The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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The Scented Hound’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re like me, you’re always running behind on getting the perfect gifts for your loved ones.  This year is no exception.  But thanks to online shopping, ordering your gifts late doesn’t mean that you have to worry about your presents arriving after Christmas.  So now that I have my list together, let’s help the overworked Santa and get some shopping done!

GUERLAIN MITSOUKO EXTRACT

Dear Santa, if you’re listening, there’s only one thing that I want for Christmas and that’s a new bottle of Mitsouko Extract. Since 1919, this enigmatic perfume has been weaving her spell on all who wear her. As much as I love the eau de toilette version, the extract is everything that is perfume is meant to be.  Be aware that this version is hard to find online, so you need to call your closest Guerlain boutique to place an order. But for those in the UK, you can purchase this spellbinding perfume via Escentual for 2o4 pounds. Santa, I promise that I’ve been a good boy this year!

JONATHAN ADLER JACQUES TRAY

Perfumistas love to display their most treasured perfumes. So for those who are not quite sure what perfume to buy for a loved one, you can’t go wrong with purchasing a luxurious tray for holding one’s perfumed gems.  Jonathan Adler has some new gorgeous lucite trays, which are pretty, but better yet, whose design won’t distract from your most loved possessions. The luxurious Jacques Tray comes in both a small and large size and is available in either brass or smoke accents. Prices start at $395.

MOTTAHEDEH BLUE CANTON FU DOG CANDLE

I love Mottahedeh Blue Canton china. Add a Fu Dog and a candle, and I’m completely sold.  This beautiful candle is scented with the fragrance, Air de Bergamia, a citrus-fresh fragrance that blends lemon and orange with bergamot, tea, raspberry and peach.  This elegant candle would look good in any room in your house. You can find this treasure at Gump’s online or in store in San Francisco. And if you’re not familiar with Gump’s, you’ll find that this is one of a kind department store with unique items that you won’t find anywhere else. Priced at $375.

PUREDISTANCE DISCOVERY BOX

I make no bones about the fact that Puredistance is my favorite perfume house. There is no perfume in the collection that I do not like, but I will admit that White is my favorite perfume in their line and one of my top 3 favorites perfumes overall.  If you’ve never experienced Puredistance perfumes, they are crafted luxury of the utmost quality.  And since their’ perfumes are extracts, a little spritz goes a long way, plus they last throughout the day. The best way to discover what your favorite is to sample the range, which includes a 1.5 ml sample of White as well as 6 other beauties. And all this for 59 Euros. I know that once you have experienced these incredible perfumes at least one will end up in your collection.  Please check out their website for other amazing special holiday gifts.

TRAVALO PERFUME ATOMIZERS

If you’re a perfumista, no doubt you have purchased a Travalo atomizer at some point. These handy travel accessories make taking your perfume on the road easy as pie. Plus they’re really nice looking and pretty reasonable in terms of cost.  But if you’re looking for the ultimate in atomizer luxury, they also offer silver and gold options covered in Swaravoski crystals.  What better way to treat your favorite perfume by casing it in the ultimate bling.   OK, so it’s a little pricey at $399, but isn’t your perfume worth it?  If that’s all too much, then remember that they have other atomizers starting at $9.50.

CAR SCENT DIFFUSER

We love to smell nice.  Why can’t our car smell nice too?  If you’re like me, the thought of hanging a deodorized evergreen tree on your rear view mirror is one that I can’t fathom.  But there are options to the old school way of perking up your car’s inner presence.  The diffuser from Duke may just be what you’re looking for.  This fun little gadget allows you to plug in to your cigarette lighter holder or the USB connector.  The product comes with essential oil, but if you’re like me, I would put a few drops of my favorite scented oil to make sure that my car smelled just the way I want it to.  And it’s at a great price of  $32 at Abode New York.

“GOT PERFUME?” T-SHIRT

I love this funny perfume skunk t-shirt.  This fun gift is a win for those who love perfume and for those who hate it (how is that possible?).  And it’s a deal for under $20.

YANKEE CANDLE COMPANY PERSONALIZED PICTURE CANDLES

I will have to admit that I struggle with Yankee Candle Company.  I can’t bear to go into their stores because the smell is overwhelming with too many different odors colliding in a fury at once.  Given that however, I do love this idea of being able to create your own customized picture candle.  It’s easy, just choose the size of your candle, pick the scent and then upload your photo to create your label.  In the end, it’s a unique, one of a kind gift that no one else will have.  Actually, I would love to see a candle with my two kitties on the front.  I wonder if they have tuna fish as one of their scents??  Prices vary based on the size of the candle chosen.

