Now Smell This http://www.nstperfume.com a blog about perfume Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:15:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 B Balenciaga ~ perfume review http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/21/b-balenciaga-perfume-review/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/21/b-balenciaga-perfume-review/#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:15:09 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=117980 B Balenciaga adverts

Since we last heard from Balenciaga, fragrance-wise, Nicolas Ghesquière has left the brand.1 Alexander Wang reportedly started working on the new B Balenciaga as soon as he became the house designer in late 2012 (Rosabotanica came out in the interim, but was apparently outside of Mr. Wang's purview). Wang said he wanted his fragrance to be timeless, and he picked lily of the valley because it wasn't overpowering, and an edamame accord because he likes green notes.2

The opening is bright and citrusy, and it is green, but it's a very soft, dewy and pale sort of green (it reminded me a bit of the Martin Margiela Untitled scent) with plenty of violet leaf (which reminds me of too many fragrances to list). On paper, the green opening lasts for ages...

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B Balenciaga adverts

Since we last heard from Balenciaga, fragrance-wise, Nicolas Ghesquière has left the brand.1 Alexander Wang reportedly started working on the new B Balenciaga as soon as he became the house designer in late 2012 (Rosabotanica came out in the interim, but was apparently outside of Mr. Wang’s purview). Wang said he wanted his fragrance to be timeless, and he picked lily of the valley because it wasn’t overpowering, and an edamame accord because he likes green notes.2

The opening is bright and citrusy, and it is green, but it’s a very soft, dewy and pale sort of green (it reminded me a bit of the Martin Margiela Untitled scent) with plenty of violet leaf (which reminds me of too many fragrances to list). On paper, the green opening lasts for ages…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2014, part 25 http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/21/bunch-o-limited-edition-collector-bottles-2014-part-25/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/21/bunch-o-limited-edition-collector-bottles-2014-part-25/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:10:34 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=117651 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 By Kilian, Hermès, Estee Lauder and Liquides Imaginaires.

 By Kilian Studio 54 scented jewelry

From By Kilian, the Studio 54 scented jewelry collection: "Both glamorous and iconic, the new Studio 54 Collection is reminiscent of a disco ball adorned with black pave Swarovski crystals..."

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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 By Kilian, Hermès, Estee Lauder and Liquides Imaginaires.

 By Kilian Studio 54 scented jewelry

From By Kilian, the Studio 54 scented jewelry collection: “Both glamorous and iconic, the new Studio 54 Collection is reminiscent of a disco ball adorned with black pave Swarovski crystals…”

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Tuesday scent of the day 10/21 http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/21/tuesday-scent-of-the-day-1021/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/21/tuesday-scent-of-the-day-1021/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:31:19 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=117971 Old Spice Man on a horse

Do share your scent of the day if you have a free minute or two.

I'm wearing Old Spice. I always forget how long Old Spice has been around: it launched in 1937, the same year as Schiaparelli Shocking and Lanvin Pretexte and Lancôme Peut-Être. I wish the Old Spice folks would do a luxury version (not too luxury, just maybe spend some money on the raw materials) and I wish they'd bring back the Old Spice Man.

Reminder: this Friday, 10/24, we're doing Gender Wars...

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Old Spice Man on a horse

Do share your scent of the day if you have a free minute or two.

I’m wearing Old Spice. I always forget how long Old Spice has been around: it launched in 1937, the same year as Schiaparelli Shocking and Lanvin Pretexte and Lancôme Peut-Être. I wish the Old Spice folks would do a luxury version (not too luxury, just maybe spend some money on the raw materials) and I wish they’d bring back the Old Spice Man.

Reminder: this Friday, 10/24, we’re doing Gender Wars…

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Online fragrance shopping http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/21/online-fragrance-shopping-1991/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/21/online-fragrance-shopping-1991/#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:07:24 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=117956 New at beautyhabit: Parfum d'Empire Musc Tonkin.

New at harrods (UK): Moschino Cheap & Chic Stars.

New at luckyscent: Annick Goutal Vent de Folie.

New at neimanmarcus: Roja Parfums Reckless.

New at nordstrom: Hermes 24 Faubourg limited edition, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy So Intense.

New at sephora: B Balenciaga.

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& Other Stories Fig Fiction, Botanic Whisper, Moroccan Tea & Punk Bouquet ~ new fragrances http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/21/other-stories-fig-fiction-botanic-whisper-moroccan-tea-punk-bouquet-new-fragrances/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/21/other-stories-fig-fiction-botanic-whisper-moroccan-tea-punk-bouquet-new-fragrances/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:53:46 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=117962 & Other Stories Fig Fiction, Botanic Whisper, Moroccan Tea

Swedish brand & Other Stories (they are owned by the H&M Group, and recently opened their first US store in Soho) will launch four popular fragrances from their bath and body line in Eau de Toilette form: Fig Fiction, Botanic Whisper, Moroccan Tea and Punk Bouquet. The scents were developed by perfumer Jérôme Epinette...

