The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective


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The Random 10: Ari Weinberg of Arielle Shoshana

pic: Arlington Magazine

pic: Arlington Magazine

Running your own retail business requires long hours and hard work, not to mention a real dedication to providing the utmost in customer service.  Many businesses struggle after opening, but I’m happy to say that the Washington DC’s one and only shop dedicated to niche perfumes is thriving and continuing to grow.  In fact, Ari Weinberg and her store just celebrated their first anniversary!  Of course, carrying lines like Neela Vermeire, Arquiste, Maison Francis Kurkdjian and many others is good enough reason enough for visiting the store, but it’s the personalized knowledge and service provided by Ari that keeps you coming back.  In addition to celebrating this momentous one year celebration, it was revealed that there are some big things planned for the future which are truly exciting.  I’ll keep any knowledge close at hand…but trust me, Ari’s “passion” for perfume will be front and center.

So what makes this proprietor such a force to be reckoned with in the perfumer world?  Maybe her responses to the Random 10 will reveal a little about that inner spark!

  1. The one skill I wish I could master is …better handwriting. Making chalkboard signs for the shop has made me acutely aware of just how awful my handwriting is. 
  2. If I could meet any living or deceased famous person in the world it would be…Mel Brooks. I deeply admire his gift for turning pain into comedy. 
  3. The fragrance that I can’t ever imagine living without is…L’Artisan Parfumeur Safran Troublant. And I never have to, because I’m hoarding nine bottles like a crazy person.
  4. In 50 years the world…will have perfected cryogenic freezing. Friendly warning: I fully intend to freeze each and every loved one. 
  5. My idea of fun is…playing video games with my brother. 
  6. In 10 years, I see myself …frantically begging a cutting-edge researcher to cryogenically freeze my cat.
  7. My best friend would say the following about me…“I had no idea a human being could eat that many Nerds.”
  8. My fragrance preferences over time have…are even more deeply entrenched. A good 75% of my collection fall under the category Michael Edwards calls “soft orientals”.
  9. The first job I ever held was…Subway, at age 17. You went home smelling like meat. The smells of my current job are quite an improvement!  
  10. You can never own enough…books.

Ari’s sense of fun is infectious and is another reason that Arielle Shoshana is shining bright.  Happy Anniversary to Arielle Shoshana and thanks to Ari for participating in The Scented Hound’s Random 10.

And you don’t have to live within the Washington DC area to purchase some great perfumes from Arielle Shoshana, there’s also a fantastic website to make all your perfumed dreams come true.  Check it out!

www.arielleshoshana.com


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Open for Business: Arielle Shoshana Scented Luxuries

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The Washington DC area is lucky enough to now have it’s own premier destination for niche perfume shopping.  This past Saturday, Arielle Shoshana opened its doors for the first time and the Scented Hound wanted to experience the excitement of this new perfume hotspot.

Your proprieter, Ari!

Your proprieter, Ari!

The owner of Arielle Shoshana, Arielle Weinberg, better known as Ari from the Scents of Self perfume blog, worked hard to make this new venture a reality.  Located in the very hip and happening Mosaic District in Fairfax County in northern Virginia, Arielle Shoshanna is the right fit for what has been missing from the DC perfume marketplace.  The store is beautiful in its simplicity, but luxurious in its appointment.  The perfumes are the stars of this new store and rightly so.  And of course, when you enter the store, you’re greeted with the smiling face of Ari who lives, breathes and loves this industry and it clearly shows.

So what does one do when you go to a beautiful perfume store?  You buy perfume of course.  Since the better of half of the Scented Hound always complains that he gets my perfume hand-me-downs, Ari walked him through a multitude of perfumes that would fit his personal style and taste.  And he walked away with a bottle of Atelier Cologne Cedre Enivrant.  The man does have good taste!  Of course it was hard to choose the right perfume, because Arielle Shoshana carries some incredible lines.   Besides Atelier Cologne, they offer Maison Francis Kurkdjian, CB I Hate Perfume and even Neela Vermeire as well as many others!  Thankfully, DC is not the only way to experience Arielle Shoshana, their lines can also be purchased through their website.  I took some pictures while we visited,, but they don’t nearly capture the beauty of the store.  If you’re in the area, please check them out.  And next weekend is the official gala opening which means that party pics will be coming!  Congratulations Ari!

