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Amouage/Epic Woman, edp
Epic Woman is a floral-oriental fragrance that hinges on four very key notes: the most beautiful rose note I have ever smelled; smoky frankincense; fragrant tea; and softly resinous oud.  On first application, Epic Woman is distinctly spicy, but the spices here have a drifty, rather than sharp, quality to them.  If I had only one sentence to describe Epic Woman, I would say that it is an expansive yet contemplative scent that evokes the twilight stop of a caravan travelling the Silk Road. Utterly gorgeous!  The official list of notes for Epic Woman includes cumin, pink bay, damascena rose, cinnamon, geranium, jasmine, tea, amber, musk, incense, sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla, guiacwood, orris, and aloeswood/oud.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $10.25
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $30.25
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $34.25
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $40.00

Amouage/
Gold for women, edp
In 1983, the Sultan of Oman requested a perfume house be created to reflect the proud heritage and traditions of his country in creating fragrances that are among the world's finest and most exotic.  Thus the House of Amouage was born, and in 1988 it debuted its first perfume, the ultra-luxuriant Gold.  Along with prized Omani silver frankincense and rock rose, Gold was formulated with over 100 natural oils and essences.  Top notes are rock rose, lily-of-the-valley and frankincense; heart notes include myrrh, patchouli, orris and jasmine; and base notes are ambergris, musk, civet, cedarwood and sandalwood. Some say this scent is old-fashioned, but to me Gold is the smell of old-world, old-money elegance.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $13.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $39.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $43.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $57.75

Amouage/
Jubilation 25 for women, edp
In late 2007, Amouage launched two new fragrances to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their perfume house. Jubilation 25 is the women's scent (the company also created a Jubilation XXV for men), a sexy but refined floral-oriental with a chypre vibe.  It is a difficult fragrance to describe: to me it smells like an expensive womana sleek, very feline womanswathed in a fur coat.  There is an oily tang to the fur that clings to the woman's creamy flesh, and there is the scent of an exotic bloom in her hair, but she is a woman of refinement, so her sex appeal stays slightly under wraps, just beneath the surface.  Am I making any sense?  Well, maybe a list of fragrances notes will help: tarragon, rose, lemon, ylang-ylang, davana, labdanum, frankincense, amber, musk, vetiver, myrrh and patchouli.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $10.25
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $30.25
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $34.25
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $40.00

Amouage/Lyric Woman, edp
Launched in 2008, Amouage Lyric Woman is a rose fragrance in which the rose never dominates but is romanced throughout the scent by its rich complement of floral-oriental notes, including tangy, pungent top notes of bergamot, cardamom, cinnamon and ginger; middle notes of angelica, jasmine, ylang-ylang, geranium and orris; and base notes of oakmoss, musk, wood, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, tonka bean and frankincense.  Sparkling at its start, but more quietly plush in its middle and drydown stages, Lyric reminds me of a bias-cut evening gown in the way it sensuously hugs the skin.  The drydown is my favorite part: a smooth blend of honeyed rose and light, smoky incense.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $10.25
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $30.25
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $34.25
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $40.00

Amouage/Opus I, edp
Opus I is a rich floral-chypre that, to my nose, vibrates around a plummy rose, but which has such a complex formula, it is understandable how others view it as siding towards the white florals that are also prominent in its bouquet. The opening notes include a fizzy bigarade (bitter orange) and cardamom combination that is ebullient, soon met by notes of plum and rose which pull the scent in the direction of romance and velvety beauty. Though my nose seems to tune into the gorgeous rose note that is at the heart of so many Amouage perfumes, white-floral notes of ylang-ylang, jasmine, tuberose and lily-of-the-valley also chime in, adding texture, richness and further movement (for lily-of-the-valley imparts uplift to almost any perfume it graces). As Opus I enters its drydown, these florals melt into a base accord that is vanillic and sandalwood-smooth. Wearing Opus I is like being at an Indian wedding ceremony: it is a hyper-beautiful perfume with a feeling of energy, excitement and richness.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $13.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $39.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $43.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $57.75


Amouage/
Ubar, edp
Named for the long-lost ancient trading city of Ubar, known for its wealth of riches, this opulent fragrance shimmers with all of the mystery of an Arabian night.  It juxtaposes the very delicate beauty of lily-of-the-valley against a richer, deeper brocade of warm florals and creamy basenotes, including damascene rose, jasmine, civet, vanilla, and oakmoss.  Accompanied by a delightfully chiffon-like lemon note in the intial stages of this perfume's wear, the lily-of-the-valley is like a cool evening star shimmering against the plush darkness of a summer twilight sky.  
Ubar is very long wearing and has one of the most creamy, cushiony drydowns I have ever smelled in a fragrance. Ubar was originally launched in 1995 and then discontinued before the house of Amouage decided to relaunch the fragrance in 2009.  The version of Ubar in my collection is the 2009 relaunched edition.
           1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $10.25
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $30.25
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $34.25
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $40.00

 

