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The more you hug them, the sweeter they smell

Build-A-Bear Workshop Sweet Hugs Swirl Bear and Sweet Hugs Pup

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., an interactive destination where guests can create personalized furry friends, has introduced a new collection of scented, make-your-own Sweet Hugs gifts just in time for Valentine's Day. The new Build-A-Bear Workshop Sweet Hugs Heart Bear [not shown], Sweet Hugs Swirl Bear [above right, $47] and Sweet Hugs Pup [above left, $45.50] have candy-scented fur made possible by Celessence™ Technologies microencapsulation, a license of Genius Brands International (OTCQB: GNUS), which uses touch to release an irresistible fragrance. The more you hug them, the sweeter they smell.

— Build-A-Bear goes scented for Valentine's Day, and they'll also be matching in-store donations to Save the Children's Journey of Hope program through March 7. (via prnewswire)

Raw Spirit Winter Oak & Summer Rain ~ fragrance reviews

Raw Spirit Summer Rain and Winter Oak brand images

Last week I reviewed Desert Blush and Wild Fire, two fragrances from the new-ish brand Raw Spirit, both inspired by the landscape of the Australian outback. This week I tried Winter Oak and Summer Rain; once again, these fragrances were developed for Raw Spirit by perfumer Harry Fremont, but they refer to seasons in California and Florida, respectively.

Winter Oak is “a smooth, creamy, warming scent” inspired by “the oak-lined trails of the Chumash Lands of California on cool winter mornings.” Its composition includes clary sage, bergamot, pepper, lemon and geranium; saffron, maté, clove bud and olibanum; leather suede, oakwood, oakmoss, cedarwood, vetiver, patchouli and musk. It feels more nuanced than the woody Wild Fire…

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Raw Spirit Desert Blush & Wild Fire ~ fragrance reviews

Raw Spirit Desert Blush & Wild Fire

As we all know by now, it’s really difficult to keep up with the fragrance world these days: so many new perfumes, so many new collections and companies and brands. Furthermore, work has demanded more and more of my attention over the course of 2015, so I’m feeling more out-of-date than usual. I became aware of Raw Spirit last summer when I spied two of the brand’s fragrances at a Birchbox boutique in New York, but I didn’t actually try anything from the line until this week.

What is Raw Spirit? According to the company website, it’s a project of Nomad Two Worlds, “a socially responsible entertainment and lifestyle brand, whose mission is to collaborate with Indigenous and marginalized communities to create culturally relevant contemporary art and entertainment and ‘meaningful’ luxury consumer products which provide economic benefit to our partner communities and further the public’s understanding and appreciation of the world’s most threatened cultures.” Got all that? I’m not sure that I do, but I’ve been giving the fragrances a shot all the same…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2015, part 27

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 editions from Serge Lutens, Lancome and Givenchy.

Serge Lutens La Vierge de Fer, engraved bottles

From Serge Lutens, engraved bottles of La Vierge de Fer, in four designs (two above, two below): “The Romanov coat of arms, this double-headed eagle knows that two heads are better than one when it comes to promoting the opening of the new Serge Lutens boutique in Moscow…”

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