Living Lalique ~ perfume review

Living Lalique, brand image for London

Living Lalique is the latest pillar fragrance for women from the Lalique brand. I adore Lalique Encre Noire (the one for men), but by and large the recent feminine fragrances (Amethyst, Encre Noire Pour Elle, Fleur de Cristal, Satine, L’Amour and Azalée) have not interested me, other than the bottles, which are generally every bit as covetable as you’d expect from a company that’s in the business, after all, of making pretty glass.

If I had to pick a modern Lalique perfume for women, Living Lalique would be my choice, easily…

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L’Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc ~ quick fragrance review & quick poll

L'Occitane Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc, product range

I started to review L’Occitane’s new Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc (the latest fragrance to join La Collection de Grasse) together with The Different Company’s I Miss Violet, but that wasn’t working out so well, so here is a quick review of just the Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc.

I’ll start with the name, which should save time for at least some of you: if I was naming it, it would be called Iris Blanc Eau Fruitée or something like…

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Houbigant Iris des Champs ~ fragrance review

Houbigant Iris des Champs, Eau de Parfum and Extrait

Houbigant Iris des Champs was released in fall 2014; it is the brand’s first launch since Orangers en Fleurs, a fragrance that I happened to enjoy quite a bit. Iris des Champs is described as “a heady, plush homage to iris,” with notes of bergamot, pink pepper, rose, lily of the valley, pear, iris, jasmine, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, amber, woody notes, vanilla and musk. It was developed for Houbigant by perfumer Mathieu Nardin.

I looked forward to trying this fragrance, especially since I like many iris fragrances — and how beautiful is that packaging, right? Unfortunately, Iris des Champs didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I’ve been sampling the Extrait de Parfum version this week. It begins in a promising fashion, with a rooty-green iris accord. Weirdly, that iris only lasts about a half-hour…

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Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger Violette Sacree & Rose Irisee ~ fragrance reviews

Au Pays de la Fleur d'Oranger Collection Les Inédits

The Neroli Blanc Collection from French niche perfumery Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger was one of my happy discoveries of early 2014: it’s a trio of well-made, reasonably priced interpretations of neroli and orange blossom, and my samples brightened a few long winter days for me. This fall, I’ve been exploring the company’s Collection Les Inédits, a range of more complex fragrances. My two favorites are Rose Irisée and Violette Sacrée, both developed by perfumer Jean Claude Gigadot and released in spring 2014.

With Rose Irisée and Violette Sacrée, Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger presents two classical perfumery themes reinterpreted with a modern sensibility — and you know I can never resist that kind of promise…

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