Ramón Monegal Barcelona Perfume Launch & A Very Special Giveaway!

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Ramón Monegal, one of Spain’s Master Perfumers, and fourth generation of the family that founded Myrurgia S.A., has created his own line of artistic niche fragrances. Soon to launch at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman (watch for their presentation at Sniffapalooza Fall Ball on October 13th!), the collection includes 14 exquisitely crafted eau de parfums. Each one of the fragrances is so beautiful, we’re finding it hard to choose favorites! Inspired by literature –  both the richness of prose,  the minimalism of poetry – the fragrances are bottled in special Inkwells, designed by Sr. Monegal himself.

We’re delighted to be able to share these unique fragrances with you! What’s your favorite? Leave a comment below and enter to win a Discovery Set – 2ml carded samples of each of the 14 EdP’s listed below. One winner will be chosen at random on August 5th. Good Luck!

DRY WOOD
Nature in its purest state. noble Sandalwood and Cedar, the texture of Cashmere in a mist of Amber molecules. Force and personality create a forthright and sociable attitude.
The essence: Cedar bark, Bay, Pepper, Mousse vert, Sarriete, Cedar, Cashmere, Norlimbanol.

AGAR MUSK
The magic of the Orient, balanced with musk and Oud, the mythical Agar wood. A journey to the centre of Eden, between seductive oceans of Amber and exciting hints of Vetyver roots.
The essence: Arabian Agarwood, Essence of Leather, Nutmeg, Vetyveryle acetate, Musk cocktail.

LOVELY DAY
Radiant and luminous. A vibrant presence of white Rose petals, silky texture, rooted in Iris and liquorice. An unforgettable and captivating romantic spirit.
The essence: Extract of Sambac jasmine, Rose extract, Liquorice extract, Iris on cedar, Soft ultrazor, Cassis.

WHITE MUSK
The myth of seduction, extreme purity. A provocative aphrodisiac of white musk, Roses and Gardenia that seeps gently into the skin until becomes a part of it.
The essence: Rose Wardia, Gardenia Real, Olibanum, Vetyver, Vanille Madagascar, Musc Blanc.

MON CUIR
Daring and insistent. Skin to skin, leather infused with musk. A bohemian attitude, honey from Labdanum and Sandalwood creating a free, flexible and adaptable spirit.
The essence: Cuir de Russie, Fleur d’Oranger, Labdaceme, Noix Muscade, Patchouly Indonesie, Musc. Santal Australie.

ENTRE NARANJOS
Fresh southern air, full of vitality and joy. Air imbued with dew from the Orange Blossom combined with the freshness of Orange Peel against a background of Orange wood and Amber.
The Essence: Tunisian orange flower extract, Orange, Petitgrain citronnier, Neroli, Amber, Indonesian patchouli.

CUIRELLE
Strength and texture. Not the essence of leather, but an interpretation of it. Cat-like flexibility and musk sublimated with shades of honey and incense and balanced with green Cedar and Vetyver grass.
The essence: Somali incense, Indonesian patchouli, Vetiver Bourbon, Green cedar wood, Cinnamon, Extract of beeswax.

AMBRA DI LUNA
Provocative and daring. Golden Amber with a hint of Vanilla, subtle but intense. The magic of Jasmine wrapped in Sandalwood dust, capable of bringing one’s most hidden feelings into the moonlight.
The essence: Amber, Ciste Oil Maroc, Extract of Egyptian Jasmine, Castoreum extract, Santal Mysore

UMBRA
Essence of the earth, capturing the bitter scent of Vetyver root, under the freshness of musk, the texture of Lichen and spruce balsam and that like a shadow define its soul and its perfume.
The essence:Haitian Vetyver Root, Yugoslavian Tree Moss, Madagascan Black Pepper, Bourbon Geranium Leaves, Canadian Fir Balsam, Tonka Haricot.

