Most Expensive Perfume Ingredients

The Most Expensive Perfume Ingredients: Part Two

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One of the most popular posts on our blog is What are the Most Expensive Perfume Ingredients? So due to popular demand, we asked Vic from ScentBound to give us a more in-depth look at these ingredients. Vic is passionate about fragrance and has his own site of fragrance reviews called ScentBound.

What are the most expensive perfume ingredients today? If you think oud is one of them, you’re right. There are other ingredients, however, which cost thousands of dollars and hardly get any mention. We’ve done the research, crunched the numbers and came up with a list of the four most expensive perfume ingredients on the market today.

If there is one ingredient that has taken over the fragrance industry in the last decade, this is oud. When infected with fungus, the Aquilaria tree releases a resin to fight the infection. The infected part of the tree is called agarwood or oud. Even though fungus and infection don’t sound sexy, the scent they produce in the Aquilaria tree definitely is.

The smell of the natural agarwood takes some getting used to. If you have grown up in the West and have never smelled pure oud before, chances are you won’t like it. The smell of oud varies by region and age but the common elements are a dark, dense, dry-woody scent with animalic and fecal undertones. Many people compare the smell of oud to that of blue cheese, dirty camels, or goats.

While the comparisons above describe accurately some varieties of oud, they don’t apply to others. The oud in Mona di Orio’s Oudh Osmanthus, for example, is soft, creamy and comforting that feels like a cashmere sweater. It has nothing harsh or animalic about it. The variety found in Dusita’s Oudh Infini is dry, harsh, cheesy and incredibly addictive. Both fragrances contain real oud oil from Laos and yet their oud notes smell very differently.

In 2016, a kilo of oud goes for anywhere between $50 thousand and $300 thousand. The price varies by age and location. Oud oil extracted from aged agarwood grown in the wilderness will be the most expensive variety. Farmed oud, which is usually two or three years old, will be the cheapest.

The reason why oud is so expensive comes down to simple economics. The supply of real oud is very limited because it takes many years for a tree to develop the infected resinous heartwood. Even with artificial inoculation, farmers have to wait at least two years before they can start harvesting.

The growing popularity of oud as an investment vehicle has driven the price significantly. Unprecedented growth in demand has come from China where businessmen are willing to pay amounts in the range of $20 million for a big chunk of agarwood.

Some may argue that the oud perfume explosion in the West has also driven up the demand and hence the price. Undoubtedly, Western demand for oud has played some role but not as big as it may seem on the surface. There has been unprecedented proliferation of oud fragrances on the market, however, less than 1% of the Western perfumes have real oud in them. Even respected houses like by Kilian, whose fragrances sell for $300+, admit that they don’t use real oud oil in their formulations.

If you are interested in trying some good quality oud scents, here are some good suggestions:

Oudh Osmanthas

Oudh Osmanthus by Mona di Orio
Thirty-Three by Ex Idolo
Epic Woman by Amouage
Jubilation XXV Man by Amouage

Orris Butter
Another perfume ingredient that makes the most expensive list is orris butter. It is extracted from the rhizomes (roots) of the iris flower. The popular scent of iris in many fragrances comes from molecules called irones, which are found in the orris root. The iris flower itself does have a faint smell but it is not the superstar here.

The smell of orris butter is hard to describe. The closest equivalent would be the smell of violets. Add to it some density and the illusion of texture and you get a decent idea of what it smells like.

Orris butter has been used in perfumery since the 1700’s. One of the most popular regions for harvesting orris root is Tuscany. This is where the Florentine iris comes from. Other countries, such as France and Germany, also grow and harvest the iris plant.

In Tuscany the orris root is usually harvested in the fall. The roots are peeled by hand and then dried for approximately two years. The dried roots are ground into powder and then used to produce orris butter.

The labour intensity and the time it takes to produce good quality orris butter are the two main reasons for the high price of the ingredient. In 2016 one kilo of orris root sells for approximately $24 thousand. The price varies by the percentage of irones (the aromatic molecule) found in the butter. Most commercially available orris butters contain 1% – 15% irones. There are some butters with 80% irones but they are extremely hard to find and very expensive.

The price of orris butter also depends on the method used to extract it. The CO2 method of extraction yields the highest quality butter but it is also the most expensive one. The industry standard of steam distillation is cheaper but because of its use of heat to extract the oils it may result in alterations of the scent profile.

Regardless of the extraction method, what drives up the cost of orris butter the most is the drying period. To reduce the time it takes for the orris root to dry some manufacturers have started using gama radiation. It is deemed completely safe to the human health.

The shortened production times has resulted in more fragrances featuring orris butter. Here are some good options. Heeley: Iris de Nuit

Iris de Nuit by Heeley Parfum
Jacquard by Etro
Fleur de Louis by Arquiste
Silver Iris Cologne by Atelier Cologne

Of all perfume ingredients on this list, ambergris is the one with the most interesting origin. In her excellent piece on ambergris, Claire Vukcevic explains that the ingredient is “the result of a massive poo or a violent death caused by a massive poo.”

Semantics aside, Claire is absolutely right. Ambergris forms in the small intestine of the sperm whale as an accumulation of indigestible food remnants. How exactly the whole process works Claire explains in her article. The result is an ambergris ball that the sperm whale excretes.

This is only half of the story.

The ambergris found in the whale is considered to be the lowest quality. It is soft and and literally smells of shit. In order to acquire the properties that make it sought after in the perfume industry, the ambergris has to float in the sea for 10 to 15 years. This is how it develops its complex aroma.  Its profile can include marine and seaweed notes, mineral nuances, earthy elements and in some cases even a vanilla undertone.

