Category Archives: Christopher Sheldrake

Richard-Mosse-2014-Deutsche-Börse-Photography-Prize-Feature

Serge Lutens Chypre rouge: tricked and treated

I first saw a Richard Moss photo a few months ago and I was shocked by the power of his creation. It wasn’t the photo featured here, which might seem like a whimsically photoshopped version of a digital collage. It

Richard-Mosse-2014-Deutsche-Börse-Photography-Prize-Feature

Serge Lutens Chypre rouge: tricked and treated

I first saw a Richard Moss photo a few months ago and I was shocked by the power of his creation. It wasn’t the photo featured here, which might seem like a whimsically photoshopped version of a digital collage. It

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

chanel goes bollywood

Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule: Mysore goes Bollywood

How many tales can sandalwood tell? Serge Lutens has already given two versions of it, the Indian bazaar Santal de Mysore and the neighbouring Santal Blanc, less spicy, more floral. Both explore the sweet, buttery side of sandalwood. For me

chanel goes bollywood

Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule: Mysore goes Bollywood

How many tales can sandalwood tell? Serge Lutens has already given two versions of it, the Indian bazaar Santal de Mysore and the neighbouring Santal Blanc, less spicy, more floral. Both explore the sweet, buttery side of sandalwood. For me

gardenia in disguise

Serge Lutens Une Voix Noire: Gardénia déguisée

So it seems that Serge Lutens has abandoned the Orient as a source of inspiration and has now turned to icons of Western culture to “materialise” into  perfume…  After Oscar Wilde, Billie Holiday. Both tormented and creative personalities who lived

gardenia in disguise

Serge Lutens Une Voix Noire: Gardénia déguisée

So it seems that Serge Lutens has abandoned the Orient as a source of inspiration and has now turned to icons of Western culture to “materialise” into  perfume…  After Oscar Wilde, Billie Holiday. Both tormented and creative personalities who lived

Serge Lutens Gris Clair...

Serge Lutens Gris Clair…: this used to be my playground

Lavender is a primordial ingredient. It has been there since the beginning of using nature to scent life. Abundant, useful to keep linen scented and moth-free, soothing, calming, masculine, infantile. Simple and reliable. You will not find many people raving

Serge Lutens Gris Clair...

Serge Lutens Gris Clair…: this used to be my playground

Lavender is a primordial ingredient. It has been there since the beginning of using nature to scent life. Abundant, useful to keep linen scented and moth-free, soothing, calming, masculine, infantile. Simple and reliable. You will not find many people raving

Serge Lutens Daim Blond

Daim Blond: the perfect leather for autumn

One of the first Lutens perfumes that I tried was Cèdre and I absolutely hated it. The ones that followed were also difficult for me but then came Daim Blond and it was simply stunning. It provided the key to

Serge Lutens Daim Blond

Daim Blond: the perfect leather for autumn

One of the first Lutens perfumes that I tried was Cèdre and I absolutely hated it. The ones that followed were also difficult for me but then came Daim Blond and it was simply stunning. It provided the key to

Douce Amere Serge Lutens

Douce Amère: Saudade da Infância*

Douce Amère is a strange one. I am not sure I like it but I love wearing it. Another one of those scents where what I smell has nothing to do with what most people will tell you it does.

Douce Amere Serge Lutens

Douce Amère: Saudade da Infância*

Douce Amère is a strange one. I am not sure I like it but I love wearing it. Another one of those scents where what I smell has nothing to do with what most people will tell you it does.

Sampling at Karpenis

Testing at high altitude 3

Back to Athens tomorrow… I will love to be back home but I will miss the cool breeze of the mountains, the humming of ancestral scenery speaking words I have never heard before but always make sense. Red Aoud, Montae

Sampling at Karpenis

Testing at high altitude 3

Back to Athens tomorrow… I will love to be back home but I will miss the cool breeze of the mountains, the humming of ancestral scenery speaking words I have never heard before but always make sense. Red Aoud, Montae

Musk light...

Serge Lutens Clair de Musc: tender is the musk

My first impression of Clair de Musc was that it is an unnecessarily expensive version of Bodyshop White Musk. After that it has been sitting in my perfume cabinet neglected until I decided to give it another try. My initial reaction

Musk light...

Serge Lutens Clair de Musc: tender is the musk

My first impression of Clair de Musc was that it is an unnecessarily expensive version of Bodyshop White Musk. After that it has been sitting in my perfume cabinet neglected until I decided to give it another try. My initial reaction

De Profundis

Serge Lutens De Profundis: the mystery remains

I finally got my hands on a decant of De Profundis. I was looking forward to it because it wasn’t received with the usual enthusiasm and this sort of reaction always attracts me. I cannot say that I have deciphered

De Profundis

Serge Lutens De Profundis: the mystery remains

I finally got my hands on a decant of De Profundis. I was looking forward to it because it wasn’t received with the usual enthusiasm and this sort of reaction always attracts me. I cannot say that I have deciphered

...because you can't stuff it!

Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille: Ceci n’est pas une vanille.

This perfume reminded me immediately of Magritte’s question: is it a pipe if you can’t stuff it? Is an image of a pipe the same as a pipe? The treason of images… Vanilla fragrances are not on my radar because

...because you can't stuff it!

Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille: Ceci n’est pas une vanille.

