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Al Waad (Promise) by Dominique Ropion for Frederic Malle

The ad copy for Al Waad (Promise) by perfumer Dominique Ropion for Les Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle reads as follows:

“Frédéric Malle celebrates two precious varieties of rose in the Promise Eau de Parfum.

A harmonious blend of rose essence from Bulgaria and rose absolute from Turkey are lifted by apple, pink pepper and clove, and bound to a sensuous base of patchouli, cypriol and labdanum for a truly unbreakable accord.”

I agree with the “truly unbreakable accord” bit. I sprayed this on at 2pm yesterday and as of 2pm today, Promise is still there. But while one can’t argue with its performance, I’m ambivalent about whether it’s outstayed its welcome on the piece of skin real estate stretching from my right wrist to inner elbow. KEEP ON READING

Histoires de Parfums Irrévérent and Outrecuidant

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Irrévérent and Outrecuidant are two of three new releases by the French brand, Histoires de Parfums (the other one is Prolixe, which was unavailable when I was buying samples). I’m always interested in sampling the new releases from Histoires de Parfums, as it was one of the first niche houses I loved, but in the last few years, I just haven’t been able to keep up. Luckily, while browsing a French site, I spotted samples of the newest Histoires de Parfums fragrances and just jumped on it. And I’m glad I did, because both are pretty darned great. KEEP ON READING

Atelier Cologne’s Gold Leather: Fruity Goodness

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You are slumped on a Chesterfield sofa, cradling a tumbler of Bacardi in your hands.  You have just binged your way through a whole packet of Jaffa Cakes. Life is good. How do you smell?  Even better!  Atelier Cologne’s Gold Leather summons up exactly this image, with some plum and woods thrown into the mix.

Christophe Cervasel and Sylvie Ganter, creators and founders of Atelier Cologne, met in New York in 2006 and realized that they shared a passion for classic Eau de Cologne. Together, they created the first fragrance house entirely dedicated to cologne—colognes so special that they are meant to be worn as pure perfumes. Since then, they have become darlings of the niche world, creating high quality, well-blended fragrances each centered around a core note (vetiver, vanilla, neroli, etc.). KEEP ON READING

Sample Impressions: L’Art de la Guerre by Jovoy Paris

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Sometimes marketing just gets in the way of a fragrance. L’Art de la Guerre by Jovoy Paris is a scent where the marketing behind the name is superfluous and unnecessary. Luckily, the fragrance doesn’t need it.

Moving right along while intentionally ignoring the name, L’Art de la Guerre is classified as an oriental fougere, and rightly so; oriental fougeres typically use sweet notes—often vanilla or amber—to both compliment and contrast the fresh masculinity of the fougere accord. To some extent, this genre is populated with a vast array of derivative and decrepit scents that combine titanic doses of lavender and vanilla with not even the slightest hint of ingenuity. It is a breath of fresh air when a fragrance comes along that doesn’t fit that very traditional mold, and perfumer Vanina Muracciole deserves artistic credit for managing to revitalize a rather stale genre. KEEP ON READING

A Patrician Personality: Czech & Speake’s Oxford & Cambridge

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Certain fragrances bring to mind an image of class, wealth, and sophistication. For me, these scents are simple, usually modeled after the eau de cologne, and impeccable in both quality and design. Some of my favorite examples are the great Acqua di Parma Colonia, Creed’s exquisite Pure White Cologne, and the elegant Roja Parfums Danger Pour Homme. Put on a nice pair of slacks, shoes, and a tailored shirt, then spritz on one of those fragrances—you’ll see exactly what I mean, as they will lift the spirit and perhaps the ego (but hopefully not too much). Another fragrance in this style is Oxford & Cambridge by Czech & Speake. KEEP ON READING

It seems like Johnny Cash meets Andy Tauer in Tauerville’s Patch Flash.

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Before I commence, you will have to muster the courage to S-P-R-I-N-T and not run to the nearest fragrance outlet and procure this latest hit fragrance from the never disappointing Tauerville line. For this latest Tauergville adventure it almost seems like the Andy challenges us to summon our inner rogue with some really beautiful but tough ingredients with a  certain twist that only Taueville can implement with the result being total success. Patch Flash takes a different route than the current ‘outlaw-rebel’ perfume with a leading summertime blockbuster movie actor. Patch flash is rich with splendid waves of patchouli and bad ass ancillaries that it seems like the face of the this perfume should be Johnny Cash. Patch Flash is tough, witty and uncompromising like the legendary American Blues-Country-Rock-Folk-Soul music icon Johnny Cash. This fragrance is more like the unabashed Johnny Cash playing live to convicts at Fulsom Prison in California on January 13, 1968. Cash performed hits like ‘Cocaine Blues’ , ‘Send a picture of mother’, ‘Flushed from the Bathroom of your Heart’ and even one of his most unabashed songs; ‘Dirty Old Egg suckin Dog’. His performance at Folsom prison would go down as one of the greatest live performances in American history leading to 5X platinum sales to this date! with just an acoustic guitar at times Cash beaugarded his way into the hearts and minds of millions and quite possibly has reincarnated in Patch Flash, just possibly. Was Andy Tauer maybe Johnny Cash in a past life…maybe so. Lets find out. KEEP ON READING

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