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My favorite cinnamon-laced offerings of the season

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For the past four months or so, I have had a love affair with the note of cinnamon. Right around this time of the year, it’s unmistakably EVERYWHERE, but I still yearn to smell it at home, on my person, in the car, on the next person, etc. I guess I have been in preparation mode for holiday season  all along—I would not mind a stack of cinnamon sticks with string threaded through them in my stocking.*winks* No need for that, when I have fragrances to fill the void, so here are my favorite cinnamon heavy offerings, which I am somehow, completely enamored with this festive time of the year. KEEP ON READING

Pick 5 — edition Xerjoff

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Here’s five reasons to check out Xerjoff’s offerings.



Uden would easily be a contender for my signature scent if I wasn’t so stubborn to elect one. Uden has this sparkly, coziness to it, its sparkling citruses and rum to start, with warm notes of; sandalwood, guaiac wood in the heart. There’s this underlying vanilla note throughout and a whipped, creaminess that keeps the whole blend from running off into sharp as a dagger territory. Outside of humid days (where no warm edp should go) Uden is a four-season’s, year-round kinda guy. KEEP ON READING

Exploring Frederic Malle Samples (Part 2 – Unisex)

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In my previous post, we explored some of the masculine offerings from the wonderful house of Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle. Today we will be exploring a few of the house’s most interesting unisex fragrances. I have sampled each of these extensively and will attempt to provide balanced commentary. These are my impressions:

Cologne Indelebile (Dominique Ropion):

How it smells: Cologne Indelebile is an eau de cologne that actually lasts. Instead of the traditionally fleeting and citrus heavy spritzers that define the genre, Ropion’s creation pairs an intensely floral orange blossom (cut with narcissus) with a blend of musks. Here the musks have significantly more depth than the somewhat flat white musks used in other colognes – it feels like a combination of laundry-clean white musks, something steamy and ozonic (think of the steam note in Penhaligon’s Sartorial), and the tiniest drop of a musk with mild animalic facets. Bright (but fleeting) citrus top cut with mint and a dash of narcissus, floral mid, and musky base. KEEP ON READING

Exploring Frederic Malle Samples (Part 1 – Masculines)

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Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle is a house that is very well-respected in the niche fragrance community. Its esteemed figurehead, Estee Lauder Frederic Malle, is considered to be a talented editor of perfumes. It shows. The compositions crafted for this house are artfully done, stripped of excess, and technically innovative. And true to the brand’s purpose in giving perfumers freedom to express their creativity, the elegant bottles feature prominently the names of the perfumers.

Two significant things that I noticed about the Frederic Malle line: first, the names of the fragrances almost always accurately reflect the smell contained in the bottle; second, one should approach these fragrances as one would a soliflore – most fragrances from the collection are designed to draw out different facets of a single dominant note (tuberose, bitter orange, vetiver, etc.). 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

Sampling Thoughts: Xerjoff’s Richwood

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Xerjoff’s Richwood:

I enjoy many fragrances from the Xerjoff line. Being an Italian luxury brand, Xerjoff does citrus better than most other fragrance houses. 1861, Nio, and Kobe are excellent examples of Italian perfumery at its finest. Each of these fragrances are very natural, top quality, and breathtakingly beautiful. And while Xerjoff is probably known for its citrus fragrances, it certainly is no slouch in producing fragrances that build on foreign aesthetics. A few in particular – Richwood, Mamluk, Homme, etc. – are very well known for departing from the Italian aesthetic while still being excellent fragrances. So it was with great delight that I opened my sample vial of Richwood, excited to see what Xerjoff could do with the luxurious and exotic note of sandalwood. KEEP ON READING

Mini Reviews on New Perfumes (II) : Cologne Indelebile, Gran Ballo, Oud Satin Mood

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Cologne Indelebile Parfums Frederic Malle

It looks like this summer neroli, orange blossom and eau de cologne are “en vogue”.

After JhaG’ s Gentlewoman Frederic Malle is releasing their interpretation of cologne mastered by the brilliant Dominic Ropion, the oldest fragrance representation, popular since beginning of XVIII century.

So, what can be done to “refresh” a cologne type of fragrance ? Was it as good as I expected taking into consideration Ropion’s implication?

