Category Archives: By Tara

A Fun and Fragrant Summer’s Day Out in London, Thursday 24th July 2014 – And A Giveaway!

By Tara  You may know Val the Cookie Queen from her occasional Sunday Foodie posts here on OT as well as her regular contributions to Australian Perfume Junkies. She lives in Austria and we met for the first time in February of this year when Portia came to town. Although we … Continue reading

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Alpha Male – Review: Parfums de Nicolai New York

By Tara You may be aware that New York is the fragrance Luca Turin tells us in Perfumes: The Guide that he wore for a decade. It’s an eau de toilette aimed at men that was launched in 1989 and … Continue reading

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Serene Green – Review: Jacomo Silences

By Tara As I write this, it is one of those gently rainy, warm mornings. Everything seems calm, quiet and slowed down somehow. It’s a perfect day for wearing Silences. When wearing it for the first time I was surprised … Continue reading

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Romantic Vanilla – Review: Van Cleef & Arpels Orchidée Vanille

By Tara The majority of vanilla perfumes focus on the end result of vanilla production – those calorific cupcakes and cookies. However, Orchidée Vanille takes its inspiration from the start of story: The orchid flower which produces the vanilla pod. … Continue reading

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NSFW – Review: Parfumerie Générale L’Ombre Fauve

By Tara Have you come across the tag NSFW? It stands for “Not Suitable/Safe For Work” and denotes internet content that isn’t advisable viewing while at your office. The same warning could be applied to L’Ombre Fauve: Don’t apply liberally … Continue reading

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Class Act – Review: Papillon Artisan Perfumes Anubis, Tobacco Rose and Angélique

By Tara I can’t remember a time when I’ve been this impressed by the launch of a new fragrance line. British perfumer Liz Moores is the creator of Papillon Artisan Perfumes and this is her first collection of three eau … Continue reading

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Unassuming Beauty – Review: Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle Eau de Magnolia

By Tara The brand new Eau de Magnolia has a breezy loveliness about it. At first I wondered if it was too understated to make an impact next to its more striking companions in the Editions de Parfums line-up, but … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Desert Rose – Review: Parfumerie Générale Isparta

By Tara After trying Isparta briefly on paper and having perfume pals remark on its likeness to Frederic Malle’s showstopper Portrait of a Lady, I was keen to test it properly and see if the two really are that similar. … Continue reading

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Alyssa Harad in Conversation with Persolaise, London – 20th May 2014

By Tara Author Alyssa Harad is so vivacious, funny and warm it’s hard to do her justice in writing. She says nearly everything with a smile in her voice. Even when she gives a reading from her memoir “Coming To … Continue reading

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Pia’s (Almost) Annual Perfume Tour, London – Saturday 17th May 2014

By Tara I was fortunate enough to go on one of the perfume tours organised by Pia (of the blog Volatile Fiction) two years ago and once again a group of us (Pia, her husband Timo, Sarah, Irum, Nick, Ella … Continue reading

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