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Acqua di Colonia – Oh, brother what a great summer fragrance!

Some people are suckers for nice packaging, some are drawn to pretty bottles, and while I have sometimes succumbed to such marketing tricks, the thing I’m a sucker for is a good back story, which brings me to Santa Maria Novella’s Acqua di Colonia

Encre Noire – Vetiver - perfume magic!

 

Vetiver, vetiver, ve-ti- verrrr ….What IS vetiver??? Or vetyver, as it is spelled in the world of perfume.

Habanita – Si! (July 14, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

Habanita – Molinard – classic fragrance.  I’d read a couple of reviews, but never smelled it, and there it was right in front of me on a shelf in a little store I'd wandered into!! I bought it, thinking what the hell – if it’s horrible I’ll just toss it.

18 Place des Vosges – My Paris address

 

Safran Troublant – Rice pudding or soul food?

First of all – the name.  Safran Troublant is a challenge  -  Saf-ran  Troo-blon – that’s how it sounds, à la Français.
 
 One of L’Artisan’s Les Épices Trio, Safran Troublant is classified as a gourmand fragrance,  scents with food notes such as coffee, chocolate, nuts, etc. (perfect match for  foodies) – but I think this is a misnomer, because it is much , much more.

Vamp à NY – Are you trying to glamour me? July 7, 2010

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Géranium pour Monsieur - Clever, original, but name change recommended

Idole de Lubin – Cuba, and breaking the perfume rules

Photo - Wikipedia - Rumba dancers, Tropicana, Cuba

Idole de Lubin makes me think of two things – Cuba, and breaking the perfume rules – but before I explain the rules and Cuba thing, you need to know about Idole.

Theo Fennell Scent - Creating outside the bottle - June 30, 2010

Photo - Theo Fennell Silver Heart Pendant

Tubéreuse Criminelle - It's not a crime to love it (June 28, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

Photo: The big, bold, gorgeous rather pricey silver bracelet.

When Kay and I were in Paris, shopping around Le Marais I saw a big, bold, gorgeous rather pricey silver bracelet in a shop window. Well, I just had to try it on. I loved it, but I agonized for days after I first saw it – should I get it? Do I need it (as if!)? Finally, I realized I didn’t want to go home without it, so I splashed out and bought it.

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