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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther

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New in niche

DS & Durga is a terrific niche line based in Brooklyn. I discovered them when Anthropologie carried some of their scents—Pomelo Blossom and Petitgrain Sur Fleur were the two I picked up. I went on to purchase Staghorn Sumac, a limited edition scent they released in 2011 (I think that’s when it was!). Now the line has launched Spirit of the Glen, in collaboration with The Glenlivet distillery. I’m not a big whisky drinker, but I do like the scent, so I’ll be hunting this down once it’s released. Notes are inspired by whisky production, and include fruity-green Speyside spirit, aged Limousin oak casks, charred bourbon barrels and wild pineapple weed. According to Now Smell This, the fragrance “starts fresh, releases wood in the heart, and dries down to a rich vanillic wood reminiscent of the lingering finish of The Glenlivet.”


Interested in checking out their work? Gwen and Kay have Mississippi Medicine and 1538 Rheims on offer.


Vintage appeal

If I had to choose just one perfumer I’d like to meet (and had the advantage of time travel), I think I’d pick Germaine Cellier, the intriguing and iconoclastic nose behind Fracas, Bandit, Vent Vert, Visa and Jolie Madame. Check out this article by Elena Vosnaki on


Interested in checking out her creations? Gwen and Kay have Jolie Madame and Monsieur Balmain on offer.


Deals, deals, deals

One of my favourite fragrance buys of the last couple of years was Reglisse Noire by 1000 Flowers. I just noticed that has smaller bottles of a number of 1000 Flowers frags available for under $40. I’ve sniffed Fleur No. 1 and the aforementioned Reglisse Noire—both are spectacular. has 15 ml bottles of Love is Sweet ($30), Narcotic Flowers ($35), Ode for Him ($30) and Fleur No. 1 ($30).  Reglisse Noire is also available at $50 for 15 ml. 


Want to check out Reglisse Noire before you buy? Gwen and Kay have it on offer. 


Nosing around

Jessica Buchanan is the nose behind the 1000 Flowers line. Check out this interview with her from


Makes me want to try it

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Victoria at is a guaranteed lemming-creator. I’ve just read her review of Chopard’s Casmir and am dying to try what she calls Bollywood in a bottle. But she also advises not to buy it blind, since it’s a polarizing scent. Good thing that Gwen and Kay have decants of Casmir!


Just because

I cannot vouch for the highway safety practices shown in the following video. I can attest to its ability to uplift your mood on a grey day.