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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2015, part 14

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 Nina Ricci, Estee Lauder, Hermès, Guerlain and Yves Saint Laurent.

Nina Ricci Nina Or

From Nina Ricci, a brushed gold edition of Nina, in 80 ml Eau de Toilette. Available at Nocibe in France…

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Trying 20 times

"My approach is very intellectual. I don’t do a lot of work,” [Jean-Claude Ellena] said, smiling. “I’m thinking a lot and making tiny changes. Christine [Nagel] is trying 20 times – her approach is much more intuitive.” On the day that we met, this was made manifest by two blue stickers on Nagel’s arm – perfume trials that she had been working on earlier that day. Ellena, by contrast, never wears scent – save for Terre d’Hermès about three times a year – the better to neutralise his nose.

— Read more about the changing of the guard at Hermès at Hermès perfume: scents of beauty at The Telegraph.

5 perfumes: (great) new wave summer colognes


Earlier this week I talked about old school summer colognes. Today’s focus: the modern equivalent. These fragrances aren’t classic Eau de Colognes, but they function in much the same way: they’re light, they’re citrus-y, they’re refreshing in the worst dog days of summer. Bonus: some of the newer models last a bit longer on skin than the classics.

I’ve listed my picks in order of release date. Do add your own picks in the comments!

Guerlain Mandarine Basilic ~ From 2007, this lovely sparkling orange with plenty of herbal bite is the oldest fragrance on today’s list…

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Hermes Jour d’Hermes Gardenia ~ perfume review

Jour d'Hermès Gardénia, detail of brand visual

Jour d’Hermès Gardénia is new from Hermès, and since I was charmed by the original Jour d’Hermès, and even more charmed by Jour D’Hermès Absolu, (and yes, longtime readers know I am a fan of the brand in general) of course I wanted to try it. It helps, of course, that I also love gardenia.

A quick recap: Jour d’Hermès was meant to be gardenia and sweet pea, and the Absolu was gardenia and jasmine. To my untrained nose, they were both abstract bouquets, of the dewy-springtime variety, with the Absolu a bit more floral than the regular. I expected about the same of Jour d’Hermès Gardénia, which promised gardenia, rose and jasmine…

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