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Penhaligon’s Ostara ~ perfume review

Penhaligon's Ostara

I have fallen woefully behind on Penhaligon’s — and on many other brands as well, but right now I’ll focus on Penhaligon’s. Someone do comment if any of the four fragrances in their Trade Routes collection (Empressa, Levantium, Lothair and As Sawira) are absolute-must-tries, otherwise, they will remain four more faceless (smell-less?) entities in the sea of niche releases. Who can keep up?

As I’ve said in the past, I’m a bit lukewarm about Penhaligon’s anyway. They do a good job at what they do, but what they do, with one exception, doesn’t especially suit me. The latest, Ostara,1 got my attention because a) it’s narcissus, and b) the graphics are pretty (yes, I’m that shallow) and c) it’s perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour, but a solar floral fragrance that promised to “capture the optimism and sunlight that spring brings” did not sound like his usual…

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2014, part 4

Our series of holiday gift posts continues with gift ideas for men, although there are plenty of “unisex” ideas in the other articles, and there are probably a few things here that women might like.

Crabtree & Evelyn Indian Sandalwood Traveller set

From Crabtree & Evelyn, the Indian Sandalwood Traveller set, with 8 ml Indian Sandalwood Cologne, 50 ml Indian Sandalwood Hair & Body Wash, 50 g Indian Sandalwood Shave Cream and 50 ml Indian Sandalwood Aftershave Balm. $26 at Crabtree & Evelyn

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