Monday, January 30, 2017

Persolaise Shortlisted For 5 2016/17 UK Jasmine Awards


I am excited to announce that when the nominees for this year's Fragrance Foundation UK Jasmine Awards were revealed a few hours ago, my name popped up 5 times. Actually, allow me to correct that. I'm not just excited: I'm over the jasmine-scented moon.

I've been shortlisted across 4 different categories: 'Soundbite - News Press' (for my Sunday Times Style article on 70s-inspired scents), 'Soundbite - Magazine' (for my Grazia piece on sexy perfumes), 'Independent - Literary' (for my Scented Letter article on the use of bases in perfumery) and 'Independent - Soundbite' (for two posts right here on Persolaise.com: one on Galop D'Hermès and the other on the best perfumes from Etat Libre D'Orange). Click on the links to find out more about the pieces.

Heartfelt congratulations to all the other nominees, especially those I'm fortunate to call friends. Many thanks to the judges and to Fragrance Foundation UK. To see all the nominees, please click here.

The winners will be announced on 15th March 2017.

Persolaise

Persolaise On Feelunique - When Is A Perfume Not A Perfume?


I've just had another piece published on Feelunique - this time about alternative forms of perfume - so please click here if you'd like to read it.

Thanks!

Persolaise

Friday, January 27, 2017

Persolaise Review: Falling, Across Sands, Dancing On The Moon & Soul Of The Forest from Maison Margiela (2016)


After allowing the range to remain fairly static for a while, the creative forces at Maison Margiela have taken an unexpected conceptual leap with their Replica scents: they've expanded it with what they're calling "reproductions of familiar fantasies". In other words, they've decided to abandon reality. The entire point of the Replicas was to capture real, specific moments in real, specific places, so it's difficult not to view this new quartet as a dilution of what was a pretty healthy collection. And sure enough, the old adage about truth being stranger than fiction applies well here - especially if we take 'stranger' to mean 'more interesting' - because none of these releases displays the intriguing subtleties of the best of the pre-existing Replicas.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Future Perfume Classics On Fashionbeans

image: Fashionbeans

A couple of weeks ago, the award-winning journalist, Lee Kynaston, published a piece on Fashionbeans about modern masculine fragrances that stand a chance of becoming the classics of the future. To see which scents were chosen by his panel of experts - one of whom was yours truly - please click here.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Persolaise Sixty Second Scents: Ombré Leather 16 from Tom Ford (2016)


Something a little bit different for you today: a 60-second, YouTube review. I hope you enjoy it.

If you'd like to watch it on the YouTube site, please click here.

Persolaise

Friday, January 13, 2017

Persolaise Review: The Night 'الليل' from Editions De Parfums Frederic Malle (Dominique Ropion; 2014)


The soundbites
If The Night were a colour, it would be a bronze burnished to the point that it starts looking crimson.
If it were a piece of music, it would be Al Awela Fel Gharam by Umm Kulthum.
If it were a place, it would be the Deira-side of the abra crossing alongside Dubai Creek, circa 1986.

The review
About two weeks ago, when I posted my list of the best perfumes of 2016, I hinted at the sense of frustration that's experienced when you don't manage to wear and test a praiseworthy scent close to its original release date. Given the number of new fragrances churned out each year, this is becoming an increasing problem and, as Luca Turin said, "from the standpoint of somebody who's interested in fragrance" the current state of affairs is "the stuff of nightmares". The predicament probably has no solution. Unless your name is Michael Edwards, it simply isn't possible to smell - let alone evaluate - all new fragrances. But that doesn't make the annoyance any easier to bear when you do come across a gem which should have received all the kudos and adoration that are bestowed on the contents of people's 'best of' lists. These are the thoughts that were high on my mind when I finally got to spend some quality time with Dominique Ropion's The Night for Frederic Malle.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Superfood Scents - Persolaise In The Sunday Times Style

image: Sunday Times Style

A little while ago, I made a brief mention of the fact that gourmand scents seem to be going through a calorie-conscious phase. I'm now thrilled to be able to let you know that an article I've written on the subject has been published in today's edition of The Sunday Times Style magazine. If you're based in the UK, please do buy a copy. You can also click on this link to read an online version, but please be aware that only registered users are allowed to read full articles on The Times' site.

Persolaise

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Best Perfumes Of 2016... In 60 Seconds


Something a little bit different for you today: a video version of my list of the best perfumes of 2016. Fear not, it's only 60 seconds long... although it does feature some rather mangled French.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it. And that you'll come back next week for the first review of the year.

Persolaise

PS To watch the video directly on YouTube, please click here.

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