Unlike any other ingredient on this list, ambergris cannot be actively cultivated. Therefore, its procurement is a rather precarious process. Usually, ambergris hunters canvas the beaches in hopes to find a cast-off piece.

The unsteady supply of ambergris makes it an expensive ingredient. A kilo of the real thing sells for approximately $20 thousand. This price, however, may be too low. The secrecy surrounding the trade of ambergris prevents us from finding a price point reflective of the market.

If sourcing ambergris is such a game of luck, how come it is not the most expensive ingredient on the market? I attribute it to two reasons. First, perfume chemists have done a great job replicating the smell of ambergris. Nowadays, you can find high quality aroma-chemicals that smell identical to the real thing.

Secondly, in perfumery, ambergris is usually used as a fixative. Perfumers add it to the base of their fragrances to make them last longer and create an effect of radiance. When used this way, you need tiny amounts of the stuff and you can usually achieve the same result with Ambroxan (a popular aroma-chemical replicating the smell of ambergris).

If you are curious to try a fragrance featuring ambergris, try those out:Ella ARQUISTE

ELLA by Arquiste
Orange Star by Tauer Perfumes

Sandalwood makes it to the fourth spot of the list of the most expensive perfume ingredients. Sourced from the sandalwood tree, the oil has been used since ancient times in different ointments and religious rituals. In perfumery, sandalwood is usually used as a base to add soft creamy woody character to a fragrance.

The most popular sandalwood oil comes from trees grown in the Mysore region in Southwestern India. Unsustainable harvesting practices have driven the price of sandalwood up. As a response to the rising prices, many perfume companies have started using aroma-chemicals approximating the scent of sandalwood. Alternatively, many fragrances now also use Amyris, a cousin of the sandalwood species, which is considerably cheaper.

The going price of sandalwood is approximately $5 thousand per kilo. While not nearly as high as the prices of oud or ambergris, using real sandalwood can be prohibitive for many perfumers. Here are some good fragrances featuring a sandalwood note. Santal Carmin

Dia Woman by Amouage
Memoir Man by Amouage
Santal Carmin Cologne by Atelier Cologne
Sandalo by Etro

How to Tell if Your Perfume has The Real Stuff in It

The simple answer is you can’t. That is, most people cannot tell just by smelling the fragrance. If you have access to a chemical lab you can run your perfume through a gash chromatograph in order to tell. Even then, you will have the knowledge to decipher the laundry list of chemical compounds the machine will spit out for you.

Even though you cannot tell whether your favourite oud fragrance has real oud in it, you can make an educated guess. If you paid for the bottle an upward of $350 for 50ml, chances are the brand’s claims for real oud are probably true. If a fragrance costs less, putting good amounts of real oud simply doesn’t work economically.

Prices may not be as high for fragrances containing real sandalwood or ambergris but, again, I wouldn’t bet on any fragrance prices under $200 to have material amounts in it.

The good news is that whether your favourite perfume has a real ambergris or orris butter in it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you love and it makes you feel good. This is why my personal advice to you is enjoy your scent and don’t worry about the ingredients.

Vic from ScentBound

facial beauty oils

10 Benefits of Beauty Oils

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Beauty oils have been used as far back as ancient Egypt. Even though there has been an “oil-free” trend in recent years, beauty oils are here to stay. They are nurturing to the skin and make a wonderful moisturizer. They are also full of antioxidants and may be used as a serum in your daily routine. Apply beauty oils on the face, to the body and to the hair and nails. Our selection comes from our favourite brands including Environ, Tata Harper, Pai Skincare, Huna Natural Apothecary, and Rahua Beauty. There are many benefits to oils, not only do they help to hydrate the skin, but they add sheen to the hair and skin as well as creating a natural protective barrier.
Here are our top ten choices of beauty oils:

1. Smooths Lines & WrinklesMalin + Goetz Recovery Treatment
Malin + Goetz:  Recovery Treatment: This luxurious facial treatment combines nine natural oils to help protect skin from free radical damage and renew skin’s appearance. Evening primrose, argan and jojoba oils help to boost hydration, reinforce skin’s moisture barrier, and soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Grapeseed and rosehip oils deliver essential vitamins C and E to prevent free radical damage, improve elasticity, and restore a healthy complexion. Geranium and borage oils help to reduce inflammation and balance skin by normalizing oil production. When applied daily, skin feels softer, looks smoother and takes on a youthful radiance.
2. Keeps Your Skin MoisturizedHydrating Capsules

Environ: Hydrating Capsules: Hydrating Oil Capsules provide a concentrated burst of hydration, antioxidants and retinol to skin in an easy absorbable, oil- based formula. Especially effective for dry and fragile skin.
3. Relieves Redness & SensitivityPai Echium Oil

Pai SkinCare: Age Confidence Echium & Amaranth Facial Oil: Delivers a supercharged dose of vitamins, omegas and essential nutrients guaranteed to optimize skin health and restore your natural radiance.
98% organic, this silky blend combines ten powerful plant actives carefully selected to boost hydration and regeneration, and minimize inflammation and environmental stress.
The result is skin that is plumper, calmer, and wonderfully supple. Its natural ability to better retain moisture means skin stays smoother for longer.
4. Nourishes the SkinBuriti Beauty Oil

