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Comme des Garçons Series 3 Incense: Avignon – It’s divine! (November 8, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

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Winter Delice – It’s De-lish! (November 5, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

What would happen if you put the following in a bottle:

A blast of dry icy arctic air
Snow-covered fir trees
A basket of pine cones
Boughs of balsam, decorated with pomanders
Wafts of incense from Midnight Mass
Freshly baked shortbread

Enlévement au Serail - A Modern Classic

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Dead Sexy No. 6 Parfum – It’s a treat! (October 31st, 2010 New Fragrance Listing)

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.

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