January 2007: 27 posts

Serge Lutens Rousse : Fragrance Review


Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.

Lipstick and candied lady apples were the first associations that Rousse, the newest Serge Lutens’s fragrance, brought to my mind. One was conjured by the powdery violet note, the other by the intensely sweet and caramelized wood. Although I loved Chypre Rouge and Mandarine-Mandarin, Rousse was somewhat of a let down. It possesses neither the distinctive presence of Lutens’s fragrances like Iris Silver Mist and Ambre Sultan nor the classical elegance that marks Rose de Nuit and Chêne. It is simply a pleasant scent, but then again, the world is full of them. From Serge Lutens, I expected nothing but breathtaking, even if not conventionally pretty. …

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Estee Lauder Beautiful Love : Perfume Review


Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.

Though I normally look at flankers with disdain expecting yet another bland variation, the sequels to the classical Estée Lauder fragrances have been quite lovely. Youth Dew Amber Nude offered an interesting twist on the oriental ambery theme of the original Youth Dew. Pure White Linen is a crisp, musky veil, in contrast to the richer 1978 classic, White Linen. Beautiful Love is a modern take on Beautiful, a lush white floral underpinned by woods and iris.

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Estee Lauder Beautiful : Fragrance Review


Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.

It would not be an overstatement to say that Estée Lauder changed the face of American perfumery and revolutionized the way women treat fragrance. With Youth Dew, which was cleverly introduced as a bath oil, she managed to break the age-old stereotype of perfume as a gift from a man. With her subsequent fragrances, she enshrined American perfumery as a rival to be noticed. Created in 1985, Beautiful still remains a strong symbol of Lauder’s vision. …

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Frederic Malle’s Perfume Advice in Allure Magazine

Allure Magazine will feature Frédéric Malle’s first fragrance column, which will run from February to May in the magazine’s Insider’s Guide. For Valentine’s Day, Malle will advise on the seductive fragrances that best represent specific personalities. Malle is the founder of Editions de Parfums, an artisanal fragrance line. Via Cosmetic World.

This month’s Allure offers Malle’s choices for romantic, sexy, secure and flirty fragrances. Romantic fragrances include Christian Dior Diorissimo, Chanel No 19, Annick Goutal Eau de Ciel, and Antonia’s Flowers. Sexy category features Guerlain Shalimar, Thierry Mugler Angel, Estée Lauder Youth Dew, and Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan. Secure includes Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien, Clinique Aromatic Elixir, Bulgari Green Tea, and Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur. Flirty is anything with tuberose, including Robert Piguet Fracas, Michael Kors, and Chloe.

Saffron Cake Recipe


Michelle Krell Kydd ended her article Saffron : The Flavor and Fragrance of Joy with the promise of sharing the recipe for saffron cake. Although saffron lends itself to many preparations, both sweet and savory, I find that the nutty warmth of whole wheat and the piney freshness of cardamom are the perfect backdrops for the full range of saffron’s flavor. In Indian and Middle Eastern desserts, saffron is often paired with cardamom, rose and the velvety richness of milk. Whispers of this classical composition can be noticed in this quick-bread. It combines the lightness of the crumb with the delicately chewy texture of the toasted crust. The voluptuous flavor of saffron lingers beautifully, attesting to the perfect name for this cake—Saffron Kiss.…

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