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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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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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July 19, 2010 | Antonia's Flowers (Eau de Toilette)

Most of us have probably at some point fantasised, romantically, about working in a florist’s shop.  For me, Antonia’s Flowers has always been the florist’s shop without the freezing cold trips to the market, the heinously early morning starts or the stress (I have done several lots of wedding flowers in my time for loved [...]

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June 15, 2010 | Paul & Joe Bleu

Possibly the highest compliment that I can pay to a perfume is that it is ‘Guerlain-esque’.  Which is certainly true of this, one of two fragrances from the delectably boudoir chic make-up brand Paul & Joe, created in 2003 by Peirre Bourdon.  (The other is Paul & Joe Blanc.)  So:  if you love Shalimar but [...]

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May 23, 2010 | Kate Moss Wild Meadow

The Scent Critic wishes to make one thing clear:  I am not a scent snob.  I may be utterly beguiled by the history of the grand fragrance houses, and enamoured of many of their creations (though they’re infinitely capable of launching the occasional ‘dog’, too) – but over the years, many of my fragrance amours [...]

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