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Monday, August 29, 2016

L'Artisan Parfumeur Eau de l'Artisan: fragrance review

Twenty three years after its introduction to the line of L'Artisan Parfumeur, Olivia Giacobetti's take on the pleasures of a Mediterranean herb garden L'Eau de l'Artisan is still relevant in what concerns a fragrance that replicates its dewy herbaceousness. (I hear Jo Malone launches a whole line devoted to such things as parsley or fennel and carrot blossoms).

via pinterest
The "jardin potager" as it's called in French is usually a patch that features culinary verdant herbs meant to be picked and plucked spontaneously to season a salad here and a pot roast there alongside blossoming plants and vegetables in an aesthetically pleasing way. And personally? I prefer it even to the glories of the roses's beds and the petunias's designs blooming in feisty colors down the path...

L'Eau de l'Artisan beautifully replicates the bunch of them with basil and marjoram being the delectable and quite prominent aromatic heroes. They both give piquancy and a certain earthy bite which is not miles apart from what they offer to a dish.The tension is built between the lemony verbena and the mossy backgrounds which - not unlike the seminal Eau de Campagne by Sisley - translate as a very fresh and very subtle chypre.

I also seem to discern thyme: another popular Med choice, the scorched stems of which dot the hills in summer; the herb often garlands a roasted leg of lamb. Credit to L'Artisan for creating a fragrance that is not meant for mutton dressed as lamb then, as so many mainstream fragrances are, but goes for a little joyful introspection into the memories of our summers spent in the countryside.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sonia Rykiel: 1930-2016

Sonia Flis is now more. The French designer better known as Sonia Rykiel has left this vain world. Her quirky and intellectual style will be remembered fondly. Her perfumes will continue to grace our wrists and necks in fond remembrance. From Le Parfum to 7eme Sens and on to Rykiel Woman Not for Men and Belle en Rykiel...Chapeau madame!

Dominique Isserman photo 1980

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Small Reminder for Tijon draw Entrants

Everyone who sent a story/comment in the Tijon draw we hosted wins a token prize courtesy of Jovan PROVIDED they send her an email till Tuesday 23nd noon (Pacific time), as she will be traveling after that date, with the following data: username story posted Full name shipping address a contact number for the courier Use jovan @ tijon.com (without spaces). THANKS!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hermes Eau de Neroli Dore: fragrance review

Although it might seem like Eau de Néroli Doré is more masculine leaning and could be interpreted by the casual "sniffeur" as maudlin its crunchy texture is indicative of great dexterity in the treatment of ingredients and concepts.

It feels at once golden and soapy and with a leather undertone like a handsome person who just put on the world's fluffiest T-shirt and trousers in Egyptian cotton and the softest leather slip-ons in existence just to enjoy a morning view of the orchard by the sea. I'm sold.

My full review can be found on Fragrantica.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The winner of the draw...

....for the Tijon grand prize is Amelia Fortes. Congratulations!!
But our gracious sponsor is nothing if not generous, so EVERYONE wins a token prize! Very cool, huh?

So everyone email Jovan directly at jovan (@)tijon.com (without the parenthesis) with your username, real name, shipping data and a phone number so she can have your prizes in the mail soon.
Please remember to use Perfumeshrine draw in the title of the e-mail. And if you followed the Tijon Facebook page you'd be informed on all giveaway and sampling opportunities too.

Thanks for participating and more writing on the blog soon, promise.

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