Posted by Fragrance Belles-Lettres 16 April, 2014 0 comments

Noblesse Luxe Publishing

FRAGRANCE REVIEW


                           CUIR DE GARDENIA
                                   The creation of a modern island flower
   


I  will always appreciate the classic scents of  fragrances that represents a single note such as the rose, jasmine, gardenia, marigold and a host of others. My curiosity and passion for perfumes always peaks to another level when a perfumer takes a single note scent and creatively combines, adds, renew this component with other scents that makes its own unique a newly created scent.

  CUIR DE GARDENIA by Aftelier Perfumes is based on the Tahitian Gardenia, the home flower that represents the South Seas...Tahiti to be exact.

  The Tahitian Gardenia is found only in the South Pacific which makes the island of Tahiti a gem where this gorgeous scented flower is grown.

  The "tiare" flower is another name for Tahitian flower and this scent is one of those that hold a soft place in my heart. When I was a child and my passion for scents started to flourish, the tiare flower scented perfumes became my favorites.

CUIR DE GARDENIA is beautifully transformed into Mandy Aftel's ideal of the Tahitian Gardenia.
There are certain aspects of this flower that Mandy maintains such as the creamy sweetness of this milky white flower. However, CUIR DE GARDENIA has a hint of woodsy musk that provides a modern flair to an ancient flower.

Mandy provided me with the liquid and solid formulas for my review and I wore both of these over several weeks.I was immediately transformed into a luscious oasis miles away. Cuir De Gardenia is not what you think in terms of the major island brand Monoi for the tiare flower but Cuir De Gardenia is a flair of a Tahitian flower for the modern age that finds a woodsy essence a true delight of blended notes what truly gravitates my vision of the exotic tropics.
formula. To me, the Solid version of Cuir De Gardenia became my passionate friend over those weeks because it worked best with my body chemistry and the texture was soft and smooth as I mildly rubbed it on my wrists.

The tiare scented perfumes I have smelled always consisted of a coconut oil enfleurage. Mandy did not add this ingredient, instead she created it with tiare (gardenia) absolute and honey (these are not the only ingredients) but to me the honey  is a welcoming change to the usual coconut.It gives a added delicate aspect to CUIR DE GARDENIA, which is a rare and beautiful component.

As I stated, I love the diversity in perfumes that take the old and renew it with a new and often times improved scent. However, it has to be done carefully because a lot of people at not conditioned for change.

The immediate scent of gardenia is a rush of endless streams of the flower and cascading jasmine to continue an epic of white flowers so I really don't see any problems in experiencing Cuir De Gardenia because she realizes that working with nature is best. 

 I admire the modern complexity of this fragrance. 'The Art of Perfumery' never stops admitting that there is always more to come and Mandy definitely demonstrates this in her ever quest to continue beautifying this art.


FEATURED NOTES

Middle Notes : tiare (gardenia) absolute, jasmine grandiflorum absolute, benzyl acetate
Base Notes: castoreum, ethyl phenyl acetate, maltol

RETAIL INFORMATION

Cuir de Gardenia comes in various liquid and a solid sizes.

Sample 0.25ml  $6.00 USD
1/4 ounce liquid (extrait)  $195.00 USD
Extrait mini  $55.00 USD
Eau de Parfum Spray $195.00 USD
Solid 1/4 ounce $240.00 USD

* The lovely compact is designed by Mandy Aftel from handmade one ounce sterling silver. It comes presented in a choice of orange or purple silk pouch.

www.aftelier.com


Photo: Courtesy of Aftelier Perfumes USA Berkeley, California













FMH





















Happy Macaroon Day!

Posted by Fragrance Belles-Lettres 21 March, 2014 0 comments

Noblesse Luxe Publishing

FRAGRANCE ARTICLE



                  WORLD MACARON DAY
                               A Collaboration of Scents


    On Thursday, March 20th of each year marks the celebration of WORLD MACARON DAY.  This sweet and slightly crunchy cookie as taken the world by storm with its delicate and delightful features with its array of festive bright colors that correspond with the flavors.

