Esxence, The Spirit of Niche Perfume

  Following the enthusiastic response to my February 17, 2015 ‘Pre-Esxence’ post, in which François Duquesne, CEO of Beauty Entreprise dubbed Esxence ‘The Sundance of Artistic Niche Fragrances, I thought it was only fair to let my other niche perfume friends chime in on their thoughts about Esxence. So, I contacted a bunch of people […]

Esxence 2014 Part #2: Favorite Brands and Fragrances

   One of my most exciting Esxence moments was witnessing the triumphant re-birth of a fine old French perfume brand, Le Galion – Maison de Parfumerie, more than 30 years after its creation. Originally founded in 1930 by a certain Prince Murat, Le Galion was later sold to perfumer Paul Vacher, best known as the […]

Perfume News Update From the French-Italian-US Corridor

OMG! What happened?  If my beat truthfully included only Paris, September and October would have been delightfully but manageably crazy. In mid-September, the 5th Edition of Les Rives de la Beauté touched down in Paris, wreaking holy fragrant havoc on perfume and other art forms as they collided in a series of events on the […]

Rives de la Beauté : Aftermath

48 HOURS after Les Rives de la Beauté  2013 reached record high-water marks at La Cour des Senteurs in Versailles and The Liquides Perfume Bar in the Paris Marais district, a boatload of survivors was seen leaving a hotel particulière in central Paris — presumably to assess the situation. In boat: Front row left to […]

Jovoy Meet The Press Party

  François Hénin and Victoria Christian of Clive Christian Perfumes at Jovoy Meet The Press Event on April 21, 2013. In typical Jovoy fashion, champagne was flowing, and François was the perfect Ambassador for his brands. Other perfumers and brand owners at the event included Roja Dove of Roja Parfums London, Simon and Amanda Brooke, […]