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Narada James has 33 articles published.

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!

Nur Parfum Nektar by SoOud

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Nur Parfum Nektar has 3 tiers, or rather 3 beds; a bed of fruit, a bed of leather and a bed of vanilla.

Food & Drink
Citrus Fruit

Bed of fruit: Lying in this bed of fruits, I detect the most succulent mango and apricot, ripe, pleasantly tart and freshly juiced. On initial spray the apricot comes off zesty, even effervescent. It has a 3D prickly quality to it, which I believe, is aided by the fuzzy herb Artemisia. Just about all the notes pay a visit at this stage, the buttery iris, the rawness of the Russian leather (think Cuir de Russie) and the suppleness and sweetness of the vanilla and amber. Key players, and probably the underlying masculinity to what would otherwise be a fruit-plosion to the senses. This was love at first sniff, but it gets better. KEEP ON READING

Honey Aoud- Cinnahoneyoud

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I am not usually enthralled easily when it come to new and random sniffs, but this here Honey Aoud has me all kinds of wound up. When does a house (Montale) take your three favorite notes and then buries a free kick that defies the laws of psychics- for the win? Never. Whenever I see three of my favorite notes in a pyramid, it’s never a home run, game-winning shot or anything to marvel at. Well, enough negativity,

What has recently arrived on my desk in my trans-Atlantic bag of goodies is Montale’s Honey Aoud. One of Montale’s 2,500 offerings.. I kid, what are we on 110? This is the first one I’ve taken to like a mosquito at a picnic. KEEP ON READING

Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777- Black Gemstone

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Not wanting to be know artis

Don’t mind my little scribble scratch. That’s just what came to mind one morning after applying 3 or so sprays of Black Gemstone. It’s safe to say that Sir Gemstone wouldn’t be voted Most Popular in a high school yearbook. Sir Gemstone barely made it to Senior Photo Day after all, but in a short span of four years, Sir Gemstone transitioned from the decaying Goth aesthetic to full blown avant-garde!

Black Gemstone has an extreme case of A.D.H.D. and that works very well with my own A.D.H.D. Every wearing, I am delighted with a different facet of Gemstone. You have the ashy, bone dry Gemstone, the resinous growth upon one’s skin Gemstone, tart lemon with a hint of molten tar Gemstone, burning rubber Gemstone and my favorite days are when all facets come together harmoniously for the first 4 hours. That’s what I like to call, the chaotic-toddler after a 20 oz. bottle of Mountain Dew- Gemstone.  Mmmm mmm, I love me some fragrances with chaos. KEEP ON READING

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