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Christopher Spitzmiller's Clove Brook Farm: Before And After

Photo by Andrew and Gemma IngallsIf you aren\'t already familiar, Christopher Spitzmiller is the world renowned ceramist who has cornered the market o ...

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Ideas For Gift Wrap Storage

Make gift wrapping a breeze with these ideas for gift wrap storage! Once items are organized, you\'ll be able to wrap at a moment\'s notice. This pos ...

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Copy This Chic Look With A Few Classic Pieces

Photo via: @anoukyveA pair of black jeans and a black turtleneck make great foundation pieces for endless outfits. This outfit keeps this minimal look ...

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How To Reduce Hand Fatigue With The Help Of A Utility Knife

Utility knives are used with pull action instead of regular knives being used with push action, which results in less muscular tension. The post How T ...

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Puredistance Papilio -Spring Awakenings: fragrance review &

 Papilio, the latest Puredistance fragrance, almost coaxes a butterfly to sit upon your shoulder: Its realistic depiction of a magnolia tree in blo ...

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Montale Luban -incense with guts: fragrance review

 There is a serenity but also a dark horror surrounding incense. The zen and the apocryphal. Which is which, each time" While Kilian\'s Incense Oud ...

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Etat Libre d'Orage Exit the King: fragrance review

 When Etat Libre d\'Orange introduced Exit the King as a soapy fragrance to the perfume loving crowd it was lost upon the majority that the tale de ...

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Roja Dove Diaghilev: fragrance review

 Much of our information on the particularities of Sergey Diaghilev the man come from the many exhibitions and press catalogues which have been rel ...

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Chanel No.5 Eau Première 2015 edition: fragrance review

Chanel often comes to mind when we talk about festive occasion drenched in champagne, if only because of the reputation of aldehydes being fizzy and s ...

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Gibellini Wood: Unexpected Finds at Lidl Stores

 Sometimes surprises come in the guise of super market shopping. The German supermarkets Lidl are known for their thrift store policies and odd pla ...

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How the Perfume Market Game is Changing

 The drift into the corporate mainstream by some of the older niche brands always creates the risk of a possible (or rather probable") diminishing ...

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Boss Bottled Elixir: fragrance review

Although we tend to overlook Boss fragrances, if only because of their ubiquitousness and confusing names, apparently, they still possess the power to ...

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The Christmas chills of Liturgie des Heures (Jovoy)

 This glorious resinous scent of cool frankincense is pure magic at this time of the year!  I absolutely love La Liturgie des Heures by Jovoy; i ...

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Hermes Eau de Basilic Pourpre: fragrance review

 Hermès launched another vegetal, light, and airy fragrance in its Cologne collection in July 2022. Eau de Basilic Pourpre represents a sunny and ...

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Jean Paul Gaultier Divine: fragrance review

Back in August 2023, Jean Paul Gaultier launched Gaultier Divine, the brand\'s new feminine fragrance, classified as a gourmand marine floral. America ...

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Perfumeshrine & Elena Vosnaki on Who What Wear: Gourmand Fra

I have been consulted on an article on Gourmand Fragrances on the prestigious publication of Who What Wear. The author Marie Lori covers the reason ...

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Paco Rabanne La Nuit: fragrance review

 Naked Lady Godiva, Countess of Mercia, rides on her proud gray horse, with leather bridles and wet saddle, keeping her word as a personal wager ag ...

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Dior Dolce Vita: fragrance review of a perfumery classic

Photo by Bianca Czarnock on behance, borrowed for educational purposes Dior\'s Dolce Vita fetes its 30th anniversary this year, being launched in 1 ...

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The process of elimination and organization: a spring ritual

 For many of us, the process of elimination is fierce and daunting. How to go about it without a sense of loss" On the other hand, the specter of ...

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Dior Homme: thoughts & fragrance review on a milestone

 It doesn\'t matter that Dior Homme is everywhere, either in one of its -many- versions, or in some copy of it from another brand. It remains one o ...

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Guerlain Encens Mythique: Reformulation Done Right

Encens Mythique by Guerlain is a great choice for mid-season as well as wintertime in the north hemisphere, because it adapts so well to a multitude o ...

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Dior highlights presence in Asia for 2023

 Happy new year!The following pictures from Dior\'s opening and exhibits in Asian metropolises are testament to LVMH\'s wish to dominate those mark ...

