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1805 Tonnerre – dark and romantic and original

You know those days. The ones that are defined by determination, strength and vigor - like you were going into battle. You are full of energy, see your path clearly, and act decisively in everything you do. There are no obstacles you can't overcome. You kill it at the gym, burn through challenging tasks at work with ease and crank out a restaurant-worthy family dinner when you get home. You are the victor against doubtful inner self that’s sometimes a little hesitant, a little fearful and a little overwhelmed.

Lys Mediteranee – floral and aquatic and so very evocative

Menton, Côte d'Azur, France - Wikipedia - Gerard Cohen, 2003

Les Colognes Néroli – Refined and romantic and the very definition of a summer day

Bitter Orange Blossom - Wikimedia Commons - Alexander Hardin

A perfect summer Sunday. Agreeable temperature, clear skies and easy chores that are easily dispatched, leaving hours for reading/napping/sipping in a hammock, in a garden that’s in full bloom.

King Baby – warm and woody and pitch-perfect sweet – June 20, 2018

Photo: Permission of King Baby

I discovered King Baby jewelry, many years ago. I’m drawn to silver jewelry, especially well-designed pieces that have a presence to them and many of the pieces from this California-based biker inspired line, suit me perfectly. I’m not a biker chick, so while the skull, dagger and handcuff motifs don’t appeal to me, the heart and rose designs from the Queen Baby collection, do.

Eau Chic - upbeat, refreshing and très chic – June 6, 2018

Photo: permission Astier de Villate

As the temperature increases so does my desire to wear colognes. Colognes have really been popular for the last few years, and that interest isn’t waning anytime soon as more and more niche house introduce them into the market each year.

Bella Freud – Warm and woody and resinous – May 23, 2018

Bella Freud EdP bottle - bellafreud.com

 

For a long time now, I’ve toyed with the idea of having a nose create a perfume just for me. Every now and again, I explore the idea. I research, I study and I investigate. And there are plenty of perfumers out there who offer their services to create bespoke perfumes.

DXB Dubai – Herbal and floral and gently oud-y – May 9, 2018

DXB Dubai by Scent of Departure - perfumeniche.com 

ManRose – Rosy and elegant and man-worthy – April 25, 2018

Red Rose - Wikimedia Commons - D. Sharon Pruitt

One of the questions that Kay and I are often asked is: how do you develop a great sense of smell. I was reminded of this when I came across an interview with nose Mathieu Nardin:

Angels of Florence – Uncomplicated and tender and beautiful – April 11, 2018

Photo from Wiki Commons: Square in Florence showing a white high water mark from the 1966 flood

An escape from the cold, dull Toronto spring to the warmth of the Tuscan sun. Driving along the FI-PI-LI on day trips to Siena, Pisa or Livorno, the windows down, singing along to Paolo Conti on the radio.

Bucoliques de Provence – lavender and iris and leather – March 28, 2018

Photo: Courtesy L’Artisan Parfumeur.

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