5 perfumes: Great Moments in Top Notes

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As a Now Smell This reader, you likely view top notes differently from the average perfume consumer. A perfumista like you has learned to appreciate design in fragrance and to heap scorn on the scent that snares with a few fleeting bits of flash. You are shocked and dismayed when, mere moments after the sales assistant hands over a blotter, a time-crunched husband or brand-loyal shopaholic announces: “Wrap it up!” You would like to warn this impulsive stranger. You know this purchase can only end in heartache, a heartache wreathed in a pale floral laundry musk. You are a specialist, though, and you understand your message is complicated. Perhaps you should draw a fragrance pyramid on the back of this napkin you found in your pocket, or scribble down a quick glossary? Suddenly, you are assailed by the memory of that time a friend mentioned wearing Marc Jacob Daisy — “Is that a good perfume?” — and you forgot yourself somehow and ended up giving a short lecture on strawberry doll-head accords and the volatility of certain esters.1 (“I like the bottle,” your baffled friend replied.) Okay, so you’re probably not going to make much headway here.

The flip side of our suspicion of a great top note is… well, everyone likes a great top note. Many of us fragrance fans carry about atomizers or sample vials, so we can reapply and get that glorious hit of green/citrus/spice/fruit/skank again…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2014, part 18

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 special editions from Hermès, Nina Ricci and Dolce & Gabbana, plus new solid perfume compacts from Le Labo.

Hermès 24 Faubourg numéro 24

From Hermès, a collector edition of 24 Faubourg with a “numéro 24″ pattern recalling Hermès silk scarves. €125 for 100 ml Eau de Parfum at Sephora in France…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2014, part 17

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 special editions from Loewe, Hermès, Serge Lutens and Azzaro.

Loewe Más allá de la Realidad perfume bottles

From Loewe, the Más allá de la Realidad collection, with seven fragrances in bottles inspired by Surrealism and decorated by Spanish artist Carlos Buendía…

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Friday scent of the day 7/25

Quaint Cape Cod scene, Cape Cod Mass.

Today’s community project: wear something by Hermès OR something by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena. What did you pick?

As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you didn’t participate in the community project!

I’m wearing Hermès Terre d’Hermès Eau Très Fraîche, because it’s the only choice I have (I’m still on vacation). I smell great but it’s probably not what I would have picked if I was at home…

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