Gentlewoman is the newest perfume from Juliette Has a Gun. It’s a “masculine fragrance dedicated to women”. It’s a modern “eau de cologne”. This sort of marketing usually irks me for many reasons. Number 1, it plays on gender marketing which is rather annoying in the fragrance industry, especially in the niche market.¹ Number 2, if one wants to play with societal and cultural gender norms, then just wear a “classic eau de cologne” or whatever. Go shopping where men go shopping… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I fell for Balenciaga Paris L’Essence the first time I wore it. Violets and vetiver!
Balenciaga L’Essence is an extension of the original Balenciaga Paris perfume…but it’s better. It opens with a crisp green violet with a clean, iris-like powderiness; however, it has more depth than the super sheer, veil-like Balenciaga. L’Essence turns to a darker shade of green. I get a complex woody, vetiver. L’essence is one of those fragrances that I spray on in the morning… Continue reading | 7 Comments