First of all Cologne Indelebile is a kind of cologne that we all smelled before. A fresh smelling cologne that starts with a soapy typical note, heavy on orange blossom, not very impressive and a little bit disappointing for me, I have to admit that I m not a cologne fan. KEEP ON READING

Xerjoff 1861: The Essence of Summer

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Xerjoff 1861 is the proverbial redheaded stepchild of the Xerjoff line. It sits in the shadow of its older brother, Xerjoff’s magnificent Nio, which cannot help but steal the show. 1861 is much more affordable than the fragrances from the Shooting Stars collection (Nio included), and though it is cheaper, the bottle is twice the size. Extrapolating from the price, it would be easy to dismiss 1861 as the lowest quality offering, but this could not be further from the truth.

Nio is wonderful, however 1861 was the one that I chose to add to my personal collection, and not at all because of the price. While Nio combines very authentic notes of bergamot and neroli with vetiver in the base, it comes across as photorealistic – almost too realistic for those of us that have experienced walking through a grove filled with citrus trees. But where Nio is a realistic painting of a garden, 1861 adopts two differing artistic styles. KEEP ON READING

Blind dates with scents – part II

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I`m continuing the sessions of blind tests, a new approach of testing fragrances I love to do these days. This means that while I test and write the reviews I do not know their names and official ingredients because I chose all the samples randomly and they have been previously wrapped in matte duct tape. I think it`s fun and it proves that our personal perception and judgement is all that counts. On a more personal level this helped me discover some compositions I thought I couldn`t enjoy before. And at the same time, it became clear that my nose might not be impressed at all if a fragrance is top notch if it smells…terrible.

Let the game begin… KEEP ON READING

Made of caramels and love: Xerjoff Casamorati 1888 LIRA

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Lira Casamorati

Until recently I was on an exhausting quest that prolonged for years for finding the impossible: a sweet and edible scent, but at the same time extremely refined, alluring, elegant AND not worn by everyone. And then I read about Lira (launched in 2011) and it sounded way to good and promising to be true. Well, the rumors and all the positive reviews proved to be true, and actually it exceeded my expectations. Many fume heads find Lira to be almost identical with L by Lolita Lempicka and Tendre Madeleine by Laurence Dumont which is fine and admirable, but at a closer look when I did first a side by side test (I own a small bottle of L purchased long before Lira and ordered a sample of Tendre Madelaine) it became immediately obvious that Lira not only smelled a lot better in comparison with her budget friendly sisters, but overcomes them also in terms of longevity and it filled the room with a divaesque presence that might be not so easy to top. So if you`re craving caramels and cookies of exquisite quality, home made more precisely done by talented hands, Lira gives you these with much more generosity, grace and style.

The charming character of Lira is based on a sunny and incredibly mellifluous blend of savory citruses, a fine lavender and a joyful bunch of fresh jasmines all laid lavishly on an impressive vanilla & cinnamon bed, being therefore an absolutely big gourmand scent. KEEP ON READING

Combating the Cold: Five Fragrances Gentlemen Need This Year.

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"Every man needs a good wood..."

Like a painting by Monet: Creed Iris Tuberose

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Creed Acqua Originale - Iris Tuberose

Creed debuted recently a new collection of fragrances named Acqua Originale that captures some of the finest raw materials from around the world. The house created also a new design for the bottles of this special range, continuing the long-time partnership with Pochet de Courval, a luxury French glass bottle manufacturer, and the exquisitely shaped heavy glass flacons are a pleasure for the eye.

Because I have a soft spot for florals, the first one I chose to investigate was Iris Tuberose. The official olfactive pyramid shows it contains the following ingredients: KEEP ON READING

Xerjoff 1861

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An excerpt from a largely fictional, yet true conversation between two fragrance geeks.



Nat, I’m just gonna fly by the seat of my pants on this review and let my nose do the talking.

Alright with you?


No, no.

Think about it for a second.

Jim, honestly.

Let me do this.

I’ve been thinking about this scent for two years.

Jim: (completely oblivious to the two years of thought Nat put behind this review)

I did.

I promise. Swear. On Baby Jesus.

For like, the last four hours.

I walked around in the Historic district on the east end of Alameda island and took pictures of the Victorians while I tested it out. KEEP ON READING

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