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Top 10 Spring Fragrances 2016

tulip in snow

I am vocal about disliking spring. Where I live, there are always a few days in late February that feel like an elaborate set-up from Punk’d. Like newborn babes, they come: the office mates, friendly neighbors, the recently retired. They peer up into the warming blue and wonder aloud, trying to remember which way a hapless groundhog waddled weeks ago. Please don’t take spring’s bait. This year it snowed in April in the colder areas of Europe and North America and fans and news writers seemed to blame poor departed Prince. Let’s face it, in Minneapolis anyway, it usually snows in April. And snow can be the least of our worries. I am a fan of heterogeneity — I like mixed drinks and mixed company, for example — but few phrases freeze the heart faster than that euphemism “mixed precipitation”. Spring also brings wind, rain, seasonal allergies and skies the color of dead fish. Yes, the vernal months provoke a rare ire in me.

And yet, looking over my April 2011 Top 10 and Robin’s post from last year on pretty spring florals, I’ve realized I have little cause to be so sour while wearing some of my favorite fragrances. Clutching roots and branches may grow from stony rubbish, as Eliot wrote, but I have hyacinth, lily-of-the-valley, magnolia, violets and iris to console me until mid-May…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2016, part 3

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 Yves Saint Laurent, Guerlain and Viktor & Rolf; new travel sizes of Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess and Gucci Bamboo; and a new Eau de Parfum concentration of Kenzo Homme.

Yves Saint Laurent Paris Premières Roses 2016

From Yves Saint Laurent, the 2016 edition of Paris Premières Roses: “Inspired by Parisian nights, this limited-edition bottle of Paris Premieres Roses is splashed with hearts and stars that are iconic symbols of monsieur Yves Saint Laurent. The fragrance inside is bright and modern, a fresh interpretation of the original scent dedicated to the city of Paris.” In 125 ml, $95 at Nordstrom

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Friday scent of the day 3/4

Estée Lauder

Happy Grammar Day! And1 happy Friday. Our community project for today: wear a fragrance from Estée Lauder or Aramis, if you have one.

What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.

I’m in my all-time favorite Estée Lauder fragrance (although I suspect that Estée Lauder herself would not approve), Bronze Goddess

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Estee Lauder adds By Kilian to portfolio

“Kilian Hennessy’s innate passion for luxury and fragrance influences every aspect of By Kilian,” said John Demsey, Estée Lauder group president. “As a brand builder, Kilian has done an incredible job of expressing his…olfactive and visual philosophy to his enthusiastic global fan base. We see a bright future for this brand, building on what Kilian and his talented team have already accomplished — and we can’t wait to get to work.”

— Via Estée Lauder Adds By Kilian to Luxury Fragrance Holdings at Women's Wear Daily. By Kilian joins Le Labo and Frédéric Malle in the Estée Lauder stable.