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Peau d'Ailleurs – delicate and persistent and evocative – March 1, 2016

 

The day in Paris when I walked into L'Eclaireur Sévigné and found Black Heart v. 2, it was Peau d’Ailleurs by Starck Paris that I was looking for. Scoring such two fabulous fragrances in one day still makes me hear the sounds of corks popping in my head every time I think of it. Ah. There they go again.

Black Heart v. 2 – woody and spicy and smoky - February 11, 2017

 

Black Heart v. 2 by Map Of The Heart bottle - colognoisseur.com

My first find of Black Heart v. 2 by Map Of The Heart was on Mark Behnke’s blog Colognoisseur.

February 1, 2017 – L'Air de Paris

 

 

I’ve been having a great time in Paris this last little while, especially discovering new fragrances and places to buy them in the City of Light.

I have a soft spot for Penhaligon’s fragrances and their new Portraits line – a series fragrances built around characters in an aristocratic British family:

Civet – spicy and floral and a forever fragrance – January 28, 2017

Zoologist Civet - zoologist.com

Baccarat Rouge 540 – floral and woody and perfect

 

Image - wikipedia.com - Boutique Baccarat, 11 place de la Madelaine, Paris, by Erwmat, Sept. 5, 2013

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

 

Pierre Guillaume. He's so good looking, he's kinda unforgettable. Strangely, it’s not his image that sticks in my memory but his work as a perfumer. And today it’s all about, his 2016 perfume called Indian Wood 11.1.

That’s right, Indian Wood 11.1. Guillaume numbers the fragrances in his Parfumerie Generale line, and the “.1” refers to fact that Indian Wood is a rework of his Haramatan Noir 11, which was launched in 2001. 

Christmas Shopping on Black Friday – November 23, 2016

 

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.

What started out decades ago as early store openings to launch the Christmas shopping season on the day after American Thanksgiving, has morphed into a global phenomenon with the introduction of online shopping.

Well, it sure works for me!

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….”

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