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I Love Paris When it Sizzles....

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I have been in Paris for the last week. In August most Parisians quit the city for the mountains or the sea. Small shops are closed for holidays and the city is a little quieter. Some people feel it lacks the excitement of other times of the year, but I love being in Paris any time even in August.

Borneo 1834 - Chocolate reinvented

 

Image - wikipedia.com - Ceremony of hoisting the British flag...Borneo, December 24, 1846 drawn by Leopold Heath (1817-1907)

Lolita Lempicka - Perfume or catnip? (August 25, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

 

It seems I’m on a food jag lately with the blogs – pepper, coffee, and now licorice. I didn’t plan it, it’s just where my nose has led me over the past week or so. Maybe I lack something in my diet, or maybe I’m working up to a monumental junk food binge, but I’ve been digging in my perfume drawers for weird and wonderful foody smells – savoury, sweet, herbal – doesn’t matter. I’ve found one with an absolutely amazing bottle, and a scent to match it......

New Haarlem - Coffee, anyone?

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 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

 

Image - Statue of Liberty, NYC - Wikipedia.com

by Elcobbola, 8 Aug, 2010

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