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

Unknown Pleasures

Kerosene Unknown Pleasures: some pleasures can never be forgotten

Today I received a wonderful little package with a small sample and the sweetest message inside: Hi Christos Here is a sample of Unknown Pleasures. If you don’t like gourmands, please dispense into the garbage!!! Enjoy! I do not like

Unknown Pleasures

Kerosene Unknown Pleasures: some pleasures can never be forgotten

Today I received a wonderful little package with a small sample and the sweetest message inside: Hi Christos Here is a sample of Unknown Pleasures. If you don’t like gourmands, please dispense into the garbage!!! Enjoy! I do not like

Myrrhe Ardente

Myrrhe Ardente: let the festive times roll

Early in January I did the unthinkable: I spent five days wearing only one fragrance, Myrrhe Ardente! Despite my very promiscuous perfume life I had to travel and I wanted to travel light with something versatile, comforting and interesting at

Myrrhe Ardente

Myrrhe Ardente: let the festive times roll

Early in January I did the unthinkable: I spent five days wearing only one fragrance, Myrrhe Ardente! Despite my very promiscuous perfume life I had to travel and I wanted to travel light with something versatile, comforting and interesting at

Habit Rouge EdP

Habit Rouge Eau de Parfum: the importance of the fine print

OK, I admit I got stuck. It seems that every year there comes this time for me where I have nothing new to say. And then it is a little difficult to get back on track again. I have been

Habit Rouge EdP

Habit Rouge Eau de Parfum: the importance of the fine print

OK, I admit I got stuck. It seems that every year there comes this time for me where I have nothing new to say. And then it is a little difficult to get back on track again. I have been

PARADISO ICK by Alessandro Gualtieri

YOU PARA | DISO: it’s the end of the world as we know it

Dear reader if you are reading this post you have survived the end of the world. Congratulations and welcome to the New World! If however you are not here what better way to embrace your destiny than by wearing YOU  PARA

PARADISO ICK by Alessandro Gualtieri

YOU PARA | DISO: it’s the end of the world as we know it

Dear reader if you are reading this post you have survived the end of the world. Congratulations and welcome to the New World! If however you are not here what better way to embrace your destiny than by wearing YOU  PARA

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

Le Labo Oud 27

Le Labo Oud 27: West of Oud

One of the joys of sharing my perfumes with a loved one is being surprised by whiffs of favourite perfumes coming form the other’s skin unexpectedly. This happened to me the other day and the wonderful aroma that filled the

Le Labo Oud 27

Le Labo Oud 27: West of Oud

One of the joys of sharing my perfumes with a loved one is being surprised by whiffs of favourite perfumes coming form the other’s skin unexpectedly. This happened to me the other day and the wonderful aroma that filled the

Magnetic Scent samples

Tindrer: smells like Joga (and Magnetic Scent collection quick sniff)

With niche perfume market booming it is hard to keep up with new releases and sometimes when I do try to keep up I often find myself wondering if it is really worth the trouble. Magnetic Scent is a new house

Magnetic Scent samples

Tindrer: smells like Joga (and Magnetic Scent collection quick sniff)

With niche perfume market booming it is hard to keep up with new releases and sometimes when I do try to keep up I often find myself wondering if it is really worth the trouble. Magnetic Scent is a new house

+ Q Perfume Blog: MAD NYC opens Chandler Burr’s Scent Exhibition

  + Q Perfume Blog: MAD NYC opens Chandler Burr’s Scent Exhibition. All the best for this ambitious project. All of us perfume lovers who have been keeping our passion in the closet for fear of being considered snob aesthetes are

+ Q Perfume Blog: MAD NYC opens Chandler Burr’s Scent Exhibition

  + Q Perfume Blog: MAD NYC opens Chandler Burr’s Scent Exhibition. All the best for this ambitious project. All of us perfume lovers who have been keeping our passion in the closet for fear of being considered snob aesthetes are

Jo Loves Pink Vetiver

Jo Loves Pink Vetiver: Handsome in pink

I love the way Jo Malone uses her Jo Loves label to throw curveballs all over the perfume world. Pink Vetiver’s name predisposes for a feminine, even girly interpretation of the classic masculine note. And the opening fullfills this promise. Momentarily.

