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November 26, 2010 | Houbigant Quelques Fleurs Parfum

I don’t know about you, but The Scent Critic generally prefers her fragrances to come gift-wrapped with a large serving of history, rather than confected with the help of a marketing department, a mood-board and some socio-demographic charts.  And on that front alone, there are few perfumes to knock spots off Quelques Fleurs.  Houbigant, its [...]

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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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September 14, 2010 | The Scent Critic apologises…

… for the current lack of postings.  There is a wedding imminent in The Scent Critic’s home, this weekend, and currently the only fragrance you can discern around here is the smell of naked fear, as we all watch the weather forecast on an hourly basis.  Back, with fragrant gloriousness, very soon.

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September 5, 2010 | Fresh Love (from Eat, Pray, Love fragrance collection)

One day, once Steve Jobs figures out how, you’ll almost certainly be able to smell perfume reviews.  (It may take till 2050, but hey.)  If you could smell this review, you would also smell a background note of paint drying – because by declaring this Eat, Pray, Love fragrance week, The Scent Critic has slightly [...]

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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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