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Monotheme Black Label: Rose Oud, Leather, Amber Wood and Black Oud

Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia has launched a new collection inspired by the Orient. The collection consists of four fragrances and it is named Black Label. The fragrances are available in black bottles crowned with black caps of the same design as the previous collection of classic Monotheme editions, Bio Collection and invigorating line Book of Citruses. Four oriental fragrances, belonging to the line Black Label, are aimed at both men and women. The scents are based on rich and opulent natural essential oils combined with carefully selected essences. The intention of their creators was to evoke the olfactory wealth of Orient.

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ROSE OUD brings a precious blend that opens with fresh and delicate notes. The top notes are elemi and bright lemon, which announce the roses in the heart, embraced by fragrant geraniums. The base chords of patchouli, combined with amber and oud, give depth and character to the composition.

LEATHER is redolent of power and intensity! The composition opens with the powerful strike of spices, sweetened by fruit notes and softened by an aromatic veil. The heart highlights the notes of cedar intertwined with a lush floral bouquet, resting on a base of rich wood, resin, vanilla and leather.

AMBER WOOD , right from the very first chord, boasts spices combined with labdanum, saffron and incense. The heart brings subtle aromas of smoked cyperus, birch and labdanum, while the warm base blends patchouli, vetiver, leather and styrax.

BLACK OUD charms with citruses and spicy chords of paprika, which lead to the heart of the composition. The heart is dominated by contrastsfragrant geraniums, warm and soft heliotrope, labdanum and clove. The base only highlights the oriental fairy tale with its warm chords of oud, amber and precious wood.

 

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Author: Sandra Raičević Petrović
(
sandrina_bambina)

   Fragrantica Executive Editor, Writer and Designer

[email protected]

 

 

 

Translation: Marina Milojević (Mary)


 

Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013

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Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route du Mexique

ad6bf mm.18413 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Fatima Lopes
Be Mine

ad6bf mm.18410 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Mont Blanc
Legend Special Edition 2013

ad6bf mm.18409 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
Black Oud

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Amber Wood

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Leather

ad6bf mm.18406 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
Rose Oud

ad6bf mm.18404 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013LR
Karolina Kurkova

7f308 mm.18401 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Parfums 137
Myrte

7f308 mm.18400 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Parfums 137
Immortelle

7f308 mm.18399 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Parfums 137
Spearmint

7f308 mm.18398 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Parfums 137
Olibanum

7f308 mm.18397 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Parfums 137
Osmanthus

7f308 mm.18396 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Parfums 137
Bigarade

7f308 mm.18395 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Toni Gard
Mint Man

7f308 mm.18394 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Robert Piguet
Alameda

7f308 mm.18393 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Memo
Irish Leather

7f308 mm.18392 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Calvin Klein
Downtown

7f308 mm.18391 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
Tropic of Capricorn

7f308 mm.18390 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
Seattle Chocolate

7f308 mm.18389 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
California Chocolate

7f308 mm.18388 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
Café V

77e3b mm.18387 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
Sonnet XVII

77e3b mm.18386 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo Exotic

77e3b mm.18385 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Hugo Boss
Boss Jour Pour Femme

77e3b mm.18384 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Givenchy
Ange ou Demon Le Secret Feather Edition

77e3b mm.18383 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Le Labo
Ylang 49

77e3b mm.18382 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Le Labo
Lys 41

77e3b mm.18381 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Jovoy Paris
Lys Epona

77e3b mm.18380 Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2013Demeter Fragrance
First Response – Boston

Be Mine from Fatima Lopes

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Shalimar Ode a la Vanille Sur la Route du Mexique

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Be Mine

1c72b mm.18410 Be Mine from Fatima LopesMont Blanc
Legend Special Edition 2013

1c72b mm.18409 Be Mine from Fatima LopesMonotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
Black Oud

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Amber Wood

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Leather

1c72b mm.18406 Be Mine from Fatima LopesMonotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
Rose Oud

