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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther, July 25, 2012

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New in niche

One of the most enjoyable things about hanging out on the Fragrance Board of is stumbling upon new lines when someone raves about their most recent find. One recent find: the Bissoumine line from Grasse, France. The line is relatively new—started in 2009—and is the creation of two perfumers, Kitty Shpirer and Patrice Martin. The line’s name comes from the ancient Aramaic word for perfume, and their scents range from the peach and musk of Souffle Sauvage, to the vanilla and jasmine of Soir Ensoleillé to the warm spicy woodiness of Temps des Rêves. Interested in sampling their line? They have a set of 1.5 ml samples available for under 20 Euros. 


Vintage appeal

Some vintage perfumes remind us of women in our lives—mothers, grandmothers, aunts, favourite teachers. Others remind us of our other selves—the selves we were in the past. For me, one of my past selves was a 20-something in her first real job in a big city. And that me wore Jil Sander No. 4  almost every day. It’s been ages since I’ve sniffed it, but I’m on the hunt. It’s nice to wind back the clock by 20+ years every once in a while!


Deals, deals, deals

I hate it when a deal pops up—and disappears—before I’m able to post about it! That was the case when Providence Perfume Co. announced a short sale on their travel atomizers last week—buy two, get one free. I’ve sampled two of Providence’s scents—Rose Bohème and Eva Luna—and they are exquisite. So, while the sale is over, here’s my best tip for deal-spotting: sign up for the enewsletters of as many perfume-selling sites as you can. Sites always let subscribers know first about sales and special offers. 


Nosing around

There’s nothing like rediscovering an old favourite. This morning I spritzed on Maison Martin Margiela’s Untitled, my go-to scent from last summer, and remembered again why I loved it: the green, tobacco-ashiness (some say ashtray) deliciousness of it. The irony is that I hate actual cigarette smoke but looove so many tobacco-influenced scents. Untitled is the creation of Daniela Andrier,  the nose who is also behind the caramel delight, Prada Candy, Parada Infusion d’Iris and many, many others. Gwen and Kay have Untitled on offer, as well as many other tobacco-influenced fumes. 


Makes me want to try it

Lolita Lempicka’s L’Eau Au Masculin is a stunner, so when I saw the announcement that the flanker Au Masculin Eau de Minuit 2012  is on its way with notes of licorice wood and oud wood, I was intrigued. I’ll be searching it out when it hits the shelves. Interested in the original Lolita Lempicka scent? Gwen and Kay have it on offer.


Just because

Meat, metal, raspberries, rum, welding fumes. Sound like a great perfume? The latest offering from Comme des Garçons? In fact, it’s what space smells like. Check out this article on The Atlantic’s blog for the scoop.