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L'Original – Woody and aquatic and serenely beautiful - January 11, 2016

Vertical Garden at Pershing Hall photo courtesy of Paris 75007

In 2001 French interior designer Andrée Putman introduced her first fragrance, Préparation Parfumée and my world shifted a little. I have been an admirer of her design work for years.

T'was the night before Christmas at perfumeniche....


Image - Wikipedia - "Twas the Night Before Christmas" book cover

The one post of ours that people mention the most often as their favourite is this one. Orginally posted in December 2011, we offer it here again this year.

Note Series #9 – TUBEROSE

Tuberose blossoms -

Note Series #5 -VANILLA

Image - Wikipedia - Vanilla Extract by Yardensachs, June 2008

Note Series #2 - AMBER - November 27, 2015

Image - Wikipedia - Amber Room in The Catherine Palace, St. Petersberg

by jeanyfan, May 2004

Kinski - You had me at Geza… - November 23, 2015

Image - Klaus Kinski as Paganini - from

I am fascinated by Geza Schoen. The Berlin-based nose is hugely talented and has created fragrances for high-profile houses like Diesel and FCUK, and for smaller niche lines like Ormonde Jayne, Anat Fritz and biehl parfumkunstwerke.

Rhinoceros – It will steal your soul… - November 16, 2015

















Photo Courtesy of Zoologist Perfumes

Nose-to-Nose – Getting personal – November 11, 2015

Kay:         Gwen, have you noticed how many e-mails we get from our readers wanting to know more about us? They’re all asking personal questions!
Gwen:     Oh, c’mon! I’m a married woman!
Kay:         Ha! They’re asking personal questions like, how did you get interested in perfume? How many individual perfumes do you own? What are your favourite notes?

Gwen:     Those are pretty 'nosey' questions.

Le Mat – I’m a fool for it…. - November 9, 2015



Le Mat - Tarot de Marseilles

Noir Exquis – An olfactory dessert… – November 2, 2015


Image - A 'Paris-Brest" choux pastry with praline cream - flickr 12/24/2009

It’s official - gourmand fragrance season is here! The temperature has dropped, and stayed dropped so it’s time to dust off those beauties with their edible notes and line ‘em up on the shelf.

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