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Sniffing around with Esther - December 11, 2013

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New in niche

Frances Kurkdjian is one of my favourite noses, so when I heard that his Indult line, originally created in 2005 in limited edition, was once again available, I knew I’d want to check them out. Fortunately, a trip to Vancouver provided an opportunity to do so, with a Saturday afternoon visit to The Perfume Shoppe on West Hastings, where owner Naz spritzed the four scents on to paper strips, and then my two selections onto my wrists. All four ‘fumes are amazing--and I can see why people swoon over Tihota’s burnt vanilla--but it was Reve en Cuir and Isvaraya that intrigued me. There’s a signature lightness that Kurkdjian brings to his scents, even when using ingredients and creating scents traditionally perceived as heavy, like vanilla, leather or patchouli. I ended up bringing Reve en Cuir home--a leather frag that doesn’t actually contain leather in its notes but evokes leather in its effect--and I’m pretty sure Isvaraya will be on my list of “soon to purchase,” with its intriguing blend of patchouli and jasmine. Check them out at The Perfume Shoppe , or through Luckyscent You can also find reviews of the scents on Ca Fleure Bon [link:

Interested in sampling some of Kurkdjian’s other scents? Gwen and Kay have Absolue Pour le Soir , Lady Vengeance , Eau Noire  and others (just search “Kurkdjian”) on offer.

Vintage appeal

Ever wondered how to get started collecting vintage perfumes? Here’s some great advice from Barbara Herman, author of Scent and Subversion, in an interview on Basenotes.

Deals, deals, deals

Tis the season for holiday perfume deals. Make sure you don’t miss out by signing up for the e-newsletters of your favourite online retailers, and keep an eye out at your local discount retailers like Winner’s (in Canada) and T.J. Maxx (in the US). And be sure to check clearance shelves: I scored a 90 ml bottle of Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier’s Fraiche Badiane for just $60, marked down from the usual $130+, at my local Winner’s.

Nosing around

Check out this interview with Frances Kurkdjian on the blog Olfactoria’s Travels.

Makes me want to try it

I’m always intrigued by what Denyse Beaulieu has to say on her blog Grain de Musc, and this week her post about Martin Margiela’s Replica line of fragrances has me adding them to my “search and sniff” list.

Just because

When you’re struggling with illness, a carefree moment can seem like an out of reach luxury. One French organization found a novel way to create and capture carefree moments with cancer patients--definitely worth a watch, but keep the tissues handy.