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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther, July 6, 2016

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New in niche

When I was a teenager, I read Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge, a novel about Hatshepsut, the first female pharaoh. I was captivated by it! So it’s no wonder that that Charenton Macerations’ new fragrance has also caught my eye: called Eye, Hatshepsut, its notes include leather, patchouli, smoke, burnt tallow, cinnamon, honeyed wine, incense, labdanum and Egyptian musk. I’m a fan of Charenton’s first fragrance, Christopher Street, so I’ll definitely be searching this one out as well. 

Nosing around

Ralf Schweiger is the nose behind Chareton Maceration’s Christopher Street, as well as many other terrific ‘fumes. Check out this interview with him. 

Gwen and Kay have his frag L’Wren Scott on offer. 

Vintage appeal

It’s not vintage, but it does have vintage appeal: Ralf Schweiger’s Lipstick Rose, created for Frédéric Malle. The fragrance has that waxy gorgeousness of vintage cosmetics. If you have a chance to sniff it, you’ll see why I adore it!

And the good news is, Gwen and Kay have Lipstick Rose on offer! 

Makes me want to try it

I know it’s well past spring, but as I was wandering the web, I came across Bois de Jasmin’s list of 10 pastel fragrances for spring, and it is a delight. Take a look. I’m off to search for Heeley’s L’Amandiere, with its almond and linden blossom notes! 

Deals, deals, deals

For me, summer is a time of wandering the countryside, checking out seasonal antique shops, poking around for things I probably don’t need but, in that moment, can’t live without. And yes, I’ve scored the occasional perfume find! Some advice if you’re junk—oops, sorry, antique!—shopping.

  • If the bottle is sitting out on the shelf, odds are that what’s in it hasn’t aged well. Exposure to light and swings in temperature are tough on ‘fumes—and the antique places in my area are often seasonal barns, sheds or otherwise uninsulated places that get mighty hot in summer, and pretty frosty in the winter. So, always give the perfume a sniff—and recognize that you might be better off buying it for the bottle than for what’s inside.
  • Just because the perfume is in the box, doesn’t mean it will be in perfect shape. Yes, protected from light, but extremes of summer heat are just as tough on perfume in a box as out of it. Again, if the perfume itself is what’s most important to you, give it a sniff before you buy.
  • And about that sniffing: in my experience, it’s the top notes that go first, so it’s not unusual for that first sniff to not be great while the perfume itself is still ok (though not perfect). My advice: dab or spritz a bit on, wait a few minutes, and see if the perfume’s heart and base notes come through. 

Just because

I love Baddie Winkle!