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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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Escada Born in Paradise

Dita Von Teese Erotique

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L'Occitane Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense

Jo Malone Rain Collection

Tory Burch Eau de Parfum

On The Scented Trail of an Aromatic Cult to the Goddess Strenia to Usher in the New Year - Part II

On The Scented Trail of an Aromatic Cult to the Goddess Strenia to Usher in the New Year - Part I

L'Occitane Cèdre et Oranger

Reiss Grey Flower

Dior Gris Montaigne 

Marni Rose 

The Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose

Paco Rabanne Invictus 

Van Cleef & Arpels Rose Velours 

Estée Lauder Modern Muse

Fendi L'Acquarossa

L'Occitane La Collection de Grasse

Gucci Première 

Guerlain Nerolia Bianca

Carven, Le Parfum

Tom Ford Sahara Noir

Hermès Eau de Mandarine Ambrée & Eau de Narcisse Bleu

Marni Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Noir

Dolce & Gabbana The One Desire 

Chanel 1932

Dries Van Noten par Frédéric Malle

HSH Prince Nicolo Boncompagni Ludovisi l'Aurora

Lancôme La Vie est Belle

Fragrance Essays 

Should We Curse when Critiquing a Fragrance?

Perfumes for Film-Noir Viewing

The Story of the Royal Anointing Oil in England: From the Sacred to the Fragrant

A Perfume Blog Ought to be Cross-Cultural

How I Think about Perfume when I Review Them: a Practical-Theoretical Outlook on the Perfume Shopping Culture

Bint el Sudan, The Other, African Chanel No.5 - Interview with Nick Evans of IFF

White Accords in Perfumery: So Long The 70s

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April 6, 2014



Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum & Makeup (2014) {New Perfume} {Beauty Notes}

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Earth, Sun & Wind

 

Guerlain will launch their 2014 summer edition of Terracotta which this time will include a relaunch of their 1999 perfume Terracotta Voile d'Eté as Terracotta Le Parfum to fête the 30th anniversary of the hydrating bronzing powder Terracotta (1984). Remember that era when earthy pigments arrived on the scene?...

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December 20, 2011

MAC Iris Apfel (2012): For All The Seasons of Life {Beauty Notes}

Iris_Apfel_MAC_ad.jpgIris Apfel is your dream of an eccentric, flamboyant grand-mother come true. From the top of her 90 years of existence, she dispenses style-cum-wisdom lessons without even trying at this point because what she shows is the result of decades of practice and instinct-in-action.

After an exhibition at the MET honored her and a book about it came out in 2005, Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel by Eric Boman with an introduction by Harold Koda and a contribution by Iris Apfel, her style and eye-glasses have been en route to acquiring iconic status...

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October 27, 2011

Nars Modern Kabuki For Your Inner Geisha (2011) {Beauty Notes - Makeup - New Products}

NARS Hanamichi Kabuki.JPGMakeup guru François Nars' travels to Japan and his fascination for the beauty rituals of the country resulted in the creation of a special makeup collection for Holiday 2011 called Modern Kabuki, which is dedicated to the "ardent makeup aficionado." The lineup wishes to be "a vibrant, modern, iconic interpretation of the centuries-old dramatic form," Kabuki theater, which was created at the very beginning of the 17th century.

The colors are dramatic, as they should be, with saturated crimson reds contrasted with "icy white" tints. The packaging also borrows directly from the Japanese culture of gift-giving and is the most refined ever for the brand....


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October 4, 2011

The Scoop on Lea Michele's Glowing + Smouldering Makeup at the American Horror Story Premiere {Beauty Notes - Makeup - Celebrity}

Lea_Michele_makeup_tips_1.jpgGlee leading lady Lea Michele attended the movie premiere of American Horror Story yesterday at the Arclight Cineramadome on October 3, 2011 in Hollywood, California. She was in attendance to support director Ryan Murphy of Glee who directed the new horror series about a haunted house in L.A. in which a therapist and his wife relocate.