Byredo/Green, edp
Byredo
Green is an urbane green that speaks of impeccable grooming and self-assurance; a fragrance that brings to mind crisply-tailored white shirts and tennis (or tea) taken on the emerald lawns of Wimbledon.  Fragrance notes include orange petitgrain, sage, jasmine, rose, honeysuckle, violet, tonka, almond and musk.  I should state right off the bat that this is a very unisex fragrance, one that my husband and I like to share.  Its most austere green note is that of sage, which gets a sparkling lift all the way through, first by way of the citrus fizz of petitgrain, and later by the liltingness of jasmine and honeysuckle (which accomplish their goal without turning sweet). A clean, white-musk base adds a pleasing finish to this immaculately polished green scent.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $8.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $25.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $29.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $36.25

Caron/Parfum Sacre, edp

With notes of lemon, mace, cardamom, orange blossom, rose, jasmine, myrrh, vanilla, civet and cedarwood, this “sacred” oriental perfume is a classic, full-bodied, warm scent.  There are no harsh edges to this fragrance; it is the smell of sweet spices intertwined like lace around the rich florals, vanilla, and resinous myrrh in this seamless blend.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $4.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $9.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $13.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75


Caron/
Tabac Blond, extrait (pure parfum)
Imagine you are riding around in the plush leather seats of your wealthy auntie's old Mercedes, driven by her young and dishy chauffeur while you do nothing but stare out the window, smoke cigarettes, and think naughty thoughts about said chauffeur.  Now you have an idea of why this is my holy grail leather scent. This is the parfum concentration of Tabac Blond, one of the most iconic scents in perfumery.  Notes include leather, carnation, linden, iris, vetiver, ylang-ylang, cedar, patchouli, vanilla, ambergris and musk.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $12.00
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $35.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $39.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $52.00

Caron/Yatagan, edt
Named after a Turkish saber with a curved blade, Yatagan is a ferociously dry and austere men’s scent from the legendary house of Caron in Paris.  The best description of it comes from perfume blogger Colombina (of Perfume-Smellin’ Things), who called it “one of those odd, ugly-beautiful scents that somehow manage to be surprisingly wearable….Yatagan smells of grass, moss, earth, leather, and hot, hungry, cruel bodies.”
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $4.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $9.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $13.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75


Cartier/
Cartier IV: L'Heure Fougueuse, edp
Modern and sheer, but sexy as all get-out, Cartier IV: L'Heure Fougueuse is from Cartier's heures de parfum collection and its name roughly translates into "the ardent hour"-- that time of day when we leave the workaday world behind us and head towards bliss. As such, it has an ensemble of notes that remind one of sunlight and sparkling tea, the countryside, and even a little bit of that light, leathery, clean horsey smell reminiscent of the wild and dizzying ride we take as we beat a path to freedom. The drydown on this scent reminds me of one of my favorite smells: tender-sweet alfalfa hay drying in the sun. Fragrance notes include magnolia, bergamot, horsehair note, vetiver, yerba-mate, musk notes, lavender, coumarin, and oak moss.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $10.50
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $30.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $34.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $43.50

Chanel/Chance, edp
Chance is one of the newer (it launched in 2003) Chanel fragrances from the esteemed fashion house, and though it doesn't get much love from the perfume-blogging community, I bought it after smelling it on two very different, very elegant women (one young, one much older) on whom it smelled thoroughly modern and chic.  This is a pinkishly-sweet floral scent that starts off with bright, pink pepper and lemon top notes, followed by heart notes of hyacinth, jasmine and iris, and base notes of amber, patchouli, vetiver, and white musk.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $5.00
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse spray: $18.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $20.75

Chanel/Coromandel, edt

Part of the Chanel “les exclusifs” collection of scents, Coromandel is a gorgeously soft and refined oriental inspired by the Chinese screens that Coco Chanel collected and installed in her private apartments on the Rue Cambon.  Notes of rich amber and elegantly dry patchouli are softened by benzoin (a tree resin possessing vanilla-like properties) and frankincense.  In an article in Allure magazine, writer Judy Bacharach described Coromandel as “weighted by frankincense,” a description I love because it’s so true to the fragrance and because the weight of frankincense is akin to the weight of smoke: a gentle wafting of warm, slightly-woody-slightly-fruity, heavenly ether.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $5.00
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse spray: $18.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $20.75

Chanel/Égoïste, edt
Launched in 1990, Égoïste is a men's scent that is classified as a woody-floral and which pivots on one fragrance note in particular: rose.  This is a rose that is very soft and airy--not perfumey--and it is made more masculine through the spicy and woody notes that accompany it.  At first spritz, there is the herbal-citrus barbershop smell of mandarin and coriander, but it soon succumbs to the scent of rose laced with the clove-like accent of carnation, followed soon after by cinnamon.  In the drydown, creamy sandalwood and vanilla join the rose and spices.  On my skin, this scent is very lightweight, making it the kind of fragrance that works well in closed-space and office environments, where, unlike other fragrances, it will not overwhelm one's co-workers.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $4.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $9.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $13.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75

