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Apothia Candles

Apothia Candles

I’m recovering from last night’s sugary festivities. Let me put down my Snickers bar and tell you about a local event I went to recently featuring Ron Robinson of Apothia doing a hands-on presentation of his candles, which won the Fragrance Foundation´s 2006 Interior Scent of the Year. I´m just The rest, please…

Un Brin de Reglisse

Un Brin de Reglisse

Lavender and licorice. Whilst these two alliterative notes may not exactly plunge all and sundry into scented horror, they’re unlikely to top the list of favourites for any but a handful of weirdos (and I mean that as a compliment, I guess). I know quite a few scentaholics who dislike The rest, please…

Rat Money Redux

Rat Money Redux

Since I’ll be just arriving in Paris and barely getting around, I decided to dig up an old post from February 2006. The number of readers we have has increased greatly over the last almost two years, so it may be not new to some of you, but should be new to most The rest, please…

Do You Think I'm Sexy?

Do You Think I’m Sexy?

I´m still working on my fig testing for the next installment of Figmania! I am really disappointed not to be able to include the several (five?) Ava-Luxe fig scents, a couple of which were highly recommended. She´s taking a break (I pray not a permanent one) from perfumery, and is The rest, please…

The Posse's Top 10

The Posse’s Top 10

It’s that time of year again — when your friends at the Posse (along with several other blogs) name our Top Ten Scents of Autumn. These can be old or new scents — whatever’s getting our special attention this time of year. We figured we’d divide up the booty and The rest, please…

Satan's Beehive

Satan’s Beehive

For anyone interested, Chandler Burr wrote a hilarious/fascinating article about civet in the style supplement to last Sunday’s New York Times, which contains an anecdote about civet cream that’s so disgusting I’m not even going to quote it here. He also reviewed three fragrances with civet: YSL Kouros (two stars The rest, please…

Put em up! It's the men's scents knock out roustabout!

Put em up! It’s the men’s scents knock out roustabout!

LAYdeez and GENulMEN! Roll up! Roll up! It’s take down time! Who’s gonna be the winnaah of the department store dust up? Which scent’s got the cojones to KO the other fumes with a quick one-two of the ole atomiser? Which of these here puppies’ll be loving you long time, The rest, please…

Serge Lutens Bell Jars at Bergdorf?

Serge Lutens Bell Jars at Bergdorf?

Y’all heard that rumor? Sniffa attendees report that there were two bell jars at Bergdorf Goodman this last weekend — Un Bois Sepia and Bois et Fruits.  The other part of the rumor was that they won’t be sold in the bell jars, but will be in the square bottles The rest, please…

Figmania!

Figmania!

It´s still in the mid-80s here, which is really interfering with my efforts to prepare a Best of Fall post. So instead, join me on one of my new obsessions — fig.   I´ve always been indifferent to fig, in fragrance and in food. Other than hoovering down the occasional The rest, please…

Montale White Musk & Olivier Durbano Black Tourmaline

Montale White Musk & Olivier Durbano Black Tourmaline

  First, Parfums Raffy is having a 10% off sale.  Use code RAFFY07PP. The sale runs through 10/24/07 and is only valid for internet orders. Second, my unabated and unrequited crush on Christian Bale continues.  Made “Reign of Fire” watchable. Montale White Musk, got some of this in the Montale Swedish The rest, please…

Belle en Rykiel

Belle en Rykiel

I’ve had Belle en Rykiel from Sonya Rykiel sitting around for a while because it just seemed much too heavy to test or wear in the summer, so I thought I’d take another run at it now that the weather is getting all crisp and the Rockies are…. IN THE The rest, please…

Scent Club, Part Deux

Scent Club, Part Deux

Today´s the Posse Scent Club, Part II (October) – this month we´re visiting Grandma´s house via virtual reality scents. But first, two public service announcements: 1) D.C.-area residents: Art With Flowers in Tysons is hosting Ron Robinson of Apothia this Sunday, October 21 from noon to 6 p.m. They´ll have The rest, please…

Aftelier Tango

Aftelier Tango

March is away today, so we swapped places, but I am wearing one of the aprons she recommended, so just pretend I look like her, but she might be horrified at what I did to her slot today. Back when I was a kid, my sister and I would play The rest, please…

The boy goes weekly

The boy goes weekly

We fourplayed for quite some time, didn’t we? To be honest, it wasn’t always a fourway thing – once in a while, one of us would be away, but in general we managed to keep it going. Much to Patty’s generosity I might add – those samples didn’t often come The rest, please…

Parfume d'Empire Fougere Bengale, Equistrius & Osmanthus Interdite

Parfume d’Empire Fougere Bengale, Equistrius & Osmanthus Interdite

Parfume d’Empire’s three new scents hit with varying degrees of accuracy on my personal likes, but I found all three either interesting or just beautiful.  The one thing I can say for this line, I may not always like what they put out for me personally, but I always admire what they The rest, please…

Little Pleasers

Little Pleasers

Today I´m blogging off-topic. I´m a sucker for that perfect little thing that adds joy to your daily grind. I´m always asking friends – wow, where did you get that fabulous pen/coffee/pair of gloves? The holiday season isn´t that far away, and I´m gathering stocking-stuffer items like great hand salves, The rest, please…

New Release Friday and winner of Pluie, et all samples

New Release Friday and winner of Pluie, et all samples

The new releases are multiplying on my desk like perfume tribbles, so let’s whack off a few, shall we?  Wait, before we do that… I forgot about a drawing for a sample of Guerlain Iris Ganache, Bois d’Armenie, Pluie and Spiriteuse Double Vanille, and the winner is…. Helen T!  Congrats, and The rest, please…

Doctor Strangebuzz...

Doctor Strangebuzz…

… or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Honey-bomb. This post is dedicated to the nine of you who think Serge Lutens’ Miel de Bois is wonderful. You know who you are. You get together in dark alleys on the full moon, do your disgusting secret “handshake,” The rest, please…

Best of British

Best of British

There I was, waxing lyrical somewhere or the other about how much I love the autumn, and here I am now, nursing a cold, watching the teeming rain through the sash window as it makes the giant oat grass bow down under its weight. Hello, weather gods! I meant autumn The rest, please…

Posse Scent Club - October, Part I

Posse Scent Club – October, Part I

Welcome to the newly minted Perfume Posse Scent Club. We hope you’ve gotten your samples and are ready to play along at home with all or part of these. Part II will be on 10/15. Our theme for this month was Gramma’s house or reality scents. These are scents that The rest, please…

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