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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

Ubar by Amouage: Some Other Woman’s Skin

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ubar_womanUbar by Amouage is a shimmering floral mélange so massively radiant that its heat signature can probably be picked up from outer space. Like its progenitors in the grand old French perfumery tradition, Chanel No. 5, Joy, and Arpege, the floral accords are so complex and blended to the point of abstraction that it becomes a guessing game as to what flowers exactly you are smelling. It just smells like a thousand different flowers (all of them hellishly expensive) gave up their life for a greater cause. KEEP ON READING

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