RMS Beauty: Beauty Oil.  A beauty oil the way a beauty oil should be…pure, simple and organic. This potent formula is the perfect balance between skin and oil, providing the ultimate in radiance and antioxidant protection.
This lightweight yet highly concentrated multi-purpose beauty oil contains only the finest exotic oils and rare herbal extracts. Buriti oil has recently been found to filter and absorb cancer-causing UV rays from the sun.
5. Say Goodbye to Stretch MarksPai Stretch Mark KitPai SkinCare: Pomegranate & Pumpkin Seed Stretch Mark System Helps prevent and improve the visible effects of stretching on the skin. The innovative two-phase Oil & Cream system, combines both essential forms of nourishment to keep skin strong and supple. An expert combination of Vitamins E & C, plus Omegas 3,5,6,7 & 9 protect skin cell structure and enhance elasticity, helping skin to stretch and bounce back into shape without showing signs of damage. This full range of Essential Fatty Acids also stimulates skin cell regeneration, visibly diminishing the appearance of existing marks and skin blemishes.The rich and intensively conditioning oil absorbs readily into the skin without leaving greasy residues, while the buttery cream provides deep and long-lasting skin-softening replenishment.
6. Clears Blemishes & AcneAcne Oil - HunaHuna Apothecary:  Clear & Clarify Face Serum with hemp seed, pumpkin + green tea is ideal for oily and blemish prone skin. This lightweight and non-comedogenic face serum has been scientifically formulated with nature’s ideal balance of linolenic essential fatty acids which is ideal for healing blemishes, preventing breakouts, and re-balancing skin’s sebum (oil) production. Contains Huna’s proprietary in-house ‘Skin Nutrition’ complex for oily and blemish prone skin, containing some of their homegrown botanicals: Calendula, Nettle, Green tea and Licorice root.
7. Softens AlloverRahua Body OilRahua: Amazon Body Oil: This ultra concentrated yet light oil will revive the skin and encourage a healthy, touchable glow. Ungurahua omega-9 revives the skin while Sacha inchi omega-3 lipids and antioxidants help reverse the appearance of aging, resulting in beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. Enriched with Buriti, an Amazonian oil containing vegan carotenoid pro-Vitamin A, this natural oil promotes a luminous tone for all skin types.
8. Repair & ShineKevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy: SHIMMER.SHINE Revive shine and repair hair with this finishing mist. Treat your hair as it shines with Vitamins A, C and E, Baobab, Immortelle and Bamboo extracts. Light reflective technology from high-end skincare adds a brilliant shine to hair with no oily residue. SHIMMER.SHINE contains treatment ingredients that repair damaged hair driven by essential oils, bioflavonoids and vitamins.
9. Brightens Up DullnessPai RoseHip Oil
Pai SkinCare: Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil is rich in concentrated Trans-Retinoic Acid, an essential fuel for the skin’s natural repair function. Rosehip is the ultimate skin multi-tasker. With regular use, it conditions the skin, improving skin firmness and elasticity.
10. Feel the GlowTata Harper Replenishing Serum
Tata Harper: Replenishing Nutrient Complex This lightweight facial oil serum improves the skin’s natural glow, texture and hydration. A weightless blend of biocompatible micronutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals provides your daily dose of environmental protection while delivering visibly balanced, healthy skin. Helps relieve and stabilize vulnerable, irritated and chapped skin for a radiant complexion.

Discover all our Beauty Oils: HERE

Imaginary Authours

Review: Slow Explosions by Imaginary Authors

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This is a guest blog post by Vic from ScentBound. Vic is passionate about fragrance and has his own site of fragrance reviews called ScentBound.

Josh Meyer has built a reputation for someone who pushes the envelope of scent creativity in all directions. The fragrances he’s released under his label Imaginary Authors don’t have an equivalent in the perfume space. Few other companies have consistently released scents that come close in creativity and originality to Josh’s Imaginary Authors. The company’s 2016 release, Slow Explosions, continues the tradition.

Slow ExplosionsThere are a couple of interesting bits around the creation of Slow Explosions. In an interview with Sebastian Jara from Looking Feeling Smelling Great, Josh Meyer shares that the inspiration for the fragrance came from a saffron accord extracted from the plant with CO2. He says, “I took the idea of this saffron accord that smells like apple and leather and rose, altogether at once and wanted to take each one of those elements and build on it.”

Slow Explosions opens with a juicy, mouth watering green apple accord. Yet, as Josh explains, there is no apple note in there. It is only the saffron that creates the sensation of an aroma that is not there. Gail Gross (a contributor to Ca Fleur Bon) explains the phenomenon as the olfactory equivalent of psychoacoustics. It’s sound notes you hear that are not really there. Read the complete article HERE

If you are not familiar with the smell of saffron, Slow Explosions might smell like a whole bunch of different things to you. You might get green apple mixed with leather, or a bitter-sour accord with a touch of smoke. Many of these notes are not actually there. They are illusions, olfactory tricks Slow Explosions plays on you. This aspect of the fragrance is what makes it so interesting.

Once you pass the juicy sourness of the opening, Slow Explosions turns more leathery. It is not your typical handbag leather, nor a soft suede. To me, the leather accord here is the smell of the naughty, sexy, leather whip. Yet, there is nothing dirty or skanky about it. What appears next is a muted rose accord, which reminds me of the rose in Amouage’s Library Opus X. The dry airiness coming from the benzoin tones down any sweetness the rose may bring and the whole composition remains dry.

