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Mauboussin – It’s a gem! (February 21, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)

OK, pencils all sharpened, lined up with their points facing the same direction, soft jazz playing in the background, glass of prosecco within easy reach…and we begin.


One of my favourite perfumes has to be…


Traversée du Bosphore - A mysterious delight (February 18, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)

Wikipedia - Waterfront Houses on the Bosphorus - Ayça Leovinus 

I have a friend who’s travelled to every continent, some two or three times.  A few months ago I asked her “What’s your favourite place in the world, where do you want to go back to?” and without a moment’s hesitation she said “Istanbul! Turkey!”

Nose-to-Nose – Smells like 2011

G: Hey, did you read this article in the New York Times on the best selling scents of 2010?

Portrait of a Lady – She smells great! (February 14th, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)

Last week I bought Portrait of a Lady by Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle. Yep, I just strode into Holt’s and bought a bottle. That’s right - Portrait of a Lady is now available in Toronto. Hallelujah!

This wasn’t a blind buy though, I had tried this EDP at the Malle store in New York in November and found it FBW and since I knew it would surface in Toronto, I focused on buying frags that I could only get over the wall.

Une Rose Chyprée – Seduced! (February 11th, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)

Wikipedia - Kelvin Kay - Rose with dew

“I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: - 'No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.' “

I laughed when I read this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt – a gutsy comment from a famous woman in the mid-1950’s, but she was a trail-blazer.

Nose to Nose re: The St. Perfumeniche Gift Pack - Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

                       Wikipedia - Sangreal - Arthur Rackham 1917**

Field Notes from Paris – Brought to you by the letter ‘F’ (February 7th, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)



UNTITLED No. 8 - Not for sissies (February 4th, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)

I had an art teacher in high school who was very short, (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and whoa! was she talented. A terrific teacher and a gifted painter, we were awed and inspired by her. She would start the class “OK, folks – we’re sketching and painting [ topic of choice] today. Visualize! and render graphically! Express yourselves!”

Nose to Nose re: Perfume sexism or sexy perfumes?

G: Did you read the article on the Rise of Unisex Fragrances?

06130 Cèdre – “Take your glasses off. Now, let's unpin your hair...." (January 31st, 2011 New Fragrance Listing )

Every time Kay or I snag a great frag buy, we get together to sniff and share. “Where’d you get this? How much was it? Did they have anymore?” are always part of the conversation. Then we settle in, pop the cap, spritz and breathe. Then it starts: “What do you get off the top?” “Oh, this is different….” Or “I’ve waited my whole life to smell this… Then we go through the middle notes and wait for the drydown.

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