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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther

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New in niche

Frédéric Malle’s next scent will be a collaboration with Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, and is intended to be the first in “a series of fragrance portraits of highly creative, interesting people.” It’s described as a modern oriental with notes of sandalwood, saffron, vanilla, jasmine and musks. Developed by perfumer Bruno Jovanovic (who also developed Giorgio Armani Idole d’Armani and Onde Extase, Jil Sander Jil and the hilariously titled Ralph Lauren Big Pony 1 for Women), it was released this month and will be making its way to this side of the Atlantic later this spring. Check out video interviews with Malle and Van Noten on Van Noten’s website. I love that one of Van Noten’s favourite frags is Caron’s Yatagan (which Kay and Gwen have on offer). 

Vintage appeal

This time, not so much a vintage find as an elusive one: I love that moment when you find “it”—whatever that moment’s particular “it” is. For me this month, it was the moment I spotted Jil Sander Scent 79 Woman on The frag was launched in 2007, intended as an update to the original Jil Sander fragrance Jil Sander Pure Woman, which had been launched in 1979. (A men’s frag was launched at the same time, Jil Sander Scent 79 Man, intended as an update to Jil Sander Pure Man, a 1981 release.) Developed by perfumer Evelyne Boulanger (the nose behind Comme des Garcons scents Jaisalmer and Zagorsk and L’Artisan’s Patchouli Patch, among others), the ‘fume was described as an amber floral chypre with notes of cranberry, peach leaves, May rose, jasmine, iris, soft leather, carmelized wood, musk and vetiver. Turin and Sanchez gave it an enthusiastic review and 4 stars (as they also did for the men’s version, created by Mark Buxton). And while it was a relatively recent release, it appeared to have disappeared (or at least, I couldn’t find it anywhere). Then I happened across “it” on, priced at under $45. Faster than you could say “Paypal” I popped that puppy in the virtual shopping cart, and it’s on its way to me now. I’ll let you know whether it was a blind buy success as soon as it arrives. And now, on to the next “it”… (Gwen and Kay have Patchouli Patch on offer, if you're interested in sampling one of Boulanger's scents.)

Deals, deals, deals

We’re coming up to Valentine’s Day, so keep an eye out for discounts and deals from your favourite online shops. Best way to be in the know? Sign up for their newsletters. has sent out private codes to past customers, and has also sent out 20% off codes earlier this week.

Nosing around

Interested in Bruno Jovanovic? Check out this short video interview with him, where he talks about creating Biotherm’s fragrance Force. Love that he describes it as a grapefruit and vetiver fighting!

Makes me want to try it

Denyse Beaulieu’s post on Grain de Musc about the launch of Nina L’Eau by Nina Ricci  has very little to do with the perfume itself (she’ll be posting a review later), but is instead a charming description of Beaulieu’s encounter with one of the snowy owls used in the commercial. In this case, I’m not sure I’m dying to try the fragrance—but I sure wish I could have tried having the owl perch on my arm!

Just because

Anyone who’s ever tried to put (and the few who’ve succeeded in putting) booties on their dog will find this amusing.  I only wish I’d managed to get video of my dog running down the hallway on three legs, his front paw in his mouth as he ripped off the offending bootie. He too could have been a Buzzfeed sensation!