Masque Milano Luci Ed Ombre is an unusual fragrance. The individual elements/notes of the perfume feel familiar but they do not feel familiar together. With a name like “Luci Ed Ombre”, I expect for this to be a fragrance about contrasts. And it is.
Luci Ed Ombre opens as pencil erasers and galangal (like ginger, pine and green curry leaves). The opening is dry, herbal and bitter. It reminds me of dried sage and oregano. Oddly, I pick up on something waxy, like beeswax or pomade… Continue reading
Have you ever wanted to smell like you’ve awaken from your slumber in the mausoleum and need to go feed on the living? Have you ever wanted to smell like a reanimated corpse? Or what about a bat cave? If you answered “yes” to any of these, let me suggest you try Zoologist Bat.
Zoologist perfumes aren’t really meant to smell like their animal inspiration, but they usually take inspiration from their habitats. Bat smells like dirt and mud. I mean, exactly like mud. Underneath is an animalic… Continue reading | 5 Comments
Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
In 2013, Nest Fragrances launched a line of fine fragrances. I reviewed a few of them shortly after their launch. They’ve since launched a few more perfumes (that I have not tried). I’m more familiar with the brand’s home fragrances, which is why when I was walking in Soho last year and saw a sign for a Nest Sample Sale, I went in. I don’t know how familiar you are with sample… Continue reading | 6 Comments
I would like to think that when a brand/perfumer/creative director agrees to launch a perfume that they think the final mod is eccentric. I’m not saying that they should be “weird” but I’d like to think there are people launching perfumes that they think aren’t clones of something else. I know this thought is naïve. There are entire companies that exist to copy fragrances (like the drugstore Designer Imposters). We also know that fragrance is a business and utilize focus groups to create something that sales… Continue reading | 2 Comments
Gallivant is a brand of perfumes inspired by cities. I’ve reviewed Tel Aviv, a gorgeous floral, and Brooklyn, musks and bellinis. I think it’s so difficult to do a “destination perfume“. People have different experiences with cities. Do you live there? When did you live there? Did you visit with your family? Was it a honeymoon? Do you go there mainly for work? You get my point. There are so many other factors that may influence our city sentiments… Continue reading | 2 Comments