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Thierry Mugler Angel Muse Eau de Toilette: fragrance review

In 2016, the house of Thierry Mugler opened a new chapter in the story of the famous gourmand galaxy of Angel fragrances - the "futuristic-gourmand" A ...

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Givenchy L'Interdit Eau de Parfum Rouge: fragrance review

 Glamour fragrances go hand in hand with the celebrities who endorsed them. No myth is stronger than the tie of Marylin Monroe with Chanel No 5 Par ...

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Oh my deer! by Baruti: musk reimagined

A dirty mind is a joy forever, they say! The newest Baruti perfume, Oh my deer!, a play upon the expression and the deer musk ingredient prized in per ...

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Prada Paradoxe: fragrance review

 It was a full seven years since Prada introduced an entirely new perfume for either gender, exploiting its established lines all this time. To my ...

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Hermes Un Jardin sur le Nil: fragrance review

 My friend Chandler Burr unfolded the story of how the charming and cerebral Jean Claude Ellena was inspired for this fragrance in a New Yorker pie ...

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Elizabeth Arden Green Tea: fragrance review & story

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea is one of Francis Kurkjian\'s timeless success stories, which built his reputation for effortless light diaphanous fragranc ...

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Nicolai Parfumeur Createur Le Temps d'une Fete: fragrance re

 There are not as many fragrances with a leading narcissus note, as I would wish, and some of the best have been discontinued, for example, Le Temps ...

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Roger & Gallet Bois d'Orange: fragrance review

 The house of Roger & Gallet presented Bois d\'Orange built from fresh accords of citruses and the warm nuances and strength of wood several years ag ...

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Elizabeth Arden True Love: fragrance review

 True Love is a classic Sophia Grojsman composition in that it possesses three main constituents: a clean, groomed outlook with lots of musk, mainly ...

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Bois d'Iris by The Different Company: a different iris fragr

 Although iris scents are often mentioned in regards to powdery and starchy shades in perfumery, which would recall paper, skin, and bulbous vegetabl ...

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Bourjois Kobako: fragrance review

Kobako means "small box" in Japanese, as far as I know. But try adding a katana-blade symbol over the first "o," and it turns into K?bako. Then it gai ...

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In memoriam: Thierry Mugler (1948-2022)

 Fashion designer Thierry Mugler passed away on January 23rd 2022 as announced on the designer\'s Instagram account. Although he had distanced himse ...

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In Memoriam: Gaspard Ulliel

 The actor who is best known to perfume lovers thanks to fronting the advertising campaign for Bleu de Chanel is no more. The star of many films, inc ...

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Fragrance Tendencies for 2022: The Perfume Shrine Forecast

 The new year opens before us with the world of perfumes reflecting everything that concerns us in the rest of pop culture. From the world of woke to ...

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Three Case Studies from 2021 Mapping the Way into 2022: Frag

 Apart from the pandemic, which made 2021 a very hard year to test out fragrances in physical stores, since testers were removed, there were three si ...

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Milano Fragranze Naviglio: fragrance review

 Finding one\'s perfect soapy fragrance is a question of defining the scent of soap in the first place. Will it be the classic Camay and Lux soap of ...

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Woudacieux Mousse d'Arbre Gris: Fragrance Review

 There are few things I appreciate more than stumbling upon a clever word play which intrigues my mind and excites my hopes for something unusual. Mo ...

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At the moment: December 2021

 It\'s been almost two years since my last At the Moment post. Whew, what a realization. These past two years with the pandemic have taken a toll on ...

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Anne Rice's novel Exit to Eden and the author's favorite Cha

 Anne Rice, the author of the gothic novel Interview with the Vampire, among many many others in different genres, has died at the age of 80. You mig ...

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My Cultural Path: The Making of a Perfume Historian

 I suppose it was all pre-mapped out for me in a way, but like Indiana Jones famously said ?there?s no X marking the spot.? I found the way to bein ...

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Eau d'Ivoire by Balmain: fragrance review

One often sees young girls looking for a perfume for everyday -clean, that will be well liked by their entourage, that will make them feel feminine, a ...

