New Years Eve 2011, Sydney, Australia MIDNIGHT FIREWORKS!!


By Kilian Incense Oud

By: Sandra Raičević Petrović

With Incense Oud, By Kilian proposes the third fragrance to the Arabian Nights line. This is a follow up to the original collection, already famous for its Pure Oud, introduced in 2009, and Rose oud, introduced earlier this year. Incense Oud is composed in synergy with perfumer Sidonie Lancesseur, and it brings the mysterious scent of frankincense and oud.
Read full article: By Kilian Incense Oud from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.


The Moon's Holiday Gift

The December holiday sky show doesn't stop with the Geminid meteor shower. In the very early morning of December 21 (or late night of December 20, depending on your time zone), a total lunar eclipse will make a dramatically colorful appearance -- from bright orange to blood red to dark brown and perhaps gray. The next total lunar eclipse will begin when the moon moves into Earth's penumbral shadow on December 21, 2010 at 5:29 UTC.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind Earth, into Earth's shadow. This type of eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth, and moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with Earth in the middle. Hence, there is always a full moon the night of a lunar eclipse. The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the moon's location in its orbit relative to the Earth and sun.

The last lunar eclipse of 2010 is especially well placed for observers throughout North America. The eclipse occurs as the moon passes through the northern portion of Earth's shadow, just four days before perigee, when the moon is closest to Earth.

Read full article: The Moon's Holiday Gift  from NASA

Ajmal Entice

By: Sandra Raičević-Petrović

The Arabic house of Ajmal presents their new fragrant pair Entice, which includes fragrances for women and for men. The perfumes are available in glass flacons which have the same shape and different colours. The fragrances bring a mixture of ancient wisdom of East and west and offer compositions based on tradition and quality.

Fragrance for women Entice Her gives us a fresh combination of mandarin, lemon and aloe enriched with floral tacts of tuberose and jasmine. This citrusy-floral union is rounded up with a veil of sandalwood, musk and cedar combined in base notes. Entrice Her is ideal for a self-confident and modern woman and is available as 75ml edp.

Men's version Entrice Him presents itself with help of fresh bergamot notes which is a refreshing overture to a woody union of vetiver and patchouli with a clear trail of white jasmine. The fragrance is available as 75ml edp. Both editions were presented in 2010.
from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.


Joop! Splash

By: Sandra Raičević-Petrović in Fragrantica

A new fragrance for men by the house of Joop! will splash the market in the beginning of 2011. The fragrance is created in collaboration with Coty Prestige.

The new fragrance by Joop! is named Splash and is advertised with the motto: Splash -Some like it fresh! The perfume is available in a glass flacon coloured in blue. Its unusual shape reminds of water flow.

Splash is composed of Cassowary fruit, coriander, sea notes (calypsone), cardamom, cedar and labdanum. Perfumer of the edition is Louise Turner.

Joop! Splash is available as 75 and 115ml EDT along with accompanying body care products - 115ml after shave, 200ml shower gel, 75ml fresh and cool deodorant stick. Face of the advertising campaign is Chad White. (moodiereport, autolifestyle.nl)

Rain again in Labdanum area


It is so good from cistus Creticus. 


Most expensive Christmas tree ever?

Worth $11 million, standing 13 meters high and draped with jewellery, silver and gold colored balls and white lights, the tree at Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi is the world’s most expensive Christmas tree ever – or so the hotel hopes.

The tree is fake, but the jewels are not. There are 181 pieces of jewellery including diamonds, emeralds, rubies and pearls, according to Khalifa Khouri the owner of Style Gallery, which dressed the tree. There is a mix of rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. The most expensive item on the Christmas tree is a diamond set worth 3.5 million Dirhams, nearly $1 million.

The hotel will soon make a bid for an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records, says Hans Olbertz, General Manager of Emirates Palace.

The Christmas tree has been at the hotel since its opening. It has been decorated differently every year to try to give visitors the Christmas feeling when they are away from home. This year the hotel decided to elevate the decorations, according to Mr. Olbertz – an understatement. “We wanted to have another record to coincide with the luxury of the palace.”

Read full article: Most expensive Christmas tree ever? from CNN


ESXENCE 2011 - When art is expressed in essence!

ESXENCE 2011: Palazzo della Permanente, Via F. Turati 34, Milan (31 March – 3 April 2011) - Now in its third edition, the only must-attend event held at international level and dedicated to Artistic Perfumery is confirmed as an exciting, absorbing experience both for business operatives and for the general public.

