Super Scent: My Top Five Estée Lauder Fragrances

Super Scent: Estée Lauder

Super Scent: Estée Lauder

Super Scent is here! In case you missed my little teaser on Friday, Super Scent is a new, list-based series run in conjunction with my blogging comrade, Persolaise. In each instalment we will each be giving a run down of what we consider to be the very best scents available from a particular, well-known brand. The idea is to individually rank our top offerings and marvel at how similar or different they are. We also hope that you will chime in with your top fragrances from each brand in these posts too!

We are kicking off the series with one of the biggest players in the perfume world – Estée Lauder. Now, Lauder’s name has been on the lips of a many perfume lover of late, mainly due to the fact that they have famously bought out the venerable houses of Le Labo and Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle, but we’re not here to talk about that ¹. No, we’re here to take a look at just a small selection of some of the brand’s very own fragrances. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the Estée Lauder edition of Super Scent – a run down of my five favourite Lauder scents from five to one. Oh and click here, to check out Persolaise’s list too.
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Super Scent is Coming…

Super Scent is Coming...

Super Scent is Coming…

Lists, lists, lists, us perfume bloggers do love our lists. But hey, what’s not to love? There’s always something satisfying about reading a rundown of a particular genre, perfumer or brand, and it’s safe to say that lists really scratch the curious itch of the perfume lover, myself included. With this in mind, I have teamed up with the very talented Persolaise for a semi-regular series of list-based posts on both our blogs.

We’re calling the series ‘Super Scent’ and in each instalment, we will be giving a run down of what we consider to be the very best scents available from a particular, well-known brand. The idea is to individually rank our top offerings and marvel at how similar or different they are. We also hope that you will chime in with your top fragrances from each brand in these posts too.

The first post will be live this coming Monday, and to kick off, Mr. P and I have picked one of the most important, influential and iconic brands of all time as our initial feature. Who will they be? Well, you’ll just have to tune in on Monday to find out! In the meantime, enjoy my review of Opus IX, the latest fragrance from Amouage, which will be popping up on the blog early this afternoon. Have a fab weekend!

The Candy Perfume Boy Shortlisted in the 2013 Jasmine Awards

The Jasmine Awards

The Jasmine Awards

Well how’s this for good news? I am delighted to announced that The Candy Perfume Boy has been shortlisted for the Jasmine Digital Award in the 2013 Jasmine Awards for my article; The Candy Perfume Boy’s Guide to Violet. I honestly cannot convey just how chuffed I am to have been shortlisted and I am in very good company in my category. Thank you to everyone who has read, commented and supported the blog, and of course to the Jasmine judges for considering me.

Congratulations and good luck to those nominated. The full shortlist is:

  • “Dries Van Noten” by Katie Chutzpah – katiechutzpah.com
  • “Carven Launches Le Parfum” by Katie Chutzpah – katiechutzpah.com
  • “Ylang 49 from Le Labo” by Persolaise – persolaise.com
  • “The Power to Make Your Heart Kinder” by Persolaise – basenotes.net
  • “Tommy Girl? Davidoff Cool Water? Evocative Scents of Youth” by Joanna McGarry – Never Underdressed
  • “The Candy Perfume Boy’s Guide to Violet” by Thomas Dunckley – thecandyperfumeboy.com
  • “Let Us Spray” by Nicola Moulton – vogue.co.uk

The Deadly Perfumes of Pride

The Sin of Pride

The Sin of Pride

My lovely perfume sisters and brothers – Persolaise, Eyeliner on a Cat, Fragrant Moments and Olfactoria’s Travels – and I, have yet again clubbed together to bring you  an olfactory group project. This time we’re focusing on the seven deadly sins and have cooked up our very best selections of the most sinful perfumes.

“A feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of one’s close associates, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.”

The Oxford English Dictionary’s
Definition of ‘Pride’

When given the choice of picking a sin for my article I opted for ‘Pride’. The sin of pride focuses on self-adoration and vanity – taking pleasure and satisfaction from our own achievements, looks and attractive qualities. Pride intrigues me because I think it’s the sin that nearly everybody is guilty of at some time in their lives and it can be a key driver for us to continue to succeed in our professional and personal lives.

The perfumes I have picked for this article all display an element of pride – each in a slight different way. Whether it’s vanity, pride in artistry, the pride that precedes a fall or even a faceless pride, these perfumes are subtly sinful in a subversive and utterly compelling way

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The Original Candy Perfume Girl – Scenting Madonna’s Greatest Albums

H.R.H. The Queen of Pop

Madonna; no other name is more instantly recognisable, no person is more likley to divide opinion. Arguably the most famous woman on the planet, Madonna is a force that is hard to define; singer, dancer, performer, entertainer, provocateur, feminist, business woman, calculating she-devil, love her or hate her, whatever moniker you throw at her will most likely apply.

The fascinating thing about Madonna is that her ratio of talent to fame is perhaps slightly off balance. She’s not the greatest singer or dancer in the world, or even the best looking, but she has that je ne sais quoi that makes a person a star. Some say that she’s just a good business woman and I’m sure she is but that does not make for such longevity. By pushing people’s buttons and having something to say (and saying it rather noisily) Madonna has ensured that she is more than a just a star, she’s that rare commodity: an icon.

Madonna is well-known to be a lover of perfume and is reported to be a loyal wearer of Fracas and practically anything containing tuberose, including her very own (and rather good) fragrance ‘Truth or Dare’ which was released earlier this year. A diva needs her diva-fumes y’all and in honour of the Queen of Pop and her love for perfume I present to you some of my favourite Madonna albums, each with their very own olfactory accompaniment that captures the spirit of the music and all that is ‘Madonna’.

[Please also head over to Persolaise, Eyeliner on a Cat and Fragrant Moments to see their takes on Madonna and perfume]

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And the Winner of The Candy Perfume Boy & Persolaise Twitter Giveaway Is…

Juniper Sling

Persolaise and The Candy Perfume Boy’s Juniper Sling Twitter Competition

A massive thank you to all who entered the Candy Perfume Boy/Persolaise Twitter giveaway. We received a high number of entries for the rather wonderful prize of a bottle of Penhaligon’s rather spiffy gin inspired Juniper Sling.

Well, the entries have been gathered together and the winner has been selected entirely at random using random.org. I can now reveal that the very lucky winner of the much coveted prize is…..

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The Candy Perfume Boy & Persolaise’s Twitter Competition

Juniper Sling

Persolaise and The Candy Perfume Boy’s Juniper Sling Twitter Competition

Those of you with good memories will remember that a while back both Persolaise and I announced that we would hold a competition for a 50ml bottle of Juniper Sling, generously donated by Penhaligon’s, as soon as we both hit 1,000 Twitter followers. The good news is that we have both hit the marvellous 1K mark and that means we are now able to hold the draw!

How to enter…

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