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Holiday fragrance gifts 2016, part 1

Today, the first in our eight-part series on fragrance related holiday gifts. We’re starting off late (we usually start on Black Friday, but lateness is one of my personal themes for 2016) and we’re starting off (relatively) cheap, with stocking stuffers and cheap thrills. Do add any of your own recommendations in the comments!

Hiram Green Dilettante 10 ml

From Hiram Green, Dilettante in 10 ml Eau de Parfum: “Aglow with the gentle buzz of a luscious garden after a daytime rain shower, Dilettante, the latest all-natural scent from Hiram Green, is a delightfully playful tribute to the innocent joys of summer.” $45 at Luckyscent

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Tauer Perfumes L’Air du Desert Marocain & Au Coeur du Desert ~ fragrance review

Erg Chebbi Dunes

Displayed on the wall of the store where I work are majestic African tribal robes, Indonesian necklaces as big as breastplates, elaborate Japanese altars, and heavy strings of shells from Papua New Guinea. I love the necklaces, especially, and the other day I finally tried one on. It was grand and angular and cold on my skin, and I felt queenly. Then I saw myself in a mirror. I looked like a mouse in a crown. As much as I loved it, it overwhelmed me.

This is how I’ve felt about Tauer Perfumes L’Air du Désert Marocain. I adore the fragrance’s heady, helicopter-over-the-Grand-Canyon feel, but ultimately it’s too hard for pallid me to pull off, and I swapped away my bottle. This year, Tauer released Au Coeur du Désert, an Extrait interpretation of L’Air du Désert Marocain. I may have found my tribal robe at last…

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Top 10 Fall Fragrances 2016

Acer saccharum - Sugar Maple fall leaves

To give you a thoughtful top ten for fall, I went to the experts: Tracy and André at Fumerie. Both of them used to work at Portland’s Perfume House and amassed years of experience with the classics. Then, seven months ago, Tracy opened Fumerie to focus on niche fragrances, and André joined her.

To give you an idea of their tastes in fragrance, Tracy has a tattoo on her forearm of her favorite perfume notes: patchouli, hay, tobacco, cocoa, and leather. When she thinks of fall, she thinks of comforting scents that remind her of riding her horse as a teenager through the leaves, and the smells of Oregon’s crisp autumn air, sweet alfalfa, saddle leather, grain and the horse itself.

André loves vintage fragrances and has a nose for classically constructed perfumes…

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