Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2014, part 1

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 a Chanel purse, Art Editions of Yves Saint Laurent’s L’Homme series, a Valentine’s Day edition of Repetto Le Parfum, the Marchesa Awards Season Collector’s Edition and special editions of Bond no. 9’s I Love New York with heart-charm necklaces.

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Not perfumes, but worth seeing: the perspex “perfume” clutch bags from Chanel’s Cruise Collection 2014 (see pictures here of Rihanna carrying both bags). Exclusive to Chanel boutiques, where they’re reportedly around $9500. (via Harper’s Bazaar at Facebook) If you missed them, see the similar styles by Charlotte Olympia here

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2013, part 4

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.

Lancôme limited edition La Vie Est Belle

From Lancôme, a limited edition of La Vie Est Belle with “a luminescent finishing to enhance the already beautiful crystal smile bottle”. In 50 ml Eau de Parfum, at Sears in Canada, $95…

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Marchesa Parfum d’Extase ~ fragrance review

Marchesa Parfum d'Extase advert, cropped

Perfume has mystique. It’s supposed to add a powerful but invisible allure, they say. Men should feel faint in your sillage. A whiff of your fragrance should call you to mind, eyes cast seductively aside and all.1 Given the hype, I understand why so many new launches are for whopper fragrances with “sexy” stamped all over their branding. (Whether you actually find any of it sexy is another matter.)

Fortunately, Marchesa Parfum d’Extase takes a more subtle approach, and for that alone it’s worth smelling. Despite its ambitious name, Parfum d’Extase is delicate, fresh, and old fashioned. If you’re looking for purple fruit, heavy musk, patchouli, and gardenia, move along. There’s nothing for you here…

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