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Haute Provence – citrusy and floral and refreshing

Lavender in Provence

Cuir Andalou – My Spanish fragrance story

 

Alhambra Palace, Patio de los Arrayannes, Granada, Spain - perfumeniche.com image

We were in Andalusia in southern Spain for almost three weeks last fall. 

L'Aventurier – Citrusy and woody and sensuous

My Fragonard cushion cover - Thanks Kay!

OUD Silk Mood – A different oud experience

When I was handed a decant of OUD Silk Mood a while ago, I delayed opening it for  quite a while. The “oud’ part in the name triggered a definite frisson, in a negatuve way like chalk on a blackboard, an acknowledgment that oud seems to be everywhere, including mainstream now. But the fact that it was from Maison Francis Kurkdjian prompted my inner Perfume Voice: “Open it, you fool! What are you waiting for?” 

À Ce Soir – floral and balsamic and beautifully sweet

Image - Pont des Arts, Paris - perfumeniche.com

Violet Flame – A niche natural, a different violet

Violet Flame bottle -houseofmatriarch.biz

Cuore di Pepe Nero – citrusy and spicy and woody

Erbario Toscano, Italy 

Smuggler’s Soul – A different sandalwood experience

 

Image - wikipedia.com - Original LUSH store in Poole, Dorset, UK, by Njlawley, May 21, 2012

“Nice”, he said.

“Nice what?”

“Nice scent. Nice smell. ”

Thank Goddess, it's Spring!

Image - Wikipedia.com - Flora and Zephyr, Jan Breughel the Elder and Peter Paul Rubens, 1617

Gwen: Guess who visited me today?

Kay:  I dunno. The Goddess of Spring?

Gwen: Hey! That was a lucky guess! 

Kay: Not really. You smell of violet, daffodil, iris and lilac. With a hint of …mimosa?

Twilly d’Hermès – Flirty and exciting and original

Since Kay and I started this website nine (yes, NINE) years ago, the niche fragrance market has exploded. Each year there are literally dozens of new fragrance houses popping up and hundreds of new niche fragrances launched.

This is great news for niche fragrance lovers. And, it’s lots of fun for hobbyists like Kay and me, but with so much going on, inevitably some things are going to be back-burnered.  

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