PARAFILM

Parafilm is the perfect stocking stuffer for any perfume lover.  So you ask, why would laboratory film be the perfect gift?  Parafilm, a sealing film, is the best way to ensure that your sample swaps and perfume bottle moves are protected from leaking.  I recently packed up my perfume collection for a move and I only found one out of about 100 bottles that suffered any leakage; and that was due to my sloppy application of the tape.  Now Parafilm can be expensive, but I found that you can find small amounts online via eBay for a low cost.  A little goes a long way so you don’t need much.  Trust me, you want to use this stuff!

RENAISSANCE KITTY PILLOW COVER 

Of course my holiday shopping list would not be complete without a gift from the irreverent Archie McPhee.  This year my pic for an inexpensive love is the Renaissance Kitty Pillow Cover.  This fun gift would be perfect for the cat lover in your life…or for those that frequent the Renaissance Fair each year.  At $11.95, it’s a great bargain.  But if the kitty pillow is not your thing, Archie McPhee offers a plethora of other fun, wild and strange offerings…most at an incredible price.  Archie McPhee is the place to go for the perfect stocking stuffer.

Of course, not all your holiday shopping needs will be met with this list.  But I hope a few of these items may find themselves under the Christmas tree, either for you or your loved one.

Happy Holidays from The Scented Hound.


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The Winners of the Puredistance Warszawa Samples are…

The three lucky winners of the 2 ml Puredistance Warszawa samples are:

  1. Sudipta
  2. Cynthia Richardson
  3. rprichpot

Congratulations!  To claim your prize, please send your shipping information to thescentedhound@gmail.com by midnight eastern standard time on November 19.

Thank you to all participants and thank you to the wonderful team at Puredistance for offering this wonderful draw to The Scented Hound readers!


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New Release: Puredistance Warszawa & Sample Draw

WHAT I SMELL:   Warszawa has a surprising opening with a sweetened violet that has a candied coating, which smells very similar to Valentine candy hearts (the kind with sayings on them).  That sweet opening calms considerably in a few minutes letting in a fresh, yet restrained grapefruit note.  What seemed not so subtle at the initial spritz becomes very subtle in a short matter of time.   After the initial violet and grapefruit impressions, the perfume becomes seamless as individual notes blend without distinction.  Instead, the perfume moves to a sweet and tarty and lightly soured persona.  The perfume is sweet without being overtly so and the tartness when breathed in, seems to pull the air out to constrict your nostrils.  In addition, a light spice peppers the top of the perfume.  In a way, it feels rather like an exotic confectionary treat.  After 15 minutes or so, a light powder begins to dust the perfume and it now feels very bright and feminine while at the same time warm and inviting.  Warszawa unfolds like a day’s journey; the perfume starts bright and sweet like the dawn of a new day.  As the day wears on, the spice of the florals add life and energy and then finally, the perfume provides a finishing crescendo as if entering the grand ball at the end of the evening.  This is where the perfume settles into its final incarnation; a beauty that is unique as the noble city that bears its name.

From the Puredistance website:

Inspired by the class and elegance of Polish women and the rich history of the city of Warsaw, WARSZAWA evokes the chic of the golden days of Fashion and Perfume. This perfume has style, warmth – great depth of character – and will make you feel beautiful in a lush way. It will transport you to another world, a dreamy world, where you will feel elated and dizzy – in a good way.

Notes:  Galbanum, Grapefruit, Violet leaf, Jasmin Absolute, Broom absolute, Orris butter, Patchouli, Vetiver and Styrax.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Pastel flowers – soft and muted, very feminine, very retro

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE WARSZAWA:  semi-sweet, semi-tart, classic

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT WARSZAWA:  Odiferess, Parfumistans Blogg, Perfume Posse

BOTTOM LINE:  The first time I put on Warszawa, I wondered if this would be the one Puredistance perfume that wouldn’t be a love for me.  The sweetened opening was rather a surprise, but after the perfume began to emerge with its softer and more powdery edge I knew I was hooked.   Warszawa isn’t an all-occasion everyday perfume.  Instead, it’s a perfume you wear when you feel the need to be “grand.”

  • Bone Rating:  4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Floral
  • Nose:  Antoine Lie
  • Classification: Leans feminine
  • Expense:  295 Euros for 60 ml parfum extrait.  Also available in 100 ml.

DRAW:  The Puredistance team is graciously offering a 2 ml sample to three lucky Scented Hound readers.  This draw is open to all readers worldwide.  To enter, please complete the following:

  1. “Like” the Puredistance Facebook Page
  2. Enter a comment on this post as to why you would like to experience Warszawa or comment on your favorite Puredistance perfume.

To be included in the draw, the above two requirements must be completed by midnight Eastern Standard Time on November 11, 2017.  Three winners will be chosen at random and announced the week starting on November 12, 2017.  Good luck!