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Dusita Issara Perfume Review

Dusita Issara

Dusita Issara is the brand’s take on a classic fougère. The brand describes it as fresh and throws in some imagery of the countryside in summer. So, with this description, I was expecting something along the lines of By Kilian Taste of Heaven or Amouage Sunshine Men. You know, something fresh and aromatic. Instead Issara plays up the sweetness associated with fougères, emphasizing the booziness of coumarin and honeyed sweetness of tobacco.

Issara, even if not described as a tobacco-y fragrance, reminds me very much of cigars. It opens… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Providence Perfume Co. Heart of Darkness Natural Perfume Review

Providence Perfume Co. Heart of Darkness

Providence Perfume Co. Heart of Darkness is a natural fougère that is supposed to be a classic but “with a dark twist”. I think of Heart of Darkness like a “noir cologne”. It has classic elements associated with traditionally masculine fragrances (freshness or a “lift”) but it’s also “dark” and has depth.

Heart of Darkness opens with a clean lavender and lemon. For a truly clean trifecta, there’s an addition of pine/evergreens. This reminds me of classic men’s aftershave of the 1960’s. Underneath this… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Deco London Lawrence EDP Perfume Review

Deco London Lawrence

Deco London is a line of perfumes inspired by vintage style and the 1920’s. Unlike many modern niche lines, the fragrance has marketed its six fragrances as either “feminine” or “masculine”. For the most part, we all know this is marketing; fragrances are enjoyed by everyone. But, I see why the line did this since vintage perfumes were often marketed this way.

I found all three of the masculine fragrances to be well-done with a versatility that should have broad appeal. They’re the sort of scents that… Continue reading | 2 Comments

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Alchemologie Foret de la Mer Natural Perfume Review

Alchemologie Foret de la Mer

One of the things that I’m missing about Washington, now that it’s summer, is the lavender. This is the time of year that we’d go up the Olympic peninsula and sniff lavender in the rain shadow. Weekends of acres and acres of lavender, warm pleasant weather with a salt water breeze. It was a summer ritual and now I miss it. However, when I tried the newest release from natural indie line Alchemologie, I’m a little closer to this summer ritual. Foret de la Mer… Continue reading | 4 Comments

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Tauer PHI Une Rose de Kandahar EDP Perfume Review

Tauer Phi EDP

Tauer PHI Une Rose de Kandahar is a perfume inspired by roses grown in Afghanistan. Being that it is a perfume containing actual roses from Kandahar, availability is rather “iffy” with this one due to the harvest and logistics of getting rose oil out of the region. Because of the name and the emphasis of the use of Kandahar rose, I expected a really rosey-rose fragrance. Phi is a rose fragrance but there is much more to it.

Phi is a spicy rose. In the beginning… Continue reading | 6 Comments