article: White Sand and Black Sand From Finn Co. from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Perfume for One of Moscow’s Oldest Stores – Ciel de GUM

Russians, we have such a trait—we do love celebrating jubilees and anniversaries. Is it that we have too few holidays (really?), or we don’t reocgnize happiness other than anniversaries? In the past year, the famous GUM, the department store on Moscow Red Square (formerly Upper Trading Rows), celebrated its 120th anniversary, and the perfumer Francis Kurkdjian was invited to decorate this…
Read full article: Perfume for One of Moscow’s Oldest Stores – Ciel de GUM from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

OUD SERIES: This is the Smell of Oud Oil

Private Collection: Neeshee Pandit from Oud Impressions

WHAT IS THE SMELL OF OUD OIL?

While I am an Oud Collector I would not consider myself a connoisseur, yet! Today we are learning from an Oud Connoisseur, Neeshee Pandit. Neeshee’s parents are from Gujarat in India and he grew up in the USA. He now resides in Hawaii and collects oud oils from all over the globe.


Read full article: OUD SERIES: This is the Smell of Oud Oil from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Canvas & Concrete fragrance primer ~ product review

Canvas & Concrete fragrance primer

Canvas & Concrete: Is it a new Comme des Garçons fragrance? The recipe for a DIY bomb shelter? No, Canvas & Concrete is a fragrance primer designed so that “scent will not mix with your ph or body funk” and “the scent is true to what you smelled in store or in a magazine and what the designer intended.” All over the product’s box and website is splashed “lasts all night.”

I’d like to believe I’m reasonably funk-free, and I prefer my fragrances to smell like they came from a bottle and not a magazine’s scent strip. Plus, at night when Canvas & Concrete purports to be doing its major work, I’m normally sleeping. But I do wear perfume during the day, and I was eager to give Canvas & Concrete a try. I love reapplying fragrance — a different fragrance, usually — after the office and when I’m home, but some of my favorite scents vanish well before lunch. Could Canvas & Concrete work for them…

The Monday Mail ~ help Aria find her wedding perfume

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Today we’re helping Aria, who wants to find her perfect wedding fragrance. She wants something she loves but that she hasn’t worn regularly — in the future, she’d like to wear it only on special occasions. Keep in mind that she’s getting married in the heart of summer, in California, out of doors. It’s going to be hot. She can spend up to $200, but is ok with buying a decant of something more expensive.

Aria is in her mid-20s, and says she is currently making that somewhat odd transition from carefree “girl” to “professional” woman: she says she’s still a kid at heart and doesn’t entirely think of herself as a grown woman.

Aria likes notes of rose, vanilla, faint fig/fig leaf (the milky-creamy type), pale ambers, citrus and tea…

Online fragrance shopping

New at parfum1: Providence Perfume Co Samarinda.
New at selfridges (UK): Atkinson’s line, Valentino Uomo.

The perfume-drenched inhabitants of the royal court

On a sleepy tree-lined avenue a few hundred feet from the Château de Versailles, the newly-opened Cour des Senteurs (“courtyard of fragrances”) is breathing new life into a historic quartier. A fragrant new life, that is, quietly drawing attention to an unjustly overlooked corner of Versailles, while evoking the ancient, perfume-drenched inhabitants of the royal […]

Bond No9 Hudson Yards


Spring in New York, full of life, freshness and greenery is poured into a beautiful bottle of the newest fragrance by Bond No9, with a wish that the long and icy winter is replaced with serenity brought by a new cycle and beautiful, sunny days. Young grass and the first buds decorate the city and their scents give a whole new dimension to the dynamic metropolis and the new bottle perfectly comp…
Read full article: Bond No9 Hudson Yards from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile Edizione Speciale

“First special edition Gelsomino Nobile is inspired by delicate contrasts provided by jasmine flower from the oldest and most precious Italian gardens. Soft, stylized elements are outlined with a lot of care by highly skilled Toscana craftsmen. Jasm…

Hermes Jour D`Hermès Absolu


Third version of Jour D’Hermès arrives as Absolu, after the original version Eau de Parfum from 2012 and Parfum from 2013. Jean-Claude Ellena, perfumer of the house of Hermès opens the basic composition with luminous citruses and puts flowers in the first plan rounding it up subtly with a woody-musky signature and dewy greenery. The perfume was presented in a luxurious glass flacon with a thic…
Read full article: Hermes Jour D`Hermès Absolu from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Perfumed Horoscope : February 24 – March 2

This week will be colored by the meeting of the Sun and Neptune. While the Sun in astrology represents our vitality and our purpose, Neptune is the deepest longing of our souls to return to wholeness and One Love. These two planets may easily meet a…

Synthetic Pathways to Sandalwood Notes

There is absolutely no denying that a natural product such as sandalwood, the sacred tree of India, hides a multitude of vibrant, soulful and even spiritual attributes which elevate it beyond the scope of aromatics into the realm of a tru…

Fragrance Republic Presentation in San Diego

Fragrance Republic is a new perfume community of perfumers and perfume lovers, which was founded by François Duquesne in 2013. Fragrance Republic was established to show people what perfumers can do if they are free of any guidance from any “artistic directors.” Perfumers and their creativity are the backbone of Fragrance Republic.