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& Other Stories Fig Fiction, Botanic Whisper, Moroccan Tea

Swedish brand & Other Stories (they are owned by the H&M Group, and recently opened their first US store in Soho) will launch four popular fragrances from their bath and body line in Eau de Toilette form: Fig Fiction, Botanic Whisper, Moroccan Tea and Punk Bouquet. The scents were developed by perfumer Jérôme Epinette

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Jacques Zolty Fleur de Lune & Van-ile ~ new fragrances http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/21/jacques-zolty-fleur-de-lune-van-ile-new-fragrances/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/21/jacques-zolty-fleur-de-lune-van-ile-new-fragrances/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:21:13 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=117958 Jacques Zolty Fleur de Lune & Van-ile

Jacques Zolty has launched two new fragrances, Fleur de Lune and Van-ile...

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Jacques Zolty Fleur de Lune & Van-ile

Jacques Zolty has launched two new fragrances, Fleur de Lune and Van-ile…

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It’s only fashion when a woman puts it on http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/21/its-only-fashion-when-a-woman-puts-it-on/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/21/its-only-fashion-when-a-woman-puts-it-on/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:05:47 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=117951

Never, ever confuse what happens on a runway with fashion. A runway is spectacle. It’s only fashion when a woman puts it on. Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.

— Oscar de la Renta, who passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Quoted in Oscar de la Renta, Who Clothed Stars and Became One, Dies at 82 at the New York Times.

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Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Scent of Hope ~ fragrance review, with an aside on Jacques Fath Iris Gris http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/20/dawn-spencer-hurwitz-scent-of-hope-fragrance-review-with-an-aside-on-jacques-fath-iris-gris/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/20/dawn-spencer-hurwitz-scent-of-hope-fragrance-review-with-an-aside-on-jacques-fath-iris-gris/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:33:19 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=117858 Iris

I can’t think of another fragrance that matches the mystique of Jacques Fath Iris Gris. Sure, perfume lovers scramble for vintage Mitsouko and study its qualities by the batch number, but Mitsouko is still on the market, and vintage bottles are relatively easy to find. Jacques Fath, perhaps Dior’s closest competition in the New Look years, died in 1954 at the stupidly young age of 42, and Iris Gris — even the name is mysterious and moody — disappeared soon after. Scent of Hope is a recreation of Iris Gris that indie perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz originally made for a private client.

Perfumer Vincent Roubert developed Iris Gris in 1946, just as France was shaking free of World War II.1 Thanks to Denyse Beaulieu of Grain de Musc, I’ve been lucky enough to smell a sample strip dipped in a bottle she bought unopened. I was surprised at how clean it smelled, and how rich the iris was, but of course that bottle was at least 60 years old. I cherish the amber-stained but now-scentless strip as a talisman. But how would Iris Gris smell fresh...

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Iris

I can’t think of another fragrance that matches the mystique of Jacques Fath Iris Gris. Sure, perfume lovers scramble for vintage Mitsouko and study its qualities by the batch number, but Mitsouko is still on the market, and vintage bottles are relatively easy to find. Jacques Fath, perhaps Dior’s closest competition in the New Look years, died in 1954 at the stupidly young age of 42, and Iris Gris — even the name is mysterious and moody — disappeared soon after. Scent of Hope is a recreation of Iris Gris that indie perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz originally made for a private client.

Perfumer Vincent Roubert developed Iris Gris in 1946, just as France was shaking free of World War II.1 Thanks to Denyse Beaulieu of Grain de Musc, I’ve been lucky enough to smell a sample strip dipped in a bottle she bought unopened. I was surprised at how clean it smelled, and how rich the iris was, but of course that bottle was at least 60 years old. I cherish the amber-stained but now-scentless strip as a talisman. But how would Iris Gris smell fresh…

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Demeter Log Cabin ~ new fragrance http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/20/demeter-log-cabin-new-fragrance/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/20/demeter-log-cabin-new-fragrance/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:44:54 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=117932 Demeter Log Cabin

Demeter has launched Log Cabin, the latest addition to their Fragrance Library...

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Demeter Log Cabin

Demeter has launched Log Cabin, the latest addition to their Fragrance Library…

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Monday scent of the day 10/20 http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/20/monday-scent-of-the-day-1020/ http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/10/20/monday-scent-of-the-day-1020/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:34:03 +0000 http://www.nstperfume.com/?p=117927 Ringo Starr for John Varvatos #peacerocks

Welcome to another week! Do tell us your fragrance of the day.

I'm wearing John Varvatos Artisan on one hand and Artisan Acqua on the other. Artisan Acqua is much nicer than I expected, but all the same I'll stick with "plain" Artisan.

Reminder: this Friday, 10/24, we're doing Gender Wars...

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Ringo Starr for John Varvatos #peacerocks

Welcome to another week! Do tell us your fragrance of the day.

I’m wearing John Varvatos Artisan on one hand and Artisan Acqua on the other. Artisan Acqua is much nicer than I expected, but all the same I’ll stick with “plain” Artisan.

Reminder: this Friday, 10/24, we’re doing Gender Wars…

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