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

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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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Thymes Vanilla Blanc ~ new fragrance

Thymes Vanilla Blanc

Thymes has launched Vanilla Blanc, a new gourmand fragrance…

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Online fragrance shopping

New at aedes: Byredo Velvet Haze.
New at macys: L’Homme Prada L’Eau & La Femme Prada L’Eau, Marc Jacobs Decadence Rouge Noir.
New at neimanmarcus: Trish McEvoy 100.
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Quatre Absolu

The spot for Boucheron Quatre Absolu de Nuit.
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Tuesday scent of the day 10/17

PSA: the splitmeet is still open! Meantime, it’s Tuesday and it’s Wear Something Gaudy Day. What fragrance are you wearing?

I’m still in iris, with Byredo 1996. For my tea, I’m testing a sample of Upton Organic English Breakfast blend.

Reminder: 10/20 will be Reeking Havoc Friday…

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The daily lemming

Serious cute: Lush’s Golden Pear Soap. “When winter’s ways leave skin feeling dry, this gorgeous sudser swoops in to the rescue. Its two lustrous golden halves meet in the middle with a creamy center of luxurious murumuru butter and almond oil. Fresh pear puree, cozy cardamom oil and rich fair trade organic cocoa butter make […] Continue reading

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Perfume Trend Report 2017

We’re officially in quarter four of 2017 and what a year it has been. By my count there […] Continue reading

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Sugar, Cocaine Rock’n’Riot!

 

Franck Boclet is a famous French designer, the creator of the eponymous brand Franck Boclet, who prior to its establishment worked for Kenzo Men, Arrow, Courrèges, Smalto and Emmanuel Ungaro. Franck creates exclusively men’s clothes and only in black and white, defining his style as “neo-dandy”. He created his first perfumes solely guided by his own preferences and views. So in 2013, the bru…
Read full article: Sugar, Cocaine Rock’n’Riot! from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

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Jennifer Aniston Chapter One

Actress Jennifer Aniston expands her collection of by many described as subtle and sophisticated fragrances with a new edition and a new pillar called Chapter One, a fragrance that represents “the peaceful tranquility of Jennifer Aniston’s personal oasis”. Chapter One is released in October 2017, inspired by the casual style of the actress and the coastal life of California, aiming to portray b…
Read full article: Jennifer Aniston Chapter One from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

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Amouage Figment Woman ~ fragrance review

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Could 2017 be the year of the deconstructed tuberose? With Twilly d’Hermès, Naomi Goodsir Nuit de Bakélite, and, now, Amouage Figment Woman, I wonder.1

Perfumers Dorothée Piot and Karine Vinchon-Spehner developed Figment Woman. Its notes include Sichuan pepper, saffron, gardenia, tuberose, jasmine sambac, orange blossom, lisylang (a fractionated ylang ylang), cassia, orris, papyrus, patchouli and incense. Here’s Kevin’s review of this one’s partner, Amouage Figment Man

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