Forget-Me-Nots in April: Fragrant News&Musings

Less than three weeks to EsxenceThe Scent of Excellence in Milan! So much to do: breathe, Elena, breathe…(and don’t forget to pack a pair of sneakers). Spring has sprung and so have many new perfumes!

I’ve given up detailed planning: I have a couple of meetings & two parties confirmed, and a long list of must-do&sniff. I also need to back up tons of photos from my iPhone, free up space in its and my memory. I think I also mastered a bit the art of IG “pretty” photos, naah and taaa-da. There will be a lot of documentary photos from Milan…Imperfect ones, of course!

Everything else – go with the flow, it’s called Inspiration Flow this year anyway. I just hope to return with enough material for many more reviews to follow and to manage to report daily, sharing the most interesting moments with you. After all, The Plum Girl blog is a media partner with Esxence 2019!

I also hope (eternal optimist) that I’ll be completely swept away by at least three new perfumes!

Doing some creative thinking as well: I have a theme for all posts. I’ll try to do something a bit different…to bring the people of Esxence closer to you.

Here is what I managed to gather up to now:

The final and complete list of niche brands exhibiting on Esxence this year, here.

New/Upcoming/Heard-about-it/ Reminder/Need to check out, in random and alphabetical order:

Le Jardin Retrouvé Experience Store – Grand Opening April 11 at 7 pm – 55 rue Montmartre Paris – you can book our perfume tour on Airbnb! I remember the “old” place, it was lovely! Clara and Michael put a lot of effort into this, so next time when in Paris…

Andy Tauer is working on a new perfume! He calls it “unreleased” and plans to get it done by May/June – or in his own words, on his IG account:

Nishane – something new is definitely coming up and it’s by Cecile Zarokian! Looking forward to it.

Francesca Bianchi, my sister from another mother, did it again – Sex and the Sea / Neroli and Etruscan Water – 2 new fragrances, launching in May! OK, the first one might be considered a “flanker”, but it’s not really. I’m totaly subjective and…oh! I’ll lock myself away somewhere with Etruscan Water and write a proper, full review soon, I promise. A short IG review is coming up:

Puredistance – Aenotus – long awaited and launched on 1.3.2019 – my detailed review is here

Parfums Dusita – Splendiris – launching 18.4.2019 – Dusita Boutique in Paris, presenting at Esxence. Yet another beauty from Pissara:

Rasei Fort – Kolonya – new!

UER MI – Nu Leather – new, by Luca Maffei – long awaited

Masque Milano – Kintsugi

Filippo Sorcinelli Brand – new fragrance collection! And- new Home Collection, exhibiting on Esxence as well:

“CRISALID AUREA

 I remember when – in Mondolfo

Filippo Sorcinelli for the first time atFuorisalone, the important show in connection with Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan during the Milano Design Week 2019 from the 9th to the 14th of April.

In the occasion of this prestigious show Filippo Sorcinelli reveals to the public a new Home Design collection entirely inspired by his Atelier LAVS, his childhood in Mondolfo (his hometown), one of the nicest villages in Italy.”

Mendittorosa– two new fragrances. Ithaca and Talento! More at Esxence!

Carner Barcelona – The Fresh Collection – new, already launched.

Olibere Parfums – presenting 4 fragrances by Luca Maffei, spotlight is on: Madame Chan, Amelie, Miatinguet and Marie Antoinette – Les Insoumises quartet – presented last year, being launched now! (I need to find a way to organise my samples asap!):

Etat Libre d’Orange – new Experimentum Crucis!

Goldfield and Banks: Esxence launch of a new fragrance, I quote: “The fragrance is an oriental spicy resinous fragrance with Australian Wattle (native mimosa) , oppoponax, tonka, amber…. Sunburnt wild flowers in the desert of South Australia…. very powerful scent…..” You can find my review of Southern Bloom here.

More, in alphabetical order:

Alex Simione Monte Carlo – New Collection

Anima Mundi – new fragrance – Secret of Ancient Times

Antiqua Firenze Profumi – Antiqua, coming soon

Blackbird – Anemone (and just about everything else, I’m very curious), NEW: PIPE BOMB PINK -Rosy cheeks, oxford cloth shirts, plastic baby dolls, pink crayons, sparkling rosé, polluted sunsets, and Japanese candy, Pipe Bomb Pink riffs off the original Pipe Bomb’s magic ability to hide in the shadows and turn heads, this time with a colorful swipe of gentle pink to make us all blush. SCENT NOTES: saltwater, sweat, metal, roses, pink crayons (brand description)

Chabaud – Ile Mistique

Elisire – 2 new creations

Eutiopie – no 11 – Spring in Prague

Fort&Manle – Forty Thieves

Hiram Green – Hyde

Houbigant – Essence Rare (JCE, swoon, drool…)

Nobile 1942 – 2 new fragrances: Il sentiero degli Dei and Levante:

Olfactive Studio Parfums: news shall be disclosed at Esxence on Thursday morning…

Santi Burgas – the Primal Waters Collection, mmmmm the ant hill one, I remember that it was intriguing:

…and so much more! A big thank you to brands that sent their press releases…

Let’s move to Awards time in April.


During Esxence we shall find out who won the Art&Olfaction Awards, the prestigious acknowledgment for independent artistic perfumery!

The Fragrance Foundation Awards finalists were disclosed in New York on 5th of April. The winners in each of the top categories will be announced at the annual Fragrance Foundation Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
This year they didn’t disclose top 10 finalists in all categories (alas), only top 5 (I’ll fail better next year), and here are some runners up and winners (bold):

EDITORIAL EXCELLENCE, ONLINE
Allure, The Beauty of Living Forever Through Fragrance

INDIE FRAGRANCE OF THE YEAR
Byredo Eleventh Hour
Commodity Bois
Diana Vreeland Empress of Fashion
EB Florals Gardenia Oud
Miller Harris Scherzo
Shalini Parfum Amorem Rose

Have your thoughts about perfumes that should win an award? Consumers Choice voting is open, so you can cast your vote at vote.fragrance.org. For complete list of finalists – click here.

Perfumed Plume Awards: the Awards ceremony shall be held on April 10 at The Society of Illustrators, NYC. 2019 finalists are revealed and oooops! I did it again:

Finalists/New Category: INSTApost – Perfume Stories on Instagram The criteria for judging: originality/creativity of visual element(s); quality of the post content:

but_not_today – The Plum Girl – by Elena Cvjetkovic

From close-up, no-one is normal – esxenceofficial – by Beatrice Balzarotti.

I don’t consider myself to be an “Instagramer” at all…Yet, this nomination made me put a little more effort in my IG photos and posts. Ofcourse, I really don’t think that I can compete with professional photographers but there I am, yay!

The recipient of the 2019 Perfumed Plume Awards Fragrance Book of the Year is “Spritzing to Success…With the Woman Who Brought an Industry to Its Senses” by the legendary Annette Green.

For complete list of finalists click here.

I wish you the most wonderful April! See you soon! :-*

The Plum Girl

Elena Cvjetkovic

Photos&Info: The Plum Girl, various brand press releases/ official IG accounts/webpages, and Jakub from Persefume.

Samples were generously provided (TPG photos) by perfume brands, opinions of my own. This is not a sponsored content. It never is:

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