Friday, 15 February 2019

Persolaise Mini-Reviews: October to December 2018 [part 1]


A selection of mini-reviews published on social media between October and December 2018. For more, please click here.

Impression Cashmeran Velvet from Ostens (Sophie Labbé; 2018)*
Brings out the spiciest facets of cashmeran, using leather and - most prominently - sandalwood to present a dark, unexpectedly aggressive rendition of velvet. Is the fabric protective or oppressive?

Impression Patchouli Heart I from Ostens (Domitille Bertier; 2018)*
A confident, obvious patchouli, heavy on coumarinic lavender rather than the crass synthetic woods so ubiquitous in today’s masculines. Nice touch of fuzziness. A fougère for bearded times?

Impression Patchouli Heart II from Ostens (Sophie Labbé; 2018)*
A curious take on patchouli, with herbs (rosemary?) and chilled spices helping the main ingredient shed some of its excess weight. Displays that fog-dispersing quality that can make a scent either bracing or strident.

Poivre Electrique from Atelier Cologne (2016)*
With a name like Poivre Electrique, I was hoping this would be an industrial - maybe even futuristic - take on one of perfumery’s most intriguing materials. But instead it’s a woody leather, heavy on musks and cedar. Well made, to be sure, but not as exciting or sparky as its moniker would suggest. The standout in this genre remains Blackpepper from Comme Des Garçons. 

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Non-Perfume Post: Dariush Alavi In Sight & Sound Magazine


In a departure from the usual diet, I’m thrilled to let you know that the latest issue of Sight & Sound magazine contains an article by yours truly on Three Colours: White, a movie that feels extremely topical as the UK hurtles towards the end of March. To buy the digital edition, please click here; the print version will be in shops from 7th February.

While I’m on the subject of cinema, I ought to let you know that I’ve decided to revive my DariushAlavi.com blog - at least for the immediate future - with one-paragraph reviews of all the films I’m going to watch this year; click here to read them. And to see the ‘Cinema Scent’ reviews published here on Persolaise - to tie in with my appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Film Programme - please click here.

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Friday, 1 February 2019

Persolaise Love At First Scent Episode 26 Now On YouTube - featuring Gentle Fluidity from Francis Kurkdjian and Alien Fusion from Mugler


The year's first episode of Love At First Scent - the 26th in the series! - is now on YouTube and you can watch it above or by clicking here. In this instalment, we covered:

Gentle Fluidity Gold from Maison Francis Kurkdjian (at the start of the video)
Alien Fusion from Mugler (at the 17:00 minute mark)
Evolution from Kings (at the 32:00 minute mark)
Gentle Fluidity Silver from Maison Francis Kurkdjian (at the 46:30 minute mark)

and the classic choice was
Ambre Sultan from Serge Lutens (at the 37:00 minute mark)

Enjoy!

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