Thursday, 29 March 2018

My Very Best Wishes For Easter 2018

To all of you celebrating the end of Lent and the arrival of Easter: sincere wishes of peace and goodwill. Enjoy the feasting and yes, feel free to help yourself to that last piece of Toblerone.

On a more personal note - I know I rarely do this sort of thing, but please allow the self-indulgence for a moment - I'd just like to express heartfelt gratitude for the all the support and encouragement I've received from various people over the last few weeks. You know who you are and your kindness has touched me more than you can imagine. Thank you.

And now... back to the chocolate!


Friday, 23 March 2018

Persolaise Love At First Scent Episode 13 On YouTube

Episode 13 of Love At First Scent (broadcast one week ago on Facebook Live) is now available on YouTube. You can watch it above or by clicking here. In this instalment I covered

Niral from Neela Vermeire Creations (at the start of the video)
Music For A While from Editions De Parfums Frederic Malle (at the 14:30 minute mark)
Oud extrait de parfum Maison Francis Kurkdjian (at the 29:30 minute mark)
Nar from Jazmin Saraï (at the 55:00 minute mark)
and my classic choice was
Beyond Paradise from Estée Lauder (at the 42:30 minute mark)

There were also brief mentions of:
Cardamusc and Agar Ebene from Hermès (at the 50:00 minute mark)

The original video is still on Facebook. Click here to watch it.


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

6 Perfume Styles Everyone Should Own - Persolaise On Feelunique

In my latest article for Feelunique, I provide a few recommendations for ensuring that your perfume wardrobe contains at least one example of each of the main scent styles.To see which fragrances made the final cut, please click here.


Friday, 16 March 2018

Persolaise Review: 50 ml D’Ambiguité from Marlou (2017)

I do love a perfume name that makes me laugh. In much the same way that Etat Libre D’Orange’s Rien always elicits a chuckle - because, in fact, it contains the very opposite of nothing - last year’s offering from Marlou brought several wry smiles to my face as I was getting to know it. The reason? Well, as you’re drawn deeper and deeper into its bed of sweat-soaked coupling, you realise there’s hardly anything ambiguous about it at all. From the very second it decides to aim its crosshairs on your virtue, the assault of leathery musks, smoky, bonfire woods and cumin-heavy spices makes it clear that it has no intention of leaving you without satisfying its appetite. And truth be told, you’re quite happy to let yourself be taken, because the rising temperature of the haze in which you find yourself is ample evidence that this seducer’s bedside manner is as impressive as its initial greeting. In other words, it can walk the walk as well as it can talk the talk... although perhaps ‘walk’ isn’t quite the right verb in this context.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Persolaise Turns 8 + Love At First Scent & #Smellfie

Exactly eight years ago today, I published my very first post here on, so I wanted to mark the occasion by saying a larger-than-Karl-Lagerfeld's-ego thank you to each and every single one of YOU. If it hadn't been for your support, your encouragement and your ceaseless ability to bring a smile to my face - be it here, or on Facebook or Insta or Twitter or YouTube or wherever - this blog would have died a quiet little death long before now. So...


Your comments and feedback and interaction mean more to me than you can imagine.

Right, that's quite enough gushing from me. Time to change the subject.

The fates permitting, I hope to broadcast the next episode of Love At First Scent on Facebook Live this Friday, 16th March, at 6:00 pm UK time (2:00 pm New York time). Please do try to tune in, not least because I've received a sample of the brand new Frederic Malle - Music For A While - and I'm going to do my very best - arrrrggggh! - not to smell it until Friday!

And finally, a word about the spectacle below. The somewhat dubious image is my attempt to join in this year's #smellfie campaign, as organised by The Perfume Society. The aim is just to have a bit of fun and celebrate our mutual love of all things perfume-y, so to take part, post a picture of yourself - and a perfume you love (in my case, one of my favourite leathers ever, the impassioned Lonestar Memories from Tauer) - on Instagram or Twitter and be sure to tag it with #smellfie and the relevant Perfume Society handle on whichever platform you're using (on Twitter, they're @Perfume_Society and on Insta they're @theperfumesociety).

Have fun!


Friday, 9 March 2018

Persolaise Mini-Reviews: October to December 2017 [part 2]

Here's part 2 of my latest round-up of mini-reviews. For part 1, please click here.


Un Air De Bretagne from L’Artisan Parfumeur (Juliette Karagueuzoglou; 2017)*
I remain a huge fan of the brand, but sadly, this isn’t one of their finer moments. Like most scents trying to play the marine card, it fails. Yes, the citruses and the cedary woods attempt to make the calone aquatics appear more realistic, but they can’t quite conceal that this is a coast whose soul was concocted in a test tube rather than captured along a cliff edge. I’ll stick with my crepe and Calvados.

Synthetic Series: Tar from Comme Des Garçons (Nathalie Feisthauer; 2004)**
A perfume peeled off a steaming motorway, wafting petrol fumes and the gorgeous glue of brand new Nikes. Superb work by Nathalie Feisthauer.

Paithani from Penhaligon’s (Alex Lee; 2017)*
Putting aside its somewhat heavy-handed, synth-wood base, it’s an Indian feast, complete with cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg and a generous dose of sugary condensed milk.

Eau Parfumée Au Thé Blanc from Bulgari (2003; Jacques Cavallier)**
A truly convincing tea note (for once!) infused with orange blossom and musk. It always makes me think of a breeze blowing through an open window in a tiny, white-walled Spanish villa.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Persolaise Review: Cardamusc from Hermès (Christine Nagel; 2018)

I have spent a disgraceful amount of time trying to write this particular piece, as I have never been in the position of composing anything quite like it. One false start after another has led to rambling, overlong descriptions, which have then meandered into interminable passages of self-indulgence, all of which ended up getting killed by the Delete key. So, I shall now try to switch off the left side of my brain, tune into any stream-of-consciousness wavelengths I can locate within my addled cranium and rattle off no more than a handful of paragraphs (after all, your time is precious and I hate to overstay my welcome) on what is an especially exciting release for me. Why exciting? Because not only does Cardamusc come from one of my favourite brands – which would have been sufficient cause for celebration in itself – but its creation was, in a small way, influenced and affected by none other than me. Curious? Read on…


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