I enjoy most things that come wrapped up in banana leaves, so this Diptyque with the greenery motif is no exception. Quick, furtive sniffs bring notes of vanilla, white florals, citrus, and an undeniable cloying fragrance reminiscent of keylime pie. Like the Beverly Hills candle, Miami is a departure from the core candles line with a synthetic, sweet flair. The candle commemorates the opening of the Bal Habor Shops but other locations may have it, too. Houston opened up a shop while I was away in Euroland but alas, no fancy geography-centric candle to parade. #diptyque #diptyque paris #diptyque miami #candle  #wax #bougie parfumee #luxurybeauty #beauty #bougie #candle junkie #signaturescent  #niche  #signaturescent  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum  #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #perfection  #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #kerze  #parfum o  #profumo  #miami #keylimepie

5/30/2017 6:34:12 PM 1

A splendidly languid day with the rain and one of the Fragrance Greats: Mitsouko. I came across a small collection of miniature Guerlain parfums and have been enjoying sampling them in the comfort of my own home. Mitsouko has inspired many fragrances, noses and lines, and I fear the hunt for its vintage variants will be my undoing. #guerlain #guerlain makeup #mitsouko #luxurybeauty  #signaturescent  #niche  #signaturescent  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum  #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #parfum o  #profumo  #fraghead #guerlain beauty #miniature #miniature perfume #extrait #pureparfum

5/29/2017 3:14:57 PM 1

Hermes Eau de Pamplemousse Rose is up on the chopping block today. I'm enjoying travel size bottles lately for ease of convenience. I can't very well carry around Serge Lutens bell jars on the go. This cologne has one of the more refreshing, linear grapefruit notes but explosive citrus notes disappear quickly on my scent-eater skin while the rose is left limberlost as an almost skin scent. Pamplemousse Rose occupies the space in my collection for inoffensive, quiet scents that start out with a fresh bang and flicker in and out for the rest of the day; it's perfect for when I'm in the company of perfume sensitive individuals. I haven't played much with the Hermes line and am eyeing Kelly Caleche and Rose Ikebana. Happy Thursday, I'm off to catch up on the Hermes lines. Any recommendations would gladly be appreciated.  #signaturescent  #niche  #signaturescent  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum  #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #parfum o  #profumo  #fraghead #cologne #hermes #grapefruit #lemon #rose #citrus #hermes cologne #luxuryfragrance #luxurybeauty

5/25/2017 2:53:44 PM 9
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Much like this found Slinky, I forgot how fun and good Tom Ford scents can be. Jasmin Rouge lead the way to Tobacco Vanille before Vert d'Encens came out of nowhere with fists of fury aflying in that fresh, fragrant evergreen note. Incense and ouds have been done to death these past years, and I still haven't found an oud to fill the emptiness in my black heart, but incense is well represented in my collection. The spell of rain has seemed to pass, but not without casualties. I slipped on rain slicked grass earlier and Vert d'Encens face planted with the unforgiving concrete. The face is looking like a prepubescent teen. Quelle horreur!  While this scent is a bit much for Summer temps, the departing rain left cooling weather in its wake and that burst of cool green is worth the lingering scent trail. #luxurybeauty  #signaturescent  #niche  #signaturescent  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum  #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #parfum o  #profumo  #fraghead #tomford #tomford perfume #tomford fragrance #tomford beauty #incense  #beauty

5/23/2017 6:31:24 PM 9

A lazy Sunday turns more indulgent with visiting thunderstorms. The smell of striking irons and a roaring conflagration of books, tree things, and oakmoss, this Byredo candle is my preferred evening companion. Whisky to further warm up the body, it is a sumptuous affair with good company and a full belly. And just like that, I'm testing out a new recipe for eclairs. #candle #byredo #wax #bougie parfumee #luxurybeauty #beauty #bougie  #signaturescent  #niche  #signaturescent  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum  #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #kerze  #parfum o  #profumo #apocalyptic #hibiki #suntory #hibiki 21 #scotch #whisky

