I have perfume samples that I forget that I have. I think if sniffing perfumes is your hobby, then you can relate. It makes me a bit embarrassed to admit this. First, it makes me feel a hoarder. Secondly, it makes me feel ungrateful for people giving me things to sniff and then I don’t. Neither is true, well, don’t mention the hoarding thing to anyone that has ever lived with me. Anyway, I’ve had samples of Tambela (AKA Bellyflowers but is currently AKA Tambela) natural perfumes… Continue reading
Lately I’ve been taking a short break from my usual roses and white florals and wearing chypres. The deal is that I don’t own many chypres so this makes me dig through my samples. I remembered that there was an Ayala Moriel perfume launched this year that I tried in the summer that screamed “MOSS”, Lost Lagoon.
Lost Lagoon opens as a bitter citrus with greens. There’s an aquatic/brine thing going on in the opening. The heart is a green floral chypre. It’s like dry… Continue reading | 4 Comments
The older I get, the more I appreciate that flamboyant style of Italian perfumery or at least “Italian inspired” perfumery. I’ve always liked these sort of sweeter, powdery florals but these days I actually wear them. Victoria of Bois de Jasmin wrote an article for Financial Times that briefly explains this Italian baroque style in modern perfumery. There’s a trend towards minimalism in niche perfumery¹ so I’m delighted to try perfumes that are opulent. Chabaud Lumière de Venise is a… Continue reading | 6 Comments
I really liked the subversive quality of the vintage-feeling floral perfume Seyrig by indie perfumery Bruno Fazzolari. Because I liked that one, my perfume pals kept urging me to try Au Delà, a floral chypre. While Seyrig had a subtle punk/alt-cult feel, Au Delà doesn’t. This is the sort of perfume that smells like it would be sold in the 1950’s in fancy shops in Paris.
Au Delà is like an aldehydic orange blossom with coriander. It’s a dry, green floral with a brut… Continue reading | 7 Comments
DSH Perfumes is a Colorado-based indie perfume line. In honor of Colorado’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana¹, this perfume line has launched four weed-centric perfumes. It’s like perfume, politics and social commentary all in one little collection.
The Green House has notes of leafy green notes, vetiver, aldehdyes, violet and cannabis accord.
So, The Green House smells like freshly cut grass and well, freshly cut “grass”. It’s marijuana and mounds of… Continue reading | 7 Comments