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Ma Bête – Floral and animalic and an erotic tease - April 4, 2016

Poster for Jean Cocteau movie "La Belle et la Bête", 1946 - Wikipedia

Note Series #16 – VIOLET

 

perfumeniche.com - viola odorata

Essences Insensées Mimosa – floral and green and sensuous - March 21, 2016

Mimosa or Acacia dealbata, 10x magnification- Wikimedia Commons - by Aelwyn, 2008

Ginsberg is God – resinous and green and woody - March 14, 2016

Kate Moss in Bella Freud sweater - coolspotters.com

Off the grid today - March 7, 2016

Well, I've been bugged. I'm feeling poorly, down for the count, off the grid, so to speak. In short, I've got the flu.

My energies are focused on fighting this thing - ginger tea with lemon and honey is going to be what I'm sniffing all day long.

So no post today, but Kay and I will be back on Wednesday March 9 with our regular Nose-to-Nose conversation.

Gwen

 

NANBAN – Spicy and leathery and woody - February 29, 2016

Nanban bottle and box - arquiste.com

Arquiste, the niche fragrance line launched by architect, history buff and designer Carlos Huber, has become one of my go-to lines since it was launched in 2011. The fragrances are gorgeous evocations of a specific time and place in history.

Black by M. Micallef – Floral and fruity and seductive - February 19, 2016

Photo: Courtesy of M. Micallef

Ragù – Spicy, aromatic and woody - February 15, 2016

Photo: Gabriella Chieffo courtesy of Maison Gabriella Chieffo

One of my most exciting fragrance discoveries has been Ragù from Italian niche line Maison Gabriella Chieffo.

Note Series #12 – PATCHOULI

Patchouli is used in many, many, many fragrances, usually in the base as a fixative and balancing note, but sometimes as the star attraction. Paired with woods and mosses, florals, spice and gourmand notes, patchouli scents seem to appeal to everyone, and are the perfect shared fragrance. Here are four of our favourites.

Note Series #12 – PATCHOULI
4-1ml. decants for $12.00, regular $16.00. Gift-wrapped.

Vetiver Incenso – Woody and resinous and elegantly virile - February 8, 2016

Photo courtesy of Farmacia SS Annunziata dal 1561

Just before the holidays, we decided to renovate parts of our house, so for Christmas I was given a copy of the hot new book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo.

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