Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Cinema Scent On BBC Radio 4 Film Programme: Black Narcissus (dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger; 1947)

Cinema Scent is back on BBC Radio 4's Film Programme tomorrow (Thursday 1st Feb) at 4 pm (UK time) and in this episode, the movie I've chosen takes us to a convent high on a wind-swept mountain top: Powell and Pressburger's Black Narcissus from 1947, named after the Caron fragrance which also inspired one of the best perfume blogs out there. So, wrap up warm, adjust your wimples and start climbing...

To listen to the episode as it's being broadcast, please click here. As per usual, I'll update this post with a link to the podcast as soon as it's available. Here's a link to the streaming/downloadable version; my bit comes up at around 23 minutes.

To read the Cinema Scent reviews published on this blog, please click here.


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Who Am I Today? - Persolaise On Feelunique

image: Feelunique

The mood-shifting - or should that be 'mood-reflecting? - power of perfume is the subject of my first article of the year for Feelunique. Please click here to read it... especially if you can't quite make up your mind about whether you're feeling assertive, energetic or pensive today.


Friday, 19 January 2018

Persolaise Review: L'Oudh from Tauer Perfumes (Andy Tauer; 2017)

One of the statements made most often in assessments of the success of Apple is that, in terms of coming up with a certain product or idea, the company was rarely first. Instead, its creative forces looked at what everyone else was doing and then found a way to do it better. That’s precisely what came to my mind as I started wearing Andy Tauer’s L’Oudh. The Swiss perfumer is late to the agarwood party. As you’ll all be aware, it is now far easier to count how many brands don’t feature an oud scent in their portfolio than it is to list those which do. (And the former are constantly growing smaller in number; keep your nostrils flared for imminent news of another house that’s decided to succumb to that Middle Eastern allure.) However, Tauer has never bothered much with trends, which means he’s in an excellent position to consider the oud phenomenon at his own pace and formulate a very personal response to it.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Persolaise Love At First Scent Episode 11 On YouTube

This year's first episode of Love At First Scent was broadcast on Facebook Live on Friday and it has now been uploaded to YouTube. As ever, you can watch it above or by clicking here. In this instalment I covered

Candy Sugar Pop from Prada (at the start of the video)
Vanille Fatale from Tom Ford Private Blend (at the 13:30 minute mark)
Vio Volta from DS & Durga (at the 25:00 minute mark)
Villa M from Paul Schutze (at the 41:00 minute mark)
Ummagumma from Bruno Fazzolari (at the 53:30 minute mark)

As per usual, the original video is still on Facebook. Click here to watch it.


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Persolaise Interviews Christopher Chong In The Latest Nez + Next Facebook Live This Friday

"I don't think any of my perfumes are strange, maybe because I live with them every single second of my life. It's like having a child. Even if your child is a little bit odd, you don't see it. They seem normal to you. I have heard a lot of people telling me that my perfumes are not that easy to understand. But that is what I want to do. At least I have the guts to push the olfactive palette, like people used to do in the last century. And I want the customers to work hard with me and take the time to understand the journey."
I'm genuinely proud to announce that the latest issue of Nez magazine, available in both French and English, features a piece I wrote about Amouage's Creative Director, Christopher Chong. Needless to say, it also contains several other articles worthy of your time, so if you'd like to find out how you can get your hands on a copy, please click here.

Don't forget that I'm hoping to broadcast the eleventh episode of Love At First Scent on Facebook Live (click here) on Friday 12th January at 2:30 pm UK time (9:30 am New York time). I plan to start with the new Private Blend from Tom FordVanille Fatale. Please try to tune in.


Monday, 8 January 2018

Vanilla Perfume Recommendations - Persolaise On Feelunique + Next Love At First Scent On Friday 12th January

image: Feelunique

In my new article for Feelunique, I've turned to one of the oldest - and, arguably, one of the most divisive - perfumery ingredients: vanilla. To see which sticky delights made it into the piece, please click here.

The fates permitting, the eleventh episode of Love At First Scent - this year's first - will be broadcast on Facebook Live (click here) on Friday 12th January at 2:30 pm UK time (9:30 am New York time). In response to my followers on Instagram, I've decided to open the episode with the latest Private Blend from Tom Ford: Vanille Fatale. I'm getting nervous already...


Friday, 5 January 2018

Scent Imitates Art - Basenotes Interview With Evody's Cerine Vasseur & Perfumer Cecile Zarokian

image: Basenotes
Vasseur (left) with Zarokian

"What abstract artists did was to use shapes and colours. I thought that if I had to transpose abstraction into my field, my art, it would be to use my ingredients without representing anything in particular. So it would be non-figurative. It's very tricky, actually. Because it's about balance. You focus on the fragrance and the emotions it gives you, without being able to say it's about rose or jasmine. I think you could say it's citrusy, or it's floral, or woody or green. But besides that, you can't say which kind of flower or wood or spice is in it."
A couple of weeks ago, Basenotes published my interview with Cerine Vasseur (co-founder of Evody) and Cecile Zarokian (creator of the brand's latest trio of scents). To read the full interview, please click here.



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