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Les Liquides Imaginaires is a line very close to my heart, partly because of their visual aesthetics and partly because of their olfactory presence. Presented in simple but evocative bottles, both functional and ritualistic, their scents dwell in an atmosphere of chiaroscuro, with pretty and challenging notes combined artfully. Their latest release, Peau de Bête, translates as “beast’s skin” and that’s exactly…

Nabucco is a niche house that actually honours the classification. Their output is very slow, with only three releases since 1997, which is quite unusual by today’s standards. By now a new “niche” brand will emerge with at least six releases, an amber, an iris, a leather, a tuberose, a patchouli, a rose and a La-Vie-est-Belle-type of inedible praline. These are…

By 1952, the world was getting its mojo back.   World War II was a memory, much of the world was enjoying an economic upturn and Cadillacs were rolling off the production line faster than ever.  So what if the cold war was in full swing?  Vodka sales skyrocketed.  The 1950s, especially in America, are remembered for the youth culture of sock…

I’m not a big fan of spicy fragrances. Other than a few notable exceptions, modern entries into the genre tend to descend into this beastly and unmistakably cheap woody amber base. Often worse, those that don’t deploy amber with a heavy hand tend to distinguish themselves (or not) with an equally generic tonka bean that overloads the senses in the late…

  The Iris dances with such unbridled perfection in this seductive concoction-‘Bel Ambre’- by Jacques Fath Essentials, which is one of a quartet of new fragrances composed by renowned perfumer extraordinaire; Cecile Zarokian, that one would think it could possibly jump right out of the bottle. Bel Ambre perfume is constructed with exact precision around the Iris note which gives…

With hundreds of new perfumes launched each year, a new scent has to have something more going for it than mere novelty to attract my attention, since my interest in new perfumes is really just a sideline to my obsession with vintage perfumes, but I was immediately intrigued by Apoteker Tepe, a thoughtful, independent line of perfumes created by Holladay Penick Saltz…

MDCI Invasion Barbare: Off we stroll into another sample impression post. As usual with this series, the fragrance we are examining is rather controversial. MDCI Invasion Barbare is one of those fragrances that—depending on who you ask—is either an unreserved masterpiece or an outdated, uninteresting flop. Instead of declaring my allegiance to one of these two camps, I’ll take a different approach…

It’s such an ancient pitch But one I wouldn’t switch ‘Cause there’s no nicer witch than you After the monumental success of Chanel’s aldehyde-laden floral, le monstre No. 5, every French perfumer en valeur son sel rushed to put out his or her own.  Some were successful, some not.  Le Galion nose Paul Vacher knew a thing or two about…

Emeshel’s ‘Y’ fragrance can be best described as ‘beautifully efficient’. It is an most definitive as well as enchanting modern luxury luxury scent from their Premium collection which boasts an ‘X’ version to compliment the ‘Y’ and a ‘Gold’ version to compliment the Platinum. Emeshel perfumes decided that long before there launch of these superlative ‘smelly’ luxury offerings that they would…

I’ve been on two perfume binges these past few months. One being Chanel everything, and the other being typical designer-counter, run-of-he-mill offerings. Both, I’ve neglected for so many years and both I’ve thoroughly enjoyed exploring for these past months. For the purpose of this blog, I’ll focus on the glorious House of Chanel. Not that I don’t think there are…

One of the most undervalued lines that I know is Nobile 1942, an artisanal perfume house from Genova, Italy that remains true to niche perfumery traditions without ever trying to wax artistic. They claim to hand-mix their fragrances and they even hand-sign the bottles with your name or the brand of the retailer. I was lucky enough to smell all of…

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