Histoires de Parfums 1740 Marquis de Sade A sweet, warm, magnificent leather. Brilliant in its structure, it is coherent and straight forward in its goals. It aims to please, seduce and comfort. Not a single note detracts from that effect. Opens as a sweet candied leather. It is a sweet concoction of plum jam, honey […]
Le Labo Oud 27 Oud 27 is notorious. On perfume forums, not a single thread about animalics goes without mentioning Oud 27. It is one of the most debated and polarizing modern fragrances. Oud 27 is deceptive. Reading about it, you will find little truth. Half the people will say that it is repulsive, and […]
Mona di Orio Ambre Opens up with aldehydic powder, ylang ylang, a melon note, and an amber accord. The composition is balanced and gentle. Nothing offensive. Nothing jumps out. Colour that come to mind are cream, yellow, off white. The colours deepen as the fragrance develops. The fragrance is like a lanky blonde in a […]
Frederic Malle’s Noir Epice. This is a delicate perfume. There is orange, geranium and rose. It is an aged perfume. There is cedar, nutmeg, and clove. I find the composition to be nostalgic. Smelling Noir Epice is like finding your favourite fall coat from your college days. You remember how much you loved it, the […]
This video is a commentary to Andy Tauer’s blog post “Engage” Andy Tauer reflects on a hike he took through the Alps. He writes about how hiking has the ability to clear one’s mind, and about the outdoors being a terrific place to reflect on developments in one’s life.
Amouage Epic Man Epic Man is a strange fragrance because it balances opposite accords. There is a pungent, dry, woody accord. It is resinous, and bitter. Then there is an aromatic accord, which is invigorating, peppery, and almost citrusy. Epic is like a late summer day when it is not yet cool, but no longer […]
Chanel Les Exclusives Coromandel Coromandel reminds me of Saturday sauna at my Uncle’s house decades ago. He had an old cedar sauna where he would pour equaliptus oil on the hot stones and whip the guests with birch branches for a massage. Later, we would drink herbal tea and eat chocolates. The effect was calming […]