Scallops in bubble gum

The scallops in bubble gum tasted a billion times better than you'd think, and thank you, Jean-Georges, for that. It also pretty much set the tone for the rest of the dinner. Next came a crunchy popcorn-encrusted salmon, lobster with piña colada bubbles, veal with bergamot, and—best of all—almond pudding that had no business being called pudding (unless, sorry, you love Snack Packs).

— Elizabeth Siegel of Allure attends a Scent Dinner hosted by Chandler Burr and inspired by Thierry Mugler Alien and its flankers. Read more at Here's What Happens When Chefs Reimagine Perfume as Food.

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Two peppermint stick chocolate bars ~ (not perfume) reviews

candy canes

It’s been ages since we’ve talked about chocolate here — just about two years ago I reviewed a handful of bars, and then nothing since. I’ve gone right on eating chocolate, nearly every day. This month I’ve been working my way through several winter-themed bars, including the two peppermint stick bars under consideration today. For regular, non-candy-cane peppermint + chocolate, my favorites are usually Dolfin Noir Aux Feuilles de Menthe, which I nearly never get my hands on, or Divine’s Mint Dark Chocolate, my “everyday” chocolate mint. Madecasse’s Peppermint, which they have reissued as a limited edition again this year, is also quite good (and I am still trying to find a bar of their other holiday flavor for 2015, Orange Cranberry).

But today, we’re doing peppermint sticks…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2015, part 26

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 Atkinsons, Annick Goutal and Yves Rocher; plus a new Extrait de Parfum version of Alaïa Paris.

Atkinsons 24 Old Bond Street collector

From Atkinsons, a special edition of 24 Old Bond Street: “This covetable-collectable marks the inaugural annual Atkinsons collaboration with the crème de la crème of Britain’s most talented designers to create a limited edition version of 24 Old Bond Street, the emblematic fragrance of the House…”

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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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