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5 perfumes: vetiver fragrances for spring

Vetiver mat

It’s April, and we ought to be having spring weather, but so far, it’s been elusive at best, at least in my neck of the woods. After a warmer than usual winter, we’re having a colder than usual spring (I’ve got my heat on today, again). All the same, it’s time for the spring vetiver list (I’ve already done summer, fall and winter, and I’m now accepting votes in the comments for what note, fragrance family or style to do next). As always, the line between the seasons is perhaps a bit arbitrary and/or personal, but for spring we’re looking for versatility: not so heavy as winter, not so light as summer, able to work in nearly any weather, perhaps a bit more lighthearted than the fall list? And as always, do add your own picks in the comments!

Parfums DelRae Panache: I think of Panache as a kinder, gentler riff on Serge Lutens Chêne, with vetiver mingling with the oak and rum…

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Top 10 Spring Fragrances 2017

Audubon, American Robin

1946: French writer Colette went to Switzerland, where she would undergo treatment for severe and painful arthritis. She was delighted to find that the sparrows around her lodgings in Geneva were tame. They flew into her room from the balcony, slept under her bed, ate from her hands. They would even chirp protests when she would lock them out of the bathroom as she bathed. One day she found a pair of sparrows snuggling in a fold of her bedspread. She startled them and they flew away. Colette wrote:

This gave me fair warning that the time was not far off when I should discover one individual among their small, indefinite band, the particular one, the one who preferred me and was mine by preference. With the animal world, we are subject to the same perils every time. To choose, to be chosen, to love: the very next moment we are beset by anxiety, the danger of loss, and the fear of spreading regret. What an array of big words when the subject is but a sparrow! Yes, a sparrow. In love, there is never a question of smallness. 1

A perfect segue to the love for, and smallness of…perfumes

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The Summer of Ma Griffe

Carven Ma Griffe, outer packaging design

Two things happened this week. First, a commenter on my bath powder post taught me the meaning of SABLE (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy). Then, a friend posted on Facebook that she was determined to use a full bottle of vintage Balmain Vent Vert this summer.

This got me thinking. My perfume collection is SABLE and then some. Isn’t it about time I made a focused effort to use it up? Also, I loved the idea of immersing myself in a scent and getting to know its nuances over time. I wouldn’t wear only that scent — there’s plenty of time during the day for another perfume or two, besides I need to write reviews — but I wanted to live with it. Really live with it…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2016, part 7

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 collector bottles from Carven, Guerlain and Acqua di Parma; new scented jewelry from By Kilian; plus a new concentration of Missoni.

Carven Illustrated Edition of Carven L'Eau Intense

From Carven, the Illustrated Edition of Carven L’Eau Intense, in 100 ml Eau de Toilette. £70 at House of Fraser in the UK…

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The White Shirt – Carven L’Eau Intense Perfume Review

Every time I look at one of those masculine Carven bottles I smile. They really are the most handsome flacons housing mainstream masculine fragrances on the market today and the scents themselves, Carven Pour Homme and Vétiver, are a delight … Continue reading Continue reading

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Carven L’Eau Intense ~ new fragrance

Carven L'Eau Intense

Carven will launch Carven L’Eau Intense, a new fragrance for men, in February…

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Carven L’Absolu ~ new fragrance

Carven L'Absolu

Carven has launched Carven L’Absolu, a new fragrance for women. Carven L’Absolu is a followup to 2013’s Carven Le Parfum and 2014’s Carven L’Eau de Toilette

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Carven Vetiver ~ fragrance review & a quick poll

Carven Vetiver

If there were ever to be a Perfumista Parade in Paris and Now Smell This were invited to attend, I visualize our long float thus:

Front — Angie, dressed in Ziegfield showgirl style, wearing a feather headdress in the shape of a classic Shalimar parfum bottle, wafting aldehydes and oak moss for blocks, her area adorned with sparkling, large-scale vintage perfume bottles…

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Madame Carven Dies

Carmen de Tommaso, better known as Madame Carven, died yesterday at the age of 105. You can find tributes at The Telegraph, Le Figaro (in French), and Hollywood Reporter. From Women’s Wear Daily: In 1954, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris, she dropped samples of her fragrance Ma Griffe tied to […] Continue reading

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Carven Pour Homme ~ fragrance review

Carven Pour Homme

Carven Pour Homme1 is instantly recognizable as a contemporary men’s fragrance, but it’s much nicer than your average masculine mainstream perfume. Imagine a friend who always dresses like a slob. One day, you see a figure approaching who looks familiar but…different. It’s your friend! But in beautifully tailored clothes, and he’s sporting a great new haircut to boot. Such is the Carven Pour Homme effect.

Carven Pour Homme is a violet leaf scent. We often smell violet leaf in perfumes in loutish guise: loud-mouthed, obnoxious, ordinaire. Carven Pour Homme presents violet leaf made chic…

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