“And the perfume sank into them, going straight to the heart”. Perfume, Patrick Süskind (1985).

It’s the heart of perfume fans and some of the world’s top-qualified specialists that is addressed by Esxence The Scent of Excellence, the event dedicated to Artistic Perfumery that will take place in Milan’s Palazzo della Permanente from 31 March to 3 April 2011.

Italy has made a fundamental contribution to this field in the last fifty years, as it is a country with numerous independent perfumeries committed passionately to selecting Artistic Perfumes and offering them to their customers. Applying their ability to highlight individuality and the specifics of character and style in their products, these perfumeries compare favourably to the big-name brands, doggedly persevering in preserving our country’s role as a “gallery of olfactory masterpieces”: a commitment expressed in a business model that has already provided interesting, stimulating ideas for developing the distribution of Artistic Perfumery internationally.

Esxence The Scent of Excellence, now approaching its third edition, is once again confirmed as the must-attend benchmark and rendezvous for brand owners, creators, producers, distributors, buyers and retailers from all over the world, an ideal event for developing a constantly growing market that can offer competitive advantages to those who produce fragrances that are not intended to appeal to everybody, but to express olfactory creativity and communication. This is a sector that the statistics show to be maturing coherently, guaranteeing that its dealers achieve results comparable to those of conventional perfumery.

After achieving an increase of 54% in brands represented in 2010 compared to the previous year and thousands of visitors from more than 24 different countries, the main aim of the 2011 edition is to pursue its activity of contributing to developing Artistic Perfumery as a creative art that springs from human talent, so as to spread knowledge about it and encourage its diffusion as a unique, fascinating artistic heritage. In Italy alone, this sector has reached a turnover estimated at 120 million Euros and has a total potential of more than 850 million Euros at European level.

The Promoting Committee – which has confirmed I.C.E. International Club Exhibitions, a company specialising in niche events, as organiser of Esxence for the third year running – has already chosen the new International Technical Committee of experts in the sector, whose task is to apply predetermined shared parameters to filter the numerous applications to participate, so as to keep access selective and highly qualified.

Read full article: ESXENCE 2011 - When art is expressed in essence! from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Esxence – The Scent of Excellence Venue: Palazzo della Permanente, Via F. Turati 34, Milan
Date: 31 March – 3 April 2011
Opening Hours: Thursday 31 March and Friday 1 April, for professional and press visitors only: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April, open to the public: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
For further information, please contact: I.C.E. Organising Secretariat: tel. +39.02.34538354

Cartier Delices de Cartier Edition Limitee 2010

Delices de Cartier Edition Limitee 2010 has been presented as a new, holiday edition available in limited number. The new flacon was created in winter version, inspired by ice and winter idyll. After red bottles with beautiful caps new version appears in silver-white clothes – ice cold and festive. Top notes seductively tempt us with pink pepper along with cherry wood accompanied with S...
Read full article: Cartier Delices de Cartier Edition Limitee 2010 from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.


U Black Hombre by Adolfo Dominguez

For: men 
Designer: Adolfo Dominguez Olfactive 
Group: Oriental Fougere

U Black Hombre was launched in 2005. Bold, dynamic, and original perfume.
Top notes: bamboo, rosewood and moss.
Heart notes: lavender and labdanum. 
Base notes: ebony, musk and tonka.

Available as 40 and 75ml EDT.


Astroscentology: 13-19 December

By: Hieronimuss
Astrologically this will be the most volatile week of the entire year. When a lot of energy is stirred up, extremely good things like a break-through or liberation of some kind can easily happen along with accidents, so caution is advised! This week we’ll look back at the TFWA EXPO 2010 in Cannes, France and recommend some upcoming fragrant masterpiece for your wish list.

Read full article: Astroscentology: 13-19 December from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.


Ajmal Lure

By: Sandra Raičević-Petrović

Ajmal launches fragrances Lure - Lure for men and Lure for women. The two fragrances arrive in leaning flacons as 85ml edp. The fragrant duo which arrived on the market in 2010 has been announced as an exotic and excellent combination of sensuality, sophistication and elegance.

Edition for women, Lure for Her, is composed of orange blossom and jasmine in union with fruity zest of plum and base on a woody base. The composition is characterized as a floral-fruity. Edition for men, Lure For Him, brings harmonious and aromatic notes of lavender, bergamot and lemon, along with a fine trail of geranium, iris and amber. Two new fragrances by Ajmal are available in all Ajmal boutiques in the Middle East, as well as at some selected distributers'.


