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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles (& some other stuff) 2015, part 12

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 solid perfumes from Estee Lauder and Ferragamo; plus a new Eau de Toilette version of Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium.

Estee Lauder Solid compacts, Carousel and Birdcage

From Estee Lauder, limited edition solid perfume compacts. At left, the Estée Lauder Pleasures Carousel: “A thoughtful gift for the child at heart, this colorful carousel compact delights with three moving animals and sparkling Swarovski crystals”; $495. At right, Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia Gilded Birdcage: “Let your evening take glamorous flight with this sparkling birdcage compact. The golden collectible featuring a beautiful parrot is decorated with Swarovski crystals for eye-catching elegance”; $295. Both at Bergdorf Goodman

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Aftelier Bergamoss ~ fragrance review

Aftelier Bergamoss

With all the restrictions on fragrance materials and perfume house budgets, a lot of us fear for classic chypres. Aftelier Bergamoss is proof that the chypre as François Coty conceived of it lives on.

Mandy Aftel created Bergamoss with top notes including bergamot and wild sweet orange; heart notes of peach, citronellol and nutmeg absolute; and a base of oakmoss, flouve absolute, coumarin and antique civet. For me, Bergamoss tags all the bases of a beautifully made chypre and slides in for a home run with its seamless construction.

Because there’s little I like more than abusing a metaphor, let’s examine Bergamoss’s progress as it scores. Prepare your Cracker Jacks…

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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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