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Nose- to- Nose – The Elements Show, NYC – Feb. 12, 2014

perfumeniche.com - Saskia Havekes of Grandiflora - Elements Show NYC February 5, 2014

Gwen: Aren’t you glad we decided to go to the Elements Show last week? I’m still buzzing!

Kay:    I loved being in New York again, one of our favourite cities, and I loved meeting the niche perfumers, learning about their lines and hearing all about new trends and upcoming launches.

Gwen: Like Grandiflora. This new line is making a lot of noise on all the blogs, and in Paris and New York – and deservedly so!.

Kay: People are really talking about them, that's for sure. Saskia Havekes is such a nice person. You just posted about  Magnolia Grandiflora Sandrine. I loved Magnolia Grandiflora Michel. I’ll be writing about it on Friday and also announcing…

Gwen and Kay: A contest for a giveaway!  For a full bottle of love …Magnolia Grandiflora Michel, courtesy of Grandiflora.  

Kay: All the details will be in my post on Friday. Someone’s gonna get VERY lucky when they win that…

Gwen: I also loved learning more about the Illuminum line.

Kay: I sent quite a bit of time with them. You know the line was started by Michael Boadi of Boadicea the Victorious?

Gwen: Really? We list two of his perfumes, Complex and Seductive.

Kay:  But he recently sold it, and the new group have already started to transform the range, and put some vision behind it. I loved many of their scents, which are centred around individual notes, and I bought two at their boutique in Bendel’s: Tomato Leaf and White Gardenia Petals.

Gwen: White Gardenia Petals! Isn’t that Kate Middleton’s wedding scent? The one she actually wore during the ceremony?

Kay: Yup. It’s still Illuminum’s best-selling scent, and I was told by the rep that it’s also Bendel’s best-selling scent, out of all the brands they sell…whether it’s true or not, I don’t know…

Gwen: Wow, the Duchess certainly knows how to pick ’em….

Kay: Ha! Then there’s the Absolument line from France - you know, they have Absolument Absinthe - they're launching three new scents!.

Gwen: I couldn’t resist picking up a bottle of Absolument pour Homme, one of their earlier frags.

Kay: I fell hard for the new ones, La Treizieme Note – one for women and one for men -  The Thirteenth Note. In music, the thirteenth note is the last and highest note in extended chords often used in jazz – just the name made me want to try them, and they don’t disappoint….

Gwen: I spent some time at the Fragrantica.com booth. Zoren told me that they are introducing another scent from their Vagabond Prince line very soon, also by Bertrand Duchaufour.

Kay: Great – I loved their first Duchaufour scent with the woody cassis note, Enchanted Forest. It’s so unusual…! And there were some new lines I’d never tried before, like Parfums de Marley, which has a fascinating back-story, and Tiziana Tirenzi, which has already released four Extrait de Parfum that are extraordinary – I could have happily taken any one of them home with me -  and they will soon launch more. Deep, dark , delicious scents.

Gwen: And Rouge Bunny Rouge – I’d read about the line, and got a chance to chat with the very interesting Creative Director, Alexandra de Montfort, who is British but now based in Moscow. I felt the same about their scents. I'll say it again - it was good decision to visit Elements. I can see that this Niche Fragrance and Cosmetics show is just going to get bigger and better. I can’t wait till the next one.

Kay:  I can’t wait to write about all the new bottles of perfumed magic we brought home with us.

Gwen: I’ve already started! Have you not read my new post about Magnolia Grandiflora Sandrine?

Kay: I have, BFF, and I’m gonna read it again, it’s that good. Then I’m going to grab my bottle of Magnolia Grandiflora Michel and get sniffin’ so I can write just as brilliantly about this fabulous Michel Roudnitska creation – Friday is only two days away!

 

Check in Friday to read about our giveaway contest!