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May 31, 2010 | Calyx

One of the many sad things about the disappearance of the Prescriptives brand was the loss of Calyx:  one of the freshest, greenest, light-as-a-helium-balloon fragrances ever to have been captured in a bottle.  Well, it’s back, sheltering under a different part of the Estée Lauder umbrella (Aramis and Designer Fragrances).  Saved for the scent-loving nation(s).  [...]

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May 25, 2010 | Liz Earle Botanical Essence Eau de Parfum No. 1

Liz Earle inspires an almost cult-like religious devotion among her beauty flock.  Products like Cleanse & Polish have been elevated to the Beauty Hall of Fame – and one of the key factors in their phenomenal success has always been the attractive botanical smells, because Liz herself is so ‘scent-aware’.  It was probably only a [...]

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May 23, 2010 | Kate Moss Wild Meadow

The Scent Critic wishes to make one thing clear:  I am not a scent snob.  I may be utterly beguiled by the history of the grand fragrance houses, and enamoured of many of their creations (though they’re infinitely capable of launching the occasional ‘dog’, too) – but over the years, many of my fragrance amours [...]

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May 20, 2010 | Tom Ford Urban Musk (Private Blend)

Musk.  You love it or you just don’t.  I definitely fall into the first category and so, clearly, does Tom Ford, who’s launched a portfolio of not one but four musk options in his White Musk Collection.  (These, I’m told, have helped to catapult the Tom Ford brand to No. 1 in Harrods beauty and [...]

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May 18, 2010 | Dior Eau Fraîche

In this picture you can see a photo of my father Peter Fairley, ITN's former science editor and 'moon landing' presenter, and his book

I like to think of myself as pretty tough.  I don’t often wilt.  Or blub.  But unstoppering a bottle of Dior Eau Fraîche, from a new Les Créations de Monsieur [...]

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May 17, 2010 | Diptyque Vetyverio

Perfumer Jean Kerleo – for years the resident ‘nose’ at Jean Patou – once shared with me a trick for conjuring up vetiver, in your memory.  ‘Close your eyes,’ he said, ‘and imagine opening a sack of potatoes.’  Earthy.  Slightly damp.  Even a little dirty, maybe.  Since then, I’ve never smelled a sack of potatoes [...]

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May 16, 2010 | Eau de Shalimar

Applying Shalimar to your pulse-points is something of a rite of passage.  Do it when you’re too young, and it’s the equivalent of trying on your mother’s too-big shoes, or smooshing her red lipstick inexpertly around your pout.  The original, legendary Shalimar fragrance is a by-word for sensuality:  created in 1925 by Jacques Guerlain, it [...]

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May 13, 2010 | Elemis Eau de Parfum

What does a spa smell like?  Clean towels and pressed sheets.  A breath of woody incense, perhaps.  Fresh flowers.  (Although the ubiquitous white phalaenopsis orchid, a veritable spa cliché, is of course without scent.)  Well, the debut fragrance from Elemis – a brand found in luxury spas around the world – does capture a little [...]

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May 12, 2010 | Donna Karan Iris

Iris is having its fragrant moment in the sun. Think: Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile. Or Prada’s version. Frederic Malle’s Iris Poudre. There are veritable fields of iris in Chanel’s 28 La Pausa, too, within their Les Exclusifs collection. But this offering from Donna Karan – her upmarket scent [...]

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May 11, 2010 | Martin Margiela (Untitled)

Green.  It’s everywhere.  On the trees.  (Anyone else think that unfurling leaves make them look like they’re wearing lime green Agent Provocateur undies on their lithe bodies?)  In (hung) Parliament:  Caroline Lucas just took Brighton.  And – appropriately – there is a distinctly green mood in fragrance, with Martin Margiela Untitled leading the swing away [...]

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