I was immediately drawn to Vilhelm Room Service because of the name. How luxurious is that? And then I read that it is a fragrance inspired by the legendary Greta Garbo and how her hotel rooms would be filled with bouquets. You can see why this one of the first perfumes I reached for out of my Vilhelm samples.
Well, I’m not going to withold the suspense. Room Service is disappointing. It’s not really the perfume as much as it is a case of terrible pairing, another case of “Wrong Perfume… Continue reading
If you didn’t already know, I love fig fragrances.
What makes Vilhelm Purple Fig different than so many other niche fig perfumes? It’s fruity. Purple Fig focuses more on the fruit, or the concept of the fruit, than the leaves or woods. It’s opening is a sparkling, nose-tickling kir royale. It’s like a dry champagne, fruity cassis and zesty lemon. It then smells like juicy blackcurrants and old stone walls (the angelica is almost like a “mineral musk”). These stone walls are covered in… Continue reading
But, what if I like my mimosas conceited?
Vilhelm Modest Mimosa opens with bright blossoms. It’s neroli and violet. It’s a green, tangy citrus blossom. Because it’s a tangy, lime-like floral, it manages to remind me of linden blossoms. There’s a green grassiness that just sort of completes the spring fantasy of this perfume. Don’t get me wrong, Modest Mimosa is a mimosa soliflore. But, in comparison to many others, it’s greener and brighter. This scent eventually fades into a white musk with powdery (but “fresh”) violets… Continue reading
PURPLE FLOWERS WEEK 2018
It’s an annual tradition on EauMG to feature “purple flowers” on the week of Nowruz/Vernal Equinox. “Purple flowers” are what I call flowers that (usually) have purple blossoms and bloom in spring: lilacs, violets, iris, heliotrope, hyacinth and wisteria (when I’m feeling generous). These are the sort of florals that make me think of spring. Plus, it gives me an excuse to talk about some of my favorite floral notes.
Lilac is one of those notes that people find… Continue reading | 2 Comments
Today I’ll review two of the oud-y perfumes from niche brand Vilhelm.
Notes listed include pink pepper, saffron, rose, leather, vetiver, cedar and oud. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Jerome Epinette
Firstly, let me display my dorkiness by stating that I can’t even read the name “Smoke Show” without it being Marilyn Manson’s voice in “The Dope Show”¹. So, you should do that too because it’s more fun that way.
The opening of Smoke Show is fruity. It reminds me of red… Continue reading | 2 Comments