Category Archives: Full Bottles

Jean Couturier Coriandre: the perfume that makes you question the value of civilisation

As perfumes evolve there are always some relics of the past that stay the same, perfumes that defy trends and fashion and remain in production for decades. I am not talking about legendary perfumes that have become the gold standard

Jean Couturier Coriandre: the perfume that makes you question the value of civilisation

As perfumes evolve there are always some relics of the past that stay the same, perfumes that defy trends and fashion and remain in production for decades. I am not talking about legendary perfumes that have become the gold standard

Shiseido Basala: ghosts of perfumes past

A trip to Athens certainly means coming back with several of my bottles left behind. Reconnecting with the past and bringing it up to date. I am using my Full Bottles page as an inventory of perfumes I buy. Together with

Shiseido Basala: ghosts of perfumes past

A trip to Athens certainly means coming back with several of my bottles left behind. Reconnecting with the past and bringing it up to date. I am using my Full Bottles page as an inventory of perfumes I buy. Together with

Comme des Garçons 3: the fruit of pleasure

I must admit that summer can be oppressive. So many of the perfumes I love start feeling like a cage during hot weather. Citrus colognes are not really an option for me: my brain cells just don’t register them, I

Comme des Garçons 3: the fruit of pleasure

I must admit that summer can be oppressive. So many of the perfumes I love start feeling like a cage during hot weather. Citrus colognes are not really an option for me: my brain cells just don’t register them, I

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Lumière Noire pour Homme: it’s black light!

I have become extremely weary of perfumes that feature the adjective “noir” in their names… For some strange reason most “black” perfumes are fussy, sweet concoctions that try to hide layers of troubled nuances under tons of thick, opaque, gourmand,

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Lumière Noire pour Homme: it’s black light!

I have become extremely weary of perfumes that feature the adjective “noir” in their names… For some strange reason most “black” perfumes are fussy, sweet concoctions that try to hide layers of troubled nuances under tons of thick, opaque, gourmand,

Parfums Montale Vetiver des Sables and the Scent of Summer, 2014 edition

My brief holidays in Greece have come to an end and they have left this strange aftertaste. For the first time in my life I experienced Athens and Greece as a tourist. I do not mean that I felt a

Parfums Montale Vetiver des Sables and the Scent of Summer, 2014 edition

My brief holidays in Greece have come to an end and they have left this strange aftertaste. For the first time in my life I experienced Athens and Greece as a tourist. I do not mean that I felt a

Montale Parfums Sandflowers: summer solstice

Sandflowers was part of the first batch of Montale samples I ever bought. At the time oud was my main focus and I chose Sandflowers because of its strange, contradicting name. Flowers in the sand is not a very common

Montale Parfums Sandflowers: summer solstice

Sandflowers was part of the first batch of Montale samples I ever bought. At the time oud was my main focus and I chose Sandflowers because of its strange, contradicting name. Flowers in the sand is not a very common

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

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

Christian Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum: scent as memory

When I first read news of an upcoming Eau Sauvage Parfum release a few years ago I felt childishly excited. Eau Sauvage in its original form is one of the few cologne type fragrances that I call ‘perfume’. Citrus, vetiver

Christian Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum: scent as memory

When I first read news of an upcoming Eau Sauvage Parfum release a few years ago I felt childishly excited. Eau Sauvage in its original form is one of the few cologne type fragrances that I call ‘perfume’. Citrus, vetiver

DK Woman edp: “Mom, you smell like a man…!”

image from becauseiamfabulous.com A fragrance created for women, by women, to celebrate the inspirational, multifaceted women among us: sensual and nurturing mothers, wives, lovers, and friends. A woman is not one thing or another, but everything all at once. Whatever

DK Woman edp: “Mom, you smell like a man…!”

image from becauseiamfabulous.com A fragrance created for women, by women, to celebrate the inspirational, multifaceted women among us: sensual and nurturing mothers, wives, lovers, and friends. A woman is not one thing or another, but everything all at once. Whatever

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

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

Maître Parfumeur et Gantier Santal Noble: the son of Mitsouko

Santal Noble is one of my all-time favourite perfumes. I perceive it as a unique interpretation of sandalwood, as different as possibly can be from other classic representatives of this note. It maintains the creamy aspect of the wood but

Maître Parfumeur et Gantier Santal Noble: the son of Mitsouko

Santal Noble is one of my all-time favourite perfumes. I perceive it as a unique interpretation of sandalwood, as different as possibly can be from other classic representatives of this note. It maintains the creamy aspect of the wood but

Nasomatto Nuda and Magnetic Scent Untitled #1: Jasmine future perfect

Winter has been very kind to Geneva and me, practically no snow inside the city throughout the cold months, which made avid skiers a bit restless because it meant they would have to plan their skiing trips well to hit

Nasomatto Nuda and Magnetic Scent Untitled #1: Jasmine future perfect

Winter has been very kind to Geneva and me, practically no snow inside the city throughout the cold months, which made avid skiers a bit restless because it meant they would have to plan their skiing trips well to hit

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smells of Athens: Piper Nigrum and the spice market of Evripidou street

Athens is West. And Athens is East. It couldn’t have been otherwise. Historically and culturally Athens is built on layers. Each century has added another one on top of the other and over the centuries the defining line between East

Smells of Athens: Piper Nigrum and the spice market of Evripidou street

Athens is West. And Athens is East. It couldn’t have been otherwise. Historically and culturally Athens is built on layers. Each century has added another one on top of the other and over the centuries the defining line between East

Smells of Athens: Aoud Cuir d’Arabie and the leather sandals

It is really strange how familiar smells stay with me for all my life and influence the way future experiences are perceived. Even the most raw and animalic smell, the smell of cheap leather, became a part of me and

Smells of Athens: Aoud Cuir d’Arabie and the leather sandals

It is really strange how familiar smells stay with me for all my life and influence the way future experiences are perceived. Even the most raw and animalic smell, the smell of cheap leather, became a part of me and

Vivacité(s) de Bach: heal thyself with perfume!

If healing, revitalising, mending is what you are looking for in a given life period, Eau Dynamisante will help but you may also need some expert advice. And the expert in question is Edward Bach, a physician, homeopath, bacteriologist and

Vivacité(s) de Bach: heal thyself with perfume!

If healing, revitalising, mending is what you are looking for in a given life period, Eau Dynamisante will help but you may also need some expert advice. And the expert in question is Edward Bach, a physician, homeopath, bacteriologist and

Clarins Eau Dynamisante: as much a perfume as not

For the past three months I have been living in a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a decision that I am looking forward to. I know that at some point I will see the end but there

Clarins Eau Dynamisante: as much a perfume as not

For the past three months I have been living in a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a decision that I am looking forward to. I know that at some point I will see the end but there

John Varvatos Artisan Black: neroli redemption

Artisan Black is a scent I have wanted to try for a long time but was not available at shops in Athens (my friend Nikos tells me that it has just been introduced in the market though). The original Artisan

John Varvatos Artisan Black: neroli redemption

Artisan Black is a scent I have wanted to try for a long time but was not available at shops in Athens (my friend Nikos tells me that it has just been introduced in the market though). The original Artisan