Chanel/
No. 22, edt
No. 22 is said to have been named either for the year of its creation, 1922, or from it being the 22nd fragrance sample that perfumer Ernest Beaux offered to Mademoiselle Chanel.  Launched a year after No. 5, its famous sister, No. 22 was "presented in 1928 to a world yearning for lightness to dispel the gloom of difficult economic times," according to the Chanel website.  A whoosh of sparkling, champagne-like aldehydes is met with a cascade of white florals: white rose, jasmine, tuberose, lily of the valley, lilac, and orange blossom.  At the heart of this fragrance is warm ylang-ylang and orchid, followed by a base of vanilla, incense and vetiver.  No. 22 was relaunched in 2007 as part of Chanel's "les exclusifs" collection.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $5.00
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse spray: $18.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $20.75

Coty/Chypre, edp
The famous writer Dorothy Parker (she of the bobbed hair and acerbic wit who held court at the Algonquin Round Table in the 1920s) is said to have reeked of Coty Chypre, a scent that was considered modernly rebellious at the time.  She was not alone in her love for it: after Coty created Chypre, other perfume houses began producing variations of the scent to the point that the word “chypre” (pronounced sheep-ra) came to denote an entire olfactory family in perfumery.  Oddly enough, Coty discontinued producing its famous perfume sometime in the late 1970s, which is the vintage of the bottle in my collection.  Notes include Sage, Thyme, Bergamot, Jasmine, Rose, Spices, Oakmoss, Labdanum and Patchouli.
            1 ml glass sample: $9.75
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $15.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle:  $49.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $53.75


Creed/Fleurs de Bulgarie, edp
The perfume house of Creed was founded in London in 1760 and became such a favorite of the aristocracy that Queen Victoria appointed Creed as the official supplier of the Royal household.  In 1854 it moved its operations to Paris, under the patronage of Empress Eugenie, and today Creed is as well known for both its celebrity clientele and its reputation for searching out the world’s finest natural essences.  Fleurs de Bulgarie is a marriage of Bulgarian rose essences with ambergris and musk, which gives the scent great lasting power.  On my skin, the ambergris makes me smell as if I bathed with veeery expensive soap.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $5.00
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $18.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $21.50


Deneuve, edt
In the 1980s, French film actress Catherine Deneuve worked with the Avon Company to produce an upscale fragrance in her name.  She was actively involved in creating the actual scent, as well as its bottle, packaging and advertising. Launched in 1986, the fragrance was later discontinued due to lack of sales, supposedly due to a poor distribution network for the fragrance in the U.S. and a lack of advertising for it in Europe.  Deneuve is now highly sought after on auction sites such as Ebay, as it is a shimmering, green, chypre-floral beauty.  While similar to Chanel No. 19, a fragrance with which it shares many notes, Deneuve is warmer and more luminous.  Notes include: green notes, galbanum, bergamot, neroli, basil, aldehydes, rose, muguet, jasmine, orris, ylang-ylang, violet, hyacinth, moss, musk, cedar, sandalwood, and civet.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $10.25
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $30.25
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $34.25
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $40.00

Donna Karan/Black Cashmere, edp
When I wear Black Cashmere, I know I won’t smell like anyone else.  Saffron is the prominent note of this perfume, and the initial spray is indeed the feeling of blackness—a startling dark, even rough, brew, like unrefined Jamaican rum.  So where is the cashmere, the softness?  It’s the close-to-the-skin feeling that the scent soon settles into, when the intense spice notes soften and the woody base notes emerge.  In addition to saffron, notes include clove, rose, white pepper, Ethiopian incense, vanilla, amber, patchouli, and African wenge wood.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $4.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle:  $9.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $13.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75

Estee Lauder/Private Collection, pure fragrance spray
Radiantly green, as well as floral and feminine, Private Collection was launched by the Estee Lauder company in 1973, not long after Chanel issued it's famous green-floral scent, Chanel No. 19, in an era when green fragrances were in vogue.  In its opening stages, Private Collection smells both as dewy and heady as a verdant spring lawn.  As it dries down, the greenery becomes less spring-like and more mossy, giving this scent a chypre-like character.  Private Collection is similar to Chanel No. 19, but I would characterize it as more silky and fluid, with Chanel No. 19 smelling crisper. Notes include: green note, orange blossom, linden, jasmine, reseda, chrysanthemum, rose, sandalwood, heliotrope, musk and amber. Its "pure fragrance spray" concentration is described on the Lauder website as being "between parfum and eau de parfum." 
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $4.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle:  $9.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $13.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75

Frederic Malle/Bigarade Concentree, edp
In 2006, the New York Times hired Chandler Burr as its first-ever perfume critic, and I ordered this from the Frederic Malle boutique in Paris based on nothing more than Burr’s description of it: “Bigarade smells like a person trapped in a complex weather system, the wonderful scent of a guy’s armpit and a woman’s humid skin washed in fresh rainwater and ozone...It is a masterful juxtaposition, and smelling Bigarade is like looking down into a well of cool, black water.”  As it turned out, Bigarade (the french term for “bitter orange”) smelled nothing like Burr’s description.  On me, it is a bright orange scent that reminds me of getting juicy tangerines at Christmas, offset by the earthy smell of hay or cut grass.  Notes are bitter orange essence, a touch of rose, hay, and cedar.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $8.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $25.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $29.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $36.25

