The Different Company I Miss Violet ~ fragrance review

The Different Company I Miss Violet

I Miss Violet is the latest from French niche line The Different Company, working with perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour (shown above left). It’s a unisex floral / vegetal leather, and the brand’s description is reasonably close to reality:

Discover a vegetal leather accord at the heart and the base of the sillage. Bertrand Duchaufour creates the fragrance like a sculptor and brings out green notes with the freshness of basil and tangerine right behind a vibrant and sparkling champagne note…

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5 perfumes: April is the cruellest month

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Last Friday I wrote about 5 pretty floral fragrances for spring. But spring, of course, isn’t just about pretty flowers. Today, five somewhat quirkier / more offbeat takes on the season.1 Many of these suggestions came from reader comments, but do add any more that you can think of!

CB I Hate Perfume M#2 Black March: A fantastic fragrance that I’ve already included in 100 Fragrances Every Perfumista Should Try. The notes — rain drops, leaf buds, wet twigs, tree sap, bark, mossy earth and the faintest hint of spring — pretty much cover all the bases for early spring…

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The Different Company Lumiere & Wood candles ~ home fragrance review

The Different Company candles

I haven’t bought many scented candles this year, and those I have bought are old favorites I’ve already reviewed. Recently, I received small-sized candle samples from The Different Company, and I liked almost all of them. I really enjoyed Lumière (from the Collection des Rêves) and Wood (from The Modern House line).

Lumière was developed by perfumer Delphine Jelk and lists orange blossom, ylang-ylang and white musk as major ingredients. Lumière is a semi-sweet, white floral-scented candle with the accent on creamy orange blossom (that sometimes veers into “almost-tuberose,” then “almost-edible” territory). During its gourmand phase, Lumière reminds me of pastry made with a dash of orange flower water…

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The Different Company Une Nuit Magnetique ~ fragrance review

The Different Company Une Nuit Magnetique

If it weren’t for you — and the generous dram-sized sample Robin forwarded me — I wouldn’t have given The Different Company Une Nuit Magnétique more than a cursory sniff. Usually when I test a fragrance, I start with a drop on the flesh at the base of my thumb. Then, if I like it, I give it real estate up my forearm. My test drop of Une Nuit Magnétique was sharp and tooth-achingly sweet. Not promising. If I hadn’t been considering a review, I would have quit there. It was only when I poured some into an atomizer and wet down my arm that I began to see Une Nuit Magnétique for what it really is: a tender, shimmering, intensely feminine perfume…

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