Dreaming About a Garden in Paradise: Casablanca/St. Clair Scents

It has been raining every single day these last couple of weeks, and to me it felt almost like being in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Macondo (“It rained for four years, eleven months, and two days…“)… I pulled out the sample of St.Clair Scents Casablanca (2018), wanting to be transported to “a garden in paradise”! I… Continue reading Dreaming About a Garden in Paradise: Casablanca/St. Clair Scents

Ave Perfumes! Esxence 2019 – Part II

There were moments at Esxence when I felt like a gladiator in an arena, roaming around crowded floors of The Mall, armed with love and determination, in search of perfumes that might disarm me with their artistic creativity and originality, touch me soul-deep tapping into something unconscious, spiritual, profound, and cause waves of emotions…well, some… Continue reading Ave Perfumes! Esxence 2019 – Part II

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

Less than three weeks to Esxence–The 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… Continue reading Forget-Me-Nots in April: Fragrant News&Musings

Under My Skin / Francesca Bianchi Perfumes

–“You are under my skin.”, he whispered, holding my face between his hands, just before kissing me. We were standing on a long wooden pier at the seaside, in complete dark. I could feel the soft body-aura surrounding him, the scent of his skin closing in on me. -“That’s what I keep telling you, you’ve… Continue reading Under My Skin / Francesca Bianchi Perfumes

The Oriental Collection by Carner Barcelona

There I was, at Esxence 2018., standing at the Carner Barcelona stand. Mr. Joaquim Carner greeted me, we talked a bit about previous collections, and then he asked me if I knew about the new collection – three signature bottles right in front of me – the new, 2018. Oriental Collection. Joaquim simply said, his… Continue reading The Oriental Collection by Carner Barcelona

About Fairs, Good Fairies & Pixie Dust – Esxence 2018: Recap & Survival Guide

Gold and scented pixie dust! Just a week ago we were impatiently heading towards the Esxence fair in Milan, in anticipation of all it has to offer…ah! Sweet and fragrant memories! I would like to share with you my impression and personal experience of visiting the 10th Esxence – The Scent of Excellence Fair in… Continue reading About Fairs, Good Fairies & Pixie Dust – Esxence 2018: Recap & Survival Guide

2018 Top Ten Finalists For The Fragrance Foundation Awards

I got the mail. I cried. I laughed. Danced. Simultaneously. My first reaction? Blast of emotions! (I can’t keep calm, I’m Croatian!) Of such intense that I emailed Ms. Linda G. Levy, the President of The Fragrance Foundation in reply, saying something like “OMG, wow, faint, swoon, thank you, thank you, thank you!” It took… Continue reading 2018 Top Ten Finalists For The Fragrance Foundation Awards

My Six Days (and Nights) With Atelier des Ors

„Born from a passion for French Haute Parfumerie, Atelier des Ors presents a capsule collection of exquisite fragrances. Dedicated to using only the most precious essences and exclusive raw materials, each eau de parfum presented by this unique boutique brand is an imaginative interpretation of traditional perfumery. Inspired also by the art of gold gilding,… Continue reading My Six Days (and Nights) With Atelier des Ors