Frederic Malle/Carnal Flower, edp
Stunningly, stunningly beautiful – that is how I would describe Carnal Flower.  It never fails to get me compliments.  If you are a lover of white florals, and of tuberose in particular, you must try Carnal Flower.  Tuberose can often be waxy and fleshy, as in the marvelous tuberose-heavy Fracas; here, however, tuberose has a fresh flowershop quality (but with no diminishment of the flower’s lush, prima donna-like character, its “carnal opulence,” as Frederic Malle describes it).  Expensive, yes (and the price of Carnal Flower seems to go up each year, which is why I've had to recently raise the price of my decants), but worth it!!
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $13.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $39.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $43.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $57.75

Frederic Malle/Geranium Pour Monsieur, edp
First, an eye-opening slap of peppermint to wake the senses; then a segue into the light and natural rose scent of geranium that includes subtle hints of anise; and, finally, a drydown that is quiet and understated and marries the rose aspects of geranium--now only lightly caressed by the mint--with a bit of incense and a lot of white musk. The overall effect?  A fragrance that reminds me of fresh-faced, natural beauty; a cool and very soft rose-like scent once you get past its bracing, minty top-notes.  Though intended for a male audience, this fragrance is soooo easy for a woman to wear.  (The only requirement being that you must love mint.)
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $8.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $25.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $29.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $36.25

Geoffrey Beene/Grey Flannel, edt
One of the most important men’s scents of the 1970s, Grey Flannel is a formal scent that features a not-at-all-shrinking violet as its prominent note.  This violet is accompanied by citrus, oakmoss, sage and sandalwood, and it’s a scent with monster sillage, so not one you want to over apply.  Spritzed judiciously, however, this scent is the perfect accompaniment to a tailored suit and the dry-down is exquisite.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $4.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle:  $9.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $13.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75

Gucci/
L'Arte di Gucci, edp

Man troubles? Money troubles? "Don't sweat it," says L'Arte di Gucci eau de parfum. "Put on your big girl perfume and deal with it" seems to be the advice of this uber-sexy and sophisticated perfume, which will have you feeling foxy and flush in no time. L'Arte di Gucci smells like the rich twin sister of another well-known scent, Clinique Aromatics Elixir, but L'Arte di Gucci, while every bit as complex and demainding as Aromatics Elixir, is a far more suave and agile fragrance. I feel very fortunate to have nabbed a bottle, as it is now discontinued and difficult to find.  Notes for L'Arte di Gucci include rose, tagete (marigold), neroli, chamomile, cassis, ylang, mimosa, patchouli, cistus labdanum, sandalwood, castoreum and musk.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $5.50
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $16.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $20.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $23.25

Hermes/24, Faubourg, edp
Named for the address in Paris that is the site of the Hermes company's flagship store, this fragrance expresses what Hermes is all about: in a word, luxury.  24, Faubourg is a big, golden, floral-oriental perfume that has an uplifting quality due to its combination of orange blossom, sambac jasmine, and tiare flower (a variety of French gardenia).  These heady, soprano-like florals are rounded out by additional notes of bergamot, peach, hyacinth, iris, sandalwood, patchouli, amber, and vanilla.  24, Faubourg was created in 1995 and was the favorite perfume of Princess Diana, as revealed by her royal butler in an interview with TV talkshow host Larry King shortly after her death.
        1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $5.00
        5 ml. glass spray bottle: $10.00
        5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $14.00
        8 ml. glass spray bottle: $15.00


Hermes/Eau des Merveilles, edt

Eau des Merveilles
translates to “Water of Wonders.”  A sheer, diaphanous scent with no floral notes in it whatsoever, it is often described as the scent of saltwater-drying-on-skin, as if one spent the day on an isolated beach where there is only the smell of ocean and driftwood.  Eau des Merveilles does open with some brighter orange, lemon and pepper notes, but very quickly it becomes a mélange of salty ambergris and woody vetiver, oak, and cedar.  It’s a very quiet scent, perfect for those looking for a “skin scent” rather than sillage.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $4.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $9.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $13.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75

Hermes/Hiris, edt
Created by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti for the prestigious fashion house of Hermes, Hiris is a soliflore iris scent, meaning that, though the fragrance includes other notes, the focus is on the iris.  This is one of the most unusual scents I've ever smelled.  At the start, it is the smell of roots and raw earth, as if the iris root had just been pulled from the ground.  In the middle and dry down stages, the iris becomes more powdery and perfumey in just the right measure.  Olivia Giacobetti's scents are like fine water colors: they often have a translucent quality about them.  Hiris is no exception: it is a fragrance that has both a freshness and an ethereal wispiness about it.  Surprisingly, for as soft as it is, Hiris has great lasting power.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $4.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $9.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $13.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75