François Duquesne, the founder of Fragrance Republic

Read full article: Fragrance Republic Presentation in San Diego from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Paco Rabanne 1 Million $


Paco Rabanne presents s a new limited edition of the popular men’s fragrance 1 Million from 2008, which is celebrating dollar bills. The bottle shaped like a golden bar is decorated with a dollar sign this time—1 Million $.”Our seductive dandy dares to ask the question: who has never dreamt of getting 1 million $? This 1 Million $ limited edition enhances the famous ingot, decorated with the A…
Read full article: Paco Rabanne 1 Million $ from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Lazy weekend poll ~ open thread, late February 2014

Purple Poppies

Our same old open thread poll: talk about anything you like — the perfume you’re wearing today, the fragrance you know you own but can’t seem to find, whatever.

Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…

And one more reminder: the Prix Eau Faux starts next week…

Online fragrance shopping

New at bloomingdales: Ferragamo Signorina Eleganza.
New at luckyscent: Serge Lutens Laine de Verre.
New at macys: Armani Acqua for Life editions.
New at parfum1: Serge Lutens Laine de Verre.

Loewe Sport Collection

In the spring of 2014, the house of Loewe presents new sports editions of its four men’s fragrances: Loewe pour Homme from 1974, Esencia Loewe pour Homme from 1988, Solo Loewe from 2004 i Loewe 7 from 2010. Four vintage sports were taken as the inspiration for these fragrances: canoeing (represented by Javier Hernanz), jai alai (Iñaki Osa), archery (Arturo García) and hockey (Jordi Bargal…
Read full article: Loewe Sport Collection from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Magnolia is the New White – WINNERS!

Eight gifts (two samples of Magnolia Grandiflora Sandrine and Michel)

The 2014 Perfume Year is off to a great start with two new releases from new fragrance house, Grandiflora. Grandiflora is a Floral Atelier in Sydney, Australia. The first two perfumes are called Magnolia Grandiflora – Sandrine, after the name of the perfumer, Sandrine Videault, and Magnolia Grandiflora – Mich…
Read full article: Magnolia is the New White – WINNERS! from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Magnolia is the New White – Giveaway

Eight gifts (two samples of Magnolia Grandiflora Sandrine and Michel)

The 2014 Perfume Year is off to a great start with two new releases from new fragrance house, Grandiflora. Grandiflora is a Floral Atelier in Sydney, Australia. The first two perfumes are called Magnolia Grandiflora – Sandrine, after the name of the perfumer, Sandrine Videault, and Magnolia Grandiflora – Mich…
Read full article: Magnolia is the New White – Giveaway from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Imperial Tea and Sacred Wood by Kilian

By Kilian seems unstoppable in their output of fragrances, presented in the familiar uber-luxurious presentation that has been the Hennessy heir’s signature ever since the introduction of the fragrant niche line. Imperial Tea and Sacred Wood come in…

Lush Tender is the Night Massage Bar ~ scented body product review

Lush Tender is the Night Massage Bar

In early February of last year, I stopped at a Lush boutique to try out the limited edition products for Valentine’s Day 2013. I was intrigued by an item called Tender is the Night, but I decided not to purchase or review it because it would be gone in a week or so; what was the point? Just two weeks ago, I noticed that Lush had re-released this product. When a sales associate cheerfully informed me that it was now part of the year-round collection, I pounced. I needed a little late-winter pick-me-up, anyway!

The new-and-improved Tender is the Night massage bar is oval-shaped with a pink floral ornament, rather than heart-shaped as it was last year, and supposedly it has an improved formula with a new “aerated” texture. My memory might be playing tricks on me, but I think its fragrance has also been adjusted. I remember last year’s version smelling strongly of jasmine, like Lush’s hot-pink Lust bar soap…

Cinnabon + Air Wick

cinnabon-airwick

In case it’s what you’ve always wanted, here it is:

The irresistible aroma of freshly baked, piping-hot Cinnabon® cinnamon rolls wafting through… your living room? It’s now possible…

Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2014, part 3

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 special editions from Roberto Cavalli, Acqua di Parma, Guerlain, Hermès and Giorgio Armani.

