Modern Muses pucker up with Estee Lauder's lip-smackingly good offer….

Modern Muse by Estée Lauder has sought to scent your every mood – from everyday confidence, daring sophistication, flirtatious moments and nighttime glamour – there’s now a whole wardrobe of what we like to call ‘backbone in a bottle’. Something you can spritz on for an instant ambience-lift or complete change of pace – such is the magic of perfume (and one of the many reasons we love it so!)
At the moment, there’s an even more pressing reason to discover which Muse you are – read on for details of the great offer at The Perfume Shop

The original: Modern Muse – ‘Be an inspiration. Experience the fragrance that captures your style, your confidence, your creative spirit. An alluring contrast of sparkling florals and sleek, sensual woods. It’s a true innovation in fragrance design, as complex and fascinating as the woman who inspires it.’

The seducer: Modern Muse Le Rouge Gloss – ‘Shine on. Be an inspiration. A deeply seductive contrast of two accords as sexy-hot and high-shine as gloss. Succulent fruits, flowers, a hint of spice and a sensual, fearless edge of supple leather with dark woods.’

The mystery: Modern Muse NUIT – ‘A daring and addictive rum accord features amidst a plume of rich Jasmine Absolute for a bold and modern take on seductive femininity. Notes of precious Amber and sensuous Musk enhance the luxury allure of this unforgettable scent.’
The extrovert: Modern Muse Le Rouge – ‘Experience the fragrance that captures your glamour, your sophistication, your bravado. A sexy, provocative contrast of two distinctively different accords – rich roses awakened by ripe fruits, with a seductive velvet creme accord – provide an intriguing dual impression.’
To celebrate Valentine’s Day and romance that reaches beyond, there’s an even better reason to reach for Modern Muse, as customers in-store at The Perfume Shop can take away a FREE full size Estée Lauder Liquid Lip Potion with any Modern Muse purchase of 50ml or above. What’s more, you can choose between two shades: the cherry red “Naughty Naive” for a flirtatiously elegant look and the deeper crimson of “Quiet Riot” for an altogether more seductive feel.
The offer is available in-store at The Perfume Shop, from now until March 26th.
Now then, who will you be inviting to get a little closer to sniff your neck and perhaps, while they’re there, admire your perfect pout…?
Written by Suzy Nightingale

Minnie's Boutique Prize Draw Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions for The Perfume Society’s & Minnie’s Boutique prize draw:  
1. No purchase necessary to enter the competition.
2. This competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom only
3. This competition will commence at 11:00am 8th Feb 2017 and all entries must be received by 9:00am on 10th Feb 2017. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. 
4. Entrants may submit as many entries as they wish but no entrant may win more than one prize.
5. To enter, FOLLOW both @theperfumesociety and @minniesboutique on Instagram, Like the post on instagram and comment below, telling us two friends you’d like to nominate to win a full set, as well as yourself. 
6. The prize will include Minnies Boutiques new bath and body line which includes; body mist, bubble bath, hand cream, eyelashes and lip balm! 

Our mouthwatering new edition of The Scented Letter explores Taste & Smell…


Unveiling the new edition of The Scented Letter – our online, downloadable fragrance magazine – is one of the key VIP Subscriber benefits when you belong to The Perfume Society, awarded a Judges Special Recognition Jasmine Award in the perfume world’s ‘literary Oscars’ 2015, two more in 2016 – and with five nominations in 2017!
If you’re a VIP Subscriber, be sure you’re logged in and click here to read our latest issue in ‘flickable’ format.
This edition looks at the way our senses are being blurred by clever noses and talented chefs…
 In Let Them Eat CakeSuzy Nightingale wallows in the history of gourmand fragrances – which now make up an incredible 23% of those sold
• Thomas Dunckley – a.k.a. The Candy Perfume Boy – examines the Middle Eastern tradition of fragrance layering, and comes up with some great recipes
• Are savoury scents more your thing? Viola Levy takes her Perfume with a Pinch of Salt – and enjoys a new wave in perfumery
• Learn how to use aroma to turbo-charge flavour: for Perfume on the Menu, we talk to perfumer/author Mandy Aftel and to the chef behind our Scented Suppers
•  And of course, we bring you all the Latest Launches,  news, events – and so much more
NB A print edition is available, priced £12.50 for non-Subscribers and £10 to our VIPs. Click here to read more and order. And remember: you can now also buy an annual print subscription to The Scented Letter, here
 



To celebrate the launch of Miu Miu L'Eau Bleue, its 'face' Stacy Martin shares her five favourite smells

Signs of spring are definitely all around us, perfume launch-wise. Notably the unveiling of Miu Miu‘s second fragrance, which delivers a brightness and radiance – and an extra jolt of muguet – to the original Miu Miu signature scent, alongside a transparent honeysuckle. And delivers it in a crystal-clear, faceted bottle which may prove one of the prettiest to cross our desks in 2017. (And y es, we know it’s only January.) As with the original, this
It marks the reappearance, too, of actress Stacy Martin in the pretty-pretty-pretty advertising campaign. As the ‘face’ of L’Eau Bleue Miu Miu, she was actually there in the flesh for the launch, which took place at the Miu Miu London flagship store on Bond Street. (And how spring-like did it look…?)

