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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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February 20, 2012 | Carita Eau de Parfum

Skin.  Warm skin.  Warm, sexy skin.  Warm, sexy, kissable skin.  At the end of the day, isn’t that what we’d all like a fragrance to smell like…?  And of course, they all do, after a while:  blood-warmed, after the dry-down, our own natural, signature body aroma emerges through its veil of perfume elements.  But a [...]

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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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February 7, 2011 | Yardley London April Violets

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but something scary has happened to the price of fragrance in the last couple of years.  It’s not just raw materials increases, although those are set to soar further:  The Scent Critic is hereby issuing a warning, actually, that due to the devastation wrought on harvests by the tsunami [...]

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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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July 6, 2010 | Chanel Sycomore

My name is The Scent Critic and I am a vetiveraholic.  I can never get enough of this earthy, sensual, deeply stirring fragrance ingredient, which I’ve been enraptured by since I used to wear Guerlain’s Vetiver.  Yes, I know that technically it’s a men’s fragrance (and I dated several who wore it), but for me, [...]

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June 2, 2010 | Lipstick Rose

On The Scent Critic’s rather crowded dressing table, there are some bottles that languish save for an occasional spritzing, and others that are well-worn – and well-loved.  Lipstick Rose most definitely falls into the second category:  a fragrance that I didn’t have ‘launched’ at me at some glitzy party, but purchased on a we-are-not-worthy pilgrimage [...]

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May 12, 2010 | Donna Karan Iris

Iris is having its fragrant moment in the sun. Think: Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile. Or Prada’s version. Frederic Malle’s Iris Poudre. There are veritable fields of iris in Chanel’s 28 La Pausa, too, within their Les Exclusifs collection. But this offering from Donna Karan – her upmarket scent [...]

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