Thursday, 30 November 2017

Cinema Scent On BBC Radio 4 Film Programme: The Age Of Innocence (dir. Martin Scorsese; 1993)

Tighten that corset and sweep all that lust under the silk rug. For my latest segment on Francine Stock's Film Programme on BBC Radio 4, I'm delving into the extravagant and asphyxiating olfactory world of Martin Scorsese's The Age Of Innocence. The programme will be aired today at 4:00 pm UK time (11:00 am New York time).

If you'd like to listen to it online as it's being broadcast, please click here.

When the podcast version becomes available, I'll link to it on this post. Here's the link. Fast forward to the 19 min mark if you can't listen to the whole programme.

To read all the Cinema Scent reviews I've published on this blog, please click here.


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Ultimate Gift Guide - Persolaise On Feelunique + Facebook Live On Friday + More Cinema Scent On Radio 4 On Thursday

image: Feelunique

In case you hadn't realised it, we're less than a month away from that day when the odd present is exchanged beneath a tree, so my latest Feelunique article recommends a few sure-fire fragrance choices that would make excellent gifts. To find out which scents made the final cut, please click here.

I also wanted to let you know that episode 9 of my Facebook Live series, Love At First Scent, should be broadcast on Friday 1st December at 4:00 pm UK time (11:00 am New York time). Please try to tune in by visiting my Facebook page (click here).

And finally, I'm excited to announce that this Thursday, 30th November, will see the broadcast of another instalment of my Cinema Scent discussions on BBC Radio 4's Film Programme, presented by Francine Stock. This time, I'll be turning my attention to Martin Scorsese's masterclass in repressed passions and overflowing bouquets, The Age Of Innocence. To listen to the programme as it's being broadcast (4:00 pm UK time) please click here.


Friday, 24 November 2017

Persolaise Mini-Reviews: July to September 2017 [part 1]

Here comes another round-up of my mini-reviews, which for the first time features thoughts I've posted on Instagram. That's why some of these are less mini than others, in case you were wondering. And of course, Twitter now allows more characters than it used to, so I expect the next instalment of these reviews will have its mini-ness diminished even further.

Wow! from Joop! (Christophe Raynaud; 2017)*
Petrol, patchouli & pine, with shades of burnt medicine cabinet. Very 'whisky-on-ice boardroom'. Preening musks in the base.

Lui from Guerlain (Thierry Wasser & Delphine Jelk; 2017)*
Low-on-clove, claw-less carnation, wrapped in sweet, creamy benzoin. Baby-soft at its core, therefore both safe and likeable.

VE Velvet from Uèr Mì (Jean Jacques; 2014)*
Pretty straightforward vetivert, after cologne-like opening of citrus and rosemary. More earthy and rooty than velvety.

XX Latex from Uèr Mì (Antoine Lie; 2014)*
Knock-your-head-back glue notes with weird florals produce glossy, stretchy, spicy, kinky, crimson gorgeousness. A triumph.

Tears Of Eros from Paul Schütze (2016)*
Undergrowthy, sappy, peppery ivy/hyacinth shifts to curious, hard incense/vetivert. Stony. Tears of a statue?

Monday, 20 November 2017

Friday, 17 November 2017

Persolaise Review: Roland Mouret - Une Amourette from Etat Libre D'Orange (Daniela Andrier; 2017)

Three aspects of the new Une Amourette - an Etat Libre D'Orange collaboration with fashion designer Roland Mouret - are worthy of attention. The first is that it marks a welcome instance of a Daniela Andrier perfume that isn’t green or centred around iris. Sure, an objective glance through her portfolio reveals that she is more than capable of working with a range of materials; after all, she’s made or co-made scents as diverse as Prada’s Candy, Gucci’s much-missed Envy For Men and Bottega Veneta’s Pour Homme. But there’s no doubt that in recent years, she’s developed a reputation for being the Iris Lady, throwing the plant’s rooty personality into a large number of her compositions, not least the Olfactories range for Prada, Miu Miu’s debut scent and Margiela’s Untitled. Thankfully, Une Amourette shows her at her innovative best, trying out new ideas, refusing to rest on her laurels.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Unisex Perfumes - Double Dose Of Persolaise On BBC Radio

