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Online perfume reading

While floating around the internet last weekend, I found this article in the UK Observer in which the paper has Lyn Harris, the nose behind the Miller Harris line, create a bespoke fragrance called Observer Review. In addition to describing the process of creating a custom fragrance, the article has interesting asides on Roja Dove, the London perfume boutique Les Senteurs, and the marketing of perfume in general. And if you're feeling daring, you can even buy the perfume for a £100 donation to the Observer Charity Christmas Appeal.

And thanks to Karen for pointing out this article in the Toronto Star (link no longer working) about two contenders for the title of the “original” Eau de Cologne — Mulhens 4711 and Farina Eau de Cologne. Farina, created in 1709, claims to be the “world's first documented brand-name perfume”; Edwin Morris, in Scents of Time, agrees that Farina created the first Eau de Cologne…

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Acqua di Biella Janca fragrance review

Acqua di Biella Janca perfumeAcqua di Biella, like Carthusia, is an Italian niche fragrance line using “old recipes created in convents that date to the 1700's” (via luckyscent). Janca was released last September and has only recently made it to the US. According to Women's Wear Daily, Janca was inspired by a river near the northern Italian textile region of Biella. It features notes of florentine iris, peach, tamarind, mandarin, linden, osmanthus, magnolia, cardamom, musk, cedar, and patchouli.

The top notes are fruity, sweet, and heavy on the cardamom and linden. The cardamom fades quickly, leaving a fruity osmanthus with just the tiniest touch of spice…

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A few shopping deals

Gloss.com has free standard shipping with any order, through 3/1/05. Use code SPRNGCL.

Save $5 off any $50 purchase at parfum1.com with code SAVESFIVE0500000. I am sorry but I can't figure out when that code will expire.

The next Neiman Marcus Beauty Event will be March 3 - 9. You get a free tote bag with an $85 purchase, and among other goodies, samples of Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile, Fresh Sake EdP, and Gucci Envy Me.