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October 3, 2011 | Miller Harris La Fumée

For someone who’s never taken so much as a puff of a cigarette in her life, it’s perhaps a little odd that The Scent Critic is addicted to smokiness.  Give me an open fire.  A steaming pot of Lapsang Souchong (actually, give me that at 4 p.m. sharp in the afternoon and I’ll worship you [...]

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April 26, 2011 | Nez à Nez Atelier d'un Artiste

Once upon a time, in her slightly misspent youth, The Scent Critic was an artist’s muse.  (She is now slightly at that oh-heck-I’d-better-buy-up-all-those-nudes stage in life, but since the artist went on to become rather collectible, that’s not really an option.)

What I’m leading up to is that I know only too well what the inside [...]

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July 16, 2010 | Miss Dior Chérie

Several false fragrant starts have resulted in fewer than usual blog postings this week.  I’ve been trying fragrances I wanted to love – from the mainstream perfume world – so that this blog doesn’t just focus on niche or ‘cult’ scents. But I just couldn’t muster anything more than a mild, bored dislike for any [...]

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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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