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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther

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New in niche

You know that Bertrand Duchaufour has a few fans around here, so it’s no surprise that we all scrambled to sample his newest offering Chypre Palatin, created for niche house MDCI. I snapped up a decant from Luckyscent—and boy, is it delish! According to, the notes are “green clementine, hyacinth, lavender, rose, jasmine, iris, benzoin, styrax, vanilla, castoreum, costus and leather accord.” The scent is classified as a green oriental chypre, which to my nose means that the greenness of the classic chypre scent is sweetened and softened a bit with the vanilla and floral notes. It is definitely FBW—and I’m pretty sure there will be a bottle or two finding its way into the hands of some gals around here! (Gwen and Kay have many Duchaufour hits among their offerings: in fact, there’s a Bertrand Duchaufour sample pack featuring Timbuktu, Traversée du Bosphore, Eau d’Italie and Sartorial. And if you’re interested in other MDCI scents, they have La Belle HéleneUn Coeur en Mai, Invasion Barbere and Enlévement au Serail. All are fantastic!)

Vintage appeal

This week’s “Vintage appeal” isn’t so much about perfume as it is about perfume storage. I just moved half way across the country—my first major move PPA (post-perfume addiction). So, in addition to the usual moving challenges, I had to figure out how to get 200+ bottles of perfume from Point A to Point B. And, once at Point B, I had to figure out how to display my ‘fumes, since I’d ditched the shelving unit I’d originally displayed them on. The transportation I handled myself: bottles in their original boxes, packed into moving boxes, tucked into my car trunk (and praying for cloudy days with moderate temperatures so the juice wouldn’t get overheated). The display was trickier, but as I wandered around a lovely—but pricey—home décor store admiring their industrial-inspired shelving, I thought, “An old medical cabinet would be perfect.”

Photo - perfumeniche - Esther's Vintage Medical "Perfume" cabinet- by Esther July 2012

A quick consult with and much to my delight, I’d found it: a vintage medical cabinet with 5 glass shelves, 2 metal half-shelves and three drawers—and all for much less than the pricey décor pieces. (Yup, that’s it in the picture above.) I’m so thrilled I’ve got my eye out for a second one—I’m going to need it if I want to add any new bottles to my collection! How do you store your precious perfumes? Any other vintage storage units out there?

Deals, deals, deals

Interested in sampling the Juliette Has a Gun line? has a pack of 7 2ml samples on for $18, a great way to try out the line.  Or you can order a set of 8 vials direct from the house itself for 7.90 Euros.

Nosing around

Want to hear Bertrand Duchaufour speak for himself? Check out the videos on the Penhaligon’s site where he speaks about scents he’s been involved in (and the much goofier concept video “The Tailors and the Nose” which appears on the same page).

Makes me want to try it

I love top 10 lists, and right now, three of my favourite bloggers have up lists of their Top 10 Summer Scents: Victoria at Bois de Jasmine, Denyse at Grain de Musc  and Robin on Now Smell This. Weeeee! 30 scents to search out and try!

Just because

Okay, usually this is the spot for something fun, but today it’s the spot for something serious. Check out this compelling public service video—made by a UK make-up artist named Lauren Luke—aimed at bringing attention to the issue of domestic abuse. It’s a gripper—and well worth sharing.