Perfect Perfume Cabinet for the Perfume Collector : the Altra Aaron Lane Bookcase

Nothing is more frustrating for perfume collectors than never quite finding the right cabinet to display and safely store their perfume bounty. Next to tracking down your favorite (often discontinued) perfume, this has to be the most challenging missions.  As any perfumnista knows,  once you’re a perfume collector you quickly run out of space for your collection. Bathroom vanities, while a logical choice, are not ideal. Not only is there rarely enough space in the typical vanity but the humidity of that room compromises perfumes. Too much light and moisture can easily discolour a cherished bottle of Shalimar or otherwise change the fragrance notes of your last bottle of Chanel 5. But finally, I found my solution, a beautiful cabinet with glass doors made by called the Altra Aaron Lane Bookcase with Sliding Doors. They’re available from Amazon (link:…
Rubino Perfume, Cheri Milani

Top Notes: White Rose
Middle Notes : Green Apple, Pear, Violet
Base Notes: Musk Vanilla

Milani Cultura is a lifestyle brand from Italy, by artistic fashion visionary Cheri Milaney. This exciting blend of fresh feminine design styles is also part of the concept behind the four-perfume niche fragrance offerings including Rubino, Perla, Ametista and Topazio.
Rubino is one of my personal favorites.
If you are a fan of Italian perfumes or cotton to scents that are vitally alive and almost 'watery' or juicy with fragrance, any one of the Cheri Milaney quartet will appeal.
Little Red Dress. Avon Perfumer: Sonia Constant
Top Notes: Citruses, raspberry, plum
Heart Notes: Jasmine, rose
Base Notes: Musk, sandalwood, amber

Avon launched several ‘dress’ scents (Little Black Dress, Gold, Lace and Sequence) and Red Dress is one of the most beloved in the line-up.

Firstly, it has perfumer par excellence behind it, Sonia Constant. Constant is the spirit nose behind many luxury brands including (Flower Bomb) Viktor and Rolf, Fragonard, Burberry, Coach, Guerlain, and the newest Narcisco Rodriguez Musc de Rose, among countless others. For a berry/fruity perfume, this one floats with just amount of jasmine and rose to lighten it and keep it from becoming a syrupy ‘gourmand’. The wood notes and musk balance the berries. If I were to describe it I would say, wearing this is like being in a forest of wild raspberries, a touch of moss and deep, warm but oddly cool ‘woods’. It’s like a dewy forest that is fresh and green (is it the citrus that does that?) but surprisingly …
Top Notes: Lavender, Aldehydes,  Hyacinth, Lily Middle Notes: Orris, Rose, Ylang, Vioelt

Base Notes:  Solar Accord, Sandalwood,  Moss, Ambrette What we now call a vintage perfume is for many of us (circa baby boomers) the scent of our youth or the ascent of our young adulthood. That fragrance is encapsulated in the relaunch of iconic Babe perfume.

Originally launched in 1977 by Faberge, Babewas intended to capture strength in femininity, a certain assertion, happy boldness, sportiness and a sexy, can-do persona. Babe was all about beauty, the new ‘career’ woman, active and engaged but always up for romance. Actress Margaux Hemmingway was one spokeswoman and later on, aerobic guru Kathy Smith did the honors. Babe was discontinued in 1992 but happily relaunched in 2015. The expert perfumers at renown Givaudan were faithful to the original creation and Babe, circa 2015, is as beautiful as it ever was. A quote from the company behind Babe,

After lengthy research we were fortunate enough to fi…
Acqua di Parma
Iris Nobile

Younger than springtime is this fragrance....

Iris Nobile, launched in 2006, opens with the freshness of citrus (mandarin, orange, bergamot) laced with star anis. It blossoms into a bouquet of orange blossom, ylang-ylang and a chorus of tuberose, mimosa and cedar nuance in the heart, anchored by amber, vanilla, oakmoss and patchouli.  It is a delicate, cool and feminine fragrance that captures the elusive iris like no other house has been able to do. Airy and romantic, it does feature some unique warmth in the woodsy accords. This is a one-of-a-kind iconic fragrance that only Acqua di Parma could create.
Top Notes Citrus, mandarin, orange, bergamot
Star Anise
Orange Blossom Ylang-ylang
Heart Notes
Tuberose Mimosa Woodsy Cedar
Base Notes
Amber Vanilla Oakmoss Patchouli

Marina de Bourbon Romance and Sophistication

Marina de Bourbon
Years ago I bought a perfume the perfume shop keeper said would elicit a marriage proposal. I am still single but I am newly in love with the brand. I have the Marina Classique and also have branched out to try their gorgeous Marina Tendre Reverence.

French perfumes are notably sophisticated and complex, exemplifying impressive perfume history and tradition. On occasion, they are also sexy and sensual but none are all that, as well as innately romantic and feminine as the Marina de Bourbon line.Here’s my two current favorites, Marina de Bourbon Classique and Marina de Bourbon Reverence.

Marina Classique is the iconic flagship perfume and it’s kept current and utterly delightful. It is fruity and floral with a light touch and is almost effervescent with fragrant charm. It suits girls and women and that elusive feminine persona in-between.

Top Notes

Blackcurrant Lemon

Heart Notes

Jasmine Passion Fruit Ylang Ylang

Base Notes

The Body Shop Black Musk Perfume