Monday, 30 April 2018

Persolaise Love At First Scent Episode 14 On YouTube


The latest episode of Love At First Scent (broadcast live on Friday) has now been permanently uploaded to YouTube. You can watch it above or by clicking here. In this edition I covered

Ombre Nomade from Louis Vuitton (at the start of the video)
Aqua Celestia Forte from Maison Francis Kurkdjian (at the 16:00 minute mark)
Champ De Fleurs from L'Artisan Parfumeur (at the 27:30 minute mark)
L'Homme Ideal Intense from Guerlain (at the 1:01:30 minute mark)
and my classic choice was
Gold Man from Amouage (at the 42:30 minute mark)

A copy of the video has also been uploaded to Facebook, so if you'd prefer to watch it there, please click here.

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Next Episode Of Love At First Scent On YouTube Live On Friday 27th April 2018


Just a brief post to let you know that I hope to broadcast the next episode of Love At First Scent on Friday, 27th April 2018, at 4 pm UK time (11 am New York time), but this time, the stream will be coming from my YouTube channel, not from Facebook. In the last few weeks, several YouTube users who aren't on Facebook have written to say they'd like to join the live chat during the episodes, so, in the interests of fairness, I've decided to give in to their requests. Of course, the whole thing could go wrong and the technology could let us down and I'll find myself wishing I'd stuck to FB, but fingers crossed, all will be well on the ol' Tube.

Do try to tune in; here's a link to my YouTube channel.

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Friday, 20 April 2018

Cinema Scent On BBC Radio 4 Film Programme: Perfume - The Story Of A Murderer (dir. Tom Tykwer; 2006)


For the latest instalment of my occasional contributions to Francine Stock's Film Programme on BBC Radio 4, I turned to what is perhaps the most obvious entry in cinema's olfactory canon: Tom Tykwer's 2006 adaptation of Perfume. If you'd like to listen to the episode, please click here; my segment starts at around the 15-minute mark.

To read the Cinema Scent reviews published here on Persolaise.com, click on this link.

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Friday, 13 April 2018

Persolaise Review: Yael from Sammarco (Giovanni Sammarco; 2017)


The modern iris perfume is a curious beast: it pops up more frequently than one might expect thanks to the availability of new-fangled and affordable iris ingredients. But it often ends up smelling less than convincing, because those very same materials can’t quite sustain the iris illusion if they’re pushed out into the world without a host of supporting players (cue: so many of the wan Daniela Andrier creations for Prada). In this regard, Giovanni Sammarco’s Yael - the follow-up to last year’s heart-breaking Naias - is most interesting. You can see straight away what he’s tried to do with the central note: make it sharper and fizzier (and therefore more modern?) through the addition of ginger and raspberry facets. And that’s certainly a commendable idea in itself. But towards the end, the lightness begins to grow just a touch wearing and you long for some subtly cashmere-like drydown to add substance to the denouement. Mind you, this isn’t a major complaint. As far as contemporary irises are concerned, Yael is unquestionably better than most: it’s a Frankenstein that’s adroit enough to perform a more-than-passable arabesque. But step closer to the stage and you can easily see the bolts in its neck.

[Review based on a sample provided by Sammarco in 2018.]

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Friday, 6 April 2018

Persolaise Review: Good Girl Gone Bad Extreme from Kilian (Alberto Morillas; 2017)


I’m not sure why anyone would like to smell of toffee, but if the idea takes your fancy, I’ve found just the perfume: Kilian’s Good Girl Gone Bad Extreme, an annual limited edition composed by Alberto Morillas. Such is its photorealistic quality - and its diffusiveness - I’m surprised those who wear it don’t attract the attention of every single bee, ant and other sugar-loving creature within a 5-mile radius. But quips aside, smelling this unashamedly calorific confection made me revisit my thoughts on what is still the most maligned fragrance genre amongst scentusiasts: the hyper-sweet gourmand.

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