Pieces of Aquilaria wood lacking the dense and dark resinous agarwood caused by infection
Agarwood or oodh (or just agar) is a dark resinous heartwood that forms in Aquilaria and Gyrinops, trees (large evergreens native to southeast Asia) when they become infected with a type of mold. Prior to infection, the heartwood is relatively light and pale coloured, however as the infection progresses, the tree produces a dark aromatic resin in response to the attack, which results in a very dense, dark, resin embedded heartwood. The resin embedded wood is commonly called gaharu, jinko, aloeswood, agarwood, or oud (not to be confused with 'Bakhoor') and is valued in many cultures for its distinctive fragrance, and thus is used for incense and perfumes.

MORE INFO in wikipedia

and Tajul Bakshi from India



Greek Television     ET1.

SUNDAY 12/12/2010 14:15 Athens
Collection of labdanum


Monday 13/12/2010 8:00 am


Donna Karan DKNY Golden Delicious

A new little apple from the popular DKNY collection - DKNY Golden Delicious brings aromas of apple known as 'Golden delices' and arrives on the market in 2011. DKNY Golden Delicious celebrates luxury and splendor with its rich and accentuated aromas of juicy 'Golden delices' apple, accompanied by orange blossom and Mirabelle plum. An opulent floral heart offers a bouquet of white roses, surrou...
Read full article: Donna Karan DKNY Golden Delicious from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.


DIY Perfume 101: 25 Tips, Videos & Articles to Learn to Create Your Own Fragrance.

DIY perfume is a fun project that can become a full-blown hobby or a one-time experiment. When it goes right, you’ll end up with a custom fragrance that hits all of the lovely notes you love to sniff when perusing spices, candles or fresh flowers. There’s no limit on what scents you can mix together, so play wizard and come up with a unique concoction that’s as individual as your personality.

Tips for Creating a DIY Fragrance

Making your own perfume is fun, but it’s not as easy, breezy as one might think. Have the right tools and set-up before you start mixing to prevent a mess.


1. Set up a work station. This doesn’t have to be ultra fancy. Just a clear counter top where you can measure ingredients with ease and not spill on anything important.

2. Wear an old shirt. If you’ve ever dropped olive oil on a shirt, you know any type of oil stains with what looks like a permanent watermark. Leave your good shirts in the closet and conduct your DIY perfume while wearing a ratty T-shirt.

3. Have bottles for storing DIY perfumes. If you’re just starting out and aren’t sure what your fragrances will end up like, you can store them in any type of glass container with a top. For those who want to get fancy, hit a local craft store for empty atomizers and glass bottles to store perfumes. All bottles should have an airtight lid.

4. Be patient. In order for the scents to come together, you have to let the fragrance sit for at least 48 hours. Don’t dismiss a recipe upon first sniff, just because it doesn’t tickle your fancy right away. It may need to sit at least a week to thoroughly mix.

5. Shake it up. If two days isn’t long enough for the perfume to sit, be sure to shake it up every couple of days until you reach a week. This disperses the contents evenly, giving the scents a chance to marry.

Videos to Create Your Own Fragrance

If you think making your own fragrance is too much to handle without a crash course, check out these helpful videos to give you an image of what the process should be like.

more and link of  video in site

Medical Laboratory Technician


Legend Continued...

If you ever become overwhelmed with NYC and want to experience people who care, you need to visit the MiN Apothecary in Soho’s 117 Crosby Street. There you will meet Levi Pharaoh and Chad Murawczuk. They will not just share with you about the latest trends in perfumes, but they’ll be there for you if you even need a shoulder to cry. They were our irresistible hosts on Dec. 1, w...
Read full article: Legend Continued... from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.


Astroscentology: 6-12 December

By: Hieronimuss

With the New Moon this week we question our place within the surge of conservatism in the public arena. It’s a somewhat impersonal week, and it will take an effort to stick to our individual scents and creative choices. From the top notes of rosemary and sage, we move this week towards myrrh and patchouli. We recommend some last minute gifts to win her heart.

Read full article: Astroscentology: 6-12 December from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.


