Now Smell This http://www.nstperfume.com a blog about perfume Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:51:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Union Gothic Bluebell ~ fragrance review http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/16/union-gothic-bluebell-fragrance-review/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/16/union-gothic-bluebell-fragrance-review/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:51:04 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=107503 bluebells

Spring is literally “in the air” where I live. Being outdoors is like walking in a fairy tale perfume land — I breathe in the scents of viburnum, hyacinth, scented tulips, clematis, magnolia (several species are in bloom), narcissus, lilac, English laurel (hey, perfumers, do make a perfume smelling of this beautiful floral note…I’m begging!) Frankly, I’d rather be outside than writing a perfume review!

Since Robin is living it up in Barcelona this week, I’ll take a mini-vacation myself by writing a short review of a perfume that’s perfect for this moment: Union Gothic Bluebell.

Union describes Gothic Bluebell in romantic fashion...

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bluebells

Spring is literally “in the air” where I live. Being outdoors is like walking in a fairy tale perfume land — I breathe in the scents of viburnum, hyacinth, scented tulips, clematis, magnolia (several species are in bloom), narcissus, lilac, English laurel (hey, perfumers, do make a perfume smelling of this beautiful floral note…I’m begging!) Frankly, I’d rather be outside than writing a perfume review!

Since Robin is living it up in Barcelona this week, I’ll take a mini-vacation myself by writing a short review of a perfume that’s perfect for this moment: Union Gothic Bluebell.

Union describes Gothic Bluebell in romantic fashion…

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I thought I’d lost you http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/16/i-thought-id-lost-you/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/16/i-thought-id-lost-you/#respond Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:20:48 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=107538 Actor Chris Pine for Armani Code Ice.

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Giorgio Armani Code Ice ~ new fragrance http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/16/giorgio-armani-code-ice-new-fragrance/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/16/giorgio-armani-code-ice-new-fragrance/#respond Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:16:55 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=107535 Giorgio Armani Code Ice

Giorgio Armani has launched Armani Code Ice, a new fragrance for men. Armani Code Ice is a flanker to 2004′s Armani Code, and follows 2012's Armani Code Ultimate. The scent is fronted by actor Chris Pine...

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Giorgio Armani Code Ice

Giorgio Armani has launched Armani Code Ice, a new fragrance for men. Armani Code Ice is a flanker to 2004′s Armani Code, and follows 2012′s Armani Code Ultimate. The scent is fronted by actor Chris Pine…

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Online fragrance shopping http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/16/online-fragrance-shopping-1847/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/16/online-fragrance-shopping-1847/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:00:59 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=107530 New at escentual (UK): Carolina Herrera 212 Surf.

Deal at luckyscent: spend $100, get $20 credit with coupon code TAXBREAK, good through 4/18. New items include Ann Gerard Rose Cut and Parfums Delrae Wit.

New at nordstrom: Lanvin Me L'Eau, Diptyque Eau de Lavande & Geranium Odorata, Joie Folle de Joie.

New at saksfifthavenue: By Kilian Sacred Wood & Imperial Tea, Diptyque Eau de Lavande & Geranium Odorata.

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Grandma Florine’s Perfume http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/14/grandma-florines-perfume/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/14/grandma-florines-perfume/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:16:18 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=107491 Chanel No. 5 Eau de Cologne

Allison sat on the couch and opened a plastic bag full of odds and ends. As she sorted its contents, she told me, “My dad said he found some of my grandma’s perfume. It should be in here somewhere.”

Allison’s Grandma Florine had been born Myrtle Florine Heffington in Bee Cave, Texas, in 1922. She hated the name Myrtle and dropped it as soon as she could. She picked up her husband’s last name, Norman, when she married at 17.

I’d heard stories about Grandma Florine. Allison and I once both worked for the same vintage clothing store, and many of the stories had to do with Florine’s wardrobe: size five gold lamé Spring-O-Lator mules with mink trim; a black and white polka dot jumpsuit from the 1960s; a full-skirted maroon velvet dress with bows on the sleeve; filmy peignoirs. Photos show Florine more sedately dressed, but nicely turned out...

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Chanel No. 5 Eau de Cologne

Allison sat on the couch and opened a plastic bag full of odds and ends. As she sorted its contents, she told me, “My dad said he found some of my grandma’s perfume. It should be in here somewhere.”

Allison’s Grandma Florine had been born Myrtle Florine Heffington in Bee Cave, Texas, in 1922. She hated the name Myrtle and dropped it as soon as she could. She picked up her husband’s last name, Norman, when she married at 17.

