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Nose-to-Nose: Sniffing Around With Esther--December 14, 2016

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New in niche
Our friends at NowSmellThis highlighted Annick Goutal’s refillable purse sprays in a recent post and we couldn’t agree with their pick more. I loooove purse sprays—also sometimes referred to as “travelers.” They’re great for their intended purpose—having a smaller portably spritzer—and they’re really great for fragrance addicts (who me?) who might prefer a smaller size of a wider range of perfumes as opposed to a larger bottle of only a few. Not all purse sprays are available individually (and some, like Frederic Malle are, I think, sold in trios), but if you find like-minded frag-aholics, you can sometimes split and share. 
Nosing around
Looking for something to read this holiday season? (In addition to something to sniff, of course.) Check out Jo Malone: My Story, the perfumer’s autobiography, detailing her rise from being raised in subsidized housing to heading one of perfumery’s top brands.  And if you’d like to sniff some of her scents while you read, Gwen and Kay have Basil and Neroli, Lavender and Coriander, Nasturtium and Clover, Sweet Milk Cologne, Lime Basil and Mandarin and Pomegranate Noir on offer.
Vintage appeal
Looking for your favourite vintage fragrance online? Don’t forget to look for things like purse spray versions—or soaps, bath oils and other related products. I’ve had great luck with purse sprays, which are often more affordable than a larger vintage bottle that I know I’ll never make my way through!
Makes me want to try it
Tobacco, leather, honey, musk, patchouli—sounds like a winning combination to me! And of course, any perfume that Victoria Frolova gives a ringing endorsement to piques my interest. In this case, Frolova, who is the mind behind Bois de Jasmin blog and who pens a fragrance column for FT’s How to Spend It, is raving about Cartier’s new offering L’envol de Cartier. It sounds divine!
Just because
Next time I feel lonely, I will aim to be this dog