Roberto Cavalli Nero Assoluto Exclusive Edition

From Roberto Cavalli, the Nero Assoluto Exclusive Edition celebrating the opening of the brand’s new boutique in Milan, “a luminous treasure thanks to the application of 2.500 gold and black Swarovski crystals which cover the surface of the bottle.”

La Panthere vs. Cartier’s Panthere: Two Editions, Two Perfumes, A Comparison

The recent news of Cartier issuing La Panthère, a new fragrance vaguely related by name (and image) to the prior scent in the Cartier archives, the well-loved (as it transpired through the views of lots of my readers) but discontinued Panthère is cause for a pang of appreciation and at the same time the apprehension a newly composed perfume can entail. A comparison between the two was hig…
Read full article: La Panthere vs. Cartier’s Panthere: Two Editions, Two Perfumes, A Comparison from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Online fragrance shopping

New at first-in-fragrance (DE): Vero Profumo Voile d’Extrait, Rania J line. New at harveynichols (UK): Tom Ford Private Blend London, Jimmy Choo Flash London Club. New at macys: Ferragamo Signorina Eleganza. New at nordstrom: Jo Malone London Rain.

Cacharel Anais Anais Premier Delice

One of the most successful new versions of this year will be presented in April 2014. This is the latest fragrance of the house of Cacharel, which succeeds one of the classics of the house and perfumery in general—legendary edition from 1978, fragrance Anais Anais which gave us a treat with an opulent blend of lily, hyacinth, lily of the valley, orange blossom, jasmine …
ANAIS…
Read full article: Cacharel Anais Anais Premier Delice from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Antiga Barbearia de Bairro: The Barbershop as a Place and a Concept

 

Very few people know about this, but Portugal used to have a strong and interesting perfume industry between the 20s and the 40s, with high-quality fragrance houses and even producing fragrances for brands like Rochas and Lalique bottles for Worth and Nina Ricci. The perfume production stopped along the way, with only a small number of old brands like Confiança or Ach. Brito still activ…
Read full article: Antiga Barbearia de Bairro: The Barbershop as a Place and a Concept from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Rare Perfumes ~ perfume book review

Rare Perfumes, book cover

Rare Perfumes (the French version is called Parfums Rares) is a celebration of niche perfumery, in a coffee table format with large illustrations and plenty of white space (see images below). It was commissioned by the Osmothèque, the museum and scent archive in Versailles, and sponsored by The Fragrance Foundation France, InterParfums, Robert Piguet and Parfums de Nicolaï, among others. It was written by two fragrance journalists, Sabine Chabbert and Laurence Férat, and features a preface by Patricia de Nicolaï.

If you’re looking for a critical, in-depth analysis of how niche perfumes fit into — or don’t fit into — the larger fragrance market, or how niche influences mainstream or vice versa, look elsewhere (and tell me where you find it). This is not that, nor is it a niche version of something like Michael Edwards’ Perfume Legends: French feminine fragrances, with its focus on perfume development and the interplay between brands, perfumers, marketers and designers. Other than in passing, you will learn relatively little about individual fragrances or how they differ from from their mainstream counterparts…

Roberto Cavalli Nero Assoluto Exclusive Edition

In August 2013, Nero Assoluto was launched as a fragrance from the Roberto Cavalli collection that includes Roberto Cavalli EDP from 2012, Roberto Cavalli Oud Edition and Tiger Oud from 2013, and Roberto Cavalli Acqua also from 2013 (afterwards, Rob…

Fasting for 24 hours improves nasal chemosensory performance

A recent paper in the professional journal titled Appetite (how appropriately named!) reports that fasting for 24 hours improves nasal chemosensory performance (meaning improves the sense of smell) and food palatability (meaning makes you eat more than usual and enjoy it as well). In other words, changes in smell function can modify feeding behaviour. — […]

Acqua di Parma Ginepro de Sardegna


Acqua di Parma is launching the newest fragrance of its blue collection Blu Mediterraneo, inspired by beautiful Sardinia and the crystal blue sea. The new olfactive journey to the Italian coast will offer a cheerful composition evoking Sardinia with top quality ingredients—red juniper, spicy peppery notes, balsamic woods …

Ginepro di Sardegna opens its composition with a blend of re…
Read full article: Acqua di Parma Ginepro de Sardegna from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Online fragrance shopping

New at bloomingdales: Jo Malone London Rain. New at harveynichols (UK): Serge Lutens Laine de Verre. New at neimanmarcus: Jo Malone London Rain. New at nordstrom: Gucci Flora Generous Violet. New at thebay (CA): Guerlain Limon Verde & La Petite Robe Noire Couture.

Lisa Hoffman Couture Collection

One of the six bracelets in the new Couture Collection from Lisa Hoffman. This one features rubies and 14k gold and is $2495; all of the bracelets include fragrance bead refills in six of the brand’s scents — you can “layer” your fragrance or use one scent at a time.