1c72b mm.18404 Be Mine from Fatima LopesLR
Karolina Kurkova

1c72b mm.18401 Be Mine from Fatima LopesParfums 137
Myrte

1c72b mm.18400 Be Mine from Fatima LopesParfums 137
Immortelle

1c72b mm.18399 Be Mine from Fatima LopesParfums 137
Spearmint

1c72b mm.18398 Be Mine from Fatima LopesParfums 137
Olibanum

1c72b mm.18397 Be Mine from Fatima LopesParfums 137
Osmanthus

1c72b mm.18396 Be Mine from Fatima LopesParfums 137
Bigarade

94fb0 mm.18395 Be Mine from Fatima LopesToni Gard
Mint Man

94fb0 mm.18394 Be Mine from Fatima LopesRobert Piguet
Alameda

94fb0 mm.18393 Be Mine from Fatima LopesMemo
Irish Leather

94fb0 mm.18392 Be Mine from Fatima LopesCalvin Klein
Downtown

94fb0 mm.18391 Be Mine from Fatima LopesOlympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
Tropic of Capricorn

94fb0 mm.18390 Be Mine from Fatima LopesOlympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
Seattle Chocolate

94fb0 mm.18389 Be Mine from Fatima LopesOlympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
California Chocolate

94fb0 mm.18388 Be Mine from Fatima LopesOlympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
Café V

94fb0 mm.18387 Be Mine from Fatima LopesOlympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
Sonnet XVII

94fb0 mm.18386 Be Mine from Fatima LopesJimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo Exotic

94fb0 mm.18385 Be Mine from Fatima LopesHugo Boss
Boss Jour Pour Femme

94fb0 mm.18384 Be Mine from Fatima LopesGivenchy
Ange ou Demon Le Secret Feather Edition

e7c83 mm.18383 Be Mine from Fatima LopesLe Labo
Ylang 49

e7c83 mm.18382 Be Mine from Fatima LopesLe Labo
Lys 41

e7c83 mm.18381 Be Mine from Fatima LopesJovoy Paris
Lys Epona

e7c83 mm.18380 Be Mine from Fatima LopesDemeter Fragrance
First Response – Boston

Dior Mix and Match Cream Blushes and Nail Polishes for Summer 2013

Dior Mix and Match Cream Blushes and Nail Polishes for Summer 2013

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 · 4 Comments 

Are you ready for this? Dior are launching cream blushers this summer!

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 All photos are from Vogue

New Cream Blushes: Bourjois, Estee Lauder and Chanel

  • Tom Ford Sahara Noir

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    Karolina Kurkova

    f5d18 mm.18401 Tom Ford Sahara NoirParfums 137
    Myrte

    f5d18 mm.18400 Tom Ford Sahara NoirParfums 137
    Immortelle

    f5d18 mm.18399 Tom Ford Sahara NoirParfums 137
    Spearmint

    f5d18 mm.18398 Tom Ford Sahara NoirParfums 137
    Olibanum

    f5d18 mm.18397 Tom Ford Sahara NoirParfums 137
    Osmanthus

    f5d18 mm.18396 Tom Ford Sahara NoirParfums 137
    Bigarade

    f5d18 mm.18395 Tom Ford Sahara NoirToni Gard
    Mint Man

    f5d18 mm.18394 Tom Ford Sahara NoirRobert Piguet
    Alameda

    f5d18 mm.18393 Tom Ford Sahara NoirMemo
    Irish Leather

    f5d18 mm.18392 Tom Ford Sahara NoirCalvin Klein
    Downtown

    f5d18 mm.18391 Tom Ford Sahara NoirOlympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
    Tropic of Capricorn

    f5d18 mm.18390 Tom Ford Sahara NoirOlympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
    Seattle Chocolate

    f5d18 mm.18389 Tom Ford Sahara NoirOlympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
    California Chocolate

    f5d18 mm.18388 Tom Ford Sahara NoirOlympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
    Café V

    eaf80 mm.18387 Tom Ford Sahara NoirOlympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
    Sonnet XVII

    eaf80 mm.18386 Tom Ford Sahara NoirJimmy Choo
    Jimmy Choo Exotic

    eaf80 mm.18385 Tom Ford Sahara NoirHugo Boss
    Boss Jour Pour Femme

    eaf80 mm.18384 Tom Ford Sahara NoirGivenchy
    Ange ou Demon Le Secret Feather Edition

