Italian Zest

A spot for Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest.

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Katy Perry Indi Visible ~ new fragrance

Katy Perry has launched Indi Visible, a new fragrance for women. Indi Visible is a flanker to 2017’s Indi

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Friday scent of the day 8/17

Happy Guessing Game Friday, edition 2! Our community project for today: describe your perfume to us, OR, give your perfume the name it ought to have had, and we’ll see if we can guess what it is.

What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.

I’m old-school French niche, and indeed, I was made by what might be one of the few true niche brands left on earth. I changed my name to make it a more obvious reflection on my stated theme, and I also changed my packaging — but it would not be like me to pander to the superficial concerns of bottle hounds…

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The daily lemming

Good news: the Arielle Shoshana ("The first fragrance from D.C.'s first niche fragrance boutique, Arielle Shoshana Eau de Parfum is an irresistibly vibrant burst of passion fruit, saffron, and sandalwood.") travel spray. 10 ml, $26. Here.

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Phantom odor perception

Most of us have heard of visual hallucinations i.e. seeing things that are not actually there. It is relatively lesser known that some people can experience something similar related to their sense of smell.

Smelling something foul (like an ashtray or burning hair) despite no source could mean that a person is affected by something known as phantom odor perception. New findings suggest that nearly 6.5 percent of Americans over the age of 40 have experienced it.

— Read more at What Is Phantom Odor Perception? at Medical Daily.

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Scents That Satisfy Wanderlust

Some scents have the flying carpet effect on me. I only need to put a few drops on my skin and I feel that I’m in another place. It might be a place that I visited, but most of the time it’s about a fantasy. In my new FT column, Scents with A Sense of Place, I explore how fragrances can transport us out of our usual routine and take us on a journey. I use the example of several favorite fragrance, including my recent coup de coeur, Chanel Paris-Deauville.

The art of perfumery is about creating illusions. When we explore scents, it’s best to forget about the brand, bottle shape and perfume name, and focus on what the aromas tell us. For one person, Etat Libre d’Orange Jasmin et Cigarette is a smoky jazz club, while for another it’s an Indian temple filled with incense smoke and flower garlands. The only thing that matters is whether a perfume creates a vision one wants to experience again and again. To continue reading, please click here.

What about you? What perfume do you reach for when you wish to satisfy your wanderlust?

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If “The World Is Yours” (A Lab on Fire), What Does It Smell Like?

  To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Luckyscent, the US niche fragrance retailer, its American partners from A Lab On Fire presented a gift - the fragrance named And The World Is Yours. It was released in a limited edition, only 96 mini-bottles of 10 ml each, and inspired by the photograph by Terry O'Neil in 1977 (the photo was also printed in limited edition - 50 copies). I think that art dir...
Read full article: If "The World Is Yours" (A Lab on Fire), What Does It Smell Like? from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

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Dolce Gabbana The Only One

Dolce Gabbana presents The Only One as a new variation on the theme of The One, the oriental-floral original from 2006. The Only One comes out at the end of August 2018 as a fragrance that "captures the essence of sophisticated and hypnotizing femininity."   The floriental-gourmand composition plays on opposites: The violet blossom in contrast to the gourmand aroma of coffee gives character t...
Read full article: Dolce Gabbana The Only One from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

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On Escentual: Scandal by Night by Jean Paul Gaultier

Click here to read. Disclaimer Sample and image via Escentual. I write for Escentual as their Fragrance Expert. […]
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Classic Perfume Bottles: The 1990s

  In our series of perfume bottle investigations, we’ve followed the abstract art of the 1970s, and the elegance of Neo-classical 1980s. As decades passed, perfume found itself evolving once again, having outgrown many of it previous visual trappings. Few anticipated the complete revolution that would occur with the launch of a few key fragrances - scents that would change perfume, and bottles ...
Read full article: Classic Perfume Bottles: The 1990s from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

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