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Author: Narada James

Hi I am Narada! I discovered my love for all things fragrant after two years of living in France and running out of my sole bottle of cologne that I took with me, YSL L'Homme. Probably the greatest place on earth to run out of your signature scent. I tried to visit every perfumerie from Spain, all the way to Hungary. So, many of my reviews, stories and shorts may reference my travels. Enjoy!

  Somehow along this journey I’ve acquired a comfort scent and it’s none other than iris in its many fragrant forms. I was first introduced to iris on the designer side with Dior Homme and Dior Homme Intense. Immediately, I was drawn to these “lipstick-powdery-makeup bag” smelling offerings, that most manly-man wouldn’t be caught dead in. Iris has always impressed…

    Wind Heat “For women and men”, ONLY if you crave to be all the way PC. This is as masculine as Victoria’s Secrets Annual Sale. Speaking of which, this smells of every Vickie’s Secrets I’ve been in. Wind Heat starts off with a fuzzy-fruity-rose, backed by loads of freesia and peony. I was hard pressed to find a…

    I was hesitant, but eager to explore the House of Oud. Hesitant, due to the name being 20% clever and 80% gimmicky. I was eager, because, HOLY SMOKES those are gorgeous bottles, am I right? It would be sacrilege to put anything less than liquid gold in them. Nonetheless, I dove in, not knowing which was which as…

Guerlain – Neroli Outrenoir Per Guerlain Notes de tête : Petit Grain – Bergamote Notes de cœur : Fleur d’oranger – Néroli – Thé fumé Notes de fond : Graines d’ambrette – Mousse – Myrrhe First thing first, be VERY liberal with this one; 5 sprays, 10 sprays, 20 sprays.. Just consider it lotion and lather in it, because it has…

I went on a quest to a few months ago, to get my nose on “vintage” Chanel Egoiste. Vintage in that, it pre-dates the hack-job/reformulations for the 2000’s, whilst in fear of uncertainty, I was told to look for formulations in the 90’-93’ range. Holy Pandora’s Box! Conversations quickly turned from me looking for JUST a 5mL decant of vtg…

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…

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…

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,…

    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…

    What other event in the world could one find; myself, Queen Elizabeth II, George Clooney, a Saudi Prince, and some of the world’s most-famous Pop Stars? Nowhere but the Kentucky Derby, of course! On a single day in May, a 150 000+ spectators spill into Churchill Downs, to view “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports”. Sprinkled in between…

I’m not sure how I’ve been deeply entrenched in the niche-fragrance “game” for the better part of 5 years, but I am just now becoming acquainted with this fragrance. I believe that we’ve crossed paths years ago, in the midst of a niche-sample haul. I could imagine with the amount of pepper and refined “matureness” running through the veins of Ormonde…

  Patchouli Nightfall A unique take on patchouli, that’s hardly ever seen today. Less the typical earthiness, dirtiness, or green facets that come to mind. Patch Nightfall is spiced up with loads of cinnamon, think Ambre Narguile, the patchouli is ever slightly green which immediately reminds me of tea leaves, or spiced, warm tea. The benzoin gives a dusty, resinous…

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