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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther

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New in niche

Okay, I don’t know how new this is, but I just spotted it on’s website, and I love sample sets, so I’m passing it along: L’Artisan’s Discovery Gift Set of four 7 ml fragrances, including Mure et Musc, La Chasse Aux Papillons, Premier Figuier and Nuit de Tubereuese (the last is one of my faves), all packaged in a very handsome gift box, all for $60. 

Interested in smaller decants? Gwen and Kay have Nuit de Tubereuse on offer, along with many other L’Artisan frags (starting on about page 23 of their “Decant Store” list.)

Vintage appeal has always been one of my go-to spots for info on vintage perfumes, so when author Barbara Herman announced last year that she’d be pulling back from the site and posting infrequently because she was working on a book about vintage ‘fumes I was (a) sad about missing her once or twice weekly posts and (b) excited about the book. And now, a year later, the book is available! It’s called Scent & Subversion: Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume. I just ordered my copy! 

Deals, deals, deals

I’ve been involved in a project that had me visiting a printing plant last week, which of course (because I’m perfume-crazy) made me think about inky perfumes. One of my favourite in this category is Encre Noire for Men by Lalique—and even better is that you can often find it discounted online or in stores like Winners and TJ Maxx for around $30-$35 for 50 ml. I love it—from its heavy inkwell bottle to its inky delicious juice! 

Want to try before you commit to a bottle? Gwen and Margot have decants on offer.

Nosing around

This week’s nose is a chef: Anne-Sophie Pic, the only woman in France to hold a three-Michelin star rating, at La Maison Pic in Valence. Why include her in our nose section? She’s launched a new restaurant in Paris called La Dame de Pic, described in FT Magazine as “a restaurant for noses first, stomachs second. When diners make their menu choices, they inhale delicate paper strips of perfume to arouse their senses, and enhance the dishes that follow.” She was inspired after meeting with perfumer Philippe Bousseton, the nose behind Van Cleef & Arpels Tsar, among others. Read more about Pic and her restaurant here. (Thanks to my sister for the link!)

Makes me want to try it

Usually I post here about a perfume I want to try, but this week it’s about a magazine I want to check out: an independently produced mag call Odou, all about perfume. Check it out—digital editions are available for under $5 and print editions for about $12. 

Just because

Okay, if this doesn’t make you cry, well, I just can’t help you. Mama sings to baby, baby perfectly reflects the emotions of the words on her face, even though she doesn’t understand the words. Lovely.