Honoré des Prés/Vamp à NY , edp
Another creation by perfumer Olivia Giacobetti,Vamp à NY is an all-natural, organic perfume that is decidedly different from most all-naturals in that it has excellent longevity and a wafty sillage, thanks to its star note, tuberose. Even so, this is one of the easiest tuberose fragrances to wear because that most diva-like of florals is held in check by notes of rum, benzoin, peru balsam and tolu balsam. Spice is a big element of this perfume: I get a big whiff of clove which subdues the tuberose in an interesting way. The combination of the two makes Vamp à NY smell like a weird candy in its initial stages of wear—like one of those lavender-colored, clove-flavored Necco wafers (remember them?).  As it begins to settle, the tuberose combines with the rum note in a way that makes the fragrance smell liqueur-like for awhile, and then the vanillic aspect of benzoin becomes more prominent and the tuberose is rendered intoxicatingly creamy as it enters its drydown.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $7.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $22.25
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $26.25
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $32.25

Jean Desprez/Bal a Versailles, edt
A rich, complex floral-oriental scent with notes of jasmine, rose, sandalwood, patchouli, musk, amber, and civet.  This fragrance was launched in 1962 and comes in the most old-fashioned looking bottle you’ve ever seen – but don’t be fooled by the packaging.  This dark ambery scent is one of the sexiest perfumes out there and is revered by perfume bloggers who love the way its velvety dark flowers and amber are married to it’s animalic notes (meaning, there’s a good deal of leather and “dirty bits” in Bal a Versailles’ gorgeous drydown).
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $4.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $9.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $13.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75

Jean Patou/1000, edp
It took perfumer Jean Kerleo ten years to perfect this fragrance, named 1000 because it is said that a thousand different submissions were rejected before the final perfume was conceived.  1000 was launched by the house of Patou in 1962, and notes include bergamot, coriander, eucalyptus, angelica, osmanthus, rose, jasmine, violet, sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver, and civet.  While considered a rich floral bouquet, the edgy green notes lend a chypre-like quality to the fragrance, making this one of the more unusual florals I have ever come across.

            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $6.50
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $20.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $24.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $29.00


Jil Sander/Jil Sander No. 4, edp

Launched in 1990, Jil Sander No. 4 is a floral-oriental fragrance.  It is a rich, full-bodied, classy scent, the kind that demands you be “dressed” to wear it, preferably in a chic suit, a little black dress, or at the very least, a crisp pair of jeans with a cashmere sweater.  Notes for this scent are: rose, geranium, plum, galbanum, violets, jasmine, rose, tuberose, heliotrope, ylang-ylang, carnation, tarragon, myrrh, ambergris, oakmoss, vanilla, sandalwood, patchouli and musk.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $4.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $9.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $13.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75


L'Artisan Parfumeur/Nuit de Tubereuse, edp

Perfumer Betrand Duchafour put a new spin on tuberose when he created Nuit de Tubéreuse. Whereas tuberose so often conveys a thick and irresistible weightiness to perfumes—a sense of body, of flesh, of languor so sweet and slow-moving, it’s downright sinful—Nuit de Tubéreuse, on the other hand, has an impish sense of energy thanks to the invigoration of spice and green-fruitiness. Notes of cardamom, clove, citrus and green mango, in particular, conspire to produce a ginger-like smell (to my nose, anyway) that accompanies this flower, giving it lift and a sense of playful flirtiness. The full list of notes for Nuit de Tubéreuse includes: cardamom, clove, pink pepper, black pepper, citrus, green mango, angelica, tuberose, orange blossom, ylang-ylang, rose, broom, musks, vanilla, sandalwood, palisander, benzoin and styrax.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $6.50
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $20.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $24.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $29.00

L'Artisan Parfumeur/Tea for Two, edt
When craving comfort, I like nothing better than to curl up with a cup of tea, steaming hot, with a splash of cream and sugar.  Perhaps that’s what perfumer Olivia Giacobetti had in mind when she created Tea for Two, a scent of smoky Lapsang Souchong tea lightly sweetened with soft spices, honey and vanilla.  The smoky tea note lends an intriguing sexiness to the scent, while the middle and base notes lead to a drydown that is creamy and cuddly soft.  Tea for Two is the olfactory equivalent of tea by the fireplace.  Notes are: Lapsang Souchong tea, ginger, anise, cinnamon, honey and vanilla.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $5.50
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $16.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $20.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $24.00

Maison Francis Kurkdjian/Absolue Pour le Soir, edp
Sensual, nectarous, warm and deep, Absolue Pour le Soir is the smell of a dream lover and the memory of your most intimate encounter. If body heat, perfumed skin lingering on sheets, and the brandy that passed from his mouth to yours when you were kissing could be bottled, it would smell like Absolue Pour le Soir. (And if this perfume were a song, it would be Gordon Lightfoot's evocative "Affair on 8th Avenue.") I could go on and on, but for those of you wanting a more concrete description, think of honey infused with rose petals; the scent of warm skin; and the sultry resins-and-wood basenotes of the perfect Oriental perfume. The actual fragrance notes for Absolue Pour le Soir include: Infusion of benzoin from Siam, cumin, ylang-ylang, Bulgarian and Iranian rose honey, incense absolute, Atlas cedarwood, and sandalwood.
            
