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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.

Ambre Cashmere Intense – Something to get excited about… – September 28, 2015

When I read on Now Smell This that Nicolai Parfumeur Createur (aka Parfums de Nicolaï) would launch a new unisex fragrance called Ambre Cashmere Intense this month, I felt a little tingle of excitement.

Orris Noir – Dark seduction – September 21, 2015 New Fragrance Listing

Image - - Iris Noir bloom and Orris Noir bottle

I love chocolate. I don’t eat it often but when I do I like really good chocolate, dark and not too sweet.  A few bites of an 80% pure dark chocolate bar, with bits of almond or orange rind sprinkled throughout, is the perfect ending to a dinner with rich food and possibly too much wine.

Rose Flash - Made for me…. – September 14, 2015

image - Roses in Paris market -

I was sitting at my computer surfing the net looking for a good homemade gin recipe when the phone rang.

It was Esther. “Hey, what are you up to?” she asked.

“I’m just working on a project,” I said. “What’s going on with you?”

Remarkable People – A joyful discovery….. – August 31, 2015

 Josephine Baker, Paris, 1927 by Walery -

From: Lisa []

Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 10:15 PM


Subject: Finding josephine baker


Bayan Mulak – Scents of place… August 24, 2015

Image - Wikipedia - Rider in Mongolia, 2012 - J. Tillman

I’m always fascinated by where a fragrance artist finds their inspiration - an encounter, an adventure, a love, a loss, a place.

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