Jo Loves Pink Vetiver

Jo Loves Pink Vetiver: Handsome in pink

I love the way Jo Malone uses her Jo Loves label to throw curveballs all over the perfume world. Pink Vetiver’s name predisposes for a feminine, even girly interpretation of the classic masculine note. And the opening fullfills this promise. Momentarily.

Jacomo Eau Cendrée

Jacomo Eau Cendrée: where it all began…

One of my first perfume memories ever was Jacomo Eau Cendrée (which translates to a mysterious Ash Water). I couldn’t have been older than six and yet I remember my uncle having a bottle of this. And what a bottle

Jacomo Eau Cendrée

Jacomo Eau Cendrée: where it all began…

One of my first perfume memories ever was Jacomo Eau Cendrée (which translates to a mysterious Ash Water). I couldn’t have been older than six and yet I remember my uncle having a bottle of this. And what a bottle

Sheer elegance starts from the packaging

New Divine Release: L’Homme Infini

Divine is one of my favourite perfume houses and I make it a point to spread the word. I have almost emptied my bottle of L’Homme de Coeur and I am waiting for the right moment to get a bottle of L‘Être

Sheer elegance starts from the packaging

New Divine Release: L’Homme Infini

Divine is one of my favourite perfume houses and I make it a point to spread the word. I have almost emptied my bottle of L’Homme de Coeur and I am waiting for the right moment to get a bottle of L‘Être

MONTALE BLACK AOUD

Montale Black Aoud: Bête Noire

Montale and this blog have a past. About a year ago, very early on the Montale controversy I wrote a post about how intriguing Pierre Montale’s person/persona was and how I liked the line and its attitude towards customers. That

MONTALE BLACK AOUD

Montale Black Aoud: Bête Noire

Montale and this blog have a past. About a year ago, very early on the Montale controversy I wrote a post about how intriguing Pierre Montale’s person/persona was and how I liked the line and its attitude towards customers. That

Indian Summer in Athens - dragonflies mating on virtual water

Indian Summer

I don’t know what the superlative of Indian Summer is but we are living it in Athens. Over 20 degrees in November is something we are not used to but tourists and dragonflies are making the most of it. Saturday

Indian Summer in Athens - dragonflies mating on virtual water

Indian Summer

I don’t know what the superlative of Indian Summer is but we are living it in Athens. Over 20 degrees in November is something we are not used to but tourists and dragonflies are making the most of it. Saturday

Chanel Coco in drag

Chanel Égoïste: the real Coco Noir walks in drag

Chanel Égoïste has a reputation for being a difficult, ultra-masculine scent. A hairy relic of the 80′s that was released in the early 90′s and failed for being too loud, too sexual and too in-your-face. The iconic commercial directed by Jean

Chanel Coco in drag

Chanel Égoïste: the real Coco Noir walks in drag

Chanel Égoïste has a reputation for being a difficult, ultra-masculine scent. A hairy relic of the 80′s that was released in the early 90′s and failed for being too loud, too sexual and too in-your-face. The iconic commercial directed by Jean

Smell Me

Smell Me installation by Martynka Wawrzyniak at envoy enterprises

Some may find it repulsive. Others simply gimmicky. The artist went through a painstaking and time-consuming process to collect the essence of her sweat, tears and hair among other things. What makes this very interesting is that she collaborated with Yann

Smell Me

Smell Me installation by Martynka Wawrzyniak at envoy enterprises

Some may find it repulsive. Others simply gimmicky. The artist went through a painstaking and time-consuming process to collect the essence of her sweat, tears and hair among other things. What makes this very interesting is that she collaborated with Yann

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