Odin 03 Century is inspired by ancient Cypress but of course, has the modern feel of an Odin fragrance. Odin describes Century as a “modern interpretation of the chypre family”. I’d call it an “amber chypre” or a “modern amber”.
Century opens as an astringent, leathery birch with a cool mint. From my description, you’d think that Century smells harsh but it isn’t. Under this there is a roundness and smootheness. There is a smokiness with powdered, smoldering amber incense. The “heart”… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Roxana Illuminated Perfume is a line of artisanal perfumes that are hand-crafted using natural ingredients in a base of organic grape and grain alcohol. Inspired by English ivy, Hedera Helix is described as “Spiraling into a sweet pasture of verdant ivy, on a mossy bed of flowers.” And it is. Hedera Helix is a wonderfully complex chypre with layers.
Hedera Helix is a green. If Hedera Helix were a color, it’d be a deep emerald green, like the shade of ivy. Hedera Helix is… Continue reading | 6 Comments
Mainstream Monday: Sniffing A Popular Fragrance
This is a fragrance that I thought I hated. As I’ve matured, I have found that I don’t dislike this one. This is my favorite Clinique fragrance and one of my favorite mass market, line specific, department store fragrances. Clinique’s slogan for this fragrance is “Intriguing, Non-Conformist Fragrance performs the role of a perfume, but goes far beyond”. Pretty bold coming from the “safest” cosmetic company that I can think of. This fragrance was created in 1975 by Bernard Chant, the man… Continue reading | 2 Comments