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.

Sniffapalooza Diptyque Volutes Master Class! Saturday, August 4 in NYC!

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Sniffapalooza has planned a sultry Summer sensory event to give you an incredible whiff of fragrance exploration on Saturday, August 4th in NYC! Our good friends at Diptyque have created something extraordinary for Sniffapalooza members – an exclusive Master Class and Avant-Premiere of the new collection at their elegant West Village boutique!

Join Diptyque’s wonderful Boutique Manager, Kerin Heckmann, on an extraordinary journey into the rich heritage and history of this venerable house. In a rare opportunity, Sniffapalooza will have the extreme privilege of avant-premiering Diptyque’s latest masterpieces, Volutes and the new Eau de Parfum Collection, before they are revealed to the rest of the country in October! Breakfast savories & cocktails will be served, and a special gift & purchase discount is waiting for all who attend.

Please click for further details and to register!

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Methods & Madness: Multi-Sensory Dinner in NYC!

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From our friend, Anne McClain, of MCMC Fragrances:

A few months ago, chef Tessa Liebman reached out to me as part of her Methods & Madness dinner series, in which she collaborates with makers and artists around the city to create a menu inspired by their work. I’m excited today to announce the dinner Tessa has created inspired by the work of MCMC Fragrances. Think oysters with beach plum jam on a bed of rose-scented seaweed a la MAINE, and jasmine confitted duck inspired by NOBLE. There are innovative coffee palate cleansers between each course by an expert barista, and wine is provided by Scribe Winery (thanks Jen!).

Come dine with us Sunday, July 29th at 6:30pm in the back room of Jo’s Restaurant in Nolita. Tickets are $125 and include four courses, wine, gratuity and a special take-home gift. Only 30 seats available. See you there!

> > > P U R C H A S E   A   T I C K E T > > > 
xo,
Anne

Join us in Lisbon!

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We love fragrance, we love to travel, and we’re excited to announce our next journey abroad! This November, Sniffapalooza is going to explore the sights, scents and tastes of LISBON!

We’ll be taking a small group of 20 – 25 travelers along with us and we’ve got inside access to the world of Portuguese fragrance!

Saturday, November 10 — Saturday, November 17, 2012

Six nights accommodations at a charming hotel near the center of Lisbon, double occupancy (single occupancy available at an additional cost), private bath, A/C, Satellite TV, wireless high-speed internet access, swimming pool and sauna, breakfast each morning, five days of Private Motorcoach, including full-day and half-day trips with an English-speaking guide to a Welcome Dinner & Fado Show; City Tour with Wine Tasting at Fonseca Caves; Full-day Belem Tour with Entrance to Jeronimos Monastery and Vasco da Gama Tomb, Cloisters, Aquarium, Tropical Gardens, Baixa; Full-day Excursion to Cascais, Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros), Estoril; Ajuda Palace & Azulejo (Tile) Museum; sojourns to fragrance, soap, and candle factories, private visits to niche perfume boutiques, and lots of scented surprises! Includes all taxes & service fees, and airport transfers – all for the incredibly low price of under $1700.00!

(Price does not include airfare. Current non-stop round-trip rate from EWR/Newark to LIS/Lisbon is approximately $900.00. You may be able to use your frequent flyer miles and save $$!)

Please sign up on our Lisbon Travel list by clicking here, or on the Mailing List link above, and you’ll be among the first to get further info as it becomes available.

There’s no better way to see the world and we hope you will join us!

London Event: A Perfume Fit for a Queen

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From our friends at Grossmith:

Grossmith’s Tribute of Fragrance: A Perfume Fit for a Queen
Tuesday 17 July, 18.15 – 19.45
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX

In 1897 perfume makers Grossmith created a ‘Victorian bouquet’ in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Now Grossmith’s current owner, Simon Brooke, will tell all about this ‘rare collection of exotic odours culled from the flora of the British Empire’. You will also have the opportunity to smell Grossmith’s ‘remastered’ perfumes and to examine examples from their archive of heritage bottles, advertisements and perfume cards.

£12. Book online at www.hrp.org.uk/adultlearning or call us on 0844 482 7799.

Stanford Sensory Adventures: Polo Blue

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Polo Blue Cologne, the fragrance for men by Ralph Lauren, was a big part of my freshman year experience at Stanford University. That year, I lived in a double in between two pairs of males and across the hall from another pair. I categorized them as the Computer Science boys, the Research boys, and the Country Club boys. They were all brilliant in their own way (especially the one neighbor who practiced intense substance abuse and killed me on every exam – so unfair). Because I recognized people by their personal smell, I harbored a distinct olfactory memory of each of them.

Sniffapalooza Giveaway: Houbigant Master Class Gift Bag!

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Here’s your chance to win your very own Houbigant Special-Edition Master Class Gift Bag!

Included in the golden pouch are …..

  • Quelques Fleurs L’Original
  • Quelques Fleurs Royale
  • Fougere Royale
  • 10 Corso Como
  • 10 Corso Como Uomo
  • Match Race
  • Duc de Vervins

To enter, just leave a comment below and tell us which of the sample fragrances you’d  try first. One random winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Sniffapalooza’s Houbigant Special-Edition Master Class

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Tucked away in the corner of Bergdorf’s Beauty & Fragrance Department lies the chic and elegant Goodman’s Cafe. This past weekend, close to 50 fragrance enthusiasts from around the world gathered there for a very special breakfast and Sniffapalooza Master Class with the esteemed perfume house of Houbigant. Founded in 1775, Houbigant was the perfumer to Napoleon, Marie Antoinette and Queen Victoria. Now owned by the Perris family, siblings Gian Luca and Elisabetta presented the history of company and took us on a scented journey through each of their iconic fragrances. Fougere Royale (1882) was the first fragrance created from an idea – to recreate the scent of forest ferns. Notes of Bergamot, Lavender, Rose, Geranium, Oak Moss, and Coumarin (isolated from the Tonka Bean – a revolutionary accomplishment!) combined to establish Fougere Royale as the first fragrance in modern perfumery.