Posts Tagged: clove

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

Slumberhouse Vikt, Sove, Grev, Jeke, Pear+Olive, Iska

Slumberhouse samples part 2 and the beginning of a beautiful friendship

Picking this up right where I left it… Vikt is a smoky and slightly animalic scent. It is smoky enough to make you think that this is a vetiver scent. A fresh cut wood note starts poking through the smokiness

Slumberhouse Vikt, Sove, Grev, Jeke, Pear+Olive, Iska

Slumberhouse samples part 2 and the beginning of a beautiful friendship

Picking this up right where I left it… Vikt is a smoky and slightly animalic scent. It is smoky enough to make you think that this is a vetiver scent. A fresh cut wood note starts poking through the smokiness

Slumberhouse samples 1

Slumberhouse samples part 1

From the first spritz out of this sample collection I knew I had a lot of work to do. Incredibly dense and complex perfumes with a rough edge and strong notes jumping off my skin with claws to grab my

Slumberhouse samples 1

Slumberhouse samples part 1

From the first spritz out of this sample collection I knew I had a lot of work to do. Incredibly dense and complex perfumes with a rough edge and strong notes jumping off my skin with claws to grab my

Image of Technique Indiscrete beautiful, minimal shop in Antwerp from their official blog

Technique Indiscrete sampling

I promised Portia that I would come back with my brief impressions of the rest of the line and here they are! Santa Subita is a powerful patchouli. It focuses on the balmy, resinous aspects with a light camphorous note.

Image of Technique Indiscrete beautiful, minimal shop in Antwerp from their official blog

Technique Indiscrete sampling

I promised Portia that I would come back with my brief impressions of the rest of the line and here they are! Santa Subita is a powerful patchouli. It focuses on the balmy, resinous aspects with a light camphorous note.

Sampling at Karpenisi

Testing at high altitude

Still on holidays, I have moved from the islands to my maternal homeland, the Agrafa mountains and the untouched beauty of fir and plane forrests. A perfect opportunity to try some of the heavier fragrances in my boxes of samples.

Sampling at Karpenisi

Testing at high altitude

Still on holidays, I have moved from the islands to my maternal homeland, the Agrafa mountains and the untouched beauty of fir and plane forrests. A perfect opportunity to try some of the heavier fragrances in my boxes of samples.

Order in Chaos

L’Anarchiste: order in chaos

L’Anarchiste is a rather recent release from the historical house of Caron. The name of this fragrance has always baffled me.  How can a perfume offer itself to be related to a sociopolitical theory which has several negative connotations? First of all how

Order in Chaos

L’Anarchiste: order in chaos

L’Anarchiste is a rather recent release from the historical house of Caron. The name of this fragrance has always baffled me.  How can a perfume offer itself to be related to a sociopolitical theory which has several negative connotations? First of all how

the odd one...

Pomegranate Noir: the joy of blind sniffing revisited

Finding a house with a very definite character in its perfumes is a great pleasure for me. Immediately recognizable, the “house texture”, is for instance very strong in all Ormonde Jayne perfumes, from the resinous Tolu to the floral Frangipani.

the odd one...

Pomegranate Noir: the joy of blind sniffing revisited

Finding a house with a very definite character in its perfumes is a great pleasure for me. Immediately recognizable, the “house texture”, is for instance very strong in all Ormonde Jayne perfumes, from the resinous Tolu to the floral Frangipani.

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

Vitriol d' Oeillet

Vitriol d’ Oeillet: a pyramid in the shape of an hourglass

My sample of Vitriol d’ Oeillet arrived today. And this is the best time for a quick sniff post. At least that’s the idea but let’s see how close I am going to stick to it. VdO opens like not

Vitriol d' Oeillet

Vitriol d’ Oeillet: a pyramid in the shape of an hourglass

My sample of Vitriol d’ Oeillet arrived today. And this is the best time for a quick sniff post. At least that’s the idea but let’s see how close I am going to stick to it. VdO opens like not

The haunted iris

Colours of Iris* Part 1: Iris Silver Mist

The grey iris A few years ago iris was the big thing. Everyone discovered overnight how iris is the most expensive note in a perfumer’s cabinet. How it takes 5 years of growing the beautiful flower and 3 years of

The haunted iris

Colours of Iris* Part 1: Iris Silver Mist

The grey iris A few years ago iris was the big thing. Everyone discovered overnight how iris is the most expensive note in a perfumer’s cabinet. How it takes 5 years of growing the beautiful flower and 3 years of