Up for grabs: Parfums de Nicolai L’Eau Corail & A Lab on Fire One Night in Rio

Parfums de Nicolai L’Eau Corail & A Lab on Fire One Night in Rio

What is it: a 30 ml bottle of Parfums de Nicolaï L’Eau Corail and a 15 ml bottle of A Lab on Fire One Night in Rio. Both have been used for testing.

How do I get it: For a chance to win, leave a comment on the website telling me that you live in the US. Then tell me either a) your favorite niche fragrance of 2015 so far, or b) a great chocolate or tea you discovered recently, or c) something else you’ve been dying to post in a comment.

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A Lab on Fire Paris*LA ~ perfume review

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The idea for Paris*LA, one of the recent launches from niche brand A Lab On Fire, is simple enough: “LA, captured through Parisian eyes…”, and the description, “a refreshing Coca-cola marries a smooth-shelled macaron”, is enticing, perhaps, depending on your predisposition towards soda-inspired gourmands. I love them, the fizzier the better.

Paris*LA starts off energetically, with ginger and tart citrus (the notes: key lime, ginger, cola accord, neroli, coriander, thyme, macaron accord, amber and musk) and slowly rearranges itself into its key elements, the cola and the biscuit. The cola, admittedly, I’m not sure I’d recognize if I wasn’t looking for it. Paris*LA is only lightly fizzy on my skin, perhaps because I’m dabbing from a vial, and while all the cola “pieces” are there, it’s not the exact cola I’m used to…

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A Lab on Fire Liquidnight ~ fragrance review

A Lab on Fire Liquidnight and Carlos Benaïm

I’m slowly but surely catching up with A Lab On Fire, a New York-based “niche” line that hasn’t always been easy to find, even in New York. Liquidnight, developed by perfumer Carlos Benaïm, was released in 2012. It was inspired by “the hidden depth of the night in New York City” and it includes notes of bergamot, lime, saffron, sage, lavender, hinoki wood, incense, vanilla and musk.

I wanted to try Liquidnight because I’m very fond of some other fragrances from this line…

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