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Lonesome Rider Review Series Pt 1: Andy Tauer’s new Fragrance won’t leave you lonesome for long…

Part 1 of a review series on the new Tauer Perfumes fragrance Lonesome Rider. Claire, Narada and Neoxerxes will follow with their impressions soon. One of the lessons you learn when you grow up, start a family with children, and enjoy an active social life, is the difference between being lonesome and being lonely. I have two wonderful kids, an adorable…

[New Fragrance] Byredo’s Super Cedar – bottled Scandinavian Style?

If you’ve ever been to Sweden in summer – no matter if you are male or female – I am sure you will have seen those blondes in their shiny white sundresses. If we translate this vision of loveliness into perfume, I guess most of us would think of soft skin fragrances, often flowery, musky, powdery and sheer –  perhaps like…

When mainstream beats niche: Salvatore Ferragamo Tuscan Scent Collection

Once in a while, a designer house throws on the market a high-end collection (or two) of unexpected quality that could perhaps enchant even the most fastidious niche aficionados. I was elated to discover that Salvatore Ferragamo has stepped outside their mainstream field with it`s two Quintessencial Collections, first in 2013 launching the outstanding line of EDT`s in sleek bottles…

Men’s Grooming Part 3: Shaving Soaps/Creams

As we’ve established in previous installments, the fragrance lover has much to gain from a proper shaving routine. But when it comes to shaving, acquiring quality soaps/creams is a step that is often overlooked, which has always surprised me. Why spend hundreds of dollars to smell great only to rub suspicious chemicals into your skin daily? Smelling nice is essential for…

Mon Dieu, Monsieur! A new Frédéric Malle Experience

Mon Dieu, mon Dieu – this release is a shocker! While I am writing this, I feel like Belmondo in the photo above. I am enjoying the new Frédéric Malle release “Monsieur.” Mon Dieu indeed – this is one of the rare, almost groundbreaking perfume experiences we all are living for (more or less). The first spray leaves you puzzled, enough so that you want to…

Roses Volume IV

This installment covers a jammy rose, an attar of roses, a cologne-style rose-oud, and a dusky oriental rose. Rose Flash by Andy Tauer Tauerville The Tauerville project is very interesting because it’s an acknowledgment by a perfumer that sometimes we are just looking for a rough and dirty fix on an ingredient – a whistled tune rather than a full…

Robert Piguet – Knightbridge: Elusive, but worth it.

  For anyone outside of the United Kingdom, this is as elusive as two-headed unicorn, (Shame on limited, hyper-exclusive distribution, that continually caters to the Euro, British, and Middle-Eastern markets.) AND what do we get exclusive in the United States of America, you ask? Kim Kardashian. Well, being in the Western-hemisphere, it’s probably easier getting your hands on a Kardashian…

Men’s Grooming Part 2: Aftershaves!

So you just completed a perfect shave and your skin is as smooth as your mind is clear. What is a fragrance lover to do? As Aziz Ansari is fond of saying on the television show Parks and Recreation,  “Treat yo self!” Do your skin (and nose) a favor: skip the cheap drugstore aftershaves that have shady-sounding chemicals on the label and instead go for…

The Royal Perfume of Dubai. A perfect union blending East & West.

  While recently in Dubai I was feeling more like the hailed CNN-TeleJournalist Anthony Bourdain in the cult masterpiece show ‘Parts unknown’ but in this particular situation there is only a slight twist, I would like to call it Parfum unknown, After spending endless hours sniffing and re-sniffing all the latest Gulf perfumes from UAE and imports from Kuwait, Saudi…

Roja Dove – Enigma edp (Creation-E)

  It seems as though, the tobacco/vanilla combination is just as prevalent as oud/rose. .Nah… There are a fair amount of tobacco and vanilla centered offerings on the market, but not many of them are worth the time. Enter Roja Dove Enigma (or Creation-E outside of the Eurozone) why yes, I’m still in the midst of my Roja Dove shuffle, Vetiver has since…

Roses Volume III

Today I’ll be looking at some Arabic-inspired rose fragrances at various price points – Velvet Rose & Oud by Jo Malone, Ta’if by Ormonde Jayne, Oud Silk Mood by Maison Francis Kurkdijan, and Wissal by Ajmal. Velvet Rose & Oud by Jo Malone Velvet Rose & Oud is utterly brilliant. I always feel that the traditional pairing of rose with oud…

Roses Volume II

Today, we’re looking at a few of the fresher, lighter rose scents out there – L’Ombre Dans L’Eau and Eau Rose by Diptyque, Rose en Noir by Miller Harris, and Elisabethan Rose by Penhaligon’s.   L’Ombre Dans L’Eau by Diptyque In January, 2013, alone in a small niche perfumery in Rome and armed with birthday money, which is free money,…

The only New Years “Oudh” resolution you’ll need for 2016 is Almas Al ‘Leather Oud’

  Oudh & Leather, Leather & Oudh. It has become a staple of the niche perfume industry of late with endless variations spawned at a winks notice. We have seen and smelled them all to the point of no return where little ground is left to explore or even conquer. Leather-Oudh-Rose..Leather-Oudh-Florals..Leather-Oudh-Incense and you can almost guess where this analogy is…