5/21/2017 11:11:15 PM 1

Lazy Sundays are for roasts (crabcakes this time), adding new inks to fountain pens, writing cards with said pens, and an inked out, aldehydes laden fragrance. Like Diptyque L'Ombre Dans L'Eau, Comme des Garcons 2 is about the shadow play with light. Metallic sharp edges push out magnolia and citrus front and center, and with great clarity the notes hang in suspension before dipping back down to swirl like dropped ink in water. Have a great start of the week, everyone. #commedesgarcons2 #sumiink #magnolia #citrus #luxurybeauty  #signaturescent  #niche  #signaturescent  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum  #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #parfum o  #profumo  #fraghead #aldehydes #commedesgarcons

5/21/2017 8:01:41 PM 4

Prick of the needle swirling with fabrics, wooden bits and pearled cuffs, Penhaligon's Sartorial is for charged days. A unisex fragrance created to mimic a tailorshop on famed Savile Row, it's one of those "all but the kitchen sink" scents at the hand of a master, the Bertrand Duchafour. I started my fume fascination when I was a student ( read: broke) and I distinctly remember walking into the store and not being able to pick between Penhaligon's Sartorial or Bluebell. I left empty-handed but that winter, Penahligon's/LAP had one of those weird sales where they cancel most orders bc we all bought discounted candles with free freight :D I picked up a small bottle of Sartorial along with, of all things, a matching deodorant stick. Years later, I'm still enjoying Sartorial for its beeswax note even if Penahligon's base is classical barbershop. I like the brand for the reason I enjoy Jo Malone or Jo Loves. They aren't innovative, but solid and I know what to expect in terms of quality or scent story. I find myself being stretched thin these past few weeks and what scant free time I have, I'm chasing light for my perfume a day challenge. It's all in fun, and I may need a vacation before October rolls around. Or three. I'm sure an eclair will suffice, too. #penhaligons #penhaligons sartorial #sartorial #BertrandDuchaufour #luxurybeauty  #signaturescent  #niche  #signaturescent  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum  #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #parfum o  #profumo  #fraghead #beeswax #fougere #oakmoss #lavender #neroli #penhaligons london

5/19/2017 5:44:33 PM 4
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Happy Friday. My favorite Diptyque releases are long gone by now, but the vessels remain. Lily, roses, and bougainvillea for flowers of the day #diptyque #diptyque paris #candle #minaperhonen #wax #bougie parfumee #luxurybeauty #beauty #bougie #candle junkie #signaturescent  #niche  #signaturescent  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum  #scent  #scent oftheday #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #kerze #joie #ciel #infini #flatlay  #lily #rose #bougainvillea

5/19/2017 2:02:02 PM 4

Chanel No 5! Rescued this ~ 20 years old bottle from a dusty liquor cabinet. Aldehydes are not my favorite but I've been dipping my toes into the vintage style of fumes lately and with that comes an appreciation for the classical construction. Chanel No 5 commercials are my favorite for fumes, especially the one with Estella Warren. Sneaking in a quick photo before work calls. Longer Summer days are great, but I I haven't had much a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather. #beauty  #signaturescent  #niche  #signaturescent  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum  #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #perfection  #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #parfum o #profumo #eaudeparfum #chanel #chanel no5 #chanel beauty #chanel cosmetics #chanel perfume #luxurybeauty #chanel fragrance #luxuryfragrance #fraghead #rose #lily #jasmine

5/18/2017 6:45:40 PM 2

Change of plans today. An early work day and overcast skies make for not the best lighting conditions. There's a crystal bottle I have in mind before the floral arrangement dies :) Pardon me while I recreate my Flemish still life style of opulence sans the flies. BTW,  who else knew the 90210 zipcode before mastering their own? Diptyque Beverly Hills candle is one of the more peculiar offerings. It's not restrained citrus sweetness like the boutique exclusive Coing (Quince) candle, nor is it a sugared floral like Palm Beach. Lemon, mint, orchid and freesia are the notes and it's a strictly blistering Summer day burn for the McSweeney household. Packaging can't be beat. Like the Tokyo candle, a few years ago I was able to acquire BH with the help of a friend despite her aversion to scents. Hi, Roxina! #diptyque  #diptyque paris  #luxurybeauty  #beauty  #signaturescent  #niche  #signaturescent  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum  #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #perfection  #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #candle #beverlyhills #wax #bougie parfumee #bougie #candle junkie #kerze #mint #orchid #lemon #freesia

