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  1. Good things come to those who blog

    Faithful readers of my blog may recall my post about the day I spent perfume shopping in Montreal. This trip included a visit to the L'Artisan Parfumeur boutique at Ogilvy, where I had an extremely pleasant shopping experience, and was assisted by the very knowledgeable and helpful Roxana Alecu. During my visit, she allowed me to sample their upcoming fragrance, Fleur de Liane, due out in October. Well, late this past week, I received a package from L'Artisan, containing a 15ml pre-release press ...

    Updated 6th August 2008 at 02:47 AM by kopah

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  2. A Day of Perfume Shopping in Montreal

    I’m sitting here at my computer with 12 Guerlain smelling strips on the desk between me and the keyboard, wafting up and creating a delicious Guerlain soup. They are the fruits of a day-long sampling trip to Montreal, which I’m considering a great success, and which I’m just itching to talk about!

    I came in on the train at 9:30, equipped with 25 empty 1ml vials, paper envelopes, and a pen for labelling. First stop: the Bay. The main large store has a gigantic cosmetics & fragrances ...

    Updated 21st July 2008 at 11:45 AM by kopah

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  3. This is why I love perfume

    [EDIT: It turns out that the perfume that I tried was not actually Chinatown. The vial must have been mislabelled. Maybe it actually was SDV. Will have to do a side-by-side comparison to be sure. However, I will leave this entry here, because it still applies to whatever perfume it was that I tried.]

    Because, every so often, you try something that absolutely blows you away. Something absurdly gorgeous. Something that smells "so immediately, overwhelmingly, irresistibly great ...

    Updated 19th July 2008 at 05:25 PM by kopah

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  4. Advice to newbie perfumistas

    This was posted by VanillaGirl on a thread at NowSmellThis, and I found it so succinct and insightful that I wanted to record it here.

    I wish I hadn't splurged on so many 'likes' or 'It's a-cult-favourite-and-I'm-sure-I'll-grow-into-it' bottles back at the start. I feel embarrassed to see so many pristine boxes on my dresser, where I take the bottles out every few weeks and sniff and think 'very nice' and put it back in the box because I don't want to waste a day's sillage on something
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  5. Oh! The cologne!

    There are two questions one has to ask in evaluating a traditional cologne:

    1) How good is the citrus?
    2) What comes after the citrus?

    A cologne can only be great if there are good answers to both of these questions. Longevity is naturally a problem for all colognes, because of the volatility of the traditional citrus top notes, combined with the low concentration. Take the Chanel cologne, for example. Its citrus top notes are probably the best I've ever smelled. ...

    Updated 4th July 2008 at 04:24 PM by kopah

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