1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $10.50
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $30.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $34.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $43.50

Molinard Habanita, edt
Habanita was created in 1921, not as a fragrance for the skin, but as a scent for cigarettes.  By 1924, the Molinard company had relaunched Habanita as a perfume for women, and though it has since been reformulated, it is still being produced today in both the pure perfume and eau de toilette (edt) concentrations.  The scent being offered here is the edt version: a tobacco-y beauty that is very long lasting.  Imagine a cigar dipped in a glass of sherry before being lit, its wafting smoke carrying hints of fruits and leather that eventually give way to delicate underpinnings of sweet, powdery florals.  Top notes include bergamot, peach, strawberry, and orange blossom; heart notes are rose, ylang-ylang, orris, and lilac; and base notes include heliotrope, leather, vanilla, cedarwood and benzoin.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $4.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $9.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $13.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75

Mona di Orio Les Nombres d'Or/Vanille, edp
When the late Mona di Orio created Vanille, she was inspired by the idea of an ancient cargo ship en route to Madagascar or the Comoros Islands carrying a bounty of fragrant treasures: barrels of rum, oranges, vanilla beans, ylang-ylang, cloves and sandalwood. As such, her vanilla fragrance does not zoom in and isolate the star note but instead pans back to provide an olfactory picture of vanilla within its historical context. The result is a complex oriental perfume that in addition to being vanillic is also a bit boozy, spicy, woody and powdery. Notes for Vanille include bitter orange from Brazil, rum absolute, petitgrain, clove, vanilla from Madagascar, tolu, gaiac wood, vetiver, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, tonka bean, leather, musk and amber.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $10.25
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $30.25
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $34.25
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $40.00

Montale/Black Aoud, edp
The perfume house of Montale is renowned for its Arabian-inspired fragrances, many of which employ a fragrance note known as “aoud” or “oud.” The Montale oud note is likely not a true oud note (for those unfamiliar with oud, it is a rare and precious resin that is obtained from the Asian Aquilaria species of trees). Does this bother me? No. I've had the good fortune to purchase a very costly bottle of authentic oud oil from one of the few reliable companies that distill and sell the genuine article, but while I love and treasure authentic oud, it doesn't in any way exclude me from loving Montale Black Aoud, as well. Black Aoud's key note smells sharp, pungent and medicinal, and paired with one of the plushest, jammiest rose notes I've ever experienced, the outcome is a fragrance that is unique, deep-bodied and surprisingly smooth.  This is not your grandmother’s rose perfume: it’s the dark, dusky rose of the desert.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $7.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $22.25
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $26.25
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $32.25

 

Montale/Boisé Vanillé, edp
It's not easy to find a vanilla scent that isn't foody; that won't make you feel like a sugar cookie when you wear it. Enter Montale Boisé Vanillé, a sultry woodsy-vanilla scent, an elegant mélange of masculine and feminine elements.  The notes in Boisé Vanillé include lemon, geranium, bergamot, lavender, cedar, pepper, iris, patchouli, vanilla and tonka bean—and while that list might sound more simple than complex, the fragrance is anything but.  Boisé Vanillé is an intriguing changeling: at its start, a brief burst of masculine barbershop notes intermingles with lusty candied citrus; in its second stage, vanilla becomes more prominent in a powdery-woodsy-spicy way, as it combines with iris, pepper and cedar; in its final drydown, the vanilla entertains a rich, resinous quality thanks to patchouli and tonka bean. An elegant vanilla for both men and women.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $5.00
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $15.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $19.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $21.50

 

Odin/04 Petrana, edt
Darkly sweet and sexy, Odin 04 Petrana takes its inspiration from the Jordanian desert when it is abloom with its national flower, the Black Iris. In my review of the fragrance for Sniffapalooza Magazine, I called it "the olfactory equivalent of a Kirsch and Cassis cocktail; the perfume equivalent of Venus conjunct Pluto." It a liqueur-like floral that smells weirdly sweet and leathery at the same time, taking on just a hint of cool powder as it dries down, but never losing its gorgeous, pitch-black appeal. Fragrance notes include cassis, pink pepper, coriander, black iris, violet leaf absolute, heliotrope, orris root, vetiver and white musk. And though it's from men's clothing and lifestyle store, Odin New York, ladies, pay that no mind! This one is for anyone who loves to play it smooth, dark, sweet, and unique!
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $5.00
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $18.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $21.50


Parfumerie Générale/Un Crime Exotique, edp
With its sinfully rich, spicy, creamy-sweet formulawith its message of Indulge!Un Crime Exotique might not be criminal, but it knows how to sweep a puritanical mindset under the rug and get rid of the evidence. Un Crime Exotique is a dark yet custardy, eggnog-like perfume that is heady with spice. A lot of perfume lovers consider it a fall/winter perfume, but I'm the oddball who quite enjoys wearing scents like this in the summer heat. To me, nothing says sultry like a little hit of an oriental perfume wafting gorgeously in the humidity of a steamy evening. The notes for Un Crime Exotique include Chinese osmanthus, gingerbread, tea, cinnamon, star anise, mate absolute, vanilla sugar, and South Sea Island sandalwood. The creaminess of the sandalwood in this eau de parfum is exceptional.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $7.00
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $21.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $25.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $30.00

