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What do you get when luxe American fashion designer Douglas Hannant teams up with Robert Piguet, one of the world's most revered french couturiers and perfumers of the 20th century? Well, a bombastic scent which integrates contemporary elegance with timeless chic of course… namely, Douglas Hannant de Robert Piguet.


Aside from his couture, Piguet was perhaps best known for his extraordinary women's perfumes Bandit and Fracas- a wanton pair or perfumes that have withstood a World War and decades of shifting trends only to remain amongst the most-loved in perfumistas collections. American designer Douglas Hannant creates bridal and ready-to-wear fashions that are sensual and elegant, and pay hommage to the female form. It is their shared appreciation for opulence and luxuriousness that resulted in Hannant's collaboration with Parfums Robert Piguet, and gave life to this perfume which is resolutely feminine in style.


Douglas Hannant de Robert Piguet opens with notes of orange blossom, pear and gardenia - sensual blonde nuances that are every bit as narcotising as they are vivacious. Next, a heady bouquet of tuberose rises to the throne and remains the ruling queen of this composition - the excessive, amplified treatment of this tuberose is very bold, very commanding and very Piguet. Finally, a trail of jasmine, sandalwood and musk follows the wearer, just as the train from one of Piguet's or Hannant's exquisite dresses might.


This scent has abundant presence and exceptional staying power. A dense white floral perfume of grandiose proportions.

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Pablo Picasso is a name permanently etched into twentieth-century art history. As a Spaniard, the bull and bullfighting made an early appearance in his paintings, and, in the 1930's, Picasso's works chiefly featured Le Minotaure - a half man half bull figure appended from Greek mythology.

Some 60 years later, his youngest daughter Paloma Picasso - a notable fashion and jewelry designer; reprised the "Minotaure" theme with her 1992 launch of a masculine scent that bares the same name. 

To me, Minotaure is the embodiment of the Mediterranean, in an unrestrained, virile manner. Its tangy blood-orange citrus head is swiftly underlined by radiant geranium and then warmed by smoldering sandalwood and spices. But at the heart of this beast is a very rich leather that can't be beaten. Raw, brawny and sexy, it has the provocative smell of a napped leather motorcycle jacket that has been warmed by a man's body. It's heart beats over honey-like amber and soft musks. 

This fragrance epitomizes the feeling of a warm southern European night.

A modern work of art, and indeed one that perhaps would have made her father proud.

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Fashioned on one of Van Cleef & Arpels' exquisite men's 'constellation' watches, the beautiful flacon that holds Midnight In Paris is a true object of desire! A weighty balloon of coloured glass in dusky, twilight hues, holds an enchanting starscape and a fetching fragrance to boot!

The appropriately named "Midnight In Paris" is the newest masculine scent from this time-honoured jewellery house that has been in the biz for over 100 years. The bottle and the juice inside possesses all the poetry of a starry night as witnessed from the quintessential city of romance.
Amber and bitter leather dominate in this creation, which deserves its place in the wardrobe of every man who possesses a sense of charm and passion.
Boasting some of perfumery's most iconic ingredients, Midnight in Paris has a striking amber / leather aspect - one that is ever-present, and brings with it feelings of comfort and familiarity. There is a slightly effervescent quality to the opening which reminds one of a night sky prickled with light. An opulent vein of lily-of-the-valley whispers from the heart of the composition… and a slightly creamy tonka bean facet gives the scent an intrinsic, lip-smacking appeal. A rising swell of incense emerges in its development, and works incredibly well with the sharp leathery aspects.
Just one application of Midnight in Paris, and you're good to go. It will captivate, charm and fascinate, drawing those around you in for a closer sniff.

Midnight in Paris is the ideal fragrance for romantic nights with your loved one.


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Fragrance Review: ROBERT PIGUET - BANDIT

Well, she's not called BANDIT for nothing! This World War II creation by the fashion house of Piguet is internationally revered for her unrelenting sass and feistiness... an outlandish floral/leather time-bomb that is still detonating hearts today! 

Bandit is every bit as relevant now, as she was back in the 40's. A whip-cracking chypre, she commands the respect and attention of all those who cross her path. Out of the bottle, she dazzles and narcotizes with a rush of heady white blooms (gardenia, tuberose, muguet and jasmin) which act as a rich floral smoke-screen over a dense, leathery, animalic heart. Civet, musks, and resins furnish this scent with a wanton, promiscuous sense of carnality.

A bitter, leathery / mossy base grows and grows, pushing their way through the rousing florals with unabating determination. Bandit is not the least bit tender… she is a force majeur… she will steal your heart and probably lift your pocketbook too!

Bold and confident women will rock Bandit, whilst those with any doubts will be worn by her. She makes no apologies.

A few squirts of this infamously daring elixir, and you will be transformed. Don't say we haven't warned you!

