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Nose-to-Nose: Sniffing out news with Esther

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New in niche 

“An all-pervading, ethereal cloud of lemon surrounding a sponge cake treated to milk and sweeties.” Mmmm. Who wouldn’t want to try this? It’s Nuvol di Llimona—or Lemon Cloud—a new fragrance developed by pastry chef Jordi Roca of legendary 3-Michelin star Spanish restaurant El Cellar de Can Roca. It’s not the restaurant’s first foray into perfumery: in the past, they’ve created dishes and desserts based on perfumes, including Calvin Klein’s Eternity, Dior’s Hypnotic Poison  and Lancome’s Tresor. This time out, it’s a perfume inspired by a dessert. Available at the restaurant in Spain (for those who need a spring vacation) or through Luckyscent. Mmmm…..

Vintage appeal

It’s funny how it suddenly seems as if one particular vintage perfume suddenly seems to be on everyone’s, well, not lips—but wrists. Right now, it seems as if that scent is Dune, a gorgeous and somewhat indescribably bottle of yumminess from Dior. Okay, that might not be the most helpful description. ;) So check out these blogs for their takes: Now Smell This and Bois de Jasmin both have plenty to say.

Deals, deals, deals

Yves Rocher has a well-deserved reputation for affordable lovely perfumes. And right now, they’ve got a number of their top sellers on deep discount—more than 40% off. Those on sale include SO Elixir, Vanille Noir, Tendre Jasmin Secrets D’Essences, Iris Noir, Voile D’Ambre, Rose Absolue (my fave), and many more. Go to and click on your country to see local prices. (You can also pick up a decant of Rose Absolue here on


One of the highlights of my New York trip in early December was a visit to the Fashion Institute of Technology’s exhibit of fashion muse Daphne Guinness’s haute couture collection. It was spectacular! Naturally, I dressed the part for my visit: jeans, white shirt and Commes des Garçons fragrance Daphne, on offer here at perfumeniche - an absolutely divinely luxurious scent  featuring notes of bitter orange, incense, saffron, rose centifolia, Tunisian jasmine, tuberose, iris, patchouli, oud, amber, and vanilla The scent was created by Antoine Lie, the nose behind such other gems as CDG’s Wonderwood, Etat Libre D’Orange’s Benderlirious, Tom of Finland and the notorious Secretions Magnifique, and many others. Read more about him on Now Smell This.  

Makes me want to try it

Check out Elena Vosnaki’s post on Perfume Shrine about Diptyche’s new release Eau Rose. Who could resist these notes?
Top notes: bergamot, black currant and litchi

Middle notes: jasmine, geranium and rose

Base notes: Virginia cedar, musk and white honey

Just because

I know this link is from last fall, but I just stumbled across it and was charmed by the idea. It’s about an exhibit of fans including a collaboration between French fan designer Sylvain Le Guen and Francis Kurkdjian: a scented fan and a ‘wedding dress’, made from mouillettes (paper smelling strips). Check out the story on Basenotes for full details and pictures.  It’s too bad the Internet isn’t scratch and sniff, but still, if you’re nterested in smelling some of Kurkdjian’s scents, check out what Gwen and Kay have on offer here!