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To Niche or not to Niche?

What is niche perfume? Simon tells you everything you need to know about nice fragrances and why you should make the switch from department store scents.

What is niche perfume? Simon tells you everything you need to know about nice fragrances and why you should make the switch from department store scents.

Simon Tooley
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What is Your Fall Scent Wardrobe?

Simon Tooley, Etiket brand creator and perfume enthusiast, shares his top fragrance picks for the ...

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Simon Tooley, Etiket brand creator and perfume enthusiast, shares his top fragrance picks for the upcoming fall season.
Simon Tooley

When fall comes around, just like we feel the need to change how we dress, I think we feel the need to change our fragrance. We tend to look to heavier scents; scents with notes of Amber, Oud, Vanilla or Patchouli come to mind. It doesn’t mean we have to change our signature scent if we have one, or perhaps we have one for the fall that we only bring out then. For me when fall hits, I definitely change my fall scent wardrobe, and I look forward to wearing old favourites or trying something new.

Thirty-Three EDP by Ex Idolo
One of my favourites is Thirty-Three from Ex Idolo, this scent with thirty-three-year-old oud, takes me on a journey that includes notes of rubber and a deep sexy dry down. On a woman, it is just as beautiful.
Thirty-Three by Ex Idolo

Thirty-Three is a fragrance created from hand blended and very special ingredients. Vintage Oud is the soul of the fragrance, distilled in 1980 and aged until its release in 2013.

Suede de Suède by Mona di Orio
I love the latest scent from Mona di Orio, Suède de Suède which is somehow perfect for fall, it reminds me of a hand-made pair of suede gloves that I bought in Lisbon, deep brown and trimmed in red, this fragrance is much more than suede of course. It has a rich earthiness with the patchouli, my most favourite note, and leaves me with the warmth of suede and musk at the end.

Inspired by memories of the Mona di Orio Swedish in-house perfumer Fredrik Dalman, Suede de Suède unveils a perfume that evocatively caresses the skin like soft Swedish gloves. A smooth woody suède accord warms you like the silky backside of a fur.

Savoy Steam by Penhaligon’s
One of the newest launches from Penhaligon’s, Savoy Steam, is a surprising take on their original scent, Hammam Bouquet from 1872, it has an Englishness that has both humour and sexiness and the touch of rosemary and eucalyptus are a perfect foil to the rose and pink pepper.
Savoy Steam Penhaligon's
A fitting tribute to the original Penhaligon’s scent, Hammam Bouquet, Savoy Steam has top notes of bergamot, lemon, eucalyptus, mint, pink pepper and rosemary; middle notes of rose, geranium, cardamom, hedione and tea; base notes are benzoin, incense, vanilla and white musk.

Close Up by Olfactive Studio
I think one of the recent launches from Olfactive Studio, Close Up, deserves attention with Amber and Tonka, and a Green Coffee top note that makes me smile. There is a richness that just makes you want to spray it on your turtleneck so you feel that intensity each time you wear it.
Close Up Olfactive Studio
Intense and contrasting, the amber tones combine with a freshness. It has a full- bodied character that blends seamlessly with anise and green coffee. Zooming in even closer, each ingredient gains in intensity and distinctness.

London by Gallivant
Finally, my pick for a fragrance that goes from spring to summer to fall and into our cold winters is from Gallivant, called London. It may be the reference to the Pet Shop boys but who doesn’t want to be an East End Boy or a West End Girl? The rose mixed with leather, sandalwood, patchouli and cedarwood take you from the of ce to the “pub” to meet your “chum” after work. My go to scent this fall so far.
GALLIVANT LONDON
It’s a floral leather fragrance. With a watery green head, of cucumber and violet leaves. A floral heart, with Rose de Mai Absolute, rose oil and orris root. And base notes of leather, sandalwood, patchouli and cedarwood.

Come meet our experts to find out what would be your ideal fall scent: a scent that would suit you like your wardrobe.

