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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther


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New in niche

I love the tiny Aedes de Venustas shop in New York City, and its shelves packed with amazing niche fragrances. Aedes has also worked with top perfumers to create custom frags. The very first was a collaboration with L’Artisan and Bertrand Duchaufour.  Next, the shop launched its own line, working again with Duchaufour, and then launching Iris Nazarena by Raif Schwieger. All three frags are amazing. Now the line has launched its third fragrance, this time by Rodrigo Flores-Roux. Titled Oeillet Bengale, what Grain de Musc’s Denyse Beaulieu calls an “explosive” carnation. I can’t wait to try it! 

Interested in the other Aedes scents? Gwen and Kay have them on offer: the L’Artisan, the first Aedes by Duchaufour and Iris Nazarena.  

Vintage appeal

You’ll find some best of spring scent posts listed below, but here’s a list sure to appeal to vintage perfume lovers: Barbara Herman’s list of favourite green perfumes. Herman is the author of the terrific vintage perfume guide Scent & Subversion, and creator of Yesterdays Perfume blog. If you’re a vintage ‘fume hound, you’re sure to find a fragrance or two on her list that you’ll want to track down. 

 Deals, deals, deals

If you’re a fan of L’Artisan perfumes, you might want to keep an eye on their website, If you click on the Collections link, and then go to “Last Chance to Buy,”  you will find soon-to-be discontinued fragrances and/or sizes. While the prices may not be discounted, it is an opportunity to stock up on your favourites before L’Artisan stops producing them.

 Nosing around

Interested in learning about the nose behind the latest Aedes offering? Check out this interview on with Rodrigo Flores-Roux. 

Makes me want to try it

It’s that time of year when bloggers do their top spring fragrance lists. Check out Grain de Musc, Bois de Jasmin, The Non-Blonde, and Perfume Posse. And of course, Gwen and Kay’s spring picks too! 

Just because

I really enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, and am looking forward to reading her new work of fiction. So I was more than a little intrigued when I saw that she’s selling her house—and has posted a 20-minute video tour of it. She is charming, and the house is amaaaazing. It’s all lovely, but the sky-brary is spectacular. If you don’t want to watch the whole video, skip to about the 7:10 time code for a peek.