Perfumers in the Limelight

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It was quite a delight this morning to find an email from Aedes in my inbox, announcing the new conceptual Play Series from Comme des Garçons. I clicked on the winsome bottles – all googly eyes and hearts  – and was instantly whisked to the page where I could read a brief overview of the trio, learn all of their scent notes, and discover the identity of the perfumer – Antoine Maisondieu – who has been a favorite since we met him at the Givaudan labs during our Sniffapalooza trip to Paris several summers ago.

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Sniffapalooza at the FiFi Awards!

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Though the evening was damp and dreary, the stars were shining brightly at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center for the 40th Annual FiFi Awards! Jane Lynch deftly hosted with her smart sense of humor, honoring the accomplishments of the fragrance industry. Celebrity presenters included Carol Alt, Sam Champion, Tyson Chandler, Philippe Cousteau, Mariska Hargitay, Chaka Khan, Josh Groban, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin Navayne, Nicole Richie, Jessica Stam and Martha Stewart.

And the winning fragrances are…

Sniffapalooza FiFi Fragrance Hall of Fame – The Votes Are In!

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We were honored to welcome Mary Ellen Lapsansky, Terry Molnar, and Lyn Leigh of The Fragrance Foundation to our Sniffapalooza Spring Fling Luncheon earlier this month. They were a big part of our luncheon presentation, informing us about the FiFi Consumer Voting, the FiFi Charity Auction, and purchasing tickets to the FiFi Awards.

And just for fun, each attendee got to cast a vote for our very own Sniffapalooza Fragrance Hall of Fame Award!

The ballots were counted and our winners are…

Sniffapalooza Giveaway: Spring Fling Lunch Loot!

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Here’s your chance to win your very own Spring Fling Lunch Loot!

Included in our BIG Sniffapalooza tote bag are samples from:

  • Kate Walsh Billionaire Boyfriend
  • Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere
  • Thierry Mugler Angel Aqua Chic
  • Nautica Aqua Rush
  • FRUEII Notecard
  • Trendincite Stationery Supplies
  • Tom Ford Violet Blonde
  • Donna Karan Cashmere Mist
  • Beyonce Pulse
  • Spadaro Fragrance Sampler
  • Providence Perfume Co. Sampler

And we might even include a few other surprise goodies :-)

To enter, leave a comment below and tell us which scent sample you’d most like to try.

The Fragrance Foundation’s 2012 FiFi Finalist Breakfast

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It was a beautifully sunny day in NYC. As the Space Shuttle was about to make its majestic piggyback flight over the city’s landmarks, hundreds of the fragrance industry’s finest assembled at the Grand Ballroom on the 36th Floor of The Mandarin Oriental to honor the 2012 FiFi Finalists.

We enjoyed every morsel and moment of the exquisite breakfast and exciting proceedings. Not to mention those fabulous departing gifts – goody bags chock full of FiFi Finalist Fragrances! (We’ll be gifting one to a lucky reader – watch for details this weekend!)

Here are some of the Top Five Finalists and a few photos from the breakfast

Top Five Finalists – Women’s Luxe

Beyoncé Pulse – Coty Inc.
Bottega Veneta – Coty Prestige
Prada Candy Eau de Parfum Spray – PUIG USA
Someday By Justin Bieber – Give Back Brands, LLC
Tom Ford Violet Blonde – Tom Ford Beauty

Top Five Finalists – Men’s Luxe

Armani Code Sport – Giorgio Armani Beauty
Gucci Guilty Pour Homme – P&G Prestige
John Varvatos ★ U.S.A. – Elizabeth Arden
L’Homme Libre – Yves Saint Laurent
Un Jardin Sur Le Toit – Hermès – Beauté Prestige International

Top Five Finalists – Women’s Nouveau Niche (tie)

Dahlia Noir – Parfums Givenchy
Dolce & Gabbana The Velvet Collection:
Velvet Vetiver, Velvet Wood, Velvet Love, Velvet Patchouli,
Velvet Sublime, Velvet Desire
 – P&G Prestige
Jersey – Chanel
live in love – Oscar de la Renta
Maison Martin Margiela (untitled) – L’Oréal
Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge – Private Blend – Tom Ford Beauty

Top Five Finalists – Men’s Nouveau Niche

Boss The Collection:
Cotton & Verbena, Silk & Jasmine, Wool & Musk, Velvet & Amber, Cashmere & Patchouli
 – P&G Prestige
Incense Oud – by Kilian
L’Homme Cologne Gingembre – Yves Saint Laurent
New York Oud – Bond No. 9 New York
Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge – Private Blend – Tom Ford Beauty
YUZU – Caron

The winners will be announced at the 40th Anniversary FiFi Awards & Celebration on Monday, May 21, 2012 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Sniffapalooza will be there, and we’ll be live-tweeting so be sure to follow us!

And a special congratulations to our friend Victoria, of Bois de Jasmin, who won the FiFi Award for Editorial Excellence  – Blog –  “Luxury vs Function in Perfumery” 

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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!

Sniffapalooza Spring Fling 2012 Preview

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Would you like to…..

  • Attend a Mini-Master Class at Molton Brown’s Soho boutique, indulge in delicious edibles and tasty cocktails, preview their newest creation of the Navigations Through Scent Fine Fragrance Collection, Londinium, and take away gifts!
  • Meet the talented Kelly Podorsek Jones of Kelly & Jones, and discover her incredible new Wine Aromas fragrance collection with notes of Riesling, Sauvignon-Blanc, Merlot, and Chardonnay!
  • Premiere the gorgeous new  fragrance hall at Henri Bendel, and sample the just launched Montale, Andre Maack, and Scent of Departure brands… and the two newest Etat Libre d’Orange scents, Fils de Dieu and Bijou Romantique!  
  • Have a chat with the wonderful Charna Ethier of Providence Perfume Company, and learn about this created-by-hand, natural perfumery brand that caused a stir at Elements!
  • Enjoy mini-cupcakes and fine champagne at Fresh, while sampling from their Sensorial Bar – featuring Tuberosa, Pear Cassis, and Cucumber Baie!
  • Be the lucky recipient of MJ Rose‘s fantastic new novel, The Book of Lost Fragrances – 20 Lunch Loot bags will be gifted… and another 20 Lunch Loot bags will get a surprise vial of Ames Soeur, the fragrance created by Frederick Bouchardy & inspired by the book!

Then join us for Sniffapalooza Spring Fling in NYC on Saturday, May 5 – Sunday, May 6!

See you there!