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Three US-Only Marvels: Lampblack, Christopher Street, and Black Flower Mexican Vanilla

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Three exciting perfumes from small, independent perfume makers in America that are turning genres on their heads, doing things with citrus that will turn Europeans green with envy, and above all, coming in at not unreasonable prices. The catch? Limited distribution, and for now, shipping to addresses in the US only. Le sigh….

Lampblack by Bruno Fazzolari

An exhilarating and deeply satisfying experience from beginning to end. I like the name ‘Lampblack’ – like Lumiere Noire, it tells you to expect a juxtaposition of light and dark elements. And the perfume definitely delivers on the promise of its name, smelling like you just dug your fingernails into a bitter grapefruit and sprayed its volatile oils across a matte, black chalkboard. But what I most appreciate about Lampblack is that it achieves its aims in an elegantly simple way – no unnecessary bells and whistles you sometimes see laid on for effect in ‘daring’ niche perfumery. Yes, admittedly it does contain the rather questionable note of ‘shadow’ in its listed notes, but the perfume itself is so good that I am inclined to forgive it its one small moment of bullshit. KEEP ON READING

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