IMPOSSIBLE IRIS
Mysterious and ambiguous, the legendary Iris root only gives off the extreme beauty of its perfume on rare occasions. It is only blended with the best Cedar in the presence of the exotic Ylang-Ylang flower with traces of with Violet and Jasmine that bring out all of its glamour such that it may become the most attractive perfume in the world.
The essence: Italian Iris, Egyptian Cassiopiae extract, Framboise, Ylang-Ylang, Comores. Egyptian Jasmine extract, Virgin Cedarwood

KISS MY NAME
A troubling presence that blurs reason. Extravagance of the mythical Tuberose flower. It trails a soothing veil of Jasmine, Orange blossom and Neroli that leaves an unmistakable trace in the memory. Its nectar leaves no one unmoved and is its uniquely personal stamp.
The essence: Absolute Tuberose des Indes, Iris sur cedre, Absolute Jasmin Eqypte, Neroli Tunisie, Baume Tolu.

MON PATCHOULY
The unclassifiable essence of the overseas Patchouly, the emblem of “Flower Power”. Along with the Vanilla, Nutmeg and Amber flavors, it becomes an statement of claim.
The essence: Patchoyly Indonésien, Mousse de chêne Abs., Encens ess., Geranium Bourbon, Jasmin Egypte and vegetal Ambre.

CHERRY MUSK
Greedy awakening. Innocent talisman. Sudden, informal and shameless as a compliment, from the center of a heart of Cherries in bed of Coconut and Jasmine, which is founded on an aphrodisiac paradise of musks.
The essence: Musc Blanc, Musc de Fruit, Muscenone, Acord Cerise, Fraise, Mousse d’Arbre and Rose Chinoise.

L’EAU DE ROSE
Radiant caress. Idyll between drops of morning dew and velvet textures of petals of aromatic Roses. Captivating elixir with epilogue in the shape of adage of Musks between leaves of Patchouly.
The essence: Rose Ess, Rose Thé, Rose Wardia, Neroli Artessence, Mol. Ultrazur, Patchouly Indonésien, Coctail de Muscs.

Disclaimer: Sniffapalooza received fragrance samples from the company for this contest.

Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilée & A Giveaway

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April in Paris. We were counting on sunshine-filled days with balmy breezes. Instead, we traipsed through the Tuileries, viewed the Eiffel Tower from the blustery Trocadero, and tiptoed through the Versailles Garden tulips with hats, scarves, gloves, and umbrellas blowing inside out. The most promising sign of spring we found was when we ducked into the Annick Goutal boutique on Rue de Castiglione. It was there that we first sampled Nuit Etoilée, the latest creation of Camille Goutal and Isabelle Doyen. One sniff and we were in the midst of a verdant, aromatic forest on a cool summer evening. This is truly a shared scent, with the traditional ribbed and ribboned bottle for women, and the masculine square bottle for men.

Nuit Etoilée won’t be available in stores until mid-May, but if you leave a comment below (the spring fragrance launch you’re most looking forward to? your favorite Paris memory? or just say hi!) we’ll enter your name in our giveaway to win a sample! Good luck!

Springtime on Central Park West

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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.

Fall Ball Preview: Henri Bendel

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Wander up the winding staircase to join us in Henri Bendel’s beautiful Second Floor Fragrance Department.

Explore their vast range of niche and exclusive brands, including Blood Concept, Etat Libre d’Orange, Mandy Aftel Aftelier, Jouany, Neil Morris Fragrances, Boadicea the Victorious, L’Artisan, Smiley, Lubin, Parfums d’Histoire, Nasomatto, Joya, Robert Piguet, Caron, Teo Cabanel, Memoire Liquide, Jacomo Art Collection, Annick Goutal, 21drops, and the Henri Bendel Signature Scents. Special guest perfumers will be there to greet us!

Refreshments and a fantastic Sniffapaloooza GWP will be waiting just for us too!

fall ball preview: bergdorf goodman

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We’re so excited about Sniffapalooza Fall Ball that we just can’t keep it to ourselves!