    According to the luxury blog, Luxuo (article dated March 20, 2014) WORLD MACARON DAY started out as a gimmick and fundraising event by Pierre Herme'.

   Pierre Herme' known as the French "Picasso" of pastries decided to showcase international spotlight on the macaroon because it was still a novelty in bakeries outside of France. So on March 20 WORLD MACARON DAY is celebrated intensely in cities worldwide such as New York, Mumbai, Toronto and Vancouver.

  The macaroon a richly submerged meringue-based pastry that has become common in most parts of the world...give or take their own cultural interpretation of the pastry.

  Where does this involve perfume? Well, a few months ago, the world's foremost creator of the macaron, LADUREE headquartered in Paris have collaborated with Nina Ricci, fashion designer extraordinaire to create a new fragrance named La tentation de Nina.


   Olivier Cresp, Fashion Director at Nina Ricci and Vincent Lemains, Head of Pastry design for Laduree have sweetened the deal by collaborating on the macaroon flavored fragrance by creating notes of lemon, rose, almond and raspberry.

  The bottle is breathless with the Nina Ricci iconic apple-shaped bottle that features bold pink and gold tones that sparkle with the effervescent of a modern fragrance designed with the French pastry as the core.

  La tentation de Nina is available in a 50 ml/1.7 fluid ounce apple-shaped bottle for 58 Euros.
   
  Launched January 20, 2014.

 
  Sources: www.luxuo.com; www.vogue.fr.com
  Photos: www.fragrantica.com; www.vogue.fr.com






 FMH



 

   

A rarity among them

Posted by Fragrance Belles-Lettres 11 March, 2014 0 comments

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FRAGRANCE REVIEW


                                                                      MENELIK
                                       The elegant arrival from South Africa


               The continent of Africa is vast. It is home to the world's finest natural resources and to find that there is a new world class perfumery in South Africa gives me much excitement.

              MENELIK Pour Homme, is a new fragrance created in Johannesburg, South African, Mr. Lionel Shaw.

              "The inspiration behind the scent is ancient kingdoms, golden deserts and luscious fruits which are considered rare treasures in Africa".

              Not only is this scent created in Johannesburg but it is indeed a rarity that it is a scent for men which is not commonly produced as of yet but I am very sure this will change since MENELIK has been launched and getting rave reviews.

              MENELIK is the scent for the modern gentlemen and the logo graciously shows a wonderful tailored black suit, white shirt and a black form-fitting tie.

              I was curious about the suit image which gives it away that it must be a scent for men but as I learn more about Mr. Shaw, I believe I know why the strong presence of a suit is of most importance.

             MENELIK Pour Homme is considered to be a woody-spicy scent. My observation of this beautifully created scent by nose Shaw gives new meaning to typical heavy laden spicy scents for men.

           I wore it for several weeks and I love the energy I get from it. It is not a heavy scent at all and to me women could easily get away with wearing it without determining its male characteristics.

          It is simply embraceable and fresh and clear as the tall distinguished mountains in South Africa.

         MENELIK is soft...but firm and the scent fits the role of the modern gentlemen in any career capacity from behind the desk as a CEO to a professor of English at a university.

Lionel Menelik
         The black tailored suit, the image of MENELIK, gives indication that Mr. Shaw talents are not just as a perfumer. He is a former fashion model! So, that would be the reason I suppose he choose the black suit. Mr. Shaw is a young man who has an extremely bright future and his talents continues because Mr. Shaw is also a photographer.

      Mr. Shaw continues to use his talents by presenting MENELIK Pour Homme in a unique 100 ml glass pyramid flacon that arrives in a lacquered black and gold created box.

    What a true presentation of this African made scent. The pyramids are home to North Africa. So, Mr. Shaw not only provides a great scent but it comes with a history lesson, too. That lesson is the name Menelik which may sound familiar to the history buffs out there gives homage to Menelik I, proclaimed to be a descendant of the legendary Queen of Sheba and King Solomon.

   MENELIK Pour Homme is a true treasure and a discovery that I find such a rarity among scents.

