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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

Cedar Woodpecker/10 – zesty and woody and sublimely elegant – September 30, 2017

Benjamin Almairic of Parle Moi de Parfum

Photo courtesy Benjamin Almairic

It was going to be a lovely lunch in Paris between two good friends who hadn’t seen each other in a while. I was scheduled to arrive on Esther’s last day in Paris, and we planned to have lunch together at a little café around the corner from where I was staying.

The Coveted Duchess Rose – woody and deeply rosey and unashamedly seductive - September 16, 2017

Photo: Courtesy of Penhaligon's

Whew!  Summer just is a memory now. A blur of long sun-filled days, lazy vacations and outdoor living. And while all this was going on, I missed a few things, like the ongoing story of the fragrances/characters in the Portraits Collection by Penhaligon’s.

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