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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther


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New in niche

The launch of Neela Vermeire’s line last year drew lots of positive reviews. And with one of our favourite noses, Bertrand Duchaufour, behind the scents, that’s hardly surprising! This fall, the line is adding a fourth fragrance called Ashoka, also created by M. Duchaufour. According to Perfume Shrine, the notes include fig leaves, leather, white & pink lotus, mimosa, fig milk, osmanthus, rose, water hyacinth, vetiver, styrax, incense, sandalwood, myrrh, tonka bean, fir balsam. 

Interested in other Bertrand Duchaufour scents? Gwen and Kay have many on offer, including a special Bertrand Duchaufour decant pack.    

Vintage appeal

“No. 5 seen through Rita Hayworth’s sunglasses”: that’s how Angela on Now Smell This describes reformulated version of Robert Pigeut’s Baghari. 

It’s certainly enough to get me to search out a sample to sniff—though I’d love to do a side by side with the original, created by Francis Fabron (the nose who also gave us Nina Ricci’s L’Air du Temps and Givenchy’s L’Interdit).

Deals, deals, deals

I love a well-priced perfume, and the folks at Lush have done a great job of creating some distinctive—and affordable—scents under the Gorilla Perfume moniker. Their new line, which includes scents Sun, Furze, Euphoria, Sikkim Girls and more (see a full list with descriptions on Now Smell This) is now widely available, with prices for small sizes under $20. Check out delivery options in your area by searching “Lush” and your country name. And if you’d like to sample one of their past stellar frags Breath of God, Gwen and Kay have decants available.

Nosing around

Perfumer Mark Buxton is one of the partners in the Paris perfume shop and website Nose (see below in “Makes me want to try it”). He’s the nose behind a wide range of scents, including some of Comme des Garcon’s edgy masterpieces (2, 2 Man, Green, White, Ourzazate) and the Mark Buxton Perfume line. See him describe how he created a perfume—Roboris Calé Fragranze d’Autore—based on a brief that included a rainstorm in the desert in this video

Interested in sampling Comme des Garcons 2? Kay and Gwen have it on offer.

Makes me want to try it

I’m always on the lookout for new perfume shops and sites, so when I saw a reference to Nose in Paris, I thought I’d look them up. I’m glad I did, because while unfortunately Nose doesn’t deliver to Canada (they send parcels only by road in 26 European countries), they do have a fun little tool that gets you to input some of your favourite perfumes and then spits out 5 recommended new perfumes for you to try. Of the 5 they came up with for me, one is a scent I adore (Philosykos by Diptyche), another is a perfume I’ve tried and liked (Absolue Pour Le Matin by Maison Frances Kurkdjian), and the other three are all scents I’m now going to search out to give a sniff (Pure Oud by Kilian, Feuilles de Tabac by Miller Harris, and gs02 by Biehl Parfumkunstwerke). And next time I visit Paris, I’ll definitely be adding them to my perfume route! 

Just because

It’s always fun to watch a baby do anything for the first time. And watching a baby wolf learn to howl from a pretty hot Aussie? Adorable! Check it out here.