Now Smell This http://www.nstperfume.com a blog about perfume Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:43:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Hermes Le Jardin de Monsieur Li ~ fragrance review, with an aside on Rose Amazone http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/03/hermes-le-jardin-de-monsieur-li-fragrance-review-with-an-aside-on-rose-amazone/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/03/hermes-le-jardin-de-monsieur-li-fragrance-review-with-an-aside-on-rose-amazone/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:25:18 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=124120 Hermès Le Jardin de Monsieur Li, brand drawing and bottle

"I remembered the smell of ponds, the smell of jasmine, the smell of wet stones, of plum trees, kumquats and giant bamboos. It was all there, and in the ponds there were even carp steadily working towards their hundredth birthday." — Jean-Claude Ellena1

Le Jardin de Monsieur Li is the fifth fragrance in the Jardin series from Hermès, and reportedly the last.2 I do not know if it is also the last scent we'll see from perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, but either way, smelling it gave me an advance pang of nostalgia. I will miss Jean-Claude Ellena when he retires.3

Le Jardin de Monsieur Li is an aromatic citrus, reportedly inspired by a Chinese garden. The notes (something like kumquat, mint, jasmine and sap) sounded tantalizing, but as is often the case with Hermès and Jean-Claude Ellena, the juice is not quite what I expected...

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Hermès Le Jardin de Monsieur Li, brand drawing and bottle

“I remembered the smell of ponds, the smell of jasmine, the smell of wet stones, of plum trees, kumquats and giant bamboos. It was all there, and in the ponds there were even carp steadily working towards their hundredth birthday.” — Jean-Claude Ellena1

Le Jardin de Monsieur Li is the fifth fragrance in the Jardin series from Hermès, and reportedly the last.2 I do not know if it is also the last scent we’ll see from perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, but either way, smelling it gave me an advance pang of nostalgia. I will miss Jean-Claude Ellena when he retires.3

Le Jardin de Monsieur Li is an aromatic citrus, reportedly inspired by a Chinese garden. The notes (something like kumquat, mint, jasmine and sap) sounded tantalizing, but as is often the case with Hermès and Jean-Claude Ellena, the juice is not quite what I expected…

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La Boule de Provence http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/03/la-boule-de-provence/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/03/la-boule-de-provence/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:26:49 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=124164 A short piece for L'Artisan Parfumeur's new terracotta home fragrance "object", La Boule de Provence. The scent features lavender, hay, rosemary, tomato leaf and basil, and there are 3 sizes, $100 - $280.

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Tuesday scent of the day 3/3 http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/03/tuesday-scent-of-the-day-33/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/03/tuesday-scent-of-the-day-33/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:42:20 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=124117 Voltaire bank note

If you have a free moment, do tell us your fragrance of the day.

I'm wearing Aftelier Candide, by Mandy Aftel. I really love this one, and was so sorry to see that it was discontinued. I blame the rest of you for not buying it. (Just kidding, of course. It's on my buy list but I never bought it either.)

Reminder: this Friday, 6 March, we're celebrating International Women's Day...

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Voltaire bank note

If you have a free moment, do tell us your fragrance of the day.

I’m wearing Aftelier Candide, by Mandy Aftel. I really love this one, and was so sorry to see that it was discontinued. I blame the rest of you for not buying it. (Just kidding, of course. It’s on my buy list but I never bought it either.)

Reminder: this Friday, 6 March, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day…

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Online fragrance shopping http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/03/online-fragrance-shopping-2091/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/03/online-fragrance-shopping-2091/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:23:12 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=124147 New at escentual (UK): Paco Rabanne Black XS Be A Legend duo.

New at first-in-fragrance (DE): il Profumo Cortigiana, Micallef Ananda Dolce.

New at liberty (UK): The Beautiful Mind Vol 2.

New at parfum1: Serge Lutens La Religieuse, Yardley Diamond.

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Avon Rare Amethyst ~ new perfume http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/03/avon-rare-amethyst-new-perfume/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/03/avon-rare-amethyst-new-perfume/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:15:08 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=124148 Avon Rare Amethyst

Avon has launched Rare Amethyst, a new perfume for women...

