Kerosen Black Vines and Dirty Flower Factory

Kerosene Black Vines and Dirty Flower Factory

I am always looking forward to new Kerosene releases, not because John Pegg is “one of us”, a perfume blogger turned perfumer, but solely because I enjoy his perfumes and I find them beautiful and amusing. His Black Vines scent is not

Kerosen Black Vines and Dirty Flower Factory

Kerosene Black Vines and Dirty Flower Factory

I am always looking forward to new Kerosene releases, not because John Pegg is “one of us”, a perfume blogger turned perfumer, but solely because I enjoy his perfumes and I find them beautiful and amusing. His Black Vines scent is not

Shiseido Basala 2

Shiseido Basala: ghosts of perfumes past

A trip to Athens certainly means coming back with several of my bottles left behind. Reconnecting with the past and bringing it up to date. I am using my Full Bottles page as an inventory of perfumes I buy. Together with

Shiseido Basala 2

Shiseido Basala: ghosts of perfumes past

A trip to Athens certainly means coming back with several of my bottles left behind. Reconnecting with the past and bringing it up to date. I am using my Full Bottles page as an inventory of perfumes I buy. Together with

comme 2

Comme des Garçons 3: the fruit of pleasure

I must admit that summer can be oppressive. So many of the perfumes I love start feeling like a cage during hot weather. Citrus colognes are not really an option for me: my brain cells just don’t register them, I

comme 2

Comme des Garçons 3: the fruit of pleasure

I must admit that summer can be oppressive. So many of the perfumes I love start feeling like a cage during hot weather. Citrus colognes are not really an option for me: my brain cells just don’t register them, I

Lumiere Noire pour Homme

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Lumière Noire pour Homme: it’s black light!

I have become extremely weary of perfumes that feature the adjective “noir” in their names… For some strange reason most “black” perfumes are fussy, sweet concoctions that try to hide layers of troubled nuances under tons of thick, opaque, gourmand,

Lumiere Noire pour Homme

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Lumière Noire pour Homme: it’s black light!

I have become extremely weary of perfumes that feature the adjective “noir” in their names… For some strange reason most “black” perfumes are fussy, sweet concoctions that try to hide layers of troubled nuances under tons of thick, opaque, gourmand,

Vetiver des Sables

Parfums Montale Vetiver des Sables and the Scent of Summer, 2014 edition

My brief holidays in Greece have come to an end and they have left this strange aftertaste. For the first time in my life I experienced Athens and Greece as a tourist. I do not mean that I felt a

Vetiver des Sables

Parfums Montale Vetiver des Sables and the Scent of Summer, 2014 edition

My brief holidays in Greece have come to an end and they have left this strange aftertaste. For the first time in my life I experienced Athens and Greece as a tourist. I do not mean that I felt a

montale sandflower

Montale Parfums Sandflowers: summer solstice

Sandflowers was part of the first batch of Montale samples I ever bought. At the time oud was my main focus and I chose Sandflowers because of its strange, contradicting name. Flowers in the sand is not a very common

montale sandflower

Montale Parfums Sandflowers: summer solstice

Sandflowers was part of the first batch of Montale samples I ever bought. At the time oud was my main focus and I chose Sandflowers because of its strange, contradicting name. Flowers in the sand is not a very common

Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Cuir Fetiche

Maître Parfumeur et Gantier Cuir Fétiche: Belle de jour

If oud has rightfully owned the title of most (over)used perfume note in the ’10s leather has really made it fight for this title. In fact don’t let the hype deceive you, more fragrances launched in our decade boast the

Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Cuir Fetiche

Maître Parfumeur et Gantier Cuir Fétiche: Belle de jour

If oud has rightfully owned the title of most (over)used perfume note in the ’10s leather has really made it fight for this title. In fact don’t let the hype deceive you, more fragrances launched in our decade boast the

Eau Sauvage Parfum

Christian Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum: scent as memory

When I first read news of an upcoming Eau Sauvage Parfum release a few years ago I felt childishly excited. Eau Sauvage in its original form is one of the few cologne type fragrances that I call ‘perfume’. Citrus, vetiver

Eau Sauvage Parfum

Christian Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum: scent as memory

When I first read news of an upcoming Eau Sauvage Parfum release a few years ago I felt childishly excited. Eau Sauvage in its original form is one of the few cologne type fragrances that I call ‘perfume’. Citrus, vetiver

Jodie Foster

DSH Perfumes Le Smoking: I am every perfume

The DSH line has been on my radar for many years, I could not remember however why I had not sampled any of Dawn Spencer Hurwitz creations. As you can imagine I was delighted when Dawn contacted me and offered

Jodie Foster

DSH Perfumes Le Smoking: I am every perfume

The DSH line has been on my radar for many years, I could not remember however why I had not sampled any of Dawn Spencer Hurwitz creations. As you can imagine I was delighted when Dawn contacted me and offered

Zaha-Hadid-Designs-Donna-Karan-Perfume-Bottle

DK Woman edp: “Mom, you smell like a man…!”

image from becauseiamfabulous.com A fragrance created for women, by women, to celebrate the inspirational, multifaceted women among us: sensual and nurturing mothers, wives, lovers, and friends. A woman is not one thing or another, but everything all at once. Whatever

Zaha-Hadid-Designs-Donna-Karan-Perfume-Bottle

DK Woman edp: “Mom, you smell like a man…!”

image from becauseiamfabulous.com A fragrance created for women, by women, to celebrate the inspirational, multifaceted women among us: sensual and nurturing mothers, wives, lovers, and friends. A woman is not one thing or another, but everything all at once. Whatever

