Up for grabs: Parfums de Nicolai L’Eau Corail & A Lab on Fire One Night in Rio

Parfums de Nicolai L’Eau Corail & A Lab on Fire One Night in Rio

What is it: a 30 ml bottle of Parfums de Nicolaï L’Eau Corail and a 15 ml bottle of A Lab on Fire One Night in Rio. Both have been used for testing.

How do I get it: For a chance to win, leave a comment on the website telling me that you live in the US. Then tell me either a) your favorite niche fragrance of 2015 so far, or b) a great chocolate or tea you discovered recently, or c) something else you’ve been dying to post in a comment.

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Parfums de Nicolai L’Eau Corail ~ fragrance review

Parfums de Nicolaï L’Eau Corail

Longtime fans of French niche line Parfums de Nicolaï know she generally does a new Eau Fraîche most summers, and some of you may remember her two mango entries: Eau Exotique (2005) and Eau Turquoise (2008). I think most people preferred Turquoise, but I preferred Exotique, and that is the one I own. In a reversal of the usual trajectory with older perfumes, the top notes have improved with age but the base has gone a bit off. If it was still for sale, I’d replace it in a heartbeat — it had all the sparkle that’s missing from most modern summer limited editions, which tend to smell fresh but flat.

L’Eau Corail, the latest in the series, returns to the subject of mango…

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Parfums de Nicolai Cuir Cuba Intense ~ fragrance review

Parfums de Nicolaï Cuir Cuba Intense, brand image

Taking into consideration perfumer Patricia de Nicolaï’s description1 (and name) of her new perfume and its notes list2…you might expect Parfums de Nicolaï Cuir Cuba Intense to be the scent equivalent of laying inside a new leather trunk on cushions stuffed with highly scented cured tobacco leaves. In press materials, Nicolaï raves about the aromas of dried tobacco leaf, unlit cigars, and even cigar boxes.

Cuir Cuba Intense is too sophisticated to simply replicate, literally, tobacco and leather aromas; it’s so sophisticated it barely brings them to mind at all…

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