Armani Privé La Collection des Mille et une Nuits

Armani launches new perfume collection of the exclusive Privé line in November 2010. The collection is named "La Collection des Mille et une Nuits",inspired by the medieval Arabic tales from 1001 Nights. The perfumes of the collection represent a modern revival of Scheherazade’s stories, discovering and revealing all the fragrant beauties of the East. The...
Read full article: Armani Privé La Collection des Mille et une Nuits from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Oud Royal is a deep, warm and spicy elixir of agar wood, which is very popular in the Arab region. Agar is enriched with spicy notes of saffron, amber, rose, sandalwood and incense.

Ambre Orient is a smoky scent of vanilla and dark woody aromas of sandalwood and patchouli with thyme, labdanum and amber, spiced with cinnamon and pink pepper.

Rose d'Arabie combines Damascus rose with patchouli, vanilla and Arab woods.


Whatever it takes to seve a child.

Great gift ideas for adults & children! From toys to ornaments, jewelry to stationery, every UNICEF card and gift you buy helps children around the world.

The Secret of Chanel No 5 by Tilar J. Mazzeo

THE SECRET OF CHANEL № 5 by TILAR J. MAZZEO HarperCollins Publishers and Fragrantica invite you to participate in the give-away of the wonderful book 'The Secret of Chanel №5' by Tilar J. Mazzeo.   "Tilar J. Mazzeo, author of the New York Times bestseller The Widow Clicquot (an Amazon Best of the Month book in October 2008) returns with a captivating history ...

Read full article: The Secret of Chanel No 5 by Tilar J. Mazzeo from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.


Astroscentology: 29 November - 5 December

This week is a lot about balancing the fresh need for progress by putting the innovative and conservative views side by side. As our social life accelerates, and as we grasp the renewed sense of what is valuable to us, it is the flexibility that will assist us in the long run. This week we’ll look into some fragrant gifts for him.          ...
Read full article: Astroscentology: 29 November - 5 December from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.


Opus IV by Amouage

Amouage launched The Library Collection, including Opus I, II and III in the Summer 2010. The fragrances are inspired by a library of classics and housed in the book-shaped packaging. The forth fragrance, - Opus IV, - will be launched worldwide on the first of December 2010. Amouage will donate 50% of the profits from Opus IV to Aids Awareness in the Middle East. ...
Read full article: Opus IV by Amouage from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.

Opus IV by Amouage is a fragrance for women and men. Opus IV is a new fragrance and it was introduced in 2010. The nose behind this fragrance is Jacques Flori. The fragrance features cardamom, coriander, grapefruit, amalfi lemon, mandarin orange, caraway, elemi, rose, incense, labdanum and musk.


Organic Perfumery Workshop and Branding Your Natural Product Session

Amanda Walker, the owner and perfumer of A Perfume Organic, invites you to attend the two-days worksop at The Open Center 22 East 30th Street (between Madison and 5th Avenue) Classroom 3B New York, NY 10016. The workshop starts on Monday, November 29, 2010 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm  Cost: $145

In this two-part workshop, students will learn the basics of designing a custom scent with organic ingredients and be introduced to helpful information to develop their own brands and products.

Part 1: 2 hours  (7PM-9PM)

An introduction to rare natural materials, blending techniques, fragrance families, odor classification, extraction methods, equipment, vocabulary and ratios. This workshop is a hands on way to experience basic techniques needed to develop your own products and learn more about the incredible world of perfume. Each student will design their own 12ml perfume they can take home with them (all supplies provided). No prior experience necessary, although intermediate and advanced topics will be discussed.

Part 2: 1 hour (9PM-10PM)

An in depth session on branding, packaging, sourcing and marketing natural products.  Students will be given the opportunity to compare similar brand samples, have access to resource lists and industry contacts needed to launch a new brand or jumpstart an established brand.  This is a rare opportunity to meet with an experienced industry innovator, these consultation sessions can cost hundreds of dollars!

Free shipping for every product purchased from A Perfume Organic through January 2011!

Base Notes.

Base perfume notes are typically the most important of the notes in a perfume because they tend to be the ones that last the longest. There are a number of different types of base perfume notes, but there are some that seem to be more popular than others. Most perfumes, colognes and fragrances are comprised of top perfume notes, middle or heart perfume notes and base perfume notes. The base notes are going to be the heaviest and the strongest notes, and they will be the ones that linger long after the other notes in the fragrance have faded off.

Base notes are typically chosen because they have strength, fixative properties and a solid scent. The base notes will generally dictate which of the fragrance families the perfume fits into. Base notes are typically heavy, heady, strong, woody, smoky, exotic, spicy, mossy, sensual or warm, or a combination of these characteristics.

