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Rive Gauche – Loulou de La Falaise, Yves St. Laurent and Parisian chic (November 14, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)

Photo-Wikipedia - Yves St. Laurent, Beverly Hills

Absolue Pour le Soir – Bringing Sexy Back

I’ve been paying attention to Francis Kurkdjian for a long time. The 42 year- old French-Armenian graduate of ISIPCA created his first scent, Le Mâle, for Jean Paul Gaultier, at age 25. Since then he has created scents for such brands as Dior, Aqua di Parma, Giorgio Armani, Caudalie, Demeter Fragrance, Guerlain, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jesus Del Pozo, MDCI Parfums, Elizabeth Arden, Van Cleef & Arpels - among others. But it isn’t all about quantity, Kurkdjian is one of the most creative noses out there.

Claudiae – New perfume, old friends (October 31, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)



Parfum Sacré - A reason to love fall and winter… (October 24, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)

Around here, it’s late autumn – the transition time from the heat of summer to the cold of winter. There’s a shiver in the air, corduroy replaces cotton and cardigans feel good.

Chinatown – Foreign and familiar (October 17, 2011 New Fragance Listing)

Photo-Wikipedia - Chinatown, Manhattan, NYC 2009 - Pell St. by chensiyuan

Toronto is a great multi-cultural city and growing up here I got to know the pockets of the city where different nationalities got established – like Little Italy along St. Clair Ave. west of Oakwood, the Jewish area up around Bathurst and Lawrence and my favourite, Chinatown on Spadina Ave. around Dundas St.

Sartorial – A cut above (October 10, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)



Diabolo Rose – Make no mistake (October 3, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)

Photo - Wikipedia - "Grasshopper cocktail" by TexasDex, 2008

(Grown-up version of Diabolo Menthe - see below)

Anat Fritz - It’s no mystery why it’s so FBW (September 26, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)

Photo - Wikipedia - The Hunt of the Unicorn Tapestry 7

L’eau Chic – Oh yes! (September 18, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)

Photo - Wikipedia - Les Deux Magots - Paris "chic" with geraniums - 2006

Rosa Flamenca – Olé! (September 12, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)

Once when I was driving with my cousin from France to Spain, we stopped to have a coffee in a Spanish town just across the French border. I said it would be my treat and suggested he grab a table while I got the java.

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