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THE WORLD OF PERFUME LECTURE SERIES

Do you wear perfume regularly, do you burn scented candles, do you love the smell of flowers or cut grass? Do you have a signature scent or do you like to vary your scented pleasures depending on how you feel.  This series of talks is for all of us who love to use our sense of smell. Find out more about many aspects of perfume and its history,  learn about the fragrance wheel and luxury scents. Discover new brands, new perfumers and new perfumes.  At each session you will smell many of the fragrances  being discussed and discover new scents, as well as finding out more about old favourites.  Two lucky winners will take away a perfume sample each at the end of each session. Note that your booking is not confirmed until your payment is made. Numbers are limited

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Autumn workshop

Time to try a new scent for the new season. The weather is changing. Your sleeveless dresses are back in the wardrobe. With luck your budget will allow you a few new purchases. Or perhaps, you’ll mix and match what’s already there to refresh your look for the new season. The perfect perfumes for bare summer arms are not always right for the cooler weather, so you’ll need to plan your perfume wardrobe as well. If you want to try something new, it can be hard to know where to start as there are so many new launches each year. This is your opportunity to explore autumn and winter scents. This hands-on fragrance workshop will answer your questions and introduce you to the latest perfumes as well as the classics. Join a small group (no more than ten) in the

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MOTHER AND DAUGHTER EVENT

I spent a very enjoyable morning at M Contemporary Gallery in Woollahra talking to a group of mothers and girls about perfume. You were all engaged and responsive which is wonderful. I was delighted that quite a few of you found perfumes you liked. Please get in touch if you have any questions Catherine@scentofchoice.com.au Below is a list of the scents we tried. They are organised according to their place on the Fragrance Wheel since that is how we smelled them. A lot of the perfumes we tried had ‘gourmand’ or foodie notes but they don’t have their own fragrance family. There are gourmands in all the families. At the bottom of the post, I’ve listed where the brands are available. Thank you to Fran at Guerlain in Bondi Junction for our gift samples of Shalimar and Shalimar Parfum Initial.

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Fragrance appreciation workshop

perfume-bottles

What I enjoy most about working as a perfume consultant with individuals and groups is seeing people who already wear and like perfume begin to explore different fragrances and get increasing pleasure from them. As one person said, ‘You’ve turned me into a perfume addict.’ That’s the best compliment she could make! I’m running a workshop on Sunday 3 November in Paddington, Sydney for anyone and everyone who wears perfume and wants to find out more. You might be  looking for a new perfume but don’t know where to start amidst the hundreds of new launches each year. Or perhaps you want to know more about the perfumes you already love. You might be interested in finding out more about the world of perfume. Here are some of the things we’ll do. Discover key perfume ingredients and find out how

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What men have smelled like: A century of men’s fragrances

This was an entertaining and informative evening in the beautiful surrounds of .M Contemporary Gallery in Woollahra, surrounded by the digital work of South Korean artist Lee Sang Huyn, juxtaposing traditional Korean landscapes and contemporary pop culture. Clayton Ilolahia was eloquent, interesting and funny. His depth of knowledge of the history and the structure of the perfumes was enlightening. Clayton took us through more than one century of men’s fragrances, allowing us to smell the raw materials (some natural, some synthetic) before seeing how they are used in a perfume. He showed us key perfumes which may not appear revolutionary at first sniff, but that is because they were game changers which brought in new trends in masculine perfumery, were widely imitated and hence smell familiar. The table at the end shows the perfumes, dates of first creation, family and

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Sunday Scent Salon 1

What a scentsational start to the Sunday Scent Salons. The perfect host (Portia) had a beautifully set table with bubbles and orange juice to start with, delicious sandwiches (with a vegetarian option), home-made scones and Jin’s wonderful macarons. The table was very rapidly covered with bottles of perfume. Portia’s ice breaking game was perfect – we had to pick scents for celebrities – all prejudices, likes and dislikes came to the fore. What would you pick for Errol Flynn (Musc Ravageur?) or Elisabeth Taylor (her own Diamonds, White or Yellow depending on mood). It was hard to pick just one desert island perfume. Portia’s was Shalimar Eau de Toilette, chosen ‘to remember my life’ since his mother and her friends used to wear it so he  has always known it. Not to mention it’s one of the most extraordinary perfumes

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Gourmands… enjoying a scented afternoon tea

Why a scented afternoon tea?  It’s just that I love tea and teatime goodies and I love ‘foodie’ or ‘gourmand’ perfumes – looking through my collection when planning this event, I was surprised to see how many of my perfumes could be classified as foodie ones. It made sense to put the two together for a Sydney Perfume Lovers event. We don’t think of perfumes as connected to food or as including food-related scents. I cannot get over the perfume name Sushi Imperiale for obvious reasons (is it tuna or salmon sushi?), although I’d probably like the perfume since it has been described as a ‘grown up foodie fragrance’. The truth is that fragrances have always included some raw materials we associate with food – vanilla has long been a staple of both perfumery and cookery, as has citrus, and spices

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Carlos Huber and Arquiste

Carlos Huber was in Sydney earlier this year to introduce Arquiste to Australia. I had the pleasure to talk to him over coffee (or in his case a glass of Australian white wine) and to try out the perfumes in the collection. He is easy to talk to, enthralled by scent and totally immersed in what he does. He speaks passionately about his perfumes. He’s also very easy on the eye and when the charm was handed out, he was given an overdose! Thank you Carlos for being so generous with your time. Names are important so I wanted to find out where the word ‘Arquiste’ originated. Carlos clarified that for him this invented word evokes history, architecture and the art of perfumery. He is a heritage architect (in Australian parlance) with a background in history, so that clearly fits. The word

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A tuberose family story from Robert Piguet: Fracas, Douglas Hannant, Petit Fracas

Sometimes adventurousness skips a generation. The daughter of a wild mother craves stability and a settled life. Then her daughter wants more adventure but not quite as much as glamorous grandmère. This is the family dynamic of the three tuberoses from Robert Piguet.

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Perfume walk in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Perfume lovers tend to think about the scents in the bottle, rather than in nature. Botanists see it the other way round. If you live in Sydney and would enjoy a walk around our beautiful Botanic Garden and a talk on scented plants and perfume, come along on Saturday 1 September from 2 to 4pm.

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