Still Got It: Pour un Homme – Caron

Caron – celebrating two monumental birthdays this year: 110 years as perfumers, and 80 years of Pour un Homme – was founded in 1904 by chemist Ernest Daltroff with the assistance of artistic advisor (and lover), Felicie Wanpouille, a former dressmaker. Together, they created some of the most beautiful and revolutionary perfumes of the early 20th Century – from a flower they created entirely as a fantasy (Narcisse Noir), an ode to women who dared to smoke in public (Tabac Blonde), and the first fragrance designed for and marketed towards men (by name, at least).


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Club Tropicana: Tulum – Cloon Keen Atelier

Cloon Keen Atelier is one of the most exciting houses we introduced at Les Senteurs during my time there. Based in Galway, on the Atlantic coast of Ireland, founded by Creative Director Margaret Mangan and her partner Julian in 2002.

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Scent Messaging – The oPhone

Whilst the transmission of smell is currently impossible, instructing a device to release an odour which is stored inside it has become a reality. The past few weeks has seen a fair bit of buzz around the oPhone and the oSnap messaging app it works with. The oPhone itself is a wonderful, simple concept: a telephone that releases aromas, which are linked to photos tagged by the sender. The first set of aromas that can be delivered are food and coffee related.

Tagging a picture with aromas to be delivered alongside the image.

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Fire at the Fairground: Déliria – L’Artisan Parfumeur

L’Artisan Parfumeur is the first house that I fell in love with when I began to explore the world of perfumery outside of what was available at the department store. Since they were founded in the mid 70s, they’ve shaken up the perfume industry and created some truly revolutionary fragrances.

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Meditteranean Mermaid: Womanity – Thierry Mugler

Thierry Mugler is one of the few ‘mainstream’ houses that consistently pushes the boundaries of perfumery with its feminine pillar fragrances. Angel spawned an entire fragrance family of its own, and a few hundred inferior clones (at the very least). Alien also took no prisoners, a space-age Jasmine fragrance with an incredible solar potency.

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Ginterlude: Reviews & Ground-rules

Outside of fragrance, one of my favourite indulgences is gin. Gin, like fragrance, uses alcohol as a carrier for botanical ingredients – and as such has a reputation of tasting perfume-y. As a gin lover, I’ve got a constantly rotating selection of gins at home, and am always keen to try something new.

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Empyreal Iris: Angélique – Papillon Perfumery

I wrote briefly yesterday about the launch of Papillon Perfumery, the brand created by perfumer Liz Moores. What I didn’t mention is that at one of Odette Toilette‘s events, I smelled a scent created by Liz that captured the smell of her grandmother.  It captured the scent of most grandmothers, as far as I could tell, and I was sent back in time to the late 80s and the overgrown garden at Nanny Rudge’s house (my Nan’s Mum).

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