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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.

Maharanih - Great Queen, real woman (June 25, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

Photo-Wikipedia - Maharanih Ourmilla Devi of Jubbai, 1935

Fantastic Man - Sunday Cologne - Foreign and fantastic (June 23, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

Some great things have come out of Sweden – Ikea, Alexander Skarsgård and Byredo Parfums.

Byredo Parfums is a niche line founded by Ben Gorham in 2006. Initially, the focus was on fragrance products for the home, but by 2008 Byredo had launched its first personal fragrances, most of them based on particular memories and experiences of Mr. Gorham. Currently there are seven fragrances in the line, and I have a few of them, but my first love is Fantastic Man. I bought it at Colette the first time I sampled it.

Cardinal - Cardinal rules! - New Fragrance Listing, Monday June 21, 2010

 

Invasion Barbare - Take me, I'm yours (June 18, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

Image - perfumeniche.com

Eau de Sud – A "go-to" scent (June 16, 2010 New Fragance Listing)

I want to talk about summer – summer scents, that is.

I’m not what I call a “freshy” or a citrus lover – I want a smell more complex than a simple lemon, an orange, or a beach. BUT -  in the heat of summer my preferences can be fickle, and suddenly I’m scrambling to find the fresh scents at the back of my perfume stash.

Sicily – Ciao bella!

I got the Mondays. A bad case of the Mondays. If this were a Tuesday, it would be a bad case of the ‘I-don’t-wanna’s. But it’s not Tuesday – it’s Monday. Too early for a glass of wine, too much to do to go back to bed, too many deadlines to go shopping  - there’s just one thing for it: a short fracay*.

Monacle Scent One: Hinoki - Rub-a-dub-dub!

Monocle magazine is one of my fave reads. The magazine does a great job of keeping readers up to date on travel, design and trends in pop culture. Wanna know about a luxury hotel near Les Houches? Where does Parisian baker Jean-Luc Poujaran take his morning coffee? How about those Delvaux newspaper bags? I devour each issue….slowly. The content, the marketing, the brand are just genius.

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