I’d heard stories about Grandma Florine. Allison and I once both worked for the same vintage clothing store, and many of the stories had to do with Florine’s wardrobe: size five gold lamé Spring-O-Lator mules with mink trim; a black and white polka dot jumpsuit from the 1960s; a full-skirted maroon velvet dress with bows on the sleeve; filmy peignoirs. Photos show Florine more sedately dressed, but nicely turned out…

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Online fragrance shopping http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/14/online-fragrance-shopping-1846/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/14/online-fragrance-shopping-1846/#respond Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:39:15 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=107512 New at aedes: Coolife Le Premier Parfum, Byredo Flowerhead & rollons, By Kilian Sacred Wood & Imperial Tea, L'Artisan Jour de Fete, Diptyque Eau de Lavande & Geranium Odorata.

New at harrods (UK): Givenchy Gentlemen Only Intense & Ange ou Demon Le Secret Croisiere, Lolita Lempicka L L'Aime, Terry de Gunzburg Fruit Defendu & Bleu Paradis.

New at saksfifthavenue: Bvlgari Omnia Indian Garnet.

New at twistedlily: Masque Milano line.

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Lazy weekend poll ~ open thread, mid-April 2014 http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/12/lazy-weekend-poll-open-thread-mid-april-2014/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/12/lazy-weekend-poll-open-thread-mid-april-2014/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:20:05 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=107369 close-encounters

I am off on vacation this week! Posting will be much lighter than normal until I return on the 20th.

Today, our standard open thread poll: talk about anything you like — the perfume you’re wearing today, the perfume you bought on your last vacation or will buy for your next vacation, whatever.

Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…

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close-encounters

I am off on vacation this week! Posting will be much lighter than normal until I return on the 20th.

Today, our standard open thread poll: talk about anything you like — the perfume you’re wearing today, the perfume you bought on your last vacation or will buy for your next vacation, whatever.

Or, ask a question about fragrance, then see if anyone else has asked a question that you can answer…

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Top 10 Spring Fragrances 2014 http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/11/top-10-spring-fragrances-2014/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/11/top-10-spring-fragrances-2014/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:50:53 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=107102 daffodil on yellow

Where I live, it’s as if we fell off a cliff from frosty mornings and rain-slicked trees into yellow tufts of daffodils. Chives spring up in clumps in the vegetable garden, and my plum tree is puffed with blossoms. Heck, that guy in accounting even shaved off his beard. No question about it: It’s spring.

For my top 10 of spring, I’m going to be perfectly frank about the perfume I’ll be wearing. I’m not going to force-fit recent releases to show you how on top of it I am or sprinkle in variety for the sake of a well-rounded post. No, I’m going to tell you exactly what favorites I’ll be dragging from the back of the perfume closet. Judge me as you may.

Guerlain Chamade: As soon as I smell daphne in the neighborhood, I go straight for my atomizer of Chamade Eau de Toilette or my precious decant of Parfum — or sometimes both...

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daffodil on yellow

Where I live, it’s as if we fell off a cliff from frosty mornings and rain-slicked trees into yellow tufts of daffodils. Chives spring up in clumps in the vegetable garden, and my plum tree is puffed with blossoms. Heck, that guy in accounting even shaved off his beard. No question about it: It’s spring.

For my top 10 of spring, I’m going to be perfectly frank about the perfume I’ll be wearing. I’m not going to force-fit recent releases to show you how on top of it I am or sprinkle in variety for the sake of a well-rounded post. No, I’m going to tell you exactly what favorites I’ll be dragging from the back of the perfume closet. Judge me as you may.

Guerlain Chamade: As soon as I smell daphne in the neighborhood, I go straight for my atomizer of Chamade Eau de Toilette or my precious decant of Parfum — or sometimes both…

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Fragrance Foundation Awards Finalists 2014 http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/11/fragrance-foundation-awards-finalists-2014/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/11/fragrance-foundation-awards-finalists-2014/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:49:27 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=107452 Fragrance Foundation 2014

The Fragrance Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2014 Fragrance Foundation Awards (formerly the Fifi Awards), known as the “Oscars of the fragrance industry”. In addition, they have announced one winner: the Indie Fragrance award for 2014 goes to By Kilian Playing with the Devil.

For each remaining category, the original list of 10 semi-finalists is now whittled down to 5...

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Fragrance Foundation 2014

The Fragrance Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2014 Fragrance Foundation Awards (formerly the Fifi Awards), known as the “Oscars of the fragrance industry”. In addition, they have announced one winner: the Indie Fragrance award for 2014 goes to By Kilian Playing with the Devil.

For each remaining category, the original list of 10 semi-finalists is now whittled down to 5…

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Dear Rose ~ new niche line http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/11/dear-rose-new-niche-line/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/04/11/dear-rose-new-niche-line/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:14:37 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=107482 dear-rose-five

Dear Rose is the new niche line of Chantal Roos* and her daughter Alexandra Roos. They debut in May with five fragrances developed by perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin: A Capella, Bloody Rose, I Love My Man, La Favorite and Sympathy for the Sun...

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dear-rose-five

Dear Rose is the new niche line of Chantal Roos* and her daughter Alexandra Roos. They debut in May with five fragrances developed by perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin: A Capella, Bloody Rose, I Love My Man, La Favorite and Sympathy for the Sun…

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