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Tilda Swinton Like This - State of ease (June 2, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

Paris cafe - perfumeniche.com

L'Air du Désert Marocain - Inspires my inner artist - May 28, 2010

 

Image - When the Sun comes up in the Moroccan Desert - Wikipedia

Gwen’s blog this past Wednesday about what gives a fragrance value, and the creativity of independent perfumers, got me thinking……

Voleur de Roses – Girls' night in!

 

Last Saturday, we called up several close friends and had a “Girls' Night In”, instead of  “Girls' Night Out”. We had a lot of fun – in fact, it was so much fun we’re going to do it again! And what did we do, apart from eat, drink, talk, and laugh?.........we sniffed perfumes. Which was the main reason for all the talking and laughing.

Knize Ten – Calling all MEN! May 19, 2010

Image - James Dean in leather jacket - fanpop.com

How many men’s fragrances from the 1920’s are still around today, and still smell good? Not many. They don’t make man-scents like this anymore – no marketing exec would have the guts!

Muscs Koublaï Khän - Holy Grail fragrance

Photo - Wikipedia - Kublai Khan on a hunting expedition - Liu Guandao, c.1280

I've just had the flu, the “hit-by-a-Mack-truck, ache-all-over” flu. 

Violet Empire - Maple trees, Spring accords

Violet Empire - cbihateperfume,com

This is a bit of a ramble, so here goes……

Our house in downtown Toronto is surrounded by maple trees, which is not unusual in this city. Canada is the land of the maple leaf – it’s on our flag, our unofficial anthem is “The Maple Leaf Forever”.

1538 Rheims – Ultra-niche perfume - May 5, 2010 New Fragrance Listing

A couple of times a year, I have this experience – I find a new fragrance line and go “whoa, baby!” – which was what happened when I found the D.S. & Durga perfume collection for Anthropologie.
 

Timbuktu - Beauty and power - April 30, 2010

Yesterday was not what I call “a great day at the office” - in fact, it was exhausting – started early, and finished late with a meeting. What was to be a brief  review turned into a long meeting with a demanding client, so I was glad when the discussions came to a close and we said goodbye.

Après l’Ondée - Paris perfume surprise

Photo-Wikipedia - Avenue du Champs Elysées - by Benh Lieu Song 

Paris on a sunny Wednesday afternoon in spring……..we’re walking up the Champs Elysées to the Guerlain shop. It’s been a long time since I walked on this famous street and I’m in sensory high-speed mode, trying to connect the present with the past.

My perfume journey......so far

My perfume journey started early. By age 10, I was a perfume snob, and before I hit my twenties I was addicted.  I can’t remember a time in my life without perfume. How did this happen?  I blame it on my mother.  I’ve blamed my poor mother for a lot of things, but this perfume thing is truly her fault.

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