Friday, 17 May 2019

Persolaise Review: Sunday Brunch, Santal Sky, Nitro Noir and 10 a.m. Flirt from Kierin (Mathieu Nardin; 2018)

I continue to subscribe to the view that slotting perfumes into gender categories is mindless. But I am also aware that The Real World doesn’t share this conviction and insists on presenting some scents as appropriate only for women and others only for men. Of course, somewhere in the middle of that great divide we have unisex fragrances - a category which we’re often told is growing, but which still seems to be viewed with fear and suspicion by many. It was this tricky notion of unisex composition that was uppermost on my mind when I was wearing the debut quartet from Kierin, an independent brand founded by Mona and Didier Maine De Biran, all of whose scents have - so far, anyway - been made by Mathieu Nardin.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Persolaise In Business Traveller - The Scents Of Provence + The Next Episode Of Love At First Scent

I've just realised that I completely forgot to let you know that the April 2019 issue of Business Traveller featured an article by me on the subject of Provence-inspired perfumes. The piece should still be available to read on the tablet edition, so if you'd like to check it out, please search for 'Business Traveller' on your device.

Following the last aborted attempt (apologies again!) I'm hoping to broadcast the next episode of Love At First Scent at 3 pm UK time (10 am New York; 6 pm Dubai) on Saturday 18th May on  Facebook Live. I hope you'll be able to tune in.


Friday, 10 May 2019

Persolaise At Oxford University - Brasenose College Arts Week

If you're going to be in the Oxford area on Friday 17th May, please consider coming along to a lecture I'll be giving at Brasenose College as part of their Arts Week. I'll be talking about scent as a form of expressing identity and how the language of perfume can conceal or reveal different aspects of ourselves. For more information, please click here.

Friday, 3 May 2019

Persolaise Review: Oud & Menthe from Cartier (Mathilde Laurent; 2019)

As an intellectual exercise, Mathilde Laurent’s new Oud & Menthe for Cartier (an addition to the brand’s well-regarded but shamefully expensive oud range) is fascinating. How does a perfumer link two notes that, in many ways, could be seen as occupying opposite ends of the olfactory spectrum? Mint is cool, leafy, bracing, airy and rather too closely associated with the prosaic realms of toothpastes and shower gels. Oud is fiery, woody, animalic, overwhelming and indelibly assimilated into the air conditioning system of every shopping mall in Dubai. What could possibly connect the two?


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