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April 15, 2012 | Jo Malone Peony & Moss

Photographed by Jo Fairley against a vintage Sanderson screenprinted chintz

One of The Scent Critic’s favourite smells in the world is a flower shop:  the damp, mossy, earthy scent that assails and delights me upon stepping over the threshold of, say, Kenneth Turner in London, or Christian Tortu (in Paris), or the fabulous little Japanese [...]

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July 27, 2011 | Martin Margiela (Untitled) L'Eau

Cool as a cucumber.  Cool as crisp linen sheets.  Cool as an ice cube, drizzled over sun-sizzled skin.  Some fragrances, The Scent Critic has experienced, have a temperature all of their own – and Maison Martin Margiela (Untitled) L’Eau is definitely on the ‘chilled’ side:  a perfect summer spritz, if we ever get the blazing [...]

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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 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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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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