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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther

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New in niche

We love Andy Tauer here at Perfumeniche, as evidenced by the number of his frags that Gwen and Kay have written rave reviews about. Now, Andy has a new fume on the way: PHI – Une Rose de Kandahar. It’s not out yet (though available for pre-order), and is getting great reviews in the blogosphere: one calls its opening “elegant, sophisticated, full-bodied and opulent,” its heart “delectable, creamy and smooth” and is finish “sexy with a touch of masculinity.” The Tauer website describes the head notes as rich apricot, cinnamon, hints of bitter almond and bergamot; heart of spices, plum, rose absolute from Bulgaria, Bourbon geranium and dried tobacco leaves; and body of patchouli, vetiver, vanilla, tonka, musk and amber gris. Sound amazing!

Interested in sampling other Tauer scents? Gwen and Kay have Zeta, Incense Extreme, Une Rose Chyprée, L’Air du Désert Marocain, Orange Star, Eau d’Epices and Lonestar Memories.

Vintage appeal

Okay, last post I mentioned that I was about to order the book Scent and Subversion: Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume. Well, it arrived last week—and it is terrific! Full of great reviews, history and insights into vintage perfumes, it’s a must-have for anyone is a vintage ‘fume hound.

Deals, deals, deals

Geoffrey Beene’s Grey Flannel has been around for almost 40 years, and it still smells terrific. Violet, lemon, orange, oakmoss, sage and sandalwood combine to create a classic men’s scent (and hey, it smells nice on gals too). The best news: you can often find it deeply discounted online and in shops like Winner’s and TJ Maxx. 

Want to sample before you commit? Gwen and Kay have decants on of Grey Flannel on offer. 

Nosing around

Ever wished you could have a perfume made just for you? Well, if you’ve got a spare $40,000+ hanging around, you can have Roja Dove, the London-based perfumer whose shop sits inside Harrod’s, create one for you. Read all about it in The New York Times article about Mr. Dove.

Makes me want to try it

Did you know that cows can pick up a scent from six miles away? And if you’re a perfumer like Lisa Brodar of Portland General Store, whose line includes Moonshine, Moss, Tobacco and Wood, finding that out would of course make you want to create a fragrance that would appeal to both the hip farmer and his sensitive-nosed cows. Which she’s done—called Farmer’s Cologne. Check out this fun little article about it on

Just because

I don’t have kids. But if I did, I would totally do this.