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
Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Banana Republic Wildbloom Vert is a flanker to Wildbloom (which I haven’t tried but I’ve tried the other flankers). “Vert” is a fitting name for this flanker; it’s a crisp, green floral.
Wildbloom Vert opens with fruity aldehydes. It’s a crisp, clean perfume that is all about the aldehydes. And because of this, Wildbloom Vert comes across as sort of “retro” in a crisp, clean 90’s meets 70’s sort of way. The heart becomes Estee
Purple Flowers Week 2014*
I’ve always liked Francis Malle Iris Poudre because I love aldehydes. When I have talked to other perfume people about this perfume, I’m ausually surprised by their reaction. In my mind this is a pretty, soft and approachable aldehydic floral. Other people were comparing Iris Poudre to aloof, snobby blondes or uptight gray-haired church ladies in pillbox hats. It occurred to me that Iris Poudre must smell similar to something else, one or two other classic perfumes, that I have no experience… Continue reading | 8 Comments
Rose Week 2014
M. Micallef Rouge No. 1 is a “throw back” fragrance to me. It’s a clean aldehdyic floral that brings to mind bits and pieces of pre-1980’s fragrances that I wear. Now this is rose week and I’ve focused on rose perfumes. Rouge No. 1 is more about the aldehydes and powder but it does have a nice “dewy” rose.
No. 1 opens with tons of aldehydes that will probably remind some people of hairspray (which I like… Continue reading | 2 Comments
Ligne Trapéze is DSH Perfume’s YSL Retrospective Collection for the Denver Art Museum. Ligne Trapéze is inspired by YSL’s “Dior Years” in the 1950’s. This one is meant to represent the epitome of French chic from the era. And it does. It’s a wearable “vintage” style perfume.
Ligne Trapéze opens with a blast of fruity aldehydes. I get a peachy-rose. The heart of this fragrance is a powdery soft violet and clean spring florals such as lily of the valley and daffodils. The dry-down of… Continue reading | 4 Comments