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April 15, 2012 | Jo Malone Peony & Moss

Photographed by Jo Fairley against a vintage Sanderson screenprinted chintz

One of The Scent Critic’s favourite smells in the world is a flower shop:  the damp, mossy, earthy scent that assails and delights me upon stepping over the threshold of, say, Kenneth Turner in London, or Christian Tortu (in Paris), or the fabulous little Japanese [...]

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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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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 1, 2010 | YSL Elle

In my day, a young lady’s first fragrance was likely to be Miss Dior or YSL’s own Rive Gauche.  (Which I’ll be coming to in a few days, as it is one of my summer staples – always a joy to rediscover when I finally pack away the Wolford opaques.)  But for any wannabe-sophisticated teen [...]

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