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Masque Fragranze Romanza: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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The latest fragrance from Masque Fragranze, Romanza, is neither easy to describe nor to wear. That doesn’t mean it’s not utterly brilliant, because it is. It features narcissus, but instead of wrapping it in sunshiney beeswax (Ostara) or sweetening it with rose (Lumiere Noire Pour Femme), Romanza plays up all its ugly, bitter facets, resulting in a fragrance that is a real punch in the gut. Do you want to be challenged, confronted, and swept off your feet? Well, Romanza may be just the ticket. KEEP ON READING

Oriza L. Legrand Chypre Mousse: Mother Forest

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Chypre Mousse

I’m more and more aware of the fact this perfume “reviewing” thing of mine is becoming a kind of personal journal recording a personal journey. Both words have the same etymology, the word “journée”, a French noun meaning “a day’s work, or a day’s travel”.

And this is how I like to think of my perfumes: a day’s travel. Very often a travel that takes me inwards, back to my own memories, experiences, feelings. And so, my perfume collection is in fact a journal. And work too, for it takes time, patience and many trials to unlock a more difficult fragrance’s  unyielding charms. KEEP ON READING

From the Fragrance Daily Team: Our Favorite Summer Niche Scents and a Giveaway!

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Maybe we’re nuts, but when we at Fragrance Daily think about summer wardrobes, we’re not thinking shorts and flip-flops.  I mean, those things are nice and all, but not essential.  No, we’re mentally lining up our citrusy Annick Goutals and clearing space in our fridge for massive bottles of eaux de cologne. Priorities, people – priorities.

Anyway, our latest idea is this: since we love perfume and we love lists and we love you, our dear readers (or at least we like you very strongly indeed), we’ve decided to do a quick whip-round the office and get everybody on the Fragrance Daily writing team to list their top five niche fragrances for summer. KEEP ON READING

Fifty Shades of Mitsouko: Mitsouko, Jubilation 25, Chinatown, and Chypre Mousse

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If the category of fruity chypres is an axis, then Guerlain’s Mitsouko is its nexus – the point of origin around which all the other fruity chypres circulate. The distance between Mitsouko and Bond No. 9’s Chinatown, Chypre Mousse by Oriza L. Legrand, and Amouage’s Jubilation 25 is very real, but at times the distance between them seems like nothing, and at others, like a very long way away. In other words, sometimes I can clearly detect the gravitational pull of Mitsouko in these other perfumes, and sometimes, the relationship seems vaguer. KEEP ON READING

Perfumes in Short Supply: Loving the Rare, the Discontinued, and the Gone Forever

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What do you do when you fall in love with a perfume that is discontinued or otherwise unavailable to you (for reasons of cost or limited supply)? Do you spend huge amounts of time and money tracking it down on eBay? Do you beg friends to bring you back exclusive bottles from Tokyo, Paris, and London? Or do you just…..let it go?

I am working very hard at being one of those people who just accepts it and moves on. But damn, it’s hard.

Personally, the way I react to a perfume I love being in short supply depends on the reason behind its unavailability. As far as I can see, there are three main reasons. KEEP ON READING

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