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Hommage à Bertrand Duchaufour, Perfume Lovers London at October Gallery – Thursday 21st May 2015

By Tara Bertrand Duchaufour is one of the world’s most well known and prolific perfumers. Who better to lead this sniff-along guide to his work than perfume specialist Nick Gilbert. Not only does he have great knowledge of Duchaufour’s work … Continue reading

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Beauty Is Something Unexpected – Review: Le Galion 222

Heya Travelers of Olfactoria, Portia with you from Australian Perfume Junkies and Perfume Posse (and now writing for My Perfume Samples too). Not long ago here in Australia we had Nicolas Chabot come to meet us and talk about the … Continue reading

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Monday Question – Do You Follow New Releases In The Niche Perfume Market?

Do you try to keep up to date with the niche market? Are you interested in the new brands and new perfumes launching every day? Is it even possible to stay au courant?    My Answer: No. I don’t even … Continue reading

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Hermès Scarfs In Action And A Current Obsession – Mansur Gavriel

Since the gloomy weather of the past few days here has made my scarf photos come out woefully dark, I took a look at my archive pics of scarfs as I’ve worn them in the past to show you. The … Continue reading

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ODOU Smell and Perfume Magazine – Crowd Funding Initiative

By Tara Launched in 2013, ODOU is a bi-annual print magazine that explores smell and perfume through themes of memory, science, art, design, personal reflections, photography and more. There is no other publication that explores the sense of smell alone. … Continue reading

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Monday Question – What Exotic Destination Would You Love To Escape To Right Now?

It is Monday again. Ugh. Instead of giving in and resigning yourself to the daily grind, let us dream a bit today. If money and commitments were no consideration, where would you fly (or drive or sail) to today? Where … Continue reading

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A Lovely Day – Paul’s First Communion, May 14th, 2015

Yesterday we celebrated my older son Paul’s First Communion together with his class in the Canisiuskirche in Vienna. The weather was not what we’d hoped for, but other that that it was a really beautiful day. The kids were lovely … Continue reading

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Road Trip: Review – Van Cleef & Arpels California Reverie

By Tara I usually have trouble with jasmine-heavy perfumes. Nasomatto’s Nuda is too heady for me and the same goes for Serge Lutens’ A La Nuit multiplied by a hundred. I admire the apricot inkiness of Sarrasins (also by Lutens) … Continue reading

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A Spring Vanilla – Review: Tokyo Milk Dead Sexy

Heya gorgeous 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 I wanted to talk Cheap & Cheerful. Frankly I think all this aspirational pricing … Continue reading

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Monday Question – How Do You Deal With Aging?

As different as we are in many respects of our lives, what we all share is the fact that we are getting older every day. Do you feel the passage of time acutely at the moment? Is ageing an issue for … Continue reading

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