   MENELIK Pour Homme was launched in 2012

   Top Notes: ruby mandarin, basil, orange, grapefruit, peppermint
    Middle Notes: rose absolute, cinnamon tobacco, carnation
   Base Notes: cedarwoods, patchouli, amber, blond leather


  Information: To Purchase: sales@menelikfragrance.co.za

  Photos: www.menelikfragrance.co.za/Frangrantica.com
  

   

ESXENCE 2014

Posted by Fragrance Belles-Lettres 04 March, 2014 0 comments

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FRAGRANCE EVENT

                                          
 ESXENCE: THE SCENT OF EXCELLENCE



   The Academy of Arts and Science aka the OSCARS meet your match with ESXENCE: The Scent of Excellence to debut on March 20th, 2014 through March 23, 2014.

   ESXENCE: The Scent of Excellence takes place once a year in Milan, Italy. To me, this is the mecca of all fragrance events worldwide. Not only is it a venue to give exposure to well established niche perfumeries but a place for new and exciting perfumeries to display and be welcome at such an event who value the ART OF PERFUMERY.

  This year ESXENCE will take place at  La Triennale di Milano which is an international cultural institution that house mega-events and exhibitions will add to the excitement and vigor of such an elaborate showcase.

 It always gives me goose bumps just talking about how this exhibition helps the niche and artisan fragrance industry in so many aspects.

 ESXENCE is home to Milan, Italy the capital to the fashion industry for centuries but now it is home to a new world...the fragrance industry that has a budget of billions. This international mega event collaborates with Italian and international distributors, the press, buyers and Italian and international retailers.

 I am happy to call ESXENCE:  The Scent of Excellence a friend. It always so wonderful to receive an email from Lara to ask if I will be a part of this extraordinary event. My reply is always YES!!!

 Fragrance Belles-Lettres is a WEB FRIEND to this event by displaying the OFFICIAL logo and writing about it in this magazine.

It is my biggest ambition to personally go to ESXENCE and bring my world to Milan by showcasing what I have to offer to this amazing industry but until that happens, I bring it to you...my readers.

ESXENCE has a host of information about visiting, hotels, public transportation and even how to be an exhibitor for 2015! So, for that you will simply go to www.esxence.com if you plan to attend.

What I will do is give you information on some brands to aspect at ESXENCE: The Scent of Excellence. This is not the complete list but a few that I admire and will discuss in upcoming issues of this magazine.

So good luck, have a great time and if you did not get an invitation to the OSCARS, don't worry I did not either but know that you are always welcome at ESXENCE: The Scent of Excellence.


 BRAND LIST

 AA  Absolument Absinthe
 Alexandre J
 Alyson Oldoini
 Bond No.9
 Castle Forbes
 Chabaud Maison De Parfum
 Hayari
 Floris
Olfactive Studio
ODIN
Yerjoff
Ulili Moroccan Scents
Rainia J
Many, many more


 Photo: Courtesy of Vogue Magazine Italy  www.vogue.it; ESXENCE: The Scent of Excellence logo courtesy of www.esxence.com







FMH


Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted by Fragrance Belles-Lettres 12 February, 2014 0 comments

Noblesse Luxe Publication, LLC

VALENTINE Fragrance Review


                                                            Chocolate at its Finest
                             CHOCOLATE CRAVE PERFUME



   Valentine's Day is my absolutely favorite among the holidays. I love the freedom to give cards, candies, flowers to those I cherish the most. It is a day to reflect on how someone has impacted your life and expressing devotion in a form of a gift or a hug that reminds us how much life and love means to us all.

   You already know my passion is perfumery and all that is associated with it. I read from a few other fragrance blogs about a chocolate scented perfume that is getting rave reviews.

   These reviews come from well established blogs, like myself who treasure the discovery of a new fragrance that is well made and created for both pleasure and good for the earth. So, I looked into the matter and got a reply from a very nice gentleman named, Alan.

 Alan read my email and expressed pleasure in reading Fragrance Belles-Lettres Magazine and he ever so kindly sent me a bottle of CHOCOLATE CRAVE PERFUME.

 This is an eau de parfum that is composed of natural extracts, essential oils and formed in a natural oil base.