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Eau d'Italie Magnolia Romana: fragrance review

 The beauty of the gigantic blossoms of magnolia is their happy citrusy freshness: I always find myself surprised that the sheer awe the blossom crea ...

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Chanel No.5 L'Eau: fragrance review & marketing insights

 Chanel No.5 L\'Eau, endorsed by the debutantes of the Chinese press, has been hailed as an innovation, but it\'s really "new old school". And I\'m s ...

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Dolce & Gabbana Femme (Red Cap): fragrance review & history

Allegedly when Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were in the search for their first foray into perfumes, they took mods developed for them and smashe ...

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Thierry Mugler Alien Goddess: fragrance review

The Thierry Mugler news announcement for Alien Goddess, the latest fragrance in the Alien collection, was met with more eyebrows raised on the choice ...

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Stylistic Collaboration from Gucci & Comme des Garcons

Have you ever wondered what would happen if two brands collaborated to produce something unique to both, with the emblems of them both, and, well, aim ...

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Graham & Pott Imperial Amber: fragrance review

 Imperial Amber is the sort of fragrance one would expect from a truly established, traditional parfumerie, that catered to a refined aesthetic and d ...

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Pierre Cardin: Choc de Cardin, Paradoxe, and Rose Cardin fra

  Regarding Pierre Cardin fragrances, his first officially documented release has been Pierre Cardin pour Monsieur in 1972 and Cardin for women (Card ...

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Halston Classic: fragrance review & footnote on Netflix

 Adapted from the 1991 book Simply Halston by Steven Gaines, a TV mini-series of five episodes was ordered by Netflix in September 2019, and it premi ...

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Emanuel Ungaro Diva: fragrance review & reminiscences

People sometimes say things are not what they used to be, and in the case of fragrances, they\'re unequivocally right. Despite a certain glamorization ...

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Agent Provocateur Blue Silk: fragrance review

 Blue Silk, part of a flanker duet launched in 2018 by lingerie brand Agent Provocateur (the other being Lace Noir) is credited to Beverly Bayne, shi ...

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Penhaligon's The inimitable William Penhaligon: fragrance re

 Many of the original scents created by William Penhaligon were modernized and re-introduced as part of the Anthology Collection. The company maintai ...

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Fragrant Poetry: The Cinnamon Peeler

The Cinnamon Peeler  If I were a cinnamon peeler I would ride your bed and leave the yellow bark dust on your pillow. Your breasts and shoul ...

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Baruti Nooud: fragrance review

 Nooud started with the spermatic idea by Spyros Drosopoulos, creative force behind the Dutch-based Baruti niche brand, of getting inside the constru ...

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Kenzo Parfum d'Ete: fragrance review & reminiscences

The first encounter I had with this unique ethereal green floral fragrance was with its predecessor in the misty glass and plastic bottle with the hug ...

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Springtime is here

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Perfume Collection (partial)

 A glimpse of the ongoing madness...It doesn\'t seem to ebb. This probably 1/5 of the collection.  ...

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Baruti Onder de Linde: fragrance review

 Exploring the Baruti line, a niche collection by Greek perfumer Spyros Drosopoulos, based in the Netherlands, I found myself transfixed by Onder de ...

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The Smell of Books

 That wonderful rich smell of books, old or new, with that inherent variation ingrained, which lures seekers of knowledge since at least the time of ...

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Diptyque Fleur de Peau: fragrance review

The Diptyque story began in 1961 Paris at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain with, at its heart, three friends driven by the same creative passion, who chose ...

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Aquolina Pink Sugar: fragrance review

The infamous cotton candy note (candyfloss, for those in the UK) lies at the heart of Aquolina\'s Pink Sugar (2003), and the fragrance made the chord ...

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Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady: fragrance review

 Portrait of a Lady in the line Editions des Parfums Frederic Malle is named after the homonymous novel by Henry James from 1881; a romantic detail w ...

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Luxury and the Hermessences: Fragrant Musings

Hermès has always seemed to me the height of luxury: not just a status symbol to carry around, but a brand organically grown out of that most aris ...

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Penhaligon's Babylon: fragrance review

  Babylon is a quite a "new and now" launch  by Penhaligon\'s, a Harrods\' exclusive till January 2021, but I was lucky enough to secure some and ...

