Knize Ten – A breath of life in this old perfume.

To me, Knize Ten is not a perfume.  It is a tasteful accessory.   It falls in the same category of unusual, but exquisite items like the JLC Reverso, Montblanc 149, or a John Lobb William. Knize Ten is a fundamentally classic fragrance.  Unchanged since the 1920’s, it had inspired a whole genre of leather fragrances, […]

Gerald Ghislain’s leather – Histoires de Parfum 1740

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 […]

Frederic Malle Noir Epice

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 […]

Fall Favourites – Review of Chanel Les Exclusives Coromandel

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 […]