This perfume reminded me immediately of Magritte’s question: is it a pipe if you can’t stuff it? Is an image of a pipe the same as a pipe? The treason of images… Vanilla fragrances are not on my radar because

Silk Fetish

Bas de Soie: Silk Fetish

Bas de Soie is one of the latest controversial Serge Lutens releases. They have been controversial because they mark a an incredible departure from the dark oriental style of the house. Or, according to others because they are linear and uninspired. Bas

Silk Fetish

Bas de Soie: Silk Fetish

Bas de Soie is one of the latest controversial Serge Lutens releases. They have been controversial because they mark a an incredible departure from the dark oriental style of the house. Or, according to others because they are linear and uninspired. Bas

Vintage Science Fiction

La Myrrhe: a sculpture of liquid light

La Myrrhe was a calculated blind buy. I love myrrh but in the obvious association with incense it creates the atmosphere of an Orthodox church for me. It is an olfactive memory deeply rooted in my childhood years. All Greeks

Vintage Science Fiction

La Myrrhe: a sculpture of liquid light

La Myrrhe was a calculated blind buy. I love myrrh but in the obvious association with incense it creates the atmosphere of an Orthodox church for me. It is an olfactive memory deeply rooted in my childhood years. All Greeks

Photo from http://allgreen.com/site/images/stories/hot_cold_water_faucets

L’Eau and L’Eau Froide: Scottish Shower with Serge Lutens

The controversy about Serge Lutens launching the anti-perfume L’Eau Serge Lutens is already old. The prince of darkness decided to dive into clear waters. L’Eau received lukewarm reviews and many reviewers thought inappropriate the addition of a clean fragrance in the

Photo from http://allgreen.com/site/images/stories/hot_cold_water_faucets

L’Eau and L’Eau Froide: Scottish Shower with Serge Lutens

The controversy about Serge Lutens launching the anti-perfume L’Eau Serge Lutens is already old. The prince of darkness decided to dive into clear waters. L’Eau received lukewarm reviews and many reviewers thought inappropriate the addition of a clean fragrance in the

Feminté du Bois line up, Extrait in the middle (from perfumo.de)

Feminité du Bois Extrait: no cracks here

I have recently received a decant of Feminité du Bois Extrait from my very generous friend Saif. This was extremely kind of him because this is not a perfume one comes across easily. I think Feminité du Bois is a

Feminté du Bois line up, Extrait in the middle (from perfumo.de)

Feminité du Bois Extrait: no cracks here

I have recently received a decant of Feminité du Bois Extrait from my very generous friend Saif. This was extremely kind of him because this is not a perfume one comes across easily. I think Feminité du Bois is a

...don't fear the reaper!

Muscs Koublai Khan: don’t fear the reaper

All previous week was marked by a horrible flu that has kept me in bed and crawling on the floor with the most exhausting cough, runny nose and tiniest fever that makes all your body ache, sends shivers up your

...don't fear the reaper!

Muscs Koublai Khan: don’t fear the reaper

All previous week was marked by a horrible flu that has kept me in bed and crawling on the floor with the most exhausting cough, runny nose and tiniest fever that makes all your body ache, sends shivers up your

a game of textures and colours

Feminité du Bois: Fruit, cedar, spice and everything nice

If ever a fragrance managed to include all the warm and cosy notes in the world in one bottle this was Feminité du Bois. Initially released in 1992 as a Shiseido release, it joined the Serge Lutens line in 2009, when

a game of textures and colours

Feminité du Bois: Fruit, cedar, spice and everything nice

If ever a fragrance managed to include all the warm and cosy notes in the world in one bottle this was Feminité du Bois. Initially released in 1992 as a Shiseido release, it joined the Serge Lutens line in 2009, when

Serge Noire: Rasputin's Christmas

Serge Noire: Rasputin’s Christmas

The holidays are here. Another year is preparing to make an exit. What better way to celebrate this time of the year than remembering and wearing my ultimate mood enhancers for the holidays. Serge Noire holds a very special place

Serge Noire: Rasputin's Christmas

Serge Noire: Rasputin’s Christmas

The holidays are here. Another year is preparing to make an exit. What better way to celebrate this time of the year than remembering and wearing my ultimate mood enhancers for the holidays. Serge Noire holds a very special place

Tubéreuse Criminelle

Tubéreuse Criminelle: criminally genius and a Freudian footnote

Polianthes tuberosa is a plant that doesn’t grow in Europe. It’s not an ingredient you can see in its natural form, smell the flower and be able to recognize the note in a perfume. However it is one of the easiest

Tubéreuse Criminelle

Tubéreuse Criminelle: criminally genius and a Freudian footnote

Polianthes tuberosa is a plant that doesn’t grow in Europe. It’s not an ingredient you can see in its natural form, smell the flower and be able to recognize the note in a perfume. However it is one of the easiest

Mandarine Mandarin

Mandarine Mandarin: You say Mandarin, I say Chutney

Pumpkin and Mandarin Chutney with Orange Blossom Water —•— 200 gr of pumpkin flesh 4 candied mandarins or mandarins in heavy syrup 1 tablespoon of butter 1 tablespoon of coriander seeds, crushed 1 teaspoon of mace or nutmeg ½ teaspoon of cumin

Mandarine Mandarin

Mandarine Mandarin: You say Mandarin, I say Chutney

Pumpkin and Mandarin Chutney with Orange Blossom Water —•— 200 gr of pumpkin flesh 4 candied mandarins or mandarins in heavy syrup 1 tablespoon of butter 1 tablespoon of coriander seeds, crushed 1 teaspoon of mace or nutmeg ½ teaspoon of cumin