    eaf80 mm.18383 Tom Ford Sahara NoirLe Labo
    Ylang 49

    eaf80 mm.18382 Tom Ford Sahara NoirLe Labo
    Lys 41

    eaf80 mm.18381 Tom Ford Sahara NoirJovoy Paris
    Lys Epona

    eaf80 mm.18380 Tom Ford Sahara NoirDemeter Fragrance
    First Response – Boston

    eaf80 mm.18379 Tom Ford Sahara NoirDemeter Fragrance
    Sunshine

    eaf80 mm.18378 Tom Ford Sahara NoirNew Yorker
    New Yorker Style Up for Him

    eaf80 mm.18377 Tom Ford Sahara NoirNew Yorker
    New Yorker Style Up for Her

    eaf80 mm.18376 Tom Ford Sahara NoirDurance de Provence
    Coquelicot – Poppy

    eaf80 mm.18375 Tom Ford Sahara NoirDurance de Provence
    Zeste de Vétiver

    eaf80 mm.18374 Tom Ford Sahara NoirDemeter Fragrance
    Rice Paddy

    eaf80 mm.18373 Tom Ford Sahara NoirYves Saint Laurent
    L’Homme Libre Cologne Tonic

    LR Karolina Kurkova

    8a719 mm.18404 LR Karolina KurkovaLR
    Karolina Kurkova

    8a719 mm.18401 LR Karolina KurkovaParfums 137
    Myrte

    8a719 mm.18400 LR Karolina KurkovaParfums 137
    Immortelle

    8a719 mm.18399 LR Karolina KurkovaParfums 137
    Spearmint

    8a719 mm.18398 LR Karolina KurkovaParfums 137
    Olibanum

    8a719 mm.18397 LR Karolina KurkovaParfums 137
    Osmanthus

    8a719 mm.18396 LR Karolina KurkovaParfums 137
    Bigarade

    8a719 mm.18395 LR Karolina KurkovaToni Gard
    Mint Man

    8a719 mm.18394 LR Karolina KurkovaRobert Piguet
    Alameda

    8a719 mm.18393 LR Karolina KurkovaMemo
    Irish Leather

    8a719 mm.18392 LR Karolina KurkovaCalvin Klein
    Downtown

    8a719 mm.18391 LR Karolina KurkovaOlympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
    Tropic of Capricorn

    8a719 mm.18390 LR Karolina KurkovaOlympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
    Seattle Chocolate

    8a719 mm.18389 LR Karolina KurkovaOlympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
    California Chocolate

    8a719 mm.18388 LR Karolina KurkovaOlympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
    Café V

    2dd09 mm.18387 LR Karolina KurkovaOlympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
    Sonnet XVII

    2dd09 mm.18386 LR Karolina KurkovaJimmy Choo
    Jimmy Choo Exotic

    2dd09 mm.18385 LR Karolina KurkovaHugo Boss
    Boss Jour Pour Femme

    2dd09 mm.18384 LR Karolina KurkovaGivenchy
    Ange ou Demon Le Secret Feather Edition

    2dd09 mm.18383 LR Karolina KurkovaLe Labo
    Ylang 49

    2dd09 mm.18382 LR Karolina KurkovaLe Labo
    Lys 41

    2dd09 mm.18381 LR Karolina KurkovaJovoy Paris
    Lys Epona

    2dd09 mm.18380 LR Karolina KurkovaDemeter Fragrance
    First Response – Boston

    2dd09 mm.18379 LR Karolina KurkovaDemeter Fragrance
    Sunshine

    2dd09 mm.18378 LR Karolina KurkovaNew Yorker
    New Yorker Style Up for Him

    2dd09 mm.18377 LR Karolina KurkovaNew Yorker
    New Yorker Style Up for Her

    2dd09 mm.18376 LR Karolina KurkovaDurance de Provence
    Coquelicot – Poppy

    2dd09 mm.18375 LR Karolina KurkovaDurance de Provence
    Zeste de Vétiver

    2dd09 mm.18374 LR Karolina KurkovaDemeter Fragrance
    Rice Paddy

    4d17a mm.18373 LR Karolina KurkovaYves Saint Laurent
    L’Homme Libre Cologne Tonic

    Perfumed Horoscope: May 20

    This week comes with yet another lunar eclipse on Saturday at 4 degrees Sagittarius. The earth will come between the Sun and the Moon underlining the polarity between emotions and conscious intent. The darkening of the moon can cause disorientation, greater vulnerability, and you may also become temporarily over-sensitive. This week we will look at how this occurrence can translate into fresh perspectives to find emotional balance. An eclipse is essentially an emotional reset. This week we are looking at the magic of honeysuckle in perfumes.

