Marshmallows are the most disappointing dessert. When international friends visit, they always want to try this exotic fluffy cube of sugar¹. As a good friend, it’s my job to tell them that they’ll be disappointed. Then I remember that life is full of disappointments. If they have made it this far, they can handle being disappointed by a boring sweet. I go find them marshmallows, they eat them and always go “That’s it? That’s not even good”. I nod my head in agreement and always a shoot a look… Continue reading | 6 Comments
Stephane Humbert Lucas 777 Khôl de Bahreïn is an example of one of those perfumes that I heard a lot about when it was launched, but I didn’t try. Something is always being launched and someone is always talking about it. Years later, I’m finally trying it. Khôl de Bahreïn is a perfume inspired by khol eye makeup, smoky eyes. This is a look that I love but heavy amounts of liner give me, as David calls them, “angry eyes”. This has its advantages. It gives… Continue reading | 29 Comments
Moresque is a new Italian niche brand inspired by Moorish civilization and architecture. For some reason I was in a gourmand mood and couldn’t wait to try Diadema, a perfume inspired by Kurat al milh, Arabic for “sweet ball of salt” AKA caramel.
Diadema opens with cherries and those gummy orange slices. And then it starts to remind me of the citrus in Guerlain Shalimar. It’s like bergamot and motor oil with burnt sugar. The heart is like creamy florals with caramel. The rose is… Continue reading | 13 Comments
If Goldilocks were at LUSH’s house of Furze looking for something just right, she’d find herself breaking a few chairs, picking herself up and walking right back out of the door she came through.
Furze is one of those “almost right” fragrances. I *should* technically like it because I usually like notes like this. Furze is a good idea but something about it is “broken”. Now most people, OK, non-obsessive perfume people will smell this and think “sweet” which they’ll translate as wearable and delicious and… Continue reading | 3 Comments
Kelly & Jones is a line of perfume inspired by wine. #5 Notes of Chardonnay is the most gourmand-y out of the line.
#5 Chardonanny opens with notes of melon bubblegum and toasted vanilla sugar. It fruity and creamy. With time the honeydew melon fades. Which is a good thing in my book. Melon isn’t my thing. There is a hint of spice and woods over a base of creamy vanilla custard with caramel.