For more information on Arielle Shoshana, check out their fantastic website!


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New York City – Part 1

My better half always has a work related trip in New York City right after Thanksgiving every year.  Lucky for me, I tag along and we end up having a wonderful time with friends and just generally running around the city.  We arrived on Saturday afternoon and after getting checked in the hotel (we stayed at the Sanctuary right between Times Square and Rockefeller Center…the perfect location) we had our cocktails and went to go see “The Heiress” starring Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens (from Downton Abbey fame).  The show was excellent and as we had 2nd row seats we felt like we were intimately involved in the show.  From a celebrity standpoint, I always wonder if the stars look like what you think they look like or if they are different from what you expect (short, tall, etc.).  Both Jessica and Dan were exactly what you would expect…Jessica was playing dowdy so it was hard to see if she was really pretty.. but Dan was handsome, but not overly so.  End of Day 1.

The Sanctuary Hotel, NYC

Day 2 was reserved for shopping.  So off to Soho we went in pursuit of perfume.  My hubby is incredibly supportive and had no problem dragging him along store to store.    After a little lunch, we headed to Lafco, the official boutique for Santa Maria Novella.  Beautiful store, full of wonderful SMN products from fragrance to liquor.  This was the perfect place to find gift baskets for anyone of either sex.  Of course, I was eyeing the colognes and was all about the Patchouli until I put some on my skin and was told by my better half that it smelled of tar and cleaning product.  I had to agree.  So off we toddled to MiN NY only a block away.

The cast of The Heiress

So what I had been hoping for was to get my hands on the new Parfum d’Empire limited edition Musc Tonkin, only to be told that they weren’t supposed to be receiving any until next week!  OK next… then I wanted to check out the new Frapin Speakeasy fragrance by Marc-Antoine Corticchiato since I seem to love all his work, thus my interest in Musc Tonkin as well.  Strike 2..they said they wouldn’t have that in until next week as well.  What I was introduced to was Terrasse a St.-Germain by Jul et Mad which went on light and green, only to turn into a wonderfully warm and beautiful sandalwood and patchouli scent (I hope to have a review on it soon).  So after doing some more sniffing, we once again toddled off down the road to go check out the new Osswald store.  In the meantime, after popping into other stores….

CELEBRITY SIGHTING:  In some obscure Japanese clothing/container store we ran into Jake Gyllenhaal.  Jake is exactly what you would expect… tall, bushy beard, pretty eyes and was dressed semi grungy.  This was a good celebrity sighting!

On to Osswald, only to find that they were closed on Sunday!  What store is closed on the busiest shopping weekend of the year??!!!

Yours truly looking kinda fuzzy…happy with new purchase!

Now the great thing about NY is that you can walk for miles and it never feels like you are walking for miles…so we left Soho and decided to walk over the Village and check out Aedes De Venustas, which is a surprisingly wonderfully small and intimate store.  They did have another one of my “must check out” fragrances in stock, the new Arquiste Boutonnneire gardenia fragrance for men. Unfortunately, it was much too gardenia for this guy, but given the right temperature (summer temps), it may be a bit more appealing.  I made the decision that Serge Luten’s Chergui was too my liking, but if I was going to spend money, I decided that it was going to have to be for something less readily available.  I even checked out the new non-art bottled Agonist “Black Amber” and if you are looking for an amber with a serious punch, you need to check it out.  In the end, I was drawn to something that I had already reviewed and loved and bought my self my first Frederic Malle…Portrait of a Lady.  By this time my nose was tired from the day’s olfactory overload.  In the end, we went out for a lovely dinner and called it a night.

Next post…Bergdorfs, Barneys, more shows and another celebrity sighting!  Oh..and my visit to the Art of Scent at the Museum of Art and Design!