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Anniversaries are always a reason to celebrate, so when The Duchesse told me that this spring marks the 15th anniversary of her blog, Passage des Perles, we knew we had to mark the occasion. The Duchesse loves fragrances, and that's how the "Springing into Joy Pack" was born.
This pack contains five 1ml. decants of spring-delight fragrances, all chosen by the Duchesse herself. There are florals, of course, along with a few surprises, just like the season where we live.
Here, in her own words, are her choices:
Angels of Florence (Santa Maria Novella) is a cologne of tender beauty, as Gwen says, "light and ethereal", with notes of jasmine, lilac, bergamot, gardenia. Created to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the flood of the Arno in 1966 and the "angel volunteers" who arrived from all over the world to help.
34 boul. St. Germain (Diptyque) opens with cassis, moves into cardamom, cinnamon and clove, and drops to soft, woody iris. The scent is informally chic, like the flagship Diptyque boutique at that address.
Mon numéro 6 (L'Artisan Parfumeur) is a limited-edition scent that takes us to Asia, where spring monsoons release aromatic lychee, mango, magnolia flowers and the woody notes of sandalwood and amber, alongside aquatic notes of rain falling on earth.
Eau de Céleri (Monsillage) does not suggest celery; it unfurls notes of bergamot, lemon, grapefruit and cut grass. This fresh, bright beauty by Montréal parfumeur Isabelle Michaud has gained such a following that few question the name.
Roses: there have to be roses! La fille de Berlin (Serge Lutens) presents a sumptuous rose. I imagine a woman in Berlin, wrapped in her thoughts, a caramel-coulored jacket, and this scent, while she strolls past squares and then stops at a bookstore. Deep, rich rose, with notes of violets, pepper, musk. 
The "Springing into Joy Pack" is available in our Decant Store for $21.00.

This morning I did something I hadn’t done in a long time. I pulled out my bottle of Eau Noire from the French design house Dior. The second that deep, green juice hit my skin and wafted up to my nose, I realized how much I had missed its beauty.
Eau Noir was launched in 2004 as one of a trio of fragrances in Dior’s prestigious ‘La Collection Privée.’ I was won over by it the first time I smelled it at Collette in Paris in 2010 and bought my bottle right then and there. Looking back on it now, I realize why I didn’t hesitate to get out the plastic. First, it was created by uber-talented perfumer Francis Kurkdjian and second, it features immortelle, one of my favourite notes in perfumery.
Immortelle, also known as Helichrysum italicum or everlasting flower, is a flowering plant in the Asteraceae family. Its clusters of yellow flowers have grown wild on the dry, rocky ground around the Mediterranean for centuries. What makes it so intriguing is how multifaceted it is. Immortelle has facets of maple syrup, curry, sage, wormwood, smoky tea, straw, tobacco, caramel and fruit. This complex ingredient is a polarizing note in fragrance, so how a perfumer handles it makes a fragrance featuring it either a big love or a pass. 
Eau Noire has a pungent, herbal start from warm sage and dry thyme. A note of licoricey anise joins the herbs making the opening verdant and dark. Here is the ‘noire’ in Eau Noire. As it settles, the anise links to the licoricey aspect of lavender and draws it forward. As the aromatic lavender blooms, it connects to a woody note of Virginia cedar; together, their camphorous facets counterbalance and smoothen the dark, herbaceous opening beautifully with a pitch-perfect freshness. Then a surprise. Eau Noire moves into gourmand territory. I smell coffee and maple syrup. The coffee is black and strong, and the maple syrup is sweet and seductive – it’s the immortelle I’m smelling. A note of saffron adds warmth and sweetness, leading to the base of sticky licorice that is sweetened by a creamy, boozy note of vanilla. Violet appears here and echoes the lavender with a floral delicacy, while its leather facet introduces a note of supple leather that gives Eau Noire an enticing sensuality. It sits atop a gentle smell of warm, spicy curry, which comes from the stems and leaves of the immortelle plant, which balances the verdancy of the opening just so.
The drydown is rich, exotic and sensual.
Smelling Eau Noire on my skin now, I wonder: have I been smelling facets of immortelle from the start? Dry herbs? Faint floralcy? Licorice, maple syrup, curry? I am. For me, Eau Noire is a masterwork created by an exceptional perfumer and definitely a big love.
Eau Noire is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $7.00 for 1 ml.

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"She smelled the way the Taj Mahal looks by moonlight."

                                                                       Raymond Chandler

Welcome to perfumeniche!

I’m a collector of niche fragrances – from "classics" that are the foundations of modern perfumery to discontinued, vintage and hard-to-find fragrances that fit perfectly in the Niche category. 

I started this website in 2010 to let others buy and try samples from my collection and experience the fragrant beauty I write about.



I write about scents from my collection and add them to the Decant Store, where you can buy 1 ml. decants. I’m not a scent critic, so these aren't negative reviews. I write about fragrances I love - that’s why I bought them! But I do describe how I think they smell and share our stories about why we love them - maybe you’ll rediscover an old flame or fall in love with a new scent.


I sell 1 ml. decants. That's .7 ml volume once you allow for the stopper in the vial - filled from bottles in my collection because the only way to experience a fragrance is to try it on your own skin. I take the fragrance from its original bottle and decant it into smaller brand-new, 1 ml sterilized glass vials so that you can try it on your skin to see if you like it.

Through the Decant Store, you'll have access to some of the world’s greatest niche scents, hard-to-find fragrances, and classic favourites. 

When you click on the Decant Store tab you’ll find personal descriptions of each of the fragrances currently on offer from my collection, then you can add them to your Shopping Cart.

Let's be clear (this is a disclaimer!!)

  • I don’t sell full bottles of any fragrance – just 1 ml. decants. I only sell decants from the perfumes I've bought.... because I love them.
  • I don't re-sell manufacturers' samples.
  • I don’t represent any perfumers or distributors, so I don’t have every scent from a perfume line.
  • I’m not paid to promote any product or scent.

If, after sampling a fragrance, you decide that you must have it, i.e. it is FBW (full bottle worthy), and you can’t find it, e-mail me, and I’ll direct you to the best source I know – a retail store or online source.

So, take a look around the niche – you might just find your next favourite scent – and thanks for dropping by.



Founder, perfumeniche, located in Toronto, Canada.