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Monday, February 25, 2013

Perfume Palate: A Matter of Taste [Caro Fernandez]


Caro Fernandez is someone I've been Twitter-friends with practically since I first joined Twitter. She's a Argentinian beauty living in Buenos Aires and someone I consider to be a good barometer of taste (she does love Neela Vermeire Perfumes, after all): as a makeup artist and perfume enthusiast & blogger, we've got a few major interests in common. She's even decided to try her hand at perfumery herself, and I've no doubt that she knows what will make people like me gladly throw their money down.






First of all, please state your name and occupation:

Caro Fernandez, makeup artist (also blogger at Té de Violetas)


What is your favorite perfume at the moment? 

Ubar is the most special one at the moment. I shouldn’t do this, but I reserve it solely for special or festive occasions. Also, Neela Vermeire Mohur is very special to me..


What is your favorite fragrance house or brand of perfume? 

I have a soft spot for Amouage and Neela Vermeire Creations.


How often do you wear perfume, and under what circumstances do you wear it? 

I wear fragrance every day and under all circumstances. Once in a blue moon, I need to go unscented for a few days, the olfactory equivalent of fasting.


Is it important to you to know who the perfumer or creator is behind the perfumes you wear? 

It is not necessary, but I always want to know as much as possible about what goes into the fragrance I’m wearing: nose, concept, raw materials.


Do you follow the work of certain perfumers, and if so, who? 

I admire the work of Dominique Ropion, Maurice Roucel and the late Guy Robert. I also treasure my vintage Roudnitskas: Femme and Diorella


Think of an iconic perfume bottle design from the past. What is it? 

L´Heure Bleue is the first one that springs to mind, but I can’t mention L’Heure Bleue without complaining once more about what they have done to it. It really makes me sad.


How many times a day do you estimate that you think about perfume? 

I don’t think I can measure it in “times”, it is something constant. I am obsessed about fragrances and about smells. I sniff everything: people, food, clothes, animals, plants, objects.


Think of the last time you complimented someone on the fragrance they were wearing. Did you ask them what it was, and if so, did they tell you? 

Earlier today I complimented a friend on Lady Vengeance. Ihad given it to her because it just doesn’t work for me, but she wears it amazingly well. 

In just three words, describe your ideal fragrance: 

Empowering, classic, feminine.

[you can visit Caro at her website HERE and on Twitter: @aFrozenDancer]





Thursday, February 7, 2013

Perfume Palate: A Matter of Taste [Christine de la Garza of delaCav boots]

I've recently had the pleasure of connecting with Christine de la Garza via Twitter, and quickly discovered that we've got that insta-friend secret sauce. She's a luxury bespoke Western boot-maker with a growing love of perfume, and I'm a fragrance writer with a penchant for boots (which couldn't possibly grow stronger than it already is).

Christine has the kind of enthusiasm and positive energy that I love, and as I encounter more and more people who are jaded, bored or exude unfounded snootiness, I appreciate that amazing energy more than ever.

I just read a great quote in March's Glamour Magazine by Pascale Cohen, who works with jeweler Alexis Bittar. This is her secret to success:

"Enjoy your work. Enthusiasm is infectious."




First of all, please state your name and occupation:

Christine de la Garza
Founder, Designer & Maker – delaCav Handcrafted Bootwear

What is your favorite perfume at the moment?

I only recently added Piment Brulant by L’Artisan to my very narrow repertoire of favorite fragrances.  I discovered it when I took my daughter to the tiny L’Artisan shop at Henri Bendel in NYC so she could pick out her very own first fragrance on her 12th birthday (last year).  The moment I took in that scent, an emotional and very visceral experience overwhelmed me. You see, I am Latina (Tex-Mex) and every night, when I was a kid, I would go out into our garden in South Texas to pick “chile piquin” for my dad to enjoy with his dinner. (These chiles are tiny red and green roundish peppers that grow on a spindly bushy tree). And these nearly lost but incredibly powerful memories came flooding over me. I almost cried. So, of course, I had to have it. It is an unusual scent I think.

What is your favorite fragrance house or brand of perfume?

