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October 29, 2010 | Peace, Love & Juicy Couture

Oh, if only The Scent Critic had been born ten years earlier.  How I longed to be a real hippie, tuning in, turning on and dropping out – when in fact all I could manage was wearing a groove in Scott Mackenzie’s Are You Going to San Francisco? on the record player in my still-little-girly [...]

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October 19, 2010 | Organic Glam So Oud

One of the great, magic-enhancing mysteries of the fragrance world is of course that we scent-lovers can never find out exactly what’s in a perfume.  It’s Above Top Secret info, for commercial reasons.  (Fragrance, unlike other areas of cosmetics, is not bound by the need to label anything but any potential allergens – limonene, geraniol [...]

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October 18, 2010 | Remembering Smell by Bonnie Blodgett

The Scent Critic never takes her sense of smell for granted.  For me, it’s the paramount sense:  the one which is a source of endless indulgent pleasure – and has saved my life, on one occasion, when fire broke out in a spa I was visiting.  Unlike sight or hearing, the sense of smell can [...]

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October 13, 2010 | Plum by Mary Greenwell

Tell me:  what lengths have you gone to, to get your hands on a fragrance…?  Continents scoured…?  Begging letters sent…?   Pilgrimages made…?  Well, so consumed was The Scent Critic with the desire for Plum by Mary Greenwell – the debut fragrance from one of the world’s top make-up pros – that yesterday, she left behind [...]

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October 12, 2010 | Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia

For The Scent Critic, this has been the week of The Big Autumn Clothes Swap.  When the linen shirts and pants get stowed for the winter, and it is time to retrieve the Wolford Velvet Deluxes from their lingerie bag, and uncover the havoc any moths may have wreaked on the cashmere collection.  (This year [...]

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October 4, 2010 | The Scent Critic's nose is off on a little vacation

… heading for the Abruzzo hills, to laze around, smell the – well, whatever’s in season – and read Bonnie Blodgett’s book Remembering Smell, all about losing that sense.  Review will follow upon return, when The Scent Critic should be revived enough to keep pace with this autumn’s countless scent launches, and will be posting [...]

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