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  • The sun is sizzling, the water is crystal clear, the sky is bright blue for as far as the eye can see, and you smell wonderful. Whether ordering poolside at Soho House or lounging on the beach in the Hamptons, you’ll want to be nose-worthy. Here is a guide to what’s new and scentsational under <... >

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  • Long a supporter of niche brands, I was thrilled to sit down with Trance Essence perfumer Janna Sheehan recently at Madeleine Patisserie on West 23rd Street. Over lattes and superbly delicious macaron’s, Janna went into delightful detail on her life as an painter, Hollywood set designer and mother and of course, the Trance Essence line, <... >

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  • While there are many places in NYC to buy luxe goodies and perfumed delights; there is no place quite like LAFCO. ‘The Luxury Articles and Fragrance Company’ has stood at 250 Lafayette for the last six years and houses a collection of some of the most exclusive and historical fragrances in the world. LAFCO is <... >

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  • FACT: The National Retail Federation says that “gift cards and cash are going to remain the most popular gifts for graduates this June”. FACT: Graduates aren’t just from colleges and high schools. According to a NPD, a marketing research group, “65% of girls between the ages of 10-13 (middle and junior high girls) wear fragrance”. <... >

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  • Perhaps no other flower used in perfumery has been so maligned. Violets? Probably your first thought is of a ‘shrinking violet'; someone who ducks for cover, tongue twisted and shy. Violet flowers are often hidden between their leaves, but no one is quite certain when this phrase became part of our vernacular. According to most <... >

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  • Romano Ricci is one of niche fragrances’ most attractive new faces. He is the owner of Juliette Has a Gun, a brand that sounds more like the name of an alternative rock band than a perfume company. Romano is a RICCI; the grandson of perfumer Robert Ricci, and the great grandson of the fashion icon <... >

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  • May ‘flowers’ with new fragrances from a few of our favorite niche and fine fragrance perfumeries. I am fascinated by an unassuming Swiss perfumer who ‘paints’ fragrances at his lab in Zurich. His name is Andy Tauer and if you are not familiar with his scents, they are among the most beautiful fragrances I have <... >

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  • There are two types of women in Manhattan; Bergdorf Goodman shoppers and women who love fragrance who will become Bergdorf Goddman devotees. While the store’s wonderful and expensive array of fashion and accessories may not be in the budget this week, everyone, and I mean everyone must own at least one fragrance from the House <... >

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  • (With Global Fragrance Expert – Marian Bendeth) See a rose is still a rose Baby, girl, you’re still a flower He can’t lead you and then take you Make you and then break you Darling, you hold the power -Lyrics by Aretha Franklin It was a snowy day in January in both New York City <... >

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  • Long before we knew we were leaving carbon footprints, and back in the days when drinking bottled water was tres chic, there was Mandy Aftel; owner and founder of Aftelier , the founder of the Artisan Natural Perfumers Guild creating fragrances that used only 100% natural ingredients. Most perfumers and corporations eschewed this methodology; natural <... >

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