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July 30, 2010 | The Scent Critic is on vacation...

I am off to smell the roses for a week or so.  (And the jasmine, and the lilies, of course.) Back soon, and meanwhile, big kisses.  (Air kisses on both cheeks, this being the fragrance world.)

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July 30, 2010 | Tom Ford Azure Lime

Tom Ford, as we all know, is a gay man who just adores women.  He’s created sexy clothes, sexy sunglasses – and sexy fragrances, which were his first post-Gucci foray into Tom Ford branding.  He’s done it because he’s clearly passionate about perfumery.  And because he’s a total polymath, who can turn his hand to [...]

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July 27, 2010 | Jo Malone Amber & Patchouli Cologne Intense

It is no secret to the (lovely) folk at Jo Malone that until recently, this fragrance line didn’t rock my boat.  Jo herself – who created an extraordinary global scent and skincare empire – is always pressed, scrubbed (and exfoliated) to squeaky-clean perfection, and fond of understated tones.  (Think:  taupe, beige, ivory).  And the fragrances [...]

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July 25, 2010 | SJP NYC (Sarah Jessica Parker)

Famously, Sarah Jessica Parker has extremely good taste in shoes.  And if her bestselling signature fragrances are anything to go by, she has better taste in perfume than most of her fellow celebrities, too.  Lovely has gone on to become a global blockbuster, and Covet did OK, too – basically ultra-pretty, easy-to-wear, pretty sophisticated.  (The [...]

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July 23, 2010 | Clarins Eau des Jardins

One of the big whinges among scentophiles is the way some fragrances are ‘dumbed down’ (i.e. changed) by perfume houses.  There are whispers of cost-cutting, of ‘damaging the brand’;  the words ‘sacrilege’ and even ‘travesty’ are banded about a lot.  But a chat recently with Sofia Grojsman, creator of Trésor and Calyx (among other global [...]

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July 19, 2010 | Antonia's Flowers (Eau de Toilette)

Most of us have probably at some point fantasised, romantically, about working in a florist’s shop.  For me, Antonia’s Flowers has always been the florist’s shop without the freezing cold trips to the market, the heinously early morning starts or the stress (I have done several lots of wedding flowers in my time for loved [...]

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July 16, 2010 | Miss Dior Chérie

Several false fragrant starts have resulted in fewer than usual blog postings this week.  I’ve been trying fragrances I wanted to love – from the mainstream perfume world – so that this blog doesn’t just focus on niche or ‘cult’ scents. But I just couldn’t muster anything more than a mild, bored dislike for any [...]

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July 12, 2010 | Laura Mercier Ambre Passion

‘I want to eat that’.  Not often that a fragrance elicits a comment like that from someone who strays within sniffing distance.  The Scent Critic isn’t surprised, though:  the whole Laura Mercier bath and body collection was originally inspired by foodie Laura’s passion for All Things Edible, and within her portfolio of eaux de toilettes [...]

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July 7, 2010 | Sisley Eau du Soir

So, you’re going to Glyndebourne.  Or the Royal Opera House.  Or maybe a very, VERY important black tie dinner party.  Well, one of my default scents for seriously grand occasions has always been Sisley Eau de Soir:  a chypre that is about as adult, as sophisticated, as reach-for-your-tiara as a fragrance ever gets.  Sisley, of [...]

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July 6, 2010 | Chanel Sycomore

My name is The Scent Critic and I am a vetiveraholic.  I can never get enough of this earthy, sensual, deeply stirring fragrance ingredient, which I’ve been enraptured by since I used to wear Guerlain’s Vetiver.  Yes, I know that technically it’s a men’s fragrance (and I dated several who wore it), but for me, [...]

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