 I love chocolate and my most favorite is dark chocolate because it is more healthy so before I tried on Chocolate Crave Perfume, my mind was thinking of rich luscious dark chocolate over flowering in creamy and rich natural ingredients like those found centuries ago by the Aztecs.

I sprayed on Chocolate Crave Perfume and a gush of chocolate scent surged from the sprayer cap that filled my bedroom with ultimate bliss. It was like I through up several $100 dollar bills in the air and stood underneath it.

Chocolate Crave Perfume is the real deal. Truly it doesn't get any better than this. What also makes me so happy is that the wonderful service by the team at Chocolate Crave Perfume. My first point of contact was Alan and now a great fragrance and the packaging is created with precise measurements for the bottle.

The label on the bottle is what is pictured on the box and I love the chocolate color of the packaging because it keeps you in the moment of a chocolate oasis!

The scent lasted for several hours on my skin and my children told me I smell so good. I sprayed a whiff on my son and daughter's wrists and they say, "wow this is awesome"!

Chocolate Crave Perfume is made entirely in the United States but the bottle is an Italian creation. So you do not need to visit a fair trade farm to buy cocoa to make your own chocolate scent.

Not only does this smell wonderful but each bottle that is purchased goes to charities that foster good for humanity and good for the Earth.

Chocolate Crave Perfume, Inc. services a dual purpose and I admire the efforts of this company to make a bold statement with compassion.

If you are a retailer store owner who is reading this article, I would take them up on their offer to spread the word for good causes and have a highly qualified fragrance on your store's shelf.

Thank you Chocolate Crave Perfume, Inc., for sending me a beautiful smelling bottle of your most precious gem and thank you for providing it with a sweet heart in time for this review and for Valentine's Day.


 To get in touch with this company please use the following information.
        Chocolate Crave Perfume, Inc.
       P.O. Box 4661
       Logan, Utah 84323
       (435) 787-0922

 To purchase go to www.chocolatecraveperfume.com

 Sample vial 1 ounce is $4.00
 Glass bottle 1 ounce with box is $29.00








FMH

Happy New Year 2014

Posted by Fragrance Belles-Lettres 18 January, 2014 2 comments

Noblesse Luxe Publishing

Fragrance Edition

  
                                      GOLDEN HOUR
            A timeless scent that sheds a light on the any subject


     Honestly, I have not been such a great fan of the tuberose scent- in the classic form. It one of those scents as a young girl I smelled too many times worn by women who put too much on themselves.

    In recent years my perspective on this scent has changed. It has changed because of several incredible fragrances made with this heady and creamy olfactory which has been blended with other notes that makes it unique and less heavy.

   On New Years Eve 2013, I wore a new fragrance that represented a new light...a new day...a new year for me. GOLDEN HOUR EAU DE PARFUM by natural perfumer, Lisa Fong of ARTEMISIA NATURAL PERFUME is a tuberose scent and there is no doubt about that.

   Its a dreamy scent for those who can appreciate a floral fragrance that stands out in a crowd but not overwhelming. I love this delicate flower with its thick white petals and that is how I pictured GOLDEN HOUR in my mind.

  I wore it at night so I was breathing essence in the scent at the same time GOLDEN HOUR gave me long lasting scented vibes with billowing rich notes of a well crafted fragrance.

 GOLDEN HOUR does consists one of my most favorite scents and that is vanilla. Its like a boozy vanilla that help transcribe the tuberose into a musical epic of a lively form.

I rang in the New Year with GOLDEN HOUR and I even made a few resolutions, too.

So far, my resolutions are coming to pass and now you know my New Years Day scent of 2014.

Lisa Fong
Now, read Lisa Fong's beautiful explaination of GOLDEN HOUR EAU DE PARFUM, the natural fragrance in her own words.

 "As the day transforms to night there is a time when the world is bathed in amber light, it is called the "golden hour". It is a favored time by photographers because it casts a warm luminous light upon the photographic subject".

This is just part of Lisa Fong's description of GOLDEN HOUR EAU DE PARFUM.

Now it is up to you to describe this remarkable fragrance in your own words.