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    a5642 o.4330 Perfumed Horoscope: May 20Aries
    This week’s solar eclipse will find you communicating about how much you want to travel, and browsing the pages that can take you to some exotic places. This will also engage your communicative skills and curiosity to the point where you will know the desired destination better than every travel agent. Otherwise it is a good time also to choose a new course of study. Absorbing new skills or knowledge will come much easier to you than at any other time. From perfumes infused with the magic of honeysuckle consider Beauty-to-Wear by Bohemian Belle Pout.

     

    a5642 o.4331 Perfumed Horoscope: May 20Taurus
    Are you planning to purchase a new computer or update your communication devices this week? This will perfectly reflect your need to move up to the new level in pretty much all areas of your life. You don’t want anyone telling you that you are not as responsible and responsive as you truly are. This week is good to gather constructive ideas and than start the next week with a refreshed and empowered attitude. From perfumes infused with the magic of honeysuckle consider Scarlett by Cacharel.

     

    a5642 o.4332 Perfumed Horoscope: May 20Gemini
    This week brings to you exactly what you need, and then some more. You should be able to feel the fresh energies, and all those disjointed ideas coming together and giving you a much more organic and magnetizing focus. Set goals if you want to accomplish them. Do it in a small amount and for short time spans. It will liberate you to enjoy more socializing and naturally merge emotionally with your partner, and those that you want to become closer to you. Stay strong on Saturday, the day of the eclipse. From perfumes infused with the magic of honeysuckle consider Presence’s de Bach Les Fleurs De Bach.

     

    a5642 o.4333 Perfumed Horoscope: May 20Cancer
    You will enter something that feels like an easy, floaty, maybe even slightly dreamy week, thinking about the romance books that you want to read. As the week progresses, you will feel that something is growing in your reality and it may feel like something inevitable will happen. This is when you need to become prepared. Over the coming weekend there are two chances of how things can play out under the lunar eclipse: either by a radical turn in how you regard your body and health, or by separating from the job environment that doesn’t serve you well anymore. Good luck! From perfumes infused with the magic of honeysuckle consider Guerlain Chant d’Aromes.

     

    a5642 o.4334 Perfumed Horoscope: May 20Leo
    Occasionally you feel like you live in a separate reality. Other people have problems that you can’t identify with at all. It’s hard for you to communicate with anyone who will start complaining about anything. The problem is when you feel discomfort and it’s hard to find someone who will understand it. This week is good for both. Friends will be more helpful than ever if you allow them to. It could easily happen that you fall in love this Saturday. I know that’s unheard of, but use this new feeling to strengthen your heart energies, more so than to start building a potential relationship, for now. From perfumes infused with the magic of honeysuckle consider Sicily by DolceGabbana.

     

    a5642 o.4335 Perfumed Horoscope: May 20Virgo
    Prepare this week for some kind of unsettling events by the end of the week. Nothing bad will happen, but your sense of belonging and the union with your family may become challenged by some unforeseeable events. You know how sometimes you dream of someone, and then you have a need to call them and make sure they are okay. Whoever crosses your mind this week, especially if they are your family, make sure to call them, otherwise you may miss some major karma points. From perfumes infused with the magic of honeysuckle consider Caprifoglio L`Erbolario.
     

    a5642 o.4336 Perfumed Horoscope: May 20Libra
    This week marks the beginning of a much lighter and creativity-filled period. It’s a good time to think over the priorities in your life and not go back to scattering your precious energy on all who will not respect your efforts. This Saturday’s lunar eclipse is an emotional reset. You will experience it possibly as a sudden halt in how you communicate with the world. You may feel that your agendas should be more interwoven with your emotions in order to work better for you. From perfumes infused with the magic of honeysuckle consider Hindu Honeysuckle Providence Perfume.

     

    a5642 o.4337 Perfumed Horoscope: May 20Scorpio
    The recent pressures in your relationships possibly drained some of your energy. Hard work unfortunately doesn’t always equate to being responsible. You need to blend those two, so that the partner doesn’t give you a funny stare. With the solar eclipse on Saturday you may take a hard look at what you own, and how it improves the quality of your life. When you get into that state however, don’t make any decisions or conclusions, just collect ideas for the future. It’s an eclipse, after all. From perfumes infused with the magic of honeysuckle take a sniff at Venom by Joya.

