Thursday, 1 January 2015

Welcome!

There are 1098 sound files now. Check out the new ones!

I have reinstated the SEARCH function (bottom right): it stopped working for me a long time ago, but it may work for you. If it doesnt, please use the LABELS or the dropdown menus under PREVIOUS POSTS (both at right) to find the names you’re looking for. You can also use GOOGLE: enter frag name of the day followed by the name of the perfume you’re looking for in the search box and Google will return a link to the sound file. It may not be at the top of the results, but it will be fairly high up on the first page.

Don't hesitate to let me know in the Comments to this post if you find broken links, duplicates, etc. 

 
P.S. Don't be alarmed if an ad appears after you've played the clip: it vanishes eventually. Obviously I have no control over it, nor do I get any revenue from it.


56 comments:

  1. Thank you for this site! I have pored over it for the last few days and told several friends. It has helped me so much.

    I wanted to let you know about a glitch I found: the link for "Guerlain" points to the wrong audio file.

    Again, many thanks for this wonderful (badly needed!) site!

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  2. Thank you very much for your lovely feedback and for pointing out that glitch. I will correct it anon. :-)

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  3. Hello,

    Just discovered your marvelous blog. I spent about 30 minutes pronouncing the perfume names aloud and then listening to your pronunciations. Such fun.

    Plus, you are a wonderful writer. What more could a girl ask?

    I'm linking to you tomorrow in the hopes that my readers will have as much fun as I did.

    Best regards,
    Tish

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  4. Thank you very much for the wonderful feedback, Tish: it's made my day. :-)

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  5. Hi, Bela! Since you are soliciting some new suggestions for names to record, may I request "Lentheric"?

    Thanks!

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  6. Thank you very much for your request. I had to go and check the company on Wikipedia because I always thought it was British and therefore wasn't within my remit, but it was created in Paris so I will do it. :-)

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  7. New iPhone and cannot find audio file on your innovative blog. Do I need to download a particular program?

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  8. No, you don't: the audio files should play in any browser. I know they work in IE, Firefox and Safari, for instance. I'm afraid I don't know what the problem might be. Sorry.

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  9. Hello Bela, I have collected a long list of names (very long, sorry). Maybe some of these are not that relevant, please pick and choose what you want to record. You have made a wonderful site, I try to refer members on Basenotes here every time I see they have a question about French pronunciation.
    All the best,
    Bjorn

    Here is the list:
    Parfumerie Generale: L'eau Rare Matale
    Parfumerie Generale: Louanges
    Parfumerie Generale: Cedre Sandaraque
    Parfumerie Generale: L'eau Guerriere

    Sinfonia di Note: Blanc des Cotons
    Sinfonia di Note: Ecorce d'Orange
    Sinfonia di Note: Coeur de Noisette

    Keiko Mecheri (The name of the company)
    Keiko Mecheri: Isles Lointaines
    Keiko Mecheri: Les Nuits d’Izu
    Keiko Mecheri: Les Zazous

    LesNez: Manoumalia

    Heeley: Cuir Pleine Fleur
    Heeley: Esprit du Tigre
    Heeley: Verveine
    Heeley: Sel Marin

    Van Cleef & Arpels: Lys Carmin
    Van Cleef & Arpels: Gardénia Pétale

    Nina Ricci: Fille d'Eve
    Nina Ricci: Coeur-Joie
    Nina Ricci: Farouche
    Nina Ricci: L'Air du Printemps
    Nina Ricci: Phileas

    Creed: Aubépine-Acacia
    Creed: Baie de Genièvre
    Creed: Feuille Verte
    Creed: Jasmin Impératrice Eugénie
    Creed: Millésime Impérial

    Kenzo: Ça Sent Beau
    Kenzo: Kashâya (maybe not French?)
    Kenzo: Parfum d'Été

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  10. Wow, brilliant! Just what I was looking for. I will definitely plunder this list.

    I haven't studied the list yet, but I can already tell you that one of those names is scheduled for next Tuesday. :-)

    I've done Louanges Profanes, but I can do Louanges on its own. And Baies de Genièvre has been done (in the plural, in Miscellaneous).

    Thank you very much indeed, Bjorn.

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  11. Hello again Bela,
    Sorry about the duplicate names, I tried to check what you had already recorded but I must have missed a few. I am glad you liked the list, and I look forward to next Tuesday!
    Cheers and thanks,
    Bjorn

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  12. You have nothing to apologise for, Bjorn. I just wanted to let you know which names I might not be doing.

    I'll try to do a recording session over the weekend. :-)

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  13. Hello, Bela.

    I love your website, and refer to it frequently. Bless you for pointing out that I've been saying Degas ignorantly, incorrectly for decades. I'm always glad to learn.

    Have you ever posted the pronunciation for the company name, Huitième Art? I found those of several of their fragrances, but not the company. Could you also post their newest, Myrrhiad? I can guess, but would love to have your definitive guide. Thank you for your help. Be well.
    --HemlockSillage

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  14. Hello, HemlockSillage (what a wonderful name!),

    I haven't done Huitième Art yet so I'm adding it to my list. I will do Myrrhiad too. Thank you for the requests and for the kind words. :-)

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  15. The audio file icon changes before my eyes in IE from the icon to a red X in a box.

