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Vive l'Empereur - For a hero


I love the feeling of discovery. I discovered the  Christian Louis website one day  while googling another perfume, and found a new perfume destination - Place des Vosges in Paris.

Five O'Clock au Gingèmbre – It must be five o’clock somewhere

My sister and I happened to be in Montreal together a couple of years ago, just sniffing out some scents at our favourite haunts, when she picked up a bottle of Five O'Clock au Gingèmbre and sprayed it on her arm. It had just been released and I had not yet had the opportunity to smell it. WOW! What a stunner! The SA told us the story behind the scent. She said that the Five O was inspired by the idea of late afternoon English tea - tea and ginger cakes in front of a fireplace.

Patchouli Patch - Respect is due

Ohmigod, she’s writing about a patchouli perfume! Get me outta here! But hold on, folks....... before you blindly click to another page, take a few moments and listen to what I have to say........

Coeur de Vétiver Sacré – A coup de coeur (September 15, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

I know I’m a bit of a scent junkie. After all, I do write about fragrances I own and my love for them. But even for me there are times when I get it into my head that this or that note de jour is overused, over hyped and over sold and I develop a bit of resistance to it – “you can fool some of the people most of the time, but you are not fooling me with this…..”. That’s how I currently feel about vetiver. Sure, I own a few vets and I love the ones that I do own, but really, how many more does the world need?

Boadicea the Victorious - Sniffin’ Warrioress - A One-Act Play

Sniffin’ Warrioress
A One-Act Play

Boadicea the Victorious "Complex" - Uncompromising personality

Image - Queen Boudica by John Opie, 1761-1807 -

Who is Boadicea the Victorious? - that’s her above. Hmmm...the name is familiar, but I can’t remember her story. Let me check my Nuttall:

Eau Noire – Oh, yes!

Maison Martin Margiela (Untitled) – But not unloved (September 3, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

I never buy a bottle blind…anymore. I’ve been burned a few times – read and believed enticing product descriptions or reviews, suffered buyer's remorse, and frankly wasted my hard earned do-re-mi on a scrubber.

Bois Farine - Mood-changing magic

This is the last gourmand blog for a while, I swear. I wasn’t going to do it, because yesterday the thermometer hit 32C (90F) here in Toronto, with 95% humidity, and today is more of the same. Do I want to talk about perfume, food, smells?  I didn’t think so when I woke up this morning – my fantasy is to open the fridge and stand in front of it all day. But then I spritzed myself with Bois Farine, and I got my inspiration.

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