I love carnation fragrance but I feel like there aren’t many to choose from. There’s a couple of old classics and there’s a few modern scents (that are less soliflore-y). When you think about how many rose soliflores there are, you’d expect more than a handful of carnations. But, that’s the way it is. Carnation is usually the back up singer.
Rebel Intuitive is a new indie line of natural perfumes based in Vermont. It’s a line inspired by vintage, bohemian glamour and botanical ingredients.
The line currently consists of three perfumes: Grace at 67th, Ninon and Winter Lewd. Here are my impressions:
GRACE AT 67th
Notes listed include tarragon, sweet basil, clary sage, neroli, violet leaf, narcissus, rose, costus, ambrette, myrrh and labdanum.
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Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Aramis JHL is basically Estee Lauder Cinnabar for Men. Apparently, this cologne was created for Estée Lauder’s husband (and I take it, these are his initials). I don’t see why he didn’t just start wearing Cinnabar, maybe he did, I don’t know. I’m sure there is a story behind this one, but I don’t know it. I’m such a helpful perfume blogger…
Carnation absolute is one of those raw materials that make me swoon – deep, rich, spicy with a hint of green floral. It’s one of those complex absolutes that I smell and go “This is perfume!” Sadly, carnation, as a note, is viewed as “old fashioned” but it’s not carnation’s fault. IFRA’s strict eugenol regulations have made many good carnations extinct (like Floris Malmaison). So, what happened is that many carnations are associated with a certain era and because of the regulations and costs, we… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Much of Serge Lutens’ copy reads as La Nouvelle Vague dialogues and I admit, that it’s often eyeroll inducing. I also find that the vagueness is intentional, coming across as art student leading you into your next perfume purchase. I also find that these vague French dialogues actually leave an impression on people. One mention of death and everyone starts saying that De Profundis smells like cemeteries.