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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther

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New in niche

I’m a Bertrand Duchaufour groupie, so you know I’ll be checking out his new frag from The Different Company: Aurore Nomade. The promo copy is, as with most perfume PR copy, delicious nonsense: “We are on an heavenly island in the middle of the Ocean. It’s seven AM and the first light of dawn illuminates this celestial landscape. The sand is already warm, the nature offers us its delicious and complex scents while the sun continues its inexorable rise in a clear blue sky. This is where Aurore Nomade takes you at  a glance, a deep, solar and floral fragrance.” What exactly is a solar fragrance?

Anyhoo…better to take a look at the notes: 

Top Notes: Banana flower, Star Fruit, Cinnamon, marine notes, nutmeg, rum C02 and davana.
Middle Notes: Ylang-ylang  essential oil from Madagascar 4 % (from fair trade), Geranium Egypt, clove nail, frangipani tree, indol.
Base Notes: Immortelle absolute, traces of sandalwood, amber, vanilla, musk.

Sounds intriguing enough for me to sniff it out…especially with M. Duchaufour’s name attached.

Vintage appeal

I love vintage perfumes—and am also intrigued by how modern perfumers reinterpret vintage scents. That’s why I was intrigued by Andy Tauer’s new perfume for the Tableau de Parfums project with filmmaker Brian Pera: Loretta, inspired by the spicy orientals and florals of the 1970s and 1980s. Tuberose, roses, jasmine and orange blossom are wrapped in a woody leather scent—I tracked down a sample and it’s yummy! Check it out at LuckyScent. Interested in sniffing Tauer’s hard to get Dark Passage, also created for Tableau de Parfums but in an extremely limited edition? Gwen and Kay have it on offer.

Deals, deals, deals

Okay, along the lines of my last post—not a deal in the “wow, that’s cheap” sense, but more in the “wow, I get to smell all of those” sense. L’Artisan has its holiday Coffrets available. There are two sets for her: one features 15 ml bottles of Mure et Musc, Premier Figeur and La Chasse Aux Papillons; the other features Timbuktu, Nuit de Tubereuse, Traversee du Bosphore, La Chasse Aux Papillons Extreme, Premier Figeur Extreme and Mure et Musc Extreme. The men’s set features 15 ml bottles of Timbuktu, Fou d’Absinthe and Mercant Loup. The sets of three ring in at just under $100, while the set of six will cost you almost $200. Available online from and others. And of course, Gwen and Kay have many of these L’Artisan scents available here as well. 

Nosing around

Interested in hearing from Andy Tauer himself? Check out this video from Basenotes, featuring Andy talking about his perfume Loretta. 

Makes me want to try it

Okay, so I’m a bit of a tart when it comes to my groupie tendencies. Yes, I’m a Duchaufour groupie. But I’m also an Andy Tauer groupie, which is while I’ll be checking out his new scent for LuckyScent, Lys de Desert, a “creamy botanical with the warmth and dryness of the desert” and featuring bergamot, rose, green lily, dry cistrose, iris root, ambergris and dry cedar. There are three other scents in the line, all by Jérome Epinette. Read more on Now Smell This. And check out the Tauer frags that Gwen and Kay have on offer too.

Just because

Who knew? Hummingbirds snore. The cutest, tiniest snore ever. Hear—and see—it here.