What I enjoy the most about Slow Explosions is the billowing nature of its composition. When you first wear it, you may find that it has a very distinct structure. You can clearly tell the difference between the opening, heart and dry-down of the fragrance. This is another olfactory illusion. Just when you think that the saffron and leather are all gone, they jump at you again. You think you are past the rose stage? Here it is poking its head. With Slow Explosions you just never know. It’s a fragrance that constantly keeps you guessing.

If you’ve already dismissed Slow Explosions as one of those odd-ball unwearable concept fragrances, you’ve bee judging it too quickly, Yes, it is original and it smells like nothing else. Still, Slow Explosions is very wearable. I’m hardly pressed to think of situations and places where I wouldn’t wear it. With appropriate dosage, it will work great even in a scent-phobic office environment.

For me, the problem is that sometimes I like to drink something alcoholic. You also have to be careful. Because actually Xanax is not recommended to mix them both. But I do it anyway. It “quenches” me, so to speak, and is like a drug (the alcohol). But you really have to be careful. Buy it at

When to Wear It
The short answer is anywhere, anytime. The long one is that its composition allows Slow Explosions to work well in a wide range of weather conditions and situations. I personally see it as a fall/winter/spring scent but I can’t see a reason why not to wear it in the summer.

Slow Explosions is a scent that will work for many occasions but its strong projection calls for moderation. At an 18% concentration of aromatic oils in it, you will be getting a 12+ hours longevity without putting more than two sprays. If you are going for an extra oomph, sure, splurge and spray three times. More than that is asking for trouble.

Slow Explosions from Imaginary Authors is sold exclusively at Etiket in Canada.

Vic from ScentBound

Glo Professional Gift Set

Our Favourite Glo Professional Make-up Gift Sets for 2016

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It’s simple, we love this time of year because all of our favourite brands release make-up sets just in time for holiday gift giving. We wish they would do this all year round! There are always new colours, new combinations and the value is there – especially  from our friends at glo professional. Here are a few of our best sellers for this holiday season.

Glo Professional Gift SetLip Temptation Collection
Make a statement.
Showcase your lips with this decadent trio of deeply-pigmented red and berry tones. Kit includes limited edition shades in three formats: a velvety Suede Matte Crayon rumor, high shine Gloss sweetspot and ultra creamy Lipstick fixation. In addition, keep your lips soft and conditioned with a touch of pomegranate lip balm, Pom Balm.


Glo Professional Gift Set AlterThe Alter Ego Collection
Master the mood. From day to night, gauzy to gilded, your look will enchant with this limited edition collection for eyes, cheeks and lips.
Features: Persuasion Eye Palette, Cream Stay Shadow Stick prelude, Cream Blush firstlove, Lipstick organza, Precision Lip Pencil soulmate and mini Texture Brush.

Glo Professional Pursuit Set


The Bold Pursuit Collection
Ignite an obsession. Create a modern twist on a classic look.
Create a modern twist on a classic look. This collection showcases a mix of limited edition items featuring stunning essentials for the eyes and lips. Includes: Cream Stay Shadow Stick toast, Cream Stay Shadow Stick echo, Precision Eye Pencil peach, Liquid Ink black and Lipstick date night.


Glo Professional Brush SetPetite Brush Set
Touch up anytime, anywhere with Glo Minerals exclusive, limited edition Petite Brush Set featuring four silky-soft, professional makeup brushes for flawless, on-the-go application. Brush hair: PBT synthetic. Size: 5-1/4” x 3” x 3/4”
The kit includes: Powder, Blush, Eye Blender, Dual Ended Angled Eye & Eyeliner/Brow Brushes


See all of our beauty gift sets for the holidays here: BEAUTY GIFT SETS

See all our make-up collections here: MAKE-UP AT ETIKET

Etiket Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Our Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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Is it with the first snowfall or those first Christmas lights we see at the neighbours house that makes us stop and think….”NO….it can’t be that time of year already!” We hate to tell you but it is! The holidays are fast approaching and we won’t stress you with a countdown to how many days or weekends you have left to shop. Instead we are going to give you some ideas to help you find those perfect gifts with our Holiday Gift Guide 2016.

Etiket Holiday Gift Guide 2016We think gift giving can be a very beautiful experience when we have the time to think about what the person we are shopping for may like. We are often asked in the boutique, “But where do I begin?” It’s easy. If it is someone you are close to, you know them well and what they like and don’t like. What’s their hobby? What do they do on the weekends? What do they always say they wish they had – that may be an actual thing or these days more than not it may be time for themselves. For those we know less, it seems more challenging but that we think is even easier because just the fact that you are thinking about them and making the effort shows so much about how you feel about them. So where do you begin? We are going to share here some of our favourites and best sellers. They could be just right for the one you are shopping for, or it may give you ideas for something else. Just remember that whatever you give, do it from the heart and because you want to, and not because you feel, “I have to get something.”

Our Favourite Gifts for Holiday 2016

Carbon Guild CandleFor the Stylish Man
There is something about this hand poured, all natural soy wax candle in a hand made wrought iron vessel from The Carbon Guild that will be just right for the stylish man in your life. He has it all going on – from his perfectly turned out look to his design perfect home. Each candle comes in a signed and dated box. Just make sure he actually lights it!

For the World Traveler
Molecule 01 TravelYou know the one, that friend who is always on an airplane and runs out of pages in their passport. You are not sure if they are a spy or just going to be the next one on the cover of Forbes. We know that the travel size of perfume Molecule 01 in it’s travel safe alloy case from Escentric Molecules is THE perfect gift. The magic of this scent that works with the wearer will make them irresistible to their seat mate in first class or if they really are the next James Bond or Mata Hari.