Fragrance notes: tuberose, vanilla, cognac, night queen and galbanum.


Purchase Information:

.625 ml sample $7.00 USD (free shipping)
.25 ounce/7 gr solid perfume $28.00 USD
6 fluid ounce/17 ml eau de parfum $68.00 USD

   www.artemisiaperfume.com

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GIVEAWAY: It gives me great pleasure to inform that one bottle 6 fluid ounce/17 ml of GOLDEN HOUR EAU DE PARFUM will be given to one lucky winner! This is courtesy of Lisa Fong, natural perfumer and owner of ARTEMISIA NATURAL PERFUME in California.

HOW TO ENTER: Go to the end of this magazine edition and express your interest in the GOLDEN HOUR GIVEAWAY with your name and email address so that you can be contacted if you are a winner.

Many thanks to Lisa Fong for providing and financing the GOLDEN HOUR EAU DE PARFUM Giveaway!

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UPDATE: Thank you all who entered the GOLDEN HOUR EAU DE PARFUM GIVEAWAY. We have a winner and it is...hotlantalinda!!!

hotlantalinda, please email me at gizagoddess@live.com to obtain your shipping address.

More giveaways to come and thank you!!!
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NEW FRAGRANCE BOOK

   Scent and Subversion: Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume
                      

   Buckle your seat beats and get ready for a whiff of perfumes from the wild side!

   This is the description of Scent and Subversion: Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfumes by Barbara Herman

     Barbara Herman is the founder and editor of Yesterday's Perfume. A blog dedicated to writing about the history of vintage fragrances.

     This book is the first for Ms. Herman and it is beautifully illustrated with photos and background information on fragrances that revolutionized the 20th century.

     Ms. Herman skillfully analyzes vintage fragrances, perfume ads for over 300 perfumes starting with Fougere Royale (1882) and ending with Demeter's Laundromat (2000).

    Her popular blog Yesterday's Perfume began this journey that is now a realization in a book.

    For more information on Barbara Herman visit her blog at www.yesterdaysperfume.com

    Scent and Subversion: Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume (hardcover) by Barbara Herman
    Publisher: Lyons Press (November 5, 2013)
    ISBN-10: 0762784385
    List Price: $24.95

   

   THE NATURAL SPAS
                                
     
     Calling all LUSH products fans!!! If you are one of them and I know I am...I got great news!

    LUSH- Fresh Handmade Cosmetics are now in the United States with two spas. Yes!
The first is in New York and the second one is in Philadelphia.

   Gosh such lucky states! These spas recently open in late 2013. These unique spas from LUSH offer several treatments with interior decorating using wild flowers, tea cups, old-fashioned books just to name a few.

   LUSH staying true to their fresh handmade products offer the following treatments and custom music by Simon Emmerson.

   Here are the names of the spa treatments as follows: Synaesthesia, The Comforter, The Spell, The Sound Bath, The Good Hour, Tailor Made and Validation.

 Each spa location is equipped with folk music by Simon Emmerson and his band.

 This to me is a true oasis with some of the finest naturally made products. This is the best of both worlds all snuggled in the United States for the very first time.

 It is worth the travel and if anyone has already made an appointment and experienced a LUSH spa in either location, please contact me and let me know.

  LUSH SPA                                              
 783 Lexington Ave
 New York, NY 10065   

 
 LUSH SPA
1525 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102


For information or to book an appointment go to www.lushusa.com


  ARTISAN FRAGRANCE SHOW
  
 





    The premier artisan and luxury fragrance show, The Artisan Fragrance Salon will present its 3rd annual niche and custom fragrance show on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 10:00am-6:00pm (PST) in San Francisco, California.

    This headliner of a show features some of the most sought after perfumeries in the niche fragrance industry. This gives all fragrance aficionadas, fanatics, buyers, journalists, fragrance bloggers a grand opportunity to explore, ask questions, view new launches and get photos taken with the designers and perfumers.

   There is a list of perfumeries who will appear again and there are some new perfumeries to delight and mystify our curiosity for scents.

