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Nose-to-Nose: Sniffing out news with Esther - Wednesday March 28, 2012

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I'm baaaaack! Apologies for the unexplained absence--life was a little out of control last week (though it all worked out fantastically in the end), and threw off my posting schedule.  Without further delay, here's what's up in fragrant news.

New in niche

They’re the edgy house that brought us the notorious Secretions Magnifique (Luca Turin loves it, Tanya Sanchez is meh, and Katie Puckrick has the funniest video review of it ever), along with Don’t Get Me Wrong Baby I Don’t Swallow, Fat Electrician, Rien, Jasmin et Cigarettes, Tilda Swinton Like This and many others. Now, this spring, they have three new scents on offer: Fils de Dieu, Bijou Romantique and Malaise of the 1970s (which Now Smell This suggests is a repackaging of their 2010 Sephora scent Sex Pistols). I have half a dozen of their scents in my collection (Rien is an all-time fave), and while I don’t like everything they do, they’re always worth checking out. (Gwen and Kay have Tilda Swinton Like This if you’re interested in sampling.)

Vintage appeal

It can be tough to track down vintage scents, especially when some of the more popular scents end up being faked. One of my favourite sources is EuroFineGifts on eBay. I first heard about the shop from Tanya Sanchez, when I interviewed her last year, and she mentioned it as a source for some of her vintage finds. I’ve since bought from EFG half a dozen times, all with great results. The owner of the shop has been liquidating a warehouse of stock that belonged to his grandparents’, and even if you don’t buy, browsing what he has on offer is an education. Check out his shop here.

Deals, deals, deals

Interested in trying out some of the Etat Libre offerings? now carries a number of the scents—and has a site-wide discount of 15% off valid until March 29!

Nosing around

Bertrand Duchafour, a favourite perfumer here at Perfumeniche, is also the nose behind Seville a l’aube, the L’Artisan scent whose creation is chronicled in Denyse Beaulieu’s new book The Perfume Lover. Check out this interview with Denyse about the book, read more about Bertrand here, and check out samples of his scents from Kay and Gwen’s collection here including some soon-to-be-discontinued sample packs.

Makes me want to try it

Carol at the blog What A Fragrance Fanatic Thinks is one of my must read bloggers, and her post on the new collection by Robert Piguet has me pining to try them.  Piguet is the company that holds the licenses for Bandit and Fracas, and has in recent years issued versions of those classic perfumes to much acclaim. Now they’re launching a new collection, including woody, oud, floral and oriental scents. Check out Carol’s post for full lists of the notes for Bois Noir, Casbah, Madamoiselle, Notes and Oud. 

Just because

This must be the spring for perfume books: there’s another in the list of launches, this one from Alyssa Harad, a regular contributor to Now Smell This. Her book is titled “Coming to My Senses: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure and an Unlikely Bride” and will be published this June by Viking. Read more about it here.