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Nose-to-nose: Sniffing out news with Esther, September 30, 2015

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New in niche

I’m a sucker for Comme des Garcons perfumes, so you know I’ll be checking out their latest, Floriental, described as a postmodern floral since the floral note is the Cistus flower—which doesn’t have a scent. Oh, CDG, how you tease us! At any rate, the frag’s notes that actually do have a scent include plum, pink pepper, sandalwood, incense, vetiver and labdanum. Nose is Emilie Coppermann. 


Interested in other CDG scents? Gwen and Kay have CDG2, CDG Original, Avignon, Daphne, Calamus and Stephen Jones on offer.


Vintage appeal

One of the things I love about perfume is sniffing out connections: how one perfume reminds me of another, how this one seems like the distant cousin of that one. The other evening, I sprayed on Serge Lutens Datura Noir and something about it just kept niggling away at my memory. What did it remind me of? Two days later, I figured it out: Lanvin’s Arpege. While the two don’t share many notes, there’s some tuberose, orange and vanilla in common—enough to have me thinking that if you like classic Arpege, you’ll like the more modern Datura Noir


Deals, deals, deals

Speaking of deals, you can often find your favourite classic perfumes on discount. Check out the shelves of your local discount retailer (though sadly Winners, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx seem to be stocking fewer frags these days—is it just my ‘hood or across the chains?), and your online discounters. Arpege, for instance, in EDP can be had for under $40 for a 3.4 ounce bottle (and with coupons on some sites, under $30), and Geoffrey Beene’s classic Grey Flannel in EDT for under $30 for 8 ounces! Check out sites such as and for your favourite classic.


Nosing around

Check out this interview with Jean-Claude Ellena and Christine Nagel, the noses at Hermes in the latest issue of New York Magazine


Makes me want to try it

Do you ever have a moment where you think “TOO MANY PERFUMES TO TRY!!!” Yeah, me too. So when I clicked on over to Luckyscent and saw half a dozen new-to-me lines showing up in their new frags listings, I was a bit overwhelmed: Shay & Blue, AJ Arabia, Anatole Lebreton, Room 1015, Gabriella Chieffo… So much to explore! But it was the Italian line—Gabriella Chieffo—that really drew my attention, perhaps in part because I love the sunnier nature of Italian frags. Now, as I look at her line —Hystera, Acquasala, Cameheu, Lye and Ragu, I’m intrigued. I see a sample set in my very near future!


Just because

A whole bucket-load of happiness: my brother just took home a new rescue dog this week, so dogs are on my mind, and this photo gallery of newly-adopted dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes has me grinning from ear to ear.