Many base perfume notes have been used for a number of centuries, and so they are now considered to be rare and exotic, and they are only used in expensive and exclusive scents. Some perfume notes are also seen as being politically incorrect because they were derived from animal sources, and so they are much harder to come by in this day and age. Luckily, many of these original base notes have been recreated in the form of synthetic versions. There are a number of other base perfume notes as well, many of which are derived from plant resin and tree resin and other natural sources.

Here are some of the most common types of base perfume notes:

Amber - Amber is a good fixative that most people like, and is derived from the fossil resin of a fir tree.
Ambergris - This used to be derived from sperm whales but now is a synthetically produced note for obvious reasons.
Opoponax - This note smells like sweet licorice and comes from a plant resin.
Patchouli - This is an earthy and sweet note that is well known for being in incense.
Tonka Bean - This note smells like marzipan and caramel and comes from the Tonka tree's pod in South America.
Musk - This is one of the most commonly used of all base notes, and is synthetically created.
Sandalwood - This is a widely used note from the sandalwood tree.
Balsam - This is a sweet smelling resin from some plants.
Benzoin - This is a resin from the Stryax tree and offers a chocolaty base note.
Courmarin - This base note smells like marzipan and comes from the tonka bean.
Labdanum - This is a resin from the Cistus plant.  
Leather - Leather offers a smoky and warm scent and comes from birch trees and fir trees.
Oakmoss - Oaky and mossy in nature, this base note comes from a lichen that is commonly found on the oak tree.
Olibarnum - This is a spicy and strong base note from the boswellia tree.
Vetiver - From India and the Caribbean, this is a green and earthy base note.


Astroscentology: 22-28 November

By: Hieronimuss

It's a week of wisdom. As big words fly and dreams seem to be more within reach than ever before this year, the wisdom for this week is to seek out the authentic in our efforts and understand better our origins, including our parents. This can solidify our creative spirit and growth. We look this week into some wise proverbs and wonder if their wisdom can be applied to perfumes.

Old Danish Tree by gumuz

Eau de Sisley 2

his is a review of the Eau de Sisley 2 perfume, a perfume intended both for men and women that was recently released in a group of three by the Sisley design house.

The Eau de Sisley 2 perfume is the second scent in the three scent series that Sisley recently released. The Eau de Sisley 2 perfume begins with a lively feel to it, as it offers ample quantities of both basil and cardamom, combined with rose, cyclamen, patchouli, sandalwood and cedar. Each of these notes is splendidly balanced in the most perfect combination that you can imagine. There are woody and musky undertones in this Eau de Sisley 2 perfume, giving the scent just the right amount of masculine edge to take some of the edge off of an otherwise feminine scent with plenty of sheer florals. This Eau de Sisley 2 perfume is intended to be a unisex perfume fragrance, as it has both a masculine edge and a feminine one, making it perfect for any occasion and any gender.

Notable Notes - The most notable notes in the Eau de Sisley 2 fragrance include Iris, Basil, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Vetiver, Patchouli, Rose, Cardamom, Cyclamen, Cedar and Bergamot.

Recommended Use - The recommended use for the Eau de Sisley 2 fragrance is daytime use, though this scent is fresh and clean enough that it can be taken pretty much anywhere and is well suited for both daytime use and night time use as well.

The Eau de Sisley 1 is one of three fragrances that were recently released by the Sisley design house. They are both simply and sparkling in the elegance that they offer. These three fragrances were all created together, to behave as if they were three sisters or three faces of a single woman, in that they are quite similar and yet very unique in nature, and so they are marked with the numbers Eau de Sisley 1, Eau de Sisley 2 and Eau de Sisley 3.

The Eau de Sisley 2 perfume is the fresh and clean of the three sisters. It begins with a sonata of green scents that comes from basil, cardamom and bergamot and then it slides into a floral middle with aquatic iris, cyclamen, Egyptian jasmine and rose. The base notes in the Eau de Sisley 2 perfume include a nice woodsy and chypre combination marked by vetiver, patchouli, cedar and sandalwood.

The Eau de Sisley 2 perfume comes in a 100 ml or 3.4 oz Eau de Parfum, and it originally was released on the market in April of this year, 2009. The flacon is glass and features a unique stopper that was designed just for this trio of perfumes by a Polish Sculptor named Bronislaw Krzysztof.


L'aimant PerfumeThis is a review of the L'aimant Perfume, a fragrance by Coty for women.