The beauty concept: celebrity makeup artist Kayleen McAdams decided to focus on Michele's glowing skin while bringing a dark marine blue twist to the smoky eye to match her lacey dress. Check out after the jump for all the details about the protocole and the products used...

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October 3, 2011

Estée Lauder Jeweled Pink Ribbon Vanity Items with Something Blue {Beauty News - New Makeup}

estee_lauder_pink_compact.jpgEstée Lauder like every year have released several items to profit the Pink Ribbon campaign this month which is now traditionally dedicated to breast cancer in the beauty world. 2011 sees a new twist as two of these items sees the pink fade into blue in a highly symbolic manner,

"We know that breast cancer doesn't just affect women. That's why this year, a blue stone has been added to our ribbon compact to represent the 1% of men who are affected."

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Violent Lips The Pink Ribbon Collection (2011) {Beauty Notes - New Makeup}

violent_lips_pink_ribbon_ok.jpgFrom Violent Lips comes a forward initiative. The makeup brand have released a limited-edition of their trademark lip tattoos in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month called The Pink Ribbon Collection. As its name indicates, the set of 3 temporary lip tattoos invites you to wear the cause on your lips thus vaguely recalling the expression "to put your money where your mouth is." Also, if you were eyeing that Vuitton bag, you can always go for the unofficial pinkified Vuitton lip-look instead...

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September 29, 2011

Stila, The Positive & Pretty Palette for Breast Cancer Awareness Month {Beauty Notes - New Makeup}

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stila_breast_cancer_3.jpgLadies, you are going to see quite a bit of pink in the coming weeks. Stila have released a limited-edition makeup palette ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month called the Positive and Pretty Palette. The bandage dress on the cover is a nice touch as it ties in well with the beauty-cum-public-health theme while looking fashion current...

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September 28, 2011

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blusher POP for Macmillan Cancer Support {Beauty Notes - New Makeup}

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Daniel Sandler have issued a limited edition liquid blush to help raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support. The Watercolour Blusher in POP is an exclusive subtle sheer, jelly-bean pink tint with lavender overtones which was inspired by the courage of cancer sufferers.

You know how uplifing it can be to see someone with beautiful rosy cheeks? A little help from the makeup department is like popping vitamins sometimes. Check out after the jump for the full details...

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September 27, 2011

Man-Bobs: So Hot Right Now, Top 10 Top Knots, Killer Celebrity Eyeshadow Looks {Beauty Notes - Hair - Makeup}

Tom_Brady_Man_Bob.jpgCheck out the latest beauty articles by The Daily Makeover fashion police after the jump. Be careful, it bites sometimes. Here are excerpts.

Man-Bobs: So Hot Right Now

By Lauren Le Vine

Tom Brady

 

For someone so attractive and seemingly sure of himself, Tom Brady has certainly been experiencing some hirsute confusion for the past two years. First, the Patriots quarterback looked like a child molester from the '70s. Now, he thinks he's a Southern gangster of sorts. Maybe wife Gisele Bundchen can set him straight?...

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July 20, 2011

Lancôme 29 Saint-Honoré by Aaron de Mey {Beauty Notes}

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Lancôme will launch their new Fall 2011 makeup collection called 29 Saint-Honoré from July 2011. It is signed by artistic director Aaron de Mey.

Tapping into the myth of gay Paris, 29 Saint-Honoré pays homage to the address of the headquarters of Lancôme in the City of Lights which opened there in 1935. The advertising is fronted by Elettra Wiedermann and Daria Werbowy dressed in négligés and ostrich feathers as if they were getting ready to step into the limelight of a Parisian cabaret such as Le Moulin Rouge. The image is like a metaphor inviting women to put on their showtime faces...

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December 7, 2010

Steal Taylor Swift's Makeup Secrets! {Beauty Notes}

 

An editor at the Daily Makeover had an opportunity to sit down with Taylor Swift and pry some of her beauty secrets from her hands. Read below to see how creative Swift can get when in a fix.

