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Amyris Homme – fresh and woody and an all-season scent

Amryis elemifera shrub

Black Cedarwood & Juniper – woody and fresh and gorgeous

Juniper - perfumeniche.com

Santal Blanc 2019* – Fresh and woody and floral

Santalum album in Hyderabad, India - Wikipedia

Le Parfum de Thérèse – carnal and elegant and iconic

La Prune (Plum)

If there is one fragrance we get asked about more than any other, it's Le Parfum de Thérèse by Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle.  People are fascinated by the love story behind its creation.

L’Air des Alpes Suisses – green and cool and Swiss

Swiss Alps near Grindelwald - Alpine Globeflower (Trollius)

Oh, the Swiss alps! Just typing these words conjures up images of skiers schussing down mountain pistes to the sound of gliding skis and crunching snow against a backdrop of conical pine trees, cutting through the cold, clear mountain air. Then, the apres-ski in cozy chalets, warmed by blazing fires heating a raclette cheese round.

Pays Dogon – vegetal and woody and earthy

Dogon cliff dwellings, Bandiagara escarpment, Mali

Mandarina Corsica – warm summer nights and the smell of candied mandarins and immortelle

Photo Courtesy of L'Artisan Parfumeur

I have a very dear friend who lives in London. We don’t see each other as often as we’d like, and travel plans to meet up this summer have fallen through, so we came up with the idea to take ‘Scented Vacation’ together.

Fleurs de Citronnier – delicate and floral and fresh

Lemon flower and fruit

Fathom V – green and greener and greenest

Spray breaking over The Cobb, at Lime Regis, England

Eau de Narcisse Bleu – green and floral and woody

Photo: perfumeniche.com

I was scouring my favourite food writers for inspiration for a Sunday dinner when I came across this preamble for recipes by food writer Nigel Slater in The Guardian:

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