Bartenders in New York City area secretly fragrance connoisseurs.
Last summer I was at a swanky bar at a weird time. Somehow I had gotten the times incorrect for an early dinner and had time to kill. I was at the bar with another person and a very talkative bartender. Long story short, it’s New York City, so you never know how any awkward encounter will end up or who is at the bar with you. it ends up after a brief conversation that the bartender, The… Continue reading | 2 Comments
Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
L’Occitane Terre de Lumière is a perfume inspired by the Golden Hour. It’s meant to represent warmth, radiance and a diffused glow. I’m going to say that L’Occitane achieved this with Terre de Lumiere. It’s a warm fragrance that reminds me of lazy summer “Golden Hours”.
Terre de Lumiere is like a “luminous gourmand”. It opens with bright bergamot that ventures slightly into Earl Grey tea territory. I also pick up something that is like dried apricots. There’s… Continue reading
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
Mainstream Monday – Sniffing Popular Perfumes (Masculine Edition)
This summer I’ve tried to downsize and organize. Notice the key word: try. I tried. I’m still nowhere near being organized. In the process, I organized (some of) my designer samples and thought I’d knock out a few more mainstream masculine reviews:
The One for Men
The One opens with sharp, cool spices and citrus. It’s sharp and reminds me of other designer masculine fragrance openings. There’s a sharp cedar and ginger… 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