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Clinique Aromatics Elixir Premier ~ new fragrance

Clinique Aromatics Elixir Premier

Clinique has launched Aromatics Elixir Premier, a new fragrance for women. Aromatics Elixir Premier is a flanker to to 1971’s Aromatics Elixir

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5 perfumes: Best of the 1970s

The Halstonettes, with Halston

One of the few movies I like more every time I see it is Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. I did not come of age in Texas in the summer of 1976; indeed, I am Canadian and was a teenager when the comedy released in 1993, 17 years later. But it is a movie that proves that late adolescence is often the same country. In one of the many drunken sociological conversations that pepper both this stage of life and the wandering film, bubbly free-thinker Cynthia Dunn lays out her “‘every other decade’ theory”: “The 50s were boring. The 60s rocked. The 70s, my God, they obviously suck. So maybe the 80s will be, like, radical.” The moment is memorable because Linklater allows himself so few superior jokes on his characters. As anybody who grew up then knows, the 80s were not radical. Even the cultural “cool kids” of the 80s, like Elvis Costello in his Buddy Holly glasses and David Byrne in his ever-growing suit, seemed to have a parodic, critical air about their work, like they knew they were producing their best stuff in an Arnoldian Epoch of Concentration.

Meanwhile, the 70s were often remembered as the era of Saturday Night Fever, a silly, narcissistic ‘Me decade’ of disco and embarrassing jumpsuits…

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2016, part 5

Moving on…we’re up to part five in our eight-part series on fragrance related holiday gifts. Today, we’ve got scented body products of all kinds, and as always, do add any of your own recommendations in the comments!

Golda Hiba Sphere Soap

From Golda, the Hiba Sphere Soap: “…our morning combination of Coconut, Palm and Olive Oils to help you rise and shine. With hydrating and conditioning properties from Jojoba, Avocado, Lemongrass, and Aomori Hiba essential oil, only found in 300 year old Aomori Hiba trees from Aomori, Japan. Our soap has a unique citrusy, cider-like fragrance that is purifying, uplifting, and stimulating.” $18 for 126g at Studio Cue LA

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Scented advent calendars 2016, part 2

More scent-related advent calendars — see part 1 if you missed it. And don’t forget, most advent calendars sell out early. (Please note that some of these calendars are not available in the US. Advent calendars are more popular in the UK than in the US).

Le Couvents des Minimes advent calendar

From Le Couvents des Minimes, a variety of scented bath & body products plus tea and relaxing pillow spray. €40 at Le Couvents des Minimes in France…

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Clinique Aromatics Black Cherry ~ new perfume

Clinique Aromatics Black Cherry

Clinique has launched Aromatics Black Cherry, a new fragrance for women. Aromatics Black Cherry is a flanker to to 1971’s Aromatics Elixir

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2015, part 30

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 editions from Guerlain, Jean Patou and Clinique, plus a new hair perfume in Viktor & Rolf’s Bonbon.

Guerlain + JonOne

From Guerlain, 1 liter bee bottles decorated by street artist JonOne. The blue bottle holds Shalimar in Extrait; the pink bottle holds La Petite Robe Noire in Extrait; the orange bottle holds Rose Barbare in Eau de Parfum. €9000 each, due to launch in January…

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Lips Like Rose Petals

I blame my current infatuation with color on taking up embroidery after a long hiatus. As I play with fabric and thread and search for the right kind of ivory to sparkle against white linen, I give more thought to the colors around me, sometimes even too much. “Wouldn’t that be a great pairing!” I think as I walk over a chocolate […]

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Clinique Aromatics in Black ~ new fragrance

Clinique Aromatics in Black

Clinique will launch Aromatics in Black, a flanker to to 1971’s Aromatics Elixir. Aromatics in Black follows 2014’s Aromatics in White

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Clinique Aromatics in White ~ fragrance review

Clinique Aromatics in White

My samples of Clinique Aromatics in White1 were ordered from an eBay seller in Italy. As the weeks passed and I received no samples, I began to joke about ordering from an Italian. I pictured a beautiful young woman who had gotten her samples free from the Clinique counter at la Rinascente in Rome. She forgot all about my order till one night at cocktails (with her gorgeous boyfriend) she reached in her huge purse and found the samples: “Dio! L’Americano! Profumo! Clinique!” I imagined she looked up my address on her iPhone, made an envelope on the spot from a stiff paper napkin and tape, then wrote my address on it using her Gucci eye liner. On their way home, she had her beau stop his Vespa at what she thought was a mail box (the box was red, anyway) and tossed in my perfume. Only when she got home did she think: “Merda! Ho dimenticato il francobollo!!!!!” (that’s “S**t! I forgot the postage stamp!”)

Italians, please forgive my one-word sentences and clichés! (If I could switch countries with you tonight, I would!) Plus: the joke was on me. Though the parcel took six weeks to arrive, it, and the perfume inside, were delivered in pristine condition…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2014, part 32

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 items from Jean Paul Gaultier, Clinique and Burberry, plus a new concentration for Giorgio Armani Sì.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male and Classique, pirate editions

From Jean Paul Gaultier, Pirate editions of Le Male and Classique, due to launch in early 2015…

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