For the Sophisticated Woman
Penhaligon's Empressa CollectionShe is the one that always knows what is going on in the news as much as which restaurant is hot and who the chef is. She makes looking good effortless, from the right heels with her jeans and blazer to that little black dress when you would have worn long.  For her we love the Penhaligon’s Empressa Gift Set for Women. Perfume as a gift? Really? Absolutely! Penhaligon’s best selling women’s fragrance, Empressa, celebrates women of beauty, power and influence. Ultra-feminine with a  delightful blend of exotic spice, lustrous florals and succulent fruit.

For Your Mother
Vivier Skin Anti-Aging CollectionYes, for your Mom! It’s easy. Spoil her. Treat her to something that she won’t do for herself. Gift her the gift of a facial or a treatment so she can take the time for herself that she may not take. Or (AND!) give her a complete skin care regimen to take her from morning to night with everything she needs to help her look her best. One of our favourites because of the comments we hear from our clients that use it, is the Signature Collection from VivierSkin filled with the best skin care products. It has everything to keep Mom looking young including their world famous CE Peptides. Just don’t be surprised if they start asking, “Is that your sister?”

For Your Sister
RMS Magic LuminizerAlright, so she may have been a pain growing up but now she is your best friend. You know that she is very careful about what make-up she uses and has taught you that what goes on your skin goes in you, so the obvious choice is the Magic Luminizer from RMS Beauty. We think that after the Living Luminizer and the Master Mixer, this is the ultimate from RMS makeup to give that dewy glow for the holidays.

For the Dog
Malin + Goetz Dog ShampooOf course we have something for your favourite four-legged friend. We are definitely not in the animal skin care business but when one of our best selling skin care brands, Malin + Goetz launched a shampoo for dogs, we just had to get it. They developed it because they have a dog, Mr. Greenberg, who has got a little famous from all of the photo ops. This dog shampoo has synthesized natural botanicals with hydrating amino acids to gently cleanse the dirtiest of dirty dogs. Mildly foaming, this dog shampoo is formulated with subtle neroli and appropriate for dogs with sensitive skin. It rinses free without drying, stripping or irritating and promotes healthy coat and shine. WOOF!

For your Father
Penhaligon's Shaving SetLast but definitely not least, finding something for Dad always seems like the hardest gift to find. Why is that? We think he should be the easiest as he never seems to think of himself so it is easy to spoil him. One of our most popular gifts each holiday season is from Penhaligon’s of London and it never fails to please. We love its old school charm but also that it will force dad to slow down just a little in the morning to pamper himself. This nickel plated shaving set with razor and an ethically sourced badger hair brush is the ultimate shaving kit. Team it up with the Blenheim Bouquet Shaving Soap and the matching Aftershave Balm and you can be sure that Dad will have a smile on his clean shaven face when he is carving the turkey on Christmas night.

Now we have only touched the surface with what we have to offer. To see a complete selection of our gift ideas, please visit: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Vetyver Mona di Orio

Review: Vetyver by Mona di Orio

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This is a guest blog post by Vic from ScentBound. Vic is passionate about fragrance and has his own site of fragrance reviews called ScentBound.

Mona di OrioOne thing I love about Mona di Orio is that her fragrances are never just another take on a popular note . Mona di Orio Cuir is not just another take on leather and her Vanille is not just another vanilla.
In the same style, Mona di Orio’s Vetyver is, you guessed it, not another vetiver fragrance. It is a fragrance of subtlety and elegance. Much like Jean Claude Elena’s watercolour creations for Hermes, Mona’s Vetyver is transparent and delicate without being boring and dismissible.
In an interview with Les Senteurs, Mona di Orio mentions that her favourite note was vetiver. She used to add a drop of it in all her compositions. Her love for the ingredient made it only natural for her to create a vetiver-based fragrance.
Vetyver by Mona di Orio
What sets Mona’s Vetyver apart is that it features a natural vetiver essential oil from Borboun. This particular variety has a strong dry, earthy undertone, which translates beautifully in the composition.
The sceptics among us might say, “so what, a vetiver is a vetiver.” Not so. Most other fragrances are made either with aroma chemicals or vetiver oil sources from Java and Indonesia. Regardless of the source, a vetiver will smell like vetiver. The difference in the source and the quality of the raw materials becomes evident in the subtleties of the aroma. Mona di Orio’s Vetyver is an example of this. The quality vetiver from Borboun shines in Mona’s composition.

“In Mona di Orio’s Vétyver, she wrests every facet she can from its earthy-citrus scent, like a pianist exploring the intricacies of a particular key in a Bach piano concerto. Fresh, dry, peppery, hesperidic and even minty – Vétyver marries the best Bourbon vetiver with notes that bring out its herbaceous-fresh qualities.” – Maison Mona di Orio

Vetyver opens with a dry earthy vetiver note with a touch of grapefruit. A cool ginger accord chimes in to make the composition sparkle. Mona di Orio masterfully combined two opposites – dry vetiver and fresh citrus – to create a sensation of dry freshness.
Even though grapefruit and ginger are present, they don’t define the opening of Vetyver. It stays decidedly dry and earthy. Just when the citrus starts taking its leave, a spicy note of nutmeg appears and swirls the Borboun vetiver into a wild dance. The two stay together in an embrace well into the final moments of the fragrance.
In its final hours Vetyver stays close to the skin creating a soft aura of herbal freshness.

