The Scented Hound

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The Scented Hound’s Best of 2016

2016-62016 is already gone and once again I am running behind with posting.  But before we head officially into 2017, I am going to give my wrap up on this past year.  Now, I can’t claim I was able to experience all of the new releases this past year (actually, I don’t believe there were enough days in the year to accommodate all the industry had to offer)…but instead will cite which ones that I thought were special.  So let’s get to it:

The best of 2016:

Rendezvous by DSH Perfumes – Dawn Spencer Horowitz continues to create incredibly memorable perfumes with her very distinctive signature style.  With Rendezvous, she took a decaying floral and made it magnificent.  These days it takes a lot to make a perfume hit me on an emotional level, but this beauty did.  And I don’t think that this perfume got the love it deserves.

Stones by Atelier de Geste – When you take the green beauty of Chanel No. 19 and mix it with an earthy blend, you get the incredibly modern Stones.  This limited edition perfume was a surprise to me and again I haven’t heard any buzz around it.

Mona di Orio Bohea Bohème – Bohea Bohème was perfumer Fredrik Dalman’s first creation for the house of Mona di Orio.  The tea based perfume is a subtle testament to Mona’s legacy.  Quiet and unassuming,  Bohea Bohème is all about the quiet journey.  I look forward to seeing what Fredrik creates next.

prizepage-image-image-2-dogphotoLesquendieu le Parfum by J. Lesquendieu – 2016 saw the reemergence of the house of J. Lesquendieu.  The classic line of legacy perfumes were once again available for the lucky few who can afford these beauties.  Easily the best of the re-releases is Lesquendieu le Parfum.  Uncomplicated, but oh so pretty, you can see why true luxury comes at a price.  Smooth as silk…if only I could afford a bottle myself!

Arbolé Arbolé by Hiram Green – The release of Arbolé Arbolé came as a bit of a surprise as Hiram Green had launched Dilettante a few months prior.  But I’m glad that he did release this very nostalgic velvety smooth creation.  Hiram’s work is always top of the line…here he’s at his best.

Chanel No. 5 L’Eau – Light and refreshing and sparkling with modernity.  This No. 5 flanker is superb even if you’re not a big fan of the original.  This perfume just makes me so incredibly happy.

L’Atessa by Masque Milano – Unique is hard to come by these days…L’Atessa certainly is with its yeasty champagne fizz which gives way to a lovely powdered floral drydown.  Add that to the most exquisitely redesigned signature perfume bottle, Masque Milano has hit it out of the park with this release.

The perfumes of Parfums Dusita – Perfumer Pissara Umavijani debuted 3 perfumes in 2015, but I didn’t experience them until this year…so as far as I’m concerned, they’re part of this year’s “best of.”  So which one is the best?  Hard to say which one I like the best, the sensual white floral, Melodie de L’Amour; the refined Ouhd Infini or the modern fougere Issara?  I can’t choose because all three deserve recognition.  There are two new perfumes in the line which I have yet to experience…this time I won’t wait a year to do so.

The worst of 2016:

I don’t like doing the worst because perfume is an individual taste…what you might not like, others may love.  But there was one perfume this past year that just hit me incredibly wrong and that was…

Tauerville Fruitchouli Flash – This super sweet and thick concoction gave me a cavity by just smelling it.  Sorry Andy.

So given all of these beauties from this past year, what did I end up wearing for the most part?  I really pretty much stuck to the classics.  My most worn perfume of 2016 was Mitsouko, the parfum extrait, which I just craved over and over again.  The 2nd most worn perfume was Chanel Beige which is just so easy to love.  Maybe 2017 will provide me with a new classic that I won’t be able to stay away from.

Happy New Year from The Scented Hound!


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The Scented Hound’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

christmas-packagesLets face it, 2016 has been a strange and challenging year not just in the US, but all around the world.  I’m not saying that shopping is the answer to making the world go away, but a little retail therapy and some good holiday cheer can go a long way.  So let’s celebrate the holidays with some fantastic gifts that will help make all good boys and girls (and maybe some bad ones) forget their troubles and cares!

EXCLUSIVE SCENTED HOUND OFFER FROM SOLID STATE COLOGNE

solid-state-cologneWhen it comes to the beauty industry, men tend to be left out in the dust.  Solid State Cologne has created a line of exceptional solid colognes just for men.  Besides smelling terrific, they are also affordable and easy to use because of their portability.  So when you’re out on the town and need a fragrance pick me up or if travelling and don’t have a lot of room to pack up your fragrances, the Solid State Colognes are the perfect antidote.  And since they are so affordable, it’s a great way to move your tween or teenager away from the body sprays to a quality product that they will love to wear and will be the envy of their friends.

dopp-kitThis holiday, Solid State Cologne is offering a special deal for The Scented Hound’s readers.  For a 50% reduction in price for just under $120, they are offering a collection of six colognes along with a denim dopp kit!  How can you beat that?  Give all six along with the bag to one special person, or parse out the six for stocking stuffers to all of the special men in your life (and maybe keep the bag for yourself!).  In any case this is a win-win all around.  The following are the amazing colognes which are included in the package:

Aviator – Striking notes of citrus and labdanum mellow into woody tones to take you from day to night, ground to flight.

