Sunday, November 21, 2010

Window Sniffing - Meetup and Sniffa at Noor

Something old, something new, something borrowed...

I spent a lovely afternoon yesterday, at the perfume meetup at niche boutique Noor.  Thanks the Dan, who organized the whole thing, I finally met some other GTA scent-heads. I brought my samples, in all  their obsessively organized glory, and I even traded for a few new ones. The owners, Fred and Nahla, provided coffee and cookies, and the chance to sniff a few new things. As well as my favourites in L'Artisan, Diptyque, Comme des Garcons, Penhaligon's , Eau d'Italie and Delrae, Noor is now carrying Heeley and Costes and some amazing scented candles. I even got to sniff a couple of things that the store is not carrying... yet.

Here's what I remember best from Noor's secret stock of bottles that aren't for sale:

Robert Piguet Bandit: not as good as my vintage bottle of Bandit, but still a great perfume.
Robert Piguet Visa: too sweet for me.
Robert Piguet Futur: nice bitter-green opening, but the heart has something weird going on, like Secretions Magnifique weird. I want to try this again, it's complicated.
Robert Piguet Cravache: a nice anise, like sniffing sambucca.
Vero Profumo Rubj (extrait): really lovely floral with a ruby red grapefruit top note.
Vero Profumo Onda (extrait): gorgeous tobacco. Just the tiniest dab lasted all day long.

I also tried the new L'Artisan Traversee du Bosphore and Penhaligon's Sartorial but wasn't really drawn to either one. I might go back another time and pay more attention but there is just so much to smell.

I picked up a full bottle of Commes des Garcons Hinoki at last. I've been mooning over that perfume for more than a year and now it's cedar sauna with incense goodness is all mine. And I grabbed a sample of Diptyque Olene because I fell for the sweet jasmine/honeysuckle note, even though it's not seasonal. It's a very pretty spring scent, which is why I chose the painting above. That's also kind of what we looked like, all milling about smelling different things, the air fragrant with flowers.

I have something special planned for the week before Christmas, so it's time to start thinking about some gifts from the Orient... stay tuned.

Painting: Sandro Botticelli. Primavera c. 1482. Tempera on wood panel, 6'8" x 10'4 " (2.03 x 3.15 m). Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.


  1. This sounds like a fun event. How was it organized? I would love to do something similar in my area of the country.

    Have not tried Hinoki, but cedar and incense are right up my alley, so I may have to score a sample now.

    So wish I could love Bandit. Actually, I can admire the perfume, but can't seem to avoid the accompanying crankiness it brings along with it. In that aspect, it does certainly stand out.

  2. Sounds like a great time! I wish there were things like this happening here!

    Will they be carrying this "secret stuff" in the boutique eventually? I hope they launch the online boutique soon. Canada really needs more online perfume options.

    I see you got the CdG Hinoki. Wonderful! Doesn't buying a full bottle feel good?

    Great match - Olene and Botticelli!

  3. Hi Josephine: It was organized by a thread on Basenotes, under the Internet Shopping and City Shopping Guides- Canada - Toronto section. I don't usually hand out on basenotes, just no time, but clued me into it.

    Hello JoaneElaine: You're in Halifax, right? A meeting like this would be so subversive there, like a prohibition booze can.

    We talked to them about getting an online store started. We really do need it.

  4. sounds like a fun time. great way to spend an afternoon.

  5. Thanks for coming out on Saturday and it was really nice to meet and chat with you! Glad to hear you had a good time and found some new goodies (I just couldn't like the Hinoki :-(
    I'll send out the word on various blogs and Basenotes+MUA for the next one; if anyone wants a direct email just KJ has my contact info.


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