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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':

Agarbathi – incensy and spicy and woody

Oh, Penhaligon's, when we first met, it was love at first sniff. That love burned bright for a long time, but like all relationships, we've had our ups and downs, our ebbs and flows. But we've hung in there, and our commitment has paid off, with some of the best fragrances produced by any niche line in the last few years, like Agarbathi.

LouLou – sensuous and innocent and a masterpiece

Photo: perfumeniche.com

LouLou by Cacharel, EdP vintage bottle, 1989

When I started this blog, I drew up a list of the fragrances I own, ones I wanted to buy, and ones I would never sell as decants from my collection. One of the perfumes on my list was LouLou by Cacharel.

Bel Ami – Leathery and virile and smooth

Ganymede – leathery and spicy and contemporary

Ganymede - NASA image of the Galilean satellites (moons) of Jupiter

 26 June 1996

Vetiver Insolent – spicy and woody and green

Vetiver grass used as windbreak

Chembur – fresh and warm and light

Chembur Station, Mumbai, India

Fragrance 04 – complex and modern and chic

Gardeners read blogs about gardening, cooks read blogs about cooking, and perfume bloggers read blogs about perfumes. As someone who writes about fragrance, I can tell you there is no shortage of perfume bloggers out there. Over time, I've come to rely on a few and investigate others, depending on what I want information about. Want to know about new launches?  Go to Now Smell This. Interested in informed, balanced well-done reviews? Ça Fleure Bon. Interested in learning about natural fragrance lines? Read Kay's posts in perfumeniche.com.

Amyris Homme – fresh and woody and an all-season scent

Amryis elemifera shrub

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