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My Take on Niche Fragrances in the Globe & Mail

Back in October, I was contacted by a writer for Toronto’s Globe & Mail who asked if I’d comment for a story he was writing about men’s fragrances. We had a short flurry of emails and I answered some basic … Continue reading

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Cologne Review: Nostalgia by Santa Maria Novella

I love the smell of exhaust and unburned fuel from a hot rod without a catalytic converter—I even like the way my clothes smell after I’m around it. But would I bottle it? Fortunately, Santa Maria Novella’s vintage race car … Continue reading

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First Smell: Tonic by A Beautiful Life

How do you write about a product you like that fits into a category that you don’t? I’ve been puzzling over this for a couple weeks with regard to Tonic, an aftershave by A Beautiful Life Brands. As I’ve written … Continue reading

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First Smell: Knize Ten

If I could go back to the gas station I worked at 13 years ago, to rummage through the greasy shelves of brake cleaner, axle grease, motor oil and other chemicals, I could tell you exactly what Knize Ten smells … Continue reading

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Elements Showcase Recap

I only heard the sound of breaking glass once on the polished concrete floor of the Elements Showcase fragrance trade show, and mercifully, it was the tinkle of a sample vial. It’s funny, but that possibility—glass bottles full of perfume … Continue reading

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What Should Bruce Willis Smell Like?

That’s a question a friend asked me after she read my post about Bruce Willis’s new cologne. As long as I’m suggesting different names—Yipee-Ki-Yay was my idea—why not a few thoughts on the scent itself? As ridiculous as it sounds … Continue reading

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