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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther, February 3, 2016

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New in niche
Francis Kurkdjian definitely has fans here at Perfumeniche, so hearing that he has a new fragrance out as a “celebratory collaboration” with Baccarat to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the iconic crystal house, was intriguing. And from the sound of the notes, Baccarat Rouge 540 is intriguing too: jasmine, saffron, cedar and ambergris that is, according to the sales copy, somehow both opulent, vibrant and effervescent. I’m going to have to sniff it to believe it, but if anyone can make it happen, Mr. Kurkdjian can.
Gwen and Kay have Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Absolue Pour le Soir on offer.
Vintage appeal
If I hadn’t become a perfume junkie, I’m not sure I’d ever have become a fan of chypres, the complex, mossy fragrances that take, I think, a bit more time to learn to love. Still, when I fell, I fell hard—and then was heartbroken to learn that many chypres were becoming ghosts of themselves as oakmoss got regulated out of their formulations. What’s a gal to do when faced with such knowledge? Search for the vintage versions, of course, which I’ve done with some success over time. Interested in chypres yourself? Check out this post from PerfumeShrine, a list of Elena Vosnaki’s favourite chypres—many you’ll want to hunt down in vintage form, along with a couple of recent ones that actually measure up to the vintage standard. 
Interested in sampling some chypres? Check out what Gwen and Kay have on offer in the chypre category here. 
Deals, deals, deals
It’s almost Valentine’s. And that means Valentine’s discounts at the online e-tailers. Best way to get ‘em? Sign up for their e-newsletters and wait for the coupon codes to land in your in-box.
PLUS has three Ramon Monegal scents on sale for half price: $125Cdn for 50 ml of Kiss My Name, Mon Patchouly or Dry Wood. Find them here.  
Interested in sampling some of Monegal’s scents? Gwen and Kay have Mon PatchoulyImpossible Iris, Entre Naranjos and Mon Cuir on offer. 
Nosing around
I hadn’t heard of Dr. Ellen Covey, the nose behind her own Olympic Orchids line, until reading that she’d won the 2015 Art & Olfaction Award in the Artisan category for her fragrance Woodcut. Next her name popped up as the nose behind Bat, the latest EDP from Zoologist. The handful of interviews and articles I’ve read since suggests she has a sly sense of humour, a deep scientific understanding of scent—and clearly a love of perfume. Check out this interview with her at Zoologist and this one at Basenotes. While you’re reading, I’m going to see if I can track down decants of Bat and Woodcut!
Interested in other Zoologist perfumes? Gwen and Kay have Rhinoceros and Beaver.
Makes me want to try it
Any list of faves from Denyse Beaulieau at Grain de Musc is bound to add a few “must-trys” to my list, and her latest top 10 scents for winter list is no exception. What I’m especially intrigued by: Eau Azteque from Olivia Giacobetti’s Iunx, which Denyse describes as having a rosewater and vanilla-lased musk that evokes “the comforting fluffiness of a freshly-fallen coat of snow.” 
The Iunx line is divine. Gwen and Kay have Iunx’s L’Arbre and L’Ether.
Just because
It’s not just vintage perfume I love: I’m also a fan of vintage fashion. And so I was thrilled to find this handy guide to television series featuring great costumes from the pre-1920s to the 1960s. Now I’m praying for a snowday to binge-watch my way through a series or two!