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March 4, 2011 | Jo Malone Assam & Grapefruit

Have you ever stumbled upon an entire collection of fragrances, launched all at once, that you loved…?  Me neither.  Until now.  Although maybe my passion for Jo Malone’s new tea-inspired collection is because The Scent Critic is such a tea-lover, at heart.  Fuelled by cups of tea throughout the day – and quite a lot [...]

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December 20, 2010 | The 12 Scents of Christmas No. 12: Guerlain Mitsouko

This is about saving the best till last.  You know, the way you leave the biggest present under the tree, to enjoy the anticipation.  And so, on this 12th day of my Christmas perfume countdown, I reached for my bottle of what I consider to be my ultimate fragrance.  Yes, The Scent Critic can be [...]

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December 19, 2010 | The 12 Scents of Christmas No. 11: Ormonde Jayne Orris Noir

Of all the fragrances from British ‘nose’ Linda Pilkington (whose ‘nom de parfum‘ is Ormonde Jayne), this is the one I’d choose for Christmas.  Not a Christmas party, perhaps, but that time when you’ve undone the top button of your skirt, have collapsed on the sofa and are watching the annual re-run of Love, Actually, [...]

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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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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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December 10, 2010 |  The 12 Scents of Christmas No. 6: Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan

I once described Ambre Sultan as sex-in-a-bottle in a major Sunday supplement and caused a stampede to the counters.  (Which probably says something about the state of the nation’s amorous life.)  Retrieving it from the back of my dressing table – which can sometimes be a little like one of those amusement arcade penny games, [...]

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December 5, 2010 | The 12 Scents of Christmas No. 3: Etro Patchouly

The Scent Critic’s husband is probably partly to thank for this earthy Etro creation.  Once upon a time, long, long ago, he was the first person to import patchouli oil into the UK, catering to the hippies who all but drenched themselves in it – probably to disguise the aromas wafting from their Afghan coats, [...]

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December 3, 2010 | The 12 Scents of Christmas No. 2: Dana Tabu

It’s not very often that The Scent Critic is given a bottle of perfume by her husband. (Slight coals-to-Newcastle thing there.  Although that doesn’t explain a similar dearth of fresh floral tributes…)  So it is a Very Special Occasion when it happens – as it did with Dana’s Tabu, which he’s been rather fond of [...]

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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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