Over the past few years, I’ve been craving peach-scented things. I have always liked peach/stones fruit notes, like that in Lancôme Trésor or Chanel Coco. But over the past two years, I’ve oddly enjoyed straight-forward, fruity peaches (like cheap stuff by 4711). M. Micallef Ananda is a fruity-floral that perfectly satisfies my straight-forward peach cravings without coming across like some one-trick perfume.
August was a busy month. I went to Budapest. We had a great time. However, it was 100º-107° so that wasn’t that great. (Also, a reminder that I’m never traveling in August ever again). While I was there, I saw some lovely architecture, toured synagogues, ate a lot of cold fruit soups, drank the best wines and bought a ton of German pharmacy products. (Shout out to DM for taking all my money). I also got a haircut at a place called “Horror Barbie“… Continue reading | 10 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
Arielle Shoshana is a niche perfume boutique in the DC Metro area. I haven’t been there but I’ve only heard wonderful things about it. I keep saying that the next time I’m in Baltimore, I’ll stop on by D.C., but I haven’t yet. But, most importantly, Arielle Shoshana is a person. I know Arielle, and maybe you know Arielle too, through her blog, Scents of Self. I love her witty writing and sense of humor. She’s really passionate about fragrance. So, when she opened up her own boutique… Continue reading | 12 Comments
The older I get, the more I appreciate that flamboyant style of Italian perfumery or at least “Italian inspired” perfumery. I’ve always liked these sort of sweeter, powdery florals but these days I actually wear them. Victoria of Bois de Jasmin wrote an article for Financial Times that briefly explains this Italian baroque style in modern perfumery. There’s a trend towards minimalism in niche perfumery¹ so I’m delighted to try perfumes that are opulent. Chabaud Lumière de Venise is a… Continue reading | 6 Comments