Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Next Episode Of Love At First Scent: Guerlain Anniversary Special - 190 Years


The next episode of Love At First Scent will be broadcast on Facebook Live this Friday 30th November at 3 pm UK time (10 am New York; 7 pm Dubai). I do hope you'll be able to tune in as it's going to be a special instalment celebrating the 190th anniversary of Guerlain.

Persolaise

Friday, 23 November 2018

Persolaise Review: Perfumes The Guide 2018 by Luca Turin & Tania Sanchez (Perfüümista ÖÜ; 2018)



When you pick up a new book by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez and you discover that a review of a gardenia perfume begins with that familiar refrain of ‘Not gardenia’, you find yourself heaving a mightily stress-banishing sigh of relief, because you realise that, no matter how insane the world around you may seem, at least a few things can be relied upon to remain the same. In this case: the quality and honesty of Turin and Sanchez’s fragrance assessments. Those attributes come to the fore in Perfumes The Guide 2018, their most far-reaching release since their rightly lauded and influential guide from 2009.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Persolaise Love At First Scent Episode 22 Now On YouTube - Featuring The Dawn from Frederic Malle and In The Wood For Love from Roos & Roos


The 22nd episode of Love At First Scent - streamed on Friday 2nd November 2018 on Facebook Live - is now available on YouTube; you can watch it above or by clicking here. Unfortunately, the broadcast was plagued by some kind of technical issue which has resulted in the image quality not being High Def and veering from acceptable to poor on several occasions. (Thankfully, the audio is fine.) I can only apologise, but I won't delete the episode, on the premise that you'd rather have low-quality visuals than none at all. Better luck next time. Anyway, in this edition I covered:

The Dawn 'الفجر'  from Editions De Parfums Frederic Malle
(at the start of the video)
Tommy Now from Tommy Hilfiger (at the 28:30 minute mark)
In The Wood For Love from Roos & Roos (at the 42:00 minute mark)
Spiceair from Hermetica (at the 1:09:30 minute mark)

and the classic scent was

Nu from Yves Saint Laurent (at the 57:00 minute mark)

Enjoy!

Persolaise


Friday, 9 November 2018

Persolaise Review: Mandarine Glaciale from Atelier Cologne (Jerome Epinette; 2015)


I continue to view the output of Atelier Cologne with both interest and suspicion. They insist that their ‘cologne absolues’ are fresh compositions that manage to pull off the fiendish trick of lasting longer than traditional colognes. But the truth is that many of their scents tick the longevity box because they eschew lightness and rely on hard-hitting ingredients to achieve tenacity... which essentially means they end up being like any other eau de parfum. However, sometimes the concept and the execution come together to produce a praiseworthy result, as in the case of Jerome Epinette's Mandarine Glaciale. We’re used to the idea of aldehydes lending a sense of cool, detached elegance to florals and resins (you may have heard of a perfume called No. 5) but I can’t think of many instances where their influence is used on citruses. Here, the faintly saline, flint-like quality of mandarin is attached with great skill to the deep-chill hauteur of candle-wax aldehydes, which, when they segue into the pine-and-incense heart, create a compelling image of a flash of colour placed in an unexpected context, like a flamingo against a snow-covered peak in Switzerland. It’s a startling picture and yes, as the brand would have us believe, it lasts. An enjoyable piece of work which reminds you that although we love lemons and oranges for how they conjure impressions of Mediterranean balminess, there’s also nothing quite like the tingling pleasure of running your tongue across a deep-frozen citrus sorbet. 

[Review based on a sample of cologne absolue provided by Atelier Cologne in 2018.]

Persolaise

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

What Goes Around... - Persolaise In Business Traveller


In my latest piece for Business Traveller UK, I've turned my attention to the recent crop of retro-inflected masculines for men, so if you'd like to read it, please search for a digital edition on your tablet. (Here's a link to the iPad/iTunes edition.)

Also, please don't forget that at around 1:00 pm UK time on Thursday 8th November, I'll be joining the team at Feelunique for a perfume Q&A on their Instagram channel. Hope you can tune in!

Persolaise

Monday, 5 November 2018

Persolaise On Feelunique Instagram Live This Thursday


For my next live video stream, I'm going to be joining the wonderful people at Feelunique and broadcasting a perfume Q&A session through their Instagram channel, so please do try to join me. The stream will begin at around 1:00 pm (UK time) on Thursday 8th November.

Persolaise

Friday, 2 November 2018

Persolaise Love At First Scent Episode 21 Now On YouTube


Episode 21 of Love At First Scent - streamed on Sunday 28th October 2018 on Facebook Live - has just been uploaded to YouTube; you can watch it above or by clicking here. In this edition I covered

The One Mysterious Night from Dolce & Gabbana (at the start of the video)
Pure XS edp from Paco Rabanne (at the 14:00 minute mark)
Erawan from Dusita (at the 28:00 minute mark)
Her from Burberry (at the 45:00 minute mark)

and the classic scent was

Encre Noire from Lalique (at the 37:00 minute mark)

Persolaise

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