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  1. Michael Edwards renounces Oriental

    Many perfumista’s will be aware of the debate surrounding Oriental, the name of the genre that contains Shalimar and Opium. According to Bois de Jasmin, Michael Edwards will no longer use it in Fragrances of the World. He said that from now on the name will be Amber, and he proposes three categories: Soft Amber, Floral Amber and Woody Amber.

    In the light of his decision, those of us who write about perfume are faced with a choice. We can choose to ignore his lead and continue to ...

    Updated 23rd July 2021 at 07:43 AM by Wild Gardener

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  2. Why don't scent supermarkets stink?

    Something bizarre happened in a scent supermarket the other day. I was in there checking something out when two guys came in and one of them started spraying himself heavily with Bleu de Chanel.
    Ok, nothing strange about that, but then he grabbed Sauvage and gave himself a dozen more sprays with that. Having seen the horror unfolding, I moved away to a safe distance. But, as the two of them left, I crossed his sillage and - nothing! I couldn't smell anything at all.
    A friend said ...

    Updated 20th June 2021 at 07:41 AM by Wild Gardener

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  3. Fire at the Circus Ball

    Sometimes it can be difficult to say what a perfume smells like. It can change from when it’s worn to on the smelling strip, from one time to the next, how much you spray on, the seasons; many things can influence the way a perfume smells.

    But there is another factor, one that is more objective, the concentration of the juice - which can vary in composition as well as strength. Take the case of No5. In their seminal work Perfumes : The A – Z Guide, Turin and Sanchez review it three ...

    Updated 11th June 2021 at 10:28 AM by Wild Gardener

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  4. Images of some stuff from Ifti's Splits Thread Pt.3

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  5. The Birth of a Legend

    The story is simple and I personally know all the details. It happened at Chiris, where my father was lab manager.
    The client already knew the company director, they had met on the Côte d’Azur where he had tried to convince her to launch a perfume.
    She was hostile to the idea but agreed to visit his factory.
    In the creation laboratory, she was seduced by the flacons of rare essences. The chief perfumer let her smell them and told her how a perfume is made with such materials. ...

    Updated 25th May 2021 at 08:23 PM by Wild Gardener

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