Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New Cure For Insomnia: Counting Perfume Releases


It’s the final week of August, the holiday’s nearly over and life will soon have to return to normal at Maison Persolaise. It’s going to take a little while for me to decide which ‘scented summer experiences’ I ought to blog about, but for today, I’ll briefly mention that the main question in my mind whilst I've wandered around perfume shops has centred around the need for the incessant flow of fragrance releases. I think I’ve literally lost count of the number of new scents I’ve tried over the course of the last four weeks: Madly and Flower Tag from Kenzo; Candy from Prada; No 19 Poudré from Chanel; Kokorico from Jean-Paul Gaultier (superb bottle!); Tresor Midnight Rose from Lancôme; Violet Blonde from Tom Ford; CK One Shock (for him and for her) from Calvin Klein… the list goes on. I suppose somewhere there’s a spreadsheet on which this punishing release schedule makes sense. To the average consumer it just results in sensory overload. But then maybe that’s part of the strategy too.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Reviews: Yuzu Man from Caron (2011) & Hiroshima Mon Amour from Nez À Nez (2011)


The spirit of orientalism is alive in the latest masculine from Caron. Yuzu takes its inspiration from the East Asian (predominantly Japanese) fruit of the same name, and as you'd expect, it is a refreshing cocktail of citrus notes. Sadly, it's also quite unremarkable, combining all the usual cliches of barbershop cleanliness (soapy notes, synthetic musks etc) with a pink, syrupy pomegranate note and - as has become common in recent months - a watery lychee accord. It's predictable, it lacks depth and it is quite unworthy of the house that has given us three distinctive, original scents for men: Pour Un Homme, Yatagan and Le 3e Homme.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

What's My Credit Card Limit Again...?


It's always at this point in our epic summer holidays that Madame Persolaise and I wish we could slow down time. There's still so much to do, so much to see, so many moments to savour, so many memories to make... and so many things to blog about, not least our recent day trip to Venice.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Reviews: Juniper Sling, Esprit Du Roi & Eau Sans Pareil from Penhaligon's (2011)


Would it be too cruel to say that Penhaligon's Anthology series of re-issues comes to a close not with a bang, but a whimper? Eau Sans Pareil is pleasant enough, but there really isn't anything to distinguish it from the endless stream of washed-out florals that seem designed specifically to serve as gifts for those characterless nieces you see only once a year. The official notes call it a chypre and perhaps there is a drop of oakmoss somewhere in the deepest recesses of its construction, but I can't see any Mitsouko-lovers clamouring to get their hands on this one.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Review: Stecca from Hilde Soliani (2008)


If I must have a fragrance that isn't flawless in its entirety, then I'll choose one whose weak section is the top notes: at least they fade away fairly rapidly. So I'm willing to ignore the first few minutes of Stecca's existence, which feature a sharp, almost overwhelming synthetic assault reminiscent of the glue used in model making.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

If It's Friday, This Must Be Grasse


Free Wifi hasn’t been as easy to find as I’d hoped, but I’m pleased to say that so far the holiday has gone very well (although I gather the situation in my beloved London isn't quite so happy). As ever, I’ve got so much to write and tell you about, that I’m sure I’ll never be able to cover it all when we return to Maison Persolaise, but I promise I’ll do my best.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Review: Mon Numero 1, 6, 8, 9 & 10 from L'Artisan Parfumeur (2011)


Is there anyone out there who thinks there should be more perfume releases? Clearly, the answer to that question is a resounding Yes, because the number of new creations emerging from fragrance houses - both niche and mainstream - shows no sign of abating. I may think that a brief respite would be great, and I daresay that the majority of you reading these words would be inclined to agree, but we're obviously wrong and we don't know what's good for us, at least as far as marketing departments are concerned.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Poisonous Candles + Roja Dove At The Wellcome Collection


I hope you're all behaving yourselves while I'm catching up on my summer reading. I'm just breaking my cyber-silence for a few moments to let you know that an article I wrote about a recent Roja Dove lecture in London has been published on Basenotes; please click here to be taken to it.

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