From the name to the copy, Annick Goutal Nuit Étoilée brings to mind van Gogh’s “The Starry Night”. I’m always surprised when brands commit to such boldness. This is an iconic painting easily recognized that often pops up in our popular culture. It’s been discussed in every Art History 101 class. People have spent years researching and interpreting it. When one chooses such an inspiration, it comes with a lot of expectations. And in the world of perfume, expectations do you no favors.
When I first moved to the NYC area, I ended up going perfume sniffing. It was like some twisted way of convincing myself that moving would be “worth it”. Even though I should have been doing things to make the apartment feel more like a home, I was out and about wearing two leather jackets on top of each other because I didn’t have a warm enough coat. I started at Christopher Street and ended up in Brooklyn (Twisted Lily). I spotted this line, Apoteker Tepe. I had… Continue reading | 12 Comments
L’Artisan says that L’Eau de L’Artisan is a “scent for lazy summer days’. And since that’s what August is and my plans for the month includes being as lazy as possible, I thought it would be a good time to review this.
L’eau de L’Artisan is a light, fresh, green fragrance. It smells like green grass and lemon verbena with crisp herbs. Mint. Verbena. Basil. It’s like an herb garden with lemon peel. The heart is like a mix of musk and cool, green herbs. As it dries… Continue reading | 5 Comments
It’s hot. It’s summer and I want to wear things that cut through mugginess without making me gag. April Aromatics Ray of Light is one of those fragrances that works for this.
Ray of Light opens as a neon citrus with a day-glo brightness from lemon, lime and galbanum. And if that wasn’t energizing enough, here comes the cold mint. The heart of Ray of Light is more like a lemon and mint cocktail. It’s sweeter; yet, still cool and refreshing. It’s like a… Continue reading | 8 Comments
You guys know that I like the Humiecki & Graef line just because I like their insane-o inspirations. I think perfume needs that. I want more Dadaist perfumes. Anyway, Eau Radieuse doesn’t really have a bizarre-o inspiration. It’s an attempt to make a “futuristic eau de cologne”. I was hoping it would be a sci-fi eau do cologne but they didn’t consult me beforehand.
Eau Radieuse opens as lemon and mint in chilled mineral water. This fragrance is chilled and mentholated. There’s… Continue reading