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Al Oudh - Midnight at the oasis

 

Muscs Koublaï Khän - Holy Grail fragrance

Photo - Wikipedia - Kublai Khan on a hunting expedition - Liu Guandao, c.1280

I've just had the flu, the “hit-by-a-Mack-truck, ache-all-over” flu. 

Eau de Claudie – Only in Paris - May 12, 2010

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Violet Empire - Maple trees, Spring accords

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This is a bit of a ramble, so here goes……

Our house in downtown Toronto is surrounded by maple trees, which is not unusual in this city. Canada is the land of the maple leaf – it’s on our flag, our unofficial anthem is “The Maple Leaf Forever”.

Pomegranate Noir – What are you wearing?

I was sitting in a restaurant lounge with a group of friends, having a drink and catching up, when a stranger came up from behind me and whispered in my ear "Pomegranate Noir". Wow! What a conversation stopper that was! Heads at the table whipped round to face me and all eyes were locked on mine. I’m not sure, but I think I heard a leaf fall somewhere, the moment was that vivid for me. “What did she say?” everyone wanted to know. So I told them. They looked at me like I’d been chewing on tonka beans.
 

1538 Rheims – Ultra-niche perfume - May 5, 2010 New Fragrance Listing

SOLD OUT -  1538 Rheims is no longer available from our Decant Store.

A couple of times a year, I have this experience – I find a new fragrance line and go “whoa, baby!” – which was what happened when I found the D.S. & Durga perfume collection for Anthropologie.

Fougère Bengale - Tiger, tiger, burning bright....

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Timbuktu - Beauty and power - April 30, 2010

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Yesterday was not what I call “a great day at the office” - in fact, it was exhausting – started early, and finished late with a meeting. What was to be a brief  review turned into a long meeting with a demanding client, so I was glad when the discussions came to a close and we said goodbye.

Ormonde Woman - London calling - April 28, 2010 New Fragrance Listing

I remember being in London years ago and smelling Angel everywhere – on the tube, in shops, in pubs and restaurants. It seemed that everyone was wearing it. That happens sometimes with main brand scents – trendy, popular ones, good or bad, seem to dominate the air for a while. I suppose that’s what makes niche fragrances so appealing to me – you don’t smell like everyone else.
 

Bulgari Black - The puck stops here! - April 26, 2010 New Fragrance Listing

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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.

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