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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2015, part 21

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 Prada, Lancôme and Paris Hilton; plus a new Touche de Parfum edition of Dior J’Adore.

Prada Candy gold edition

From Prada, Candy in gold: “The iconic Prada Candy bottle is reinterpreted with a splash of gold. A provocative statement captures the impulsive nature of the Prada Candy woman. This new color and design are the result of a mix between elegance and excess.” In 80 ml Eau de Parfum, $114 at Bloomingdales

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5 perfumes: appreciating the Big Five

Like much art, some fragrances — especially the complex classics — take time to appreciate fully. At first, you might even find them off-putting. But as you spend time with each fragrance, you begin to appreciate its peculiar nature, its singular beauty. That describes how I’ve felt about the perfumes I’m calling the Big Five.

I’ll tell you a little about my relationship with each fragrance, then I’d love to hear how you’ve come to know each of them.

Chanel No. 5

Chanel No. 5

For the longest time, I was convinced I knew all about No. 5. No. 5 was fine, full of straw-tinted jasmine, awash with aldehydes, and charming, if fusty. But it wasn’t for me — or so I thought…

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