5 perfumes: Euphoria

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It has been said of great poetry — as well as of pornography, of course — that you know it when you see it. A few perfumes have struck me with an analogous revelatory force.1 Many of my favorites have crept up on me, gaining in beauty and mystery over the course of several exposures. In a small number of cases, though, a first encounter with a fragrance has been more like being within 50 feet of a lightning strike: no immediate definition or description does the matter justice. Since my perfume hobby started, I’ve watched the epiphanies of several of my fellow fume-heads. Upon processing the first sniff, two enthusiasts have wept. One friend laughed in surprise, and another pirouetted. My reaction to such new love is to blush beet-red, regardless of whether there is anyone around to witness my surrender. Apparently, if I am greatly moved, my sympathetic nervous system must become involved.

Does it say something about me that I have spent a great deal of time ruminating on these singular events, trying to identify a unifying thread? (Short answer: yes.) In fact, I have noticed there are similarities between my own heart-struck moments…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2015, part 10

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 collector bottles from Bvlgari, Clive Christian, Davidoff and Naomi Goodsir; plus new concentrations for My Burberry and Ormonde Jayne.

Bvlgari All Blacks

From Bvlgari, limited editions of Man in Black and Man Extreme celebrating New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team. Both are in 100 ml…

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2015, part 9

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 collector bottles from Acqua di Parma and Loewe; a new purse spray for Cartier La Panthère; new concentrations for Kenzo Jeu d’Amour and Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez; and new packaging for solid perfumes from Ormonde Jayne.

Acqua di Parma Colonia Essenza collector

From Acqua di Parma, a special edition of Colonia Essenza: “The decoration on Acqua di Parma’s Special Edition black bottle is inspired by the tuxedo and bow tie, an elegant and unique pattern, entirely handcrafted by Italian master glassmakers. This refillable bottle becomes a collector’s item for the connoisseurs of Colonia Essenza.” 180 ml, £140 at Selfridges in the UK…

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We’re craftsmen

Linda Pilkington of Ormonde Jayne introduces her perfume line. Among other things, she takes credit (or blame?) for introducing oud into the perfume industry. A little over 9 minutes.