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Baccarat Rouge 540 – floral and woody and perfect – January 14, 2017

Baccarat Rouge crystal vases - luxuo.com

Guerlain and Sylvaine Delacourte and a wonderful evening – December 21, 2016

Sylvaine Delacourte image - perfumeniche.com

As this is the season for gratitude, I have to say it once again, I am so fortunate to live in a city that has a Guerlain store.

Last week I was invited to the store for an evening reception to meet Sylvaine Delacourte. No one puts on a spread like Guerlain and I was not just pleased to have been invited, I was honoured.

Black Gold – exquisite and sensuous and luxurious – December 10, 2016

Black Gold - ormondejayne.com

A snowy day that sets the mood for Christmas. A day for staying warm and cozy inside – for egg nog and Christmas music and gift-wrapping.

Indian Wood 11.1 – spicy and lightly woody and fabulous - November 26, 2016

Remember this? Yep, that’s perfumer Pierre Guillaume.

Yeah, he's kinda unforgettable. Strangely, it’s not the image of his body that sticks in my memory but his body of work as a perfumer. And today it’s all about, his 2016 perfume called Indian Wood 11.1.

Christmas Shopping on Black Friday – November 23, 2016

image - james'sblog.com

Nothing pushes me towards Christmas shopping like all the Black Friday promotions that drop into my Inbox this time of year.  You know the ones I mean – the offers, deals and discounts that retailers dream up to get you shop on Black Friday.

Vetiver – Rooty and earthy and camphourous – November 13, 2016

“I smell vetiver” I said to her over drinks on a late autumn afternoon. Sniffing the air again, I asked, “What is that fragrance you are wearing?”

“It’s Vetiver by Etro,” she said, smiling coyly.

“Tell me all about it”, I said as I inhaled the scent that was on her wrist.

“Ha! This is rich. You’re usually the one who introduces me to fragrances, and now I’m, introducing you to….”

Hidden Treasures: Part 1 - November 2, 2016

Image - Hidden treasures - The Vine Institute

When I shop, especially for things I have a real interest in, like fragrances, I always talk to a sales person. I learn a lot more that way. Sometimes what I came in to buy isn’t what I leave with. It’s often better.

Black Pepper & Sandalwood – Spicy and resinous and woody – October 29, 2016

Appa Kappa boutique, Treviso, Italy - appakappa.com

Fragrance Fears – October 19, 2016

 

 

It’s a few days before Hallowe’en and I’ve been having the same frightening nightmare over and over again the last few nights.

Sublime Balkiss – complex and smooth and enticing

Queen of Sheba meeting with Solomon by Piero della Francesca,

c. 1452-1466 - wikipedia.com

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