Happy Fat Tuesday! What fragrance are you wearing?
I’m in Etro Shaal Nur, because Catlady4 mentioned it in yesterday’s poll. Tea at the moment is Kusmi Troika.
Reminder: 3/3 will be Let Your Freak Frag Fly Friday…
A rare cheap thrill + charity + cute packaging mashup lemming — L'Occitane's Shea Butter Violet Solidarity Balm: "Enriched with shea butter, this violet fragranced balm helps nourish, soften and protect the lips, body and hair. In partnership with the UN Women, 100% of the profits from the sale of this balm will finance NGOs projects to promote women’s leadership in the world, with the support of the L'OCCITANE Foundation." $6 (how can you refuse?) for 20g.
I know that Tom Ford was incredibly meticulous when he was creating Black Orchid, his first fragrance, and I know that Hermès works with some of the best noses in the business and is highly regarded among the fragrances connoisseurs. But in many other cases, you know that [mainstream scents] are lowest common denominator product that was made formulaically and probably dictated by business managers and not by perfumers themselves.
To live is to breathe, to breathe is to smell.
Scent is a part of life, from our first seconds of existence when we recognize our mother’s smell, to our last years, when a familial scent can suddenly transport us far away, into a past we’d believed forgotten.
Everyone is fascinated by scent, but smelling isn’t a sense as obscure and complicated as one would have us believe. On the contrary, it is within each of us, forms a direct connection to our emotions, and only asks to be invited to express itself, to blossom and be set free. And it’s our modest ambition to offer you this introduction to the world through your nostrils!1
So begins the first issue of “Nez: La Revue Olfactive” (spring/summer 2016). Jeanne Doré, of the French perfume blog Auparfum, along with the design and publications team of Editions Le Contrepoint, started Nez. So far, it has been released twice a year, for two issues to date, both in French. Nez’s spring/summer 2017 issue, launching mid-April, will be the magazine’s first English-language version. For me, it will be a must-read…