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Perfume Review: You or Someone Like You by Etat Libre d’Orange

Etat Libre d’Orange is one of my all-time favourite perfume brands. They burst onto the scent with a collection of fragrances that stuck two big fingers up at the industry, acting in a manner that was disruptive, innovative and horrifyingly … Continue reading Continue reading

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Etat Libre d’Orange You or Someone Like You ~ short review & a very long digression about fragrance notes

Etat Libre d'Orange You or Someone Like You logo

And the raw materials Caroline used are irrelevant. The scent is the scent. If you need to know what’s in it, “You” is probably not for you.1

That’s Chandler Burr, who is familiar to perfumistas as the author of Emperor of Scent and The Perfect Scent, as the New York Times’ perfume critic from 2006 through 2010, and as a “curator of olfactory art”. The “Caroline” is perfumer Caroline Sabas. The “You” is You or Someone Like You, Burr’s new fragrance under the auspices of French niche line Etat Libre d’Orange, and named for Burr’s first novel. Unbeknownst to Burr, Etat Libre d’Orange did post a few of the fragrance notes online (rose, mint, herbs), but they were removed shortly after, and I can vouch for the fact that they were not all that helpful…

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Etat Libre d’Orange You or Someone Like You ~ new fragrance

Etat Libre d’Orange You or Someone Like You

French niche line Etat Libre d’Orange has launched You or Someone Like You, a new fragrance made in collaboration with author Chandler Burr, and named for his first novel…

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Scallops in bubble gum

The scallops in bubble gum tasted a billion times better than you’d think, and thank you, Jean-Georges, for that. It also pretty much set the tone for the rest of the dinner. Next came a crunchy popcorn-encrusted salmon, lobster with piña colada bubbles, veal with bergamot, and—best of all—almond pudding that had no business being […] Continue reading

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Dior: The Perfumes by Chandler Burr ~ book review

Dior: The Perfumes by Chandler Burr, cover detail

Whether you will love Dior: The Perfumes depends on more than your enthusiasm for Christian Dior fragrances. First, you’ll need to enjoy Chandler Burr, and I’m not talking about “Burr the saucy perfume critic.” I mean the new Burr, the one who has embraced art criticism as it pertains to fragrance. Next, you’ll need to prepare yourself for some rah-rah Dior pap. Dior, not the book’s publisher, commissioned this book and paid Burr. It shows. But among the hosannas and PR celebrity stills are some interesting stories and gorgeous old photographs.1

Dior: The Perfumes starts with a chapter on Christian Dior’s life as an art dealer, before he became a couturier. The following chapters either feature an essay by Burr on a particular perfume, or on a collection of fragrances, such as Les Escales de Dior. Each chapter is full of photos. (For instance, the essay on Eau Sauvage takes up about a page and a half, while photos fill another nine pages.) Also, inserted toward the beginning of the book is an 18-page spread on Christian Dior and his gardens. At the end of the book is a chronology of Christian Dior fragrances with their release dates.

In each of the essays, Burr compares a fragrance or collection of fragrances to a style or school of art…

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Hyper-Natural: Scent from Art to Design ~ exhibit in Melbourne

Hyper-Natural: Scent from Art to Design

The exhibit Hyper-Natural: Scent from Art to Design will open at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne later this month. Hyper-Natural is curated by Chandler Burr and the sponsors include Guerlain…

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The Perfect Scent Accessories by Chandler Burr, — A Year Inside The Perfume Industry In Paris and New York – Softcover for Women

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The Perfect Scent Perfume by Chandler Burr, — A Year Inside The Perfume Industry In Paris and New York for Women

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The Art of Scent 1889 – 2012

Today is the opening of The Art of Scent 1889 – 2012 curated by Chandler Burr at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York. I announced this exhibition here. And there was an interesting article in The New York Times… please click here Maybe you are interested in one of the limited edition […] Continue reading

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