Freshman – A balanced blend of sea breeze and citrus, nuanced notes of floral and spice, with a base of warm cedar.

Wayfarer – A confident, heady fusion of tobacco leaf, tonka bean, cacao and sweet vanilla with notes of wood and spice.

Drifter – Fresh notes of mandarine and ginger settle into a floral bouquet with warm, woody nuances for a captivating scent.

Cruiser – Refreshing citrus notes develop into a spicy, floral blend while woody nuances provide a masculine edge.

Journeyman – A refreshing hint of Mandarine meets a base of warm cedar, while a rich blend of spice adds interest and intrigue.

Even if you don’t want all six colognes, you can buy them individually for under $30 a pop.  The new release Drifter is my favorite in the line with an easy 4 bones rating… but I’m keeping that all for myself.  For more information on Solid State Colognes, check out my review on several of their colognes.

For more information on this incredible deal, go to the exclusive Scented Hound Solid State Cologne webpage.  And if you sign up for their mailing list you’ll get even greater savings.   Please note that this offer is open to all readers across the globe.   This deal is HUGE!!!

PUREDISTANCE GIFT BOX

puredistance-gift-boxI make no bones about my love for Puredistance Perfumes.  One of my all time favorite perfumes is the exquisitely beautiful White.  But all of their perfumes, including their latest release Sheiduna, are each works of art and the utmost in fine perfumery.  This year, the Puredistance team is offering several specials; my favorite is the gift box set that contains a 60 ml bottle of your favorite Puredistance perfume, with an added bonus of a 17.5 ml bottle of your choice of a the same or any of the other perfumes.  All this for the price of a normal 60 ml bottle.  The question is, what to purchase?!  Me…I would go with the 60 ml bottle of White and a 17.5 bottle of Opardu or I…geez…it’s just too hard to pick one!!

For this and all of the other Puredistance Perfumes special offerings check out their recently updated website.

JO MALONE SCENTED CERAMIC CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT

jo-malone-london-christmas-collections_scented-ornamentJo Malone is doing Christmas right.  They have so many wonderful options for celebrating the holidays that can either fit under the tree or in this case fit on the tree.  This scented ceramic ornament is infused with the fragrance of pine and eucelyptus…and the best part, it’s only $35.  You can order this special treat through the Jo Malone website.  And while your there, check out all of the other holiday gift offerings they have.

 

LALIQUE BUCOLIQUE PERFUME BOTTLE

bucoliqueperfumeThis incredibly beautiful perfume bottle would easily make the perfect centerpiece for your perfume tray collection.  Is there anything more glamorous than the crystal beautify that only Lalique can offer?  From the Crystal Classics website:

The Bucolique collection offers a touch of freshness that takes us to a dreamlike state of nature, answering a need for authenticity and well-being with the motif of the dandelion and the dragonfly. Its aerial grace offers us an innocent poetry. The dandelion bears many different names- flower of handsome men, golden floweret and king of the meadows. It was born from the dust raised by the chariot of the Sun. The evolutionary pattern is never the same but never totally different.

When I first came across this bottle, I thought the cost would be astronomical, but surprisingly it offered at an amazing price of $450.   Available from Crystal Classics.

MAD ET LEN TERRE NOIRE RESIN CRYSTALS

potpourri-resin-crystals-500x500If you’re like me, you have scented candles and diffusers scattered throughout the house.  For some of the small places, like guest bathrooms, I prefer to use scented stones are resins simply because diffusers can get knocked over and lit candles in a small area can be a bit unnerving.  Mad et Len offers these beautiful amber resin crystals that come with a 30 ml bottle of Terre Noir scented liquid to keep the crystals continually freshened.

From the Twisted Lily website:

Amber resin crystal potpourri housed in a one-of-a-kind blackened iron vessels. Includes a 30ml bottle of Terre Noire scented liquid to refresh crystals. Embers dance like fireflies in the night, hover through a heavy fog, over damp earth darker than the shadow of the night.

Beautiful and unique, this scented gift would make anyone happy.  Available from Twisted Lily for $145.

 

best-book-scented-candles-and-perfumesBOOK SCENTED CANDLES

I have found that books and perfume go together.  And I think that many perfumistas feel the same way.  As we move more towards our e-books, we are losing that old world comfort in the scent of books.  Luckily there are many candles out there that can provide the long-lost fragrance of books without requiring you to have to re-create an old world library.  The folks at eBooks Friendly have provided a list of 30 book scented candles.  I’m sure there’s one on this list that will tickle your fancy.  For more information go to the eBook Friendly website.

