Category Archives: Etro

Olfactory Deconstruction: Patchouli

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Etro Udaipur ~ new fragrance

Etro Udaipur

Italian brand Etro will launch Udaipur, a new fragrance celebrating the brand’s 50th anniversary…

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The daily lemming

Why don’t I have one already? Etro Shaal Nur body milk, about $40 at Beauty Encounter. (Etro also makes a perfumed liquid soap and a shower gel.) Continue reading

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A Day of Roses

I am obsessed with roses. It’s taken about two years of intense rose-sniffing but I have become wholly and completely obsessed with rose perfumes. I’d even go as far saying that rose is my favourite note. In fact, I’m going … Continue reading Continue reading

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Etro ManRose ~ fragrance review


Ambra, Gomma, Heliotrope, Lemon Sorbet, Magot, Messe de Minuit, Palais Jamais, Patchouly, Royal Pavilion, Sandalo, Vetiver, Shaal Nur. I’ve owned all these Etro perfumes. A new bottle of Vetiver arrived at my home last week, and I’ve bought many bottles of Magot, Sandalo and Messe de Minuit, too. When ManRose1 was released I had to try it (though my love of Etro perfumes stops around 1997…recent releases have been “nice,” but don’t appeal to me like the older fragrances).

I love the scent of roses and almost go bankrupt each (dry) Northwest summer watering the plants that keep my home smelling rosy from May till October. Rose appears as a note in many men’s fragrances these days, though it’s usually a bit player…

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On Escentual: ManRose by ETRO

ManRose – the latest scent from ETRO and a beautifully luminous rose by way of spice and Turkish Delight. Reviewed this week on Escentual. Clicky here to read. Disclaimer Sample via Etro. Image is my own. I write for Escentual … Continue reading Continue reading

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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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Etro ManRose ~ new fragrance

Etro ManRose

Italian brand Etro will launch ManRose, a new fragrance for men, in March…

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2016, part 3

Part three in our eight-part series on fragrance related holiday gifts features scented items for men, although there are plenty of “unisex” ideas in the other articles, and as always there are probably a few things here that women might like. Do add any of your own recommendations in the comments!

DS & Durga Bowmakers pocket roll-on

From DS & Durga, Bowmakers in a pocket perfume oil roll-on: “Amongst the transcendental woods of the 1800s, craftsmen from the Massachusetts Bay Colony built violin bows in the tiny towns of the Pioneer Valley. The shops were filled with old growth mahogany, burled maple shavings, amber pine rosin, aged walnut and the craftsmen’s unique, secret varnishes. An androgynous, full bodied scent, Bowmaker’s ether reek is subdued by supple leather and a variety of woods.” $72 for 10 ml at Twisted Lily

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5 perfumes: vetiver fragrances for fall

vetiver wreath

This is the second of my seasonal posts for vetiver (I’ve already done a list for summer), and as always, the line between the seasons is perhaps a bit arbitrary and/or personal: some of these fragrances wear just as well in summer or winter, and some of them work perfectly fine all the year round. But certainly any of the five would work just fine for autumn weather. As always, do add your own picks in the comments…

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