Sniffapalooza’s Holiday Fete at Molton Brown Highlights!

Danny Artese, Nicole, Karen Dubin and Shari Ajayi

Danny Artese, Nicole, Karen Dubin and Shari Ajayi

What more perfect way to spend the day after a snowstorm than being surrounded by amazing smells, exquisitely-packaged luxury bath and body products, scrumptious baked delicacies, bubbly champagne, exotic Kusmi Tea and lively conversation?

Last Sunday, fragrance enthusiasts gathered for Sniffapalooza’s Holiday Fete with Molton Brown at the sparkling new flagship store on Madison Avenue near 59th St. The event celebrated the unveiling of the new shop, and also offered a Master Class look into the history and legacy of this cult-favorite brand which just celebrated its 40th anniversary!

Sniffapalooza’s Cinquieme Sens Perfumery School Workshop at Pratt!

Laetitia Longuefosse, Raymond Matts, Karen Dubin

Laetitia Longuefosse, Raymond Matts, Karen Dubin

Sniffapalooza’s fragrance lovers showed their true passion when they came out on a frigid evening for a Master Class event with perfumery school Cinquieme Sens at Pratt Institute. Sniffapalooza and Cinquieme Sens joined forces to announce two new certificate programs: The Technique and Language of Perfumery and The Fragrance Sales Program.

Elements Showcase – The Best & The Brightest in Creative Perfumery

elements 9 copyLast week I enthusiastically attended another stellar edition of Elements Showcase, the foremost and much-praised niche fragrance and beauty trade show in the US! Elements has quickly gained a reputation for excellence and expertise, and has become a primary resource for store buyers, journalists, bloggers, and beauty editors who are looking for creativity, innovation, newness and diversity in the beauty universe.

I find Elements inspiring and energizing, and a fabulous feast for all seven of my senses (which includes ESP, and, thankfully, a sense of humor). Here are some visual highlights to whet YOUR appetite…


Sniffapalooza Celebrates the Fragrance Republ!c

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Sniffapalooza members spent a balmy Sunday in the heart of Soho celebrating the birth of the olfactive world’s newest innovation – Fragrance Republ!c

Fragrance Republ!c is a club for perfume enthusiasts that gives special access to original fine fragrances created by world-class perfumers exclusively for the club. Every month a different creation will be offered, and there will be varying  levels of subscription, including a free level (Free People), and Patrician and Senator levels, all carrying accompanying privileges and perks. As a Senator, members have the opportunity to become the muse of a perfumer and participate in the creation process!

Lisbon Journal: Adventures with Luis Pereira, Part Two

Typical Portuguese neighborhoods have always been the heartbeat of social life. Especially the barbershops. Gentlemen with top hats and impeccable suits ventured out for their daily shaves and local news. Badger brushes, knives and shaving cream were the old tradition, now revived by the fragrances of Antiga Barbeira de Bairro. Luis Pereira presented this new line to us at Barbearia Campos, the oldest barbershop in Lisbon. It’s an amazing place with a tonsorial museum and antique barber instruments. As you can see, the men in our travel group certainly enjoyed their hot towel shaves!