Columnist Bethan Cole of the UK Times Online picks the best fragrances for summer. Included in her list is Eau Emotionnelle, the new Eau de Toilette version of Agent Provocateur:
AP has taken its signature Eau de Parfum and reduced it to its bare essentials of oriental topnotes, cape snow bush, lie de vin and pink pepper, adding white tea and osmanthus to create a more refreshing scent.
Update: see a review of Agent Provocateur Eau Emotionelle.
Perfumer Jean Michel Duriez, the house nose at Jean Patou, talks to the Houston Chronicle (link to article no longer working, sorry!) about various perfume-related matters, including how to train your sense of smell:
You need to smell more every day. The nose is made to smell 24 hours a day. When you go in and (test) five perfumes and think (you can't do any more), your brain is more exhausted than your nose. If you leave the perfumery and smell coffee and cake, you don't say, "I can't smell anymore." Anyone can become a perfumer. You just have to train and (practice for years).
Many thanks to Anneliese for the link!