     

    a5642 o.4338 Perfumed Horoscope: May 20Sagittarius
    It’s time for a new you. Let’s discuss the luggage that needs to stay behind and not return into your life. First and foremost, it should be clear that relationships cannot become healthy and sound unless you know for sure what you want from them. Reset your relationship gene, and it should be easier with the new sense of independence. The second area that needs clearing is your work. This week finish a big work cycle and get ready for the next one. Talk to yourself about not wasting any energies in the next cycle. From perfumes infused with the magic of honeysuckle consider Haute Claire Aftelier.

     

    d77c1 o.4339 Perfumed Horoscope: May 20Capricorn
    This week will be like a long slow introduction into your past. By the end of the week things will feel different. There is a great chance that something may happen at your job, including an unexpected romance, which will throw you out of your routine and take you back to the time when you were younger. Something happened back then, a promise from someone, maybe from your parents, that is still present in your life and which you need to face by the end of this week, and work it out over the next six months. From perfumes infused with the magic of honeysuckle consider Wild Honeysuckle Jovan.

     

    d77c1 o.4340 Perfumed Horoscope: May 20Aquarius
    With this week fresh energies will start to pour in. Your challenge will be to organize and prioritize your many social engagements. The end of the week brings a significant lunar eclipse with the accent on your social groups. It’s a good time to engage in a more focused way with your friends on the issues that are significant to you. This includes even political and environmental issues. From perfumes infused with the magic of honeysuckle consider What Comes From Within: Light Sarah Horowitz Parfums.

    d77c1 o.4341 Perfumed Horoscope: May 20Pisces
    Observe the change of energies this week. You may feel that there are certain aspects of your life which need your greater involvement. The question is if you are motivated enough. There are two things that can keep you motivated. Your home situation which needs a slight revamping and more of your presence to improve your sense of belonging. The other area that need a fresh breeze relates to your professional goals. Stay open over the coming weekend for new ideas and projects which you would normally not consider at all. From perfumes infused with the magic of honeysuckle consider Acqua Mirable Odorosa di Firenze Il Profumi di Firenze.

     

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    Zoran Cerar – Hieronimuss loves delicate and natural fragrances since his childhood. He is also an incurable astrology addict since 1984.

    With his astrological insight, he helped many restless souls with advice related to personal growth, relationships, and career choices. He holds a PhD in German Literature and teaches at a few Colleges in New York. His web site astroknowlogy.com is a portal for sharing astrological experiences and knowledge, and here he offers his astrological readings and reports.

     

    Summer Makeup: Orange Colour

    Summer Makeup: Orange Colour

    Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 · 2 Comments 

    I did a post about relatively subtle peachy coral makeup and since it got a lot of views, I’ve decided to do one about bright orange.

    I am not exactly the biggest fan of bright orange (on myself); I prefer fuchsia, so I was surprised to see how many products I have. So I’ve decided to feature only four, like last time: for lips, eyes, cheeks and nails.

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    So here we go:

    Inglot Nail Enamel 949

    I absolutely adore this nail polish! I have several different Inglot shades and this one is the best, it brightens up even a dull outfit and lifts the mood. In fact, I wore it last week and got a lot of compliments. See it on the nails here.

    Clarins Rouge Prodige Lipstick in 118 Clementine

    I personally can wear this shade only in summer when I get some tan, as it’s not the best choice for my light cool toned skin but with some tan, it’s amazing. Keep the rest of the makeup minimum and add Clementine for a polished on-trend bright lip. I have used it on several girls and they all loved it. In fact, I was told by Clarins that this is one of their best-selling shades. I have just realized that I’ve never posted lip swatches of this one, will do soon.

    c22bc Summer Makeup Orange Colour lipstick blush eye shadow nail polish swatches Summer Makeup: Orange Colourlipstick, blush, eye shadow, nail polish, photo taken in the direct sunlight

    YSL Crème de Blush in 4 Audacious Orange

    The brand’s cream blushers have a seal of approval from make-up artists, beauty editors and makeup lovers, and it’s easy to see why. This cream-to-powder formula blends beautifully, doesn’t feel greasy or oily and has a nice staying power. What is not to like? This particular shade is like summer in a “jar”. Want to see how it looks like applied and also compared to other blushers? Click here.

    Inglot AMC 51 eye shadows

    One of the reasons why I love Inglot is because you can get eye shadows (in terms of colour) that you most likely won’t use very often for a reasonable price. And it is exactly what I did – got myself yellows, oranges and reds, among other shades “just in case” I will ever need them.  My other bright Inglot shadows.

