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February 28, 2011 | Guerlain L'Abeille

So:  this is the £12,000 fragrance that The Scent Critic has been hinting at.  What you’re looking at pictured here, however, is actually a big bee and a tiny bottle (no more than two inches high) – because even The Scent Critic’s persuasive powers couldn’t get Guerlain to part with one of the exclusive Baccarat [...]

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February 24, 2011 | Memoire Liquide Encens Liquide

Choice, as we all know, is a tyranny.  Too many of anything to decide between, and we tend to turn on our heels.  (A study once showed that if a food store samples out 26 different jams, that converts into fewer sales than putting out six for customers’ delectation.)

So being faced with a carousel of [...]

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February 22, 2011 | Hervé Leger Femme

The Scent Critic is still having a thrifty phase.  (Please note:  this is because I am poised to review a £12,000 scent, so am trying to introduce a bit of yin-and-yang balance on the pricing front.)  At £20, Hervé Leger Femme is around half the price of many fragrances out there, and about a fifth [...]

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February 7, 2011 | Yardley London April Violets

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but something scary has happened to the price of fragrance in the last couple of years.  It’s not just raw materials increases, although those are set to soar further:  The Scent Critic is hereby issuing a warning, actually, that due to the devastation wrought on harvests by the tsunami [...]

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February 2, 2011 | Boadicea Glistening

So, belatedly, to Boadicea the Victorious fragrances.  Let’s start with a confession:  the packaging’s always put me off.  Mea culpa.  Thou shalt not judge a fragrance by its ‘cover’, is the important lesson learned.  Just because the Celtic-esque ‘medallions’ on the front of Michael Boadi’s bottles are a bit too Medieval-battle-re-enactment, let’s-raise-a-tankard-of-mead for my personal, [...]

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