Posts Tagged: memory

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

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

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

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

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

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.

MemoryOfScent header

How I smell: a disclaimer

I felt the need to re-introduce myself and explain a few things about how I write about perfume. I do not pretend to know a lot about perfume, I just like it a lot and we have developed some sort

MemoryOfScent header

How I smell: a disclaimer

I felt the need to re-introduce myself and explain a few things about how I write about perfume. I do not pretend to know a lot about perfume, I just like it a lot and we have developed some sort

The Creature is alive...

Kerosene Copper Skies and Creature: on a winning streak

I have tried the two recent Kerosene releases and I am happy to say that Kerosene is not a one hit artist. Copper Skies is an in-your-face amber scent and as such I am not the most suitable person to

The Creature is alive...

Kerosene Copper Skies and Creature: on a winning streak

I have tried the two recent Kerosene releases and I am happy to say that Kerosene is not a one hit artist. Copper Skies is an in-your-face amber scent and as such I am not the most suitable person to

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.

Tom Ford Urban Musk

Tom Ford Urban Musk: mind-maps and memory hard-wiring

The last day of 2011 was marked by an unplanned, unexpected purchase and a happy trip to childhood. It was Tom Ford Urban Musk, from the Private Blend Collection, which at 175 euros for 50 ml (I’ll do the shameful

Tom Ford Urban Musk

Tom Ford Urban Musk: mind-maps and memory hard-wiring

The last day of 2011 was marked by an unplanned, unexpected purchase and a happy trip to childhood. It was Tom Ford Urban Musk, from the Private Blend Collection, which at 175 euros for 50 ml (I’ll do the shameful

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

kaipaus ceramic blotter

Your perfume forever: the Kaipaus bean (with an update)

I admit to vanity: I google my blog name. But what I found the other day is worth the admission. A finnish company named Kaipaus produces small objects that can carry your perfume in a solid form. A series of

kaipaus ceramic blotter

Your perfume forever: the Kaipaus bean (with an update)

I admit to vanity: I google my blog name. But what I found the other day is worth the admission. A finnish company named Kaipaus produces small objects that can carry your perfume in a solid form. A series of

"Pierce my heart again"

Pierce My Heart Again – more words of wisdom from a box

Here’s another one I like from Alexander Mc Queen’s Kingdom. It is beautifully “handwritten” on the inside of the box flap. I love it because it was sort of a message to me from the universe. There is a story

"Pierce my heart again"

Pierce My Heart Again – more words of wisdom from a box

Here’s another one I like from Alexander Mc Queen’s Kingdom. It is beautifully “handwritten” on the inside of the box flap. I love it because it was sort of a message to me from the universe. There is a story

Route du Vetiver

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Route du Vetiver and how reformulation works

The first scent that got me stuck in niche perfumes was Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier, Route du Vetiver. But it was more of a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde experience… I was still only sampling when the name caught my

Route du Vetiver

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Route du Vetiver and how reformulation works

The first scent that got me stuck in niche perfumes was Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier, Route du Vetiver. But it was more of a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde experience… I was still only sampling when the name caught my

bottles1

First sniff

This is an attempt to communicate how I perceive fragrance. I started wearing perfume because I wanted to smell good! Not very original but it is a good start. In the process I realized that fragrances have the ability to

bottles1

First sniff

This is an attempt to communicate how I perceive fragrance. I started wearing perfume because I wanted to smell good! Not very original but it is a good start. In the process I realized that fragrances have the ability to