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Holiday fragrance gifts 2012, part 3

Our series of holiday gift posts continues with home fragrance of all kinds, from candles to sachets. If you missed them, check out part 1 (scented body products) and part 2 (travel sizes & coffrets).

Diptyque holiday candle collection 2012

Maybe some year, Diptyque’s holiday candles will look so dull that we’ll leave them out, but that year has not yet arrived. This year’s set includes Amber Oud (red; “…inspired by the Arabian Nights resembles a precious stone where rare spices infused with warming resins and balsams plunges the user into an Oriental dream world”), Oliban (purple; “A mysterious creation showcasing the precious resin frankincense. This fragrance will transport the user straight to the heart of the Arabian Nights.”) and Sapin Doré (green; “…pays homage to the most celebrated fir tree in the world, it transports the user straight to the heart of a forest of golden spruce trees.”). In mini candle (70g for $32) or full-sized (190g for $68), available at Nordstrom

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Up for grabs: Joya Ames Soeurs

Joya Âmes Sœurs

What is it: An unused 10 ml roll-on of Joya Âmes Sœurs perfume oil.

How do I get it: Tell me about your favorite perfume oil, if you have one, or your favorite perfume book.

I will send this anywhere in the world, but will not be responsible for any customs-related mishaps.

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Joya Ames Soeurs ~ fragrance review

Joya Âmes SœursThe Book of Lost Fragrances by M. J. Rose

I’m always happy to come across connections between perfumery and literature, so I read (and thoroughly enjoyed) M. J. Rose’s “novel of suspense” The Book of Lost Fragrances soon after its release, and then I tried the accompanying scent from the independent perfume house Joya. According to the author’s website, Rose sent an advance copy of the novel to Joya as a gesture of thanks, since she had been burning Joya candles for ambiance while writing it; the company’s owner, Frederick Bouchardy, was inspired to create a fragrance in response to the novel.

The result is Âmes Sœurs (Scent of Soulmates), developed for Joya by perfumer Rayda Vega and described as “an orange blossom wrapped in incense, smoke and musk.” Its official list of notes includes tamarind, grapefruit, and cypress; rose Bulgar, ginger, and orange blossom; and cedarwood, incense, amber and sweet musk.

If you’ve read The Book of Lost Fragrances, you’re familiar with its motif of an ancient Egyptian perfume, preserved through the ages…

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