La Boule de Provence

A short piece for L'Artisan Parfumeur's new terracotta home fragrance "object", La Boule de Provence. The scent features lavender, hay, rosemary, tomato leaf and basil, and there are 3 sizes, $100 - $280.

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5 perfumes: gourmand oddities

Sausages

Way back in 2008, Erin wrote a post called 5 Perfumes for: Gourmand Deniers. Her selection emphasized gourmands for people who are wary of gourmands; in her words, gourmands “that camouflage their intentions”. Like Erin, I don’t think of myself as a huge fan of sweet, dessert-based gourmands, although as time goes on I find more and more exceptions to the rule. Today, however, I’m thinking about an entirely different kind of gourmand. Here are five fragrances that smell like food without calling to mind the conventional offerings on a dessert tray.

Lush The Voice of Reason: If Dinner by Bobo were still on the market (and if it is, do comment), it would surely take top honors in any list of gourmand oddities, but as a reasonably meaty substitute I offer The Voice of Reason, which I described in my review as “rather alarmingly meaty”…

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L’Artisan Parfumeur Rose Privee ~ fragrance review

layers of pink petals

L’Artisan Parfumeur is one of the first “niche” perfumeries that won my heart — in a sense, it was the brand that got me seriously interested in perfume, back in the 1990s when my mother was wearing Mûre et Musc and I realized there were fragrance options beyond the perfume counters at the mall. I’m a longtime fan of L’Artisan’s two earlier rose fragrances, Drôle de Rose and Voleur de Roses, so I looked forward to trying Rose Privée as soon as it was announced.

Rose Privée celebrates the “rare and iconic” Rose de Mai of Grasse, and it’s a floral fragrance (obviously!) with notes of citrus, black currant, basil and Rose de Mai; carnation, magnolia, violet, and lilac; patchouli and hay. It was developed in collaboration by perfumers Bertrand Duchaufour and Stéphanie Bakouche. It will be released in May, just the right season for a new rose fragrance…

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2014, part 2

Our 2014 series of holiday gift posts continues — today we’ve got travel sizes, rollerballs and coffrets. More coming up on Friday!

For more gift ideas, see Bois de Jasmin’s list of Perfume Discovery Sets or EauMG’s Holiday Gift Guide for Natural Beauties.

Bottega Veneta Knot coffret

From Bottega Veneta, a Knot gift set with a 75 ml Eau de Parfum, a 100 ml Body Lotion plus a deluxe miniature of the Eau de Parfum. $165 at Nordstrom

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