La Chasse aux Papillons: prelude to summer

la chasse aux papillons

La Chasse aux Papillons is a spring/summer fragrance that conjures up a summer garden of delicate flowers (jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose and lime blossom). The name of the fragrance means chasing butterflies and the scent feels exactly like that, a joyful, carefree sensation of summers during childhood, of gardens and fields filled with light. La […]

Three new fragrances for spring 2013

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Celebrate spring 2013 with these new fragrances. The first is truly special as it is a limited edition Guerlain fragrance to be released on May 1 as part of Guerlain’s Le Muguet (lily of the valley) tradition. In France, it has been customary to give lilies of the valley on the first of May to […]

Perfect winter candle from Diptyque: Sapin Dore

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Now that the weather has turned colder and we are spending more time indoors (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere), why not make our homes cozy and inviting? One of the ways to cheer ourselves up during these dark wintry days is by using scented candles. With the Christmas holidays coming, I suggest a […]

Coming soon to Les Exclusifs: Chanel 1932 perfume

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Chanel is reportedly making available for the first time to the general public its Chanel 1932 fragrance as part of Les Exclusifs (the perfumes sold only in Chanel boutiques and a limited number of stores). Until now, 1932 was sold only to customers of Chanel’s haute joiallerie line. The perfume is named after the year […]

Diptyque’s latest scent: 34 boulevard St. Germain

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I recently attended the launch of Diptyque’s newest fragrance called 34 boulevard St. Germain at their San Francisco boutique on Maiden Lane (near Union Square). The name comes from the original Diptyque store in Paris. Since this is their 50th anniversary, so why not launch a new fragrance? Description from the Diptyque website: 34 boulevard […]

Monocle x Comme des Garcons Scent One: Hinoki

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I am absolutely addicted to Monocle’s Hinoki scent, created for MONOCLE magazine by Comme des Garçons. I simply can’t stop spritzing it all over me. It is a woodsy scent that is nothing like anything else I’ve smelled. According to Monocle’s founder, Tyler Brûlé, the inspiration for the scent came from “a perfectly still slightly chilly […]

Hasu-no-Hana: perfume from 1888 by Grossmith

hasu-no-hana perfume

Hasu-no-Hana is a perfume originally created in 1888 by Grossmith, a London perfume house that was established in 1835. It is described as “a bright, radiant floral composition with pronounced Chypré and Oriental facets on a woody, dry, very sensual base.” Grossmith has been out of the hands of descendants of the founder, John Grossmith, for 30 […]

Ormonde Jayne’s mysterious Sampaguita perfume

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Ormonde Jayne is a small London perfumery dedicated to making rare perfumes and fragrances. The one I like most is Sampaguita, the name of the national flower of the Philippines. Sampaguita (jasminum sambac) is a type of jasmine that grows profusely in the Philippines. When I was young, we had a large sampaguita plant in […]