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Jean Paul Gaultier Summer 2013 Fragrances

Ah summer time, and the summer fragrance launches start coming out for a limited time.  Jean Paul Gaultier has launched his annual limited edition summer versions of Le Male and Classique for Summer 2013.  

Photo Courtesy: Jean Paul Gaultier 

Le Male Summer consists of notes of lavender, mint, cardamom, grass, leaves, vanilla, musk and sandalwood.

Classique Summer is made up of notes of mandarin, lemon, rose, orange blossom, jasmine, ylang-ylang, iris, vanilla, musk and amber.   

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Crystal Renn for Reem Acra

Crystal Renn, an American fashion model and author, is the face of Reem Acra's first fragrance, Reem Acra.  Acra told People StyleWatch that the new fragrance is a blend of ginger, jasmine, and assorted fruity notes -- "reaches out to all of my fans, and that's exciting." 

Photo: Reem Acra

Watch the fragrance ad video here

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Calvin Klein's Dark Obsession

Ladies, and more importantly, gents, welcome the flanker of CK's OBsession for men with Dark Obsession for men, an aromatic oriental fragrance for 'a man driven by adoration' according to the comapny.  
Photo Courtesy: Calvin Klein 

Notes for the fragrance include Brazilian green mandarin, guarana and absinthe, french clary sage, fir balsam and white vetiver, Madagascar vanilla bean, labdanum and suede.
Now, for the advertising, ladies let's drool over Calvin Klein model Matthew Terry who stars in the video campaign below (which you can watch here), directed by Dan Jackson.  

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Fragrance Review: PENHALIGON'S - LP No. 9

Distinctly British in style, Penhaligon's LP No. 9 is every bit the love potion it's title might suggest it to be. It has a romantic, slightly vintage "London-at-the-turn-of-the-last-century" feel. 
Shimmering citrus top notes veil deep, rich, spicy heart and base accords... zesty bergamot, lemon and mandarin merge with a humming blend of rosemary, black pepper, warm cinnamon and smokey amber - the total sum of which tends to prickle at the back of your nose. The opening sensation is rather like inhaling the aroma of scotch and dry ginger ale. But with time, one can detect the delicate blend of warm clove, mint-like geranium, dry vetiver and fragrant sandalwood. This is a scent to be cherished as something timeless, sophisticated and elegant. 
One cant help but feel transported back to Victorian England when wearing this masculine treasure... dressed in top hat and tails, stepping out of coal-black carriages with white gloves and silver-tipped ebony canes; Love Potion No:9 hanging in the air overhead like a shiny black raven. 
LP No.9 has considerable projection and lasting power. This debonair and dignified eau de toilette can be worn anytime, but would perhaps best be appreciated at the office, or worn to exciting 'black tie' events.


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Amber fragrances are chiefly olfactory interpretations of fossilised tree sap - resinous stones which have hardened over the centuries. The process of extracting the scent from these stones can be highly destructive, and with very low yield, so many amber scents are composed using warm, sweet and slightly spiced components - like vanilla, labdanum and resins - which somewhat emulate the odour of true vegetal amber.
Serge Lutens approached his amber interpretation with a good measure of artistic flair. Whilst observing the tradition of using vanilla and precious resins to achieve a rich, opulent warmth, Lutens breathed new life into a classic theme, marrying soft floral notes of angelica to herbal accords of coriander, bay leaf and oregano.
The result is a staggeringly beautiful composition, which opens with a husky, parched quality, followed by a rush of dry aromatic greens. An ember of honeyed warmth presses up from beneath as myrrh and benzoin collide with sandalwood, patchouli and creamy vanilla.
Ambre Sultan is unlike 'traditional' ambers, and can be worn on most occasions. Whilst it has above-average projection and persistence, it is not cloying. Finally, an artistic rendering of amber that can be worn and appreciated by men and women alike!

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Ever since Dior's Eau Sauvage stepped onto the world's stage in 1966, it has blossomed into arguably one of the house's most-loved and classic masculines. In the decades following it's release, it has spawned a number of flanking fragrances, but 2012 saw the addition of an exciting pure parfum added to the Eau Sauvage range.

Parfum-strength colognes for men are few and far between, and this is one offering that does not disappoint.

The opening of Eau Sauvage parfum tips it's hat to tradition and suggests a commonality with the original eau de cologne and eau de toilette - bitter lemon and aromatic herbs dominate. Moments later, however, is where the new and the old diverge in style… Eau Sauvage Parfum skyrockets into the stratosphere with a rich, enveloping blend of dark green vetiver and resinous myrrh. The juice itself is an attractive forest green, and it wears on skin much like a thick woody, green blanket might, when pulled around your body.

Eau Sauvage Parfum takes the original scent on a slightly different trajectory some 45 years after its original launch. Its higher concentration of perfume oils ensures you won't need to reapply throughout the day. Resolutely masculine. Infinitely satisfying.

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