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Discover Savoy Steam from Penhaligon’s

SAVOY STEAM The latest fragrance from Penhaligon’s Savoy Steam is inspired by the first fragrance from ...

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SAVOY STEAM
The latest fragrance from Penhaligon’s
Penhaligon'sSavoy Steam is inspired by the first fragrance from Penhaligon’s, Hammam Bouquet, that was created in 1872 by William Penhaligon as a nod to the Turkish baths and saunas that were all the rage in London in that era. Where Hammam Bouquet is exotic, Savoy Steam is fastidiously clean; both beautiful scents in their own right.

Savoy Steam takes it’s name from the famous Savoy Turkish Baths that were at 92 Jermyn Street in London. The traditional Penhaligon’s bow on the bottle is made to look like a Turkish striped cotton towel.

This eau de parfum is a beautiful simple fragrance with notes of rose, pink pepper and geranium resolute. There is Tunisian rosemary that adds a spicy note and the base notes of incense, vanilla and white musk anchor the scent very subtly.

This is a fragrance for men or women and is an especially good scent for any man who wants to wear a rose scent but doesn’t want one that is inextricably mixed with leather and amber.

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HAMMAM BOUQUET
The first fragrance from Penhaligon’s
Penhaligon's Hammam BouquetPenhaligon’s first scent, Hammam Bouquet, was dreamt up by William Penhaligon in 1872 after inhaling the steam and sulphurous aromas of the neighbouring Turkish baths. This first fragrance was Williams’ lifelong personal favourite and remains one of Penhaligon’s bestsellers today. The base notes include musk, amber and sandalwood, the middle notes are of roses, cedarwood, orris and jasmine, and the top notes are lavender and bergamot.

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Etiket Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Our Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Is it with the first snowfall or those first Christmas lights we see at the ...

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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

Bohea Bohème by Mona di Orio

What is a tea fragrance? Did you even know that there were fragrances infused or ...

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Bohea BohèmeWhat is a tea fragrance? Did you even know that there were fragrances infused or inspired by tea? I certainly didn’t when I started my journey into scent. We have a few of them at Etiket: Oolong Infini by Atelier Cologne, focuses on blue tea, and Penhaligon’s Malabah, is all about Early Grey tea, but I want to talk about the latest scent from Mona di Orio: Bohea Bohème.
This creation is by their new in-house perfumer, Fredrik Dalman, who studied at the same place as Mona di Orio, Art et Parfum. Now I am not sure that there is any need to make any further comparison about whether this fits the mould of a Mona di Orio fragrance because it simply is one. As with any creation from the house, Jeroen Sogtoen is involved in the direction of the fragrance and the end result will and does have that magical chiaroscuro quality that all of the Mona di Orio scents have to one degree or another.
1438750494856On first spraying Bohea Bohème I am taken to Hong Kong, to an afternoon tea I had at the Peninsula Hotel in December of 1998, I remember the year as I had missed the excitement of flying into the old Hong Kong Airport. It was the first time I had ever had a deep dark oolong tea and I was doing my best to love it as I sat there feeling quite swell sipping tea and eating sandwiches and all of the clotted cream I could get out of the silver serving dish and on to my scones. Scent for me, as I have said many times, is always a memory first before it is anything else. After the first spray I wanted to see where it would take me. Would I stay there sipping my tea or would I continue on and where would I go?
If this scent were only about tea then it would never have taken me anywhere. It is the layers of scent that transported me. The first whiff of the Italian Bergamot and the soft gentleness of the Florentine Iris and the sweetness of the Osmanthus Absolute that round out the fragrance to take me from my cup of tea, in this case Wuyi or Bohea tea all fir and pine, to the beautiful surroundings of that elegant lobby, the Rolls Royce waiting out front, and the warm, humid air that beckons one to finish their tea and head out to catch the ferry to cross the harbour and then on to whatever the night may bring. This is an elegant and sexy fragrance that is certainly not prim and proper even if it starts with tea, it ends far from there and I can’t wait to see exactly where. I have a feeling each time I wear Bohea Bohème, that final destination will be different.
I’m 67 years old, but still fully working as a lawyer, slim, athletic, fit and like to have sex, also with significantly younger women. Viagra from http://www.papsociety.org/viagra-sildenafil/ very helps.
As I have read in other reviews, this is a skin scent; it stays on your skin more than it surrounds you. I like that. I like that it can be so personal, until you meet someone and they lean in to kiss you, smile and say, “What are you wearing?”