Stacy was taking time out to slip into a pretty Miu Miu frock between post-production work on a slew of movies due out in 2017 – 3 Way Junction, Danny Huston’s The Last Photograph, Redoubtable, Rosy and Halo of Stars. (That’s a schedule that makes us want to sit down just reading the list.) Next up? Filming The Bell Jar. (She wouldn’t tell us who she’s playing, but disappointingly – for us, at least – it’s not Sylvia Plath.)
We took the opportunity to ask Stacy (as is our wont) to share her five favourite smells in the world – always a revealing exercise.
1. Freshly-cut grass – In my grandmother’s garden in France. My father is French and her house was one of my favourite places in the world.
2. Rice pudding – This was the smell I was waking up to when I would stay with my grandmère, who was such an important figure in my life. I never use her real name – I always had trouble accepting that she was called anything but Grandmère). She’d cook rice pudding in the morning – just plain rice pudding, no cinnamon or anything fancy – and the scent would fill the house.
3. Vetiver – I find it a very ‘grounding’ smell.
4. Fish and chips – That wonderful greasy, vinegar-y smell when you open the wrapping. How often do I eat fish and chips? More often than you’d think! My parents are skinny and we all eat a lot.
5. Christmas trees – the defining smell of that time of year. When you first get a whiff, you know it’s allots beginning.’
Written by Jo Fairley
Miu Miu L’eau Bleue from £49 for 30ml
Find it at Harrods (and nationwide from 29th March 2017)

PS And a bonus for scrolling this far – enjoy!

L'Eau my goodness! Jimmy Choo capture thirst-quenching freshness…

The much lusted-after luxury shoe of choice may not be within everyone’s budget, but fear not, Cinderella, for the designer house have launched their next fragrant wave with Jimmy Choo L’Eau – so even if you can’t grab the glittering heels (or, for that matter, actually walk in them!) you can still shine in the scent itself.
And shine you will, for this sparkling concoction is created by perfumer Juliette Karagueuzoglou, who explains: ‘Jimmy Choo L’Eau captures the scent of a delicious thirst-quenching hibiscus flower blended with barks, fruits and vibrant woods, to create a radiant feminine sensuality.’ A floral bouquet with surprising freshness at the start thanks to the bubbles of bergamot and hibiscus, the breeze carries juicy notes of nectarine and blowsy peony petals, with a dry down that just begs to be pulled closer for a snuggle of cedarwood and softly pillowed musk.
We’re loving the elongated elegance of the Venetian glass inspired bottle, too – similar to the previous flacon but all extra willowy grace (how we wish we were in heels, in fact!)
Jimmy Choo L’eau from £36 for 40ml eau de toilette
Buy it at The Perfume Shop
Written by Suzy Nightingale

Perfume bottle auction set to stun… feast your eyes on these antique flacons!

Imagine a room stacked with the most precious perfume bottles in the world – crystal flacons glinting and variously dipped in gold, lavished with gems, painstakingly enamelled or perhaps a revolving perfume carousel. Such visions are not merely scenes torn from Marie Antoinette’s diary; for once a year, perfume lovers, collectors and dealers from around the world gather to not only marvel at the impeccable selection, as you might in a museum’s display; but to bid on them and take them home….

bracelet
Having fallen madly in the love with the extremely rare 1928 Parfums de Marcy, trompe l’oeil presentation “Le Bracelet Miraculeux,” – five scents disguised as an art deco bracelet [see above], which sold for $33,000 (a teeny bit out of our price range, sadly…) we knew they would be special – but these are above and beyond.

This year, the Perfume Bottles Auction will take place at 5pm on Friday, May 5th at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton, New Jersey. We’re aware many readers possibly wont be able to make it there in person, but we absolutely guarantee you’ll want to feast your eyes on the sumptuous bottles as we take a look at some of the highlights submitted thus far. The auction catalogue hasn’t even yet been printed, so we were thrilled they were kind enough to get in touch and ask if we’d like a sneak peek.

Well yes. Yes, we would.

The Perfume Bottles Auction is directed by Ken Leach; each year he seeks out the most desirable and unique perfume bottles. This highly prestigious event is the longest running specialty auction of perfume bottles worldwide, and takes place during the annual three-day extravaganza for perfume bottle lovers annual International Perfume Bottles Association convention with the field’s leading dealers featuring thousands of bottles and an internationally recognized auction.
The convention draws together collectors and dealers from around the world, and this year features 250 lots to tempt prospective bidders. Simply put, each item is fabulous and lust-worthy, so it’s hard to pick a favourite, but some of our choices to watch (or bid on, should the fancy take you!) are as follows:

This elaborate French 1820s Charles X Palais Royal perfume carousel made of gilt bronze mounted on an abalone shell with Baccarat cut crystal bottles is estimated to sell between $10,000 and $20,000.
Perfume bottle made by Baccarat in 1926. Made for perfumer Godet for the “Petite Fleur Bleue” fragrance. The crystal bottle is in the shape of a woman’s skirt, while the frost stopper with grey patina perfectly depicts a woman holding flowers. Estimated to sell between $5,000 and $6,000.

Perfume bottle “Gros Fruits” designed by Rene Lalique in 1919 and was available for purchase at Maison Lalique. The detail of plums on the bottle is molded in high relief and colored by grey patina. Estimated to sell between $10,000 to $15,000.
1920s Czechoslovakian “nude dauber” perfume bottle by Heinrich Hoffmann. The bottle is mounted on gilt metal
and decorated with faux jade crystal. The bottle is topped with a frosted
glass medusa medallion. Estimated to sell btw. $5,000-$7,000

UK based collectors and anyone enthralled by the world of fragrance bottle art will be glad to know here is also a UK branch of the organisation, and you can find out more about their activities at ipba-uk.co.uk
Ken Leach is currently accepting consignments for the 2017 auction to be held in Princeton, New Jersey.
Contact: ken@PerfumeBottlesAuction.com
Written by Suzy Nightingale