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Borneo 1834 - Chocolate reinvented

Last Friday, I talked about pepper, Monday was coffee, Wednesday was licorice, and I’m still on a roll with this food thing, so today is….CHOCOLATE.  But not sweet chocolate – I’m talking dark, bitter, chocolate.  Pure powdered cocoa, that’s the chocolate in the heart of Serge Lutens Borneo 1834.

New Haarlem - Coffee, anyone?

Photo - Perfumeniche.com  NYC Empire State Bldg. 2006

 Feet hit the floor, down the stairs, into the kitchen, dog out, dog in, coffee – aaahhhh. The day has begun.

Piper Nigrum - Over-looked and under-rated

I had to make some decant samples last week, one of which was Piper Nigrum by Lorenzo Villoresi. This is one of the first niche scents I owned, a gift from a friend after a trip to Florence. I’d told her she should visit the LV shop in Via de' Bardi in Florence,  a 15th century palazzo owned by his family, and have a perfume created for her, which she did.

Bulgari Black

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Years ago when my mother-in-law visited us from England she got a real kick out of a sign that hangs over our street: No Ball Hockey Playing on Street.

Sniffing Around Sample Pack

In the web perfume universe, there are a lot of blogs, and some sites which sell samples, but perfumeniche.com is unique because we do both.

Comme des Garçons Eau de Parfum Original - Yes, it is

The first time Kay and I went to the Comme des Garçons store in Chelsea, New York, we were on a mission. Kay wanted LUXE Patchouli and I was riding sidecar – which meant I was navigating. I kinda knew where we were going and after breakfast at the Empire Diner, we set off. After a lot of “Is that it? Doesn’t look like it?” “Well, that’s the address they gave me…” we got there. Why the confusion?

Un Parfum des Sens et Bois – Something different

Jean-Claude Ellena is a titan in the modern perfume world. He was born in 1947 in Grasse – destiny perhaps? He’s had a hand in the development of over 50 fragrances for such houses as Van Cleef & Arpels, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle and L’Artisan. In 2004 he became the exclusive in-house perfumer for Hermès, where by the end of 2008, perfume sales tripled. Pretty impressive, I’d say.
 

New York – A New York state of mind

Iris de Nuit - Beauty with brains

Image - Wikipedia - Irises by Vincent Van Gogh, May 1889

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I love my garden. I love pruning, weeding, diggin’ around. I just moved a small bed of perennials to a better spot, and my hands have that fragrant dark rooty smell that only comes from iris root.

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