ROSE WEEK 2019 – The Cedar Rose
It’s Rose Week on EauMG! This is the annual celebration of rose-centric perfumes! This week I’m reviewing 5 fragrances that display a different aspect of rose perfumes.
I’m always surprised when I hear or read reviews that Le Labo Rose 31 isn’t a rose. Because to me, it’s very much a rose! This brand is so popular that I smell at least three people on mass transit wearing a Le Labo product daily. If I smell something noticeably rose in public, then it is most likely the delicate sillage of Le… Continue reading | 6 Comments
Quick update of my life: I’m graduating in May. This is great. But, I’m also stressed and feel overwhelmed. I’m in the middle of a master’s thesis that I really need to wrap up soon. There’s a lot of pressure. Outside of this, life goes on.¹ I really shouldn’t be blogging about perfume. But, then again, how much time can you reserve for work? I need a break. Oddly enough, writing about perfume is my break. During this time, I’ve been finding myself gravitating towards “comfort” scents. These are perfumes Comme… Continue reading | 2 Comments
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
Huitième Art Fareb is one of those fragrances that I would lump in the same category as Dior Eau Noire and Serge Lutens Arabie. And this category would be “smells like grandma’s house”. These are foody, spicy scents that remind me of grandma’s suppers.
Fareb opens as a spicy cumin laced curry over dried fruits. Yes, it’s armpit fruits. And yes, I like this. I pick up on dry but honeyed woods and some ginseng funk – earthy dankness. The heart seems cedary/astringent woods. The base… Continue reading | 1 Comment
L’Artisan Parfumeur Al Oudh is unlike anything else in the L’Artisan line. It’s filthy. It’s dirty and it doesn’t fit with those “usual” Giacobetti blends in the line.
The first time I wore Al Oudh, I expected some rose-oud thing that we’re all used to. I applied it, went out and felt embarrassed I got very self-conscious, fearing that I smelled like a sweaty groin. I’d get this whiff of well, body parts that haven’t been showered during the middle of a heatwave… Continue reading | 1 Comment