Now that I can sleep again, I’m totally happy. They say that Ambien by can make dependent. Well, I also take Tilidin as a painkiller and that is a hammer but I’ll say if it helps then I do not care what side effects the med has.

When to Wear It
If you are looking for a universal, yet interesting fragrance, Vetyver is the one for you. The fresh ginger-grapefruit combo make it a great choice for a hot summer day, while the dry vetiver and spicy nutmeg are perfect for colder weather. If you are looking for some warmth in the dead of winter, Vetyver may not be your best choice – despite the nutmeg and labdanum, the composition stays on the fresh side.

Depending on its use, vetiver can be either hippie-smelling (think incense shops) or elegant and sophisticated. Mona’s Vetyver is the latter, which makes it appropriate for any occasion. An Sunday brunch with your yoga besties? Vetyver is your scent. An art gallery cocktail party? Mona’s Vetyver will make you fit into the creative crowd.

The only downside of Vetyver is its longevity and projection. During my wears I didn’t get it to last more than five hours and the at the end of those, it stayed close to my skin. The solution? Bring the bottle with you.

Vetyver from Mona di Orio is sold exclusively at Etiket in Canada.

Vic from ScentBound

Emeraude Agar - Atelier Cologne

Review: Emeraude Agar by Atelier Cologne

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Emeraude Agar - Atelier CologneIn the interest of full disclosure, we need to let you know that we are a little biased when it comes to anything Atelier Cologne. We were the first to carry Atelier Cologne in Canada and we have had the brand since we opened the boutique in 2011. We have had Sylvie and Christophe visit the store and we have met with them and even interviewed them in New York.

We love how through their love of fragrance they built a beautiful brand that embodies their vision and their creativity. We have watched them grow across the world and although a part of us wishes they could stay a beautiful little fragrance house, we see too how wonderful it is to see them touch so many people with their scents by expanding around the world.
Emeraude Agar
One of their latest scents is Emeraude Agar and we are excited to have it exclusively in Canada. Part of the Metal Collection and developed with perfumer, Jérôme Epinette, we think Emeraude Agar is one of the most beautiful Cologne Absolue’s yet. With bergamot, angelica, black pepper, geranium, rose, eucalyptus, agarwood, sandalwood and gaiac wood, there is no mistaking this for anything but an Atelier Cologne fragrance. That is a good thing. We love the mix of the agarwood (Oud) with the bergamot. We find it lightens up the Oud to make this easy and wearable. Too easy? NO! Sophisticated and fresh.

Emeraude Agar is a Cologne Absolue with 18% concentration. The head notes are taken up with fresh Cologne notes of Calabrian bergamot and angelica from Siberia and a hint of black pepper from Vietnam. In the heart notes we experience Turkish rose absolue which is enhanced with Egyptian geranium and a hint of eucalyptus from China. The exotic woods come into play in the base notes with the of the agarwood from Malaysia and sandalwood and guaiac wood from India.

There is always a quote with any Atelier Cologne and for this fragrance it is:

He loved her beyond reason and would travel to the end of the earth to be with her again. Wild explorer and eloquent author, his life and passions advanced at the same pace. She, free as the air, inevitably brought him to new heights…

We love the romanticism of this quote as we find the fragrance just as romantic. For either men or women we have only seen a positive response in the boutique and expect it to be one of our best sellers for the more sophisticated of our Atelier Cologne customers.

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The Metal Collection from Atelier Cologne
Each fragrance is a celebration of the most precious and rare essences in the Cologne Absolue style. Each flacon is presented with a handcrafted leather cap and a removable pump allows for splash or spray use.

Atelier Cologne – The True Art of Cologne
The company based in New York and Paris was founded by Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel. The master perfumers of Atelier Cologne blend unexpected and rare extracts with signature fresh citruses to create Colognes Absolues, concentrated formulas with a richer and more lasting effect. Each scent captures treasured emotions and powerful memories. The fragrances are presented in a custom blown glass bottle of the highest quality. The glass bottles are finished with a hand-crafted cap of leather.

Discover the Atelier Cologne range at Etiket: Atelier Cologne

Rahua Shampoo & Conditioner

Rahua Hair Care: Voluminous Elegance

The award winning Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner from Rahua are the perfect duo to create ...

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Rahua Voluminous ShampooThe award winning Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner from Rahua are the perfect duo to create lustrous, abundant silky hair, full of body and bounce with the calming and relaxing aroma of lavender and eucalyptus.

VOLUMINOUS SHAMPOO: Create volume and hair envy with the award winning Voluminous Shampoo. Formulated with the most exclusive plant derived ingredients extracted from the Amazon rainforest. Increase hair’s body and bounce. This formula is essential for oily hair and scalp, and works to balance, clarify and thoroughly cleanse. Extend time between hair washes. Calm and relax the senses with the fresh aroma of lavender and eucalyptus.
Safe for color-treated hair.

VOLUMINOUS CONDITIONER: A nourishing complement to the Voluminous Shampoo to soften and enhance strands. For even more hair envy this lightweight Voluminous Conditioner replenishes as it gently hydrates. Enjoy lustrous, abundant silky hair, full of body and bounce. Calm and relax the senses with the fresh aroma of lavender and eucalyptus.
Safe for color-treated hair.

Rahua Shampoo & ConditionerWhat is Rahau?
For centuries in the Amazon, women from the Quechua-Shuar tribes traveled deep into the Amazon rainforest to follow a beauty ritual and prepare a highly potent, restorative oil they call Rahua (ra-wa) – believing it to be the secret to their thick, flowing and lustrously shiny hair.

