There’s a flower that blooms in a region that I should spend more time in. Paper-like petals open just inches above dry desert. Byredo Mojave Ghost is inspired by Mohavea confertiflora, or “ghost flower” that grow in the arid deserts of the Southwest (or Mexican Northwest).
The opening of Mojave Ghost is like a breeze. It’s a cool violet with a raspberry fruitiness that’s all being carried by a “mist” of sheer woods. This opening is bittersweet – like sweet, milky woods and tart… Continue reading | 2 Comments
If you think that aquatic perfumes smell like synthetic messes that resemble household cleaner, let me suggest that you try Art de Parfum Sea Foam. This is an aquatic that actually smells like a sea breeze and not something you’d use to get rid of smudges on your glass coffee table.
Sea Foam opens with a citrus-tinted, dry cedar that comes across as driftwood. There’s a crisp greenness to Sea Foam like that of unripe, green and latex-ish figs. This fragrance performs in the… Continue reading
Like the name states, Serge Lutens Chêne is an oak fragrance. Years ago when I tried Chêne, I liked it but I dismissed it as a simple fragrance. Trying it now, it’s simple in the way that a soliflore could be called simple (which I’d argue because I don’t find soliflores “simple”). The fragrance emphasizes a single note but there’s nothing simple about that.
Chêne opens as cedar shavings and an astringent raspberry-infused drinking vinegars. My grandmother used to make us drink her homemade concoctions of drinking vinegar… Continue reading | 6 Comments
Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume
The best “cheapie” pleasant surprise that I’ve ever had with perfume has been with the ScentStory 24 series. I was amazed by the surprisingly luxurious amber, Gold. Platinum, a sugary rose, was equally delightful. They’re long-wearing and smell great while be available for under $50! That’s practically “free” in Perfumeworld.
ScentStory has recently expanded the line to include Elixirs. These are highly concentrated perfumes using more expensive ingredients. I know that may sound cliché as many brands claim this… Continue reading | 5 Comments
Odin 06 Amanu is a perfume inspired by Mediterranean Turkish landscapes. For me, this is one of those perfumes where the inspiration doesn’t match up at all to how I perceive it. Does this “ruin” Amanu for me? Not at all. If anything it reiterates that fragrance is enjoyable because all of our experiences and unique perceptions.
Amanu opens like green citrus, almost like orange segments on ice. Amanu becomes a sharp cedar and a cool, green, gummy galbanum. The heart adds of Southeastern-style florals… Continue reading | 4 Comments