Parfums de Nicolai/Sacrebleu, edp
Patricia de Nicolaï hails from perfume aristocracy: the granddaughter of Pierre Guerlain, she trained under Jean-Paul Guerlain, retired master perfumer of the legendary Guerlain house. Under her own company, she creates scents she describes as “refined, elegant, and with a certain discretion.”  Sacrebleu is a French term of astonishment akin to “Good Heavens!” but the fragrance smells equivalent to its more literal translation: “sacred blue."  Cassis, raspberry, peach and apricot top notes combine with carnation, jasmine, tuberose and cinnamon heart notes in a most unusual way: This is not a pink fruity-floral scent at all, but rather like a blackberry wine that has been infused with white flower petals and gentle spices. Incense and sandalwood provide a warm base that holds the fruit notes in check.  Sacrebleu is an intriguing balance of sumptuousness and delicacy.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $5.50
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $16.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $20.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $23.25

Parfums DelRae/Amoureuse, edp

When San Francisco designer DelRae Roth hired famed French perfumer Michel Roudnitska to create fragrances for her, a niche house was born: one combining the modern sensibilities of an American designer with the finest tradition of classic French perfumery.  Amoureuse was created in the South of France, but inspired by the “wonderfully seductive and fragrant Victorian Box trees that line the streets of San Francisco.”  Described as the “classic duality of floral and green,” Amoureuse has notes of tangerine, cardamom, French tuberose,  French jasmine, Tahitian ginger lily, cedar moss, sandalwood, and honey.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $9.00
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $27.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $31.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $38.00

Pascal Morabito/Or Black, edt
A leather-chypre scent for men, Or Black has notes of bergamot, pepper, leather, sage, cistus, vetiver, amber, musk, and oakmoss.  This scent is very difficult to find in the United States, and if you do find it, it tends to be quite pricey as it was discontinued and is now only available in limited edition silver-plated bottles from the Pascal Morabito boutique in Paris (which is where I ordered my bottle from).  This scent is dry, peppery, and all about the leather.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $10.50
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $30.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $34.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $43.50

Profumum Roma/D'Ambrosia, edp
Don't judge this one solely on its list of notes: pear, almond, grape, fig and sandalwood.  This is not an overly sweet fragrance at all: in fact, what it ultimately dries down to is a green-fig-and-wood scent that is what I'd like to imagine summer must smell like in Tuscany.  D'Ambrosia opens with a whiff of tangy cardamom highlighting a sparkling and realistic pear note, but the pear quickly gives way to the bittersweet smell of almonds and figs still clinging to the sappy twigs and leaves that once held them.  The progression of the scent is marked by a little weirdness: eventually there's a note that smells like new shoe leather that marries itself to the fruit, creating a bit of dissonance within the scent.  This weirdness doesn't last forever, and D'Ambrosia eventually smooths out into creamy wood impregnated with the scent of green figs.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $8.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $25.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $29.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $36.25

Robert Piguet/Fracas, edp
The.Classic.Tuberose.Scent.Of.All.Time.  Yes, Fracas is the definitive tuberose scent that all perfumers think about when they are trying to create the next great tuberose perfume.  Be forewarned: Fracas is a diva scent, and more than a few people have difficulty with it, saying Fracas has a tendency to wear them, and not the other way around.  Here the tuberose is a waxy, fleshy, voluptuous dominatrix—and though Fracas also has orange blossom, jasmine, violet and iris notes, in this scent they are the wallflower girlfriends who have followed tuberose to the club and who nod in admiration while she dances on the bar.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $5.00
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $15.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $19.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $21.50

Robert Piguet/Visa, edp
Ripe and sparkling fruit notes in the initial stages of Visa's wear makes me think of sangria every time I smell it. Visa has top notes of bergamot, violet leaves, mandarin, peach, and pear; middle notes of rose, immortelle, ylang-ylang and orange flowers; and base notes of patchouli, vetiver, moss, vanilla bean, sandalwood, leather and benzoin. The nectarous quality of the scent has an almost over-the-top, Carmen Miranda campiness to it that I rather adore when I'm in the mood for a high-spirited scent. Such tipsiness is eventually brought back down to earth, however, by the scent's complex array of base notes, which calms the sweetness of fruit and flowers, encapsulating them in a suede-like combo of leather and sandalwood.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $5.00
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $15.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $19.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $21.50

Serge Lutens/Arabie, edp
A cult fragrance, if ever there was one, Serge Lutens Arabie is the kind of Oriental spice scent that is NOT for the faint of heart. It is the thick smell of golden, dried fruits that have been stewed with spices from an East Indian bazaar; it is the exotically-stout smell of mulled wine served in an old wooden tankard; it is, in other words, the most zaftig expression of spice, fruit, and wood that you can ever imagine. (And those of us who love this robust scent, love it robustly!) Fragrance notes for Arabie include cedar, sandalwood, candied mandarin peel, dried figs, dates, cumin, nutmeg, clove, balsamic resins, Tonka bean, Siamese benzoin and myrrh.  (The Serge Lutens packaging also includes "Russian leather" among the notes.)
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $8.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $25.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $29.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $36.25

