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Top 10 Winter Fragrances 2016

Mikhail Vrubel, The Snow Maiden, detail

I am on record, here and elsewhere, as hating winter. The forecast for this weekend — snow, snow, and then more snow — just adds insult to injury. I’ve mostly managed to avoid the winter rotation in our seasonal Top 10 lists, but I did get stuck with it back in 2011, and reviewing that list, yes, I could easily go through the winter with just those 10 (and I am convinced I could make it through any winter with just Fendi Theorema, if I had to).

To avoid repetition with my 2011 list and the winter lists we’ve done since, I decided to come up with a cold-weather wardrobe based solely on newer fragrances…and then once I’d decided on my 10, I realized, too late, that this post is essentially an abridged and annotated version of the Best of 2015. So much for good intentions. If you have some new ideas for winter, do comment! And do check out the lists at Bois de Jasmin, Grain de Musc and The Non-Blonde

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2015, part 3

Our 2015 series of holiday gift posts continues with home fragrance items. Do comment if you have any fabulous suggestions of your own! Coming up on Sunday: gift ideas for men.

Tocca Pondicherry candle

From Tocca, the John Robshaw collection, featuring handmade ceramic candles with lids. Available in a number of scents, designs and colors; shown is Pondicherry (“An old French colonial outpost in India, Pondicherry paints its mansions in fantastic alizarin pinks and cadmium yellows. I love exploring Goubert Market for its baskets of vetyver, garland flowers, black currants and pamplemousse.”) 270g (55 hour burn time), $60 each at Beautyhabit

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L’Occitane + Pierre Herme hand creams ~ quick review

L'Occitane + Pierre Hermé hand creams

I mentioned when I reviewed the two fragrances in the new Pierre Hermé collection at L’Occitane, Jasmin Immortelle Neroli and Pamplemousse Rhubarbe, that shortly after smelling them I ordered a set of the hand creams. The trio comes with an additional fragrance, Miel Mandarine, that they didn’t produce in an Eau de Toilette form. Here are some very quick thoughts; if you’ve never used L’Occitane’s hand creams and you want some background on the formula, see my review of the Passionate Jasmine, Subtle Violet and Fleur d’Or & Acacia hand creams.

Miel Mandarine

This was the scent I was most curious about since they are not selling it in a personal fragrance, and also, orange + honey? That sounds fantastic. Unfortunately it is not my favorite L’Occitane hand cream ever…

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