The L'aimant Perfume, which stands for "the magnet" in the French language, is a Coty perfume that is designed to be both luxurious and purely romantic at the same time. The L'aimant Perfume is a beautiful blend of rich and stunning florals that has become a timeless classic since it was originally introduced in the year 1927. The design of this L'aimant Perfume was done by Vincent Roubert for Francois Coty, and it includes a stunning combination of accords including jasmine, lavender, rose, carnation, cedar, lily of the valley, tonka, sandalwood and musk.

Notable Notes - The most notable notes in the L'aimant Perfume include Sandalwood, Musk, Tonka Bean, Cedar, Lily of the Valley, Carnation, Rose and Jasmine.

Recommended Use - The L'aimant Perfume is a romantic perfume, through and through, so it is best indicated for romantic wear use.

This particular perfume, L'aimant perfume, is a little bit sweet but there is something really nice about it. In fact, it reminds me of being a teenager again, with a simple mist on my body, which is really nice sometimes. This is a truly romantic perfume, it has the right amount of sweetness but it is not at all overwhelming, which is really appreciated. I really love the carnation, jasmine and rose notes wrapped up in the lily of the valley.

Coty's L'aimant perfume is an old favorite that is sometimes difficult to find, but a really nice surprise when you do manage to find it for sale. The notes that are offered in the L'aimant perfume are absolutely wonderful, with the perfect combination of woodsy notes like Tonka Bean, Sandalwood and Musk combined with delicate florals in Carnation, Lily of the Valley, Rose and Jasmine. If you are looking for something that is romantic but natural and clean feeling, then the L'aimant perfume is definitely a good fragrance for you to consider trying.

Finding a romantic perfume fragrance that is not overwhelming, too mature, or too musty can be really difficult it not completely impossible for some people. This is why I was so surprised to find L'aimant perfume, which I fell in love with instantly. It only makes sense that I would fall in love with this truly romantic fragrance, as it has so much to offer and my partner and I both love it when I'm wearing it. Not only do I love smelling it on my own self all day long, but smelling it on his clothes the next morning is also incredibly nice. If you are looking for something sweet and romantic without being overstated, or understated for that matter, then L'aimant perfume is the fragrance for you.


Victoria`s Secret Dream Angels Heavenly Stardust

By: Sandra Raičević Petrović

Victoria’s Secret launches magical starry dust that will sparkle before the New Year holidays. The fragrance belongs to the Dream Angels collection and it is named Heavenly Stardust. The aim of this edition is to keep the magic of holidays with its bright and festive winter berry aromas, honeysuckle and liquid musk.

Victoria `s Secret Dream Angels Heavenly Stardust comes as limited edition 75ml bottle of EDP supported by the collection of body care product, including Heavenly Stardust Sheer Fragrance Mist of 250ml and Heavenly Stardust Shimmering Body Lotion of 200ml.

In addition to the limited edition new fragrance, Victoria's Secret fills its New Year's offerings with glittering companion products of Dream Angels Heavenly fragrance: Holiday Shimmering Mist of 250ml and Dream Angels Heavenly Shimmer Lotion of 200ml. The collection also includes a new brush with Dream Angels Heavenly Holiday Shimmering Powder as a limited edition.


Holiday Perfume Sets.

Holiday, celebration and gift buying season is getting closer, and, like every year, all the major commercial houses launch gift sets of their popular perfumes. The offer is extensive, so you can probably find your favorite fragrance in a brilliant package with an additional cosmetic purse or some body care products. Here are a few interesting editions for the holiday season of 2010: A modern...




Genesis 37:25 "Myrrh of Bible"

Gen. xxxvii 25, Ladanum, the Gk. Xf]5ov. This word is of more doubtful origin. In the Arabic it appears as ladhan and might very well be derived from the root ts6, to be sticky. It has also been derived from the Persian and appears to represent a fragrant and sticky resin gathered from the leaves of the Cistus Creticus SchrofT (J. A. O. S. Oct. 1920) calls it the Rock rose, Cistus villosus. The Semitic derivation of the name is favored by the fact that the Cistus is produced in Canaan, at least in the region of Gilead.


Holy Incense : Labdanum

herbal name:“Cistus creticus” or  “Cistus Incanus”

also known as “Rock Rose” or “Onycha”

Astrological sign: Cancer

Elements: Water and Earth

God/dess associations: Minoan Snake Goddess, Cretan Britomartis, Artemis, Pan

Perfumery: sweet amber base note

Labdanum is the resin extracted from the Rock Rose, a small shrubby plant that grows in Southern Europe and northern Africa. The most famous labdanum comes from Crete.

