When I want to smell “pretty”, I like to wear Les Parfums de Rosine. Their specialty is pretty, romantic rose-y perfumes. When the house launched Rose Nue in its pretty blush pink bottle with a jade green accent, I knew this was something I’d have to try. The concept, the colors…it all fits in perfectly with the Parfums Rosine image.
Rose Nue opens with bright aldehydes, similar to those found in perfumes like Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere. Rose Nue wears like a soapy, clean aldehydic floral… Continue reading
Excellent marketing and copy can’t stop a perfume from morphing into whatever the wearer presumes about a perfume. Zoologist Nightingale is a prime example for me. It’s a perfume inspired by Japanese spring with notes that sound dainty and delicate. Look at the bottle! It has a songbird wearing a kimono. Before wearing this, I’ve made a lot of assumptions about this fragrance. But, my assumptions are nothing like my experience with this pink juice. Nightingale is like an exaggerated, drag-like interpretation of femininity. I spray this on and… Continue reading
Penhaligon’s Portraits Week
Penhaligon’s has launched a new collection of perfumes, Portraits. This is basically a concept collection/olfactory comedy-drama inspired by a fictional, wealthy and totally dysfunctional aristocratic British family. This entire collection is like if Wes Anderson decided he wanted to be a creative director for a line of perfumes. The tongue-in-cheek stories feel like they’re pulled from an early 00’s era screenplay based on the early 1900’s (or maybe even some sort of popular TV series). The art is whimsy in a British way. Each bottle
Broken Glass is the newest perfume from Seattle-based indie line, Blackbird. It was described to me as a floral/femme fragrance, an unexpected addition to Blackbird’s lineup. I’ve spent a few months trying it. And it’s an odd fragrance because what I’m perceiving is unlike many of the reviews I’ve since read. And this is why I love perfume. There are so many varied perceptions and experiences¹.
The opening of Broken Glass is loud. It’s a slap in the face of angelica which is green, bitter and like… Continue reading | 1 Comment
Bruno Fazzolari Seyrig is a perfume inspired by the transitional feminine perfumes of the last 60’s/early 70’s but interpreted for all of us in the present. It’s an aldehydic floral with Syringa (she used to go by “Lilac”) as its muse.
Seyrig opens with dry as a drought aldehydes. It’s aggressively adlehydic – like a mosh pit of aldehydes. Seyrig starts to wear as a fancy floral soap of rose and lilac all contained in a plastic wrapper. It really does smell like floral soap and… Continue reading | 10 Comments