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This year, we spent our summer holidays in Copenhagen. And apart from serious wardrobe envy that had me fighting the urge to tackle every glamorous Danish woman to the ground and steal her clothes (and bicycle), I also discovered the Danish art of hygge.   Pronounced “heuuurgah”, as if trying to dislodge a hairball from one’s throat, hygge translates loosely…

Parfumes De Nicolai labels their latest Oud contribution an ‘Elixir‘ of Perfume which will bear some of the ‘finest and rare natural raw essences ever collected for their first ever exclusive luxury offering. Some might view their latest perfume as..“Oudh for the Bourgeois” considering the extreme lengths that were taken to assemble an undisputed Emperor of Oud scent that will…

Is it ever possible to separate perfume and myth? Perhaps there are a few deeply prosaic perfumistas out there who enjoy their perfumes simply as pleasant scents and nothing more, but for most of us, perfume ignites our imaginations, transporting us to faraway places and times, while reinforcing the specific superhero identity we have selected to perform for the day…flapper, biker, femme fatale, cowboy…and so on, ad infinitum

As the weather turns from the beautiful warm summer we’ve enjoyed in Wales this year, and we move towards what I hope will be a gloriously colourful autumn, this week I felt a bit stuck. Mugginess had me stymied. You may have noticed that my fragrance choices are very much dictated by the weather. I’m lucky not to work in…

  It seems that times are changing. Green fragrances were the undisputed kings of the 70’s. They were here long before that but their popularity hit an all time high in the 70’s. Estée Lauder Aliage, Givenchy III, Jacomo Silences, Jean Couturier Corriandre, just to name a few of the fragrances released around that time,  that were not only poignantly…

The Al Kimiya (Kemi Blending Magic) line is another magnificent collection from Sergio Momo, the genius behind such titanic collections as Xerjoff, Casamoratti, and Sospiro. The first two I’ve experienced from the line (Aurum and Aqua Regia) are both gorgeous, and truly manage to capture the collection’s theme. With these beautiful compositions, the perfumers have captured the essence of “alchemy”, the mystical art…

When I moved back to Wales from Switzerland, where summers are HOT and winters COLD, I found I couldn’t wear some of my favourite fragrances because they need the extremes of weather to work. This was a surprise, to put it mildly. I had assumed that fragrances just work, regardless of climate.   Here in Britain this summer has been…

The Osmanthus, or Osmanthus fragrans, is a flower famously associated with the Chinese provinces of Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan as well as Taiwan and Southern Japan.  In fact, it is the city flower of Guilin, the beautiful city by the Li River, whose name actually means “Forest of Sweet Osmanthus.”   Osmanthus is famed for its fragrant flowers which have a…

  Hemlock was created to escape the banality of perfumes. It is one of the nine fragrances introduced by Perfumes Quartana to commemorate the fascination with the worlds poisonous flowers. Appearing simple, beautiful and seductive upon arrival, they are in reality quite dangerous. With Parfums Quartana ‘Les Potions Fatales’ which happen to be a limited-edition of very prestigious scents, Hemlock is…

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…

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