    Tom Ford Summer 2013 Makeup Collection

  • Parfums 137: A Fragrant Game

    “What if wearing a perfume became a game? Or, better, a provocation against the most traditional codes? Assert your difference: create your own fragrance using three rare essences inspired by an extraordinary story…and feel seven times more unique!”

    Parfums 137 brand was created in 2007. The main concept of the house consists of creating a perfume library, with three different scents issued under one cover. These scents can be worn individually or combined in seven possible ways. For the moment there are two aromatic books: collection Nara 1869 and Hollywood Stromboli 1950, including fragrances Olibanum, Bigarade, Osmanthus and Spearmint, Immortelle, Myrte accordingly (six fragrances in total).

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    Nara 1869 and Hollywood Stromboli 1950, as the base of Parfums 137′s fragrant collection, are the aromatic incarnations of the stories behind them. Styled on real adventures of the different epochs’ perfumers, these simple narrations balance on the edge of banal novelette and touchingly naïve tale that, ulltimately, doesn’t affect the quality of the fragrances, which are surprisingly elegant and exquisite, weightless like translucent water colors but at the same time having strong individuality.

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    The fragrances were created by Isabelle Maillebiau (Nara 1869) and Corinne Cachen (Hollywood Stromboli 1950).

    Nara 1869

    The story offered by the house as the legend of the Nara 1869 creation leads us to Paris at the end of the 1860s and further to Japan, following the journey of a young and ambitious man, Akimoff.

    The story tells us about the Kodo ceremony (the ceremony of recognizing the scents of burnt precious woods and incense) held in an ancient Nara residence to which Akimoff was invited. There he met a beautiful young geisha and, lo and behold, fell in love with her.

    The legend asserts that during this ceremony the aromas of Bigarade, Osmanthus and Olibanum should be recognized. Later, Akimoff created three fragrances based on these accords for his beloved to combine in order to wear seven different fragrances.

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    Hollywood Stromboli 1950

    For the story dedicated to the Hollywood Stromboli 1950 set, the creators decided to include “… mystery, adventures and glamour.” Young Betty, a descendant of Second Empire perfumer Akimoff, sets off to conquer Hollywood.

    Her fragrances quickly win over Hollywood actresses. But the stunning Betty and her talent soon attract the attention of mobster Jack D. Betty enlists the help of Mike R., “a gentleman gangster with big heart.” They fall in love and run away to the Sicilian island of Stromboli.

    Safe in the arms of Mike, Betty carries on with her work. She remembers Spearmint from America and combines it with typical Sicilian essences she extracts from plants. Three superb essences—Spearmint, Immortelle and Myrtle—become the raw ingredients of her new fragrances.

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    Considering the narrow range of scents, the creators decided to offer different variations of packaging. The fragrances can be packaged in their “native” box, corresponding to the legend (Jeux de parfums collections Nara 1869 and Hollywood Stromboli 1950). They also can be collected according to the client’s will—a combination of three scents of your choice—in a stylish metal box.

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    There is a collection of boxes with feminine portraits (above). One can also find a collection of packages inspired by world famous pieces of art (La Joconde by Leonardo Da Vinci, The Valpinçon Bather by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Breakfast on the Grass by Edouard Manet), as well as separate sets which are sold only at the museums which house the art works that inspired the boxes (The Kiss and Paolo and Francesca in the clouds by August Rodin, The Garden at Bougival by Berthe Morisot, Luncheon of the Boating Party by August Renoir, a walk in the Albert Kahn Garden, Water Lilies by Claude Monet).

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    Also available is a funny collection that allows personalizing of a chosen set—you can put your photo on the box (or a picture of the recipient if buying it as a gift), and add a personal note or message…

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    Every box contains three vials of 15 ml. You are free to choose prepared boxes, or fill them with your own selection of fragrances.

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    Eugeniya Chudakova is a Fragrantica contributor from Russia. She joined our team in 2013 to work on perfume news and reports from perfume events.

    Eugeniya is the founder and author of olfactorybeing perfume blog.

