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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther

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New in niche

Pining for one of Le Labo’s City Exclusive? They’re back and available through Le Labo retailers for six weeks (until October 15). That means you can get scents inspired by New York, Paris, London, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Dubai, San Francisco and Chicago without having to travel to the city in question. If you’re in Toronto, Canada, stop by 6 by Gee Beauty  to check them out. Online, they’re available at Luckyscent.  (And if you spend more than $75, Luckyscent will include a 10-piece sampler mix of niche samples. Promo code is Samples; while supplies last.)

Vintage appeal

“Do you remember Emeraude?” That was the question posed by a perfume pal, recalling a fragrance she wore in her 20s. Oh yeah—I remember Emeraude, and yes, it’s still around, but like many fragrances, it hasn’t been well-treated by reformulations. Today’s version is a thin imitation of the original juice. I suggested she hunt on eBay for a vintage sample and not waste her cash on the newer version—or read the reviews others have posted of the vintage scent to see if she can conjure up the scent memory that way (a cheaper alternative!). Check out Yesterday’s Perfume  and The Vintage Perfume Vault

Deals, deals, deals

Longing for a whiff of that scent from your past? eBay is one way—but full-sized vintage ‘fumes can be wallet-shockers. Another option? Search for a mini. My first stop? The Miniature Perfume Shoppe. The price per ml may not be cheap, but the total for a mini won’t be as high as for a full bottle—andt that little hit may be enough to satisfy your nostalgia. 

Nosing around

I’m always intrigued when I see a new niche line pop up on one of the online perfume sites. This week it was Carner Barcelonia on that caught my eye. As I poked around for info on the fragrances, I noticed that Tardes was created by Daniela (Roche) Andrier, the nose behind the divine (untitled) by Maison Martin Margiela, Marni, Prada Infusion d’Iris, Prada Candy and many others (including a number of other Pradas). That resume moves Tardes to the top of my “to sample” list. Interested in her take on fragrances? Check out this video from The Art of Scent exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. 

Interested in some of her fragrances? Gwen and Kay have Marni(Untitled), and Prada Infusion d’Iris.

Makes me want to try it

I love tuberose, jasmine and ylang ylang, so it’s no surprise that I’m tempted by Moon Bloom by Hiram Green.  I first read about it on (search Moon Bloom and it will show up—for some reason, links to the specific post won’t work for me today!), where it was described as “a purring kitten.” Hmmm….

Just because

Rosh Hashanah starts tonight. And what’s a religious celebration without a goofy pop culture-inspired video? Shanah Tovah!