   If you are interested in attending, ticket(s) need to be purchased and for that information go to www.artisanfragrancesalon.com

                                                    
 
   RADIO TALK SHOW
   


 

     On January 3, 2014 I was honored by being interviewed by GLOBAL TALK RADIO show host, Kevin Dawson.
     
     This interview which lasted for about 5-6 minutes covered my goals and ambitions about the niche fragrance industry and my aspirations as a budding author and my contributions to art and events concerning this industry.

    I was a bit nervous ( I hope it didn't show in my voice) but truly grateful for this opportunity to share a bit of my busy life with all of you.

    If you wish to listen to this interview in its entirety, go to www.globaltalkradio  and download or stream this sesson.

   I look forward to doing more interviews such as radio and other media avenues. The exposure is good for the magazine!

    -Felicia M. Hazzard, Editor-in-Chief  Fragrance Belles-Lettres Magazine


   Photos courtesy of www.artemisiaperfume.com, www.amazon.com, www.lushusa.com,
www.theartisanfragrancesalon.com, www.globaltalkradio.com





 







 FMH




    





 
 



 







HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Posted by Fragrance Belles-Lettres 01 January, 2014 0 comments

Noblesse Luxe Publishing

Fragrance News
NEW YEARS EDITION

  
                                           Happy New Years to All!

 I thought this edition of Fragrance Belles-Lettres Magazine be an informative issue. There have truly been SO many beautiful fragrance launches in 2013 that it would take hours for me to review.

 However, the essence of this magazine is to review niche and natural scents and that is what will continue to happen.

 This special NEW YEARS Edition is to be a bit more fun and touch on my discoveries in December and how one of them has transformed my way of thinking and it comes in a form of a book.

 So without further hesitation here are the creme de la creme for this edition.

 May NEW YEARS 2014 bring you peace, joy and much love!!!

 Your Editor-in-Chief
 Felicia M. Hazzard

  My first December discovery is called CHRISTMAS TEA by Kusmi Tea Paris This luscious loose tea is a blend of black teas from China.


  The main flavor is citrus and spice with everything nice. I substituted coffee and hot chocolate for the CHRISTMAS TEA. I was seeking a variation that was a little more healthier and at the end of the day I could wind down after putting my children to bed.

 The taste is simply divine and so smooth and warming to my heart. It comes in two sizes that are represented in in luxurious packaging of a metal tin.

 The tin is easily recloseable that allows tea to preserve and keep its flavor.

 The citrus and spices in CHRISTMAS TEA is actually orange, almond vanilla and some smoldering spices that is not peppery but simply savory.

 If you are seeking a deeper and even more healthier experiences in tea variation, CHRISTMAS TEA is available in a green tea version.

 The CHRISTMAS TEA is available in a 4.4 ounce Metal Tin for $16.95 and in the 8.8 ounce Metal Tin for $27.95 and muslin tea bags.

 It is still not too late to capture the Holiday Season and welcome in the New Year with CHRISTMAS TEA. This is available at Kusmi Tea Paris year round.

 Go to www.kusmitea.com to learn more about CHRISTMAS TEA and other mouth-watering flavors!

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  If its not one tea...its another. WOW 2013 is truly the year for outstanding collection of tea.
I thought my discovery was over when I consumed a cup of CHRISTMAS TEA by Kusmi Tea Paris but I discovered a NEW collection of flavored teas by GUERLAIN!

 Yes, GUERLAIN. The perfume company that created classics such as Shalimar, Mitsouko, Samsasra!

 Well according to the house of Guerlain, they have created with les thes de Constance (Constance Braud) owner and tea expert.

 Constance Braud the owner of les thes de Constance Tea Company in Paris, France. She has created a one-of-a-kind tea collection that represents the classic fragrances of Guerlain and exclusive to only them.

This collection includes seven exquisite sounding flavors that will take the classic scents of Shalimar, La Petit Robe, Habit Rouge, Nerolia Bianca, L'Heure Bleue, Orchidee Imperiale and Liu to match the scents we adored wearing.

How wonderful to continue the legacy of these classic scents to be now found in a matching flavored tea!

