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Cire Trudon Merida Arquiste candle ~ home fragrance review

guava branch and Charlotte of Belgium

Ah, inspiration! Cire Trudon, in collaboration with Arquiste, created the Mérida* candle to memorialize “…a balmy night described by Empress Carlota of Mexico on her visit to the city of Mérida, Yucatán, in 1865.” Empress Carlota (also known as Charlotte of Belgium) arrived in Mexico as an invader (though we must cast more blame in the direction of her hubby, Archduke Maximilian of Austria/Emperor Maximilian I, and Napoleon III — the instigator of the French invasion of Mexico in 1861 and the one with the daft idea to install Europeans, Carlota and Max, on the “throne” of Mexico. More history later; first, the Mérida candle.

Mérida is an homage to guava. Once a year, I make a large batch of guava jelly for a friend’s birthday present…

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Fragrant Father’s Day Gifts ~ 2015 Edition

Father and Son, the emperors Qianlong and Yongzhen

Seasoned perfumistas will do just fine when choosing colognes for their fathers, so I’m concentrating on scented “sides” this year — perfumed items that make life more pleasant. (Fathers…feel free to treat yourself to anything on this list.)

Brooklyn Grooming Beard Lovers Set: Beard oil kit with four scented oils, including Commando (scent-free), Williamsburg (cedar, Ho wood, ylang-ylang), Fort Greene (pine, rosemary, juniper, lavender, bergamot) and Red Hook (Bay Rum, cardamom, citrus), all in 4 dram vials, and 1 oz Pilgrims Beard and Hair Tonic (rosemary-scented), plus a Brooklyn Grooming limited edition beard-moustache comb…

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Fragrance gifts for Mother’s Day 2015, part 2

The second (and last) set of gift ideas for Mother’s Day 2015, which is coming up soon — Sunday, 10 May.

Jo Malone White Lilac & Rhubarb candle

From Jo Malone, the limited edition White Lilac & Rhubarb candle: “Jo Malone White Lilac & Rhubarb Candle is scented with a daring juxtaposition of tart and vibrant rhubarb, powdery white lilac and sensual rose. It’s the blooming scent of an early summer garden.” 45 hour burn time, $70 at Nordstrom

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