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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.

Alaïa Paris – Don’t waste any time trying it out… - October 26, 2015

Image - Wikipedia -Azzedine Alaia grey acetate dress from 1986-1987 by ellenm1

I’ll admit it. The first time I read about the launch of Alaïa Paris EdP earlier this year, I was, well, underwhelmed.

Anubis – Dark, leathery and deadly… - October 19, 2015

Image - Wikepedia - Anubis, jackal-headed God of  Funerals in Ancient Egypt - by Jeff Dahl

Bad news, good news….

Poor Esther has hurt her back and is unable to post today.

We wish her a very speedy recovery!

And, to take the sting out of missing one of her great, newsy posts, we are having a draw for four 2ml. samples of scents from Les Parfums de Rosine!

Glam Rose - GLAM ROSE takes centre stage with a main rose and violet accord.

Rose Kashmirie - A combination of rose and saffron. It is a velvety perfume, a perfume for the skin, with a long and soft wake of gold and silk.

Blasted Heath – Past, present and future….October 5, 2015

Photo: - Walking along the Dorset Coast

“This September, Penhaligon’s unveils two new perfumes inspired by the extreme, wild and passionate British landscape; that moment where the Land meets the Sea and untamed energy explodes.

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