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February 20, 2012 | Carita Eau de Parfum

Skin.  Warm skin.  Warm, sexy skin.  Warm, sexy, kissable skin.  At the end of the day, isn’t that what we’d all like a fragrance to smell like…?  And of course, they all do, after a while:  blood-warmed, after the dry-down, our own natural, signature body aroma emerges through its veil of perfume elements.  But a [...]

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February 2, 2012 | Caron Tabac Blond

First of all, I’d like to point out that despite the fact this fragrance harks back to the era of fur tippets and flapper dresses, no chinchillas were harmed in the photography of this bottle.  (The fur in my photo is entirely faux.  Thanks, Restoration Hardware;  the Davy Crockett hat’s come into its own in [...]

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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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December 17, 2010 | The 12 Scents of Christmas No. 10: Estée Lauder Youth Dew

So: yesterday’s Scent Critic posting talked about how fragrance can turn you from a would-be couch potato into a party animal, with a waft of its magic wand.  But today, I’m going to marvel at its equal power to transport you through time and space.  Dr. Who, you can keep your Tardis.  We all have [...]

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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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