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Past Presence

Photo by: Elizabeth Griffin
Past Presence
"I love perfumes of the past," said Dita Von Teese, who released two fragrances of her own this spring. "Once upon a time, there were perfumes that didn't smell like little girls and candy and sweetness and vanilla. I mean, Marlene Dietrich would not have worn a perfume that had vanilla in it. And so many celeb scents smell like stripper spray. I'm a stripper and I work in strip clubs, but I don't want to douse myself in it and smell like one! Some of my favorite perfumes are Quelques Fleurs and Lancôme Magie Noire. Jean Paul Gaultier Classique is also so nice; it smells like makeup."

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The burlesque perfumer, dress and lingerie designer, name behind two

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