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Arquiste for St. Regis Caroline’s Four Hundred ~ home fragrance review

Caroline Schermerhorn Astor and her guest

Things come and go in New York City — it’s always been that way — but a few of Manhattan’s grand old hotels remain. Nowadays they’re owned and managed as luxury brands by massive hotel companies, but if you’re lucky, you can step into a place like the St. Regis, sit for a moment in an ornately decorated lobby, and imagine yourself back to an earlier time.

The St. Regis Hotel was built in 1904 under the direction of founder John Jacob Astor IV, and it was declared a New York City landmark in 1988. (If you’re ever in the neighborhood and you’re in the mood for a classic cocktail, I highly recommend a visit to the St. Regis’s King Cole Bar.) And now it has its own signature scent, in the form of a room spray and candle developed for Arquiste by perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux

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The ultimate fresh, clean laundry smell

It’s described on the site as “addictive,” and the “ultimate fresh, clean laundry smell with rich tones of the West.” For those of you wondering exactly what “the West” smells like, it’s less In-N-Out Burger and more “crisp and powdery notes with undertones of sandalwood, leather, and amber surrounded by spice, patchouli, and musk.”

— Singer songwriter John Mayer developed a new laundry detergent and fabric spray in collaboration with The Laundress (with 50% of the proceeds going to the Montana Association of Land Trusts). Read more at Laundry Aficionado John Mayer Put His Name on an ‘Out West’-Scented Detergent at People, or pre-order the product here.

A summer of violets

Violet beauty products, 1

After writing last week’s review of Fabergé Straw Hat, I took a look around and realized that my violet obsession isn’t restricted to perfumes. I’m applying and ingesting and inhaling other violet-perfumed products on a regular basis, too. Here’s a quick round-up of some favorites.

Lush Daddy-O shampoo (top center image) is anything but a “shrinking violet” —its floral aroma is rich and vibrant, with added notes of ylang ylang and violet leaf to add complexity. The scent will linger in your hair all day…

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Boxwalla Beauty Box ~ scented body product reviews

Boxwalla Beauty Box

If you’re as interested in cosmetics as you are in fragrance, you’ve no doubt become aware of the “subscription box” craze of the past five years or so. It usually works like this: you subscribe by filling out a questionnaire about your tastes, and for a monthly fee you’re sent a box of trial-sized products purportedly chosen to fit your profile. Everyone loves getting surprises in the mail, right? I’ve joined two or three of these subscription brands in the past, and for a while I enjoyed receiving my packages; as the months ticked by, however, I ended up owning too many items that I just never used (bright coral lipsticks! sparkly highlighting powders!) so I unsubscribed.

More recently, variations on the subscription theme have emerged — several fragrance clubs, for example, and now Boxwalla, a service that “curates” boxes in four categories: Beauty, Food, Film and Books. The Beauty box promises to offer “luxurious and effective products to nourish your skin and body,” all made in the United States with non-toxic and cruelty-free ingredients. I’ve just tried Boxwalla’s December Beauty box, which seemed to have a “winter comfort” motif, and — unlike some of the cosmetics subscription services I’ve tried —it was an all-around success for me…

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