So you want to purchase it. Right? Well, if you are planning to go to the newly renovated Guerlain flagship store...they will be more than happy to sell a collection or two to you, but other than the flagship store, you cannot get it.

However, I made an inquiry to Guerlain and this is what I was emailed back.

" The Guerlain Boutique Champs-Elysees does not make online sales. However, I can contact Guerlain, Inc 19 East 57th Street New York, NY (212) 931-2400 (Telephone) or (212) 931-2445 (Fax).

           I can also contact the boutique by phone at 00 33 1 45 65 52 57 or by email at elysees@guerlain.fr."

          So, there are your choices. If you do make the purchase of the GUERLAIN FLAVORED TEA COLLECTION, much sure you make a big thing of it. This is not easily gotten if you are not in Europe such as myself.  However, I do plan on making this purchase. It is indeed WORTH IT.

         Without further ado, here is what is included in the collection according to www.lesthedeconstance.com


SHALIMAR- "A subtle blend of green and black teas from China and Sri Lanka flavored with vanilla, bergamot, cinnamon, lavendar and natural aromas of cardamom. Shalimar is the FIRST Oriental fragrance capturing this memory."

La PETIT ROBE NOIRE- "A black tea that comes from the high mountain ranges of India, mildly fruity and spicy, just like La Petit Robe. A black tea Noire bursting with character, whose strength is softened by a delicious hint of red berries and raspberries."

HABIT ROUGE- "A black tea from China, the FTGFOP Aiguilles d'Or is a superb tea from the Yannan region. The buds take on a beautiful golden hue. Their strength and aroma suggest leather, honey and the light smoky fragrance of Habit Rouge".

NEROLIA BIANCA- "A white tea from China's Fujian region, Bai Mu Dan, meaning 'white peony' is harvested once a year during springtime. It is made up of buds and the two first leaves of a tea bush, and has notes of citrus, weeping, honey and flowers.

A delicate tea which immerses us in the freshness of Nerolia Bianca. This exceptional tea is hand sorted than dried naturally".

L'HEURE BLEUE- "Taiwanese oolong Dong Ding meaning 'freezing mist of the mountains', makes reference to the Dong Ding mountain where this tea is cultivated. It's lovely rolled leaves bring to mind the delicious aromas of chestnut, honey and white flowers".

ORCHIDEE IMPERIALE- "A Chinese black tea, scented with orchid. The symbol of feminity throughout Asia, the orchid is known for its extraordinary longevity and the star ingredient of Orchidee Imperiale (Guerlain's skincare range).

The addition of the orchid aroma to the black tea base has been made possible by a complex process which demands a perfect mastering of the dose to create right balance, the subtle and perfect marriage between the tea and the flower".

LIU-"A Chinese green tea perfumed with jasmine flowers. Cultivated in the Fujian region, this harvest contains buds of green tea delicately scented with jasmine flowers gathered in July".

The GUERLAIN flagship store located at 68 avenue des Champs-Elysees 75008 Paris.
                                                             www.guerlain.fr


 My last tea discovery comes in the nick of time for the New Year! I am a very, very seldom consume alcholic beverages. My range is wine and champagne and that is it!

 However, I did find a substitute for people like myself for New Years Eve and it is plenty healthy and seems quite delicious.

 Red Leaf Tea Company is home to Matcha and Loose Leaf Teas from around the world and it gives me great pleasure to announce the CHAMPAGNE INFUSED TEA. It s a Champagne Infused White Raspberry tea to be exact.

 I have not tried CHAMPAGNE INFUSED TEA so I cannot give you my personal review of it. However, this is my plan to try it and hopefully my ever searching for an alternative to champagne on New Years Eve may come to an end. Well, we shall see.

According to Red Leaf Tea Company this is what they have to say about CHAMPAGNE INFUSED TEA.
  "Of all the teas, White Tea has the most delicate flavor. Lightly dried and uncured, white tea leaves accept sweetening well.  We carefully suffused a light champagne into the herbs and created a new tea blend that truly melds the freshness of safflowers, red raspberry and white wine champagne, while retaining its delicate original taste.