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by Megan McIntyre

With her gorgeous looks and sweet-as-pie personality, Taylor Swift was practically tailor made to be a CoverGirl. This January, the soon-to-be 21-year-old star joins the likes of Drew Barrymore, Ellen and Rihanna as CoverGirl's newest spokesperson with her upcoming campaign for the brand's new NatureLuxe line. "I used to always make it a point to see who the next CoverGirl was," says Taylor. "Some of the choices they've made are people that I really love and respect for all these different reasons--they are all kinds of beautiful. I think it's really cool to be part of a family that thinks that individuality is beautiful."...

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August 6, 2010

Men Love You Better with Little Makeup On {Beauty Notes - Makeup}


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The Daily Makeover polled men on the street to ask them whether they preferred the natural vs. glam look on iconic beauties. The result is heavily slanted towards you ladies wearing as little makeup as possible. I guess we might be wearing elaborate makeup sometimes mostly to please photographers, fashion people, ourselves and possibly strut past other women. The latter thought comes to mind when I remember that it has been found that the fragrance quest is mostly deemed important by women while men tend to be content to smell that one perfume you were wearing when you met or settle for a cologne, which anyway they tend to put away after the dating stage is over.

On the other hand, wearing red lipstick must be popular not just for aesthetic reasons but because its is ingrained in our animal courtship behavior.

What do you think? Are there men out there who prefer or appreciate dramatic makeup on women?


"When you think of sexy makeup, you most likely think of a dark, smoky eye and bold red lips. It turns out that most men think the exact opposite -- 70% of guys actually find the natural, fresh-faced makeup look sexier than the glammed-up femme fatale. Surprised? We definitely were!

We took to the streets and polled 50 real men to find out what guys really think of your makeup. Each man was presented with two shots of celebrities -- Ashley Greene, Charlize Theron, Megan Fox, Jennifer Lopez, and Zoe Saldana -- wearing very natural makeup and a more dramatic look. The guys were then asked which look they preferred and why. Here's the breakdown:...suspense, suspense...

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July 18, 2010

Tutorial on an Everyday Makeup Look for Men by The Sublime Agent {Beauty Notes - Makeup - Grooming}


Beauty makeup tutorial videos are some of the most hypnotic reels you can watch. Here The Sublime Agent details all the tricks in the trade for making up your masculine face. He is against mascara and eyeliner for men, which he deems not "appropriate"for guys - a fresh idea when you are in fact rather used to seeing men sporting khol (especially in India) - but big on foundation, blush, and powder. Ladies, you can also pick up on some beauty tips for yourselves. The video is entitled "Men's Makeup - An Everyday Look"...

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July 17, 2010

Bobbi Brown Denim and Rose Face Palette & Mini Brush Set (2010): From Nude to Rock n' Roll, Bobbi Style {Beauty Notes - New - Makeup - Color}


Bobbi-Brown-Denim-Rose.jpgBobbi Brown launched a new limited-edition color palette for the face called Denim & Rose which comes with, if you so wish to purchase it as well, a companion complementary Mini Brush Set meant to be carried in your bag or, as they suggest, kept in your office drawer.

The concept for the makeup look is that of the "beauty equivalent of dressed-up denim," which also means that it's meant to flow easily from day to night wear.

The palette caught my eye because I thought the colors look original and distinctive without being theatrical and dramatic (there is a time for everything.) It also is a plus that Bobbi Brown, the specialist of endless variations on natural-looking nude and taupe colors, show they can be subtly edgy...

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Lush Silk Stockings, Black Stockings (2010) and No, They're Not Nylon {Beauty Notes - New - Body Makeup - Olfaction}


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Lush just released a new duo of cool solid body tints for the legs called Silk Stockings (lighter shade) and Black Stockings (darker shade). As one user suggested on the brand's website, you can go crazy and decide to mix the colors, or better stilll paint your legs with darker vs. lighter highlights. Apparently they hold well, do not stain and smell good. Did you know incidentally that an ace perfumer like Sophia Grojsman (White Linen, Beautiful, Paris, Eternity, Trésor etc.) recommends perfuming your legs for an interesting effect of upward diffusion motion? So, this kind of beauty gesture is recommended both from a color angle and a scent one...

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