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The Scented Kimono BY CHARLOTTE TOMLINSON

We may not know this but a piece of clothing can have a far deeper meaning than just a cover for our skin and to protect our modesty. A symbol of longevity and good fortune, prosperity and growth, the traditional Japanese kimono offers more to the wearer than simply cloth on their back. It’s grounding, individualistic and a reminder of where we came from and who we hope to be. In fact, the kimono has a unique and extensive history worth sharing and also has become an inspiration for a scent, find out more in The Scented Kimono Photo Harry Stonhill Imagery Hajar Djouahra The first ancestors of the kimono date back to the Heian period in Japan (794-1192). Straight...

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Encore Une Fois Review by 99bottledscents

There are fragrances that live in a world that cross from simple scents to experiences in bottles, pulling on our desire to remember rather than banking on a wish to smell great, Encore Une Fois translates to "yet again", does it manage to pull on your memories? Let's Deep Dive. Encore opens up with a beautiful salty citrus, very oceany but less "beachy", aquatic without being blue, a tad pull of green comes from the violet and the leafy orange but make no mistake, this is about the salty tones and in that process opens up for a tad smoky, for a stronger orange vibe with a bit of sour bergamot, the petitgrain gives character with it's unique bitterness. The...

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LE JOKER by ART DE PARFUM (2020)

Le Joker, by French outfit Art De Parfum, won the gold medal at the London Beauty Awards, 2020. I can see why. A saline, fresh nutmeg aromatic, with facets of star anise, Timur pepper, ambergris and elemi, this is one of those perfumes I would put in in the same category as Eau D’Italie: scents that are magnetizing in their chalky sea air simplicity, yet that wisely eschew the dirty über-niche plugholes of algae and seaweed. Described by the company as a ‘fascinating woody fragrance (cypriol, patchouli, Atlas cedarwood), intertwining fruity spicy notes with powdery notes of makeup and smoky cigarette facets……Le Joker aims to awaken different emotions in different people’. I personally certainly don’t smell the (clown) makeup, but...

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Mother's Day Gift Guide with Art de Parfum

  So many of us are apart from our loved ones this year and as the calendar rolls towards Mother’s Day, it can bring with it powerful emotions. This year, 14th March could be a day to start a new tradition and instead an opportunity to thank the women who have supported you in your life.  Why not surprise someone you care for with a special gift of fragrance, to reflect their personality or awaken their senses, and at the same time letting them know that you are thinking of them on this day. It can be challenging to choose a fragrance for someone else, because scent is so personal but with an array of luxurious scents from our niche fragrance...

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