Jacomo Coeur de Parfum

Smells of Geneva: Jacomo Coeur de Parfum and the smell of the Escalade

Wet blanket alert: this is a review of an obscure discontinued scent. You probably never heard of it and very few bloggers have reviewed it. It is however important to me. After my “Smells of Athens” series I thought that

Jacomo Coeur de Parfum

Smells of Geneva: Jacomo Coeur de Parfum and the smell of the Escalade

Wet blanket alert: this is a review of an obscure discontinued scent. You probably never heard of it and very few bloggers have reviewed it. It is however important to me. After my “Smells of Athens” series I thought that

Santal Noble

Maître Parfumeur et Gantier Santal Noble: the son of Mitsouko

Santal Noble is one of my all-time favourite perfumes. I perceive it as a unique interpretation of sandalwood, as different as possibly can be from other classic representatives of this note. It maintains the creamy aspect of the wood but

Santal Noble

Maître Parfumeur et Gantier Santal Noble: the son of Mitsouko

Santal Noble is one of my all-time favourite perfumes. I perceive it as a unique interpretation of sandalwood, as different as possibly can be from other classic representatives of this note. It maintains the creamy aspect of the wood but

Jasmine future perfect

Nasomatto Nuda and Magnetic Scent Untitled #1: Jasmine future perfect

Winter has been very kind to Geneva and me, practically no snow inside the city throughout the cold months, which made avid skiers a bit restless because it meant they would have to plan their skiing trips well to hit

Jasmine future perfect

Nasomatto Nuda and Magnetic Scent Untitled #1: Jasmine future perfect

Winter has been very kind to Geneva and me, practically no snow inside the city throughout the cold months, which made avid skiers a bit restless because it meant they would have to plan their skiing trips well to hit

new bottles

My nose is still alive

I haven’t posted here for what seems like ages but this is to confirm that it is not for lack of interest. I have been sniffing around and I continue to be amazed by what fragrance means to me and

new bottles

My nose is still alive

I haven’t posted here for what seems like ages but this is to confirm that it is not for lack of interest. I have been sniffing around and I continue to be amazed by what fragrance means to me and

Ambre Precieux

Smells of Athens: Ambre Précieux and the smell of galaktoboureko

Amber and I are not friends. While most perfume lovers find musk or civet dirty and animalic, I associate the smell of unwashed skin with amber. I am talking about really dirty skin, homeless-person-tripping-over-and-brushing-up-against-you kind of dirty. Thick, sweet, tangy

Ambre Precieux

Smells of Athens: Ambre Précieux and the smell of galaktoboureko

Amber and I are not friends. While most perfume lovers find musk or civet dirty and animalic, I associate the smell of unwashed skin with amber. I am talking about really dirty skin, homeless-person-tripping-over-and-brushing-up-against-you kind of dirty. Thick, sweet, tangy

Geneva desert island

What happened when I found myself in the proverbial “desert island” situation.

Moving to a new country in a very short time is not easy. One has  to be selective and comprehensive. I decided to take with me only a handful of bottles and leave my behemoth of a collection behind. Truth

Geneva desert island

What happened when I found myself in the proverbial “desert island” situation.

Moving to a new country in a very short time is not easy. One has  to be selective and comprehensive. I decided to take with me only a handful of bottles and leave my behemoth of a collection behind. Truth

Photo of the Geneva Jet d'Eau by Kevin Allen. Click on image for a link to the original

While I was away…

I haven’t posted here in ages and I have missed doing so but circumstances beyond my control have taken all of my time and, most of all, all of my energy. Little did I know last March, when I decided

Photo of the Geneva Jet d'Eau by Kevin Allen. Click on image for a link to the original

While I was away…

I haven’t posted here in ages and I have missed doing so but circumstances beyond my control have taken all of my time and, most of all, all of my energy. Little did I know last March, when I decided

Piper Nigrum Lorenzo Villoresi

Smells of Athens: Piper Nigrum and the spice market of Evripidou street

Athens is West. And Athens is East. It couldn’t have been otherwise. Historically and culturally Athens is built on layers. Each century has added another one on top of the other and over the centuries the defining line between East

Piper Nigrum Lorenzo Villoresi

Smells of Athens: Piper Nigrum and the spice market of Evripidou street

Athens is West. And Athens is East. It couldn’t have been otherwise. Historically and culturally Athens is built on layers. Each century has added another one on top of the other and over the centuries the defining line between East

Aoud Cuir d'Arabie

Smells of Athens: Aoud Cuir d’Arabie and the leather sandals

It is really strange how familiar smells stay with me for all my life and influence the way future experiences are perceived. Even the most raw and animalic smell, the smell of cheap leather, became a part of me and

Aoud Cuir d'Arabie

Smells of Athens: Aoud Cuir d’Arabie and the leather sandals

It is really strange how familiar smells stay with me for all my life and influence the way future experiences are perceived. Even the most raw and animalic smell, the smell of cheap leather, became a part of me and

Vivacité(s) de Bach

Vivacité(s) de Bach: heal thyself with perfume!

If healing, revitalising, mending is what you are looking for in a given life period, Eau Dynamisante will help but you may also need some expert advice. And the expert in question is Edward Bach, a physician, homeopath, bacteriologist and

Vivacité(s) de Bach

Vivacité(s) de Bach: heal thyself with perfume!

If healing, revitalising, mending is what you are looking for in a given life period, Eau Dynamisante will help but you may also need some expert advice. And the expert in question is Edward Bach, a physician, homeopath, bacteriologist and