Thursday, 31 January 2013

Persolaise At Gorilla Perfume's School Of Noseology

If you're in or near London on Wednesday 6th Feb, you might like to make your way to Rivington Street for a Gorilla Perfume event at which I'm going to talk about my book, take questions from the audience and generally indulge in all manner of perfume-related fun. For more info, please click here for the event's Facebook page, or here for the Eventbrite listing (where you'll also be able to book a free ticket). Apparently, at one point in the evening, the Gorilla people are going to present some of their favourite ingredients and provide guests with an opportunity to make their own perfumes. Should be interesting...

Finally, please click here to enter a draw for a sample of the brand new Exclusif scent from Chanel, 1932. The deadline's Monday night (UK time).


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Win A Sample Of 1932, Chanel's New Exclusif + Penhaligon's Goes Glam

Penhaligon's Singapore store
(Image: Penhaligon's Singapore Facebook page)

Have the lovely folks at Penhaligon's finally settled on a direction for the look and feel of their brand? If preview images of their refurbished Regent Street store are anything to go by, I'd say the answer is a resounding Yes. And about time too. Putting aside the merits of their fragrances, in the past, I found that they often let themselves down with a lack of a clear marketing vision. But in recent years, they've upped their game in no uncertain terms, and the re-designed shop looks like it might mark a milestone in their efforts.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Persolaise Shortlisted Twice For 2012 Jasmine Awards

Drum roll, please: the shortlists for this year's Jasmine Awards have just been announced. In the 'Digital' category, not one, but three examples of my work have been singled out for recognition*. I am well and truly speechless! And I am grateful to the Jasmine judges for the honour, to Basenotes for publishing my writing and to my readers for your constant support and encouragement. I'm also thrilled to be in the company of Victoria Frolova and Nick Gilbert. My cup runneth over.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Persolaise Review: Le Beau Male from Jean-Paul Gaultier (Francis Kurkdjian; 2013)

Back in 1995, Jean-Paul Gaultier released his first fragrance for men. You may have heard of it. It's called Le Male, it's sold in a bottle shaped likely a finely-toned male torso, and it just happens to be one of the most successful masculine scents of all time. Needless to say, it's inspired several flankers: the woefully underrated Fleur Du Male, countless 'light' editions aimed at summer holidaymakers and, most recently, a supposedly more intense version dubbed Le Male Terrible. Now, the folks at JPG have turned once more to the original's creator, Francis Kurkdjian, and asked him to give birth to a 'fresh' incarnation of their cash cow.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Persolaise Review: Eros from Versace (Aurelien Guichard; 2012)

Call me insane, but I actually thought this one would turn out to be all right. The advertising campaign and the packaging are so gloriously over-the-top, I began to believe it would be a no-holds-barred powerhouse, an Antaeus for the 21st century. Even the official list of notes boded well, although I learned not to trust those years ago. Regrettably, Eros is about as dull and predictable as they come. In fact, you could probably use it as a text book definition of everything that is moronic about mainstream, masculine perfumery. There's a brief moment when its green apple note suggests it might be aiming for the unfussy appeal of the original Hugo (and that, at some stage in its development, someone tried to take the 'god of love' concept seriously) but beyond that, it is generic freshness extraordinaire (cheap mint, pine and lemon) with the de rigueur slug of abrasive, ambery woods and an all-pervading fog of illegibility. At least the advert is worth several chuckles...

[Review based on a sample of eau de toilette provided by Versace in 2013.]


PS Don't forget you've got until Monday night (UK time) to enter this draw for a sample of the new perfume from Marni.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Give-Away: Win A Sample Of Marni Eau De Parfum

I've just realised that we're in the fourth week of the year and we haven't had a give-away yet. Allow me to make amends. How about a 2 ml sample of the debut fragrance from Marni? Does that sound appealing?

Friday, 18 January 2013

Persolaise Review: Marni eau de parfum (Daniela Andrier; 2013)

There are two, closely related opening statements I could've used for this review. The first is that debut scents from fashion houses have recently attained high standards of quality (check out Maison Martin Margiela's Untitled and Bottega Veneta's signature perfume). The second is that Daniela Andrier seems to have developed a specialism in making fragrances for the sorts of luxury brands which hope to be serious players on the fragrance market whilst maintaining their credibility (again, see Untitled, as well as several creations for Prada, notably Candy). Whichever one I'd chosen, the message would have remained pretty much the same: a perfume composed by Daniela Andrier for a fashion house's entree into scent is a cause for excitement. And sure enough, Marni doesn't disappoint.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Persolaise Review: Peoneve extrait from Penhaligon's (Olivier Cresp; 2012)

Peoneve, one of the scent highlights of 2012, has crept into a few Penhaligon's boutiques in a new extrait form. In order to create it, Olivier Cresp returned to his original formula and cranked up the heavier materials - mainly the vetivert, as well as a sensuous honey note - to take our bookish heroine from breezy afternoon to sultry evening. The result is as commendable as the eau de toilette: a delightful, natural-smelling peony with an outgoing disposition and an ability to be noticed without shouting. Just watch out for the price tag: you'll have to part with £550 for 60 ml of this stuff!

[Review based on a sample of extrait provided by Penhaligon's in 2012.]


Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Le Snob Perfume On The Non-Blonde

Please click here for Gaia Fishler's great review of my book on The Non-Blonde. I love the idea of a side-by-side comparison of Tommy Girl with Tom Of Finland! And yes, I'd like to hang some of Tonwen Jones' illustrations on my walls too!


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Notes On A Meeting With Thierry Wasser (London, November 2012)

Thierry Wasser doesn't hold back. Or at least, he doesn't appear to. With every expletive, wry quip and dropped name, he gives the impression of someone who speaks first, thinks later and regrets never. But I have no doubt that he'd be able to run rings around most diplomats. He's private and circumspect even when seeming to throw caution to the wind.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Persolaise Review: L'Heure Vertueuse from Cartier (Mathilde Laurent; 2012)

Over the course of the festive season, I thought I could smell Mathilde Laurent's L'Heure Vertueuse everywhere. When I was chopping sprigs of thyme, tarragon and rosemary to go into the turkey stuffing, it suddenly appeared. When a relative was given a sachet of lavender as a gift, there it was again. And each time I walked past the Christmas tree and caught a whisper of outdoorsy freshness, it popped up once more.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Lyn Harris Interview In Telegraph Magazine

My thanks to a loyal reader for sending me a cutting from the Telegraph Magazine (8th September 2012) featuring Vicki Reid's interview with Lyn Harris of Miller Harris. As the article doesn't seem to be online, I thought some of you might appreciate reading a few excerpts here.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Perfumes For 2013: Girls From Berlin, Screaming Directioners... And More Naked Men

Poor chap didn't get any socks for Christmas

Happy New Year to one and all! I hope those of you who had a festive break were able to rest, relax and enjoy the feasting. Here at Maison Persolaise, the decorations have been put away, the chocolate-covered almonds have been devoured and the carols have been deleted from the iPod. In other words, things are just about back to normal, which means I can resume regular blogging services.


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