I tend to be quite loyal, so I’ve been wearing L’Artisan for many years, and in particular, Premier Figuier exclusively - until about a year ago.  My daughter doesn’t like to me to wear anything else (i.e. Piment Brulant) as Premier Figuier has been my personal scent identity her whole life. She says it comforts her and that it will forever be the smell of her mama. So if I’m not wearing Premier Figuier, I don’t get as many hugs from her.

How often do you wear perfume, and under what circumstances do you wear it?

Everyday! But now I switch it up. I tend to wear Premier Figuier more as my everyday scent. It’s fresh and yet enticing. And I will switch to Piment Brulant at night and/or when I’m having a power meeting of some sort. I think it’s feminine and fierce at the same time.

The Roja Cowboy Boot by delaCav

Is it important to you to know who the perfumer or creator is behind the perfumes you wear?

Yes. Although this has been a more recent curiosity/passion.

Do you follow the work of certain perfumers, and if so, who?

No, I have not, but an obsession has kicked in of late.

Think of an iconic perfume bottle design from the past. What is it?

I don’t know about iconic, but again, from childhood, this bottle will forever live in my memory: Youth Dew by Estee Lauder. That feminine bottle with a little gold bow at the waist. Remind me of my mother and my grandmother too.

How many times a day do you estimate that you think about perfume?

I’d say I think of perfume 2 times a day because that’s how often I wear/refresh, but I am ever immersed in the “sensual” world. I am without a doubt an active “smeller” so scent most certainly plays a prominent role throughout my daily life.

Think of the last time you complimented someone on the fragrance they were wearing. Did you ask them what it was, and if so, did they tell you?

Yes! It was one of my brothers. The eau de toilette he was wearing was intoxicating to me! It was Encre Noire by Lalique.

In just three words, describe your ideal fragrance:
It will inspire: lingering neck kissing.

[Shop delaCav on Etsy and follow Christine on Twitter  and Pinterest!] 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Perfume Palate: A Matter of Taste [Lily of Opulence]

Anyone who has followed me on Twitter for awhile knows that Lily of Opulence is my favorite person to dream aimlessly with. She lives in a world with such glamorous heights, such sparkle and color, that not even our planet Earth has caught up with her yet. She is fueled by vintage elegance, pre-code Hollywood starlets like Jean Harlow, extreme luxury and the modern pop elite, and she captured my attention with the greatest of ease. Lily is the sort of woman that will make other women feel more feminine just by conversing with her. We've got many interests in common, but the biggest one is obviously perfume. Lily has inspired me countless times through her charm, subtle humor and her uncanny ability to infuse a drop of elegance and sensuality into any conversation.

[a small portion of Lily's vanity]


First of all, please state your name and occupation:

Lily and I'm a dreamer

What is your favorite perfume at the moment?

Guerlain Voilette de Madame

What is your favorite fragrance house or brand of perfume?

Les Parfums de Rosine

How often do you wear perfume, and under what circumstances do you wear it?

I wear perfume every moment of the day and night.

Is it important to you to know who the perfumer or creator is behind the perfumes you wear?

Not to me.  I like to dream that the scent came from my own pretty dream bubble.

[one of Lily's most beloved inspirations, Madonna]

Do you follow the work of certain perfumers, and if so, who?

I've read the history behind Paul Poiret and his Rosine perfumes and I always watch for new Rosines.

Think of an iconic perfume bottle design from the past. What is it?

The fact is, I'm not interested in most of the iconic perfumes.  I don't want to smell like everyone else.  Though I DO own a bottle of Mitsouko because Jean Harlow & Anais Nin wore it.  

How many times a day do you estimate that you think about perfume?

Scent is always on my mind.  It completes my vision, what I'm seeing.

Think of the last time you complimented someone on the fragrance they were wearing. Did you ask them what it was, and if so, did they tell you?

You know, I don't know that I ever have!  Just myself.

In just three words, describe your ideal fragrance:

opulent (of course), forbidden, (and yet) dainty

[follow Lily on Twitter: @LilyOfOpulence... and Pinterest: @Lily {of opulence}