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

EAU DYNAMISANTE

Clarins Eau Dynamisante: as much a perfume as not

For the past three months I have been living in a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a decision that I am looking forward to. I know that at some point I will see the end but there

EAU DYNAMISANTE

Clarins Eau Dynamisante: as much a perfume as not

For the past three months I have been living in a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a decision that I am looking forward to. I know that at some point I will see the end but there

Image from http://www.livelifettf.com/

Gravel – A Man’s Cologne: this is the essence of discontinuation

I have been going through my samples trying to make some sort of a catalogue so that I can actually be able to go back and find what I really want. So I came across this vial I knew I

Image from http://www.livelifettf.com/

Gravel – A Man’s Cologne: this is the essence of discontinuation

I have been going through my samples trying to make some sort of a catalogue so that I can actually be able to go back and find what I really want. So I came across this vial I knew I

John Varvatos Artisan Black

John Varvatos Artisan Black: neroli redemption

Artisan Black is a scent I have wanted to try for a long time but was not available at shops in Athens (my friend Nikos tells me that it has just been introduced in the market though). The original Artisan

John Varvatos Artisan Black

John Varvatos Artisan Black: neroli redemption

Artisan Black is a scent I have wanted to try for a long time but was not available at shops in Athens (my friend Nikos tells me that it has just been introduced in the market though). The original Artisan

These are not linden blossoms!

Kerosene Pretty Machine: how do you play “linden flower” in Charades?

Disclosure No1: this review is based on a sample sent by the perfumer Disclosure No2: I haven’t the faintest idea what linden blossom smells like Why do I need to disclose this? Because Pretty Machine official description reads:  It’s as

These are not linden blossoms!

Kerosene Pretty Machine: how do you play “linden flower” in Charades?

Disclosure No1: this review is based on a sample sent by the perfumer Disclosure No2: I haven’t the faintest idea what linden blossom smells like Why do I need to disclose this? Because Pretty Machine official description reads:  It’s as

MP&G Fleur d'Iris

Colours of Iris* Part 5: Fleur d’Iris and the perfect iris note

The past month has been a difficult one, full of changes and hurdles. New home, no internet connection and suddenly news that made moving to a new apartment feel like something extremely trivial and secondary. Good news that, as life

MP&G Fleur d'Iris

Colours of Iris* Part 5: Fleur d’Iris and the perfect iris note

The past month has been a difficult one, full of changes and hurdles. New home, no internet connection and suddenly news that made moving to a new apartment feel like something extremely trivial and secondary. Good news that, as life

Filosykos Ana Maria Rusu

A Shaded View on Philosykos: a joint project exploring scent through words and images

I have been away for too long, I know. Moving to a new space has been a rejuvenating experience but so many things are happening that the moving process seems already too far in the past. I hope all these

Filosykos Ana Maria Rusu

A Shaded View on Philosykos: a joint project exploring scent through words and images

I have been away for too long, I know. Moving to a new space has been a rejuvenating experience but so many things are happening that the moving process seems already too far in the past. I hope all these

wpid-IMG_20130326_203134.jpg

Settling in in my new place – Spring is here

Moving day is over. The process of making the new place a home has began. Today was my first day at work after moving and I walked to work from my new route. Being able to go to work on

wpid-IMG_20130326_203134.jpg

Settling in in my new place – Spring is here

Moving day is over. The process of making the new place a home has began. Today was my first day at work after moving and I walked to work from my new route. Being able to go to work on

toupee in the cupboard

Brief hiatus – the smell of change

For the past week or so I have gradually come to live out of a box. I am moving to a new flat and everything is packed in boxes, including six boxes of perfume bottles and a couple of boxes

toupee in the cupboard

Brief hiatus – the smell of change

For the past week or so I have gradually come to live out of a box. I am moving to a new flat and everything is packed in boxes, including six boxes of perfume bottles and a couple of boxes

Jil Sander Man Pure

Jil Sander Man Pure 1981: too good to be forgotten

I am not very much into vintage perfume hunting for many reasons. First of all you never know what you get, how well it was preserved what how much of its original beauty was lost. This makes me a little

Jil Sander Man Pure

Jil Sander Man Pure 1981: too good to be forgotten

I am not very much into vintage perfume hunting for many reasons. First of all you never know what you get, how well it was preserved what how much of its original beauty was lost. This makes me a little

siene l'hiver

Sienne l’Hiver and what’s in a name

Writing a perfume blog can be quite claustrophobic at times. There are so many perfumes that I have and so many samples and so many ways to approach a perfume. It is like an unexpected gift when things I read

siene l'hiver

Sienne l’Hiver and what’s in a name

Writing a perfume blog can be quite claustrophobic at times. There are so many perfumes that I have and so many samples and so many ways to approach a perfume. It is like an unexpected gift when things I read

Christophe Laudamiel

How to Judge a Good Perfume From a Bad Perfume | Christophe Laudamiel | Straight from the Perfumer’s Nose

How to Judge a Good Perfume From a Bad Perfume | Christophe Laudamiel | Big Think. A very interesting approach on how a perfumer judges quality in perfume. Essentially it is a highly subjective process where things like originality, complexity

Christophe Laudamiel

How to Judge a Good Perfume From a Bad Perfume | Christophe Laudamiel | Straight from the Perfumer’s Nose

How to Judge a Good Perfume From a Bad Perfume | Christophe Laudamiel | Big Think. A very interesting approach on how a perfumer judges quality in perfume. Essentially it is a highly subjective process where things like originality, complexity

Aromatics Elixir Perfumer's Reserve

Aromatics Elixir Perfumer’s Reserve: the Portrait of a Lady

Nobody forgets the first time they smell Aromatics Elixir. The perfume released in 1971 was a marketing breakthrough for a company specialising in minimal, antiseptic, utilitarian cosmetics. It approached perfume from a completely different direction than one would have expected

Aromatics Elixir Perfumer's Reserve

Aromatics Elixir Perfumer’s Reserve: the Portrait of a Lady

Nobody forgets the first time they smell Aromatics Elixir. The perfume released in 1971 was a marketing breakthrough for a company specialising in minimal, antiseptic, utilitarian cosmetics. It approached perfume from a completely different direction than one would have expected

Clive Christian: the company behind "the most expensive perfume in the world" is actually a manufacturer of kitchen cabinets of questionable esthetics

Is Quality a real quality?

I recently made my most expensive perfume purchase, a scent I have always wanted to wear and in its most expensive version: Aromatics Elixir Perfumer’s Reserve. At 4 euro per ml it has without a doubt broken a glass ceiling

Clive Christian: the company behind "the most expensive perfume in the world" is actually a manufacturer of kitchen cabinets of questionable esthetics

Is Quality a real quality?

I recently made my most expensive perfume purchase, a scent I have always wanted to wear and in its most expensive version: Aromatics Elixir Perfumer’s Reserve. At 4 euro per ml it has without a doubt broken a glass ceiling

ASVOF

Perfume Prose for A Shaded View on Fashion

I am very excited about my participation on A Shaded View on Fashion (<click to read the new take on Oud 27). I was invited to contribute writing perfume prose and I explored this by revisiting Oud 27 and approaching it more

ASVOF

Perfume Prose for A Shaded View on Fashion

I am very excited about my participation on A Shaded View on Fashion (<click to read the new take on Oud 27). I was invited to contribute writing perfume prose and I explored this by revisiting Oud 27 and approaching it more