The subject of unisex perfumes has obviously been high on the minds of some BBC Radio producers, because two of them asked me to appear on their programmes to chat about the topic. If you'd like to hear what I had to say, then please click on this link to the Malcolm Boyden show on BBC Hereford & Worcester (my segment is at about the 38 minute mark) and on this link to the Danny Kelly programme on BBC West Midlands (fast forward to about 2 hr and 9 minutes). Those links will be active only for a few days, I believe, so don't hang about. And if you're based outside the UK, I'm afraid the links probably won't work for you. Sorry!


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Best Evening Perfumes - Persolaise On Feelunique

image: Feelunique

Bow ties, sparkling dresses and impossible heels are all over the shops again, which must mean it's party season. So for my latest piece for Feelunique, I've turned my attention to perfumes that create a bold, nocturnal impact. To read it, please click here.


Friday, 10 November 2017

Persolaise Review: Promise 'الوعد' from Editions De Parfum Frederic Malle (Dominique Ropion; 2017)

I’ve long considered Frederic Malle to run as close to a perfect perfume brand as we can get. Staggering compositions. Intelligent marketing. Genuine respect for customers. There’s very little that the man gets wrong. And even when he does (Angeliques Sous La Pluie and Monsieur come to mind) the reasons for his decisions are apparent and, to some extent, worthy of respect. In recent years, his releases have tended towards largesse: monolithic creations that would even make some 80s monsters seem like wallflowers. Sure enough, for his newest piece of work - Promise, put together by Dominique Ropion - he’s decided to go bigger still. But I fear the result is one of his very few ill-conceived choices.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Cinema Scent On BBC Radio 4 Film Programme: The Graduate (dir. Mike Nichols; 1967)

Regular readers will know that in recent weeks, I've started writing about the relatively unexplored space where the worlds of scent and cinema meet. Well, I am thrilled to announce that my little project has made its way onto my favourite weekly dose of movie musings: Francine Stock's Film Programme on BBC Radio 4. So, put on a wetsuit, jump into a red sports car and tune in today at 4 pm (UK time) to hear me talking about one of the most beloved films of the 60s: The Graduate.

To listen online as the programme is being broadcast, please click here.

As soon as the podcast of the episode is available, I'll post a link to it here. Here we go... You should be able to listen to the episode by clicking on this link; on the same page, you'll also find a 'Podcast' link with various options for Apple, Android et al. I hope you'll listen to the entire episode, but if you're interested only in my bit, fast forward to the 24 minute mark.

To read all the Cinema Scent pieces I've written so far, please click here.


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Persolaise Love At First Scent Episode 8 On YouTube

Episode 8 of Love At First Scent - featuring my suitably Halloween-esque orange shirt - is now on YouTube; please watch it by clicking above or by going directly to the YouTube site (click here). In this edition I covered

Illusion Captive from Lalique (at the start of the video)
Viking from Creed (at the 15 minute mark)
Warszawa from Puredistance (at the 33 minute mark)
Le Frenchy from Guerlain (at the 43 minute mark)
Oud from Spirit Of Dubai (at the 50 minute mark)

As always, the original video is still on Facebook. Click here to check it out.

I know I usually let the videos speak for themselves, as it were, but I would particularly like to draw your attention to the Puredistance; a new composition from Antoine Lie, it completely took me surprise and I can't wait to revisit it. As for the Creed... well... see for yourselves...


Friday, 3 November 2017

Searching For The Silver Lining: The Best Modern Perfumes For Young Women

A little while ago, I published a post bemoaning the fact that many new perfume releases aimed at young women don’t treat their target audience with the intelligence they deserve. They tend to be dull, safe and patronising. But I didn’t want to leave the subject on a negative note. Surely, I told myself, even though there is a great deal of dross being heaped onto the market, there must be a few modern compositions that manage to capture some facets of 21st century femininity without resorting to cliches.

As you can imagine, that immediately prompted me to set myself a challenge: if those perfumes are out there, THEN FIND THEM! So, here is my attempt to meet that challenge.


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