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Skive – smoky and woody and exceptional – June 20, 2015

Skive - 2015 Art and Olfaction Award winner, Independent Category, 2015

Patchouli Impérial – dirty and refined and patrician - June 13, 2016

Dior Patchouli Impériale - perfuforum.pl

Soliflore Gardenia – sultry and indolic and true to nature - June 6, 2016

 

My first real experience with gardenia was on a trip to the Virgin Islands. That first night, the air around the villa was filled with their sultry, intoxicating fragrance. It was unforgettable and as I write this, I can still call up the scent memory.

Gardenias are flowering plants in the coffee family and belong to the ‘white floral’ fragrance group in perfumery along with tuberose, orange blossom and jasmine. These white florals share a common substance: indole.

Songe d'un Bois d'Été – Woody and leathery and incomparable - May 30, 2016

 

It was just an ordinary day until the email from the Guerlain boutique in Toronto dropped into my inbox.

“Thierry Wasser, will be visiting Toronto later this month. Would you be interested in a 30 minute one-on-one meeting with him at our boutique?” it read.

Hummingbird – Floral and sweet and woody – May 9, 2016

Green violet-ear hummingbird from Panama - Wikimedia Commons, by Mdf, 2008

I’m on holiday in Paris right now. It’s been a great trip so far. We’ve heard some great jazz, had some fabulous food and, of course, I’ve been stocking up on perfumes to bring back home so Kay and I can write about them.

Palissandre d`Or – Rosy and woody and textured – May 2, 2016

Original Aedes de Venustus store, Christopher St. NYC - perfumeniche.com

This spring marks the sixth birthday of perfumeniche and since we are celebrating with a contest which centres on besties, I’ve been thinking about my bestie, Kay, and our friendship, our shared passion for fragrance and this blog.

Rose Pivoine – Floral and fresh and summery - April 25, 2016

Rose pivoine/Rose peony - perfumeniche.com

Spring is a transitional time of year. We come out of hibernation, shed our winter clothes and our winter ways with spring cleaning, spring colours, spring foods and smells lead the way to summer living.

Fat Electrician – Earthy and nutty and smoky - April 18, 2016

 

Dear Diary,

Kitchen reno – Day 1

The kitchen reno begins! Old kitchen gone – no stove, no sink. Pots, pans, dishes - everything packed safely away from dust and dirt. Workmen come and go all day. Banging, drilling, pounding. We’ve set up camp in the basement and cook off a hotplate, drink wine from jars and shiver with the shared excitement of how great the new kitchen will be when it’s done.

Dear Diary,

Kitchen reno – Day 8

Bat – Fruity and elegant and original - April 11, 2016

BAT perfume - zoologist perfumes.com

Last December Victor Wong, founder and creative director of Zoologist Perfumes, and I met up for coffee. Victor is soft-spoken, smart and very knowledgeable about perfume, so I really enjoy spending time with him.

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

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

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