By Michelyn Camen

Fine wine, cognacs, champagnes and cocktails; have one and we feel just a bit giddy but drink a few and it’s a time to hand the keys to your best friend.

Actually, fine wine and spirits have a lot in common with fine fragrance: sillage, complexity, and an indefinable but unmistakable sense of originality. Tequila before Happy Hour? Indulging in the forbidden delights of Absinthe? Yes, as long as you spritz it, not sip it. So step up to the BN Fragrance Bar, its all top shelf!


Cognac, from Aftelier, the fragrance company owned by Parfumeur Extraordinaire Mandy Aftel, is best served not in a snifter but in its spray bottle. It is surprisingly light yet complex with cognac essence supported by fresh ginger, blood orange, and olive absolute in organic grape alcohol. Available at The beloved cult classic 1270 by Frapin is a legend among perfumistas. Named to commemorate the year the Frapin family established itself in the Cognac region of France (and continues to make cognac to this day), 1270 was created by Beatrice Cointreau, great granddaughter of Pierre Frapin. This is a fragrance for true connoisseurs; 1270 is dry, rich, velvety and smooth. Available at


The model for Sauvignonne by Ginestet Perfumes was a lovely dry white wine from Bordeaux. Ginestet, whose vineyards are over 100 years old, sets the standard for all wine inspired fragrances. Sauvignonne is crisp, tart with a burst of sweet white peach. Available at We are “bubbly” with joy that Suzanne Lang’s Champagne Vanilla, is brought back from the dreaded world called “discontinued” (where some of our favorites linger like ghosts) and is now available, exclusively at and Scent Bar.


If mojitos are your cocktails of choice, you are sure to love Malin + Goetz’s Mojito candle, not just for its scent, but for its 60 hr burn time and it reusable glass (for making your own mojitos). With top notes of lime, mint and rum, you will be tempted to “rum”ba with your significant other. Available at Forget the knishes and the hot dogs; Bond No.9’s luscious Coney Island is made with authentic margarita mix. It’s a dizzy, delicious delight! What else would you expect from the fragrance company that actually makes “scent-sense” of New York? Available at


Attention:Tequila Goddesses! You are about to indulge in an “una maravillosa experiencia”, thanks to Jo Malone’s Blue Agava and Cocao. Notes of blue agave (the heart of this flower is the ingredient of all premium tequilas) and cardamom as well as gourmand notes of cacao, underscore this very wearable scen; we guarantee there’s no worm in the bottle! Available at Oh how we want to perform the bossa-nova on “Dancing with the Stars” after inhaling the Caipirinha-inspired fragrance from Maitre Parfumeur et Garnier’s Bahiana. Citrus fuses with pineapple and sugarcane to create a fragrant blend that is more dry than sweet. As intoxicating as a hot Brazilian…ummm… night. Available at Henri Bendel NY .


It is so decadent, and so hypnotic that the licorice sweet liqueur, known as absinthe was considered contraband in this country for many years. Toulouse Lautrec, Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, and Hemingway all fell under the spell of the “green fairy”. The spirit of the Moulin Rouge is lasciviously recreated in L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Fou d’Absinthe, which opens with the grip of icy-cool alcohol, then bewitches and holds us captive with notes of absinthe, star anise, dry pine, cistus, and angelica flower.Available at Neiman Marcus Stores and We are mesmerized by the narcotic nuances of Aroma M Geisha Green, where absinthe, blended with tonka bean and violet notes recreate a forbidden Parisian adventure. Available at

Originally published November 2007
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