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Sniffing around with Esther - Wednesday, August 8, 2012

New in niche
I’m a bit of an Etat Libre d’Orange groupie: I have seven or eight of their scents. Rien, Rossy de Palma and Jasmine & Cigarettes are my go-to attitude frags, and Like This is just delish. They are also the makers of one of the few scents that has made me want to chop off my arm: the notorious Secretions Magnifique. So, I took notice when I saw the announcement that new perfumes Dangerous Complicity—“the scent of skin on skin—or should that be sin on skin?” says the description—and The Afternoon of a Faun are being released in October. Etat’s perfume descriptions are always over the top (and frankly, in the world of perfume marketing copy, that’s a pretty high mountain to climb)—they’re worth checking out on Now Smell This here  and here . Interested in sampling some of their wares? Gwen and Kay have Like This and Bijou Romantique  on offer.

Vintage appeal
Sometimes, you get lucky. That’s how I felt last week when I wandered into an antique store nestled on the shores of Nova Scotia’s Musquodoboit Harbour and found a handful of vintage mini bottles—and some lovely rose-petal-shaped tester strips from Parfum D’Orsay.


Photo - perfumeniche - Esther's vintage finds July 2012

Vintage hunting tip: If you spot vintage ‘fumes in a shop, always ask if there are any more besides the ones you see. In this shop, the owner had them scattered throughout the store based on bottle designer and even bottle colour, so if I hadn’t asked, I’d have likely missed seeing some of what she had. And some sellers also have stock not yet unpacked or on display.

Deals, deals, deals
Tempted to get a full bottle of one of the Etat Libre d’Orange scents? is offering plenty of free samples along with the bottles: 6 samples with the purchase of one 1.7 ounce bottle, 14 with the purchase of two and 24 plus gift box with the purchase of three. Check out the deal here.

Nosing around
The description of The Afternoon of a Faun may sound ridiculous, but the nose behind it—Ralf Schwieger—is anything but. His Lipstick Rose for Frederic Malle is divine—a retro-influenced rose perfume with a clever hint of a waxy, vintage lipstick scent. Check out this interview with Schwieger on Bois de Jasmin.

Makes me want to try it
Victoria on Bois de Jasmin doesn’t give the newly released Coco Noir a ringing endorsement—she’s a bit disappointed in it—but her review is intriguing enough that I’ll be checking the scent out when it makes its way to a shop near me (or I make my way to a shop near it!).

Just because
Okay, I’m late to the game, since this was an April Fool’s joke. But I got fooled by it when someone passed on the link last week—enough to actually hit “buy”: A Game of Thrones perfume. Who doesn’t want to smell like a Khaleesi? I do! Even Fragrantica was fooled.  And darn, those notes sound goooood! Then again, I’m pretty sure there are some Boadicea the Victorious scents that might come close: maybe Warrioress , or Complex , both of which Gwen and Kay have here at perfumeniche.