Friday, 28 September 2018
Persolaise Review: The Tycoon, The Stylist, The Actress, The Writer & The Mechanic from St Giles (Bertrand Duchaufour; 2017)
Friday, 21 September 2018
Episode 20 of Love At First Scent - streamed on Friday 7th September 2018 on Facebook Live - is now available on YouTube; watch it above or by clicking here. In this edition I covered
Musc Noble from Guerlain (at the start of the video)
there was also a mention of
and the classic scent was
Friday, 14 September 2018
Smelling Dior’s new Joy (fear not: the Patou people gave them permission to use the name… and they’re now owned by LVMH) made me think of the phrase that was so often repeated on the news during the recent financial crisis: too big to fail. Except that, in Dior’s case, I wondered if it wouldn’t have been more accurate as ‘too big to risk’. Fragrance brands are not and never have been charities. We know that. And we realise that, much as we’d like to imagine them indulging in free-spirited exercises in innovation and self-expression, they serve the needs of the bottom line and they have no choice but to generate profits. And not just any profits. These need to be sums that, as far as Dior is concerned, have to prop up a globe-spanning operation that employs thousands of bodies and does its bit for one of the most gigantic luxury goods companies the world has ever seen. And here’s something else we all know too: size is scary. So when placed under the pressure of such monolithic proportions, it isn’t all that surprising that Dior and its equivalents play it safe.
Friday, 7 September 2018
The 19th episode of Love At First Scent - streamed on Friday 31st August 2018 - is now available on YouTube; watch it above or by clicking here. In this edition I covered
Man Wood Essence from Bulgari (at the start of the video)
and the classic choice was
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Michael Pavlich on his Overnights programme on Australia's ABC Radio. The segment is now available online, so if you'd like to listen to it, please click here. It covers a range of topics, from the history of perfumery to the high price tags of modern scents. And we even had time to take some questions from callers!
The next episode of my Love At First Scent series will be on Facebook Live on Friday 7th September at 4:00 pm UK time (11:00 am New York time). I hope you'll be able to tune in.