 

KEEP CALM WEAR PERFUME MERCHANDISE

keep-calm-wear-perfumeIt’s probably not a secret to your family, friends and even coworkers that you love perfume.  So why hide that love under a bushel when you can wear it on your body.  The Keep Calm phenomenon keeps on giving, even to the world of perfume.  If you’re not interested in a t-shirt, you can put this on a mug or a plethora of other items.  Shine on perfume lover!  The many products and associated prices can be found on the Keep Calm-O-Matic website.

 

keychainPERFUME BOTTLE KEYCHAIN

Great for your budding perfumista, this inexpensive, but bling filled keychain may be just the thing for your stylish girly-girl.  Who doesn’t love pink, sparkles and perfume?  You can buy this from Moxie Retailer for a mere $16.95!

 

The last two selections for gift giving fall outside the world of fragrance…but like with books and perfumistas, I have found that cats and perfumistas go hand in hand as well.  And that goes for me too…suprisingly I don’t have any dogs, but instead have two cats.  So let’s see what cat related items will make perfect gifts this season…

cat-night-lightCAT NIGHT LIGHT

How cute is this USB charging night light?  You can have your personal kitty night light glow in the dark in a peaceful white light, or in vibrant colors.  When I have to get up to get a glass of milk in the middle of the night, I would love to see this cute kitty greeting me along the way.  And the best part is that it’s only $14.93 from Rosegal.com.  What will you name your new feline friend?

CAT BONNET

cat-bonnet-tabby_grandeFinally, my holiday selection of gift would not be complete with something from Archie McPhee.  This year’s gift is all about nostalgia and bringing back the good old days via Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Don’t you want to share those good old days with your kitty?  Do you think your cat is more of a Laura, Mary or possibly even a Nellie Olson?  There’s only one way to find out and that’s by purchasing for your kitty their very own bonnet.   You have no excuse not to buy this as it’s only $5.95?!  This, plus many more fun gifts are available via the Archie McPhee website!

CHANEL NO. 5 L’EAU

chanel-no-5-leauOK…so I lied.  We’re going to end the list with another perfume related gift.  Out of the many, many new releases, I found one to be just perfect for wearing in a no fuss, no muss manner.  It’s just the right perfume for when you’re not sure what you want to wear, or when you don’t want to overthink what to put on.  I love these wonderful classic catch-all fragrances…and Chanel No. 5 L’eau just fits the bill.  And thankfully, it’s not too expensive or too hard to find.  This is a flanker to love!  For more information, go to the Chanel website or your local fine retailer.

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays from The Scented Hound!


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Les Exclusifs de Chanel Gardénia

chanel-gardeniaI am lamenting the fact that it’s now September which means that summer’s glow will now start turning towards the fall and the cooler weather.  I have to admit that I am more of a summer perfume person…I will happily take florals and light and breezy citrus fragrances over the ambers and vanilla perfumes that are more suited to the cool weather.  Today it was nice and sunny out and a bit cooler than it has been, which meant that it was time to do some cleanup in the yard…and the perfect perfume for tackling this chore was Chanel Gardénia.  Yes, I’ll admit to wearing perfume to work in the yard!

WHAT I SMELL:  Gardénia hits the skin with bright aldehydes that are quickly met with a smooth green lushness and radiant white florals.  The perfume is so creamy and full of life and full of unending joy. Gardénia can’t help but lift your spirits when you put it on.  The gardenia, formed with the roundest of tuberose, sparkles as if the dew is bouncing off of the waxy white pedals of the flowers.  As it develops, the perfume begins to dry out and a woody base that’s warm and radiant begins to hover underneath the white flowers and I find it now to be incredibly pretty without being overly feminine.  As it continues to develop, Gardénia really begins to sweeten… but I’ve noticed that how sweet the perfume becomes depends on the temperature, humidity, etc.  In the summer, this sweetness melds wonderfully with the moist air, but in the winter it could easily become cloying.  Overall, Gardénia hits the spot for raising my happy quotient and I like that.

From the Chanel website:

Mademoiselle Chanel liked white flowers, so well-defined, so sensual…and yet her emblem, the Camellia, has no scent. But the Gardenia, which it so closely resembles, fills the air with fragrance. Gabrielle Chanel and Ernest Beaux evoked this flower magnificently: its green notes, its creamy heart, and a trail full of fantasy.

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WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Simply ’60s – the traditional years that were easy, simple, uncomplicated and a bit square.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE GARDÉNIA:  pretty, joyful, easy

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GARDÉNIA:  Bois de Jasmin, Olfactoria’s Travels, The Non-Blonde

BOTTOM LINE:  Gardénia doesn’t get the love or respect that other Chanel Les Exclusifs do, and I understand that.  Gardénia is a rather safe and unpretentious perfume…but when I wear it, I wear it solely for myself and no others.  I just wish the longevity of the perfume was a bit better…as it is, I am doing a lot of spritzing throughout the day…but I’m fine with that too!

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Floral
  • Classification: Leans feminine
  • Expense: $160 for 2.5 oz eau de toilette.  Also available in parfum extrait.