It is a soft, black/brown substance with an interesting earthy, balsamic sweet scent. In it's raw form the sticky substance isn't something you could imagine wearing as a perfume, (in fact one of my daughters reckons it smells like rotting fruit) and it isn't until you combine it with other ingredients that it begins to show it's true magic. As an essential oil or absolute extraction, it becomes a greeny, yellow liquid that has a much lighter, higher note to it...it retains it's soft, ambery warmth, but adds a higher floral note to it.
Goats with labdanum.

In Cyprus, Labdanum was traditionally collected off the fleece of goats that collect it by brushing through clumps of the cistus bush while grazing. Nowadays it is mainly harvested from May to June (When the resin is soft and sticky) by brushing the plants with leather thongs. There was a traditional perfume salve that Cretan women made from Labdanum, Lily, jasmine and quince which they would use to anoint their chests above their low cut dresses (This is where those of the Minoan Serpent Goddess who is always shown with her beautiful naked breasts open and proud originates) and it was burnt as incense on hot coals in their homes to bless them. Labdanuit was exported all over the far and middle east and used in perfumes and incense of many kinds and is widely mentioned in old texts including the bible.

In fact, the bible has one of the first recorded incense recipes:

Exodus 30:34 ( BTW this is the plain English translation...the older versions were the usual badly translated hard to understand stuff, so I'm quoting the modern translation here...the older ones also originally translated the labdanum as a kind of mollusk shell extract....took decades of controversy before an arab translator pointed out that the word “Shecheleth” actually meant onycha, which was widely used at that time as incense...though there is still a fair bit of controversy about the word “Onycha” too....my latest research has unearthed a number of sources that reckon THIs is actually a powder made from those funny little door closing muscles of certain shellfish....but I digress)

“ And the Lord said to Moses, Take sweet spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, with the best frankincense, in equal weights; And make from them a perfume, such as is made by the art of the perfume-maker, mixed with salt, and clean and holy. And put some of it, crushed very small, in front of the ark in the Tent of meeting, where I will come face to face with you; it is to be most holy.“
Tool: ladanestirio.
The recipe itself is similar to many Egyptian temple incenses. The famous Egyptian Kyphi incense also contains Labdanum. Perfumers in the middle ages used it as a base note together with Ambergris and Patchouli in Chypre and Leather note perfumes. Like most of the natural perfume ingredients, Labdanum has been replaced by synthetic versions in most modern perfumes for cost reasons, but some more traditional perfumers still use it as it has a depth of scent that no chemical copy can rival. It is an incredibly soothing scent, soft, warm, earthy, fruity and floral all at the same time. And in Aromatherapy it is used for people in need of it's calming, deeply spiritual effect. In Magic it is used for all things related to the starsign of Cancer, which is ruled by the moon. So it's a great ingredient in all kinds of full moon rituals, gentle Love Magic, Healing broken hearts and the like.....

It would also be a good incense for any rituals invoking the Cretan Serpent Goddess or , Artemis the virgin huntress who is said to be the same as the Cretan Goddess Britomartis. It would also be appropriate to use it in blends to honour Pan, as it grows where he comes from and was collected from the beards of his sacred animal: the goat!

Medicinally it was used as a stimulant expectorant for cattarrhs and to treat dysentery. It was also used in plasters for skin infections. And there are some references that both the seeds and the resin were used in foods as well. (I only found one reference for this so I'm not sure I'd be game to experiment).

It's main usage has always been in incense and perfumery though.


Chypre perfume.

A beginner's Guide to Chypres
This sample packe will help guide you through the world of chypre fragrances & its sub categories.
The sampler will include 1 ml sample vials of the following perfumes named in the discussion below. Pure parfums will be 1/2 filled sample vial.

The word Chypre is French for Cyprus. It was first used in perfumery by François Coty, who created an influential perfume of that name in 1917. Consisting of a bergamot top note, classic floral heart, and a rich mossy base note. However, perfumes of a similar style have been created throughout the 19th century & have had variations on this theme & Modern chypre perfumes have various citrus top notes, herbaceous, floral and animalic notes, but all tend to have a "warm" and "woody" theme, and contain oak moss and usually amber. Further common notes include patchouli, bergamot, rose and rock rose (Cistus - labdanum)

1) Traditional Chypre ~ Coty chypre the original Chypre fragrance

2) Floral Chypre ~ More floral notes are added & often patchouli is added to the base along with the oakmoss. Miss Dior is a wonderful floral Chypre.