 Best enjoyed as an afternoon tea, our Champagne White Raspberry Tea is a gourmet's delight."

 This tea can be purchased in two sizes.
 Small 0.8 ounce for $4.99
 Large 1.6 ounce for $6.99

 www.redleaftea.com


 Lastly, I discovered a wonderful book published by Assouline Publishing. This is a luxury publishing house that gives a new meaning to picture books.

Their spellbounding collection of hardcover books keeps me checking all the time for new arrivals.

This particular NEW book is no exception. I wished I had known about it because it would have been on my Christmas List, but nevertheless it will be a gift to myself.

THE LUXURY ALCHEMIST by Ketty Pucci-Sisti Maisonrouge offers an inside view of the inner workings of the luxury world. It gives an intimate guide for anyone to create or grow their own luxury brand.

This is a must read for me. I so try to come up with innovated ways to continue what I am doing with spunk and enthusiasm.

THE LUXURY ALCHEMIST written by Ms. Maisonrouge comes from a leader in the field of PR and luxury branding with her own  company KM and CO. "which is a boutique firm that specializes in designing innovative strategies for luxury brands and creative entrepreneurs".

If you want to get a copy of this best-selling hardcover book for yourself or for someone you know, like me (smile) go to www.assouline.com.

THE LUXURY ALCHEMIST
by Ketty Pucci-Sisti Maisonrouge
$35.00
Hardcover 250 pages
Publisher: Assouline (Oct 1, 2013)
ISBN-10 1614281505


Question: What fragrance did you wear to usher in the New Year?

I will tell you what I wore but you have to read my next edition and you can get a chance to WIN a bottle for yourself!


I usually write with music in my room. I will try to start mentioning my choice of music for helping me write inspirationally. For this special NEW YEARS EDITION, I listened to The Suite, the theme song for the mega television mini-series, DOWNTON ABBEY.


Happy New Year 2014!!!!

Note: A problem with applying photos for Guerlain Flavored Tea Collection, Champagne Infused Tea and The Luxury Alchemist.

Sorry. I will try again and attach them to the article. I will let you know when that happens.






FMH





 








 


       

ESXENCE

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Artisan Fragrance Salon Event

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March 15, 2014 in San Francisco

PROVIDENCE PERFUME COMPANY

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MOON BLOOM PERFUME

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Fragrance Belles-Lettres Est 2009 CHICAGO

The word "belles lettres" is a French phrase meaning "beautiful or "fine writing. Since this is a term to describe a category of writing, this will pertain to my passion about fragrances. I will review niche and natural perfumes from all over the world. I write with passion but will use my journalistic skills that I obtained in college. Not only will I feature fragrances but I will feature new books on fragrances/perfumes, fragrance events and interview authors and perfumers.


I hope you take this journey with me and begin your own passion for the ART OF PERFUMERY!


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Founder & Editor-in-Chief









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A Publishing Company for the Arts in Perfumery

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A perfumery shop in New York

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Josephine and Le Vainquer Eau de Parfum

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Francois Rance'

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Founder and Perfumer

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Felicia has been interested in fragrances since the age of nine. She loved reading about all kinds of flowers and the olfactory it produces. Currently she is the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Fragrance Belles-Lettres, an online perfume magazine for niche and natural perfumes worldwide. Also she is the Perfume Editor for Shesdaily Communications Publications PR New York and the Founder & Publisher of NOBLESSE LUXE PUBLISHING. Not only is perfumery a passion for Felicia but she is concerned about diplomacy and global affairs that concern women and children worldwide. Felicia is member of Globcal, an ambasssdor in training.

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Extract of Limes

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A Penhaligon Collection

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The Anthology Series

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The Anthology Series

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RANCE' PERFUME

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Eau de Charlotte Parfum

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Cybele

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Alec Guinness

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Signature & Client

LAETITIA BONAPARTE

LAETITIA BONAPARTE
NAPOLEON BONAPARTE'S MOTHER

JEAN DE GALIMARD, FOUNDER & PERFUMER

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CREED Boutique in New York

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Adorning herself with perfume of a flower

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James Henry Creed (1710-1798)

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