Posts Tagged: rose

Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Cuir Fetiche

Maître Parfumeur et Gantier Cuir Fétiche: Belle de jour

If oud has rightfully owned the title of most (over)used perfume note in the ’10s leather has really made it fight for this title. In fact don’t let the hype deceive you, more fragrances launched in our decade boast the

Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Cuir Fetiche

Maître Parfumeur et Gantier Cuir Fétiche: Belle de jour

If oud has rightfully owned the title of most (over)used perfume note in the ’10s leather has really made it fight for this title. In fact don’t let the hype deceive you, more fragrances launched in our decade boast the

Jacomo Coeur de Parfum

Smells of Geneva: Jacomo Coeur de Parfum and the smell of the Escalade

Wet blanket alert: this is a review of an obscure discontinued scent. You probably never heard of it and very few bloggers have reviewed it. It is however important to me. After my “Smells of Athens” series I thought that

Jacomo Coeur de Parfum

Smells of Geneva: Jacomo Coeur de Parfum and the smell of the Escalade

Wet blanket alert: this is a review of an obscure discontinued scent. You probably never heard of it and very few bloggers have reviewed it. It is however important to me. After my “Smells of Athens” series I thought that

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

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

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

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

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

Unicorn

Shiseido Nombre Noir: to catch a Unicorn

There is this rare, elusive category of perfumes, the Perfect, Discontinued scent. It is the most sought after, exclusive, masterfully blended kind of perfume. It was so perfect that it had to stop existing. Its ingredients so pure and rare that they are

Unicorn

Shiseido Nombre Noir: to catch a Unicorn

There is this rare, elusive category of perfumes, the Perfect, Discontinued scent. It is the most sought after, exclusive, masterfully blended kind of perfume. It was so perfect that it had to stop existing. Its ingredients so pure and rare that they are

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 Karpenis

Testing at high altitude 3

Back to Athens tomorrow… I will love to be back home but I will miss the cool breeze of the mountains, the humming of ancestral scenery speaking words I have never heard before but always make sense. Red Aoud, Montae

Sampling at Karpenis

Testing at high altitude 3

Back to Athens tomorrow… I will love to be back home but I will miss the cool breeze of the mountains, the humming of ancestral scenery speaking words I have never heard before but always make sense. Red Aoud, Montae

Sampling at Karpenisi 2

Testing at high altitude, 2

Still on my mountain holidays I have all the time that I need to spray myself with anything I get my hands on and enjoy the surprises. Fleur d’Iris, Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier (Jean Laporte or Jean Paul Millet Lage

Sampling at Karpenisi 2

Testing at high altitude, 2

Still on my mountain holidays I have all the time that I need to spray myself with anything I get my hands on and enjoy the surprises. Fleur d’Iris, Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier (Jean Laporte or Jean Paul Millet Lage

Santalum Slivers - Whips and Roses

Kerosene Whips and Roses and Santalum Slivers: the perfumer’s hallmark

My admiration for Kerosene perfumes is no secret, I own both R’oud Elements and Creature (yes, it has now been added to my Full Bottle collection). With his follow up releases John Pegg establishes his own style in perfumery with a

Santalum Slivers - Whips and Roses

Kerosene Whips and Roses and Santalum Slivers: the perfumer’s hallmark

My admiration for Kerosene perfumes is no secret, I own both R’oud Elements and Creature (yes, it has now been added to my Full Bottle collection). With his follow up releases John Pegg establishes his own style in perfumery with a

Gender bending with Bernard Chant

Aramis 900 Herbal Cologne: the gender of the rose

Today I am very happy to participate as Guest Reviewer of the Day in one of my favourite blogs, Nero Profumo. If you would like to read my take on the classic Aramis 900 and whether it really takes some

Gender bending with Bernard Chant

Aramis 900 Herbal Cologne: the gender of the rose

Today I am very happy to participate as Guest Reviewer of the Day in one of my favourite blogs, Nero Profumo. If you would like to read my take on the classic Aramis 900 and whether it really takes some

...don't fear the reaper!

Muscs Koublai Khan: don’t fear the reaper

All previous week was marked by a horrible flu that has kept me in bed and crawling on the floor with the most exhausting cough, runny nose and tiniest fever that makes all your body ache, sends shivers up your

...don't fear the reaper!

Muscs Koublai Khan: don’t fear the reaper

All previous week was marked by a horrible flu that has kept me in bed and crawling on the floor with the most exhausting cough, runny nose and tiniest fever that makes all your body ache, sends shivers up your

This + No19=No19 Poudré

A comment on Chanel No19 Poudré

As if anyone needed one… Anyway… I love the original No19. I tried the new “flanker”. I like it. It is a beautiful scent. But then there is this question that needs to be answered: Why? If you like the

This + No19=No19 Poudré

A comment on Chanel No19 Poudré

As if anyone needed one… Anyway… I love the original No19. I tried the new “flanker”. I like it. It is a beautiful scent. But then there is this question that needs to be answered: Why? If you like the

Divine samples

A divine sampler: Parfums Divine

After reviewing L’ Homme de Coeur I felt I had to take a break from my iris series to talk about Parfums Divine. There is a lot of talk about how modern perfumes lack imagination and boldness. This is a

Divine samples

A divine sampler: Parfums Divine

After reviewing L’ Homme de Coeur I felt I had to take a break from my iris series to talk about Parfums Divine. There is a lot of talk about how modern perfumes lack imagination and boldness. This is a