Ineke + Anthropologie Sweet William ~ fragrance review

Pink SwirlsIneke Sweet William

Sweet William is the latest addition to Ineke‘s Floral Curiosities collaboration with Anthropologie, and like the other fragrances in the collection (Angel’s Trumpet, Scarlet Larkspur and Poet’s Jasmine), it is inspired by old-fashioned garden botanicals. “Sweet William” is the informal name for Dianthus barbatus, which Ineke describes as a “clove-scented” flower with a spicy, woodsy scent. The fragrance includes notes of peach, cinnamon, clove, cumin, cedarwood, sandalwood, patchouli and Bourbon vanilla.

I’m a longtime fan of clove-y fragrances and carnations (another dianthus species!), so I gravitated towards this Floral Curiosity more than any other in the group. As it turns out, Sweet William is one of my favorite Ineke perfumes so far, but I wouldn’t call it a clove fragrance, and it’s certainly not a carnation-like scent. Its actual smell on my skin is nothing like what the list of notes had led me to expect: I don’t detect any cinnamon or cumin or patchouli, for example. What I do smell at first is a greenish, sweetly balsam-piney scent that reminds me of the bayberry and juniper candles for sale in Colonial America-themed gift shops. It’s a smell that I happen to enjoy; I just didn’t anticipate it as part of Sweet William.

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2012, part 3

Our series of holiday gift posts continues with home fragrance of all kinds, from candles to sachets. If you missed them, check out part 1 (scented body products) and part 2 (travel sizes & coffrets).

Diptyque holiday candle collection 2012

Maybe some year, Diptyque’s holiday candles will look so dull that we’ll leave them out, but that year has not yet arrived. This year’s set includes Amber Oud (red; “…inspired by the Arabian Nights resembles a precious stone where rare spices infused with warming resins and balsams plunges the user into an Oriental dream world”), Oliban (purple; “A mysterious creation showcasing the precious resin frankincense. This fragrance will transport the user straight to the heart of the Arabian Nights.”) and Sapin Doré (green; “…pays homage to the most celebrated fir tree in the world, it transports the user straight to the heart of a forest of golden spruce trees.”). In mini candle (70g for $32) or full-sized (190g for $68), available at Nordstrom

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Online fragrance shopping

New at beautyhabit: Parfum d'Empire Musc Tonkin.

New at lessenteurs (UK): Atelier Cologne line.

New at luckyscent: Histoires de Parfums Olympia, Juliette Has A Gun Mad Madame.

New at spacenk (UK): X-Ray Profumo line.

Update ~

Deal at anyasgarden: take 25% off Perfumes and Food & Drink Oils with coupon code Cheers!, or 10% discount off stocking stuffers like Room Candy Wax Melts and Silk soaps with coupon code holiday; both good until 12/2.