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August 31, 2010 | Fresh Eat (from Eat, Pray, Love fragrances)

The Scent Critic is pretty over-excited at the prospect of Eat, Pray, Love bursting onto our screens shortly.  (And yes, The Scent Critic would probably have cast Julia Roberts in the starring role, too.)  I’ve probably given away a dozen Penguin paperbacks of this, since I first read it, to friends nursing broken hearts – [...]

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August 26, 2010 | Guerlain Idylle (Eau de Toilette)

Proper, gorgeous, glamorous, grown-up, full-bodied fragrances are what Guerlain is celebrated for – and mostly, that’s what they deliver. Creations which are born, not of marketing-speak or focus groups, but because a genius perfumer, playing at his organ of essential oils and distillations, has come up with something perfect – and decided OK, it’s time [...]

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August 22, 2010 | The Scent Critic is off to breathe some ozone...

…  and will be back at the end of this week, recharged and refreshed and raring to get her hands (and her nostrils) on this autumn’s many and varied fragrant launches.

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August 20, 2010 | Annick Goutal Rose Splendide

For an English rose, I am most definitely not a rose fragrance person – but I’m prepared to make exceptions.  Personally, I’ve never found a rose fragrance that comes close to the scents given off by the rose bushes I’ve nurtured in my own garden.  There’s Double Delight (blowsy, almost lemon-tangy on the nose – [...]

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August 18, 2010 | Honoré des Prés Chaman's Party

Photographed against the cover of Hippie by Barry Miles

Vetiver-lovers, get ready to party.  This is a corker of a vetiver.  And, to paraphrase the title of one of my favourite movies this year, It’s Not Complicated – because this is pretty much vetiver, pure and simple, from the first whoosh right through till the [...]

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August 13, 2010 | Estée Lauder Sensuous Noir

Say ‘Estée Lauder fragrances’ and what comes to mind?  Light, airy, pretty – and wearable, sure.  But – with the exception of Youth Dew, that turbo-charged oriental which kickstarted the whole Lauder Empire – rarely is the word ‘sexy’ conjured up.

Well, light the blue touch paper and retire – because here comes Sensuous Noir, which [...]

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August 12, 2010 | Tauer Perfumes Lonestar Memories

The world is divided into those who love smoky scents, and those who really seriously don’t.  Now, let me start by saying that The Scent Critic is a Lapsang Souchong tea fanatic.  My beloved, by contrast, has not only banned me from brewing it in communal teapots, but from making a pot of Lapsang (or [...]

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August 10, 2010 | Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Pour le Matin

What do mornings smell of?  Well, it would be pretty heavenly to wake up to a world scented like this cologne from Francis Kurkdjian, the second of this gifted perfumer’s creations that The Scent Critic has dipped into for this blog.

Air.  Great gusts of it, billowing through a white linen curtain.  A pile of perfectly [...]

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