Springtime on Central Park West


It’s March. It’s 78 degrees in NYC. I think we skipped over spring and headed right into summer.  My warm weather fragrance wardrobe is starting to line up on my dresser, alongside my new milky pastel nail polishes.

Today was just about the perfect day to sample Bond No. 9′s latest fragrance, Central Park West.  This lush white floral lifted my spirits and lasted throughout the day.

Top notes – Narcissus, Ylang Ylang, Pepper

Middle notes – Jasmine, Gardenia, Linden Blossom, Iris

Base notes – Vetiver, Oak Moss, Musk

Perfumer – Laurent Le Guernec of IFF

Disclaimer: Bond No. 9 sent a lab bottle for sampling.

Sniffapalooza Reads: Scent of Triumph (and a giveaway!)


For a perfume enthusiast & bibliophile, there’s nothing better than combining the two passions in a fragrant read. That’s why I can’t wait to delve into my Advanced Reader’s Copy of Scent of Triumph that just arrived in the mail today. It’s the debut novel of our good friend, fragrance expert Jan Moran, who is the author of Fabulous Fragrances I and II. And if you’ve ever played around with the Scentsa touch-screen fragrance finder at Sephora, that’s Jan’s creation too!

Scent of Triumph is the story of a Danielle Bretancourt, a talented young French perfumer and couture designer. Her saga is set in Europe and Hollywood during the turmoil of World War II. It takes the reader on a journey through devastating losses, struggles, and revenge, all handled with courage, spirit, and resilience.  Jan drew upon her research for Scentsa, as well as her own family history and her mother’s memories, in writing the novel. As an added treat, Scent of Triumph has a special aromatrack – a stunning perfume developed with V. Mane Fils, a fourth-generation French perfume house. Chimere was blended by perfumer Marvel Fields, who is also the current president of the American Society of Perfumers. It’s a rich floral Oriental blend centered on a warm amber accord, with notes of raspberry, mandarin, orange, jasmine, rose, tuberose, patchouli, sandalwood and vanilla.

Since we always love to share our good fortune, we’ve got an Autographed Advanced Reader’s Copy, and an accompanying sample of Chimere, to give away! Please leave a comment and tell us what’s in your fragrance library. One random winner will be chosen to receive the book & perfume sample. GOOD LUCK!