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About: A Pioneer Perfume Blog est. 2006 for People Into the Nitty-Gritty of Smells & Tastes as seen in The NY Times, Independent, Vogue, Elle...By Chantal-Hélène Wagner... The Scented Salamander was the first perfume blog to creatively establish editorial and conceptual bridges between fine perfume, food, space & visual culture - at a time when critics were positioning fragrance as a purist art object - include indie brands, underline the team-aspect of perfume authorship, as well as offer broad sociological context in a fragrance industry biased towards aspirational luxury and sensuality... I'm a PhD in Anthropology, a former Lavoisier Scholar at Oxford University, who's worked on foodways, identity & death as well as an English literature major now turned perfume blogger & chronicler out of conviction, passion & intellectual curiosity. That's the short of it.

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April 15, 2014



Davidoff Cool Water Night Dive (2014) {New Fragrance} {Men's Cologne}

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Cool Water Gets the Same Twist as Found in Habanita

 

The classic men's fragrance Davidoff Cool Water has been revisited this year for a new nocturnal twist called Cool Water Night Dive. The composition is said to feature a significant note of lentisc or mastic, conferring it a green oriental character...

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Diesel Loverdose Tattoo Eau de Toilette (2014) {New Perfume}

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The Scent of Steamed Rice in a Scientific Aphrodisiac Potion

 

Diesel have introduced a new flanker to Loverdose Tattoo, itself a spin on Loverdose. The new scent called Loverdose Tattoo Eau de Toilette asserts itself as a subtle variation on its predecessor even in the glass color used, which is just a few shades of salmon pink brighter, lightening up the black bottle...

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Philosophy Sunshine Grace (2014) {New Fragrance} {Beauty Notes - Bath & Body}

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Smell Good, Feel Good

 

Philosophy have released a new, limited-edition fragrance called Sunshine Grace, in keeping with their love for inspirational messages. This time, the tag line is "grace makes every day brighter,"...

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KFC Get Into the Love Game with a Fried Chicken Corsage {The 5th Sense in the News} {Food News}

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KFC have launched an unlikely limited-edition fried chicken corsage to ring in prom season. Issued at 100 copies it aims to be a creative promotional effort for the chain thanks to the marrying of two opposites: deep-fried, batter-slapped-on chicken with teenage romance, with the further help of baby breaths embellishment, in a tongue-in-cheek pairing captured on film...

The New Flavor of Young Love

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April 14, 2014

Diptyque Géranium Odorata (2014) {New Perfume}

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Paying Closer Attention to Unassuming Blooms 

 

French niche brand Diptyque will introduce two new scents in their Eaux Florales collection this spring 2014 after Eau Rose and Eau Mohéli. One of the two is called Géranium Odorata. As its name indicates, the composition focuses on the geranium flower...

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April 10, 2014

4711 Wunderwasser für Sie und Ihn / for Her & Him (2014) {New Fragrances} {Men's Cologne}

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When Aqua Mirabilis Wears Blue Jeans 

 

The house of 4711, creators of the world-famous classic Mülhens 4711 cologne, have released a new duo of fragrances for her and him aiming to appeal to a younger generation of 4711 devotees. Wunderwasser for Her and Wunderwasser for Him eaux de cologne were composed respectively by perfumers Véronique Nyberg and Vincent Schaller...

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April 8, 2014

Beyoncé Rise (2014): This is a Celebrity Juice {Perfume Short (Review)} {Celebrity Fragrance}

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Motivational Message in a Bottle 

 

Celebrity juice or celebrity perfume? That is the main question when it comes to gauging a big-name perfume. So many olfactory stereotypes abound in the field. With Rise by Beyoncé, you will mostly get her signature or brand name and the empowering message attached to the fragrance meant to stir women out of their daily funk. She said, "The spirit of Rise encourages women to be all that we are,” Apart from that, Rise is a juice. It rehashes a few select titbits plucked out from a plethora of predictable perfumery accords. It's not unpleasant but if you follow perfume it's pretty much yawn-inducing...

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Elizabeth Arden Go Full On Aqua for Summer 2014 with 5 New Fragrances

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Arden are Launching a Shower of Perfumes

 

Elizabeth Arden have developed or reissued a series of no less than five new fragrances for summer 2014. Three are consecrated to twists on Green Tea with Green Tea Tropical (2007), Green Tea Summer (2005) and Green Tea Yuzu (2014) while the Sunflowers franchise is updated with Sunflowers Summer Bloom (2014) and Sunflowers Dream Petals (2012). Their common characteristic is to leave a large expressive room to the aquatic theme...

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Chantal-Hélène Wagner on Byredo Bal d'Afrique (2009): Cake-Walking at the Bal d'Afrique {Perfume Review & Musings} : Thanks!

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