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Avon Rare Amethyst

Avon has launched Rare Amethyst, a new perfume for women…

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Liquides Imaginaires Saltus, Tellus & Succus ~ new fragrances http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/03/liquides-imaginaires-saltus-tellus-succus-new-fragrances/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/03/liquides-imaginaires-saltus-tellus-succus-new-fragrances/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:14:09 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=124128 Liquides Imaginaires Saltus, Tellus & Succus

French niche line Liquides Imaginaires has launched Les Eaux Arborantes, a new trio of fragrances. Saltus, Tellus and Succus are intended as a sacred tribute to trees...

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Liquides Imaginaires Saltus, Tellus & Succus

French niche line Liquides Imaginaires has launched Les Eaux Arborantes, a new trio of fragrances. Saltus, Tellus and Succus are intended as a sacred tribute to trees…

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Oriza L. Legrand Violettes du Czar & Heliotrope Blanc ~ fragrance reviews http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/02/oriza-l-legrand-violettes-du-czar-heliotrope-blanc-fragrance-reviews/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/02/oriza-l-legrand-violettes-du-czar-heliotrope-blanc-fragrance-reviews/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:55:37 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=124034 Oriza L. Legrand Violettes du Czar & Heliotrope Blanc

Some people might not understand why you’d want to wear a soliflore. After all, why smell like one flower — a flower you’re probably already familiar with — when you could smell like an original blend of notes? Following that logic, there would be no reason to look at paintings of the ocean once you've seen the real thing, even though seascapes vary in styles — think of those by Turner, Homer and Hokusai. If I had to pin a style to the Oriza L. Legrand soliflores Violettes du Czar and Heliotrope Blanc, I’d call them Victorian.

Oriza L. Legrand is a relatively new niche brand with an old history. According to the perfume house’s website, the house was founded in France in 1720 and originally famed for its creams and powders based on rice. Over the years, the brand grew, winning awards and furnishing products for royalty. During World War II, Oriza L. Legrand closed. In 2012, the house was bought and launched again with the mission of reviving the old fragrances...

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Oriza L. Legrand Violettes du Czar & Heliotrope Blanc

Some people might not understand why you’d want to wear a soliflore. After all, why smell like one flower — a flower you’re probably already familiar with — when you could smell like an original blend of notes? Following that logic, there would be no reason to look at paintings of the ocean once you’ve seen the real thing, even though seascapes vary in styles — think of those by Turner, Homer and Hokusai. If I had to pin a style to the Oriza L. Legrand soliflores Violettes du Czar and Heliotrope Blanc, I’d call them Victorian.

Oriza L. Legrand is a relatively new niche brand with an old history. According to the perfume house’s website, the house was founded in France in 1720 and originally famed for its creams and powders based on rice. Over the years, the brand grew, winning awards and furnishing products for royalty. During World War II, Oriza L. Legrand closed. In 2012, the house was bought and launched again with the mission of reviving the old fragrances…

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Live the experience http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/02/live-the-experience/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/02/live-the-experience/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:31:34 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=124103 A short "mood" piece for the new Living Lalique.

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Beyonce Rise Sheer ~ new fragrance http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/02/beyonce-rise-sheer-new-fragrance/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/02/beyonce-rise-sheer-new-fragrance/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:49:14 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=124098 Beyoncé Rise Sheer

Beyoncé has launched Rise Sheer, a new perfume for women. Rise Sheer is a "fresher" flanker to 2013's Rise...

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Beyoncé Rise Sheer

Beyoncé has launched Rise Sheer, a new perfume for women. Rise Sheer is a “fresher” flanker to 2013’s Rise

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Monday scent of the day 3/2 http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/02/monday-scent-of-the-day-32/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2015/03/02/monday-scent-of-the-day-32/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:48:28 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=124064 butterfly

Monday, yet again. Plus, where I live, ice, yet again. What fragrance are you wearing?

I'm wearing L'Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons Extrême. It is from perfumer Anne Flipo, who did lots of the brand's pretty florals between 1999 and 2007. I wish they'd have her come back and do more.

Reminder: this Friday, 6 March, we're celebrating International Women's Day...

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Monday, yet again. Plus, where I live, ice, yet again. What fragrance are you wearing?

I’m wearing L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons Extrême. It is from perfumer Anne Flipo, who did lots of the brand’s pretty florals between 1999 and 2007. I wish they’d have her come back and do more.

Reminder: this Friday, 6 March, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day…

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