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  16. Hello Bela. I refer to your site so often and find it to be extremely useful and fun! Also, I'll take this opportunity to tell you how lovely I think your voice is. I recently scored some Chergui and was surprised not to see it listed under the Serge Lutens page. Would you please add that name to your 'to do' list? I would appreciate it so much as I have no idea how to pronounce it properly.

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  17. And, Anonymous, does that mean you can't listen to the audio files?

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  18. Thank you so much for the compliments, RusticDove. :-)

    I recorded Chergui in February last year. It's here: http://fragnameoftheday.blogspot.com/2010/02/chergui.html

    I'm really annoyed that the Search function doesn't work. I wish there was another way.

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  19. @Anonymous
    PS I have checked just the audio files on Firefox and IE and they worked fine on both. I think the problem is at your end.

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  20. I would love to hear the new Hermessence fragrance, Santal Massoia.

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  21. I have found a way to search the names. On my mac you can choose find from the edit menu and a search box pops up on the bottom of the window. It searches the page for any word that is typed in the box.
    Also, I have some suggestions: Cuir D'Iris, Amaranthine, Noel Au Balcon, Amouage, The Pour un Ete, Havana Vanille, Nuit de Tubereuse, Voleur de Roses.

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    1. Oh, I guess I should have written that first you need to open all the drop down menus.

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    2. Thank you very much for your comments and requests, jwpianoboe and invisible tape!

      I did Santal Massoïa last month:
      http://fragnameoftheday.blogspot.com/2011/12/santal-massoia.html

      I will record the others this weekend. I was planning a recording session: I'm behind in my posting.

      Doesn't that Find function only look for words on the page you're looking at? Does it actually search the entire site?

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    3. @invisible tape: Looking more closely at your requests, I find I have already done Thé pour un Été, Nuit de Tubéreuse: they are both under the L'Artisan label.

      PS Amaranthine is an English word and so is the company so...

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  22. Yes, the find function only finds words on the page that you are looking at. I had to open all the drop-down menus to get all the words in the same window before I did the search.

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  23. I wish there was another way. I really don't know why the Google Search stopped working.

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  24. Hello Bela,
    When I play "Honoré des Prés" I get the sound file for "Vanille Divine des Tropiques", a coding mishap I guess.
    Cheers,
    Bjorn

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    1. Sorry about that. Will rectify anon. Thanks for letting me know. :-)

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    2. I love your passion for the subtleties of language, and your enthusiasm for sharing.

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    3. That's so kind of you to say so. Thanks very much. :-)

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  25. Thanks very much. I will post it in the next few days. In the meantime, you might want to check out Fougère Royale (under Houbigant).

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  26. Love your site! Here's a request (unless I'm missing it): you've pronounced many Serge Lutens fragrance names, but how about pronouncing 'Serge Lutens'? :-)

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  27. Thanks very much for your kind words.

    'Serge Lutens' was the very first name I posted (on 3 January 2010). It's here: http://fragnameoftheday.blogspot.com/2010/01/serge-lutens_03.html :-)

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    1. Excellent, thank you!

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    2. You're welcome! Any other requests? Don't hesitate to ask. :-)

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  28. Hello, I have a request which is not exactly a fragrance name but linked to Guerlain fragrances... it is for the 'habit de fete' bottle. Can you also provide a definition? Is it like festive dress(for the bottle)?
    Kindest regards,
    Heather

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  29. Thanks very much for the request. I will record 'habit de fête' at the weekend.

    Yes, it means 'festive dress' and, in the case of Guerlain fragrances, it refers to a refillable metal holder.

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  30. Just realised I'd already recorded Habit de Fête (in Nov 2010). Here is the link:
    http://fragnameoftheday.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/habit-de-fete.html

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  31. Props. The search function is very important.

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  32. Thanks so much for your website. It is a tremendous help, and greatly appreciated!

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  33. Oh, how lovely! Thank you so much for those kind words. I will be adding some new names very soon.

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  35. great job! i will learn how to pronounce french a bit, at least these words which i need :)

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  36. That's what this site is for. :-)

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  37. I couldt find a way to comment on the post about getting some recogniton(17 best perfume blogs) but thought you might be happy to see it has been included here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/10/best-perfume-blogs-fragrance-reviews_n_1742285.html

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  38. Thank you very much for pointing this out, Maven, but I believe the list I mentioned was originally posted on the Huffington Post.

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  39. Dear J, I was just writing about Prodigieux Le Parfum by Nuxe and wanted to include a link to your pronunciation file. But it doesn't look like you have it. Perhaps, something to add whenever you have time?

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  40. Thank you very much, it is extremely helpful!
    Could you add a pronounciation for names of noses and perfume houses?

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  41. Thanks for the compliment. Delighted you find it useful.

    There are three names of noses (click on the 'noses' label) and you will also find most perfume houses under the relevant names (rather than under a specific category). Perhaps you could list names you were expecting to find but didn't? I will be glad to include them.

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  42. What is this about? Not sure I understand...

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  43. Thank you SO much for all your work.

    It seems that the link for Volutes plays "Diptyque," rather than "Volutes." :(

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    1. Oh, I'm sorry. I have now repaired the error. Thanks very much for taking the trouble to let me know, and for your kind words. :-)

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