Sunday, 30 October 2011

Is It Time For Some Mo Love?

I've spent the last few days thinking a great deal about facial hair. Those of you who are aware of the annual Movember campaign will know why. Set up in Australia in 2003 to raise money for research into prostate cancer, it has become one of the world's most high-profile charity movements, attracting not just corporate support, but also the involvement of more than 1 million men and women across the globe. I'm seriously considering taking part this year, which would entail... drum roll please... growing a moustache.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Review: Jersey from Chanel (2011) + Sample Give-Away

[Review based on a sample of eau de toilette obtained in 2011; fragrance tested on skin.]

A curious release, this one. Subjectivity aside, it's a musky lavender in which Jacques Polge has chosen to emphasise the lemony, herbaceous aspects of Provence's ubiquitous sachet-filler whilst placing it on a vanillic, caramelised base. He's injected the requisite 'couture' feel by lifting the mix with a hint of aldehydes and he's maintained a sense of continuity with the other Exclusifs by adding a faint, yet unmistakable iris note. That's all relatively indisputable.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Let's Ban Those Light, Fresh, Aqua Noirs

I appreciate that coming up with a fitting name for a perfume must be almost as difficult as creating the juice itself. Whether we like it or not, a fragrance's monicker becomes an integral part of its identity, a hook upon which the collective consciousness hangs its responses - positive or otherwise - to the perfumer's creative efforts. What was it William once said? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. It sounds convincing, but I'm not sure it's true. Would Poison have sparked the same emotions if it had been called Tuberose Bomb? Would Angel have been a hit if Mugler had plumped for Funfair? I think not, somehow. Labels do matter. Shalimar. Ambre Sultan. CK One. These are classic names that now seem inseparable from their respective perfumes.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Will M7 Live To Be Hairy Again + Thanks For The Social Stuff

Just a brief post from me today to say thanks to everybody who responded to my recent call for views on the subject of social media. In addition to the comments readers left here on the blog, I also received several emails and a few Facebook messages. All were greatly appreciated.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Review: Trayee from Neela Vermeire Créations (2011)

[Review based on a sample of eau de parfum provided by Neela Vermeire Créations in 2011; fragrance tested on skin.]

It’s a cliché, but like many clichés, it happens to be true: India is a land in which you’re constantly confronted by smells. Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that it’s often inspired perfumers to bottle the sensation of being overwhelmed by its spices, woods and flowers. Few have accomplished this task as memorably as Bertrand Duchaufour in Trayee, one of the first releases from the brand new Neela Vermeire Créations line.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Much Too Wild For Goutal

I’m pleased to add another name to my growing roster of Wonderful Sales Assistants In London Perfumeries. Today it’s Eric, the Parisian employee at London’s sole, standalone branch of Annick Goutal.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Review: Mon Parfum Chéri from Annick Goutal, Lumière Noire Pour Femme Elixir and Aqua Universalis Forte Elixir from Maison Francis Kurkdjian (2011)

[Review of Mon Parfum Chéri based on a sample of eau de toilette provided by in 2011; reviews of Lumière Noire Pour Femme Elixir and Aqua Universalis Forte Elixir based on samples of extraits provided by Maison Francis Kurkdjian in 2011; fragrances tested on skin.]

The moment I tried Goutal’s latest, I knew I had to test it on Madame Persolaise. I rushed to our lounge, where she was working her way through the Sunday papers, sprayed some on her arm and said, “Tell me what this reminds you of.”

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

So Tell Me... Do You REALLY Like Tweeting...?

I need to seek your help again. I'm just putting the finishing touches to a presentation I'll soon be delivering at a Fragrance Foundation UK event on the subject of social media, and I'd like to get your views on the subject.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Review: The Disappointments (2011)

Here's something that doesn't happen very often: I don't have a perfume I'd like to review this week. To be more precise, I've got plenty which I could review, but none that I feel inclined to review. Allow me to expand...

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

I'll Just Put The Kettle On

Sometimes, the most potent scent memories are the ones that come as a complete surprise. Deliberately smelling some vintage Fidji or Aramis in order to conjure a recollection of a fond relative rarely fails to have the desired effect, but a different, perhaps more immediate buzz is created when the past invades our minds without our conscious bidding.


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