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Cologne Writ Large: Review – Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle Cologne Indélébile

By Tara Eau de Colognes have always seemed rather uninspiring to me. They don’t feel full of promise the way perfumes do. They are a practical pick-me-up rather than something to make you swoon. Cologne Indélébile (“Permanent Cologne”) may not … Continue reading

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Monday Question – Please Complete This Sentence: When I Travel I Always…

Happy Monday! It is the last week of school here and travel plans come closer and closer, so today I want you to answer a question a bit differently. Please complete the sentence: When I travel, I always…. My Answer: … Continue reading

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Storing (And Travelling With) Hermès Scarves

Today I want to show you how I store my scarves and what I use when I take them with me on trips. I have talked about the fabulous MaiTai Collection several times already in connection with my Hermès scarf … Continue reading

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Floating Petals: Review – Neela Vermeire Creations Pichola

By Tara Neela Vermeire Creations refract different aspects of India through the prism of French perfumery. The result is a quality collection of striking and evocative fragrances which are equally refined and complex. The inspiration for Neela’s latest creation (released … Continue reading

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A Perfect Gift – Review: Olympic Orchids Deluxe Set

Hi there fellow Olfactoria’s Travelers, Portia with you all the way from Australian Perfume Junkies and Perfume Posse (and now writing for My Perfume Samples too). Today we are looking at one of my all time favourite Independent Perfumers, Ellen … Continue reading

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Monday Question – (Where) Are You Going On Vacation This Summer?

Do you get to travel this summer? If you can take a break, where will you go? Stay-cation or far-flung destination? My Answer: I am looking forward to four fabulous things this summer. First, in three weeks time, we go … Continue reading

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From Siberia to Samovar: Review – Masque Milano Russian Tea

By Tara Russian Tea made several bloggers’ Best Perfumes of 2014 lists and having a fondness for tea fragrances myself, I was keen to check it out. Masque Milano was started by two young Italians, Riccardo Tedeschi and Alessandro Brun. … Continue reading

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A Cosmopolitan Woman – Review: The Different Company I Miss Violet

By Sandra Bertrand Duchaufour is one of my favourite perfumers of all time. Whenever a new perfume is released that he has created, I scramble to the computer and order a sample as quickly as possible. In fact when I … Continue reading

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Monday Question – Which Perfume, If Any, Do You Use When It Is Really (Really!) Hot Outside?

In the heat of summer, do you still wear perfume? Which perfume(s) are ideal for hot and muggy weather? Do you have tips for cooling fragrances? Or do you go for blooming sillage in the heat and use your “big” … Continue reading

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Mansur Gavriel Backpack And Nothing Much Else To Say…

Hello my dear readers, I have been silent again for a while, and the reason for that is mostly that I don’t feel I have anything to say. It is not a good feeling but definitely one powerful enough to … Continue reading

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