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Bell, Book and Candle…. and Sortilège.

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It’s such an ancient pitch
But one I wouldn’t switch
‘Cause there’s no nicer witch than you

After the monumental success of Chanel’s aldehyde-laden floral, le monstre No. 5, every French perfumer en valeur son sel rushed to put out his or her own.  Some were successful, some not.  Le Galion nose Paul Vacher knew a thing or two about this genre—he collaborated with André Fraysse to give the world Arpège in 1927.  By the 1930s, he was creating perfumes for his own house, Le Galion, and presented the world with Sortilège in 1937.  Sortilège, which means “sorcery” in French, was a huge hit for Le Galion—arguably their most famous perfume and the anchor tenant to their perfume empire which included classics like Brumes (1939), Special for Gentlemen (1947), Snob (1952) and Whip (1953). KEEP ON READING

Spring has Sprung: Linden and Lilacs

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For many people who like heady, strong florals – rose, tuberose, violets – linden and lilacs can seem like the “other white meat”, in other words, second-string players to more forceful or more characterful stars. Ask any one to describe what a Bulgarian rose otto smells like, or tuberose absolute, and words such as beefy, rich, and buttery come spilling out; strong words for strong scents. Flowers like lilac, linden, and to a certain extent, freesia, and peony cannot be so clearly described – people tend to use vague terms such as fresh, green, watery, honeyed, or soapy. KEEP ON READING

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