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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…

Donna Karan Signature

Of all the Donna Karan reissues I own, Signature feels like the most “me”. This surprises me because I would have thought it would be Black Cashmere, based on my tastes and preferences – but Black Cashmere, while indeed beautiful, just feels like a sheerer version of other perfumes I own, like Idole de Lubin, and its sisters, Chaos and…

Perfumery has long had a (sometimes prurient) fascination with flagellation.  Fragrances with names like Coup de Fouet (Caron), Cravache (Robert Piguet), and Riding Crop (Demeter) all suggest the menacing danger and pain of the lash.  There are no less than three called whip—Whip (Black Phoenix Alchemy), Whips and Roses (Kerosene) and Whip (Le Galion). The act of whipping evokes images…

Disclaimer: I have not smelled the original Fougere Royale (1882) – these are my impressions of the updated Fougere Royale (2010), which has been completely altered and brought into line with IFRA regulations. Houbigant – Fougere Royale (2010): Lately I’ve been in the mood for a nice, properly masculine and old-fashioned fougere. The latest fougere I tried—Chanel Boy—was a disappointment for…

It is no secret that Tom Ford’s Neroli Portofino is one of my all time favorite fragrances. When the Tom Ford brand announced the release of two flankers—Neroli Portofino Acqua and Neroli Portofino Forte—I was excited to obtain a few samples and to test them out properly. The first of the two samples I tried was Neroli Portofino Acqua. Here are…

Parisian Niche House The Harmonist Opens Doors in Feng Shui-Compliant Los Angeles   It was with some trepidation—and excitement—that I entered the beautiful Los Angeles boutique of The Harmonist, a Paris-based niche perfume house using the ancient Asian concept of Feng Shui as its creative brief.  I mean, I am a middle-aged Aries with a penchant for powerhouse masculines and…

In the stratosphere they call Perfume there always remains ample opportunity for a good story, a moving story, an inspiring story-however in the case of Eight & Bob perfumes they have the Best stories. Consider this if you will, you are Albert Fouquet-the esteemed ‘Braintrust’ and perfume extraordinaire of Eight and Bob perfumes deeply grounded in Paris in the year…

  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…

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