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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther, April 13, 2016

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New in niche
Lily of the valley are one of my favourite spring flowers, and of course, for perfume lovers, they are the subject of one of perfume’s “creation stories”—the creation of Diorissimo by perfume guru Edmond Roudnitska. Now, Roudnitska’s protégé Jean-Claude Ellena has launched his own lily of the valley scent, Muguet Porcelaine by Hermes, the latest offering in the Hermessence range. Robin at Now Smell This gives it a glowing review, and so I’ll be searching it out for a sniff as well. 
 
Interested in other lily of the valley scents? Gwen and Kay have Le Muguet de Rosine 2015 on offer, and you can find scents with lily of the valley notes by typing “lily of the valley” in the search box.
 
Deals, deals, deals
Not so much a deal as an evening of enjoyment: If you will be in Toronto on April 20, plan to be at Niche Essence at 2651 Yonge Street for an evening of sampling and conversation. The shop will be welcoming Danny Ventura from Serge Lutens and and Mary Gooding from Puredistance. As well, the shop will be revealing several new products from Amouage, Xerjoff, Parfums de Marly and Initio. If you’d like to attend, RSVP to line@nicheessence.com. The reception takes place from 6 pm to 9 pm on April 20 at Niche Essence at 2651 Yonge Street, Toronto.
 
Vintage appeal
Interested in vintage lily of the valley? Diorissimo is an obvious fragrance to track down, but here’s another: Coty’s Muguet des Bois. Check our Barbara Herman’s post about it on her blog Yesterday’s Perfumes. 
 
Makes me want to try it
I’ve always liked Catherine Deneuve, and a recent post on Bois de Jasmin has me appreciating her even more now that I know she’s a perfumista as well. Check out Victoria’s post from April 13 as well as this link to an older post that details some of Deneuve’s favourite frags. I’ve sniffed almost all of them, and her mention of Frederic Malle’s Iris Poudre has me thinking I need to search that one out again—it was divine!
 
Nosing around
Check out this delightful article about perfumers’ gardens, featuring Serge Lutens and the garden of Edmond Roudnitska: Grow Your Own Perfume by Liz Hancock.
 
Interested in sniffing some of Roudnitska’s creations? Gwen and Kay have Eau Sauvage and Diorella on offer.
 
Just because
April is National Poetry Month, and so here’s a link to a lovely poem, with a nod to lily of the valley: Planting the Sand Cherry by Ann Struthers.