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
Mainstream Monday – Sniffing Popular Perfumes (Masculine Edition)
This summer I’ve tried to downsize and organize. Notice the key word: try. I tried. I’m still nowhere near being organized. In the process, I organized (some of) my designer samples and thought I’d knock out a few more mainstream masculine reviews:
The One for Men
The One opens with sharp, cool spices and citrus. It’s sharp and reminds me of other designer masculine fragrance openings. There’s a sharp cedar and ginger… Continue reading
Jacques Fath describes Fath’s Essentials Vers le Sud as a “woody marine fragrance”. Being someone that remembers the 90’s very clearly, I thought I knew everything there is to know about a “woody marine fragrance”. Well, I don’t. Vers le Sud is an unusual fragrance that makes me pull out all the olfactory adjectives from my little bag: milky, fresh, green, cool, mineral, aquatic, aromatic and woodsy.
Vers le Sud opens with a sharp citrus and aromatic notes (lavender). However, it’s more than your average citrus-aromatic… Continue reading
Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Even though Guerlain hasn’t launched anything that has interested me in years, I still get excited when they have a launch. I used to consider myself a Guerlain Gal but throughout the years my focus has shifted into Chanel territory (because Chanel has been launching things I’m more likely to wear). With the launch of Mon Guerlain, I tried to ignore all of the copy and ads¹. I didn’t ignore the note list because it sounded like a sweet oriental… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Parfums de Rosine Cologne Rose Océan is a new unisex perfume inspired by a rose growing near the ocean.
Rose Ocean opens as a bright citrus with a juicy blackcurrant. There’s an orange blossom in this that reminds me of grape jelly (don’t worry, it’s still an orange blossom). The heart is a jammy rose with humid white florals. Up until this stage, Cologne Rose Ocean really didn’t remind me of the sea. The heart isn’t aquatic in that perfumery sense of the “aquatic”… Continue reading