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March 9, 2011 | Jo Malone Earl Grey & Cucumber Cologne

Although Earl Grey is The Scent Critic’s least favourite kind of brewed tea (and just about the only one I’ve ever been known to decline), this third in the series of Jo Malone’s limited edition Tea Collection is absolutely my favourite yet.  In truth, I don’t really get Earl grey or cucumber, when I initially [...]

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March 7, 2011 | Jo Malone Fresh Mint Cologne

In theory, fresh mint could be tricky, in a cologne.  The danger is it could go all ‘toothpaste-y’.   But I don’t find anything Colgate-ring-of-confidence about this second in the sequence of the Jo Malone Tea Collection that The Scent Critic is refreshing herself with over the next few postings:  it’s genuinely ‘mint tea’ – that [...]

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December 16, 2010 | The 12 Scents of Christmas No. 9: Guerlain Bois d'Arménie

The Scent Critic honestly believes that fragrance is a magic wand.  The trigger for a gazillion Cinderella moments, over the years.  One minute, you’re fighting party-dread – and then a drop or a zoosh or a splash later, suddenly, you actually feel like putting on a pair of high heels, some dangly earrings, and heading [...]

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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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September 1, 2010 | Fresh Pray (from Eat, Pray, Love collection)

Although I have restrained myself from opening each of the bottles for this week’s reviews until the day of putting digit to keyboard, I had a sneaking feeling (being a Yoga bunny and Indiaphile from way back) that I might fall for this element of Fresh’s Eat, Pray, Love edition in a big way – [...]

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August 20, 2010 | Annick Goutal Rose Splendide

For an English rose, I am most definitely not a rose fragrance person – but I’m prepared to make exceptions.  Personally, I’ve never found a rose fragrance that comes close to the scents given off by the rose bushes I’ve nurtured in my own garden.  There’s Double Delight (blowsy, almost lemon-tangy on the nose – [...]

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July 30, 2010 | Tom Ford Azure Lime

Tom Ford, as we all know, is a gay man who just adores women.  He’s created sexy clothes, sexy sunglasses – and sexy fragrances, which were his first post-Gucci foray into Tom Ford branding.  He’s done it because he’s clearly passionate about perfumery.  And because he’s a total polymath, who can turn his hand to [...]

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July 27, 2010 | Jo Malone Amber & Patchouli Cologne Intense

It is no secret to the (lovely) folk at Jo Malone that until recently, this fragrance line didn’t rock my boat.  Jo herself – who created an extraordinary global scent and skincare empire – is always pressed, scrubbed (and exfoliated) to squeaky-clean perfection, and fond of understated tones.  (Think:  taupe, beige, ivory).  And the fragrances [...]

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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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June 11, 2010 | Givenchy Eaudemoiselle

I’d categorise this under a ‘first day at work’ fragrance.   You’re nervous.  You want to make a good impression, and not to stick your head above the parapet lest you make a fool of yourself.  Your crisp white shirt is ironed, your heels not too tall, your iPhone carefully switched to silent.  And if you [...]

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