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Paco Rabanne Calandre ~ fragrance review

It’s barely February, but my daffodils have buds, and clouds of daphne perfume lurk in pockets on the street. It’s not yet the spring of Easter egg colors and Guerlain Chamade, and it might snow again anytime. No, it’s a sort of pre-spring. It’s the perfect time for the knife-edged green beauty of Paco Rabanne Calandre.

Perfumer Michel Hy developed Calandre, and it launched in 1969. Its notes include aldehydes, bergamot, green notes, geranium, orris root, jasmine, lily of the valley, rose, amber, oakmoss, musk, sandalwood and vetiver. (Michel Hy was a genius of the green chypre — he also worked on Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Yves Saint Laurent Y and Balmain Ivoire.) In French, the word “calandre” means “grille,” as in the grille on a car or a radiator. It also means “mangle,” a machine that irons linens when you feed them through its long rollers…

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A comical dramatisation of a surreal situation

The scenario depicted in the ad was not realistic and the tone was risqué but comedic and farcical. We considered the ad showed the male character’s attractiveness in a light-hearted, humorous way, rather than in a degrading or humiliating manner. We therefore considered viewers were likely to recognise the ad was a comical dramatisation of […] Continue reading

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Super cool dude

The story of Paco Rabanne, including the fragrances.
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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2017, part 14

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 special edition bottles from Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs and Paco Rabanne, plus new concentrations of Chloé and Aroma M Geisha Marron.

Jean Paul Gaultier snow globes 2017

Jean Paul Gaultier does holiday snow globes for Classique (“Turn over the Classique collector’s snow globe: the iconic glass bust will appear through the snowflakes, revealing a glossy red corset, perfect for the holidays.”) and Le Mâle (“Turn over the Le Mâle collector’s snow globe: the iconic glass torso will appear through the snowflakes, revealing a red-striped marinière, perfect for the holidays.”) At John Lewis in the UK in 100 ml Eau de Toilette…

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On Escentual: Pure XS by Paco Rabanne

Pure XS. The latest masculine fragrance from Paco Rabanne. Reviewed. On Escentual now. Clicky here. Disclaimer Sample and image via Escentual. I write for Escentual as their Fragrance Expert. My views are my own. Continue reading

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Pure XS

Francisco Henriques, and a bevy of peeping janes, in his bathroom / library, for Paco Rabanne Pure XS.
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Look at you

Jordan Barrett and Sophia Ahrens in new advertising for Paco Rabanne 1 Million and Lady Million.
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Paco Rabanne Pure XS ~ new fragrance

Paco Rabanne Pure XS

Paco Rabanne has launched Pure XS, a new fragrance for men. Pure XS is a flanker to 1993’s XS…

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Monopoly

An animation for the Paco Rabanne Monopoly editions of Lady Million and 1 Million.
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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2017, 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 special edition bottles from Lalique, Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta, plus an extrait version of Paco Rabanne Olympéa.

Lalique de Lalique 2018 Séduction edition

An advance look at Lalique’s 2018 crystal edition of Lalique de Lalique, Séduction, inspired by the brand’s 1924 Serpent vase. (You can see 2017 here). 1200 were made, $1800, 100 ml Parfum, it goes on sale this month at Neiman Marcus…

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