Joy In January Giveaway!


It's a joy spreading, smile inducing, uplifting blogathon project from the Natural Perfumer's Guild!  It's January and we aim to spread joy and fragrance.  January is often called the cruelest month.  Here in New England it's cold, it's dark, and the days are short.  Many suffer from the "winter blues" brought on by the lack of sunlight.

I call this particular season the Winterless Winter.  Here in Rhode Island we've had no snow.  This is bizarre.  Having lived my entire life in New England, from Vermont, to New Hampshire, to Massachusetts to Rhode Island I do not recall ever having a snowless winter.  According to an article I read online at Discover Magazine
the reason this winter is snow-free is due to an unusual jet stream pulling warm air across the country (shades of global climate change?)  Whatever the reason for the lack of snow, wildly fluctuating temperatures and frequent thunderstorms I feel the effect.  Something is off.  The trees and plants are confused.  Trees bud in the warm rain and then freeze.  I'm as confused.  The holidays felt strange with no snow.  Lighting a fire in the fireplace feels odd when it's 50 degrees outside in December.  My children ask me everyday when it will snow.  "When can we build a snowman Mom?"

So, in order to help spread cheer I look to scent.  Scents of citrus, jasmine and lilacs feel warm and happy, a reminder of impending spring.  I often find myself reaching for essences that I find uplifting when it's cold and grey outside.  I recently discovered the finest bitter orange essential oil I have ever experienced.  It's sunshine in a bottle.  Bright, clean and sparkling.  Excellent quality.  I use this bitter orange along with others such as rose, orange flower, amber, vanilla and ambrette in Divine eau de parfum.

Would you like to try Divine?  Or the incredible uplifting bitter orange essence I've found?  Leave a comment below and the chosen winner will receive a sample of Divine and the fab bitter orange!  Look for additional giveaways tomorrow and Wednesday.

Please check out all the talented generous participating Guild Perfumers blogs.  We are all giving away fabulous scented treats to brighten your January!

Happy Holidays and Free U.S. Shipping!


'Tis The Giving Season

Happy Holidays from Providence Perfume Co!


   The Holiday Season is upon us!  Our gift to you fragrance fans?  Free
   Shipping! We would like to offer free U.S. shipping to our valued customers
   until Dec. 20th.  Enter Code: FREEHOLIDAYSHIP at checkout and your entire
   order ships for free! Our travel atomizers make perfect stocking stuffers,
   And speaking of gifts, our Amber Cream body oil has made Ca Fleure Bon's
   2011 Holiday Gift Guide!  They are offering a fantastic giveaway of
   luxurious covetable holiday gifts (including our body oil) online at:
   Hurry--the giveaway ends Dec.8th!
   We recently received two fantastic reviews of our perfumes Eva Luna and
   Jazmina.  Both are pretty feminine florals created from premier tuberose and
   the finest jasmine sambac we've ever sourced.  An excerpt from the review of
   Eva Luna reads: _" . . . The natural tuberose note is creamy and gentle, not
   dramatic in a Fracas-like way, and it emerges softly through the slight
   mossiness of the fragrance‚Äôs heart. __I enjoy this transformation from
   foliage to florals in Eva Luna. It feels like walking from a garden (a
   vegetable garden!) into a forest of moss-hung trees, and then encountering a
   single white (magical?) flower growing in a dusky clearing." -Jessica, Now
   Smell This

   Of Jazmina solid perfume, Victoria at Eau MG writes: _"Jasmine is the star
   here . . . the florals used in Jazmina are top-notch. The solid perfume
   blooms with time. It's elegant, but very impassioned . . ." Victoria, Eau MG

   Attention Local Fans:  Our perfumer Charna will be at the East Side
   University Heights Whole Foods this Saturday from 2-4 as part of the "Buy
   Local Holiday Gifts" event.  Stop by to meet, greet and receive free samples
   of our fine natural perfumes.

   Over and out.  Happy Holidays to all and may your celebrations be merry and

Mini Review of The Little Book of Perfumes by Turin and Sanchez

It's not every day I'm offered a free pre-release copy of a book - let alone one about Perfume.  Needless to say, I was suspicious but hopeful when I replied to the email I was sent by a Penguin publicist requesting I review a new book.  My copy of The Little Book of Perfumes the Hundred Classics by Tuca Turin and Tania Sanchez arrived a few days later.  As I'm a big fan of the original book PERFUMES-The A-Z Guide by Turin and Sanchez, I was excited to read their new pared down perfume primer. Note to publicists: this is an incredibly smart way to generate buzz in the perfume community-very smart indeed!

First, the cover and design of the book is eye catching. A graphic black and white printed cover opens to hot pink liner pages.  Snazzy.

As I thumbed through the pages reading reviews of the 100 Classic Perfumes, I was most happy to note that Luca and Turin devoted a good deal of content to dealing with the revisions of many of these classic perfumes due to IFRA regulations.  Many of these classic perfumes have been so heavily revised they are but a shallow remembrance of their former greatness.  I appreciated that the authors were careful to re-sniff the revised 2011 perfume versions with many of the natural ingredients removed and meticulously note the changes brought about by IFRA's restrictions.  

No Oakmoss Allowed!

No Oakmoss Allowed!

When teaching my Introductory Natural Perfume Blending classes, one of the topics that most surprises students is the modern revisions to classic perfumes.  When I explain that the current versions of the favorite perfumes, perfumes they have strong scent memories attached to; fragrances worn by their mother or grandfather will never smell the same they are shocked and sometimes angry.  I was pleased the authors focused on these changes and the foreward written by Tania Sanchez speaks volumes on the topic of regulation.  

Along these lines, my favorite review in The Little Book of Perfumes is written on a perfume that many consider the holy grail of classics: Guerlain's L'Heure Bleue.  The review of the original perfume is as one might expect, glowing.  Turin writes, "This is Guerlain the virtual pastry chef at his best, with a fragrance that teeters on the edge of the edible for hours without missing a step.  If you're Red Hot Riding Hood and a hungry wolf just rang the bell, this is the one for you."

Regarding the revised 2011 version of L'Heure Bleue Sanchez writes, "A pretty stranger has come in claiming to be your best beloved.  It is hard to be angry with her.  She is clearly out of her mind; they look nothing alike.  You sit and wait patiently for your love to turn up.  The windows go dark, night after night while the stranger smiles and dawdles, waiting for you to forget.  Can you?"  I love this review, witty and making it's point clearly.  Please stop messing with our perfumes!  Let the consumer decide.  Excessive regulations on possible allergens are not the answer.