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Bahiana – Citrusy and fresh and woody - August 8, 2016

Christ the Redeemer, Rio di Janiero, Brazil - Wikipedia,.com

The Summer Olympics are in full swing in Rio, Brazil, right now and it seems to be the topic of conversation everywhere. Olympic sporting events are always exciting, what with all the thrills of victory and agonies of defeat, but these games seem to have an added layer of drama with issues around pollution, doping and the Zika Virus.

Eau Fraîche – fresh and natural and summery – July 25, 2016

Eau Fraiche bottle  - monsillage.com

I remember the first time I smelled Eau Fraîche from indie niche line Monsillage. I was sitting across a table from Monsillage founder, perfumer Isabelle Michaud, in a café in Montréal and she smelled fabulous.

Promenade des Anglais – chic and summery and memorable – July 18, 2016

Wikimedia Commons - Le Port du Nice by Myrabella, Aug.10, 2010

Note Series #21 – ABSINTHE - July 13, 2016

Absinthe as afternoon aperitif - perfumeniche.com

ABSINTHE

Romanza – bitter and floral and a heart-stealer - July 11, 2016

It’s no secret that narcissus is a favourite flower in my household. Specifically, it is my husband’s favourite flower. We enjoy them in the spring – the excitement of discovering them in the garden and watching them grow – and miss them when they are gone. That’s when I seek them out in perfume.

Tigre du Bengale – Spicy and leathery and seductive – June 27, 2016

Image - Wikimedia Commons - Bengal tiger in the wild, Ranthambhore, India

Skive – smoky and woody and exceptional – June 20, 2015

Skive - 2015 Art and Olfaction Award winner, Independent Category, 2015

Patchouli Impérial – dirty and refined and patrician - June 13, 2016

Dior Patchouli Impériale - perfuforum.pl

Soliflore Gardenia – sultry and indolic and true to nature - June 6, 2016

 

My first real experience with gardenia was on a trip to the Virgin Islands. That first night, the air around the villa was filled with their sultry, intoxicating fragrance. It was unforgettable and as I write this, I can still call up the scent memory.

Gardenias are flowering plants in the coffee family and belong to the ‘white floral’ fragrance group in perfumery along with tuberose, orange blossom and jasmine. These white florals share a common substance: indole.

Songe d'un Bois d'Été – Woody and leathery and incomparable - May 30, 2016

 

It was just an ordinary day until the email from the Guerlain boutique in Toronto dropped into my inbox.

“Thierry Wasser, will be visiting Toronto later this month. Would you be interested in a 30 minute one-on-one meeting with him at our boutique?” it read.

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