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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther, July 8, 2015

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New in niche

It’s a line that’s been around for just over a year, and I’m hearing great things about it: Zoologist Perfumes, with their animal-inspired perfumes Beaver, Panda and Rhinoceros. Developed by Toronto-based perfume developer Victor Wong, the ‘fumes have won praise for the quality and price ($125 for 60 ml EDP). Beaver, created by nose Chris Bartlett, is linden blossom, synthetic castoreum, iris, vanilla, musks, ash, cedar and amber. Panda is a fresh green fragrance with bamboo, pepper, green tea, mandarin, orange blossoms, lilies, sandalwood, cedar, bourbon and vetiver. Rhinoceros is a boozy leather, with notes of run, lavender, sage, conifer needles, pinewood, tobacco, agarwood, vetiver, sandalwood, smoke, leather and musks. Both Panda and Rhinoceros were created by perfumer Paul Kiler. Find out more at the Zoologist site. The line is also available at Niche Essence in Toronto.    

Vintage appeal

I’ve been doling out decants of Guerlain’s Terracotta Voile d’Ete to a friend who fell in love with it at a perfume-sniffing evening we had back in January. She bought a bottle of Guerlain’s new Terracotta Le Parfum, thinking they were the same, but discovered her error when the new bottle arrived and just wasn’t the one she’d fallen in love with. Now we’re on the hunt to find her a bottle of the discontinued original—because as much as she’s a good friend, I’m not quite ready to part with my bottle! Check out Perfume Shrine for a comparison of the two fragrances. And if you’re interested in comparing the two yourself, Gwen and Kay have Terracotta Le Parfum and Terracotta Voile d’Ete  on offer. 

Deals, deals, deals

A number of sites have summer sales on now (some with special deals for e-newsletter subscribers).  Check out (coupon SUMER20XPW), (coupon SUMMER2015) and Fragrancenet (discount when you provide your email address).

Nosing around

Victor Wong is the man behind the Zoologist line, and recruited perfumers Chris Barlett and Paul Kiler to create the scents. Check out this interview on Fragrance Daily with Wong for more about the line and how this relative fragrance newbie—Wong only became interested in perfumes in 2012—started his own niche line. 

Makes me want to try it

So, here’s the description that has me intrigued: “The first act is white floral with spicy hints of black pepper. The second act is leather, and the final one is warm animalic oriental.” That sounds like a frag that is hitting the right notes for me: the new Amouage Opus IX, recently added to The Library Collection, and available at Niche Essence  in Toronto, as well as other Amouage retailers. Read more about it on Fragrantica. 

Just because

Yup, a video of baby twins communicating in their own special way. I don’t have a twin, but I do have a sister, and I laugh at pretty much everything she says, just like one of these twins does.