Simon Tooley
Founder & CEO of Etiket

Notes: Italian Bergamot, Cardamom Absolute, Florentine Iris, Blue Chamomile, Poplar Bud Absolute, Fir Balsam Fraction, Boxtree absolute, Geranium Absolute, Black tea oil, Smoked Juniper, Oakwood absolute, Sandalwood India, Beeswax Absolute, Bay leaf Absolute.

To order Bohea Bohème or a sample, click HERE.

 

Penhaligon’s Grooming: Redefining Tradition For The Modern Gentleman

Penhaligon’s is known for their original and exceptional fragrances, and is considered a favourite brand ...

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Penhaligon’s is known for their original and exceptional fragrances, and is considered a favourite brand amongst modern gentlemen. But, did you know that Penhaligon’s also offers a comprehensive grooming and skin care line just for men?

BAYOLEA launched in 2014, is a reformulation of a classic scent from the Penhaligon’s extensive archive. This citrus aromatic fragrance combines notes of mandarin and lemongrass with warm tones of cardamom, sandalwood, cedar, musk and lavender – a trend we are still seeing strong in men’s fragrances right now.

Penhaligon's Bayolea

Penhaligon’s  extensive collection of men’s grooming products fulfils all the grooming needs of the modern gentleman, from facial scrubs and shaving cream to razors, beard and shave oil, deodorant and travel sets.  The BAYOLEA range was created to ensure that every aspect of the male grooming ritual has been catered for and is beautifully scented with a zesty and invigorating aroma.

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bayolea moustacheBayolea woodern bowl

 

 

facial scrub

With such a strong start in men’s grooming, it was only a matter of time before Penhaligon’s would start to offer men’s skin care products. This year we were introduced to a new fragrance No. 33 Cologne, accompanied by a simple complimentary skin care line which includes a cleanser, beard & face scrub, moisturizer and eye cream.

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6 Fragrances Perfect For Fall/Winter 2015

The change of season is the perfect time to find your next signature scent! As ...

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The change of season is the perfect time to find your next signature scent! As the weather gets cooler, you may want to switch out your light, floral scents for something a bit warmer, heavier and just down right cozy. Here are our top fragrance picks for Fall/Winter 2015:

screen-capture-851The Italian Way To Vanilla

Eau d’Italie’s newest fragrance Morn To Dusk is a sensual fragrance that wraps around you like a veil of gold, from morning till the sun sets. Fresh and vibrant to begin with, this scent starts with a clean, energetic note of bergamot and gradually warms with bourbon vanilla until the shadows of the day deepen with cedarwood and musk. Intense, hypnotic and simply irresistible!

Eau d’Italie, Morn to Dusk EDT, 100ml – $175

screen-capture-852Lavender In All Its Bracing Charm

Penhaligon’s No. 33 was created to celebrate Penhaligon’s 145th anniversary and is named after one of their first ever boutiques on 33 St James’s Street in London. It opens in an aromatic burst of crisp citrus, rustic armoise and clary sage alongside a bracing lavender note. Incredibly smooth, the heart is enriched by warming pepper, ginger and cardamom and fresh, rosy geranium. Tobacco, cedar and vetiver add a dry smokiness, balanced by the restrained sweetness of tonka, amber and vanilla.

