5 perfumes: flankers I like better than the original fragrance

Thierry Mugler Angel Liqueur de Parfum

We all complain about flankers, and they’re an easy mark: there are too many of them (really, WAY too many of them) and the general tendency of flankers, of course, is to dumb down, or sportify, or summer-ize, or oud-ify, or otherwise attenuate a possibly already less-than-marvelous pillar fragrance. But I’m sure I’m not the only one that has a few flankers I like better than the original. Here are my five picks,1 do share yours!

Tops on my list is Givenchy’s Organza Indecence. I never did care, either way, about Organza…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2016, part 1

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 Guerlain, Hermès, Givenchy and Philosophy, plus a new Eau de Parfum concentration of Eau de Cartier.

Guerlain Le Bouquet de la Reine

From Guerlain, Le Bouquet de la Reine, which is reportedly the brand’s Jasminora in a numbered collector bottle, €550 for 125 ml, to be sold by subscription with proceeds to benefit the restoration of the royal apartments at Château de Versailles…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2015, part 28

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 Serge Lutens, Acqua di Parma, Givenchy and Yves Rocher.

Serge Lutens L'Eau Froide Cold War

From Serge Lutens, L’Eau Froide in the numbered Cold War edition, now available in Paris…

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2015, part 2

Our 2015 series of holiday gift posts continues — today we’re featuring coffrets and gift sets. More coming up soon!

Frédéric Malle 15th Anniversary Coffret

Tops on our list (raise your hand if you’ve already bought one), the limited edition Frédéric Malle 15th Anniversary Coffret, in two sizes, both featuring 10 ml sprays plus a Bakelite travel spray and a retrospective book illustrated by American sculptor Phillip Low. The larger coffret includes twenty fragrances for $590; the smaller (“designed with men in mind”) includes ten fragrances for $365. You can purchase directly from the Malle website

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