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New York – A New York state of mind

Wonderwood – If you go down to the woods today......(August 4, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

Comme des Garçons fragrances are never dull. Maybe it’s because they come from a design house, maybe it’s because they comes from an edgy design house, but I find their fragrances always interesting and many of them FBW.

Dzing! – Went the strings of my heart

I’m always intrigued by scents that are inspired by events from the past, like Fougere Bengale, which was inspired by tiger hunts, and Dzing! which was inspired by the circus. Dzing! is the work of Olivia Giacobetti for L’Artisan and was launched in 1999. It was originally called Désir de Cirque.

Incense rosé – Balancing act

Sizzlin’ Summer 2010 Sample Pack – If you can’t stand the heat, get out of my niche!

Summer - we’re having a real hot one this year. Even some people who love the heat are complaining.
Personally, I hate the heat – makes me moody, makes me edgy. I’m happier in cold weather, but given the ying and yang of the seasons in Toronto, I have to take the hot with the cold and just fuhgeddaboutit.


Acqua di Colonia – Oh, brother what a great summer fragrance!

Some people are suckers for nice packaging, some are drawn to pretty bottles, and while I have sometimes succumbed to such marketing tricks, the thing I’m a sucker for is a good back story, which brings me to Santa Maria Novella’s Acqua di Colonia

18 Place des Vosges – My Paris address


Vamp à NY – Are you trying to glamour me? July 7, 2010 image

Tubéreuse Criminelle - It's not a crime to love it (June 28, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

Photo: The big, bold, gorgeous rather pricey silver bracelet.

When Kay and I were in Paris, shopping around Le Marais I saw a big, bold, gorgeous rather pricey silver bracelet in a shop window. Well, I just had to try it on. I loved it, but I agonized for days after I first saw it – should I get it? Do I need it (as if!)? Finally, I realized I didn’t want to go home without it, so I splashed out and bought it.

Fantastic Man - Sunday Cologne - Foreign and fantastic (June 23, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

Some great things have come out of Sweden – Ikea, Alexander Skarsgård and Byredo Parfums.

Byredo Parfums is a niche line founded by Ben Gorham in 2006. Initially, the focus was on fragrance products for the home, but by 2008 Byredo had launched its first personal fragrances, most of them based on particular memories and experiences of Mr. Gorham. Currently there are seven fragrances in the line, and I have a few of them, but my first love is Fantastic Man. I bought it at Colette the first time I sampled it.

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