Mainstream Monday: Sniffing a Popular Perfume
Even though Guerlain hasn’t launched anything that has interested me in years, I still get excited when they have a launch. I used to consider myself a Guerlain Gal but throughout the years my focus has shifted into Chanel territory (because Chanel has been launching things I’m more likely to wear). With the launch of Mon Guerlain, I tried to ignore all of the copy and ads¹. I didn’t ignore the note list because it sounded like a sweet amber, a genre that… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Years ago, I was obsessed with finding a fragrance that was “creamy green”. I found it with Aftelier Haute Claire. That natural perfume was the perfect blend of bitter green notes like galbanum paired with creamy ylang-ylang and vanilla. That fragrance has since been discontinued, commencing a new search for “creamy green”. I’ve found it with Hiram Green Arbolé Arbolé, a balsamic “creamy green” fragrance.
This perfume opens with grassy greens and a hazy lavender. Arbolé Arbolé’s opening reminds me of late summer days spent on the… Continue reading | 2 Comments
Penhaligon’s Portraits Week
Penhaligon’s has launched a new collection of perfumes, Portraits. This is basically a concept collection/olfactory comedy-drama inspired by a fictional, wealthy and totally dysfunctional aristocratic British family. This entire collection is like if Wes Anderson decided he wanted to be a creative director for a line of perfumes. The tongue-in-cheek stories feel like they’re pulled from an early 00’s era screenplay based on the early 1900’s (or maybe even some sort of popular TV series). The art is whimsy in a British way. Each bottle has
Phaedon Dzhari is named after the winds that blow over the Libyan desert. And I think this is a perfect name for this woodsy fragrance. It’s warm and dry like the dessert.
Dzhari opens as clay and sandalwood. Now, a lot of online reviews mention the dates/dried fruits. On my skin, the fruits are extremely subtle but there is a sweetness. It’s not like a stewed fruit sweetness (like in many Serge Lutens) but more like sweet earth, like clay. The heart is boozy like dried, fruit-scented shisha tobacco paired with incense woods… Continue reading
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