In the 1990’s these women shared Rahua’s power with renowned New York stylist and colorist Fabian Lliguin, a native Ecuadorian of Quechua descent. Intrigued, Lliguin studied Rahua’s revitalizing effects on his own clients’ hair. Dry, damaged strands sprang to life with renewed, bouncy elasticity. Hair colour remained vibrantly true and shiny. Long hair became super healthy and irritated scalps were calmed under Rahua’s soothing care.

Based in New York City, Lliguin and his wife Anna Ayers founded Amazon Beauty and Rahua its premier hair care brand.
The key to Rahua’s outstanding performance is its molecular structure. Unlike other botanical oils that simply coat strands, the extraordinarily small Rahua oil molecule deeply penetrates the hair’s cortex – bonding and repairing it – while simultaneously smoothing the hair’s cuticle. Today, Amazon Beauty features Rahua as the star ingredient in the Rahua hair care collection and Ungurahua, Sacha inchi, and Buriti oils as the miracle Amazonian ingredients for the body care collection. These oils are sourced and processed by these women and men in accordance with the traditional methods and rituals that have been passed down for generations.

Amazon Beauty, and the Rahua brand are passionately committed to creating the most clean and efficacious 100% natural formulas on the market – all of which are vegan, organic, sulfate free, paraben free, gluten free and cruelty free. They are dedicated to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and the indigenous people that live there, and owe the native people a boundless debt for keeping the Amazon, its flora and its fauna in great health for thousands of years.

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Lliguin and Ayers continue the humanitarian work that brought Lliguin the jungle many years ago, educating the indigenous people on successful trade practices. Intellectual property rights and other human rights issues.

Shop all Rahua Products at Etiket: RAHUA


Soft-Focus Radiance: The Diamond Difference

We seem to be hearing a lot these days about diamonds in our skin care ...

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GloProfessional We seem to be hearing a lot these days about diamonds in our skin care or makeup. The magical mystery of diamonds that will help us have more radiance and glow. It’s simple really, it is diamond dust added to either foundation or powder. The light-refracting power of diamonds helps to bend light which gives a soft, ageless complexion.  Another benefit to diamond-infused products? Brightening.  The physical luminescent qualities of diamonds can help to brighten up dull skin. What you get from diamonds is going to be a physical effect.  Products infused with diamond dust help hide imperfections like enlarged pores and discoloration through the reflection of light.

gloProfessional has a product range that includes diamond dust: The Luxe Collection. The range includes the Luxe Liquid Foundation, the Luxe Setting Powder, specifically formulated to work with the Foundation, and an under eye concealer called Luxe Liquid Bright Concealer that, depending on the colour, helps with overall concealing and highlighting (HighBeam), neutralizes Redness and imperfections (Brighten) or disguises dark spots and under eye circles (Sunburst).

Luxe Liquid Foundation:
Applies optical physics to beauty. As light passes through diamond powder, it is reflected and diffused for a visibly softer, more radiant complexion. Luxe Liquid Foundation combines this advanced diamond powder technology with ultra-fine minerals and pigments in a formula that nourishes and protects skin while delivering ageless beauty.

GloProfessional Luxe Foundation

Luxe Setting Powder:
A luxurious loose powder to set Luxe Liquid Foundation and blur fine lines and imperfections for a luminous soft focus effect on the skin. Provides weightless coverage with a sheer, silky smooth finish to leave skin looking flawless. Available in one shade: translucent.

Luxe Setting Powder

Luxe Liquid Bright Concealer:
A lightweight, corrective concealer pen that provides impeccable coverage while bringing light and brightness to the complexion. Instantly reduces signs of fatigue and shadows by cancelling out unwanted color and masking imperfections. Softens the look of fine lines and improves skin’s radiance.

GloProfessional Concealer

Find all gloProfessional products at Etiket: gloProfessional

Triple LIpid Restore

Why you need Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2

As new products are launched we always get excited, especially when it is from a ...

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Triple Lipid RestoreAs new products are launched we always get excited, especially when it is from a science based brand like SkinCeuticals. We know that whenever they come out something new they are filling a need, have done the research and the testing and are launching a product that our customers will want and see results with. With the recent launch of Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 this was no different.

What is Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 ?

Simply put, it’s an anti-aging treatment to restore lipid loss. What is lipid loss? Lipids are what we lose as we get older causing the skin to sag, lose elasticity, and overall, causes skin to become dull and develop wrinkles, and other signs of skin aging. If you are  under 50 this is something that you may not need to worry about, but once you cross that line, this is when this may be a concern.
Our skin’s ability to rejuvenate slows down and we see a reduction in ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids, all factors that help in cellular repair and renewal processes. Triple Lipid Restore is the first and only cosmeceutical product to combine a proprietary ratio of lipids in a maximised concentration of 2% ceramides, 4% cholesterol and 2% omega-fatty acids, which play key roles in the repair of both aged and dry skin.

What will it do for you?

This product corrects visible signs of skin aging to bring you skin that is firmer, fuller, and more youthful looking. If you have dry or dehydrated skin you will love this product. It is part of the CORRECT protocol that has been SkinCeuticals key to success: Prevent, Protect, and Correct. By using Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 , you will help to raise the amount of lipids in your skin. With more lipids, your skin will be able to repair itself better and repair damage in the skin which will help to strengthen the skin’s barrier and in improving protection, your skin will be firmer, more supple and more hydrated.