5/17/2017 3:17:24 PM 4

Diptyque L'Ombre dans l'Eau EDP is a grand bell, the perfume version of iconic Diptyque candle, Baies. Green roses reach towards the light as blackcurrant leaves trail along softly. She's a scent for crisp evenings, fresh meetings and hushed footfalls.  Admittedly I bought this perfume for the bottle design, but we're not surprised are we? :D :D :D Happy Tuesday. #diptyque  #diptyque paris  #luxurybeauty #beauty  #signaturescent  #niche  #signaturescent  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum  #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #perfection  #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #baies #diptyque baies #lombredansleau #rose #shadow #blackcurrant #engraving #limitededition #flowers #swan #bottle #packaging

5/16/2017 11:34:03 PM 11

A few years ago, @Diptyque collaborated with Minä Perhonen to release a trio of LE candles based on the writings of Akira Minagawa. Joie, Ciel and Infini remain to this day my favorite Diptyque releases and I have immortalized their scents into my heart. The Tokyo exclusive candle is of the similar vein (powdery, murky, fresh) and I'm just chuffed. Two amazing friends travelled to Tokyo and met up with a mutual BOSSLADY in Chanel pink and together they tracked down this candle for me that was re-released in different packaging to commemorate the 1 year standing of the flagship boutique in Japan. With friends like these, who needs enemies or carbohydrates. Thank you Adam, Christine, Emily, and Lulu (alphabetical order FTW) #diptyque #diptyque paris #candle #minaperhonen #akiraminagawa #tokyo #japan #wax #bougie parfumee #luxurybeauty #beauty #bougie #candle junkie #signaturescent  #niche  #signaturescent  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum  #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #perfection  #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #diptyque tokyo

5/15/2017 11:42:58 PM 19
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Ringing in the end of the workweek with Salvador Dali's cookbook, Les Diners de Gala, and scented erasers by @astierdevillatte via @luckyscent. Happy Belated Birthday to Dali to boot. Admittedly I picked up the cookbook for its visual appeal; same reason why others purchase the Hannibal cookbook, no? :D Recipes are decade specific and while the Breast of Venus desert would charm most guests, this is more of a collection of art with its less than precise food prep instructions. The tower of crawfish is but one of many plating ideas that can be brought back in vogue. Palais de Tokyo reminds me of Diptyque's Feu de Bois so long live the hazy campfire with other fragrant trappings. Fun fact: Comme des Garcons does amazing things with incense and I'm wearing both CDG 2 and Penhaligon's Sartorial today while sketching with these erasers, especially the Tokyo one. Death by sensory overload is a good way to go. Rue Saint-Honore has notes of rose, jasmine and amber listed and it's definitely one for powder and amber fans. Opera is my favorite with its beeswax and sandalwood for restrained sweetness that marries well with its base eraser ingredients. #signaturescent  #niche  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #perfection  #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #livewell  #lifeisgood  #instaperfume #niche fragrance #profumo #perfume lover #perfume collector #perfume photo #salvadordali #cookbook #erasers #officesupply #bulletjournal #stationary #surrealism

5/12/2017 8:24:48 PM 2

L'Artisan Parfumeur L'Eau du Navigateur was an accidental blind buy. I'm noticing a trend, are you? :D I mistook it for another LAP, Tea for Two. My success with this scent spurred an electric journey to discovering Beaufort London after a fragrantica genius likened the aromatic experience to a scene in the Exorcist. Much on that brand later. I love me some horror films after all. Back to the scent du jour, this stunning fun scent was created in 1979 by Jean-Claude Ellena and Jean-Francois Laporte. This scent predates me, but this May December relationship is picturesque and indulgent. I get to live out my piracy and plundering dreams with notes of rum, coffee and spices mingling for a jolly good time aboard a rickety, salt scarred warship. Perilously at risk for scurvy, erstwhile seadogs self-medicate or sample the wares they plan to sell at port. Greater than the sum of its parts, this nautical campfire smell pinpoints an exact fantasy or point in history that is still kicking. A summer or winter scent, I can appreciate the hazy booze and coffee recollection during any part of the day, especially with an affogato topped off with a nightcap. #florescence  #flohouston #mfah #signaturescent  #niche  #lartisanparfumeur #LAP #leaudunavigateur #coffee #rum #smoke #incense #pirates #spices #resin #incense #tobacco #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #perfection  #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #livewell  #lifeisgood