     

    Mimosa and Cassie

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    Sugar-spun pom-poms, bushy and fluffy like otherworldly candies, brimming with the aroma of childhood and of a mother’s soft embrace. Mimosa is a miracle of nature, a tree with a unique appearance and a scent like no other. Although you may have frequently seen the yellow little balls sprouting from a leafy green branch in many a florist’s shop, these “mimosa” posies are not true mimosa, they’re acacias, the plant from which the essence of cassie is rendered. True mimosas do not have yellow blossoms, though the two are relatives in a common clan.

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    Mimosa  pudica                                                            Acacia (cassie)

    Acacia is this enigma: a floral, seemingly innocent component but nuanced with human warmth, comforting yet with an almost too intimate facet if you give it enough attention. Many acacias have fragrant flowers but only two species, Acacia decurrens var. dealbata and A. farnesiana are utilized in perfumery, the second being the most celebrated.

    Cassie flower absolute is extracted from the flora of the Acacia Farnesiana shrub, itself named after the Villa Farnese where the semi-tropical plant was transplated for ornamental reasons. The plant is named after Odoardo Farnese (1573–1626) of the notable Italian family which under the patronage of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, maintained some of the first private European botanical gardens in Rome in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Farnese Gardens at Carparola. They later became famous for importing acacia to Italy from the Caribbean and Central America, henceforth the name stuck to the plant.

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    Two types of commonly called “mimosas” are most frequent: Acacia pycnantha (literally “of dense flowers”) is the floral emblem of Australia, while Acacia dealbata (wattle) is a similar variant often presented to women and refered to as “mimosa;” it’s probably what most people associate with mimosa.

    A variant called Mimosa pudica is called “shy plant,” because it closes its compound leaves inwards when touched and is in fact a “true” mimosa. Technically mimosa can be distinguished from the large related genera, Acacia and Albizia, since its flowers have 10 or fewer stamens.

    Albizia, aka Silk tree (below at the picture)

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    The almost innocent, childlike aroma of mimosa can be used in great effect in floral compositions, such as Champs Elysées by Guerlain, where it boosts the white floral bouquet, or in Kelly Calèche by Hermès, where it recalls the floral timbre of the treated hides at the vaults of the celebrated sellier that is Hermès. Amarige by Givenchy is another famous case of highlighting mimosa in a composition, this time sandwiched amidst intense notes which create a very powerful, almost overwhelming message. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Goutal’s Le Mimosa is diaphanous, with a sheer peach note and buttery chamomile over baby-shampoo orange blossoms.

    But the scent of mimosa in bloom is rather elusive all the same, with perfumes utilizing it as an accent instead of the main plot. Perhaps the one true rendition comes from L’Artisan Parfumeur in their old standby, where the milky and violet facets of a true mimosa sing with the unreserved melodies of a spring morning’s lark.

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    Fragrances with mimosa/cassie include:

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    Acca Kappa Mimosa
    Annick Goutal Le Mimosa
    Ayala Moriel Les Nuages de Joie Jaune
    Calypso Christiane Celle Mimosa
    Caron Farnesiana
    Chanel No.5
    Creed Aubepine Acacia
    Czech Speake Mimosa
    DSH Perfume Mimosa
    Estée Lauder Private Collection
    Fragonard Mimosa
    Frederic Malle Une Fleur de Cassie
    Givenchy Amarige
    Amarige Mimosa de Grasse Millesime 2005
    Givenchy Amarige Harvest Mimosa 2007
    Givenchy Amarige Harvest Mimosa 2009
    Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Tiare Mimosa
    Guerlain Après L’Ondée
    Guerlain Champs Elysées
    Hermès Calèche Fleurs de Méditerranée
    Hermès Kelly Calèche
    Halle Berry Halle
    L’Artisan Parfumeur Mimosa pour Moi
    L’Erbolario Mimosa
    L’Occitane Voyage en Mediterranee Mimosa de l’Esterel
    Molinard Les Fleurs: Mimosa
    Parfums de Nicolai Mimosaique
    Yves Rocher Pur Desir de Mimosa

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    Elena Vosnaki

    Elena Vosnaki is a historian and perfume writer from Greece and a Writer for Fragrantica. She is the founder and editor of Perfume Shrine, one of the most respected independent online publications on perfume containing fragrance reviews, industry interviews, essays on raw materials and perfume history, a winner in Fragrantica Blog Awards and a finalist in numerous blog awards contests.

    Her writing was recognized at the Fifi Awards for Editorial Excellence in 2009 and she contributes to publications around the world.

     

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