I was very good in September and didn’t buy anything which meant that I had to go on a spree in October. I bought some luxurious things like a Chanel Anti-Pollution Cleansing Oil and some newly launched makeup like the Shiseido Kajal Ink Pencil in Rose Pagoda and Christian Louboutin Tape à l’Oiel in Daria. By the way, I am very pleased with all of this. The Chanel cleansing oil is so good. The Shiseido pencil… Continue reading | 10 Comments
If you didn’t already know, I love fig fragrances.
What makes Vilhelm Purple Fig different than so many other niche fig perfumes? It’s fruity. Purple Fig focuses more on the fruit, or the concept of the fruit, than the leaves or woods. It’s opening is a sparkling, nose-tickling kir royale. It’s like a dry champagne, fruity cassis and zesty lemon. It then smells like juicy blackcurrants and old stone walls (the angelica is almost like a “mineral musk”). These stone walls are covered in… Continue reading
Jacques Fath describes Fath’s Essentials Vers le Sud as a “woody marine fragrance”. Being someone that remembers the 90’s very clearly, I thought I knew everything there is to know about a “woody marine fragrance”. Well, I don’t. Vers le Sud is an unusual fragrance that makes me pull out all the olfactory adjectives from my little bag: milky, fresh, green, cool, mineral, aquatic, aromatic and woodsy.
Vers le Sud opens with a sharp citrus and aromatic notes (lavender). However, it’s more than your average citrus-aromatic… Continue reading
So far, I’ve reviewed two perfumes from Phlur (Hepcat and Moab) that I’ve absolutely loved. Yes, I was initially put off by their marketing because it made me feel ancient, but when you write about perfume, you have to often ignore marketing if you plan on keeping your sanity. What matters is that Phlur makes great perfumes. Hepcat and Moab both smelled really “niche” without having a niche price tag. Now I have one more reason to love Phlur. That reason is Hanami… Continue reading | 3 Comments
I can’t really think of a genre in perfumery that is more polarizing than “green”. So many people, novices and experienced perfume wears, have told me they don’t like green perfumes. I’m not really surprised by their confession. The last time green perfumes were “in” was decades ago, before Millennials were even born. They don’t really fit with the current olfactory aesthetics, so they aren’t really familiar. People often define green perfumes to me as “rigid” or “uncomfortable”. I think of green perfumes like I do “green juice”… Continue reading | 2 Comments