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Cierge de Lune by Aedes de Venustas

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If you were to define the late 1990’s, early 2000’s by a smell, you’d do worse than point to sultry floral vanillas such as Hypnotic Poison (milky almond), the original Dior Addict (boozy night flower vanilla), Organza Indecence (spiced eggnog), and Kenzo Amour (creamed rice). These perfumes all share a faintly sleazy, morning-after-the-night-before quality, like a woman who stumbles out of a bar at 6am, mascara smudged, and clothes reeking of cigarette smoke.

Iris Quest: The Beginning

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Chandler Burr writes that iris is “liquid good taste” and that description has stuck in my mind when thinking about, and wearing iris fragrances. I am not a natural lover of the note, but lately I’ve been charmed by the silvery elegance it brings to any fragrance, as well as by its ability to manifest itself in a myriad of ways ranging from violet, leather, vegetable roots, cosmetic powder, wet earth, metal, rising damp, and even (disturbingly) dirty, unwashed hair. Depending on what notes iris is matched to and what materials have been used to recreate the smell of either the iris root or petals, iris can mean a hundred different things. KEEP ON READING

Plenty of perfume but very little love

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I’ve been feeling despondent about trying new scented things for quite some time now. I don’t know what’s going on with me, on more levels then one, but that’s a different story. Less than a year ago I was still full of enthusiasm about discovering new perfumes for my never ending wish lists, after all, making lists and ticking things off them is still one of my biggest nerdy pleasures. But the fire has been put out somehow and I’m yearning for its return yet I haven’t a clue what to do to get it back. I still keep testing fragrances for sure, plenty of them every week, as I have another little project going apart from the few blog posts. But I can’t fall in love anymore. Is it the perfume, is it me? I don’t know, but I’m determined to do everything I can to get my perfume mojo back. KEEP ON READING

Aedes de Venustas Eau de Parfum – a walk through the monastery’s vegetable patch

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Aedes de Venustas Eau de Parfum – a walk through the monastery’s vegetable patch


Food & Drink
Rhubarb Red Champagne – 1 Litre Pot | Garden Bargains

We all associate the perfumes we wear with something. It’s very rare to cover yourself in a particular scent and not make any reference to a prior experience or object. What are you wearing right now? What does it make you think of? That is a powerfully evocative tool, people!   It is certainly one of the primary attractions of this passion: one smell of Vero Onda and I’m at my grandma’s house 30 years ago; Slumberhouse Norne takes me hunting with my dad every Friday after school in the fall; Xeryus is something I always wore when playing jazz gigs in the 80s and if I wore it right now, I’d be ready to play even if I wasn’t; the new Unum Lavs is utterly like the masses I was forced to endure as a kid. Etcetera. KEEP ON READING

Italian style-the Angela Ciampagna line of fragrances:an overview

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Let’s talk numbers today: there are at least 360 niche perfume brands on the market presently, as opposed to about 100 less than 10 years ago, according to a press article published on the Reuters website in 2014.
The competition is getting hotter by the day and any newly launched brands would better have a very coherent and believable artistic statement behind and some damn good perfumes in order to establish a successful presence on the market. Brilliant customer service and an engaging online presence are playing an important part too.
Consumers are also getting more discerning thanks to the increasing amount of information available, especially the customers that are active buyers of niche perfumes, a term that I dislike for his pretentious connotations, but it’s sort of universally used and accepted so in lack of a better alternative it’ll have to do. KEEP ON READING

How to Smell Like a Manly Man: Ron Burgundy Fragrances

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Ok, ok, so the title is firmly tongue-in-cheek. I am a firm believer in the concept of wearing what you like regardless of the gender designation of said fragrance. And men should of course wear what they like. I wear some masculines myself, among them Dior Homme Intense and Caron’s Third Man, and applaud any man who breaks out of the generic masculine mold to wear florals and gourmands.

But let’s say, hypothetically speaking, you want to deliberately project a certain type of Alpha Maleness to your immediate surroundings – well, you’d need a fragrance so incontrovertibly male that wimmenfolk would instinctively shrink away and lesser men would sniff the air around you and immediately hit the ground in a submissive position. Here is a list of fragrances that would do the job just fine. KEEP ON READING

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