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June 19, 2012 | Shalimar Parfum Initial

Shalimar Parfum Initial photographed by Jo Fairley at its One Marylebone launch

Every now and then the folks at Guerlain have a go at tweaking Shalimar to make it more appealing to a younger audience.  Or bring in a groovy bottle designer (groovesters don’t get much groovier than Jade Jagger), to sassy up the flacon [...]

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May 6, 2011 | Hermès Eau de Pamplemousse Rose

There is a day, in early summer, known simply and jubilantly to me as ‘The Day’, when you can throw open the windows upon waking to find the world is already warm outside, with the leaves everywhere you look unfurling in that reach-for-your-sunglasses shade of spring green that’s perfect for foliage.  (Though pretty terrible for [...]

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September 17, 2010 | Diorissimo Eau de Toilette

The Scent Critic, like most women, has always understood that fragrance is memory.  From the evening when our mother first leans over our cot and we breathe her Chanel No. 5, we all associate smells with people, places and events we’ve loved.  (Or sometimes hated.)  I’ll never smell Shocking without being transported back to my [...]

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July 7, 2010 | Sisley Eau du Soir

So, you’re going to Glyndebourne.  Or the Royal Opera House.  Or maybe a very, VERY important black tie dinner party.  Well, one of my default scents for seriously grand occasions has always been Sisley Eau de Soir:  a chypre that is about as adult, as sophisticated, as reach-for-your-tiara as a fragrance ever gets.  Sisley, of [...]

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June 14, 2010 | Acqua di Gioia

The Scent Critic is never quite sure at what point to review the multitude of new fragrances that I get to sniff and spritz and spray my way through months before they hit the counters.  (Feedback always gratefully received:  maybe you’d like to hear about them the minute they’ve been launched at me;  maybe it’s [...]

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June 6, 2010 | YSL Rive Gauche

Rive Gauche is one of two ‘default’ fragrances that I switch between for summer when I am not working my way through all the most recently-launched scents – the good, the bad and the indifferent, but probably 250 in an average year, which gobbles up a lot of scent-wearing days.  The black, blue and silver [...]

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May 31, 2010 | Calyx

One of the many sad things about the disappearance of the Prescriptives brand was the loss of Calyx:  one of the freshest, greenest, light-as-a-helium-balloon fragrances ever to have been captured in a bottle.  Well, it’s back, sheltering under a different part of the Estée Lauder umbrella (Aramis and Designer Fragrances).  Saved for the scent-loving nation(s).  [...]

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May 11, 2010 | Martin Margiela (Untitled)

Green.  It’s everywhere.  On the trees.  (Anyone else think that unfurling leaves make them look like they’re wearing lime green Agent Provocateur undies on their lithe bodies?)  In (hung) Parliament:  Caroline Lucas just took Brighton.  And – appropriately – there is a distinctly green mood in fragrance, with Martin Margiela Untitled leading the swing away [...]

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