Posts Tagged: lavender

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

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

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

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

Image copy from The non Blond

Givenchy Insensé: falling through genres

There is a golden rule in marketing: never mix genres! It will only make your product more difficult to sell. It is not much of a creative rule as if this rule were to be followed blindly we would be

Image copy from The non Blond

Givenchy Insensé: falling through genres

There is a golden rule in marketing: never mix genres! It will only make your product more difficult to sell. It is not much of a creative rule as if this rule were to be followed blindly we would be

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.

Parfums M.Micallef

New Micallef releases: orientalism at its best

Back in my first days of incessant sample buying I came across Parfums M.Micallef, a luxury perfume and beauty brand founded by Martina Micallef and Geoffrey Nejman. Micallef creations although created in France, in Grasse, by a French perfumer and

Parfums M.Micallef

New Micallef releases: orientalism at its best

Back in my first days of incessant sample buying I came across Parfums M.Micallef, a luxury perfume and beauty brand founded by Martina Micallef and Geoffrey Nejman. Micallef creations although created in France, in Grasse, by a French perfumer and

Night Watch

Van Gils Strictly for Men: a hand from an old friend

The past three weeks or so were difficult. In all sorts of ways. They have been the last weeks at work before summer holidays, loaded with things to do before August break. I love summer holidays but I hate summer.

Night Watch

Van Gils Strictly for Men: a hand from an old friend

The past three weeks or so were difficult. In all sorts of ways. They have been the last weeks at work before summer holidays, loaded with things to do before August break. I love summer holidays but I hate summer.

Sun-bleached

Angel Sclesser Homme: Sun and cicadas

While we are at it I thought I ‘d write about another “Greek summer” fragrance I have in my wardrobe. It was a blind buy because it was cheap and I had read great things about it. First of all

Sun-bleached

Angel Sclesser Homme: Sun and cicadas

While we are at it I thought I ‘d write about another “Greek summer” fragrance I have in my wardrobe. It was a blind buy because it was cheap and I had read great things about it. First of all

Fun and Colognes

Fun and Games with the Malones: Introductions

With spring making a grand entrance I was in a playful mood so I decided to have some fun with my Jo Malone bottles. After all the line encourages layering. But first some introductions are in order. Pomegrenate Noir needs no

Fun and Colognes

Fun and Games with the Malones: Introductions

With spring making a grand entrance I was in a playful mood so I decided to have some fun with my Jo Malone bottles. After all the line encourages layering. But first some introductions are in order. Pomegrenate Noir needs no

Happy Holidays from Christos of Memory of Scents

Christos for Men: a perfume with my name on it brings you my wishes for Happy Holidays

I have admitted to vanity before so I do not mind doing it again. It was a great surprise to find out through Dimi’s blog that there is a bottle somewhere out there with my name on it. Especially since my name

Happy Holidays from Christos of Memory of Scents

Christos for Men: a perfume with my name on it brings you my wishes for Happy Holidays

I have admitted to vanity before so I do not mind doing it again. It was a great surprise to find out through Dimi’s blog that there is a bottle somewhere out there with my name on it. Especially since my name

Oh, Christmas Tree....!

Aramis New West: Oh, Christmas Tree…..!

Aramis New West was launched in 1988 and it was one of the perfumes that made wearing american colognes cool. It was labelled “Aramis, Los Angeles, California”, not “Aramis, New York” and it was launched as the ultimate sporty, marine

Oh, Christmas Tree....!

Aramis New West: Oh, Christmas Tree…..!

Aramis New West was launched in 1988 and it was one of the perfumes that made wearing american colognes cool. It was labelled “Aramis, Los Angeles, California”, not “Aramis, New York” and it was launched as the ultimate sporty, marine

tobacco nights

Fougère Bengale: from the Cyclades to India in a whiff

There are some perfumers who aim not only at making beautiful perfumes but whose work also aims at creating atmospheres, instant clouds of illusions that transport us in different places, situations. Some perfumes are just liquid air from a place

tobacco nights

Fougère Bengale: from the Cyclades to India in a whiff

There are some perfumers who aim not only at making beautiful perfumes but whose work also aims at creating atmospheres, instant clouds of illusions that transport us in different places, situations. Some perfumes are just liquid air from a place

Goti Black Essence

The mysterious Goti: Black Essence and pinning down Opoponax

I am always looking around for a good bargain and just the other day I found a good offer for the very last bottle of a fragrance and label I had never heard of: Goti. The fragrance was on sale

Goti Black Essence

The mysterious Goti: Black Essence and pinning down Opoponax

I am always looking around for a good bargain and just the other day I found a good offer for the very last bottle of a fragrance and label I had never heard of: Goti. The fragrance was on sale