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Knize Ten – Calling all MEN! May 19, 2010

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How many men’s fragrances from the 1920’s are still around today, and still smell good? Not many. They don’t make man-scents like this anymore – no marketing exec would have the guts!

Al Oudh - Midnight at the oasis

 

Muscs Koublaï Khän - Glad to be alive!

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

 

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

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....

It’s that transitional time of year when I know warmer weather is coming, I just don’t know when. I nudge nature a long a bit by taking the cover off the BBQ and putting the Muskoka chairs out on the deck. Looking good. Gotta get those hanging flower baskets hung. Need to fish my sunglasses out of the purse I was using last summer…. OK, now I’m ready for the warm weather. Anytime now. Waiting. Still waiting. Where is the heat?

Timbuktu - Beauty and power - April 30, 2010

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.
 

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