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RARE BLONDE: Ivoire de Balmain (1979)

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RARE BLONDE: Ivoire de Balmain (1979)

      One Sunday morning, Duncan and I went to a Cassavetes retrospective in Tokyo. Although it was something of an effort to get up so early to be at the cinema by 10.40am, I knew it would be … Continue reading

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NIGHTCLUBBING: : GIVENCHY III (1970) + DIORESSENCE by CHRISTIAN DIOR (1979) + J’AI OSE by GUY LAROCHE (1978)

        It is fascinating to consider the survivors of the 1970’s. Some perfumes just had too much of a hook, formed too much of an emotional link in fragrance-wearing minds to be let go, even in reformulated, … Continue reading

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THOSE LOVELY MINIATURE BOX SETS OF PARISIAN PARFUMS

            I picked up one of these yesterday during my lunch break. It was there in a big discount store and I couldn’t resist (not for the equivalent of ten dollars). And when they are … Continue reading

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VENT VERT by BALMAIN (1947)

I was once in a cafe at a planetarium giving a private English lesson. As we sat, plants in various places obscuring corners and faces, I found myself trapped within a prism. Lime green. Yellow. Tangerine. Pouring into every moment … Continue reading

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IT’S MY MUM’S BIRTHDAY AND AS SHE WASN’T HOME JUST NOW WHEN I CALLED (PROBABLY OUT AT THE BUTCHER’S ARMS HAVING LUNCH OR SOMETHING), I THOUGHT I WOULD JUST DO A QUICK TOP TEN, ALL THE SCENTS THAT REMIND ME OF HER

Like most perfume maniacs, a mother’s own interest in perfume, even if she had them on the dresser, and wore them frequently, or all the time (which is half the reason why you are now so besotted with them yourself) … Continue reading

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COURREGES IN BLUE by COURREGES (I983)

Hotel. Bathrobe. You emerge from the shower: soaped; showered, washed new. Thick, white towels await: a night of forgetting, the restaurant on the upper floors, overlooking the pulsating, sparkling city,  booked. This moment for me is Courrèges In Blue: a … Continue reading

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IN THE GARDEN OF ORIGINAL SIN: : FILLE d’EVE extrait by NINA RICCI (I956)

                Furred; reciprocated. Dense with rich, dimensionality.   Subsumed; proffering up sun-dipped, velveted flowers;  spices, balsams, and a filthily indecorous lick of costus – Fille  D’Eve, in vintage extrait, comes as something of an … Continue reading

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DEMORALIZING CRAP: :: : ‘EXTATIC’ BY BALMAIN (2014)

                      Although I unfortunately didn’t manage to get to all my usual London perfume haunts on this recent trip to England – those treasure troves of scent I love to … Continue reading

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THE VEXING AND THORNY ISSUE OF HOW TO PRONOUNCE PERFUMES

      On my way to meeting my best friend Helen at the Birmingham City Art Gallery, I had just enough time yesterday to ‘nip’ into House Of Fraser to check out the latest perfume goings-on. As a huge … Continue reading

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