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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Faith Healing for the Scent-Obsessed

You know this story: You're faced with a stressful situation, like waiting to see the doctor for a very intimidating health issue that could land you in the hospital, or not. All you really want is a glass of water with lemon, and a fragrance so stunning that it provides focus for your thoughts and emotions to keep you from jumping out of your skin. Something grounding that makes you feel smarter when you wear it. It should be very long-lasting, because you don't know how long you'll be at dear old Doc's. The receptionist is yakking on the phone with her boyfriend, every single person has come and gone from the waiting room except for you, and then... "Single Ladies" comes on over the intercom. The best thing to do in this situation, I have found, is to have a good book on hand (in my case, I'm following the intrepid Lisbeth Salander during her Caribbean vacation) and privately revel in a great perfume. My scent of the day was Aroma M Geisha Ambre Rouge, which sticks to me like a benevolent spirit and has huge presence and depth without being overwhelming.

Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Some other scents I wear which I consider to be particularly fortifying are:
Aftelier Tango and Oud Luban
Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
Opus Oils Dapper
Caron Pour Un Homme
Ormonde Jayne Woman
Guerlain Bois d'Armenie


Lavender, Lavender and more Lavender. I recently ordered a bunch of products from Paso Roble, California's Central Coast Lavender (body oil, body lotion, linen and body mist, lip balm), and it has proven to be just the thing. I believe that when we have cravings for something, it's meaningful and we should somehow be able to satisfy them. Lavender has been on my mind a lot lately and I was happy to find some lovely natural products made with copious amounts of French lavender. It's such a classic aromatherapeutic scent that it's practically ubiquitous with very concept of aromatherapy. Many folks may not prefer to wear lavender in a perfume, but love it for bath, body and home-- and I would urge everyone to give Central Coast Lavender a try.

I'd love to hear from you, dear readers: what are your favorite fragrances that help to build you up from the inside out and offer comfort during trying times?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Five Finalists for the 2012 Indie FiFi Award have been announced!

Congratulations to the finalists, and every single person who entered. I'm proud to support independent and artisan perfumers here on my blog, and I really look forward to continuing that coverage in the future. 

Best of luck to the finalists!

For Immediate Release

The Fragrance Foundation Announces
Top Five Finalists for the 
2012 FiFi “Indie” Award

New York N.Y. January 19th, 2012. The Fragrance Foundation is very pleased and excited to name the top five finalists who have made it through the judging for the 2012 FiFi® “Indie” Award with the winner to be revealed on January 30th at the Elements Showcase FiFi® Award Ceremony and celebration.   A distinguished panel of expert judges had the difficult task of choosing five outstanding fragrance brands based on criteria provided by the Foundation and the “Indie” Committee.  The ballots were tabulated by the Foundation’s accounting firm Sperduto, Spector & Company.  “We were very pleased to receive so many entries and confirm thirty six  official nominees.  The competition was stiff and we applaud the judges for taking on the challenge of selecting the top five,” states Mary Ellen Lapsansky, Vice President of The Fragrance Foundation.  “We are excited to present these finalists with mini-FiFi® trophies and of course honor the winner with the official crystal FiFi® Award.” 

The five finalists are:

Carner Barcelona “Cuirs”              – Min New York
Come L’Amore, Bois 1920              – Bois 1920 (Perfume Holding Corp.)
Miller Harris La Fumée                   – Miller Harris
Odin New York 06 Amanu             – Foundry NYC
Siberian Snow by D.S. & Durga     – D.S. & Durga

"Congratulations to these five finalists who distinguished themselves from among so many worthy entries," said Cos Policastro, Executive Vice President, Fine Fragrances at Givaudan. "This is a true achievement and we wish all the "Indie" brands continued success in the future. Indie brands play an important role in our industry by engaging the consumer with their unique stories. Their creativity and innovation inspires the fragrance world and should be recognized and rewarded. Givaudan is proud to sponsor this award as our company is defined by these same attributes.  We look forward to the announcement of the winner and to present them with a $10,000 check to encourage them to continue to push the boundaries of olfactive creativity. "

Frederick Bouchardy, co-founder of Elements Showcase comments “The 2012 FiFi® “Indie” Award presentation at the Elements Showcase will be a terrific moment of recognition for the “Indie” category. It’s very exciting and we salute all these independent creators.” “We are very happy to be a part of this occasion by sponsoring the FiFi® “Indie” celebration,” added Bruce Teitelbaum, Chief Executive Officer, RPG, “the “Indie” brands deserve the spotlight and The FiFi® Award is a respected symbol of excellence.  Presenting the FiFi® in such a stylish, innovative venue as the Elements Showcase is just the kind of creative thinking that brings new energy to the fragrance community and new choices to the fragrance-loving consumer.”

To attend the ceremony on January 30th, please visit
elements-showcase.com for complete event details & registration

“Indie” Committee Mission Statement:
To support the excellence, talent and artistry of ‘indie’ perfumes, celebrate their individuality and craftsmanship, give a voice to the “indie” brands, address any issues and concerns that are important to the group as a whole.

The “Indie” Committee Members:
Mandy Aftel (Aftelier Perfumes)♥Arnaud Adrian (Robertet ♥Frederick Bouchardy (Joya Studio)♥Karl Bradl (Aedes de Venustas)♥Virginia Bonofiglio (Fashion Institute of Technology♥ Denise Capozzalo (Barneys)♥Rodrigo Flores-Roux (Givaudan Fragrances Corp.)♥Victoria Frolova (Bois de Jasmin)♥Mary Ellen Lapsansky (The Fragrance Foundation)♥ Carrie Meredith (Eyeliner on a Cat)♥Ralf Schwieger (Mane)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

And now, back to our regularly scheduled blogging

This blog has been on a little vacation as of late, but I'm looking forward to resuming regular posting this coming week. Thank you for your patience, and for being loyal readers!

 Antique De Vilbiss dropper perfume bottle