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L'Artisan Parfumeur Mure et Musc: fragrance review

Berries are an especially pliant fruity note in perfumes; no less because a certain group of synthetic musks has a berry undertone. The classic Mû ...

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Top Perfumes of 2020

 The annus horribilis is behind us. Perfume was one luxury which alleviated the gloom for us. Here are a few top perfumes of 2020. In photo form for ...

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Kingdom Scotland: the first Scottish niche perfume brand

by guest writer Rose Strang Interview by Rose Strang, professional artist and perfume reviewer for L.L.M ? Edinburgh?s lifestyle magazine  What word ...

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Penhaligon's The Favourite: fragrance review

The Favourite is the latest fragrance by British brand Penhaligon\'s and the story behind it is inspiring. It involves as its protagonist Sarah Church ...

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Penhaligon's Newest Eye and Nose Candy

photo by Elena Vosnaki It was inescapable. The new goodies from Penhaligon\'s have trickled their way to my lap and I\'m slowly savouring their delig ...

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My Vogue Hellas Editorial

 Blast from the past.  ...

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By Kilian Moonlight in Heaven: short fragrance review

Kilian\'s Moonlight in Heaven is a fragrance I had my eye on for at least a year, nay, more! I took the opportunity to try it out in store with an Ame ...

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Guerlain Apres L'Ondee: fragrance review

What\'s in a name" What\'s in a material" Shakespeare\'s immortal line has a lot to account for. Lots of scents with heliotrope pose as "almond" or "m ...

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The Different Company White Zagora: fragrance review

White Zagora by The Different Company stands as an optimism shot for occasional gloomy days, even if the heat does not let us perceive them as such. I ...

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Molinard de Molinard (new edition, 2017): fragrance review

First of all, let me prephrase this review by saying the original vintage edition of Molinard de Molinard from 1979 was a gift of my beloved, who chos ...

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Britney Spears Fantasy the Naughty Remix: fragrance review

Britney had told us quite a while ago, in her lyrics, "I used to think I had the answers to everything, but now I know that life doesn\'t always go my ...

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Trussardi Donna (vintage, for women, 1984): fragrance review

Everything there is to know about the feminine fragrance by Trussardi from the early 1980s (1984 to be exact) can be seen right from the start. The mo ...

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My Perfume Collection: Puredistance Candy

Sheiduna parfum, purse gift set, photo by Elena Vosnaki Puredistance M and Opardu, parfum spray, photo by Elena Vosnaki ...

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Gucci Memoire d'Une Odeur: fragrance review

A comrade of mine in fragrance said, taking the 2019 fragrance launches in retrospect, "In today?s world, chamomile will never be a major perfume tren ...

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My Perfume Collection: Some Chanel Eye-Candy

photo by Elena Vosnaki photo by Elena Vosnaki photo by Elena Vosnaki photo by Elena Vosnaki These small pleasures amount to a great deal in ...

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Nine and a Half Weeks (Classic Perfume References)

The heroine of the memoir of a love affair wears a classic by Dior, from 1947. ...

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Tom Ford Velvet Orchid: fragrance review

Tom Ford is eagerly awaited by fashionistas during New York Fashion Week due to his excellent finger on the pulse, in both sartorial as well as beauty ...

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Parfums de Rosine Ballerina No.5: fragrance review

The newest fragrance to take the Les Parfums de Rosine brand by storm is Ballerina No 5, which is as gorgeous a specimen in the rich tapestry of rose ...

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Kenzo World Power: fragrance review

Maybe the most unexpected in the line Power by Kenzo is Kenzo World Power, a woody aromatic fragrance for women launched in 2019. Although the fragran ...

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The Unisex Beauty of Guerlain's Jicky (Photo Collection, Sho

Jicky by Guerlain is a gender bender perfume to end all gender benders; changing sex and direction mid-stream in its illustrious career like an adoles ...

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The warrior

by Alex Vosnakis (copyright) ...

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Will of the Wisp Chills: Fragrances to Give the Goosebumps

Although warm fragrances wear comfortably on the natural heat of the skin and provide an instant "aaah" moment, like wrapping oneself with a cashmere ...

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Pretty Is as Pretty Does...More Perfume Bottles From My Coll

photo by Elena Vosnaki The bottle of Shalimar Parfum Initial is a jewel, and thus should be accompanied by jewels. The choice of pearls is not ran ...