Friday, 29 June 2012

Persolaise Review: Mito eau de parfum from Vero Profumo (2012) + Escale À Parati from Christian Dior (2012)

Serendipity is surprising at the best of times, but perfume serendipity tends to be especially astonishing. A few weeks ago, I drew a parallel between the creations of Angela Flanders and Vero Kern, and now, as if under the secret guidance of some scented sprite, the latter has released a fragrance whose drydown is comparable with that of Flanders' FiFi-award winning Precious One. Mossy, flinty and metallic, the final stage of Mito is as potent an affirmation of the chypre as Flanders' creation.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Poisonous Mistakes - An Interview With Givaudan (Part 2)

In the first instalment of this interview, Givaudan's Jean Guichard and Hervé Fretay explained the cross-cultural ethos they now follow when selecting new students for their world-famous fragrance creation course. But what is it about the school that makes it such an attractive prospect for so many would-be perfumers around the world?

Friday, 22 June 2012

Persolaise Review: Séville À L'Aube from L'Artisan Parfumeur (2012) + Orange Blossom + Jasmine from Organic Glam

You're haunted by a ghost... but unlike other spectres, it seems to be approaching you from the future, rather than shadowing you from the past. You feel its presence upon every contour of your body - a silken, ethereal insistence - but somehow, you're convinced that it's at its most potent a short distance away from you, in a hidden place eternally darting out of the corner of your eye. You don't feel controlled by it, but you know that you would obey its every command, should it choose to issue one.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

The Fragrant Melting Pot - An Interview With Givaudan (Part 1)

Chances are that if you’re a regular reader of this site, then you’ve already heard of Givaudan. For the uninitiated, the Swiss firm is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of synthetic perfumery ingredients. It supplies high-quality natural raw materials, gathered from every part of the planet. It creates the scents for countless consumer products, such as detergents and air fresheners. And it makes fine fragrances, one or two of which you may have come across at some point. Poison, Obsession, Candy, Lou Lou, Opium, Fracas, Shocking, L’Air Du Temps. Do any of those sound familiar?

Monday, 18 June 2012

Could Robert Pattinson Teach His Fans Some Manners, Please?

The Invasion Of The Day Job is being as invasive as ever, which is why any free time Madame Persolaise and I manage to find is precious. So we weren't pleased the other evening when a screening of Cosmopolis at our local Vue was marred by the glare of mobile phone screens, the incessant crunch of Doritos and, most annoyingly, constant, loud conversations, many of which were punctuated by expletives. As one part of my brain tried to follow the on-screen action, another grew increasingly infuriated by the blatant selfishness of my fellow punters. The Great British Public could certainly take a few refresher classes in basic courtesy.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Perfume Broadens The Mind - Top Travel Scents

We're fast approaching the longest day of the year (Christmas is only 27 weeks away, folks!) which means it's time for me to join forces with my fragrant side-kicks again and indulge in a spot of list-making. On this occasion, it was Olfactoria's turn to choose our subject, and she decided to set us the task of selecting perfumes for specific holiday destinations. So, check in, feed your bags into the x-ray machine, pick up a massive Toblerone at Duty Free and take a trip around my seven scented wonders of the world.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Knowing When To Keep A Lid On It

After publishing my recent story about the poorly-informed YSL rep, I found myself pondering the question of what I'd consider to be a highly skilled sales assistant. Naturally, they'd have to possess excellent communication skills. And sound product knowledge. And an ability to relate to individuals from very different walks of life. But what about discretion...?

Friday, 8 June 2012

Persolaise Review: Vetiver from Roja Parfums (2012) + Pour Femme, Pour Homme & Jaïpur Homme from Boucheron (2012)

Do we really need another vetivert? Well, of course, the answer to that is No, but then, if perfumery were an art form driven by nothing more than need, it wouldn't have evolved beyond the point at which an amorous caveman decided to cover himself with the pungent secretions of a wild cat. We certainly don't need another vetivert, but we're always on the lookout for one which might shed new light on what is very familiar territory.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Is Alien Leaving Planet Earth? + The Latest From Grossmith

As many of you are no doubt aware, I don't often publish press release-style news on these pages: there are plenty of other sites which do an excellent job of providing up-to-date info of that nature. But there's one perfume which doesn't seem to have received a great deal of cyber-coverage, so I've taken it upon myself to bring it to your attention.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Persolaise Review: Wrappings from Clinique (1990) + Eau De Lacoste L. 12. 12 Rouge from Lacoste (2012)

Clinique’s PR people call Wrappings their best kept secret, and they may well be right. Since its original release in 1990, it’s been available solely at top-end department stores, often as part of a gift set that tended to make an appearance only during the Christmas period. As is the current way with non-mainstream releases, Clinique are broadening the scent's reach by making it available in their web shop and at more bricks-and-mortar locations. But for once, my elitist streak isn’t complaining, because this is a fragrance that deserves to be tried and known by as many people as possible.


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