Sepal by Corey Newcombe for Criminal Elements 2015

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Hey there Perfume Lovers,

Criminal Elements is an Independent Australian Niche House now run by Corey Newcombe, but originally a joint enterprise with Aelfric Spector who has changed continental addresses. The house is making wonderful Indie fragrances. They are not safe and comfortable but raw, interesting, filled with passion and adventure. If you have spent your life this far smelling department Store scents then these are going to blow your mind. They may take a little adjustment time but once you get them, fabulous. Continue reading

Intrigant Patchouli by Pierre Guillaume for Parfumerie Generale 2005

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Hi there perfumed Peeps,

I like Pierre Guillaume’s fragrances. He has a way with notes that is deft and sophisticated. He somehow even manages to make the ultra sweet feel plush, no mean feat. Considering that Intrigant Patchouli is a 2005 release I am surprised that before I bought this decant at Surrender To Chance that I’d not even heard about it. The patchoulis that have caught my nose and made me put down cash so far have been CHANEL Coromandel and DIOR Patchouli Imperial.

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Monbloom by Ramon Monegal 2016

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Hey there dear APJ readers! How are you doing?

There comes a time in February when I can start to feel the seasonal changes that are about to come. Let me try to explain. Since November, we leave the house in the dark in the morning. It is still dark when we get to school and only after I leave the school do I see the sunrise. Well, this past week (first week of February) we saw the sun rise Continue reading

Desert Rosewood by Francois Merle-Baudoin for Goldfield & Banks 2016

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Hi Fumies,

Australia has had a few niche perfume lines. The first I fell in love with was the Tommi Sooni range, which I only bought two of the bottles and now wish I’d bought the range and backups. We also have a few very talented natural perfumeries like One Seed. So it’s exciting when a new brand comes along and brings a very Australian feel to the noble French art of perfumery. Goldfield & Banks are named for our historic goldrushes and first European botanist Joseph Banks. Did you know that Australia’s sandalwood (Santalum spitacum) used to be a marker for gold rich areas? Me too. Continue reading

Oliver & Co Stand Alone Store Opens + Nebula 1 & 2 GIVEAWAY

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Hey there lovers of extraordinary fragrance,

Oliver & Co seems like a house that flies under the radar. I don’t understand it. The perfumes are interesting, challenging and bizarre but most of all totally wearable. To anyone passing you in the street you’d just smell awesome. It’s the detail, the fragrant stories, the unusual juxtaposition of ingredients and stellar longevity that all make them so buyable to me.

Oliver & Co Stand Alone Store Opens

Introducing the first-ever Oliver & Co. retail store: Madrid

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