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Mont de Narcisse – Complex and ethereal and intimate

Narcissus poeticus 

Our son brought his girlfriend over to the house a couple of weeks ago to meet the family. She's a lovely young woman – warm, smart and gorgeous – and we were taken with her right away. While I was putting the finishing touches on dinner and my husband was opening the wine, I noticed my son pointing out photographs on the mantle to his new love.

Tangy Rhubarb – bright and fruity and floral

 

Photo: perfumeniche.com

My childhood home had a big backyard with a garden full of flowers, shrubs, herbs and trees. We kids, along with our friends on the street, loved playing back there. We invented games in every season, so there was always something to do.

Vaniglia Piccante – sweet and spicy and woody

Image - Vanilla planifolia - wikipedia

Blasted Bloom – aquatic and green and woody

Image - courtesy of Penhaligon's

Violet Blonde – floral and woody and musky

I am besotted with Violet Blonde. It's been going on for years now and likely, will go on for many more. I suppose it was inevitable, given my penchant for violet-centric fragrances, that I would fall hard for this beauty from American fashion designer Tom Ford.

Commune de Paris 1871 – fresh and original and liberating

We’ve written about a lot of colognes over the years. Uncomplicated, refreshing and light colognes are the ideal antidote for hot, sticky summer days and nights. But for me, they serve another purpose.
 

Vivacious – floral and spicy and, well, vivacious

Photo courtesy of Hiram Green

Sacreste – incensy and fresh and spicy

Vetiverissimo – mellow and easy-going and elegant

Vetiver is a favourite fragrance note here in the niche. The number of blogs devoted to fragrances centred around vetiver, makes it safe to say that Kay and I have a weak spot for chrysopogon zizanioides, the fast-growing perennial bunchgrass A/K/A vetiver, which belongs to the family Poaceae. Though it originated in India, it is now grown in tropical regions everywhere, with Haiti, China and Indonesia among the top producers.

Patchouli Ardent – multifaceted patchouli and rose and passion

Guerlain Paris, Champs Elysee flagship store

A young friend leant me her copy of 'Every Day', a novel by David Levithan. What she liked most about the book, and what she wanted to share with me, were Levithan's thoughts on love and desire and yearning. She had highlighted a few passages for me, among them was a quote by the narrator, 'A':

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