Clinical Improvement in Signs of Accelerating Aging. Triple Lipid Restore Before & After

SkinCeuticals has done the studies to prove what they are claiming and the results are significant. Their data shows a significant 40% improvement in skin texture and smoothness and 18% improvement in pore appearance. An 8-week clinical study demonstrated statistically significant improvements in the key signs of accelerated aging, such as skin clarity, evenness, radiance, smoothness, laxity, and pore appearance (p<0.05). Triple Lipid Restore is proven to:

  1. Refill Essential Skin Lipids – more than doubled levels of ceramides (57%) and cholesterol (52%), and increased triglycerides by 13% after 8 weeks
  2. Restore External Barrier– 39% improvement in hydration after just 24 hours, with 8x faster barrier recovery following tape stripping on treated versus untreated site
  3. Support Natural Repair– 2x increase in mature versus immature corneoctyes (stratum corneum cells), signifying improved barrier quality and reduced susceptibility to external aggressors

[SkinCeuticals, Data on File. A dermatologist-controlled 8-week clinical study on 55 subjects with twice daily application of Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2.]

Now if this is all too technical, we understand, we just know that if you are over 50 and have dry or dehydrated skin, this will be a perfect  addition to your skin care regimen – the last product to apply in the morning after your CE Ferulic (Prevent) and before your sunscreen (Protect), and the last product to apply at night.

To see all of our SkinCeuticals products, please click here: SKINCEUTICALS.

We always recommend that you visit us in store or contact us directly to help you with your skin care regimen to make sure you choose the products that are right for you and will help you achieve healthy skin.

Au Coeur Du Desert Unisex fragrance by Tauer Perfumes

Review: Au Coeur du Désert from Andy Tauer

We are always excited when a new fragrance comes out from Tauer Perfumes. Andy has ...

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We are always excited when a new fragrance comes out from Tauer Perfumes. Andy has never disappointed us yet and it was no different with Au Coeur du Désert. This fragrance is a new Extrait de Parfum ‘interpretation’ of Andy’s 2010 scent, L’ air du Désert Marocain. What does that mean? On a simple level, if you love L’ Air du Désert Marocain then you will love this scent. Au Coeur Du Desert Unisex fragrance by Tauer Perfumes
What is the difference then?
First, this is a 20% fragrance concentration. This woody, oriental draws on similar notes and the feeling is similar, but there is something richer about this fragrance that cannot be simply attributed to the higher fragrance concentration.
Tauer Perfumes say it like this,

If perfumery is art, AU COEUR DU DÉSERT is a statue carved out of sun
beaten timber, softened with a gloss of aged patchouli, and a
patina of ambergris, coming to life with a balsamic glow.

We agree but perhaps if we don’t get quite so poetic we could say this is simply the next level for Andy in this range of his fragrances. We definitely know it is a Tauer perfume: Complex, sophisticated and challenging. Don’t even think that you know what this smells like by spraying it on a blotter, like all Tauer fragrances this must be sprayed on the skin to be experienced. The dry down is not the same as that first spray and that is part of the magic. From the cedar wood, to the amber and leather and then on to the patchouli, ambergris and sandalwood, there is no mistaking this for anything but a Tauer perfume.
Does it take us to the heart of the desert?
We aren’t sure if we love this one more than the original, and think in the end it is l’Air du Désert Morocain that is still our favourite. But if you are a Tauer fan you must add this to your collection.

Discover the fragrance: Au Coeur de Désert
Discover all Tauer fragrances: Tauer Perfumes

Escentric Molecules

Why don’t I smell Escentric Molecule 01?

We are often asked in the store: Why don’t I smell Escentric Molecule 01 when ...

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Escentric MoleculesWe are often asked in the store: Why don’t I smell Escentric Molecule 01 when I wear it?
For any of you who have worn Molecule 01 you know exactly what we are talking about. Others may have stopped you on the street to ask you what you are wearing but you, the wearer, don’t smell it. Maybe when you first spray it on yourself, there is a hint of something but soon enough that scent is gone and it is like you have never put any fragrance on. Is that the magic of Escentric Molecule 01 or is there something more to it?
There is definitely more to this fragrance created by perfumer Geza Schoen than this being a magical fragrance, there is science and understanding of the molecules that make up fragrance that has allowed him to achieve his creations of Molecule 01, Molecule 02 and Molecule 03. Partial Anosmia, Olfactory Adaptation or Why I Do Not Smell

But, anyway, what do “Molecules” smell like?

01 Iso E Super: a dry woody smell, close to cedar, with amber nuances and a slight phenolic aspect (tarry sweet). It is very diffusive and perfectly blends with a majority of other perfume materials. Read about Iso E Super here.

02 Ambroxan: a smell of ambergris. This substance has a sweet dry smell, reminiscent of old paper and cardboard, with a sensible marine accord and nuances of cedarwood, pine needles, and musk (close to ambrette seed). To some people it also has a green nuance of tea, as well as labdanum and even nuts.

03 Vetiveryl acetate is a semi-synthetic material, a vetiverol derivative, which is the core material responsible for the vetiver smell. Vetiveryl acetate is warm, spicy and fresh, it smells like wood (relatively close to sandal), with noticeable powdery, earthy/rooty and sweet lactonic and nutty nuances.

This information comes from one of our favourite  references, Fragrantica. Here Mat Yudov takes us through a very detailed explanation of  why we do or don’t smell certain scents and fragrances.
To read the complete blog by Mr. Yudov, please click here:
Partial Anosmia, Olfactory Adaptation or Why I Do Not Smell

To discover our complete selection of Escentric Molecules, please click: ESCENTRIC MOLECULES

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