3) Fruity Chypre ~ Heavy with a peach-like fruitiness. Fruity Chypres use dark & heavily sweet & fleshy fruits such as plum, peach & apricot – which highly complement the dark earthy base notes and the sparkling citrus top notes. Guerlain's Mitsouko was the ground breaking fragrance of this category. the first to combine chypre with the Peach acchord.

4) Chypre Leather ~ Characterized by the addition of Dry, smoky, leathery notes often considered dark and masculine. Tobacco, castoreum, cade and birch tar are the notes that lend a smoky, leathery feel to a perfume. Chanel's Cuir de Russie was one of the first to combine leather & Chypre notes.

5) Aldehydic chypre ~ Groundbreaking in its day for combining chypre & aldehydes is Cabochard by Gres

6) Aromatic Chypre ~ Also a modern take on chypres with a fresh feel. Guerlain's sous le Vent would fit this category perfectly

7) Green Chypre ~ Also a modern Chypre sub category. The lightest of the chypres – usually with leafy-green notes or, at times herbaceous and coniferous notes. Chanel No. 19 was one of the first green chypres created.

8) Citrus Chypre - Citrus is added to the heart as well as top notes The most innovative Citrus Chypre is Dior Eau Sauvage Created by top perfumer Edmond Roudnitska, Eau Sauvage (1966) is a citrus chypre fragrance that broke the mould in its use of scientific innovation. Top perfumer Roja Dove says, "It is one of the most important creations of the second half of last century." Eau Sauvage is groundbreaking in its simplicity, From today's perspective, the scent is classic and refined.

9) Rose Chypre - Adding more rose to the heart The most well known & probably the best Rose Chypre ever made is Lancome Magie Noire

10) Dark Chypre -A dark Chypre is one that forgoes the citrus & uses deep dark florals such as dark rose & heavy on the leather. the most well known dark chypre is Robert Piguet's Bandit


The Ecomuseum of Rhodes


The “journey through time and place in the rural environment of Rhodes”, comprises the main part of the idea for the creation of an ecomuseum, which focuses on at least 15 villages in the central, mountainous regions of the island. This rural area, which has been wholly left out of the hectic tourist development of the rest of the island, is defined by its great wealth in natural ecosystems and as a result sections of this entire district can stand on their own as museums. As well as presenting folklore and historic elements, these areas can also provide a multitude of topics and themes that can be introduced into an ecomuseum.

The project anticipates the creation of activities within a museum-type structure that are based on the agricultural life and cultivation activities, but also plans to introduce the special character of the communities that will participate in this project with sensitivity and respect.
Through these communities, the visitor will be able to learn about the history, the civilization and the culture
of the various villages of Rhodes.

More specifically, the museum will be supported by an interesting network of itineraries, within the natural environment and from which the visitor will have the opportunity of learning about the ecosystem and
the cultural identity as well as the heritage of each village. Gradually, the quality products of these regions, that of nature and the landscape, the ancient and cultural sites, the villages, the traditional craft workshops, will be presented as “elements of civilization”, which will be offered to the visitor of Rhodes as further enrichment elements to the specific tourist product.

The aim of this project is the sustainable development of a small agricultural region through the promotion and presentation of its agricultural history and the exploitation of her natural cultural and folklore sources and the development of facilities and services that pertain to alternative tourism.

Networking and co-
Co-operation between the Ecomuseum of Rhodes and its international counterparts could possibly involve the following departments:

• One of the immediate priorities of the coordinators of the project is for its integration with other similar online museums of Europe and its collaboration with them.
• Educational and research institutes for the Scientific Museologic approach regarding the artifacts of
the Ecomuseum, as well as the establishment of a control info centre.
• Organisations and movements involved in the protection of the environment and cultural heritage.
• The rekindling of sources of energy and the creation of green energy parks in the region of the ecomuseum (15 villages i
n central Rhodes) which will supply the energy needs of the villages (photovoltaic modules and wind turbines).
• The protection of aquatic sources and the development of new forms of cultivation, which are said to save on water.

The above suggestions basically represent the initial areas of interest for which we would like to e
ngage international collaborators and investors, particularly for the purposes of funding this project. We believe there are enough eco and agro elements present for us to start working on with your help।

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