Providence Perfume Co. Heart of Darkness is a natural fougère that is supposed to be a classic but “with a dark twist”. I think of Heart of Darkness like a “noir cologne”. It has classic elements associated with traditionally masculine fragrances (freshness or a “lift”) but it’s also “dark” and has depth.
Heart of Darkness opens with a clean lavender and lemon. For a truly clean trifecta, there’s an addition of pine/evergreens. This reminds me of classic men’s aftershave of the 1960’s. Underneath this… Continue reading | 2 Comments
Deco London is a line of perfumes inspired by vintage style and the 1920’s. Unlike many modern niche lines, the fragrance has marketed its six fragrances as either “feminine” or “masculine”. For the most part, we all know this is marketing; fragrances are enjoyed by everyone. But, I see why the line did this since vintage perfumes were often marketed this way.
I found all three of the masculine fragrances to be well-done with a versatility that should have broad appeal. They’re the sort of scents that… Continue reading | 2 Comments
One of the things that I’m missing about Washington, now that it’s summer, is the lavender. This is the time of year that we’d go up the Olympic peninsula and sniff lavender in the rain shadow. Weekends of acres and acres of lavender, warm pleasant weather with a salt water breeze. It was a summer ritual and now I miss it. However, when I tried the newest release from natural indie line Alchemologie, I’m a little closer to this summer ritual. Foret de la Mer… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Tauer PHI Une Rose de Kandahar is a perfume inspired by roses grown in Afghanistan. Being that it is a perfume containing actual roses from Kandahar, availability is rather “iffy” with this one due to the harvest and logistics of getting rose oil out of the region. Because of the name and the emphasis of the use of Kandahar rose, I expected a really rosey-rose fragrance. Phi is a rose fragrance but there is much more to it.
Phi is a spicy rose. In the beginning… Continue reading | 6 Comments
Alchemologie Sol de la Foret is a natural perfumer’s take on the classic fougère. This perfume is overflowing with coumarin and herbs – a harmony of bitter and sweet.
Sol de la Foret opens with a cooling artemisia and lavender. It reminds me of absinthe and caramel. Fougères are on a spectrum, varying from light to dark. Sol de la Foret is a dark as a forest during the new moon. The heart introduces a spicy, clove-like carnation floral with a musky sage, still… Continue reading | 6 Comments