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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2014, part 31

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 collector items from Lalique, Agonist, Hermès, Isabey and Frédéric Malle.

Lalique L'Amour Crystal Extrait

From Lalique, L’Amour in the Crystal Extrait edition: “Composed by Nathalie Lorson, the fragrance offers an olfactory declaration of love.” In 80 ml at Neiman Marcus, $1800…

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Bruno Fazzolari Lampblack ~ fragrance review

Lamp Black

Inspired by the smell of ink, Lampblack debuted at Gallery Paule Anglim, alongside a series of ink paintings. Lampblack is named for the pigment in India ink, formerly made from the soot of oil-burning lamps. My goal with this scent was to enhance the ink-like notes of nagarmotha in a way that would create a transparent, colorful darkness. — Bruno Fazzolari1

And yes, he succeeded. Bruno Fazzolari’s Lampblack is one of my favorite indie fragrances of the past couple years (it launched in 2013). It is possible, if you try, to smell all of its listed components — sweet orange, black pepper, bitter grapefruit, nagarmotha (cypriol), benzoin and vetiver — but it is likewise possible to close your eyes and smell ink and soot. If that sounds too weird to wear, it’s really not, in fact, it’s arguably easier on the nose than fragrances with similar inspirations, such as Comme des Garçons 2 and Andrea Maack Coal

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