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 […]

Le Labo’s Modern Masterpiece: Oud 27

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 […]

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 […]

Forest Inspired Scents

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.

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 […]