Serge Lutens/Borneo 1834, edp
Borneo 1834 is an olfactory portrait of patchouli, with notes of Indonesian patchouli, camphor, cardamom, cistus labdanum, galbanum, and cacao. On my skin the camphor note is subdued, and Borneo 1834 presents itself as a bewitching brew of rum raisins, black licorice, espresso, and dark chocolate (none of them sweet). Because I think of these aforementioned items as being European in origin, the perfume has a very cosmopolitan air to me, while at the same time there is an arid, scorched-earth facet that conjures images of exotic, sun-baked lands. As the scent dries down further on the skin, a bit of leatheriness also develops. This fragrance wears quite differently on my husband's skinthe camphor note is amplified on him while barely detectable on meso my advice to anyone trying it for the first time is to start with a small sample.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $8.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $25.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $29.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $36.25

Serge Lutens/Chêne, edp
Chêne is French for oak, and this most unusual fragrance is described on the Serge Lutens website as “The comfort and magnitude of oak.”  Notes include: oak-bark tannin, cedarwood, birch, wood sap, immortelle flowers, tonka bean, rum absolute, black thyme and beeswax.  I would characterize Chêne as a masculine scent in that it is a dry, slightly bitter (just as bark tannins are bitter), astringent fragrance with a green meatiness to it emanating from the black thyme and immortelle notes.  Even so, there are a number of women who appreciate this austere scent, too, often layering it over sweeter scents.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $8.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $25.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $29.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $36.25

Serge Lutens/Chergui, edp
Named for the hot, dry, desert wind of Morocco, Chergui couples the dryness of tobacco leaf and leather with the sweetness of honey and amber.  Among its other notes are hay, musk, rose, iris, and sandalwood. Chergui is the kind of fragrance that smells rough rather than polished, but that isn't saying it's difficult to wearquite the contrary. Both my sisters have claimed Chergui as their signature scent, and though I have gifted them with decants of so many beautiful fragrances over the years, this one remains their constant favorite (to the point that I've bought more bottles of Chergui than any other perfume in my collection).  Deeply oriental, nicely leathery and satisfyingly (but not cloyingly) sweet, Chergui is a scent that straddles both the masculine and the feminine side of the fragrance equation, meaning that it appeals to, and can easily be worn by, both women and men.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $8.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $25.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $29.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $36.25

Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan, edp
If you are already a fan of animalic fragrance notes, then there's no reason to let the name of this fragrance scare you. I find it incredibly easy to wear, a diffuse melange of soft leather, warm skin, whiffs of rosewater, light amber, and something hay-like. But since your own animalic mileage may vary, judge for yourself whether you might like it by the fragrance notes, which include civet, castoreum, cistus labdanum, ambergris, Moroccan rose, cumin, ambrette seed, costus root and patchouli. Muscs Koublai Khan was once a Paris exclusive but is now in the export line.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $8.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $25.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $29.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $36.25

Serge Lutens/Un Lys, edp
Un Lys is considered a soliflore, as it focuses primarily on one note: the lily.  Un Lys is the softest, prettiest, most realistic smelling lily I have ever sniffed in a perfume.  There is a bit of vanilla and sandalwood that accompanies the lily, specifically in the gorgeous drydown. Some perfumistas claim they detect a bit of a lilac note in Un Lys; as for me, I'm not sure that I do, but I can say that this fragrance does smell like Spring in a bottle.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $8.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $25.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $29.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $36.25

Serge Lutens/Vetiver Oriental, edp
Vetiver often cuts a stern figure in fragrances in which it is prominently featured, but not so in Vetiver Oriental, where it receives a baroque treatment resulting in a fragrance that is plush and velvety. In fact, Vetiver Oriental has an interesting evolution: when first applied, the vetiver note does indeed have a masculine sleekness to it and is accented by a bitter chocolate note that adds a sultry allure. Very quickly, though, it is met by the rich and creamy base accord that bends the gender of this fragrance, making it one of the easiest vetiver scents for a woman to wear.  In its drydown stage, Vetiver Oriental becomes more round and golden, ever so lightly powdery, and sweet in the way that any perfume with a sandalwood and amber base becomes, without going overboard. A gorgeous, unisex vetiver fragrance that has notes of sap, iris pallida, undergrowth notes, vetiver, gaiac wood, chocolate, musk, amber, mosses, sandalwood and labdanum.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $8.75
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $25.00
            5 ml. silver chrome purse flask: $29.00
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $36.25

Viktor & Rolf/Flowerbomb, edp
The name Flowerbomb might lead one to believe this is a heavy, heady floral, and nothing could be further from the truth.  This is the perfume version of a sexy angora or mohair sweater: Flowerbomb is soft and fluffy, girlishly sexy and, yes, beautiful!  The sweetness of the flowers is balanced by a a hefty punch of patchouli, which keeps the scent velvety and lightly powdery, rather than syrrupy.  I detect a light tobacco-leaf note in the drydown, though it is not listed in the scent's official notes, which include freesia, sambac jasmine, osmanthus, centifolia rose, and the forementioned patchouli.
            1.5 ml. glass spray sample: $5.00
            5 ml. glass spray bottle: $14.75
            5 ml. silver chrome purse spray: $18.75
            8 ml. glass spray bottle: $20.75
 

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