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March 16, 2012 | Puredistance M

Puredistance M photographed at Kettner's by Jo Fairley on a slate tabletop

Perfume doesn’t bite.  It won’t kill you.  So at fragrance press launches The Scent Critic is eternally gobsmacked, frankly, when fellow journalists don’t bother to do more than waft a blotter under their noses when being shown a new perfume.

Fact:  they’re not everyday [...]

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February 29, 2012 | Roja Dove Danger

Roja Dove Danger photographed by Jo Fairley against a vintage silk sari

The Scent Critic doesn’t quite know how Roja Dove has secured some of the raciest fragrance names ever for his signature creations, but Danger is the latest in a line of brilliant light-the-blue-touch-paper-and-retire titles emblazoned across his naughty purple labels.

First came Reckless, [...]

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December 6, 2010 | The 12 Scents of Christmas No. 4: Miller Harris Fleur Oriental

Light, airy, whispery, uplifting:  those are all (flattering) words I associate with Miller Harris, the fragrance house created by talented British ‘nose’ Lyn Harris.  But warm…?  With the exception of the enchanting fairy-juice that is L’Aire de Rien, and Un Petit Rient (inspired by Jane Birkin and reviewed here by The Scent Critic), that’s not [...]

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November 26, 2010 | Houbigant Quelques Fleurs Parfum

I don’t know about you, but The Scent Critic generally prefers her fragrances to come gift-wrapped with a large serving of history, rather than confected with the help of a marketing department, a mood-board and some socio-demographic charts.  And on that front alone, there are few perfumes to knock spots off Quelques Fleurs.  Houbigant, its [...]

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September 24, 2010 | Roja Dove Diaghilev

It’s not often that The Scent Critic sends another (straight) female writer into such a swoon that she all but makes a pass when getting within sniffing distance.  (My colleague’s precise comment:  ‘Whatever you’re wearing, it could really make me go for you…’)  We have not, however, run away together (despite the fact that The [...]

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June 28, 2010 | Quintessentially Perfume

Actually, Quintessentially Perfume is not a perfume:  it’s a new book about fragrance, and definitely one for the scentophile’s bookshelf.  Edited by Nathalie Grainger, with an intro by professeur de parfums Roja Dove and published – price £25 – by Quintessentially (those lifestyle concierge folk, who can bag you a table at Nobu or a [...]

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