New from MAC: Pinkaura (shown), with green notes, freesia, violet, magnolia, amber, and vetiver, and Greenify, with green herbs, green fig, neroli, poppies, coco de mer, amber, vetiver, and vanilla. MV1, MV2, and MV3 have been re-issued. C-Squeeze and Violetrix have disappeared from the MAC website, but are perhaps just out of stock? (via maccosmetics)
Thank you to Marlen for the news that L'Artisan is gearing up to launch a new scent this fall based on Tunisian orange blossom, including the stem and leaf. Update: see a review of L'Artisan Fleur d'Oranger.
Nicole Farhi, the UK designer, will debut a set of fragrances for men and women this October at escentual.co.uk. (via escentual-news) Update: more information on the Nicole Farhi scents can be found here.
Tennis star Maria Sharapova's debut into the celebrity fragrance market will begin next month. Her upcoming perfume is described as "fresh and floral, with notes of mandarin, bergamot, gardenia, jasmine and magnolia". (via Toronto Star)
Riviera Concepts, the makers of the Hummer fragrances, will launch H2 this week to tie in with the GM H2 truck:
...blended by Vincent Schaller of Firmenich, [it] features top notes of cinnamon, mandarin peel and bergamot; a heart of cardamom, bourbon pepper and elemi, and a base of incense and red myrrh. It’s described as a “warmer” scent than Hummer, which has accords of thyme and fir, cardamom and peppercorn and amber and sandalwood. (via Women's Wear Daily)
Update: see a review of Hummer H2.
The new L'Artisan Orange Blossom is just lovely. Sniffed it on Saturday, and would have bought it on the spot if it was available. Limited Edition from a small crop of flowers, and just heavenly. Would've been perfect for summer.
Hi K, I'm so glad someone has already tried this! Can I pump you for information?
Where did you smell it, and is “Orange Blossom” the name? And is it true that it is considerably more expensive than the regular L'Artisan line?
I hear they are going to do these LEs from specific crops on a regular basis now.
We had a “sneak preview” at the lovely L'Artisan shop. It is packaged in a wooden crate, and while I forget the formal French name, it has a vintage year (the flowers were harvested in a small batch a year or two ago). Price wasn't discussed, but the fact that it is packaged like a fine wine, most likely means it will carry a heftier price tag than the existing scents.
Ah! Glad, frankly, that it isn't on sale yet as I can't afford to buy it this week, LOL!
Will be very interested to see how this new sideline goes. I heard they were going to have something similar with jasmine. Personally my nose is probably not able to distinguish between vintages & countries of origin.
Thanks for the info!!
Poor Maria Sharpova. I can't for the life of me remember who she is, and it doesn't sound like her perfume will be any more memorable.
This L'Artisan thing sounds fascinating (and spendy.) I wonder how big the batches or runs for each individual crops' frag will be, given the fact that they can only get so much out of each crop.
So Serge Lutens has a Moroccan orange blossom and L'Artisan will have a Tunisian one. The comparison should be interesting.
Nicole Farhi is jumping on the perfume bandwagon: she has good taste (she's French, LOL!). Should be interesting too.
K, I don't watch tennis so I am clueless, but the articles I've read act like she is the next big it-girl???
The Q about the L'artisan, for me at least, is just how spendy it will be!
J, Sadly, I had no idea who Nicole Farhi is, although now I've checked out her website.
Really, really doubt I will be able to tell the difference between Moroccan & Tunisian orange blossom! And given that they are so close to each other geographically, wondering how different they would be anyway (I mean the actual absolute, not the finished fragrance).
I quite like Maria Sharpova, but I sincerely wish the words “fresh and floral” did not start her perfume description.
On the other hand, weirdly enough the Hummer fragrance sounds fabulous, and dear god, I'm going to have to hide all my CC's when the L'Artisan is released.
A, it doesn't sound like the L'Artisan is going to be a bargain scent!!
Sounds like you know something about tennis, is Maria Sharapova wildly popular?
R, my post was a little bit tongue in cheek. There's no way one could tell the difference between the two, but the fragrances should be like chalk and cheese.
Nicole Farhi is *very* famous here. She is married to the playwright David Hare and they can be seen at all the premieres. They are what we call “Champagne Socialists”. And they both get on my nerves.
J, that went right over my head, LOL! But I think the point of this new line is to take a whole harvest, like a wine vintage, or so I've read, and to do another harvest the next year from some place else. I had heard they were going to do jasmine, and perhaps that was wrong or perhaps that is coming next. Whatever, as they say
For all I know NF is famous here too. It is quite easy to be famous and escape my notice entirely until you issue your own perfume.
Hi, K! I seem to recall Remy quoting a figure somewhere around $250 for the LE orange blossom scent — and pretty much saying that this would barely cover the cost of producing it. It really was lovely.
Ouch!! That is expensive, even for lovely.