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  If you are not familiar with Grosmith, let me introduce you. Grossmith perfume house was founded in 1835 in London and with a line-up consisting of pure bottled orientalism managed to sore at the highest status of the perfume industry. With perfumes inspired by Japan, India, the Arab world they became famous for bottling magic for the privileged upper class…

  The absinthe scene in Coppola’s “Dracula”, the world around swimming in a mysterious sea of green. My nana’s old, but strong hands burrowing deeper inside the black, fertile earth, planting her narcissi, hyacinths and tulips, cradling carefully the fragile bulbs from which sweet, spicy, musky beauty was going to arise. Honey dripping over tanned, hot skin. Oh, and the…

I’ve found that a lot of traditional ambers make me nauseous, for example, TFPB Amber Absolute, and Profumi del Forte Ambra Mediterranea, are too potent for me. So, it’s great to have come around to something that wears like a veil of silk and not fifty-layers of flame retardant Kevlar. Vento nel Vento starts off with all the nauseating components…

In Cuba they say Ahí-Namá, which directly translates to the un-initiated and unlearned as..”Its right here, Look no further or This is it”. With T. Habanero Perfume’ impressive offering for a grandiose taste of Havana Cuba and the Orient (Oudh-Myhrr-Incense notes) Ahí Namá is the appropriate term to finally end the decades old argument, or in this case, what is…

The Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection is known for its groundbreaking fragrances that are as elegant as they are alluring. From the captivating Sycomore to the avant-garde Cuir de Russe, the simple Eau de Cologne to the scrumptious Coromandel, the quality of Chanel’s exclusives is unimpeachable. That is, until Boy. Before its floral mid and vanillic base, Boy opens with an uncomfortably synthetic…

Part one – citrus classicism Following NeoXerxes’ fascinating post on oranges in perfumery, I’m sticking to the citrus theme, but taking a different twist on it, looking at some of the simplest, most refreshing fragrances out there: Eaux de Cologne. While ‘Cologne’ has come to mean ‘perfume for men’, particularly in the USA, it actually is a very specific category…

Back in the mid 00’s, when I started searching for more than my local perfume shop had to offer, Czech and Speake were all the rage. Their Cuba was one of the first straight-up tobacco perfumes. Dark Rose slipped inconspicuously into oud-rose territory. Frankincense and Myrrh still remains a staple for incense lovers. In fact Czech and Speake were pioneers…

I think us reviewers and enthusiast alike get so caught up in the scents that are; warm, cozy, happy, crowd pleasing, and these scents tend to evoke the same feeling upon their wearers. Well, Chanel Number 19 is the opposite of all that. Chanel No. 19 immediately conjures up images of dank forest floors and herb gardens. It’s cold by nature,…

Once in a while, when you have sampled enough fragrances, there comes along a scent that attracts your interest upon first spray. As the juice hits the skin, the opening is promising, and you inhale with eyes closed before letting out a contended sigh. Then, contrary to your expectations, you go about your day, ignoring the fragrance entirely because the fragrance turned…

I’m a freelance writer-slash-odd-jobber, which means that I write articles and blog posts about all sorts of things, like retinoic acid, how to sell your own home without a real estate agent, and the top ten things you can learn about social media dominance from Don Draper. Seriously. Those are all articles I have written. You will not find me…

Confession: I don’t actually like soliflores. I mean, I don’t like to wear them. I like sniffing them from a sample and I consider them useful to have around as a reference, but wearing them simply wears me down. Soliflores say one thing, and one thing only. I admire the single-mindedness of their message, but as the day goes on,…

When I started exposing my perfume preoccupation in perfumista forums ages ago I stumbled upon two frequently asked questions that had me completely baffled. They are coming up far too often and are so inexplicably vague and unanswerable, yet it seems that some perfume lovers are desperately seeking for answers. The first question is “What is the ultimate pantie-dropper men’s…

Orange and its derivatives are some of the most popular notes in all of perfumery. Depending on how they are presented and what portions of the tree are used (orange, orange blossom, neroli, and petitgrain are all derivatives of the orange tree), orange-based fragrances often come across as uplifting and clean. After testing a large portion of the niche market, here are some of my picks of the…

I already gave a full review of my stand-out favourite of Andy Tauer’s Tauerville Flash range, Fruitchouli Flash, which turned out to be a happy modern peachy chypre that reminded me of Mitsouko. I have to let you in on a secret – I think Andy has had another little brush with the classic Guerlain fairy, more of which in…

    Oud Palao is everything that I wanted from a predominately Oud/Rose fragrance and so much more. Oud Palao takes one of the more dynamic approaches in the realm of Westernized-Middle-Eastern splendor. What we have here, is just not skanky woods, doused with rose, but loads of; tobacco, honey, rum, vanilla, oud, and lastly, a lush, damp rose to…

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