Holiday fragrance gifts 2016, part 5

Moving on…we’re up to part five in our eight-part series on fragrance related holiday gifts. Today, we’ve got scented body products of all kinds, and as always, do add any of your own recommendations in the comments!

Golda Hiba Sphere Soap

From Golda, the Hiba Sphere Soap: “…our morning combination of Coconut, Palm and Olive Oils to help you rise and shine. With hydrating and conditioning properties from Jojoba, Avocado, Lemongrass, and Aomori Hiba essential oil, only found in 300 year old Aomori Hiba trees from Aomori, Japan. Our soap has a unique citrusy, cider-like fragrance that is purifying, uplifting, and stimulating.” $18 for 126g at Studio Cue LA

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Parfums Raffy

Malle x 4

First up, two videos (one is below the jump) about Frédéric Malle’s new boutique in the Marais district of Paris. The boutique was designed by the architecture firm of Jakob + MacFarlane (and there is an article with lots of pictures at designboom).

Below those, first, a video telling the story behind the brand. Below that, perfumer Michel Roudnitska talks about Le Parfum de Thérèse, created by his father, Edmond Roudnitska.

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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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