Flower Bomb: Romance in a Bottle

Victor & Rolfe have this penchant for the un-conventional, the “take no prisoners” attitude on the runway with a brand that has shown us how to color outside the lines.  When I was presented with a bottle of Eue de Parfum, I was prepared for something rather artistic, not as romantic as what I am…

Caroline Herrera:  Luxury in a Bottle

Divine luxury in a bottle, the new fragrances by Carolina Herara are well, let’s be clear, some of the best array of combination fragrances I have experienced.  Many couture houses and brands have attempted to create a wardrobe of fragrances that blend with each other, but this one is exceptional, in look, feel, experience and…

The Art of Inspiration:  Paint is Eternal

A museum is like a church of the human spirit and represents a higher calling of our culture.  While museums have become in our world,  somewhat stunted in their search for relevance, the idea was always designed to take us out of ourselves from what was commonplace or real into the realm of the extraordinary….

Heal the Bay Gala: Its in the Water

At Verte, we are not only supporting green luxury but also causes that are both local and national that focus on the environment and our planet.  The Santa Monica ‘HEAL THE BAY’ organization is a non-profit with a stellar local record in supporting causes to keep the California coastal regions clean from pollution.  Their ocean…

A Spring Vanilla – Review: Tokyo Milk Dead Sexy

Originally posted on Olfactoria's Travels:
Heya gorgeous Olfactoria’s Travelers, Portia with you all the way from Australian Perfume Junkies and Perfume Posse (and now writing for My Perfume Samples too). Today I wanted to talk Cheap & Cheerful. Frankly I think all this aspirational pricing is getting out of hand so let’s look at…

Diptyque: Launch of a New Fragrance “Florabellio”

The launch of a Diptyque fragrance is always a celebration.It’s a green scent,  even though the title says  “Beautiful Flowers”.  This one is perfect for the Spring season because it is evocative of both the sand and seashore. What begins first, is a smell of fields as well as a hint of the deep moss…

Jeanne Lanvin à Galliera

Originally posted on Parloteparisienne:
Galliera est sans doute le musée dans lequel je traine le plus mes guêtres. C’est un cliché peut être mais je suis une fille, j’aime la mode, les belles matières, la couture, la haute couture me fascine pour sa technicité et sa beauté alors forcément les expos de mode m’attirent comme…

PERFUME REVIEW: Beautiful, Classic, Elegant

‘Only For Her” the classic first Fragrance by HAYARI PARIS…in its new formulation and larger luxury size…its my new favorite for an evening out. The perfume is very elegant and that means almost traditional in its conception much like a Chanel fragrance is…the classic “Number 5”. The inspiration from the gardens of the designer’s childhood…

Free Spirit – Review: Vero Profumo Kiki Voile d’Extrait

Originally posted on Olfactoria's Travels:
By Tara Vero Kern is steeped in the classic fragrances from Guerlain and Caron which she wore for many years before becoming a perfumer. This knowledge, love and appreciation of old-school French perfumery comes through in her artistic creations time and again. It’s wonderful to have someone making perfume…

Paris Flower Shops: A quiet Place in the Middle of a Storm

Paris Flower shops are charming, atmospheric and romantic.  From a simple pot of blooms to the magnifique decoration in the lobby of a luxury hotel, the flowers and florists of Paris are the best in the world.  Inspired by the countryside,  the elegance of the chateaux dining room or the petite cafe the flower shops…

Tender Touch – Review: L’Artisan Parfumeur Skin on Skin

Originally posted on Olfactoria's Travels:
By Tara Skin on Skin is the fragrance in L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Explosions d’Emotions collection that appealed to me the most. I liked the name and quite a few of the following featured notes: Iris, suede, velvet leather, saffron, whisky, lavender, rose and musk. Released in 2013, it was part…

An Impassioned Man – Review: Frapin Passion Boisée

Originally posted on Olfactoria's Travels:
By Tara Passion Boisée is a tribute to a material which may not be glamorous but is an essential part of Frapin’s cognac making process – wood. After distillation, the brandy is aged in oak casks for several years. During this time the wood from the barrels lends its…