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5 perfumes ~ vanilla fragrances for spring

It’s been a very odd spring in my little corner of Pennsylvania: first way too cold, then way too hot, and only just recently approaching the happy sort of spring temperatures I look forward to all winter. That’s probably made it a little easier to think about which vanilla perfumes might work best for the gamut of spring weather (I’ve already covered fall and winter). As always, do chime in with your own picks in the comments!

Aedes de Venustas Cierge de Lune: With a creamy powder finish and a hint of warm amber, Cierge de Lune is probably best suited to the cooler days of spring…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2018, part 3

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US. Today’s post includes special edition bottles from Prada, Jean Paul Gaultier, Bond no. 9 and Acqua di Parma; plus a new Eau de Parfum concentration of Annick Goutal Rose Pompon.

From Prada, a collector edition of Candy Florale, in 80 ml Eau de Toilette and available in travel retail…

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On Escentual: The Lowdown on Goutal Paris

Legendary fragrance house Annick Goutal has rebranded as ‘Goutal Paris’ with new look bottles and an edited collection. […] Continue reading

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The daily lemming

I think I like the picture of the pompom on the cream better than the real thing on the perfume? Annick Goutal’s Tenue de SoirĂ©e body cream: “This perfumed lotion is a sweet, addictive and contemporary chypre, with a blossoming floral accord.” $95 CA… Continue reading

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Annick Goutal Bois d’Hadrien ~ new fragrance

Annick Goutal has repackaged its offerings, and launched Bois d’Hadrien, a followup to the brand’s popular Eau d’Hadrien

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4 Flamboyant White Florals Against Winter Blues

Banish winter blues with white floral perfumes

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2017, part 8

The last post in our eight-part series on fragrance related holiday gifts is the crazy expensive luxury edition. As always, items are listed in order from holy-cow-you’ve-got-to-be-kidding to maybe-I-could-sell-a-body-part. Do add any of your own recommendations in the comments!

Yves Saint Laurent celebrates the 40th anniversary of Opium with a hand made edition by artist and gilder Manuela Paul-Cavallier. 20 were made, 15 ml Extrait de Parfum for €2,000 (about $2375)…

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2017, part 3

The third entry in our annual series on fragrance related holiday gifts is all about home fragrance. As always, please add any of your own picks in the comments!

From Poglia, the Affumicata candle: “We collaborated with Joya Studios to create a signature candle and scent, Affumicata (“smokey” in Italian), a comforting smell with notes of sandalwood, saddle leather and pepper. The base of each piece is a porcelain vessel with a 22k gold rim, and the imprint of Poglia’s horse-shoe ring on the back. The lids are also made of porcelain and adorned with a solid brass piece. Each candle was hand-poured in Brooklyn, NY.” With notes of Brazilian pepper, saddle leather, brushed suede, hay, charred oak and sandalwood, 260g, $135…

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2017, part 3

The third entry in our annual series on fragrance related holiday gifts is all about home fragrance. As always, please add any of your own picks in the comments!

From Poglia, the Affumicata candle: “We collaborated with Joya Studios to create a signature candle and scent, Affumicata (“smokey” in Italian), a comforting smell with notes of sandalwood, saddle leather and pepper. The base of each piece is a porcelain vessel with a 22k gold rim, and the imprint of Poglia’s horse-shoe ring on the back. The lids are also made of porcelain and adorned with a solid brass piece. Each candle was hand-poured in Brooklyn, NY.” With notes of Brazilian pepper, saddle leather, brushed suede, hay, charred oak and sandalwood, 260g, $135…

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Annick Goutal Nuit et Confidences ~ fragrance review & a quick vanilla poll

Annick Goutal Nuit et Confidences brand image

tl;dr a decent middle of the road vanilla.

If you wanted a good illustration of the muddy distinction between niche and mainstream perfumery, you could hardly find a better example than Annick Goutal. The house mostly made its name with classic colognes like Eau d’Hadrien and Eau du Sud, and a handful of pretty feminine florals. When I reviewed Eau de Camille and Eau de Charlotte back in 2007, I noted that…

The Annick Goutal line occupies a rather in-between place among perfume fans — the company probably qualifies as niche based on their size and their limited distribution; still, they are available in a number of mainstream stores (three department stores in my local mall carry them),1 and the line doesn’t feel niche. The feminine perfumes are emphatically pretty, romantic even; they don’t, like so many niche perfumes, challenge traditional notions of what a woman ought to smell like.

What I perhaps didn’t emphasize enough was how few mainstream brands were making nicely done yet emphatically pretty fragrances at the time…

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