5/10/2017 9:45:13 PM 2

I picked up @auphorie Miyako a few months ago at the same time as Bogue's Gardelia given my propensity to buy things in pairs. I was playing around with DIptyque Kimonanthe but couldn't bring myself to spring for the anemic composition synonymous with the house and Olivia Giacobetti (Give me a few years and I'll be back to praising the impressionistic quality). I wish I could remember where I saw an unknown hero commenting on how similar Miyako is the Kimonanthe. Fastforward to a serendipitous Luca Turin review and Auphorie *just* re-stocking the scent, it was a fantastic blind buy just like Gardelia. Shhhh, I am full of bad habits. I will forever hold the flag for niche brands, especially for the two self taught Malaysian brothers, Eugene Au and Emrys Au. Miyako arrived with all the flourishings to bring me down to my knees: a handwritten note and sample of the newest release, L'Histoire Oubliée de Dunhuang. As in the previous post of Dusita, I'm all about South East Asia representing the perfume world. The pictures taken were at the Musem of Fine Arts in Houston during the flower competition show, Florescence. For a beautiful peachy, apricot, osthmanthus, leather, and green tea scent, I found no better place to show it off. A wonderful lady saw me taking pictures one handedly and offered to be a gracious model. Stranger Dame and I palled around the rest of the exhibit with light in our hearts. I wore Miyako again over the weekend with sun warmed skin and it was everything that is right in the world. #auphorie #miyako #auphorie miyako #eugeneau #malaysia #florescence  #flohouston #mfah #signaturescent  #niche  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #perfection  #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #livewell  #lifeisgood #matcha #greentea #flowers

5/9/2017 3:30:13 PM 7

I'm really enjoying the perfumes coming out of South East Asia of late. Thailand by the way of France: @parfumsdusita via @luckyscent. I'm finally able to try the newest offerings after having received Issara & Oudh Infini earlier. Le Douceur de Siam is by far my favorite. While I favor the rich, redolent scents worn by dames drenched in diamonds and emeralds on cool Siberian nights, Summer is well represented by the clear humming florals of this line. There's something sublime about a luxurious scent that starts from a restrained sweet bouquet to a sour creaminess of paunch. LS lists the notes May rose, Frangipani, Champaca flower, Clove, Ylang ylang, Violet leaf, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Amber. Serendipity and Lady Luck are my bosom buddies at this point. It's been a challenging week with a specifically horrendous Monday but my how this parcel rocked my world. I blew my fumes budget on Gardelia & Miyako this year, but a winter birthday is a perfect event for Siam's sweetness. #dusita #luckyscent #scent bar #fuckyeah  #signaturescent  #niche  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #perfection  #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #livewell  #lifeisgood

5/9/2017 12:47:04 AM 6
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Sign me up for beeswax with white florals and incense. The first LAP I fell in love with, I agree there's a chewy, earthy element to the beeswax. Much more vibrant than the one in SL's Rose de Nuit. Hurray for Friday, we're in the home stretch.  #signaturescent  #niche  #niche perfume  #perfume  #parfum #scent  #scent oftheday #perfume collection #fragrantica  #basenotes  #sotd #perfection  #fragrance  #fragrance oftheday #livewell  #lifeisgood  #essentialoils  #aroma therapy #aroma  #beeswax #jasmine #seville #orangeblossom  #lartisanparfumeur #LAP #seville alaube #bertrandduchaufour

4/21/2017 5:05:39 PM 3