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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.

Dirty Ginger – fresh and spicy and exciting – March 7, 2018

Heretic Parfums embossed packaging for 15 ml. - hereticparfums.com

Angélique – Delicate and tender and an ethereal green beauty – February 14, 2018

Iris pallida flower - Wikimedia Commons - Pamwik, April 20, 2015

Musc Ravageur – smooth and sensuous and seductive – January 29, 2018

Maurice Roucel, perfumer - Alchetron.com

Épine Mortelle – complex and intriguing and beautiful - January 14, 2018

Red Rose by Andrele Bohner, Nov. 18, 2007 - Wikimedia Commons

 

“So, what do you think” I asked the sales assistant.

She wafted the blotter back and forth under her nose a few times before answering.

“This one is a challenge,” she said finally.

“How so?” I asked.

Camel – resinous and spicy and woody – December 2, 2017

Photo: Courtesy Zoologist Perfumes

One of my favourite Christmas films is ‘Love Actually’ and Karen, a stay at home Mom played by Emma Thompson, is one of my favourite characters in the film. I love the scene where Karen’s daughter, Daisy, comes home from school, all excited to tell her mother that she has landed a big part in the nativity play at school:

Patchouli 24 – smoky and leathery and a smooth patchouli – November 11, 2017

Le Labo, Elizabeth Street, Nolita, NYC - nickgarrettsignwriter.com

Nuit de Bakélite – Green and floral and leathery – October 28, 2017

Calling all perfume lovers!

Ericssons Bakelittelefon 1931 by Holger. Ellgard, Oct. 15, 2007

Wikimedia Commons

Tobacco – rich and warm and incomparable – October 13, 2017

"Still Life with Three Castles Tobacco" by William Michael Harnett, 1880,

Brooklyn Musuem - Wikipedia

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