Penhaligon’s No.33, 50ml – $115

screen-capture-853A Celebration Of The Most Rare, Precious and Unexpected Ingredients

Oud Saphir is the latest fragrance from Atelier Cologne’s Collection Métal. It opens with citrus drops of bergamot, spiced with pink pepper and ambrette seed. Notes of suede, birch and jasmine in the heart creates harmony, accompanied with dark, deep accords of agar wood, birch and sensual vanilla in the base notes. A fresh take on the usual deep, rich and intense oud scent and perfect for the transition from summer to fall!

Atelier Cologne Oud Saphir, 100ml – $275

screen-capture-854Trade Routes

ARQUISTE Parfumeur’s newest fragrance Nanban is none other than the intoxicating spirit of a singular, extraordinary voyage of discovery. Imagine a galleon carrying a delegation of samurai charging through dark ocean currents and loaded with sweet-smelling tropical woods, tea, coffee, heady Spanish leather, frankincense, fine black pepper and other exotic ground spices. A gorgeous unisex scent that is perfect to wear now or when the cooler fall weather really settles in.

ARQUISTE Parfumeur Nanban EDP, 100ml – $225

screen-capture-855The Passion Of Andalusia

Celebrate the sweetness of an Indian summer with L’Artisan Parfumeur Aube de Séville! A fragrance that opens with a burst of spicy green and zesty notes. The heart notes include jasmine, sweetened with orange blossom and beeswax. The composition is intensified with calming lavender and dark frankincense. An addictive fragrance that will keep you wanting more.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Aube de Séville EDP, 100ml – $194

screen-capture-856The Dreamer’s Amber

Beautiful, strong and elegantly designed, ETRO Ambra is a seductive fragrance that blends together precious and mysterious essences, such as the black resin of the American amber tree, opoponax and sweet myrrh. The modern freshness of bergamot and the slightly spicy aroma of coriander dampened by labdanum makes this fragrance both exciting and provocative. Ambra is bound to keep you spellbound.

ETRO Ambra, EDT, 50ml – $118

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Perfume Review: Penhaligon’s Ostara EDT

This spring, Penhaligon’s launched Ostara. A delicate solar floral fragrance inspired by spring’s cheery yellow ...

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daffodilThis spring, Penhaligon’s launched Ostara. A delicate solar floral fragrance inspired by spring’s cheery yellow flower, the daffodil. When I smell it, I see yellow. Ostara is a modern version of strong floral scent refreshed with aldehydes and fresh green notes. The opening of Ostara is true to the scent of Daffodils, lush green stems, leaves, and earth. Bergamot, Juniper and Spearmint provide a fresh, lively and crisp edge, while Violet Leaf Absolute adds an earthy, vegetal facet. As Ostara dries down, it become soft and delicate. Vanilla and musk, add a slightly sweet, creamy-fluffy effect that finishes powdery. The sillage is light, but the longevity is excellent! An instant classic, I would say!

Natalie Cola,
The Etiket Insider Beauty Editor

Penhaligon’s Ostara EDT

Top Notes: Clementine, Bergamot, Red Berries, Juniper, Spearmint, Blackcurrant Bud, Violet Leaf Absolute

Middle Notes: Hyacinth, Narcissus, Beeswax, Cyclamen, Ylang Ylang, Hawthorn, Wisteria

Base Notes: Vanilla, Benzoin, Musk, Amber, White Wood Effects

Olfactive Family: Floral Green

Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour

Availability: In-store and online.

If you like Penhaligon’s Ostara EDT, you may also like: Amouage Refelection Woman and Eau d’Italie Au Lac.

Discover these fragrances and many more! At Etiket we now offers samples of all fragrances that we carry including complimentary shipping to anywhere in Canada!

CLICK HERE for more details about our Fragrance Sample Program!

Penhaligon’s Holiday Collection 2014

It’s that time of year again and British perfume house Penhaligon’s has unveiled their most decadent Holiday ...

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It’s that time of year again and British perfume house Penhaligon’s has unveiled their most decadent Holiday …

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