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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2015, part 24

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 Lalique, Annick Goutal and Diptyque; plus a new Parfum concentration of Tory Burch.

Lalique de Lalique 2016

From Lalique, the 2016 limited edition anemone crystal flacon of Lalique de Lalique. $1800 for 100 ml, signed and numbered, at Lalique

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Scented advent calendars 2015, part 2

We won’t start our “official” series of holiday gift posts until Black Friday, but since advent calendars tend to sell out quickly, we’re posting those early this year. We already did Part 1; today, we’ve another handful of fragrance-related calendars plus one tea calendar and one chocolate calendar. (Please note that many of these calendars are not available in the US. Clearly they like Advent calendars in the UK more than in the US).

Diptyque advent calendar 2015

From Diptyque, a calendar featuring candles, travel sprays and body care. It will reportedly be at Selfridges in the UK in November, £250…

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Diptyque Essences Insensees 2015 ~ fragrance review

Diptyque Essences Insensées 2015

I like jasmine. Soft, subtle jasmines are fine — I have quite a few — but big, bold jasmines are even finer. I don’t think anybody has made the jasmine too big and bold for me to wear just yet, although Norma Kamali made a valiant effort.

I figured Diptyque’s new Essences Insensées 2015, from their La Collection 34 series of limited edition harvest-based fragrances, would be on the soft, subtle side, because that seems to be the style at Diptyque in recent years (and possibly also because I pretty much ignored Essences Insensées 2014, which was based on mimosa). But no, this year’s Essences Insensées is J-A-S-M-I-N-E, especially in the top notes, where the jasmine is loud and full and rich, and satisfyingly indolic (just enough and not too much)…

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