Jimmy Choo Illicit ~ perfume review

Sky Ferreira for Jimmy Choo Illicit

The latest fragrance release from luxury footwear brand Jimmy Choo is Illicit, a “modern floriental” developed by perfumer Anne Flipo. Illicit’s notes include ginger, bitter orange, rose, jasmine, honey-amber accord and sandalwood; its ad campaign is fronted by singer, model and actress Sky Ferreira.

I’m probably not the target customer for this perfume: I covet shoes from John Fluevog more than anything from Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin et. al., and I don’t know anything about Sky Ferreira. According to Sandra Choi, Jimmy Choo’s creative director, “Illicit embodies the daring spirit of the Jimmy Choo woman. She is alluring, hypnotic and lives her life to the full.”1 I don’t think any of this applies to me, either (alas)…

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Tom Ford Venetian Bergamot ~ fragrance review

Tom Ford Private Blend Venetian Bergamot1 was just released. (Does anyone know the connection between Venice and bergamot? Me neither.) A nice, but distracted — there was a Seattle Seahawks’ player standing next to me — sales assistant at my local Nordstrom made me a huge sample of Venetian Bergamot, and he let me know it was selling, selling, selling (sotto voce) “…as all Tom’s things do.”

Venetian Bergamot starts with dark bergamot seasoned with pepper, ginger and indistinct, cheap-smelling, “flowers”; the ginger is of the preserved, not fresh, variety. Venetian Bergamot then presents a so-so bergamot-ginger-light floral combo for about an hour on my skin. Then: things turn unexpectedly nasty…

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Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au The Bleu, with an aside on Berdoues Assam of India ~ fragrance reviews

Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Bleu

Eau Parfumée au Thé Bleu is the fourth fragrance in the tea series at Bvlgari. Thé Bleu was inspired by oolong tea, a semi-fermented tea which is indeed sometimes referred to as blue tea, but the first thing you need to know about Thé Bleu is that perfumer Daniela Andrier‘s composition makes more than a nod to the first in the series (and the first fragrance from Bvlgari), Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert, from perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena. (The others in the newly relaunched series, all now done in frosted glass, are Eau Parfumée au Thé Blanc, from perfumer Jacques Cavallier, and Eau Parfumée au Thé Rouge, from perfumer Olivier Polge.)

So Eau Parfumée au Thé Bleu not only smells like a variation on Thé Vert…

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The Monday Mail ~ help Alissa find a new fragrance

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The Monday Mail is our not-so-regular feature where readers help other readers find the perfect fragrance. Today’s subject: Alissa. When Alissa was young, her grandmother gave her some cute perfume samples and started her on the road to collecting, first for the bottles, later, as she grew older, for the juice.

She needs help today on a very specific quest. On a trip to China with her boyfriend, they visited several temples. Inside the temples, there was incense burning. She loved the smell, and after doing some research she thinks the incense was probably sandalwood. Alissa wants to find a perfume that will smell like the incense from those temples. She is willing to spend up to €250 euro, but she’d like that price to fetch her a large bottle (150-200 ml)…

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Annick Goutal 1001 Ouds, Arquiste Nanban & Serge Lutens Renard Constrictor ~ fragrance reviews

Montgomery Ward catalog page

When you were a kid, did you ever flip through the Montgomery Ward catalog in late summer and plot your persona for the next school year? I loved it. I studied the catalog models and chose the outfits I thought would dazzle other seventh graders, even though I’d be lucky to rate a sack of hand-me-downs and shoes from Kmart.

These days, new clothes don’t hold a lot of allure for me, but I adore perusing the new fall fragrances. I’m in Paris right now, and I’ve been lucky to sniff some of the latest releases. Even though the heat is sweltering, warm fragrances and dreams of fall beckon. Here are a few I’d love to take home that I’d never find at Montgomery Ward…

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