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Black Aoud – Best Seller? I’ll take it! (October 29, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

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I love wood notes in fragrances, but they can be weird, as in agarwood, commonly known as aoud, or oudh. Used in Eastern perfumery for centuries, oudh has a sour musty top-note that is difficult to get past for some people. But not for me, not for Gwen – we like weird.

Aoud Cuir D'Arabie – In a lather over leather (October 25, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

Just on the northern edge of Place Vendome in Paris is Parfums MONTALE, where Pierre Montale sells his juice. Montale is interesting because he has two distinct perfume lines: a line of regular perfumes and one based on ouds; the latter is what he is most known for. When I last visited the shop, I asked the SA what was their best seller. She told me it was Black Aoud, so naturally, I bought Aoud Cuir d’Arabie.

Tocade - A sassy heart

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Cuir Pleine Fleur - NOT just another leather (October 20, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

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Ambre Russe – What a trip! (October 18, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

Last week I met a good friend for lunch. She loves amber jewellery and she has many great pieces. At lunch she flashed her latest acquisition in front of me and said, “Isn’t it to die for?” Actually, it was gorgeous, and I told her so.  But truth be told, I don’t get the whole amber jewellery thing. It’s old sap (NOTE: technically, it’s a resin not sap, but I remain unswayed) with bits of dead bugs and plants in it.

Hypnotic Poison - Hypnotic? Yes! Poisonous? NO!

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Lonestar Memories – Stirring up the dust - October 13th, 2010 - A small fire in a backyard pit by John Sullivan

Elixir Patchouli – Inoubliable! (October 11th, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

I was sniffiin’ around Sephora on a Saturday afternoon, as is my wont, when I came across Elixir Patchouli by Réminiscence. Now, in the spirit of full disclosure I have to say I’m not a big patchouli fan. It’s an awesome ingredient, and I love it as part of the mix (like in Orange Star by Andy Tauer), but as the star of the show it can be overwhelming, so for me, it needs some taming. I’m just putting that out there. I mean, you can’t love everything right?

My Old Favourites – October 8, 2010 New Fragrance Listings

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