Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Smell With Your Guts: A Few Words From Kurkdjian + Opus VI Give-Away Preview

I interviewed Francis Kurkdjian a few weeks ago when he was in London to promote his new Oud, and at one point, our conversation turned to the unresolved issue of objectivity in perfume criticism. I thought some of you might find it interesting to read what he had to say. His responses reminded me a great deal of the answers Luca Turin gave Chandler Burr when he was asked similar questions (see The Emperor Of Scent); I'll leave it to you to decide if Monsieur Kurkdjian sheds any new light on the topic. Oh, and if he comes across as overly spiky below, blame the baldness of transcripts: I took his contrariness as evidence of a genuine attempt to engage with the dialogue.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Persolaise Review: Diorling from Christian Dior (2011)

The re-release of Diorling provides 2012’s first opportunity to raise the thorny subject of reformulation. To his credit, François Demachy – the man behind this re-working of Paul Vacher’s original – makes no secret of the fact that the new bottles bearing names such as Diorissimo and Dioressence don't contain the same smells they did when they were first launched. A few people will assert that he is being disingenuous when he places all of the blame for this on IFRA, but at least he is unafraid to acknowledge that reformulations exist and that they happen all the time. (Someone should tell the Dior SA at John Lewis Southampton, but let’s not go there.)

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Andy Tauer On Basenotes

Just a link from me today, to a Basenotes article about a 'rose masterclass' by Andy Tauer. Please do read it, if you can spare the time.

The Top Secret Writing Project is progressing well. Many thanks to all of you who've provided help and support; you know who you are. I think it won't be long before I'll be able to resume normal blog services... and then it'll almost be time for me and Madame Persolaise to travel to far flung lands again. It's a hard life, eh?

Be good,


Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Back To The Jasmines One Last Time

There's nothing like a Top Secret Writing Project to make time fly. I told myself I mustn't wait too long before letting you all know a bit more about the Jasmine ceremony, but a week's already gone past and I haven't posted a single thing. So I'm taking a half-hour break to fill you in on a few details.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Persolaise London Perfume Shopping Guide Wins Jasmine Award

I still can't quite believe it, but the name that emerged from the envelope above during today's Jasmine Awards presentation was mine! I'll do my best to blog more about the ceremony soon (Top Secret Writing Project permitting) but for now, I just wanted to share the news with you, to thank those of you who've sent good wishes and to express my gratitude to the judges and to Fragrance Foundation UK for the tremendous honour. One of the consequences of being a Jasmine winner this year is particularly exciting and I can't wait to tell you all about it... but right now, I need to get my beauty sleep.

Good night,


Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Breakfast At Bafta

Tomorrow morning Madame Persolaise and I will be taking some time off our day jobs to attend this year's Jasmine Awards ceremony, so please keep those fingers and toes crossed for yours truly. May the best articles win!

In other news, the Top Secret Writing Project is coming along just fine, touch wood...

Ciao for now,



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