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
It seemed like for a few years in niche perfume, there really was an “oud du jour”. Everyone was launching an oud perfume, or at least a perfume with the word “oud” in its title. I don’t know if Amouroud is joking about this or if “Oud du Jour” is a fun thing to say (because it is).
Amouroud Oud du Jour opens with dry spices and a fruity raspberry. This may sound like some sort of fruity-floral opening, but it isn’t. This is the sort… Continue reading
Yesterday I reviewed Amouage Figment Woman, which is a traditionally “pretty” white floral perfume. From the copy and from my experience with Figment Woman, I expected Amouage Figment Man to be a very nice woodsy fragrance.¹ Never judge a fragrance by its bottle or its copy!
Figment Man is so familiar; yet, it isn’t. It doesn’t remind me of perfume. It opens with this glimmer of bitter lemon with a trail of nag champa incense (like the hippie stuff). And there’s so much dirt! It’s like… Continue reading | 4 Comments
Opus Oils is an indie perfume brand located in Hollywood. If you dig through my archives, you’ll see that I have reviewed quite a few things from the brand. Spank is a perfume in the Fetish Collection. The brand works in mixed media compositions but does offer all-natural compositions as well. Spank is one of the all-natural perfumes.
Spank is animalic. Should that be any surprise with a name like “spank”?! Spank is a natural leather perfume. I admit at first, it’s odd. It’s camphoric/green but sweet… Continue reading