We’ll be adding a sneak peek preview for each of our fragrant venues, starting with…. Bergdorf Goodman

Join us at Bergdorfs and learn about all the newest scents. Meet the perfumers and company reps and get lots of inside details.  A fabulous Bergdorf Goodman gift bag will be waiting for you, along with special Sniffapalooza GWP’s and a chance to enter the astounding BG Fragrance Gift Basket Raffle. It’s chock full of scented goodies and worth $$$$!!

Here are some of the great new launches you’ll get to sample when you register for Sniffapalooza Fall Ball on Saturday, October 22:

Prada CANDY

Bottega Veneta  BOTTEGA VENETA

Givenchy DAHLIA NOIR

Maison Francis Kurkdjian  AQUA UNIVERSALIS FORTE

Balenciaga  L’ESSENCE

By Kilian  SWEET REDEMPTION

Creed ORIGINAL COLOGNE & WHITE FLOWERS

Tom Ford  JASMIN ROUGE & SANTAL BLUSH

Chanel  NO. 19 POUDRE

Annick Goutal  MON PARFUM CHERI, PAR CAMILLE

Elie Saab  ELIE SAAB

Jo Malone WILD BLUEBELL

Van Cleef & Arpels  PRECIOUS OUD

A Dozen Roses ICED WHITE, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE & GOLD RUSH

New fragrances from Guerlain, Dayna Decker, The Third Man, and the full line of Tom Ford Cosmetics!

Register soon to reserve your space at Sniffapalooza Fall Ball!

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Pretty in Pink

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Sometimes losing electricity frees you up for life’s more simple pleasures. Like flipping through Vogue’s September Issue, cover to cover, by flashlight beam. I glance at each of the 758 pages, noting the fashions, but more seriously hunting for scent strips.

With time to leisurely scan the pages, I start to notice that many of the new fragrance launches share a lovely shade of pink. Not a girly bubblegum pink, but a more sophisticated, ballet slipper pink.

A soft hue, with just a touch of golden coral. A champagne pink.

Not unlike the elastics and ribbons I’d sew on my daughters dance shoes – first her soft slippers, later her pointe shoes.

Thanks, Irene.

Here are a collection of graceful pink perfumes, along with their scent notes:

Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial – Amber, Bergamot, Rose, Jasmine, Iris, Vanilla, Tonka Bean

Elie Saab Le Parfum – Orange Blossom, Jasmine Absolute, Patchouli, Cedar Accord, Honey Rose

Givenchy Dahlia Noir – Mandarin, Pink Pepper, Mimosa, Rose, Iris, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Tonka Bean

Tom Ford Santal Blush  – Ylang Ylang, Cumin, Cinnamon Bark, Carrot Seed, Jasmine, Rose, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Oud, Musk, Benzoin

Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude – Bergamot, Mandarin, Pink & Black Pepper, Jasmine, Muguet, Coconut Water, Honey, Musk, Sandalwood, Amber, Heliotrope, Vanilla, Woods

photo via BonBon Rose Girls

Moment de Bonheur

Scents can magically transport you to another place and time. High above Madison Avenue, steps from a rooftop garden, Yves Rocher whisked us away to a Parisian street for a Moment de Bonheur. Having spent my teen years wafting in Chevrefeuille,  it was very exciting to attend the launch of this new fragrance. François Bousquet, Vice President Fine Fragrance Development and Consumer Insight at Firmenich, helped present Moment de Bonheur. We sampled the finished fragrance, as well as the individual scent notes, on blotters – rose centefolia, violet, patchouli & cedar. Perfumer Annick Menardo created the fragrance to provoke an instant of true happiness. Moment de Bonheur will be available in October 2011.

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The cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were as pleasing to the eye as to the taste. The pink -green-yellow descending hues of the bottle are also reflected in the cocktail.

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The Madras – Vodka, Grapefruit Juice & Cranberry Juice.

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What fragrances are instant time-travel for you? Leave a comment and enter to win a sample of Moment de Bonheur!